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 15 Dec 2010

It's this crazy time of year when sailing news comes from anywhere.

While Sail Melbourne is blown out today, the Etchells Pre-Nationals will be on this weekend, had a good yarn with the 2010 Etchells World Champion John Bertrand ahead of that, we will bring some extracts of that conversation tomorrow.

Tom Slingsby is a class act on and off the water today. Everyone was very impressed by his speech last night when he received his Rolex Sailor of the Year Award.

Sail-World USA continues to break the news about the AC defence. Read Gavin you've got Mail and more from Richard Gladwell.

If you've not scene Ichi Ban in the breaking surf on Kata Beach take a look now.

By the way brace your self – between 8th and 15th January, there are three World Championships in Australia, the Dragon Worlds, the Moth Worlds and the Musto Skiff Worlds as well as the Etchells Nationals.

But first we have to get there... now it's your turn to do your part...catch up with what has happened over the last few days.

The Sail-World Team

America's Cup: Supes pass San Francisco's best bid for Venue Hosting
Richard Gladwell,
Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup. That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, has finally received his trophy, Rolex watch and the accolades of his peers after he was prevented from attending the official ceremony in Athens last month.... [more]
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Audi King of the Docklands takes on a new ‘skin'
Portia Dixon,
Audi King of the Docklands 2011 event promises to be a who's who of yachting. Racing in Docklands' Victoria Harbour under a new knockout 'skin' format, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st January 2011, Audi King of the Docklands will see world champions from many classes sail in SB3's as part of the SB3 Australian GP circuit.... [more]
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Melbourne to Launceston race has high quality fleet line up
Peter Campbell,
Melbourne to Launceston ocean race's fleet will have one of the highest quality fleets in years line up to race across Bass Strait, including the line honours winner of last year's longer Melbourne to Hobart Eastcoaster race.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Strong winds cause cancellation of third day
Craig Heydon,
After a delay this morning due to strong winds the Sail Melbourne race committee announced at 11.30am that racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup had been called off for the day. The current winds, already gusting over 30 knots, are predicted to increase throughout the afternoon before moderating later this evening.... [more]
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James Spithill's speech at World Yacht Racing Forum
BMW Oracle Racing Blog,
BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill gave the Opening Keynote Speech this morning at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril, Portugal. Here is a copy of the speech.... [more]
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SP-High Modulus sponsors the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds on Lake Macquarie
Pat Langley,
The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) is delighted to announce partner sponsorship by SP- High Modulus of the Zhik Moth Worlds due to be held on Lake Macquarie from January 8th through to January 14th 2011.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge; Dale Lorimer Images
Dale Lorimer,
While Oprah was wowing crowds at the Opera House nearby, Dale Lorimer was out on the water capturing all the action of the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Here are some of her images.... [more]
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HSC Over? Sailing for Australia's first university
Tom Mallet,
With the release of HSC results, many of Australia's best and brightest are now thinking what next? It is little known that the University of Sydney has scholarships available for the next generation of elite athletes and Olympians.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Three Toms near the front
Craig Heydon,
Tom Slingsby, the three-time Laser world champion, has moved rapidly up the leader board just as he did at Sail Sydney. World Match Race Champion and triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie was near the front all day, without breaking through for a winin the Finn class. His 3,9,6 record leaves him in sixth place.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Australian crews in with a chance
Craig Heydon,
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page ended day two of racing at Sail Melbourne with a two point lead over Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl following their third, first and second place finishes in light breeze off of Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2010 - Asian nations pump to the top in RS:X
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne, the first leg of the 2011 ISAF World Cup - The light conditions on Port Phillip Bay suited the Chinese and Hong Kong windsurfers, who completed almost a clean sweep of the RS:X men's and women's events today.... [more]
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Sabot Australian Championships - Shipway sailing in grandfather's wake
Peter Campbell,
Sabot Championships - Grace Shipway sailing in her grandfather's wake - Grace Shipway, the grand daughter of the ‘Father of Sabots', Lionel Shipway, will be among a huge fleet of young sailors competing in the Sabot Australian Championships and Sabot Week at Wynyard, on Tasmania's north-west coast from 30 December to 4 January.... [more]
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Sailing wins Program of the Year at AIS Awards
Craig Heydon,
Sailing wins Program of the Year at AIS Awards -The Australian-AIS Sailing Team has been named Program of the Year at the annual Australian Institute of Sport Awards, held on Monday night in Canberra.... [more]
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Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010 event summary
PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010, 5-12 December 2010 event summary. After six days of waiting for stable wind conditions, today was the day. The wind began to pick up in strength near noon and the first heats of the day gotunderway. Race director Olaf Van Tol made the decision to begin the day with the wave discipline, as the conditions were not 100% suitable for the freestylers.... [more]
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Sailability Special Olympics Regatta in March 2011
Richard Byrne,
There will be a Special Olympics Regatta at Grahamstown Dam* near Raymond Terrace, NSW over the weekend 12-13 March 2011.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail...
Richard Gladwell,
The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more]
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America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles
Paul Oliva,
Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010 - boats still on the beach
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Since the multiple beaching of boats this morning, the tide has come up and is now on the ebb. All the multihulls (Thor, Pagatoon, Moto Inzi, Miss Saigon, Silk Purse) were sucessfully dragged, pushed and hauled up beyond the high water mark. Owners expect to reverse the process and refloat the boats when conditions have calmed down... maybe tomorrow.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: abnormal conditions hit fleet, update
Tracey Johnstone & Guy Nowell,
The drama continues on Kata Beach this morning with seven boats on the break and four beached as racing is cancelled on the last day of the Phuket King's Cup. Many boats have already left the bay heading for shelter in Ao Chalong. The mark boats are already there awaiting direction to return to provide ground tackle to any boats struggling to hold their anchors.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010:racing cancelled, wind, big seas, damaged boats
Tracey Johnstone,
Racing for the final day of the 24th King's Cup Regatta has been cancelled due to the large rescue operation currently underway on Kata Beach... [more]
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The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF
John Curnow,
It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010. Oops! Ichiban grounded (and re-floated)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The classic recipe of weight on the boom, roll the boat over to reduce the draft, keep the engine running, and some towing assistance from dinghies in the vicinity did the trick... [more]
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