Looking ahead to the Battles in Perth

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 17 Oct 2011

Looking ahead to the battles in Perth

The largest ever Olympic class sailing event to be run in Australia is coming up fast. Its Perth 2011 and 75% of all the Olympic 2012 places are up from grabs.

The Sail-World Team will be covering the event in detail. Today we bring you the first of a dozen or so feature stories on the classes and the players.

GBR cartwheels in the 49er's Medal race of the 2008 Olympics
© Ingrid Abery/www.hotcapers.com

  © Ingrid Abery

Today we focus on Nathan Outteridge and Iain 'Goobs' Jensen, as they start think about 20-25 knot winds and a choppy seastate, trying to qualify Australia and secure their own places in the Australian Olympic squad.

For EDITORIAL USE only, please credit: Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

The new PUMA Ocean Racing Volvo Open 70 "il mostro" goes training in the waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Il Mostro's deisgn is painted to resemble, and is also named after, a brand of PUMA training shoe.

The 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on 4 October 2008, it will for the first time, take in ports in Asia. Spanning some 39,000 nautical miles  Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

Some deals are just too good to pass up, especially if you have the wherewithal to do the deal right. Case in point: il mostro, Puma Ocean Racing 2008/2009-generation Volvo Open 70 is currently up for auction. Opening bids, which started at a modest 800,000 euros, were accepted on September 30, with the gravel barking its final cry on October 30. il mostro, it will be remembered, was designed by Botin/Carkeek and sailed by Ken Read and company to a proud second-place finish in the world's toughest offshore challenge.

Since winding down her first 'lap', il mostro has been actively maintained and updated. Read and his team used il mostro through the summer of 2010 (their Juan K-designed mar mostro was launched this past spring), both to train offshore and to race; she carries an IRC rating, and she placed second in the 2010 Newport-Bermuda Race under the ORR. 'We have been amazed to see that the Volvo 70 can compete in IRC better than anyone ever imagined!' said Read. Get the full details on this interesting auction inside, and know that some lucky new owner is going to sail away with one seriously slippery VO70, which just happens to be ready for immediate delivery.

The sailboat WingNuts floats upside down in Lake Michigan off the coast of Charlevoix, Michigan, on July 18, after it capsized during the annual Race to Mackinac. (2011)  AP Photo/John L. Russell

For those following the terrible storm that ravaged this year's Chicago-Mackinac Race fleet and cost two sailors—Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel—their lives, Chicago-based journalist Dawn Reiss has prepared an in-depth report that details what took place that night aboard WingNuts, Morley's Kiwi 35 sportboat. The report, reprinted in this issue, weaves-in all the facts that have surfaced since that fateful July night, including the recent sheriff's report. The independent US SAILING investigation is due out by the end of this month, so stay tuned.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011  Lloyd Images ©

And in racing circles, Alinghi took first place at Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series, the Global Ocean Fleet is struggling to get south of the equator, and—much farther south still—the Clipper Around The World Race fleet is preparing for a proper Southern Ocean thrashing, compliments of a stalking low-pressure system.

Get the full details in this issue and remember—if you've got the war chest, il mostro is seriously for sale...

If you don't... then console yourself at Burke Marine, they have a factory sail and its on now!!!

David Schmidt and the Sail-World team

Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
Marine Business-World.com,
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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Whitsunday Sailing Club friendly rivalry
Ian Grant,
Both Queensland Marine Services and Sandpiper have a long history of successful racing on Pioneer Bay and naturally John Galloway and Colin Pruden are happy with their individual results.... [more]
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CYCA win Australian Match Racing Championships
Shane Smith,
Ash Rooklyn, Tim Austin and Byron White teaming up SYC's Ezra Pritchard have continued the unbeaten record for CYCA to win the 2011 Australian Match Racing Championships on the Gold Coast this week.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 winner decided
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series has now come to a close in Almeria and it came down to the wire in the final double points to determine the podium places. Coming into the final race, the Swiss team onboard Alinghi were in a strong position to take the overall victory with a major faux pas being the only thing that could have stood in the way of what was rightfully theirs... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Extreme conditions expected
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – The skippers and crews on board each of the ten internationally backed entries of the Clipper Race are today busily preparing for a Southern Ocean onslaught as an approaching low pressure system looks set to bring challenging conditions along with wind speeds of gale force proportions.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 1 win to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
Today was Race 1 of the 18ft Skiffs Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour. Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage kept Gotta Love It 7 near the lead throughout the race. Conditions played a big part through the fleet with many positions fluctuating for several of the top teams.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 12 - A look at the man behind Artemis
Skipper James Spithill gives AC commentator and USA Olympic hopeful Genny Tulloch something to talk about with a race on board ORACLE Racing. Then we head to Lake Geneva in Switzerland to uncover the man behind Artemis Racing. But not before we hit the gym with Emirates Team New Zealand's Winston Macfarlane, who gives us the lowdown on how he became part of a team who carry the weight of a nation'... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 11 - after the World Series, Plymouth
The America's Cup World Series is moving on from Plymouth, we canvas spectators on the viewing experience and preview San Diego, the third stop on the World Series. Also featuring GB Olympic coach Jim Saltonstall and China Team's search for sailing talent.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 4 smashing action + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 welcomed 18 knot winds to Almeria on day four which ramped up the action a few gears. Attending spectators were treated to an exciting day of close Extreme 40 combat within the stadium of the port of Almeria. Alinghi, the Swiss team, lead overall scoring three firsts and three seconds in the ten races that took place.... [more]
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'About Time' first IRC entry for Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta
Damian Devine,
With entries now rolling in for the Pittwater & Coffs Harbour regatta, defending IRC race and regatta champion, the jeweller Julian Farren-Price and his aptly named Cookson 12 ‘About Time' was the first IRC boat to enter.... [more]
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Another Kiwi team heads for WMRT Monsoon Cup
Moonson Cup Media,
The Asian Match Racing Championship has been decided in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Will Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) won 3-1 against David Gilmour (Team Gilmour) in the Final.... [more]
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Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Big turn out for first day
Peter Campbell,
Combined Clubs Boat Sales Tasmania Pre-Christmas Harbour Series - Hobart yachtsman got a first-up taste of tough sailing conditions on the Derwent today as they competed in the opening day of racing in the new series. Most boats and crews coped well with as the fresh to strong winds switched from north-west to west and back again to north-west, averaging 18 to 27 knots... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 joins the 50 knot club + Video
Paul Larsen,
We just got back in from a great session and I'm happy to say that Vestas Sailrocket 2 is now in the 50 knot club. We did three runs culminating a great final sprint where she just surged over the 50 knot mark recoding a peak of 50.53 knots. On the previous run she hit over 46 knots.... [more]
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Sharks make their presence felt in south east Queensland
Jeni Bone,
Sharks are out in force in Queensland, feeding on bait balls close to popular beaches and sending local enforcement into action to avoid mishaps or worse.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship – Thumbs up from Datuk Peter Gilmour
Monsoon Cup Media,
Asian Match Racing Championship - Fresh from competing at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda which ended on October 9th, Datuk Peter Gilmour is happy to be back in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, home of the Monsoon Cup. The four-time World Match Racing Tour champion managed to catch a few exciting matches during the AMRC held at Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa.... [more]
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Gilmour versus Gilmour on the World Match Racing Tour?
Monsoon Cup Media,
Might the sailing world be seeing history unfold as 20 year old West Australian match racer David Gilmour edges closer to a possible Monsoon Cup berth?... [more]
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Australian Match Racing Championships - Hansen wins in all SYC final
Shane Smith,
Australian Women's Match Racing Championships - Southport Yacht Clubs Jessica Hansen, Melissa Turner, Stacey Jackson and Georgia Cronin have won on home waters in the all SYC final. The first races of the day were the best of three series to decide Women's Champions with both teams backing up for the semi finals for the open title.... [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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