A struggling Dog, Farr 40 Worlds, Moths and lots of good stuff

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 21 Apr 2010

Australia's Andrew Dog Palfrey has been struggling across Europe, in a flight free zone. Grab a cup of coffee and read his tale. But it's a funny story, don't fill up the cup, I spilt mine

It will come as no surprise to our readers that Sail-World will be covering in great detail the 2011 Moth Worlds at Belmont 16 footers next January.

Yes there are few regatta and the odd race before that but the Moths on Lake Macquarie will be some what special.

As part of our coverage we have just complete an in depth interview with the 2010 Moth World Champion, Hayling Island UK sailor Simon Payne.

Today in part one of the interview, there are some interesting comments from Simon, he is a nice bloke, met him in Geelong some years ago ad we are looking forward to having him up next year.

When we run Part 2 - he will upset a few people we suspect...

Enjoy our news as always

The Sail-World Team

An Epic Tale - Andrew Palfrey's journey to the UK from Spain
Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey,
Professional sailor and coach and raconteur Australia's Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey tells a great story- grab a coffee and enjoy this... Currently moving across the European continent, dealing with the volcanic ash interruptions to air travel. Have been reflecting on how I got into this 'sitchie'. One thing I have is time. So I started jotting down some thoughts.... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part One
John Curnow,
Simon Payne is the new 2010 Moth World Champion. He loves the fact that the class is all about development and is equally clear about just how much of the winning factor with a foiling Moth, is purely mental. Strap in and come for a blast, as he takes us through his life and the interesting things he has to say, from his observations after some 30 years of sailing.... [more]
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The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania - 'Introduction to windsurfing'
Richard Scarr,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Dinghy Group in conjunction with the Tasmanian Windsurfing Association will be running an 'Introduction to windsurfing' day at the RYCT dinghy sheds on June 6th 2010.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championships 2010 - just one sleep away
Giles Pearman,
The docks of the Casa de Campo Marina were buzzing again today as competitors completed sail measurement, weigh-ins and registration in advance of the start of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21 and continues through Saturday, April 24... [more]
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Veteran Sydney 38 sailor Lou Abrahams retains Victorian Championship
Rowan Simpson,
Veteran sailor Lou Abrahams and his 'Challenge' crew retained their Sydney 38 Victorian Title last weekend in a seven race series hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club. Six boats entered for the series which was sailed in predominantly light and unseasonal warm conditions. Whilst the final results would suggest 'Challenge' won comfortably, the racing was close and competitive throughout the fleet.... [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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J24 - Jeanette Syme skippers Scott Salisbury into third in Vic States
Simon Grain,
Good things come in small packages, just ask Jeanette Syme. She helmed Scott Salisbury into third place at this weekend's J24 Victorian State Champs at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne. Jeanette couldn't have seen much of the race out in front as she is only half the height of Pete Stevens who spent the weekend right in front of her doing the trimming, but she is beaming.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team join forces with PredictWind
Kinley Fowler,
As the level of the World Match Racing Tour steps up, the Mirsky Racing Team needs all the help they can get to take out this year's title.... [more]
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Round the Island Race delivered live to the world
PR Works UK,
The Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management are introducing live GPS tracking for all boats taking part in the 2010 Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June. First announced at the London Boat Show in January, the Race organisers have been working hard over the past few months to refine and thoroughly test the technology.... [more]
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Locals face tough challenge in Bermuda International invitational race
Talbot Wilson,
Bermuda's one-design keelboat and dinghy fleets issued invitations for the 2010 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributors of BacardiĀ® rum, and now face tough group of international competitors for the 2010 Race Week coming to Bermuda April 24th-30th.... [more]
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World Match Racing - Lake Constance heats up for Match Race Germany
The 13th edition of Match Race Germany, Stage two of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), will be starting on May 19th and running through to May 24th. Match Race Germany is one of the longest running events on the infamous World Match Racing Tour that encompasses a massive 10 regatta series during 2010, over a nine month period. The racing will be live on the internet this year, a first for M... [more]
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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race - Fremantle-Singapore - A warm welcome
OC Events,
The international crew on board Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' have celebrated their arrival in Singapore on the penultimate leg of the Indian Ocean Five Capes Race. Majan left Fremantle (Australia) on the 9th April for the 2,700-mile leg to Singapore which has proved to be a ‘mild affair' compared to the storm-fuelled leg from Cape Town to Fremantle with Majan surviving 70-knot winds... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week - Have you booked your 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 - Seven days a week. All the best apartments go first! So view the options and call or email us and we will advise the best option to suit your group. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroo... [more]
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Top 18ft Skiff crew set to miss ANZAC regatta and cop big freight bill
Dave Healy,
Chris Skinner and his crew on Bassett Plumbing & Drainage are looking like they may miss the opportunity to defend their ANZAC regatta title due to being given a hefty shipping bill this week, which will likely need to be paid for the boat to be released. In order to better prepare themselves for the JJ Giltinan Championship in February, Bassett Plumping & Drainage shipped..... [more]
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Prada signal America's Cup involvement, Alinghi helmsman hired
Stuart Alexander,
Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month. Racing under the name Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli, a three-time America's Cup campaigner and chairman of the Prada group, has asked the American Ed Baird to skipper the Louis Vuitton crew... [more]
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SB3 Australian Championship at Sail Port Stephens - Overall
Di Pearson,
Jono Shelley, an English sailor living in Wellington, New Zealand, but spending a lot of time in Australia, has carted off the SB3 Australian Championship at Sail Port Stephens today. Shelley also won the SB3 title at Geelong in January. Sailing Club Marine White he beat the Australian SB3 distributor Rod Jones by two points and Jan ‘Clogs' Scholten (Selden For Sailing) by five points.... [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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World Champion still leads OK Dinghy World Ranking List
Robert Deaves,
Following the end of the Southern Hemisphere season there have been sweeping changes to the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking List. This issue of the ranking list includes the Australian and New Zealand Nationals, the Interdominion Championships and the World Championships held in Wellington in February.... [more]
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Volcanic Ash Clouds and Air travel -Paul Cayard reporting from Lisbon
Paul Cayard,
A few more airports in Europe are open today than yesterday, mostly in the South; Northern Europe still closed. Luckily, I tacked to the Southwest! My original route was through Frankfurt, which is a no go zone.... [more]
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A busy year ahead for Britain's Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
It was an amazing spectacle, the boats were incredible feats of design and engineering and it was a fascinating learning experience seeing some of the technology involved up close. As a competition BMW Oracle's use of the 'wing' technology meant it was something of a mismatch but it was just such a relief to finally see the event staged and now we can start looking forward to what BMW Oracle...... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht race - Team Finland in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
It was an early morning arrival in to San Francisco for Team Finland, and although the sun had yet to rise, the crew were treated to a warm welcome by a crowd of family members and fellow crew. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race sailed under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at the end of an eventful North Pacific race having left Qingdao, China, two weeks after the rest... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing returns to competition this month
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing will return to competitive sailing at the end of the month following its win in the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia in February.... [more]
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Cruise the Whitsundays and save 25 percent!
Toni Lucke,
Leading Whitsunday Islands' bareboat specialist, Whitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY), is enticing visitors back to the exotic north Queensland destination with a post-Cyclone Ului mid-season special.... [more]
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A fresh tack for Whitsunday Rent-A-Yacht
Toni Lucke,
One of the businesses hit hardest by the Whitsundays' recent Cyclone Ului is setting a scorching pace in cleaning up an estimated $2 million in damages to its property and premises.... [more]
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Testing Conditions for 2010 OAMPS Victorian Youth and Junior Regatta
Jane Moffat,
Sailors and race officials were tested over the weekend with light winds dominating the 2010 OAMPS Victorian Youth and Junior Regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Schedule announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.... [more]
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UK RS Grand Prix - Winds of change bring unpredictable results
Debbie Darling,
Anyone sailing this weekend had full on summer weather, not that the water temperature had cottoned on to the general meteorological bonhomie. Very light winds all weekend, with big holes and massive shifts made it all rather difficult and exceptionally hard for the poor old Race Officer.... [more]
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Community Hearts Awards – Vote Kylie Forth
Kelly Scott,
Kylie is a 23-year-old, totally blind and above knee amputee. In 2008, Kylie joined the Australian Blind Sailing Team and took on the challenge of learning to skipper - in three months - to participate in the International Homerous Blind Sailing Championships. Kylie and her crewman Ryan placed a credible fourth at these championships.... [more]
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America's Cup wind system predicts ash cloud to remain until weekend
Richard Gladwell,
An analysis undertaken by Sail-World using the the wind prediction software PredictWind in conjunction with the Expedition Lite package shows that the continuing Icelandic volcanic ash cloud will probably remain over Europe until the weekend.... [more]
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Idle Time ahead of Dent to Dunk Race
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Kevin Fogarty will be on the start line to defend his Dent Island to Dunk Island trophy on Saturday May 29th.... [more]
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Historical 18s return to Brisbane for Anzac Regatta
Mark Graveson,
Seven of the magnificent Historical 18ft Skiffs are packed up, set to make their way to Brisbane for this weekend's Anzac Regatta. Many of the Sydney boats are travelling only with a skeleton crew, and the Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club is looking for sailors to make up the numbers. For some of the bigger boats like Britannia and Tangalooma, crews of 8-12 people are not uncommon!... [more]
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Roger Hickman wins Mariner Boating Croatian holiday
Lisa Ratcliff - Port Stephens Regatta,
He mightn't have come away with a win on the water but Roger Hickman is leaving Sail Port Stephens a happy man having won the holiday for two to take part in Mariner Boating Holiday's Croatian yacht rally in June next year.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds Results Australia, USA,USA
Giles Pearman,
The sailing conditions off the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic lived up to expectations as the Farr 40 fleet finished up a five-race series for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds. Ten boats and teams from four countries – United States, Italy, Australia, and Germany – are in the Caribbean to tune up for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which will run from April 21 – 24, 2010.... [more]
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Volcanos- Planes, trains and automobiles!
Paul Cayard,
I could never explain well enough what the situation is like over here in Europe for anyone who wants to travel somewhere or get a hotel room.... [more]
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Oysteer BVI regatta - Oysters shine in sparkling downwind conditions
Barry Pickthall,
Slick spinnaker work carried Chris and Susan Shea's Oyster 72 'Magrathea' to the fore of the fleet in the third race of the Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta on Friday. Making the most of classic 20-knot tradewind conditions, the 'Magrathea' crew were first to hoist, and after surviving a tricky luff from Richard Smith's Oyster 655 'Sotto Vento', soon powered into the lead on what became...... [more]
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Great Veterans Race - Fidelis wins double
Jennifer Crooks,
Nigel Stoke's Fidelis from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has won the Great Veteran's Race double, taking line and handicap honours and collecting the Windward Trophy for a fourth time. This classic Knud Reimers designed 75sqm yacht, built in 1964 and lovingly maintained by Stoke, sailed today's race with an international crew.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Chris Williams takes performance racing win
Di Pearson - Port Stephens Regatta,
Chris Williams and his Melges 32 Team GUE from Gosford Sailing Club skated home to a win in the Performance Racing class at Sail Port Stephens late this afternoon, winning on countback from Sally Warneford's Sydney 38 Thirlmere from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - IRC Championship wins for Shogun and Rumbo
Lisa Ratcliff - Port Stephens Regatta,
It was a happy ending for Rob Hanna's Victorian TP52 Shogun with a narrow countback win in division one of the Yachting NSW IRC Championship, just reward for their herculean effort getting to the start line.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Rintoul V and Nervous win Performance Cruising
Di Pearson,
Peter Byford's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 designed by Joie De Vie from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in NSW won the final race in Division one of the Performance Cruising series at Sail Port Stephens today, but it was not enough to oust Margaret Rintoul V or Dances With Waves out of the top two places.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Jono Shelley claims SB3 Australian crown
Di Pearson,
Jono Shelley, an English sailor living in New Zealand, but spending a lot of time in Australia, has carted off the SB3 Australian Championship at Sail Port Stephens today.... [more]
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‘World championship' of short-handed sailing on the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
It's been billed as the ‘world championship' of short-handed sailing, but certainly the Derwent Sailing Squadron's autumn short-handed series attracts the largest fleet of its kind in Australia, if not further afield.... [more]
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Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron - Regatta City
Suellen Hurling,
The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is living up to it's 'Regatta City' name by hosting five Queensland Championships and an Australian Championship in the space of one month – with more major regattas just around the corner.... [more]
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Victorian 420 championships - Tasmanian crew second
Peter Campbell,
Current International, Cadet National champion Alec Bailey, a newcomer to the 420 class, and his crew Henry Goodfellow from the Sandy Bay Sailing Club in Hobart, have finished an impressive second overall in the Victorian championships sailed at Sorrento over the weekend.... [more]
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Postcard conditions for final day of racing at Sail Port Stephens
Lisa Ratcliff, Sail Port Stephens media,
A high centred over the mid Tasman Sea is generating the perfect postcard conditions and unseasonally warm temperatures at Sail Port Stephens - and is the reason the light air specialists and lighter weight boats with fewer bodies aboard are inching towards the podium.... [more]
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Wilson scores at Sail Port Stephens
Lisa Ratcliff,
It's not the first time love has blossomed at a sailing regatta. On Wednesday night at the Commodore's Cup prizegiving, Lu Lu Belle's mascot Wilson the American volleyball was introduced to a prospective love interest by her minders, two of the wenches from the yacht Antipodes who have been jousting with the Lu Lu Belle crew both on and off the water at Sail Port Stephens.... [more]
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USA's Goombay Smash leads 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Sam Crichton,
Farr 40 teams from Australia, Germany, Italy and the United States of America lined up on the picturesque azure waters of the Caribbean today, for day one of the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre Worlds being hosted by Casa de Campo Yacht Club and Marina at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic.... [more]
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Queensland A Class Catamaran Championships
Robert Griffits,
Steve Brewin, the current Australian and New South Wales International A Class Champion confirmed his status by easily winning the 2010 Queensland Championships.... [more]
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