AC45 Wing damage, the mother of all cyclones and more

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 02 Feb 2011

Sailing, Cyclone Yasi and more

We trust that the winds tonight on the North Queensland coast, will be less than forecast.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi  Bureau of Meteorology

160 knots is almost beyond comprehension.

We hope everyone keeps their heads down and that the time honoured method of sheltering boats in the mangroves up river works. That is where all the boats from the Cairns Marinas have gone. One thing is for sure this will be the supreme test.

We spend a lot of time looking at the BOM services. Here is one that is important.

Yes other things have happened on water.

Read and enjoy.

The Sail-World Team

America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson,,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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The Mother of all Tropical Cyclones!!
Bureau of Meteorology/Marine Business News,
Tropical cyclone advice number 11 top priority issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane at 5:01am EST on Wednesday the second of February 2011.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship Cork, Ireland
Jackie Keogh,
ISAF Team Racing World Championship, which will be held in Schull later this year, has been confirmed to allocate 30,000 Euros by the Mayor of County Cork to the Cork County Council.... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival - Vanity returns to Hobart in her 100th year
Peter Campbell,
The Tasmanian One Design yacht Vanity, built in Hobart in 1911, has returned to sail on the River Derwent in her centenary year and be one of the major attractions at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update and positions 1st February 2011
Jeanne van Rooyen,
City of Cape Town skipper Gerry Hegie will have to keep the champagne on ice and the party hats under wraps for a couple of days before he can be declared winner on handicap of the Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race. Hegie's 42ft Lavranos reached Rio on Tuesday morning, completing the Atlantic crossing in 17 days, 12 minutes and 25 seconds, just over 24 hours behind line honours winner Prodigy.... [more]
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Manly Junior Nationals 2010-11 - Five day series
Philip Copeland,
The 2010-2011 Manly Junior National Titles where hosted by Cronulla Sailing Club and were contested at the picturesque Bate Bay courses in the mouth of Port Hacking south of Sydney. An invitation race and 10 championship races were completed in a 5 day series, with fantastic sailing weather that tested sailors in all wind strengths.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011: the Race to Zero has started
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
RO Jerry Rollin sent the PY boats away at 1000hrs off a reaching start to the east, with the course then taking the fleet south and east down the Riau Strait towards a finish line and first night's stopover at Pulau Karas Besar, 34 nm away. It was spinnaker reaching all the way in 9-15 knots of breeze, and first to finish after six hours' sailing was Simon Piff's Rainbow Dream.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011: Ready to head south to Neptune's Realm
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
‘It' is the Neptune Regatta, ‘The Race to Zero', and as far as we know (challenges, anyone?) it is the very first regatta to sail to the Equator and use 0 deg 0 min 0 sec as the finish line. Right now nine sailing yachts and four motor yachts (yes, everyone is welcome) are ready and prepped at the Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Getting tight at the top
John Roberson,
David Gilmour is finding it crowded on the top rung of the ladder at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta after the second day, with New Zealander Will Tiller and Sydneysider David Chapman joining him.... [more]
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Cyclone Yasi could be 'the worst ever' to hit Queensland
North Queensland is facing a 'potentially very deadly event', according to Premier Anna Bligh, but emergency services say they are ready for Cyclone Yasi.... [more]
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San Francisco set to host Windsurfing World and National Championships
David Wells -,
San Francisco is to host the Windsurfing World and National Championships this July on San Francisco Bay. The last World Championship level windsurfing event on The Bay was the 1993 IMCO worlds but that's set to change soon. The upcoming Techno worlds will be hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sail Auckland attracts big entry across Olympic and Paralympic fleets
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sail Auckland 2011 is now just days away with over 150 sailors entered and registration opening Wednesday, at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore. Competition starts on Thursday [3rd Feb] continuing through until Sunday [6th Feb] with a scheduled start time of 11am each day.... [more]
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Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video
Paul Henderson,
Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more]
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Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Championships Warm-Up Event
Sean O'Brien,
Four races in nuking winds allowed the competitors for the Downunder Pro, Formula Windsurfing Oceanic & Australian Championships a chance to warmup during the Official Warmup Event before the Championships begin on Wednesday.... [more]
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Final crew announced for around Australia record attempt
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas founder Ian Thomson has today announced the final crew for the Fastest Monohull Around Australia Record Attempt.... [more]
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Auckland Blokart Club Team stopped by Police for speeding
Ross Vickers,
As the Auckland Blokart Club (ABC) team prepares for the Masters Games the training group session was halted by the New Zealand Police for speeding. The Auckland Blokart Club Master Games team is expected to perform well this weekend, but will face strong competition for the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Manawatu, and Capital (Wellington) Teams.... [more]
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Now its an 18ft Skiff for Jessica Watson
Frank Quealey,
Jessica was great. She showed no sign of anxiety or nerves at stepping on the 18 and we didn't have to ask her twice whether she wanted to take the tiller. She is without doubt a very capable skipper.... [more]
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Sydney 38 Nationals - The Goat skippered by Bruce Foye dominants
Rowan Simpson,
Only 4 points separated the first 4 boats in the 2011 Sydney 38 National Championships hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club during Audi Victoria Week. The championship attracted 13 entries, 3 of which were from interstate. Eight races were sailed in a variety of conditions ranging from very light shifting breezes to a gusty southerly reaching 25 knots at times. With 4 heat wins The Goat dominated.... [more]
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America's Cup: No public announcement of World Series today
Richard Gladwell,
With the deadline for announcement of the America's Cup World Series venues and dates just hours away, it seems that there will be no public announcement by the deadline set down in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. Earlier today, Sail-World asked the spokesperson for the America's Cup Event Authority Stephanie Martin, as to whether the announcement would be made on the deadline of 31 Ja... [more]
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Derwent Sailing Squadron Sprint Series 2011 images by Jane Austin,
Photographer Jane Austin sent these images from Derwent Sailing Squadron Sprint Series 2011 Hobart.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Warren Jones Youth Regatta 2011 - Aussie David Gilmour's strong start
John Roberson,
Young Australian skipper David Gilmour made a strong start to the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, he suffered only one defeat from eight races, to head the leaderboard at the end of day one.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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Wild Oats XI continues alliance with Henri Lloyd
Henri Lloyd,
Henri Lloyd, Wild Oats XI - Shockwave by Henri Lloyd, leading the way in the new generation of unlined garments, hands the sailor the controls to their own personal climate system.... [more]
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Musto named official clothing sponsor for Rolex Farr 40 Worlds
Tracey Porter,
Musto has once again proved its dominance of the marine apparel sector after being named the official clothing partner of the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.... [more]
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IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association has announced a tentative schedule for 2011. IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing design group meets in Auckland - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The design group of the ORACLE Racing Team met in Auckland last week, to map out next steps for the team for the 34th America's Cup. In this YouTube clip from Oracle Racing, Design Coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns speaks about the new AC45.... [more]
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Singapore Straits: Ray Roberts collects another win,
Going into the final races only one or two points separated the leaders in three of the five classes. Most boats headed out early for some fine tuning and prepare the crew mentally and physically for what needs to be done to win the title. The IRC B class were a little too ambitious, and a general recall was signalled by PRO Richard Cai, whose team have done a great job to hold it all together and... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, Race 5
Frank Quealey,
Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas had to be content with a second placing today as the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 proved far too good in the 20-knot North-East wind.... [more]
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