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 03 Nov 2010

Boat-P*rn alert - Rob Brown provides us with an update on the very sexy McConaghy 38.

The Sail-World camera's will be back in the factory in the next few weeks.

Sail-World will be bringing you the detailed news from the ISAF November conference, possibly the most important in the last two decades, because that's when we will find out whether ISAF has the guts to actually follow the recommendation of its own Olympic Commission and right now the battle over the 2016 Olympic boats is hotting up... just have a glance at who has been venturing their opinions to Sail-World this last week.

We bring you the news from the Lord Howe race, with race organisers and Police trying to determine the exact whereabouts of Frantic. (we will post the good news in the next few minutes)

Another inside view from the America's Cup program, with an update on the 45 footers.

Only a few more days to have your say on whether you would rather see match racing in a monohull or a multihull. This current Sail-World world-wide survey has been much quoted on the world stage, what do you think?

We often say in sailing well, remember we are not playing for sheep stations... but the Sail-World team will be in Terengganu Malaysia to watch Ben Ainslie, Adam Minoprio, Peter Gilmour, Torvar Mirsky and a bunch more of the world's top match racers fighting for AUD$495,000 in 36 foot monohull in light conditions, will it be betcha.

Peter Campbell has asked us to remind you that Gordon Ingate and a somewhat younger Mark Richards will be among the many great Australian sailors from around the nation who will accept an invitation to an Admiral's Cup re-union dinner at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Thursday, 18 November, an occasion not to be missed.

The online sailing scene continues to grow faster than we ever imagined. Our Australian newsletter subscription lists have increased by 5,000 readers in the last 12 months,and in the Australian sailing print context, thats equal to a couple of magazines. This weekend our next Sail-World Sydney to Hobart newsletter will go to 101,000 readers world-wide.

The Sail-World Team

McConaghy 38 (MC38) is cause for excitement
John Curnow,
It won't be long before we see the anticipated arrival of the exciting McConaghy 38. Setting new benchmarks in one design yacht racing this boat has been meticulously designed and engineered and crafted by world renowned boat builders, McConaghy Boats... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - here is list
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - Organising club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and naming rights sponsor Rolex are delighted with the roll-up which will include legends and luminaries and plenty of newcomers as well as the regulars now synonymous with the legendary blue water race. Here is the full application list.... [more]
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Lord Howe Island Race - Balance and Polaris handicap winners
Peter Campbell,
Lord Howe Island Race - Balance and Polaris handicap winners - This is the first Lord Howe Island Race win for Balance, a Beneteau 45 from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, but the third PHS win for Polaris of Belmont, a Cole 43 that contested the first race to the island in 1974. She was also the IMS division winner as well as taking out PHS first place in 1997.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say by clicking on the reply form on the bottom of!th... [more]
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PSA - Book a PSA Laser Training Day with coach, Laura Baldwin
Laura Baldwin,
After the success of the first series of PSA Laser Coaching Clinics hosted in the Autumn this year at various clubs in New South Wales and Victoria, PSA is offering a new spring series of training days.... [more]
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America's Cup: First of the AC45's begins layup in Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
Last Monday, Ivor Wilkins from revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Groupama 3 averaging over 20kts to lead Route du Rhum
Franck Cammas,
Leading the fleet of 84 competitors still racing since the skipper of Côte d'Or had to be airlifted to hospital, Franck Cammas is continuing to extend his lead aboard Groupama 3. Never dipping below an average of 20 knots, the maxi-trimaran is now positioning her bows westward in a NE'ly breeze of around twenty knots, which is highly reminiscent of the tradewinds.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Video - Brad Van Liew crosses the equator
Velux 5 Oceans,
See Brad Van Liew's crossing of the Equator on video... [more]
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Disappointing to be out of the America's Cup says Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
The decision to pull Team Origin out of entering and competing for the Americas Cup was obviously extremely disappointing. For some of us it has been three years of work, getting the team to a position where we had a strong core group to move forward, with enough talent and experience to have a realistic shot at winning.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR – Registration now open
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR is the second regatta of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup and will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 23-29, 2011.... [more]
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Round the Island Race – Raymarine commits to further two-year term
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race organisers, the Island Sailing club, is delighted to announce that Raymarine, the world-leading marine electronics manufacturing company, is continuing its support of this unique one-day yachting event, having signed up as a supporting sponsor for a further two year term.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island – Close duel for IRC handicap honours
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island may have a surprising ending. Sailing conditions in the Tasman Sea tonight will decide the IRC handicap winner of the Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards – One week to go
Regatta News,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced just one week from today, on Tuesday 9 November. The spectacular ceremony and presentation will be held in Greece.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Bertrand Quentin airlifted to safety
Jean Maurel,
Route du Rhum Race Director Jean Maurel gives an update on the situation facing Skipper Bertrand Quentin.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has his eyes on Cape Town
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans race leader Brad Van Liew is waiting for a 'window of opportunity' to start the final sprint to Cape Town. The 42-year-old American solo sailor has led the fleet for the majority of the last 16 days since leaving La Rochelle in France on ocean sprint one to Cape Town.... [more]
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Admiral's Cup reunion at CYCA
Peter Campbell,
What do octogenarian yachtsman Gordon Ingate and a much younger Mark Richards have in common? The answer: Both skippered most successful yachts in the once great Admiral's Cup in England, Ingate at the helm of Caprice of Huon in 1965 and, 40 years later, Richards helming Wild Oats to a team victory in 2005.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Bertrand Quentin (Cote d'Or II) medivac by helicopter
Route du Rhum media,
Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale news flash! Medivac required for Cote d'Or II skipper Bernard Quentin. In coordination with the MRCC and race director Jean Maurel, the skipper was asked to activate his distress beacon.... [more]
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Kiteboarders make strong claim for 2016 Olympic inclusion
Richard Gladwell,,
With the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference due to get underway in Athens, Greece, next week, the International Kiteboard Association makes a strong claim for inclusion in the 10 event card for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as one new Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
The Swedish professional racing team, Artemis Racing, have confirmed that they are one of the new Challengers who lodged their entry on the 1 November with the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Led by Torbjorn Tornqvist, details of the Challenge will be announced at a Media Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday afternoon, 8 November at 1.30pm local time.... [more]
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Sail Sydney - Early entries close in ten days
Daniel Williams,
Sail Sydney will be held from Woollahra Sailing Club on Sydney Harbour from Monday sixth – Thursday 9th December 2010. Sail Sydney encourages all competitors to get their entry in early and avoid the late payment fee as early entry closes in 10 days on Friday 12th November 2010 at 1700hrs.... [more]
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Balmain Regatta - J24 Division winner
Paula Shires-Clarke,
The Balmain Regatta is one of Sydney's oldest sporting events, and has a long history with our waterways. It was first held in 1849 and continued until 1934, when sadly it was discontinued. It was revived in 1994 by the Wooden Boat Association, and Balmain Sailing Club participated in the Balmain Regatta in 1995 and 1996 as one of its Spring Series races.... [more]
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Lord Howe Island Race - Ocean Affinity takes line honours
Peter Campbell,
Lord Howe Island Race - Ocean Affinity takes line honours - The next objective for Stewart Lewis and his crew of the Marten 49 from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is to contest the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in late December.... [more]
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Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video
Robert Deaves,
Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video - A new video released this week by the International Finn Association hopes to demonstrate what is possible and is offered to showcase how appealing sailing can be, as much as it showcases the Finn.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR online registration open
Barby MacGowan,
Online registration opened Monday, November 1 for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR at the event web site, [more]
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Route du Rhum - Choices and challenges
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - After more than 24 hours at sea in conditions which have progressively eased off for the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale skippers, already many of the class leaders are hooked firmly into their strategic plays which could already dictate the outcome of their race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two new teams enter on opening day for Challenges
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. 'We're only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,' said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).... [more]
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Raymarine ticks every box for Marine Rescue NSW
Imprint Media,
Marine Rescue NSW has selected Raymarine to supply new electronic navigation systems for its fleet of 95 boats based along the entire New South Wales coast, from Eden to Tweed Heads.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Over 500 expected to attend
At the end of this week over 500 people from the world of sailing will come together in Athens, Greece, for the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members, all of them volunteers, will travel from around the world to Athens.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Mathieu Richard in confident mood
Monsoon Cup hopeful Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, is in buoyant mood ahead of the World Match Racing Tour's decider event, confident in the belief he can exploit the weaknesses of his nearest rivals to win the Match Racing World Champion title that has so far eluded him.... [more]
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Melbourne to Stanley – For glory and prizes
John Curnow,
Melbourne to Stanley 2010 - As there were only 11 boats to arrive in Stanley in North West Tasmania from the fleet of 32, the gathering for presentations may have been a little smaller than anticipated, but the enthusiasm and smiles well and truly made it seem like the full size crowd was in attendance.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island – Balance moves to head of the fleet
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race tonight sail the final 100 nautical miles of the rugged 414 nautical mile race across the Tasman Sea, and the powerful Beneteau 45 Balance, skippered by Paul Clitheroe, has hit the front as the leading yacht.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens makes pit stop after double crash
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Christophe Bullens has been forced to head for port after his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too was damaged in strong winds in the North Atlantic. The 49-year-old Belgian singlehander was sailing near to Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, when his boat was knocked flat twice while travelling at 16 knots.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield snared by Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield said this morning he is 'devastated' to still be in the Doldrums. At the end of last week the 57-year-old was just a few hundred miles behind race leader Brad Van Liew, sights firmly set on escaping the frustrating and unpredictable weather that characterises the Doldrums.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entries open today, announcement expected later
Richard Gladwell and AC Media,
Today is, or was 1 November 2010 - the first day entries for the 34th America's Cup will be accepted. The entry widow for the receipt of Challenges will remain open until 31st March 2011. Due to the fact that the defender Golden Gate Yacht Club is located in San Francisco, they will see the first day of November later than most - certainly after New Zealand and Europe from where the first c... [more]
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Sail Paradise - Jones enters new GP42 Alegria IV
Rob Mundle,
Rod Jones has chosen to enter his exciting new GP42 offshore racer, Alegria IV, in Sail Paradise off the Gold Coast in January... [more]
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Etchells 2011 Australian titles Geelong NOR & online entry - available
Event Media,
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club Inc. as the Organizing Authority in conjunction with the Geelong Int. Etchells Fleet Inc. invites entries for the International Etchells Class 2011 Australian Championships. Brian Case, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club Sailing Captain, predicts the 2011 Etchells titles will draw a strong fleet.... [more]
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A lifejacket only saves your life if you're wearing it
NSW Maritime,
A lifejacket only saves your life if you're wearing it - NSW Treasurer and Minister for Ports and Waterways Eric Roozendaal today reminded boaters across the state that new lifejacket laws for recreational boaters come into effect from today.... [more]
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New Simrad DSC-equipped VHF radios
Ben Sandman,
New Simrad DSC-equipped VHF radios - The fixed-mount RS10 and RS25 have each been designed to resist the harsh marine environment and feature easy-to-use Digital Select Calling (DSC) operation.... [more]
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ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship-Qualification regatta selection
Craig Heydon,
ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship-Qualification regatta selection - Yachting Australia wishes to advise that the selection events for the Australian 420 Girls and 420 Boys crews to compete at the 2011 ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship will be the 2011 Australian 420 Class Championship.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club - enter now!! &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Zhik Mission Beach Sailing Regatta sailed in perfect conditions
Tom Orr,
The Zhik Mission Beach Sailing regatta was held on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th October. Sixty-eight dinghies with over 120 competitors enjoyed 10-15 knot conditions with all scheduled races being sailed. The regatta included the F18 State Title and well as the Nacra NQ Championship. The 'Around Dunk' race was won by the F18 'Uppey' sailed by Adam Beattie and Jamie Leitner in 2hrs and 53min.... [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' - just a week to go, so enter now!! Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Australian sailors win Silver in Busan Cup match racing regatta
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Katie Spithill and her crew have won the Silver medal at the 2010 Busan Cup Women's International Match Race in Korea.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Missing yacht found
Peter Campbell,
There have been no further retirements from the 414 nautical mile Hempel Paints 37th Lord Howe Island Race since four boats pulled out on Saturday night and a further two yesterday. Rough sea conditions in the northern Tasman Sea have abated today.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiffs - Yandoo wins Race 1 of Club Championship
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - Skill and experience won the day for John Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson when they sailed their skiff Yandoo to victory in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
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Busan Cup Women's International Match Race Final - Leroy v Spithill
Busan Cup Women's International Match Race Final was sailed between Claire Leroy (FRA) and Katie Spithill (AUS).... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2010: A perfect start
Franck Cammas on Groupama 3, the most powerful of the Ultime's; setting out for the first time on their first ever head to head showdown of the giants - forged steadily ahead of the pack in this nine boat class. Jean-Pierre Dick on the new Virbac-Paprec 3, leads the IMOCA Open 60's at Frehel.... [more]
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Ballarat Yacht Club season opens - first time in seven years
Melanie Whelan,The Courier/Sail-World,
The breaking of the drought and the flooding of the western plains has not only been good for the farmers, but sailors are rejoicing as well. The Ballarat Yacht Club is back in business for the first time in seven years, as Melanie Whelan describes:... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Watson adds fuel to fourth edition
China Cup International Regatta,
At the welcoming press conference at China Cup's racing venue today, Jessica expressed her delight to be the Ambassador of China Cup. She said, 'I love sailing. I have interest in anything related to sailing activities. I believe it is an honor rather than a commercial behavior to be the Ambassador of China Cup. My aim is to introduce to Chinese people about my interest.'... [more]
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The Showdown 2010 - Mrs Mirror shows her dinghy sailing skills
Peter Campbell,
Jenny Graney has been sailing International Mirror dinghies since she was a slip of girl, as crew and as a skipper, and her performance in The Showdown regatta this weekend left no doubt as to her ongoing skills after 30 years in the class.... [more]
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Transfusion wins 2010 Pittwater Farr 40 regatta
Sam Crichton,
Farr 40 Summer series – Two days of racing on the Palm Beach circle off the iconic Palm Beach in Sydney's north has delivered the 2010 Pittwater Farr 40 regatta win to Guido Belgiorno Nettis' Transfusion. The fleet, which had two new teams lining up for this event, raced six races over the two days and the weather gods provided plenty of breeze and swell giving the six boat fleet a taste of what'... [more]
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The Showdown Regatta - Elliott Noye takes Lasers on a countback
Peter Campbell,
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmanian Dinghy Group sailors Elliott Noye and George Jones are a remarkable pair of young International Laser sailors, highly competitive when racing each other, yet training together regularly to improve each other's techniques and tactics in the Olympic single-handed class.... [more]
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Gosford Lord Howe Island Race - Big seas force six yachts out
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race. - Heavy seas and strong winds in the northern Tasman Sea have forced six of the 17 yachts to retire from the Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race.... [more]
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