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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Minoprio and Leroy remain on top
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and French skipper Claire Leroy are again unmoved from the top spots in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings on 28 October.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 3 - Crews adjust to choppy conditions
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Race 3 - Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. The lumpy conditions weren't very much in evidence in the first two races of the Clipper 09-10 series so it will take some time for crews to adjust. Race Director Joff Bailey says, 'All of the teams are currently sailing hard on the wind into a very lumpy sea which will be taking its toll on body and mind as the boats plough through waves and the... [more]
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Sailing Success at the Victorian Sport Awards
Jennifer Milligan,
Victorian Sailing champions Glenn Ashby, James Sly and Andrew Gillies have had major success at the 2009 Vic Sport Awards, with Ashby being named Male Athlete of the Year and Sly and Gillies taking home the Junior Team of the Year award.... [more]
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Shorthanded Sailing Association 2009 Series
Mainsheet Media,
The Shorthanded Sailing Association of Australia (SSAA) is Australia's peak body for this type of sailing in Australia. Member's goals are diverse and include serious racing aspirations through to the development of skills to enable ease of shorthanded cruising.... [more]
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Celebrate the coming of summer with Try Sailing Day
Bob Wonders,
Yacht and skiff clubs across NSW support the annual Try Sailing Day. An initiative of the association's sub-group, the Sailing Industry Association (SIA), the annual event allows those who may otherwise never have had the opportunity to try their hand under sail.... [more]
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First Sailing World Championship for Geelong 2012
Stacey Jarvis,
In a major coup Geelong has won the bid to host a prominent world sailing championship in January 2012. The SB3 World Council has announced Royal Geelong Yacht Club will play host to the fifth world championship for the class – the first championship held outside of Europe.... [more]
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SB3 Worlds confirmed for Australia in 2012
Rod Jones,
The International SB3 World Championships for 2012 have been confirmed for Australia. In late January 2012, the SB3 Class will take over Corio Bay, Geelong for their world championships.... [more]
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Ullman Sails Sydney 38 Sprint Series - Day 2 on Port Phillip Bay
Rowan Simpson,
Sandringham Yacht Club was the host of Day 2 of the Ullman Sails Sydney 38 Sprint Series held last Sunday. Five Sydney 38's faced the starter in a squally south to south easterly varying in strength from 15 to 25 knots. Three races were sailed and produced three different winners.... [more]
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Liquidator optimistic about the future of Azzura Marine Nowra
Jeni Bone,
A liquidator for Azzura Marine Nowra, a wholly owned subsidiary of Azzura Marine, says he has already received a 'number of enquiries' about purchasing the company's assets after it went into voluntary liquidation on October 15th. Azzura Marine Nowra was one of three boatbuilding ventures in Australia owned by Azzura Marine.... [more]
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What's Ahead for Australian B14 fleets
Geoff Waldon,
The year ahead for B14s promises to continue to be very exciting. From 28th to 31st December 2009, the B14 Class Association of NSW hosts the National Titles at the 16ft Sailing Club at Belmont, an excellent venue on Lake Macquarie.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds - Day 2 Italians get the gun as Larson extends lead
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Whilst obviously delighted to still be leading at this stage, Larson also recognised that there was still a long way to go in this Championship. 'We are four races in to a twelve race series and so far I've been successful with doing my job on the boat, which is to get us off the line cleanly. Richard Clarke has been doing a great job on tactics and the whole crew has been solid.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Carnival ends with start of Race 3
Clipper Ventures Media,
The ten yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race have started the next leg lleaving behind Rio's backdrop of Sugar Loaf Mountain for the race towards Cape Town, where Table Mountain dominates the skyline... [more]
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NSW Government rescues Batemans Bay volunteers
NSW Government Media,
The NSW Government has come to the rescue of the Batemans Bay Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol after the group found itself without its main rescue vessel due to a mechanical breakdown.The replacement vessel is a Sailfish 7200 aluminium catamaran, 6.50 metres in length and powered by two Honda 150 horsepower outboard engines.... [more]
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Spinnaker Tales - from multihulls to Grand Prix
Ian Grant,
Perfectionist multihull yacht builder David Biggar has turned his skill to building his first Grand Prix IRC class racing yacht... [more]
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Sailrocket - Fast but not enough so it's do or die tomorrow and Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket team is in Walvis Bay, Namibia attempting to break the World Sailing Speed Record. Today was promising...almost a record run but not quite.... [more]
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America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah ruled invalid by Court
Richard Gladwell,
In a Hearing in the New York Supreme Court today, Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled that any venue arbitrarily selected by the Defender of the America's Cup for the 33rd match had to be Deed compliant. The decision from the Bench surprised many, and means that the only valid venue for the 33rd Match is Valencia, Spain; or a Southern Hemisphere venue; or a venue determined by mutual consent between... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 is relaunched, rerigged and ready to roll!
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from Gilles Martin-Raget of the Golden Gate YC's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 rigged up and ready to go after five weeks of modifications in San Diego... [more]
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Three Tasmanian yachts to contest Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race
Peter Campbell,
Three Tasmanian yachts are contesting the annual Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race, the tough 152 nautical mile race across Bass Strait, to be sailed this coming weekend. The race has attracted a fleet of 32 ocean racing yachts as it is a qualifier for the major ocean races to Tasmania between Christmas and New Year - the Sydney to Hobart, Melbourne to Hobart (West Coast and East Coast) and the Melb... [more]
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Melbourne to Stanley race - You're welcome
John Curnow,
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's 2009 Melbourne to Stanley race is a qualifier for the annual Kidder Williams Melbourne to Launceston and the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart Eastcoaster. This year, Australia's Oldest Ocean Race has $1000 up for grabs. All you have to do is break the record of 19 hours, 55 minutes and 43 seconds, as set by the Jones' 42footer (12.93m) ‘Cadibarra' (VII... [more]
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Statement from America's Cup holder on Fiduciary Duty challenge
Alinghi Media and Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the America's Cup and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve has reacted angrily to the Breach of Fiduciary Duty (BFD) action lodged today: 'By filing their eighth legal action in two years, Larry Ellison and his Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) have demonstrated yet again that their true intention is to win sailing's most prestigious trophy in court instead of on the water.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Sanyo Maris repeat performance?
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. The classic boat Sanyo Maris celebrated her 50th birthday by winning last year's challenging race. Conducted by Gosford Sailing Club, the 414 nautical mile race to Lord Howe Island will start from Broken Bay at 1pm this coming Saturday, 31 October.... [more]
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Sailrocket team ready and waiting as clock is ticking and Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket team is attempting to break the World Sailing Speed record at Walvis Bay in Namibia. The record attempt ends on Thursday - just three days left to achieve their dream.... [more]
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Breach of Fiduciary Duty suit filed against America's Cup Trustee
BMW Oracle Racing Media and Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of record in the 33rd America's Cup has, as expected, filed an action for a Breach of Fiduciary Duty against the current Trustee and Holder of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve. The San Francisco based Challenger is asking the Court to appoint a new club to oversee the connduct of the next Match. That organiser could be one of a number of bodies, however the Royal New... [more]
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America's cup Challenger re-launched in San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
On Sunday afternoon, the BOR 90 returned to its natural habitat as it was lifted by crane from its workspace into the harbour. It's been nearly five weeks since the trimaran was last on the water as the BMW ORACLE Racing team shifted into modification mode. The work onshore has been intense and required a full commitment from the boatbuilding team, supervised by Mark A. Turner (NZL).... [more]
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2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games - Aust team selection information
Craig Heydon,
Information regarding the nomination and selection for the Australian team for the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games from Yachting Australia.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 preparations
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 to Cape Town starts Tuesday 27 October. The yacht club has been a hive of activity all week as the teams prepare their yachts for the 3,385-mile race to Cape Town. Some have also taken to the water as Race 2 winners Team Finland along with Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Cork took VIPs from the city out racing in Guanabara Bay.... [more]
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New 41ft Seawind 1250 Launches
Brent Vaughan,
What a fitting scene to launch the world's newest blue water cruiser, with a strong southerly blowing and the wild Tasman Sea in the background, as the 41ft Seawind 1250 splashed down this morning into Wollongong Harbour.... [more]
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50th Jubilee Interdinion 12ft Skiff Regatta – Gwen 12's produce a gem
Neil Kennedy,
As the interest in the Classic 12's regatta continues to grow the news that there are still Gwen 12's actively sailing has given the event another boost. Recent correspondence from Tim O'Shea in Adelaide has revealed that although the class held its last National championship in 1990, excellent examples of the class are still around...... [more]
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Longley and Bertrand interviewed on Australia II's design
Steve Tsuchiya,
America's Cup author and historian, Steve Tsuchiya provided two interviews with John Longley and John Bertrand on the issue of Australia II's design and specifically her keel.... [more]
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ONE Sport covers the HSBC Coastal Classic live from Alfa Romeo
International sailing reporter, Martin Tasker, from ONE Sport covered the HSBC Coastal Classic live from Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo on her attempt to take line honours and break the course record. See his post race review wioth plenty of on board footage as she cruised north at over 20kts... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart applications for entry close in one week
Jennfier Crooks and,
The 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is shaping as the most competitive for many years. Those owners and crews wanting to conquer this Mount Everest of ocean racing – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – have just one week left to submit an application for entry.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam: Images of BOR90 - San Diego 25 October

More images of BOR90/USA after she was launched in San Diego today - some idea of the modifications undertaken are visible - reduced main hull length and removal of grinding stations.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo smashes race record en route to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Edward Rowe,
Neville Crichton's super maxi, Alfa Romeo, is leaving a trail of smashed race records across the Pacific as she heads towards a head to head battle with Australian maxi ‘Wild Oats' in December's Rolex Sydney Hobart,... [more]
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Belmont 16 footer RS Feva kids - vote yes!
Tracey Johnstone,
The kids votes are in and it's a definite Yes for the RS Feva class as they experience the new fleet of fun, fast, stable boats. Belmont 16 Foot Club Sailing Manager Vicki Engert said the success of the club's junior Learn to Sail Program was evident during the recent October school holidays when a group of 34 children leapt into the club's new seven RS Fevas for a week of great sailing.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - California makes it to Rio and Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. After 32 days at sea, California was the last of the ten yachts to arrive in Rio. The crew was upbeat, smiling and relieved to have finally finished the race. Uniquely Singapore and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital arrived at the Rio yacht club on Friday evening local time.... [more]
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49er sails 120nm Coastal Classic - Images from the long ride
Burling Media,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the 120nm Coastal Classic course sailing alongside the top competitors. Although Alfa Romeo was long gone, the 49er crew battled with the 50fters, leading this group at Cape Brett, but losing their lead after their second pitchpole of the trip. We present images taken from their support boat... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race - Whitsunday crew has unfinished business
Ian Grant,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, often described as 628 nautical miles of sheer torture, has again attracted an international standard fleet including Bob Oatley's record breaking super maxi Wild Oats Xl.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam: Images of BOR90 - San Diego 24 October

Images of BOR90/USA after she emerged from the builder's tent in San Diego - some idea of the modifications undertaken are visible - reduced main hull length and removal of grinding stations. Plus a lot of work underway all over the main hull.... [more]
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Early Bird Special for Hamilton Island Race Week 2010
Kristie Kaighin,
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Sailrocket: Over 51 knots - so near but not quite and with problems and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team - Twice on Sunday they hit over 51 knots, but an unexpected problem caused Larsen a bucket load of problems.... [more]
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Sydney Boating Club seeks Skipper and Sales Rep
Natasha Jacobs,
Sydney Boating Club has been operating on Sydney Harbour for almost 5 years, offering members an alternative, affordable, hassle free way to go boating. Thanks to continued growth, the company is seeking skilled people to join their team.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing gets ready for a return to the water
BMW Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team is putting the final touches on the latest modifications to its trimaran, the BOR 90, before it returns to the water to resume testing ahead of the 33rd America's Cup Match. John Kostecki (USA) is the team's tactician and he's excited by the prospect of returning to the water next week as the team continues its preparations for the February Match.... [more]
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Fisherman Versus Yachtsman
Mark Chew,
On the afternoon of Friday the 30th October a very special sailing event will take place on the waters of Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia. Two of the greatest Ocean racing yachts from the 1960's will sail against two fishing boats designed about 90 years ago. They will race off scratch, ie the first boat over the finish line will take home the Guineas Trophy and AUD$1000 for their team.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race prizegiving concludes 2009 race and KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race prize giving is always emotional and is held in the majestic Sacra Infermeria, which dates back to 1574 and was originally built by the Knights of St John as a hospital to care for its sick and injured.... [more]
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