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 29 Apr 2011

With grins as wide as watermelons a group of Kiwi Opti sailors went out sailing on an AC45 this week. Richard Gladwell has all the latest AC Goss, while we follow the Fremantle to Bali Race.

Lots of fun news, have a great weekend

The Sail-World Team

America's Cup: From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams
Tim Adair,
From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams On a damp Wednesday morning on 27th April 2011, six excited young sailors – selected from the recent 2011 NZ Optimist Nationals – were lucky enough to be invited to crew on the AC45. To my surprise, skipper James (Jimmy) Spithill invited me to take the helm as we entered the Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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America's Cup: Competitors Forum Media Conference + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Another Competitors Forum was held in Auckland today. Sail-World understands it was attended by 13 of the 15 teams entered, with about eight in physical attendance and others participating by phone in. Following the Forum, designed to allow the Challengers and Defender to discuss issues and concepts relating to the the 34th America's Cup, a Media Conference was held in the America's Cup Regatta... [more]
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Canberra sailors finish on top at 34th NSW Tasar Championships
Nicole Douglass,
The 34th NSW Tasar State Championships were held at Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club over the Easter weekend this year. Rick Longbottom and Kelsey Hanrahan from Canberra were too smart and too quick in the prevailing sick sou'easterly conditions of the final two days racing, holding off World Champs Rob and Nic Douglass (also from Canberra) to take the titles by a point.... [more]
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Prelude to the 2011 Bay to Bay Race
Peter Hackett,
Why do we do the big crowded races all over Australia? Because we can!... [more]
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Will Amon Ra Bring the Sun?
Jennifer Crooks,
Owner Nicholas Jones will be hoping his yacht Amon Ra lives up to her namesake and brings the sun out on Sunday for the Great Veterans Race, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, marking the commencement of the Audi Winter Series 2011... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussie crews shoot for medals
Craig Heydon,
Two Australian Sailing Team crews are set to race for medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's James Spithill joins the Mile High Club 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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Antigua Sailing Week - Full blown action on day five
Louay Habib,
A full blown easterly with trade winds touching 25 knots provided for some high speed thrilling action at Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise Finn - Another in the bag for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Yet another victory for Ben Ainslie (GBR) is now assured after three more races for the Finns at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres.... [more]
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Fremantle Bali 2011 - Limit sets scorching pace overnight
Bernie Kaaks,
Limit set off from Fremantle three days after the Rally fleet in the Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali 2011, and just three days later has their leaders in her sights despite losing two hours in Geraldton to allow an injured crewman to leave the yacht for medical treatment.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Seven gold
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The last day of finals in the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyères has concluded on Thursday with seven early winners in the Olympic and Paralympic classes.... [more]
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Mudlark State Championships 2011 fantastic close racing
Yachting WA,
Mudlark State Championships 2011 hosted at Mounts Bay Sailing Club was a perfect Easter long weekend with fantastic sailing weather.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup 2011 second edition preparations under way
Nestlé Nespresso,
With only one week to go until the start of the Nespresso Cup eight Wally yachts representing a diverse range of these unmistakable sleek and stylish yachts will be gathering in the beautiful harbour of Portofino in the coming days ahead of official registration on Thursday, 5th May.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race return entry from Finland
Zoe Williamson,
Following a hugely successful campaign in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race and an overall position of second place, Finland has confirmed it will return to the race track with an entry in Clipper 11-12... [more]
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Bali fleet spreads out
Bernie Kaaks,
The first seven rally yachts were all in the vicinity of North West Cape this afternoon and making good progress while two tailenders languished in Geraldton's Batavia Marina. Slipstream has passed the half way mark of the journey and is currently 40 nautical miles ahead of the ketch Trade Winds V. Both are bowling along comfortably at around 8 knots... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 French Youth team selection
Solenne Brain,
As the Semaine Olympique Française began in Hyères and the Olympic and Paralympic sailors were gearing up for the fourth regatta in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the selection trials for the French ISAF Youth Worlds team began.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Ambassador Jessica Watson visits Endeavour
Will Davies,
Round the world sailor Jessica Watson will visit Endeavour, the replica of Captain James Cook's ship, at her berth at Riverside Centre Marina, in Brisbane, at 1100 am, Friday 29 April, to speak with groups of school children... [more]
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Ensuring Special Regulations compliance before buying a yacht
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is encouraging prospective buyers to check that imported yachts with CE Recreational Craft Directive plates actually meet the requirements of the Directive... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing release new capsize video
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing who capsized their AC45 on the first day of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials have released a new video of the 'event', along with crew reactions to the free-fall.... [more]
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Maritime Alert: Large swells off NSW Coastline
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with forecasts of large swells to impact much of the NSW coastline over coming days.... [more]
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Collett takes the AIADCA QLD titles again
Matthew Johnson,
A wide range of weather sees many movers throughout the fleet but Brad Collett continues to show why he is the best A-Class sailor in Queensland.... [more]
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Mandurah Regatta gives crews solid hit-out
MOFSC Media,
As the Mandurah Easter Regatta drew to a close in sunny skies and light winds, memories of Sunday's wild conditions faded. The passage of a cold front during the early hours of Sunday morning left big waves fanned by a twenty knot onshore breeze, with stronger gusts in the squall lines.... [more]
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Inaugural Centenary Regatta approaches
Mike Sabey,
Sandringham Yacht Club's legends are gathering this Saturday morning 30th April to celebrate their Club's Centenary year.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day four light and shifty
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Semaine Olympique Française day four and the Spanish are in command in three classes. Despite scoring their worse score so far in the regatta, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) are conserving the lead. The tricky conditions distributed high scores to the 470 competitors.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Light winds slow down the Aussies
Craig Heydon,
Light and shifty conditions have dominated day four of the Semaine Olympique Francaise, with Australian Sailing Team members having mixed results as the competition enters the final series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team China becomes the fourth team to sail their AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget, America's,
Ahead of the Competitors Forum due to be held tomorrow morning in Auckland tomorrow, Team China too delivery of their new AC45, and became the fourth team to own and sail one of the one-designs. Here Gilles-Martin-Raget presents a gallery of the occasion of the first sail of the team.... [more]
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America's Cup: What the Regatta and Media Trials will achieve
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup organizers will begin a two-week test period in Auckland by evaluating new race course configurations, umpiring systems and racing rules. With the first week focused on race management, the second week will be dedicated to testing next generation television and graphics as well as onboard cameras.... [more]
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America's Cup: First impressions of Regatta and Media Trials
Richard Gladwell and Event Media,
Two days of testing in the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials have concluded. Conditions for both days have been quite different - with breezes at the top end of the scale on Tuesday and more moderate winds today, Wednesday. Today winds lightened from 16-17 kts at the start of the test round to 4-5kts at the end.... [more]
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Yachting Australia to host IRC Owners' Forums in May
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia will be hosting two owner-focused IRC forums in May to coincide with a visit from RORC Chief Measurer, James Dadd, from the UK. The forums will cater to owners of both existing and potential IRC-rated boats.... [more]
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NS14 New South Wales Championship 2011 + images
Michael Chittenden,
NS14 NSW State Championship held over Easter proved to be a fantastically tight regatta.... [more]
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Limit crewman hurt in Fremantle Bali race
Bernie Kaaks,
Chalking up an average speed of well over 10 knots since leaving Fremantle at noon yesterday, the racing yacht Limit was in control of the Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali 2011 international yacht race to Bali when early this morning when an accident on board caused crewman Darryl Harris to fall and break several ribs.... [more]
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Huon Tasmanian Salmon Port Esperance Regatta 2011
Steve Harrison,
John Lewis's Adams 10 The Saint scored two outright wins to comfortably win the Huon Tasmanian Salmon Port Esperance Regatta 2011 conducted over the Easter Weekend.... [more]
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Radical cat for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
One of the first entries for the new superyacht power classification at this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, a radical 25 metre long catamaran, is nearing completion on the Gold Coast. The series will be staged from 19-27 August.... [more]
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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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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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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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