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 18 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell is smiling widely today. He has been continually breaking new stories from the AC45 program and that is set to continue with news that the AC45 racing program development will be proceeding in Auckland in coming months.

Geoff Boettcher's Secret Mens Business 3.5, the 2010 Sydney Hobart winner is on the market. Now THAT is a sweet sweet boat. Could be yours? Geoff is prepared to do a part trade, while the next Secret Mens Thing is happening.

The upcoming Sail Port Stephens regatta, now less than a month away. A great location, far enough away from work, but not a 1000 mile delivery. As you'd expect Sail-World will be covering that event in great detail.

Enjoy the news

The Sail-World Team

America's Cup: Images of AC45's first two-boat test on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was out on the water yesterday to get the first shots of the two Oracle Racing logo'd AC45's, as they were put through their paces in a piece of two boat testing/combat, giving fans their first taste of what match racing in catamarans could look like.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand
Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17... [more]
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Nautor's Swan Australia and New Zealand launch
John Curnow,
It may well have rained in Sydney on Wednesday night, but it was nothing except sunshine, glorious colour and wonderful aesthetics at the launch of the new Nautor's Swan Australia and New Zealand agency.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market
Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and Sail-World.com,
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?' Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.'... [more]
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America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other. Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: classy finish in Fontaine Pajot Evolution range
Tracey Johnstone,
Fountaine Pajot's design changes to their popular sailing catamarans heralds a new era for cruising sailors looking for more in style, comfort and value for money.... [more]
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Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far.... [more]
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Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2011 Hanna's Hooligan headache
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sail Port Stephens entrant, Marcus Blackmore's all-conquering TP52 Hooligan, is ready to create a headache for Rob Hanna's Shogun.... [more]
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Yachting Australia President Andrew Plympton steps down
Craig Heydon,
President of Yachting Australia, Andrew Plympton last week stood down following a seven year stint at the helm. Plympton chaired his final board meeting in Sydney with Yachting Australia board member David Gotze replacing him as President.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011 Mirabaud retires following dismasting
Barcelona World Race,
Exhausted but still determined, Wouter Verbraak admitted from the sunny, still sanctuary of Stanley in the Falkland Islands today that he and co-skipper Andy Meiklejohn went through some dark hours when they battled through two long non-stop days of painstaking work trying to repair damaged sails while aboard their Imoca Open 60 Hugo Boss... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials to start in Hauraki Gulf in late April
America's Cup Media,
In preparation for the inaugural America's Cup World Series this July, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 25-29 and May 2-6. These test periods will focus on refining all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators world... [more]
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Audi Sydney Offshore Yacht Race entry deadline drawing near
Jennifer Crooks,
Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race entries are steadily flowing in but, competitors and yacht owners now have less than 10 days to submit an entry.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds approaching
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 Worlds is deemed as an event not to be missed for a good reason! Hamilton Island will be hosting the event along with the Australian Championship from March 20 to April first, and will feature some high-profile and surprising entries from around the globe... [more]
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Victorian and Open Optimist Championships record fleet turn out
Steven Bond,
Victorian and Open Optimist Championships were held on Saturday and a record fleet turned out at Mornington Yacht Club. The fleet was evenly split with 55 sailors in each of the Open and Green fleets... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard reflects on 25 years plus of pro-sailing
Erik Simonson and Vince Casalaina,
Upcoming in the next issue of Seahorse Magazine is an interview with Paul Cayard who sat down with Vince Casalaina of Image Integration and Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us for a near two hour interview. See a six minute video clip where Cayard talks of the design development of US-61 in the 1987 America's Cup, life with Raoul Gardini, a key decision aboard EF Language..... [more]
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Yachting Australia seek Sport Services Coordinator for maternity leave
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is seeking to employ a Sport Services Coordinator – Regulations to cover a 12-month maternity leave contract commencing no later than 1 June 2011.... [more]
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Three new national Optimist fleets
International Optimist Dinghy Association,
The first quarter of 2011 will see the creation of three new national Optimist fleets sponsored by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) '6 for 5' programme... [more]
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Jordi Xammer champions first Ibérico 420 Championship
Tony Mapplebeck,
The first Campeonato Ibérico 420 at CN Tavira 9 – 12 March drew 84 sailors from across Portugal and Spain. Providing early year international competitive exposure for teams seeking national selection for the ISAF Youth Worlds and International Class Championships, the Iberian Championship will be significant in building youth sailing on the Iberian peninsula.... [more]
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Offshore Rockstars roll into Mandurah
YWA Offshore,
The extravaganza that is WA Ocean Racing makes its annual visit to Mandurah this weekend, with a large fleet of yachts set to make the short journey south from Fremantle. The Mandurah Weekend, organized by Fremantle Sailing Club and hosted by Mandurah Offshore Fishing & Sailing Club, is traditionally a light weather event with the host club making the visiting sailors very welcome.... [more]
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Ashby takes another A Class title
Jane Moffat,
Melbourne produced some frustrating conditions for the Victorian A Class State Championships at McCrae over the March long weekend. Monday saw four races completed in conditions described by Kiwi America's Cup sailor Dean Barker as 'frustrating and shifty'.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2011 - Strong NSW Challenge
Ian Grant,
Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2011. Highly experienced Sydney ocean racing skippers Ray Roberts (Evolution Racing) and Marcus Blackmore (Hooligan) will provide Mooloolaba's dual Audi Australian champion Rod Jones (Alegria) with a supreme test in the 308n/ml Brisbane to Gladstone Race over the Easter weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race build update from Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Astounding activity surrounds Puma Ocean Racing in the little state of Rhode Island, USA. We feel very fortunate to be building our boat near Newport.... [more]
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GBR Gold Medalists lead fight back for Star in 2016 Olympic Events
Stuart Alexander,
Iain Percy and Andrew ‘Bart' Simpson are back in battle mode, not just against Olympic rivals but their sport's world governing body, the International Sailing Federation. On the south coast, after being two of the four athletes to unveil the Olympic countdown clock in London, they were contemplating 500 days of bump and grind and sending a message to ISAF headquarters just a few miles away. Ri... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - How media crew members changed the event
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Media crew members were introduced in the 2008-9 race and have since changed the face of the event.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race challenge for Mapfre
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, hold a 465 mile lead over Mapfre. This amounts to more than ten percent of the remaining 3387 miles... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 off to Namibia
Vestas Sailrocket,
Vestas Sailrocket 2, the second-generation speed sailing boat was launched from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday March 8th. The new boat is on her way to Namibia where attempts will be madfe on the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record'.... [more]
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Victorian Moth State Titles 2011
Leigh Dunstan,
An eventful regatta finishes with a suprise upset... [more]
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Race Committee – Walk a Day in their shoes
Mandy McEvoy,
We sailors of all shapes, sizes & classes turn up, rig up and tune up - whether it be in Twilights, Club Racing or Regatta's but there is a whole host of dedicated, passionate and supportive people behind the scenes that really do 'make it happen'.... [more]
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Victorian A Class Championships 2011 held in very trying conditions
Bob Griffits/Julian Jenkins/Ian Johnson,
With the onset of Autumn in the southern hemisphere, the sailing season is moving onwards towards a close in mid to late April. However for the A class Catamarans, there is still a hectic regatta circuit underway, with the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland State Titles organised in quick succession... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's start massing in the Viaduct Harbour
Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
Oracle Racing sailors took to the water today in their team-branded AC45. With skipper James Spithill on the helm and joined by teammembers Ross Halcrow (trimmer), John Kostecki (tactician), Murray Jones (traveler), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and others, the crew went zipping around the Hauraki Gulf for approximately 90 minutes in an orientation sail.... [more]
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Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event
Richard Gladwell,
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail.... [more]
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Boat Books closes Brisbane branch - instore 20% discounts
The largest specialist supplier of Marine books, charts and navigation equipment in Australia, Boat Books Australia, has announced it will be closing its Brisbane branch, from March 25th 2011. There are 20% instore discounts until close of business.... [more]
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Access Class 2012 Worlds in Sydney
Access Class Worlds,
Access Class 2012 Combined World and International Championships will be hosted by Australia's Middle Harbour Yacht Club from April 7-13 next year and the event is expected to attract over 120 disabled sailors from 12 countries.... [more]
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New Alliance to save whales AND sailors
PR Log,
London-based campaigning organisation the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the organisation running the Global Ocean Race 2011-2012 (GOR) announce a unique partnership to seek ways to prevent collisions between whales and yachts. The partnership between a race organisation and an environmental organisation will benefit all cruising sailors, not only those who race... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Black Jack looking for line honours again
Ian Grant,
Peter Harburg's 20.3m Brisbane to Gladstone Race line honours champion Black Jack remains poised to claim a history making performance in the premier blue water classic starting on Good Friday April 22. There is no mistake the speed sailing Black Jack has the potential and could possibly become the new race record holder should favourable fresh winds prevail.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2011 accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. www.whitsundayholidays.com.au or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodating up to 7 from $500 per night. Or if you prefer luxury with a private pool - we have several houses to cho... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Landing Loop
Sail-World Cruising,
If the crew on your boat - be it one or 20 - can leap over the guard rail onto the dock with effortless ease and rapidly bring the boat to a stop with a quick line around a cleat, you probably will never need a Landing Loop. But if you want to lower the adrenaline flow and have your crew remain safe on deck while docking, then this Product of the Week might just be for you.... [more]
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World study reveals coral reefs at dire risk
Jeni Bone,
A new global study has found that 75% of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by environmental and social pressures, and that number is likely to grow to 90% by 2030 if left unremedied... [more]
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Weed-eating fish 'key to reef survival'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Preserving an intact population of weed-eating fish may be vital to saving the world's coral reefs from being engulfed by weed as human and climate impacts grow.... [more]
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