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 18 Nov 2011

Lots of action today!!

The AC45's are circulating in San Diego with the Oz skippers James Spithill and Darren Bundock on the two Oracle boats getting plenty of attention, but today has not gone so well for Bundock. Bundy and Tom Slingsby report today and Bob Fisher tells us what its like being on the fifth seat behind James.

Watch the America's Cup World Series San Diego 2011 on Sail-World NOW!  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Middle Harbour's Short Ocean Racing Regatta close of entries is today!!!

David Schmidt, our U.S. Editor has been at METS this week and brings us pix of some of the latest toys.

This afternoon we will be sending you, the first of our London Olympic newsletters. this one and the next few will of course be focussing on Perth 2011, where we hope that the Australian team can give the Brits a hard time.

Over the weekend you will receive our Volvo Ocean Race weekly summary, we spare you that during the week, else you go into Volvo OD.

But right now there is plenty of news from around the world and the local scene.

Read away.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Watch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego on Sail-World NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego NOW!... [more]
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Oracle Racing Coutts bows out in qualifying round of AC World Series
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series – While possessing a ten second lead early on, Oracle Racing Coutts misjudged the optimum course to the leeward gate. Skipper Darren Bundock and crew had to perform an extra maneuver which allowed the crew aboard Aleph to take the lead and extend to an unassailable advantage.... [more]
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J/24 World Championships day 2
J/24 Class,
The J/24 World Championship has now wrapped up the second day of competition in Buenos Aires which was sailed amid champagne sailing conditions. One the second day, Newport, Rhode Island's Tim Healy extended his lead over the fifty-eight boat strong fleet.... [more]
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Melges 24 NSW State Titles - New Bandits onboard
Tracey Walters,
Melges 24 NSW State Titles - The champion crew that has seen CYC Melges 24 Bandit blitz the Melges 24 fleet lately will see two very important changes for this weekend's event... [more]
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Record fleet expected at 25th Anniversary Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000 sailors from around the world... [more]
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RC44 World Championships day 1 delivers unexpected results
Jo Grindley,
The first day of the RC44 World Championships in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote delivered unexpected results in the form of challenging, shifty conditions which resulted in a shake-up on the leader board for the 14 competing teams. An unfamiliar face emerged at the top of the leader board, John Bassadone (GBR) and the team from Gibraltar have recruited Italy's Vasco Vascotto as their pro skipper... [more]
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METS: Cool Toys Galore!
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When it comes to sailing gear, there is no cooler place to drool than the annual METS tradeshow, held each year in Mid-November in Amsterdam. While the nightlife is legendary, the show itself is offers are rare glimpse at brand-new gear that won't be in full circulation until next year, as well as European kit that won't necessarily make it's way to the States.... [more]
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Helly Hansen announces new partnership with Middle Harbour YC
Jess Mulquiney,
Leading water sports and technical apparel supplier Helly Hansen are pleased to announce a new partnership with Middle Harbour Yacht Club to become the exclusive apparel partner to the club for the next three years. The partnership which was finalised earlier this month will bring together two important players in Australian sailing.... [more]
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Beneteau Lagoon Regatta - Its our 20th
Vicsail Sydney,
This year marks Vicsail Sydney's 20th Anniversary of the Beneteau Lagoon regatta, held yearly at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and today is the day. [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Regatta–Fast Forward not looking for line honors
Damian Devine,
Pittwater and Coffs Regatta - In the 30 year tradition of racing to Coffs, boats both big and small have battled it out up the east coast in the first ocean race of the New Year. Smaller boats have always been an integral part of the fleet giving them an opportunity to stretch their legs and get involved in a challenging, tactical race up the east coast of Australia... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Final miles for Virbac-Paprec 3
Hélène Tzara,
For Transat Jacques Vabre leaders, Jean Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou, the final miles into Puerto Limon, Costa Rica may still be stressful, but with a margin over second placed Hugo Boss which this afternoon was equivalent to half of the distance they still had to sail, it would take a major upset to rob the Virbac-Paprec 3 pair of a well deserved victory.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews prepare to face the St Helena High
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race first leg, from Alicante to Cape Town, has passed the halfway mark. The playing field could be about to open up as the teams, led by Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and tireless rivals Team Telefónica, take on the complex weather systems of the South Atlantic.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore heads back out to sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - At first light this morning in Queenscliff, Australia, Singapore‘s crew slipped lines and headed back out through the Port Philip heads and into the Great Australian Bight after successfully repairing their steering quadrant. Happy to be helming with a wheel again and not a tiller, skipper Ben Bowley has sent a note of appreciation at today's 0600 position report.... [more]
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Etchells NSW States: weight and weather dominate first day
Tracey Johnstone,
Today was registration day for the 55 boat Zhik Etchells NSW Championship fleet as the Australian and international one-design sailors rolled into Pittwater. Throughout the day the clouds hung low over Pittwater and the rain slowed the progress of boat preparations. A few teams headed out in the light breeze looking to settle their nerves and get a feel for the offshore course.... [more]
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Record fleet expected at 25th Anniversary Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000 sailors from around the world to compete in Asia's largest regatta from 3 December to 10 December at Kata Beach.... [more]
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In memory of John Ivimey, founder of Boat Books
Peter Campbell,
John Ivimey, the founder of Boat Books Australia, the Crows Nest-based specialist nautical bookshop and Admiralty chart suppliers, has died after an extended illness at Tamworth, to where he retired some years ago. John, who was aged 79, ran Boat Books for more than 30 years, extending it to Boat Books in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth... [more]
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Zhik Etchells NSW States: images from registration day
Tracey Johnstone,
The Zhik Etchells NSW State Championship teams have rolled into town and put themselves through the rigour of weigh-in, boat set-up and for some, a quick dash out to test the offshore conditions. The rain didn't let up all day. At least the forecast for the next three race days is for mostly sunshine and good breezes. Around the hardstand and at registration a few fun images have been captured.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma leads around Fernando by an hour
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing led the second placed yacht Team Telefónica, by an hour, as they passed the first mark off the western end of Fernando around 0400hrs UTC on 17 November.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: The Fish smiles again
Bob Fisher,
OK, the America's Cup World Series has begun – last weekend was merely an event to tease the general public into seeing the boats in action, so it was time for me to get a fix – I did with a sixth-man seat with Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Racing 4 – and it was every bit as good, if not better than it was last time.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Energy Team on top after seeding races
Stephanie Martin,
The America's Cup World Series is currently underway on San Diego Bay and on Wednesday afternoon, consistency was the key for the French Energy Team who took victory in the third of three races to top the table at the end of the seeding races for the San Diego Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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Mathew Belcher nominated for the Queensland Sport Star award
Craig Heydon,
Gold Coast based Mathew Belcher is the Australian Sailing Team's 470 Mens skipper and has now been named as a finalist in the 17th Annual Queensland Sport Award. Belcher who has had a successful twelve months is nominated in the Queensland Sport Star category.... [more]
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Artemis Racing seeks clarification on ETNZ/Luna Rossa collaboration
Jennifer Hall,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record and representing Kungliga Svenska Segel Sallskapet, has now filed an application to the jury with request for an interpretation of the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup with regards to the cooperation agreement between Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challenger and Defender take Kiwi-Italian deal to Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record and the Defender for the 34th America's Cup, have both protested the announced partnership agreement signed between Italy's Luna Rossa and the New Zealand entry, Emirates Team New Zealand. The specific grounds for the protest, or 'application', are not specified by the Challenger of Record or Defender... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race warm-up for RSHYR entries
Di Pearson,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's one-hundred and eighty mile Cabbage Tree Island Race will get underway tomorrow night at 7:00pm with a thirty-two strong fleet. The race is a qualifier for the CYCA's six-hundred and twenty eight mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which is set to get underway on Boxing Day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore retires from Race 5
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It's been another day of difficult decisions and challenging conditions for the ten-strong Clipper Race fleet as they continue to race through the Southern Ocean while the Race Committee has reluctantly accepted a request of retirement from Singapore.... [more]
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Manson introduces new Manson Boss Anchor at METS 2011
New anchor from Manson 20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. 2011 seen the end of two years of research, design and rigorous testing for Manson Anchors which has culminated in yet another milestone. Today Manson proudly launches the most robust, technically advanced, and safest anchor to ever hit the world market.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 16 November: First container lifted off
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 16 November: Three salvage teams are back on board the stricken Rena, after bad weather forced them off the ship on Monday. Rena has remained intact in the same position on the reef and aerial observation this morning confirmed no further damage to the ship or additional containers washed overboard.... [more]
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