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 20 Aug 2012
 

The funniest sailing video - compulsory viewing

Emirates Team NZ sailing past Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, before the start of the ACWS  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
While we are busy covering Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week and now Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, we've been just pushing on adrenalin for the last week. Its raining heavily this morning at Hamilton Island, with the breeze flattened out

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BTW - If you've not seen the Irish Sailing commentary from the Olympic Laser Radial class - its COMPULSORY viewing. No excuses -see the story link below.

We are still recovering from 18-20 hour days for the full 15 days of the Olympic regatta, plus a bit of jet-lag.

As Richard Gladwell our Olympic editor said today, We'll have more to say about the Olympics, once our thoughts are a little more collected. There are still quite a few stories to be told - off the back of the media conferences and the like, that we did not have time to get to air during the Olympics themselves. They are generally looking a little down the track, such as the Windsurfing medalists thoughts on Kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics, rather than the cut and thrust of the daily Olympic action.

A packed media centre at Weymouth after Ben Ainslie won his fourth Olympic Gold Medal - the British sailing superstar played to an adoring media all week - despite a tense competitive situation on the water.  Richard Gladwell

Sail-World's readership jumped in major way during the course of the Olympics, peaking at just under 40,000 visits a day in the last week of the regatta - in perspective, that is 10,000 more viewers than previous records

- from the first day of the 2010 America's Cup, and the launch of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 in July. Viewership stayed in the 35,000 viewers per day range for the duration of the regatta - which more than justifies the big Sail-World presence at the 2012 Olympics.

There was a huge media presence for the last week of the Olympic Regatta, which the British and Australian teams worked to their advantage for the duration.

While we were in England, Emirates Team NZ's AC 72 sailed for the first time, and we believe had three outings. See the stories and images in this edition.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing their recently launched AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

With the Emirates Team NZ sailing team now in San Francisco for the next round of the America's Cup World Series, the AC72 has been packed away in its box for three weeks, and will not sail in Auckland until their return.

In San Francisco, the America's Cup and ACWS teams have been working up for start of the series and have had a wet and windy introduction to San Francisco,

Two of the Gold medalists from Weymouth, Ben Ainslie and Nathan Outteridge, have been let down to Earth with a big bump after their charges capsized during practice.

All told three teams have capsized in two days of practice - and the Main Event is yet to get underway. We expect to be carrying full coverage of the regatta, our first look at how the AC 45's will handle San Francisco - with top sailing journalist Bob Fisher, on location to give his first hand view.

18/08/2012, San Francisco (USA,CA), 34th America's Cup, America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One, Free training day 4, Luna Rossa Swordfish wing damagesz after capsize  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Somehow we don't think that Bob will be looking for a slot on the back of the boats - but there night be a bit more fight in the sea-dog, than we think.

NZ yacht Georgia, Audi IRC Australian Championship - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012  Craig Greenhill - SaltWaterImages © Copyright

At Hamilton Island, the battle of the ORMA 60's is on in eanest with NZ's Team Vodafone competing against Team Australia - with two races sailed, the score is 1-1. But the edge seems to be with NZ in fair breezes.

The Sail-World team in Hamilton Island is providing full coverage of this premier event on the Australian racing calendar.




Team Korea digs in during practice before the America's cup World Series in San Francisco  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us
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17/08/2012, San Francisco (USA,CA), 34th America's Cup, America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One, Open training day 3  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team



Compulsory Viewing - The funniest sailing video ever!!
Sail-World.com Team,
A piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent. This is the must watch!!... [more]
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Dean's Diary: The ACWS spare rig cupboard is already bare
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Another day on the water here in SF and a good step up in whine speed. By the end of the practice session we had breeze up to 28 knots so plenty of excitement!... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 - Competition for young and old
Stephanie Hobbs,
Conditions for yesterday's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 were in stark contrast to Saturday's balmy opening.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Olympic medallists visiting event
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's most successful Olympic sailing team is heading to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. After the parade, guests staying on or visiting the island will have the opportunity for autographs from the athletes at the main stage and to congratulate them on their world beating London performance.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 3 weather
Kenn Batt,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 3 forecast. Nil warnings current. Synoptic situation: A high pressure system over New South Wales will move eastwards into the Tasman Sea today, maintaining a ridge over Queensland. The upper level trough that caused the rain yesterday and overnight, will move eastwards and away from the east Queensland coast today.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Images by Craig Greenhill
Craig Greenhill images,
Craig Greenhill from www.SaltWaterImages.com.au was at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week capturing the action.... [more]
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GP14 World Championship - Dobson and Tunnicliffe victorious
GP14 Worlds,
The final day of the Aigua Charter GP14 Worlds took place on Friday, 17th August on Cornwall's south coast. The forecast did not look good for sailing to take place in Looe Bay, gusts were expected to be in the region of 35 knots, the waves getting on for 4m in height.... [more]
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Too big for the repair yard - Mirabella V
Des Ryan,
What happens when you own a boat that is too big to fit into the repair yards? The 75m Mirabella V may not be the longest yacht in the world now, but when the yacht with an 89m tall mast wanted British boat builder Pendennis to refit her, it was too big to fit their boatshed. This didn't faze Pendennis, used to pleasing clients - they simply blew a section out of the workshed wall... [more]
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Russian Dragon Open Championship images by Stefano Gattini
Stefano Gattini images,
Photographer Stefano Gattini was on hand at the Russian Dragon Open to capture this gallery of stunning images.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Italian Championships - Flying Hellfish takes sixth overall
Lulu Roseman,
At the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Italian Championships, Josh McKnight on Flying Hellfish powered by Easy Tiger Racing finished sixth overall on Lake Garda - behind a swag of red hot Australians peppered amongst the 83 strong international fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Three AC45's capsize in two days at San Francisco
ETNZblog.com,
A strong San Francisco sea breeze of 15-25 knots with gusts to 30 gave the America's Cup World Series AC45 fleet another taste of the week to come on Saturday. Two yachts capsized – that's three in the last four days – as the breeze built from a range of17-18 to the mid-20s to gusts approaching 30.... [more]
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America's Cup: Several teams capsize during Practice in San Francisco
Sail-World,
San Francisco Bay took a bite out of the AC World Series teams on Saturday as training intensifies ahead of Championship Racing next week. Nine of 11 race crews were on the water during the afternoon, in building conditions. Team Korea was the first to capsize. Before leaving the dock, skipper Nathan Outteridge had spoken of the need to be conservative in the early stages of training, but said... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 - IRC Australian Championship
Lisa Ratcliff,
Hamilton Island Race Week second day got underway with the Audi IRC Australian Championship. Three windward/leeward races were held for classes A, B and C on the eastern course area in a 12-14 knot SE breeze. A top shelf selection of Australia's finest grand prix keelboats met on the start line to commence their run for Audi IRC Australian Championship supremacy.... [more]
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Whitsunday Fun Race - Merit takes line honours
Corrie Gardner,
Whitsunday Sailing Club's 35th Fun Race was held on Saturday 18th August 2012. Just when you thought the Whitsundays couldn't get any better, after an incredibly successful Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week, along came the Great Whitsunday Fun Race. With light NE 8-10 knot winds and clear blue skies, the sailing conditions were again perfect on Pioneer Bay for the near 50 yachts.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - New perpetual trophy launched
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - While the Australian and New Zealand teams do battle to decide which will hold the South Pacific Trophy aloft, sailors from Australia's three eastern mainland states have decided to mount their own cross-border, state-of-origin series at the regatta.... [more]
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Top Class fleet for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
In just two weeks it will be the sixth annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, which runs from August 30th to September 5th 2012. Entries for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 close on August 24th.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 day 2 - Francolini's photos
Sail-World.com Team,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Day Two - Andrea Francolini was on the water again photographing for Audi.Here is a selection of his images on a grey and overcast day, but there was wind.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 weather forecast
Kenn Batt,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 weather from Kenn Batt.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS: Five AC 45's - But who's counting?
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Well here we are in SF a little under a year out from the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. How much has changed since my last Blog.... [more]
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Trade winds return to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
The seasonal trade winds have thankfully returned to provide the international fleet of 163 with excellent sailing conditions for racing on day two of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Make way for Ezra Pritchard
Stephanie Hobbs,
Those steering yachts at 2012 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week have been asked to keep their eyes peeled on the racetrack, not for whales or other boats, but for a youngster punching well above his weight. At Friday night's skippers and VIP welcome party held at Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the MC asked other skippers to give 11 year-old Ezra Pritchard room on the race course.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete
Go4Image,
The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds are set to take place from 19th-26th August with a record-breaking fleet of 125 Moths from 20 countries set to take to the waters of Lake Garda. A talent-filled lineup promises to deliver what could very well be the most exciting worlds ever. Only a fool will dare make a prediction about the top 10, let alone the winner with such a quantity of red-hot talent.... [more]
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