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 13 Nov 2013

Mat Belcher crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan after crossing the 470 Worlds finish line  Thom Touw ©
2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, Four times world champion. Queensland sailor Mat Belcher was last night crowned World Sailor of the Year. Nominated three times in four years Belcher is hot property.

His Golden streak of 17 regatta wins in a row is unparalleled in sailing. Since his second place at Sail Melbourne in 2011, he has not sailed in an Olympic class regatta he did not win.

Matt Belcher and coach Victor Kovalenko (AUS) - 2013 Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Oman  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Mat's next regatta is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne and he and his crew Will Ryan will start favourites ahead of the 2009 World Champions Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic, who have been on the podium three times since then.

This weekend with the full moon shining large is the Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race on Lake Macquarie with the 12 hour race and one Lap Dash. Blake Middleton will be once again be the PRO. This scribe has been involved in the event for the last eight years but is currently in Europe ahead of METS in Amsterdam. But we will be thinking of you. Good luck to Blake, Mel Steiner and everyone at RMYC Toronto- hope the weather is fabulous for you. Can someone please record GOOD MORNING LAKE MACQUARIE for us. The Friday Night Dinner will be special, if you can get there you should!!

An Olympic Class Revolution - A very significant restructure proposal, a revolution even, designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is being presented to the ISAF Council this week in Muscat, Oman.

This proposal, if accepted will have a major impact on the current ISAF Sailing World Cup events and Olympic classes World Championships. EUROSAF President Marco Predieri is a strong supporter of the ISAF proposal as he explained to Sail-World.com

Tom Burton atop the Laser class pictured here in Garda - Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup 2013  Roberto Vuilleumier

Australia has been dominating the Laser class competition on the world scene over the last few years, with 2010 ISAF Sailor of the Year and 20912 Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby passing the baton to fellow Aussie Tom Burton, ranked number one in the world for more than a year.

But the return of Brazilian sailing legend Robert Scheidt after nine years in the Star class has turned up the heat among the 2016 Olympic Games contenders at the Laser Standard Men's World Championships 2013 starting in Oman in less than a week.

Robert Scheidt - 2013 Kieler Woche  Kieler Woche

Having won eight world titles and three Olympic medals in the class, 40 year-old Scheidt is the most successful Laser sailor of all time. With the dropping of the Star class from the Olympic rota, he has now returned to Lasers to qualify for the Olympics on his home waters in Rio de Janeiro and is currently ranked number 71 Laser sailor in the world. Interesting times for Australia's Laser squad.

Lots more news and a big cheer for Mat. Onya Mate

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award for Australia's Mat Belcher
The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing, was awarded today to Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Mathew Belcher (AUS).... [more]
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Quantum Sails – Keep your $100 notes in your pocket (Pt I)
John Curnow,
Do you really want to stand under the cold shower and tear up $100 notes? ‘No thanks' would be the unanimous cry in response from every owner across the globe. There has to be a better way. Like most old sailing adages, the ‘cold shower' gets used a lot, but over time experience comes into play and one gets wary of cash-drainers and steers well clear.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - Going down this weekend!
Mel Steiner,
The Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta will be held this coming weekend – November 16 and 17 on beautiful Lake Macquarie, organised and run by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto. The regatta is traditionally preceded by a fund raising dinner at the club and this year is no exception. This year – as in the past, our guest list features an amazing line-up of sailing talent.... [more]
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Seawind Moreton Bay Regatta - 15 strong fleet compete
Morgan McDonough,
In October, the Seawind Cruising Club Series sailed into Brisbane for the annual Moreton Bay Regatta, run by Seawind distributors Multihull Central. With 15 Seawind catamarans competing and over 50 people in attendance, the social racing event was a great display of the momentum that the Seawind brand has in South East Queensland.... [more]
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Images from the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards in Oman
New Zealand and Australian sailors dominated the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards presented at a glittering dinner held in the Sultancy of Oman. 2012 Olympic Mens 470 Gold Medalist and current World Champion, Matt Belcher (AUS) won the Mens Award. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL), current Wold Champions and also 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in the 470, were presented with the Womens Awa... [more]
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EUROSAF supports major change in Elite sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
A very significant restructure proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is being presented to the ISAF Council this week in Muscat, Oman. This proposal, if accepted will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which would be completely reorganised. The largest group of sailing nations affected by these changes will... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year Nomination - Aleh And Powrie
Daniel Smith,
In the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year Nomination, as current Olympic and World Champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have established themselves as the class act in Women's 470 fleet racing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 8 - Fast, wet and wild
Clipper Ventures,
For the Clipper Round the World, in descriptions more aptly used for a day at a theme park, skippers have described day eight as being a fast, wet, wild and truly exhilarating sleigh ride. The Southern Ocean certainly appears to be living up to its big reputation, with 'wonderful winds and towering seas' providing magnificent sailing conditions and real miles made on the route to Western Australia... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Nick Thompson gunning for gold
Lindsey Bell,
Nick Thompson, with three World Championship medals already under his belt is in no doubt as to where his sights lie heading into next week's Laser World Championships in Oman (17-23 November).... [more]
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Mini Transat - Start of race postponed
Mini Transat 2013,
For the Mini Transat, this morning the Race Director posted an amendment regarding a postponement of fifteen hours to the start of the race from Sada to Pointe-à-Pitre. The new warning signal will be given on Wednesday 13 November at 9:00am.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Race 4 full of drama!
Julia Wall-Clarke,
The Clipper 2013-14 Race four departed Cape Town for Albany, Western Australia just over a week ago under the stunning vista of Table Mountain, in rather frustratingly light winds. Just 48 hours later however, a ferocious storm whipped up.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Legends' return raises the stakes
Oman Sail,
At the Laser Standard Men's World Championships 2013 , the return of Brazilian sailing legend Robert Scheidt after nine years in the Star class has raised the stakes among the 2016 Olympic Games contenders at the Laser Standard Men's World Championships 2013 starting in the Sultanate of Oman on Sunday November 17, organized and hosted by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail.... [more]
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Etchells National Championship day 1
Tracey Johnstone,
The Australian Etchells class National Championship started today in shifty, soft conditions, on the offshore waters of Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year Awards: Paul Larsen nominated
Daniel Smith,
Paul Larsen became the fastest man on the water, reaching 65.45 knots on Vestas Sailrocket 2 and eleven years of hard work and effort came to fruition on 24 November 2012. For his endeavours and testing the restraints of physics in sailing Larsen received a nomination for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship – Enter now
Di Pearson,
With the Cabbage Tree Island Race out of the way, yacht owners are now focusing their attention on Middle Harbour Yacht Club's 36th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC), to be held on the weekend of November 30 and December 1.... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record shattered in Salin-de-Giraud
Tanguy Blondel,
On November 11, Alexandre Caizergues shattered the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record over 500 metres with a blinding average of 56.62 knots in the 'Salt and Speed' Volkswagen Transporter Arena located in Salin-de-Giraud, France. In so doing, he has improved on the previous record set by American Rob Douglas by 0.97 knots.... [more]
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South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron receives CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron with $8,900 to purchase marine radios and a weather station for the Squadron Country Flotilla bases plus new brackets to house radio and radar antennas.... [more]
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First ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Sarah Collins, World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
The first ARC+ has set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk north Easterly wind provided great sailing conditions. 43 yachts carrying 183 crew members crossed the start line at 1300 and headed south, providing a stunning sight from ashore.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship: First race in the new Van Munster hull
Bob killick,
In the 18ft Skiffs, Heat 1 NSW Championship, Gotta Luv it 7 got off to a perfect start to defend last year's scratch titles. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, and the returning Sam Newton to the bow, handled the puffy SE Course impressively on their first race in the new Van Munster hull.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year: Third time lucky for Belcher?
Daniel Smith,
Australia's Mat Belcher is at the top of his game in the Men's 470 and having notched up 17 consecutive regatta victories he received a nomination for 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. The Australian has made the trip to Muscat, Oman, for the Awards evening on 12 November. Belcher knows the protocol, 'It's a complete honour and privilege to be nominated three times in four years,'... [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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Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race and Rally on a Seawind 1160
Ralph Newton,
With 'What a bloody great day to go sailing......' blaring out over our stereo on board, six good friends set off for the adventure of a lifetime: the Race and Rally from Fremantle to Bali, and then 'Beyond Bali', and later 'The Kimberley Odyssey'.... [more]
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Wild Bull on the rampage in Fremantle Harbour
Bernie Kaaks,
With her owner at home recovering from a chemotherapy session, crewman Ryan Binedell took the helm of the Bull 9000 Wild Bull in the 2014 Club Marine Fremantle Harbour Classic.... [more]
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Melges East Coast Championships - Travelling crews steal the show
Tracey Walters,
Over the weekend, at the Melges Australian East Coast Championships, principal Race Officer Steve Merrington had his work cut out . Merrington's perseverance and patience provided a spectacular six races series in testing conditions. In race one the wind swung through all points of the compass. The fleet started the race only to be recalled after a 180 degree swing.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Race record for international entries
For the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, impressive, international, competitive: the assorted fleet registered is destined to provide a spectacle befitting of the event's colossal reputation. A little over six weeks remain before the Boxing Day start of the annual 628-nm ocean classic running from Sydney to Hobart, often referred to as a ‘nautical rite of passage', and sponsored by Rolex since... [more]
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Whatever you do... don't look into Hicko's eyes!!!
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Roger Hickman and his Wild Rose crew seem to have a hypnotic hold over the Sydney IRC racing fleet at the moment. Another outstanding win in the Cabbage Tree Island Race on the weekend, following on from the Bird Island Race and Flinders Island Race, its three offshore wins in a row for the Tasmanian Devil and his very experienced Wild Rose crew.... [more]
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