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 16 Apr 2010

A strong spurt in growth of new regattas and races on the Australian circuit these days - year Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel, Sail Port Stephens, Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week- all just a few years old, yet there will be 200+ boats in these events in 2010.

Lots of news from Port Stephens this weekend wile the NOR's for Keppel and Magnetic Island are on line now.

The Sail-World Team

Long Range weather positive for SOS Ocean Racing Record Attempt
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing's World Record Attempt for sailing around Australia solo non-stop unassisted looks set to depart on May 1st if the long range weather forecast proves to be correct. At this stage the Maxsea Chopper long range weather forecast has a 15-20 knot SW for a start at 10am on the first switching to the SE and increasing to 20-25 by 10pm the same evening.... [more]
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Racing heats up at Sail Port Stephens
Lisa Ratcliff,
Another sparkling autumn day more typical of summer has greeted competitors at Sail Port Stephens as the racing heats up with the commencement of the second stage of the week-long regatta, now in its third year.... [more]
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Twenty crews face off in the Harken Young 88 Nationals, this weekend
Zoe Hawkins,
When the Young 88 fleet gathers for its annual national championship event, you can guarantee a fleet packed with sailors who are not only amongst the best in the country, but the very best in the world. Twenty boats will contest the Harken Young 88 National Championships taking place this weekend, 17-18 April in Auckland. The winning skipper and crew will be considered one of the very best sail... [more]
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Two upcoming national championships – Notice of Race released
Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia has released the Notice of Race for two upcoming national championships to be held in 2010. The 2010 Australian Schools Teams Racing Championship and 2010 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship can be found on the Yachting Australia website.... [more]
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Oyster British Virgin Islands regatta - Mixed fortunes in day two
Barry Pickthall,
Fortunes waxed and waned with the wind during the second day of racing in the Oyster British Virgin Islands regatta yesterday for the Pelagos Yachts Cup race. Samantha Simmonds, who cashed in her career as a London based financial lawyer six weeks ago to sail the seven seas aboard her 16 year old Oyster 55 ‘Ostrika', ended the day believing the wind gods were well and truly on her side... [more]
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TP52's get their first workout under new rule at Hublot PalmaVela
Artemis Racing and Sail-World,
The seventh edition of the Hublot PalmaVela will be sailed from the Real Club Náutico of Palma de Mallorca starting on 15 April. Maxis and TP 52 will be in charge of raising the curtain on the regatta at 12:00 hours The TP 52 class will also have their acid test tomorrow, after undergoing the new rule's modifications for the 2010 season.... [more]
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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. www.whitsundayholidays.com.au or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodation up to 7 from $500 per night.... [more]
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Audi confirms three year sponsorship of Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
Luxury German carmaker, Audi, has confirmed its support of Australia's premier keelboat regatta for another three years, bringing its title sponsorship of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to six years and its involvement in the event to seven. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is scheduled to take place from 20-28 August, 2010 and now in its 27th year... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens Week - Yachting NSW IRC Championship begin
Di Pearson,
Yesterday the Commodore's Cup series wrapped up and today skippers and crews are psychologically and physically shifting gears as they prepare for the second half of the week-long Sail Port Stephens regatta and the prestigious Yachting NSW IRC Championship.... [more]
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Jessica Watson's mainsail ripped in storm
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson's mainsail is reported ripped in several places as she has just endured the worst storm of her voyage so far... [more]
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Shorthanded Sailing Association Winter Series
Mainsheet Media,
On Sunday April 10th the 2010 Shorthanded Sailing Association Winter Series got off to a start on a glorious autumn day. The race started from Grotto Point in Middle Harbour with a course to a turning mark just inside Botany Bay and return to finish at Junction Bell.... [more]
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San Diego's Yachting Cup – for Keelboats of All Shapes and Sizes
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
San Diego Yacht Club is on a mission to reinvigorate Yachting Cup (May 1, 2) by showcasing the best yachts and sailing competition in Southern California. The move is already attracting the West Coast's TP52's and sleds.... [more]
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Maxi.net Tasar States - Sway and Coollit take it to the wire
The Maxi.net NSW Tasar State Championships were sailed over the Easter weekend with a fleet of 65 boats on Botany Bay from Georges River 16ft Skiff Club. Defending NSW State Champs and current World Champs Rob and Nicole Douglass on Coollit were narrowly beaten by current National and South Australian State Champions Shane Guanaria and Melinda Rippe on Sway.... [more]
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42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères – 1012 registered sailors
Agence Effets Mer,
The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères (SOF) will begin on the 24th of April in Hyeres, and organisers are ready to welcome the 1012 sailors that have registered. The sailors, from no less than 58 different countries, will be taking part in the fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup, which will run until the 30th of April.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Follow the Yellowbrick boat
Tim Kelly,
Clipper Ventures have engaged Yellowbrick to provide the worldwide tracking system for the competitors in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. Every boat in the fleet will carry a Yellowbrick Adventure Tracker, a well-proven, self-contained, fully-automatic satellite tracking device.... [more]
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Bavaria Cruiser 45 set for Asia Pacific launch at Sanctuary Cove 2010
Jamie Millar,
The new Bavaria Cruiser 45 is set for her Australian and Asia Pacific boat show debut at the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 20-23. Designed by Farr Yacht Design and BMW Designworks USA (a subsidiary of the BMW Group), the new model will set the benchmark in modern, mid-sized production cruisers.... [more]
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Big fleet for Maersk/Ronstan/North Sails 18 ft skiff ANZAC Regatta
Graham Catley,
The fourth Maersk/Ronstan/North Sails 18 ft skiff ANZAC regatta will be sailed out of the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay, from April 22-25. Four boats from Australia will be competing along with 10 boats from NZ giving a solid fleet of 14 boats. NZ will be privileged to host, one of the Australian competitors, Yandoo sailed by John Winning (Woody).... [more]
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Apriori leads Tasman yacht race pack Into Mooloolaba
Lindsay Wright,
Trevor Hill sailed his 11.6m Farr designed Apriori across the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge finish line at Mooloolaba at midnight (NZST) yesterday to take the first monohull home title. Despite breaking his mainsail boom about 35km from the finish, Hill stormed across the line under jury rig, his hands held aloft in triumph. The 2400km race had been a testing time for the young Brisban... [more]
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Commodore's Cup winners announced at Sail Port Stephens
Di Pearson,
On Margaret Rintoul V the barbecue was fired up and the delicious smell of sausages wafted around the start. Many, including those on Holy Cow (John and Kim Clinton) from Sydney, cracked open beers and the bread rolls came out as crews relaxed on deck, finding it a little hard to get going when Thompson finally announced shortly before 2pm that racing was getting underway in the light sou'easter.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Could it be wedding bells for Wilson?
Lisa Ratcliff,
This morning Lu Lu Belle's mascot Wilson, the American volleyball with the painted on face reminiscent of Tom Hanks' silent companion in the movie Castaway, was sitting on a glass of water at the breakfast table nursing a hangover following his latest abduction. But it seems there might be a flipside to last night's devilish kidnapping at Sail Port Stephens.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week – Great racing and excellent weather!
IRC Events,
Charleston pulled out all the stops and provided great racing and some of the best racing weather you could expect with three days of breeze, temperatures in the mid teens and bright sunshine all weekend long. And this year the event boosted their first IRC class with great boats and racing!... [more]
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British Virgin Islands regatta - Oysters shine on opening
Barry Pickthall,
Two crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 'Kathlarsis II' and John McTigue's Oyster 56 'Blue Dreams' produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday.... [more]
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And the winner of the E-MarineWorld.com.au online competition was...
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery e-MarineWorld.com.au is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. Read here who won the online competition on Sail-World.com... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing - the first hit out in Brisbane to Gladstone
Ian Thomson,
The rush to get to the start of the 62nd First Tax & Duty Free Brisbane to Gladstone was amazing. I have never felt so under prepared to go sailing however I really wanted to be with the fleet and this kept me pushing through. On the morning of the race I was still furling and snuffing spinnakers but got away from the dock at around 0730. http://www.sosoceanracing.com/... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens Week - It got ugly at the Yabby Race
Di Pearson,
Sail Port Stephens competitors taking part in the Yabby Race this morning yelled 'fixed, fixed,' when the Yabby supplier and fellow regatta competitor Alyn Ovenden came out the Division 1 winner at Port Stephens this morning.... [more]
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Locals are holding their own at Sail Port Stephens
Lisa Ratcliff,
The local boats are holding their own at Sail Ports Stephens with Bradley Sewell's South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club Sydney 32, Mainstay, the current Commodore's Cup division 2 pointscore leader heading into today's third and deciding race.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Stage one racing round-up
Carol Wong,
Stage one of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is celebrated as a spectacular success after Match Race France, 6 – 11 April 2010 drew to a close on Sunday. The exciting duel between Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, and Ben Ainslie (GBR), Teamorigin, in the finale which had spectators on the edge of their seats... [more]
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Kiteboarders legal battles continue -KPWT loses court case against IKA
The International Kiteboarding Association,
The hearing took place on the first of March, 2010 at the 12th Civil Division District Court of Darmstadt, Germany. A decision was then published on the 30th of March, 2010.... [more]
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AIS camp for Australian Womens Match Racing Team Italy 9-16 April 2010
Angela Farrell,
The Australian Womens Match Racing Team are mid-way through their first European tour for 2010, having taken Silver and fifth place at the recent Tropheo Princessa Sofia Event in Palma Mallorca... [more]
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Images from Port Stephens - Day 2
Action images from Andrea Francolini, who was on the water at Port Stephens on Day 2 of this years regatta.... [more]
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The Belle of Sail Port Stephens - Lu Lu Belle
Lisa Ratcliff,
What's not to love about the crew of Lu Lu Belle at Sail Port Stephens? With their colourful matching crew shirts, 'one for every mood and moment in our lives,' according to owner Peter Lewis, mascot Wilson - a netball with his own wardrobe who races on the boat and attends all the dinners and parties, pirate flag from the British Virgin Islands chapter of the pirate hood...... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens celebrity factor - Once more dear friends
Lisa Ratcliff,
Once More Dear Friends, an IOR classic built by John McConaghy for Peter Kurts in the early 1980s, is one of the more famous boats contesting division one of the Commodore's Cup at Sail Port Stephens, the week-long regatta in its third year and growing fast.... [more]
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Safe boating partnership - NSW Maritime and Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens Media,
NSW Maritime, the state's boating safety regulator, has signed on as partner in safety with Sail Port Stephens 2010 on the Mid-North Coast this week.... [more]
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Offshore power-boat racers encounter blustery winds off Newcastle
Bob Wonders,
Offshore racers encounter blustery winds off Newcastle. Thirteen boats in four classes gathered off the port city for the opening round.... [more]
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