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Congratulations to Bob Williams - 200 slots reservations for the Around Australia Race & Rally, rapidly turning into a serious must do event.

Amazing pix from the fast French record breaker and the Big Wing!!

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Giant 200+ boat fleet to sail around Australia
Ocean Events Media,
Event organiser Bob Williams has announced that an astounding 203 boats have already reserved places to sail around Australia in the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally. This news comes less than five months after slot reservations were permitted.... [more]
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l'Hydroptere smashes World speed record over one nautical mile
l'Hydroptere media,
l'Hydroptere's record campaign in the Mediterranean ended in great style last Sunday as Alain Thebault and his ten crew smashed the record over one nautical mile, exceeding 50 knots.... [more]
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Social cruise turns into Sydney Hobart race for charity
David Pring,
A social cruise to Coffs Harbour by four mates on a Beneteau Oceanis 37, Reflection has turned into something much bigger. Reflection will be racing to Hobart as 'Livewire.org.au'... [more]
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Drummoyne Hartley Club Championship - Heat 3
Renee Johnson,
Preparation for the Hartley TS16 National Championships continues to heat up at Drummoyne Sailing Club. Saturday 7th November saw heat 3 of the Club Championship for the Hartley TS16 fleet at Drummoyne.... [more]
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ISAF President sets out the challenges ahead
ISAF President Göran Petersson delivered his President's Report during the first day of meetings for the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held in Busan, Korea today at the ISAF Annual Conference. The first recommendation the President referred to was athletes' representation with full voting rights in the decision-making bodies of the Olympic Movement.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 maintains speed and the lead
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy - The skipper of Groupama 3 explained the situation through which they have been navigating since crossing the equator in five days fifteen hours. Groupama 3 is positioned around 200 miles further West than the Jules Verne Trophy holder - Orange 2.... [more]
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More kids sticking with the program...
Jardine Media,
With the attention span of a fly, an addiction to the latest technological gizmo and a positive aversion to any form of physical exercise, it's always going to be hard to get teenagers interested in a new sport. One of the great things about the Tacker learn to sail program is that it's designed for younger kids, who are quite happy to muck about in dinghies without worrying about what the... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur reaches critical stage
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Tomorrow's matches will determine placings for first round. Emirates Team New Zealand, Azzurra and Artemis each won their lone match of the day, which was shortened to two flights as light winds in the afternoon turned the Baie des Anges off Nice into a virtual mill pond.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Cork takes victory
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Cork, Ireland, has arrived in Cape Town after taking victory in Race 3, the South Atlantic leg, of the race. The Irish team, led by skipper Richie Fearon, has led the race for the last six days, working themselves into an unassailable position to claim their first win of the 35,000-mile challenge of a lifetime.... [more]
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Outteridge and Jensen named AIS Team of the Year
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have been named the Australian Institute of Sport Team of the Year at the 2009 AIS Awards in Canberra.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Robertson takes keys to Tour door
Rob Kothe,
In a thrilling series, New Zealand's Phil Robertson and his WAKA Racing Team beat Australian Michael Dunstan and his SLAM Racing Team, to win the Asian Match Racing Championship. As a result Robertson will be sailing in the final round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup to be held in Terengganu, Malaysia from December 1st to 6th 2009.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90/USA in vertical
Gilles Martin-Raget,
It is fairly hard to grasp the size and spectacle of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA with her 200ft wingsail, and at the same time appreciate her engineering in close up. In this second gallery of vertical images we show BOR90/USA from mast tip to keel.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: Hull flying with the wingsail- Day 2 plus Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget presents an image gallery of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA in action off San Diego, using her wingsail for the second day. This time she ventured out into the ocean off Pt Loma, still in light winds. Catch the video of the 110ft yacht and 200ft wingmast in full flight.... [more]
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First Ever Flying Tiger Regatta on Pittwater- Hosted by RMYC Newport
James Hill,
The first ever regatta for the Flying Tiger 10 class will be staged in December 2009 hosted by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport, which is keen to support of this growing class of affordable Sport yachts. There are already 2 Flying Tiger class yachts racing with the RMYC in its busy twilight Series.... [more]
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Marine and Safety Tasmania boating safety demonstration day Fri Nov 27
Peter Hopkins and Sail-World,
Marine and Safety Tasmania are holding a boating safety demonstration day on Franklin Wharf, Hobart, just near where the fleet tie up after the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race on Friday 27th November at 1200 hours... [more]
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Champion sailor's 20-year King's Cup dream is about come true
Tracey Johnstone,
It has taken 20 years for champion Australian sailor Peter Sorensen to pack his bags and head to Thailand for his first taste of the Phuket King's Cup. Distracted by his many sailing projects including his successful 18 Foot sailing days and then again by another successful campaign this time with his Sydney 36CR Philosopher's Club, 2008 Audi IRC Australian Champion Sorensen, will finally fulfil h... [more]
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Strong fleet expected for 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs this weekend
Scott Kennedy,
The 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs will be staged this weekend, and next. The skiffs launch from Okahu Bay with Racing in the harbour starting at 1pm. Eight entries expected. Boats competing include Maersk Line (Graham Catley), Yamaha (Scott Kennedy), CT Sailbattens (Alex Vallings), JF Hillebrand (Phil Airey)... [more]
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2009 NZ Etchells National Championships to be held this weekend
Lindsay Kennedy,
With the support of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Westhaven Marina, a new City fleet of Etchells has been established. This is an exciting new development for the Etchells Fleet in Auckland, with boats relocating from Gulf Harbour and Bucklands Beach. The huge benefit has been establishing a central location which enables week night racing. The 2009 Nationals are on this weekend.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Equation equals North or South?
Transat Jacques Vabre - The equation under scrutiny now is whether to endure much tougher, windier conditions for a short period in the north to get to the preferred wind shift first, or to stay – more prudently – south and profit that way.... [more]
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New format for historic Morna Cup
Peter Campbell,
The Morna Cup, one of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's classic offshore races, will be sailed this Saturday under a new format designed to attract a larger fleet from all Sydney clubs. The Morna Cup is one of three classic offshore races conducted by the Squadron over the summer season, the others being the Gascoigne Cup in the spring and the Milson Cup in the autumn.... [more]
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Public Comment on VHF Marine Radio Operator Qualifications
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is reminding interested persons that public comment is being sought by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on VHF Marine Radio Operator Qualifications... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2010 online registration available from Friday
Marni Lane,
2010 Rolex Miami OCR online registration opens Friday, November 13 at the event web site, RMOCR.ussailing.org.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - First win to Synergy
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - There is little change on leaderboard as the top three keep pace. It was the Synergy team of Russia that made the day's headline after their win. Synergy, led by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski, scored an historic triumph by beating the French/German team All4One.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 over the Equator + video
Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3 has crossed the equator, and Franck Cammas and his nine crew are making headway at an average speed of twenty knots. And if all goes to plan, at the latitude of Recife (Brazil), scheduled for this Wednesday evening, the wind is set to shift round to the E, which will enable the trimaran to make headway beam onto the wind and set the speedo reeling at an average of ov... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Speeding to Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - 'Team Finland is out of stealth and in good shape,' says skipper Eero Lehtinen. 'We have overtaken Hull & Humber and Uniquely Singapore. With less than five nautical miles separating Uniquely Singapore and Team Finland the Asian team has been frustrated that their closest competitor has been able to keep such a close eye on them.... [more]
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Sailors turn Umpires - Asian Match Racing Championship in Pulau Duyong
Ordinarily, these men would be the elite sailors racing with the wind across Pulau Duyong's match racing circuit, trimming and strategizing or tacking and gybing to get an edge over their competitors.... [more]
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Rapid Growth for new Sabre Sailing Association of Western Australia
Yachting WA,
A single handed dinghy new to Perth officially commenced sailing out of Perth Dinghy Sailing Club this season with 10 boats. Previously sailed only in the Eastern States, the Sabre was designed by Victorian, Rex Fettell as a single-handed dinghy that was easy, light and simple to build in either plywood or fibre glass.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - New Zealand Team leads
Rob Kothe, Event Media,
In the 2009 Asian Match Racing Championship, 22 year old Auckland sailor Phil Robertson finished the second day round robin with a perfect 6-0 score on the Pulau Duyong basin course in Kuala Terengganu.... [more]
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Two new Chief Instructors join Yachting Australia
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Chief Instructors who will have a responsibility for standards and quality control throughout Australia across three training schemes.... [more]
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How Oracle technology drives the performance gains on BOR90
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing's design team member, Ian 'Fresh' Burns takes us out for a day in the BMW Oracle Racing tender and explains how Oracle, the technology, works as a tune up partner and data repository for Oracle, the yacht - and the performance improvements they have been able to achieve through this relationship. There's some very cool video, too!... [more]
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Round the World Jessica Watson in the doldrums
Nancy Knudsen,
It was bound to happen, and it's going to happen again. Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson, setting off to be the youngest circumnavigator non-stop and unassisted, is in the doldrums. As most ocean-going sailors know, the doldrums - or, as it is nattily known these days, the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) - is an area of confused wind conditions on each side of the equator.... [more]
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North South Yachting Open Day
Jamie Millar,
Sydney's North South Yachting is holding an Open Day at Quays Marina on Saturday November 14. Showcasing a range of new Bavaria Yachts, quality brokerage listings and syndicate shares, this is an opportunity to view a large selection of boats, encompassing a wide variety of ownership options, in a friendly and informative environment.... [more]
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Queensland Etchells State title - Young champ Gough gets his chance
Ian Grant,
Queensland Hobie 16 Youth champion skipper Andrew Gough (16) will mix with some elite sailors when he contests The Wharf Tavern Queensland Etchells State title off Mooloolaba Beach this weekend. He will be sailing in good company with skipper Mark Bradford veteran Etchells sailor Brian Hillier and Australian Olympic team coach Adrian Finglas.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: BMW Oracle Racing flies with wingsail +video!
Giles Martin-Raget,
Images just in from Giles Martin-Raget of BMW Oracle Racing's first sail using the wingsail on the America's Cup Challenger, BOR90. The rig was rolled out of the shed, hoisted while on a mooring, and then test sailed in San Diego bay for several hours this afternoon.... [more]
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America's Cup challenger's sails with wingsail - Live coverage
Fox 5 San Diego,
BMW Oracle's America's Cup Challenger has been sailing on San Diego Bay. You can watch all the action via the Fox 5 live webcam of this spectacular event... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 holding in the Doldrums
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 finally hit the zone around 0400 hours this Tuesday. At the time there was still a little crescent of a moon to light up a seascape in the throes of a major reshuffle. 'There's not too much cloud in the sky: we weren't able to take a shower, but the crew is on deck in boxers! There's an intense tropical heat here... We've changed season.'... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Two into Stealth mode
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Team spirit remains high as California attempts to repair steering gear, while mid-fleet a battle rages between Jamaica Lightning Bolt, Spirit of Australia and Qingdao. The last 24-hours on Spirit of Australia have also been spent with a focus on repairs.... [more]
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America's Cup challenger's giant wingsail raised for the first time
Sail-World sources,
The giant wing sail on the Golden Gate Yacht Club's team BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90/USA was raised for the first time off San Diego today. Currently the crew are doing final fitting out and pre-flight checks before going in the first test sail.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger rolls out wingsail in San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing have rolled out the wingsail for their America's Cup multihull, BOR90/USA, prior to it fitting onto the platform for the first time later today. Gilles Martin-Raget presents this gallery of images from the occasion... [more]
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Golden Gate YC pleased over America's Cup venue confirmation
Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded with a terse, short statement in response to the announcement that valencia will now be the venue for the 33rd America's Cup, to be sailed on the dates originally prescribed by Justice Herman Cahn.... [more]
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Grael and Tunnicliffe named 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year
ISAF Media,
ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 are Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA). Torben Grael (BRA) received his award tonight, and in his winning speech said, 'It's an honour to be here. It's not the first time I've attended this award ceremony, but it's truly a different feeling to stand here,'... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Cote d'Azur - Close matches highlight Day 4
Louis Vuitton Media,
Seasonal conditions returned today to the Bay of Angels off Nice and allowed race organisers for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur to reel off four flights of races, eight matches overall. Seven of the eight matches have an average delta of 31 seconds. The flurry of races has helped give shape to the event scoreboard. Emirates Team New Zealand won its lone match of the day and remains the... [more]
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Alinghi confirms 33rd America's Cup for Valencia in February 2010
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
In a letter written today to New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich following the unsuccessful discussions with the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), the America's Cup Defender, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), has confirmed that it will conduct a Deed of Gift Match with GGYC in February 2010 in Valencia... [more]
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