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 13 Oct 2011

The Match Racing scene continues to have more than its fair share of West Australians.

Torvar Mirsky won the Bermuda Gold Cup, Peter Gilmour is current fourth on the World Tour, while Gilmour Jnr (David) and Peter Nicholas are battling the Kiwis amongst others in Terengganu this week, to join in the fun there at the Monsoon Cup. Last year there was 250mm (10 inches) of rain during that event but once again the Sail-World team enjoyed it hugely. We will be back there from Nov 22-27th.

The Heaven Can Wait Regatta's virtual race has just six more days to run. Its fundraising efforts so far are just shy of $35k, you can help put it over the $40k mark- the average donation is just $25 so support your favourite crew at

The Sail-World team was in Mackinac in northern Michigan, for the end of the 2011 Chicago Mackinac Race, when a giant storm blasted the approaching fleet. Two sailors from the 35 footer WingNuts were killed. We've made some commentary and provided some extracts from the Charlevoix Country Sheriffs Report (below) and we and the sailing community await US Sailings independent report commissioned by the Chicago Yacht Club.

One of the issues is tethers and how they can be released under load. This has been a problem for skiffs and cats for many years, with some drowning caused by tangled harnesses etc. One sailor has suggested that some kind of heavy duty Velcro systems might be worth investigating – they certainly seem to work for surfboard leg straps. Read the report. We'd welcome any feedback.

Lots more news

The Sail-World Team

Monsoon Cup Qualifiers: Asian Match Racing - Giving it a red hot go
Monsoon Cup Media,
The field is tight after day one of the Asian Match Racing Championship (October 12-15). Seven teams from across the Asia Pacific are fighting for a single berth at the final event on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd Summer sample sale starts Saturday - up to 80% off RRP!
Marine Media Services,
The famous Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale is on again kicking off this Saturday 15th October 2011 at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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Eclectic fleet and big names for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
Jennifer Crooks and Di Pearson,
Starting on 26 December, at 1300 hours AEDT on Sydney Harbour, among the applications are serious line honours and overall race victory contenders, international yachts, young female skippers, single-handed round the world sailors, America's Cup yachtsmen and home grown entries from every Australian state.... [more]
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Australian Match Racing Championships day 2 – Intense battles
Shane Smith,
Australian Open and Women's Match Racing Championships day two was 21 races of intense battle in the light to moderate breezes on the Gold Coast Broadwater today with the CYCA team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Tim Austin, Byron White and Ezra Pritchard topping the points table at the completion of the Round Robin phases.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 1 - Tricky and challenging conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is now underway in Almeria and the public literally arrived in the thousands on the opening day, making the most of Spain's national Bank Holiday. Soaking up the party atmosphere and enjoying the activities and entertainments on shore ahead of the main event when the 11 Extreme 40s took to the water... [more]
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BMW Berlin Match Race preview
Anne Stadtfeld,
The BMW Berlin Match Race is set to take place from second to 6th November 2011. The event will this year be hosted by the Sailing Club House at Wannsee (Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, VVSaW), together with the Berlin Yacht Club (BYC), and is advertised as a Grade One event by the International Sailing Federation. There will be 12 skippers, 48 top sailors, 186 head-to-head duels on the water... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Bruni and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Tunnicliffe retained her place as World number one in the Women's Match Race Rankings whilst Bruni moves to the top of the Open Match Race Rankings for the first time. Bruni held second place for the last three rankings releases but after his third place finish at the Argo Gold Cup, the seventh stage of the World Match Racing Tour, he leapfrogs Ian Williams.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Major repairs at sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland and Derry-Londonderry are considering how to repair their badly damaged mainsails after piercing large holes in them with their spinnaker poles in strong downwind conditions.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Nicholas and Tiller lead the pack
Monsoon Cup Media,
The Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) commenced today as seven sailing teams from around Asia congregrated at Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, home to the Monsoon Cup. The winner of the AMRC will be assured of a place at the Monsoon Cup, the final leg of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour at the same venue from 22nd to 27th November.... [more]
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Mini Transat First leg: The Fleet battles with upwind and squalls
Skippy Sailing Team,
Scott Cavanough from Australia is almost ready for the second leg of the La Charente-Maritime to Bahia Transat 650. The second leg, 3100nm long, will take 17-25 days so there will be plenty of opportunity to make up lost time on the leaders. With Scott turning 30 on the 2nd of November he will be pushing himself and his machine very hard in order to arrive in Brazil in time for his birthday drin... [more]
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RHKYC China Coast: Ambush hungry for another CCR win
RHKYC Event Media,
The three-day China Coast Regatta (14-16 October), together with the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race which starts on 19 October comprises RHKYC's China Coast Race Week.The Regatta has attracted 35 entries across four divisions; IRC Racing, Classic/Cruising Class, Premier Cruising Class and HKPN Class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras... [more]
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Etchells NSW States 2011 - Countdown to offshore State Championship
Tracey Johnstone,
The NSW Etchells State Championship is one month away with entries closing on the 11th November, but many of the sailors, as usual, are leaving their entry paperwork to the last minute. Regatta Director, David Ritchard, is well versed in dealing with the complications of planning for a large number of entries and then sitting patiently waiting for them to arrive.... [more]
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Australian Match Racing Championships day 1 - CYCA undefeated
Shane Smith,
Australian Open and Women's Match Racing Championships - The CYCA team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Byron White Tim Austin and Ezra Pritchard have finished day one undefeated. Rooklyn and his team put in strong races and good team work, to hold a two point lead into tomorrows races.... [more]
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Rod Jones to be challenged by Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Ian Grant,
The challenge to test his personal endurance and tactical strategy in the gruelling 628 n/ml Rolex Sydney Hobart Race has finally caught up with the dual Audi Australian Ocean racing Champion Rod Jones. Jones already recognised among Queensland's most successful skippers with his Sunshine Coast Oxygen crew becoming the only combination to win two Yachting Australia National gold medals... [more]
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Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report,
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [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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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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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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