The Star, the Heffalump Trap, Ronstan and the Girls

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 12 Nov 2010

There are some major decisions being made in Athens at the ISAF Conference right now. The Star Class will have to fight hard to stay on the Olympic roster with the Multihulls likely to replace them.

Our Editor at Large Richard Gladwell is providing some thoughtful analysis. His Winny the Pooh analogy certainly caused some belly laughs amongst certain of the delegates yesterday.

Now he has done the maths which show that Olympic Sailing slots have swung to female gender bias.

We put the spotlight on Ronstan this week, a fifty year old Australian company doing well on the World stage.

Our Sail-World Video selection was very popular last week, on all our sites around the world and yes, it is a bit Oz biased.... see what you thing of our effort this week.

Have fun......

The Sail-World Team

ISAF Conference: Gender balance skewed with 2016 Event selection
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation's Events Committee have effectively skewed the gender balance in Olympic sailing, with its choices of Event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta, which were selected at its meeting in Athens on Wednesday. The reason for the imbalance is the selection of two Mixed classes (one male and one female sailor), when previously this type of Event has not been used in the O... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up 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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Ronstan investing in Australian manufacturing
Brendan Maxwell,
While around the world manufacturing is moving from the major industrial countries to Asia, one of the world leaders in the marine industry Ronstan, one of the largest sailing and architectural hardware manufacturers in the world, is in fact expanding manufacturing operations on its home turf.... [more]
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The Rise of Ronstan - It started with a broach
Helen Hopcroft,
Ronstan started with a broach. On of the giants on the world stage in marine fittings is Australian company Ronstan. The genesis of the company dates back to an event that happened nearly 60 years ago when a spectacular broach cost the race leader the 12 Square Metre 1951 Victorian Championships.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF Events Committee falls into its Heffalump Trap
Richard Gladwell,
ISAF's Events' Committee seems to have fallen into its own Heffalump Trap after conducting two key votes at the ISAF annual Conference in Athens. The trap was inadvertently set by the ISAF's own Executive Committee in the form of two submissions which prescribed two votes to be undertaken, first by the Events Committee and then by the ISAF Council.... [more]
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The 18th Surf to City Yacht Race will be held on 22nd January 2011
Nigel Statham,
The Surf to City Notice of Race is now available for download from No other race in Australia consists of two fleets, an offshore and inshore fleet, both starting and finishing at the same place. The Surf to City Yacht Race is also one of a handful of races that see both monohull and multihull yachts compete against each other.... [more]
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The Boxing Day Dash - New name and new Divisions
John Curnow,
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's annual dash down Port Phillip has a new name – the Boxing Day Dash. Its former and oh-so-unfortunate name was an absolute delight for SPAM filters and they just don't tolerate that sort of language, or variations thereof, anymore. My how things change...... [more]
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ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010
ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010 - ISAF President Göran Petersson set out the challenges ahead as he delivered his opening address, the President's Report, to the ISAF Council members during their first day of meetings at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference held in Athens, Greece.... [more]
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Youth Sailing Grand Prix shines a light on Australia's next champions
Craig Heydon,
Youth Sailing Grand Prix shines a light on Australia's next champions - For the first time ever Yachting Australia will be awarding prize money for a youth event, up to $3,000 per winning crew, dependent on the class. This is designed to assist with the costs incurred campaigning with the winners required to use the funds to compete at further events.... [more]
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Racing for Club and Inshore Yachts at 2010 SSORC
Louise Bashford,
Racing for Club & Inshore Racing Yachts at the 2010 SSORC • Seven Islands Championship adds to the tapestry of 2010 SSORC • Harbour Course Saturday 27 November for Club Racers • Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker Divisions MHYC has broadened the appeal of the SSORC by providing a harbour course on Saturday 27 November for club racers and inshore racing yachts.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle ready to race
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing team has been in preparation this week for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, the final event of the Louis Vuitton World Series.... [more]
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Celebrate the Champagne Start to the Summer Season of Yacht Racing
Louise Bashford,
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship – The Champagne Start to Sydney Yacht Racing Season • 27 & 28 November 2010 • Entries Flood In for this Premier Event • Enter now at [more]
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Old Salts of Yachting race for the Inaugural Holey Dollar Veterans Cup
Louise Bashford,
Is your boat over 30 years old? Or are you 15 years old and have a 75 year old boat? Are you 75 and have a 15 year old boat? 89? And bought your first boat last year? Come join the Old Salts for the Holey Dollar Veterans Cup... [more]
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30th Pittwater to Coffs Race - entries roll in
Damian Damian,
With just under a month to close, entries continue to roll in for the 30th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race and over the past week a further handful of entries have been received through including the Elliot 57 ‘Future Shock', Craig Ellis' green machine from the CYC.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - IMOCA Open 60 battle
Route du Rhum,
In the IMOCA Open 60's class it's a tactical battle which is at times painfully slow, testing skippers' patience and durability. With just under 340 miles to go to the finish and a protective zone of light winds and calm fencing off the islands, it is going to be a case of finding and knitting together the corridors of breeze to get down to Guadeloupe.... [more]
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49ers - theatre style in Perth
Jerelyn Beihl,
The International 49er class will be performing a second test of 'Theatre Style' racing in Perth, Australia on November 14th.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series and 49er Class strategic partnership
Extreme Sailing Series,
Starting in 2011, the Extreme Sailing Series™ will see the 49er racing alongside the Extreme 40, as part of the ‘Stadium' showcase entertainment that the award-winning professional sailing circuit is renowned for.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Regatta Dubai is the end of an era
Bruno Trouble,
IACC boats were used in five America's Cup and five Louis Vuitton Cup regattas from 1992 to 2007. The four Version 5 boats racing in Dubai – two from BMW Oracle Racing and two from Emirates Team New Zealand – were amongst the last boats built to the rule.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Minoprio dismisses rivals Williams and Mirsky
Current ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing believes Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team pose no threat to his quest to win this year's Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Conference - Multi suggest supplied boats as lobbying continues
Roland Gaebler,
ISAF World Cup Series -The votes and the comments of the ISAF Events committee members yesterday shows us clearly that many nations have major proplems to finance sailing on the Olympic Level. The Olympics and the ISAF World Cup Series with many events around the world is a real financial challenge for many MNAs and sailors.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Battle for podium positions ramps up
Velux 5 Oceans,
With less than 2,300 nautical miles to go to the finish line, the competition for a podium position in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans is as hot as ever. While Brad Van Liew on Le Pingouin and Zbigniew Gutkowski on Operon Racing fight it out for first place, a similar battle is raging between Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major for third... [more]
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Sail Sydney early entries close Friday 12th November
Daniel Williams,
Get your entry in today and take advantage of the early entry fee as early entries close at 1700hrs on Friday 12th November 2010. Classified by ISAF as a Grade 1 event, Sail Sydney is not to be missed. Sail Sydney is a great event to test your speed, tactics and technique before heading to Sail Melbourne for the World Cup.... [more]
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ISAF Events Committee vote Star Out and Multihull in,
It was the most packed session we have had this week to hear the Events Committee's recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - The sailors honoured
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - Blanca Manchón (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS) joined the sailing world's list of highest achievers last night, as they were respectively named female and male recipients of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.... [more]
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Skiffs Parramatta River Championship - Gemmell Sails survives carnage
Nick Press,
Murray Press and Ben Gemmell managed to avoid some early carnage on the first down wind leg of the Parramatta River Championship, to go on a record a comfortable victory. Off the start four boats tangled for the lead, with Dimension Polyant (Nick Press and Brad Yabsley) and Garde alternating at the front, and Gemmell sail and LCC snapping at their heals.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas ASBA Queensland Sports Boat Titles
Darren Spence,
20-21 November 2010 – Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. With less than 10 days before racing starts, the fleet is starting to take shape for the second ever Meridien Marinas ASBA Qld Sports Boat Titles. Boats and crews are travelling from all points of the compass this year to what will also be a great lead-up event to the ASBA National Titles.... [more]
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Slingsby - the Man on a Mission
Tom Slingsby,
Australia's Laser sailor Tom Slingsby was the gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. But he had a shocker, finishing 22nd overall. After the event Tom talked about what happened and the road ahead. After an amazing season with two World Cahmpionships and four World Cup wins from four event, he is plainly a Man on a Mission.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby - a well deserved World Sailor of the Year
John Curnow,
A little while ago, we saw how Tom Slingsby had no sooner won his third Laser World Championship, than he took to the air to get back in Australia. Once here, he got his foiling Moth out and took to the air, yet again, in preparation for the Moth Worlds on Lake Macquarie.... [more]
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IRC opens the door to composite rigging and more fun!
Future Fibres,
IRC - At the May 2010 meeting of the IRC Technical committee it was noted that 'the technology of composite standing rigging has matured significantly in recent years to the extent that it is now becoming close to mainstream. There is now evidence that composite standing rigging has a life expectancy at least that of steel rod rigging.'... [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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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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Four rescued, yacht abandoned southwest of Fiji
Adam Ray/Sail-World Cruising,
3News in New Zealand has reported that four sailors from New Zealand have been rescued from the Pacific Ocean by a container ship, after their yacht's rudder was damaged by a massive wave, and their yacht has been abandoned.... [more]
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