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 11 Oct 2010

Do you want to watch close combat monohull match racing in the America's Cup or a high tech fixed wing drag race or can you have both?

Sail-World's Match racing survey is getting lots of serious responses from serious racers, match racers, dinghy world champions, and offshore racers.

Lots and lots of hard core sailors are having their say. Lots of double barrell comments too.

Please compete the survey, it will probably take10 minutes by the times you said what YOU think about the current state of affairs.

We will be releasing to survey participants the full data analysis and comments set. It makes fascinating reading.

And you will be in the draw to win one of six Musto snug/fleeces.

The Sail-World Team

Grand prix international yacht will race under New Zealand flag
HSBC Premier Coastal Classic,
Grand prix international yacht will race under New Zealand flag - The boat is one of more than 200 expected to make the start of the 119nm race from Auckland to Russell on Friday 22 October, in a fleet that includes the impressive giant tri TeamVodafoneSailing, current multihull record holder Split Enz, two times line honours winner Taeping, and the Bakewell-White 52, Wired.... [more]
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Sabots sailing towards Nationals at Wynyard
Peter Campbell,
Sabots sailing towards Nationals at Wynyard - Wynyard Yacht Club will host the Australian Sabot Championships over 10 days this summer, from 27 December to 5 January, with more than 120 young sailors and their families expected from around the nation.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine plays a part in champion success
Jody O'Brien,
There is a well researched notion that proper preparation promotes premium performance, and with the first half of their 2010 season ending on a high at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, the Audi National IRC Champion, Loki, is solid proof of that.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Ainslie triumphs
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TeamOrigin put in a sublime performance to add a second Argo Group Gold Cup to his team's trophy cabinet. Having masterfully controlled Radich in the pre-start, Ainslie was a nose ahead at their first cross, which he held to round the windward mark in pole position.... [more]
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Close competition looms in Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australia Cup
Jody O'Brien,
An impressive fleet of 13 X-Yachts will take to Sydney Harbour this Friday (October 15) in the Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australia Cup. Ranging in size from biggest, the X-482 Gaia, to the smallest, the X-34 Matrix, the racing will be fiercely contested, with some well known names featured amongst the crew lists.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Event 2010 - Records broken on day 1
Luderitz Speed Event,
Luderitz Speed Event 2010 - The first National Speed Record was broken within minutes of the start. Australian Kite surfer Tim Pumpa was the third competitor of the day to set a new national record – Best Kite Speed record for Australia with an official speed of 40.72 knots. The previous record was 33.94 knots.... [more]
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Extreme 40s Day 2 - Big breeze and big action
Extreme 40 Media,
The second day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Almeria delivered exactly what it says on the tin... Extreme racing, on the limit of control, with an abundance of thrills and spills. The thousands of Spanish public who flocked to the race village today were enthralled as the boats flew past within touching distance of the stadium walls: 'It was unbelievable, the crowds give... [more]
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18 ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour - Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18 Footers League opened its 2010-2011 Season with the traditional Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - One week to go
Velux 5 Oceans,
In just one week a fleet of international ocean racers will leave La Rochelle in France on an adventure of a lifetime – sailing 30,000 miles solo around the planet in the Velux 5 Oceans. Tension is really starting to mount now as the skippers make their final preparations for the round the world yacht race, The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Ainslie and Radich in final showdown
Talbot Wilson and Laurie Fullerton,
Yesterday afternoon Denmark's Jesper Radich and Ben Ainslie of Great Britain won their Quarter Final and Semi-Final matches to reach today's finals in the 2010 Argo Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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Images from Bermuda: Argo Group Gold Cup - Penultimate Day
SubZero Images/WMRT,
Images from the penultimate day of the Argo Group Gold Cup from SubZero Images. Having squeezed through the Qualifying Play-Offs, Ben Ainslie (GBR) TeamOrigin now stands alone as the only skipper within the top five of the World Match Racing Tour to still be in contention of winning stage 8 of the series after a mix of epic battles decided the Quarter-Finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fans vote overwhelmingly in favour of monohull
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. As of the close of the working week, a massive 67.65% of those who responded would rather watch a match race between monohulls than multihulls which were the preferred option by just 22.34% of the Sail-World readers.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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J/80 Worlds - Epic last day
Stuart Johnstone,
Epic, Wild, Wet, Sunny Finale in Newport. No one could've predicted what was in store for the fleet and the top five leaders. Huge breaking seas, near gale-force winds, final downwind wild-out-of-control downwind run determines the champion!... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Gold Cup - Ainslie v Radich
The stage is all set for a fitting finale to the eighth stage of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour. With the race course peppered with gusts and light patches of wind, the British skipper sailed a tactically conservative race, keeping a loose cover on Berntsson.... [more]
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Extreme 40 Sailing Series - Game On in Almeria on Day 1
Extreme 40 Media,
The first day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series™ kicked off today. It was a light and slow start to the competition but the racing burst into life as the wind steadily built over the afternoon. Racing within the strict confines of the Almerian port made for a thrilling spectacle.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Ecover second overall after day one
Lucy Harwood,
Extreme Sailing Series - Racing got underway today in Almeria for day one of the final event. The light conditions continued to dominate racing, forcing the start to be postponed as the eight boat fleet drifted around the course, waiting for the breeze to materialise. After a 45 minute delay, a light breeze filled the race course and the race committee were quick to get the fleet started.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2010 - Quantum Racing win second world title
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship 2010 - Quantum Racing did what they had to do win their second TP52 World title in three years, containing the 2009 world champions - the spirited, never-say-die Matador crew -through today's one showdown, final race of the TP52 World Championship off Valencia.... [more]
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Port Hacking Race - St Jude wins
Di Pearson,
The race was so difficult, that the first yacht home, the 2009/2010 Ocean Pointscore Series winner, Vanguard (Dick Cawse) finished over four hours ahead of the last yacht home, Sinewave.... [more]
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Summer Pennant racing starts on the Derwent in a brisk breeze
Peter Campbell,
Four different yachts shared top honours in Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club's opening Pennant races River Derwent today.... [more]
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Kiwi40FC completes first week of sea trials in Auckland
Renata Minetto,
Having launched the first KIWI 40FC a short while ago, BTBoats have successfully completed a full week of initial sea trials with this exciting new Class40 production boat. Designed by Farr Yacht Design and built in Auckland, New Zealand by Cookson Boats, the boat has now been thoroughly tested in a wide range of sailing conditions and has logged some impressive results so far.... [more]
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12ft skiff Vantage Real Estate Upper Harbour Championship
Di Pearson,
Today's course and course area are those that will be used at the Interdominions from 6-15 January, was shortened at the Drummoyne mark due to fading winds. Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club is hosting the 51st Interdominions, with the co-operation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club.... [more]
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Entry deadline extended for inaugural 'Alfred's Festival of Sail'
Damian Devine,
The entry deadline has been extended until next Friday for the inaugural 'Alfred's Festival of Sail', a two day racing and cruising event being hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club next week-end October 16 and 17. The two day program will feature both cruising and racing divisions with courses around the majestic waters of Pittwater and Broken Bay complete with a short Offshore course.... [more]
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McNeill wraps up Etchells Spring Regatta
Anna Wrack,
Peter McNeill, with crew David Gleadhill and Anthony Paterson, took out the Etchells Spring Regatta on home waters of Lake Macquarie over the October long weekend. After a DNC and then a mid-fleet finish, McNeill and his crew looked unlikely winners early on, but then notched up a 1-1-2-2 sequence to seal the regatta by two points from Julian Plante then Gary Boyd, second decided on countback.... [more]
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Flinders Islet Race - Loki adds another record to her collection
Di Pearson,
Flinders Islet Race - Loki adds Flinders Islet to her collection - The Reichel/Pugh 63, representing the CYCA, shaved 41mins 45secs from the record set by Matt Allen's Jones 70 Ichi Ban, of 8 hours 30mins 29secs, in 2006 and today's overall win was by nearly one hour over Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and a further 20 plus minutes to third placed Victoire.... [more]
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Slingsby and Jensen launch Gosford Sailing Club's Youth Academy
James Ellis,
Gosford Sailing Club today launched it's Youth Academy by challenging the Hunter Sailing Academy to compete in a match race event.... [more]
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Images from the Day 4 of the J80 worlds, Newport RI
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
Top international photographer Paul Todd (Outside Images) presents this gallery of images from the fourth day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI... [more]
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Jim Farmer to help ensure a 'fair' America's Cup
Georgia racing,
Jim Farmer – owner of the Georgia Racing boats and Director and Trustee of Emirates Team New Zealand - has been named as Director to the Board of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), the body charged in the Protocol with providing 'neutral, independent, professional, and fair race management' for the next edition of the America's Cup.... [more]
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Sailors warning on floating timber off NSW coast
Debrah Novak, Daily Examiner/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors in the ocean around Byron Bay are warned to be on the look-out for floating timber fallen off a shipping freighter. The international shipping freighter MV Mima Saka, which signaled a distress call 20 nautical miles off Yamba this week did so because its cargo had moved and it was listing badly.... [more]
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QLD Beneteau Cup: Dulon Polish adds shine to Ensign Yachts regatta
Tracey Johnstone,
Adding glamour to the Ensign Yachts Beneteau Cup and French Yacht Challenge regatta this month will be the European hull polish product, Dulon Polish.... [more]
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'Screen star' sailing ship for Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
Bill Richards,
'Screen star' sailing ship for Classic & Wooden Boat Festival - The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, with 120 vessels on display and a two-day entertainment program full of music, maritime crafts and kids activities, will centre on the Australian National Maritime Museum adjacent to Cockle Bay. Indeed Soren Larsen will be just one of four tall ships on show.... [more]
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Lost and found: Census of Marine Life turns up hundreds of species
Jeni Bone,
A species that had previously been deemed extinct, was discovered on an underwater peak in the Coral Sea, along with hundreds of new species, in a $669m decade-long global marine survey, 'Census of Marine Life', conducted by scientists across the area between Australia and New Caledonia.... [more]
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Somali pirate incident in the Gulf of Aden
Mark Jensen,
Sydney-siders Mark Jensen and Nicolle Jean have been cruising the world on their much loved Beneteau 393 sailing yacht, Sea Life. Here Mark tells his story of an incident that occurred in the Gulf of Aden, just near the Straits of Bab el Mandeb, the entry to the Red Sea:... [more]
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Tale of Crossing the North Sea - Shetland to Norway
Marsali Taylor, Shetland News/Sail-World,
Sailors who regularly cross the North Sea are a hardy crowd, as the North Sea is famed for its freezing winds and rough seas. Marsali Taylor experienced her first North Sea yacht crossing this year. Here, she describes what turned out to be a difficult and eventful journey.... [more]
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Catamaran to circle the globe on solar power alone
Des Ryan,
Last week, on Monday 27th September, a very large solar solar-powered yacht called Planet Solar set out from Monaco on a 31,000 mile trip around the globe. Its goal is to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a 'solar' boat, i.e. one powered by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine, driven exclusively by solar energy.... [more]
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ANDRILL team to conduct Antarctic survey project in 2010-11 season
Tom Simons,
ANDRILL team to conduct Antarctic survey project in 2010-11 season - The joint United States-New Zealand expedition will operate from a remote camp on the Ross Ice Shelf from late October through early February studying the ice and its movements, the sea beneath the ice and its movements, and the rocks beneath the seafloor.... [more]
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