Perth 2011 - A lot of good racing

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 15 Dec 2011

Enjoying Perth 2011 - We've been analysing the events surrounding Ben Ainslie's Rule 69 - which is looonnng way from over.

Talked this morning to triple Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby. He is leading Paul Goodison, aiming for this fourth World Title.

He's watched all the medal races from the Grandstand on the Centre or Stadium Course, (as have we)

He said ‘The tricky day is going to be when we have Laser Gold fleet on the same (Stadium) course. 50 boats all calling for water on the shore and that's gonna be a real interesting day. I've got to go and revise all of my water rules and for a Medal race, it's perfect.

Going to the Stadium now to watch the Women's Match Racing Souter versus Price in the 5-8 battle.

Wish you were here?

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Television coverage of Olympic Sailing - a way forward
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
There is no place for having power boats pulling wake in the middle of an Olympic sailing course, any more than there is for having cameraman on the field in a game of football, or driving in cars ahead of the athletes in the Olympic stadium.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Beneteau QLD, first pictures of new Beneteau Sense 55
Florian Coroller,
The Sense concept marks a new era in lifestyle at sea. The opening up of the interior and exterior spaces, the new access to the sea, the overall organisation of the boat into subtly linked but independent living areas - that is the Sense 55....... [more]
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Inner Circle Green Dot Rum Christmas Cup and Veterans Cup
Alana Whitting,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club is proud to invite entries for these Cat 7 spinnaker and non-spinnaker events to take place around Sydney Harbour, starting and finishing at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.... [more]
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Transat B to B - Fran├žois Gabart takes victory
Transat B to B,
Scorching across the finish line (safety gate offshore of Spain) at 23 h 11 min 30 sec, this Wednesday 14 December, Fran├žois Gabart on Macif takes victory in the Transat B to B 2011... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Great sailing for Banque Populaire V
Brian Thompson,
It is now day 21 in the Jules Verne Trophy for the crew of Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V. Brian Thompson on progress to date - 'Going upwind at 57S is going to bring some impressive wind chill numbers! Water was at 2C a few hours ago and is now at 5C. We are at the Latitude of Aberdeen in Scotland and Juneau in Alaska.'... [more]
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How to combat? waves and a selection of Sharpie Videos
Various Sharpies,
Three Sharpie videos - all showing varying skill levels required. Enjoy.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum ends with positive outlook on coming year
Bernard Schopfer,
The World Yacht Racing Forum's fourth edition came to a close this evening after two days of presentations, constructive debates, and networking sessions. There were over 200 delegates and fifty speakers from around the globe in attendance with different presentations, shared ideas, and business cards... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A hideous bashing and a race to the front
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race crews endured a hideous night bashing crossing the Agulhas Current and have now reached a road block. There is a windless trough between the two low-pressure systems, which are threatening to, but have not yet evolved into one. It is now a race to get through the light and fluky airs of the trough and reach the new northerly breeze of the second front.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 12
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships,
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Western Australia, light winds hampered competition on day 12 with sailors' patience and skill being put to the test amid top wind speeds of 16 knots. Sailors competing in the Women's Match Racing quickly put their frustrating wait for a breeze behind them as they moved courses to fight their way through the knockout quarterfinals.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 12 images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day twelve images from photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet safely through the Agulhas
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The crews breathed a sigh of relief after coming through a notorious ocean danger zone that made for conditions variously described as heinous, brutal and exciting but resulted in no major damage. The boats have spent the opening days of leg 2 skirting the tip of Africa, a course that took them directly into a treacherous area of strong currents and huge waves... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tricky conditions at 49er Worlds
Jerelyn Biehl,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - It was a long day on the water for the 49er and race management teams as the wind did not cooperate on the Owen course compared to the other courses on the 2011 Worlds track. After a two hour on-the-water postponement, the Race Committee was finally able to get the first fleet off for two races in 12-18 knots of breeze... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Slingsby continues to lead
Craig Heydon,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Australian Tom Slingsby continues to lead the way in the Laser fleet following the final day of qualification races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro becalmed
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 3 of Leg 2. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: What could possibly be next? That's what we're all wondering on Puma's Mar Mostro. Today has been incredibly busy and varied, but exciting too. I don't think there's anything we haven't done or tried, and the only consistency has been our level of activity: stuck on high.... [more]
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CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Award winners
Jennifer Crooks,
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Ocean Racer of the Year Awards were presented this evening, Wednesday 14th December, at a gala cocktail party. For only the third time in the history of the awards, the CYCA presented the Ocean Racer of the Year Award to two yachtsmen – Stephen Ainsworth and Geoff Boettcher.... [more]
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Magnificent 12Ms Australia and Steak 'N Kidney grace Mooloolaba
Tracey Johnstone,
Australia's 12M America's Cup ladies of old, Australia and Steak 'N Kidney stopped briefly in Mooloolaba on their way south to their new home in Sydney, giving the members of Mooloolaba Yacht Club a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail aboard these two historic vessels. The two 19 metre KA-5 Australia & KA-14 Steak ‘N Kidney are warhorses of Australia's many challenges in the famed America's Cup. The... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Lake Macquarie exclusive use this Saturday
Penny Robins,
Fireworks display - NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event on Lake Macquarie this Saturday night.... [more]
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A fleet of 47 prepare for the Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012
Damian Devine,
Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta will commence at 1pm on 2 January 2012 and a fleet of 47 will line up for the start. The race dubbed the 'warm water classic' is the first race of the rebadged Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta consisting of five races with another four races being staged in Coffs Harbour over two days on 5-6 January.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating Series starts tomorrow
Di Pearson,
Rolex Trophy Rating Series. Windward/leeward races on offshore courses will start the series off on Thursday and Friday, with two races scheduled per day. On Saturday and Sunday more yachts, including big boats Wild Oats XI (Bob Oatley), Lahana (Peter Millard/John Honan) and Ichi Ban (Matt Allen) will join in for the Passage Series... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the African Coastal Cruise + Video
Volvo Ocean Race MCM's,
Images from on board the Volvo Ocean Racers as the crawl and haul their way up the southern African coast, in light airs, on leg 2 headed for Abu Dhabi. Not an easy time for navigators and skippers, as key decisions have to be made.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - World Champions retire
Lindsey Ball,
The Star class defending World Champions and Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have today (14 December) retired from the Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Match Racers qualify Australia
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Portugal's Rita Goncalves, Mariana Lobato and Diana Neves clinched the final Women's Match Racing London 2012 spot. After 80 flights and 320 Women's Match Races, it all boiled down to the last race of the Round Robins for the eighth and final spot.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - World champion Iain Percy injured
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships eleventh day of racing was a mixed day for Britain's sailors, with some stand-out performances for some competing crews coupled with injury blows to others. The day started with the news that Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes had been forced to retire from the 49er event following a rib strain to Rhodes on Monday... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to battle Agulhas current
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, night is falling as the fleet prepares to do battle with the notorious Agulhas current. Thirty knot winds blowing against the direction of the current will whip 6-metre waves to a hurling mass. The battle will be significantly more difficult once it's dark.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Blue Water Classic - A feast of entertainment
Ian Grant,
Sport loving Queenslanders will have a feast of entertainment to watch after they celebrate the traditional Boxing Day lunch with family and friends. The colourful spectacle of the Rolex Sydney Hobart blue water classic start will be broadcast live on channel 7 while the Boxing Day test between Australia and India on channel 9 will no doubt provide the ‘arm chair admirals' with the perfect excuse... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Australian Women's Match Racers secure Olympic Berth
Craig Heydon,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Australia's two Women's Match Racing crews have won their way through to the quarter-finals ensuring that the nation will have a team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The top eight nations at Perth 2011 will qualify for next year's Games with Australia's two crews going through to the quarter-finals in sixth and seventh position... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Wild Oats XI gets the gun
Lisa Ratcliff,
Wild Oats XI and Investec Loyal were well within shouting distance as they hit the line side by side for the start of the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. With five Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours wins and now five SOLAS Big Boat Challenge bullets under their belts, Richards and the rest of the crew can feel confident.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators' dilemma as Groupama leads + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama (Franck Cammas) continues to lead the bunched Volvo Ocean Race fleet from Camper ETNZ, while points leader Telefonica, trails the six boat fleet on Day 2 of the second Leg of the 39,000nm Round the World race. Tonight at 1900 UTC, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet remains tightly bunched, with no clear strategy at this stage. Camper skipper Chris Nicholson gives his view of the situation... [more]
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Will kites fly at the Olympics?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
In practical terms, kiteboard racing using the existing kite technology plainly will not fly across much of Europe and Asia. Going forward the push to bring kiteboarding in the Olympic playing field will need either new kites or winder venues.... [more]
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Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play...... [more]
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Farr 40 Transfusion wins Rolex Trophy One Design Series
Erin McKnight,
Farr 40 Rolex Trophy One Design Series. All competitors were evenly matched in boat speed, and the standings at the end of day two were such that any boat could take the regatta win.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 4 Video of everything but nothing
Bob Killick,
18ft Skiff NSW Championship race 4 Video of everything but nothing in the end... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Shaping up to be a wet and fast ride
Lisa Ratcliff,
The SOLAS Big Boat Challenge is traditionally one of the busier days on the Harbour for spectator vessels. This year the 15 or so entrants, ranging in size from 100 foot super maxis to 50 foot grand prix racers, can expect less traffic around them, but a ton of on board action.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Slingsby won't be distracted
Perth 2011,
While Slingsby is taking the ‘favourite' status at Perth 2011 in his stride, being at the top didn't always sit so well with the 27-year-old. 'Last Olympics I went in as a favourite and I had a shocker,' he said. 'I don't know what it was, maybe I didn't deal with the pressure properly.'... [more]
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Australian World Champions set Gold Medal platform for London 2012
Rob Kothe,
Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page became the 2011 470 Mens World Champions on Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Page's first comment was ‘Winning the world championship in Perth is a great step towards Weymouth.'... [more]
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