Volvo, Sail Melbourne, AC45’s – it’s happening

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 14 Nov 2011

Volvo, Sail Melbourne, AC45's – it's all happening

Perth 2011 is looming large, just a few weeks away. Australian crews did extraordinarily well at the first of the 2012 World Cup series, Sail Melbourne but now the action cranks up as the focus moves west. This coming weekend there will be 470 and 49er Australian Championships on the Perth 2011 courses.

AC45 San Diego  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Bob Fisher, the doyen of America's Cup journalism, who wrote for Sail-World at the 2008 Olympics and will doing the same for London 2012 reports on the prequel to the San Diego AC45 regatta.

San Francisco yachting photographer Chuck Lantz will again be on the water for us when the main action starts later in the week.

And we continue our coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race, bringing you our own analysis of the on water action.
Enjoy our latest news.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Last big push before record attempt begins
Paul Larsen,
We did two runs today. I wanted to get back in the swing of sailing in punchier conditions. The first run was a little uneventful with a peak around 46 knots.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing
Bob Fisher,
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America's Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board.... [more]
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Eva Lorenz breaks free of 'Klaus shackles'
Ian Grant,
Eva Lorenz, sister of talented sailor Klaus Lorenz, is an energetic Whitsunday Sailing Club Optimist dinghy sailor who has finally managed to break free from the shackles of following the career path in Australian championship racing against her brother.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Doldrums opportunity + Latest positions
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand are eying an upcoming opportunity to finally close the gap on their three rivals as the fleet approaches the windless Doldrums zone. Roughly five degrees of Latitude either side of the Equator, the heating effect of the sun, combined with the convergence of the northern and southern hemisphere trade winds. Includes latest position graphics... [more]
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NSW Sabot Championship - Predator eats competition to reign supreme
Peter McIntosh,
NSW Sabot Championship - A veteran boat with a not too flash sail named Predator ate up the competition to reign supreme. Finn Gilbert, 13, of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, proved it's mostly about the skill of the skipper by winning six of the eight races over two weekends in the same boat his brother Paddy won states in two years ago.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 extend lead
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss, are sliding fast towards the Caribbean and the final 1000 miles stage to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Both continue to open up on a tightly matched pack which are desperately trying to keep up. With close to 500 miles to the passing mark of the Dominican Republic, Dick and Beyou had 240 miles in hand over the third placed Banque Populaire... [more]
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Port Cities Challenge results in second, seventh for Oracle + Video
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge taking place in San Diego, Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill and his crew consisting of John Kostecki, Dirk de Ridder, Joe Newton and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen finished with 42 points, which left them seven points behind winner Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet powers towards Ocean Sprint start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the rest of the fleet powers towards Tasmania and the start of the Ocean Sprint at 150 degrees east, Singapore is making good speed of seven to eight knots under secondary steering towards Queenscliff at the mouth of Port Philip Bay where they will be able to pick up the specialist tools required to repair their steering system.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro snatches the lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Alicante eight days ago, bound for Cape Town, on the first leg of the race. Eight days that the black cat, Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) has been crouching, waiting to pounce and at 2200 UTC last night she bounded past Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and snatched the lead.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego – More images by Bo Struye
Bo Struye Photos,
America's Cup World Series San Diego images from photographer Bo Struye.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Images by Bo Struye
Bo Struye Photos,
America's Cup World Series San Diego images by photographer Bo Struye... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
Christophe Favreau sendsthese images from his short session in the air today on the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series San Diego.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
The inaugural Beko 3-Buoys Challenge champion is Gotta Love It 7. Over the five races the crew finish with an overall total of 26 points. Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) also finished on 26 points but lost to Gotta Love It 7 after the countback went to each team's third best placing in the series.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – San Diego day 1 not without its drama
For the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series – San Diego, conditions were light and shifty and very wet for the nine race crews and at the end of day just one point separates the top four boats. The Chinese won their first race, race 2, in the AC World Series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fourth leader in a week as Groupama hits the wall
For the first time since leaving the Mediterranean Ken Read's crew on PUMA Ocean Racing lead the fleet on the 6,500 nautical mile first leg to Cape Town South Africa. The US flagged entry is the fourth leader on the first leg, which has been running form just over a week... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?'
Bob Fisher,
'It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne medal haul for the Aussies
Lauren Garnet,
At Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the medal races were run and won with Australia's home team coming out on top. The 49er class was the first race contested with the Gold medal coming down to any of the top three crews.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series gets underway in the rain
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing the the Port Challenge round of the America's Cup World series has got underway in San Diego, California. Despite an optimist forecast, the races were sailed in light winds and occasional rain. Gilles Martin-Raget provided this image gallery.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne final day action video
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne has now reached the final day of competition. The event, which is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, witnessed medal races on Saturday that featured numerous thrilling finishes with many of the podiums not actually decided until the final boat sailed across the finish line.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2011 - major decisions from San Juan
International Sailing Federation,
Over the course of the week, the sailing world gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference. Meetings took place for three days with the ISAF Council drawing to a close today as final decisions were made which will affect the sport moving forward.... [more]
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Morna Cup at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Peter Campbell,
The Morna Cup is one of three short ocean races conducted each summer by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. A softening nor'easter and a strong set gave the faster yachts a winning advantage today. Merlin, a 15.2m Kaiko-design, skippered by Joseph Earl, won the Morna Cup, which is decided on Performance handicaps, while the IRC division went to Bob Steel's TP52 Quest... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Aussie sailors dominate at Sail Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - Australian sailors have dominated the final day of the ISAF Sailing World in Melbourne with the home team claiming 16 medals across the eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes. The final day of Sail Melbourne featured close racing across the fleets with the top 10 boats in each class hitting Port Phillip Bay for the medal races.... [more]
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America's Cup Youtube coverage to again be blocked in New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Event Authority has confirmed that coverage of the America's Cup World Series will again be blocked in New Zealand for a period of a week. In a schedule given to Sail-World, from Television New Zealand, the state owned America's Cup rights broadcaster in New Zealand stated they will be only broadcasting one day's racing live... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Riddle of the Routes + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Less than a week into the Volvo Ocean Race, the classic is proving to be what everyone expected and more. Yes, there was the first night shenanigans, which have too often marred the start of Round the World races of various types out of the Med and Europe. While those incidents took some of the edge off the competition, the race on the water is proving to be what many expected.... [more]
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Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta close of entries under a month away
Damian Devine,
Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012 organisers are expecting a fleet of around 60 to assemble for the start of the regatta on 2 January with the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race.... [more]
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