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 11 Feb 2013
 

Is Sailing an Outdoor Sport?? Seems obvious, you'd think but not so...

Ericsson 3 mastman Anders Dahlsj√∂ on the foredeck - hardly being a couch potato  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Every now and then we need to step back and take a breath...

This week David Kellett, former CYCA Commodore, long time ISAF Vice President and Treasurer drew out attention to a great editorial by Molly Winans from the US publication Spinsheet about sailing being an outdoor sport.


Here is an extract from that editorial ... Every sailor I know is an outdoor guy, but few of us use the words 'outdoor' or 'outdoor recreation.' It's as if we think that campers, backpackers, rock climbers, white-water rafters, and those who own crampons and ice axes own the copyright to them.

How strange to be a member of what some perceive as the elitist club of sailing and to realize that we're not acknowledged by the giant retailers of the outdoor recreation world.

Now, you can say, who cares?

Who cares? I think that anyone who is concerned with the future of our sport should care. A quick keyword search of the October issue of Spinsheet, the largest one of the year, revealed only five mentions of the word 'outdoor' and 61 of the word 'marine.' I wonder what one would find if they searched the same keywords in other sailing publications?

Loyal mastman - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - definitely outdoors  Crosbie Lorimer

We are in the marine industry, so that's only natural, right? Perhaps in Climbing Magazine they have fewer mentions of the word 'outdoor' and more of 'boulder' or 'belay,' but I bet that the word 'out-door' gets more ink than sailors give it. It's worth examining. It's worth entertaining the thought that perhaps, we in the sport of sailing limit ourselves and build walls around our sport with language.

What if we made an effort, especially in print and digital formats, to replace our favourite words (marine, Corinthian, yacht race, regatta, commodore, clubhouse, and charter) with a few that would make sense and sound intriguing to non-sailors? A few ideas: waterfront, sportsmanlike, sailboat race, on-the-water challenge, sailing competition director, sail centre, sail-sport open house, sail travel, and sail fitness. How about 'novices welcome'?

What if we stopped talking like Thurston Howell III (from Gilligan's Island) and started talking like cutting-edge outdoorsmen and women who are dedicated to inviting other fit, outdoorsy, adventurous, thrill-seeking, nature-loving, competitive people of all ages and backgrounds into our exciting outdoor world?

Bowman Tim Wiseman is definitely outdoors - Wild Oats XI  Andrea Francolini

Good thinking Molly... this is exactly the same sentiment we express, but not as well as she has done, when we ask the skiffies to stop using heats when they mean races (as in the rest of the sporting world heats are elimination events, leading up to semis and finals.)

And now to the news...

TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 was obviously a roaring success, Sail-World`s reports from the event were read with interest world-wide.

Congratulations to all the owners, crews, organisers and race officials for a great event and to John Curnow, Lisa Ratcliff for their excellent report and Teri Dodds for her great photos.

Calm 2, Hooligan and Beau Geste all bury the bow on the way uphill. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  John Curnow ¬©

The 18 foot skiffs scene moves towards the JJ Giltinan World Championships. Yesterday was race four of the NSW titles. The 18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 saw brilliant sailing from the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers skiff team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and David O'Connor, who gave a wonderful exhibition on Sydney Harbour today when they took out race four in an 18-25-knots South-East wind.

America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time. Lots of great pix.

Lots of news this week, so enjoy the reports from outdoors!


Rob Kothe



Isn't sailing an Outdoor Sport????
Molly Winans,
Every now and then we need to step back and take a breath... Spinsheet magazine Editor Molly Winans looks at sailing from a mainstream angle in a recent magazine editorial. What if we stopped talking like Thurston Howell III and started talking like cutting-edge outdoorsmen and women who are dedicated to inviting other fit, outdoorsy, adventurous, thrill-seeking, nature-loving, competitive people... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
Sail-World,
San Francisco based website www.pressure-drop.us reports that America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time.... [more]
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Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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Cherubs brave strong conditions in Round 3 of NSW State Championships
Rolf Lunsmann,
Defending Champions Kris Fay and Morgan Frew from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club put themselves in a commanding position in the NSW Cherub State Championships will skilful sailing in testing condition at Round 3 of the event.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 - Lawyers survive carnage
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 saw brilliant sailing from the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers skiff team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and David O'Connor, who gave a wonderful exhibition on Sydney Harbour today when they took out race four in an 18-25-knots South-East wind.... [more]
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Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta 2013 - Almost flawless
Jennifer Crooks,
The Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta came to a fantastic end with Kathleen Stroinovsky and her crew of Lucinda Whitty, Samantha Boyd and Kate Brown, representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, winning the title in convincing fashion – losing just one match in the two day regatta.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - Overpowering force
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 witnessed a dominating run from the Karl Kwok owned and Gavin Brady helmed TP52 Team Beau Geste, which has comfortably out-sailed the Australian fleet contesting round one of the inaugural class sailing event on Port Phillip.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup Selection Series - Massive expectations
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series provided on the first day an illustration of the massive expectations on the youth teams who have congregated in San Francisco for a shot at advancing to September's regatta.... [more]
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Bruny Island Race - The Fork in the Road's clean sweep
Peter Campbell,
Line honours winner The Fork in the Road has also made a clean sweep of handicap honours in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's oldest race, the Bruny Island Race.... [more]
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TP52 women grinding smarter not faster
Lisa Ratcliff,
The muscle factor comes into play in the TP class, one of the reasons these hard core racing machines are handled predominantly by men. At the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup being held on Port Phillip in Victoria this weekend there is a handful of women among the 100 crew contesting the grand prix series opener.... [more]
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Everyone's happy at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Earlier on in the week, there had been a promise of the breeze being fresh to frightening for Saturday's racing on Port Phillip. This would have been more than good for TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Sailors would have been even more exhausted and spectators would have been completely thrilled.... [more]
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Women's Match Racing Regatta at CYCA - Day 1 overall
Jennifer Crooks,
Kathleen Stroinovsky and her crew of Lucinda Whitty, Samantha Boyd and Kate Brown, representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, lead the Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta in commanding style having won all their matches today.... [more]
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Bruny Island Yacht Race - The Fork in the Road sets cracking pace
Peter Campbell,
Bruny Island Yacht Race was held today at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Line honours favourite The Fork in the Road has set a cracking pace, rounding the southern tip of the island and heading back to Hobart in less than six hours.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste's stern and chalking up their first bullet in race five was Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Day Two Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
Team Beau Geste continued their domination in the TP52 Southern Cross Cup today with Hooligan and Calm 2 hot on their heels, after 5 races. Teri Dodds was again on the water today and shares these images. Racing continues tomorrow commencing at 11.00am.... [more]
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World class talent galore at the Zhik NSW ACT 9er Championships
David Price,
This weekend will see the waters off Wangi Sailing Club on southern Lake Macquarie alive and buzzing with many of Australia's best Olympic skiff sailors and ISAF youth skiff sailors returning after a break from the nationals over the new year as they battle it out for the state titles in the Zhik 9er NSW and ACT State Championships.... [more]
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Sabot Southern NSW Zone Championship - Returning to the River
Andrew Glassock,
The Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club, which runs over the weekend 16-17 February, will be hosting the 2012-13 Southern NSW Sabot Zone Championship. Sabots have raced on the Lane Cove River for over fifty years. Current Olympic Silver Medallist in the Women's Match racing, Lucinda Whitty and three-time Olympian Karyn Gojnich starting their sailing careers in a Sabot on the river.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was sailing today in fresh winds averaging 15kts - from wind recordings at one location. Guilain Grenier, the team photographer posted these images of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Good progress is being made on construction at Piers 27-29, on the San Francisco waterfront, as the date draws nearer for the first Concert Series at the spectator villagein mid May, and the Louis Vuitton Series beginning July 4th.... [more]
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Fill the order book at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
The design of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup stipulated close racing to ensure maximum enjoyment for both competitors and spectators alike. Add in a variety of results with places changing considerably from leg to leg, race to race, a little breeze, plenty of sunshine and you pretty much have the whole order book filled, right there.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
The TP52 fleet today made history on Port Phillip in Melbourne, with the commencement of their inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds was on the water and presents these images from Day One.... [more]
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Discover Sailing Day 2013 - Southport Yacht Club - paving the way
Bronwen Ince,
The Discover Sailing Day at Southport Yacht Club is aimed at increasing public awareness in sailing, especially amongst children, promoting the message: Sailing is for Everyone - it can be cheap, simple, safe and fun.... [more]
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Hardys Bruny Island Race 2013 - Rounding it up for 87th time
Peter Campbell,
The RYCT Hardys Bruny Island Race 2013 will be sailed for the 87th time since 1898 this weekend, with the 89 nautical mile circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart scheduled to start at 9.30am.... [more]
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Sail Auckland Regatta 2013 - Successful comeback for Aussie Laser sail
Craig Heydon,
Sail Auckland Regatta 2013 witnessed the successful return of Australian Sailing Team's Ashley Brunning from a career-threatening injury after he outclassed his rivals to win the gold in the Laser Class.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Regatta 2013 - Ready to Rock
Lisa Ratcliff,
The TP52 Southern Cross Cup Regatta 2013 is about to get underway with each boat owners setting their sight at the top prize in the first stop of the brand new class series.... [more]
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The gun fires at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Racing begins today at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne for the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. However, it very much all got underway last night at the opening cocktail party. Based on the success of that and positive comments revolving around the both the regatta format and the host club, this is set to be a really great three days of high-end yacht racing.... [more]
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Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy kicks off Port Phillip Women's Championship
Lennie Beattie,
The Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS) kicks off next Sunday, 17th February, with the first of five races - the Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy.... [more]
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