Heading North - in Tropical shirt, shorts and thongs
Heading for Airlie Beach at sparrows in the morning, in tropical shirt shorts and thongs, (kidding, the wallabies here in the Watagan Mountains would want to certify us, if they saw us dressed like that at 4am on a southern winter morning).
Still we know it will be much warmer on Pioneer Bay on Friday when a record fleet of 120+ boats will gather to celebrate the 21st annual race week.
The following week after it's over to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, with 200 boats for the annual extravaganza then north to Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week, where we expect to see 60 boats on the line.
Each of these regattas has carved its own niche. Some of the long time Whitsunday veterans say the rising four year old Magnetic Island regatta has the same friendly feel that ‘Hammo' had 20 years ago and that is not a bad thing.
Its not too late to enter either it starts on September 3rd - a great way to postpone the trip south while waiting for the trades to turn.
Now a plug for a southern event, which is rapidly becoming a must do. It's the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race and One Lap Dash, which runs on the October Long Week. www.heavencanwait.com.au
This is a mens cancer research fund raiser and a bloody good event. We want to see you there this year!!
See you dockside or on the water
Rob Kothe, Al Constable & the Sail-World Team
Stunning sailing off Magnetic Island lures back southerners Tracey Johnstone, Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week's warm waters, great competition and north Queensland hospitality has lured back southerners for another year. Entries have come from as far south as Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland across the six divisions.... [more] Share this story
Record numbers for 21st Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week MMABRW Media, Plenty of buzz around Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday gateway as its clear that a new entry records are being set for the 21st annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. This year, with Race Week still accepting entries, there are already 120 boats. all of them larger keelboats or multihulls and there will a record number of sailors and no doubt boats facing the starter this coming Friday.... [more] Share this story
Lewmar's new Evo Winch range - the latest and greatest winch!! - Video Lewmar's New Evo Winch Range, Lewmar Evo Winch Range - Have a look at Lewmar's new Evo winch range. Offshore yachtswoman Lia Ditton explains some of the Evo's neat features in a short informative video.... [more] Share this story
Heaven Can Wait 2010 – 24 hour and One Lap Dash entries open HCW Media, The organising committee for the 2010 Heaven Can Wait Regatta has issued the Notices of Race (NORs) for the fifth annual 24 Hour Race and its spectacular companion race, the One Lap Dash.... [more] Share this story
Australia's Seawind Catamarans awarded for global success Sandman PR, Seawind Catamarans has been named Australian Marine Exporter of the Year at the 2010 Australian International Marine Export (AIMEX) awards. Announced during the recent Sydney International Boat Show, Seawind was also awarded for the Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy. Seawind Catamarans is Australia's largest designer and builder of ocean capable cruising catamarans.... [more] Share this story
Newport Apartments, Mooloolaba waterfront views and hospitality Jeni Bone, Founding sponsor for the past 14 years of the Etchells Australasian Winter Championships at Mooloolaba, and excellent vantage point to enjoy uninterrupted views of the venue, Newport Apartments Mooloolaba looks forward to the 'annual northern migration' of the sailing fraternity.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup racing begins at final round in England Craig Heydon, ISAF Sailing World Cup final round racing is underway with a number of Australian crews having a strong opening day at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010 in Weymouth, England.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293 U.S. National Championships Record turnout Nevin Sayre, The Techno 293 U.S. National Championship crowned new champions after three days of ideal conditions at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Thirty-four competitors traveled from as far as Mexico, USVI, Canada, California, and Florida to compete in Under 19, U17, U15, and U13 age groups. Video from the first day of competition can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHyrp4Gl6GQ... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Finn Focus in Weymouth day one Robert Deaves, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - A first and a second for Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn fleet on day one in Weymouth gives him a clear lead over team mate Thomas Le Breton (FRA) in second and European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third, after most of the fleet had a very mixed day.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 World Championships come to China Anthony Duchatel, Billed as one of the top international events in China since the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo, the Hobie 16 World championships will be the largest single class catamaran series ever to be held. The Chinese hosts and event organisors have left nothing to chance. The new club house building and event headquarters is nearing completion while 60 new Hobie Cat® 16's have arrived on site.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - Sailing's 'Royalty' reunite Jan Harley, America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - The members of sailing's royal court include any veteran of the storied 12 Metre era racing that stretched from 1958 to 1987. With 80 teams competing as contenders or defenders, there is a cadre of sailors whose involvement in the Cup – as skipper, crew, afterguard, designer, builder, syndicate member, race manager or press – has earned them admittance.... [more] Share this story
Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Race - All over for another year Suellen Hurling, The fourth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, has wrapped up for another year with Wild Oats X taking out the overall IRC result and claiming the Club Marine Cup.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - The return of the king? Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - It cannot have been an easy decision for the triple Olympic gold medalist, Ben Ainslie, to return to the Finn class. Ainslie completely dominated the Finn, unbeaten between 2004 and 2008, winning gold medals at both the bookending Olympic regattas. Ainslie was the man who put the bite into Dennis Connor's book title, ‘No Excuse to Lose'.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Ainslie happy with opening of his comeback Lindsey Bell, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - British sailing legend Ben Ainslie blew the cobwebs off his Finn dinghy on the opening day at Weymouth and Portland on Monday (9 August) where he's competing in the Olympic Class for the first time since clinching Beijing gold two years ago.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Grip tightens on top spot Fiona Brown/Justin Chisholm, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010, day three had relief all round when the Baltic waters off Tallin, Estonia finally delivered wind conditions worthy of this World Championship. Breezes quickly built from eight knots this morning up to eighteen knots at times this afternoon, enabling the seventy-nine-boat fleet to complete three exciting races.... [more] Share this story
X-Yachts Gold Cup at La Marina di Scarlino, in Maremma Tuscany Ufficio Stampa Club Nautico Scarlino, Steiner X-Yachts Gold Cup will kick off on August 30th at La Marina di Scarlino, in Maremma, Tuscany with the Island of Elba and of Montecristo providing a breathtaking natural backdrop. The regatta will consist of four events for Danish built X-Yachts and is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Club Nautico Scarlino, in collaboration with X-Yachts Italia and in partnership with Steiner.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010 – Two bullets and an early leader PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 - Buzianis scores two bullets to take a convincing early event lead, whilst Arrighetti reminds Jaggi that the tour's far from over!... [more] Share this story
PredictWind: Good breeze for opening of Skandia Sail for Gold Richard Gladwell, PredictWind.com is forecasting a healthy seabreeze for the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more] Share this story
Port of Airlie – Coastal Paradise on schedule Melanie Roberts / Meridien, Meridien, one of the country's leading property developers, has created one of Australia's most unique coastal destinations. Port of Airlie will be a tropical paradise where fifteen of the best beachfront homes in Australia will mix with 365 designer waterfront apartments, two state-of-the-art hotels, a 289 berth world-class marina, a variety of restaurants and shops... [more] Share this story
Whitsunday Bareboat Charter Open Day during Race Week Channel Whitsundays, The Whitsunday region has the largest commercial bareboat charter boat fleet in the southern hemisphere and this is a major tourism draw card.... [more] Share this story
Moth European Championships 2010 preview Sandra Mudronja, Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships - The Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships will start in 10 days on Silvaplana Lake, in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz.... [more] Share this story
Belcher and Page, 470 World Champions, at Skandia Sail for Gold Lynn Fitzpatrick, 470 World Championship 2010 winners, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page accomplished what they set out to do at the beginning of the year. On the road to winning the coveted title, they also claimed a number of other victories, including capturing the 2010 ISAF World Cup. This week's Skandia Sail for Gold is the final event on the ISAF World Cup tour.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Culmination of ISAF Sailing World Cup Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is a few hours away, titles will be won and lost on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. Can Skandia Team GBR defend their title?... [more] Share this story
OK Dinghy International - Kiwi gear dominates Europeans Robert Deaves, Kiwi OK Dinghy sailors are always keen to tell everyone that they are the best sailors in the world and perhaps they are not far wrong. A look at the top 20 in the world ranking reveals no fewer than 11 Kiwis, but a glance at the gear list for the top finishers at the European Championships also reveals a higher than average propensity for Europeans to use Kiwi originated or designed gear.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 day 2 - No Blow No Go Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today in Tallinn, Estonia. Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Ben Ainslie returns to Finn class Kate Laven UK Telegraph, With a win over America's Cup holders BMW Oracle under his belt after the highly successful 1851 Cup series in the Solent, Team Origin skipper Ben Ainslie now turns his attentions to the Olympics with his first competition in the Finn class since winning a gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.... [more] Share this story
NSW Youth Match Racing Championship images by Howard Wright Howard Wright images, Photographer Howard Wright captured these images at yesterday's Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more] Share this story
Snowy backdrop to winter sailing on the Derwent Peter Campbell, Hobart sailors are brave souls when it comes to winter racing on the River Derwent. A fleet of 38 yachts turned out for today's Derwent Sailing Squadron Boat Sales Tasmanian Winter Series.... [more] Share this story
Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Champion defends title Jennifer Crooks, Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship. With the course again laid in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay and a light five-seven knot sou'westerly breeze, the final flights of Stage Two were completed.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane to Keppel Race - Keppel Bay Marina buzzing with excitement Suellen Hurling, The finish line for the fourth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is just outside the harbour at Keppel Bay Marina and so far locals have been bedazzled by the boats that have arrived.... [more] Share this story
Crew management is no different to running a business Tracey Johnstone, Regattas mean bringing together a diverse group of personalities, asking them to work well within a competitive environment and often also staying in the saying in shared accommodation. On water the pressure is on to perform as a team. On land the frustrations from the race track can continue into the beer tent and then into the crew accommodation. Just how does a boat owner... [more] Share this story
Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011 News Lesley Haslar, Bay of Islands Race Week 2011 NOR will be available on the appropriate web page by the end of August – enter on-line – or continue to use the mailing option. Andrew Turner has the website running like a well oiled clock.... [more] Share this story
Cowes Week Day 8 - Daily Roundup Rupert Holmes/CWL, Cowes Week concluded with another day of brisk, but shifty, winds that gave competitors exciting racing across the 25 classes competing today.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Australian sailors prepare for racing Craig Heydon, Australia's leading Olympic and Paralympic class sailors are readying themselves for the final round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, with racing beginning in Weymouth, England, on Monday.... [more] Share this story
NSW Youth Match Racing Championship – Perfect scorecard for Griffin Jennifer Crooks, Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship saw Jay Griffin and his crew of Ted Hackney and Will Parker, representing the host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia finish the first day of the event with a perfect scorecard of nine wins.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on a couple of issues from the past week commenting in the 505 Worlds, TV and sailing, and the speed (or lack of it) from the current America;'s Cup class.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race - Lahana takes the win and the record Suellen Hurling, At 18:11:22 hours this evening, Saturday 7 August, Peter Millard and his crew sailed the 98' maxi Lahana across the finish line at Keppel Bay just 22 seconds ahead of the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats X to claim Line Honours victory in the fourth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin take 1851 Cup beating America's Cup Defender TeamOrigin Media, Ben Ainslie and the crew of TeamOrigin have won the 1851 Cup, sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight in a celebtration of events that led to the America's Cup competition. On this the fourth day of racing, both teams appeared to have their aggression glands fully open going into today's third race.... [more] Share this story
Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race start images Suellen Hurling images, Images from the start of the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race from Suellen Hurling.... [more] Share this story
Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel 2010 - Race Record under serious threat Suellen Hurling, In the 2009 Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, Peter Harburg's Reichel Pugh 66 Black Jack claimed a race record of 29 hours 24 minutes 11 seconds. This record is now under serious threat with Lahana and Wild Oats X due to finish around 1800 hours today, Saturday 7 August.... [more] Share this story
Abuse penalty marks final day of 1851 Cup at Cowes Stuart Alexander, Passion boiled over, a rare penalty for abuse was the result, TeamOrigin, after winning the start of the first of three races in Stokes Bay, was in a tight situation at the top turning mark and appealed to umpire Bill Edgerton, who waved them away. The volley of fruity reaction was loud. Edgerton was overheard saying: 'I'm not having that' and promptly blasted the Brits... [more] Share this story
Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Race 2010 - A beautiful morning at sea Suellen Hurling, The 34 competing boats in the fourth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race are enjoying a perfect morning at sea after a great night of southerly breeze.... [more] Share this story
Cowes Week - Day 7 round up Rupert Holmes/CWL, Cowes Week - Today Black Group sailed in the western Solent, with classes starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line heading east, while White Group headed downwind towards the east. After starting from the Black Group committee boat in the western Solent, Charles Dunstone's TP52 Rio took a fourth win to secure the overall series in IRC Class Zero from Sam Laidlaw's Farr 52 Bob.... [more] Share this story
1851 racing for the Trafalgar Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery Sail-World.com, Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from the 1851 final day's racing for the Trafalgar Cup.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010 – Event Preview PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 - Crystal clear waters, and constant trade winds – It must mean the World Tour is heading back to Turkey for more adrenalin pumping slalom action at the sixth Pegasus Airlines Surf ‘n' Sound sports and music festival in Alacati.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship fleet assembles in Tallinn Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - With several days of pre-regatta registration now completed and on the eve of the official start of racing, all seventy-nine boats competing in Tallinn Estonia, were successfully launched before this evening's six o'clock deadline and the regatta's Opening Ceremony at the Kalev Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
1851 Cup - BMW Oracle Racing congratulates British crew BMW Oracle Racing, BMW Oracle Racing may have won the war in a race around the Isle of Wight, but today it dropped a battle on the Solent. BMW Oracle Racing awoke trailing the match race regatta against TeamOrigin 4-1. But with wins today worth three points, the American yacht quickly tied the series by winning the first race.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293 OD Worlds - A Championship to remember! Benoit Tréguilly, Techno 293 OD World Championships 2010 ended Saturday in Martigues, south of France,once the wind finally decided to calm down, allowing two more rounds to be run in each of the five categories.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race - Lahana in the lead Suellen Hurling, Peter Millards 98' maxi Lahana is currently leading Wild Oats X in the fourth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. The race started at 1500 hours this afternoon, Friday 6 August in a light south westerly breeze east of Green Island on Moreton Bay.... [more] Share this story
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