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 08 Feb 2011

America's Cup AC45 technical shakedown complete
Stephanie Martin,
AC45 technical shakedown is now complete, and with that it is handover day for the new wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America's Cup. America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks.... [more]
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Tacktick Micro Compass becomes legal for Cadet class
Sarah Johnson,
Tacktick's Micro Compass will be used by the International Cadet Class Association after they voted to accept the use of electronic compasses in their class rules.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - what does it take to lose a second?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two windward-leeward races for the IRC Racing boats, a welcome home for the PY Cruisers, and best news of all, a welcome amendment to SIs in the form of a 1400 hrs start for the cans racing. Sailors were grateful – yesterday had been long, very long.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek hits tree but escapes damage
Velux 5 Oceans,
Gutek was forced to sail backwards to untangle the keel from the tree's branches. He lost precious miles on his fellow ocean racers but luckily Operon Racing was not damaged in the collision. After just over a day at sea American skipper Brad Van Liew has stolen back the lead from race rival Derek Hatfield... [more]
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Hardy Cup - New Zealanders dominate first day
Peter Campbell,
New Zealand skippers Adrian Short and Will Tiller dominated today's opening round-robin racing in the Hardy Cup ISAF grade 3, under 25 match racing regatta on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match back on the sailing arena in 2011
Anna Holmdahl White,
Lysekil Women's Match will again take place from 1 to 6 August in Lysekil, Sweden after a year on hold. The world elite of female match racers are expected to tackle the waters of the west coast of Sweden.... [more]
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Club Marine Series cream rises to the top
Mike Sabey,
Club Marine Series' best, such as Cougar II and Penfold Audi Sport, emerged from their Christmas break on Saturday, displaying great panache, dash and style while most landlubbers were struggling to recover from the shock of Melbourne's Friday night tropical swamping.... [more]
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Dirty Harry Showdown at the Flying 11 Upper Harbour Championship
David Price,
Sydney was experiencing a week of intense nor-westers as a consequence of cyclone Yasi and the rescheduled 2010 McGrath F11 Upper Harbour Championship and Dash For Cash was held in blow-torch 40C+ conditions with bullets in excess of 30kts barrelling down both the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers providing a very exciting day on water.... [more]
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Crowds brave inclement weather to see off Velux 5 Oceans skippers
Genevieve Howard,
Wellingtonians braved gusty winds and occassional heavy rains to see off the four Velux 5 Oceans skippers at Queens Wharf on Sunday. Brad Van Liew was first across the start line and is still in the lead.... [more]
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'The Big Shout' at Bellerive Yacht Club
Peter Campbell,
Bellerive Yacht Club - The largest fleet of keelboats to race on the River Derwent in many years is expected to line up for Bellerive Yacht Club's weekly Lewis Marine/Nautilus Marine Twilight Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Silk route
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet will arrive in Sanya, China, the third stop on the 2011-12 route around this time next year. The third leg of the 39,270 nm race will be one of the most difficult legs in the upcoming edition.... [more]
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François Gabart dreams of crossing the Southern Ocean
Vendee Globe,
At the age of 27, the young skipper-engineer from Charente in Western France is at the helm of a project flying the colours of MACIF, which will see him lining up at the start of the 2012 Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Injury setback for Allison Shreeve
Allison Shreeve - AUS911,
This sick feeling turned to nausea when I realised that my training will be grossly affected by the limited use of my now sliced and oyster filled cuts on the ball of my left foot. In excruciating pain, I hopped up the rocky roadside up to the car to wash the wound and see the damage.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - Crossing the Line, and other stories
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sailors who had only arrived at the campsite in the dark rose on Thursday morning to find themselves in what looked like very much like something out of Wellington's Peninsula campaign - a small tent city complete with latrines and open air showers. It quickly became apparent that the amount of work that had gone into building Camp Neptune was little short of staggering.... [more]
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Club Marine Series images by Alex McKinnon,
The fourth race in the Club Marine Series took place at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria, on Saturday February 5th.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Evan Walker to defend title
Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup defender and Australian open match racing champion Evan Walker is in winning form to success with the ISAF Grade 3 under 25 match racing regatta starting on Sydney Harbour tomorrow, 7 February.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Commodore Cup
Frank Quealey,
Gusts in excess of 30 knots made conditions far too dangerous for the safety of the fleet and the race officer was forced to abandon.... [more]
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Exciting finale rounds out new era for Sail Auckland 2011 + Video
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sail Auckland 2011 is over with gold medals going to Tom Ashley and Kate Ellingham in the RS:X, Andrew Murdoch and Sara Winther in the Laser and Radial, Nick Rogers and Chris Grube(GBR) in the 470, Dan Slater in the Finn and Marcus Hansen and Aaron Hume-Merry in the 49er. 'The regatta has been a huge success,' commented Jez Fanstone, Olympic Programme Manager for Yachting New Zealand. 'Takapuna B... [more]
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2011 Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Championships
Sean O'Brien,
Three final races on the last day of the 2011 Downunder Pro – Formula Windsurfing Championships brought the total to eight races over the four-day regatta.... [more]
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Gold Coast Cat Week kicks off
Shane Smith,
One of Gold Coast Cat Week's biggest fleets has assembled at the Southport Yacht Club for the fourth running of the event. With 27 boats entered in the weeklong event, a large mix of classes are doing battle on the waters of the 'Broadwater' for the overall title. This weekend is also doubling as the South-East Queensland Nacra Class Championships and is a great lead-up to The Great Race, a 37nm..... [more]
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America's Cup: Second French Challenger accepted
America's Cup Media,
The Yacht Club de France is the sixth challenger to be accepted as a Competitor in the 34th America's Cup to be held in San Francisco in September 2013.. This brings the current total to seven confirmed and validated competitors for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Day 21 race positions
Heineken Cape to Rio,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Race positions from day twenty-one of the event.... [more]
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Images of Sail Auckland - Mooching about
Richard Gladwell,
One of the things photographers like to do when there is no wind, is to cruise through the fleet getting close ups and othe shots that don't normally happen when there is racing. Here's a selection from Day 3 of the Sail Auckland Regatta at Takapuna.... [more]
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Ocean Pointscore Sydney to Newcastle - Provisional winner announced
Di Pearson,
Noel Cornish and his Sydney 47 St Jude were announced the provisional winners of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Sydney to Newcastle Race this evening at 7.50pm, when four boats of the original 23 starters were still at sea.... [more]
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Flinders Islet Race - Victoire plays the waiting game
Di Pearson,
After a cracking start in a 12-14 knot north-easterly at 8.00pm, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 92 nautical mile race became a shambles when the breeze shut down shortly after 10.00pm and was a glass out until around 9.00am this morning. None of the 15-boat fleet banked on a long race.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 regional finals
Liz Baylis,
ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Notice of Race has been published on the ISAF website and the deadline for MNAs (Member National Authorities) to submit applications is fast approaching for Asia and Oceania.... [more]
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Sail Auckland: Tight racing expected in Medal Races
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Just one day of racing remains at Sail Auckland 2011 off Takapuna Boating Club with the podium places set to be decided tomorrow. After a grey morning the day turned into a sunny scorcher with light and at times patchy westerly breezes ranging between 6-15 knots on the Hauraki Gulf for racing in the Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes. RS:X... [more]
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Port Hinchinbrook's boats destroyed
Jeni Bone,
Boat owners and a legion of helpers are scouring jagged piles of debris at Port Hinchinbrook, many only to find heartbreak with most of the 70 boats destroyed or seriously damaged.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand have an Outing
Richard Gladwell,
Team New Zealand, who have not publicly announced their entry for the 34th America's Cup were the first team outside Oracle Racing to sail the prototype AC45. With skipper Dean Barker on the tiller the AC45 indulged in some spectacular hull flying in conditions that were judged to be too light for sailing in the Sail Auckland Regatta. In these conditions the AC45 looked reasonably powered up an... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Important time on the water
Ben Ainslie,
Ben Ainslie latest blog entry: I hadn't competed in the Miami OCR regatta for 15 years but it felt very familiar and it was great to get some more good training time on the water in a good climate with fellow Brits Giles Scott and Andrew Mills before racing got underway.... [more]
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James Boag Blockbuster Weekend heads into its second decade
Peter Sluce,
James Boag Blockbuster Weekend - One of Tasmania's largest multi class sailing regattas begins it's second decade this weekend. Over fifty boats are expected to be racing on two course areas, on Saturday fifth and Sunday sixth of February, spread over Port Dalrymple Bay at Beauty Point. The Blockbuster weekend was born out of the post Sydney 2000 excitement of Australian sailing's double gold..... [more]
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SA Laser State Championships - Magnificent sailing in Pt Lincoln
Andrew Darcey,
While the heat was building over the last weekend in January, plenty of hot racing was being held on Boston Bay during the first leg of the 2010-11 SA Laser State Championships. Close to 30 competitors met the starter's gun over the weekend of racing, with the variety of wind conditions giving every boat a chance near the lead during the four heats that were held.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part III,
Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan's nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery.... [more]
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Warren Jones Youth Regatta images by Shauna McGee Kinney
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Images from the Warren Jones Youth Regatta in Perth Western Australia, are presented by Shauna McGee Kinney.... [more]
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America's Cup: Mr Integrity appointed to America's Cup Race Management
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Harold Bennett, the New Zealander, who has been a race officer for the last four editions of the America's Cup, will be the Director of On-Water Operations and Assistant Principal Race Officer. 'Harold has vast experience in America's Cup race management over the last decade,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO America's Cup Race Management... [more]
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