Ahhh.... when too much sailing is never enough!!!!

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 26 Oct 2011

Ahhh... when too much sailing is never enough!!!

As the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart race gets ever closer the Hick 34 Midnight Rambler, the 1998 Hobart winner will be heading for Lord Howe this coming weekend in the Gosford to Lord Howe race and the 2003 Hobart winner, Grant Wharington's Wild Thing is heading for the auction block in Brisbane.

Sail-World's Olympic and Volvo Ocean Race series are about to kick off with the Sydney to Hobart series close behind.

World-wide we will be sending out 8 million of these Sail-World event dedicated newsletters and that is before we start the America's Cup series.

John Bertrand checks out an AC45 during the test event in Auckland  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

Very interesting video this week, catch the interview with John Bertrand about the 2013 AC

Looking ahead Chuck Lantz, our U.S. West coast photographer will be in San Deigo for the upcoming AC45 series.

It will be a giant season and a giant year ahead!!

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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 13 - Bertrand on the new race format
San Francisco Bay celebrates Fleet Week, United States Coast Guard chats with us about waterway traffic control and the transformation of San Francisco Bay into a perfect sailing stadium for spectators during AC World Series in 2012, Louis Vuitton Cup and AC Finals in 2013. America's Cup legend John Bertrand shares his opinion on the new race format with Regatta Director Iain Murray... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Race - Past Sydney Hobart winners to start
Peter Campbell,
Two past winners of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will sail in the Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. Wild Rose will be skippered to Lord Howe Island by prominent Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member Roger Hickman, who was co-owner when the Farr 43 won the 1993 Sydney Hobart on IOR handicaps.... [more]
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Heavyweights set for Geraldton fightback
Offshore WA,
The outstanding performances of Gary McNally's GP42 Black Betty, Alan Brierty's awesome R/P62 Limit and Todd Giraudo & David 'Dubbo' White's double-handed Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 Kraken in the last weekend's Redink Homes Geraldton Ocean Classic will be a distant memory when the return race starts at 9.30am this Friday.... [more]
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Beneteau pulls a hat-trick at St Helena's Cup
Amber Dermoudy,
It seems the French did have one reason to celebrate this past weekend, with the Beneteau racing team Trois Firsts living up to its namesake and reputation at the St Helena's Cup in Manly... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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Legendary Bob Robertson's burning desire
Ian Grant,
While a storm tormenting the Tasman Sea may not be a place to discuss events of the day over a quiet lunch, it has become apparent that no one has mentioned this to the legendary skipper Bob Robertson. Some time ago the self appointed ‘Knight of Queensland ocean racing' stated he was done with the unfinished business of trying to win the gruelling 628 nautical mile blue water classic.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 - Aussie sailor forced to abandon
Australian sailor Scott Cavanough (797 - brainchild.org.au) has been forced to abandon his yacht after it suffered severe damage in a collision with a super tanker.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized new, hand-painted sunglass styles
Kaenon Polarized, the Newport Beach-based Lifestyle and Luxury Performance sunglass brand, announces the launch of its 2011 Anniversary Collection, in celebration of reaching its 10 year milestone as a company. The Anniversary Collection is available in November, online and through Kaenon's authorized dealer network.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race challenging for Rán
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Crossing the finish line at 1110 CEST this morning, Niklas Zennstrom's J/V 72 Rán (GBR) was the second boat to complete the 606-mile race. With Esimit Europa 2 taking line honours, Rán is dockside in Valetta having beaten Esimit Europa 2 on corrected time.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Ranking List October 2011
Robert Deaves,
It is all change at the top of the final OK Dinghy World Ranking List for 2011. Former World Champion Greg Wilcox (NZL) takes the top spot for the first time, moving up one place from the previous release after a fourth place finish at this summer's world championship in Largs.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Visit Finland top in Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland has beaten the leading Ocean Sprint time set by De Lage Landen on Sunday by covering the distance of approximately 300 miles between 90 and 95 degrees east in just 26 hours shaving an hour and ten minutes off the Dutch team's elapsed time.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leader Williams prepares for Monsoon Cup
World Match Racing Tour,
Current World Match Racing Tour leader Ian Williams is leaning on past experience to keep a cool head as the series heads into the Championship decider, with just over six points separating the Brit and arch rivals Francesco Bruni and Torvar Mirsky.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - First boats cross the finish line
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Early this morning, at 0054 CEST, the maxi Esimit Europa 2, crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Valetta, Malta, to take the line honours win. The Slovenian maxi completed the course in an elapsed time of 61 hours, 24 minutes and 35 seconds. In 2010, Esimit Europa2 was also the line honours winner, with an elapsed time of 54 hours, 52 minutes, 32 seconds.... [more]
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Manly 16ft Skiffs: Chris Thomas had an offer to good to refuse
James Bury,
Southerly has been more than competitive over the first two months of the 2011/12 campaign, winning the handicap division and finishing third on scratch in Saturday's Harken Trophy spring pointscore race. Attention next weekend swings to heats one and two of the NSW 16ft Championship on Lake Illawarra.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Long drought over for Fisher & Paykel - Video
Bob Killick,
The long drought is over for Fisher & Paykel and Skipper Andrew Chapman after a clever last beat in last Sunday's heat 2 of the Beko 3 Buoy Challenge Series.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Applications for Entry closing
Jennifer Crooks,
Applications for Entry for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race close next Tuesday 1 November 2011 at 1700hours AEST. So far a fleet of 80 has been nominated for the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart, however, CYCA Commodore, Garry Linacre, is anticipating a fleet of between 90 and 100 yachts will take to the start of one of the world's toughest ocean races.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC38 on the water - a cause for further excitement
John Curnow,
Around 10 months ago, we had some serious cause for excitement when the MC38 from McConaghy went from drawings to moulds. At the time, we thought that the boat would do to one design keelboat racing what the Mach 2 had done to foiling Moths.... [more]
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In too deep- Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy-U.S. SAILING comments
Dawn Reiss,
U.S. SAILING has now commented on this article. Before the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 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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Marine Auctions - Online boat auctions the way forward
Jeni Bone,
Marine Auctions has added an online auction component to its sales arsenal, launching the innovation from 14 November as an additional medium for clients selling their boats and those interested in buying from afar.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Aussie skipper has problems
Veronique Largeau amended Sail-World.com,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 skipper, Australian Scott Cavanough (797 - brainchild.org.au), was at low speed at 6 a.m (UTC) and confirmed - via his beacon - he has a technical problem on board his proto at 10:00 a.m.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Different scenarios for the fleet
The Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet were in the midst of two different scenarios on Monday afternoon. Reveling in the 20 knots plus breeze were the leaders who had already rounded the western tip of Sicily whilst, for a larger portion of the day, the bulk of the fleet slowly sailed in the lee along the north coast of Sicily in winds between five and ten knots.... [more]
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Cargo vessel refloated – Lord Howe Island
Neil Patchett,
The vessel MV Island Trader which grounded on the Monday 17 October in the lagoon at Lord Howe Island was refloated on the high tide this evening (Monday 24 October 2011). The cargo vessel is now safe and secure alongside the island's wharf, with an anti-pollution boom around it as a precaution.... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego - Oracle Racing Coutts crew change
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) - Oracle Racing Coutts will contest next month's event in San Diego with a revised crew line up. Darren Bundock will take the helm at the third ACWS event whilst fellow Australian Olympic sailor Tom Slingsby also comes aboard for the first time. Russell Coutts Oracle Racing's CEO, will attend the San Diego event but won't be racing.... [more]
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Fay and Frew early leaders in Cherub NSW State Championships
Rolf Lunsmann,
Taking two wins and a second form the three races sailed at Abbotsford 12ft Flying Squadron and Drummoyne Sailing Club, Kris Fay and Morgan Frew from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club established a strong lead in the first of four rounds of the 2011-12 Cherub NSW State Championships on the weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Rule breach applications rejected
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Two formal submissions by teams competing in the race, claiming that the race organisers had breached protocol by changing one of the strict Volvo Open 70 measurement rules, have been dismissed by an independent arbitration panel.... [more]
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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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VinaCapital HK-Vietnam Race - Zanzibar takes Div 1
RHKYC Media,
Widely fancied to take the division, Zanzibar, skippered by Jonathan Mahony, arrived at a wet, cold finish line at just after 0500hrs HKT. Giving the other boats in her division ‘time' under her IRC handicap, Mahoney and his crew had a nail-biting wait of 4.5 hours to see if they had clinched the Division on corrected time.... [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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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain
Richard Gladwell,
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain.... [more]
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