A big weekend and a big season ahead

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A great night at the Alfred's last Saturday with Jimmy Spithill and Grant Simmer, we have the story and the full audio from that night. The NOR is out for the 2010 Meridien Merinas Airlie Beach Race Week, not long to the Musto Etchells mid-winters, we are overflowing with news..

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week comes of age in 2010
A bit more breeze on Saturday night March 20th , (by probably 85 knots), when Cyclone Ilui sailed over the Gateway to the Whitsundays, than entrants in the 2010 Meridien Marina's Airlie Beach Race Week will want to see in August, when this major Queensland regatta comes of age at the 21st annual event.... [more]
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Australian Sailors can help Haiti - Donate your old spinnakers NOW!!
Belinda Braidwood,
Sailors to help Haiti: Tom Braidwood is calling all yachties to help the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake One of the problems the Haitians are facing is enough shelter. The wet season is approaching and a solution is needed as soon as possible. As all yachties know, there are thousands of old sails lying around over Australia. Tom's plan is to turn these into tarps and tent shelters.... [more]
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Serria Chainsaw wins Ullman Sails Sprint Series
Rowan Simpson,
The final day of the Sydney 38 Ullman Sails Sprint series was hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club last Saturday, 20th March. With three races completed, the series constituted 17 races with 3 drops allowed.... [more]
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Musto Etchells Winter Championship - King 2009 winner to defend title
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells 2009 winter champion, Melbourne's Damien King, plans to return to Mooloolaba this June to defend his title in the Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. King achieved a closely fought victory in the series in 2009 after taking on the fleet of 54 Etchells in the six race series to become the thirteenth winner in the 13 years of the annual event.... [more]
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Laser Masters - Sailing a Laser from cradle to grave...
PSA Media Team,
When Bruce Kirby, the Canadian born Olympic Finn sailor and dinghy designer along with another Finn sailor, sailmaker and Olympic medallist Hans Fogh and boat builder Ian Bruce launched the first ever Laser at the Playboy Club on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin in 1970 they never imagined that now 40 years on the numbers of Lasers would be closing on 200,000 and they would be found in more than a hundred... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 2
Simmer admits that Alinghi made some mistakes. Now the discussion gets detailed on all kinds of onboat systems and there is talk from Spithill about 2013 or 2014 and what kind of boats are going to be sailed. And could BMW Oracle do 50 knots..... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Oracle and Alinghi face off, one last time
Simon Reffold, for Sail-World.com,
And the result was, frankly, surprising. Perhaps, after all the shenanigans, legal wrangling, posturing and vitriol of the past two and bit years, perhaps, sailing is going in a truly positive direction. Here's why.... [more]
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The Musto/Sturrocks Women's Challenge - Alyse rises to the 'challenge'
MYC Media Cole,
Special Olympics Silver Medalist from the 2007, World China Games, 20 year old Alyse Saxby from Newport, took out the Access 303 Division of the Musto /Sturrocks Women's Challenge sailed from Manly Yacht Club on Sunday.... [more]
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Sydney Etchells race for Port Jackson Championship and Eaton Cup
Nick Kingsmill,
The Sydney Etchells Fleet, one the the largest Etchells one design keel boat fleet in the world to race for the Port Jackson Championship and Eaton Cup in a Mini Regatta on Saturday the 27th March conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Audi IRC Aust Champ & ASHR on ONE tonight, Wednesday 24 March @ 9pm
Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta,
Audi Australia Pty Ltd has teamed up with top rating digital sport channel, ONE, to present its 2010 Audi IRC Australian Championship series. Tune to ONE, Wednesday 24 March @ 9pm to view round two of Audi IRC Australian Championship and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 2010... [more]
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Strong interest in new RS100 - book in for a test sail
Performance Sailcraft (Australasia),
It certainly appears this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, has what it takes to be successful Down Under. Please give us your feedback and book in for a test sail!... [more]
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World Champion Sailor adds pedigree to top Sydney brokerage
John Curnow,
Pedigree is something that the Sydney Yachting Centre certainly has in abundance. They have specialised in new and used boat brokerage for more than 30 years and they combine their relaxing location with an industry leading professionalism.... [more]
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2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race South American stopover announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: he cityof ItajaĆ­, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the race. The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, ItajaĆ­ will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore again.... [more]
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Strong winds test skills on Day 2 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final
Ivor Wilkins,
Strong, gusty winds blowing over 20 knots saw the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 having to use all their boat handling skills to keep control today. The second day of the competition in Auckland, New Zealand produced varied conditions, starting with light, fickle breezes and ending in a howling wind, with spinnakers straining... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Strong winds replaced by fickle breeze
Ian Grant,
2010 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. The current uncertain nature of the coastal weather suggest there is a strong possibility that the fleet of 50 yachts including the defending line honours champion Black Jack could face a supreme test of racing in light headwinds for the first time in recent years.... [more]
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Port Phillip Heads Rip Tour
John Curnow,
No matter whether you're an avid yachty, casual fisherman, dedicated beach walker, interested surfer, summertime boaty, keen historian or local resident (say all that in a hurry), the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Rip Tour has been a highlight for years because it is informative and truly educational.... [more]
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The most fun you can have with your sailing clothes on
MYC Media Gattegno,
Attracting a fleet of 40 boats and many of the country's leading female sailors, Manly Yacht Club's Musto /Sturrocks Women's Challenge celebrated its 15th anniversary last Sunday on a perfect Sydney Harbour afternoon.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Mentors sharpen skills as Hamilton Island race week battle draws close
Steve Hall,
'There is a huge thrill in assisting young people to achieve something they normally would not have the opportunity to do and these kids are sensational.' Peter Teakle... [more]
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Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune,
'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more]
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22nd annual Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race open to all
Holly Ranson,
The Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race will have a new winner for the first time in five years this Easter.... [more]
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Testing conditions for J24s at South Australian State Championship
Rod Wenham,
Light and fickle winds compounded with strong tides tested the skills of the 10 J's participating at the South Australian State Championship on the weekend of the 13th and 14th March.... [more]
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Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and Cyclone Ului
The Whitsundays are the winter home of sailing in Australia. Cyclone Ului crossed the Australian coastline at Airlie Beach with winds of 200km per hour. Here is some of the coverage. Including some sad sad vision of Anaconda II on the rockwall.... [more]
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New PFD Standard for Australian Boaters
Australia's marine safety authorities have agreed to accept Personal Flotation Devices made to the new Australian Standard 4758 by 1 July 2010.... [more]
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Aussie Weta sailors complete 350km voyage off North Queensland coast
David Meade,
A couple of Aussie Weta sailors have recently completed a 350 plus kilometre journey from Townsville to Cairns. 'The voyage to Cairns was a complete success, had a great time and boat performed without issue. Weather was a bit light and lots of direct tail winds (got quite inventive with paddles as spinnaker poles...and playing with the shape of the main) and lots of time at 3 to 5 knots boat speed.... [more]
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2010 12ft skiff Port Jackson Championships
Peter Valpiani,
Andrew Short Marine put on a textbook display of light air sailing to win this year's 12ft skiff Port Jackson Championships. In the light, shifty conditions, the Woollahra sailing committee did a professional job in starting the fleet on a revised three-lap windward/ leeward course, with only one short postponement.... [more]
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Sussex Inlet lads win Australian Timpenny championship
Rob Milner,
After a couple of years of disappointment Greg Brown and Craig Davidson won the Australian Timpenny Trailable titles Held at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 3
Why James Spithill did not fall off the boat... and can he get to sail a Moth? What role does the Luois Vuitton series have leading up to 2013/2014?... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Queen of the Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Elizabeth Walsh became the 18 Footers Queen of the Harbour when she teamed with Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton to win the annual event with Gotta Love It 7 on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
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Rival Mumm 36s share pennant honours at Bellerive
Pater Campbell,
The rivalry between prominent Hobart yachtsmen Jeff Cordell and Ian Stewart and their near identical Mumm 36s is an institution at their club on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, Bellerive Yacht Club.... [more]
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Four generations of Calvert family sailing champions
Peter Campbell,
When young Jock Calvert won the Tasmanian title in the single-handed Sabot dinghy class at Wynyard over the recent long weekend in March, he became the fourth generation of champion sailors in the Calvert dynasty from the Huon. And his younger brother, Angus, is not far behind.... [more]
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Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race fleet home
Di Pearson,
Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race. The three have finished, bringing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organised race to a close for another year. A slow upwind race sailed in light north-easterlies the entire way for the 25 yachts that originally started the race; it was a significant one, being the decider for the CYCA's prestigious Blue Water Pointscore and Tasman Performance Series.... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 1
Grant Simmer, Managing Director and Design Coordinator of Alinghi and James Spithill, Helmsman of BMW Oracle and winner of the 33rd America's Cup at their home club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, with Rob Brown from the 1984 Austraia II Campaign - Part I... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Where to from here?' Grant Dalton on Emirates Team NZ
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton talks to Sail-World's New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell on what lies ahead for the team heading into the 34th America's Cup. Includes some thought on the preferred boat, timing and signing up a team and more....... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - Vanuatu School Wish List!
John Curnow,
The second of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Long Distance Offshore Sailing Seminars was held recently at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne. As usual, it was a truly informative session and attendees were certainly armed with plenty of questions. Naturally, this is great to see people using these free, yet completely invaluable seminars, to the best of their needs and requirements.... [more]
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Sydney Newcastle Yacht Race - Victoire slips into top three
Di Pearson,
Victoire, Darryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau First 45, has sneaked onto the IRC podium of the Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race overnight, after crossing the Hunter River finish line at 11.48pm.... [more]
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Lu Lu Belle Crew back for more of eveything at Sail Port Stephens
Jody O'Brien,
They bring a sense of style and colour to Sail Port Stephens with their on shore crew gear sometimes featuring pink polo shirts and black funky bandanas, and the boys from Lu Lu Belle are back to do it all again at Sail Port Stephens in a few weeks time. The Jeaneau 33 from Middle Harbour Yacht Club raced at the regatta for the first time in 2009, and owner Peter Lewis and his crew loved everyt... [more]
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Super 30 Division opens for Sail Port Stephens 2010
Jody O'Brien,
Sail Port Stephens 2010 is shaping up to a great week, and as a growing event, the Race Management team has a flexible approach to the development of the regatta. To respond to the needs of a group that has recently become very active in regattas on the east coast, Sail Port Stephens will now have a Super 30 Division – with racing at the back end of the week from the 16th to 18th of April.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club has appointed a new CEO
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com from NOAA inf,
The Board of Southport Yacht Club has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.... [more]
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