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 19 Dec 2011
 

Perth 2011 - major World success for Australia

Perth 2011 proved to be a major sailing success for Australia on and off the water. Three World Championship Gold medals from Mat Belcher, Malcolm Page, Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby show that sailing is shaping as a significant Olympic sport for Australia in 2011.

49er Worlds Medal Race - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Fried Elliott ©


Australia was the most successful nation in the 2011 ISAF World Championships, ahead of the Netherlands, while the British team suffered a major blow to its confidence seven months before the Weymouth regatta.

The three World Championship wins by the 470 Men, the 49er and Laser teams showed we are on track.

For Australia perhaps the most significant result came in the first medal race on Super Sunday, the 470 team of Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell took second place in the World Championship Medal race, just 10 weeks after embarking on a 2011 campaign campaign.

As Peter Conde, the High Performance Director for the Australian Sailing Team said ‘We are extremely excited to have the girls back in the team. They are proven winners and they have demonstrated in a very short space of time they have been able to get to the top ten in the world and that's the benchmark for the Australian Sailing Team. I know they are extremely happy about making it themselves and we are really thrilled to have them back.'

The Medal races starting and finishing in front of the Perth 2011 Grandstand have set a new bench mark for Olympic, World Championship and World Cup sailing.

Congratulations to the Australian Sailing Team and to the Perth 2011 Team.


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Perth 2011: Grandstand Sailing - the day that sailing changed
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
The last four medal races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were conducted on the Bathers Beach course, in Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia and it was standing room only in the Grandstand. The crowd was right amongst the action.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies take 49er gold in Perth
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 49er Worlds, taking place as a part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, now have medals decided with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen adding another trophy to their cabinets and titles to their credit as they claimed the 2011 49er World Championship title on home waters.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships come to a 'golden' end in Perth
Perth 2011,
The closing day of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia allowed for the very best of grandstand sailing to be displayed in the midst champagne conditions. Spectators snapped up every available seat and space around Bathers Bay to watch as the final four world titles were decided in the women's 470, 49er, men's RS:X, and Laser classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race struggle continues for crew of Groupama 4
Vincent Borde,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet have been racing for a week now on Leg 2 and have experienced a drastic change of tempo with a Chinese leader setting out on its own to the North, a French option to the far East and a central pack. The formation of a tropical depression has altered the deal somewhat...... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders beyond the ice limit and dropping south
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the five strong fleet of double-handed Class40s were battered as they crossed the most remote area of the Indian Ocean in the midst of a cold front and deep low pressure system. The two lead boats, Cessna Citation and BSL, have dropped to 48S after their crossing of the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate at Kerguelen Island.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Richard Langdon and Paul Kane,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships action images from photographers Richard Langdon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Team Sanya take the lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya, the first ever sole Chinese entry in the race, has moved into first place on leg two from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi after making a bold tactical decision which could see them take on a fearsome tropical storm in the Indian Ocean. Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson, broke away from the fleet yesterday and headed north towards a tropical depression... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from top international photographer Christophe Favreau, of the final days racing... [more]
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Sail Sydney Laser 4.7 title to Sophie Chesterman
Peter Campbell,
Sail Sydney - Hobart sailor Sophie Chesterman today comfortably won the Laser 4.7 class at the regatta on a day that saw three Tasmanians notch up heat wins. Chesterman, representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, extended her overnight lead with a 6-1-4 scorecard in the building 12-20 knot north-easterly sea breeze.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship win to Coxon, Links and Barnabas
Frank Quealey,
The 2011-2012 NSW 18ft Skiff champions are the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas.... [more]
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A-Class Catamarans at Sail Sydney 2011
Robin Evans,
World Champion Steven Brewin and third in the world Jack Benson have been competing over the weekend at the Sail Sydney 2011 regatta in A-Class Catamarans, out of Georges River 16ft Sailing Club.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Two more Gold medals for Aussies
Craig Heydon,
On the final day of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Australian sailors have won two Gold medals. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen wrapped up the 49er title while Tom Slingsby won his fourth Laser World Championship.... [more]
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Australian World 49er champions add to the pot of gold
Perth 2011,
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have confirmed their world number one ranking in the 49er skiff fleet, winning the gold medal at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on Sunday, 18 December.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: New RS:X Men's World Champion
Rory Ramsden,
Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) went in to the medal race under pressure. With medal race points counting double, whoever won this battle would be the World Champion. The Start boat was moved away from its 'traditional' spot close to the Northern breakwater in Bathers Bay so that the second slalom end gybe mark could be placed right in front of the grandstand.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: Slingsby magic turns to gold
Perth 2011,
Sensational Australian Tom Slingsby sailed to his fourth world Laser crown on Sunday (18 December), cruising home comfortably to win the Medal race for a 19-point victory at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating and Passage Series images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright/IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at the Rolex Trophy Rating Series and the Rolex Trophy Passage Series on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's prayer rap
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress. We've said all we can say for the time being, and until things change around here I'm going to have to get original. So, I give you this pathetic attempt at a Puma prayer rap.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy – Rating Series: Hooligan defends title
Di Pearson,
Marcus Blackmore has successfully defended his 2010 Rolex Trophy – Rating Series title. Blackmore, from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, won three of the six race series, while Rob Hanna, from Royal Geelong Yacht Club in Victoria, tried valiantly to beat what is regarded as Australia's top TP52, but came away with just one win.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating Series images day 2 by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright/IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured Rolex Trophy Rating Series on day 2.... [more]
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Sail Sydney day 2 - Summer has arrived
Mainsheet Media,
Sail Sydney day 2. Wind conditions around ten knots enabled some close racing and the spectators were equally happy watching the action from the regatta village on shore.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Deciding day for the 470 fleet
Luissa Smith,
It was a deciding day on the water for the forty eight women's teams competing in the 470 event. Perfect sailing conditions were on Success Course with a breeze averaging between 14-17 knots under a blue sky. Race 9 got underway after one general recall.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Won and lost in the dark
Jim Gale,
Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas have always believed the exhausting marathon down the NSW coast and across eastern Bass Strait can be won and lost in the dark.... [more]
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World Laser Masters Championship 2012 entry now open
Laser International,
Applications for entry are now open until 10th January for the 2012 World Laser Masters Championship. The event is a restricted entry allocated championship and sailors who wish to enter need to first complete an application form.... [more]
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Contenders mix it up at Sail Sydney
Mainsheet Media,
NSW State Championships for the Contenders are being held at Sail Sydney. Richard Kingsmill (QLD) took two bullets out of the three races held today with a third in the first.... [more]
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Action shots from the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth
Various Photographers,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, Olympic hopefuls are vying for the chance to represent their respective countries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon were on the water in Perth on 17th December to snap these shots of the competitors in action. Enjoy!... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race enters the Theatre of the Bizzare
Richard Gladwell,
The fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race has split into three directions, all bound for an unannounced destination. Hopefully the on-board navigators have got the code deciphered correctly, but from the current fleet positions one could be excused from believing that two had got hopelessly lost and and the other three had stuck together - some within sight of each other... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems pushing hard
Ross and Campbell Field,
Ross Field reports from aboard Buckley Systems deep in the Southern Ocean as they are pushed around by 40 knot winds in the race to Wellington: Some would question our sanity if they saw what went on these small 40 footers, deep in the southern ocean. It is freezing cold and all those things we have talked about, but the motion is unbelievable... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 is making headway
Vicent Borde,
After six days of racing in this leg of the Volvo Ocean Race it has been an incredible turnabout, and some 1,600 miles have been covered since setting out from Cape Town, South Africa. Groupama 4 has covered over 200 miles in her bid to slip beneath the leading pack led by the Americans on Puma and the New Zealanders on Camper.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships action images from photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 45 nations qualify for London 2012
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Over the last two weeks of racing in Fremantle, Australia, 45 nations have qualified their country to compete at the London 2012 Sailing Olympics being held in Weymouth and Portland next summer. On the penultimate day of racing at Perth 2011 the final Laser spots and the Men's RS:X and Women's 470 places were taken ahead of tomorrow's live Medal Races... [more]
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Sail Sydney – Chesterman on top in Laser 4.7 fleet
Peter Campbell,
Sail Sydney – Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailor Sophie Chesterman today scored two straight wins to take her to the top of the leaderboard in the Laser 4.7 class on the second day of competition, sailed in light to moderate breezes on Botany Bay.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy - Passage Series: Calm outstanding
Di Pearson,
Sailing alongside the yachts in the four-day Rolex Trophy Rating Series, 21 yachts graced the start line off Shark Island. The TP52 Calm's performance was outstanding, Van Der Slot going on to win the race overall under IRC from Leslie Green's Swan 601 Ginger and Vamp, the Corby 49 owned by CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre and Past Commodore David Fuller.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies on fire
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
At Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships two Aussie crews have one hand on world championship trophies after their on water performances today.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy – Rating Series: A run for her money
Di Pearson,
Rob Hanna's new Shogun V is giving Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan a run for her money at the Rolex Trophy – Rating Series. Sunday's passage race will complete the series and decide the winner. In Division 2, Andrew Parkes sailed the X-41 Matrix to a win.... [more]
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The Dash for Cash at Sail Sydney
Robin Evans,
Sail Sydney 2011 has launched into a full days racing at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club and the Dash for Cash at Woollahra Sailing Club for the Moths. It was challenge for the competitors with winds varying between three and ten knots, making it difficult for the Moths to get out of the water. Races were won based on who could get up, then stay up on their foils in the light, gusty conditions.... [more]
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A Rumble in the Reach: Sports Boat Challenge
Vanessa Cornwall,
The East Fremantle Yacht Club is very excited to be part of the growing Sports Boat community in Western Australia. We share their mantra that 'life is too short to sail slow boats'! As such in 2011 EFYC launched the Rumble in the Reach Sports Boat Challenge, an event which showcases the class to spectators and the broader public.... [more]
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Pressure mounts in the Volvo Ocean Race
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, many described the weather situation earlier in the day as the ‘nightmare zone' but, for navigator Andrew Cape, he kept a cool, calm, and collected demeanor as it was just another day at the office on board the Leg 2 and overall leader Telefonica skippered by Iker Martinez (ESP).... [more]
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Somali pirate leader gets Life for murder of cruising sailors
Des Ryan,
The leader of the thirteen pirates who were captured and pleaded guilty to the murder of four American cruising sailors has, along with one other pirate, been found guilty and sentenced in US federal court to life in prison.... [more]
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