Summer is coming up fast and so it the end of the Win Two Optis competition

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 08 Nov 2010

After a cold and wet period, we've had 168mm of rain, this last week in the mountains behind Lake Macquarie, its 30 degrees today and summer is coming fast.

We've had the Win an Opti competition running for almost six months now, it finishes in a couple of weeks, so please get your entry in now. Remember its one Opti for the Kids and one for the Club- so pass on the link... the more entries from your Club, the better the chance is it will win.

The Sail-World Team

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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How to recognise Drowning - it's NOT like shown on TV
Mario Vittone,
Have you ever witnessed someone drowning? Would you recognise it if you did? Leisure sailors spend all their sailing time in and around water, so knowing when someone is drowning is a vital skill. According to marine safety specialist Mario Vittone, it's nothing like what you see on TV, so learning to recognise it could save a life. In this excellent article, Mario explains... [more]
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Manly to Paradise NOR and Online Entry Now Available
Suellen Hurling,
The Manly to Paradise race will commence at 0900 hours on Moreton Bay east of Green Island on Sat January 8th 2011. The boats will sail north to Finders Reef off the tip of Cape Moreton then south along the coastlines of Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, finishing off Main Beach at Surfers Paradise.... [more]
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Seawind buys Corsair and bolsters global network
Jeni Bone,
Perhaps the biggest news in the marine industry in terms of mergers and acquisitions, Seawind Catamarans has bought Corsair Marine, forging a multihull behemoth on all continents and raise the profile of both brands. In this exclusive interview, Sales & Marketing manager for Seawind, Brent Vaughan, explains the reasons, the benefits for both brands and what international customers can expect.... [more]
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16ft Skiffs - Fluid back on top with a bit of luck
James Bury,
Clint Bowen has steered Fluid Building Services to multiple titles at club, state and national level over the past decade by demanding plenty of himself and those on the boat. Bowen is in front after the first two (of six) heats but is taking nothing for granted, especially given the unpredictable weather of late.... [more]
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Kids Tackers program to help Victoria's stricken regional yacht clubs
Mike Sabey,
Yachting Victoria with the support of the Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino is pleased to announce an immediate program to get primary school age children through regional Victoria to go sailing.... [more]
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Dragon NSW Championship - Andrew York's Wizzardry wins
Peter Campbell,
Dragon NSW Championship - Andrew York wins - The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducted the regatta over the extended weekend with two races sailed last Friday, three on Saturday and the final three on Sunday in a wide range of conditions on the harbour, from a ‘lottery' on Friday to perfect weather for the final day.... [more]
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Smart One joins with Club Marine
Tim Jones,
Smart One joins with Club Marine - The Yacht Sentinel, with its inbuilt GPS, not only remotely tracks a user's boat, but can also alert the user to such emergencies as power failure, flooding or unauthorised entry.... [more]
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The REAL challenges for Olympic Sailing
Rob Size, 470 sailor,
The overwhelming response to this Olympic shake down has been focused around the classes sailed at the Games. This is an important issue no doubt, but in no way the most significant challenge sailing faces as an Olympic sport. The number one challenge faced by sailing as an Olympic sport is the disappointing way in which it is presented on television.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Australian sailors go to Athens
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Australian sailors go to Athens - Laser sailor Tom Slingsby and 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are both aiming to be the first Australians to be named the winner of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the most prestigious award in the sport.... [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 on the Olympic Events by!clicking_here... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Who's that coming round the corner... is it a monster?
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - The ultimate honours in the historic clash of the monster multis, the no-holds-barred Ultime class which has set an electric pace for this historic 2010 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, will go down to the final 400 miles with a subtle, tactical showdown in light breezes.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Irish team is 17th entry
Oliver Dewar,
The entry list for the double-handed, Class40, round the world Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is rapidly filling.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale: Class40 week 1 report
Oliver Dewar,
On Sunday 31st October at 13:02 local time, the 85 multi- and monhulls of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale single-handed race crossed the startline just north Pointe du Grouin off Saint-Malo, Brittany. The fleet will race 3,600 miles across the North Atlantic to Guadeloupe in France's premier solo transatlantic race.... [more]
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NSW 18ft Skiff Championship Race 1 - Jarvin and a different crew
Frank Quealey,
2010-2011 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship Race 1 of the five race series on Sydney Harbour today. The race was sailed in a 15-knot North-East breeze and all teams elected to carry their bigger 1 rigs. From the outset, Gotta Love It 7 had boat speed and height to windward and quickly set the pace to the windward mark at Beashel Buoy.... [more]
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World Record Attempt - Five weeks till crew applications close
Ian Thomson,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing Around Australia Record attempt on Brindabella has positions available to experienced sailors. The record attempt will take place in May 2011 and with 12 spots on the crew open to sailors around the world, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in a world record attempt. What's more you get to attempt this record on Australia's most famous racing yacht... [more]
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Sailing Manager Wanted
Jeremey Atkinson,
Woollahra Sailing Club on Sydney Harbour is seeking the services of a dynamic and highly organised Sailing Manager / Club Coach to oversee all aspects of the Club's busy sailing program including our busy sailing school.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama's logical plan
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - With less than a year to go to the start, the fourth and final update this week comes from Team Groupama, skippered by offshore specialist, Franck Cammas.... [more]
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Sailing the Med in Eye Candy: Tunisia and the end of the season
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne are cruising the Mediterannean in their yacht Eye Candy, and have reached Monastir in Tunisia, where they will leave their boat for the European winter. After working on the boat for some days, they set out with another couple and an English speaking guide to explore Tunisia.... [more]
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Sled captures Geraldton Ocean Classic honours
Bernie Kaaks,
A few surprises heralded the announcement of the overall results of the Automasters/Redink Homes Geraldton Ocean Classic and return races at the presentation dinner held at South of Perth Yacht Club last night. Fastest time overall went to Trevor Taylor's Marten 49, Optimus Prime, a reward for his consistency as he finished in second place in both races. Sled's performance in winning line honours... [more]
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Optimistic sailing start for skipper Andrew Hunn
Peter Campbell,
Champion Hobart yachtsman Andrew Hunn got some unusual sail training today before today's Bellerive Yacht Club pennant racing in his state-of-the-art Farr 40 Voodoo Chile.... [more]
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Cutter, Boat, Gig, Launch.
John Curnow,
Cutter, Boat, Gig, Launch. - No matter which name you choose for a Pilot vessel, the official launch and christening of Akuna IV on Friday was a sensational affair. Her indigenous name means flowing water and as you can see from the images, that certainly was proven to be very apt on the day.... [more]
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Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - A-Cats to join the party
Rainer Bohrer VDAC,
Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - This is very good news for the A-Cat class: it will take part in the 2011 Kiel Sailing Week; for the first time since 2001, it will once again be represented in the international section. In recent times the innovative A-Cat class has gained in stature and is attracting many sailors, including absolutely world class sailors like James Spithill.... [more]
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Capital Insurance Brokers ACT Dinghy Champs attracts 130 boats
Nicole Douglass,
Racing was held on the West and Central basins of Lake Burley Griffin, with two separate race management teams. The Canberra Yacht Club did a fantastic job of hosting the numerous classes, which ranged from Optimists to Flying Fifteens and Sailability classes. The volunteers as always were the key to the success of this regatta, thanks to all who made the event possible.... [more]
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Tasmania's Sandy Bay will host International Cadet Worlds 2012
Peter Campbell,
The International Cadet Class has awarded Hobart's Sandy Bay Sailing Club the rights to host the 2012 World Championships commencing in late December 2012.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection
The Sail-World Team,
There is more and more video footage being published online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe - Missing' yacht Frantic finally reaches port
Peter Campbell,
The Hempel Paints Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race yacht Frantic has safely reached Newcastle Harbour after being out of radio communication since the start of the 414 nautical mile race last Saturday, 30 October.... [more]
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Yacht crew shaken after collision with cargo ship
Dispatch Online/Sail-World Cruising,
Three South African crew members on a yacht delivery trip between East London and Port Elizabeth had a narrow escape after their yacht was smashed from behind by a large cargo ship near Port Alfred. The incident happened in broad daylight at around 6am yesterday as the crew were underway to deliver the vessel to its owner, Quinton Dosson, in Port Elizabeth.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2010 underway tomorrow
ISAF Annual Conference 2010 - The ISAF Annual Conference 2010 kicks off tomorrow (5 November) with the Commissions of the International Sailing Federation reporting on their activities for the past year and advising on their particular areas of expertise.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing: New multihull analysis asks hard questions of ISAF
Richard Gladwell and UKCRA,
Just over a week before the start of the International Sailing Federation's Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece the vociferous UK Catamaran Racing Association has issued an analysis, which not surprisingly makes a strong case for the inclusion of a Multihull Event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. Three years ago, at the same conference in Estoril, Portugal, the various Olympic class politicia... [more]
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Australian Youth Sailing Team support staff sought
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is calling for expressions of interest for support staff for the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team for the 2011 Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team release 2010 highlights video
Craig Heydon,
Australian Sailing Team release 2010 highlights video - The year began in style with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen finishing second at the 2010 49er World Championship in the Bahamas, fighting their way back through the fleet after a tough start to the regatta to bring home the Silver medal.... [more]
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New disposal system nets large number of flares
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime reports that almost 6000 flares have been deposited since a new partnership for their safe disposal began in March. Early indications were that boaters had got the message and were responding enthusiastically to safely dispose of flares and keep them out of landfill.... [more]
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Fisheries assault nets prison term for Sunshine man
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
A 29-year-old man who drove at and hit a Fisheries Officer while attempting to flee has been sentenced to two months' jail. The Sunshine West man also pleaded guilty to obstructing Fisheries Officers and possessing commercial fishing equipment.... [more]
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Design A Better Life Jacket And Win $5,000
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you find aspects of your life jacket you could design better? Are you frustrated by the inability to get just what you want? If you can design a better life jacket, you could win $5000 in a new world wide competition.... [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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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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Chichester's Gypsy Moth secure, but not Watson's Pink Lady
Sail-World Round-up,
When a solo sailor inspires a nation, as Sir Francis Chichester did the British with his solo sailing exploits, or as Jessica Watson did the Australians with her sixteen-year-old solo global sail, there's much regret if their boat is sold to another nation. It's now been confirmed that Chichester's Gypsy Moth is to remain in Britain, no one knows about Jessica Watson's yacht Pink Lady.... [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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Sailor with no EPIRB drifts for days before rescue
Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
'It can't happen to me.' But yes it can. Another leisure sailor has drifted in the ocean for days before being rescued because he didn't have a registered EPIRB on board his boat.... [more]
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Opinion: Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. There is no doubt that the Olympic Commission has done an outstanding job by firing the first bullets on some of ISAFs holy cows, however there is still a huge risk that the final decision makers inside ISAF fail half way up the hill.... [more]
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