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Boat builder wins Excalibur Manslaughter Appeal
Rob Kothe,
An Australian boatbuilder has won his appeal against a manslaughter conviction over the deaths of four people when their yacht lost its keel and capsized at sea. Melbourne boat builder Alex Cittadini 51, was sentenced in July 2009 by the NSW Supreme Court over the deaths of Christopher Heyes, 51, Peter McLeod, Anne-Maree Pope, 30 and Tracey Luke, 32.... [more]
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Close racing sets the stage for final day of Sail Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne. The Paralympic classes, along with the invited classes, got racing underway at 12pm in light breeze between five and seven knots. Unfortunately the wind disappeared before the afternoon's racing could begin.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Swiss fail to back latest America's Cup moves
Richard Gladwell,
In the 'He ran, she ran' crazy world of the America's Cup, it seems that the deal to change the dates on the America's Cup and run with an extended regatta are no more, and that Societe Nautique de Geneve have backed away from undertakings given earlier today.... [more]
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Liz Wardley has dismasted
SolOceans Media,
This morning at dawn, in a Force 7 wind with gusts and a stormy sea, Liz Wardley aboard the SolOceans One-design suffered two knock downs due to successive failures of the NKE autopilot. The SolOceans One-design has dismasted 158 miles west of Madeira and 619 miles south west of Lisbon (Portugal). Liz Wardley is not hurt and there is no damage to the SolOceans One-design.... [more]
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Whitsunday Sailing Club trio head to Corsair Nationals
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Club Corsair dinghy sailors Bruce Carter and Jim Hayes are well prepared to defend their 2008 Corsair Australian Championship Silver Medal on the tricky Lake Munmorah course at Budgewoi, New South Wales... [more]
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Z Corp Dash for Cash - 2010 International Moth Australian Championship
Guy Skinner,
Slalom/Sprint series Monday 4 January 3:30-6:00pm South of Perth Yacht Club... [more]
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International Optimists Asian Championship
Langkawi, Malaysia,
International Optimists (IODA) Asian Championship full event reports. The event ran from December 12 to 20 in Langkawi, Malaysia. Apart from an OCS in race 10, Noppakao Poompat sailed flawlessly to continue her dominace of the fleet. After discards, she had an incredible 18 point lead over her closest rival.... [more]
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Launceston to Hobart - Secret Weapon in duel for line honours
Peter Campbell,
Hobart yacht owners Gary Smith and Geoff White will have a 'secret weapon' aboard their 45-footer, re-named The Fork in the Road in a bid to outsail rival owner Andrew Hunn in his 40-footer Mr Kite. The two yachts are again expected to duel for line honours in the L2H, with The Fork in the Road defending her line honours win last year.... [more]
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Skippers' Briefing and Xmas Gift
John Curnow,
The annual Skippers' Briefing for the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart was held at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne today. Over 100 souls attended, which also included Skippers from the Kidder Williams Melbourne to Launceston, which is the oldest ocean race in Australia.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Medal race day - Class winners decided
Craig Heydon,
The Sail Melbourne medal races have been run and won with the crews greeted with great sailing conditions for the final day of racing. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page finished the regatta as they started it, with a win over Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl. Belcher and Page went through Sail Melbourne undefeated, the first time either of them had done that in the 470 class.... [more]
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Melbourne to Hobart -The Power of One
John Curnow with Nigel Jones,
In 1999, just the one yacht finished the testing Melbourne to Hobart. In those days there was only the one Ocean Racing Club of Victoria race to Hobart - the mighty Westcoaster - and the one boat to finish that year, was ‘Cadibarra 7'. I spoke with her Skipper, Nigel Jones, recently, as we recounted stories and he delved into his treasure trove of notes to find some details.... [more]
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A big event development year behind us - An even bigger year ahead!
Bob Williams,
From Bob Williams, CEO, Ocean Events, the Western Australian company behind the Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally events. 'This year is almost done and what a wonderful year it has been. First half of the year saw sailors from Australia and around the world responding to our on-line questionnaire asking what they would like in the way of a Race and Rally around Australia.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - 60 days, 7000 miles and UP THE MAST
Nancy Knudsen,
This is the view of Jessica Watson's yacht Ella's Pink Lady, taken by Jessica when she climbed the mast this week to check the rigging. The photo was taken when she was passing the 60-days-at-sea mark (about 25% of the planned journey), having covered 7,000 miles since she left Sydney in her attempt to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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Kiwi Skud 18 Team report on Day Four from Sail Melbourne
Robert Hielkema,
Kiwi Skud 18 Team Tim Dempsey and Pauline Eitjes report from Sail Melbourne: 'Today was a nice contrast from day three; sailing in temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius is something we need some more practise in. It caused a couple of brain fades in the form of missed wind shifts. We did a lot of learning and were confident that we had a lot to build on for day four.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club's Coffs to Paradise & Sail Paradise cash draw
Rob Mundle,
Southport Yacht Club has announced a cash prize draw totalling $10,000 for yachts competing in the Coffs to Paradise ocean race and Sail Paradise series off the Gold Coast next month. This has come as a result of the club securing additional local sponsors for both inaugural events.... [more]
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Australian Youth Championships 6th - 10th January
Vicki Hughes,
The Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia will host YA's Australian Youth Championships from 6th - 10th January 2010. OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championships 2010, incorporating the 2010 Youth Olympic Games Oceania Qualifiaction Event and Techno 293 Oceania Championships.... [more]
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52nd Cockburn Sound Regatta starts Boxing Day
Yachting WA,
The Cockburn Sound Regatta runs from 26th to 28th December 2009 commencing with a race from Fremantle to Rockingham on Boxing Day. This regatta, started by RFBYC and RPYC members in the mid 1950s and the reason the Cruising Yacht Club came to be, grew to what was the biggest regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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2009 Musto Skiff Survey
Ovington Boats,
The 2009 MPS Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. This is the 7th year Ovington Boats have conducted the survey.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy series to include Middle East venue
ValenciaSailing and Sail-World,
ValenciaSailing.com reports that the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton today announced more Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas for 2010 and early 2011. Citing a media release sourced from Louis Vuitton, the Spanish based website says that these new international events follow the successful regatta held in Nice, France, last month.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy will run with Auckland International Boat Show
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton's Bruno Trouble has confirmed that the next Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta will take place in Auckland beginning on 10 March 2010. At this stage, due to what are believed to be budget considerations, only two boats will be used between the eight teams competing. The Emirates Team NZ boats will be used, with one of the BMW Oracle Racing boats on standby. It is intended to sail four rac... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Last day in the Southern Ocean for Hull & Humber
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 - Geraldton, Western Australia stopover. The strong winds that turned yesterday's finish into a sprint for the line have eased to a pleasant sea breeze today - keeping the crews cool as they set to work today cleaning their yachts and carrying out routine maintenance.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne day four - Limited racing
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne day four of racing had a stop-start feel with the weather having a major influence on proceedings. Reigning 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge was left crewless today with Iain Jensen stuck on shore due to illness.... [more]
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2010 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta entries open
Louise Bashford,
Entries are Now Open for the 2010 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta – 6 & 7 March 2010.... [more]
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Cock of the Bay – Scarlet Runner to Run for Record
John Curnow,
‘Scarlet Runner' has decided to come out and see The Doyen, Lou Abrahams, in his very first Entire Group Cock of the Bay race on Boxing Day on Melbourne's Port Phillip.... [more]
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BIA Vic elects new team for 2010
BIA Vic,
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has elected a new president and vice-president to lead it into 2010.... [more]
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US SAILING Mourns the Passing of Roy Disney
Jake Fish,
Roy Edward Disney passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with stomach cancer. In 2008, US SAILING, national governing body of the sport, awarded Disney its prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the U.S. over many years. Disney was 79.... [more]
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Record entries as Cadiz hosts YOG Qualifier for Windsurfer events
Ceri Williams - ISAF Media,
Organized by the Federacion Andaluza de Vela, this European Qualification event for the windsurfer events at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games has attracted a record entry of 150 junior racers representing 17 European nations.... [more]
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ISAF releases World Sailing Rankings - 16 December 2009
ISAF Media,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 16 December 2009 have been released.... [more]
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Trifecta of international regattas for Auckland's Festival of Sail
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland Mayor John Banks announced today the Auckland Festival of Sail — three major international regattas to be held on the Waitemata Harbour in March 2010. The three major intrenational sailing regattas will be held in conjunction with the Auckland International Boat Show The events will bring together leading professional international match racing skippers and teams and top-ranked amateur... [more]
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ISAF - New Supplements To Match Racing and Team Racing Call Books
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2010 supplements to the current editions of The Call Book for Match Racing and The Call Book for Team Racing.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Day 3
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne, Day 3 report. Shifting winds dominated the afternoon racing on day three of Sail Melbourne, with the conditions keeping sailors on their toes and forcing them to work hard for every position gained.... [more]
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ISAF Sailor Classification Code updated with Group 2 to be eliminated
Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.... [more]
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Access Class and Sailability set for big year of events
Graeme Adam,
Sailability are heading for a big year in 2010 as they collaborate with the Australian Access Class Association in staging major regattas around the country. In addition, Sailability-backed competitors are expected to participate in the Access Class World Championships in the UK and the IFDS Homerus Blind Match Sailing Championships on Lake Garda, in Italy.... [more]
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