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 24 Oct 2011

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Now you'd remember that Australia claimed Crowded House as our own... while you might think of SailRocket2 as a Brit challenge at the sailing speed record, remember Paul Larsen, the driving force behind the SailRocket program from the very beginning is a proud Aussie, as he is getting close to the world record, time we claimed him back!!

Lots of interesting news today. Richard Gladwell has been looking at the Rena disaster, at the management or mismanagement.

Perth 2011, Volvo,Clipper, Global and more

The Vicsail Lagoon Beneteau 20th regatta is looming. Time you entered!! We will have great coverage of course!!

The Sail-World Team

Sailrocket 2 - Waiting for the wind + short video
Paul Larsen,
We took the opportunity to re-skin the wing where it needed it.... [more]
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The wildest moment of Bass Strait
Ian Grant,
The year of 1998 remains indelible in the minds of Australian sailors particularly those who experienced the mood swing of Bass Strait in its wildest moment. Both Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea have never been rated as the most pleasant places to be when the storm winds torment the sea surface turning the challenge of the crossing into a test of personal survival.... [more]
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Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series Round 1
Leigh Dunstan,
KA Sails Victorian Moth Grand Prix round one, included as part of the McRae Yacht Club's Open Day, was held on Saturday the 22nd October. It wasn't the greatest weather, with some rain and winds light and variable, but most importantly there was good racing.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Decision time arrives for fleet
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 has now began week four with a fast dash south for fleet leaders Campagne de France and BSL as a high-pressure system north-east of the Falkland Islands was predicted to spread across the South Atlantic and shut the door for a downwind Leg 1 finish line in Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet face ultimate drawbridge
The Rolex Middle Sea Race's 70 strong fleet set out on Saturday, 22 October and are now headed towards the Sunday evening sunset. A handful of boats in the fleet have found themselves facing the ultimate drawbridge, the Strait of Messina.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – High pressure forces split in fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It's all set for a nail biting final week of the race from Cape Town to Geraldton Western Australia as all of the teams make their move north towards the finish line. The high pressure system, which has dominated proceedings in the last few days, is still influencing decisions of the tacticians on board the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race Fleet head towards notorious Messina Strait
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Overnight, the fleet parked up off the coast of Sicily near Catania – in the shadows of Mount Etna. So far, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) and Rán (GBR) were the lone boats to have slipped through the Messina Strait, Esimit around 0330 Sunday morning, followed by Rán at 0830. Esimit, which rounded Stromboli four hours later, has since slowed down, and leads Rán by about 50 miles.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 22 October: Pumping oil continues
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Saturday 22 October: At 2pm today, the total amount of oil pumped from the port tank of the cargo vessel Rena was confirmed at 256 tonnes, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. The weather forecast remains good for further pumping over the next few days.... [more]
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Gascoigne Cup – Triple success for Quest
Peter Campbell,
Gascoigne Cup - Two-times Sydney Hobart winner Bob Steel today added another famous trophy to his long list of ocean racing successes when his TP52 Quest won the prestigious Gascoigne Cup short ocean race off Sydney. Quest had a triple success, taking line honors in the 30 boat fleet, winning the 125-year-old Gascoigne Cup on PHS handicaps and also placing first in the IRC rating division.... [more]
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VinaCapital HK-Vietnam Race 2011 - Champagne Sailing for Hi Fi
RHKYC Media,
Second on the water, but certain to take IRC Overall as well as defend her 2008 IRC Racing Division 0 title, Hi Fi crossed the finish line just after 1500hrs Hong Kong time today. Owner and skipper Neil Pryde was a very happy man, saying 'Great race, absolutely fantastic. Unbelievably good conditions, except cold and wet today, incredibly consistent breeze with 18 to 20 knots all the time... [more]
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Coastal Classic record slashed as all have a fast ride north
Despite very optimistic forecasts yesterday it seemed almost too much to hope for that the sub-six hour record would finally be broken in the NZMYC Coastal Classic, but Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, did it when they crossed the finish line in five hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds.... [more]
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Team Japan compete in Optimists on the waters of Hawke Bay
Rosie Mannering,
A team of Japanese sailors are competing at the Optimist North Island Open Championships, as hosts of junior members of the Napier Sailing Club which started on Friday. Many competitive junior New Zealand sailors have benefitted from the generosity of a Japanese scheme started 24 years ago. Five kiwis and a coach/mentor have been making the journey across the Pacific to attend the All Japan Re... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego - Edmond de Rothschild Group team with Aleph
Kate Jennings,
The America's Cup World Series will undertake its third edition in San Diego, California from 12-20 November. It has now been announced that Pierre Pennec, Christophe Espagnon, and Thierry Fouchier of Edmond de Rothschild Group will be sailing aboard the AC45 Aleph – Equipe de France for the event.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Teams carry out final preparations
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Dockside tensions are mounting in Alicante as the countdown to the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race in its 38-year history enters its final stage. The Iberdrola In-Port Race, a close-quarters sprint around a short course next Saturday, October 29, will mark the start of the 2011-12 edition of the world's toughest and longest professional yacht race.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Getting used to 50 knots
Paul Larsen,
Well yesterday turned into a pretty wild day. The way the morning was unfolding we knew the wind was going to outperform the forecast. Sailrocket 2 had up to now done four runs within a knot of 50 knots. Two over and two under. We weren't sure if we had hit some sort of flow phenomena relating to the radical new foil around this speed.... [more]
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VinaCapital HK-Vietnam Race 2011 - close but no cigar for AUDI ultra
RHKYC Media,
At 09 39 24hrs (HKT) Audi ultra finally coasted across the finish line in Nha Trang to claim line honours in one of Asia's toughest races. Her elapsed time of 43h 44m 24s was less than one hour outside Skandia's seven year old record, which, given the demands of the race, was a phenomenal performance by the slightly smaller maxi.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing slashes Coastal Classic record
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) has slashed the record for the 120nm Coastal Classic. After leaving Auckland in a fresh southwesterly at 10.00am, she was soon well clear of the fleet and reached Flat Rock off Kawau Island 55 minutes later.... [more]
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Japan, Australian and Mexican sailors at Optimist North Islands
Rosie Mannering,
A team of Japanese sailors will compete at the Optimist North Island Open Championships, as hosts of junior members of the Napier Sailing Club starting today (Friday). Many competitive junior New Zealand sailors have benefited from the generosity of a Japanese scheme started 24 years ago. Five kiwis and a coach/mentor have been making the journey across the Pacific to attend the All Japan Rega... [more]
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Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program - Try Skiff Sailing Day
Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program,
Hobart Junior sailors were treated to a weekend enjoying the thrills of skiff sailing during an introductory skiff sailing weekend on October 15-16, held at Kingston Beach Sailing Club. The initiative, dubbed the 'Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program' is a joint program organised by the Tasmanian Flying 11 and B14 Associations as well as several interested 29er sailors and aimed to showcase the potent... [more]
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Another Challenge - Jessica Watson and crew training for Hobart
Sean Lindsell,
Week 2 of training for Jessica Watson's Team Another Challenge crew. They are training for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race as the youngest team ever to compete.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America's Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
As a youngster growing up on Australia's east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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