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 16 Aug 2013
 

Of Airlie Beach, Sydney Hobart, Luis Vuitton and more

Do you have a mast parrot? Wallop does! Abell Point Airlie Beach Race Week 2013  Sail-World.com ©
Luckily sailors have short memories, the bars in Hobart in late December prove that, so the fact that all but the last day of the 2013 Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week has been very light, will soon be forgotten. It's been a perfect breeze for the final day of the race around Pioneer Bay, news on the days sailing and the overall results later.

Sports boats heading out from the start with the backdrop of Airlie Beach . - Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week  Shirley Wodson

Yachting Australia Vice President Matt Allen probably sails at more regattas in more boats than any other skipper in the Asia Pacific. He has been campaigning a Beneteau 44.7 and an IRC modified Adams 10 in Asia, a Farr 400 on the Australian regatta circuit and the IRC modified Volvo 70 offshore, all called Ichi Ban (number one in Japanese) and now his new 60 footer is in progress.

We sat down with the former CYCA Commodore at the 2013 Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Regatta.

03, ICHI BAN, Sail No: AUS 03, Owner: Matt Allen, Design: Jones 70 Custom, LOA (m): 21.5, State: NSW - 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

‘Lisa, my wife, and I figured we were spending so much money on the boat that we had better save money on the crew gear so I think we are going to call it Ichi Ban.

‘I was quite keen to have a boat that is considerably more powerful that say a TP52 for ocean racing, utilizing modern sail shapes but also for the Hobart race a boat that would on the average race arrive in the afternoon rather than the evening or very early morning hours. You can read the full story below.

28/07/2013, San Francisco (CA), 34th America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin,Race Day 13, Emirates Team New Zealand Vs Luna Rossa  ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman©

The 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup Final commences Saturday with Emirates Team New Zealand taking on Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge. The two teams also met in the previous Louis Vuitton Cup Final, in Valencia, Spain, in 2007, and Emirates Team New Zealand came out on top.

Emirates Team NZ sailing on San Francisco Bay  Chuck Lantz ©

The upcoming series is a best-of-13, meaning the first to score seven points will be the winner. Two, five-leg races are planned per day, the first start scheduled at 1:10 pm PT and the second at 2:10 pm. Each race will last approximately 25 minutes, and there'll be a break of about 30 minutes between races. This same format will be used next month in the America's Cup Final.

As we at Sail-World feared might happen Yachting NSW has announced the cancellation of the second Grade One Olympic Classes regatta in Australia, the 2013 Sail Sydney regatta.

Sail Sydney began as a test event for the 2000 Olympics and has grown in recent years to be the dinghy event with the largest number of participants in the Southern hemisphere. Over 475 boats competed in the 2012 edition.

However the event was always low profile and we were always concerned that sponsors would be as a result hard to find and so it has proven. We hope that 2014 will its return.

For us, we are heading to Hamilton Island in the morning and after that we are going north to Sail Townsville including Magnetic Island Race Week.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team



Hard campaigner preparing for Sydney Hobart handicap challenge

Yachting Australia Vice President Matt Allen probably sails at more keelboat regattas and races in more boats than any other skipper in the Asia Pacific. We talked to him at Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week about his new offshore race being launched ahead of the 2013 Sydney to Hobart race... [more]
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Stripey - missing you at Airlie Beach and will too at Hammo
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Ian 'Stripey' Grant, the much loved Queensland sailing writer and media officer for the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club's (QCYC) Brisbane-Gladstone race for many years, did not miss an Airlie Beach Race Week or a Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2013 cancelled
Yachting NSW,
Yachting NSW has announced the cancellation of the Grade one 2013 Sail Sydney regatta which was scheduled to be held December 12 -15.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup Final: Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa set + Video
Irene Corosu,
The 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup Final commences Saturday with Emirates Team New Zealand taking on Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge. The two teams also met in the previous Louis Vuitton Cup Final, in Valencia, Spain, in 2007, and Emirates Team New Zealand came out on top. Includes full video replay of the media conference... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Tough day at the sailing office for Ichi Ban
Tracey Johnstone,
Airlie Beach Race Week - Even the best sailors can get it wrong, at least once. Just ask the skipper of Performance Racing Division leader Ichi Ban, Matt Allen.... [more]
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Oracle gets some practice in on the SF bay
Chuck Lantz,
Team Oracle had both their AC72 boats out today, taking advantage of a non-race day to practice running the America's Cup course. Their number one boat did most of the work, trying a number of gybes, using a shorter, fuller headsail than usually seen on either of the two boats.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup Media Conference: Sirena says Kiwis ahead
Bob Fisher,
'The Louis Vuitton Cup is a crucial part of the build-up for the America's Cup,' declared Dean Barker, the Emirates Team New Zealand skipper in his opening remarks at the pre-final press conference. For the past 30 years, winning the Louis Vuitton Cup has been an essential step in the dethroning of the defender.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup - Final press conference images
Carlo Borlenghi Images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site to capture this gallery of images during the final Louis Vuitton Cup press conference.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Historic doublehanded, overall winner revealed
KPMS,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, history has been made. Pascal and Alexis Loison's JPK 1010 Night And Day from France has claimed victory overall and is the first doublehanded crew ever to do so. A remarkable, near unthinkable achievement, which sets a new milestone for the mythical 88-year old race.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - The international challenge
KPMS,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, more than twenty different nations from four continents are represented. Around 40% of fleet and half the sailors are non-British. The biennial event, one of the world's great ocean races and sponsored by Rolex since 2001, is globally revered and recognised.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race Village bursts into life
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Rolex Fastnet Race Village has burst into life with a flurry of finishing boats making it into Plymouth during the night. Over 200 yachts have finished the 45th edition of the race and with entries from 20 different countries and crew from many more, there is a cosmopolitan blend of sailors enjoying the atmosphere in the purpose-built village situated within Plymouth Yacht Haven.... [more]
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Rolex fastnet Race - McConaghy Boats Line honours and IRC Success
McConaghy Boats Media,
McConaghy Boats built, Reichel Pugh designed 100 ft super maxi Esmit Europa II (previously Alfa Romeo) arrived in Plymouth yesterday morning securing Line honours victory in this years Rolex Fastnet Race. ICAP Leopard III the Farr designed McConaghy built 100ft super maxi finished in third place.... [more]
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2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - Father and son win
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
For the first time in its 88 year history, the Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by a doublehanded crew.The father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison from Cherbourg, France on the JPK 10.10, Night and Day, arrived at 07:19:57 BST this morning making their elapsed time 3 days 18 hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds for the 611 mile race.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Morning update 15 August
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
A French whitewash seems on the cards among the IRC results in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. The overall leader continues to change by the hour, but at present nine of the top 10 finishers on handicap are French.... [more]
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America's Cup Books: Sailing on the Edge by Bob Fisher and others
Doug Cuming,
As the Louis Vuitton Cup is hotting up towards the finals, two new books have been released covering the latest AC72 catamarans and their journey to the Americas Cup final next month.... [more]
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Larry Ellison talks America's Cup and his love of sailing + Video
Vieira Weesie, CBS This Morning,
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison sat down with CBS' Charlie Rose for a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed his love of sailing and the accusations that he's made sailing too dangerous in his attempts to ‘modernize' the sport.... [more]
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Can you help chip in $10 for Multiple Sclerosis for my MS Cup?
Blake Middleton,
With the MS Cup race just under two weeks away, it's time to ask for your help. Can you make a small contribution to the National MS Society in support of my MS Cup race? I've seen first hand the amazing progress that the MS Society has made in research and programs just in the past 10 years since my own diagnosis, and I truly want to work hard to help find a CURE in my lifetime.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Race update 14 August
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Like the animals in Noah's Ark, the biggest monohulls have spent the last days travelling two by two around the Rolex Fastnet Race course.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Henri Lloyd sign up to compete
Ruth Harrington,
For the first time in its nine-race history the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will feature a Henri Lloyd sponsored yacht after coming on board as a Team Sponsor for the 2013-14 edition of the world's longest ocean race... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Difficult sailing in picture-perfect location
Tracey Johnstone,
Racing in day four of the Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week was postponed for three hours until sufficient breeze arrived to give the fleet a fighting chance of finishing a course.... [more]
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Three new inductees into America's Cup Hall of Fame
Sail-World.com,
Three new members of the America's Cup Hall of Fame were inducted in a ceremony and dinner in San Francisco, timed to start with the start of the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The three is year's Inductees are Lucy M. Jewett of San Francisco; Noel Robins of Perth; and Grant Simmer of Sydney.... [more]
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America's Cup - Images of Luna Rossa training by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images of Luna Rossa training for the Louis Vuitton cup in San Francisco by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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2013 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Wild Oats XI to be tested
Robert Mundle,
Bob Oatley's record-breaking super-maxi, Wild Oats XI, has been fitted with a radical, retractable, hydrofoil-type wing in a bid to make her even faster when sailing downwind.... [more]
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