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 23 Nov 2011

We are reporting today from Terengganu Malaysia for the 7th annual Monsoon Cup. Two West Australians of note Peter Gilmour and Torvar Mirsky are amongst the 12 skippers battling for the 2011 World Match Racing Championship and a share of the end of season US$500,000 bonus pool beyond the US$1.75 million dollar prizes across the season.

There will be some major action early with Gilmour and current tour leader Ian Williams clashing in the first flight. We will have plenty of video action this afternoon and across the week.

Drama in the Atlantic with the second dismasting. We will be publishing our full Volvo Ocean Race weekly newsletter this afternoon, so we have the full Monty there.

Lots of Oz and World news so go to it.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

470 Australian Championship - Belcher and Page on form and in the lead
Craig Heydon,
In the 470 Australian Championship, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page continue to lead the way after three days of racing. In the strongest fleet seen at an Australian 470 Championship for many years, both sailors head into the final two days with a nine point lead on the Dutch pairing of Sven and Kalle Coster with Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl a point further back in third.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Statement from Hall Spars on Puma dismasting
Eric Hall,
The news yesterday that Puma's Mar Mostro lost her rig was devastating for all on the Puma team. Hall is working closely with the crew, the rig designer Scott Ferguson, and standing rigging supplier Southern Spars to get to the root cause of the dismasting. Collectively, we will take every measure to prevent its recurrence.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2011 – The Stage is Set
Monsoon Cup media,
The Monsoon Cup 2011 is the final and deciding round of the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Heavy monsoon weather bringing flooding rains to the eastern Malaysian coast. The rain stopped for the spectacular Opening Ceremony yesterday afternoon and there was no shortage of breeze for the Pro-Am conducted in the late afternoon.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Day 1 - Opening ceremony and arrival images,
Images from the opening ceremony and arrivals on the first day of the 2011 Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Puma sets more sail as rescue plans announced
Amory Ross,
The dismasted Volvo 70, Puma Racing has increased her sail area over night and is making a good effort to get to Tristan da Cunha and Cape Town as soon as possible, ahead of the the race restart on 11 December. Kenny Read/skipper of Puma's Mar Mostro updates on the current plans to extract Puma from the South Atlantic... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica pull away towards finish line
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were weighing up their options today after dismasting in the South Atlantic, while Team Telefónica pulled away towards the finish line of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Pre-race favourites Puma were headed in the direction of the remote volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha under jury rig fashioned from the remaining stump of the mast... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Mandatory southern limit imposed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 second leg from Cape Town to New Zealand will begin on Sunday 27th November 2011. The fleet of six double-handed Class40s will cross the start line off the main harbour's breakwater at 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT). Ahead of the teams are 7,500 miles and approximately one month of racing through the high latitudes of the Indian Ocean before the fleet reaches the finish... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Life onboard Puma takes a new direction
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress after their boat was dismasted in the South Atlantic: It's taken a night's sleep and a shockingly awkward awakening this morning to realize what happened has, in fact, happened. Our race took a pretty obvious turn for the worse yesterday, and it's certainly not something that anyone saw coming.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2012 TV series creates a buzz
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - At the world's largest trade show for sports rights owners, buyers and broadcasters, the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 TV series created a bigger buzz than ever before. Eighteen TV channels around the world are broadcasting the 2011 six-part series but after pitching the Extreme Sailing Series at Sportel in Monaco, up to 41 broadcasters are now interested in taking the TV se... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fight to the finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With four of the podium contenders racing within six miles of each other and another team in the vicinity opting to go into Stealth Mode, the closing stages of race five are set to culminate in a nail-biting climax. Welcome to Yorkshire is currently trailing the front runner, Gold Coast Australia, by less than a hundred miles... [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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True Blue Racing on Day 1 of Musto Int'l Youth Match Racing Champs
True Blue Racing,
Tricky conditions greeted the ten teams competing from Australia, New Zealand and America on day 1 of the 2011 Musto International Youth Match Racing Championships hosted by the CYCA.... [more]
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Swanning around at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
This year's Phuket King's Cup Regatta gets underway in just a few weeks and many teams are undergoing their preparations to get their boats ready.... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Championship - Out to unsettle front runners
'It's an outside chance to win the Championship but it's still a chance. There's a fine line between winning and losing on the Tour and we're certainly gunning for at least a podium finish. Jesper Radich ahead of his openening match against Bjorn Hansen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Self reliance a necessary option for Puma Racing
Richard Gladwell,
The stricken Puma Racing, which dismasted around 2100nm from Cape Town, will emulate to some extent the same moves and route that the New Zealand crew did aboard Ceramco in the 1981-82 Whitbread Race. In a later report a complex plan has been put in place to send a ship the 1800nm from South Africa and extract Puma from the ocean and return with her to Cape Town.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Racing: Video from on board a dismasted Puma Racing
Amory Ross,
Disaster struck Puma's Mar Mostro when they broke their mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race about 2,000nm from Cape Town, South Africa. On this video skipper Ken Read recounts what happened, and gives a first take on how they hope get out of it.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart media launch images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini sent these images from today's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race media launch, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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Queensland Junior Sport Team award win to teenage sailors
Craig Heydon,
Queensland sailors Josh Franklin and Lewis Brake have been named the Junior Sport Team of the year. The Queensland teenagers were one of five finalists, edging out the Queensland Under 15 girls Cricket team, girls Golf team, Under 17 boys Softball team and Age Swimming Team for the award.... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship day 1 all tied up
Jannifer Crooks,
Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2011 day 1. Two flights were sailed before the breeze died early in the afternoon. A small north easterly came in and the race course was shifted to Double Bay. Racing is being conducted on the Youth Sailing Academy Elliott 6s and continues through until Friday 25 November.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup – Gilmour waiting for a top three 'crash and burn'
Yanmar Racing media,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, is to be sailed in Kuala Terengganu Malaysia December 22-27 and will decide the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Champion. Peter Gilmour, the Monsoon Cup winner in 2005 and 2008, has been in Terengganu preparing for this week's event with his YANMAR Racing team.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - A major drawcard
Lisa Ratcliff,
For the 2011 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, all Australian states are represented on the starter's list, while six international entries will sail for the UK, USA, France, New Zealand and Hong Kong.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Canada's RS:X Champ Nikola Girke shares love and luck
Shauna McGee Kinney,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Canada's Nikola Girke and Women's RS:X sailor shares her love and luck as she prepares for Perth 2011. As of Friday the 18th of November the RS:X coaches and teams have been running a four day regatta - a Pre-Worlds event. Nikola Girke (CAN) is one of the competitors using this event to prepare for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Sailrocket Sailing World Record attempt - Last time I dare this place
Paul Larsen,
The wind was filling nicely. It was 25 at the timing hut so we went straight to the top of the course. We had changed a few things and wanted to make sure things were right. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was released but once again struggled to bare away from the wind. Something about the wind and waves makes her weathercock in stronger winds. I tried a few tricks but she just sat there head to wind.... [more]
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