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America’s Cup, Heaven and more

'Practice day, August 21st 2012, AC45 World Series San Francisco. - Nathan Outteridge joins Artemis Racing'    Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©    Click Here to view large photo

Bob Fisher, one of the world's top international yachting journalists, wrote for Sail-World during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Bob is a multihuller from way back, having won the 1967 Little America's Cup, with Peter Schneidau on Lady Helmsman, and has been covering the America's Cup since 1967.
Bob is certainly the top writer on the America's Cup and is in San Francisco, CA, USA for the sixth round of the America's Cup World Series and he is writing for Sail-World on the upcoming series.

Don’t miss his reports on Sail-World – today he writes on Day Z minus One.

26/08/2012,San Francisco(USA,CA), 34th America’s Cup, America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 August, Final Race Day -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©   Click Here to view large photo


The seventh annual Heaven Can Wait regatta proved to be a huge success with a record fleet sailing the One Lap Dash, the 12 Hour Race, and 24 hour race having a record fleet.

Buckle Up - Heaven Can Wait 2012 -  Margare French   Click Here to view large photo

The 12 and 24 hour races were was sailed under a full moon and this is set to continue in the years ahead with the move of the race to November, moving each year to Saturday night closest to the full moon. At the same time the race is amalgamating with the Royal Motor Yacht Club’s 30 mile race, part of the combined Lake Macquarie Club point score series.

The Yachting Australia awards this year will be the biggest ever, just look at the Male Sailor of the Year nominations - Australia’s three London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal winning crews go up against each other for the award. The finalists are Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, with all five also named as finalists in the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

Lots more news today.
Gold medalist Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby during the street parade to welcom the Olympic Sailing team - AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 2012 -  Craig Greenhill Saltwater Images © Copyright  


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