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 16 Sep 2011

There has been six months of angst on the Laser Class forums, with a contentious vote about the design rights, originally in the hands of designer Canadian Bruce Kirby but more recently transferred to NZ company Global Sailing. We received a call from 82 year old Kirby during the week, the subject is revealed here.

Great content in today's newsletter from the Nations Cup, where Olivia Price and crew are atop the leaderboard to the AC45 action in Plymouth.

And if you did not know, the sail number on the first Laser prototype sailed in the American TeaCup regatta was TGIF.

Thank God Its Friday

The Sail-World Team

Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights.... [more]
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Gilmour Junior wins 2011 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship,
West Australian sailor David Gilmour, the son of World Match Racing icon Peter Gilmour, four times ISAF World Match racing champion, has won the 2011 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship, defeating New South Welshman Jay Griffin in the final.... [more]
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Dane and Aussies lead after ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final Round Robin
ISAF News,
Mads Ebler (DEN) continued his domination of the open division in the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final as Olivia Price (AUS) won all of her Thursday matches to top the women's division at the end of the Round Robin sailed on Lake Michigan.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Action images by Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt,
Photographer Chris Schmidt was in Plymouth capturing the action at the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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The race for the most worthless trophy in International sailing
Ian Thomson,
This season has seen the Americas Cup and the Admirals Cup appear in the magical Whitsunday Islands but last Saturday saw a race for another trophy, one that has a reputation unlike any other. Yachts came from all over Australia to race for this trophy yet it has no sports car sponsorship or TV accolades. Yachts of all types enter.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 4 – Seeding complete
Bob Fisher,
The technology surrounding the AC World Series never ceases to amaze. And it's not just the technology associated with the boats, but that which concerns the racing. Electronic positioning of the boats, marks and course limits has been the concern of Stan Honey from the outset and there is no one better qualified to deal with all the problems.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 4 insane action
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the fourth day of competition in which there was plenty of action including insane jumps, monster loops, and massive crashes from the world's best jumpers in the SURF Magazine super-session.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships lack of wind hassles fleet
Mark Tait,
The Artemis International 14 World Championship 2011 fleet found themselves in a situation today waiting for the AP to come down, this time however the cause was different – no wind! PRO David Campbell- James, monitored the situation in both Weymouth bay and Portland harbour. The fleet were finally sent out at about 14:00 and were greeted by 5-7 knots with perfect sunshine.... [more]
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Audi Med Cup -Conde de Godo Trophy's unstoppable momentum
Sabina-Mollart Rogerson,
The Conde de Godo Trophy race for the 52 Series MedCup title has stepped ever higher in intensity in light breezes off Barcelona after a stunning recovery from the Spanish crew on Bribon saw them finish in second place in the only race of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Coutts goes through
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, Oracle Racing Coutts has won the sixth and final seeding race. The victory put the four-time America's Cup champion Russell Coutts and his crew through to Saturday's semifinal round of the match racing championship where they'll meet Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day 2 fast and furious as Alinghi hold on
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the second day of competition in Trapani and on this day, fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet were delivered. The fleet took to the water amid sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup organisers block Youtube for seven days for Kiwi fans
America's Cup Event organisers have confirmed a seven day block on full commentated coverage 'available' for New Zealand fans from the America's Cup World series in Plymouth. The reasons for the block have now been confirmed and stem from the fact that America's Cup Events Authority have signed a broadcast agreement with local broadcaster, Television New Zealand. TVNZ were the first broadcaster... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 2 - Canadians retain lead
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team has retained the overall lead position after adding finishes of 2-4-2 to yesterday's finishes of 2-1-4 for 15 points. When they won the second race on the first day of the contest, they were given the Rolex gold spinnaker to fly in the subsequent race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen open up lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen is leading the charge to the Scoring Gate as they open up their lead after a day of exhilarating downwind sailing. According to Race Director, Joff Bailey, the next 24 hours of the race look set to be exciting as the battle for the points on offer at the Scoring Gate plays out.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Interview with Technical Director Nacho Postigo
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit Technical Director, Nacho Postigo, sums up the 2011 season, gives his view on the TP 52 and Soto 40 racing classes, and provides an outlook to next year. Audi MedCup Circuit - The 2012 Audi MedCup Circuit finishes in Barcelona and the competition is closer than ever before. What have been the key contributing factors this season?'... [more]
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Conde de Godó Trophy – Quantum moves closer to title
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy – With just three days to go the battles for the overall 52 Series title are still closer than they have been, at least since 2007 when Artemis won in Hyeres, France. In the overall standings for the season Bribón lie just half a point behind Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, who today really need to get their title back on track with a pair of strong results.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Jürg Kaufmann's perspective
Jürg Kaufman,
Top Swiss-based international sailing photographer, Jürg Kaufmann was in Plymouth for the opening two days of the second round of the America's Cup World Series, and compiled this galley of images, taken from a different perspective.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'An Absorbing Interest' goes into limited reprint
Top America's Cup and yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, will have his definitive work, 'An Absorbing Interest' reprinted in a limited edition of 500 copies only. All copies of 'An Absorbing interest' were quickly snapped up and now, due to constant demand, the decision has been taken to reprint a further 500 copies.... [more]
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Pipe Opener starts season in southern Tamania
Peter Campbell,
Pipe Opener Night Race is being held Friday, 16 September 2011. Ocean racing yachts Dump Truck and Whistler will begin their 2011 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race campaigns this Friday evening when they contest the 43rd edition of the race down the River Derwent and D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Arch Rock or Gordon.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final - Four wins for Aussie crew
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final - Australia's women's match racers have made a strong start. The Australian Women's Match Racing Team crew of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty ended day one with four wins from five races and are currently fourth overall, behind three crews who won all of their races.... [more]
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The Alfred's Festival of Sail back for a second year
Damian Devine,
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club based on Pittwater will host its second annual ‘Alfred's Festival of Sail' over the weekend of 5-6 November 2011.... [more]
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Airlie Beach winner fully powered by Ullman Sails
Ullman Sails,
In preparation for this season of racing, Peter Berry worked closely with Ullman Sails Sunshine Coast focusing on boat optimization for rating in the multihull OMR rating rule. Peter races with Ullman Sails GP Race sails, including a upwind sails built with GPL carbon, a new Red Line Racing A3 and an A5/Screecher.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final day 1 - Ties at the top
For the first day of the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan, USA moderate to strong northwest winds varied from 10 to 17 knots throughout the day, and shifts up to 30 degrees put a premium on course positioning. The Round Robin concludes tomorrow with the top three advancing to the Semi Finals.... [more]
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Victorian Minister for Ports reacts to BIA Victoria claims
Victorian Minister for Ports The Hon Dr Denis Napt,
Victorian Boaters will not be forced to pay exorbitant fines or licensing fees as the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has incorrectly claimed says Victorian Minister for Ports The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MLA... [more]
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China Team, ready to sail the day after their major capsize
China Team ACWS Media,
The impact of the rig on the water was so hard that the rig just folded. The boat was battered, but the whole crew was safe and uninjured. The wing was destroyed and the extent of the damage on the wing was very visible as the boat sailed back to the base, while the damaged hull only came into light after thorough inspection.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup Day 3 breaks the scales
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the third day of competition which witnessed scale breaking wave rides and colossal jumps that put Philip Koster in the top spot in Klitmoller, and with three event wins under his belt, he walks away as the 2011 men's world wave champion.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 3 – Nursing the wounds
Bob Fisher,
There is no doubt that all the crews at the AC World Series are in need of practice, but this can prove counter-productive. Last night some of the teams were working round the clock to have their boats ready for today. China Team, after a spectacular series of cartwheels on what was a day off, needed to replace its wing.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Artemis Racing on top
Artemis Racing,
The America's Cup World Series Plymouth has today witnessed racing resume amid light air and gusty conditions which have made for challenging sailing amongst the nine professional teams competing in the event.... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Energy Team fourth
Energy Team,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, it was a great day for Energy Team with a fine performance enabling them to finish the day in fourth place after three fleet races. The French team led by Loïck Peyron, who was very encouraged after his good result on Sunday (fourth), got off to some excellent starts and sailed smoothly and at speed in the light conditions.... [more]
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OK Dinghy gear review 2011
Robert Deaves,
Looking at the gear used by the top 10 sailors at the recent OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, Scotland it would be easy to assume that New Zealand has somewhat of a monopoly on fast OK Dinghies. Five of the hulls, six of the sails and all 10 of the masts were of New Zealand origin in some shape or form.... [more]
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Free ladies Laser training at South Lake Macquarie ASC
The free ladies training weekend being held at Sunshine, Lake Macquarie in New South Wales on 17 and 18 September is shaping up to be a well attended day. So far 30 applications have been received. Registration is still open... [more]
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CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards – Nominations open
Jennifer Crooks,
Garry Linacre, CYCA Commodore encouraged Commodores of fellow clubs and yacht owners to nominate eligible individuals. Since its inception in 1985, the Ocean Racer of the Year Award has gone to many of Australia's most notable ocean racing skippers.... [more]
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Sandringham Yacht Club celebrates starting its second hundred years
Sandringham Yacht Club,
‘Sail 2 C' is the theme adopted for the Official Opening of the 2011-12 sailing season at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne, Victoria, as the Club looks to celebrate the coming of its second century of sailing and boating on Sunday 2 October and it seems like a great day for sailors and would-be sailors alike.... [more]
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Entries building for iconic Lake Macquarie yacht race
Heaven Can Wait media,
With just a few weeks to go, entries are building for the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour charity yacht race around Lake Macquarie. The race starts at 1100 hours on Saturday October 1, and finishes 24 hours later at noon (with the extra hour due to daylight saving starting that weekend).... [more]
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