Volvo hots up, Flinders Islet Race drama, Aussies on top

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 10 Oct 2011

Getting close to the Volvo start, the action is heating up.

Hearts must have just about stopped with Flinders Islet mayday.

WA's Torvar Mirsky and Peter Gilmour are up there on the World Match Racing Tour. The Sail-World Team is reporting daily from Terengganu now and next week Gilmour Junior (David) will on the water fighting for a slot in the Monsoon Cup to battle his Dad. Will talk to him in the next few days.

Michael Coxon contnues to deliver a great North Sails team with Nitro Drennan running North Sails Melbourne now.

Take a look at the Tidal app today.

AND its not too late to give your favourite boat a push along in the Heaven Can Wait virtual race!!

The Sail-World Team

Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky defeats Berntsson in final
Talbot Wilson,
Mirsky and his team The Wave Muscat won the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup three races to two over 2006 Gold Cup champion Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team. Earlier in the day the Petite Finals were sailed to determine third and fourth places.... [more]
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ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope - Know the tide as easily as the time
ChronGlobal Corp,
The Tidal Chronoscope, a new application for your mobile device, provides an intuitive depiction of present and future tides for 9400+ USA and worldwide tide stations. Instantly, and at your very location. Along with lunar and solar positions, in the look and feel of the most popular tide watch ever.... [more]
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North Sails Australia merges with North Sails Melbourne Loft
North Sails,
Managing Director of North Sails Australia, Michael Coxon, and the principal of Melbourne's North Sails loft, veteran yachtsman Ross Lloyd, have jointly announced the merger of the Melbourne operations into North Sails Australia and the signing of Noel 'Nitro' Drennan.... [more]
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Flinders Islet Race–Wot Eva crew home, provisional winner announced
Di Pearson,
Flinders Islet Race - David Pescud and his Wot Eva crew returned safely to the CYCA this afternoon, just as the provisional winner of the race was announced. Pescud told how his Wot Eva crew had rounded the Islet and were on the return leg when his TP52 hit Bellambi Reef and got stuck there until he was able to cut the rope from the yacht's propeller to get it off the reef.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2011 virtual race: Still time to win!!
Heaven Can Wait media,
Although the on-water edition of the Heaven Can Wait 2011 charity yacht race ended on Sunday a week ago -- much to the relief of cold, rain-soaked and weary competitors -- fundraising for the 'virtual' race is continuing apace.... [more]
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RenRe Junior Gold Cup - Waddell is named Opti Champion of Champions
Laurie Fullerton,
The RenRe Junior Gold Cup wrapped up Sunday afternoon. The world's best young sailors met each other for some premiere Opti sailing with 11 national champions facing off from 17 countries, including 22 Bermudian sailors. Wade Waddell led the regatta over all four days.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race a game of chance in the Doldrums
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet at the start of week two in Leg 1 were pinned close inshore just off the coast of West Africa with a narrow band of light and variable breeze forcing them down a corridor east of the Canary Islands and spreading them over 400 miles.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier - Groupama battle with New Zealanders
Welcome On Board,
Volvo Ocean Race - Having set off at 1500 hours (French time), it took Groupama sailing team 48 hours to cover the 360 miles imposed by the Volvo Ocean Race's qualifier event. Involving a man overboard drill, an emergency tiller test, light airs, 25 knots of boatspeed upwind, then a late night of downwind sailing, rounded off by a battle with the New Zealanders through a windless zone... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – New York storms into second place
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Despite the stronger winds remaining elusive as the teams reach the so-called Roaring Forties, New York has stormed up the leader board into second place. The Roaring Forties is the area defined by its strong westerly winds in the Southern Hemisphere generally between the latitudes of 40 to 49 degrees south.... [more]
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Combined Clubs Long Distance Series–Spectacular finish to Channel Race
Peter Campbell,
Combined Clubs Long Distance Series - Yachting racing got off to a spectacular start today with Rolex Sydney Hobart contender Valheru and harbour racer War Games crossing the finish line just 19 seconds apart at the end of the 25 nautical mile Bay of Fires Channel Race.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Qualifiers - Malaysian Match Racing title defender leads
Monsoon Cup media,
The Monsoon Cup venue, the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, is currently hosting the sixth edition of the Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC), where four Malaysian teams have reached the semi-finals, fighting to take the single Malaysian berth at the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Qualifying race for Puma's Mar Mostro day 2
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race update from Amory Ross, Media Crew Member, onboard Puma's Mar Mostro during day two of the qualifying race. The first night was a sleepless one for most of us on Puma's Mar Mostro, and I would have to assume it's a similar story for the five other teams out here. A strong Mediterranean Mistral made for rough but exciting sailing conditions and a violent life onboard.... [more]
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Whitsunday Sailing Club bragging rights
Ian Grant,
Bragging rights as the best short course racing crew at the Whitsunday Sailing Club remains close and evenly contested with the first of the true northerlies expected to test their brute breeze sailing skills as the tropical wet season approaches.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier – Telefónica first over finish line
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -Team Telefónica crossed the line first in the final qualifier today, celebrating their arrival back in Alicante with a breakfast of sparkling wine and chocolate croissants. Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, arrived at 05:45:24 UTC/GMT (07:45:24 local time) after completing a 360-nautical mile race... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - R. Watt Memorial Trophy
Frank Quealey,
The opening race of the Australian 18 Footer League's 2011-2012 Season (R. Watt Memorial Trophy) was sailed on Sydney Harbour. Yandoo crew took the lead but a rare capsize at the mark by the talented Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson team saw their day end. Many of the teams will improve over coming weeks as their new rigs become available.... [more]
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Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts
Richard Gladwell,
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Quantum Racing takes the crown
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the TP52 World Championship, the American team aboard Quantum Racing claimed the title on Audi Azzurra's home waters and the Italian team, being the perfect hosts, congratulated the winners. 'We are proud to have hosted this World Championship,' declared Riccardo Bonadeo... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifying race dilemma
Volvo Ocean Race,
Six Volvo Ocean Race teams are on their way back from Palma to Alicante in their final 360 nautical mile qualifying race. The more direct northerly route across the top of the island would save as much as 40 nautical miles but carried the risk of lighter winds. According to the weather forecasts the longer southerly route offered the best chance of sustained breezes.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships – Third world title for Quantum Racing
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships – With a second and first on the final day of racing Ed Baird and the crew of Quantum Racing lifted their third TP52 world title from four challenges.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia extends lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia extended the lead overnight as the majority of the fleet headed south to search out the prevailing westerly winds to power them to Western Australia. Skipper, Richard Hewson, said his team had a logged a 'very nice run' over the past 24 hours as the warmth of the Agulhas Current mixed with 'gusty but fresh' south easterly winds.... [more]
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Combined Opening of the Yachting Season - Huge fleet turns out
Peter Campbell,
Combined Opening of the Yachting Season - Close to 300 racing and cruising yachts, motor cruisers, dinghies and multihulls, along with sailing and motoring craft of vintage age, turned out on Hobart's River Derwent this afternoon. Opening Day on the Derwent is a traditional event unique to Hobart that goes back more than 130 years, with club officials describing the turn-out as 'huge'.... [more]
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Botany Bay Race - Farren-Price overall winner
Di Pearson,
Botany Bay Race - Defending Ocean Point Score (OPS) champion, Julian Farren-Price, is proving difficult to beat once again, winning today's Botany Bay Race overall making it two in a row after taking out the Port Hacking Race two weeks ago. The Sydney jeweller sailed his Cookson 12 to an IRC overall win over Ray Entwistle's J111 Jake and Noel Cornish's St Jude in the CYCA series... [more]
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China Club Challenge Match – China's No 1 regatta?
Alistair Skinner,
The China Club Challenge Match is the premier Chinese sailing event for Chinese sailors, with 34 teams from around the country battling it out for the right to challenge the 2010 trophy holder. It is run on the waters off Xiamen in Fujian Province, which this time of year serves up good breezes every day, almost like clockwork.... [more]
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WMRT - Kiwi Robertson knocks Tour leader Williams out of Gold Cup
Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing team) defeated current WMRT leader Ian Williams 3-0 in the quarter finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda. Torvar Mirsky and Francesco Bruni are both still in the hunt for the Gold Cup. The World Championship can't be won here but teams can lose it.... [more]
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Early morning May Day for Marine Rescue Port Kembla
Ken McManus,
The May Day radio call burst through the early morning quiet at 'Hill 60', the Marine Rescue Port Kembla Search and Rescue base at 3.36am this morning (Sat 8 Oct). The TP52 Wot Eva with 14 crew aboard had run aground on Bellambi Reef, north of Wollongong as it competed in the Cruising Yacht Club's annual Sydney to Flinders Islet race.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre winners recall their past glories
Transat Jacques Vabre,
There is only two weeks left for all of the Transat Jacques Vabre duos to finalise their work and get themselves and their boats to the Paul Vatine Basin in Le Havre. In the Multi 50 class Anne Caseneuve (Naviguez Anne Caseneuve) has been building miles with her son Aubin Houdet, as have the Mabit brothers (, while Yves Le Blévec and Sam Manuard have repaired their mast of Actual.... [more]
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Flinders Islet Race - Rescue authorities go to yacht in distress
Di Pearson,
Flinders Islet Race - At 0350 hours this morning, a Mayday call was sent from David Pescud's yacht Wot Eva which was competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) 92 nautical-mile Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 1900 hours.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Entries filling fast
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are being held in December 2011. Places are rapidly filling up, with 798 of the 850 expected boats now confirmed as MNA entries. Five of the 10 sailing events at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are now at capacity, with good entry numbers in most of the remaining five classes.... [more]
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Combined Clubs Long Distance Series - Channel Race preview
Peter Campbell,
Channel Race - The initiative of Hobart's major yacht clubs in moving to a Combined Club Series on Saturday's instead of individual club pennant racing has seen an early reward with a fleet of 53 boats entered for this Sunday's race. The Channel Race is the first in the Combined Clubs Series of 6 long races over the season of 2011-12 and follows Saturday's Official Opening of the yachting season... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2012 - NOR
Neptune Regatta,
The Neptune Regatta organisers invite you to join them for the only sailing regatta in the world specifically designed to take participants to the Equator and back, sailing through pristine tropical waters. Their hope is that you will have a safe, fun and competitive week sailing in waters into which you are otherwise unlikely to venture... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 set for Almeria + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place in the Spanish city of Almeria, in the region of Andalucia from the 12th to 16th October. Almeria is the perfect setting for the penultimate Act of the 2011 series which will bear witness to the passions of the 11 Extreme 40 teams as they battle for victory... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Nico's Blog: A hectic first week in Alicante
Chris Nicholson,
Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson updates on the first week of buildup in Alicante: it has been a hectic first week in Alicante. After arriving at the end of our European tour the boat was hauled out immediately and we went straight into our final date with the rules ‘policeman' in order to get the boat signed-off. Five days later and we are just now getting towards the end of that intense process... [more]
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Two Australian crews at top of sailing world rankings
Craig Heydon,
Australian Sailing Team's 470 men's crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Laser sailor Tom Slingsby sit at the top of their respective classes following the latest release of world rankings overnight... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine closes its doors
Jeni Bone,
Iconic Sydney dealership, Andrew Short Marine has gone into liquidation, only days before the second anniversary of Andrew Short's death in a yachting accident.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ
Richard Gladwell,
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Slingsby, Belcher and Page on top
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 5 October 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 30 November and will include Sail Melbourne, the first of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas.... [more]
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