Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, Christchurch, and more sailing news
The southern hemisphere sailing story of the week was definitely the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
We have very detailed coverage of the event on Sail-World, a mixture of words, images, video, probably our heaviest ever for a single regatta, with more interviews yet to be published in the coming days. We have included the four video reports from the series for your enjoyment too.
Have we done enough? Transfusion's crew watch Nerone approaching the finish line in the last race - Rolex Farr 40 World Championships Crosbie Lorimer
We had images from five different photographers on the final day when the defending World Champions, on the Italian yacht Nerone crossed the line three boats behind the Australians on Transfusion.
The separation was enough to give Transfusion's owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title, although there was anxious moments as you can see from the finishing line and in the Rolex media Centre where Giles Pearman from Key Partners was providing a running commentary.
We are happy to report that out on the water Italian born Australian photographer Andrea Francolini was barracking for Transfusion, so he is now definitely Dinky!
A just arrived story... not in this newsletter but on the front page of Sail-World tells us that the Sportsboats, which have been for so long a big part of Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week will be at Hamilton Island this year too.
We have a couple of updates from the Christchurch Earthquake in this edition from a sailing perspective courtesy of our New Zealand Editor Richard Gladwell and also carry details of how those who are able, can donate money to the various funds which have been set up.
While insurance will cover some of the damage, the injury to people lives and incomes is far greater and often less tangible, as they just try and make do with the hand they have been dealt.
As we noted in the latest story on the Christchurch Earthquake we, at Sail-World, are more than happy to use our international network and resources to generate funds and whatever else is required to help sailors especially to get back on their feet. Contact details are in this edition of Sail-World, please don't hesitate to ask.
Christchurch Earthquake - 22 February 2011
In Auckland, the AC45 stretched her legs again, after suffering a shredded wingsail following a low-speed capsize on the Hauraki Gulf a week ago today. It's a tremendous effort on the part of the Oracle Racing build team to have the wingsail repaired and operative in just five days, and the sailing with Artemis Racing continued on Saturday. At the Farr 40 World's James Spithill commented to us, talking about the first capsize 'well it had to happen to someone, just very glad it was not me. It won't be the last ' he said as he sauntered off to Goombay Smash. We have a report and images from Auckland in this edition.
26/02/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th AMerica's Cup - AC45 sea trials - Artemis Racing testings - Day 2 Ivor Wilkins/www.americascup.com
We have another in our exclusive video series The Freo Files - from the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987. (we've included some of the earlier ones in this newsletter so you can get up to speed) This is a longer one - the dramatic race between White Crusader (GBR) and KZ-7 (NZL) and the final media conference where Harold Cudmore gives his views on the British fortunes in the regatta. There's a second story on Erle Willams, who was a watch captain aboard a Whitbread winner, Flyer, at the age of just 22years old. Erle is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing and here he tells PJ Montgomery how the New Zealanders went from not having a 12 metre, to being a finalist in the Louis Vuitton Cup in just 12 months.
Making a wave - Europe Class 2011 New Zealand Championships Bryn Heveldt
Thanks to our contributors for their help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. A special thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.
And once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch.
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Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund Richard Gladwell, Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more] Share this story
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 forces White Crusader out Sail-World Archives, The British Challenger, White Crusader was one of the top boats forced out of the semi-finals for the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Here PJ Montomery anchors the TVNZ coverage of her final race, the arm-wrestle downwind luffing match, followed in a second clip with the Media Conference and comments from White Crusader challenge head, Harold Cudmore.... [more] Share this story
Vipers Strike at Geographe Bay Race Week Bernie Kaaks, Having notched State and national successes in several classes, Rod Beurteaux has now turned his hand to sports boats. In today's windward/leeward races in steady 10-12 knot breezes, Beurteaux made a clean sweep of all three races sailing his Viper 640 Yacht Hub.... [more] Share this story
Perfect day on Pitwater for Hobie 16's PBSC club Championship round 4 Peter Salter, Saturday 26th Feb saw the fourth round of the PBSC club championships conducted under ideal conditions - strengthening 10-15knts NE with clear blue skies and warm weather. A standard windward course with a slightly longer offset allowed for some fast reaches and gave the strong fleet of H16's and one A class some great sailing.... [more] Share this story
SAP 505 Worlds 2011 - Whitsunday locals looking for advantage Ian Grant, Whitsunday Sailing Clubs International 505 dinghy sailors skipper Paul Mitchell and crew mate Sam Haines will need to have their tactical thinking caps on when they compete for the SAP World championship honours at Hamilton Island later this month.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 3 - Thode v Estredo showdown PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day three sees no change at the top after the second full single elimination. At the end of the day on the final horn, it was anyone's guess who'd won - over to the judges.... [more] Share this story
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Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics? Markus Schwendtner, One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more] Share this story
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Special Olympics Australia Sailability Team need help for World Games Alex McNeilly, Eight very excited and lucky Aussie sailability athletes will represent Australia at the upcoming June 2011 Special Olympics World Games, Athens, Greece. We need to raise $80,000 AUS dollars to get them to the games to sail and achieve their PERSONAL BEST. Please help them and make a tax deductible donation on our website. All donations can be made to team Australia at www.specialolympics.com.au... [more] Share this story
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Video- Day 4 the final day www.Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - 2011 the final day- a two horse race - but both thoroughbreds -Nerone and Transfusion take it down to the last race - video report .... [more] Share this story
Variety Splash postcard perfect day 2 Portia Dixon, Variety Splash participants aboard the 17 competing power and sail boats enjoyed a postcard perfect day yesterday on Port Philip Bay for the 5.6 nautical mile route from Queenscliff to Mornington.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Final Day Images from Crosbie Lorimer Crosbie Lorimer, The best of the weather for the 2011 Farr 40 World Championships off Sydney Heads was saved for the last day of racing, with bright sunshine and a building breeze making for great sailing and ideal conditions for photographers. Crosbie Lorimer, who was a Farr 40 mastman for four years when the class was first established in Sydney, enjoyed a more relaxed view of the action yesterday (no hiking... [more] Share this story
Geographe Bay Race Week 2011 - Hot start Bernie Kaaks, Competition was hot on the water. Alan Brierty's Limit waltzed away with dual line honours wins in IRC Division 1 as expected, but behind him the battle was ferocious. John Moore's Marten 49 Charlotte kept everyone at bay in the first race, but in the second race Gary McNally's newcomer, the GP43 Black Betty took up the running to be the next boat after Limit.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Andrea Francolini's 'Best Of' event images Andrea Francolini images, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 'Best Of' images are presented by ace photographer Andrea Francolini. We hope you enjoy Andrea's choices from the event, which has just concluded in Sydney.... [more] Share this story
Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta shared honours Peter Campbell, Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta - Bellerive yachtsmen Jeff Cordell and Hughie Lewis are sharing the top honours in Division 1 after day two of their club's Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - What a day, what a finish KPMS, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - The nail-biting ended at 4:00pm, when the Italian yacht Nerone crossed the line three boats behind the Australians on Transfusion. The separation was enough to give Transfusion's owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis revenge for last year's defeat at the hands of the Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori. More importantly it gave him the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title.... [more] Share this story
Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta day two - SB3 class Peter Campbell, Queensland yachtsmen Phil Gray and Rod Jones quickly came to terms with the vagaries of Hobart's River Derwent today when they won two of three heats of the inaugural International SB3 Tasmanian championship, being sailed as part of the Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 images by Howard Wright Howard Wright images, Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured on the final day of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 back sailing with repaired wing America's Cup Media, Weekend boaters out on the water in force were thrilled to see the America's Cup cat fly past – less than a week after it capsized in a freak wind gust in the Rangitoto Channel. After the capsize, the damaged wing was taken to the Core Builders facility in Warkworth, north of Auckland, where a small team, including the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) team and members of the Artemis Racing... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds final day images by Alexandra McKinnon Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 images by Alexandra McKinnon who was out on the water capturing the action. She presents this gallery of images for your enjoyment.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Transfusion wins after courageous fightback Lisa Ratcliff, In race nine Transfusion's crew were coughing dust for the first upwind leg and appeared to lack boat speed while Nerone was sailing hotter angles out in front on the first downwind run. Clearly there was more firepower in their weaponry and they came out blazing in race 10, saving the best for last.... [more] Share this story
RS Games 2011 entry now open RS Class Association, RS Games 2011 entry is now open. This includes the Worlds and UK Nationals for RS500s, Europeans and UK Nationals for RS700s, and National Championships for RS100s, 200s, 300s, 400s, 600s, 800s and Vareos.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Andrea Francolini images of new World Champion Andrea Francolini images, Andrea Francolinis 'hot off the water' images of the new Farr 40 World Champion Transfusion.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Race 10 - Transfusion Team new World Champions www.Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Race 10. Nerone was two points ahead and would win on a count back, so it was do or die for Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, John Kostecki and the Transfusion team.... [more] Share this story
Variety Splash Day 2 Portia Dixon, Variety Splash Day 2. As with all Variety events, the Splash has a serious side. Its primary objective is to raise money for children in the community with a wide range of special needs. Today the fleet will sail from Queenscliff to Mornington, VIC.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff sailor on comeback trail for Giltinan Championship Frank Quealey, David Witt has made a comeback in the class to represent Queensland with a serious Giltinan Championship campaign. In this campaign, David is joined by long time crew and champion sailors Alan Mansfield and Barry Flannigan. The trio will be one of the heaviest (if not the heaviest) teams in the regatta and will certainly be one to watch in strong wind conditions.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Race 9 – Nerone and Transfusion battling www.Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 – after eight races Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori Nerone is a single point ahead of Guido Belgiorno-Nettis Transfusion. Here is the story of Race 9... [more] Share this story
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - More images from the SSSC pool session John Curnow, Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - The safety and training class continues in the pool.... [more] Share this story
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria sailing and training safety class John Curnow, Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - The ever popular and always sold out ORCV Sea Safety and Survival Course has begun, yet again. The February course was designed to help those on the wait list and also ensure that Skippers wanting to head to King Island next month, could have the greatest number of SSSC qualified souls on board.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report www.Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report - A postcard day on the water - for the Farr 40 fleet off Sydney Heads... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images by John Curnow Sail-World.com, John Curnow presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 - An enthralling day of competition regattanews.com, Rolex Farr 40 World Championships - Another fascinating day of dog eat dog at the fourteenth edition. Two races, two intriguing tales and all square at the top; A more enthralling setting for a final day of a world championship?... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images by Alexandra McKinnon Sail-World.com, Alexandra McKinnon presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Just one point KPMS, Two races, two intriguing tales and all square at the top. A more enthralling setting for a final day of a world championship? Defending champions Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA) holds a one-point advantage over the local heroes, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS). No one else is in sight.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images from Howard Wright Sail-World.com, Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr40 Worlds 2011.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - Erle Williams on wintering over Sail-World Archives, Erle Williams is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing. A chip off the old block. Erle was a watch captain aboard Whitbread line honours winner at the age of just 22years old. Less than four years later he was bowman aboard KZ-7 in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Here he tells how the Kiwis under the baton of Michael Fay and whip of Laurent Esquier and friends...... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Two to Tango on final day www.Sail-World.com, Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma' Nerone, the defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion leads Guido Belgiorno-Nettis Transfusion by a single point with just two races to sail in the 2011 World Championship after Nerone grabbed a race eight win today.... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 World Championship - World Champion holds sway over locals Lisa Ratcliff, Defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA), now hold a one-point advantage over the local heroes. 'Tomorrow will be a big fight,' admitted Vascotto this afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 day 3 images by Andrea Francolini Andrea Francolini images, Ace photographer Andrea Francolini was onwater at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, being sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads.... [more] Share this story
Crown Series 2011 - Dinghy champions racing Peter Campbell, Crown Series 2011 - The first Tasmanian crew to win the Lightweight Sharpie national championship in eight years will return to racing on the River Derwent this weekend in the off-the-beach section of the Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime reminder to Boat charter operators and consumers Penny Robins, NSW Maritime today issued a reminder to companies booking a charter boat that any vessel used for charter work must have a current survey certificate issued by NSW Maritime, and be operated by qualified crew.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Day 3 first images by Andrea Francolini www.Sail-World.com, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 first images today from Andrea Francolini. Transfusion owned by Guide Belgiorno Nettis was leading the series from Nerone - more news soon.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Consistency and damage limitation KPMS, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Consistency and minimizing damage have always been watchwords at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. No less so this year, as the fourteenth class world championship moves beyond the halfway point. None of the leading three got it completely right. Each bled more points than they would have liked over the course of three testing races.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour talks with potential new venues World Match Racing Tour, Since announcing an ambitious expansion plan which will see the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) grow to 15 events by 2013, the Tour has been overwhelmed by the level of interest from potential new host regions and is now in extended talks with 10 venues who are all eager to embrace the benefits of hosting a stage of the Tour... [more] Share this story
2011 Australian Trailable Yacht and Sportsboat CBH Nationals Nicole Douglass, The 2011 Australian Trailable Yacht & Sportsboat CBH Nationals will be sailed on Lake Burley Griffin in the nations capital at Easter, hosted by the Canberra Yacht Club... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'A bunch of Pommy lawyers' Sail-World Archive, Tom Blackaller's radical canard ruddered USA-61 made the final cut for the Semi-Finals of the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton Cup, but not before an acrimonious protest over using a replacement bow (canard) rudder. In this clip from the TVNZ coverage USA-61's Tom Blackaller announces the decision and can't hold back on a few verbal sideswipes at his adversaries.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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