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 13 May 2011

Mascalzone Latino's withdrawal as Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and the months ahead we will see more sorting out. As Kenny Roger's lyrics went 'You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.'

Some great deals around at the moment, Musto are having a samples and discontinued line sale and Performance Sailcraft, ahead of a giant giant Laser competition program for which they will be supplying hundreds of new boats, are clearing the decks of Charter boats.

Have a great sailing weekend.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team

America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.... [more]
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Lasers - Be Quick! A great deal during PSA's Ex Charter Boat Clearance
PSA Media,
Performance Sailcraft Australasia are clearing out all their used and ex charter Lasers. Get in quick for a great deal! All Lasers are in excellent condition, have been factory detailed and are complete ready to race. Ex charter boats will come with New sail + new rope / turbo kits, used spars, used foils and used beach dolly.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Fleet unleashed on Corpus Christi
International Melges 24 Class Association,
The entry list boasts some of the very best international sportsboat teams in the world and the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club is noted to be one of the closest fought events in the class's history.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race France - Wait and see time for YANMAR Racing
YANMAR Racing media,
YANMAR Racing finished 3-4 after the first day of round robins at Match Race France, the first of nine events on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. YANMAR Racing has finished their matches so all they will be able to do is watch the last flight to see if they can make the quarter finals.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour France sees Mirsky fortune change
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour France saw a steely performance in the second Qualifying Session from Torvar Mirsky has changed his fortunes at Match Race France, where a victory against the plucky French qualifier, Pierre-Antoine Morvan, will see him top the standings ahead of Damien Iehl after the Qualifying stages... [more]
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AC China Team – one step closer to San Francisco
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International in Zhuhai, China. McConaghys will be building the AC72 for China Team to compete in AC34 in San Francisco.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: One step forward and three steps back
Carol Cronin,
Carol Cronin, US Womens Olympic Keelboat representative at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, gives her views on the recent decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop both the Men's and Women's keelboat events from the 2016 Olympics: During the International Sailing Federation's mid-year meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olympic sailing made one step forward. Unfortunately, it also too... [more]
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Tornado World and European Championships 2011 NORs
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado World Championships will be held from the 20th to 28th August 2011 in Biel, Switzerland and the European Championship on Lake Como, Italy from 8th to 11th September 2011... [more]
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Etchells Experience for RSYS youth sailors
Malcolm Shaw,
Sunday May 1st dawned with clear skies and gentle SW breeze for 19 youth sailors to participate in the Etchells Experience for 2011. 6 Etchells were in the pond ready to go at 11.30am for a 12noon start. The pre-event briefing for the youth sailors (complete with pfd's) and Etchell crews took a few minutes and sailors were allocated to their boats.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2011 accommodation
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartment accommodation up to 7 from $500 per night to luxury homes with a private pool - we have several houses to choose from.... [more]
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Hot Vindaloo wins division in Bay to Bay 2011
Ullman Sails,
Congratulations to owner Julian Griffiths and his team on 'Hot Vindaloo' – a Pescott Firefly 8.5 Grand Prix catamaran – who claimed top division honors in the 31st Bay to Bay Race 2011 in Queensland, Australia.... [more]
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Fly free to Tonga in August 2011 with Mariner Boating Holidays
Maggie Joyce,
Escape the winter to Tonga and ‘cruise in company' in August 2011. Swim with the whales in warm tropical waters. From $2,595.00 per person.... [more]
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Around Australia Virtual Sailing event claimed as biggest ever
Ian Thomson,
Ian Thomson from SOS Racing claims the Around Australia World Record Virtual Regatta is the biggest sailing participant event in Australia sailing history. With almost 10,000 skippers racing from all over the world, it is game on to see who can get the quickest time around Oz.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 under goes modifications
Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket team are at Walvis Bay in Namibia, chasing the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. Paul Larsen reports 'The wing went up effortlessly and we proceded to head up the course to try and go for a sail.'... [more]
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MC-R 35 built by McConaghy Boats, designed by Reichel/Pugh
Ellen Pragnell-Raasch,
The relationship between McConaghy and Reichel/Pugh has produced some stylish and super fast racing yachts, the 100 ft Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI and the 62' Loki amongst many others. In their latest collaboration they have persisted with performance, scaled down the size and cranked up the comfort.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Alert - Large Swells off NSW Coast until Sunday
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has again issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with more treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast from today until Sunday.... [more]
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IRC Forum comes to Perth
YWA Offshore,
Yachting Australia will be hosting an IRC Forum for all current and prospective IRC boat owners and other interested parties at the Royal Perth Yacht Club on Monday 30th May 2011. As well as giving an insight into what the IRC rule is and how it is managed, the forum will be owner-focused with the agenda also encompassing a Q&A consultation session.... [more]
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Boating Industry Association of NSW elects new President
Domenic Genua,
Just yesterday evening, the Boating Industry Association of NSW elected Darren Vaux as the new President. Darren is the owner and operator of Empire Marina Bobbin Head, has already served on the board for the last six years and also currently holds the position of Vice President of the Marina Industries Association of Australia.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championship - Aussie intensity
Ian Grant,
Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith have sailed a lot of intensely competitive nautical miles but none will be as important in comparison with their bid to win the 2011 Zhik World SB3 championship in England.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour teams primed for action
World Match Racing Tour,
The long awaited start to the 2011 World Match Racing Tour is nearly over as the twelve teams competing in Match Race France took to the water at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge in Marseille on Practice Day where conditions look favourable for a week of enthralling match racing.... [more]
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BIC sailors kept busy in Western Australia
Daniel Medd,
Western Australian Open Bic Class has had a hectic month of intense competition beginning with the inaugural WA Open BIC Cup which was at Mounts Bay Sailing Club in early April. Unfortunately, this was blown off the water with very strong winds continuing all weekend. The event would have to wait for another month as eight sailors headed east to compete in the Open Bic Nationals.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba: countdown starts with Olympic team coach talent camp
Holly Kenny,
Three weeks ahead of Sail Mooloolaba Adrian Finglas, Australian Olympic Coach, will join an elite team converging on the Sunshine coast this weekend to identify and train Queensland's youngest sailing talent. Yachting Queensland's second Optimist Development Camp for 2011 has attracted children from eight to 15 from as far a field as Southport Yacht Club and the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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MUSTO- Massive warehouse sale
Musto Media,
Don't miss this super special -end of season warehouse clearance sale of Musto technical and lifestyle clothing. Up to 80% off all stock... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania at CYCA
Jennifer Crooks,
ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania. Three teams representing Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia will compete in the open division, with three teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan competing in the Women's division.... [more]
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RS Feva class introduced in Estonia
RS Boats,
RS Feva class has been introduced into Estonia. Estonian Yachting Union in cooperation with Vopak E.O.S. introduced a fleet of 18 RS Feva sailboats to Estonia, creating a completely new opportunity for children and youth to take up double handed sailing on a two person dinghy.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 9 - Media Trials Update
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 02 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team supported by The Wave Muscat in WMRT campaign
Kinley Fowler,
Ambitious young skipper Torvar Mirsky, and his Mirsky Racing Team, have been handed a massive boost in their quest to land their first World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) title with the announcement that The Wave, Muscat is supporting their 2011 campaign.... [more]
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Other Aussies doing it in France
Scott Cavanough,
Scott Cavanough is pursuing his dream of competing in the Mini Transat, a race across the Atlantic in a 6.5 metre yacht. He has financed the project himself. He arrived in France just over a month ago and this is how he has handled the first month and his first solo race.... [more]
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials
Richard Gladwell,
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Hooligan to compete
Rob Mundle,
A 28-year dream of winning the Grand Prix division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week may be realised for Sydney yachtsman Marcus Blackmore in August following confirmation he will be entering his all-conquering TP52 class racer, Hooligan, in the great regatta.... [more]
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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.'... [more]
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ISAF confirms Events for 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the ten events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. ISAF President Göran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided.... [more]
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America's Cup: Over and Out from Auckland
America's Cup Media and Gilles Martin-Raget,
With the conclusion of the America's Cup test sessions in Auckland, most teams are in pack-up mode, heading for Europe. The weekend in Auckland has been devoted to dis-assembling the AC45s and their wings, and fitting them into shipping containers for the move from Auckland. Plus Artemis Racing give their thoughts on video on the AC 45 and the lessons learned in Auckland... [more]
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