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 30 Mar 2012
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Tess improving, Volvo and lots of Easter sailing

Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan - Ist after 2 days - Australian Youth Championships Day 2 - 29ers - I sight everyone wants to see again soon  Carolyn Lewis
The best news of the week is that Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is making a steady recovery from a head injury suffered during the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in Brisbane in early January and she is getting back on the water!!

One sailor closely following Tess' progress is Nathan (George, as in George of the Jungle) Outteridge who hit a tree on the way to Sail Melbourne some years ago. It was feared at one stage he'd never walk again and now the multiple World Champion is preparing for London 2012.

Large crowds line the wharf and river banks to watch the start of the Three Peaks Race - H&R Block Three Peaks Race  Paul Scambler

The Brisbane to Gladstone, Three Peaks Race, the Mooloolaba and Humpybong regatta are hardly more than a bunny hop away and entries are coming in well for Sail Port Stephens, with stellar fields guaranteed across the entire week's racing.

Groupama and Puma are closing on Cape Horn; check with us regularly for the latest updates...

Stuart Bannatyne and Adam Minoprio on watch on the way to Chile onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race)  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©


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Tess Lloyd continues to make good progress
Craig Heydon,
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is in good spirits and continuing to make steady progress as she recovers from a head injury suffered during the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in Brisbane in early January.... [more]
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International Sailing Federation committee nominations
ISAF,
2012 is the year when the International Sailing Federation holds its quadrennial General Assembly, which is set to take place on Saturday 10 November 2012 in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, IrelandIt is on this occasion that the ISAF Officers (President and Vice-Presidents) members of the ISAF Council and all other ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members automatically retire and are eligible... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba online entry now open
Tracey Johnstone,
Sail Mooloolaba Notices of Races and online entry are now available. Sail Mooloolaba is a series of events that incorporate several different classes and styles of sailing. The week starts with the Keel and Multihull, and Sports Boat events on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, hosted by Mooloolaba Yacht Club and the Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA).... [more]
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FLIR release cutting-edge M-Series night vision camera
Drew Valentine,
FLIR Systems has released the latest in its class leading M-Series maritime thermal night vision cameras – the gyro-stabilised M-618CS – which it says has cutting edge features never before offered at this price point.... [more]
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2012 ‘Endless Summer' Barefoot Ball on the beach at MHYC
Alana Whitting,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club's annual Barefoot Ball is being held this Friday 30 March, 2012. This year's theme is ‘Endless Summer' and guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite beach gear and get up or guests can dress in the traditional black tie, board shorts and bare feet.... [more]
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Easter Nacra State championships at Humpybong Yacht Club
Mark Dawson,
Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point is preparing for an Easter extravaganza when the club hosts the high performance Nacra catamaran 2012 Queensland championships.... [more]
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Top fleet heading for Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Sail Port Stephens will run from 16 to 22 April 2012. Commodore Dom Grundy from the Corlette Point Sailing Club, the organizing authority feels that the importance of the event is now being recognised. We think that we will the hottest new boats in the country having their first major out of home town regatta here before facing the northern regattas.... [more]
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Mooloolaba's Easter Regatta - Turn left at the lighthouse
Tracey Johnstone,
Looking for a change from racing to Gladstone, but still want to shake out the cobwebs with an Easter weekend of sailing and parties ? Then still head north, but when you see the lighthouse hang a left and join the fun with Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Easter Regatta.... [more]
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CYCA SOLAS Trusts donation to VMR Burdekin
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) has made a donation to Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Burdekin of $24,000. The area covered by VMR Burdekin forms part of the seaway used by many southern based yachtsmen and women when making their annual pilgrimage to compete in the North Queensland circuit of yachting regattas.... [more]
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Gladstone Race crews on weather watch
Ian Grant,
Coastal forecasts remain as the most important factor as the 48 crews representing Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland decide on their sail selection to contest the 308 n/ml QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Race over the Easter weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC today, as Groupama and Puma close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean. Groupama reported sailing with 25 knots of west north-westerly wind in a much less violent sea.... [more]
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Do You Know These Five 'Time-to-Reef' Signals?
John Jamieson,
You may have heard the sailing term 'Reef when you first think of it'. But you might be surprised how many sailors forget to follow through with this simple rule of sailing safety. With today's push-button and pull-a-string technology for winching or rolling up a sail, it's almost too easy to become complacent.... [more]
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Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing preview
WIMRA,
The 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to get underway on the 2nd April in Palma de Mallorca, where all of the Olympic hopefuls for Women's Match Racing will be keen on gauging their training progress since their last meeting in Miami back in January. The event will be the first stop on the European swing of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 makes fast headway
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 is making fast headway towards South America, with less than 400 miles to go to reach Cape Horn, but the crew will have to link together a series of gybes before they make it through into the Atlantic. The sailing conditions have considerably improved and, if things pan out as they should, Franck Cammas and his men will be Cape Horners from daybreak local time... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Conserving fuel onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: We have just over 500 miles to go until Cape Horn, and that's about the only thing driving the 11 of us forward right now. It's not getting warmer, it's not getting drier, and it's not getting easier, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enter Ocean Sprint zone
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have entered the Ocean Sprint zone, in the last 24 hours, as they close in on the end of the sixth leg to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. Singapore and New York have both crossed the finish line of the sprint. The fastest team to cover the distance between the latitudes of 22 degrees north and 25 degrees north will score one bonus point.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's shore crew prepare for quick turnaround
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has been chalking off the miles towards its pit stop in Puerto Montt in Chile where they will stop to repair bow damage suffered in the Southern Ocean. With the boat back up to 90 per cent of its normal speed Camper is less than 1700 nautical miles from its destination.... [more]
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New Rigid Seat Bosuns Chair from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released a new Rigid Seat Bosun Chair. This high-spec bosun chair incorporates a new, super-strong lifting-strap reinforced with not just one but two layers of 48mm polyester webbing looping around the entire structure.... [more]
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Naturaliste Race promises chase from the front
Offshore WA,
The yachts at the front of the fleet will be chasing those at the back in the 50th Cape Naturaliste & Return Ocean Race, which starts off Fremantle on Friday evening.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship 2013 preview
ORC,
ORCi World Championship 2013 annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs - SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona - are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).... [more]
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BVI International Match Racing Championship Day 1 - Tricky conditions
Trish Jenkins,
BVI International Match Racing Championship - Crews from seven teams raced in tricky conditions on day one of the an ISAF Grade 3 listed event taking place during the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Thanks to the support of title sponsor, Gill North America and supporting sponsor, New England Ropes, top teams have been attracted to race the fleet of identical IC-24's.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Host of issues for Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 5. Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Believe it or not I can't sleep. The last few days have brought another host of issues. Most pressing has been the infection in Jono Swain's elbow that started with a quick wash down the cockpit about a week ago and has turned into a mess.... [more]
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2012 RS:X World Championships come to a close
Craig Heydon,
Gusts up towards 40 knots kept the 120 male and 80 female competitors onshore on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2012 RS:X World Championships in Cadiz, Spain.... [more]
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2012 Macquarie Group Access World Championships
Di Pearson,
The 2012 Macquarie Group Access World Championships will be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club from 7-13 April. Entries have been received from Australia, Malaysia, Hungary, France, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands and Great Britain.... [more]
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2012 Australian Uni Fleet Racing Regatta - NOR and online entry
Australian University Sailing Association,
We welcome you to participate in the 2012 Australian Uni Fleet Racing Regatta at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on 13 to 15 April (Sydney).... [more]
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MarineBusiness-World talks to Sanctuary Cove GM
Rob Kothe,
The launch of the 24th annual Sanctuary Cove international Boat Show took place today and we talked to Sue Thomson, the General Manager Boat Show and Marketing for Sanctuary Cove.... [more]
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No Australian Team Racing Championship for 2012
Yachting Australia,
With insufficient entries being received by the closing date, the 2012 Australian Team Racing Championship has been cancelled. The event was due to be staged at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 14-15 April.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Hurtling towards Leg 5's major milestone
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 leaders Groupama Sailing Team were within 700 nautical miles of the infamous Cape Horn on Tuesday evening as the fleet hurtled east towards Leg 5's major milestone. With boat speeds averaging around 20 knots, the southernmost tip of South America should be less than two days sailing away for the French frontrunners... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Youth World Championship - Tasmanian sailors to contest
Peter Campbell,
Laser 4.7 International Youth World Championship gets underway this weekend in Argentina, Buenos Aires. Young Tasmanian sailors Anna Vaughan and Madeline Salter are among 116 sailors contesting the championships this coming Saturday, 31 March.... [more]
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Three Peaks Race - No eggs for Locky this Easter
Alister Copley,
Lachlan Pryor is to set sail this Easter in the challenging Australian Three Peaks Race in Tasmania. Sailing on the big Queensland catamaran Mobile Travel Agents Big Wave Rider, Lachlan will be crewing with round-the-world sailing star Jessica Watson and also backing up as the spare runner.... [more]
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