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 29 Aug 2013

Wind at last for northern series, Magnetic Island, America´s Cup, more

ETNZ will challenging Oracle - America's Cup  Chuck Lantz
The Kiwi's are confident ahead of the America´s Cup, you probably caught a wiff of that in our Sail-World America´s Cup newletter. But the calibre of their opponents in Oracle is a significant step up so interesting times ahead.

Oracle boats are out practicing on the Bay in San Francisco on August 24, 2013 before the 7th race even starts at the Louis Vuitton Cup Final.  © Linda Wright

We will have a team of seven covering the San Francisco event, we will once again be the largest sailing media at that big event, as we were at London 2012 and Qingdao 2008.

Overnight we have again beefed up our Sail-World news and mail server capacity, we´ve been struggling with some huge traffic numbers as the AC approaches.

Registration Day morning - SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013  SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media

We are looking forward to getting out on the water here at Magnetic Island, the onwater speeds will be a fraction of San Francisco´s but there is no fog, no wet weather gear and the beer is definitely better.

Some 55 boats are expected to face the starter tomorrow Friday for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013 now in its seventh year, with more than 120 boats in all competing in Sail Townsville 2013.

While dual Sydney to Hobart winner Bob Steel and his TP52 Quest certainly adds class to the front of the fleet, the largest numbers of entries as happens in all the northern regattas will be in the cruising classes, with growing multihull fleets.

After soft breezes at Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week, even softer conditions at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, there have been plenty of smiles ahead of SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013.

It's the morning of registration and Regatta Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson has been up early walking the foreshore as is his regatta ritual. He is smiling and his Bundy rum hipflask is still full, with no weather god sacrifices apparently needed this morning.

Magnetic Island windspeed prediction for the next five days - SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013  PredictWind

'Wind at last! I have been feeling jinxed after the last three events. The Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel race was sailed in 10-12 knots of wind, it was 6-10 for most of Airlie Beach Race Week, and less at Hamilton Island.

'So the current conditions and the forecasts are a great relief.

'We have whitecaps on the Magnetic Island race course area yesterday, as we came over from Townsville on the SeaLink ferry across Cleveland Bay and we are expecting 15-18 knots through the weekend and possibly 20-25 on Monday, steadying down for Tuesday, the last day of the event.

'The last few days of winter and the first few of spring will definitely be T shirt and shorts sailing, with 28 degrees today and 29 tomorrow and onwards.

'Superb sailing conditions for the winter refugees from down south.'

All the latest news and information at www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

J24 World Championship - Day 3 images by David Branigan
David Branigan Images,
David Branigan was on site during day three of the J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club near Dublin to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Precision is paramount
Precision is the key to success in all sport. The faultless golf swing, the perfect line in motor racing, serving an ace in tennis: each requires absolute accuracy. In a team sport such as sailing individual and collective precision is paramount especially when competing with a crew of ten in one of the most aggressive and competitive classes in yacht racing.... [more]
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Perfect sailing forecast for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week media,
Some 55 boats are expected to face the starter tomorrow Friday for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013 now in its seventh year, with more than 120 boats in all competing in Sail Townsville 2013. It's the morning of registration and Regatta Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson has been up early walking the foreshore as is his regatta ritual.... [more]
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J24 World Championship - Ideal conditions prevail on day 3
Graham Smith,
In stark contrast to the previous day, ideal sailing conditions prevailed at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland) on day three of the BMW J24 World Championship to allow three races to be completed, resulting in just seven points separating the top five boats after one discard is taken into account.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships -Sailing cancelled on day 3
Rachel Solon,
Paralympic sailors at the Cork County Council IFDS World Championships were held ashore this morning as race management waited on the sea breeze to fill in however by lunchtime a decision was made to cancel racing for the day.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - 31st running commences tomorrow
Andrea Watson,
The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club's 2013 Knickerbocker Cup commences on Thursday, Aug. 29 ending on Sunday, Sept.1. This is the 31st running of the event and is the third in the Grand Slam Match Racing Series, the other three being the Chicago Match Cup, the Bayview YC's Detroit Cup and the Oakcliff International.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Lack of wind halts racing on day 3
Robert Deaves,
For the third day in a row at the Finn Gold Cup, an early postponement was hoisted in Tallinn, Estonia, but unlike the first two days, the wind never built enough to start racing. Racing for the day was abandoned at 15.00.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Quality line up to contest 24th edition
The 24th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is set to take place from 1-7 September with a quality line up ready to contest. Thirty-seven international crews are expected to descend on Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the high-class annual competition organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). Rolex has been title sponsor since 1985.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Scotland's sole entry revealed
Julia Wall Clarke,
With the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race start fast approaching, Scotland's only entry was officially revealed today (Wednesday 28th August) as an international crew from the Clipper Round the World Race were piped on board the 70ft ‘Old Pulteney' yacht at St Katharine Docks in London.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award nominations close in 1 week
Only a week remains for nominations for the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Nominations can be made by anyone and the only criterion is 'outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing' during the qualifying period of 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.... [more]
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AWT Pacasmayo Classic - Amateur overall win for Ingrid Larouche
Russ Faurot, AWT,
Day three at the AWT Pacasmayo Classic saw the completion of the Masters and Amateur rounds. Conditions were once again very good. Waves were a little smaller than yesterday, but still gave plenty of opportunity for clean down the line riding.... [more]
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Byte CII World Championship Day 4 - Northerly wind shakes up the fleet
Byte CII Media,
On day four of the Byte CII World Championship in Newport, heavy rain caused postponement of the day's racing but, when it cleared, the competitors were met with a northerly oscillating up to 35° all afternoon. Two races saw the competitors going around the course as if tied with a rope and the racing was exceptionally close.... [more]
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Byte CII World Championship - More day 4 images by Rodrigo Fernández
Byte CII Media,
More images from day four of the Byte CII World Championship by photographer Rodrigo Fernández.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ken Read's View: Foggy day on San Francisco Bay
Ken Read,
North Sails President and TV Commentary Team member, Ken Read gives his insider's view of the Louis Vuitton Cup: Fog's in this morning here on San Francisco Bay. Does that mean big breeze? Typically, but hopefully not the same scenario as yesterday when the second race of the day had to be canceled due to wind strength that was consistently over the imposed safety wind limits.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - The Cup is ours
Dean Barker,
Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' website Emirates Team NZ skipper Dean Barker gives his view on winning the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup: I am sitting here feeling incredibly proud of what ETNZ has achieved. It seems a long six years since we won the last Louis Vuitton Cup, and how things have changed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle Team USA Practice + Video
John Navas,
John Navas was out on San Francisco bay waiting for the start of the Red Bull America's Cup practice session and filed this gallery of images, as a well as a video, of Oracle Team USA out for a training session. Soon afterwards she suffered wingsail damage to her 3 wingsail and was towed home.... [more]
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Byte CII World Championship - Day 4 images by Rodrigo Fernández
Byte CII Media,
Images from day four of the Byte CII World Championship by photographer Rodrigo Fernández.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - Red Bull and AC72 Practice
John Navas,
Videographer, John Navas, was back on the water on San Francisco Bay and captured the action in the final Practice race for the Red Bull America's Cup, as the teams raced.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 August 2013
The ISAF World Match Race Rankings for 28 August 2013 have been released with Taylor Canfield (ISV) taking over as world number one in the Open Rankings, ending Ian Williams' run at the top that started on 11 January 2012. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) has moved to the top of the Women's Rankings pushing Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) to world number two.... [more]
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International Tornado world championship - Lots of action to hit Ibiza
International Tornado Class Association,
The Tornado Class sailors will be hitting Ibiza for the annual Tornado Open and Mixed World Championships a month away.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC- Solid First Day for Australia in the Trial Series
Simon Reffold,
Ahead of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup starting September first in San Francisco, objective Australia had a solid first day in the trials series.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Flawless first day
While the weather was a mix of contrasts for the opening day of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, hosted from the Harbour Court club house of New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I., the results on the water were anything but.... [more]
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America's Cup: A quick look at University of Auckland's Yacht Research
Many people wonder why New Zealand is able to produce so many good sailors and engineers. The sailors often come from the Lion Foundation's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Youth Program, and designers and engineers come from the University of Auckland's School of Engineering.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships - Australians make a strong start
Craig Heydon,
At the IFDS World Championships in Ireland and the Finn Gold Cup in Estonia, light winds have made for a slow day of racing.... [more]
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