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 28 Oct 2013
 

Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Vale Ian Souter and Oman ISAF Conference

IFDS SKUD Fleet - Sail Melbourne 2012  David Staley - copyright
ISAF Sailing World Cup, Vale Ian Souter and Australian concerns about ISAF revolutionary proposal.

Melbourne Paralympic hotspot ahead of Rio 2016 - Australia is one of the top nations on the Paralympic sailing scene and as past International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Vice President and current President of Sailability Victoria, David Staley, explains, a strong focus of Paralympic sailors leading to Rio will be on the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) over the next three years.

Whilst the inclusion of Paralympic Classes in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Events was only formalised last year, Sail Melbourne has led by example, with open events conducted for the single person International 2.4mR since 2002 and the two-person SKUD 18 since 2007, as part of the Olympic and Invited Classes program.

Open events such as the Sail Melbourne Invited Classes allows for all these classes to be sailed by able-bodied athletes with and against sailors with a disability, providing aspiring Paralympians with the increased fleet sizes and keen competition that open competition provides, rather than solely focusing on classified sailing events.

For the 2016 Rio Paralympics aspirants, the IFDS Worlds 2014 in Halifax Canada will be the first qualifying event, while the IFDS Worlds 2015 being held at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, in conjunction with Sail Melbourne just prior to the ISAF Sailing World Cup event, will be the final nation's qualifiers for Rio in each of the Paralympic classes.

Yachting Victoria is committed to the growth of the IFDS classes and as such, Paralympic Classification will be available at Sail Melbourne this year. International Classifications are valid for one Paralympic quadrennial, so all athlete classifications must be renewed starting in 2013.

Skud 18 Staley-Lewenhagen  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Staley says the opportunity to be classified at this event is a major draw card for the Asia Pacific region's IFDS athletes and the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne and Sail Melbourne Invited classes in 2013 and 2014 will be the perfect opportunities for aspiring Rio campaigners to road test Port Phillip, prior to the 2015 Worlds.

This year's event from Dec 1-8th 2013 is shaping as one of the best for a long time. The Notice of Race is available and entries are open in both the Olympic and Invited Classes. See full story below.

Finn fleet - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition  Thom Touw ©

Sail-World broke the news world-wide two weeks ago that a revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council in mid-November 2013 in Oman.

We said at the time this proposal will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which will if this proposal if accepted, be completely restructured.

Today we have a critique of the proposed ISAF Sailing World Championships structure from a senior Australian Laser class representative, Rob Lowndes, who was the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Laser World Championships at Terrigal in Australia and former Chairman of the NSW & ACT District.

He writes ... ‘Thanks to Sail-World we have been alerted to a proposal to radically alter the structure of World Championships for Olympic classes. (The preview can be viewed in the story below).

‘I cannot speak for other classes but I do believe the arguments put forward in the proposal are flawed and could have serious consequences for the future of the Laser class, arguably the most successful international class in the history of sailing. I assume the paper will be presented to the Events Committee at the ISAF annual Conference in mid-November although I notice it is not easy to find on the ISAF website.

(This commentary from Rob Lowndes is a must read for everyone involved in any of the Olympic classes at any level.)

Sail-World will be publishing the European perspective on the same subject later this week and we will be following this subject very closely from the ISAF meeting in Oman.

Iain Murray and crew of Ian Souter and Shane Corbett - all powered up with the 1 rig in Color 7  .. .

Now sadly - Vale Ian Souter: 25th November 1951 – 23rd October 2013

Scotland Island Ian Souter (61) champion sailor and much loved family man passed away on 23 October 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Ian was a champion sailor, a forward hand in many winning skiffs, he won two World 18' Skiff Championships, with Iain Murray, numerous Australian Titles; and major title wins in the 12' skiffs. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contributions to sailing.

Ian made an extensive contribution to child and youth development sailing programs in the Manly Juniors and Flying 11 classes. He worked on various programs with Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Lane Cove 12' Skiff Sailing Club and Manly Skiff Club.

Funeral Arrangements: 12.15pm Tuesday 29th Oct. Northern Suburbs Crematorium – North Chapel
Wake: 2.00pm Tuesday 28th Oct. Lane Cove 12'Skiff Sailing Club

Oracle Team USA: Tom Slingsby  Luna Rossa - Carlo Borlenghi ©

America's Cup 34 & 35 - late last week we interviewed Tom Slingsby and tomorrow we will be talking to Jimmy Spithill, we will be running both interviews this week. Interesting times ....

There is much more Australian sailing news that we can even mention today. ...so we will just get out of the pit and let you get up on deck to read it.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Paralympic hotspot ahead of Rio 2016
Sail Melbourne Media,
Australia is one of the top nations on the Paralympic sailing scene and as past International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Vice President and current President of Sailability Victoria, David Staley, explains, a strong focus of Paralympic sailors leading to Rio will be on the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) over the next three years.... [more]
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Vale Ian Souter 25th November 1951 – 23rd October 2013
Sail-world.com,
It is with great sadness that we have lost one of dear friends of Pittwater and in particular a long time Scotland Island resident. Ian Souter passed away on 23 October after a long battle with cancer. He has lived on the island since the late 70's. Ian's affinity with the water, his love of sailing and zest for life will long be remembered by all who had the pleasure of his company.... [more]
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ISAF Revolution - Unintended consequences for Olympic classes?
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Sail-World reported two weeks ago that a revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council. We said this proposal will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which will if this proposal if accepted, be completely restructured. Here is the first of the Class reactions.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Maxi Spindrift 2 crew for the discovery route
Spindrift racing,
For the Rolex Fastnet Race, Spindrift 2, the world's largest racing trimaran, and its 14-strong crew, led by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, can at last foresee a weather window within the next 24 hours which could launch their attempt to beat the record set between Cadiz and San Salvador (Bahamas).... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Final three push into Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with nine yachts now safely berthed in Cape Town, just three boats remain at sea pushing as hard as they can to complete Race three.... [more]
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SB20 National Championship - Ian Brown crowned champion
Lisa Ratcliff,
At the end of a three-day 12 race class clash in a wide array of conditions, the new SB20 Australian champion is Ian Brown's One Design Sailing from Sydney.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Team celebrates an epic day of action
American Windsurfing Tour,
In the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup, following yesterday's epic day of action, dominated by the Quatro team, it was only fitting that the planned party was to be hosted at the Quatro/Goya/MFC shop. Riders enjoyed good food, music, and discussed the day's action over a few beers.... [more]
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PWA World Cup JP Aloha Classic Day 3 – A lay day in Ho'okipa
Vivienne Masters,
On the PWA World Cup JP Aloha Classic third day extremely light winds meant that no competition was completed today. With a deteriorating forecast for the afternoon and a distinct lack of wind in the morning the sailors were released at 11am. However, it was still another beautiful day in Maui with wall-to-wall sunshine and a small swell still running... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Today, Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett made it two-in-a-row victories when they steered their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix 18ft Skiff home an easy winner of Race three of the 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain wins Race 3
Amy Martindale,
Great Britain won Race three of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race into Cape Town, crossing the line at 08:48:58 UTC, ahead of Henri Lloyd in second place which crossed the line at 11:40:56 UTC in front of the spectacular back drop of Table Mountain. Invest Africa crossed the line in third place, at 12:49:00 UTC.... [more]
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Heaven can wait charity sailing regatta - 3 weeks to go
Mel Steiner,
Have you got your entry in yet , only 3 weeks to go before the start of the 2013 Heaven can wait charity sailing regatta... [more]
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Vale ‘Sighty' Hammond a great Australian navigator
Peter Campbell,
Richard ‘Sighty' Hammond, who died last week in Sydney, was 'one of the great navigators and seamen in the ocean racing world,' according to former Yachting Australia president, former International Sailing Federation vice-president and past Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commodore David Kellett AM.... [more]
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Gascoigne Cup - Brannew gets fired up for Hobart
Peter Campbell,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant Brannew and her crew are all fired up for her second race south this year, scoring an impressive IRC win in yesterday's Gascoigne Cup short ocean race off the Heads.... [more]
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Shame. Thieves damage Wooli rescue boat, steal equipment
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Wooli's offshore rescue vessel has been vandalised for the second time in less than a year and valuable equipment stolen from on board.... [more]
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RYA presses for 'no compulsory flares' regulation
Des Ryan,
Letting off flares has always been the action of last resort for sailors in distress. Now the Royal Yachting Association of Britain is pressing for their removal as a requirement for seafarers. They are insisting that no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology.... [more]
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Tall Ships Spectacle now in Auckland
Sail-World Cruising,
There's great excitement in Auckland about the first ever Tall Ships Festival this weekend, and around 200,000 people are expected to crowd onto the wharves to get a chance to walk on board.... [more]
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HMS Bounty - one year since her tragic sinking
Lee Mylchreest,
In two days time it will be just 12 months since the HMS Bounty disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean taking her skipper and one crew member with her. HMS Bounty had touched more than the usual number of lives since she was launched back in 1960.... [more]
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Marlborough joins the NZ debate on compulsory life jackets
Marlborough Express/Sail-World,
The Marlborough district on the north east of the south island of New Zealand has joined the current debate about boaters being forced to wear, not just carry, life jackets when boating. As the regulation would apply to all vessels under 6 metres, it would catch the tender dinghies of all sailing boats.... [more]
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Historic 18ft skiffs on Sydney Harbour - Photos by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Enjoy these panoramic images by photographer Andrea Francolini of historic 18ft skiffs on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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The Professional-part one of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read (52) has been commanding sailing headlines for the past thirty-plus years, starting with his collegiate days at Boston University where he was a three-time Collegiate All American and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's College Sailor of the Year (1982), through his time as a J/24 and Etchells champion and a respected sailmaker in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Great Britain first into Cape Town
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Great Britain has crossed the finish line by Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, taking line honours for Race 3 at just before 11am local time. In second place, Henri Lloyd has overtaken Invest Africa, and is ahead of the home entry by six miles in the final push into Cape Town.... [more]
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Farr 40 Queensland State Title - Voodoo's clean sweep
Lisa Ratcliff/Farr 40 media,
Tasmanian Farr 40 Voodoo Chile made a clean sweep of day two at the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Queensland State Title, holding the fancied Sydney crews at bay and edging closer to an overall victory.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Bernd Roediger steals the show
American Windsurfing Tour,
Staff and competitors arrived at the beach and were stoked to see bigger than expected surf already showing signs of texture. The stage was set and it was going to be a killer day! The call was made by Head Judge Duncan Coombs early that we would continue with the Pro bracket, and take advantage of the better than expected conditions. As we moved into Round 3, the heats got tighter and tighter... [more]
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Narrow range at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
Just about everything operated in a small window. The waves were 1 to 1.5m, it was either freezing or just plain cold and a gap of sunshine was about as adventurous as it got before the tiny icicles returned to have you tugging at your collar once more. Thankfully, the breeze was also operating in a tight range – casual to fresh and even then, it barely spent any real time at the upper marker.... [more]
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Club Marine Series - Round One
John Curnow,
Just about everything operated in a small window. The waves were 1 to 1.5m, it was either freezing or just plain cold and a gap of sunshine was about as adventurous as it got before the tiny icicles returned to have you tugging at your collar once more. Thankfully, the breeze was also operating in a tight range – casual to fresh and even then, it barely spent any real time at the upper marker.... [more]
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