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 16 Oct 2013
 

Team Australia heads across the Ditch

Team Australia leaving Sydney  © Andrea Francolini Photography
Back in the middle of the 2001 Sydney to Hobart, with Sail-World's coverage in full swing, the office phone rang. It was a satellite phone call from Sean Langman, aboard his 66 foot skiff on steroids Grundig/AAPT/Xena.

AAPT powering up - Savills SORC 2005  Sail-World.com /AUS ©
‘Hello Rob' said Sean, ‘We have just declared a Pan Pan. ‘

I said ‘Sean, Gee that is awful, so why are you calling me?'

‘We fell off a wave and have serious bow delamination and we have a lot of water coming in. But the boys have in under control, they are bailing hard and at the same time they are cutting up the bunks to wedge bunk mattresses into place to stop the water coming in and we are out of the race.

‘So I've called Amanda (Lulham from the Daily Telegraph) and now I am calling Sail-World.'

The point of that recollection is that Sean Langman has no peer when it comes to getting his message out to the media. He certainly knows how to look after his sponsors.

Maluka of Kermandie - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012  Crosbie Lorimer

Sailing at the front end of the fleet, with is 66 foot skiff on steroids, or at the back end of the fleet with the smallest Hobart boat Maluka of Kermandie, Sean has always been newsworthy and that has attracted some criticism from some jealous owners. The key factor that people often forget is that Sean and his crews are bloody good sailors as well as being good media communicators.

Sean Langman's ORMA60 Team Australia smashes the Sydney to Hobart passage record  Jane Austin

His Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, is the fastest boat in the southern hemisphere, it clears away from the 100 foot monohulls any time it has runway and it now holds the Sydney to Hobart passage record, 29 hours 52 minutes; more than 12 hours inside the official race record.

Team Australia - 'Big Bird' hunting for a record  © Andrea Francolini Photography

Team Australia sailed out of Sydney Heads yesterday with the thunder of news helicopters heading across the ditch to New Zealand. It's going to be a very challenging sail for Sean and his small crew.

You can follow Team Australia via its Yellow Brick tracker and we will be bring you the latest news as it happens.

We wish them well and we hope than whales and sunfish will be elsewhere over the next three days.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Team Australia speeds out of Sydney Heads
Lisa Ratcliff,
With spray flying and one hull lifted skyward, Sean Langman's giant trimaran Team Australia sped through Sydney Heads at 12:09:58 this afternoon bound for Auckland, New Zealand, and the record books.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean 65 - the womens crew give their verdict - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first crew to take delivery of a new Volvo Ocean 65, the womens team, Team SCA, have completed their sea trial and delivery to Lanzacote in the Canary Islands, where they will be based for training. Volvo Ocean race media caught up with Team SCA's Sam Davies, Annie Lush and Liz Wardley to talk about the new boat that they will race around the world starting in early October, 2014.... [more]
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2013-14 Etchells Australian Titles - More than 50 sailors expected
Bronwen Ince,
More than 50 Etchell sailors will converge in Southport this summer with the staging of the 2013/ 2014 Etchells Australian Titles. The event is expected to be one of the largest Etchells National Titles in recent years with Southport Yacht Club becoming a new venue for the Etchells in its national circuit.... [more]
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2014 Festival of Sails - Entries open
Festival of Sails,
Entries opened at midnight last night for the 2014 Festival of Sails and within minutes Yachting Australia Vice President Matt Allen entered his new Carkeek 60, the next in a line of boats named Ichi Ban, the Japanese term for ‘First'.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta - One month to go
Mel Steiner,
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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SB20 national title - Local skipper tuned up
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Australian SB20 fleet is preparing for its national title on the eastern side of Victoria's Port Phillip, and one skipper is definitely battle ready.... [more]
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America's Cup: Pete Melvin - Emirates Team NZ design guru - Video
pressure-drop.us,
One of the design team of Emirates Team NZ - Pete Melvin (USA) was interviewed by Erik Simonson of US sailing website and forum www.pressure-drop.us In this 26 minute video interview Melvin provides an insight into his introduction to Emirates Team NZ after the AC72 rules were written, the development phase, initial foiling, the methodology of designing and building the first foiling AC 72.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Intense day 2 in Pornic + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
The Student Yachting World Cup was particularly intense in Pornic on day two. The weather condition was tiring for the crews as it has been raining all day. Still, France keeps a leap ahead in every race. Yesterday, the French team dominated the races but got an OCS penalty in one windward leeward race.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Color-coded system in place
Solene Rennuit,
In the absence of an opening in the next forty-eight hours, the Mini Transat race committee has decided to bring the Mini fleet back into Port Rhu where there are far more comfortable facilities to endure the wait. Yesterday's proposal to rally in Gijon before passing Cape Finisterre is temporarily abandoned.... [more]
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Qld Beneteau Cup and French Yacht Challenge - Entry closing soon
Tracey Johnstone,
The closing date for entries to this year's Spirit Marine Queensland Beneteau Cup and French Yacht Challenge is fast approaching.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - The journey begins
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao marks the beginning of the journey to the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships for the 131 sailors from 24 nations. Santander 2014 is the first qualification regatta for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and hopeful sailors are using the ISAF Sailing World Cup series to test themselves in a range of conditions against the best in the world.... [more]
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Opening ceremony marks five days of incredibly tight racing
Event Media,
Asia's biggest and most popular regatta will welcome new teams to glorious Andaman sailing action, 1 – 6 December, 2013, Kata Bay, Phuket... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Big waves on day 3
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Race, the fleet is experiencing some big surf and waves with several yachts coming very close to the ‘holy grail' mark of racing 300 miles in a day.... [more]
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Capital Insurance Brokers ACT Sprint Titles Set for next weekend.
Matt Owen,
The 26th and 27th October will feature the annual Capital Finance Brokers ACT Sprint Series run by the Canberra Yacht Club. There will be divisions for the Laser, Radial, 4.7 and Optimist Open, Silver and introductory Green, as well as a number of open Divisions with classes ranging from Mirrors to B14's.... [more]
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Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize busy sailing season
Rod Thomas,
The international tall ships have departed Australian waters but there are still good opportunities to go sailing on a tall ship over the coming months. Melbourne's traditionally rigged wooden topsail schooner Enterprize has commenced its season with public sails in Melbourne Docklands, and on Port Phillip and other Victorian waters.... [more]
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Sydney to Auckland - Team Australia first night survival
Lisa Ratcliff/Team Australia media,
'Looks like survival on the first night,' said Team Australia skipper Sean Langman on the eve of their Sydney to Auckland record run. Tomorrow's departure time is creeping forward for the giant ORMA 60 trimaran so the six man crew can stack the weight aft and get a head start on the seaway due to build to 3-5m with the fresh north-west winds.... [more]
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Moth World Championship: Calm wind foils Moth Worlds fleet
Alan Block,
An eight-knot easterly breeze swept through Kaneohe Bay just after noon today, providing a glimmer of hope for day one of the 2013 McDougall + Maconaghy Moth World Championship fleet despite a dire forecast.... [more]
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Warren Luhrs (USA) single-handed trans-Atlantic winner dies at 69
Barry Pickthall,
Warren Luhrs, best known as the innovative co-founder of Hunter Boats in the USA, has died aged 69 following a heart attack on September 18. Warren's name first came to international prominence in solo trans ocean races, starting with the 54ft monohull Tuesday's Child which he and his brother John sailed to second place in class in the 1982 two-man Round Britain Race.... [more]
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David Green, driving force behind Gipsy Moth restoration dead at 52
Barry Pickthall,
David Green, who was found dead at his home on the Isle of Wight on October 7, was a driving force behind the restoration of Sir Francis Chichester's yacht Gipsy Moth IV, and her second circumnavigation with disadvantaged youngsters in 2005/7.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA recycle composites in America's Cup-Class Yacht
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th America's Cup, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America's Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled.... [more]
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The foiling kiteboard phenomenon + Video
Erik Simonson,
The concept of foiling kiteboards is not something new with early editions reaching back a decade or more. Early models were cumbersome and involved ski boot s attached to wakeboard and one piece foils which limited the rider in many ways. The weight slowed the process of foiling.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Playing the card of transparency
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the recurring question in Douarnenez is why did you not start on Sunday with good weather prevailing over the bay? The answer lies at Cape Finisterre on the northwestern tip of Spain. This is where the singlehanders might be caugh out in the cold, beating in winds of 35 knots in a big sea. Critical conditions for boats as small as 6.50m sailed singlehanded.... [more]
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Will kitesurfing be included in future Olympic Games?
Afloat.ie,
Kitesurfing would bring an 'urban sport' feel to the Olympic programme and should be re-evaluated for inclusion in future Olympic Games.... [more]
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