ISAF equipment evaluations—Sailing news from Australia and the world

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 03 Feb 2012

ISAF equipment evaluations—Sailing news from Australia and the world

Offshore in the Global Ocean Race, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, aboard Campagne de France, continue to lead the five-strong pack of Class 40s deeper into the Pacific Ocean's notorious Roaring Forties. Campagne de France isn't alone, however, as Buckley Systems and Cessna Citation are in serious pursuit in the fast conditions. 'Our high-speed run yesterday came to an abrupt end soon after dark when the boat spun out of control at speed,' reports Nick Leggatt from much further astern aboard Phesheya-Racing. 'The bluQube A6 got wrapped around the forestay, causing a tear just above the tack. In the darkness, we were lucky to retrieve the sail on the foredeck without too much fuss and then bundled it down below to start repairs immediately.' More, inside.

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, The Mar Mostro goes upwind in the South China Sea during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Meanwhile, in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Puma Ocean Racing's big gamble of taking an easterly hitch failed to pay the dividends that the team had been hoping to realize. 'We're not feeling very special right now,' reported Read 'The move east had lots of promise [but] we got a very unexpected header, a big header taking us back towards Vietnam. Without it we were in the hunt, but with this header it's sending us to the back of the pack of five pretty quickly. There's a sombre mood on board right now. Hopefully it's just a little blip and it will come back soon but every minute it's costing us miles.' The boats are expected to arrive within the next few days and Guy Nowell from Sail-World Asia is heading to Sanya right now. So be sure to check in with the website over the weekend for the latest VOR news.

February 1, 2012 LunaRossa (1) - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa  Richard Gladwell

And finally, Cup fans should pay attention to Rod Davis' account of what it's been like to work with Luna Rosa, against his old team. 'For me the Prada relationship is a pretty easy,' reports Davis, Emirates Team New Zealand's coach, 'because we speak the same language, no not Italian but the same language when it comes to running drills and races. When I say, ‘we are going to run a 20 second drill or top-mark schmcale drill, both teams know what I mean and how to run the drill.' Get the full story, inside.

Happy weekend.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Motor Racing legend looking for top honours at Sail Paradise 2012
Bronwen Ince,
A leading light of Australian motor racing, Roland Dane, has purchased one of the world's most successful small ocean racing yachts with the aim of taking top honours at XXXX Sail Paradise 2012, which will be staged by Southport Yacht Club off the Gold Coast from March 21 – 25.... [more]
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Kiwi yachtsman first entrant for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012
Rob Mundle,
Young's yacht, Young Rebel, is a 36ft Young 11 design which he has entered in the Performance Racing Division. ‘I've tried for many years to get to Race Week as crew with other people, but outside influences have always prevented me being there,' Young explained from Auckland today. ‘This year I'm determined to be there – so I've entered my own boat.'... [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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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence... [more]
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Bruny Island Yacht Race attracts strong fleet
Peter Campbell,
The circumnavigation of Bruny Island, to the south of Hobart will start at 9.30am next Saturday 11 February, on the River Derwent off the Royal Hobart Regatta grounds, just south of the Tasman Bridge. Several more entries are expected for what is Australia's oldest annual offshore/inshore yacht race, first sailed in 1898.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems damaged and heading for Auckland
Ivor Wilkins,
After crashing off a monstrous wave in the Southern Ocean, Global Ocean Race leaders Ross and Campbell Field of Team Buckley Systems have suffered damage to their yacht and are heading back to New Zealand. For the past 24 hours, the yacht has been smashing into in storm force winds and huge seas south east of the Chatham Islands.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italy and Netherlands win Mens and Womens titles
Christine Hansen,
The 2012 470 Junior Worlds hosted by Auckland City's Takapuna Boating Club, and sailed on the Waitemata Harbour came to a close today. Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of Netherlands held onto their top position and became the Women's Junior World Champions. In the Mixed/Men's fleet the Italian crew Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti cemented their dominance of the regatta... [more]
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2012 Australian Team Racing Championship NOR released
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 Australian Team Racing Championship is to be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on April 14 and 15, 2012. More information is available in the Notice of Race which can be downloaded from the Yachting Australia event or through the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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What doesn't kill you makes you a better boatie
Mark Rothfield,
Two boys went into the water one Australia Day many years ago and only one came out. The other drowned, as did a rescuer. An elderly relative of mine was the survivor. He subsequently got married and had five children who duly delivered eight grandchildren ... the ripple effect.... [more]
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Strong Australian dollar pushes yacht transport
Lee Mylchreest,
Yacht transport companies are finding new business from the effect that currencies have on the yacht market. With a strong Australian dollar pushing sailors Downunder to purchase yachts overseas, especially in the USA, Dutch company Sevenstar Yacht Transport achieved no less than 23 sailings for loading and discharge in Australia in 2011.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica pulls ahead as Puma rejoins the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma has re-joined the fleet after a brief, but miserable sojourn to the east, while leaders of the pack, Team Telefónica, have again extended their lead over second-placed Groupama sailing team (Franck Cammas/FRA). At 2200 UTC tonight, Telefónica led Groupama 4 by 19.4 nautical miles (nm).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Windshift stalls Puma's hopes of a win
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
An unexpected change in wind direction today dealt a cruel blow to Puma Ocean Racing's plans to rocket to the head of the fleet on the home strait to Sanya. While the leg leaders shot towards the shore of Vietnam yesterday to escape strong currents that sweep south along its coastline, Puma surrendered third place in the rankings to stay offshore in the hope of better wind, calmer seas, a favourab... [more]
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Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championship day 2 - Four bullets
Sean O'Brien,
Current event leader, Paulo Dos Reis (Patrik/North), took four straight bullets in today's racing to bring his score up to a perfect seven wins from seven starts... [more]
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True Blue Racing through to quarter finals of Warren Jones
Jordan Reece,
True Blue Racing (TBR) has finished second at the end of the round robin stage on day 3 of the 2012 Warren Jones Regatta. The second race of the day saw TBR up against local Sydney rival Jay Griffin.... [more]
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Sailing Passion - Colin Metcher will test his endurance
Ian Grant,
Veteran Gold Coast sailor Colin Metcher (74) will again test his personal endurance at the tiller of his sports skiff Cool Change when the exciting fleet of mixed class dinghies and catamarans contest The Great Race on Saturday February 25. This unique and exciting sailing challenge ranked among Australia's most demanding small boat races again promises to sort the best from the rest... [more]
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Windsurfer One Design National Championships at Port Stephens
Stephen Barton,
Windsurfer One Design National Championships - As over 45 Windsurfer One Design rigged up on the shore of Soldiers Point on gorgeous Port Stephens there was a tense air of anticipation as things were about to get exciting as up and comers were out to try to prove themselves against some of the best sailboarders in the country past and present.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing crew face punishing conditions
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: These are punishing conditions out here. The upwind slamming, smashing, and thrashing we're enduring is enough to make anyone hurt bad. It was almost impossible to get any sleep last night (I didn't), it's hot, humid, and extremely violent down below.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – Gilmour undefeated
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - David Gilmour and his crew went undefeated today to win the round robin stage of the event. Gilmour finished with a 16 win, two loss score line, which gives him the privilege of choosing his opponent for the quarter finals, and he had no hesitation in selecting eighth placed Jay Griffin from Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Day 6 - Light winds get lighter
Christine Hansen,
At Takapuna Boating Club the 2012 470 Junior World Championship day began very quietly with no wind, no sun and a light drizzle of warm rain. Sailors left the shore around 11am when there was a hint of a breeze and by midday the first attempt at eleventh race of the twelve race series was underway.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis: Working with/against the old team
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach, Rod Davis describes what it is like working with Luna Rossa and coaching against his old team: A change is like a holiday. We are back to training for racing, a week off from testing and development work on our SL33s and working through ideas for the new boat. I must say, it is very nice to be back in AC45 mode and doing ' real' coaching again.... [more]
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Festival of Sails images by Beth Morley
Beth Morley images,
Festival of Sails images from photographer Beth Morley... [more]
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Attention NSW Laser Sailors, Come Training THIS Saturday!!
Laura Baldwin,
Get in quick! Just a couple of places left available for the NSW Laser Training THIS Saturday 4 February at Woollahra Sailing Club. Ash Brunning who finished seventh at the recent ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth and Multiple Youth World Champion, Gabrielle King will be your coaches for the day, sharing their skills and knowledge with the first 12 sailors to register.... [more]
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Kids and veterans the true heroes of Heron racing
Pamela Johnston,
After nine days of sailing at the recent Heron National Championships held at Lake Macquarie, it was clear who the heroes were – the kids.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - Date change for QLD celebration of sailing
Liz McCarthy,
Sail Mooloolaba has announced a change to the 2012 event dates to 23rd June to 1st July for this unique Queensland week-long celebration of sailing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leg 3 - Will Puma's move pay off?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma's easterly track had dropped them down to fifth on the leaderboard with Team Sanya 260 nm off the lead in sixth. Puma were a distant third when they split from the fleet to head east, but Infante says based on the latest data they now stand a better than average chance of getting themselves right back in the fight to win the second stage of Leg 3.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Weather closing in + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The weather has continued to close in on the four boats, which are racing towards the shore. In a make or break move, Read and his men on board Puma's Mar Mostro are now 127 nm to the east of fourth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.... [more]
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Warren Jones Regatta day 2 - True Blue Racing slips into second
Jordan Reece,
Warren Jones Regatta - True Blue Racing has slipped to second overall after the first two days of racing. After going through yesterday undefeated and at the top of the leaderboard, TBR didn't get the best start to the day losing their opening race against local and regatta favorite David Gilmour but bounced back to comfortably beat Jay Griffin and his team from the CYCA.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship NOR released
The 14th edition of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from 25-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Notice of Race for the championship event has now been released. Hosted by the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS) the sixteen teams will sail the Elliot 6metre keelboat, the equipment being used for Women's Match Racing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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