Fastnet Drama, Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island Race Week

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 17 Aug 2011

Another amazing day at Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. We have great pix of the ORMA 60 TVS. Lots more.

Rambler 100, formerly Speedboat lost her keel and bulb in the Fastnet.

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week is just two weeks away. There are lots of the SMIRW Race Officials at Airlie Beach and will be at Hamilton, if you need to know more about the event for a late entry. Go to the website at and the event can put you in touch with someone.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4: Glorious again
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4 of racing and 'Huey' was again kind turning on the glorious sunshine and great sailing breeze yet again. As the yachts left Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina this morning, smiles were wide and the atmosphere charged as the sailors and race officials alike looked forward to another top day of racing.... [more]
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Amazing Day onboard Team Vodafone Sailing
Teri Dodds,
Well, speechless comes to mind when you find yourself onboard Team Vodafone for a race in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. A slick crew lead by skipper Simon Hull and Kevin Peet calling tactics, sent the Orca 60 multi-hull around the 27nm course in 01:39:06, with their nearest rival Malcolm Richardson's Nacra 36 Malice coming in 37 minutes behind.... [more]
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Forecast Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5
Kenn Batt,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day five forecast: Nil Warnings current. Synoptic Discussion: A ridge of high pressure lies over the race area. Observations: At 0600hr Hamilton Island was reporting the following conditions: Wind 180deg at 11kn gusting to 13kn, Temp 18C, Pressure 1017hPa).... [more]
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Queensland championship at Hamilton Island
Ian Grant,
A recent fourth place in World SB3 Dart championship in England suggests the talented crew of skipper Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith should be the pacesetters in the Queensland championship at Hamilton Island. Glenn Bourke has proved his skill as one of Australia's foremost one design racing sailors having represented Australia at the Olympics... [more]
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WMRT Tour Card holders set to compete in Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will welcome all nine of the World Match Racing Tour Card Holders into the competition which is set to take place from October 4-9 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, though they may not all race each other in the event.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ran across finish line
Trish Jenkins,
Niklas Zennström's Ran crossed the line off Plymouth at 12:53:44 BST, in an elapsed time of 2 days 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. Rán benefitted from the retirements yesterday of 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) and 68-foot Alegre (GBR). According to Gavin Brady, Beau Geste was forced to pull out when some cracking developed in her deck and with conditions set to build around the Fastnet Rock and the onset of... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR).... [more]
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Galloway and Gough crowned 420 Junior European Champions
Andrew Gough,
With a 101 boat entry list from 21 nations in the 420 class, Queensland sailors Galloway and Gough Queensland Sailing Team and Australian Youth Team members Angus Galloway and Alexander Gough have taken gold for Australia over night in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race will be 'as tough as ever'
World Match Racing Tour,
The man behind St. Moritz Match Race says this year's event will be dominated by a small group of on-form teams. And having masterminded the organisation of the event since it started, Christian Scherrer is a man who should know. The Swiss professional sailor, a former World Match Racing Tour winner, helped found St. Moritz Match Race eight years ago following a promotional tour of Switzerland... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Weather forecast suggests west is best
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This morning Gold Coast Australia has emerged from Stealth Mode to reveal that the team has chosen a more westerly route towards the Scoring Gate – whether they make a run at the gate or chose to avoid it altogether, as De Lage Landen has opted to do, only time will tell.... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40's in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land's End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC's were still holding the lead... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Murcia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - For the two Audi MedCup Circuit series fleets the home straight may not quite be looming into sight yet, but the expectation of September's grand finale in Barcelona is growing by the day. On each of the three previous visits to the friendly, passionate city in the south east of Spain, the racing conditions have developed a whole range of challenges.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [more]
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Images of Rolex Fastnet: Big boats around The Rock
Daniel Forster and Carlo Borlenghi,
Top international photographers, Daniel Forster and Carlo Borglenghi, worked double shifts to capture the supermaxis and Volvo racers rounding Fastnet Rock, and also the giant multihull Banque Populaire as she finished to take the race record.... [more]
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Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet - keel lost + Video,
The yacht Rambler 100 has capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy. The Irish Coastguard services are coordinating the rescue. The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat is on the scene. Two Sikorsky helicopters have been scrambled and an Irish Naval vessel is en route to the scene of the accident... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo 70 trio rounding the rock
Sophie Luther,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently underway with Groupama Sailing Team having rounded the Fastnet Rock a fraction ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing after the two new boats overhauled crafty underdogs and Volvo Ocean Race rivals Team Sanya on day two.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - The big boys round the rock
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently in progress and now, the two large trimarans in the fleet have rounded the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland at around 0930 this morning. As expected Loick Peyron's Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA) was leading, but surprisingly just eight miles ahead of the Seb Josse-skippered Gitana 11 (FRA)... [more]
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More images from Rolex Fastnet Race: Volvo Ocean Racers - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
More images sent from onboard the three Volvo Ocean Race entrants by the media crew members onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama Sailing Team and Team Sanya in the Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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Port of Airlie Superyacht Precinct underway
Jamie Martin,
Meridien has commenced construction of 24 super yacht berths at the Port of Airlie development.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds final day images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Erik Simonson took these images from the last day of racing at the Laser Masters Worlds 2011 sailed on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Big day for the little ones at the ORCV Winter Series
John Curnow,
Race Five of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Winter Series. After early morning fog lifted in a very gentle Northerly breeze, sunny skies and flat water on Melbourne's Port Phillip were the order of the day.... [more]
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Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally – in the 'Bucket List of Races'
Robyn Dix,
The Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally 2011 has been a wonderful chance to visit the amazing Spice Islands of Indonesia and explore some of the amazing 17,000 islands of the Indonesian Archipelago. The 2011 Race attracted a large racing fleet, including national, international yachts, as well as the local crowd.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 7 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the seventh day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost
Bob Fisher,
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start... [more]
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