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 20 Jun 2012
 

Someone has to do it

Laser Worlds Radial  Sail-World.com /AUS ©
The winter solstice tomorrow, the blue gum is glowing in the fireplace here in the Watagans.
Looking forward to the months ahead.


Laser Radials Youth Worlds and Mens Worlds is coming up fast at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Then it's the Chicago Mackinac Race in Michigan, then the Summer Olympics in Weymouth UK.

Then its rush to a Virgin Atlantic flight back to Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

Every bit of that will be great, the Laser Worlds. A great venue, great Club.

Then nothing goes to windward like an Airbuses and Boeings, ahead the smell of horse manure and fudge, hopefully no summer storms on Michigan's Mackinac Island.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia racing in the 49er class on day 5 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue.  onEdition ©


Weymouth, could be the best ever Olympic sailing regatta for Australia, how long can we hold our breath.

Then a fast flight home. Airlie Beach will be amazing this year with the two fastest yachts in the Southern Hemisphere.

Team Vodafone Sailing flying - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011  Airlie Beach Race Week media


Hamilton with the TP52 series to be the absolute best, then Magnetic Island, an amazing social scene and fabulous sailing.

Can't think further ahead than that, work work work.

Sunlight and spray - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011  Sail-World.com /AUS ©


Never A Dull Moment, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011  Teri Dodds ©



Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



London 2012 Olympic Games - Aussie sailors aim to bash the Poms
AAP 2012,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is being held on the waters of Weymouth and Portland where Australia's Olympic sailors are expected to win a record medal haul and should confirm themselves as a golden generation of champions. Key to their chances are three crews who've been virtually unbeatable over the past 12 months, including on the Games course at Weymouth... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Light headwinds plague fleet
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to tack their way across the North Atlantic Ocean, hard going through the fog and light headwinds that have plagued the fleet over the last 24 hours. With a firm eye on the weather reports to define their tactics, each team has been working carefully through its sail wardrobe in a bid to catch the breeze... [more]
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Musto Skiff World Championship preview - Fantastic festival of sailing
Rick Perkins,
Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2012 will be the largest ever gathering of single-handed spinnaker dinghies in the history of the sport. With 106 entries already on the event website the event is set to be a fantastic festival of high-performance single handed sailing at the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? We have several privately owned apartments, villas and houses available for Hamilton Island Race Week. View our website for descriptions and photos - www.whitsundayholidays.com.au.... [more]
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Vicsail Bastille Day Cruise 2012
Cheryl Stanton,
Vicsail cordially welcomes all Lagoon Catamaran and Beneteau Power Boat owners to the inaugural Gold Coast Bastille Day Cruise in 2012.... [more]
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Kiel Week - On shore at German Sailing World Cup round
Craig Heydon,
A lack of breeze has brought the penultimate day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Germany to an early end. Brendan Casey heads into the Finn class medal race second overall, just three points behind leader Deniss Karpak of Estonia after seven races.... [more]
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Tonga Wrecking: Wednesday - Land search resumes today
Sail-World,
A party of nine searchers have spent the night on the island of Late, west of Vava'u, Tonga, with the land-based search continuing for two men missing since their yacht, Navillus, was wrecked last Thursday night.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Carina steals the show
Talbot Wilson,
In the Newport Bermuda Race, going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's ‘Kodiak' crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came ‘Carina' to steal the show.... [more]
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24th PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup all set
Chris Yates,
The 24th edition of the PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup arrives all-new and improved to kick off the 2012 PWA Wave Tour in style. The Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival will take place from the 2nd-7th July at Pozo Izquierdo (Gran Canaria), and promises to be better than ever.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Lack of wind on penultimate day
Kieler Woche,
On the penultimate day of Kiel Week, a touch of summer with a thermal sea breeze was supposed to dominate the sailing conditions in Kiel, but not much wind kicked in. Race director Jobst Richter had already announced an early start the previous day to be able to use each opportunity for some wind. But most participants got up early just to rest again and wait.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Two men in a boat bridge South Africa race gap
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters,
London 2012 Olympics - Together Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are the South African entry for the two-man 470 sailing event. They see themselves as symbols of the multi-racial country former President Nelson Mandela was trying to forge.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams on full lookout
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has hit the infamous fog around the Grand Banks, Newfoundland in the North Atlantic. The air is damp, skies are grey and visibility for most of the day has been less than 100 yards according to reports from the Clipper Race skippers.... [more]
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Tonga Wrecking: Tuesday PM update - Searchers stay overnight on Late
Sail-World,
Tuesday 1600hrs: A party of nine searchers will spend the night on the island of Late, west of Vava'u, Tonga, with the land-based search continuing tomorrow for two men missing since their yacht, Navillus, was wrecked last Thursday night.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Boats allowed to haul - but at a points cost
Sail-World,
Rulings by the International Jury on Monday night mean that Abu Dhabi and Team Telefónica will each have to accept a two point penalty if they chose to haul their boats out of the water for repairs. Similarly, overall race leaders Groupama will be docked two points if they opt to lower their mast for repairs. Telefonica has also had a request declined in respect of replacement of her rudders.... [more]
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Record fleet for tenth Lord Howe Island cruise
David Salter,
This year's tenth annual BBQ cruise to Lord Howe Island looks likely to attract a record fleet of participants. The event is an entirely informal cruise-in-company with no rules or organizing authority.... [more]
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Laser World Championships 2014 and 2015 bids invited in Pacific Region
ILCA,
Bids for the 2014 Laser 4.7 Worlds and the 2015 Laser Radial Women, Radial Youth and Radial Open Worlds are invited.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally 2013 – the adventure of a lifetime
Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally,
Early responses to the 2013 Welcome Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally have delighted organisers. The biennial Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally will set sail on May 4, 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fourth Challenger pays Entry Fee for Louis Vuitton Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Casey closes in on lead at Kiel Week
Brendan Casey,
Australian sailor Brendan Casey has had a great day on the water at the ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Kiel, Germany. Casey will make his Olympic debut this year with the ISAF Sailing World Cup event his final hit out before London 2012.... [more]
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90-years-young and still skippering her own sailing boat
Truelocal/Sail-World,
How old is too old to go sailing? To skipper your own sailboat? There's one Australian woman who might be nearly the oldest sailor in the world to be skippering her own sailing boat.... [more]
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Taxpayers paid $330,000 for hoax rescue call
Sail-World,
A hoax call about a yacht explosion earlier this week risked the lives of rescuers, diverted resources, and cost taxpayers at least $330,000, US Coast Guard officials have now revealed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read (Puma) has vowed he and his crew will keep on fighting until the very end. Read said Puma had approached the almost 2,000 nautical mile leg from Lisbon to Lorient via the Azores as a ‘must win' after making steady progress up the leaderboard since the first leg retirement.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba - Exciting sports boat fleet set for battle
Darren Spence,
Mooloolaba's annual celebration of sailing, Sail Mooloolaba, will get underway Saturday with a thrilling sports boat fleet heading the start of the week-long series of events. The fourth Queensland Sports Boat Championship has attracted a fleet of seventeen boats representing NSW, Victoria and WA. The fleet will contest six races over two days.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for Scoring Gate dash
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day three of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. It has been another eventful 24 hours for the teams racing across the North Atlantic. While the winds have eased off slightly along with the spur of sea sickness, thoughts have turned to tactics overnight.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Royal yacht enters Grand Prix Division
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - A highly competitive TP 52 class yacht, originally owned and raced by King Juan Carlos of Spain, is being brought to Australia with the sole intention of taking top honours in the Grand Prix Division. The yacht, Bribon, has been chartered by one of Australia's most competitive and enthusiastic offshore racing yachtsmen, Geoff Ross... [more]
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Crash and burn video selections from Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
The Sail-World team world-wide has put together a selection of crash and burn videos which include a compilation of sailing crashes and capsizes, footage of the crash between Alinghi and Team Extreme during the Extreme Sailing Series and also some amazing kite and windsurfing action.... [more]
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