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 04 Nov 2013
 

Aussies out there – MiniTransat, Volvo. Comms changes for coastal race

Team SCA in action training for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  Rick Tomlinson
Two Australians are sailing in the long delayed 2013 Mini Transat race. 24 hours into the race Tasmanian Richard Hewson had sailed in the lead in the 84 boat fleet, while young Queenslander Katrina Hamm was well back in the series class, when the first leg of the race was blown out.

Start 2013 Mini Transat  Mini Transat
While the fleet was nearly two-thirds across the Bay of Biscay, deteriorating weather conditions compared to those expected at the time of the start meant that the Race Director took the decision to cancel the first leg to allow competitors to reach port safely. The fleet will reassemble in Lanzarote, some 500 nautical miles south west of the Iberian Peninsula for a restart.

Lanzarote, one of Spain's Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 60nm off the Moroccan coast is already overrun by Australians.

Talked to Darren Bundock, who is taking a short break in Lanzarote ahead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, where the dual Olympic multihull Silver medallist will make his Nacra 17 debut, along with Nina Curtis, 2012 Olympic silver medallist in match racing as his crew.

Nina Curtis and Darren Bundock - Nacra 17 hit-out on Sydney Harbour  


Why is Bundy in Lanzarote?

It's the training base for Team SCA, the all women entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. His wife Carolijn Brouwer was principal helm on the new Team SCA Volvo 65 in the Fastnet race. Other Australians in the crew include Liz Wardley, originally from PNG, Sophie Ciszek, originally from Mornington and Mooloolaba's own Stacey Jackson. We will be talking to Team SCA in the coming weeks.

The Flying 15 Worlds is under way in Hong Kong. There were five Aussie teams in the top 10 in the pre-worlds, the other five were Pommes. An interesting series overall.

The Australian Farr 40 Class Association are working hard to spread their news with video. Check out the Aberdeen Asset Management QLD Farr 40 State Title regatta video -

Interesting changes in Comms for the Club Marine Pittwater Coffs Race - definitely worth following

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club host of the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, has announced that boats will be allowed to compete in the 33rd running of the event carrying a satellite phone as an alternative to HF radio for communication purposes, a major coup for the event.

The Club's organising committee for the race has recognised the progress of technology and have spent the past three years using the Yellow Brick tracking system, proving their accuracy and reliability.

The cat 2 2014 race will again see the mandatory use of the Yellow Brick tracker on all boats so that race control will be able to see where the boats are at all times. HF will still be monitored 24/7 through an arrangement with Kordia.

Philip Dash's Beneteau First 40 Just a Dash wins IRC in the 2013 Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta - 2013 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta  Damian Devine


In all races to date, there has been a requirement for scheduled position reporting. However, in the past two years, the committee has modified the position reporting so that race control provide the position to the boats at a given time, using the information provided from the tracker, and the boats responding 'affirmative' or 'negative'. So far, none have been negative.

For the 2014 race, all boats will be required to roll call once a day to a central race control reporting their 1800hrs position prior to 1900hrs using one of the following methods: HF,, Sat phone, VHF to base, 3G mobile phone text or email. All reports will be acknowledged by the same medium of the call by race control. Food for thought, read the full story.

Lijia Xu tastes Gold - Laser Radial. London Olympics 2012  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

And in Olympic sailing circles, China's Lijia Xu won a proud Gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the Laser Radial class and was named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012. Lijia's acceptance speech at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards is considered to be one of the more eloquent soliloquys given in the sailing world in recent years. Inside, don't miss the full video (and transcription) of her powerful words.

BTW - When you open stories today, you will find we've made it a little easier to check out the latest news on Sail-World, with the 30 latest story summaries below each story, no need to keep clicking back to the home page.

Hope you had a great weekend, a lot will be happening this week.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team



Mini Transat - Ministes are in the queue to go
Mini Transat,
Mini Transat 2013 - From Gijon to Sada, the Ministes are in the queue to go. The little colony has organised itself with typical good humour and is prepared to wait it out while watching for a favourable weather window.... [more]
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Spindrift 2 negotiates Transition zone in Atlantic record attempt
Spindrift racing,
Making the most of a powerful trade wind, Spindrift 2 continues its Atlantic crossing at full speed. On a starboard tack throughout the day yesterday, the largest trimaran in the world – skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard – did a double jibe overnight to plunge into the stronger winds blowing from the east... [more]
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Barrie Beehag Ski Race coming soon!
Julie Golledge,
The Barrie Beehag Water Ski Race is coming up again fast! Competitors will race from Deep Creek Marina to Torrumbarry Weir and back on Saturday 16th November.... [more]
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Audi Showdown - Wild winds blow out on day two
Peter Campbell,
A cold and strong south-westerly front this morning forced race officers to end racing on day two of the Audi Showdown as gusts of 25 knots and more capsized dozens of small racing dinghies on Hobart's River Derwent.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 4 - Strong winds stop race
Frank Quealey,
Today, the recent strong wind weather pattern in Sydney continued causing the abandonment of the scheduled Race 4 of the 3-Buoys 18ft Skiff Challenge series.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Casey Rehrer wins the AWT Youth contest on day 10
PWA Information,
With the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup having been concluded yesterday, with Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) winning the event and Marcilio ‘Brawzinho' Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) being crowned the PWA Wave World Champion for the first time in his career today saw the AWT fleets return to action.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Electric action at Ho'okipa + Video
American Windsurfing Tour,
What an amazing few days at the JP Aloha Classic! With the resumption of the PWA Double Elimination and the World Title decider set to sail the action was electric from the outset. The wind did not seem to want to cooperate and this only helped to add further suspense as fans tuned in from all over the world. The passing showers kept shutting the wind off leaving riders stranded out to sea.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Two handed trans-Atlantic race start postponed
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
For the two-handed trans-Atlantic race, the Transat Jacques Vabre, gale force winds sweeping in from the Atlantic over the weekend in Le Havre have forced the race committee to postpone the start of the 11th edition. Initially scheduled for Sunday 3 November, the start will now be on Monday at 14:15 CET for the IMOCA 60, Class 40 and Multi 50 fleets.... [more]
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Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. If you have not heard it, you can catch it now.... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week - Competition at it's final day
Mike Pateniotis,
After four days of racing, the 24th Marmaris International Race Week has reached its final day. We've seen some great sailing from all of the teams who've been treated to more than their fair share of sunshine throughout the week. With an event that offers so much to it's competitors, it's clear to see why this regatta has grown so rapidly into the large-scale event that it is today.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds - approaching typhoon impacts Day 1
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
With typhoon Krosa meandering east to west below the coast of China and threatening to disrupt the sailing programme for the worlds, Race Officer Jerry Rollin wasted no time today in informing competitors that his intention was to try and fit in two races if at all possible, as an insurance against the possible postponement of tomorrow's racing in the event of a T3 being raised.... [more]
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Audi Showdown Regatta in Tasmania - Young sailors show their skills
Peter Campbell,
On the opening day of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's prestigious Audi Showdown, talented young Tasmanian sailors demonstrated their skills on the Derwent yesterday when a fleet of near 150 boats contested.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Junko claims Aloha Classic Tiara
American Windsurfing Tour,
In the JP Aloha Classic presented by Nalu Kai Lodge, with much of the day dedicated to the continuation of the PWA Double Elimination it was decided to run the AWT Aloha Classic Women's final during one of the required heat breaks to enable us to stream the heat live to the world and showcase the amazing talent encompassed within the division.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Special day for Levi and Marcilio
Vivienne Masters,
The ninth day of the JP Aloha Classic - presented by Nalu Kai - was a day of firsts for two sailors, and one that neither of them will ever forget. Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) successfully defended his single elimination crown against the AWT champion Bernd Roediger (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) to claim his first ever win on the PWA World Tour... [more]
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Yachting Australia AGM - New President, New Directors
Phil Jones,
Well known offshore racer and owner of Ichiban, Matt Allen, was elected as President of Yachting Australia at the AGM in Sydney on Saturday 19 October.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - viagogo, a new name on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
viagogo, the world's largest ticket marketplace, today announced it will sponsor a Flying 18 in this season's 18 foot skiff regattas. The agreement places viagogo at the heart of one of Australia's most celebrated sporting events, which takes place on Sydney Harbour every summer.... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week 2013
Mike Pateniotis,
After four days of racing, the 24th Marmaris International Race Week has reached its final day. We've seen some great sailing from all of the teams who've been treated to more than their fair share of sunshine throughout the week. With an event that offers so much to it's competitors, it's clear to see why this regatta has grown so rapidly into the large-scale event that it is today.... [more]
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Mini Transat - The hurry up and wait game
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, they are almost all there. With the exception of two or three competitors still at sea, the entire fleet is now warm and dry, either in the marina at Sada, or in the port of Gijon. The start will be from Sada as soon as the 76 boats still racing have been able to rally at the Galician port. A weather window is opening from Tuesday the 5th November.... [more]
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Entry system for ORC Worlds 2014 now open
ORC Media,
The ORC Worlds 2014 entry system is now open. Today the host club, the Kieler Yacht-Club, has opened the online entry system so that offshore sailors from all over the world are invited to make their entries for this prestigious event that takes place over 2-9 August 2014 in Kiel Sailing City, Germany.... [more]
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Spindrift 2 racing along the tradewind highway
Virginie Bouchet,
Having reached the island of Gran Canaria yesterday at 6pm - a required point of passage to be left to starboard - the Maxi Trimaran 2 Spindrift now speeds along the tradewind highway, with a strong northeasterly wind to propel them across the West Atlantic.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference to take place in Muscat
ISAF,
The 2013 ISAF Annual Conference is set to take place in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 9-16 November. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will head to Oman where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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Amendment to Notice of Race No.1 - CREW NUMBERS
Race Committee,
Amendment to Notice of Race No.1 The Race Committee has issued an amendment to the Notice of Race with reference to Crew Limitations.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - 20 world's top sailors compete + video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
With fierce competition at the top of the Tour leader board in the penultimate event on the 2013 Alpari Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup runs an expanded field of competition with 20 of the world's top sailors.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 - Lars Grael to spearhead Team Brazil
Extreme Sailing Series™,
For the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, the Extreme 40 racing machines will line-up on a brand new stadium racecourse in Florianópolis, Brazil where they will be joined by Brazilian sailing royalty Lars Grael at the forefront of the invitational entry, Team Brazil in just two weeks .... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Exciting sailing on day 8
Vivienne Masters,
A slower than expected start at Ho'okipa Beach Park on day eight of the JP Aloha Classic - presented by Nalu Kai - soon turned into a pulsating and extremely exciting day of sailing as the title race headed towards its climax.... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week - Pressure mounts up at it's end
Mike Pateniotis,
Day four of the 24th Marmaris International Race Week and the pressure was mounting as the regatta nears it's end. After a challenging day offshore yesterday with tricky wind shifts and an unpredictable breeze, today's inshore race was bound to offer it's own set of challenges for the teams to overcome.... [more]
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Audi Showdown regatta in Tasmania - Champion sailors line up
Peter Campbell,
Tasmania's champion one-design sailors in dinghy, catamaran, sports boat and keelboat classes will show their skills this weekend when they compete in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's annual Audi Showdown.... [more]
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