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 25 Nov 2013
 

Welcome to another Sail-World - Must Read!!

A portent of things to come? Tom Slingsby on the wheel of Oracle Team USA - America's Cup 34  © Richard Gladwell
Good morning,

Welcome to another Sail-World Must Read!!


Today we have published part three of the three part Sail-World interview with Tom Slingsby, Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist who is returning to the Oracle Team for AC35.

In Part III Tom winds up '‘Foiling made the 34th Cup the spectacle it was but it was pretty extreme racing. For all the computer sailors, the guys who sit on the Internet and say this or that the wind limits are too low, they need to understand the risks.

‘These guys weren't on the boat in 23 knots when you are doing close to 50 knots in a bear away and not in control, the boat is hobby horsing and you are nose diving.

‘I can tell you that, I am pretty ballsy and I love extreme sports and I am not really scared of much but I can tell you that you are definitely on edge when you are doing a bear away in 23 plus knots and the boat is completely out of control.

‘You are scared. Some of your best mate's lives are in your hands right next to you. If you make one mistake you don't want anyone to lose a life.'

The Laser Men's World Championship 2013 which concluded in Oman yesterday was a wakeup call for the Australian Laser squad.

The Laser World Championships 2013 - Robert Scheidt (BRA) in action  Lloyd Images/Oman Sail©

With five Australians in the current World Ranking's top fifteen, expectations were high. The Championship was won by five time Olympians and double Olympic champion Brazilian Robert Scheidt, who won his ninth World Champion title, while Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus came second and German Philipp Buhl third.

Tom Burton - Laser World Championships 2013  Australian Sailing Team

The Australian squad were down the list. World Ranked number one Tom Burton (NSW) finished ninth and Matthew Wearn world ranked number seventh finishing ninth. A good result for Wearn who has now joined the Australian sailing team, but disappointing for Burton and Ashley Brunning (NSW, ISAF World Ranking No. 8) who finished 30th, Ryan Palk (QLD, ISAF World Ranking No. 5) 57th and Jared West (QLD, ISAF World Ranking No.15) 59th. It will be interesting to watch the Laser squad in action at the ISAF World Sailing Cup in a week's time in Mebourne.

Laser Fleet - Sail Melbourne   ISAF ©

An on that subject... Entries close Tuesday 5pm for the World Sailing Cup Melbourne Olympic and Invited Classes. The full suite of classes for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will be contested in Melbourne, while the Invited Classes are Laser Radial Men, Laser 4.7, Men and omen's Kiteboard, Viper, 420, 29er, Optimist, OK dinghy, 2.4R, SKUB18, Liberty Access and Cadet Dinghy.

Competitors and coaches can enter by completing the online entry form on www.sailingworldcupmelbourne.com and paying the required fees. Entries may be accepted until 5pm Tuesday November 26, 2013 at the discretion of the Organising Authority if submitted with the full entry fee payment.

Sail Melbourne 2012  David Staley - copyright

The Notice of Race is available and entries are open in both the Olympic and Invited Classes and available on the Sail Melbourne event website.

If you would like more detailed information on any aspect of your registration, including information on charter boats and competitor assistance packages please contact the Regatta Manager: +61 3 9597 0066, email info@sailmelbourne.com.au or visit the event website.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Tom Slingsby – America's Cup at the Extremes and Olympics (Part III)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
‘For all the computer sailors, the guys who sit on the Internet and say this or that the wind limits are too low, they need to understand the risks. These guys weren't on the boat in 23 knots when you are doing close to 50 knots in a bear away and not in control, the boat is hobby horsing and you are nose diving.... [more]
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Chris Steele's the show to claim victory in the 2013 Harken
Damian Devine,
After four days of racing, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron stole the show to be crowned the 2013 Harken youth match racing champion with a resounding win today in the final on Pittwater, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Kiteboard Course Race World Championship - Big changes on Day 4
Michalis Pateniotis,
2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship is being held in Boao King Bay, Hainan, China, from 18 to 24 November. The lighter, shifting winds that graced day four of the championships threw a spanner in the works of the reigning title holders' virtually unchallenged bid for back-to-back victories, while favouring riders whose style more suited the conditions.... [more]
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Yachting Tasmania Sailing Award winners announced
Peter Campbell,
Yachting Tasmania Sailing Awards day was held on Sunday 24th November 2013. Paralympic sailor Matt Bugg today was named Yachting Tasmania's Male Sailor of the Year for 2012-2013, while the Female Sailor of the Year award went to champion Mirror dinghy sailors Jessie Atherton and Katherine Maher... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Top three teams enter stealth mode
Clipper Ventures,
The fight to the finish line of race 4 could be one of the most hotly anticipated finishes so far in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as in the last 24 hours the top three teams have all entered stealth mode eager to hide their positions and tactics from its closest competitors.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3 - Victory for Team Beau Geste
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Sydney City Marine 2013 TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3 concluded at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron today, Sunday 24th November. Two bullets and a second capped off Team Beau Geste's victory and series hat trick, with one stage remaining.... [more]
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Laser Men's World Championship – Australian Sailing Team in top ten
Cora Zillich,
The Laser Men's World Championship 2013 concluded in Oman yesterday, 23rd November with two top ten finishes for the Australian Sailing team after Tom Burton (NSW) finished ninth and Matthew Wearn (WA) tenth.... [more]
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3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 6 - Rabbitohs-Kenwood team dominate
Frank Quealey,
3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 6 was held today, Sunday 25 November 2013, on Sydney Harbour. The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory.... [more]
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Greece's new tax on cruising sailors announced
Cruising Association/Sail-World,
If you are thinking of sailing in Greek waters any time soon, there is information here that you will want to know. Britain's Cruising Association, a British organisation for cruising sailors, has announced the latest and most complete information about a new 'circulation tax' to be levied on all leisure craft over 7m spending time in Greek waters. The new regulation applies from 1st Jan, 2014.... [more]
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Young Endeavour seeks sailors between 16-23 years for 2014 voyages
Sail-World Cruising,
Are you, or do you know someone, between 16 and 23 years old who would love or benefit from going for an adventurous sail on a tall ship? The Young Endeavour is accepting applications for the ballot for voyages between March and August 2014.... [more]
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Laser Men's World Championship 2013 - Two top tens for Australia
Coral Zillich,
The 2013 Laser Men's World Championship finished up in Oman last night with two top ten finishes for the Australian Sailing team after Tom Burton (NSW) finished ninth and Matthew Wearn (WA) tenth. The Championship was won by five time Olympians and double Olympic champion Brazilian Robert Scheidt, who won his ninth World Champion title, while Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus came second and German... [more]
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Welcome to Chalong Bay Thailand- and we'll rescue your boat if need be
Phukette Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
There's nowhere more famous in Thailand than Chalong Bay for nomadic cruising sailors. Its vast anchorage spells a welcome to cruising yachts from all over the world. However, it's when the locals show just how real their welcome is by personally rescuing a foreign-owned boat that Chalong Bay's reputation really goes sky high.... [more]
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RC44 World Championships - Tight at the top on penultimate day
Jo Grindley,
The wind gods played ball on the penultimate day of competition at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships. An 8-13 knots breeze graced the course throughout the day, allowing the race committee slot in four races. Consistency was key and the on form boats were Ironbound and Team Aqua, who sit on equal points at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of racing.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Scattered, and trying to solve the puzzle
Solene Rennuit,
The soloists of the Mini Transat are still not done with the unstable trade winds. Between windy squalls and areas without a breath, all must be prepared to face some tough times. If salvation seems to come from the southwest, they must also find the right balance between heading south to find more consistent trade winds and wining in the west on the Antilles route.... [more]
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Pictorial: Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2013
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this selection of images taken by photographer Greg Dickens during the 2013 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Battle to win the Kinjarling Cup rumbles on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with just over 400 miles until the race 4 finish in Albany, Western Australia for the leaders of the pack, just one mile currently separates OneDLL and Great Britain as the battle to win the coveted Kinjarling Cup rumbles on.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - PRB speeds towards IMOCA Open 60 finish line
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, having crossed the final major weather hurdle, a stormy unsettled low pressure front, as they passed the entrance to the Bay of Rio earlier, Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam on PRB had less than 340 miles left to sail of the 5450 mile course from Le Havre to Itajaí where the finish line for the IMOCA Open 60 class awaits them.... [more]
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Thunderstorms rain on the parade on Day 3 of Harken International
Damian Devine,
The penultimate day of competition in the 2013 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club only saw the completion of stage one on a benign Pittwater today with just four matches sailed.... [more]
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Laser Standard Worlds: Robert Scheidt claims ninth Laser title + Video
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Robert Scheidt was crowned 2013 Laser World Champion in Oman for the ninth time today after winning the final race of the regatta then proclaimed this Laser World Championship title as his best so far. The 40 year-old Brazilian sailor started the last race just one point ahead of rival Pavlos Kontides but put in a flawless performance to win by two boat lengths... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Prime Minister blesses Spirit of Mateship
Barbara Cox,
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has endorsed an enthusiastic challenge by wounded, injured and ill Defence personnel crewing for the first time in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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IKA Kiteboard Course Race Worlds - Heineken siblings dominate + Video
Neil Godbold,
On the third day of the IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship, current title holders Johnny Heineken and sister Erika continued their domination. But as competition intensified, the siblings showed they were human after all with a few blips in otherwise flawless performances in a series of races in perfect 20kts winds and flat water.... [more]
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Wet start to Lipton Cup Regatta
Bernie Kaaks,
It was a rainy start to the Lipton Cup Regatta 2013, despite some sunny patches early in the day, but racing was close in all divisions. The Sydney 38 fleet, whose three races today formed part of their Sprint Series, were particularly aggressive, welcoming the start team with a general recall in which half the fleet was well early.... [more]
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Sailing Instructions and Course Diagrams now available on-line
Race Committee,
Sailing Instructions and Course Diagrams are now available on-line as a pdf file at www.kingscup.com... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Day 2 - In search of lucky breaks
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup is currently underway. Ripped sails and ripping runs on a white-capped Sydney Harbour yesterday, November 22nd, contrasted with a day two lottery that had the TP52 tacticians scratching their heads. Zero to 15 knots of wind, lightning and pelting rain in the morning eventually cleared to warm spring sunshine and a classic Sydney nor'east sea breeze.... [more]
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Perpetual Loyal on Sydney Harbour: Dale Lorimer Images
Dale Lorimer,
It was a busy day on Sydney Harbour today with boats of all shapes and sizes racing in some very changeable conditions. Amongst the fleets of Manly Juniors, Lasers and TP52s, Anthony Bell's impressive 100 footer Perpetual Loyal glided up and down the harbour in preparation for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Day 2 images by Dale Lorimer
Dale Lorimer,
Today's TP52 racing on Sydney Harbour was in stark contrast to yesterday's wild weather. With breezes today ranging from 0-15 knots and rain giving way to sun and then threatening storm clouds, the tacticians aboard the four yachts earned their keep. Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste won today's only race. Dale Lorimer followed the fleet while they tackled the erratic conditions and shot these ima... [more]
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