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 03 Jan 2012

Sitting on the verandah of the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club overlooking the boat park. Bright sunlight and the north easter is starting should be 20 knots plus again today. Three races scheduled for the A Cat Nationals. Will be a blast.

About to hit the water!!!

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Australian A-Cat Nationals 2012 – Ashby fires the warning cannon
Australian A Class Championships media,
The last A Class Catamaran race Glenn Ashby sailed on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, was when he won the 2009 World Championship. Today he fired a warning canon in the practice race for what will certainly be one of Australia's most competitively fought National titles, the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships.... [more]
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B14 National Championships at Perth Dinghy SC
Adrian Beswick,
B14 National Championships first day of racing got underway in a strong freshening seabreeze. 15 boats faced the starter and after a short delay the race got underway in choppy conditions. At the top mark Onemoreforthebone Guy Bancroft and David Grace (Vic) closely followed by Siren Nick Darlow and Mike McDonald (Vic) then father son combination of Andre and Jake Webster sailing Octopussy (ACT)... [more]
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Australian 16ft Skiff Nationals - Fluid proves it can run up hill
James Bury,
Australian 16ft Skiff Nationals - The 16ft skippers chasing runaway national championship winner Fluid Building Services are starting to get an idea of what it must have been like bowling to Bradman. As good as they are going, Fluid skipper Clint Bowen and his crew of Anthony King and Brent Dennis are always one step ahead.... [more]
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Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race off to a spectacular start
Damian Devine,
Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2012 fleet had spread 20 nautical miles from top to tail between Belmont to Norah Head at the first sked reported at 1800hrs this evening. At the sked, the Volvo 60 Bruce Absolon's 'Spirit of the Maid' was in a neck and neck battle with Craig Ellis' ‘Future Shock' with both boats within a few hundred metres of another.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - A new ‘Gun' in town
Festival of Sails Media,
With the Sydney Hobart, Melbourne and Launceston Hobart races behind them, Australian sailors are looking ahead to Victoria's Festival of Sails which starts at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown on Saturday January 21 and finishes in Geelong on Sunday 29 January 2012.... [more]
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33rd Nacra Nationals - Day 1
Nacra Australia,
Day 1 of racing saw a morning invitation race followed by two races in the afternoon session. The hot conditions that have been affecting Adelaide made conditions on the water, more difficult that the picturesque location would suggest.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis across finish line
Oliver Dewar,
At 06:13:45 GMT (19:13 local) on Monday, the Global Ocean Race crew of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon crossed the Leg 2 finish line aboard Financial Crisis. The crew crossed the line in Wellington, New Zealand with their Class40 after a time of 33 days 20 hours 13 minutes and 45 second and 7,000 miles of racing form Cape Town, South Africa earning them fourth place.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Australian yachts battle for lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams continue to tack their way up through the Solomon Sea, hard going through the light headwinds, with the two Australian yachts still in the lead, separated by just a few miles. 'It has been an exciting game of cat and mouse for Gold Coast Australia and Geraldton Western Australia as we battle our way out of the Solomon Sea,' says skipper, Richard Hewson.... [more]
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International Fireball World Championship - Brits lead on opening day
Johno Fullerton,
International Fireball World Championship - The Fireball class enjoys its 50th anniversary this year and 65 boats from seven countries took to the waters of Comet Bay in Mandurah, Western Australia for the opening day. Two races were held under partly cloudy skies but ideal 10 – 16 knot breezes, building later in the afternoon with gusts to 18 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Life at the extreme - a look back at 2011
Volvo Ocean Race,
Only two months into the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 and already there has been an abundance of drama, incredible racing and both men and boats pushed to the absolute limit. Since the race started in Alicante on November 5 there have been two dismastings, one serious hull breach, two injured crewmen, three leg retirements, countless lead changes and some of the closest racing ever seen in the even... [more]
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Jule Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire drops 300nm off record pace
Brian Thompson,
On Day 41, of her non stop circumnavigation attempt, the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire, has dropped from being 1400nm ahead of the record time to being 1100nm ahead of Groupama's mark, at the same points in time after the start of the dash around the planet. English crew member, Brian Thompson updates on the last three day's sailing... [more]
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Sabot Nationals day 3 dominated by local sailors
Bronwen Ince,
The Gold Coast weather held up today producing a steady 10 knots of breeze for the competitors of the Sabot Championship and Sabot Week regatta.... [more]
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Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Ocean Race images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
31st Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Ocean Race 2012 images by Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography.... [more]
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Australian 420 Championships day 4 shifty conditions
Andrew Gough,
Day 4 of the 2011-12 Australian 420 Championships sailed out of the Moreton Bay Boat Club, provided a change in conditions and a change in placings in the overall standings.... [more]
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Sharpie National Championship – Blur takes series lead
Clare Murray,
Sharpie National Championship – Conditions were calmer than the previous day's racing with a southerly blowing 12 to 14 knots. Blur have continued their strong start to the regatta with two first places on the second day of racing. Skipper of Blur and four time National Sharpie Champion, Malcolm Higgins, was pleased with the results considering the level of talent within the fleet.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Campagne de France cross finish in third
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) duo Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, onboard Class40 Campagne de France, crossed the leg two finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, in third place at 09:49 on Monday local time (20:40 GMT 01/01/12) after 33 days 10 hours 40 minutes and 15 seconds of racing through the Indian Ocean from Cape Town.... [more]
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Australian Hobie Cat Nationals day 1
David Brookes IHCA,
At the Australian Hobie Cat Nationals being sailed at Mooloolaba, Queensland there were three races completed on day 1, in great conditons.... [more]
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Vamp King of the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Wild Oats XI may have stolen the show but Vamp was King of the Derwent. Vamp, a Corby 49, is owned by Garry Linacre, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and David Fuller, a past Commodore of the CYCA.... [more]
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Laser National Championships day 4 double for Burton
Clare Murray,
Conditions were lighter than previous days, on day 4 of the Laser National Championships at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Tom Burton had another successful day, winning both races in the Laser full rig.... [more]
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2011 Optimist Worlds: Netherlands takes two of top three after Day 2
Nathalie van Dort,
You could hear a sigh of relief when all 210 competitors, at the 2011 World Optimist Championships, got up this morning in Napier, New Zealand: the sun was out, and there was a bit of a breeze. During the day, the wind changed and the clouds came back in, but at least the rain held off. Dutch sailors dominated the leaderboard - taking two out of the top three spots... [more]
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International OK Dinghy celebrates 50 Years of National Championships
Mark Roberts,
Commencing tomorrow Adelaide Sailing Club will host the 50th Australian Championship for the International OK Dinghy.... [more]
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Heemskirk Westcoaster and Eastcoaster silverware awarded
John Curnow,
The wonderful presentation ceremony took place at the Derwent Sailing Squadron for the sailors who excelled during the course of the 2011 Heemskirk Westcoaster and Eastcoaster in which competitors were awarded their silverware. Many thanks to the VIPs for attending and making the presentations such a grand event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton Western Australia take lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The New Year has brought mixed fortunes for the ten internationally backed teams with Geraldton Western Australia starting 2012 in pole position in the marathon race to Singapore. 'What a great way to start the New Year - leading the Clipper Race fleet into a new dawn,' reports the Australian team's skipper, Juan Coetzer.... [more]
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