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 22 Feb 2013
 

Sunfish and sharks look out!

Team Australia in action  Saltwater Images ©
Sunfish and sharks look out! Tri on Steroids set for Hobart record attempt!

The boat considered to be the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere Sean Langman's Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, is heading for Hobart this morning.


Team Australia now has to beat super maxi Wild Oats XI's fastest time of one day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds for the 630 nautical mile course, set in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Team Australial has to average just 14.83 knots and, assuming a 10.30am start today between Sydney Heads, finish off Battery Point in Hobart just before 5am this Sunday morning, 24 February, to set a new passage record.

The giant multihull is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots but at that speed a collision with a sunfish or a shark would definitely be ugly.

Based on the current forecast, the 60ft long by 60ft wide trimaran could potentially slice half a day or more off the fastest time. We will keep you posted...

JJ Giltinan 18 footers 2013 – the really truly world championships of this spectacular class is being run on Sydney Harbour this week, with 30+ boats, the biggest fleet for eons.

The last two races, (yes they are races, not heats because it's not an elimination series. Yes we know that the skiffies have called their races heats since the 1890´s but the aim is not to confuse the FB and Twitter generations so races it is) will be sailed on Saturday and Sunday.

Gotta to Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel look like they will battle for the title but it only takes one capsize to change all that.

Action from the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013  Lyn Holland ©

Sail Port Stephens 2013 is one of the fastest growing keelboat regattas in the Asia Pacific.

With the NOR and Online entries open online at www.sailportstephens.com.au entries are flowing in fast well ahead of schedule.

The regatta runs Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013 entries are flowing in fast, tracking towards another record fleet.

The Commodores Cup, a very social cruising event runs from Monday to the Wednesday.

The two day Sail Port Stephens Junior Regatta, being sailed from Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club just in front of Salamander Shores, on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

The NSW IRC State Championships will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as will the strong Performance divisions and the Elliot 7 Nationals will be sailed again this year...

Pretty as a picture for Division Two at the top mark. - Sail Port Stephens  John Curnow ©

In Auckland, Royal Freshwater Yacht Club sailor Sam Gilmour started well in the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.

Gilmour is the second son of World Match Racing icon Peter Gilmour. He is ranked 101 in the world, and the highest ranked competitor in the event. He won six out of seven matches on the first day.

His only loss of the day was to Kiwi Scott Barnes who beat him by 28 seconds on Flight 8 this evening and is equal first overall.

Sam Gilmour in action  Bernie Kaaks

Lots more news, so grab some coffee if you have not already and enjoy.

Have a productive Friday and don't forget all weekend, we will have all the latest news when you log on with tablet, mobile phone, notebook or even desktop.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has a brand new website
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi now has a brand new website which includes a nifty mobile version! Check out these photos to get a sneak peek and be sure to visit Carlo's site for more great images.... [more]
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MOD70 Class expands with addition of US-based Orion Racing
Multi One Design,
Multi One Design (MOD) have now announced that US-based Orion Racing has purchased MOD nr.02. 'MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit', said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design. 'Orion will bring a new dynamic to the development of the circuit and promote the MOD70 series in the American Market.'... [more]
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Barnes and Gilmour share lead on Day 1 of RNZYS Youth Int Match Racing
Amber Roberts,
Representing the RNZYS and the Royal Freshwater Yacht Club respectively, Scott Barnes and Sam Gilmour share the lead with 6 wins out of 7 races on day one of the HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships. Barnes, a skipper in the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme, lost his lead of six wins out of six races at the 11th hour... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Trophy: Double Bay boatpark decision decides Race 5
Frank Quealey,
A rig choice in the park at Double Bay was critical to the Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel's victory in Race 5 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour on Wednesday afternoon With the ESE breeze on the edge of the 1 and 2 rigs, the teams electing to go for the bigger rigs won the day as they filled four of the top five placings.... [more]
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Team Australia now chasing Wild Oats XI's record
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, has a new target for its passage record attempt from Sydney to Hobart after the World Sailing Speed Council records were updated.... [more]
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Geographe Bay Race Week - The Bay goes quiet again
Bernie Kaaks,
After Sunday's wild and windy conditions at Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week, there was some relief for sailors when a beautiful south easterly filled in on Monday, lasting all the way through to the IRC fleets' night race. With a lay day on Tuesday (ending with a burlesque show which still has the audience talking!) there were some sore heads when racing resumed today.... [more]
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Lexus Lincoln Regatta - Spalding Cove Race
Harry Fisher,
The 2013 Lexus Lincoln Regatta Week had a rather relaxing day on the water for the third day of competition. The Wednesday race is traditionally a short race to Spalding Cove where everyone meets for an event known as ‘Megga's Barbecue'. ‘Megga' was a very charismatic figure in Port Lincoln and the traditional barbecue event that happened even when Megga was alive still continues to this day.... [more]
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Wake for Joe Adams - Remembering a legend
James Hill,
Last Saturday saw 60 Friends and family of the late Joe Adams, famous 82 year old Australian yacht designer tragically killed in the Philippines last October.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 - Thurlow on the rise
Bob Killick,
JJ Giltinan International 2013 - Thurlow Fisher Lawyers strengthening its bid for the title as its crewmen Michael Coxon, Dave OConnor, and Trent Barnabas quickly got into phase with the shifty easterly Course 2 and clinically jumped up to a right hand shift off Point Piper on the approach to the windward Rose Bay turn mark in Race 4 of the prestigious 18ft Skiff event.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Artemis Racing lines up with Oracle Team USA
Beau Outteridge,
Artemis Racing had the opportunity to line up with defending champion Oracle in San Francisco last February 11 as the two racing teams continue their build-up towards September's America´s Cup series. 'We learned that we have a lot of improving to do so we are taking it on', explained CEO, Paul Cayard.... [more]
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Sydney´s Balmain Thames Street Wharf upgraded to improve safety
RMS,
Sydney´s Balmain Thames Street Wharf has been upgraded to improve safety for passengers and access to ferry customers using mobility aids.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Passage Record Challenge - Green light is on!!
Lisa Ratcliff,
A trough line moving down the NSW coast from Queensland looks set to bring conditions at the 'upper end of ideal' says Sean Langman, skipper of the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia on the eve of his attempt on the 14 year-old passage record from Sydney to Hobart.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championship 2014 - Hobies coming to Australia
IHCA,
The 20th Hobie 16 World Championship will be held at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. The world championship event will take place in Australia in 2014 with the opening ceremony on January 31 and competition continuing through to the open finals and closing ceremony on February 15.... [more]
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Team Australia on 'green' for Sydney-Hobart record run
Lisa Ratcliff, Team Australia,
A trough line moving down the NSW coast from Queensland looks set to bring conditions at the 'upper end of ideal' says Sean Langman, skipper of the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia. Team Australia is making an attempt on the superyacht Mari Cha III's 1999 World Speed Sailing Record Council sanctioned time for the distance of 630 nautical miles between Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Moderate breeze again for Day 5 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Another moderate breeze is predicted for the fifth race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at the earlier time of 2.00pm. PredictWind is showing a breeze at a 12kts average at 2.00pm similar previous races in the regatta.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Images from Day 1 of the 18ft skiff 'Worlds'
Beth Morley,
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley was on hand to capture the action on Day 1 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial World Championship for the 18ft skiff class, being sailed at the home of 18fter skiff sailing, on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - earlier start 2.00pm, Sydney
Richard Gladwell,
Earlier start time for Race 5. 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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Vendee Globe - Out of the final calm and into the breeze + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, less than fifty miles to the northwest of La Corruna, Spain Alessandro di Benedetto on Team Plastique is now counting down the final miles to the finish, expecting to cross the famous line off the Nouch buoy on Friday morning. The conditions for his finish will not be easy.... [more]
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Gazprom Swan 60 Class officially recognised by ISAF
Jennifer Hall,
The Gazprom Swan 60 Class has now been officially recognised as a one design class by the world governing body for the sport of sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This comes after a successful inaugural year during 2012 that saw the fleet compete at the Rolex Swan Cup and then at the first edition of the Nord Stream Race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - The finer points of foiling
Sail-World,
One of the big design thrusts with the second generation AC72 by Emirates Team NZ has been to reduce drag, and improve performance, or taking the brakes off, if you will. In this series of images from Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, we can maybe get a handle on how far the team has managed to get down the lowered drag path.... [more]
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Entries invited from female sailors for the Val Hodge Trophy Race
Lennie Beattie,
The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) is inviting entries from female sailors for the Val Hodge Trophy Race this Sunday, 24th February. Starting at 11am, the race is open to female helms; crews can be of any mix. Entry is $30.... [more]
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America's Cup : Emirates Team NZ's AC72 - NZL5 goes down the mine?
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team New Zealand are just a few days into testing their new AC72 - and certainly seem to be putting the 72ft foiling catamaran cat through her paces. Whether this trip down the mine was deliberate or not , is a matter of conjecture, but in the remainder of the images there doesn't seem to be too many issues aside from flying spray.... [more]
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2013 Lexus Lincoln Regatta Week - Taylors Island Race
Harry Fisher,
After an abandoned race on the first day of competition, the 2013 Lexus Lincoln Regatta had finally achieved an official result after the Taylors Island Long Race that took place today. The majority of the fleet competed in the race except for the Sydney 38's who had three windward return races back-to-back in the bay.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18fters: Thurlow Fisher bounces back to win Race 4
Frank Quealey,
A three-way battle to win the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship hotted up even further today on Sydney Harbour when Thurlow Fisher Lawyers scored and all the way win in Race 4. Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O'Connor bounced back after a horror day in Race 3 yesterday, when they were forced to retire with a broken bobstay.... [more]
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Mooloolaba provides new twist with inaugural Tri-Sail-Athon
Mooloolaba Yacht Club,
Mooloolaba's Tri-Sail-Athon won't quite be in the realm of its annual World Cup Triathlon, but the competition among the teams of sailors and surf athletes in this new event will be just as fierce.... [more]
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Lake Wendouree sailing goes ahead - there's enough water!
Fiona Henderson, The Courier/Sail-World,
Some yacht clubs have it tougher than others. Sailors in Ballarat in Australia's southern state of Victoria are jubilant, and all it took was getting enough water in their lake to sail this weekend. Sailing in the form of a State yachting event will go ahead on Ballarat's Lake Wendouree after fears that low water levels would force it to be moved.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon set to vote
Lisbon News,
The Volvo Ocean Race, considered one of the biggest five sports events in the world, could be staged in the beautiful city of Lisbon as its officials prepare to vote over the issue on Tuesday.... [more]
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John Calvert-Jones Trophy to decide Farr 40 Australian champion
Lisa Ratcliff,
The John Calvert-Jones Farr 40 National Championship 2013 on Sydney Harbour is the culmination of three state finals and by Sunday afternoon, the season will be over and the 2012-13 Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Australian Champion declared.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan International 2013 -18 footers Race 3 Video
Bob Killick,
The JJ Giltinan International 2013 resumed racing on Tuesday with Race three played out on a picture perfect Sydney Harbour NE Course yesterday. Gotta Luv it 7 dominated from the start as its crewmen Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, and Peter Harris charged to Bradleys Head and held the perfect lane to cross the fleet on port tack and never put a foot wrong to the finish.... [more]
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Team entries wanted for Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race
Nancy Mellon,
The Governor's Cup - the oldest junior match racing championship - will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The event has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions throughout the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Moderate breeze for Day 4 - 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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Rod Jones faces Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race challenge
Ian Grant,
Sunshine Coast's Audi A5 Alegria V skippered by dual Australian IRC champion Rod Jones will face a challenge when they contest the 416 nautical mile Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race next month. This classic blue water event set to race across the storm tormented Tasman Sea to Lord Howe Island is recognised as a qualifying event for the more demanding 628 n/ ml Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]
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