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 06 Jul 2011 puts shoulder to Chicago-Mackinac wheel

The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, and the Chicago Yacht Club. has regional sites around the world, with Sail-World USA, Sail-World Canada, Sail-World Europe, Sail-World Asia, Sail-World NZ and Sail-World Australia providing news to over 1.8 million sailors each year.

Matthew Gallagher, chair of the Chicago Yacht Club's Communications Committee and a first-time Mac skipper said ‘We are thrilled with our new relationship with The opportunity to tell the story of our race to their world-wide audience is one we here at Chicago Yacht Club are greatly excited about.'

Heading up the Sail-World Team in Chicago will be Sail-World USA Editor, David Schmidt.

David, formerly SAIL Magazine's Senior Editor (2006-2010) and now Editor at large, commented today. ‘ is unique in that it is a 24x7 news operation world-wide. For more racing audiences we are probably best known for our America's Cup, Olympic and Volvo Ocean race coverage.

‘As well as covering major events in great detail, often acts as the official media for major events around the world.

‘We have been the official media for Auckland, San Francisco and Fremantle Etchells Worlds, A-Cat, F18 and Contender World championships, the Monsoon Cup, Asia biggest keelboat regatta, the Kings Cup and many famous Australian events including the 500+ boat Geelong Week regatta.

‘In Chicago and Mackinac with me, we will have Sail-World Publisher Rob Kothe and Sail-World North America's Elizabeth Kerr and Greg Nicoll and we will be supplying news content to over 400 media organizations, across North America and internationally.

‘We are also looking forward to providing much more detailed coverage than ever before to our own readership of this iconic sailing event.
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Boat Shows need feedback - win a $14,000 holiday and boat NOW!!,
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the... [more]
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Voyage of Reconciliation
Fiona Harper,
'The ship struck and stuck fast,' so notes James Cook, unceremoniously ‘discovering' the Great Barrier Reef as HMB Endeavour struck the reef near Cairns. The 18th century replica of Cook's ship is circumnavigating Australia on a voyage of friendship and reconciliation. It's particularly relevant to indigenous crew, given that relations weren't always quite as congenial during the original voyage.... [more]
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Australian Laser sailors challenged at 2011 European Championships
Craig Heydon,
2011 Open European Championships in Helsinki, Finland - Light and tricky conditions have challenged the Laser and Laser Radial sailors on day three of their competition.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships day 3 solid for Australian crews
Craig Heydon,
IFDS World Championships 2011 day 3. After six races in the Skud 18 class Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are well in the hunt for the overall win, In the Sonar class Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Rod Angwin have moved up to 12th overall and Matt Bugg continues to work his way up the leaderboard in the 2.4mR class.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Video coverage of the race starts
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Race 2011 video footage of the starts. The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - John Ruf turns up the heat
IFDS Worlds 2011,
John Ruf, who unlike much of the fleet didn't compete at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at the same WPNSA venue last month, made light work of fickle winds and torrential rain at the IFDS World Championships in Portland Harbour today (Tuesday 4 July) to score two seconds and move into second spot overall, three points behind reigning World champion Schmitter.... [more]
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Open Europeans Helsinki - Racing challenge for fleets
Kurt Lönnqvist amended,
Sailors' nerves were put to the test due to the postponements at the Open Europeans 2011 in Helsinki. However, there were no major changes at the top in any of the classes. With six races completed and a 21st in the last, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia lost the lead in the Laser Standards. His compatriot Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) took the lead while Poland's Jonasz Stelmaszyk held third.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Maxi Yachts make fantastic progress
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - The Maxi Yachts that started on July 3 from Newport, R.I. to The Lizard in southeast England have been making fantastic progress. Little in the way of tactics have come into play thus far, as all six yachts in IRC Class One have been taking the direct route, coaxing every knot of speed out of their powerful machines.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - World's best Women Match Racers + Video
World Match Racing Tour,
Stena Match Cup 2011 is currently underway in Marstrand, Sweden. The fifth stage World Match racing Tour event has a host of the world's top female match racers doing battle on the waters of Marstrand Fjord. The women's class racing kicked off the event with a showcase of skill and talent as the teams went head to head in the identical Olympic Elliott 6m yachts... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 preview
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 is open to yachts over 18.29-metres (60-feet) and pits together the largest, finest and most technologically-advanced monohull yachts in direct competition. The event additionally comprises the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. This new competition, baptised in 2010, creates a showcase for the popular Mini Maxi division (yachts from 18.29-24.08 metres).... [more]
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The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Turkey: 21 Sept - 06 Oct 2012
Maggie Joyce,
The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Turkey. 21 September - 06 October 2012 The Mariner rally concept was born on this coast in 1998 and the route for 2012 will be the same; sail from Marmaris in an easterly direction along the coast to Finike and then by land to Antalya.... [more]
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Australian Schools Team Racing Championship 2011 - The Hutchins School
Peter Campbell,
Australian Schools Team Racing Championship 2011 - Hobart's The Hutchins School has qualified for an unprecedented 19th consecutive year to contest this week's Championship. In that time The Hutchins has won the championship six times in the past 10 years, as well as successfully representing Australia in Interdominion events against New Zealand schools.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - Intense competition
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - The anticipated wait for the opening event on the men and women's wave calendar is over, as the world's most radical sailors descend on the island of Gran Canaria for six days of intense competition. The internationally recognized location of Pozo will play host to the most talented wave sailors from around the globe as they embark on the opening wave event.... [more]
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Images from Lorient: A Slice of Offshore Heaven
Ben Gladwell,
A section of the French port of Lorient is set aside as the first European centre for offshore racing. The City of Sail Eric Tabarly, opened in April 2008, is now the showcase of French sailing. The area is completely open to the public, who are able to get up close with some of the boats that most of us can only dream about.... [more]
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European Championships - Aussie Laser sailors have mixed day
Craig Heydon,
Open European Championships 2011 day 2. Krystal Weir continues to be the top ranked Australian in the Laser Radial class. In the Laser fleet Australian Sailing Team member Tom Burton is the leading Australian in 33rd.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 first start underway
Kimball Livingston,
The first wave of Transpac starters left Point Fermin today. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, 'if we can just get to it,' as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Local Women's skipper has semi finals hopes
Stena Match Cup Sweden amended Sail-World,
Stena Match Cup Sweden. The last flight for the day gave the Swedish skipper Anna Kjellberg some hope for the semi finals when her team won against Australian Nicky Souter.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships - Great day for Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Craig Heydon,
Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have had a perfect day on the water at the 2011 IFDS Worlds. Fellow Australians Ame Barnbrook and Lindsay Mason have fought their way up to fourth overall on day two of racing with a second and a fourth on the waters of Portland Harbour. In the Sonar fleet Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Rod Angwin are 13th overall after a sixth and a 12th on day two.... [more]
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ORCV Winter Series images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Geelong based photographer Teri Dodds braved the winter's day to take these action images of race 1 of the ORCV Winter Series, Melbourne.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Come from behind win for America's Cup team
Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in an epic showdown as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for most of the past 5 days... [more]
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Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish written by Nancy Knudsen
Allen & Unwin,
Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish. A light-hearted but inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world - a story that demonstrates the rewards of taking risks to follow one's star.... [more]
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ORC Worlds fleet ITC analysis
ORC Press,
International Technical Committee (ITC) Chairman Alessandro Nazareth was on hand to observe the fleet for the two days of inshore racing at the ORCi World Champsionship, which concluded a week ago in Cres, Croatia.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - Liesl Tesch Tesch's paralympic dream
Australian SKUD crew Liesl Tesch hopes she and Dan Fitzgibbon's performance at the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 this week will help towards her completing a unique Paralympic medal set, having already won three Paralympic medals in wheelchair basketball!... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds 2011 - Heineken and Bridge crowned champions
Markus Schwendtner,
Kite Course Racing World Championships 2011 - After twelve races and three discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of three+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show meets Rugby World Cup
Media Services,
New Zealand's Auckland International Boat Show, from 15 to 18 September 2011 will be the country's biggest ever on-water boat show as it reaps the benefit of major development and investment in the Rugby World Cup 2011. On the Saturday of the boat show, in the evening, Australia will meet Ireland in Auckland at Australia's second RWC game in the tournament.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 appoints two new race photographers
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race has appointed two photographers with a wealth of sailing experience and know how to cover the 2011-12 race. New Zealander Paul Todd is a former professional sailor with over 20 years in the photographic industry. Paul served as picture manager during the 2005-06 edition of the race and has worked for several Volvo Ocean Race teams.... [more]
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Vale: Don Roach
Frank Quealey,
The 18 Footer world is today mourning the sudden death of International Convenor Don Roach who passed away suddenly yesterday (3 July) from a suspected heart attack. As International Convenor, Don had returned only recently from Denmark where he attended the Mark Foy Trophy international regatta.... [more]
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Sail up to the Southern Great Barrier Reef
Tourism Queensland,
The Capricorn region is gearing up to host the next event on Queensland's Season of Sailing calendar, giving holidaymakers a great excuse to head north. Now in its fifth year, the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race gets underway on Friday, August 5 – and you don't need to be a serious sailor to be part of the fun.... [more]
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Audi Sydney to Gold Coast race challenge for Merit
Ian Grant,
Merit launched in 1997 to contest the Volvo around the World race and now owned and successfully raced by Whitsunday Sailing Club's Leo Rodriguez will contest the 384 n/ml Audi Sydney to Gold Coast race starting on Saturday July 30.... [more]
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Sydney Yachts GTS 43 in the water already of Sydney Boat Show
Daryl Sharpe,
The very first of the new, Ker designed, GTS 43's is on the water in Sydney awaiting its mast. This means you'll soon be able to go onboard and look over this most impressive new vessel, from a team renowned for its ability to build and deliver, strong, fast and reliable racing yachts.... [more]
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Open European Championships Laser and Laser Radial racing underway
Craig Heydon,
Open European Championships 2011 Laser and Laser Radial fleets racing is underway, with Krystal Weir being the highest placed Australian. Krystal Weir ended the day eighth overall in the 104 boat Laser Radial fleet. In the Laser fleet the four Australian entrants had a tough day in the light conditions with Ryan Palk the highest placed in 34th overall.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 final start - Rambler v Leopard
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011 final start took place as six yachts set their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of England. Prior to the start, George David (Hartford Conn.), skipper of Rambler 100, paid tribute to the four yacht clubs that came together to make this race a reality.... [more]
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Yacht club demolished after irreparable Christchurch earthquake damage
Richard Gladwell,
Earthquake damaged Pleasant Point Yacht Club was demolished last week. It is the second yacht club building to be demolished February 2011 earthquake. Earlier a boatshed belonging to the Christchurch Yacht Club was demolished. Both clubs are located in the Christchurch Estuary which borders some of the worst damage and liquefaction from the earthquakes that have struck the region.... [more]
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Audi Winter Series Race 2011 - Down to the wire
Jennifer Crooks,
Audi Winter Series Race 2011 - Another warm and beautiful sun drenched winter's day greeted the 126 competitors in race nine of the Series, with moderate afternoon breezes kicking in and giving those slightly heavier boats in the fleet, podium places. After a short AP due to lack of consistent breeze, the Sydney 38 fleet started off Point Piper at 11:40hrs.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Drama aboard British Soldier after gybe
Transatlantic Race,
Transatlantic Race 2011. High drama aboard British Soldier on Thursday night. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west. Small matter of a Chinese gybe' reported skipper Nick Bate (Falmouth, U.K.). The chasing pack of yachts that took the second start in the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 29 have caught up with the tail-end of the first starters.... [more]
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ORCV Melbourne Winter Series - Great racing in cool conditions
John Curnow,
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Winter Series has attracted just under 40 of Melbourne's best racing crews. The boats they're racing range from 52 to 30 feet. Race one was conducted in 20-25 knot Northerlies, with the seas very much under a metre and that means it was fun and games for all concerned. Assisting the ORCV's Race Director was PRO David LeRoy from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.... [more]
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RPAYC University Match Racing Championship 2011 preview
Ajay Rau,
RPAYC University Match Racing Championship 2011 - In support of the outstanding talent and performances by University sailors in Match racing, University Match Racing Sydney want to provide them with a platform and help stage a quality match-racing regatta that would encourage more professionalism and growth in Australian and University sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Format announced for Louis Vuitton Cup
Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup, has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. To take place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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America's Cup: The countdown starts for Cascais - Coutts to skipper
Jane Eagleson,
The first competition of the new multihull America's Cup era begins with the inaugural America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal, on August 6. Nine teams from eight different countries will race identical AC45 wing-sailed catamarans directly off the coast. Designed for extreme speed, the AC45 has proven to be a handful in strong conditions, which predict a strenuous, physical event in wi... [more]
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Hot off the press - Beneteau announces three new models
Amanda Drover,
Number one yacht brand Beneteau has just released information on a new range of Oceanis yachts. The Oceanis has been reinvented with the introduction of the 41, 45 and 48 models – the product of two long years of hard work by Beneteau's research and development team.... [more]
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103rd Race to Mackinac – The Midwestern tradition continues
Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot has reached 361 boats and entries are now closed.... [more]
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Hurry! Sydney International Boat Show Photo Comp closing 8th July
Lee Mylchreest,
The countdown has begun to the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour 28 July to 1st August. Not only will there be over 1000 boats on show, the Better Boating Stage will have a line-up of yachting stars, your favourite sailing authors will be there signing their books - and NOW is the time to act on the Photography Competition, closing 8th July.... [more]
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