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JJ Giltinan, Sydney Hobart attempt and Sail-World now in 61 languages

by Rob Kothe on 20 Feb 2013
JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Gotta Love It 7 home a winner just 4s ahead of Coopers-Rag & Famish hotel Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
The JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs continues on Sydney Harbour, with the third race being sailed yesterday and the next race is tomorrow.

Sailed in a 10kt sea breeze, the race was won again by Gotta Love It 7, which has now won two of the three races sailed.Its a big step in a week for Gotta Love It 7, which seven days ago lay in bits on the floor of the Van Munster Boats in Morriset near Lake Macquarie after sustaining serious damage in a high impact capsize on Sydney Harbour.

Coopers Rags and Famish Hotel in second. New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings) lies in third overall,

Sydney Hobart All Comers Record attempt The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman’s imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia and its six adrenalin-fuelled crewmembers are gearing up to try and break the first of a number of South Pacific course and race records. Roger ‘Clouds’ Badham says conditions this coming Friday, February 22, could create the perfect weather window to break Mari Cha III’s 1999 course record from Sydney to Hobart.


On Monday, another stopover was announced in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 edition. Abu Dhabi was confirmed as the port, and will also have a boat in the race - the third confirmed. Ian Walker will again be the skipper.

Fourteen teams of talented youth sailors from around the world arrive at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for this week’s Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Teams from Sweden, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are getting ready to do battle.

The highest ranked young sailor is Sam Gilmour representing the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth. Gilmour at just 19 years of age has an impressive ranking at 101 which includes a fifth placing at the Warren Jones Regatta in Perth, fifth at the 2012 Governor’s Cup, USA and a win at last week’s Centreport Youth International held in Wellington.


Australia´s own Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers around the world.

To this point, most non-English speaking sailors looking at sailing news worldwide use generic automated foreign language translation. While this service improves all the time, it still falls well short of a fluent human translator, who is also a sailor.

The barriers to smooth translation have been the sailing jargon like traveller, sheet, boom etc, which have mainstream uses that are totally different from the sailing terms, as well as the hundreds of technical words just not found in common language dictionaries.

Working on this project for almost two years, Sail-world.com has added over 900 sailing and general marine words and phrases into Google translation table glossaries, which have sailor verified translations for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch and some Greek and Turkish. Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi and Japanese will be the next languages, although for those the initial word lists will be shorter, but they will improve over time.


Heading up this project is Sail-World´s Technical Editor, Jedda Murphy, an Irish born IT nerd who speaks fluent Spanish and French.

Jedda commented today: 'The Sail-World team is very proud of the detailed translation table glossaries it has loaded into the translation system, but this is just the start of an ongoing process of improvement.

'Sail-World will be talking to National Sailing Authorities and sailors prepared to help us extend and correct the glossaries in the existing languages sets and provide glossaries in other languages.'

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