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 10 Apr 2012


The Big Easter, Storms, Records - Port Stephens & Magnetic Island

Closing on the mark - in company. NSW IRC Championship. Sail Port Stephens 2011  Sail Port Stephens Event Media
Heavy weather for the ORCV's Melbourne to Port Fairy Race with a boat lost and a slew of retirements in the Three Peaks Race.

Today you can view Richard Gladwell has published an excellent multimedia piece, his interview with Puma skipper Ken Reid, a mixture of transcript, images, audio and video.

An amazing Brisbane to Gladstone record breaking performance from Sean Langman's Orma 60 Team Australia on Easter Saturday morning. Then Sports Boat titles in Tasmania, the Access Worlds out of Middle Harbour.

Looking ahead to Sail Port Stephens, if you are planning on going, you need to enter NOW!!

RPAYC's Pittwater to Newcastle Race being run on Saturday 14 April 2012.

Then the 29nm NCYC Newcastle to Port Stephens Race starts on Sunday 15th. NCYC is providing free berthing on the Saturday evening for non-NCYC competing in these races.

Today we publish Stripey Grant's 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week speculation that come August there could be a head to head between the two fastest sailing vessels in the Southern hemisphere Team Australia and Team Vodafone.

Interesting times ahead but right now what IS certain is that you can enter the 2012 Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week - August 30th-September 4th - online now.

This obviously MUST DO Now its taken another step forward - a Taste NQ food, wine and music festival being integrated into the this fast growing major event.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far + Audio and Video
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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NCYC Newcastle to Port Stephens Race - 27 entries and counting
Richard Howard,
With the fleet so far representing nine different Hunter and Sydney yacht club's and last year's fleet size of 26 yachts having been surpassed Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club's (NCYC) 2012 Newcastle to Port Stephens Race should be bigger and better than ever.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Entries closing
Sail Port Stephens media,
Sail Port Stephens 2012 is just a week away. Entries close Tuesday 10th April. Enter online now. Visit the website Sail Port Stephens http://www.sailportstephens.com.au for the latest news on one of the best regattas in one of the most beautiful spots in Australia.... [more]
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Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 – Enter online NOW!!
Magnetic Island Race Week,
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week, from August 30th to September 4th 2012 on the sheltered waters around Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Notice of Race online now, online entry is live!!... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week -Team Vodafone and Team Australia head to head?
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Club will dust off the welcome mat and invite a high number of new sailors to enjoy the weather and facilities when they host the 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week in August this year. Could this be the place the two fastests yachts in the South hemisphere go head to head for the first time?... [more]
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Victorian raid on NSW Tasar titles
Paddy John,
Victorian sailors took out the top four positions in the NSW Tasar Championship held in perfect sailing conditions on Lake Illawarra over the Easter weekend. Sailing in a fleet of 42 boats world champions Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway narrowly beat Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2012 – Location, Location and more Location
Sail Port Stephens media,
A perfect location' say the cruising sailors who will participate in the record Commodores Cup fleet at the sixth annual Sail Port Stephens 2012, which will run from 16 to 22 April.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapre - Success for Aussies Belcher and Page
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page,
Sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page experienced a successful re-introduction to the Europe season at the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapre regatta. They share with us their experience in Palma, Spain: The racing was some of the most difficult we have had in recent times. It was like Groundhog Day for the training week and first four days of the regatta we were in Palma.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet pinned to the coast
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s are pinned to the coast by light NNE wind and a foul current, picking their way through the oil and gas fields on the Brazilian continental shelf. The two leading Class40s, Cessna Citation of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough and Financial Crisis with Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo tacked away from the coast early... [more]
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National 125 Class WA Championships - Master wins but Junior star
Andrew Tailor,
The 'Rapid Crushing' WA 125 championships were conducted during the Easter weekend with 20 boats attending a light breeze event superbly hosted by South of Perth Yacht Club. State President and long time 125er Andrew Tailor and crew Nick Syme sailing Flashback won the series with a race to spare after posting consistent numbers throughout while others were more erratic.... [more]
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WA Flying 15 State Championships - El Toro takes it by the bulls
Chris Nelson,
The 50th Western Australian Flying 15 State Championships finished today in a thriller. Perennial Champions Grant Alderson and Dean McCaullay on 'El Toro' did the business, demonstrating their skills and experience to snatch the title from Greg Tonnison and Steve Roberts on 'Spot the Difference' who led the series until the virtually the last seconds.... [more]
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Australian Sportsboat Championships Day 4 - Challenging conditions
Peter Campbell,
Australian Sportsboat Championships - A broken rudder, followed by an out-of-control gybe and a spectacular ‘wipe-out' yesterday cost the Queensland yacht Blokes World its second successive title. Blokes World's championship hopes came crashing down only 400 metres from the finish of the last race as she surfed downwind under spinnaker in a 20 knot south-westerly breeze.... [more]
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Macquarie Access World Championships day 1 - Tight competition
Di Pearson,
Macquarie Access World Championships, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, are currently underway. Far Northern Queensland brothers, Duncan and Angus MacGregor started their respective Championships today the way they wanted; being in the top three after the first two races in the Access 2.3 single-person dinghy.... [more]
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12ft Skiffs Nationals - Gemmell Sails wins in testing conditions
Jonathon Temple,
Sixth and final race of the 2012 season National titles for the 12' skiffs. The PRO called a high-wind forecast, and like a mouse in the elephant enclosure, this caused a stampede.... [more]
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Three Peaks Race - Dragged to victory
Terry Travers,
H&R Block Three Peaks Race - When Mobile Travel Agents Big Wave Rider failed to negotiate the Denison Canal before the compulsory closure at midnight on Sunday night, it looked like they had thrown their lead and the chance for victory. Rivals Peccadillo, and monohull Advantedge had committed to sailing the longer option around Tasman Island and it appeared to be paying off as the hours went by.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Black Jack a class act
Ian Grant,
The Black Jack crew now understand that there are rewards for doing the hard yards after taking the monhull handicap win in the 64th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Two now heading for Leg 5 finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
Emirates Team New Zealand were back in racing mode for the more than 2,500 nautical miles they still have to sail to the finish line in ItajaĆ­. CAMPER officially resumed racing at 0441 UTC after motoring through Chile's waterways for more than 26 hours to get back to the position at which they suspended.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard updates for Artemis Racing from Naples
Paul Cayard,
A great day for racing in Napoli. The America's Cup World Series was in full flight today with match racing and fleet racing. The winds were 8 to 12 knots from the West and there was a bit of cloud around. The rain stopped for exactly three hours and those were the three hours of racing.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds 2012 Wrap
Rob Hartnett,
The Laser 2012 4.7 Worlds have finished in Buenos Aires Argentina. The European teams were especially fast and also very fit both physically and mentally. The fleet included many past Optimist World, European and National champions. The 11 boat Australian team has taken away a lot of experience from the regatta and in every race the Australians put in some impressive performances.... [more]
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America's Cup: Saturday practice racing - It's never like this here
America's Cup Media,
'It's never like this here.' It's a phrase heard so often at regattas around the world that it's become a popular cliche among sailors. Saturday, that was the refrain being heard on the dock in Naples for the Practice Day for the first event in 2012 for the America's Cup World Series .... [more]
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Macquarie Access Worlds opening - Politicians attending
Di Pearson,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club, host of the 2012 Macquarie World Championships, is pleased to announce that Tony Abbott, Federal Member for Warringah and Leader of the Opposition, along with the Hon. Graham Annesley MP, the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, will attend the Opening Ceremony of the event this Sunday evening.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - Zanzibar victorious IRC Overall
By 1330hrs (UTC +8) the results for IRC Overall were in: Zanzibar has won the 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race on corrected time. With an official finish time of 20:44.48 yesterday (April 7, UTC +8), Zanzibar beat out the 'big boats' and all other competitors on handicap to take the Overall title, the Sunday Telegraph Trophy and a Rolex Yacht-Master watch.... [more]
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Australian Sportsboat Championships Day 3 - Speed and strong winds
Peter Campbell,
Australian Sportsboat Championships Day 3 - Sportsboat sailors revel in speed and strong winds, and Hobart's River Derwent today gave them the ideal ingredient – and more. With north-westerly winds howling down the river, turning the broad expanse of water into a sea of whitecaps, one boat was dismasted, two others broke rudders and many sails were blown out of shape, to say the least.... [more]
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Seeing - truly is believing with FLIR (forward looking infra-red)
John Curnow,
Going back not all that far in time, the beam from the Police helicopter's spotlight as it flew overhead at night, used to make you think there was a lunar eclipse going on right there in your backyard. A breakthrough came when infrared technology was applied and relatively small, gimballed units could be mounted to the fuselage.... [more]
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Paper Tiger International Championships - Shaw extends lead on Day 2
Rowdy Leatham,
The Maersk Line Paper Tiger International Championships 2012 continued competitive racing today with another two races completed in cold conditions by Melbourne standards and 10-18kts of breeze for the day. Race Three saw Dave Shaw of Nelson take another race in the event following a match racing at the head of the fleet with Australian Bryan Anderson.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds - Australians top ten finish
Peter Campbell,
The championship was contested by 117 teenage sailors from around the world and ended today after 12 races on the muddy, sometimes fast running River Plate. Winds over the week ranged from 6 to 18 knots.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Three medals to Australians
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Palma. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page went into the final, double point, medal race with a 14 point lead over the second placed Israeli crew with the Australians guaranteed at least a Silver medal.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - Intense competition on penultimate day
Elena Giolai,
XXX Garda Optimist Meeting. Winds today were strong and intense reaching 18-20 knots at Fraglia Vela Riva as more than 1000 boats took to the water for the start scheduled for 12:00. Competition was fierce.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2012 - David Edwards on winning the Worlds
David Edwards,
Our Etchells World Championship campaign came together from the bones of the Sputnik Farr 40 team, which was a team that had a great deal of fun sailing together. We figured most of us on Sputnik had sailed Etchells at some point, the Worlds were going to be in Sydney in 2012, it should be fun and we should give it a go. Right? Getting started wasn't really any more complicated than that... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper back at sea + Video
The Volvo Ocean Race crew of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are back at sea and in the chase for precious points after repairs to the boat's bow were completed in Puerto Montt. The team left the Chilean port at 0600 GMT on Saturday (April 7) and are now making their way towards the point where they suspended racing five days ago, which is 160 nautical miles away.... [more]
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Exceptional weather conditions blast Port Fairy race
Jennifer Cook,
The ORCV Port Fairy race started out in ideal conditions. But sustained storm force winds and wild seas continued to hammered the fleet for hours in the second half of the race. In these conditions crews were hanging on and making little progress in the strong headwinds.... [more]
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ORCV Melbourne to Port Fairy Race - All sailors return to safety
Jennifer Cook,
ORCV Melbourne to Port Fairy Race - Storm rescue highlights skill of skippers and crews in ORCV races. This morning all crews are safe as the scattered racing fleet limped into safe harbours. The boats in the fleet were hammered by big confused seas whipped up by storm force winds gusting up to 70 knots at times.... [more]
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