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 02 Apr 2014
 

 

ISAF World Sailing Cup Mallorca, Hobie Alter, AC34 perspective -more

Bundock and Curtis, Nacra 17 - 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia  Thom Touw ©
After postponements ashore, shifty conditions are playing havoc with leaderboard for the Australians in Mallorca on Day 2 of the 45th S.A.R. Regatta Princesa Sofia.

In light conditions, probably 800 of the 880 boats are still spread across the Bay of Palma, at 6.30pm here. It's a great day for sightseers, on the waterfront, just not too flash for sailors.

We have published lots of interviews with members of the Australian team here in Palma over the weekend with more to come.

Nacra 17 fleet - 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia  © Martinez Studio / Sofia

In the Nacra 17 fleet Euan McNicol and Lucinda Whitty are fifth overall with Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis seventh. (Bundy and Nina after racing each day do a quick video report, we hope that other Australian sailors emulate that).
Look at the effort from Curtis in our lead pix. Bundy says 'she is a grunter!!?

In the Laser class, Ash Brunning and Jeremy O'Connell are first and second overall in the Laser fleet after three races while Tom Burton is 24th. Robert Scheidt is 12th.

470 Men's fleet - 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia  © Pedro Martinez/MartinezStudio/Sofia

In the 470 Men's class Mat Belcher and Will Ryan after an OCS yesterday and one ordinary result today are in 19th place.

Sail-World will publish lots of pixs and full results as the day draws to a close.

History will be made next week in the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race 2014

Sean Langman's TEAM AUSTRALIA is highly likely to lead the charge out of Sydney Harbour - Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race   Andrea Francolini

At the traditional start time of 1pm on a Wednesday pre-Easter, this time on April 9, Sean Langman's record-busting ORMA 60 trimaran BOQ Team Australia is highly likely to lead the charge out of Sydney Harbour when Langman's quest for the trophy treble begins.

America's Cup final, Oracle Team USA  Luna Rossa - Carlo Borlenghi ©

Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this three part-series.

A whale tied to the side of Japanese Research vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 is dragged through the ocean in Mackenzie Bay, Antarctica  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - copyright

It might not be sailing but all those whose have been called starboard by a humpback whale will be thrilled with the news from the International court of Justice harpooning the Japanese Government claims on lethal scientific research.

Hobie Alter memorial  © Hobie Cat

And finally we celebrate the life and times of Hobie Alter.

Lots more sailing news from Oz and beyond.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Frenchman extends lead in Palma
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, Thomas le Breton (FRA) extended his lead at the top of the Finn fleet after an impressive display on the second day in Palma. Tapio Nirkko (FIN) is in second with Deniss Karpak (EST) in third. Three sets of races were held after the fleet waited, first ashore and then afloat, for more than three hours for the wind to build.... [more]
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A personal tribute to Hobie Alter
Phillip Berman,
I first met Hobie at the age of 13, in Newport Beach, California, where he was showing off his latest invention, the Hobie Cat 14 at a local beach club. It was 1969 and Hobie had just created his corky little catamaran. As soon as Hobie cast away from the dock and started 'flying a hull' I was enthralled.... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Birrell and Brearey back on top
Fireball International Class (As Amended by ISAF),
After two days of light winds, the third day at the Fireball Worlds had stronger winds across the race track. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (GBR) took back their lead at the top followed by Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe (GBR) with Ben Schulz and Tom Sheppard (AUS) taking third.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Skipper reports after MOB rescue
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, following Derry~Londonderry~Doire's dramatic North Pacific rescue operation yesterday, crew member Andrew Taylor is making a good recovery, with Skipper Sean McCarter explaining: 'Andrew is in good spirits and has been chatting away with his crew, and whilst clearly shocked, he is quite happy to be alive I think!... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Perfect postcard conditions in Pattaya!
Cormac Bradley,
At the Fireball World Championship, the fleet in Pattaya enjoyed another perfect day in paradise for day three. Fifteen knots of breeze @210 degrees and a three knot tide running across the course – a tactician's paradise!... [more]
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Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction
Des Ryan,
Chafing is something the cruising sailor is constantly aware of, particularly on the longer journey where it might be difficult to replace items chafed to their danger point. Even when lines rub against dock hardware, their service life is significantly reduced. This can be remedied with jury-rigged arrangements, but there's nothing like a purpose built chafe protector for a good night's sleep... [more]
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Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race - Multihull march to Mooloolaba
Lisa Ratcliff,
In a week's time, a small group of multihull owners will mark a new chapter in the history of the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race, previously a major offshore event on the Australian calendar.... [more]
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Club Marine Range Series - A great success for North Sails clients!
North Sails,
The outstanding performance by many North Sails clients who competed throughout the season in the Club Marine Range Series has sparked us to highlight their results and identify what makes the difference! North Sails would like to congratulate all our customers that participated in the Club Marine Range Series.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - Final qualification racing
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - Racing will commence at 11:00 with the 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn all scheduled for three races. The Laser Radial will also get going at 11:00 but only have two scheduled races.... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 1 - Regaining time
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this three part-series.... [more]
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Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act'
Nancy Knudsen,
Sitting until the early hours of the morning, the government has just sneaked in a new law called: 'The Affordable Boat Act' declaring that every family unit MUST purchase a new boat once they reach a certain level of combined income. These 'affordable' boats will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each, dependent on income, and will provide a much-needed boost to the economy.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - 1,130 sailors on the water + Video
Neus Jordi,
On the first day of racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia – ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, light breeze meant conservative racing for the 1,130 sailors from 55 nations taking part. Franck Cammas (FRA) showed why he is one of the finest sailors in the world at the moment by taking two bullets and a fifth to lead the Nacra 17 with crew Sophie de Turckheim.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng changes course from Auckland to Hong Kong
Sail-World,
There has been a change of course for Charles Caudrelier and his crew on board the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng, now heading for Hong Kong as forecasted weather scuppers plan to complete training leg to Auckland, New Zealand in time.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Solid start for 49er and 49erFX
Ben Remocker,
On the opening day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia, both the 49er and 49erFX managed to get in three races each. After an overcast start to the day, the clouds parted and a light sea breeze formed to allow racing to begin around noon on all courses.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Burton's form guide
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Australian Tom Burton spent most of the last year as the top ranked Laser sailor in the world. He had been Tom Slingsby's training partner leading into the London 2012 Olympics and it seemed that much of Slingsby's Gold Medal speed rubbed off on the younger Tom.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2014 – An old fox amongst the Nacra hens??
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
The debut event for the mixed multihull was the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Mallorca, when a 34 boat primarily European fleet sailed in the event.... [more]
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Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
Sail-World.com,
The International Court of Justice - on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Sailor rescued after falling overboard
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, a British man was rescued from the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of this morning after falling overboard.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship - Set to test crews' stamina
Lisa Ratcliff,
Owners of IRC rated yachts who fancy a run at this year's Audi IRC Australian Championship crown have until this Friday, 5 April 2014, to lodge an entry.... [more]
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St Thomas International: Day 3 - Canfield leaves it until the last
Bob Fisher,
Sunday's culmination of the International Regatta was staggeringly exciting; supremacy changed hands with astonishing frequency, notably in the IC-24 class, where local hero, Taylor Canfield left it to the very last to stamp his authority and claim the week's trophy after twelve grueling races.... [more]
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