Heaven Can Wait - Moths versus 18 footers - who do you think will win?

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 01 Oct 2010

The One Lap Dash at the 2010 Heaven Can Wait Regatta is set to pitch two 18 footers Ella Bache and Fisher & Pykel against a cluster of five Moths at the head of the fleet in the 29 nautical mile race. Two Tribes the Egan 9.25 metre cat, the line honours winner of the last two Heaven Can Wait One Lapper will be keen to mow them all down. Going to be an interesting morning, afternoon and night for the 70 boat fleet, with winds of 20+ knots expected.

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The Sail-World Team

Taking to the air, with Tom Slingsby
John Curnow,
ISAF Sailor of the Year Nominee, Tom Slingsby, certainly has had a flying career path, to date. No patch has probably had more airtime, in every sense of the term, than his recent escapades. He won the Etchells World Championship in Ireland, backed that up with his third win at the Laser Worlds in England and now this weekend, he will literally depart the water and take to the air.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère in Saint-Tropez
l'Hydroptère for now three weeks, has landed on the shores of the Cote d'Azur, where she performs the last leg of her 2010 European loop. Since Monday, she has been sailing close to the classic regattas of the 'Voiles de Saint-Tropez'.... [more]
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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service gets donation from CYCA SOLAS Trusts
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia,
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service gets donation from CYCA SOLAS Trusts - A pledge of $17,752 was made to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service with the first instalment, a cheque for $10,025 was presented recently to purchase a new EAM Aviation T4S Sam series Life Raft for the Service's existing BK117 Helicopter and ten floatation collars.... [more]
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Tornado European Championships - Interview with the Champions
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado European Championships - After their third victory in a row we interviewed Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt Germany - Tantalisingly close
PWA/Paul Griffith,
The PWA's elite race force were tantalisingly close to starting race 2 today, but a gusty offshore breeze proved too inconsistent leaving the sailors to endure another frustrating day on standby.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Back to the roots
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - On a fall day in 1981, skipper Jean Laurain had stopped in St Tropez after extended cruising in the Mediterranean. There, Laurain met an American, Dick Jayson who was cruising on his Swan 44. After talking about the merits of their boats, soon a race, and a bet, was on. The stakes were simple: the loser would buy dinner for the winner at the legendary Club 55.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Publication of the AC72 rule
Iain Murray,
34th America's Cup - Following feedback from several prospective Challengers, ACRM has asked the rule drafting group to issue a second draft of the AC72 Rule and delay the publication of the definitive version until the 15th October 2010.... [more]
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High stakes Route du Rhum for New Zealand's Conrad Colman
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - In 2009, Conrad Colman's first taste of solo offshore sailing was a Mini 6.50 campaign, but the 26 year-old Kiwi soon identified GOR as an opportunity to fulfill his dream of racing around the world. Colman officially entered the GOR last autumn and will be competing in the 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale at the end of October on his chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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New Volvo Ocean Race measurers given a head-start on the race
Riath Al-Samarrai, Volvo OR,
Shaun Ritson knows what to expect. He's been around the yard too many times not to. 'I reckon I'll be on a collision course with all of them at some stage,' he says. 'Can't avoid that.' He's given up on predicting the outcomes to yacht races, having worked two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and a further two America's Cups. Each time, he has seen good teams fail and weaker teams excel and he... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet gather in La Rochelle ahead of Race Start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major is fourth ocean racer to arrive! The Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle is filling up as the Velux 5 Oceans skippers congregate ahead of race start. Yesterday evening British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major sailed out of the Bay of Biscay into the historic French port, the fourth competitor to arrive.... [more]
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Long Weekend Boating Safety Reminder from Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue units all along the coast have been experiencing the annual Spring 'Boating Breakdown' phenomenon as skippers launch their boats for the first time after the winter layoff.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships 2011 in Torquay, UK - Entries Open
Katie Ashworth,
The SB3 Class Association is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2011 Laser SB3 World Championships, to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. Entrants will enjoy 14 championship races from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May 2011 in Torbay under the jurisdiction of Principal Race Officer, Robert Llewellyn.... [more]
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Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November
Richad Gladwell,
The Olympic shakeup by the International Sailing Federation looks set to continue at its Annual Conference in just over a month's time in Athens. Proposals from the Olympic Commission centre around the process by which Olympic Events are selected and recommend the extension of the change period from four years to six.... [more]
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Sailing Instructions online now
Heaven Can Wait Media,
The Sailing Instructions for the fifth annual Heaven Can Wait regatta are online now at www.heavencanwait.com.au Look under Documention. There are both the One Lap Dash and the 24 Hour race sailing instructions in PDF form. Hard copies will be available from the race office at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto from 12 noon today.... [more]
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Sailing Superstars head Lake Macquarie charity race
Heaven Can Wait Media,
Toronto, on Lake Macquarie south of Newcastle, will be the venue for a spectacular sailing event at 11 am this Saturday (October 2) as more than 70 yachts and dinghies set spinnakers and take off down the lake for the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Regatta.... [more]
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World shrinks for online marine suppliers: Sydney Rigging
Bruce Clark,
The world is becoming smaller and smaller for online marine stores, and Sydney Rigging is finding a bonanza in selling to sailors round the world. Now, with competitive prices and mailing getting cheaper by the minute, it's who can offer the best fastest service at the best price. Sydney Rigging is so encouraged, they've added new lines to their already wide online range... [more]
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Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup - US twins pre-race top rankers
Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup,
Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup - US twins pre-race top rankers - With four days of racing in this international invitational Opti regatta, three days are scheduled for Bermuda's Great Sound October 7th through October 9th. The regatta finishes on October 10th in Hamilton Harbour during an intermission in the finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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WMRT - Macgregor competes for bragging rights over her mentor
World Match Racing Tour,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - Newly crowned ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Worth the wait
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Another day in Saint-Tropez that required patience from competitors and the race committee alike. In the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, there was not a breath of wind to start, then at 1pm someone hit the wind switch and an easterly breeze filled in.... [more]
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WSSR Ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the RORC.... [more]
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APC Logistics Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta is on this weekend
Doug Cuming,
Moderate north easterlies are forecast for the weekend which will provide spectacular racing for the over 25 trimarans and catamarans from Pittwater, Lake Macquarie and interstate will gather together for the three day series hosted from the RMYC at Newport, Pittwater. The series starts with the Blue Water Classic ocean race on Friday, followed by four inshore races on Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany - Flipping the vibe on day 5
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany and despite the lack of competition late in the afternoon head judge, Duncan Coombs organised a light wind freestyle exhibition allowing the sailors to wow the crowds with a technical display of tow-in-styling.... [more]
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Six International Racers to Compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Two sailors will no longer be racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race. Both sailors did not respect some rules laid down regarding the process of qualifying for the race.... [more]
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Third Ocean Racer Arrives at the Home of the Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski this morning arrived in La Rochelle ahead of the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. As the sun rose over the historic French port early this morning Gutkowski, known as ‘Gutek', sailed in after completing a qualification passage. Gutek was greeted on the dock in the Bassin des Chalutiers by the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management team and fellow racer Derek Hatfield.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Australian reps selection policy released
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia has released the policy document for the nomination and selection of Australian representatives for the ISAF Nations Cup 2011. Yachting Australia intends to enter teams in the open and women's divisions of the ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Oceania Regional Final to be held in Sydney from 12-14 May 2011.... [more]
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Australians nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Craig Heydon,
Australians nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Australian 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Laser sailor Tom Slingsby are finalists in the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award with the winner to be announced on November 9, 2010, in Athens, Greece. Belcher, from the Gold Coast, and Page, from Sydney's Northern Beaches, were nominated following their stellar year.... [more]
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NSW Maritime switches on Eucumbene Alpine web camera
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime will today switch on the 16th web camera on NSW waterways, allowing boaters to view live boating conditions at Lake Eucumbene.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A gentle breeze for the Classics
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Though generous earlier in the day for the Modern class with about 6-8 knots, the wind was not cooperative by midday for the first start – and the first race of the week – for the Tradition class yachts, dropping to 2-3 knots on the Golfe de St Tropez.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Day 4
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Windsurfing's longstanding legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the racecourse in the light winds off Westerland today to start the week ahead of his archrival, Antoine Albeau!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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RS100 Eurocup at St Raphael, France - Day three
Golly Tucker,
RS100 fleet woke to another perfect start to the day in Saint Raphael – clear blue skies, Mistral winds, and temperatures in the mid twenties. It just doesn't get any better than this.... [more]
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Aussies nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2010
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The Australian 470 sailing team of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page has been nominated for the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - The Nominees
Regatta News and Sail-World,
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Championship battle hots up
WMRT Media,
World Match Racing Tour update: The world's leading sailors will be fighting for precious points at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, with next week's match race representing the last chance saloon for skippers to move up the leader-board ahead of the the ISAF World Match Racing Tour's season ending finale - The Monsoon Cup in December.... [more]
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Brindabella - the icon of Australian Sailing
Ian Thomson,
There are awards for yachtsmen and women, however if there was an award for a boat Brindabella would certainly dominate. The history behind this great boat is amazing however this year alone, there are two of her current race records that have once again stood the test of time. She still turns heads whenever she sails and now she has a new challenge in 2011.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Gollito gets tricky
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Three times world champion, Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo shows Sylt's spectators why he's already the world's number one freestyler this year as the PWA's finest continue to ‘get tricky' off Brandenburger Strand!... [more]
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Magic Marine Betpro D-One Gold Cup getting ready to rock in Valencia
Michele Tognozzi,
Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup, the new high performance single-handed dinghy that also flies a gennaker, will take place from the first to the third of October in Valencia, Spain. About thirty helmsmen from 15 nations, are expected on the starting line, all of them enthusiastic fans of the new Class created by Luca Devoti and Roman Teply and built by Devoti Sailing.... [more]
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Official Game set to be another winner for the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The extremely popular online game will be back for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Over 220,000 players participated in the game during the course of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race, with prizes being given on every leg. The overall race winner was Dutch player Powerof7, whose hard work won him a Volvo C30. Sign up for the beta edition.... [more]
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