Heading to sea in a storm - amazing pix

27 May 2009                                       To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Heading to sea - amazing pix as a sailor heads out of Southport in appalling conditions. You must look at this.

'What a muppet!' was the response we received from one Sail-World visitor. At the bottom of each and every Sail-World story, there is a response panel. This one is running hot! How do we prevent this kind of insanity? Your comments will be interesting..

Back from Sanctuary Cove, next week we are heading north for the Musto Etchells Australian Winter titles. The weather looks a lot better. We will have lots more preview stories over the coming days.

Riviera - lays off another 157 staff, yes we know they are powerboats, but they used to be the biggest employer in the Australian marine industry.

Iain Murray, Big Fella, has been busy on the boating industry scene. We have the latest news and there is more to come.

Down in Tasmania, Richard Scarr, the Flying Dutchman sailor has been coaching a Youth Squad and finding lots of training time.

Laser builder Performance Sailcraft is sponsoring the Sabot Nationals. Another good read.

Lots of news so we will stand aside and let you get to it.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Yacht departs Southport - see the pictures and believe
Sail-World Cruising,
This 'sailor' decided to commence a passage from Southport in south east Queensland in Australia to Yeppoon, a small town on the central Queensland coast, yesterday. The forecast was seas 9 to 10 mtrs with a storm warning with winds that had at times been recorded at 61 kts at the seaway. He attempted to go out the seaway at 3pm yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com... [more]
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Leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race - A nail biter to the end says Bekking
Bouwe Bekking,
In just one month, on June 27, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 finishes in St. Petersburg, Russia. After adding the maximum number of points at the scoring waypoint of St. Johns, Newfoundland (Canada), Bouwe Bekking's boat finished Leg 7 in fourth place, not the result they were fighting for.... [more]
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Three day Giraglia Rolex Cup attracts top-class fields
The entries are streaming in for the 57th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. What is particularly appealing about the Giraglia Rolex Cup is the diverse fleet attracted. Some boats choose to just sail the inshore races, others come just to compete in the legendary Giraglia race, but most of the fleet elects to do both.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team ready to battle the best at Match Race Germany
Kinley Fowler,
Kinley Fowler reports from Langenargen, where Mirsky Racing Team has headed for the start of Match Race Germany. 12 teams from across the globe are gathering for the second event of the year in the battle for the World Match Racing Championship title.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495
What would you do with a new Laser? To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. http://www.laser-sailing.net/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=32!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasi... [more]
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Golden Gate's riposte to the Italian America's Cup Pretender
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to the letters sent earlier in May by Circolo Vela Gargano, who wish to have a Challenger Selection Series for the 33rd America's Cup and for the date of the 33rd Match to be delayed to accomodate their participation in that series.... [more]
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Team GBR head for Holland World Cup event
Lindsey Bell,
Olympic sailing champion Pippa Wilson will make her first international outing since the Beijing Games at the this week's fifth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Medemblik, Netherlands. Wilson will go it alone for the time being, having jumped ship to the single-handed Laser Radial to keep her competitive hand in during 2009... [more]
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30 competitors depart on world's oldest solo racing challenge - OSTAR
RWYC media,
More than 30 competitors in OSTAR 2009 departed from Plymouth this afternoon (25th May) at 12.30pm on their 2,800 mile Atlantic crossing to Newport, Rhode Island, USA.... [more]
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Maxi Zana to sail again in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
Jennifer Crooks,
The 24th Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Notice of Race has been released today by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Download it & enter today (http://goldcoast.cyca.om.au). The maxi yacht Zana will be overhauled by new owners Peter Millard and his brother in law John Honan to compete in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, her maiden voyage for the new owners under her new name Lahana.... [more]
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Peace at last between Kiteboarders' Associations
Media Services,
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) have announced today to enter a cooperation with immediate effect. As a result, the PKRA will be bidding farewell to the International Surfing Association (ISA) which sanctioned previous PKRA events... [more]
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Skippers attend an emotion packed Vendee Globe prizegiving
Vendee Globe media,
The 2008-2009 Vendée Globe skippers climbed one after the other onto the huge podium erected on the beach for the official prize-giving ceremony for this sixth Vendée Globe. One by one the skippers, who kept millions of fans so excited, would make their appearance.... [more]
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Iain Murray AM: of superyachts, sailing and the future of the sport
Jeni Bone,
From the time he was in trouble at school for doodling sketches of boats, Iain Murray AM, known affectionately in marine circles as “the big fella”, has been mad for yachting. At the recent Marine Industry luncheon on the Gold Coast, Murray spoke of his 40 years of sailing, achievements and dreams yet to be realised.... [more]
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Tasmanian Sailing Academy Sailors getting ready for Radial Worlds
Media Services,
Laser sailors Chris Jones, Elliot Noye, Rohan Langford and Angus Barton have only 73 days until they will be taking part in the 2009 Laser Radial Worlds to be held in Karatsu, Saga ken Japan between Mon 3rd August and Mon 10th August 2009.... [more]
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Laser gets behind Sabot
Jardine Media,
Dynamic Central Coast Laser manufacturer, Performance Sailcraft Australasia, have put their weight behind Australia's premier Sabot event. PSA has signed a lucrative sponsorship deal to support the Sabot Nationals, due to be held at Gosford Sailing Club later this year. PSA will also provide ten Laser 4.7s for young Sabot sailors to trial at the event, with the best ‘Sabot kid in a Laser' winning... [more]
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More big job losses at Riviera - no entitlements being paid
The Receivers and Managers of Riviera, Deloitte partners Chris Campbell, Vaughan Strawbridge and Richard Hughes, have today implemented the restructure of the Gold Coast - Coomera production facility, with big staff numbers going, this time without entitlements.... [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: www.whitsundayholidays.com.au/hamilton-island-accommodation.html. Special rates now available!... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales trophy - Too close to call
Ian Grant,
Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales trophy - Treasure Vlll held what seemed to be a vice like grip on the four race series, prior to finishing a disappointing ninth in the important race 3 last week.... [more]
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Big Aussie presence at Holland Regatta
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team is in the final stages of preparation for the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Holland, with racing set to begin on Wednesday morning.... [more]
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Registration opens for Melbourne Club Marine Sail Boat Show
Di Pearson,
Melbourne Club Marine Sail Boat Show is set to make a spectacular return to Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) on the weekend of 14-15 November 2009.... [more]
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Field wide open for Musto Etchells Winter titles
Rob Kothe,
Newport sailor Sails Julian Plante, is one of many skippers looking for his second Etchells Australian Winter title. His best result on the Etchells international scene was a fourth in the 2004 Etchells Worlds, but he like another eleven skippers has not managed to take a second Australian Etchells Winter crown.... [more]
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Mrs Pickles' first-up win in RYCT Winter Series
Peter Campbell,
Hobart International J24 class sailors Kaye Roberts and Stewart Geeves had a first-up victory with their newly-acquired yacht Mrs Pickles, in the opening race of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Winter Pennant Series on the River Derwent.... [more]
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