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 13 Aug 2012
 

Weymouth to Airlie Beach

Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) who won the Silver Medal in the Medal Race Women's Match Racing (Elliott 6M) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition runs from 29 July to 12 August and brings together 380 of the world's best sailors to race on Weymouth Bay.
Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has appeared a  onEdition ©
40 hours after walking out of the Olympic venue in Weymouth, I am on the ferry to Airlie Beach, via Heathrow, Hong Kong, Sydney and Hamilton Island.

A bit less wind here today than there was during that epic and heartbreaking Womens Match Racing final on Saturday afternoon on the Nothe course. But the last four or so days in Weymouth were just as warm and blue as it is today as we cross the Cumberland Passage.

We will have much more to report to you on the best ever Australian Sailing Team Olympic campaign in the days ahead.
Last Friday night, the Cove Hotel overlooking Chesil Beach on Portland was going off.

As AOC board member and past Yachting Australia President Andrew Plympton said ‘This is as good as it gets.'

But to help us all keep our feet on the deck, in our next Olympic newsletter we will republish the final report Bob Ross filed from the 2004 Athens Games, for Sail-World. Remember that was the Games at which Australia won no sailing medals at all, it's titled ‘Sob'

London 2012 - Olympic Games . Day 13 Medal race 4.70 Men's - Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright


Now back to the Northern circuit, Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week is going from strength to strength, it's the Lay Day today and in this 23rd ABRW year PRO Jim Hayes, the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) veteran reports that it's been so far, a very steady breeze and very easy on his Race management team.

IRC Racing fleet on the windward/leeward course - Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012
  Teri Dodds ©


Clearly the move of the hospitality venue to the WSC has proven to be a great success.

Merit - Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012
  Teri Dodds ©


Audi Hamilton Island Race Week ramps up from Friday and SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week follows that.

Forts Walk - Magnetic Island  Magnetic Island Race Week ©


We will continue to report in detail, as always. It is hard, the sacrifices we make for our readers.

But right now time for my favourite Aussie Beer, a Coopers Red, it's an angel crying on your tongue....

Quite a contrast to the pints of a local Dorset beer called Piddle(I kid you not) in the Ferry Bridge Hotel in Weymouth over the last few weeks.


Rob Kothe



Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012: The Weather Gods are smiling
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 media,
With a record number of sailors, over 1000 spread across 122 boats, the 23rd annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week is already a great success.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 3 - A brilliant day in paradise
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week,
Day 3 of Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week promised to be another great day on the water for the large fleet participating at this year's event.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 - Sports boats images
Teri Dodds images,
The sports boats fleet always provide some action on the water for Teri Dodds camera and this was apparent at the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. Here are some of her images.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Teri Dodds Images
Teri Dodds,
Tropical sailing has again brought Teri Dodds to the Whitsundays to photograph the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. Here are a selection of her images.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Elliott 6M Medal Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
London Olympic Sailing Competition - Elliott 6M (Women's Match Racing) Medal Race images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 3 forecast
Kenn Batt,
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 3 forecast: Nil Warnings current at time of writing for this area. Synoptic Discussion: A large high over the Great Australia Bight [1033hPa] coupled with a complex low pressure system [997hPa] over the southern Tasman Sea, is extending a firm ridge along the Queensland coast.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 2 - Sailing in Paradise
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Day 2 of Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Sailing in Paradise on Pioneer Bay and around the Molle Islands. The Multihulls were first to face the starter's gun and were quickly away, in 16 knots from 130 degrees. It was a clean start. Most of the division gathered at the committee boat end of the line.... [more]
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Santa Maria Cup cancelled for 2012
Susan Nahmias,
The Santa Maria Cup Women's Match Racing Championship has been an outstanding week of racing on Chesapeake Bay each year since 1991 when JJ Isler won the first event. As the world observes many of the best sailors on the planet competing for the Gold in the Summer Olympics, Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) has joined yacht clubs across the nation and around the world in making a tough call for a 2012 non... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS - Jacques Vincent talks about the weather holdup
Stéphanie André,
For the past few weeks, l'Hydroptère DCNS has been on stand-by in Los Angeles, California. The crew is awaiting their first favourable weather window to set sail for Honolulu. The flying trimaran is set for take-off and all eyes are on the wind gods now. A fitting moment for a round-up of the situation with Jacques Vincent, co-skipper of the boat.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 2 forecast
Kenn Batt,
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 2 forecast: Nil Warnings current at time of writing for this area. Synoptic Discussion: A ridge of high pressure lies over Queensland.... [more]
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ORCi Offshore World Championship - All to play for
Otto Aalto,
On the penultimate day of the ORCi Offshore Worlds, the fleet enjoyed good breeze for their second and final offshore race, a 41.6-mile tour of the Gulf of Finland. As the seventh race in the series, entries in both classes can now discard their worst race, which has allowed the leading team in Class A to stretch their lead while it has only tightened the race in the Gold Fleet in Class B.... [more]
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Farrallones Report on sailing deaths: They cut it too fine.
Sail-World Cruising,
Part of the point of an investigation into any sailing tragedy is, of course, instructional. Knowing what could have been done differently is a timely lesson to all sailors for the future, racing or cruising. It is particularly applicable to the findings after the sailing accident that occurred in April during the Full Crew Farallones Race out of San Francisco, California - they cut it too fine... [more]
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Moth World Championships preview - Record number of entries
Moth Worlds,
Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships 2012 - On 16 August, with the races of the National Open Championship, one of the most important sailing events of 2012 begins officially . After the Olympics the World Championship of International Moth Class promises to be the premier event attended by Olympic champions who will fly from London directly to Lake Garda.... [more]
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Jessica Watson inspires local students
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Jessica Watson, the official sailing ambassador for Queensland, arrived in the Whitsundays on Wednesday to compete in Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. The race week is part of Tourism Queensland's Season of Sailing campaign which promotes the key sailing events along Queensland's coast. She has already inspired over 900 local students with tales of her solo voyage around the world.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 1 - Perfect Trade wind sailing
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Day 1 of the 23rd annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week sailors were presented with perfect trade wind sailing, underlining the reason why the Queensland winter regattas are so popular.... [more]
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The funniest sailing video ever!!
Sail-World.com Team,
I know this is a cruising site and the Olympics are all about racing, but that doesn't mean that the racers have exclusive rights to a sense of humour as well. Do watch this piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary which has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent.... [more]
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ORCi Offshore World Championship - Faster, lighter boats favoured
Otto Aalto,
On day 4 of the Audi ORCi Offshore World Championship a weak high pressure today over the eastern Baltic brought cool sunny skies, but little wind... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 1 forecast
Kenn Batt,
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 1 forecast: Nil Warnings current at time of writing for this area. Synoptic Discussion: A trough of low pressure is expected to move through the area this morning. A ridge of high pressure is expected to quickly develop in the wake of the trough.... [more]
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