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 04 Apr 2014
 

 

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Aussie ups and downs and Grand Finals ahead

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS), 470 Men - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 3  Thom Touw ©
Palma, Mallorca, Belcher and Ryan resuming normal service at the top of the 470 leader board, Bundock and Curtis are impressing in the Nacra 17 fleet, Laser sailor Ash Bunning is doing well, but there have been some sobering results for some potential stars. Long days on the water and some late results but they will all be on Sail-World, along with great vision and images.

The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual circuit of Olympic sailing for serious campaigners and up and coming sailors. The series is now seven years old, has attracted less media and sponsorship attention than ISAF had hoped and it's still looking for mainstream media relevance, as President Carlo Croce has been saying loudly and clearly. Yesterday a major revamp of the series was announced and Sail-World talked at length to Antonio Gonzales de La Madrid, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Technical Manager about elements of the restructure and we have that article in this newsletter.

Kiteboarding Worlds, Course Racing, San Francisco, August 2009  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Canadian John Craig is the newly appointed Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Craig was for 11 years the PRO at St. Francis Yacht Club, having organised over 300 regattas. He built bridges between sailing and kiteboard racers and he was most recently the PRO of the 34th America's Cup.

Sail-World talked to Craig in San Francisco yesterday, as he prepares to head to Southampton about the challenges ahead in steering this major restructure of the ISAF peak Olympic class series.

Southern Excellence II during the 2013 Sydney to Hobart. - Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2014  Ian Mainsbridge

A fast 40th Mount Gay Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race expected this weekend, we have all the news.

Newcastle Port Stephens Race - Sunday 6th April marks the beginning of two huge weeks of racing beginning and ending in Newcastle.

The Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race commences at 10am this Sunday. The start will be in Newcastle Harbor or off Nobby's light house dependent on wind conditions and scheduled shipping movements.

Newcastle to Port Stephens Race  Kaz Crump

The racing kicks off with the annual Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race. This race is a feeder to the popular Sail Port Stephens Regatta where the NSW IRC Competition will be held starting on Friday 11th and finishing Sunday 13th or Wednesday 16th of April dependent of division of choice.

After a week's racing in Port Stephens the yachts will return to Newcastle for the 2014 Audi IRC Australian Championships. Hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club the Australian IRC Championships has to date attracted a fleet of 34 yachts. The event will offer a week of truly competitive and exciting racing off the Newcastle coastline across three divisions.

Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Race Day 12  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©

And while we are looking at the now action and the future, Sail-World has a three part retrospective on why the Kiwis lost the 2014 America's Cup from Richard Gladwell. It provides absorbing reading this week.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race - Official Starter announced
Nigel Statham,
The Queensland Cruising Yacht Club is proud to announce the Official Starter for the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, starting for the 66th time on Good Friday April 18 at 11am, is well known and respected businessman and yachtsman Mr Greg Cavill of Hendra, QLD.... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Penultimate day in Pattaya
Cormac Bradley,
To borrow a phrase from the most famous Scottish football manager of recent times (though maybe not the most loved Scottish football manager of all times), with the penultimate day of the 2014 Fireball Worlds now completed, it is squeaky-bum time for the top three crews (plural) at the regatta in Pattaya, hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 4 photos from Ocean Images
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this selection of photos from day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, captured on location by Ocean Images.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – No time to lose says new ISAF Appointee
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Canadian John Craig is the newly appointed Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Craig was for 11 years the PRO at St. Francis Yacht Club and who most recently the PRO of the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Weather briefing wrap up
G2LHI Media,
At the conclusion of tonight's race and weather briefing for the Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, the crew representatives went away happy in anticipation of a fast, exciting race. All entrants were represented at the briefing and all are in agreement that this will be a very fast race across the Southern Tasman sea to beautiful Lord Howe Island.... [more]
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ORC World Championship - Class splits revealed
ORC Media,
The record-breaking ORC World Championship fleet of over 160 entries will be split into three classes, with further sub-divisions made to enhance race quality.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championships - What's the course?
John Curnow,
Audi IRC Australian Championships - Just prior to Easter you will see a lot of vessels on a vector to Newcastle, NSW. This is a general occurrence as bulk carriers from Asia and beyond arrive like modern armadas to queue up underneath the conveyors at the bottom of the Hunter River as each disgorges up to 10,500 tonnes an hour of petrified black gold into each ship's hungry hold.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - IRC crews primed for action
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sail Port Stephens is ready and waiting to offer those crews priming for the Audi IRC Australian Championship in Newcastle the perfect chance to fine-tune; a state title just prior to the feature game.... [more]
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Groupama Race 2014 - 200 days before the race starts
Groupama Race,
Groupama Race 2014 - The Groupama Race is the longest leeward-windward race in the world: New-Caledonia is oriented in the direction of the Southeast trade winds. This means that in 'normal' wind conditions (Southeast trade winds), the competitors will have 300 NM downwind (under spinnaker) and 300 NM into the wind (being shaken around).... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump
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 the third part of a three part-series.... [more]
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Newcastle Port Stephens Race 2014 – Racing this weekend
Mary Holley,
Newcastle Port Stephens Race 2014 - The racing kicks off with the annual Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race. This race is a feeder to the popular Sail Port Stephens Regatta where the NSW IRC Competition will be held starting on Friday 11th and finishing Sunday 13th or Wednesday 16th of April dependent of division of choice.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous 2014 – Entries sailing
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous 2014 - Multihull Solutions has had a record response to its announcement of this year's Whitsunday Rendezvous being staged from 1-7 September, which is now recognised as Australia's premier power and sail multihull cruising rally.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta: sailing strong for 10 years
TOG,
Top of the Gulf Regatta celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with top sailors from around the world heading to Pattaya, Thailand, to compete in Asia's largest multi-class regatta from first to 5th May 2014 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.... [more]
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ISAF outlines new plans for a revamped Sailing World Cup series
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual circuit of Olympic sailing for serious campaigners and up and coming sailors. The series is now seven years old, has attracted less media and sponsorship attention than ISAF had hoped and it's still looking for mainstream media relevance, as President Carlo Croce has been saying loudly and clearly.... [more]
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