Bigger than Ben Hur!! - this summer's sailing season

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 16 Nov 2011

Bigger than Ben Hur!! - the sailing summer

Perth 2011 - is coming up fast from Dec 3rd around 1,200 sailors from 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, 10 classes sailing across six courses. Really had to laugh when talking to John Longley, the Event Director this week. 11.

‘Long John' is big on analogy - Talking about the event staging he said to me ‘You know when you hook a fish and you are playing with it out there and the fish swims around and swims around, you deal with it. As you get it closer to the beach, the fish suddenly goes ‘heck this isn't good' and really starts ripping around the place. - so now the Perth 2011 team are trying to land the fish.

Some big weeks ahead, with the Volvo, the AC45 in San Diego, the 49er and 470 Nationals in Perth and next week we will be in Malaysia for the Monsoon Cup, Middle Harbours SORC then it's the Kings Cup in Phuket and Perth 2011.The Rolex series and the Hobart's, Pittwater Coffs and of course there will be lots more dinghy State and Nation titles over the summer.

12/11/2011- San Diego (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - San Diego America's Cup World Series   Gilles Martin-Raget/

In the first days of January, we will be back on Lake Macquarie at Wangi Wangi for another high profile Australian Championship - the A Cat's. The top five or more from the last A Cat worlds and the AC guns. Really looking forward to that!!

BTW now would be a good time to register for the Festival of Sail, going to be a fascinating few months ahead!!

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Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

America's Cup World Series crews fight for supremacy in San Diego
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup World Series racing will get underway once again in San Diego on Wednesday afternoon when the top Cup crews from around the world will battle it out for supremacy on San Diego Bay. in Plymouth while for fans the race course will bring the cutting-edge AC45 wing-sailed catamarans within yards of the spectator viewing area on Broadway Pier.... [more]
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Ryan Palk pursues Olympic dreams
Ian Grant,
Ryan Palk of Noosaville has spent little time enjoying the comfort of family life at his Noosa Waters home over the past year as he pursues his Olympic dream. He has basically lived out of his ‘sail bag' competing in major Olympic class regattas in Europe and England with the Australian team.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - And now to land the fish!!
Rob Kothe & Team,
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses.... [more]
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J/24 Worlds 2011 Practice race
Andrew MacFarlane – Team Tundra Rose,
The J/24 Worlds practice race started at 2:00PM in eight kts from the SE. The wind was shifty, swinging 10-15 degrees and the sea lumpy which made for great down wind conditions. As in all practice races, the fleet peeled off on the last leg to weather and headed back to the marina for the opening ceremony.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Port Cities Challenge Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget and Tom Kurtz,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget and photographer Tom Kurtz were on hand to capture sailing action on the rainy first day of the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge in San Diego.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Almost in grasp + Video
Throughout the day the Volvo Ocean Race fleet has been experiencing a hint of what is to come. It could be as early as tomorrow morning, Wednesday, that the fleet hooks into the much-awaited breeze and begins its drag race towards the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, a non-scoring mark of the course which they must leave to port.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Port Cities Challenge Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the second day of the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge in San Diego on a day that started off bathing in the sunshine.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Knut Frostad explains the Doldrums
Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race,
With the first boats preparing to cross the dreaded Doldrums from around midnight on Monday, we take a look at this notorious area of the ocean, with the help of someone who has negotiated them more times than he cares to remember, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss keeps pressure up on Virbac-Paprec 3
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss was second into the Caribbean today, passing round Mona island at around 0830hrs UTC. Duo Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill have succeeded in keeping up the pressure on race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 after a long, hard night of intense work in the trade winds, making several gybes to best line up with the passage.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaders locked in battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums are proving to be no match for the fleet leaders on Tuesday with Puma's Mar Mostro and Telefónica, still locked together in a tight battle, looking set to breeze through the notorious ‘windless' zone in under 24 hours.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for heavy conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are bracing themselves for a violent storm south east of Tasmania. 'Once started, there is no way to stop it, you can't just switch it off or change the channel and there's no pause button,' Derry-Londonderry's skipper, Mark Light, said this morning in anticipation of the approaching heavy weather.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - the training scene,
sailors from around 50 of the approximately 80 countries expected to participated in the 2011 ISAF World Championships have now arrived in Fremantle. Here are some of the action.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 16 - The look and feel of the Cup
This week we meet the America's Cup design agency, Designwerk, who is responsible for the look and feel of the America's Cup on TV. The agency was tasked with capturing the new extreme sports look on screen, as well as creating the opening title sequence for use in live TV events, including AC Uncovered... [more]
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NSW Maritime cuts red tape and sea training time requirements
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Deputy Chief Executive Tony Middleton said the boating safety regulator has reduced the amount of time required for Coxswain and Masters qualifications.... [more]
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Lipton Cup Regatta - A rapidly expanding fleet
This year the Lipton Cup Regatta will include an OTB Division to cater for the local dinghy clubs OTB fleets... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship entries closing
Di Pearson,
The close of entries for the 34th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) is midnight, Friday November 18. The SSORC is the opening summer season offshore regatta, and as such, has already attracted some of the country's best racing yachts.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne success for Belcher and Page
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page,
Aussie sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have wrapped up their Sail Melbourne experience with success after claiming the Silver Medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event. They now share their journey at the event and how they are looking on to Perth 2011.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World: Chronic seasickness and almost Man Overboard
Lisa Blair,
Gold Coast Australia sailed amid challenging conditions on the first night at sea as we raced in the fifth race of the Clipper 11/12 Round the World Yacht Race. Racing from Geraldton to Tauranga in New Zealand, we experienced large breaking swells as our sixty-eight foot home turned into a submarine, spending more time under the water than on top as we beat into thirty knots of wind.... [more]
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Etchells NSW State Championship 2011
Tracey Johnstone,
The Zhik Etchells NSW State Championship has attracted a fleet of 53 crews headed by five former Etchells class world champions; Colin Beashel (1995 and 1993), John Bertrand (2010), Peter McNeill (2004), Cameron Miles (1999) and USA's Jud Smith (2006). Defending world champion, Bill Hardesty, is yet to enter even though he has previously indicated his plan to compete.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Beko 3 Buoy Challenge - Victory for Cocko's crew + Video
Simon Brown and Bob Killick,
In the Beko 3 Buoy Challenge, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, and Trent Barnabus finally took one in Sunday's final heat. Video interview with Cocko.... [more]
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Bethwaite Challenge - Fay and Chipchase top the Cherubs
Rolf Lunsmann,
Bethwaite Challenge - Current Cherub National Champions Trevor Fay and Nathan Chipchase, sailing Boob Buffer, have taken out the Cherub Division, sailed at Belmont 16ft Skiff Club. With the Cherub class making its first appearance at the Challenge, sponsored by Bethwaite Design and the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club, a small but very competitive fleet of eight Cherubs faced the starters for race one... [more]
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Back to business for True Blue Racing as 2011 season comes to a close
True Blue Racing,
With less than a week to go till the start of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championships it's back to business for True Blue Racing as they begin their preparations for the final events of the 2011 season.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica snatches lead from Puma's Mar Mostro
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica have grabbed first place from Puma's Mar Mostro, this afternoon, just as the fleet prepared to enter the Doldrums and trust to luck. Anything could happen at this crucial stage of leg one as the boats charge towards the infamous area just north of the Equator where weather systems converge.... [more]
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