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 09 Apr 2010

Been a tough week, sailed with Spike Doriean eons ago and this week we've been talking to people all around the world who want to tell us about their time with him. We are writing a piece, it will be long, but it really could be a book. Right now if you knew Spike please do what we are doing at Sail-World which is dropping some money into the Family appeal bank account.

A lot on this weekend, Seawind Catamarans, Australia's flagship yacht exporter have a Boat Show in Sydney, Marine Auctions in Brisbane have a Gold Coast auction and there is a lot of sailing news.

Have a good weekend and please do give generously to the Family Appeal if you can.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Spike Doriean Family Appeal
Barby McGowan,
The international sailing world was stunned on Tuesday April 6 2010 by the news of the sudden death of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of knowing. Spike is survived by his wife Nicki and two young children, Jemima aged 5 and Fox aged 3. It is for his young family that we are appealing for you... [more]
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Marine Auctions comes to the Queensland Gold Coast
Bob Wonders,
Runaway Bay Marina to host its first event staged by Marine Auctions. Vessels up for auction on Saturday range from a 12' canoe through to a 4200 Mustang Sports Cruiser with only 180 hours on its engines.... [more]
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Enter -Sail-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Catamaran Cruising Seminars this Weekend
Brent Vaughan,
As part of the Seawind Sailing Show at Birkenhead Point Marina this weekend (10 & 11 April), Seawind will be hosting a series of informative seminars including: Blue Water Sailing, Syndicate Ownership and Servicing a Seawind.... [more]
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The J24 - A One Design Yacht Racing Paradox
Simon Grain,
In a world that is constantly changing and becoming more expensive, one keelboat class offers you the opportunity to cruise and race for under $20,000.... [more]
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Tamar Yacht Club hosting schools team racing championship
Murray Jones, Yachting Tasmania,
The 2010 Tasmanian Schools Team Racing Championship will be hosted by Tamar Yacht Club at their Beauty Point headquarters this weekend.... [more]
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Peter ‘Spike' Doriean dead -Rambler crew sails in his honour,
The international sailing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death yesterday of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of sailing with. His Rambler crew have decided to sail... [more]
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Club Race Officer Course – Entries closing shortly
Craig Heydon,
Are you interested in becoming a club race officer for your local sailing club? The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be hosting the National Officiating Program – Club Race Officer's course on April 17 and 18 from 9am – 5pm each day.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - The harbor is abuzz with activity
South Carolina Maritime Foundation,
Nearly 1,500 sailors rigged lines, tuned masts, and set sails today on the edge of Charleston Harbor today as they prepared for tomorrow's 10 a.m. offshore and 11 a.m. inshore start of 2010 Charleston Race Week (CRW).... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - Day 2 and the trade winds blew in
SeaClear Communications,
They wanted it and they got it! Trade winds above 20 knots over the 35 miles of the race course. The sea was whipped up by the powerful trade wind into a choppy mess, and as they approached Coco Island and the Soube Rocks, the waves built to reach almost three metres in some places.... [more]
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The New York - Barcelona record begins, 3,750 nautical miles to go
New York - Barcelona Event,
The boats left North Cove Marina at 11:00 local time and headed to Ambrose Light, where the New York - Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record began at 14:33h. It is expected to establish the first sailing record between both cities within 14 to 16 days... [more]
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Puma enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Puma announced today that it will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after finishing second overall in the 2008-09 race, which ended in June 2009. The PUMA Ocean Racing team will once again be under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Helms Challenge the Bay of Marseille
World Match Tour,
Day Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) in Marseille has produced a range of results that has highlighted not only match racing experience but also local knowledge as top running variables that can make or break a professional sailing series.... [more]
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The Varuna Trophy Race holds a special meaning this year
Peter Campbell,
The Varuna Trophy, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's traditional end-of-season handicap race between the top-performing boats in each mixed division and one-design class, will have a special meaning for many competitors this year.... [more]
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Catamaran in 36 year Tasman Solo Race Record cliffhanger
Lindsay Wright,
Somewhere, about 800km south east of Mooloolaba, Bruce Arms must have his fingers firmly crossed. Arms, in his 14m catamaran Big Wave Rider, needs to reach the finish line of the 2010 Solo Tasman Challenge by about 9:50 pm on Saturday to break the race record of six days, eight hours and 50 minutes set in 1986.... [more]
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The Ups and Downs on the World Match Racing Circuit
YANMAR Racing Media,
The first event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour; Match Race France, began in Marseille yesterday and while Australia's Torvar Mirsky, from MRT Racing, last years World Match Racing Tour Runner up, started with a perfect day, with wins from four races, it was not an easy day on the water.... [more]
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The 2010 Sydney International Boat Show – it's closer than you think
Bob Wonders,
Only 111 days to the Southern Hemisphere's 1 boat show. The Sydney International Boat Show is a member of the prestigious International Federation of Boat Show organisers (IFBSO), an organisation which recognises the first rate management, promotion and presentation of the exhibition.... [more]
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The 2010 Voiles de Saint-Barth gun goes off for Day 1
SeaClear Communications,
After an evening party to welcome everyone with music and a friendly atmosphere, the twenty-three crews taking part started racing at the Voiles de Saint Barth, the latest international regatta in the Caribbean. As was promised by François Tolède and Luc Poupon, all the ingredients that are so appreciated by yachtsmen, came together for the start of this first edition... [more]
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CYCA announces ORCi Division for the prestigious Blue Water Pointscore
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced today that an ORCi Division will be included in its prestigious Blue Water Pointscore 2010/2011 Series, which starts with the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race on Saturday 31 July 2010... [more]
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Australia's Mirsky starts World Match Racing Tour 2010 with a bang
WMRT- amended by,
Mediterranean style conditions during the morning favoured the local hero Gian Luca Perris (MON) and the late afternoon allowed Mirsky (AUS), ranked number 2 in the WMRT standings, to show is consistent ability to build a racing series in all conditions. Mirsky won his two matches this morning and also two matches this afternoon in totally different racing conditions which is a vital ingredient f... [more]
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Solo Tasman Race yacht heads For Lord Howe after heavy air beating
Lindsay Wright,
Australian sailor Rick Morgan is heading to Lord Howe to solve 'some issues' with his yacht Dream Lover after several days pounding by heavy weather in mid Tasman. Speaking by satellite phone, Morgan would not be drawn on the nature of his difficulties but an earlier e-mail from his daughter to the race organizers said that: 'he's been getting an absolute flogging with the weather ....... [more]
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Vakas to voyage to Hawaii powered by North Sails
Zoe Hawkins,
In 2009 seven double-hulled canoes, or Waka, were built in Auckland, destined for special projects in the Pacific Islands culminating in a marathon voyage to Hawaii. The boats, which utilise a combination of traditional flax sails, and modern sails including gennakers built by North Sails, have made their mark in some very important ways.... [more]
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Addiction and Apollo Bay
John Curnow,
Addiction is an Inglis 37 that was returning home to Melbourne, having taken part in the Melbourne to Port Fairy race, which had got underway at 0415hrs on Good Friday. Early on Sunday morning, she decided to pull in at Apollo Bay...... [more]
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Match Race France - A Big Challenge - A Great Field
YANMAR Racing Media,
The first event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour; Match Race France, will start in Marseille tomorrow morning and the only multi-season winner on the circuit, Australian Peter Gilmour, has labeled this event as ‘challenging' for his YANMAR Racing team.... [more]
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WMRT - Innovating and pushing the boundaries of TV production
Top European website writes of innovative developments planned for the TV coverage of the World Match Racing Tour, this year: 'At the end of the day, match racing is a one-on-one battle, a gladiatorial-type of encounter between two sailors, two teams and the philosophy is to tell the story of the characters beyond narrating the simple story of the race.'... [more]
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Heavy weather batters Solo Tasman fleet
Lindsay Wright,
Four metre seas and gale force winds yesterday pounded the 12 skippers sailing the Fitzroy Yachts sponsored solo Tasman challenge yacht race to Mooloolaba. Bruce Arms, leading the fleet in Big Wave Rider reported that he was down to four reefs in the mainsail and had no other sail area up, to help his catamaran cope with the conditions.... [more]
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2010 Mandurah Easter Regatta Laser Report
Tristan Brown,
The 2010 Mandurah Easter Regatta was again hosted by MOFSC under the watchful eye of Kevin Luff and was a great event for all sailors in Western Australia including the Laser Fleets in all three classes.... [more]
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Australian Ashley Lane Leads Laser 4.7 Worlds
Pru Bennett,
Australia's Ashley Lane has asserted her position on top of the leader board after day 3 of the 2010 Laser 4.7 World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. The Australian team enjoyed another fantastic day on the water for races 5 and 6. Conditions have remained consistent throughout the event and the Australian sailors remain consistently amongst the front pack.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2010 opens for entries
Michelle Warner,
Cowes Week opens its doors for entries to the world's best known sailing regatta. This iconic British event, one of the longest running in UK sporting history, looks forward to welcoming both regular and new participants to this year's regatta. From 31st July to 7th August the Solent will once again be awash with colour and vitality as Cowes Week enjoys its 184th anniversary... [more]
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The Port of Yamba Yacht Club's 18th Annual Easter Regatta was a blast
Andrew Soesan,
The Port of Yamba Yacht Club's 18th Annual Easter Regatta was a huge success. We had exhilarating sailing weather, a popular new venue at the Yamba Marina thanks to Peter and Kay Sutton and plenty of yachts and fun-loving crew that came to compete and party afterwards. Twenty boats of all shapes and sizes with about ninety crew sailed over the three days on the mighty Clarence River in Northern... [more]
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Iconic Auckland sparmaker taken over by NZ Rigging
Cris Brodie and Sail-World,
After forty years in business iconic sparmaker Fostermasts, has been purchased by NZ Rigging. The Fostermasts name will continue with NZ Rigging, being a brand in its own right with many products familiar to those in the marine industry, they were also the importers of Profurl furling systems and NZ Rigging will continue to support this product.... [more]
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Shogun in a race with the clock to get to Sail Port Stephens
Jody O'brien,
Since dropping their mast just over five weeks ago, the Shogun team have been working overtime to get a new rig and be on the start line for the Yachting NSW IRC Championship at Sail Port Stephens. A brand new mast has been made by NZ Rigging, and 25 metres of gleaming brand new carbon fibre is on a cargo ship at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, waiting to be unloaded.... [more]
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Three Peaks Racing - Divisional Winners
Holly Ranson,
Every division winner in the 22nd annual Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race has been decided with the top five crews now finished.... [more]
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SNG and GGYC agree to end 33rd America's Cup legal dispute
Alinghi Media and Sail-World,
A settlement agreement signed by representatives from Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) was filed today to the New York Supreme Court cancelling all pending litigation for the 33rd America's Cup. Both clubs have agreed to drop their respective claims and definitively close all legal disputes surrounding the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]
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Hi Fi adds IRC Overall to her Line Honours win

Neil Pryde's Hi Fi (HKG) held off several strong challenges from two TP52s for the IRC Overall win in the 2010 Rolex China Sea Race. This was after the boat clinched the Line Honours win yesterday morning.... [more]
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