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 29 Jul 2010

Sydney International Boat Show 2010 – doors/gates open at 10am this morning and a great show is expected. 70-80,000 visitors will visit the show, maybe more and around 30% of those will list sailing as their primary marine interest.

17 year old Jessica Watson's appearance on the Better Boating stage at 1pm this afternoon will be a show stopper.

The Audi Sydney Gold Coast race starts Saturday, will be on the water for that, lots been happening this week and there is a lot more to come.

Talked yesterday to Suellen Hurling from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, and heard that RQ will be hosting the 2012 Laser Radial Mens and Youths world titles.

If you think you club is busy, count how many regattas its run this sailing season, for RQ the count is 52!!

Enjoy today's news and we will continue our reports from the Show. (say hi)

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Gladwell's Line: Showing the America's Cup Story
Richard Gladwell,,
A lot of time and effort is being spent over the past few and coming weeks on what makes for good sailing television. The exercise is underway for both the Olympic sailing regatta and America's Cup. Currently there is a large amount of sailing video being broadcast and replayed. A small portion of it is very good. Most of it is average to dreadful. Technology seems to have overridden the basics.... [more]
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RQYS to host World Laser Radial Men and Youths Championships in 2012,
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) has today announced they will host the World Laser Radial Men and Youths Championships in 2012. Event wise, 2012 is going to be an absolutely massive year for RQYS.... [more]
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Serious Racer for Sale - Immaculate Lyons IRC 60
Immaculately maintained by her fastidious owner - Vanguard is now seriously on the market and represents a fantastic 'step on and go program'.... [more]
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Windcraft -Twelve new yachts, Fjord 40 Motorboat at Sydney Boat Show
Team Windcraft,
At the Sydney International Boat Show starting today, the Team Windcraft in-water display features twelve new yachts and the Fjord 40 Motorboat.... [more]
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International Cadet Worlds - Ella Connor inherits father's skills
Peter Campbell,
International Cadet World championship update: At the age of 15, Hobart lass Ella Connor has obviously inherited the sailing skills of her David Connor, a former world champion as crew in the Fireball class and Olympian in the Flying Dutchman class.... [more]
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Images from New York Yacht Club Race Week presented by Rolex
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, presents a collection of images from the New York Yacht Club Race Week, presented by Rolex... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Leisure & Fishing show 2010 is just around the corner!
Christopher Cliffe,
Do you want to sell your quality marine and/or leisure products & services to a very large and vibrant Waikato market? The next eagerly anticipated Waikato Boat, Leisure & Fishing show 2010; a joint venture between the Marine Industry Association (MIA) and Mystery Creek Events Centre is just around the corner!.... [more]
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Whale of a Sail with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht
Toni Lucke,
Sailing the Whitsundays promises holidaymakers the chance to get up close and personal with spectacular island vistas, warm waters and – between now and September – many of the 13,000 humpback whales heading north to calve and breed during this year's predicted bumper whale season.... [more]
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Mark your diaries with Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011
Lesley Haslar and Yachting Digest,
Lesley Haslar of Bay of Islands Sailing Week fame says that it's time for skippers and owners to advise crew of the dates for 2011. January 18 2011 is registration, with three great days of racing on January 19, 20, and 21. The event is in its ninth year. It started in 2003 with just 38 boats, and hopes to have 100 entries for 2011.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club elects Rob Mundle as Commodore
Liz Christmas,
Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast has a new Commodore. Prominent sailor, journalist and author, Rob Mundle, was elected unopposed.... [more]
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Endeavour replica to add grandeur to Perth 2011
Samantha Scott,
The majestic HM Bark Endeavour replica will complete an historic circumnavigation of Australia, in 2011-12. She will play a role in promoting the exhilarating Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships to thousands of people at ports from Sydney to Perth, as part of the journey.... [more]
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RYCT's Winter Pennant – Close competition
Peter Campbell,
RYCT Winter Pennant, which is due to be held next Sunday will be an important race for competitors, with only one or two points separating the top two boats in each division after three races.... [more]
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18ft Skiff German Grand Prix - Final day
Frank Quealey,
As predicted, the wind was light, very light for day three and it wasn't until 5pm before the teams could launch their boats.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam day four - Albeau tumbles
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
In an outstanding showdown of the world's fastest, Albeau fails to make the finals. Kasper Larsen also deserves a mention. He made it all the way through to the loser's final for the second time this week, proving he has what it takes to compete with the PWA's most established pros.... [more]
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ORCV September Safety and Sea Survival Courses
John Curnow,
The full and update/revalidation Safety and Sea Survival Courses are essential training for all offshore sailors. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's next SSSCs will commence on Sunday, September 19, 2010. Therefore, anyone intending to head South at Christmas for the first time or who is going to be out of date by then, please take heed.... [more]
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Pain in the back - and how to avoid it
Eric Wegman,
Are you sailing with back pain? Does your back get stiff and tired after sailing? Royal Brighton Yacht Club's personal trainer Christian Stewart provides sailors with some great tips on how to minimise discomfort and pain. The 'I'll be right' approach is a disaster waiting to happen. Key signs you may be developing spinal problems are reduced movement...... [more]
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Audi Sydney to Gold Coast Race 2010 - State Of Origin war
Ian Grant,
World champion Sydney yachtsman Iain Murray and Brisbane's Mark Bradford will enter into a fiercely competitive match race in the 384n/ml Audi Sydney to Gold coast starting off Watsons Bay on Saturday.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Artemis unscathed
Bernard Schopfer,
RC44 Valencia Cup - Small jibs and loose boom vangs were the order of the day as the Cup got underway here in a pumping sea breeze that topped out at 20 knots.... [more]
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Dutch teen solo sailor gets green light from court
Nancy Knudsen,
'I was so happy I almost jumped into the water,' were the words of Laura Dekker, 14-year-old would-be sailing circumnavigator, describing how she felt when a court in Middleburg, Netherlands, gave her the green light to begin her world sailing voyage.... [more]
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IODA Asian Championship 2010 - Nia Jerwood reports
Yachting WA / Nia Jerwood,
AIODA sent a team of six Optimist sailors to attend the IODA Asian Championship in Pattaya, Thailand. The team consisted of WA sailors Sam Blackburn, Christopher Charlwood and myself (Nia Jerwood) with Diego Figueroa (coach) and James McLennan, Klaus Lorenz and Jack Graves from the Eastern States.... [more]
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Australian Phil McGain Overall winner at US Windsurfing Championships
David Wells,
Brazilian Paolo dos Reis Wins Formula Course Racing & Aussie Phil McGain Takes Overall At US Windsurfing National Championships and Formula North American Championships this past July 20-24 in San Francisco.... [more]
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Flying 11's invited to return for Queensland Youth Week next year
Mark Long,
The Australian F11 Association recently began to reintroduce the class to Qld after few ex-F11 sailors and stalwart parents expressed a renewed interest to the association resulting in the placing of two of their boats at Southport YC for the last three months to enable young sailors the opportunity to try the dynamic F11 dinghy. Most of these young Qld sailors emanated from local Sabot fleets... [more]
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Cadet Worlds - Australians notch up a win on day two
Peter Campbell & Mariji Sasson,
International Cadet World championship being sailed at Puck, Poland. Australian crews Anton and Julian Sasson from Melbourne's Sandringham Yacht Club and Alec and Samantha Bailey from Hobart's Sandy Bay Sailing Club have improved their overall standings on day two of the event.... [more]
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SIBS – nearly there
Bob Wonders,
Boats, marine engines, electronics, fishing tackle, nautical clothing, general boating accessories, it will all be there for the outdoors enthusiasts over the five action-packed days that comprise the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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McConaghy 36 – The new Bench Mark in one design yacht racing
Media Services,
What are the top Americas Cup designers and engineers doing with their time whilst waiting for the button to be pushed on the next AC?... [more]
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RS Feva World Championships day 1 - Carnac lives up to its reputation
Golly Tucker,
Carnac lived up to its reputation and more today. Great wind in the 12 to 17kt range and sunny and hot enough to fry an egg on a rock.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Osprey Cup - ISAF Grade 1 event
Dana Paxton,
The Notice of Race for the 2010 Rolex Osprey Cup has been posted by organizers St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.) to the website.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 – Day Three
Vivienne Masters,
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 - The third day of fast and furious racing off Sotavento's white sands belonged to Dunkerbeck, but the week is still Albeau's.... [more]
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Sydney GTS43 - enhanced performance yachting
Sydney Yachts,
Built in Australia, light yet ocean tough, seriously fast while easily managed, traditionally seaworthy and technically advanced, the Sydney GTS43 has been designed with the performance orientated sailor in mind.... [more]
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RC 44 Season Championship resumes tomorrow off Valencia
Bernard Schopfer,
RC 44 2010 Season Championship features 11 crews ready to battle in match and fleet race disciplines, and resumes here tomorrow on the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Qingdao - China's Sailing City
Valencia Sailing & WMRT,
Qingdao has gone from virtually unheard of outside China to a venue synonymous with world class sailing events. China's 'Sailing City' grabbed the international spotlight with the organization of the highly successful 2008 Olympic Games but sailing will be the spirit and legacy of Qingdao.... [more]
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Murky waters in Weymouth as Britain hits back at Australia
Jacquelin Magnay,
Australian sailors have complained about paying A$260,000 (or £150,000) over the next two years to have a team of 60 use the facilities at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, claiming they didn't charge such large amounts for the Sydney 2000 Olympic usage.... [more]
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Australian sailing team unhappy over Weymouth Olympic fees
Duncan Mackay,
Australia's sailing team are upset over being charged more than £150,000 ($230,000) to prepare in Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympics and claim that several teams from around the world are complaining about the 'excessive' fees.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs German Grand Prix – Better conditions for day two
Frank Quealey,
German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Travemuende saw better conditions for day two than those experienced by teams on day one. Generally, the wind was around 14 knots, although there were some lighter and stronger wind periods and less wave problems for the scheduled three races.... [more]
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Manroland Tornado World Championship 2010 – Day one starts with a bang
Patricia Kirschner,
Manroland Tornado World Championship's first day started with a bang, great wind conditions and a perfect three races. The wind conditions were 15-17 knots gusting 20 at the start, it died slightly at the top mark in the second race but soon came back. Meaning the Tornados had a brilliant day sailing the waters of the Lubeck Bay.... [more]
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