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 31 Oct 2011
 

US Sailings report on the Chicago Mackinac Race found that the Kiwi 35 Wing Nuts was 'a highly inappropriate boat' for the race. The impact of that report will no doubt be felt across the North American sailing scene for many years as did the Sydney Hobart coronial inquiry after 1998.

Looking towards Perth 2011 we've been talking to Victor Kovalenko in the last few days. We think you will find our interview with the Olympic super-coach a good read.

Bruce Kirby the designer of the iconic Laser, now some 200,000+ boats on, has been soundly rebuffed by 1100 Laser Class sailors in an ILCA fundamental rule change vote. It will be interesting to see where this one goes, as the implications for every One design fleet and boat designers world-wide are probably more than ISAF wants to even think about.

Lots more news

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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers' says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - The Stick nears the finish line
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - The leading yacht, The Stick, at 6.30am today was only 23 nautical miles from the finish of the 414 nautical mile ocean race across the northern Tasman Sea to the World Heritage-listed island.... [more]
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Lorenz and Annear to contest Australian 420 Dinghy Championship
Ian Grant,
The Australian 420 Dinghy Championship is set to take place on Brisbane's Moreton Bay from the 27th December to the 3rd January and Klaus Lorenz along with Ollie Annear of Whitsunday Sailing Club, are set to face a huge step up in class when they contest the event.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon World Cup - Win a trip to Malaysia
World Match Racing Tour,
The Monsoon Cup 2011 takes place from 22nd to 27th November in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. The Monsoon Cup has gained prominent status on the World Tour since it started in 2005, which includes winning the 'Best Event' status twice. The 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship will be named at the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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US Olympic Trial victory for Anna Tunicliffe and Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
With US Olympic Trials currently underway, Team Maclaren today experienced an exhilarating victory when they wrapped up the series 4-0 over Team Tulloch after two windy races. We have qualified for the second trials in May in Weymouth UK, the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, and the first three of the 2012 ISAF World Cup events.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre race start postponed but show goes on
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - A series of bad Atlantic low pressure systems put paid to the scheduled start of the tenth edition of the biennial double handed race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. The race start has been postponed and will not go before Wednesday.... [more]
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La Charente Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Raison takes the win
La Charente Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50,
The victor has now been decided in the 2011 La Charente Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50. A thrilled David Raison sailed by the committee boat just before 8:00pm this evening to take line honors and the win for the event. 'This is my fourth try on this race. I come out a winner, and in full day light....'... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Circuit to be supported by KFC
Miyeera Navaretna,
Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) first event is expected to take place in February 2012. Chairman of KFC Holdings (M) Berhad, Tuan Haji Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim today announced its support for the MMRC at the closing ceremony of the KFC Felda Johor Open 2011 in Tanjung Leman, Mersing.... [more]
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La Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 - Raison nears finish line
La Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50,
David Raison (747 – TeamWork Evolution), is closing on Barra Light tower at the entrance of Bahia's bay as the wind drops off Salvador de Bahia in the La Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50. The Brasilian coast in that area is particularly tricky on this Sunday afternoon... [more]
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Etchells QLD States: Prentice defends title in tight series
Tracey Johnstone,
Vaughan Prentice has defended his title winning the 2011 Etchells Queensland State Championship and a place in the line-up for the Etchells Worlds in Sydney in 2012. Prentice and his team of Mark Bradford, Stacey Jackson and Darren Hutchinson fought six light air races on Moreton Bay to win by only two points ahead of Matthew Chew on 12 points then David Rose on 14 points.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - The Stick leads fleet
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Three yachts entered for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, The Stick, Wild Oats and Quetzalcoatl, are tonight leading heading the line honours, IRC and PHS handicap standings. The modified Open 66 The Stick, skippered by Richard Christian, at 2030 hours tonight (8.30pm) was only 113 nautical miles from the finish of the 414 nautical mile race... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Fleet work round high pressure system
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As the winners of Leg 1, BSL and second place Campagne de France, recovered in Cape Town from 7,000 miles of racing and adapt to life on land after 32 days at sea, the four boats in the fleet's main pack were working round a high-pressure system centred 1,300 miles west of the finish line.... [more]
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US Sailing Independent Report on the sailing accident at Annapolis
John Rousmaniere,
An Independent Study Report reviewing the youth sailing 420 tragedy on Severn River at Annapolis has been released: Introduction - Following a fatal sailing accident at Annapolis on June 23, 2011, the Severn Sailing Association invited the United States Sailing Association to send representatives to Annapolis to discuss the incident with its officers and staff.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 3 win to Rag & Famish
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series - Former Giltinan champion skipper Euan McNicol made a successful return to the 18ft Skiffs when he teamed with Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy to take out race three of the series with Rag & Famish today. ‘The Rag' team came from behind on the last lap of the three lap course to grab a narrow 9s. win over Gotta Love It 7... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia on winning streak
Heather Ewing,
Gold Coast Australia has continued its winning streak in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The ecstatic skipper, Richard Hewson, 31, from Hobart, Tasmania, said, 'It's fantastic to be home – I love Western Australia, it's like a second home and it's fantastic to be back here.'... [more]
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US champion flies in for Sydney Etchells Worlds 2012 qualifier
Peter Campbell,
Jud Smith showed his helming skills sailing with the Sydney International Etchells class fleet racing yesterday on Sydney Harbour. Smith has long been one of the leading Etchells skippers in the world, with multiple wins in the North American championships going back 21 years and a win in the World championship in Fremantle, WA, in 2006, also finishing third in 1994 and second in 1996.... [more]
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Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified.... [more]
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MarineBusiness-World.com wins BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award
Brendan Maxwell,
MarineBusiness-World.com won BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION at the 2011 Gold Coast Media Awards, announced last night at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast, against a field of mainstream media with high profile consumer sites.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 - Gold Coast Australia continues winning streak
Heather Ewing,
Gold Coast Australia has continued its winning streak, recording a fourth consecutive victory in the first four stages of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The team finished Leg 4 of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation, the world's longest ocean race, at 0704 local time this morning, under clear blue skies, racing in towards the finish line off the Geraldton shore at more than 11 knots.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Wild Rose blossoms overnight
Peter Campbell,
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Prominent ocean racing yachtsman Roger Hickman has shown his sailing skills overnight to bringing his 18-year-old former Sydney Hobart Race winner Wild Rose into top place on IRC corrected times.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Iberdorla In-Port second place for Puma
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg fought light winds and a shortened course to come in second place in the Iberdrola In-Port Race on the 29 October in Alicante. The Iberdrola is the inaugural race of the 2011-12 VOR. Puma collected five points in the overall standings, finishing behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.... [more]
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US SAILING Inquiry into CYC Race to Mackinac capsize and fatalities
C. Hawley, J. Rousmaniere, R. Naranjo & S.McCurdy,
The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac experienced two tragic deaths and now an inquiry into the fatalities has been released. The inquiry was conducted by a review panel which was appointed by US Sailing on July 28, 2011. Sailing is a remarkably safe sport in large part because of the caring of its close-knit community.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - One day until battle begins
Hélène Tzara,
The Transat Jacques Vabre now has only one day left until the start gun is set to fire and the crowds which adorned the docks of the Paul Vatine Basin in Le Havre, snapped up opportunities presented by the pristine Autumn weather to deliver a vibrant adieu to the fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing pick up first race points
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started off today, 29th October, with the In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing delivered an early blow to their rivals picking up the first points of the regatta with a comprehensive win in the race opener. The crew, led by British skipper and double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, romped home to a massive 14-minute win over their closest rivals... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 1 – Champagne de France second over finish line
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with their Pogo 40S², Campagne de France, crossed the Cape Town finish line completing leg one of the double-handed, Class40 GOR at 19:43:40 GMT (21:43 local) on Friday evening. The Franco-British duo took 33 days 07 hours 43 minutes and 40 seconds, securing second place in the GOR's fleet of six Class40s.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre race preview
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre, raced every two years by duos, is due to start tomorrow, Sunday 30 October 2011 at 1302hrs CET in Le Havre, France. The Atlantic looks set to follow tradition and deliver a challenging first week for the 35 duos which are scheduled to take Sunday's start line for the race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race update from Puma Ocean Racing Team
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, Puma Media Crew Member, provides an update prior to the In-Port Race start: The first of two major Saturdays is upon us and it would be silly to suggest we aren't massively anxious. It's been a very long time anticipating and preparing for 'day one' of this regatta and we're finally there.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup win to France
Student Yachting World Cup,
The Student Yachting World Cup has been won by France, from defending champions Solent University (England) and Cork Institute (Ireland).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Live and delayed coverage here
Sail-World,
The Volvo Ocean Race has partnered with Livestream (Livestreamcom) to bring you unprecedented Live coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. You will be able to watch live video of all start, finishes and in-port racing from this page - theer's another link for the full raw live experience - including HD live video of the start/finishes and in-port racing as well as photos, video clips and text updates... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ Wingman under arrest
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ coach Rod Davis discloses an incident that occurred during the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England. Half-way through the Plymouth regatta. I am sitting in the coaches' office, well the office is a rigging/boat building container where Joe Allen and I fight for space with the shore team, with my back to mid container doors.... [more]
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Sail-World visitors – this week a two metre snake
Brendan Maxwell, Sail-World.com,
We get an interesting range of visitors, beyond the old salts who drop by on a regular basis, the local wild-life often call in, unannounced. This two metre green tree snake, (Dendrelaphis Punctulatus) has previously attempted to venture into the office via an open window, but this week was applying for a sub-editors role.... [more]
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Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley - Never like this!! (after 4am start)
John Curnow,
Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley Race 2011. There was a lot of rain in and around Melbourne on Friday night, which lasted until about 2am Saturday. That meant the boats were very clean when some of the crews got up in Queenscliff to take the boats down to the start line and the 5am gun/flare.... [more]
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The Stick powers to sea in Lord Howe Island Race
Peter Campbell,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant The Stick is power sailing into the Tasman Sea this afternoon, three hours after the start of the Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race in Broken Bay.... [more]
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