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 23 Oct 2012
 

18 footers, A-Cats, Fast video, Sail-Rocket, insurance shake up

Mark rounding under spinnaker - Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship Race 14  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Lots of crash and burn 18 footer action on Sydney Harbour, so all is normal.

Really looking forward to the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship in Florida.

Practice Race - 2012 A-Cat Worlds  Sam Moore


As rumoured Nathan Outteridge has joined the field. (tho' not the practice race - with appendage blow ups) The current World Champion Steve Brewin will start as favourite but Jack Benson, Scott Anderson and more will be keen to see lots more Aussie success.

The Kiwi's Coastal Classic this year was a blast, just look at the video. Team Vodafone Sailing's new record will be hard to beat.
TeamVodaFoneSailing heads north Coastal Classic   Richard Gladwell ©



Australia's Paul Larsen is getting reading for another Sail-Rocket 2 World Speed Record campaign.

Vestas Sailrocket 2  Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket


We talked to well known racing sailor Jamie McPhail this week. A significant industry figure over the last two decades, he is heading up Pantaenius Australia, the latest arm of a truly global marine insurance player.

With Pantaenius having a range of insurance products that really target the racing and cruising sailor, the local marine insurance scene is plainly headed for a shake-up.

We will publish an extended interview with McPhail in the next few days.


Sail-World.com Team



18 footers - 3 Buoy Handicap Series Heat 2 + Video
Bob Killick,
Heat 2 of the AEG 3 Buoy Handicap Series had the lot yesterday on Sydney Harbour.......Funky conditions turned the race into 18 footer's version of Snakes and Ladders. Kenwood-Rabbitohs, Brett Van Munster, Kieryn Cowan, and Joel Castle proved they like 'Snakes and Ladders', positioning Kenwood-Rabbitohs so as to climb a ladder to the next wind shift.... [more]
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Sochi 2014 - A blueprint for Games to come?
Craig Spence,
With Tuesday 23rd October marking five hundred days to go until the next Paralympic Winter Games, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has said he expects Sochi 2014 to continue the Paralympic Movement's positive momentum and, in terms of accessibility, act as the blueprint for years to come.... [more]
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A-Cat Worlds Practice Race recap and race format update
William Clark,
The initial plan, given the tremendous size of the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, was to split the fleet into four divisions and have each division race each other in a round robin group stage, with the top half of each group moving on to the championship round on day four and the bottom half racing in the silver division.... [more]
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Lessons to be learnt from Sailing Event crowd hype
Rob Kothe,
In the months and weeks before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, which started in late July at the peak of the local tourist season, the local authorities had erected signs asking people to plan their travel plans carefully on the Devon coast because of expected delays due to heavy traffic congestion because of the upcoming Olympic event in Weymouth-Portland.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships now underway
Rory Ramsden,
The 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship is now underway. Penghu has an awesome reputation for howling wind but naturally the wind gods are somewhat contradictory at least they chose to be today. The fleets went out for a 1030hrs start as scheduled and had to wait in the starting area for a while whilst the gods decided where to stabilize the breeze... 10 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Murray Jones interviewed on Oracle Team USA capsize
Sail-World,
Top yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, had control over the Auckland airwaves on an all too rare occasion, this afternoon, and managed to slip in an interview with New Zealand sailor, Murray Jones, one of the crew on board Oracle Team USA's USA-17 when the AC72 capsized last week.... [more]
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PANTAENIUS Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance opens office in Australia
Media Services,
James MacPhail is the Managing Director of the new Pantaenius office in Sydney. He's not just a businessman but also a passionate yachtsman with strong market knowledge in the Australian yachting scene. This is why he knows what yacht owners expect from their insurance.... [more]
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Coastal Classic Video: 40kts on a multihull and 25kts on a monohull
Stuart MacKinven and Will Calver,
Get up close with the sailing action in these two videos taken during the wild 2012 Coastal Classic Race - a 120nm sprint from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The fleet was hit with a 35kt squall soon after the start which gave them a slingshot start for the ride north.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 hoping for big things
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses the new PB over 500 meters of 50.98 knots. The peak speed was around 53 knots (one GPS was over, the other under). The run started perfectly and felt super steady. Having an average so close to the peak shows this. Vestas Sailrocket 2 felt great, the leeward pod was flying and the ride was smooth.... [more]
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Chapman and Warner Dominate Round One of the NSW Cherub States
Rolf Lunsmann,
Alison Chapman and Kurt Warner from Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club dominated the first Round of racing at the NSW Cherub State Championships. Sailing Black Caviar, the boat that Warner had refurbished and re-rigged over the winter, they won all three races of the Round and several of those races by big margins.... [more]
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Round 1: Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series - Spectacular Racing
Leigh Dunstan,
Round one of the KA Sail Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series has kicked off in spectacular fashion as part of the Sail Sandy Regatta at Sandringham Yacht Club. After a long Winter the Victorian Moth fleet was keen to get back on the water and battle it out.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs -Crazy Action AEG 3-Buoys Challenge Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Kenwood-Rabbitohs crew gave a great exhibition to take out an incredible Round 2 of the AEG 3-Buoys 18ft Skiff Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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HMRI Cup overall at Newcastle Cruising YC
Richard Howard,
HMRI Cup 2012, hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, was held on Sunday 21st October. Phil Arnall's Corby 43 Anger Management displayed great fighting spirit to win the HMRI Cup by four metres over Matt Fensom's Long Time Dead.... [more]
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Club Marine Series - Round 1 on Port Phillip
John Curnow,
Saturday, October 20, 2012 was the dawn of another Club Marine Series on Melbourne's Port Phillip. So if someone had said let there be light, Hughie the God of Wind, had very much heard them. It was sort of consistent through the Eastern quadrant, but was lucky to have puffs registering a mere seven knots.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Stakes ramp up on the French Riviera
Extreme Sailing Series,
On the penultimate day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, France, the stakes ramped up a notch on the French Riviera as the battle lines for the final day of Act 7 were drawn. The ever growing public crowds on the Promenade des Anglais witnessed home team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild move into the overall lead and Pierre Pennec's team has a slim 4.3 point advantage over Oman's The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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Gascoigne Cup - Occasional Coarse Language victory
Peter Campbell,
A 'pick-up' crew, plus half the regular crew, today combined to give Warwick Sherman a resounding double victory with Occasional Coarse Language in the Gascoigne Cup, the 104th running of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's historic annual short ocean race.... [more]
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Combined Hobart Clubs Long Race Series – Race 2
Peter Campbell,
Former Olympic sailor Gary Smith returned to big boat racing today with a convincing line honours victory with his 50-footer The Fork in the Road in the Combined Clubs Long Race Series' second race of the season sailed south of Hobart.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Securing glory in Russell
Zoe Hawkins,
Multiple new records, including one standing for sixteen years, were broken or set in the Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race, organised by the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club this weekend. There is little doubt that the boats which sailed conservatively maximised their chance of finishing, and securing glory in Russell.... [more]
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The 2012 A-Class Worlds - The largest A-Cat regatta ever
William Clark,
For years A-Class Catamaran World Championship regattas have been capped events. Yet as the fleet has grown from hosting championship events of around 75 competitors in the late 1990s to now pushing triple digits, regatta organizers have found in it necessary to cap events at 100.... [more]
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Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Regatta - Warm water call to action
Damian Devine,
The first race of the Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta, the 226nm Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race starts at 1pm on 2 January, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on Sydney's northern beaches.... [more]
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Club Marine Series 2012/2013 - Teri Dodds Images
Teri Dodds,
The opening race for the Club Marine Series was held today in Melbourne. Teri Dodds was out on the water and she shares these images from today.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Essential items to take on board
ISAF,
There are only a few weeks to the start of the Vendee Globe and as the clock ticks down, the twenty skippers are nearing the end of their preparations and focusing on essential items to take on board, one of them being food. Spending months at sea, alone, the skippers have to pack smart and the menu throughout this year will feature plenty of freeze dried food.... [more]
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2012 PWA Nations Rankings - Who is the most successful?
Chris Yates,
The season long fight for the prestigious PWA World titles and heralded podium positions were not the only things that the sailors were battling it out for, as the pride of each of their respective countries was also at stake every time they entered the competition fray.... [more]
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Three Hobart women become first Australian female owners of an SB20
Peter Campbell,
Three Hobart women have become the first female owners in Australia of an SB20, the fast and exciting one-design sports boat that is sailing from strength to strength on the River Derwent. Colleen Darcey, Sally Rattle and Caroline Walker will started racing in the 12-boat strong Hobart fleet in last evening's weekly twilight pennant series conducted by the Royal YC of Tasmania and Derwent SS... [more]
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Gascoigne Cup - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race entrants amongst fleet
Peter Campbell,
Six Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race yachts are among the fleet of up to 46 boats expected to line up tomorrow for the 104th running of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's prestigious Gascoigne Cup short ocean race. Heading the Sydney Hobart contenders is Bob Steel's TP52 Quest which won the Gascoigne Cup last year as well as taking line honours and first place under IRC ratings.... [more]
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2013-2014 Laser Nationals to be sailed at McCrae YC
Rob Hartnett,
The Victorian Laser Association is pleased to announce that McCrae YC on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula will be the venue of the 2013-2014 Australian Open Laser Championships. Dates at this stage are December 27th - January 4th 2014.... [more]
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EPIRB plays critical role in remarkable coastal rescue
Matthew Heap,
Some would argue that solo yachtsman Glenn Ey is an unlucky man, with his beautiful 11 metre vessel Streaker rolled by a rogue wave and dismasted off the Australian south east coast this week.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 Notice of Race now online
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2013, the southern hemisphere's largest annual sailing festival and Victoria's longest running sporting event, Notice of Rce was made available today by the host club, Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA damage revealed - images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was down at Pier 80 again this morning and sent these images of Oracle Team USA's USA-17 as she was hauled from the water after the capsize yesterday.... [more]
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