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 16 Jan 2012

Hot, hot, hot – the latest news

Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy.

Naturally Sail-World brings you images from the launch.

29er crew Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan - OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championships 2012  Andrew Gough - copyright

A slight improvement in 29er skipper Tess Lloyd's condition, according to the latest report distributed by Yachting Australia. We hope to hear more news tomorrow.

On Saturday we talked to David Eichmeyer from about Prop Guards.

They were fitted to all the course boats and media boats at the Qingdao Olympic regatta and the same is going to happen for Weymouth. Prop Guards for all sailing club boats are obviously a MUST

Yesterday we posted the first of a three part feature on Australian of the Year and sometime catamaran sailor Simon McKeon... it's a must read, gosh he talks sense.

Lijia Xu winning Olympic Test event Laser Radial medal race  © Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe)

A glimpse into another world, with our interview with Laser Radial Olympic bronze medallist, Lijia (Lily) Xu, the first ever Chinese sailor to win an Olympic medal, as far as we can tell it's the first non-Chinese interview ever published with this talented sailor. Jaw dropping dedication....

The Australian Championships reports just keep coming and coming... and we thank everyone for that!!

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America's Cup: Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy.... [more]
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Look out for Lily – China's Laser Radial champion will bounce back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
At the recent Perth 2011 Laser Radial World Championships, one of the sailors who did not perform as well as expected was Lijia Xu (Lily) who finished 25th, but the 24 year old Chinese sailor has talent to burn and is working hard for the coming European season. We talked to Lily after Perth 2011.... [more]
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Latest news on injured 29er skipper Tess Lloyd
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to provide another update on the progress of injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd. Tess suffered a severe head injury in a collision on the final day of the 2012 Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Following the collision Tess was placed in an induced coma and as of Sunday, 15 January, she remains in a coma.... [more]
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Festival of Sails heart and soul
By Lisa Ratcliff Festival of Sails Media,
By far the largest contingent, and the heart and soul of the Festival of Sails 2012 starting line-up are the cruising division entries. This year's event has so far attracted 127 cruising starters and riders divided into spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions.... [more]
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Virgin Garden Tea sponsors Melbourne Premier Racing Series
Jav Greaves,
Royal Geelong Yacht Club is pleased to announce that thanks to the sponsorship of Virgin Garden Organic Tea, the Melbourne racing of the Premier Racing Series will be now run as a stand alone 2-day Invitational Regatta*, with the winners of both Divisions A and B receiving a fantastic holiday prize to the Gold Coast.... [more]
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Calling all Cadets - Port Adelaide Sailing club looking for all boats
Alyn Stevenson,
Port Adelaide Sailing Club has embarked on a program to find every fibreglass 12 foot Cadet Dinghy in the state with the aim of helping to revive the class in S.A.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships Bronze medal to Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Craig Heydon,
On the final day of the 2012 IFDS World Championships in Florida, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have won a Bronze medal. Fitzgibbon and Tesch went into the final race of the regatta second overall.... [more]
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Solo sailing teen Laura Dekker did not 'tear down' her Dutch flag
Nancy Knudsen,
When 16-year-old Laura Dekker sails Guppy into the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten in about eight days to become the youngest ever circumnavigating sailor, she will be flying, not a Dutch flag, but the flag of New Zealand. However mainstream media reports that she had recently 'torn down' the Dutch flag are not true.... [more]
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Surf to City multihull win for new Schionning Performance Cat Mojo
Guy Waddilove,
Mojo took line honours as well as first place in the Offshore Multihull PHRF Division of the Surf to City in convincing fashion. Racing onboard Mojo with owner Peter Wilcox were sailmakers Yancy and Bucky Smith from Doyle Sails Queensland.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - MOB and lesson learned for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
During the closing stages of Leg 2 in the Global Ocean Race, a difficult lesson was learned on Cessna Citation via quick thinking; instinct and training when Conrad Colmanand Sam Goodchild rapidly dealt with a Man Over Board (MOB) off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's homework
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are now looking forward to conditions that should better suit them on the long route to Sanya after a disappointing sprint stage from Abu Dhabi which saw the team off the podium for the first time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet loading complete after Shamal delay
Volvo Ocean Race,
The five strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet were safely loaded onto a ship in Sharjah on Sunday following strong desert winds which had earlier caused a delay. The fleet arrived in the port late last night at the end of the opening stage of Leg 3, a high adrenaline 106 nautical mile, six and a half hour blast from Abu Dhabi, won by Ian Walker's home team on Azzam, their second victory in two days.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds day 5 - Video
The International Association for Disabled Sailing Worlds (IFDS) taking place at Charlotte Harbor, Florida USA are coming down to the wire. This video is of the action on the second last day of competition.... [more]
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Australian Moth National Titles - Images by Russell Bates
Russell Bates images,
KA Sails 2012 Australian Moth National Titles images by Russell Bates.... [more]
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29er National Championships - Competitive racing on day 3
Clare Murray,
Australian 29er National Championships third day of racing at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the overall standings remain tight with just three points separating second and sixth places. Felix Grech and Jack Hubbard have maintained their lead over second place by four points.... [more]
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Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race series
Peter Campbell,
The state-of-the-art TP52 streaked away from the 42 boat fleet over the 39 nautical mile course. Anthony Lyall has also entered Cougar II for the historic Bruny Island Race on 11 February and the Green Island Race towards the end of the summer season.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship Race 1 to defending champion
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship for 2012 got underway on Sydney Harbour today. The breeze freshened a little over the final lap of the course which suited Smeg as they edged out appliancesonline at the final windward mark. A capsize for Gotta Love It 7 on the second spinnaker run added to a disappointing day for the red flyer.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds - Fitzgibbon and Tesch in with a medal chance
Craig Heydon,
Fitzgibbon and Tesch went into the penultimate day of racing third overall and had their strongest day on the water, finishing with a first and a second at the IFDS Worlds in Florida.... [more]
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International Dragons in Hobart - Nick Rogers in winning form
Peter Campbell,
Four crews contested the Martin Graney memorial match racing trophy, a traditional finish to the Prince Philip Cup regatta, on the Derwent with Rogers helming Karabos IX to top place in the round-robin.... [more]
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Simon McKeon – Multihull sailor and Australian of the Year (Part 1) Team,
Simon McKeon was helmsman of the successful Australian syndicate between 1985 and 1996, sailing for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, more commonly known as the 'Little Americas Cup'. McKeon became the Australian of the Year in January 2011.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi 2012 - Hooligan by a comfortable margin
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After 10 years, the Royal Langkawi International Regatta looks to be in pretty good shape. 36 boats is not the biggest fleet in the region, but the facilities and organisation that support this event are first class. There are other events in Asia that could take notice of how to roll out an event with a bit of pizzazz and style without compromising the racing.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds day 5 - Steady as she goes + Days 2, 3 and 4 Videos
IFDS Worlds,
On the fifth day of competition at the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS), in the Sonars the Norwegian team of Alexander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen kept their first place position with a first and third. The SKUD course saw some changes in lead boats.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro shows speed
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the first stage of Leg 3 in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Puma's Mar Mostro demonstrated its speed. The Puma crew captured five points with a time of 16:31:01, finishing only 1 minute, 16 seconds behind Abu Dhabi as the fleet began the journey from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to the next port of Sanya, China.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Not Camper's day but second place retained
Thomas Pryor,
The first stage of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race has delivered a disappointing result for Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, but the team have managed to hold onto second overall on the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard. The short 106 nautical mile sprint down the United Arab Emirates coast to Sharjah produced a thrilling finish with the entire fleet finishing within minutes of each other... [more]
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Women's Match Race Country Qualifier preview – Battle for final spots
Women's Match Race Country Qualifier – The 2011 Women's Match World Championship qualified eight countries to send a team to the Olympics. Those countries are Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Russia and USA. GBR, as host country, is also given a berth. That leaves three open slots.... [more]
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Nick Press wins Interdominion Championship for a third time
Brett Hobson,
Nick Press and Andrew Stevenson sailed Gemmell Sailmakers to victory in the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships over the New Year period. The win brings up a hat-trick of victories for Nick, who won the last two events aboard his normal boat Dimension Polyant.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard on the latest Cup developments
Pierre Orphanidis,,
Top European sailing website continues their series of new-year interviews with sailing's top personalities, Editor, Pierre Orphanidis catches up with Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing, the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record.... [more]
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29er National Championships - Grech and Hubbard maintain lead
Clare Murray,
Australian 29er National Championships second day of racing had inconsistent results across three races for each fleet. The conditions were unpredictable with a northerly averaging ten to twelve knots. One start was abandoned by the race committee after a 60 degree wind shift during the starting sequence.... [more]
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Whale Wars - Australian protesters transferred from Japanese whaler
Sea Shepherd,
The three Australian protestors on the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 were successfully transferred to the ACV Ocean Protector this afternoon and will be brought back to Australia.... [more]
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Australian Moth Nationals: Carnage and crashes - Videos
Leigh Dunstan,
Catch all the crashes and carnage from the last couple of day of racing. Enjoy!... [more]
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ORC Sailor Services now available in six languages
ORC Media,
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has announced that its innovative user-friendly access to the rating system, ORC Sailor Services, will now feature translations of its services and functions in German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Greek to better serve a large segment of the ORC community.... [more]
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