Farr 40 Worlds - overcast, rain,wind,swell - Day One

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 23 Feb 2011

Farr 40 Worlds - overcast, rain,wind,swell - Day One

Plenty of tension dockside, as the boats begin to trickle away from the Squadron dock, we too are heading out in a few minutes. Its going to be an interesting day.

We will bring you all the news.

The Sail-World Team

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Its all ahead tomorrow
Tomorrow morning the hearts and minds of the crews of the twenty Farr 40s berthed at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will be focused on one thing: the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. What happens in the future counts for more than what happened in the past. Certainly, until the final race on Saturday.... [more]
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America's Cup - The Freo Files: Blackaller's Bet
Archive Video,
Most have fond memories of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle. It had everything - big breeze, drama, action on the water and ashore, and a lot of larger than life characters who really bought that series to life. One of those characters was Tom Blackaller who sailed the canard ruddered USA out of San Francisco.... [more]
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Pirates kill four Americans aboard hijacked yacht
The U.S. Central Command issued a statement today that four American sailors have been killed by Somali pirates aboard their hijacked yacht, the SV Quest in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Champion yachtsman faces another challenge
Ian Grant,
Champion Sunshine Coast skipper Rod Jones had his attention focused on another sailing venue. Jones and his Club Marine Blue crew will be heading to Hobart for the Tasmanian SB3 championship this weekend.... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship images by Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com was out on Sydney Harbour today during the Harbour Islands Race at the 2011 Farr 40 World Championship.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis puts pressure on the leader
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series, Act 1, The Wave, Muscat, day 3 was the first public day of ‘stadium' racing. Dean Barker's Team New Zealand scored their first ever Extreme 40 race win today, although they still remain seventh place in the rankings.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race: Shocking news of fatal earthquake in New Zealand
Barcelona World Race,
From their remote locations in the Pacific Ocean, on the Tasman and in the Indian Ocean, and those not so remote, in the Cook Strait and stopped over in Wellington itself, skippers of the Barcelona World Race joined in solidarity with the people of Christchurch and New Zealand.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series day 3 - Artemis Racing images
Sander van der Borch images,
Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis Racing jumped up the leader board to second place after scoring 2, 1, 2, 1, 1.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 day two high speed thrilling
Louay Habib,
By mid-morning on day two, the RORC Caribbean 600 was very much living up to its billing as a high-speed thrilling race around the stunning Caribbean. The majority of the fleet is now heading for the top part of the course and should be around St.Maarten during the day. It has been an action packed start to the race... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour: Robertson targets podium finish in debut year
World Match Racing Tour,
Young-gun Kiwi skipper Phil Robertson is confident his Waka Racing team can have an instant impact in their debut year as Tour Card Holders on the World Match Racing Tour and beat some of the more established opponents to claim a top three finish... [more]
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Lexus Lincoln Week convincing win to Secret Men's Business 3.5
Bob Ross,
Geoff Boettcher's Reichel/Pugh 51 Secret Men's Business 3.5 from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia had a convincing IRC division win in the 38n mile long race of the Lexus Lincoln Week regatta. SMB3.5 has a three point lead on the scoreboard over the Alan Woodward's Beneteau First 45 Reverie, from Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Into the history books
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has sailed into the history books rounding the iconic Cape Horn solo for a third time. 'It's been a lot of years since I was down here last and it was really a very special moment,' Brad told the Velux 5 Oceans team. 'It was pretty emotional. I'm going to remember it forever.'... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship starts tomorrow
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 from 23 to 26 February will be hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The Farr 40 fleet experienced a gamut of conditions, rain showers which gave way to sunshine and 20 knots of SSW wind gusting out of Rose Bay which a short time later morphed into a wind wasteland on the western side of the bridge.... [more]
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True Blue Racing second in CentrePort Youth Match Race Championship
Jordan Reece,
True Blue Racing has finished second in the 2011 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing championships behind the CYCA in the best of five final. The team, which just came from the Harken International Championships in Auckland were keen to get back into the Elliot 6m but the team struggled throughout the round robin stage, only coming through in the final flights to qualify for the semi final... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's North Americans - Krystal Weir second
In the Laser Radial Women's North American Championship Paige Railey (USA) defeated Krystal Weir (AUS), with Lisa Ross (CAN) third.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Oman, Muscat.... [more]
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GME heralds the amazing G-Com marine VHF handheld radio
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's leading marine electronics company, will shortly broaden their product portfolio with the introduction of the amazing G-Com GX660 marine VHF handheld radio.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew around Cape Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint 3 leader, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew, has passed Cape Horn.,... [more]
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2011 a big year for Sailability in Australia and internationally
Graeme Adam,
2011 has started in a big way for Sailability and its event partners. In Napier, New Zealand January 26-29, the Kiwi Cup and Access Class Championships was held. The pace continues in Australia over the coming months with the focus turning to UK in July with the 2011 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships and the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athen in June.... [more]
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B&G Zeus wins 2011 NMMA Innovation Award
Rushton Gregory Communications,
B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailing enthusiasts, has been honoured for its powerful new multifunction navigation display, Zeus, winning the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the 70th Annual Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - On Artemis Racing it could have been worse
Morgan Trubovich,
Extreme Sailing Series - Well, it was a different day today. In the days leading up to the racing, it certainly felt like all the days had been pretty similar. Sunny, warm, fairly flat water and 8-14 knots of wind. We were starting to feel pretty comfortable sailing the Extreme 40 in those conditions (even though we are newcomers to the class). But today was different.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series dates released
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) has released the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World Series) dates with five nine-day regattas in 2011 and three more regattas by mid-2012.... [more]
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Riviera Hotel Midweek 2011 Winner
David Allan,
The 2011 Riviera Hotel Mid week series has been run and won, with David Shepherd's Shaw Contracting taking the popular PDYC series for the first time. The series went down to the wire with the results of the last race deciding the series, with the series win going to Shaw Contracting by 0.5 points from Stephen McElwee's Lawless.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - New reality TV series follows novice sailors
Zoe Williamson,
From the high seas to the air waves – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race documentary receives global premiere on UK television. Against the Tide, the six-part international documentary series about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – the only global ocean race to be contested by people from all walks of life – is to be launched in the UK next week.... [more]
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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia wins CentrePort Champs
RPNYC Events,
After four days of action packed racing on the Wellignton Harbour Jay Griffin and his team of Henry Kernot and Hamish Hardy from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia were crowned the 2011 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing champions... [more]
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Lexus Lincoln Regatta 2011 day one
Bob Ross,
Tactics and crew work were the winning factors in a sou'-easter shifting up to 60 degrees in direction and lulls and gusts ranging from 13-22 knots on the first day of the Lexus Lincoln Week regatta... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Tacticians' tussle
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - This week's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will pit the world's best sailing strategists against each other with a standout talent line-up among the owners, many of them former world champions, and their tacticians.... [more]
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Variety Splash - Brady, Spida and Wilbur set to sail for a good cause
Portia Dixon,
Variety Splash - Four days out from the start of Variety Splash, Variety Ambassador and 3AW radio presenter Mike Brady has pulled together two celebrity names for his inaugural ‘Splash'.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 capsizes in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC45 capsized on the Hauraki Gulf this afternoon, sustaining serious damage to her wingsail, however the platform would appear to be undamaged and there were no injuries to the crew save for wounded pride. The incident happened off Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Winds at the time were around 20kts and the AC45 had been sailing at speeds of up to 28.5kts.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - More images from Muscat
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - More images from Muscat courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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America's Cup Prototype boat flips in gusty winds
Today the Swedish challengers Artemis Racing were on board the AC45 sailing in winds of around 20 knots on Hauraki Gulf, Auckland New Zealand, when the boat capsized. No one hurt... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Muscat images from Carlo Borlenghi
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Muscat images from the event in Oman from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Club Marine Series - Port Phillip gale blasts fleet - photos
Mike Sabey,
Club Marine Series - The Forty knot gale that lashed Port Phillip on Saturday, decimated the small Club Marine Series fleet brave enough to venture out and also washed a man over board off the fifty footer leading the Division Zero race.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Garde Sprint series
Nick Press,
Consistency Pays for D-Unit – 12ft skiff Garde Sprint Series Champions Adam Forbes and Richie Johns sailing D-Unit took out the 2011 Garde Sprint Series, from Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson), with Gemmell sails (Murray Press and Damien Vlotman) in third.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 nearing the start
Allie Smith,
Caribbean 600 - 24 hours to go and the nerves are kicking in. Sun burnt noses, hands and feet are the order of the day, after the final training session yesterday morning. The Caribbean sunshine seems to be as strong as the rum punches the crew are drinking in the bars in an evening!!... [more]
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