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 01 Sep 2011

Entries are open for the 2011 Heaven Can Wait regatta (October 1st-2nd) on Lake Macquarie. Once again Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby will be guest speakers at the Welcome Dinner on Friday night. Go to to enter your boat now for the One Lap Dash, where the Moth Squad is expected to lead the charge, tho the 18 footers will be seeking revenge or the 24 hour race, considered to be one of the toughest challenges outside the Sydney to Hobart race because of the numbers of sailing changes on the tight lake course which often sees quite challenging winds.

Am looking out over Nelly Bay at Magnetic Island. Its going to struggle to get warmer than 27 today beacuse of the 15-20 knot trade winds.

This afternoon we will welcome Jessica Watson to the regatta. We will hear more about Jessica's Sydney to Hobart 2011 campaign with Chris Leewin.

Looking forward to a great regatta.

Lots more news, enjoy.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team.

Postcard Conditions expected for Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Jackelyn Norris & Gemma Bird,
Preparations for the annual Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week are in full swing with Cleveland Bay becoming a mecca for yachties from all over Australia.. The event is held in the protected waters between Townsville and Magnetic Island, and now in its fifth year, is one of the fastest growing regattas in the Asia Pacific. This year it's even bigger with a record fleet of 90 boats entered.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait -There is lots of sailing to do!!
Heaven Can Wait media,
It's on again: fighting against men's cancers with the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity yacht race.The Heaven Can Wait (HCW) 24 Hour Yacht Race and the associated One Lap Dash will be held on Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, NSW, on October 1-2 (NSW Labour Day long weekend). Both races for this year's event will start at 1100 hours on Saturday October 2, 2010, and will take participants... [more]
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RPAYC University Match Racing Championships more than a championship
Ajay Rau,
RPAYC University Match Racing Championships will be more than just another championship. The RPAYC are going all out to encourage students all over Sydney to experience Australia's favorite past time. On the 24th of September, RPAYC will give forty students an opportunity to go yachting and take part in an offshore race.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 4 - Championship racing gets underway
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds got underway with full championship racing in Schull Harbour on Wednesday as twelve international sailing teams contest the event and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in perfect conditions with a strong easterly breeze, which gradually swung southeast , allowing for a full round robin... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Williams and Berntsson take joint lead
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session, winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain' Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.... [more]
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Australian National Championships for Northshore Yachts
Rod Mackay,
The second Australian Championships for Northshore Yachts has just been hosted by the Sailing Committee at Lake Macquarie's RMYC Toronto. The alternative to Hamilton Island Race Week for Northshores, was run on the weekend of August 19-21, and this year the weather gods ensured there would be a bit on with consistent 15-25knot Southeasters throughout the duration of the event.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview
Cailah Leask,
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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Sunshine Coast sailors take on hull and rig testing winds
Ian Grant,
Sunshine Coast sailors expressed their experience to race in hull and rig testing winds to record career best spinnaker sailing rides during the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The normally windy Whitsunday Passage was whipped into a frenzy of hull tormenting waves that destroyed the ambitions of several top performing crews... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia wins race 2
Peter Campbell,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Hobart yachtsman Richard Hewson has skippered Gold Coast Australia to its second race victory. Surfing down the Atlantic coast of Brazil to Rio at speeds of 20 knots, Hewson and his crew of ten amateur sailors, finished the 4,900 nautical mile leg two across the Atlantic from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, early this evening, Australain eastern time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Sailing Manager position available
Richard Scarr,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania requires a Sailing manager. From modest beginnings, the R.Y.C.T. is now one of the leading and largest yacht clubs in Australia. It has a proud tradition of competitiveness on the water and an equally strong tradition of hospitality to all visitors... [more]
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Rotary Mobility Cup 2011 day 1
John Kernaghan,
Montreal sailors dominated the Gold Fleet competition on day one of Canada's 2011 Mobility Cup Tuesday. More than 60 disabled athletes from five countries including Australia, the Netherlands, the U.K., U.S.A and Canada are competing in the event.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship - Winners crowned
Craig Heydon,
Audi IRC Australian Championship 2011 has come to an end following the completion of the fourth and final event, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, with three national Audi IRC Australian Champions crowned in 2011. Heavy winds tested the crews from all three classes of the championship at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with many in IRC Classes A, B and C pushed to their limits in the Whitsunday's.... [more]
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ISAF accepting bids for 2013 Women's Match Racing World Championships
Liz Baylis,
The deadline for bids to host the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is Thursday, 1 September 2011. The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds has been held every year since 1999 with the most recent event in 2010 being hosted by the New York Yacht Club in the USA. For 2011 the champion will be decided at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 3
Brian Carlin,
The ISAF Team Worlds have now completed the third day which witnessed the teams hit the water for the final day of practice and the official opening. Tomorrow, Wednesday will see the first official day's racing.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 3 – Challenging conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - With sunshine and 10knts of breeze blowing offshore, the Race Officer, Jon Gorringe was able to set an exciting short course with windward marks straight off the beach satisfying the demands of the growing spectator interest during the bank holiday weekend. And there was plenty to race for.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet closes in on Rio
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After conceding some gains in recent position reports, the crew of Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to be powered up again and surfing down the Brazilian coast towards Rio. Skipper Hewson reports that his crew achieved 'fantastic speeds' in 'beautiful conditions' overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind Gold Coast Australia as she... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championships at Schull preview
Peter Campbell,
ISAF Team Racing World Championships - AMC Roaring Forties is the appropriate name given to Australia's team, all from Hobart's Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania that tonight begins competition in Southern Ireland. The AMC Roaring Forties team is ranked among the best contesting the series, but faces strong competition from the United States and British teams... [more]
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RYCT Dinghy Group - New School Group Learn to Sail program
Dinghy Group,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Dinghy Group has begun it School Sailing Program for 2011. We have the capacity to run school sailing every day of the week.... [more]
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Etchells NSW States 2011: early entries from inter-state
Tracey Johnstone,
Already the Etchells NSW State Championship is attracting inter-state entries for 17 to 20 November 2011 event hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the Pittwater Etchells Fleet. The first three entries received are from West Australia, South Australia and Victoria.... [more]
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Jessica Watson heads for Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson will be visiting Townsville and Magnetic Island this week, in her role as Queensland's Season of Sailing Ambassador, for the start of the 2011 Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week on Thursday.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 images by Beth Morley
Beth Morley,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week images from photographer Beth Morley.... [more]
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Queensland's Season of Sailing continues at Magnetic Island
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
Queensland's Season of Sailing is making it easy to come onboard to stay and sail in the state's world-class sailing destinations.... [more]
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Solo record at Mooloolaba awaits ratification
Bruce and Suzanne Arms,
Solo sailor Bruce Arms, in his 14 metre catamaran Big Wave Rider, crossed the finish line at Mooloolaba on the 18th August 2011 at 9:41:06 am AEST setting a new round Australia record. The new time is subject to official ratification by World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).... [more]
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