Laser, 49ers, 470's and two fastest yachts in the southern hemisphere
Congratulations to our Lake Macquarie locals Nathan Outteridge and Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen who sailed a strong tactical last day to take their third 49er Worlds title. They sailed with a black card on their sail, in honour of Australian and Kiwi sailing icon Frank Bethwaite who had died the previous day.
|Outteridge and Jensen on the final day of the 2012 49er World Championships Nikola Sisko|
Five times Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby who sailed his medal race with a strapped ankle, after rolling it the night before, is skipping the upcoming AC45 event and will no doubt very keen to produce his winning form at Sail for Gold in Weymouth.
|Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in Spain - © Victor Kovalenko |
Starting the way they no doubt mean to go on 470 World Champions Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page won their first race at the 2012 Worlds in Barcelona and dual Olympic Gold medallists Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell took a fifth.
We are getting ready to send out our next Olympic coverage newsletter in the next week, to some 140,000 readers. The windsurfing/kite surfing discussions have been quite earnest.
The Queensland Season of Sailing is ramping up. We will be in Mooloolaba for the Etchells Midwinters in a few weeks, just after Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.
|Team Vodafone crew busy Airlie Beach 22nd Annual Race Week 2011 Teri Dodds - copyright|
Later on in the season 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week is going to be amazing – the two fastest yachts in the southern hemisphere - the two ORMA 60's - Sean Langman's Team Australia, the boat that smashed the 2012 Brisbane to Gladstone Race record coming to do battle with 2011 Airlie Beach Race Week sensation Kiwi Simon Hull's big red Team Vodafone Sailing.
Enter now www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au
Heard more this week about racing and social program for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012, it's going to be a cracker. Remember this is a Must Do event. August 30th-September 4th so make this your first year! www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au
Alternatively if you are thinking of venturing further afield the Groupama Round New Caledonia Race is offering free berthing and entry for the first Sail Noumea ANZAC boat to enter the event.
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
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