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 08 Apr 2013
 

Australian Gold medallist takes regatta winning streak to thirteen

Belcher and Ryan in action at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma de Mallorca.  Thom Touw ©
The Sail-World Team has been in Palma de Mallorca, Spain this week, at the first European Olympic class regatta.

It was a controversial event, with Victor Kovalenko, one of many unhappy with the experimental new format, unleashing a serious spray, aimed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup organisers, because the event discounts the first three days of the competition, reducing the qualifying rounds scores to just a single number value.

Under sunny skies - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2013  Sail-World.com ©

In spite of this, the 30 year old Mathew Belcher has extended his amazing event winning streak to 13, by taking victory with his new 2012-2013 crew 24 year old Will Ryan.

Belcher has won every event he sailed in since November 2011, including two World championships and last year's London Olympic 470 dinghy competition with former crewmate Malcolm Page. We talked at length to Mat, Will and their British rivals in Palma.

Tom Burton in the Laser fleet in Palma - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

Brendan Casey in action during the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma  © MartinezStudio.es

Not a great medal round for two other Aussie sailors. Tom Burton was OCS and turned his regatta lead in a third place and Brendan Casey also OCS, finished ninth in the Finn Class.

We interviewed the ISAF World Cup organiser, as you will see below and will have more on the World Cup format debate in the coming days.



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

Ian 'Stripey' Grant  Jessica Statham



Sail Port Stephens is just a week away, now it its sixth year, this must do regatta runs from Monday 15th April and there is still time to enter www.sailportstephens.com.au.

After single digit temperatures in Mallorca, we are looking forward to spending this weekend in Nelson´s Bay with temperatures of 28 forecast for both days.


Sadly, an icon of the sailing media, Ian ‘Stripey' Grant and his bride Marie both died in recent days. Our tribute to Stripey is below, along with the details of his funeral and wake upcoming.






Zoe - Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013  Ash Evans

The 2012 Hempels Gosford to Lord Howe race is mid-race in soft conditions and we have the latest reports. The 2013 Melbourne to Osaka fleet are heading north at the same time.

America's Cup - Richard Gladwell has been on the interview trail, we have the latest.

Check back with us every day for all the latest news.


Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy



Australia's Belcher predicts 470 battle with Brits all the way to Rio
Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy,
nder 470 coaching wizard Victor Kovalenko Australia has dominated the 470 Class. From 2000 onwards they have won five Olympic Gold medals and already the portents are there for Rio in 2016.... [more]
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ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Australia´s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup expands its role
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is now quite a lot different to the product of just 12 months ago, it is now it is more continental as it aims to increase high grade event accessibility for sailors around the world as Antonio González de la Madrid (ESP), the ISAF Sailing World Cup Manager, explains.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Race - Tackling light and squally conditions
Robyn Brooke and David Taylor,
The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race teams are now tackling light and squally conditions in the tropics with the lead boat positioned north of the Solomon Sea and Southern Cross managing rig damage at 17 degrees south. Boats are reporting their position via radio sked with Kordia at 0600hrs and 1800hrs EST daily on HF radio, as well as confirming their position and race conditions via SMS sat phone.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hall of Famer dies in San Diego at 95
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Hall of Fame member, Jack Sutphen, passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego on March 24, at the age of 95 years. Best known as a key part of the trial horse crew for Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaigns, Sutphen's relationship with Conner had its genesis in 1974, when he was replaced by Conner as tactician aboard the 12 metre Courageous.... [more]
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Remote reefs can be tougher than they look
AIMS/ARC Centre of Excellence,
Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has shown.... [more]
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Hempel Gosford-Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Tactical sailing ahead
Tony Evans,
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013. Competitors are making slow progress in the race and the fleet is starting to spread out as tacticians try to thread their way through the light and variable breezes.... [more]
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Tasmanian J24 and Dragon Championship - Stiff competition in Hobart
Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian J24 and International Dragon Championship 2013. Hobart yachtsman Greg Rowlings yesterday completed a hat-trick of Tasmanian championship wins in the International J24 keelboat class, taking out a hard-fought series on the River Derwent.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Tight finish for Finn class
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn Class. Giles Scott (GBR) took a narrow one place victory over Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) in the double medal race finale to the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday. Race wins went to British team mates Andrew Mills (GBR) and Mark Andrews (GBR).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - US bags bronze on final day
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013. On the final day of racing at 44 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2013, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha captured a bronze medal in Women's 470. .... [more]
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Paper charts - vital for the prudent cruising sailor
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World,
Recently we published in informative article by Neil Langford, tech-savvy cruising sailor, about whether in today's high-tech world paper charts are really necessary, and about how he changed his mind. Here, Daria Blackwell, veteran cruising sailor and sailing author (Happy Hooking, the Art of Anchoring), replies with a contrary argument:... [more]
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Shazzam! World's longest ever yacht launched: Azzam
Lee Mylchreest,
Shazzam! She's launched. The newest outsized yacht, the largest ever built in the world, is a staggering 590 ft (180m) - that's nearly two football fields long. It's longer than some cruise ships, and no less than 54ft longer than the next largest yacht - Roman Abramovich's Elipse. She's called Azzam.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2013 - Going from strength to strength
Sail Port Stephens Media,
The sixth annual Sail Port Stephens race week starts on Monday week, April 15th, and Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson is forecasting the 2013 event will be another major success.... [more]
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International 14 World Championship - Aussies set sight at top prize
Neil Patchett,
International 14 World Championship 2013. Current Australian Champions in the International 14 class, Brad Devine and Ian Furlong, are building towards a strong showing at the upcoming world championship in Canada.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Blasse takes the title in Pattaya
Robert Deaves,
At the 2013 Singha OK Dinghy World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has taken the title after placing second in the only race sailed on the final day. Nick Craig (GBR) took the silver while Mike Williams (AUS) took the bronze. The final race was won by defending champion Andre Budzien (GER).... [more]
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ORC World Championship - 100 is a magic number
ORC,
100 is a magic number, and for ORCi World Championships a customary one in the last few years. There were 119 entries in the 2011 ORCi World Championship in Cres, 124 at the 2012 Audi ORCi World Championship in Helsinki, and here in early April it is a number that is approaching fast for organizers of the ORC World Championship 2013, held over June 21-29 in Ancona, Italy.... [more]
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Osaka Cup - Optimus prime on to theSolomons
Trevor Taylor,
Osaka Cup 2013 - Friday morning update from Trevor aboard OP. Thanks again for those that sent something back after my last effort. Comments ranged from don't lead with your chin to just another line on an ageing face, some where happy for me with my clean jocks and others just wished us well.... [more]
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Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race weather briefing
Tony Evans,
The 39th Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race gets underway in Broken Bay at 1pm on Saturday 6th April 2013. At the weather briefing, held at the GSC Thursday night, the Bureau of Meteorology's Mick Logan delivered a vastly different forecast to that predicted last weekend by some experienced weather men.... [more]
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Shaw dominates Paper Tiger International event again
Rowdy Leatham,
Dave Shaw has dominated the 2013 Swire Shipping International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships held over Easter weekend (28 March – 1st April) in a repeat of the 2012 event. Four race wins on day one set up Shaw, before a second and a ninth place (after an impressive cartwheel down the first reach) on the final day left Shaw (Nelson, NZ) 3 points ahead of second placed Bryan Anderson (Austr... [more]
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World's tiniest PLB now certified for use
Alan Wrigley/Sail-World Cruising,
The tiniest PLB in the world, introduced to the sailing world in January, has now been fully certified for use throughout Europe and the USA after being awarded relevant COSPAS-SARSAT and product approvals. The product will be available in Australia after launching in the next couple of weeks.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 action underway next week
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series gets underway in just one weeks' time and the high-rise, cosmopolitan city of Singapore is getting into gear to host. Eight international teams with 28 World Championship titles, 20 Olympic campaigns and 25 America's Cups between them will line up on the 11th April for four days of intense stadium racing on Marina Bay Reservoir.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013 - Inter-state schools target Match Race challenge
Tracey Johnstone,
Sail Mooloolaba Schools Invitational Match Racing Challenge 2013. School sailors as far south as Canberra set their sight at this year's competition to be held on the 27th and 28th June 2013.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - Hitchhiker set to compete
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013. The Champion Yacht at the inaugural event in 1984, the famous Australian Admiral's Cup challenger, Hitchhiker, will be trucked 5000 kilometres across the continent in August to be part of this year's 30th anniversary regatta.... [more]
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The seven vital sailing boat diesel checks
John Jamieson,
You turn the key, push the diesel engine starter button and your engine starts just as you expect. But did you realize that you still have 7 quick checks to make that could spell the difference between a trouble free day on the water or the challenge of sailing into your marina dock without an engine? Follow these seven vital tips from marine diesel guru Peter Compton.... [more]
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