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 15 Jun 2012
 

Drama in Volvo Ocean Race

Team Telefonica faces harsh weather as the fleet approach a storm, during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France.  Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race
Team Telefonica – the former Volvo Ocean Race overall leader has broken both rudders, falling off a wave, just 300 miles from the Lorient finish line and their skipper has conceded that they now have no chance of winning the race overall.

Just 42 days to the London 2012 Olympics and the big Sail-World team that will be onsite in Weymouth is gearing up for that. Our next Weymouth newsletter will go to 145,000 readers this weekend.

Just had a report from PSA in Ourimbah they are having their first ever Factory Sales - a lot of sailors there today and it will on again tomorrow.

Today John Curnow continues his exploration of the world of Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) and its multitude of uses for sailors, as the world of technology marches ever on, there are some things you may have thought infra-red thermal imaging could not take on, let alone blitz. This is now a very sensible sailing equipment option for serious offshore sailors, racing or cruising.

Kayakers are very hard to see normally, but not with a FLIR thermal camera. - FLIR Review  John Curnow


Sailing regattas are assuming major significance on the Australian sporting scene. Amongst the very largest is the annual Airlie Beach Race Week, now in its 23rd year. With ever growing fleets Race Week in recent years has become the largest sporting event in Airlie Beach and it is attracting attention at every level. This week event organiser's Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Rob Davis said 'We are very pleased to have the Australian telecommunications company Telcoinabox (pronounced Telco-in-a-box) as 2012 Naming Rights Sponsor for Airlie Beach Race Week.

Have you got your Airlie Beach Race Week entry in yet?

Or for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week?

Or SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week?

Team Vodafone Sailing - Airlie Beach Race Week 2011  Stu Mackinvern


Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has released the Government's final network of marine reserves which - once proclaimed under national environmental law - will increase the number of marine reserves from 27 to 60, expanding the national network to cover more than a third of Commonwealth waters. We have a lot of industry reactions Our sister publication MarineBusiness-World.com is covering that in great detail.

Marine Park Zones  .. ©


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Largest Airlie Beach Sporting event now with new Naming Rights sponsor
Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Rob Davis said 'We are very pleased to have the Australian telecommunications company Telcoinabox as 2012 Naming Rights Sponsor for Airlie Beach Race Week.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Day 5: Telefonica breaks both rudders, Race gone
Richard Gladwell,
0130UTC: Based on the latest information form the Volvo Ocean Race trackers, Telefonica has had further issues and is limping towards the finish in Lorient. After the fleet gybed for the finish in Lorient around 2200hrs UTC, Telefonica was still contesting the lead with Groupama, but then started dropping back on the real time tracker... [more]
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Industry claims: 36,000 jobs, food security lost in Marine Park Plan
Jeni Bone,
In what is being described by Australian marine industry proponents as 'a knee jerk reaction', 'placating the Greens' and a 'distraction from the Carbon Tax', the marine park announcement has hit the fishing and marine industries like a sledge hammer.... [more]
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Marine Queensland urges holistic approach to ocean management
Jeni Bone,
Marine Queensland and the BIAA are opposed to the Marine Park proposals. According to Don Jones, CEO of Marine Queensland the process for the development of an appropriate management regime has been 'a sham and driven by tokenism and green fundamentalism'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Day 4: All gybe - Telefonica in more trouble?
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
2200hrs: All boats seem to have successfully completed the gybe to Lorient in about the place and time nominated by Predictwind to optimise their finish time. Also as predicted by Predictwind the winds increased to and average of 40kts at the time of the highly risky manoeuvre, and instant wind speeds in excess of 50kts were reported some boats in the fleet.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Albeau victorious on day 3
Chris Yates,
The third day of competition in the PWA Catalunya World Cup didn't kick off until twenty past five, as the wind continued to change direction and strength. Eventually after three and half pain staking hours on standby, the sailors' patience was rewarded and the whole of the second race was completed in fourteen to twenty four knots of wind.... [more]
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If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR (part 2)
John Curnow,
In Part One of ‘If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR', we got to see just how many devices FLIR can offer all types of mariners for a multitude of tasks. Safety is certainly a primary component of that, but in Part Two, we'll also get to see that as the world of technology marches ever on, there are some things you may have thought infra-red thermal imaging could not take on, let... [more]
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PSA Factory Clearance Sale – 2 days only - June 15-16
Jason Goulding,
Performance Sailcraft Australia are having their first ever Factory Clearance Sale. We are throwing open the doors to our factory showroom and letting you in for some great never to be repeated bargains. Huge savings on........ [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The adrenaline-filled comeback of Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it was an adrenaline-filled afternoon in the North Atlantic for Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) who overcame damage to their starboard rudder and regained first place, while Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) overhauled Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), snatched third place and logged a distance of 565.82 nm in the previous 24 hours.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Italy leads the charge
Jill Campbell,
In the 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, with two races held, Team Italy leads the overall classification thanks to two bullets claimed by Andres Soriano's Soto 40 Alegre and solid third and second places from the TP52 Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, owned by Alberto Roemmers. The team classification sees Quantum Racing (TP52) and Iberdrola (Soto 40) representing the USA in second place... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 continues to attack
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 24 hours from the finish offshore of the island of Groix, the pace has shot up as the fleet approach the centre of the Atlantic depression: over thirty knots of wind and some staggering speeds! Groupama 4 snatched back the controls early this afternoon when the Spanish suffered a technical issue.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper establish new IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race team Camper established a new IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record with a 24-hour run of 564.922 nautical miles on the fourth day of leg eight. Navigator Will Oxley said on Thursday that the key to winning Leg Eight will be getting the balance right between speed and caution.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race teams push man and boat to absolute limit
Volvo Ocean Race,
The overall result of the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race could hinge on a risky manoeuvre the teams will try to pull off in heavy weather, fading light and close to the eye of a violent storm later on Thursday. With less than 500 nm to go before the teams reach Lorient, and just one more offshore leg to come, the race could all come down to how well the crews carry out a daring gybe... [more]
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37th Vintage Yacht Regatta draws international sailors, Olympic boats
Charlie Jeays,
The threat of inclement weather later in the weekend loomed large over this year's 35 entrants in the 37th Vintage Yacht Regatta.... [more]
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Windsurfing: Why was it voted out?
Lanee Beashel,
Top US Womens Windsurfer, Lanee Beashel writes: To say that I've been completely shocked and heartbroken since I heard the news that windsurfing was kicked out of the 2016 Olympic Games, would be an understatement. I sail, windsurf and kitesurf, but since I have been 15 years old, my passion has been windsurfing. Even now, when I take my two young boys out on my board with me, I love every minu... [more]
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Maximise the performance of your boat – North U Seminar
Dave O'Connor,
After an overwhelming response and a fully booked out first seminar, Sandringham Yacht Club Sail Committee has announced that on Wednesday 20 June 2012 the team from North Sails will be conducting another North Sails Australia ‘North U Trim Seminar' at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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J/80 World Championship images by Tim Wright
Becci Eplett,
J/80 World Championship day two images by photographer Tim Wright.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica leads the charge
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is leading the charge not only towards the finish of Leg 8 in Lorient on Friday but straight towards the centre of a particularly nasty north-Atlantic depression. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) faltered briefly, allowing Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) to overtake.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Action aplenty on day 2 + Video
Vivienne Masters,
Day two of the 2012 PWA Catalunya World Cup in Costa Brava started very calm and overcast, but just after two o'clock the wind kicked in, enabling the completion of the first race. Bjorn Dunkerbeck stepped up to the plate to win the opening elimination, as he kicked off his event with a perfect start.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Record number of countries entered
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Melges 24 World Championship - With three days still to go until the late entry entry surcharge kicks in we already have 105 entries and we've broken the record for the number of countries that will be represented at a Melges 24 Worlds!... [more]
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