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 22 Dec 2010

We are down at the CYCA but the flow of news continues around the Asia Pacific and beyond ...

Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race- 33 yachts to contest race
Peter Campbell,
The 2010 Sargisons Jewellers & Natuzzi Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race will start next Monday, 27 December 2010.... [more]
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New McConaghy 38 chooses Tacktick performance electronics
Jane Arakawa,
The new light displacement McConaghy 38 performance racing yacht is to fit the full Tacktick wireless Maxi performance electronics system as standard including the Remote Display unit. With no wires to run through the boat or up the mast, and super-thin, lightweight displays, Tacktick's instruments offer the most weight efficient package for race boat owners.... [more]
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Mewstone Race challenge issued by Tasmanian skippers
Peter Campbell,
A challenge has been issued for visiting mainland yacht owners to contest the nation's southernmost ocean race, the Mewstone, to be sailed out of Hobart to 43 degrees south on 21 January 2011. The Mewstone Race, which will take yachts down to the ‘Roaring Forties' along the rugged southern coast of Tasmania, will start on Friday evening, 21 January.... [more]
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Belcher and Page 470 Team - Enjoying a few weeks rest
Malcolm Page and Mat Belcher,
Malcolm and I are pleased to report that we have come away with our first Gold Medal for 2011 at an ISAF Sailing World Cup event. We are now enjoying a few weeks rest before resuming our training again in early January to prepare for the next World Cup stop for 2011 in Miami, USA.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Daily News updates on Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News is reporting on the developments in Rhode Island on their bid to host the 34th America's Cup in the state. BMW Oracle Racing have had a negotiating team in Newport for a week holding discussions over staging the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco, previously described by the team as having a 'winning bid', changed the deal that had been under negotiation for four mont... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2010 - What a season
2010 edition of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and on the water, the script could not have been given a more thrilling twist. The Monsoon Cup was a final that went down to the wire. Having led the Tour standings all season, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team arrived at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia as one of five skippers still in with a chance of winning the World Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup: Letter released inviting Rhode Island Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
A letter, dated last Friday 17 December 2010 from Stephen Barclay, lead negotiator BMW Oracle Racing to Keith Stokes Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp has been released. The polite note would seem to be just a welcome mat for a response from the 113 year home of the America's Cup which hosted Defences from 1870 to 1983, when the trophy was held by the New Yo... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ signs up VOR vet Justin Ferris
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails has bolstered its internationally respected design team in Auckland, New Zealand, signing up renowned helmsman and trimmer Justin Ferris. He has been involved with three Volvo Ocean Races, racing with Pirates of the Caribbean and Puma Ocean Racing as well as some of the worlds top racing programmes including Wild Oats XI, Speedboat, Rambler and Konica Minolta amongst others.... [more]
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Get your VHF Call Sign in an instant click
Coastguard Boating Education .,
The VHF radio is an important means of communication on any boat, large or small, recreational or commercial. Are you aware that maritime radio users are required to hold a Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification and have a call sign for their vessel (except in an emergency or distress situation)?... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton comes out strongly in favour of San Francisco
Richard Gladwell and Radio LiveSPORT,
In a 40 minute interview on Radio LiveSPORT this morning, he made it clear that a US venue was far more suitable for Emirates Team New Zealand. 'San Francisco would be way better to us, it is not that far away, it blows – like Fremantle and is a natural amphitheater,' Dalton said.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships Day 3 - Light Winds in Doha
Luissa Smith,
Race 3 for the 470 Men/Mixed fleet got underway this afternoon around 1415 hours, only to be followed by a general recall. What is disappointment for one team is another's gain, as is the case for defending Junior World Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA).... [more]
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Lewmar – the turn around Pt.II
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how Lewmar, the British leisure marine equipment supplier who designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters, had not long ago had its back up against the wall.... [more]
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International Kiteboarding Association 2010 final rankings
International Kiteboarding Association,
International Kiteboarding Association final rankings for 2010 in all disciplines have been published after the last events of the season. The overall world cup winners are: Andy Yates / Gisela Pulido (Freestyle), Bruno Sroka/Steph Bridge (Course Racing) and Guilly Brandao/Gisela Pulido (Wave Riding).... [more]
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Mirror Worlds 2011 - It will be alright on the day
Mirror Worlds,
The smooth build up to the 2011 LandCorp Mirror Worlds has been dealt some challenges due to the arctic conditions which have gripped Ireland and the United Kingdom. Event Director, Anthony Galante said, 'We are starting to get reports from competitors who are holed up in Heathrow waiting to get on a plane.'... [more]
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Sea Level Rise Maps spell risk for coastal properties
Jeni Bone,
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast, as well as many communities on Australia's vast river networks, are in peril from inevitable sea level rises – shown in graphic detail on Maps released this week by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).... [more]
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Dial M34 to 'murder' the opposition
Mark Rothfield,
Dialing M for murder, as in the Hitchcock classic, may be going overboard but certainly the new M34 from Archambault Australia is destined to be the future giant 'killer' of Australian regatta, offshore and club racing.... [more]
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Save Our Seas Record Holder book signing at CYCA this Friday
Ian Thomson,
World Record Solo Sailor Ian Thomson will be at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this Friday at 1630 to sign his book Dare to Dream. Having smashed the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of Australia in May this year, Ian wrote a book about creating dreams and chasing them. He will be available to sign the book from 1630 - 1700. Books on sale on the day.... [more]
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IRC Rules change for 2010 and 2011
Jean Sans/Mike Urwin,
IRC Rule Changes - Following consultation and agreement with the IRC Policy Steering Group, the IRC Technical Committee has decided that the following changes to IRC Rules for 2010 and 2011 will take effect from 00:01 on Monday 20th December 2010.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans announces new South American stopover
Velux 5 Oceans,
Clipper Ventures, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race, today announced a change to the 2010/11 race route. Ocean Sprint 3, which will see the fleet of Eco 60s depart Wellington, New Zealand, on February 6, will now finish in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este, rather than Salvador in Brazil.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - High pressure zone bringing misery the the fleet
Velux 5 Oceans,
It has been a gruelling start to the second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans with the fleet battling strong currents, unpredictable weather and severe sleep deprivation. After starting from Cape Town on Thursday, the ocean racers have been pushing south into the Southern Ocean in search of the prevailing westerly winds that will propel their yachts towards their destination of Wellington, New Zealand.... [more]
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Save Our Seas World Record crew shortlist announced this Friday
SOS Media,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing accepted over 100 applications for it's 2011 Around Australia world record attempt. This Friday the wait will be over for those applicants as the announcement of the shortlist of candidates will take place at 1700hrs onboard Brindabella at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay. They will also announce their technical clothing sponsor for 2011.... [more]
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Rex Billing mourned by Victorian sailors and and the Metung community
Mike Sabey,
Rex James Billing had died peacefully in the Bairnsdale Hospital, after six year battle with renal cancer. Not only was he a very fine and canny sailor, he could also tell a colourful yarn and possessed a great sense of humor.... [more]
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Launceston to Hobart: Yachtsman's thwarted bid for repeat performance
Peter Campbell,
Richard Fisher has been unable to have his new, state-of-the-art, French-built boat measured in time for the start of next week's Sargisons Jewellers and Natuzzi Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, to receive an AMS rating certificate and will have to race under the PHS arbitrary handicap system.... [more]
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Variety Splash 2011 - Stars sign up to make a Splash
Portia Dixon,
Australian actor Blair McDonough, Hawthorn Football Club Premiership player Brad Sewell and 3AW Radio host Mike Brady are throwing their support and talents behind Variety Splash.... [more]
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Never sail blind again with the MA-500TR
Steven Cooke,
Icom Australia is proud to announce the release of the MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder. The unit offers a cost effective entry option into chartplotting, with the reliability and functionality that Icom marine equipment is known for.... [more]
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America's Cup: Interview with Kevin Reed, head of Canada's AC drive
Valencia Sailing,
Red Maple Racing, led by Toronto financier Kevin Reed, is the project that embodies Canada's drive in the America's Cup. The last time Canada was present in the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 when a combined project from Secret Cove Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron challenged the Defender from the Royal Perth Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sail Down Under Series medals shared by seven countries
Craig Heydon,
Sail Down Under Series 2010 wrapped up on Saturday with the final day of racing at Sail Melbourne after three regattas in three weeks in three states.... [more]
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16ft Skiffs - Fire Stopping fires at the right time
James Bury,
It was the quiet whisper going around Manly 16ft Skiff Club's fleet: Just what was going wrong with two-time national champion Fire Stopping?... [more]
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Newport to update on America's Cup venue status
Richard Gladwell,
Rhode Island's Economic and Development Corp has announced via a media alert that their Executive Director will present an update on the State's bid to become the Venue for the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco had the status of its bid reduced. BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman, head of external affairs for the America's Cup Defender will also be present.... [more]
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RS100 is USA Boat of the Year winner
Michael Weiss,
Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy - Limit makes good on threat
Di Pearson,
Limit was the star attraction of the Rolex Trophy. The West Australian's helmsman, New Zealander, Gavin Brady, steered the RP62 to a good midline start to be third boat leaving Sydney Heads and coming home in good time to win the race overall.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Series final day's images by Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Trophy Series on Sydney Harbour and 'another day at the office' for photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Australian Etchells Pre-Nationals Day One
Etchells Media,
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is holding a Pre-Nationals event this weekend, with three races sailed on Saturday and another three scheduled for today, Sunday.... [more]
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Images from Sail Melbourne: RS:X class
Vincenzo Baglione,
Vincenzo Baglione presents another gallery of images from Day 4 of Sail Melbourne 2010, Round 1 of the 2011 ISAF sailing World Cup... [more]
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America's Cup: Update from Warkworth on AC45's
America's Cup Media,
Work on the AC45 catamarans, which the America's Cup teams will use to race in the 2011 America's Cup World Series events, is continuing at pace in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, New Zealand, in the BMW Oracle Racing facility home to Core Composites.... [more]
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The Farr 30 Worlds are coming to San Francisco
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 International One Design Class Association is pleased to announce that the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California will host the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship in conjunction with the renowned Rolex Big Boat Series, September 8th to 11th.... [more]
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Ainslie back on top as Brits score Melbourne World Cup hat-trick
Triple Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie saw a return to winning ways on Saturday, (18 December) claiming one of Skandia Team GBR's three gold medals at the opening event of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Melbourne.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Passage Series; Crosbie Lorimer's Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
The Rolex trophy fleet powered down the harbour this morning with cracked sheets in a brisk 20 knot nor'wester from the mid harbour start line before heading to sea for their passage race. The media boat was running flat chat at 18 knots with the front end of the fleet powering past. Here is a selection of Crosbie Lorimer's images from the race start.... [more]
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Betsey Island Race - Good sailing days for the Bugg family of Hobart
Peter Campbell,
It's been a good couple of sailing days for Derwent Sailing Squadron Vice Commodore Ron Bugg and his son Matthew, a strong contender to represent Australia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Aussie medals on final day of Sail Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team have won medals of all colours and welcomed a new member to the team on the final day of Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Looking at the Reemerging Catamaran Classes
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Ryan Duffield is among the top catamaran athletes in Australia and working his way up among international sailing competitors. He takes a look at his sailing career and the international catamaran classes.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum - Change, modernity and new ways of thinking
Chris Trainor,
Change, modernity and new ways of thinking were at the heart of the World Yacht Racing Forum's third edition. 'The sport of sailing needs to adapt to a changing world': This year's World Yacht Racing Forum saw discussion on new media, host cities, sustainable development, the America's Cup and even the Olympic Games.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship - New format debuts
Hayden Swanson,
New Format for Blind Match Racing debuts in Perth, Western Australia. Royal Perth Yacht Club has now released the Notice of Race for the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing. The event will be held on the Swan River from March 19 to 26 next year.... [more]
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Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Australian titles at RQYS
Darren Spence,
29 December - 2 January 2011 - With just over 10 days before racing starts, the fleet is starting to take shape for the fourth ever ASBA National Titles being sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly Qld.... [more]
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NSW Maritime issues a statewide boating alert
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn has warned of continued hazardous conditions in a number of waterways across the State.... [more]
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Watch out Geelong - the Brighton boats are coming !
Mandy McEvoy,
With the 2011 International Etchell Australian Championships starting in three weeks, we are convening this weekend (18th and 19th December 2010) for the Pre Nationals Regatta at RGYC... [more]
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Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Latest news and great action
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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Racing to Coffs – Memoirs of a Coffs Race Addict
Damian Devine,
To coincide with the RPAYC's 30th Anniversary Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race in January 2011, immediate Past Commodore Angus Gordon (2005-08) has published a book 'Racing to Coffs – Memoirs of a Coffs Race Addict'. The 148 page book is a celebration of the 30th year of the Pittwater to Coffs Race in January 2011.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 December 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 9 February 2011 up to and including US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the 470 North American Championships and the RS:X Asian Championships.... [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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Burke Marine's new Sprint Jacket in store now
Colin Burgess,
The Burke Sprint Jacket's close athletic fit features articulated sleeves and is complimented by the inclusion of a water resistant storm zip for full protection from spray and water over the decks... [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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