More bad guys beaten off with sticks, surveys and more

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 20 Oct 2010

More bad guys beaten off with sticks, surveys and more

We were on the wrong end of another bout of hack attacks started Monday morning and continued until mid-night last night.

These ones were different, more a Denial of Service attack, which mean the sites were SLLOOWWW.

After 40 hours, we'd finished another major bout of 'hardening' of our 17 Sail-World, Powerboat-world and Marine Business-world sites around the world. Bloody hard work, but all part of making the sites faster anyway...

Yesterday in error we sent our weekly Marine Business-World newsletter out to our Sail-World audience, sorry about that, caused by tiredness, no excuse we know.

Now to the news - As even they now admit, ISAF screwed up the 2012 Olympic classes dropping the multihull, now pressure is mounting to get it right for 2016 and beyond.

Be sure to read Richard Gladwell's excellent analysis and commentary on the subject.

Is this the time for Moths and Kite surfers?

We'd welcome your feedback (there is a feedback form on the bottom of Richard's article.)

We have now received more than 1000 responses to our mono versus multihull match racing survey. They continue to be interesting and participants will receive a copy including all the comments, wonderful reading, we have to say.

Lots of news.

Happy reading and have a great week.

Gladwell's Line: Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?
Richard Gladwell,
In just over a couple of weeks the International Sailing Federation's Council will have to make a decision as to whether they have the courage to make the biggest changes ever proposed in the Olympic side of the sport; or, will they compromise and try to almost please almost everybody.... [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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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Champion ready to defend title
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Flying into Malta it's hard not to be struck by the landscape: the buildings all a blinding beige in the hot sun, the landscape fairly arid and dry. It's more reminiscent of the Northern African coast. This year's fleet reflects that more than any year past, with numerous entries from throughout Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup space up for grabs at Malaysian Match Racing Championship
World Match Racing Tour - With the promise of a berth at the World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Championship finale - The Monsoon Cup - on offer for the winner, The Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) has attracted a stellar field of Malaysia's finest match racers, including two former winners of the MMRC.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Day 2 - Leaders round Cape Finisterre
Velux 5 Oceans,
Leaders round Cape Finisterre in search of trade winds. With two full days at sea now under their belts, the skippers racing in the Velux 5 Oceans are finding their rhythm and enjoying the psychological boost of the first major milestone - rounding Cape Finisterre and getting out of the busy shipping lanes.... [more]
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Former Sharpie sailors team up for offshore racing
Peter Campbell,
A crew of former champion Sharpie sailors, led by Justin Wells and Edward Fader, tomorrow evening will start a major campaign of inshore and offshore yacht racing... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams to meet in Paris, and new Extreme 40 alliance
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander, highly respected Yachting Correspondent for the Independent (UK) reports on the latest developments in the America's Cup. This week sees a meeting in Paris for potential teams for the next America's Cup in 2013.... [more]
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Beneteau and Lagoon Cup – Excellent day lined up
Beneteau and Lagoon Cup, Vicsail's annual regatta is scheduled for Friday the 19th of November. To be held at the CYCA Sydney, we have a great day lined up with plenty of entertainment on and off the water and no doubt a challenging day on the water, doing battle with owner's alike.... [more]
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Sail Paradise – Gold Coast announces naming rights sponsor
Bronwen Ince,
Southport Yacht Club is proud to announce Marinonics, electronic and electrical Specialists have come onboard as naming right sponsors for Sail Paradise Gold Coast 2011 and feeder race Coffs to Paradise.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Racers settle into life at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a perfect start in ideal weather conditions yesterday, the five Velux 5 Oceans skippers have been settling into life alone at sea. Their 60ft Eco 60 yachts will be their homes for the nine months as they sail 30,000 miles around the planet. After 24 hours of racing, American skipper Brad Van Liew is leading the fleet as they make their way through the notorious Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Renault Z.E. to sail with Rivero and Tono
Isabel GenĂ­s,
Barcelona World Race - Antonio Piris and Pachi Rivero will be flying the Renault colours on their IMOCA Open 60 in the upcoming Barcelona World Race, which start on 31st December. The motor vehicle brand, one of the main sponsors of the race for a second time, has chosen to give its support and its name to the entry skippered by the Spanish duo.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Start day video
Velux 5 Oceans,
The skippers and their yachts have left, but it will be a few days before life returns to normal in La Rochelle following following yesterday's start of the Velux 5 Oceans race.... [more]
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2010 VinaCapital Vietnam Race stopped by Super-Typhoon Megi
RHKYC Media,
Rear Commodore Sailing, Russ Parker, stressed that 'RHKYC regards safety as its first priority for all its events, particularly for its international Category 1 Offshore events. It would be unthinkable to send the boats out in front of such a storm.' It was with great regret that the unanimous decision was taken to postpone the this year's Vietnam Race.... [more]
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China Coast Regatta 2010 – bring it on, BRING IT ON!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Yesterday's closer was further proof – as if any were needed – that when it comes to flat-out-racing-never-mind-the-frills, the RHKYC's China Coast Regatta is the very best in Asia. Three days of hard graft on the water closed out with a day of 20+ kts wind (at least two boats recorded 32 kts immediately pre-start), lumpy seas and a swell big enough to swallow the Committee Boat entirely.... [more]
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15 year old Angus MacGregor named Sailor of the Year with a Disability
Graeme Adam,
The 2010 Sailor of the Year with a Disability award has been won by Queensland teenager Angus MacGregor. Fifteen year old MacGregor's win follows his victory at the Access 2.3 World Championship earlier this year with his award coming after he was a finalist at the 2009 Australian Yachting Awards.The winners of the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards were announced in Sydney over the weekend... [more]
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Ker 46 Tonnerre De Breskens is RORC Yacht of the Year
Sydney Yachts Media,
This result has international significance as Sydney Yachts Managing Director Darren Williams pointed out. 'Early this year, Jason Ker and his team started development of the Sydney GTS 37 and 43, building on the design work they had carried out for the Ker 46 'Tonnerre'. It is therefore very pleasing to see Tonnerre voted RORC 'Yacht of the Year.... [more]
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Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 2010 - Estate Master wins
Sam Crichton,
Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 2010 - Lisa and Martin Hill's Estate Master have won the regatta after a three day event that provided a liquorice all sorts of weather for the six teams racing. The final day of racing was held inshore on Port Stephens in a west- south west breeze that began the day at 18 knots and gradually decreased to eight knots for the last race of the regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Life Members Trophy – De'Longhi an easy winner
Frank Quealey,
Simon Nearn, Peter Nicholson and Pedro Vezone, sailing together for the first time, brought De'Longhi home an easy winner of the Life Members Trophy 18ft Skiffs race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart race - She's the Culprit seeking vengeance
Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian yacht She's the Culprit will seek vengeance in this year's Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the heartbreaking crash that forced the boat out of last year's race, just 30 minutes after the start on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Melges 24 and Melges 32 East Coast Championships - Day two
Tracey Walters,
Melges 24 and 32 East Coast Championships' second day offered picture perfect conditions, racing consisted of six short windward / leeward races off Towlers Bay, Pittwater. The first three races were sailed in the left over westerly breeze of six to twelve knots with incredibly close Melges 32 racing.... [more]
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Hanse Yachts debuts the new 545
Hanse Yachts,
Hanse Yachts debuts the new Windcraft - From 32 ft to 54ft the yachts designed by Judel –Vrolijk & Co in cooperation with the Hanse engineering and boat building team are again setting trends for production boat design.... [more]
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New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains
Richard Gladwell,
A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more]
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2010 Australian Yachting Awards - Excellence in sailing recognised
Craig Heydon,
Excellence in sailing recognised at 2010 Australian Yachting Awards - James Spithill was named Male Sailor of the Year after becoming the first Australian since John Bertrand in 1983 to helm an America's Cup winning boat. Spithill is a worthy recipient of the award after taking charge of the giant 90-foot multihull, USA-17, in the Deed-Of-Gift match against Alinghi in Valencia in February.... [more]
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Support Save Our Seas for a chance to win a holiday valued at $4,180
Save Our Seas,
Save Our Seas are on a membership drive. By simply visiting their website ( and joining you could win yourself a holiday for two valued at $4,180 at Paradise Bay Eco Lodge in the tropical Whitsundays. Save Our Seas are out to raise awareness of the damage plastics and plastic bags are doing to the environment. Your membership helps them achieve this goal.... [more]
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