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 07 Jun 2010

Sail-World USA takes another step up, with the appointment of David Schmidt, a former Senior Editor of the US's SAIL Magazine as our Sail-World USA Editor. Read our story and look at David's gloves as he helms in one of the first offshore races of the North America summer season. Brrrr

Our Sail-World audience world-wide is up 50% this year. We are pretty proud of our progress over the last decade. Some time in late 2011- our monthly circulation will hit quarter of a million readers. Two and a half Melbourne G's – that sure is a lot of sailors learning to say G'day.

Talked to around Australia sailor Ian Thomson, from Save Our Seas, off Gabo Island a few hours ago. Please go to his website and register your position on plastic shopping bags.

Sad news as Bob Williams, from Ocean Events announced that the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally would be pushed back. The sailors are very keen, 265 crews have registered, but dealing with six State Government and Territories has been a slow process. But the Freight Train will not be stopped, this is too good an event not to happen.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh in a bright pink suit welcomed Queensland teenager Jessica Watson, her boyfriend and her film crew to Mooloolaba.

Australian Federal Police looking for two Canadians- who might flee by sea. If two men in mid-late 20's, with Canadian accents are enquiring about chartering a boat, that would be of interest to the AFP.

Lots more news today.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally- Out of Time for 2011
Bob Williams,
The Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally event has received unprecedented interest from local and international yacht owners, crew and supporters, along with a ground swell of enthusiasm from potential event hosts around Australia – including yacht clubs, local councils, port authorities, tourism and development authorities and governments.... [more]
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Jeni Bone,
The Sail-World network of sailing news sites worldwide continues to strengthen with the appointment of Seattle based, Sail-World USA Editor, David Schmidt.... [more]
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Police looking for two Canadians- who might flee by sea,
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has just completed an investigation into a Canadian based drug syndicate. The operation was a success, but whilst trying to identify further suspects, the AFP's main suspects have disappeared. Commonwealth arrest warrants have been sworn for the two suspects. The suspects are two Canadians males aged 25 years old and 28 years old. There is a possibility that th... [more]
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Back on Mainland Australia
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing has successfully crossed Bass Strait and has just seen Mainland Australia near the NSW/Victoria Border. It was a tough crossing of Bass Strait for Ian Thomson as the wind was 20-30 and the swells were all over the place. However it was more the fact his auto-pilot was playing up again that made it difficult and very little sleep has been had.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2010: from nothing to everything
Tracey Johnstone,
After enjoying stunning sailing conditions off Mooloolaba on Saturday, the fleet of 90 dinghy and keel boats were hit with strong winds and chopping seas for the second and final day of racing in the Certus Group Sail Mooloolaba Regatta.... [more]
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Jessica Watson arrives into home town Mooloolaba,
17 year old Jessica Watson motored into the Mooloolah River this afternoon to a warm Queensland reception.... [more]
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Sail-World talks to Meridien Marinas Berth Winner,
We have been talking to the still shaking long time Sail-World Cruising reader from South East Queensland who has just been announced the winner of the Meridien Marinas Free Berthing for the next 25 years competition. A prize conservatively valued at AUD$300,000, obviously the biggest prize we've ever had on Here is the story.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour 2010 - YANMAR Racing stepping up a gear
YANMAR Racing Media,
World Match Racing Tour 2010: While its not been the best of season starts for Peter Gilmour's YANMAR Racing team, they have an 11,6 result after Match Race France and Match Race Germany, a better result might be expected in the upcoming Korea Match Cup, which runs from June 9th to 13th.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Thriller in La Maddalena goes down to the wire
Louis Vuitton Media annd Sail-World,
After being two races down, on match point, and trailing mid-way through the third race, Emirates Team New Zealand came back from the dead to win the Louis Vuitton Trophy in an action-packed afternoon of match race sailing. The New Zealand crew, winners of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland in February, prevailed 3-2 against the Synergy Russian Sailing Team, who won the first race of the day to... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena - Emirates Team NZ win
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ have won their third Louis Vuitton sailed off La Maddalena, Sardinia. The New Zealand team came from behind at 2-0 to win three races and take the trophy in the best of five series.... [more]
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SailTV: Louis Vuitton Trophy - Live and Replay
See live and replay coverage of the second round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddalena, Sardinia. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the second event on the World Match Race tour, German Match Race, at Lake Constance is also available from the same menu, along with the Audi MedCup from Cascais.... [more]
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ICAP Leopard 3 Translantic Record attempt - No wind, no record
ICAP Leopard 3 Captains Blog,
ICAP Leopard 3 Monohull Transatlantic Speed Record attempt: plagued by the lack of wind. 'I am afraid whichever way we look at our situation we have next to zero wind and are going nowhere, let alone fast. Despite a great days sail yesterday at around 02.00hrs this morning the mighty wind gods switched the fan off for us and left us wallowing around with 420 odd Nm to the finish at lands end.'... [more]
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Audi Winter Series Race 7 - Incidents as a strong breeze blows
Jennifer Crooks,
Audi Winter Series Race 7 looked likely to be another one of those ‘ho hum' winter Sundays on Sydney Harbour when the 134-boat fleet set sail today, a fickle light west-sou-westerly wind giving no inkling of what was to come – and when it did - it had tough repercussions for some.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - European Championship final results
Frank Quealey,
Australia's Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and newly recruited member of the Gotta Love It 7 team Scott Babbage, dominated the European 18ft Skiff Championship, which was sailed at Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy over the past week.... [more]
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2nd Asian Sportsboat Champs expecting a big entry list
RHKYC Media,
In 2007 the Asian International Sportsboats Championships hosted by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club) had 19 entries - 9 of which were from overseas. The visitors had an unbelievable pedigree including World /European/ National Champions, Volvo Ocean race skippers, China America Cup team and leading sail makers. The event was closely followed in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.... [more]
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Koh Samui Regatta - Hat-Trick for Ray Roberts and Evolution Racing media,
Koh Samui Regatta. The Racing Class was as competitive as anyone could have hoped for. Ray Roberts and his crew were strong all week and in the end Neil Pryde and the crew aboard Hi-Fi had to succumb to the challenge from Evolution Racing.... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing - Approaching Bass Strait
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing has made excellent mileage in the last 24 hours and is nearing the top of Tasmania this morning. By the mid hours of the morning Ian Thomson will take his boat into Bass Strait in a 20-30 knots southerly which should provide a quick crossing alebit it with the wind directly behind him.... [more]
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Koh Samui Regatta Day 4 goes down to the wire
Ian Grundy,
The wind gods have been kind this week as the Regatta sailed into its fourth day of competition. The duel between Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing and Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi continued around the course with Evolution Racing taking the advantage on the long beat to windward. Frank Pong's 76ft Jelik II disappeared into the distance and might have had a chance at the daily double... [more]
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Images of the Rundum 2010, the Lake Constance Regatta,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann of was on the water for the Rundum 2010, the Lake Constance Regatta, held in Lindau Germany.... [more]
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America's Cup 34: Marcelino Botín talks to,
Marcelino Botín, the Spanish head designer of Emirates Team New Zealand, talked to Valencia Sailing about his ideas on the future America's Cup yacht but also the TP52's and, of course, the brand new Volvo Ocean Race campaign the kiwis will run for the Spanish footwear group Camper. Botín and Emirates Team NZ are strong advocates of the monohull option for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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All4One will compete in Petite-Final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy
Stephanie Nadin,
The German America's Cup team, ALL4ONE lost in their semi-final against Synergy, and will sail tomorrow against Artemis in the 'petite finale' for the third and fourth places in the Louis Vuitton Trophy being sailed at La Maddalena, Sardinia.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Russian team wins opening final race
Louis Vuitton Trophy Media,
Today's semi-final was the faceoff between new teams featuring familiar faces and SYNERGY won, defeating the French/German team All4One 2-0. It was a sweet victory for the boat that placed fifth in the round robin, beating the top-seeded All4One skippered by German three-time German Olympic gold medallist Jochen Schümann and steered by leading French match racer Sébastien Col.... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing heading north to warmer weather
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing has rounded the southern tip of Tasmania this morning and is heading north back to Airlie Beach. In the early hours of the evening Ian Thomson rounded SE Cape and hence rounded the last official mark of the WSSRC course in his solo circumnavigation of Australia.... [more]
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Images from Semi's - Louis Vuitton Trophy - Sander van den Borsch
Sander van der Borch,
Top international sailing photographer presents this gallery of images from the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Artemis vs ETNZ... [more]
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Jessica returns to the Gold Coast to say thank you, on to Mooloolaba
Des Ryan,
As Jessica Watson, Australia's best-known teenage sailor, called into the Gold Coast on her way up the coast heading for Mooloolaba, it was a very different picture from that of just eight months ago.... [more]
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Paul Cayard, skipper of Artemis and president of the WSTA (World Sailing Teams Association) talked to us from La Maddalena about the recent successes of his team but also the latest developments in the Louis Vuitton circuit and the possible future developments in the America's Cup.... [more]
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Australian Solo sailor ahead of record as he rounds Tasmania,
Australian solo sailor Ian Thomson is edging towards Tasmania's South East Cape and will soon be heading north again., with just 1592 nautical miles out of the total WSSRC 6542 nautical miles around the Australian coastline. Thomson is aiming to break the 68 day record for sailing around Australia, non stop unassisted. In the early hours of Day 32, the Airlie Beach sailor spoke to Sail-World... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand is finalist at Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Trophy Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand is a finalist at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an extraordinary drawn-out day of light air sailing on the Golfo di Arzachena at the north east corner of Sardinia. One race down and facing elimination, ETNZ came back and defeated Sweden's Artemis 2-1. The Kiwis also led in a race that was abandoned when the wind died.... [more]
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Last Chance to win to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! COMPETITION CLOSES SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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Tasmanians inducted into Yachting Hall of Fame
Peter Campbell,
Sailing has been an integral part of Tasmania's development. In the late 19th century sailing progressed from just an economic necessity to a recreational past time. Since then Tasmanians have excelled in their sailing pursuits both on and off the water.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans cements commitment to sustainability
Velux 5 Oceans Press Office,
Velux 5 Oceans race management has pledged to make the 30,000 nautical mile race a 'Clean Regatta' – a certification program from Sailors for the Sea which helps regattas, yacht clubs and sailing programs achieve higher environmental standards.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2010 naming rights sponsor Delta Lloyd
Sandra Dijksman,
Delta Lloyd will be naming rights sponsor for the IFDS Worlds 2010. Races will be sailed in the 2.4.mR, for (1 crew), the Skud 18 (2 crew) and Sonar (crew of three). All boats are adapted to the disability of their own crews to ensure fair competition on the water.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Richard and Minoprio top entry list
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup - French Match Racing Team Skipper Mathieu Richard and Adam Minoprio of Black Match Racing lead the field of entries.... [more]
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Istanbul – Culmination of the Annual Aegean Rally
Maggie Joyce,
After the completion of the 2010 annual Aegean Rally Trevor and Maggie Joyce joined the press boat to cover the departure of the Historic Seas Regatta tall ships from Istanbul. The eight ships representing countries from the UK to Oman including the Netherlands, Russia Turkey, Germany and Poland, left Istanbul on Sunday 30th May.... [more]
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ICAP Leopard 3 Transatlantic Record - A great night's sail
ICAP Leopard 3 team,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht on May 29th crossed the start line at Ambrose Light to begin her attempt on the 2,925 nautical mile monohull transatlantic speed record.... [more]
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Nominations for 2010 Australian Yachting Awards now open
Craig Heydon,
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the year. The winners will be announced at the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards gala dinner to be held in Sydney on Friday October 15.... [more]
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Sailrocket Project update - New skins, sunshine and ... them!!
Vestas Sailrocket/Paul Larsen,
The UK based team behind the Vestas Sailrocket project are building a new boat to finish the job of setting the outright world speed sailing record. Paul Larsen brings us up to date with the latest progress.... [more]
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Archambault unveils first M34
Mark Rothfield,
Imagine a mid-sized racing yacht that is trailable yet offshore capable. One that sports a carbon rig and foils, and a light, strong, high-tech epoxy hull that will leave 40-footers in its distant wake. The world need wait no longer for such a boat, as the Archambault M34 has arrived.... [more]
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Semi finalists decided for Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena
Louis Vuitton Media and Sail-World,
Five races confirmed four powerful semi-finalists today for the Louis Vuitton Trophy being sailed off La Maddalena, Sardinia. They are the French/German boat All4One, Sweden's Artemis, Emirates Team New Zealand and SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team. Out of the competition are some highly fancied teams including the America's Cup Defenders, BMW Oracle Racing and TeamOrigin (GBR) with the bevy of Olympic... [more]
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