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 06 Apr 2011

Less than 500 sleeps until Weymouth 2012. Tom Slingsby has had a great start to the first World Cup European regatta of 2011, with Belcher and Page and Nicky Souter all doing well and now quiet achiever Brendan Casey is firing up with a win last night. Its a big year for the Aussie Squad. Sail-World will again have a big team at Weymouth as we did in Qingdao, so its going to be a huge year. Off to Port Stephens on the weekend. Its only an hour from SW HQ so we are looking forward to that.

The Sail-World Team

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Casey moves up leaderboard on day two
Robert Deaves,
Day two of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia brought an early postponement and some tricky races. Day two in Palma started with the calm after the storm - lots of sore legs and tired arms after Monday's strong winds and waiting around in the sunshine as all classes were postponed ashore waiting for the wind to arrive.... [more]
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John Bertrand helms Lou Abrahams Challenge to win SYC Sprint Series
Rowan Simpson,
A fleet of seven Sydney 38's participated in the four race sprint series hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club last Saturday. The variable 15 knot wind strength together with 30 degree shifts and choppy seas provided a challenge for crews warming up for the State Championships to be held at Sandringham on the 16th and 17th of April. The presence of John Bertrand generated a lot of interest... [more]
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Sail with Brindabella on a world record
Mainsheet Media,
In early May this year the iconic Australian maxi yacht Brindabella will be attempting the Around Australia World Record and you can sail with her.... [more]
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Kane Sinclair on Cherubs, 505s, Etchells and Sydney 2012
John Curnow,
During the recent Thrifty 2011 NSW Etchells State Championships, John Curnow got the opportunity to sit down with Lake Macquarie sailor, Kane Sinclair.... [more]
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Australian sailors continue excel at the Sailing World Cup in Spain
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have continued their strong run at the third round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain with Tom Slingsby, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Brendan Casey the stand out performers on day two.... [more]
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Ready for Brisbane to Gladstone race
Ian Grant,
Sunshine Coast ocean racing sailors are in the process of placing their bets on which local crew will achieve the top scoring result in the Brisbane to Gladstone Race starting on Good Friday. Hopefully David Turton and his Likatiger crew will experience improved luck in this year's race.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Slingsby leads after day two
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - The second day of racing in Palma offered the 1000 sailors racing in the 10 Olympic classes and the 2.4 Paralympic events, tricky conditions with moderate and shifty winds... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Women's Match Racing - Souter still in the hunt
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa - After a long day on the water stage one was completed for the Women's Match Racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Advancing to the Gold Group are the three undefeated teams (Silja Lehtinen-FIN, Sally Barkow-USA and Anna Tunnicliffe-USA) and the three second place teams in each group (Claire Leroy-FRA, Silke Hahlbrock-GER, and Lucy Macgregor-GBR).... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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New Zealand father and son enter Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Following almost a year of intense planning and secrecy, the New Zealand duo of Ross Field and his son, Campbell, have officially entered the double-handed, round the world, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet heading for the Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
The leading boat in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet has reached the first major milestone of ocean sprint four. At the 1200 UTC position report Brad Van Liew's Eco 60 Le Pingouin was 79 nautical miles ahead of nearest rival Canadian Derek Hatfield on Active House as the pair prepared to take on the fluky, unpredictable weather of the intertropical convergence zone, better known as the Doldrums.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis conclude buildup; Oracle Racing dunked in 25kts
Check out these two video clips to see Artemis Racing finish their build up in Auckland with some great boat to boat combat shots. Then see Oracle Racing caught in a 25kt squirt with too much sail on - it's close and the crew cheer at the end.... [more]
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Work begins on Australia's best yet climate projections
Australian scientists have begun the process of delivering the most detailed national climate change projections yet. In three years, Australians will have the latest climate projections for the 21st Century for a range of factors including; sea levels, seasonal-average temperatures, rainfall, as well as extreme weather events such as heatwaves, fires, droughts, floods, and cyclones.... [more]
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Nervous Cape Naturaliste and Return race crews wait on protests
YWA Offshore,
Royal Perth's Protest Committee faces a busy night after the fired-up crews in the 235nm Cape Naturaliste & Return ocean race proved just how serious they are about blue water racing. The over-the-line placings after 27 hours of racing give no indication of the final outcome, with protests lodged by Knee Deep against Optimus Prime and Sled, and by Sled against Knee Deep over a separate incident.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team members set for Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 2
Kinley Fowler,
Three members of Mirsky Racing Team (MRT) have been signed on to the 'Extreme Sailing Series' for the 2011. The three Oman Sail members will be making their way to Qingdao, China for the second event of the 'Extreme Sailing Series' later this week.... [more]
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Sailability Australia appoints Neil Anderson as new chairman
Graeme Adam,
The Board of Yachting Australia has accepted that Neil Anderson be appointed Chair of the National Sailability Committee. Commenting on the appointment, Phil Jones, Yachting Australia CEO said; 'Neil has been very active in Sailability NSW, having been its president from for eleven years. He brings valuable hands-on experience, enthusiasm and energy to this national role.'... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup day one good start Australian sailors
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have made a solid start to round three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain. With the breeze getting up above 25 knots throughout the day Australian sailors Tom Slingsby, Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price all reveled, finishing day one undefeated.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone odds stacked against Black Jack
Ian Grant,
The Blue Water Classic which starts on Good Friday (April 22nd), has dual Brisbane to Gladstone Race line honours champion Black Jack facing a supreme test to defend her title in this year's 308n/ml offshore race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 4
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 4 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Big breeze sailors triumph on day one
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
ISAF Sailing World Cup third event, the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre is underway in Palma. The 2.4 paralympic fleet, sailing out of Calanova Yacht Club, was the first to complete two races. Giles Scott (GBR), enjoyed the strong wind in Palma and won today's both races in his group. Tom Slingsby (AUS) also claimed two races.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race highlights - Winners press conference
Barcelona World Race,
Did Virbac-Paprec 3 win the Barcelona World Race in the Saint Helena High by going west?... [more]
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NS14 Promo and Training videos - First teaser
Rohan Nosworthy,
The top four crews of the Australian NS14 class recently got together at beautiful Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales mid-north coast, to shoot over 16 hours of footage for the class. Here is the first teaser of some amazing footage to come!... [more]
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Cranbrook wins NSW Secondary School Teams Racing Championship
Daniel Williams,
The NSW Secondary Schools Teams Racing Championship was held from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd April at Woollahra Sailing Club. Sailing in Pacers, ten teams from nine schools put on a magnificent display of sailing.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - all in a name - a Tale with a Twist
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sail Port Stephens 2011 - The Performance Racing and Performance Cruising divisions will compete for the Port Stephens Trophy at this year's Sail Port Stephens regatta, which has cracked the 100 boat mark and is on track for a bumper fleet.... [more]
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Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Main Series sees narrow victories
Peter Campbell,
RSYS Main Series - Last race wins on Saturday gave narrow overall Main Series victories to Ellipse, Tingari and Kirsten II as the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's summer season for 2010-2011 came to an end with a brisk day of sailing on the Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio
Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end... [more]
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Australian sailors prepare for next round of ISAF Sailing World Cup
Craig Heydon,
Australian Sailing Team is preparing to take on the world's top sailors at the first European round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup for 2011. Racing is set to get underway in Palma, Spain on Monday at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2011.... [more]
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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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Farr 30 Australian Championship day two on hold
Suellen Hurling,
Farr 30 Australian Championship. Day two racing is currently on standby.... [more]
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Derwent River Summer Pennant final day
Peter Campbell,
Sydney Hobart racing yacht Dump Truck made no mistake in winning her first Derwent River Division 1 summer pennant in today's final races for the Derwent Sailing Squadron season. In fact, she won two pennants.... [more]
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