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 16 Apr 2012
 

A tough job, we wish YOU were doing it

Sail Port Stephens Day One morning  Sail Port Stephens Event Media
Sail Port Stephens 2012 starts today. We could report its going to be a postcard day for the 45 boat Commodores Cup cruising fleet, but overlooking the d'Albora marina in Nelson Bay, it is not, its pouring rain, with about two knots of breeze. Glad it Denis Thompson who will be making the course calls today. Full wet weather gear day.


Now pay attention, sit up straight, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 runs from August 30th to September 4th.
Its a MUST DO regatta, there will be around 100 boats its is expected this year, with a food, wine and music festival element built into the event. You can enter on line NOW!!!

Best news we have this week is that Tess Lloyd is back on the water at the OAMPS Victorian Youth Championship 2012, with her crew Lewis Duncan coming third overall ... great news after Tess' serious injury at the Australian Youth titles in January.

Victorian Sailor Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan - OAMPS Victorian Youth Championship 2012   David Price


After the America's Cup series event in Naples – Oracle Racing Team USA James Spithill leads the pack overall, just ahead of Emirates Team NZ.

Clipper fleet have left San Francisco heading for Panama Gold Coast Australia is leading the overall around the world event easily though mid pack in this leg, Geradlton WA back after her rogue wave encounter on the leg from China

Rusted on multihull champion Glenn Ashby takes on Moths, we have the full story from Glenn himself.

Some interesting images of the new Australian designed Burmese built Ringle 39

Luna Rossa and Oracle Racing - America's Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©


Australian Dave Kellett is the only ISAF Presidential candidate to throw his skippers into the ring. Today we publish his plans for 2012-2016

Southern most sailing voyages – Nancy Knudsen has been on a quest to find the most southerly sailed boat, been plenty of contributions .... Have a look now.

The Kiwi Campers are approaching the Brazilian finish in the Volvo Ocean Race; the next leg to Miami is going to be most interesting.

Now, heading down to the Marina, its a tough job, some-one has to do it, today I think we will wish it was YOU.

Just kidding, a hard day on the water is still better than a good day doing lots of other stuff...


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Record fleet at Sail Port Stephens 2012
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Sail Port Stephens 2012, one of Australia's fastest growing regattas, has attracted a record fleet. Regatta Director Paul O'Rourke from the Corlette Point Sailing Club, the organising authority, said ‘The 2012 Sail Port Stephens fleet is the largest ever with more than 160 entries across a range of divisions.'... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 – Enter online NOW!!
Magnetic Island Race Week,
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, from August 30th to September 4th 2012 on the sheltered waters around Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Notice of Race online now, online entry is live!!... [more]
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Ringle 39 - first onwater photos
John Curnow,
The world continues to change - here are John Curnow's first images images of the new Ringle 39, the Andy Dovell designed day sailer built in Burma... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
Marine Business-World.com,
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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Why multihull king Glenn Ashby is going Mothing
www.sail-world.com,
'As a full development class, along with the A Class the Moth class is into pushing the boundaries of rigs and sails, physics, hydrodynamics and design, well into the future. All these attributes have led me to make this decision to purchase a Mach2 (as well as a bit of a push from the boys!!) and take on something that is a bit outside the square for my sailing.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 5 Luna Rossa thrill their America's Cup home fans
Bob Fisher,
Day 5: It dropped a little and rained hard as the boats came up to the line. ETNZ were blocked out at the committee boat by LR- Swordfish while Luna Rossa - Piranha took it from the leeward ahead of Oracle Racing - Bundock to lead by five seconds at the turn and 12 seconds clear of China Team with Luna Rossa - Swordfish a further seven seconds later Includes full replay video of Final Day... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Spithill claim overall lead
Tim Jeffery,
At the America's Cup World Series Naples, Oracle Racing Spithill placed second on the water in a testing race, but it was good enough to claim the overall lead in the ACWS 2011-12 Season Championship with two events remaining on the schedule. 'The good news is we took the overall lead. That's the most important part,' said Jimmy Spithill on taking over the series lead from Emirates Team NZ... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Thrilling win for Luna Rossa
America's Cup,
On the America's Cup World Series Naples final day Chris Draper led his Luna Rossa crew to a thrilling win in the final fleet race, collecting 50 points for his efforts to vault up the leaderboard and win the AC World Series Naples Fleet Racing Championship. The victory kicked off celebrations among the tens of thousands of Italian America's Cup fans lining the Naples waterfront to catch a glimpse... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New York separates from fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race ten from Oakland, California to Panama. Well into their first night at sea after two weeks ashore in Oakland, where they rediscovered their land legs, some of the crew are finding their sea legs have yet to appear and a number of them have been laid low by sea sickness.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Australian sailors tested
Craig Heydon,
America's Cup World Series Naples - They can usually be found in separate classes campaigning for Olympic Gold but this week two of Australia's leading sailors have been going head to head in the sport's newest series. Australian Sailing Team members Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby are a part of the ACWS currently taking place in Naples, Italy, onboard a fleet of exciting 45-foot catamarans.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Geraldton resumes racing
DeeDee Taft,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - After more than a week of repairs in the marina in Oakland, California, recovering from the effects of being hit by a huge rogue wave which ripped off the yacht's helm and injured four crew members, the Geraldton Western Australia yacht resumed racing today by sailing under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and back into the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Panama
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet have started race 10 from Oakland, California to Panama. The ten strong fleet left Jack London Square on 14th April, with hundreds of fans cheering them on in the warm spring sunshine, before heading out to San Francisco Bay for the start line escorted by US Coast Guard cutter Sockeye.... [more]
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Game on for 29er Youth Crews at Victorian Youth Championships
David Price,
This regatta is the first of the 2012 Youth Sailing Grand Prix series in line with the Yachting Australia's High Performance Strategy and the Australian Sports Commission's ‘Pathway to Success'.... [more]
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Adastra - controllable with the touch of an iPad
Lee Mylchreest,
The problem with my iPad is that it just can't make me a cup of coffee when I need it - but it can do almost everything else, including operating the extraordinary new trimaran super yacht, just in the water, the Adastra. With its shiny body and smooth curves the unusually shaped yacht could be confused for a spacecraft if placed on a runway.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples Day 4 - Racing suspended
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples fourth day of racing was suspended due to heavy seas pounding into the breakwaters along the Naples sea front this morning, along with a forecast for winds that could exceed 30 knots. The match race semi finals and finals will now be sailed on Sunday. Fleet races seven and eight have been abandoned and won't be sailed... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Racing cancelled on Day 4 + Video
Bob Fisher,
Day four . . . there is no day four. Preservation of the boats overrode all other considerations; the difficulty in retrieving the boats after racing posed the greatest, and seemingly insurmountable, problem. The entrance to the dock area faced the wind and the waves which had built on the swell, and it was perceived that the conditions would worsen and prevent boats safely docking.... [more]
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Barnes Bay Regatta concludes South Tasmania's summer yachting season
Peter Campbell,
The annual Barnes Bay Regatta marked the end of Southern Tasmania's summer yachting season today, with 46 yachts turning on a colourful display as they sailed under spinnaker from Hobart down the River Derwent and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. The regatta comprised a morning passage race from Hobart to Bligh Point on Bruny Island, followed by a race around the buoys in Barnes Bay in the afternoon.... [more]
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AC45 Designs - Lines and sail plans - first time published on the web
Jacques Taglang,
French designer, François Chevalier , has kindly provided a set of lines planes for the AC45 - the first time these have been published. Also included are the two sail plans for the stock wingsail and with the five metre extension.... [more]
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Southernmost sailing voyages - who really has the record?
Andrew Troup,
Recently a Ukrainian/Russian sailing boat, the 98ft steel-hulled Scorpius reached 77 degrees south and claimed a world record. This was greeted by a storm of protest from our readers, one of whom pointed out that in 1965 a tiny moth was sailed at (but not to) 77.5 degrees. There were other claims too. Andrew Troup here corrects the records...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper only 1,000nm from Leg finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Camper crew are shedding their jackets as the water warms on the remaining 1,100 nautical mile northerly course to Itajaí, where Groupama sailing team are starting the process of stepping their new mast. 'All of a sudden Brazil seems a bit closer,' Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper said on Friday.... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals - Takahashi-Fry takes title in New Plymouth
Ginger Rogers, edited by Barry Upson,
Final day of racing for the 2012 Toyota Optimist National Championships here in New Plymouth. Stills loads of smiling kids. The New Plymouth Yacht Club has gone all out to make this regatta such a success. The likes of Les Wheeler, Commodore and local legend who cracks us up with his large personality and renowned 'Pink Crocs.'... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Tricky conditions + Video
America's Cup,
AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Spithill had the best day across the two fleet races, posting two second-place finishes. In contrast, each race winner (Energy Team, Emirates Team New Zealand) also carried a seventh place score on the day. As a result, Jimmy Spithill's American team gained four points on the leading Kiwis, nearly cutting their lead in half over the course of the day... [more]
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Adastra launched at McConaghy Boats China facility
McConaghy Boats,
The greatly anticipated Adastra was launched earlier this week at the McConaghy Boats China facility. Described as 'one of the world's most amazing Superyachts' she has already been turning heads in China and Hong Kong where she is performing a series of sea trials.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Skippers comment on Leg 5 attrition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí saw the highest attrition rate on the fleet to date, with just one boat making it all the way without stopping, one of the three finishers so far coming home under a jury rig, two others loaded on cargo ships and one still to finish.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 11 April 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 11 April 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 2 May 2012 and will include the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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Macquarie Access Worlds - SKUD title to Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Di Pearson,
Macquarie Access World Championships - Three days before they are officially announced as the SKUD 18 crew to represent Australia at the London Paralympic Games, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have put their prospective rivals on notice, winning 10 out of 10 races in the international fleet.... [more]
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Laughing and Laughing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ashore for the moment, Sail-World has some great interviews and with the AC45's in full cry in Naples – it's all go.... [more]
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Double the fun at Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous
Kate Elkington,
Participants at the recent 2012 Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous proved that more hulls means more fun, so, for those of you who missed out and are close enough to get to Pittwater, put it in your diary for next year. Alternatively, there's another Rendezvous scheduled in the Whitsundays in August.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day two have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Australian University Fleet Racing Championships preview
Ajay Rau,
The Australian University Fleet Racing Championships 2012, taking place off the waters of Pittwater from 13th to 15th April, have attracted 36 entries from various parts of the country (New South Wales , Canberra , Newcastle, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania). UTS, Sydney Uni, UNSW, Macquarie, UOW, ANU, QUT, Monash and UWA will be fighting to be crowned the 2012 Champion.... [more]
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