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Sanctuary Cove - sunshine at last

The shortened version of Sanctuary Cove 2009 is up and running.

After hundreds of mm. of rain, 100km winds, at last the sun is shining and the crowds are flooding in (sorry unfortunate choice of words).

Sanctuary Cove Friday 2009 /AUS ©

On Wednesday final set up was stopped when horizontal rain flooded exhibition halls, which had to be evacuated.

Organisers had no choice but to delay the show start until today.

But now the sun is shining on the crowds, exhibitors, media and event organisers.

With 400 exhibitors and five kilometres of walkways, the boat shoes are getting a work out.

Australian Title Sponsor announced for Moth World Championships
Event media,
CST Composites 2009 International Moth World Championships will be held from August 8 – 14 in Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA. This is one of the most legendary high wind racing venues in the world, and should provide an incredible backdrop for the World Championships of this cutting edge class.... [more]
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2009 PWA Ulsan World Cup Day 6 - Stand by
© PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Competitors were greeted by torrential rain as they left for the beach on day six. As forecast, the downpour persisted for the best part of the day, in turn killing off any hope of starting competition.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet splits in two racing in very strong winds
Richard Gladwell,,
Over the past nine hours, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have split into two groups, and are now separated laterally by 75 nm. The westernmost group comprises the former leg and current race leader, Ericsson 4, followed the the two yachts trailing the fleet - Ericsson 3 and Green Dragon.... [more]
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Damage and concern on Puma on leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race
Puma Ocean Racing Team media,
Just after 1800 GMT today, Thursday May 21st, Puma broke one of their two rudders whilst racing hard across the Atlantic Ocean. Skipper Ken Read (USA) commented from the boat: 'Sailing on starboard tack at about 1800 GMT we had about 28 knots of wind and were going pretty quick with an A-zero and full mainsail. The sea state was quite awkward.'... [more]
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Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Day 2
Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2009 moved into its second day. Peter Reggio, the principal race officer, kept the fleet ashore for two hours to allow a westerly breeze to fill in. The Farr 40s got in two races, the remaining fleets raced only once. Farr 40 racing is always tight and no more so than in the lead-up to the world championship. There is little room for error.... [more]
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Women sailors lining up for Tasmanian fleet racing regatta
Peter Campbell,
Sailing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's fleet of Elliott 5.9 sports boats, the all-women crews, sailing either three or four-up, will sail between three and seven short races, during the annual Sargisons Jewellers Women's Fleet Racing Regatta on the River Derwent.... [more]
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Star Eastern Europeans - after four races
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
As Hyeres, France heads toward its tourist season, the days are longer, the water is warmer and the winds are lighter than they were just three weeks ago during the ISAF World Cup regatta. While common wisdom in Hyeres is that the wind goes right during the day, it has done everything but go right during the first two days of racing during the Star Eastern European Championship.... [more]
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Very close finish expected in the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday morning.
Richard Gladwell,,
According to current projections the Volvo Ocean Race fleet should have a very fast trip across the Atlantic and are expected to finish around 0900hrs on Sunday, local time. Already in the grips of one 30kt front, the system looks like it will extend for most of the trip across the to Galway, Ireland. After moderating for a time, a second system will move in for the final push to coast of the E... [more]
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Warning signs appearing for Volvo Ocean Race fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The breeze is up and the Volvo fleet is rocketing downwind towards a predicted finish in Galway, Ireland early on Sunday morning. But, the old adage goes ‘red sky at night – sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning – sailor's warning', and Wouter Verbraak says the warning signs are already there.... [more]
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Done! Dusted! ...and engraving goes on the trophy
John Curnow,
And in the process of officially cancelling the Melbourne to Apollo Bay, the Melbourne Offshore Championship was also decided. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Race Director, Simon Dryden explained, 'We just could not find a suitable weekend to run this race.'... [more]
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Fireball South Australia Winter Racing
Robin Inns,
While the official racing has ended for another season, there are still those keen to get an edge on the competition by sneaking in a few training sessions and racing over the cooler months. Both Adelaide SC and Largs Bay SC will be conducting winter races. Check the SA Fireball website ( for dates and to register your interest.... [more]
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Images from Rolex Capri Sailing Week Day 1
Ingrid Abery images/Sail-World,
Our thanks to photographer Ingrid Abery for these images from Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino (ITA) lead in Farr 40 fleet.... [more]
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Haileybury takes out Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series
Jennifer Milligan,
IN the tightest finals series for a number of years, Haileybury eventually overcame 2008 champions St Leonard's College at the weekend to win the 2009 Victorian Schools Team Racing Championships – part of the 2009 Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series at Docklands.... [more]
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Mandurah Easter Regatta a resounding success for Dinghy sailing
Kevin Luff,
Mandurah Easter Regatta was held over the long Easter weekend and was again a resounding success for Dinghy sailing within the Mandurah area.... [more]
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Governor's Cup 2009 Teams announced
Nancy Mellon,
Balboa Yacht Club's 43nd annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship will take place July 14th-19th, 2009. Teams from New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Berumda and the United Kingdom will compete alongside the US teams.... [more]
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That's right! Are you rested yet? Start your Laser season training now
Anchor Man NSW/ACT Laser ASN,
That's right! Are you rested yet? Most of you Laser sailors have been off the water for a month now. But it's coming and its coming fast. The 2009/2010 sailing race season is on its way, and what are you doing about it? Still thinking about the last season? Wondering how to improve? It's time to start training!... [more]
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TP52 2009 World Sailing Championship venue and date announced
Event media,
World Sailing Management (WSM) in cooperation with the Real Club Naútico de Palma (RCNP) and the TP52 Class will run the event. Both the organisers and the class manager expect entries of between 10 and 14 boats and see the stand alone World Championship as the perfect opportunity for potential TP52 owners or programmes to test their skills.... [more]
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Day 1 of Rolex Capri Sailing Week
Event media,
This morning, Capri greeted the crews of the fifth Rolex Capri Sailing Week with beautiful sunshine and the thirty-eight competing yachts set about creating a few more legends for this island of myth, celebrity and fine-cuisine... [more]
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Volvo Fleet prepare for downwind ride to Galway
Volvo media,
The fleet, led by Ericsson 4, is converging on the southeast corner of the ice exclusion zone just over three nautical miles ahead, where sheets will be eased and spinnakers hoisted as a new and exciting downwind game begins... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: At last the horizon, whale collision and other blogs
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, headed to Galway on leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. On E4 its a new phenomenon - the horizon. Telefonica Blue is experiencing tremendous changes in wind speed and direction, the crew of Delta Lloyd have 'happy faces', while its the exact opposite on E3.... [more]
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Presti to challenge for World Match Racing Championship
WMRT media,
World Tour is pleased to announce the allocation of a Tour Card to Philippe Presti for the remainder of the 2009 season. Presti, who was involved in the America's Cup in 2003 and 2007, welcomed the Tour Card and looks forward to working towards his goal of becoming World Champion.... [more]
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Deadline for nominations to ISAF Athletes' Commission extended
The nomination deadline for candidates to represent their Olympic event on the ISAF Athletes' Commission has been extended until Sunday 31 May 2009.... [more]
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Images from Alicante: Audi Med Cup by Juerg Kaufmann

Top international sailing photographer, Juerg Kaufmann from was at Alicante, Spain, for the first round of the 2009 Audi MedCup, and presents this gallery. For more of Juerg's fine work see [more]
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Sailing's version of NASCAR comes to Pier 39
Erik Simonson,,
These 18-foot skiffs are among the fastest and most exciting in the sport today. They can reach more than three times the speed of average sailing yachts. The races combine all of the athletic skill and daredevil stunts of the X-Games with the breakneck speed and spectacular wipeouts of NASCAR.... [more]
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Save the Date for Sail Port Stephens 2010
Jody O'Brien,
The sun has set on the 2nd Sail Port Stephens regatta and with the 64 boats entered this year all leaving with smiles on their faces and thoughts and plans to return in 2010, now is an opportune time to pencil in some dates for next year's event.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show day one - Cancelled!
Jeni Bone,
For the first time in its 21 year history, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has rescheduled its opening date to Friday, May 22 due to high winds and driving rains.... [more]
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compasscard to sponsor Australian Women's Match Racing Championship
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is delighted to announce that Noakes' compasscard will be the naming rights sponsor of this year's Australian Women's Match Racing Championship to be hosted by the club from 30August – 3 September 2009.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Accommodation still available for Race Week
Kristie Kaighin,
Private luxury apartments, villas and houses available for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week. See wide range of options: Special rates now available!... [more]
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Predictwind forecasts strong winds for Volvo sleigh ride to Ireland
Richard Gladwell,,
As the Volvo Ocean Race works its way around the Ice Exclusion Zone, a strong wind system is about to launch off the Newfoundland coast. The system which, according to PredictWind has winds over 25 kts (gusting 20% more) and will stay with the fleet for at least the next three days giving a fast ride across the Atlantic Ocean to Galway in Ireland.... [more]
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Aussie Optimists shine in Venice
Janet Jerwood,
A team of Optimist Sailors from Royal Perth Yacht Club set the International Optimist dinghy sailing world on fire this week by securing a place in the finals of the prestigious Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Teams Racing Event in Venice... [more]
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Your best pair of Shorts go sailing
John Curnow,
Andrew Short showed up for the Portsea start of the inaugural Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Melbourne to Vanuatu in 2006 with his VO60, ‘Andrew Short Marine'. NOR2, the old ‘Kvaerner' then ‘Djuice' trialhorse, went on to get Line Honours and as such, holds the record for this 1885nm haul up North into the delightful Coral Sea.... [more]
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Landenberger and Reffold – Australia's Up-and-Coming Stars
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Among the teams that have been around for a while yet are wearing new Olympic Development Squad apparel are Andrew Landenberger and Simon Reffold of Australia. Landenberger is no stranger to the Olympic effort. In fact, he won a Silver at the Atlanta Games in the Tornado. He and Simon Reffold sailed their first regatta in a Star during Kiel Week in 2006 and sailed several regattas leading up to... [more]
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2009 PWA Ulsan World Cup – Team France dominates Day 4
© PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Another day of sun and wind at the 2009 PWA Ulsan World Cup had the slalom fleet hard at work on the fourth day of competition in Korea. The men's racing kicked off by finishing up the remaining three heats of race four.... [more]
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Its cold out there! Onboard images from the Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race photographers/Sail-World,
Enjoy the latest onboard images from the Volvo Ocean Race leg 7, from Boston to Galway. Telefonica Blue were first past the scoring gate off Newfoundland, claiming the four points on offer.... [more]
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Laser Dinghies - Recession Busting
Brendan Maxwell,
Laser Performance Sailcraft the ‘down under' Laser sailboat builder on the NSW Central Coast at Fountaindale, is proving that the right product and the right marketing will deliver, even in the toughest recession.... [more]
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Class40 granted provisional ISAF class status
Catherine Ecarlat,
Class40 is delighted to announce that it has become a provisional ISAF class following ISAF's Mid-Year meeting. Following the rapid international growth of Class40, the recognition by ISAF is excellent news... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - 'Maid' to return in spirit
Rob Mundle,
Race Week is Australia's most awarded keelboat regatta and biggest offshore classic. Last year it attracted a record fleet of 225 for its 25th anniversary event.... [more]
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