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 18 Mar 2013
 

Lasers in court battle, Osaka race underway, Sail Townsville launched

Not sure you need a caption for this! - Club Marine Series  Teri Dodds ©
This week's big news is that Bruce Kirby, the legendary designer of the Laser, is headed back to court with LaserPerformance, the UK and US Laser builder, over a rights issue (Kirby's lawsuit also names the International Laser Class Association [ILCA] and the International Sailing Federation [ISAF]). This cases has lots of ramifications world-wide and down under, as the Australasian builder Performance Sail Craft is highly regarded on the world stage.

We've looked at some 18 documents some 143 pages in all before writing our feature piece. The 84 year old designer is suing for default of contract as well as counterfeiting, trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin, inducement to default on contract, and right of publicity under federal and state law.' More, inside, including some bold comments from both LaserPerformance and the ILCA and a more cautious reaction from ISAF.

Fleet Farewell SYC at Melbourne-Osaka Yacht Race 2013   Sally Williams

The 5,500 nautical mile Melbourne to Osaka Race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, Japan is run every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship.

The race features staggered starts to try and ensure the boats arrive as close as possible together in Osaka. The first start off Portsea Pier was today, there were two yachts on the start line, the Osaka Yacht Club entry, Yasuyuki Nakji´s 40 footer Southern Cross and Robert Bradley´s Farr 38 Escapade. Sail-world has traditionally provided the most detailed coverage of this event. We will do our best to keep this record intact.

In a series constituting numerous races held over seven event days from November to March, you almost have to factor it in. Add to that the Club Marine Series' location on Melbourne's Port Phillip, and also the sheer weight of precedence with the previous six rounds being sunny, warm and totally hospitable, then it was effectively a lay down misère that this final outing was bound to be blowy, wet and almost a tad miserable. Spectacular scenes from the weekend and wonderul words from John Curnow, as you´d expect.

Townsville  Tourism Queensland

This August-September, Queensland's newest major event, Sail Townsville will be held in North Queensland. Sail Townsville, a first of its kind ten day International Sailing Regatta and Festival, was officially launched last week.

The Sail-World team has been heavily involved in the keystone event, Magnetic Island Race Week for the last six years and that will continue in 2013.

Elliott 7 Class 2012 Sail Port Stephens Regatta hosted by Corlette Point Sailing Club Day 5.   Matt King /Sail Port Stephens 2012


The next next big event on the Australian calendar is Sail Port Stephens which incorporates the NSW IRC State titles and the Elliott 7 Nationals. It starts on April 15th. We will be there with bells on. Have you registered yet?


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Easy Tiger IV wins Platu Open in Thailand
Lulu Roseman,
Easy Tiger IV, the new Platu 25 launched last week by Easy Tiger Racing Team has won her debut regatta, the Platu 25 Open at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand.... [more]
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Western Australian Etchells Championship – Peter Chappell claims title
Etchells Swan River Fleet,
The final day of the Western Australian Etchells Championship had the competitors eager to dock out at 0730 for the scheduled 0830 warning – the previous day had been a long day with five tough heats to sail and with the breeze at a light 5-7 knots from the East most were looking for an easier day on the body.... [more]
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Black Yacht wins Queensland IRC State Championships
Bronwen Ince,
Today, Sunday 17th March, Peter Harburg's 66ft Reichel Pugh, Black Jack won the 2013 Queensland IRC State Championships, followed closely by Sydney Vessel 'Vamp' skippered by David Fuller.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Close finishes on final day
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Most Farr 40 regattas comes down to the last leg of the last race on the last day. This one was even closer than that!... [more]
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18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour - Race abandoned due to strong winds
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour Race 2013. Strong southerly winds forced officials to abandon the annual 18ft Skiff race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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It was bound to happen at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
In a series constituting numerous races held over seven event days from November to March, you almost have to factor it in. Add to that the Club Marine Series' location on Melbourne's Port Phillip, and also the shear weight of precedence with the previous six rounds being sunny, warm and totally hospitable, then it was effectively a lay down misère that this final outing was bound to be blowy.... [more]
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OceansWatch training pays off for sustainability in the Solomon's.
Chris Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Chris Bone, inspirational leader of OceansWatch, an organisation of sailors who help islanders of the Pacific where they sail to cope with their changing environment and climate change, speaks here about the challenges of 'making a difference'... [more]
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Behind the scenes - the story of one rescue
Nancy Knudsen,
What happens behind the scenes during a rescue of a sailing boat mostly remains unknown - the difficulties of the rescuers are considered hardly newsworthy compared with the real and present danger of those in trouble. That maybe true, but the efforts and bravery of the rescuers need acknowledging, such as in this story recorded by a spokesman for the rescuers - on the south coast of Britain.... [more]
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Report highlights rise of maritime crime in South-East Asia
Dryad Maritime,
The UK's leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime will release a specialist report, ‘Special Advisory Southeast Asia. Disorganised theft to organised crime' which will focus on the rise of targeted hijackings in South East Asia.... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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Perfect Paradise at the Queensland IRC State Championships
Bronwen Ince,
Today was the second day of racing for the XXXX Sail Paradise Regatta 2013, and wasn't it a beauty... The sun was out in full glory, it truly was a day in Paradise.... [more]
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Sail Townsville adds new dimension to Queensland regatta
Jeni Bone,
The inaugural 2013 Sail Townsville festival, 24 August to 3 September, is aimed squarely at promoting the lifestyle attributes and sailing assets of this idyllic North Queensland destination, with organisers teaming up with Yachting Queensland to ensure optimal scope and appeal.... [more]
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Western Australian Etchells Championships - Drama on Day 1
Etchells Swan River Fleet,
Black flags, OCS, collisions and penalties dominated day one of the WA Etchells Championships held on the Swan River. The fleet was keen to leave the dock at 0730 in the brisk 15-18 easterly breeze for the scheduled 0830 start with many taking the opportunity to try and work out the 20 to 30 degree shifts that dominate an Easterly on the Swan before the first warning signal for the day.... [more]
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WA Etchells State Championship - Can it get any better!
Kylie Wilson,
A perfect day out on the Swan River for day one of the Western Australian Etchells State Championship – the wind, the light, the sunset – it can't get any better.... [more]
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Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race Series
Peter Campbell,
Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race Series final event got underway today. An early break on the fleet as it sailed down the River Derwent in light winds gave Bellerive Yacht Club skipper Tony Williams and his Sydney Hobart racer, Martela, the prestigious AMS category pennant for the season's Combined Club Long Race Series in southern Tasmania.... [more]
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CYCA Ocean Pointscore Series - Fickle conditions for Lion Island race
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA member and Sydney jeweller Julian Farren-Price has irrefutably claimed his third successive win in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series with his Cookson 12 About Time, after claiming the IRC win in the Lion Island race – the last of the series.... [more]
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Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Position shuffles on Day 3
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. A three-race day off Miami Beach shuffled the fleet like a deck of cards. Struntje Light maintained its lead for the third straight day, but Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible made major moves on Friday as the overall standings scrambled like eggs.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Carlo Borlenghi's photos on final day
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. Carlo Borlenghi provides some of his shots on the final day of racing hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingman
www.ENTZBlog.com,
Glenn Ashby (AUS) describes his job as wing trimmer on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 as a bit like driving a truck. The multiple A-Cat world champion, Olympic Silver medalist, and former Tornado cat world champion, is talking a really big truck with a 32-speed gearbox as it traveling up and down a series of hills and turns.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Caribbean flight
Jill Campbell,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the British Virgin Islands provided the sumptuous setting for the Caribbean sailing spectacle which concluded today after four days of sporting competition. Over 20 Nautor's Swan yachts representing nearly ten countries and territories provided a dynamic spectacle in idyllic waters and varying wind conditions.... [more]
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Getting your boat to shine in all weathers
Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you end up with 'swipe marks' on your boat after cleaning? Do your zippers jam with salt? Do you find that even rain dirties your boat? Apart from moving to somewhere pristine and unpolluted, what can you do about these challenges? Here the cleaning experts at Shurhold give their Top Seven Tips for effective and easy washing:... [more]
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A sailing clubhouse with a difference
Nancy Knudsen,
The Arabella is the new 150ft clubhouse for the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York. Not content with using their clubhouse as an earthbound springboard for going sailing, the Manhattan Sailing Club has taken their passion for sailing to the next level - not one, but two, floating clubhouses. The Arabella is the latest.... [more]
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Salt and Speed - Kitesurfers in great shape for record attempt
Tanguy Blondel,
In the strong winds (Force 9) of the past two days, kitesurfers Alexandre Caizergues and Rob Douglas have linked together a number of runs at over fifty knots on the 500m 'Volkswagen Transporter Arena' course in France's Salin-de-Giraud.... [more]
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XXXX Sail Paradise - Yachting takes teens by storm!!!
Bronwen Ince,
XXXX Sail Paradise, hosted by Southport Yacht Club, Gold Coast is being held from 15 to 17 March 2013. Ever since Jessica Watson's unbelievable and record breaking voyage around the world there has been a resurgence in yachting, particularly in teenagers.... [more]
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Farr 400's sail to success on two different continents
Victoria Low,
Farr 400's sailed to victory at keynote regattas on two different continents over the past weekend. In Australia, Matt Allen and his crew of Ichi Ban topped the 18 boat PHS Division 1 by two points after the four races sailed over Saturday and Sunday at the regatta which is one of the biggest keelboat regattas in the country, attracting more than 200 boats.... [more]
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Farr 40s looking to young dinghy sailors for future crew
Peter Campbell,
Hobart's Farr 40 owners, on a wave of interstate success, are already looking ahead, somewhat far ahead in some cases, for new crew to sail their elite, high performance one-design yachts.... [more]
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Western Australian Etchells Championship - Competition set to sizzle
Etchells Swan River Fleet,
The Western Australian Etchells Championship, hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, is set to commence this weekend on the Swan River. The seven-race series has attracted the best Etchells sailors in the state with up to 25 boats completing their weigh in and registration last night amongst thunderstorms, torrential rain and lightning amongst the beautiful setting at RFBYC.... [more]
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