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 06 Nov 2013
 

THAT cartwheel, Team Australia sets new World Record and the Hobart

Asko Capsize 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Today we have a feature piece on Paul Shultz and Gill Australia. Paul certainly product tested the Gill gear in his nine years on the 18 footers. The video of the 2007 Asko Appliances 18 footer cartwheel is a ripper. Paul was the sheethand and says he can still feel the aches watching it six years later.

Talked to Sean Langman yesterday about the Sydney Auckland record set by Team Australia, now ratified by the WSSR Council, the two day 19 hour 2 mins and 45 second record for the 1265 nautical mile trip, they averaged almost 19 knots. They could have been faster but for a shark and sunfish. Will publish that interview towards the end of the week.

Team Australia (Sean Langman) arrives in Auckland after setting a new Trans-Tasman crossing record of 2days and 19 hours.   © Richard Gladwell


A surprisingly large fleet for the 69th Hobart, Wild Oats XI is going to be tested by Anthony Bell's new Loyal, by Ragamuffin 100 and by Wharro's Wild Thing.

INVESTEC LOYAL and WILD OATS XI close to the finish line on the Derwent River - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster


The addition of the 12 Clipper boats and Sir Robin Knox Johnson's entry will certainly add an extra flavour to this year's race.

New boats in Matt Allen's Ichiban, the new Carkeek 60 currently on a ship a few days from Sydney and Karl Kwok's replacement Beau Geste. Will be telling you much more about both these two entries in coming days.

Beau Geste Winner 2010 RORC Caribbean 600 Race - Now being replaced with a stronger offshore version, set to arrive in Australia just a few days before the 2013 Sydney Hobart race.  © Tim Wright / Photoaction.com


The ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards will be decided in Oman next week at the ISAF Annual Conference. We have two Australian nominations Mat Belcher, who will be aiming for his 18th straight regatta win at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne regatta next month and Paul Larsen, the fastest sailor in the world.

Ahead of that event, we´ve transcribed the acceptance speech from Lijia Xu, the Chinese Laser Radial Gold medallist, who was crowned Womens Sailor of the Year in 2012. Her speech was one of the most eloquent we've ever heard from a sailor. It is a must read. Hope we hear one half as good from either Mat or Paul.

Lots of news, as always. So get into it.


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Gill Australia – Getting wet for a living
John Curnow,
When you've sailed the challenging 49ers and spectacular 18-Footers, you would certainly know a little about water over the deck. You know, it probably was not much of an issue to a person who grew up racing dinghies like Moths and Sharpies on Perth's Swan River.... [more]
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Etchells National Championship - Bradford knows how to time his run
Tracey Johnstone,
At the Etchells National Championship, a short break in the Black Jack big boat program is affording Mark Bradford the chance to slip down to Queensland's Gold Coast to compete next week.... [more]
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Discovery Route Record: Spindrift 2 sets a new record time
Spindrift Racing,
Spindrift 2, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard´s maxi trimaran, crossed the finish line at the end of the Discovery Route in San Salvador, Bahamas today, Wednesday November 6, 2013 at 00 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds, local time (05 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds GMT).... [more]
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2013 JP Aloha Classic images by ©Professional Windsurfers Association
Vivienne Masters,
The 2013 JP Aloha Classic High Resolution Images ©Professional Windsurfers Association... [more]
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WSSR Council announces establishment of a new World Record
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record from Sydney to Auckland.... [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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Exhibitors off the blocks and booking for SCIBS 2014
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Exhibitors are clamouring to secure a spot at next year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with twice as many bookings confirmed compared to the same time last year, just days after applications opened... [more]
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Mini Transat - Race to be run in a single leg to Pointe-a-Pitre
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, after reviewing all the options open to them, the organisers, in consultation with the competitors, have finally decided that the 2013 edition of the race will be run as a single leg, from Sada to Pointe-a-Pitre. The start is scheduled for November 12.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Light winds on day 1
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after an exciting and spectacular Race Start off Table Mountain yesterday, the crews are now in light winds but with the promise of freshening conditions to come in the next 24 to 36 hours.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Celebrating success
info@regattanews.com,
The 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year will be announced on Tuesday 12 November at a glittering award ceremony in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.... [more]
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2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds: Challenging Day 2 in Hong Kong
Graeme Robinson,
Kiwi competitor, Graeme Robinson gives a personal perspective of racing in the 2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds, being sailed at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. He writes: After the day off on Sunday, we had a long and rather challenging second day on the water yesterday for the Flying Fifteen World Championships.... [more]
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IRC Adjustable Mast Foot and Forestay update
IRC Technical Committee,
The IRC Technical Committee has reviewed its decision earlier this year to amend the treatment of Adjustable Mast Foot and/or Forestay as announced by IRC Notice 2013/02, Adjustable Mast Foot and Forestay, 2014.... [more]
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19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships day 4
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
At the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, having pushed racing to the point where he was the maximum permissible one race ahead, the Worlds RO, Jerry Rollin, was able to relax a little today with the requirement for one race, in a target time of 120 minutes.... [more]
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PWA Wave Worlds - Interview with a true champion
Vivienne Masters,
After an extremely challenging few years Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne) demonstrated her incredible grit, determination and phenomenal talent to reclaim her PWA Wave World title, having relinquished the title to her sister Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne) in 2012.... [more]
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Lack of safety communication hampers sailor's rescue
NSW Police/Sail-World Cruising,
A yachtsman who had to phone his wife to communicate that his yacht was in distress has been rescued off the rocks at Maitland Bay, Killcare, to the north of the Broken Bay Entrance north of Sydney, after notifying them that he was off Palm Beach, to the south of Broken Bay. Lack of information hampered and elongated the rescue effort.... [more]
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Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean - on canvas
Stuart Elford,
If you love great sailing paintings, you will really be attracted to this one. The renowned marine artist Gordon Frickers has produced a painting that captures the epic voyage made by Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE in 2008-2009 in the 37-foot long wooden boat Spirit of Mystery, from Cornwall to Melbourne in Australia.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Spectacular start in Cape Town
Ruth Harrington,
A fleet of 12 yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race headed out of Table Bay today to start a 4,700 mile Southern Ocean sleigh ride to Albany, Western Australia. Following a parade of sail in front of the Cape Town waterfront, the fleet headed for the start line at 14.30 local time.... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ and Stratis news - September/October 2013
Elle Brade,
It was a mild winter here in New Zealand and we're now gearing up for what will hopefully be another stellar summer out on the water. With our new Westhaven office now up and running, complementing the Rosebank Rd loft, we're even better placed to help with all your yachting requirements.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - MOD70 20nm prologue cancelled
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
For the Transat Jacques Vabre, violent low-pressure systems sweeping in from the West forced the race committee to postpone the start of the 11th edition for the second time and to cancel the MOD70 20nm prologue for the Sultanate of Oman's flagship campaign Oman Air-Musandam and their competitor, Edmond de Rothschild.... [more]
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2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Ninety seven signed on
Di Pearson, RSHYR Media,
One year out from the 70th anniversary race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that 97 entries have been received for the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, including five super maxis, 22 international entries, 15 new boats, 36 first timers, previous overall and line honours winners and the many supportive regulars, the ‘meat' of the fleet.... [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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