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 18 Jan 2013
 

Sail-World around the World

Bob Fisher (L), Pippa Blake and 2012 YJA Pantaenius Brirish Yachtsman of the Year Ben Ainslie  Barry Pickthall/PPL ©
Sail-World has been at the London Boat Show this week. Two days ago we were at historic Trinity House when Bob Fisher, our Sail-World America's Cup correspondent and Yachting Journalist Association Commodore and Pantaenius UK CEO John McCurdy announced that Sir Ben Ainslie was the Pantaenius British Sailor of the Year. You can watch the video on Sail-World today.

At Trinity House we also talked to Iain Williams, four times World Match Racing Tour World Champion, who is keen to break Peter Gilmour's record in 2013.

Start of the 2012 Vendee Globe  ACCIONA/Jesus Renedo

Lots happen on the world scene at the moment with the Vendee Globe fleet working up the Atlantic and locally there is news from the Musto Skiff and 16ft skiff Australian titles and looking further ahead it's the Fremantle to Bali Race.

Festival of Sails 2013  © Festival of Sails

Right now the Festival of Sail, just a week away, no late entry waivers, go fast now. News from the Audi IRC Australian title fleet, the Melges 24 Nationals, remember next year it will be world titles at this event and the A Cats.

The Australian autumn winter season is stretching is ahead of us and its hard yards for sure with Sail Port Stephens from April 15th to 22nd, after that Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, the Fremantle to Bali race and rally starting on May 4th, the Etchells Midwinters and then Southport, Keppel, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.

Race Start - SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012  Emma Kennedy SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012

Bookending the winter season will be the seventh annual Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week August 29th to September 3rd 2012, Preliminary NOR online now – More information here.

Magnetic Island Race Week


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Melges 24 second largest fleet to compete at Key West Race Week
Joy Dunigan,
The 26th edition of Key West Race Week (KWRW) is expected to be a thrilling event filled with wonderful weather, dependable breezes, and crystal clear water. The Melges 24 fleet is representing Melges in a significant way with 23 boats registered -deeming it the second largest fleet in attendance.... [more]
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Top two clear out from rest of fleet at National 16ft Skiff titles
Adam Lucius,
The 2012/13 Australian 16ft Skiff Championships have become a race in two after Brydens Compensation Lawyers and Hubble Chemicals put healthy gaps on their rivals following dominant performances on Wednesday. Olympic gold medal winner Nathan Wilmot steered Hubble to a comfortable win in the morning's rescheduled heat three, with Brydens (Lee Knapton) placing second.... [more]
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Festival of Sails to include world class ski shows
Festival of Sails Media,
Festival of Sails 2013 Sailing Regatta is to be held from Thursday 24th to Monday 28th January and the Waterfront Festival will take place during Saturday 26th to Monday 28th January. Chaparral Boats will present twice daily water ski and stunt shows at the Festival of Sails over the Australia Day Weekend, on the Geelong Waterfront.... [more]
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55th Pelican State Championships at East Fremantle YC overall
Vanessa Cornwall,
55th Pelican State Championships were held from 6th to 11th January 2013. This past week a very successful and well run state championships was hosted by EFYC where 33 boats participated in highly varying winds and at times searing race conditions for the first few days testing every ones resolve.... [more]
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Magnetic Island Race Week - Preliminary Notice of Race online now
Magnetic Island Race Week,
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013 is to be held from 29th August to 3rd September on Cleveland Bay and nearby waters. Magnetic Island Race Week and the Townsville Cruising Yacht Club, as Organising Authority, invite owners of suitably found yachts to apply for entry in the seventh annual Magnetic Island Race Week.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Hugo Boss fastest in fleet overnight
Matthew Pryor,
Vendée Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson, onboard Hugo Boss, was the fastest in the fleet overnight averaging 17 knots to keep his hopes of a place on the podium alive. He has been the fastest over the last 24 hours and as he leaves the coast of Brazil has power to add over the next 24 in easterly tradewinds as those in front of him struggle.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Coach has an OK Busman's Holiday
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ Coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Rod Davis takes on the mighty NZ OK Dinghy fleet at the 50th National Championships, held at Napier in early January: 'A couple of months ago I bought an OK dinghy, New Zealand has a long history in OK's with Kiwi's winning nearly a dozen world championships in the last 40 years.... [more]
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Tough day 3 at the 32nd Australian Minnow Titles
Andrew Dubbin,
Day three of the Australian Minnow Titles presented the competitors with ideal winds, sun and tide. The Highlight from the day is Brett Dale (WA)in 'RedBull', coming off two BFD's the previous day to take 1,2,1 ,5 out of day three in tough conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Designer Mike Drummond looks at foiling and pitchpoling
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World talks with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup. In this second part of the interview the issues of foiling and the trade-offs are discussed, along with the factors that led to the pitchpoling of Oracle's USA-17, and what is expected to be seen in the second generation of AC72 catamarans... [more]
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British Steel Challenge and Global Challenge at the London Boat Show
Barry Pickthall,
Over 200 people have signed up to attend a 20th anniversary reunion this Saturday for skippers and crew from Chay Blyth's 1992-93 ‘wrong way' round-the-world British Steel Challenge yacht race, plus the four subsequent Global Challenge races.... [more]
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Last chance to enter the Festival of Sails
Lisa Ratcliff,
January is known for grabbing a bargain at the traditional post-Christmas sales. In the sporting world the homophone ‘sails' spurs 100,000 people to the shores of Geelong and 300 plus boats and crews to Corio Bay over the Australia Day long weekend for the annual Festival of Sails.... [more]
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Parks Victoria Melges 24 Australian Championship lead-in to worlds
Tracey Walters,
Teams from the Australian Melges 24 fleet are busy training and preparing their boats for the sixth Melges 24 Australian Championship, sponsored by Parks Victoria and hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club as part of Geelong's annual Festival of Sails.... [more]
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Festival of Sails to be A1 fun for A-Class sailors
Danielle McKay,
World sailing speed record setter Simon McKeon has an insatiable need for speed, and he'll be getting his fix at the Festival of Sails this year. The former Australian of the Year will be competing in the hotly contested Gill A-Class Catamaran Southern Championships that will include five top 50 competitors from the 2012 world titles.... [more]
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Australian Maritime Safety Authority selects GME PLBs
Christina Stagg, GME,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recently took delivery of 400 GME MT410G Personal Locator Beacons for use within their world renowned search and rescue service. AMSA's operational area spans the country and covers 52.8 million square kilometres of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans.... [more]
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IRC National Championship at Festival of Sails – Entries close Friday
John Curnow,
A very strong interstate contingent (56%) heads the entries for 2013 Audi IRC National Championships. To be staged on the waters of Corio Bay in Geelong from Thursday, January 24, the three divisions have attracted some of the Australia's greatest yachts and crews, but there is still time for you to join them, provided you're quick.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bank of the Doldrums is open again
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, after borrowing and lending to the fleet two months ago, the Bank of the Doldrums is open again. Francois Gabart (Macif) entered overnight and has logically been giving away miles to those behind, the next few days will show whether they will be able to bank them.... [more]
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Wild Oats XI completes mission after historic treble
Henri Lloyd Australia,
The Wild Oats XI and skipper Mark Richards converted the pain of last year's loss to Investec Loyal to an epic win by pulling off a treble in the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Australian titles 2013 - Winning by a whisker
Chris Sutherland,
The Musto Performance Skiff Australian Championships has been action-packed throughout the week-long competition. In the end, Will Phillips claimed the title by tallying one more point ahead of runners-up Jon Newman and Tim Hill.... [more]
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Surf to City Yacht Race 2013 - Upwind all day
Peter Hackett,
The Queensland Cruising Yacht Club crew will be running again the Surf to City yacht race this year, marking the 20th anniversary since the inaugural race from Southport to Shorncliffe both inside and outside the bay. The locals are aware that 2013 would not be a record-busting year as shifty upwind expected to dominate during the race. However, a clubhouse was made to make the crews feel welcomed... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race 2013 –West Australia's elite bound to Indonesia
Marina Valmadre,
The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally 2013 is expected to be competitive with the participation of several elite sailors, including Western Australia's decorated sailor Paul Eldrid.... [more]
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Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race 2013 – Open for entries
Richard Howard,
The Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race 2013 is already open for entries, expecting more than 30 sportboats competing in one of the fastest growing regatta in Australia on April 14.... [more]
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Festival of Sails – Teen becomes 300th participant for Geelong regatta
Lisa Ratcliff,
The entries for the Festival of Sails 2013 continue to get bigger with 15 year-old Royal Geelong Yacht Club member Will Newman becoming the 300th participant for the upcoming keelboat battle in Geelong.... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup 2013 – Big Dragon fleet on Botany Bay
Peter Campbell,
The Prince Philip Cup 2013 has come to a great end as squadron member Matt Whitnall powered Akula to an overwhelming victory, besting 25 other International Dragons from New South Wales, Tasmania, and Western Australia on Botany Bay last week.... [more]
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UK Sailmakers gives Yassine a new mast for 150nm Laser sail record
Nancy Knudsen,
In December we ran a story about how a young Moroccan sailor was in Thailand training to sail a 150nm course in a tiny Laser to break the world record. His problem was, his mast was broken and he couldn't afford a new one. Now, thanks to our Asia Editor Guy Nowell and UK Sailmakers Hong Kong representative, Barry Hayes, who read the story, things are looking up for Yassine Darkaoui.... [more]
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Rod Jones and Rob Lea to contest QCYC Surf to City race
Ian Grant,
Friendly Mooloolaba Ocean racing sailors Rod Jones and Rob Lea will become serious rivals when they contest the annual Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Surf to City race over the Southport to Sandgate course on Saturday.... [more]
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'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd dies aged 87
Media Services,
The co-founder of the clothing brand Henri Lloyd, Henri Strzelecki, has died aged 87. The Polish-born former soldier and keen sailor was 'a visionary pioneer who sailed away peacefully,' on Boxing Day.... [more]
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America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 + Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have moved their second AC72 from the Cookson Boatbuilders yard in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore to the Hangar at the team base in Halsey Street. The hulls have been put in place, and beams will be fitted along with the rest of the infrastructure, after which the wingsail will be fitted.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Nationals - Fantastic season-opener on Sydney Harbour
Beth Morley,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 officially kicked off on Sunday with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers cruising to a victory in Race 1. Gotta Love It 7 crossed the finish line after 19 seconds to place second while Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel landed third. Photo journalist Beth Morley provided some of the action in the swashbuckling opening race of the 18ft Skiff Nationals, including great shots... [more]
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America's Cup: Ex-Oracle design chief looks at the Class of 2013
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World caught up with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup and asked his overall impression of the four designs currently working up towards the 2013 America's Cup regatta. 'From the design point of view there are three and a half groups,' he counters.... [more]
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London Boat Show 2013 - of snow and boats indoors
Rob Kothe,
The 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show is once again within the mammoth Docklands venue from 12-20 January 2013, covering an area of more than 15 football pitches. A wonderful facility but from a visitor view point, a location that present challenges to access.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff titles 2013 Race 1
Bob Killick,
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Davey O'Connor and Trent Barnabus were faultless in Race 1 of the 2013 Australian 18ft Skiff Championships leading all the way on a tricky south eastern Sydney Harbour course with challengers coming thick and fast.... [more]
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