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 28 Mar 2011

505's, AC Wing launch exclusive video and more

Welcome to Sail-World.com's Australian newsletter for 28th March 2011

At Hamilton Island the SAP 505 Worlds are underway, (well they were) and we have reports and some great images in this edition of Sail-World. An amazing start by Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, sixth after two races, at the Worlds, having only sailed for an hour before the Pre-Worlds. Imagine if they really campaigned!!

Going to windward - 2011 SAP 505 World Championship  Christophe Favreau ©

Yesterday and today the weather has wiped out the event and tomorrow is looking dodgy too, so with a shortened regatta, the German leaders Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner with two bullets will be hard to beat.
Conditions on Catseye Beach this morning  Christophe Favreau ©

We will be continuing our coverage from Hammo during the remaining days of the event. A tough place to sit and wait for racing tho... not. Actually with some fairly foul weather in much of Oz, we envy our Sail-World US and Canadian editors who are just arriving at the BVI Spring regatta. Gotta be better than Toronto where in the heat of the day it was one degree centigrade yesterday.

Congressional Cup 2011 Final  Rich Roberts ©
If you read by Sail-World New Zealand Newsletters as well as Oz, you will see today we've chosen to grab content from the Kiwi editorial today.

In this newsletter we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week by Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which are expected to be replicated for the 34th America's Cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.
Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour  Richard Gladwell

Most people will be unable to get to Halsey Street to see this launch process. It is very different from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.

Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely as possible, and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.

Artemis Racing prepare to leave for a Practice Session  Richard Gladwell

The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from Phil Jones and the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are very slow learners.

Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.

Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.

This 18fter's mark rounding seems to symbolic of the situation into which the ISAF has got itself into over the 2016 Olympic Events.  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.

Maybe a wander around Auckland's Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.

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SAP 505 Worlds 2011 - racing abandoned for another day
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011.Conditions have worsened at Hamilton Island, so Race officer Kevin Wilson has had no alternative but to abandon racing for a second consecutive day at 11.00am, declaring the course area 'too dangerous to send the competitors out on.'... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Pre Flight Check and Launch + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the load and launch process required to get an AC45 off the dock following Artemis Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before a practice session. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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ISAF publish urgent submissions for mid-year meeting
ISAF has now published the Urgent Submissions for the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from fourth through the eighth of May. The Urgent Submissions are all related to the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Melges Young Guns Regatta 2011 goes off like a cracker
David Price,
It was like an all stars youth sailing reunion. The young guns lived up to their own hype at last Saturday's inaugural Melges Young Guns Regatta. What a fantastic day for the fifty odd young gun sailors aged 17-30yrs with their Melges 24s and 32s for the day. Melges Asia Pacific and owners generously provided the necessary hardware FOC to the sailors just dripping in talent from NSW, Qld and Vic.... [more]
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505 World Championship Video highlights from day 1
SAP 505 World Championship - Want to gain some insight into SAP's integration, innovation and technology efforts? That is possible with highlights of gusty conditions on Catseye Bay from day one of the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011 on Hamilton Island!... [more]
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Inaugural Melges Young Guns Showdown images by Michael Chittenden
Michael Chittenden,
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International Rolex Regatta equals three days of sun-drenched racing
Barby MacGowan,
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International Rolex Regatta Day 3 images + Video by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor Images,
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week includes charter catamarans
Rob Mundle,
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Whitsunday Sailing Club celebrates 40 years
Ian Grant,
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four early lead to Gutek
Velux 5 Oceans,
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Global Ocean Race - A tough and valuable qualifying voyage
Oliver Dewar,
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Barcelona World Race - Less than 1400 miles for the leaders
Barcelona World Race,
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing - Paul Cayard's update from Valencia
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing - Paul updates us from the middle of a two week stint in Valencia, Spain working mostly with the Artemis Racing technical team which is based here. Juan Kouyoumdjian (Juan K) has his office here with about 20 engineers and since Juan is our lead designer, we built a lot of our structure around Valencia.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Club Championship Race 14 to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
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Congressional Cup win to Williams of Great Britain
Rich Roberts,
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Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Pennants - Gold for Silver Mist
Peter Campbell,
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SAP 505 World Championships - Racing blown out day 2
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505 Worlds Day 2 Preview Crash and Burn expected
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Rolex International Regatta day 2 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Leighton O'Connor presents this gallery of images from day 2 of the Rolex International Regatta, St Thomas, VI.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta day 2 sailing in paradise
Barby MacGowan,
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Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure?
Des Ryan,
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505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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505 World Championships 2011 day 1 mishaps and capsizes
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 World Championship day one, held at Hamilton Island today, was sailed in difficult gusty conditions. The defending champions Germany's Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner struck the first blow, winning the opening two races on Catseye Bay.... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
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Sodebo's amazing adventure circumnavigating the globe
Kate Jennings translation,
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Young sailors search for Olympic glory in Perth
Will Davies,
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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta final
Jennifer Crooks,
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Michael Coxon's new style for Queen's Day
Frank Quealey,
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Queensland Youth Week - Time to Enter!
Suellen Hurling,
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What does a 'mixed event' mean for a singlehanded class?
Markus Schwendtner,
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