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 11 Nov 2011

Ten Olympics Class Worlds in Perth – and another Sail-World record

Just been talking to John Longley, the event direct for the upcoming Perth 2011, which is now just 18 days away. He is excited the event is almost here, but the first part of the conversation was about Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell – the 2008 and 2000 Olympic 470 Gold Medallists, still leading, as of this morning at the World Sailing Cup – Sail Melbourne 2011.

Australia's 470 crew Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2011  Teri Dodds - copyright

As a proud West Australian he is over the moon that the local girls have ‘come down from the hills' in time to race against the best teams in the World at the 2011 Women's 470 championship, just one of ten at Perth 2011. You will be able to read our interview with Long John and Skip Lissiman this weekend.

Did you notice that Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is looking for a Regatta and Sailing Manager? RQ in 2012 will host six Australian championships, four world championships and a bunch of state and regional regattas. We won't be surprised if there are applications from around the world for this role. If you know anyone who could fill this seat, nudge them now!!

We've had an amazing response to our detailed Volvo Round the World coverage. Thank you for your kind words. Last week we set another record for Sail-World traffic. The biggest week in our history, bigger than the America's Cup in Valencia.

Lots of interesting news, catch up with it now, next you will the first of our Perth 2011 and Olympic newsletters, before we send your our latest Volvo Ocean Race weekly summary.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Sail Melbourne - Teri Dodds images,
More images from Sail Melbourne 2011 by photographer Teri Dodds.... [more]
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NB Sailsports photo competition for Laser and Optimist sailors
NB Sailsports,
Laser and Optimist sailors are being encouraged to send in their best picture for the chance win a $250 gift certificate! The NB regatta van which has toured Australia attending regattas for the last few years is being re-branded, and we are looking for the best possible photos featuring an Optimist and a Laser to put in the artwork.... [more]
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Yngling Australian Championship next the World titles in Sydney
Hamish Jarrett and Peter Campbell,
The 2011 Yngling Australian Championship, held on Sydney Harbour this past weekend by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, was decided by a single point. YAUS57, crewed by Michael Nash, Mel Nathan and Greg Harnett, won the championship from defending National champions Hamish Jarrett, Federico Lauro and Alana Bracken, sailing Miss Pibb.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Video tour below decks on Team Sanya damage
Richard Mason takes us below deck on Team Sanya to reveal the gaping hole that nearly sank them after striking an unidentified object on the opening night of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Shows the extent of the damage inside the hull, and the realisation of how close the VOR70 must have been to sinking.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race speeds and winds increase
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are finally able to fly and this evening at 2200UTC, the boats far out in the Atlantic are relishing the benefit of a little more wind in addition to making good progress on starboard tack at about seventeen knots. This is the sort of speed that is associated with these types high performance racing machines.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2011 - Day Four Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds brings you some images from Day Four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2011, being hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club, in Melbourne.... [more]
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ISAF President Göran Petersson delivers President's Report
President of the International Sailing Federation, Göran Petersson, delivered the President's Report to ISAF Council members during their first day of meetings at the 2011 ISAF Annual Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read the full transcript of the President's Report below...... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Enjoying the Trade winds
Hélène Tzara,
The Transat Jacques Vabre's IMOCA 60 fleet have slipped into the second half of the race and the fight is on as the entire nine boat fleet begin to enjoy trade winds sailing. Even if they have remained fitful and shifty, after thirty-six hours rooted to a high pressure system, the five boat group to the south is off and racing again into decent breeze, trying to close to down the miles... [more]
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Melges 32 crosses Swansea Bar heading to the SLAM State Titles at LMYC
Tracey Walters,
The 2011 State Titles are set to take place at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club from 18-20 November and the Melges 32 fleet are preparing to descend. Yesterday, Melges Asia Pacific delivered Maxstar AUS 158 crossing the bat at 3:00pm on low tide which is no trouble from this Reichel/Pugh high performance one design class.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Teams sprint towards Scoring Gate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has won the race to be the first boat through the Scoring Gate to pick up an extra three points. The first, second and third boats to cross the line between 40 degrees south 127 east and 43 degrees south 127 east will be awarded three, two and one points respectively.... [more]
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BrandLaureate Award winner WMRT President Peter Gilmour
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour President and Monsoon Cup Race Advisor, Peter Gilmour, has been presented with The BrandLaureate Brand Icon Leadership Award 2011 by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation. The BrandLaureate Brand Icon Leadership Awards 2011 were launched by the APBF to honour the most outstanding icons in Malaysia and around the world.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 15 - A look at the USS Midway
This week we meet Energy Team's bowman Christophe André; he takes us through his rigorous training regime. In just one week Christophe, Energy Team, and the rest of the America's Cup competitors will be racing in the 3rd of the inaugural America's Cup World Series events in San Diego. In San Diego we take a behind the scenes tour of the USS Midway.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Australian sailors lead the way in Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - After four days of racing at the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Australian sailors lead the way in four classes. Crews were greeted by steady winds and choppy seas on Thursday, allowing for a full schedule of racing on Port Phillip Bay. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went into the day second overall, behind New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Matt Bugg on winning form in Melbourne
Peter Campbell,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Tasmanian sailor Matt Bugg today won two more races in the 2.4mR class on Melbourne's Port Phillip, bringing his score to five wins and a second. The World Cup regatta, at Sandringham Yacht Club, marks the start of Bugg's concerted international campaign to secure a place in Australia's sailing team for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series builds for San Diego
America's Cup Media,
Daily round up of all the news in the build up to the America's Cup World Series in San Diego starting from Monday 7th November... [more]
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Dragon boat races on Tweed River - Exclusive use this Sunday
Penny Robins,
Dragon boat races are being held on Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed River, this Sunday. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast James Green said boaters should avoid the buoyed area within Jack Evans Boat Harbour between 8am and 5pm this Sunday, 13 November.... [more]
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Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic - Exclusive use of Hawkesbury River
Penny Robins,
Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic 2011 is being held this weekend on the Hawkesbury River. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Acting Regional Manager Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Hendrik Clasie said boaters should avoid the area from Sackville Ski Gardens to Windsor Bridge between 8am and 2pm on Saturday.... [more]
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NSW Dragon Championship 2011
Peter Campbell,
The 2011 NSW Dragon Championship victory was taken by Andrew York at the helm of Wizzardry. York has now successfully retained his International Dragon Class New South Wales Championship title after a closely fought battle with Carl Ryves helming Sidewinder.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race: How we won Race 4 into Geraldton + Video
Lisa Blair,
The crew on board Gold Coast Australia have finished their fourth and final week in Race four of the Clipper 11/12 Round the World Yacht Race. Lisa Blair: We really did not know if we would make it in time to sail the gap between the two highs as our boat speed was holding at an impressive 4 knots as we sailed with the Light Weight Spinnaker up and the full main.... [more]
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ISAF Conference confirms Weymouth dropped from World Cup circuit
Laura Kitching,
Weymouth and Portland's economy could suffer a £2million blow after being dropped from the Sailing World Cup Circuit. It could mean the end for Skandia's Sail for Gold regatta, which has grown to be one of the biggest and best attended events of the World Cup circuit, attracting a record entry of 1,049 sailors in 2011... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Can Hugo Boss and Virbac-Paprec 3 hang on?
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre's leading crews in the IMOCA Open 60 class, Jean Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson were separated by fewer than three miles. Whether Virbac-Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss will hold on to their lead seems a wide open question.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne images by Teri Dodds,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds was on water capturing all the action at Sail Melbourne.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht Race announced
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 - Win your way to the ISAF Sailing World Championships by sailing from Weymouth to Perth in a LiveSkipper Virtual Yacht Race. Using real-time weather conditions from around the world, the LiveSkipper Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht race, by BeTomorrow, allows skippers world-wide to control a virtual maxi-trimaran... [more]
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Sail Melbourne day 3 difficult conditions
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup opening round continued in difficult conditions as strong, gusty, winds ended day three of Sail Melbourne early, with only a handful of classes able to get in racing.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ideal first test sail on the bay
Stephanie Martin,
Racing in San Diego begins with the Port Cities Challenge on Saturday and Sunday (November 12-13). Among the five boats training today was the French Energy Team, with Yann Guichard taking over the skipper and helming duties for the racing in San Diego.... [more]
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