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 21 Dec 2011

The Sailing Whirlwind

It's been a whirlwind month, with Sail-World at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the Phuket Kings Cup and Perth 2011, now comes a slew of Australian national events and the major offshore races.

Ahead of Perth 2011, our British media mates were convinced that Team GBR would dominate the event, by the end of Sunday they were very quiet in the Perth 2011 media centre, as their contenders fell ahead of the Aussie onslaught.

Perth 2011, WA - December 18: Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen celebrating their 49er win,   Richard Langdon /Perth 2011

It will be interesting to watch as the Ainslie Rule 69 case continues.

There are two elements, how the RYA reconciles its need to ensure that any possible sailing ban judgement is in line with RYA's own recommendations and world-wide precedent and its desperate desire to have Ainslie on the Olympic podium getting another gold medal.

On the matter of the alleged interference to Ainslie by the television boat, it's clear that most observers missed the fact that the sailing instructions for Perth 2011 were the same as the Weymouth test events.

Regardless of the outcome of the incident, ISAF needs to take responsibility for ensuring professional television boat drivers, better boats and greater supervision of the TV boats activities will come forward.

For Australia Perth 2011 was a double success, the on water management was very good, the Grandstand sailing course was an amazing success, the sailors absolutely loved sailing in front of the stadium audience and the Australian Sailing Team sailed very strongly.

We have lots more detailed news and interviews from Perth 2011 we will publish over the next few days.

Now attention turns back to the Australian east coast with the Sydney to Hobart, Melbourne to Hobart etc. Then we are especially looking forward to the A-Cat Nationals up here on Lake Macquarie.

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Now we heading for the CYCA as the whirl-wind continues...

The Sail-World Team

Access Worlds in Sydney top strengthened Australian schedule for 2012
Graeme Adam,
The Australian Access Class Association is working with yacht clubs and State Sailability Associations to stage six class championships in 2012. The climax of the Access regatta season will be the Access Class World & International Championships, to be hosted by Middle Harbor Yacht Club, with the support of Sailability Middle Harbor, Sailability NSW, Macquarie Group Foundation and NSW Government.... [more]
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The Grey Knights of Sailing
Dave O'Connor,
This past weekend saw Sydney Harbour host the jousting of sailing's new 'Grey Knights', our well known racers who are competing in the Rolex Trophy Series but are now sporting their new armour, the distinctive grey of North Sails latest 3Di product. These grey sails mounted above their contrasting hulls added a new dimension to the atmosphere and challenge of racing.... [more]
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The Volvo Ocean Race according to Ken Read
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi. 'Everything about this race has been bizarre so far, so nothing surprises me,' Read said as his Puma's Mar Mostro trailed in third position today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya remain positive
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya for the second time in two legs, are facing a test of resource and resolve just to continue in the race. For skipper Mike Sanderson, there is no doubt that they will return ready to pounce in time for Leg 3.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Ten days to close of entries for February event
Tracey Johnstone,
With only 10 days to the official close of entries for the Etchells World Championship 2012, Australian and international entries are rolling in fast. Competitors have until 1700 hours on the 31st December to lodge their entries. After that date entries may be accepted by the organising committee, but a AUD500 penalty will apply.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Full speed ahead for Groupama crew
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Franck Cammas and his men aboard Groupama 4 spent the greater part of Leg 1 alone and with no opportunity to change the situation. The crew are now enjoying each moment of their well-earned lead, which could well deliver a Leg 2 victory.... [more]
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New Technical Crew Shorts just in time for Christmas
Colin Burgess,
Part of Burke Marine's technical apparel range, the new Crew Shorts utilizes advanced fabric technologies for enhanced comfort and performance.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 rockets into lead + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama sailing team rocketed into first place on leg two on Tuesday, as former leaders Team Sanya suspended racing to make an enforced pit stop in Madagascar. Franck Cammas' Groupama 4 overhauled the fleet in the early hours after their easterly course and better wind angle paid dividends overnight.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race record due to be broken
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 - Over its sixty-seven year history, the race record at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has only been broken ten times, an average of once every six and a half years. Given that the current fastest elapsed time of one day, eighteen hours, forty minutes and ten seconds was set in 2005, statistics suggest that the feat is due to be surpassed again.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Commonwealth Games logo unveiled
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten yachts competing in the race, now has another, very special message to carry around the world after the 2018 Commonwealth Games logo was unveiled for the first time this morning on the hull of the 68-foot ocean racer.... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart 2010 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Sydney to Hobart 2010 images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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America's Cup: Testing ideas in the real world
Martin McElwee,
Emirates Team NZ's Martin McElwee, a wing/rigging designer, known universally as Toon, blogs on what's going on in the wonderful world of wings... Well it's a busy time in the wing/rig department at the moment. Those of you with a keen eye who are out on the water will notice we now have a new red wing for each of our SL33 catamarans.... [more]
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Wednesday Night Blast: Pressing the 'Go' button
Ben Gladwell,
Ben Gladwell was in action again with his Go-Pro, this time on board a Shaw 650 in 25kts of breeze on the Waitemata. Hang on for the ride!... [more]
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Melges 24 Nationals at Victoria's Festival of Sails
Festival of Sails Media,
The high performance Melges 24 sports boats will be for the first time sailing their Australian championships on Corio Bay Geelong, Victoria during the 2012 Festival of Sails.... [more]
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New all purpose Aquatic footwear from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released its latest offering in marine footwear, the D-MESH Aquatic Sneaker.... [more]
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Sail Sydney final day overall
Mainsheet Media,
Sail Sydney 2011 third and final day arrived and the competitors were greeted with mill pond like conditions. The AP flag was up and all were quizzical about how different the conditions were from the forecast.... [more]
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2.4mR Pre-Worlds win to Helena Lucas
IFDS Worlds,
Sailor Helena Lucas of Great Britain took the win in the 2011 U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Pre-Worlds over Paul Tingley of Canada and Bruce Miller who tied for second place. Tingley, who led the regatta on the strength of two wins on Day One, managed only two eighth-place finishes, one a throw-out, on Saturday.... [more]
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2012 Laser World Masters Championship has new 4.7 category
Jeff Martin,
In a recent World Council meeting, the Council was in unanimous agreement to introduce a 4.7 category at the 2012 Masters World Championship. The category will be open to male and female sailors from all age categories. The entry for the 4.7 category will be open instead of allocated by country... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship title to Thurlow Fisher Lawyers - Video
Bob Killick,
With the Australian Championships commencing in January Gotta Love it 7 have shot to outright favourite after Sunday's emphatic victory.... [more]
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2012 Exemplar Clipper Cup Regatta: Notice of Race and Entry online
Mick Gwilliams,
Port Douglas Yacht Club is pleased to announce the Notice of Race and entry forms are available online for the 2012 Exemplar Clipper Cup Regatta to be held May 23rd to May 27th 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - 'Down but not out' says Team Sanya skipper
Sophie Luther,
The Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Team Sanya suffered damage to part of their rigging early on Monday but, skipper Mike Sanderson maintains that his team will be back in the race for Leg 3 to their home port of Sanya. There were no injuries as a result of the incident and the crew are all safe.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet receive non-stop Roaring Forties pounding
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet continue to be punished by the Indian Ocean's Roaring Forties as the leading pair of Class40s plummet south beyond the eastern extremity of the Australian Ice Limit led by Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild aboard Cessna Citation.... [more]
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RS900 Women's Olympic skiff contender testing underway
Martin Wadhams,
Testing of the production specification RS900, RS Sailing's contender for selection as the new women's Olympic skiff, is underway. 'We believe that a new generation of elite skiff sailors deserve a purpose designed boat that will excel in the role and stand the test of time' says RS managing director, Martin Wadhams.... [more]
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470 toothbrush tactics - get the inside story...
International 470 Class,
It might seem a strange partnership, toothbrushes and the Olympic 470 dinghy, but the humble toothbrush plays an important role in the boat's spinnaker set up and handling. We decided to find out more as to why some teams are ardent supporters of the toothbrush, whilst other teams are 100% against the approach, preferring to use the more refined sail batten to achieve the same outcome.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - major World success for Australia
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Perth 2011 proved to be a major sailing success for Australia on and off the water. Three World Championship Gold medals from Mat Belcher, Malcolm Page, Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby show that sailing is shaping as a significant Olympic sport for Australia in 2012.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Grandstand Sailing - the day that sailing changed
Rob Kothe and the Team,
The last four medal races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were conducted on the Bathers Beach course, in Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia and it was standing room only in the Grandstand. The crowd was right amongst the action.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies take 49er gold in Perth
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 49er Worlds, taking place as a part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, now have medals decided with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen adding another trophy to their cabinets and titles to their credit as they claimed the 2011 49er World Championship title on home waters.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships come to a 'golden' end in Perth
Perth 2011,
The closing day of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia allowed for the very best of grandstand sailing to be displayed in the midst champagne conditions. Spectators snapped up every available seat and space around Bathers Bay to watch as the final four world titles were decided in the women's 470, 49er, men's RS:X, and Laser classes.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Richard Langdon and Paul Kane,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships action images from photographers Richard Langdon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship win to Coxon, Links and Barnabas
Frank Quealey,
The 2011-2012 NSW 18ft Skiff champions are the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Two more Gold medals for Aussies
Craig Heydon,
On the final day of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Australian sailors have won two Gold medals. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen wrapped up the 49er title while Tom Slingsby won his fourth Laser World Championship.... [more]
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Australian World 49er champions add to the pot of gold
Perth 2011,
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have confirmed their world number one ranking in the 49er skiff fleet, winning the gold medal at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on Sunday, 18 December.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: New RS:X Men's World Champion
Rory Ramsden,
Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) went in to the medal race under pressure. With medal race points counting double, whoever won this battle would be the World Champion. The Start boat was moved away from its 'traditional' spot close to the Northern breakwater in Bathers Bay so that the second slalom end gybe mark could be placed right in front of the grandstand.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: Slingsby magic turns to gold
Perth 2011,
Sensational Australian Tom Slingsby sailed to his fourth world Laser crown on Sunday (18 December), cruising home comfortably to win the Medal race for a 19-point victory at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy – Rating Series: Hooligan defends title
Di Pearson,
Marcus Blackmore has successfully defended his 2010 Rolex Trophy – Rating Series title. Blackmore, from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, won three of the six race series, while Rob Hanna, from Royal Geelong Yacht Club in Victoria, tried valiantly to beat what is regarded as Australia's top TP52, but came away with just one win.... [more]
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World Laser Masters Championship 2012 entry now open
Laser International,
Applications for entry are now open until 10th January for the 2012 World Laser Masters Championship. The event is a restricted entry allocated championship and sailors who wish to enter need to first complete an application form.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race enters the Theatre of the Bizzare
Richard Gladwell,
The fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race has split into three directions, all bound for an unannounced destination. Hopefully the on-board navigators have got the code deciphered correctly, but from the current fleet positions one could be excused from believing that two had got hopelessly lost and and the other three had stuck together - some within sight of each other... [more]
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