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 28 Jan 2011

Queenslander Brendan Casey is having his best ever Finn regatta in Miami. Onya mate.

Audi Victoria Week, the America's Cup, lots of news and lots more to come.

On Australia Day,We found the original Australian flag from the 1983 campaign, not the Boxing Kangaroo, the Oz flag.

We will have a big range of feature stories coming from Geelong... the next week.

The Sail-World Team

THAT Australian flag - flies at Australia's largest regatta
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
When John Bertrand and his Australia II crew won the America's Cup in Newport, Alan Bond and the support crew delivered a giant Australian flag to Australia II which was hoist to the mast top, along with the iconic boxing kangaroo battle flag.... [more]
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Australian of the Year - a top sailor
Sail-World Team,
New Australian of the Year Simon McKeon is a prominent investment banker and has won his award for his philanthropic works, but did you know he is also a world record-breaking yachtsman?... [more]
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Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta day 1: David Gilmour leads
John Roberson,
Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta day 1 had young Australian skipper David Gilmour head the leaderboard in the end, putting an 8 win – 1 loss scoreline on the board after a testing day afloat.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Drama for Ainslie as Scott hangs onto Finn lead
Robert Deaves,
It was a real mix-up day on Biscayne Bay with lots of drama and most sailors picking up a high score at some point. An early morning five-seven knots gave way to a glassy sea and then an even lighter race late in the day after a four hour wait.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Light airs day
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Women's Match Racing Team crew of Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Olivia Price fought back well after a tough day three to win their final two gold round robin races to qualify for the quarter-finals in third position. The Finn fleet managed to complete two races on Thursday with Brendan Casey ending the day in second.... [more]
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Tasty menu for Western Australia's IRC Championships
Laurie Flynne,
The WA IRC State Championship promises a complex and irresistible palate of possibilities as WA's best racing yachts gather for this weekend's showdown. Principal Race Officer Chris Kelly refused to name a favourite. 'There are five races and they are very different. There are 21 yachts, and they are all different too. Throw in a weekend of unpredictable weather - it's a bookie's nightmare'.... [more]
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Australia Day Race to Botany Bay images by Wai Lee
Wai Lee,
Wai Lee has sent this gallery of images from The Australia Day Race to Botany Bay... [more]
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Images from Rolex Miami OCR: More ISAF World Cup action
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water for the first days of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the second round of the ISAF World Cup, and presents this second gallery of the action from the Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Qingdao Chinese host venue
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2011 official launch in Estoril (Portugal) in December 2010 confirmed China confirmed as one of nine the host countries – a new territory for this year's circuit and a significant step into the burgeoning Asian market. Today, it can now be revealed that Qingdao will be the official host Chinese venue to Act 2 to be staged between 13th to 17th April.... [more]
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Manly Sailability Australia Day Regatta Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
Manly Sailability would be the envy of many a club; a beautiful setting, great boats, excellent facilities and above all an extraordinary sense of collective fun and fellowship across a strong and growing membership. All of the above was very much on show - along with some impressive sailing performances - at yesterday's Australia Day Regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 takes on the Wednesday night racers
Richard Gladwell,
After lining up against the regular Wednesday night fleet the AC45 spent her first night on a mooring in Auckland's Viaduct harbour. Although not an official entry the prototype AC45 showed the fleet her transom early in the race, and won by a leisurely 300metres, finishing ahead of the second, but first official entry, Simon Hull's ORMA 60 trimaran, TVS.... [more]
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Kiwi Cup and Access Class Nationals underway in Napier, New Zealand
David Staley,
Kiwi Cup and New Zealand Access Class Championships racing commenced today. The regatta has attracted 23 entries from 4 nations across the three classes.... [more]
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Marine Parks Authority new zoning for Jervis Bay and Solitary Islands
Penny Robins,
Marine Parks Authority today announced new and improved zoning plans for Jervis Bay Marine Park and Solitary Islands Marine Park to begin on 1 March.... [more]
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Australia Day Honours for two Marine Rescue NSW volunteers
Ken McManus,
Both Bill Carter and Bruce Mitchell serve the community of New South Wales with distinction. William Peter (Bill) Carter of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and Bruce Leslie Mitchell of Marine Rescue Port Kembla were each awarded the Emergency Services Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honours... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Good results on Australia Day
Craig Heydon,
Brendan Casey picked up his first win of the week in the Finn class to move into second overall while his teammates consolidated their positions towards the top of the leader board.... [more]
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Australian Flying 11 National Championship - Race 10 and Wrap
Australian Flying 11's,
The final day of the Gill® 2011 Australian Flying 11 National Championship with over two hundred competitors and the last race 10 had finally arrived. With enough breeze already covering the race area of approximately 8kts from the east the fleet was given the green light to line up on the 400m start line for race 10, and the decider of who would be crowned the new F11 Champions for 2011.... [more]
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Miami OCR images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
This Rolex Miami OCR gallery of images is presented by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Brendan Casey wins only Finn race of the day
Robert Deaves,
The wind wasn't playing the game on the third day on Biscayne Bay. Early postponements for most classes meant the racing schedule was curtailed and the Finns only got one race in – a pretty shifty, topsy turvy race at that.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race Day 26 - Broken masthead and retirement
Barcelona World Race day 26 had Foncia's masthead break clean off during the night in the southern hemisphere, causing Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart to set a course towards Cape Town. The damage occurred on Wednesday 26 January at around 0300 UTC at 41°13' S and 09°0' E, around 620 miles (1,150km) to the SW of the tip of South Africa.... [more]
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Laser combat set to continue at 2011 Sail Auckland Regatta, next week
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Nine days from the start of competition at 2011 Sail Auckland, Andrew Murdoch has sent a message to his rivals in the Laser class, by winning a hard fought Laser National Championships which concluded yesterday off Torbay... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Video recap from 25 January 2011
US Sailing,
Rolex Miami OCR - Video recap from 25 January 2011... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Foncia retires, compression expected
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The retirement from the Barcelona World Race of Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart on Foncia came as a sudden and unexpected shock this morning, but such are the cruel fates which befall short handed racers in the hostile latitudes of the ‘roaring forties'.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Official dates released
The 2013 races dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) have been confirmed by Regatta Director Iain Murray.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Images from closing day by Teri Dodds,
Audi Victoria Week - Images from closing day 26 January 2011 by Teri Dodds more online at: [more]
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Argo Challenge Campaign for America's Cup announced
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
he Argo Challenge ( announced its campaign to fund an international crew of disabled athletes in the America's Cup, the most prestigious competition in international yachting. The goal is to raise between $6 and $10 million by the March 31st deadline for entry fees. The America's Cup will be held in San Francisco in 2013 but the World Series begins in June.... [more]
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Australia Day Regatta - Sea fog fails to dampen a great anniversary
Peter Campbell,
The 175th Australia Day Regatta, sailed into the nation's history today when more than 160 harbour racing yachts, classic yachts, ocean racers and modern and historical skills celebrated this remarkable yachting anniversary on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Kushner's Xtra-Link slips back to sixth spot
Rob Taylor,
While City of Cape Town appears to have a stranglehold on the Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race, the fight for second and third places on handicap has seen several boats drift in and out of contention.... [more]
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Australia Day Green Island race - Win to Gretel II
Peter Campbell,
Yachting legend Gordon Ingate yesterday steered his 1977 America's Cup challenger Gretel II to a line honours victory in the 40 nautical Australia Day Green Island Race – nearly a quarter of a century since he last helmed the yacht in a race.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Australian Championship, race four
Frank Quealey,
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers took out today's race four of the Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour to clinch the title with one more race still to be sailed.... [more]
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Australia Day on Sydney Harbour - Images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images captured at the Australia Day Regatta 2011 on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week comes to a close
Di Pearson,
Racing has come to a close at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week. John Kint, Commodore of Royal Geelong Yacht Club, was pleased the event had exceeded expectations. 'The feedback is that Audi Victoria Week is going very well,' he said.... [more]
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Australia Day Regatta 2011 - the Classic Boats -photos from Francolini,
The first Australia Day regatta was sailed in 1837. Here are images from 2011 of some of the beautiful classic sailing boats that graced Sydney Harbour today. Images by Andrea Francolini. More at [more]
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Yachting Australia congratulates Australian of the Year Simon McKeon
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to congratulate Australian Sailing Team Patron Simon McKeon on being named the 2011 Australian of the Year. McKeon has been a long time supporter of the Australian Sailing Team, and was one of the founding Patrons for the team in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Hooligan six from eight in Audi IRC Series
Di Pearson,
Marcus Blackmore did not have to sail the final race of the Audi IRC Series today, but the Sydney yachtsman said there was no way his crew would miss the final race – and the TP52 crew came out and won the final race to make it six wins from eight races to claim a 10 point overall victory of the Division A series.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week -Ikon, Executive Decision win in Audi IRC Series
Di Pearson,
Audi Victoria Week 2011 - Ikon and Executive Decision maintained the status quo of yesterday to respectively win Divisions B and C of the Audi IRC Series today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tom Blackaller on Cats in the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
The modern America's Cup is almost completely devoid of the characters of yesteryear, epitomized by Tom Blackaller, who were never afraid to say what was on their minds, and stand up for their often extreme point of view. Sadly Tom died too young at the age of 49, but his daughter Lisa Blackaller has posted this clip of Tom, once again firing from the lip, and with a smile the width of the Golde... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week 2011 - images from Tuesday,
Audi Victoria Week 2011 - with hundreds of boats on the water - here is more of the onwater action, from the team... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup & America's Cup Match dates confirmed
Jane Eagleson and Sail-World,
The 2013 race dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) have been confirmed by Regatta Director Iain Murray. The Louis Vuitton Cup will be conducted on 13 July – 1 September 2013, subject to the final number of Challengers and the precise format of the racing to be determined by the Challengers and Regatta Director.... [more]
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America's Cup - USA 17 headed to San Francisco
Oracle Racing,
The giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup for Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team is heading home to San Francisco. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Photographer Teri Dodds has been out and about capturing all the action at Audi Victoria Week. Here is a selection of her images from the past week.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week images from Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon images,
Alex McKinnon presents this galery of images from today's racing at Audi Victoria Week for your enjoyment.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Will the Cat cut the Mustard?
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the recent commentary piece on the AC45 and use of catamarans in the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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