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 20 Feb 2013
 

JJ Giltinan, Sydney Hobart attempt and Sail-World now in 61 languages

JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Gotta Love It 7 home a winner just 4s ahead of Coopers-Rag & Famish hotel  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
The JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs continues on Sydney Harbour, with the third race being sailed yesterday and the next race is tomorrow.

Sailed in a 10kt sea breeze, the race was won again by Gotta Love It 7, which has now won two of the three races sailed.Its a big step in a week for Gotta Love It 7, which seven days ago lay in bits on the floor of the Van Munster Boats in Morriset near Lake Macquarie after sustaining serious damage in a high impact capsize on Sydney Harbour.

Coopers Rags and Famish Hotel in second. New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings) lies in third overall,

Sydney Hobart All Comers Record attempt The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman's imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia and its six adrenalin-fuelled crewmembers are gearing up to try and break the first of a number of South Pacific course and race records. Roger ‘Clouds' Badham says conditions this coming Friday, February 22, could create the perfect weather window to break Mari Cha III's 1999 course record from Sydney to Hobart.

Team Australia prepares for record-breaking journey from Sydney to Hobart  Saltwater Images ©

On Monday, another stopover was announced in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 edition. Abu Dhabi was confirmed as the port, and will also have a boat in the race - the third confirmed. Ian Walker will again be the skipper.

Fourteen teams of talented youth sailors from around the world arrive at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for this week's Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Teams from Sweden, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are getting ready to do battle.

The highest ranked young sailor is Sam Gilmour representing the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth. Gilmour at just 19 years of age has an impressive ranking at 101 which includes a fifth placing at the Warren Jones Regatta in Perth, fifth at the 2012 Governor's Cup, USA and a win at last week's Centreport Youth International held in Wellington.

Sam Gilmour in the pre start semi final with Chris Steele during the 20th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships  Damian Devine

Australia´s own Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers around the world.

To this point, most non-English speaking sailors looking at sailing news worldwide use generic automated foreign language translation. While this service improves all the time, it still falls well short of a fluent human translator, who is also a sailor.

The barriers to smooth translation have been the sailing jargon like traveller, sheet, boom etc, which have mainstream uses that are totally different from the sailing terms, as well as the hundreds of technical words just not found in common language dictionaries.

Working on this project for almost two years, Sail-world.com has added over 900 sailing and general marine words and phrases into Google translation table glossaries, which have sailor verified translations for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch and some Greek and Turkish. Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi and Japanese will be the next languages, although for those the initial word lists will be shorter, but they will improve over time.


Heading up this project is Sail-World´s Technical Editor, Jedda Murphy, an Irish born IT nerd who speaks fluent Spanish and French.

Jedda commented today: 'The Sail-World team is very proud of the detailed translation table glossaries it has loaded into the translation system, but this is just the start of an ongoing process of improvement.

'Sail-World will be talking to National Sailing Authorities and sailors prepared to help us extend and correct the glossaries in the existing languages sets and provide glossaries in other languages.'

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Crabs help Great Barrier Reef coral combat white syndrome
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
A particular species of crab has been assisting Great Barrier Reef coral in combating white syndrome, a deadly disease that causes coral tissue to disintegrate. Joseph Pollock, from James Cook University's School of Marine and Tropical Biology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), has been studying the disease, and its unlikely helper, the 'furry coral crab'.... [more]
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14 Teams in RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing title
Amber Roberts,
Fourteen teams of talented youth sailors from around the world arrive at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for this week's Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Teams from Sweden, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are getting ready to do battle on the Waitemata Harbour for the illustrious Harken Cup!... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18fter Trophy: End to end win for Gotta Love It 7 - Race 3
Frank Quealey,
he defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team gave a faultless display in the 10knot North-East wind to take out Race 3 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris crossed the fleet off Bradleys Head shortly after the start and from that point were never headed to record a 1m24s win over Coopers-Rag & Famish Ho... [more]
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Team Australia aims to shatter long-standing Sydney Hobart record
Lisa Ratcliff,
The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman's imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia and its six adrenaline-fuelled crewmembers are gearing up to try and break the first of a number of South Pacific course and race records. World-renowned marine forecaster Roger ‘Clouds' Badham says conditions this coming Friday, February 22, could create the perfect weather window to break Mari C... [more]
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Maserati New York to San Francisco Voyage - Record-breaker
Maserati,
Giovanni Soldini and his crew aboard ‘Maserati' have set a new record of 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds to sail ‘The Golden Route' from New York to San Francisco via the notorious Cape Horn... [more]
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The Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 - Deadline draws near
Di Pearson,
The Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 is about to start in roughly three weeks, 9-10 March, and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club officials are urging boat owners to get their entries in quickly before the deadline on February, 22 February.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - start 3.00pm Sydney time
Richard Gladwell,
Organisers of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy are running a great website which features live tracking. Click on the links below to follow the live race tracking (all things willing). A video of the Invitation race and Races 1 & 2 are available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel www.jj18footerstv.com as they are uploaded.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: A lovely sea breeze for Day 3 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A moderate to fresh sea breeze is predicted for the third race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a change of direction and strength from the first two races, which were sailed in SE winds, with plenty of holes favouring local knowledge and powered up rigs.... [more]
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Sail-World.com goes multilingual
Jeni Bone,
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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Sailing for the Youth of Lake Macquarie and Region
Ross Wylde-Browne,
Centennial Coal are again sponsoring the second Youthsail Lake Mac regatta on Sunday the 10th of March 2012 for young sailors from the Lake Macquarie region under 19 years of age at the 31st December 2013. Youth sailors are invited to enter the regatta, a two race event commencing at 11am from the Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club. A race briefing will be held at 10am.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Fifth edition underway with a bang!
Louay Habib,
The fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 got underway with a flash of smoke, high above the 'Pillars of Hercules'. Before the start, 25 knots of trade winds, gusting close to thirty, provided feisty conditions. 53 yachts blasted into action, crashing to windward through the surf in the starting area.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Swans commence Challenge Series battle
Jennifer Hall,
The fifth edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Caribbean 600 is now underway with eight Swans set to compete for the first of six Swan Challenge Trophies, as part of the prestigious Swan Challenge Series which includes the world's most demanding offshore races.... [more]
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SLAM NSW Combined High Schools Championship 2013 - Countdown starts
Rod Carter,
SLAM Combined High Schools Regatta, which will be hosted by the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club in April, has already released on Monday the Notice of the Race and started accepting entries online.... [more]
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Lexus Lincoln Regatta 2013 kicks off with a howling breeze
Harry Fisher,
The Lexus Lincoln Regatta 2013 has started off with a bang after a very strong breeze turned lethal on Boston Bay this afternoon. There were plenty of boats that made it out for the first day of the Lincoln Regatta and dissimilarly to the conditions experienced in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln race the breeze had certainly arrived.... [more]
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NSW Combined High School Championships - Registration open online
Rod Carter,
Belmont 16ft Sailing Club has released the Notice of Race for the 2013 Combined High Schools Regatta in April and entries are now open online.... [more]
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Superyachts: Light airs for last day of racing in the Millennium Cup
Paul Gilbert,
Lighter airs and a shortened course up the East Coast Bays to Gulf Harbour saw the Millennium Cup fleet offloading truckloads of cruising comforts to try and dominate on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Paul Gilbert from www.aquapx.com captured all the action on Day 3... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Pirates on pause as latest stopover/boat announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with a team once again skippered by Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker and a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital. Monday's double announcement gives the race a third confirmed team for 2014-15 more than 18 months before the start and sets up a massive challenge for the sailors on Leg 2... [more]
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Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy 2013 - Girls unfazed by light winds
Lennie Beattie,
The Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy - the first race in the inaugural Port Phillip Women's Championship Series - got off to a very light start on Sunday 17th February. But it didn't deter the 26-boat fleet from having fun and competing well.... [more]
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Farr 40 NSW State Championship 2013 Video Reports
Lisa Ratcliff,
Farr 40 Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Championship 2013 was contested on the weekend on Sydney Harbour. Here are the video reports. The class' national series, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy, will get underway this Thursday with a twilight invitational race & run through to Sunday afternoon. It is the final event of the 2012/13 Farr 40 Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Championship.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane 2013 - Registration now open
Alaine Neilson,
Sail Brisbane 2013, which will be held over the Easter weekend, has already started the registration, with entries expected to come from both national and international levels. Open to all off the beach classes (with a minimum of six entries) including kiteboarding, the event will provide four days of competitive racing around Waterloo Bay.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy - Team Daly rear-ended by camera boat
Frank Quealey edited by Sail-World,
There was a collision in the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy at the climax of Race 2. Thomas Quigley, was on hand to catch the action as the collision unfolded on Sydney Harbour on Sunday, as the then race leader was rear-ended by a camera boat.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18fters: Gotta Luv It 7 makes comeback in Race 2 + Video
Bob Killick edited by Sail-World,
The JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International Race 2013 resumed racing on Sunday with Race 2 sailed over a four-lap windward leeward Course Six due to very congested Sydney Harbour, which also hosted Farr 40 regatta. The race ended in a sensational manner, with the first boat across the finish line not being awarded the race win. This story features video highlights of Race 2... [more]
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Here, there and everywhere for the Port Phillip Women's Championship
Alex McKinnon,
Melbourne based photographer, Alex McKinnon, was on station to witness a magnificent Melbourne Sunday that marked the start of the new Port Phillip Women's Championship Series. Designed to incorporate a lot of races from the various clubs around the top of Bay, the new series has its zenith with the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) in the middle of Winter.... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum - Lightshow extended
Jude Timms,
The Australian National Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that Waves of Migration - its dynamic rooftop projection show which has been delighting Darling Harbour visitors since Australia Day - has been extended until 28 February due to popular demand.... [more]
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SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Rousing finish
Rich Roberts,
The 84th Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta ended in spectacular fashion on Sunday with the winners getting all the accolades they deserved after their wonderful performance in the two-day competition off Long Beach, California.... [more]
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Historic photos found from inaugural Race Week in 1984
Rob Mundle,
Colourful memories of the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week, staged in 1984, have surfaced this week with the discovery of historic photos taken at that event.... [more]
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470 Nationals 2013 - New crews take titles
Craig Heydon,
The Australian 470 Championships 2013 came to a rousing end as Australian sailing's two newest crews came through with a successful week of racing on the waters off Port Stephens after claiming the men's and women's titles.... [more]
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Mini Transat -The ultimate test of a sailor?
Katrina Ham,
Extreme, challenging and mad are often used, but however you describe it, the Mini Transat is considered one of the most demanding yacht races in the world. In 2013, eighty-four sailors will set sail from Douarnenez, France in their 21ft (6.5m) yachts (their home for the next 30 days).... [more]
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