Breaking News - Laser Class designer Bruce Kirby takes design rights again

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 23 Sep 2011

Confirmation a few minutes ago from Laser class iconic Bruce Kirby and New Zealand's Global Sailing that the Laser design rights have reverted to the 82 year old designer.

Entries are flooding in for the 2011 Heaven Can Wait regatta- the One Lap Dash and the 24 Hour Race,being held next weekend in Lake Macquarie.

Now would be a good time to book for the Welcome Dinner. The HCW One Lap Dash Race Record Holder Nathan Outteridge and 470 young gun Will Ryan wil be guest speakers.

Lots of sailing news from Australia and beyond.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team.

Breaking News - Laser Class – Contracts signed -Kirby back
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, calling it a disaster. Now Kirby has taken back design rights.... [more]
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Ladies Laser Training Weekend – A great success
Allison Constable,
Ladies laser training weekend proved to be a highly successful, motivating and fun experience for participants and instructors alike. In sunshine at Sunshine, 20 ladies took to the water. With 6-10 knots of breeze, conditions were light for the first two days.... [more]
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RPAYC University Match Racing Championships start tomorrow
Ajay Rau,
RPAYC University Match Racing Championships - The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is gearing up to host the best university sailors from New south Wales universities. This is an ISAF and Australian University graded event.... [more]
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Australian Multihull Championship fleet face testing final
Ian Grant,
The forecast of a light variable sea breeze promises to test the tactical awareness in the final race of the Corsair Marine/Seawind Australian Multihull championship on Moreton Bay today. Since the highly competitive championship started on Monday the fleet of fast lane sailing multihulls representing South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have experienced a demanding test... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper arrives to a christening in Palma
Emirates Team NZ's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race CAMPER's unmistakable bright red livery turned more than a few heads as she sailed into her home port of Palma for the first time yesterday. The team will now enjoy a few days of downtime before making the short trip from Mallorca to Alicante next week ahead of the first In-Port Race on October 29.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2011 Welcome Dinner - Book NOW!!
Heaven Can Wait media,
The 2011 Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race and One Lap Dash, being sailed on Lake Macquarie is just over a week away and entries are flooding in. The Royal Motor Yacht Club, at Toronto on the western shore of the Lake will be abuzz and the Heaven Can Wait Friday Night Welcome Dinner is keenly anticipated.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship Day 3 and still on top
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 World Championship has now completed the third day of competition which delivered two more races under pristine conditions. Lots of sunshine, hot temps and just enough breeze enabled John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti to stay at the top of the chart. Seven points back, Italy's Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica is seated in second overall and Yukihiro Ishida's Yasha Samurai is third.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 3 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day three images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First boats start Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The crew of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital had an unexpected rendezvous with HMS Edinburgh overnight in a fitting location close to Edinburgh, the world's most remote settlement, in the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. The team representing the Scottish capital was paid a visit by the Type 42 Destroyer, currently patrolling the South Atlantic, at around 0100 UTC... [more]
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ISAF request proposals for women's skiff and mixed multihull
International Sailing Federation,
At the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting ISAF Council adopted submission M10-11 which confirmed a two person women's skiff and two person mixed gender multihull as Olympic Equipment. ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: ACRM's Iain Murray reflects on the way forward,
Top Australian sailor, Iain Murray, is Regatta Director and CEO of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) organization. CupInfo checked in with him last Sunday on the final day of racing in Plymouth. Murray talked about ACRM's focus going forward, plans for changes at the next ACWS stop in San Diego and for 2013, and the possibility of new teams joining up:... [more]
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CYCA's Bird Island Yacht Race predicted to be fast
Di Pearson,
The forecast for the 85 nautical mile Bird Island Race, due to start at 7.00pm tomorrow night, is for 20-25 knots from the south-east at the start.... [more]
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Yachting New South Wales Youth Championships 2011
Mainsheet Media,
The October long weekend is fast approaching and sailors across New South Wales and beyond are checking their kit in preparation for the annual New South Wales Youth Championships 2011.... [more]
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When it comes to Etchells - What is it about Port Phillip?
John Curnow,
In 2010, three of the top five from the Etchells Worlds held in Ireland hailed from Melbourne's Port Phillip. Move forward to the 2011 Worlds in San Diego and two from the top ten called the Bay their home. True!... [more]
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Australian Multihull Championship fleet face new weather system
Ian Grant,
Corsair Seawind Australian Multihull Championships - Skippers and crews will line up for a totally different tactical challenge when they contest the two important windward/leeward races in the Corsair Marine/Seawind Australian Multihull championship on Moreton Bay later today.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup will test Match Racing's best
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will pose a challenge to Match Racing's best when racing begins on October 4th. The Cup is this year hosted by Bermuda Tourism at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. This penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour is truly a spectator sport.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds Day 2 - Samba Pa Ti on form + Video
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 World Championships, hosted by the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP) have now completed the second day of competition which was filled with more warm sunshine, but less breeze making for an interesting day of performance sportboat racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day two images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia maintains lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia maintained the lead overnight with Visit Finland managing to nibble just one nautical mile out of the Australian team in 24 hours. Skipper Richard Hewson said he hoped that he would be able to hoist his spinnaker this afternoon ahead of the start of the Ocean Sprint... [more]
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Granny Jen gets on board the Heaven Can Wait spirit
HCW Media,
Leading the 2011 Heaven Can Wait 'virtual yacht race' for sponsorship is Gosford boat Granny Jen, with the team already close to the $2000 mark.... [more]
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Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club to hold inaugural Race Week
Stuart Loft,
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club based at Paynesville is staging a Race Week next year, starting on April 4 and continuing until April 9.... [more]
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Optiparts added to NB Sailsports range
Henry Bagnall,
To improve our service to optimist sailors we are pleased to announce that we are now supplying a full range of Optiparts to accompany our Far East range.... [more]
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Australian Multihull Championship day 3
Ian Grant,
After the initial three races contested in a varied range of wind velocities and sea conditions from a glassy calm 4 knot drifter to a supreme test of survival sailing in a 26 knot sea breeze and foam crested two metre waves Hot Vindaloo while being outpaced by the championship favourite the Keith Glover skippered Trilogy is placed second with an improving score of 4-3-2.... [more]
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