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Musto Etchells – champion returns to chase elusive title
Tracey Johnstone,
Champion America's Cup and Etchells sailor, John Bertrand, will return to Mooloolaba in June to chase one title he has not been able to grab, the Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. For the national Etchells back-to-back class champion in 2009 and 2010 the winter championship title has eluded him for the last 13 years with his best result being second in 2004.... [more]
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Yachting Australia to equip instructors with training to save lives
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is creating a new group of home-grown Safety and Sea Survival Course Instructors, the first time in a number of years that such a course has been held in the country... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone fast race forecast
Ian Grant,
A spinnaker sailing trade wind forecast promises to propel the Brisbane to Gladstone fleet over the 308 nautical mile course. Last year Black Jack took the line honours win after completing the first half of the course before a spinnaker was hoisted, yet still produced an impressive 22 hour 7 minute 18 second time.... [more]
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Oldest attempt to sail Round the World,
Yachting journalist Bob Fisher and circumnavigator Sir Robin Knox-Johnston have announced their plan to attempt to be the oldest combined age to sail round the world.... [more]
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Good day on the water for Australian crews at ISAF Sailing World Cup
Craig Heydon,
Australian crews had a good day's racing at round three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain, with men's 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page jumping two spots to third overall while the Australian Women's Match Racing Team crew skippered by Katie Spithill qualified for the quarter-finals in fifth and Nicky Souter won her way into the quarter-finals by finishing second in the repechage round... [more]
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62 Boats set for NSW Tasar State Championships
TANSW Publicity,
The NSW Tasar State Championships are set to kick off this Good Friday with a fleet of 62 boats on Botany Bay from Georges River 16ft Skiff Club. The event which is set to be the biggest of the season will be held in the Sydney Basin for the first time in a number of years attracting boats from NSW, Northern territory, ACT and Western Australia.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Finn class - Closing in on Trujillo
Robert Deaves,
Rafa Trujillo (ESP) remains at the top of the Finn fleet after three intense races were completed on Wednesday at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. The first race, with great sailing conditions up to 15 knots was won by Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Paoletti Michele (ITA) sailed well to place second, with another good finish for regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) in third.... [more]
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Princess Sofia Trophy - Changing winds bring changes in Palma
Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía,
With only two days left to the end of the event, all classes sailed today in the knowledge that there is a tight battle for the top three places across the fleet.. The weather conditions divided the day in two halves. The morning began with north westerlies winds at 5 knots and at around 2 pm, the wind dropped and then came back lighter from the west.... [more]
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2010 IRC Rating Season just around the corner
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia will soon be sending out revalidation packs to all current IRC boat owners to renew their rating certificate for the 2010 season. The IRC Rules for 2010 will look significantly different as they now incorporate the ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing.... [more]
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Richard Gladwell,,
Guidelines for sailors writing articles for publication on Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamans... [more]
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Auckland, the City of Sails, to host Volvo Ocean Race for eighth time
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Auckland, New Zealand, is back in the Volvo Ocean Race after a gap of 10 years. The city, which has fielded some of the world's best sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, last hosted the event in 2001-02. It will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish in Itaj... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week NOR now available
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Australia's most popular and successful week of keelboat racing and onshore fun – has been launched for 2010 with the promise of exciting new activities both on and off the water. The regatta is scheduled for August 21 to 28.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race announcement: Live from Auckland + full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is coming to you live from the Viaduct Basin ahead of the announcement of the Auckland stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. We hope to present a live commentary on what is happening.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Cape Breton Island takes line honours in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
Just before midday local time and with the sun breaking through the clouds to herald the yacht's arrival, the eagle of Cape Breton Island came swooping under the Golden Gate Bridge as the Canadian entry arrived victorious in to San Francisco and claimed their second line honours of the 35,000-mile Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Rac... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía - Women's Match Racing crews fly Australian flag
Craig Heydon / Yachting Australia,
With winds gusting up to 30 knots and rough conditions the crews spent the morning on shore before racing commenced late in the day. The two Australian Women's Match Racing Team crews were in action with Katie Spithill, Olivia Price and Rayshele Martin competing in the Gold round robin while Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Jessica Eastwell were competing to join them from the repechage round robin.... [more]
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The 19th Historical Ten Footers Australian Championship 2010
Colin Gillespie,
The 19th Historical Ten Footers Australian Championship Program on Easter Weekend - 2, 3, 4 & 5th April 2010 To be hosted by the Drummoyne Sailing Club with the assistance of the, Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association and sailed on the waters of the Parramatta River. The organising authority is the Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association Inc.... [more]
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Marina Gold Anchor Scheme Roll-out
Dominic Wiseman,
The Marina Industries Association is pleased to announce the first marinas to receive their star ratings based on the International Gold Anchor rating system launched in Australia in 2009.... [more]
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Saga readies for Sail Port Stephens 2010
Jody O'Brien,
There's a very competitive Beale 8.5 that starts to get twitchy in her marina pen around this time of the year, with Sail Port Stephens looming, and her chance to get amongst it with some new boats just days away. Saga, owned by Port Stephens local Pat Hurley, has been in every Sail Port Stephens regatta, including the retro test regatta staged by Corlette Point Sailing Association in 2007... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Speculation rife on Auckland stopover
Richard Gladwell,
Speculation is rife around the Auckland waterfront, on the expected announcement of the final stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race. Media have been invited to a function today where it is expected that some announcement will be made on the back of the statement from the Minister of Economic Development, Gerry Brownlee, last Friday that the Governement would be contributing NZD1.5 million to the stopov... [more]
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Experience Ocean Racing on 'The Hammer of Queensland' this August
Maggie Joyce,
Experience the sheer power of ocean racing on maxi yacht 'The Hammer of Queensland' this August at Hamilton Island Race Week. Join the excitement of Hamilton Island Race Week and the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. Be part of the race crew of 14 people who will be assisted by three permanent crew members.... [more]
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Images from Day 3 of the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez provides this gallery of images from the third day of racing in the big breeze (30kts plus) at the princess Sofia Regatta, in Palma Mallorjca, ESP... [more]
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Extreme conditions dominate Day 3 at Princess Sofia Trophy
Neus Jordi,
Finally, after a morning with up to 30 knots of wind and big waves, only the Women's Match Race and the RS:X Men and Women sailed in the afternoon. The remaining classes participating at the 41 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre, event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, could not sail after being postponed ashore.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club to host America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion
Michael Levitt,
New York Yacht Club Commodore David K. Elwell Jr. announced today that the club will host a new event this summer, the America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion, September 16th to 19th at Harbour Court, NYYC's on-the-water clubhouse in Newport. During the 12 Metre era (1958-1987), over 83 12 Metre teams competed as contenders or defenders for the 10 America's Cup matches... [more]
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Light conditions on Day 2 at Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma
Another long day on the water with light and shifty conditions kept most classes on the water until dusk at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre on the bay of Palma. After four races in the 470 Men's class, Panagotis KAMBOURIDIS and Gerasimos OROLOGAS (GRE) take the overall lead with a win and a fifth taking a two point lead over Croatian's current World Champion duo Sime FANTELA and Igor MA... [more]
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America's Cup: Nitro's Wingsail Trimming Primer - Part 2
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell interviewed Noel (Nitro) Drennan, on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show. In this second part of a two part story, we look at the what happened on the first leg of that now-famous first race; jibs and gennikers with wingsails; trimming without engines instead of grinders; and what it is like to go back to Version 5 America's cuppers... [more]
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Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation?
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Privately owned apartments, villas and houses. Various rates to suit different budgets. See photos and descriptions at [more]
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75th 12ft Skiff Australian Titles at Manly QLD
Richard Billett,
If you're interested in high performance sailing and you have some free time over Easter, head down to Manly Harbour and check out some of the best skiff racing around. The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) is playing host to up 25 skiffs hoping to take home the Norman Booth trophy for the 12 foot skiff Australian Championship.... [more]
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CYCA's Audi Winter Series 2010 entries now
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, together with the naming rights sponsor Audi Australia, is pleased to advise the notice of race and entry form for its well-established Audi Winter Series is now available. The Audi Winter Series commences with the traditional Ladies Day and Great Veteran's Race on Sunday 18th April.... [more]
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Sydney Yachts moving forward
Sydney Yachts,
Sydney Yachts is now operating under its own brand following the closure of Azzura Marine's Nowra facility, with a new team comprising several familiar faces.... [more]
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Drummoyne Hartley TS16's wrap up season
Renee Johnson,
The Hartley TS16 fleet of Drummoyne Sailing Club finished their season with some close racing in gusty southerly conditions on Saturday 27th March 2010. The final scratch race of the season saw competition between Pelican (Joe Horinek) and Tranquil (Neil Johnson) for the Summer Point Score title and Charlie Brown (Sandor Tornai, normally skippered by Justine Tornai) and Tranquil for the Season... [more]
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Images from Palma: Princess Sofia Trophy - Day 2
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez presents a gallery from the second day of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta being sailed in Palma, Spain - the third leg of the ISAF World Sailing Cup... [more]
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Australian crews push on in light conditions in Spain
Craig Heydon,
Australian crews had another positive day on the water at round three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain. Belcher and Page started the day in first position in the highly competitive 100 boat men's 470 fleet and had a sixth, second and 11th place finish to end day two in fifth overall.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Race youngest competitor signs on
Tim Kelly,
2010 Velux 5 Oceans - Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile race which starts in France in October.... [more]
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Top three Easter Boating Safety tips from Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus - Marine Rescue NSW,
Marine Rescue NSW offers three Safety Tips for safe boating over the Easter break. The Easter period is often the last chance for many skippers to get in some boating before the days get shorter and the seas become colder. Marine Rescue has over 2,400 trained members and proven boating safety procedures ready to help keep every skipper, boat and their passengers in the marine rescue Safety Net.... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing - Thrilling race ends 2010 Worlds in Argentina
Formula Windsurfing,
The Governor of Mendoza joined the Race Officer, Antonio Lamadrid, on the starting boat for the last race of the 2010 Worlds on Lake Potrerillos. He was then treated to a thrilling, and fitting, finale to this years championship. The wind built throughout the race, and once again delivered a challenging spectacle.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2010 - More boats, more fun!!!
Sail Port Stephens Media,
With a few days to go until entries close for Sail Port Stephens 2010, the traditional last minute registrations are steadily flowing in, and organisers are expecting a modest increase in last year's fleet of 64 boats. The word has got around the docks about the fun to be had in the cruisey start to the week with the Commodores Cup.... [more]
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Indian 5 Ocean Capes - Seven men in a boat and one angry Indian Ocean
OC Events,
Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' arrived in Fremantle the 24th of March 2010 at 10:00 (Local Time - 2:00 am GMT), after having crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, the third cape of the Indian 5 Ocean Capes Race and the finish line of Leg 3 on Monday, 22nd of March at 04:10 GMT. It has been yet another eventful leg for the A100 trimaran as they trace out this new race course... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Stellar performances
Regatta News,
International Rolex Regatta - Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo had built some good padding into his score line over two days and followed form on the third, today, to win the IC 24 class and a Rolex timepiece. The IC 24s, hybrid one-designs that combine a J/24's body with a Melges 24-style cockpit, continued with short round-the-buoy races after the event's opening 'town races' on Friday.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Development Squad works with future Champions
Craig Heydon / Yachting Australia,
A group of Australia's next Olympic and World Champion sailors are working closely with some of the sports best coaches as a part of the 2010 Australian Sailing Development Squad... [more]
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J24 Legends Regatta Monday 4th October 2010 - Gosford Sailing Club
Simon Grain,
J24 Legends Regatta Monday October 4th 2010 - Gosford Sailing Club This will be the most amazing collection of past and current World Champions, National Champions and Women on Water winners, the J24 class has ever brought together for a day of racing and conviviality. Immediately following the State Championships, this one day regatta will become the stuff of Legends itself.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd introduces the Flare Half Zip
Burke Marine,
Henri Lloyd's technical clothing range introduces a new range of lightweight warm wear options in the Knitted Insulation category. One of these is the Henri Lloyd Flare ½ Zip, a light weight, high performance insulation without the weight or bulk of traditional fleece style jackets... [more]
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2010 Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week - online registration open
Event Media,
Registration for Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week has opened online this morning and Melbourne based crew of Delphian were the first to register. 'Sailing conditions at that time of year are ideal to allow competitors to cruise a little further north up the coast to compete in this great event and take in what Townsville and Magnetic Island have to offer' said Event Coordinator Stephanie Cairn... [more]
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Riggtech – Build it -Rig it -Sail it
John Curnow,
It's impossible to talk about Riggtech without first looking at its founder, Phill Bate. As Phill, himself explains, 'I've been at it since I was a kid. Dad and I built boats, rigged them and then sailed them. I was always sailing, but it was at this time that I got very interested in the rigging. It was a great grounding for understanding loads....... [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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