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 18 Jun 2010

We talked pretty regularly to Ian Thomson as he pounded around the Big Island ...yesterday we asked him what his weight loss had been, during his record setting adventure .. his response.

'I am thinking of a new business venture.

'Do you think this will fly?

'Thommo's weight loss sailing camp - lose 15kg in six weeks'

Lots of news ... make sure you enter the Win Two Opti's competition.

The Sail-World team

A new World Record for SOS Ocean Racing
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Thomson from Airlie Beach, crossed the finish line off the Whitsunday Sailing club after 42d:5h:30m:2s to set the record for fastest solo circumnavigation of Australia. It has been a remarkable journey and has taken some 26d:2h:29m:58 seconds off the previous record.... [more]
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20 Seawind Catamarans arrive for Whitsunday Rally
Brent Vaughan,
The fourth annual Seawind Whitsunday Rally is about to sail into Airlie Beach with a record sized flotilla of 20 Seawind catamarans preparing for a week of social racing, parties and onshore activities around the Whitsunday islands starting this Saturday the 19th of June.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy - Today's roller-coaster result
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy regatta - Out on the Rade Nord, a switch from yesterday's southern arena, the breeze was equally hard to read and several teams results roller-coastered from one race to the next... [more]
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Court extends ban on Dutch teen sailor
Sail-World Cruising,
After a new case brought by Dutch child care authorities, judges in a Dutch court have extended a ban on a 14-year-old schoolgirl's bid to do a circumnavigation by long range cruising by one month.... [more]
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Round Texel race - Fellow Aussies a threat to Bundock's trifecta bid
Andrew Dowley,
Round Texel race. Multiple world catamaran sailing champion Darren Bundock has identified an Australian duo with weight on their side and a crew of female sailors as among his biggest obstacles to claiming an historic third overall victory at the prestigious Round Texel Regatta in Holland this coming weekend.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup race - Esimit Europa 2 takes line honours
Giraglia Rolex Cup race. At 11h05m09s CEST Igor Simcic's Maxi Esimit Europa 2, the former Alfa Romeo crossed the finish line of the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup race, to take line honours in the 58th edition of the 241 nautical-mile race from St. Tropez to San Remo... [more]
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Qingdao Match Cup added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour
Qingdao Match Cup has been added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Qingdao Match Cup will be utilising 10 brand new Beneteau First 40 yachts to be delivered in mid July and the event will have as the new standard a total prize pool of USD$500,000.... [more]
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Windsurfing Have-A-Go Day at Royal Queensland YC
Bevan McKavanagh,
Windsurfing Have-A-Go Day. The RQYS is hosting a FREE windsurfing have-a-go day at the Squadron on Friday 2nd July from 10am until 3pm, the day before the start of QLD Youth Week. NO WINDSURING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!... [more]
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Lagoon Catamarans Australia,
The new website for Lagoon Catamarans Australia is now officially live! Our Lagoon Australia headquarters is based at d'Albora Marina, Rushcutters Bay Sydney with our agent network continuing to expand around Australia with current representatives in the Whitsunday's, Western Australia and Pittwater.... [more]
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Australian sailors prepare for World Cup competition in Germany
Craig Heydon,
Australian Sailing Team athletes are making their way to Germany for the penultimate round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup with racing beginning in Kiel on Saturday.... [more]
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Smooth sailing – and all smiles – with Simrad
Sandman PR,
Teenage solo sailor Jessica Watson relied on a full suite of Simrad marine electronics during her successful circumnavigation of the world. As the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world, Jessica said the Simrad equipment allowed her to overcome the 'challenge of minimising risk', which was an important ingredient in her success.... [more]
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Celebrating 20 years of the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta
John Curnow,
The twentieth Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) on Melbourne's Port Phillip, was the perfect time to recognise the efforts of the event's Founder, Gai Clough. At a packed presentation night on Monday, June 14, she received the AWKR 20th Anniversary Special Achievement Award.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from Paul Wyeth Wyeth images,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from photographer Paul Wyeth.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day a stunner
Fiona Brown,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day. Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. Nine races in conditions that tested the competitors to the max... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 leads around Giraglia Rock
Giraglia Rolex Cup - The wind increased during the afternoon and a top group accelarated with 20 knots toward the rock with Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2, the former Alfa Romeo in the lead, followed by Shockwave, Container and Alegre.... [more]
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Zwitserleven Dutch Open - Aussie pair take a nose dive
Diana Bogaards,
Zwitserleven Dutch Open (Catamarans) - many sailors spent a lot of time swimming instead of sailing. The F18 cat sailing is a different game from helming a bizar 90ft trimaran, for experienced sailor James Spithill (AUS). 'The crew has a lot on. It is only my second day racing a Wild Cat and I am really enjoying it, although I wasn't a big help for Glenn.'... [more]
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Audi MedCup: All on as Champions trail after Opening Races
Audi MedCup Media,
It was a day of sharply contrasting fortunes for past and present Audi MedCup Champions on the Rade Sud today, as the second event on the 2010 Audi MedCup circuit, the Marseille Trophy, opened with three races - which proved a very different test to last month's breezy curtain raiser in Cascais, Portugal. Iberdrola won the GP42 Series Practice Race.... [more]
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Nacra International Championship – Champions crowned at 2010 event
Diana Bogaards,
Nacra 2010 International Championship crowned its new champions on Wednesday 16th June. The final two races were sailed in wild conditions off the Texel beach in the Netherlands, which caused lots of capsizes and an exciting battle for the remaining competitors.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Giraglia Rolex Cup saw no racing yesterday in Italy. Today however was a different story and Carlo Borlenghi was there to snap all the action. Enjoy!... [more]
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SailTV: Audi MedCup - Live and Replay
See live and replay coverage of the second round of the Audi MedCup at Marseilles. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the third event on the World Match Race tour, Korea Match Cup is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more]
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J24 Australia - Light winds give No Eye Deer a clear victory
Simon Grain,
J24 Australia report: The six races were always close with only five minutes separating the first and last boats in many of the races. Even those boats at the back of the fleet found the competition tense and enjoyed the thrill of coming in only a split second in front of another boat.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - Getting under way... again!
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup dock and out on the rade Sud where the Marseille Trophy is poised to start with three races for the TP52 Series fleet and the practice race for the GP42 Series, it is a clearer morning.... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing - New Solo Round Australia record, spoke to Australian Solo sailor Ian Thomson, just a few hours before he arrived back in Airlie Beach after his circumnavigation aboard his Welbourn 40 SOS Ocean Racing. SOS Ocean Racing stands for Save Our Seas and Ian's entire campaign is about raising awareness for the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment, in particular the marine environment where they are killing in... [more]
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Watch out on the water - its Whale season
With the first sightings of migrating whales for 2010 off Queensland's east coast, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reminding vessel operators to take care, watch out for whales and know the approach distances.... [more]
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OAMPS Insurance Brokers Queensland Youth Week entry deadline extended
Suellen Hurling,
Entries for the 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Queensland Youth Week were set to close at 1700 hours today, Wednesday 16 June; however organisers have extended this deadline date until Wednesday 23 June.... [more]
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Images of Coutts Half Ton Cup - a good blow and a good time had by all
Richard Hampson,
Images from the blustery second day of the Coutts Half Ton Cup being sailed at Cowes, Isle of Wight, by Richard Hampson. Check our his site including his gallery from the 2010 America's Cup at Valencia... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 - Day 2: Anchor Challenge snatches lead
Fiona Brown,
Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought some of the most challenging conditions the Solent can deliver. With a rapidly shifting and gusting wind from the North East quarter fluctuating in strength from single figures up towards 20 knots, plus a strong spring tide which changed direction in the middle of racing the 35 competing boats had thei... [more]
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Captain William Bligh did it - and so did they!
Des Ryan,
A four-man attempt to recreate Captain William Bligh's epic 3,700-mile open boat voyage succeeded today as the replica Bounty Boat arrived into Kupang from Tonga after a seven week voyage.... [more]
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Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race: Battle of the Beneteau First 40s
Jennifer Crooks,
Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner Andrew Saies' Two True will make the long trek to the start line from his home town of Adelaide, where he will be met by two other recently launched Beneteau F40s Flying Cloud (CYCA Vice Commodore Howard Piggott) and Closed Halled (Graeme Hall).... [more]
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Nacra 2010 International Championship day two - Capsize!
Diana Bogaards,
Nacra 2010 International Championship day 2 was sailed in challenging conditions. Not everybody had the guts to fight today's circumstances. Almost half of the Infusion fleet raced and in the other classes only a few teams turned up. They prefered to save their equipment and energy for the big battle on Saturday; the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2010.... [more]
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Pittwater Coffs Harbour Yacht Race celebrates 30th Anniversary in 2011
Damian Devine,
The organisers of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club are expecting a large fleet to assemble off Barrenjoey in Sydney's north to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 226nm 'warm water classic' which gets underway on 2nd January 2011.... [more]
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Laser Europeans - Ryan Palk achieves best result to date
Ian Grant,
Laser skipper Ryan Palk achieved a career best result in the open European championship. This was a remarkable result considering this was only his second regatta racing against many high profile skippers who have already represented their countries in the Olympic arena.... [more]
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Survey for support of Marine Rescue Levy closes Friday
Ken McManus,
It was another relatively fine, winter long weekend in most areas of the NSW coast – with a few windy exceptions, and the volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW had a typical three days on duty.... [more]
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