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 01 Dec 2010

Writing this from eastern Malaysia, listening to the Mullah's in the pre-dawn, as they sing from a host of different Mosques on each side of the Terengganu River.

Three Perth sailors, Peter Gilmour and two of his former match racing pupil Torvar Mirsky are all competing in the US$475,000 Monsoon Cup.

When this event started six years ago, the Europeans did not seem to understand that the centre of the sailing universe was moving south east. They do now.

We will bring you blow by blow coverage of this major event.

Today we bring you a major feature article on Garry Linacre the Commodore of the CYCA, which in our opinion is these days the premier Ocean Racing Club world-wide. This is a must read.

In other news the 2011 Etchells Australian titles announces its title sponsor and Jessica Watson puts paid to the media beat up.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Garry Linacre a top man for the top
John Curnow,
CYCA - He's been in the post for a few months now, but the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Commodore, Garry Linacre, is not new to the scene or the sport, for that matter. On the contrary, Garry is eminently qualified for the role and above all of that, is one hell of a nice guy... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Double Champion Peter Gilmour looking for third title
YANMAR Racing media,
While there is strong focus on the Monsoon Cup 2010, which will be sailed in Terengganu Malaysia this week,, as the final round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour, the 12 teams competing for this ninth event on the 2010 Tour are very much aware that this event carries overall prize money of US$475,000 which it's the richest prize in sailing.... [more]
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Mirror MacIntyre Cup -Tasmanian mirror fleet transforms in preparation
Grant Atherton,
Tasmania's International Mirror Class Macintyre Cup regatta at Kingston Beach Sailing Club on 27th and 28th November marked the finish of a transformation of the boats headed to the National and World Championships in Albany, WA over the Christmas/New Year period. Although the regatta had only 11 entries, eight of those present are going to Albany and the regatta was their last major hit out.... [more]
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Richard confident of claiming the World Championship
Mathieu Richard has arrived at the Monsoon Cup confident that he can silence his critics. The pressure has been mounting on Richard in the recent weeks after failing to make it through the qualifying stages of the last event in Bermuda, while people have also questioned the Frenchman's decision to race in Perth last week with Richard having a poor track record of racing back to back.... [more]
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Jessica Watson puts paid to Hobart media beat up
There was a slow news day last week and we were greeted with breathless news titles from some of the mainstream print media with the startling news 'Jessica Watson banned from Sydney to Hobart race.' Startling it was because Jessica Watson was not banned, she did not enter, as she explains in this statement.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Burman's regatta turned around on day two
Craig Heydon,
Sail Brisbane has seen Sydney-based Laser sailor and Australian Sailing Development Squad member, James Burman, put himself into reckoning by winning the final two races of day two. After placing fifth in the first three races of the regatta, Burman did some serious soul-searching.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne promises plenty for everyone
Craig Heydon,
Melbourne is set to welcome the world's top Olympic class sailors to the waters of Port Phillip Bay with the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Sail Melbourne, beginning in less than three weeks. Those competing at Sail Melbourne include Great Britain's most successful Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie who will contest the Finn class against countryman and 2010 Finn World Champion Ed Wright.... [more]
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Launceston to Hobart Yacht set for a record fleet
peter Campbell,
Australia's newest and fastest growing ocean race, the Sargisons Jewellers and Natuzzi Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race around the spectacular east coast of Tasmania, looks certain to attract a record fleet of between 35 and 40 boats this year.... [more]
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International yacht race from Fremantle to Bali officially launched
Janine Pittaway,
Fremantle, Western Australia is celebrating the start of a new era of ‘big boat' ocean racing in Western Australia with the official launch of the Visit Indonesia Fremantle to Bali 2011 event hosted by Fremantle Sailing Club.... [more]
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Zhik Australian 49er Championship 2010-11 - Day three
Margaret Jensen,
Zhik Australian 49er Championship - The first two days of the series have been tough for sailors and race officers. Twenty-five knots of breeze on Saturday brought lots of dramatic capsizes and tension at the marks. One competitor was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, and a second suffered torn ankle tendons when his foot was caught in the foot straps.... [more]
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OAMPS Australian Youth Championship 2011 - Entry deadline extended
Craig Heydon,
OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2011 - Yachting Australia has extended the entry deadline for the 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship until Wednesday December 8, 2010.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Light winds challenge sailors on first day
Craig Heydon,
Light winds challenged sailors on first day of Sail Brisbane. In the Laser Standard class, Australian Sailing Development Squad member Ryan Palk, fresh from a successful tour of Europe, shared the honours with his RQYS club mate Klade Hauschildt.... [more]
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The Big Apple Lead First Round of the Flying 11 NSW State Championship
David Price,
It was standing room only at the Spit with the first round of the 2010-2011 NSW F11 fleet rigging boats in every spare and conceivable space along the beach front and across the channel on Clontarf Beach. Picture perfect sailing conditions prevailed with the fleet procession out to the sound a spectacular display of youthful exuberance, a continuum of sail working up to the startline off Grotto Pt... [more]
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Exile,Loki and Kokomo shine in 2010
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship - Showing the competition how it's done, the team on Exile with Rob Reynolds owner and skipper and Julie Hodder, MHYC's Commodore and tactician, have convincingly won the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship's (SSORC) IRC Grand Prix division in conditions going from perfect to poor with winds ranging from over 20 knots on Day 1 to three knots on Day 2.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2010. All the way down to The Wire and The Room
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After an evenly matched start, and running level down the first leeward leg of the race, disaster struck Evolution Racing in the form of a fish trap on the keel – not unknown in these waters, but not so common inside Langkawi's Bass Harbour. ‘It definitely wasn't a lightweight carbon fibre streamlined fish trap,' said one crewmember, ruefully, ‘more of the max heavy agricultural variety'.... [more]
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Etchells Nationals 2011 - Audi sailing connection continues
Audi Etchells Nationals Media,
Etchells Nationals 2011 - Audi, the prestige automotive company, has been firmly associated with sailing in Australian in recent years.... [more]
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Sail Down Under Series - Follow all the action online from today
Craig Heydon,
Sail Down Under Series - Racing begins today at the opening round of the 2010 Sail Down Under Series, Sail Brisbane, with just over 100 crews set to hit the water of Brisbane's Moreton Bay for four days of racing.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Follow all the action online from today
Craig Heydon,
Sail Brisbane - Follow all the action online from today - Racing begins today at the opening round of the 2010 Sail Down Under Series, Sail Brisbane, with just over 100 crews set to hit the water of Brisbane's Moreton Bay for four days of racing.... [more]
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Go Sailing Day - Wrap on Yachting Victoria's recent community
Yachting Victoria,
Go Sailing Day - Despite strong winds a record thirty six Victorian yacht clubs welcomed hundreds of visitors for the free annual community Go Sailing Day on Sunday seventh of November.... [more]
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Waka Racing report from the Australia Cup, Day 4
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Australia Cup: Today dawned on us like any other race day. We were 1 nil down in our Semi Final against 3x Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Ainsle. Little did we know that we were about to embark on our greatest day of racing to date. Where we would defeat some of the biggest names of our sport to win the 2010 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Australia Day Sandy Bay Regatta 2011 - Hobart link
Peter Campbell,
Australia Day Sandy Bay Regatta 2011 - Sydney and Hobart are Australia's two oldest seaports, with colonial sailing and rowing enthusiasts organising the nation's first regattas on Sydney Harbour on the River Derwent back in the early 1800s.... [more]
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Australian Farr 40 Circuit - Kokomo wins MHYC SSORC division
Sam Crichton,
Australian Farr 40 Circuit: In the third event in the 2010-2011 circuit, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) was won by Lang Walker's Kokomo after two days of racing on the Manly Circle off Sydney heads... [more]
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Beneteau heads for China
Mandy Lo, The Standard,
Beneteau, now 125 years old, is heading for China. It watched the rise of the sailing culture in Europe, and then in the USA, where it took 50 years to become popular. So aiming for China is just second nature, as Mandy Lo writes:... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Cape Town superstition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - A year from now, the Volvo Open 70 fleet will be arriving into the first port of call in the 2011 - 12 Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town. ‘The tavern of the seas' will be a safe haven after the proving ground of the first 6,500 nautical miles of the race.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup welcomes Royal Sailor
The Monsoon Cup is set once again to welcome its patron the King of Malaysia, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, His Royal Highness Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Almarhum Al-Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billal Shah for the event's curtain raiser, the Coronation Cup on 30 November, held especially in honour of His Royal Highness.... [more]
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2010-2011 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship - Gotta Love It 7 champion
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7's team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage secured the 2010-2011 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship win with another outstanding victory. In a fading North-East to East breeze Gotta Love It 7 led from early on the first spinnaker run.... [more]
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SSORC Day Two - Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
The strong northeasterly breezes from yesterday's racing persisted through the night, leaving an impressive swell today for the offshore courses on the second day of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship. Sadly the sun did not return today and with a gradually dying northerly that rarely topped 1o knots the various fleets were presented with some challenging racing conditions.... [more]
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Endeavour Yachts Memorial Regatta 2011
Grant Mckellar,
The Botany Bay Yacht Club in Sydney Australia will be holding the Endeavour Yachts National and State Championships from the 14th to 16th of January 2011.The racing will be held on the great waters of Botany Bay in a mix of windward/leeward and Olympic courses under the clubs race management.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Emirates Team NZ takes Last Waltz
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Racing in its second home, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today, defeating the USA's BMW Oracle Racing in two straight races.... [more]
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