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 27 Apr 2011

Well Jamie Spithill has said he was glad he was not the first one to capsize an AC45 but he was sure he would. He has now...we have all the pix and video. Tom Slingsby is extending his lead in France at Heyres. News from Gladstone and Three Peaks.

Lots more big stories ahead this week.

The Sail-World Team

Aussies consolidate on day three in Hyeres
Craig Heydon,
Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres. Tom Slingsby continued his strong form in the Laser class with a second position in the day's only race. A lack of breeze kept the crews on shore until early afternoon with the majority of fleets only able to complete one race on Wednesday to finish off the qualification series.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française Finn day three double for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
The forecast for the day was not great with variable and very light winds forecast for the morning, rising to a meagre seven knots. Ainslie commented on the conditions, 'The conditions were very tough with the wind swinging a lot and big place changes. My day kind of hinged around trying to keep with the leaders and looking for an opportunity.'... [more]
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Semaine Olympqiue Francaise - The end of qualifications
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The objective of the day at the Semaine Olympique Francaise is to finish the programme before the final stage has been reached!... [more]
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Bali race fleet starts the chase
Bernie Kaaks,
Derek Baxter's Phoenix caused the start crew a few anxious moments when it appeared that he intended to climb aboard right on the start signal, but eventually all eight yachts charged over the line in a brisk 18 knot north westerly and lumpy seas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blake's Steinlager 2 enters the Volvo OR Legends
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
One of the most important and famous boats of all time, the Farr-designed maxi-ketch Steinlager 2, which, with legendary Kiwi skipper Sir Peter Blake in charge, won all six legs of the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) will be in Alicante later this year to race in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion.... [more]
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America's Cup: First Test day pushes AC45's to the edge and beyond
America's Cup Media,
On a day of testing the limits, ORACLE Racing capsized and Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a start mark. And that's just two of among dozens of near misses and thrills and spills. Not a bad way to start the week. Day 1 of the New Zealand test event showed the promise and potential of the upcoming America's Cup World Series as five AC45s braved gusty, blustery and variable conditions on the wa... [more]
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Locals blitz Victorian Trailerable Yacht Championships
Stuart Loft,
RL24 sailors won the Victorian Trailerable Yacht Championships in a 30 year old boat. Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club members Stuart Loft, Andrew Somerville and David Eickmeyer dominated the recent championships.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's James Spithill joins the Mile High Club
Sail-World.com Auckland NZ,
The first day of the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials ended in spectacular fashion today as Oracle Racings's America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill, managed to go down the mine in their AC45. While the leap from the windward hull to the briny might be 'only' 26ft, we bet it looks a Mile High from up there. Courtesy of Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget we have the full sequence... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussies strong start
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have continued to push ahead on the second day of racing at round four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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Sydney 38 Victorian Titles – a stern view
Deb Parker - 38 Degrees South,
The Sydney 38 Victorian Titles were held over the weekend of the 16th & 17th of April provided some great close racing and was not short on incidents, allowing a number of boats the opportunity to practice 360° & 720° turns. Day one saw a few mistimed manoeuvres causing some collisions. Congratulations to Bruce Taylor and the Chutzpah38 team for winning both the Open and Corinthian series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 7
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 25 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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Asia-Pacific and Australian Access Championship trophies decided
David Staley,
West Australian and Tasmanian sailors have claimed most of the major trophies at the Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships 2011 which concluded at Royal Perth Yacht Club today.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour world class skippers ready to battle
WMRT/Andy Green,
ISAF Match Racing World Tour will see an exciting mix of Tour Card Holders compete to be world champion. With three skippers - Johnie Berntsson, Phil Robertson and Damien Iehl – making their debuts as Tour Card Holders and experienced Tour sailors like Peter Gilmour and Ian Williams returning for another bite of the cherry, the 2011 season is all teed up to be an enthralling battle.... [more]
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Sunshine Coast Interschool Dinghy Regatta showcase stars of the future
Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club,
School Captain Liam McKenzie and fellow year 12 Sunshine Coast Grammar student Elliott Clayton steered the Tewantin Noosa Lions Club Vagabond MkII 3.7m dinghy to an outstanding victory over the weekend to win the Sunshine Coast Inter-school dinghy regatta.... [more]
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Australian Three Peaks Race - Victory to Peccadillo and Haphazard
Peter Campbell,
Tamar River yachtsman Nick Edmunds and his crew of Haphazard will be celebrating in Hobart this afternoon after winning the monohull division of the 23rd Australian Three Peaks Race, event that Edmunds has contested since its inception.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais Hyeres - Aussies off to a great start
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have made a strong start to the fourth round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, with a number of crews in the top five of their classes at the end of day one.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone big boat race
Ian Grant,
Peter Millard and John Honan signaled their former New Zealand maxi Lahana was on the pace when they claimed an impressive line honours win in the 63rd QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone race over the Easter Weekend.... [more]
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Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Championships close results
David Staley,
Just a few points separate the top places in all divisions of the Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships 2011 being held at Royal Perth Yacht Club today.... [more]
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Lake barely tolerable lives up to expectations: University Sailing
Tom Mallet,
Today the Australian University Fleet Racing Championship kicked off in Canberra with representatives from eight universities competing for the national championship. The creativity of university students was on show when Canberra's autumn weather lived up to expectations delivering below average wind conditions.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins on handicap
Ian Grant,
Brisbane to Gladstone - Former Queenslander Marcus Blackmore fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he steered the exciting TP52 Hooligan to victory in the 2011 QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone race.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Multihull Solutions expands its display
Kate Elkington,
In response to the increasingly strong interest in catamarans, Multihull Solutions has announced it is expanding its presence at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2011.... [more]
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Sturrocks Balmain Closing Down Sale - up to 75% off
Brendan Maxwell,
in 2009, Sturrocks Boatique was rebranded as 'Sturrocks' and Evan Sturrock opened the doors of Sturrocks second store at 254 Darling Street, Balmain in Sydney's inner west. It featured all the top brands including Musto, Zhik, Helly Hansen, Sail Racer, Dubarry, Murphy and Nye,North Sails clothing, Sail Racing. But now Evan Sturrock is closing the Balmain store next Sunday May 1st. With clo... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais - Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson returns
Craig Heydon,
Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson will be returning to the 470 class at the Semaine Olympique Francais.... [more]
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CYCA Cruising Event - 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish'
David Champtaloup/Sail-World,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is to hold an event on 24th May where Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and Ted Nobbs will share their story about swapping the boardroom for the seven seas as published in Knudsen's just-about-to-be-released book ‘Shooting Starts and Flying Fish'.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Hooligan leads but threatened
Ian Grant,
The race clock ticked against the big boats when the true trade wind freshened to blow the smaller yachts into contention to claim the Qantaslink Brisbane to Gladstone race on corrected handicap overnight.... [more]
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Australian Three Peaks Race defending champion Whistler loses rudder
Peter Campbell,
Defending Australian Three Peaks champion Whistler, skippered by David Rees from Hobart, lost her rudder off Bridport late this evening.... [more]
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Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships start today
David Staley,
The Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships commence today and will be held concurrently with the Asia-Pacific Championships. The combined events have racing scheduled from Saturday April 23 through Monday April 25.... [more]
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ...
Various Sinners,
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone - The weather god hasn't responded
Ian Grant,
Old Huey the ocean racing sailors weather god has not responded to the call for an ideal 15-20 knot south east trade wind to blow onto Moreton Bay for the noon start of the 63rd QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race later today.... [more]
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Lewmar Safety Notice
Lewmar Marine,
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.... [more]
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Artemis Racing AC45 training in Auckland
Terry Hutchinson,
We have been on the ground for four days in preparation for the AC45 test events next week here in Auckland. Not unlike the sailing team, this version of the America's Cup is taking on an entire new look. TV, jet ski umpires and onboard lighting systems are all becoming part of the new world... [more]
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