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 07 Oct 2013

Heaven Can Wait 2013 - a full moon party and more AC35 insights

Heaven Can Wait 2012 - Peter Hewson's Storage King Wallop  Greg Dickins
Less than 40 days to one of our favourite events, the Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash, 12 hour and 24 hour races on Lake Macquarie. So, get on board now with your entry into one of the most unique charity sailing regattas in Australia and start fundraising for a great cause.

Heaven Can Wait 2012 Quest in full moonlight  Greg Dickins
As RMYC Toronto Sailing Captain and event organiser Mel Steiner explains, some points to note about this year's event:

'We have moved it to later in the year – November 16/17 when we hope the weather will be kinder to us

It is scheduled on a weekend closest to a full moon - hopefully making the 12 and 24 hour races a little more comfortable.

'The course will be reversed so that spectators will get plenty of photo opportunities – first seeing the boats start and heading towards Speers Point, and then a second time as they come back down past the start and head down to the other end of Lake Macquarie. '

An extended ABC interview with Bob and Sandy Oatley, provides a window into the 35th Americas Cup from the Challenger of Record's perspective.

Music to the ears of sailors, who want to ensure that the 35th Cup will have more of an emphasis on sailing. Somehow don't see Team Hammo wanting to spend time on legal BS, they just want to sail.

Certainly enthusiasm for the challenges ahead from Australia's preminent big boat sailing family, who have forged friendships with many of the players on the America's Cup scene. Reading between the lines, the excitement generated in the last week of AC34 seems to have decided the family they should be involved next time around.

XI, WILD OATS XI, Sail No: AUS 10001, Owner: Robert Oatley, Design: Reichel/Pugh 30 Mtr, LOA (m): 30.5, State: NSW - 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Over the Ditch, Emirates Team New Zealand received an outstanding welcome home from their Kiwi fans on Friday, with a capacity, in fact over-flowing crowd Auckland's waterfont.

New Zealand fans have a habit of turning feral on teams which don't win – notably Rugby World Cups. However this welcome was a first for New Zealand, and clearly fans could see past the on the water result – which very nearly went the other way.

For a team who left San Francisco rather shell-shocked by not winning the 34th America's Cup, the Auckland welcome was the tonic they required.

Clearly the fans want to see the team continue.

While Emirates Team NZ is an America's Cup Team, it has also competed in the Volvo Ocean Race and we'd not be terribly surprised to see them in Alicante next year,.

The team has reached out to a new fan base, well outside the usual sailing afficionados, in fact the sailing set was well outnumbered on Friday. This is the People's Team.

Emirates Team New Zealand - Welcome Home, October 4, 2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

There was a change of heart by the NZ Government too. While previously scathing of the decision by the previous administration for their $36 million backing of the team, this administration now realises how an extremely successful trade and export effort can be leveraged off sailing campaigns.

In fact the New Zealand Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce commented that while the fans would have preferred to have seen the America's Cup end earlier (and with an Emirates Team NZ win), from NZ economic perspective the extended length of the America's Cup itself was a huge bonus, as New Zealand surfed the steep wave of US media and industry interest.

As matters now stand the New Zealand Government seems to be even more keen than the Team on the next America's Cup.

Any new Kiwi entry will be dependent on the new Protocol - and we'd expect to hear later of some quiet chats with the Oatley family who seem to have similar opinions especially on nationality, and cost reductions.

Right now as a priority can Bob and Sandy Oatley, Mark Richards, Iain Murray, Jimmy Spithill, Tom Slingsby, Kyle Langford, Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby, Darren Bundock and Adam Beashel please take Tony Abbott for a sail on Wild Oats XI, they can meet him at the bottom of the steps at Kirribilli. Maybe with some overseas friends too.

Bob Oatley, Ernesto and Kristy Bertarelli, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013  Belinda Rolland ©

We're pleased to be able to announced that Sail-World.com broke existing readership records in September, with visits to the site topping a massive 1.2 million for the month. This is almost double the previous record of 650,000 set in September 2012, off the back of the Weymouth Olympics.

The history of these major events is they bring us expanded audiences and we hold a substantial portion of the newbies on every occasion.

Alexa Rankings for Sail-World, the highest ranking sailing news site in the world.  
Sail-World.com had over 560,000 unique visitors in the month, who read on average nine stories per visit, and stayed over 20 minutes on the site, up from 250,000 in August.

That's great exposure if you are an advertiser with Sail-World.com. (If you are selling to the marine market place and you are not, time to talk to us)

In terms of ratings against other websites, according to the independent Alexa rankings, Sail-World.com is the top sailing news website in the world, ranking at around 20,000th in the world.

We have occupied that position since February 2013, when we started sending our content in 61 languages, with now 15 of them, with a Sail-World specialised sailing glossary of more than a thousand words and phrases. As you can see this down under view of the sailing world has proven very popular.

While we are a very proud Aussie website, dominating the local news scene, our busiest time of the day is Sydney 2am because of our big North American and European audiences.


NSW Youth Championships - Over 270 youth sailors enjoying
Andrew Hawkins,
The annual Yachting NSW Youth Championships is one of the most popular regattas on the sailing calendar and the 2013 edition sees over 270 young sailors competing at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014 Accommodation Options
Kristie Kaighin,
Looking to book accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds - Images and Video from the final day
John Navas,
John Navas was again on the water for the final day of the Melges 24 Worlds, being organised by the San Francisco Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in still and video images.... [more]
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Sail-World.com rockets to new record
Brendan Maxwell,
We're pleased to be able to announce that Sail-World.com broke existing readership records in September, with visits to the site topping a massive 1.2 million for the month. This is almost double the previous record of 650,000 set in September 2012, off the back of the Weymouth Olympics.... [more]
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2013 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - 40 days to go!
Mel Steiner,
Yes, we are a shade over five weeks to go before the start of the 2013 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta. If you have not got your entry in, you need to do it now so that you have the best chance of winning the ‘virtual fund raising race' in support of the Hunter Region of the NSW Cancer Council.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - The Wave, Muscat crowned champions!
Extreme Sailing Series,
At the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 Nice, presented by Land Rover, The Wave, Muscat were crowned champions, after sailing a near faultless regatta. The team, representing the Sultanate of Oman, has led the Act since the first race and haven't looked back since.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour Portugal - Down to the wire
RC44 Championship Tour,
RC44 Championship Tour - Racing went down to the wire in Portugal, the closest RC44 event for many seasons. Five boats were in contention for the top spot going into the final day of racing.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup preview
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup, hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, Bermuda is being held 7th to 13th Oct, 2013. The Argo Group Gold Cup Sailing Instructions have been posted on the event website and with them the all important 10-team Groups for the qualifying Round Robin have been set... [more]
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America's Cup 35 - Challengers of Record first press conference
An extended ABC (Australia's National broadcasters) press conference with Bob and Sandy Oatley, provides a window into the 35th Americas Cup from the Challenger of Record's perspective.... [more]
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Tornado World Championship - Plenty of chances to win or lose
Roland Gaebler,
At the Tornado World Championship, we had one of the best sailing conditions ever. 10 races with winds between six and 25 knots. Every race day had its own tactical challenge with plenty of chances to win or lose a race. On the first three days the racing was also combined with big waves, which creates high jumps on the Tornadoes... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - The Greeks retain the title!
Andrew Dowley,
The 2013 Tornado Open and Mixed World Championships finished on a high in Ibiza on Saturday, another fantastic day on the water.Three races were run to make the full quota of 10 races after one was missed earlier in the week. The wind was between seven and 13 knots and coming from the North to North East direction... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Harbour welcome home for Team NZ
Emirates Team New Zealand were welcomed back to Auckland on Friday with a tour of the Auckland waterfont Ten thousand fans turned out to see the team.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams fight for line honors
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it is an extremely close battle between leaders PSP Logistics, Qingdao and Jamaica Get All Right with the teams fighting for line honors into Rio... [more]
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Seen at the Auckland On the Water Boat Show - Around the Stands
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did the rounds at the Auckland On The Water Boatshow, last Sunday. Here here we check out some of the stands... [more]
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Seen at the Auckland On the Water Boat Show - On the Marina - 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did the rounds at the Auckland On The Water Boatshow, last Sunday. Here is the third image gallery from afloat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Shed 10 - Welcome home for Team NZ + Video
Emirates Team New Zealand were welcomed back to Auckland on Friday with a formal welcome in Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront, attended by thousands of fans. Followed by a harbour welcome. Ten thousand fans turned out to see the team. The NZ Government announced that they would be again partnering the team - provided the next Protocol was acceptable by the NZ Team. Includes Video... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup defines 'Bareboat Charter' entries
Phuket King's Cup Race Committee,
Boats that are chartered with full sail inventories, carrying sails made from exotic materials, or used specifically for racing, or not carrying a full charter inventory are advised to enter the IRC Racing Classes.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds: Images from Day 3 + Race Videos
John Navas,
John Navas was on the water for the third day of racing at the Melges 24 Worlds and provided this gallery of still images from the day. Also see his video of the three races sailed.... [more]
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British tall ship Lord Nelson takes part in international fleet review
Heather Ewing,
Unique British tall ship, Lord Nelson, owned by Southampton-based charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, represented the nation's tall ship fleet at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour yesterday.... [more]
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Seen at the Auckland On the Water Boat Show - On the Marina - 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did the rounds at the Auckland On The Water Boatshow, last Sunday. Here is the first image gallery from ashore and afloat.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Katusha on a roll
RC44 Class Association,
The penultimate day of racing in Portugal saw a new name at the top of the leaderboard. As the wind increased, typical Cascais Bay conditions kicked in and local knowledge came into play.... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 Worlds - Porter snatches world title
International Melges 24 Association,
American Brian Porter on Full Throttle took fourth in the final race of the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 today to finally lay claim to the title he has been trying to win for many years... [more]
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Australian 18 Footer League's 2013-2014 Season about to start
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18 Footer League's 2013-2014 Season is about to start next Sunday (13 October) on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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J/22 World Championship - Allan Terhune dominates
Christopher E. Howell,
Allan Terhune won the first race of the J/22 World Championship and never looked back. Now he and his Dazzler crew of Katie Terhune, Kristine Wake and Marcus Eagan are the 2013 J/22 World Champions. After dropping a 19 in race nine, Terhune kept scores of 1,2,3,9,2,2,1,4,4 for 28 net points in 10 races.... [more]
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ASBA Queensland States 2013 - Interstate crews dominate
Darren Spence,
For those in the fleet from NSW & Victoria, the Queensland Titles has cost them an hour of their life due to daylight savings overnight but what a place to loose it. The weather gods smiled on the fleet and even Huey made an appearance. Clear sky's and between 8 - 10 knts greeted the starters for race 1.... [more]
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