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 29 Nov 2013

BaCK IN Oz for ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013- entries well up

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne 2012 Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Olympic and Invited Classes entries up across the boat park.

Back in Oz, after an exhausting 40 hour journey from Spain. Looking forward to the summer I packed my shorts. There was snow on the mountains around Madrid, just as well that I tossed in a Gill shell jacket, thinking I would not need it, having forgotten about Melbourne's four season's summer.

It was 10 degrees in the Victorian capital this morning but it should be a welcome 30 degrees on Sunday.

Looking forward to another landmark regatta, to see if Mat Belcher and Will Ryan can continue Mat's 18 regatta winning sequence...

One of the most interesting World Cup debuts in Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis, with three Olympic silver medals powering their Nacra 17.

Richard Gladwell from Sail-World New Zealand is flying into tomorrow, so our coverage will be detailed.
An encouraging 15 team from China spearheads excellent support from Asia at the World Cup in Melbourne.

Sandringham Yacht Club today, was abuzz with activity, entries well up on last year, 22 countries competing, entries well up on last year says Event Director and Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Turnbull

With Japan now set to stage the 2020 Olympic Games, the Melbourne event will become even more important in years ahead as Turnbull explains. 'We are very pleased to welcome the big team from China, and over coming years we will be working with them and all countries in our region to ensure that by the Japan Olympics in 2020 that this part of the world can dominate the sport.'

In a time long long ago,in Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen chat with Tom Slingsby before starting their final two Olympic medal races   © Richard Gladwell

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Dinner next Tuesday night at Sandringham Yacht Club, is not surprisingly a sell-out, as Tom Slingsby (Oracle), Nathan Outteridge (Artemis) and Glenn Ashby (ETNZ), will join Andrew Plympton (Australian Olympic Committee) for look back at the recent America's Cup. And World Sailor of the Year 2013 Matt Belcher and Will Ryan will be talking to event patron John Bertrand about their Rio 2016 campaign. We will bring you all the news of course.

A portent of things to come? Tom Slingsby on the wheel of Oracle Team USA, Day 8 America's Cup 34  © Richard Gladwell

In other news...pleased to hear that Big Fella, Iain Murray, has been as we expected has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Team Australia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) challenge for the 35th America's Cup. That is good news for the event overall as he understands the pluses and minuses of the rules of the 34th event.

Earlier in the week we reminded you that the Festival of Sail, early bird entry deadline closes on Sat night. Lisa Ratcliff reports a good response.

Festival of Sails 2013 - 24-27/01/2012
Geelong, Victoria
  Teri Dodds

Now the entries have hit one hundred. Go go go, enter now!!!

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Belcher and Ryan seek to dominate
When racing commences at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) will be aiming to assert their dominance once again. Held at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia from 2-8 December, the second stop of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series features strong fleets across two Paralympic and ten Olympic events.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Debut for Olympic Silver medallists
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
The Australia Sailing Team is keen to repeat at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, its amazing medal performance from London 2012.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Familiar faces return + Video
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne will see the return of familiar faces in addition to welcoming fresh talent to the series. The likes of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS), Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Darren Bundock (AUS) will feature heavily when racing commences but upcoming talent will get the chance to compete and shine in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.... [more]
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2014 Festival of Sails - Fiftieth entry announced
Lisa Ratcliff,
2014 Festival of Sails - Royal Geelong Yacht Club Commodore Ian Murray is pleased to announce that Michael Culhane's Northshore 38, Weekend Option, is the 50th entry. Culhane's prize is having a story written about him, and he enjoyed the opportunity to talk about what brings he and his 38-footer from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron back year after year... [more]
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Storm creates yacht havoc in Thailand's Phuket
Jeff Zika/Sail-World Cruising,
As leisure sailors, we all like to think that, while the ocean is not our friend, we can overcome its wildest of rages if we display good seamanship. But that's at sea. Recently Phuket, Thailand, experienced a major storm which the best seamanship in the world couldn't prevent from heart-breaking, destructive damage to some of the finest of yachts.... [more]
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Mini Transat 2013 - A nasty headache!
Mini Transat 2013,
The stormy depression that is plaguing the Mini Transat 2013 race area is expected to give those soloists without a good strategy a major migraine. While Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) seem to have escaped at more than 10 knots in the 20.00 rankings, it is much harder for their pursuers.... [more]
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2015 Laser Open Nationals venue announced
WA Laser Association,
The Western Australian Laser Association (WALA) is pleased to announce Mandurah, Western Australia and the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) as the venue for the 2015 Laser Open National Championships.... [more]
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AWMRT Monsoon Cup - Tropical downpours + Videos
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia today the first big deluge struck, but Taylor Canfield shrugged off the hard rain to come through as top Qualifier in the concluding event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series World Tour returns to Singapore in 2014
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ finished in in Brazil less than two weeks ago. Following the successful conclusion of the series, the organisers OC Sport can confirm that Singapore has been chosen to kick off the eighth season of the elite level Stadium Racing series. The annual world tour of the Extreme Sailing Series will return to the heart of Singapore's financial hub from 20-23 February... [more]
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America's Cup: Former Regatta Director appointed CEO of Team Australia
America's Cup Media,
Iain Murray has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Team Australia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Murray held the role of Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. Now, he is responsible for building a top Australian team and, as Challenger of Record, for working on the rules of the next event with the defender.... [more]
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Benoit Marie at frontend of Mini-Transat after Yacht Research project
David le Pelly,
Benoit Marie (currently leading the Mini Transat) studied for six months at the Yacht Research Unit at the University of Auckland. Whilst at the Yacht Research Unit he built a 1/5 scale model of his Mini using flax-fibre composites which he then tested in the Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel.... [more]
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Cross, Lion, Bird and Cabbage Series - Race 1 preview
Richard Howard,
Rob and Jan Howard's Schouten Passage will again line up in NCYC's fleet of five with an intention of re-capturing the Cross, Lion, Bird and Cabbage Trophy which was last year won by NCYC Commodore Phil Arnall on Anger Management.... [more]
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International Youth Match Racing Championship - Semi final sail off
Jennifer Crooks,
On Day 3 of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship New Zealander Chris Steele is one step closer to defending his title and ending his youth match racing career on a high, taking an early lead in his semi-final sail-off against Aussie Harry Price.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship - Sailing Instructions released
Di Pearson,
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC), at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, is to be held over this weekend and has attracted Tony Kirby's brand new Patrice and Darryl Hodgkinson's newly purchased Victoire among others ahead of the Sailing Instructions being released online yesterday.... [more]
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Reminder for boaters to avoid the Georges River
Roads and Maritime Services,
With the weekend drawing near, people are reminded to avoid boating on the Georges River after a recent incident which resulted in a large quantity of diluted but untreated waste water entering the river. NSW Health is advising people to avoid all contact with the Georges River from Macquarie Fields to Botany Bay until at least Saturday.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - World class action on the horizon
Lauren Garnet,
With the second leg of the premier ISAF Sailing World Cup only days away, world champion sailors are arriving in Melbourne to prepare for the regatta, beginning on Sunday December 1 at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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Calling Tasar sailors, past and present
Nicole Douglass,
The inaugural Bethwaite Memorial Trophy race and dinner will be held on Sunday 15 December 2013 at Northbridge Sailing Club in memory of sailing legend Frank Bethwaite. All Tasar sailors past and present are most welcome to attend to compete in the race (starting at 2pm) and/or the dinner (from 6pm).... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship Day 2
Jennifer Crooks,
Day two of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championships, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, got underway on Sydney Harbour today. New Zealander Chris Steele is continuing his winning streak notching up six more match wins to remain undefeated.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 One Design Trophy this weekend
Lisa Ratcliff,
This weekend's Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 One Design Trophy will add to the vibrancy of Middle Harbour Yacht Club's busy Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship when six of the one-design boats, crewed by a plethora of the sport's biggest stars, head to the starting gate.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Teams battle to Albany finish line
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the podium may have been decided but the remaining positions in race 4 are of no less importance to the teams still battling it out to claim them. However, with the weather providing challenges right to the very end, the front of the remaining teams are finding the final miles a challenge.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Action shots from Day 2 in Kuala Terengganu
Enjoy this selection of images from Day 2 of the Monsoon Cup taking place in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. This is the first day of racing in the Round Robin phase - the first day was in practice sessions.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Press conference images by Andrea Francolini
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on site at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to capture these images during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race press conference.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ichi Ban set for launch at CYCA
PCT Marketing,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Next Tuesday, following the CYCA media launch, Matt and Lisa Allen will christen their next generation of sleek new 60' racing boat, Ichi Ban, named from the Japanese meaning first in order, importance or leading.... [more]
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National Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race - Record fleet predicted
Peter Campbell,
The seventh annual National Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, organised by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, is expected to attract a record fleet of between 35 and 40 boats, including several Victorian entries.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Saving on Crew shirt costs – Another Ichi Ban
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Yachting Australia President and former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen is mounting a strong challenge for the Rolex Sydney Hobart's most important handicap trophy, the Tattersall's Cup with yet another Ichi Ban.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strongest fleet in years
Bruce Montgomery,
For the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, on Boxing Day December 26, a fleet of 95, said to be the strongest in years, will assemble in Sydney Harbour, their aim to knock Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from the top of its perch.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Organisers say they are close to two more entries
Volvo Ocean Race,
Knut Frostad is two handshakes away from welcoming two additional boats to the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. 'They're in what I call the ‘contract closing' stage,' said Race CEO Frostad at a press conference before a three-day workshop with the stopover ports in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. 'We are very confident about them.'... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet - Fleet of 95 -Best for Years
Jennifer Crooks,
A fleet of 95, said to be the strongest in years, will assemble in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day December 26, their aim to knock Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from the top of its perch in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent. It's the ETA. Turn Tasman Light at 20:00 and Huey says ‘Good that you could come and thank your mother for the fish' or words to that effect....... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Day 2's VIDEO
Dale Lorimer,
After a postponed start due to lack of wind and a change in start line, day 2 of the TP52s Southern Cross Regatta began under grey clouds and heavy rain, but the wind picked up and then dropped away completely during a race of many seasons . Beau Geste continued to lead the fleet around the course. Dale Lorimer was on the harbour and captured some of the action.... [more]
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