Etchells Worlds Sydney Day 1 – 10-15 knots from south 74 boat fleet

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 20 Feb 2012

Etchells Worlds Sydney Day 1 – 10-15 knots from south 74 boat fleet

Zhik Etchells 2012 Australian Championship - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club   Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography - Copyright

Guess if you are reading this newsletter you are probably not heading for the Manly circle this morning.

Zhik Etchells 2012 Australian Championship - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club   Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography - Copyright

We will keep you up dated on the action, right into today's expected thunderstorms, but right now its catch up time, quick read the weekend news.

An even blacker day at Zhik Etchells Pre-worlds /AUS ©

The Sail-World Team

Entries closing soon for Sydney Harbour Regatta 2012, March 10-11,
Sydney Harbour Regatta Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2012, Sydney's premier yacht racing event with over 300 yachts and 2,500 crew members expected to be sailing both inshore and offshore, on as many as ten course areas and up to twenty-five divisions. Entires closing soon... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - 27 years and still on the bow
Tracey Johnstone,
For the Etchells Worlds, it's been 27 years since the Sydney Etchells Fleet hosted and in the ensuing years, many of the competitors have raced on other boats, in other classes and at other events. One competitor from the 1984 Etchells World Championship who has done the full circle finishing back in Sydney, at the Etchells Worlds, on the start line today and still on the bow, is Paul Westlake.... [more]
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Geographe Bay Race Week - Cream rises to the top
Bernie Kaaks,
Geographe Bay Race Week - After two days of racing, the favourites in each of the eight classes are starting to jostle for position. Today's long passage race started with a steady easterly breeze, which in typical Geographe Bay fashion, tailed off to a drifter during the dreaded 'noon lull', before a gentle breeze brought the fleet home late in the afternoon.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis savour lead position + Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The third week of racing (12th to 19th February) began with a taste of downwind sailing for the trio of Class40s in the Pacific. For the fleet leaders, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on the Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation, swift progress was brief as the Kiwi-South African duo ran straight into a high pressure ridge with speeds dropping to sub-three knots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia returns to racing
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been a memorable 24 hours on board Gold Coast Australia, one of the two Australian entries taking part in the race, after a drama packed day which saw the successful diversion to Taiwan to evacuate two injured crew members. Tim Burgess was on the foredeck when he broke his leg changing a headsail in the gruelling conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Trouble and a head start + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefonica have earned and will enjoy a head start on their rivals in the race to Auckland after taking the win in the first stage of Leg 4. Iker Martínez's team continued their winning streak in Sanya with victory in a race full of surprises which saw both Groupama and Abu Dhabi claw their way back from last place to the podium... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Timing critical?
Volvo Ocean Race,
For the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, perfect timing may prove critical over the first few days of the second stage of Leg 4, which will take them on a 5,220 mile journey into the unknown on their way to Auckland, New Zealand. As soon as the fleet leaves Sanya the boats will face their first challenge in the South China Sea on tricky 700 nm stretch to the Strait of Luzon.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Start Live - Sanya - watch here
The Volvo Ocean Race is underway on Leg 4, see the start and opening stanzas of the start here. This is the start of the race, which will be finished, and the boats will return to port until the worst of the monsoon has gone through after which the boats will be restarted with the time margins they have attained at the finish of this 'pre-start'.... [more]
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Club Marine Series images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Teri Dodds captured the action for the Club Marine Series (CMS) on Melbourne's Port Phillip.... [more]
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SB3 Australian National Championship – Light winds disrupt racing
Peter Campbell,
SB3 Australian National Championship – Light winds on the River Derwent today again plagued race officials and competitors, with only six boats finishing in race one and race four abandoned. With all racing abandoned on Saturday and only three races completed today, principal race officer Nick Hutton is looking to run at least four more races tomorrow... [more]
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Lincoln Week 2012 preview
Bob Ross,
The six-race Lexus Lincoln Week regatta will run over the next four days. The regatta's mix of four short-course windward-leeward race, with a bay and a coastal passage race, gives SMB3.5 a greater opportunity to exploit her slight upwind superiority.... [more]
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2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Gotta Love It 7 again
Frank Quealey,
The Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage dominated Race 2 of the 2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Stirring farewell for Camper
Penny Dain and Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER left the dock for the start of Leg 4 to Auckland on Sunday 19 February with a stirring haka farewell from performing group Pounamu. The start has been postponed for 17 hours, due to the influence of a monsoon in the South China Sea.... [more]
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Marinassess Womens Match Racing Regatta win to Lahey
Jennifer Crooks,
Sophie Lahey and her crew of Rayshele Martin, Ali Sutherland and Georgia Cronin have won the Marinassess Womens Match Racing Regatta.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2012 - All set
Tracey Johnstone,
It's been last minute jitters around the hardstand at the Etchells World Championship 2012. Most teams have their paperwork in order and have headed out to participate in this afternoon's practice race.... [more]
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Club Marine Series - Ask and ye shall receive
John Curnow,
Club Marine Series (CMS) on Melbourne's Port Phillip and 'The weather was excellent and that allowed us to make up a bit of ground. Being stable meant we did not have to move too much and allow for 1.5nm legs for both Division One and Two. Once again, well done to all the volunteer Race Officials', said PRO Bruce Humphries.... [more]
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De Caribbean Regatta by the Manhattan Sailing Club
Manhattan Sailing Club,
The sailing lifestyle, known and loved by so many cruising sailors, knows no national boundaries. What such sailors enjoy and talk about in the Med is pretty much the same as in Langkawi, Florida or Sydney. Here we share with you the particular fun and skill building of the Manhattan Sailing Club members who joined the recent 'De Caribbean Regatta'.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan 2012 Race 1 Video
Bob Killick,
Gotta Love It 7 crew, Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton, displayed composure and determination to hunt down the early leaders in race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 2012.... [more]
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Sydney Newcastle Race and Ocean Pointscore series winner emerges
Di Pearson,
In the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS), an irrefutable winner has emerged. Julian Farren-Price was named the victor after his Cookson 12 About Time, was declared the overall winner of the penultimate races of the series, the Sydney Newcastle Race.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Mr Consistency looking for second title
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Sailing at the 2012 Etchells World Championshups there are two U.S. World Champion skippers Jud Smith (2006) and Vince Brun (2000) looking for their second World Championship crown, along with three Aussie skippers, John Bertrand (2010), Peter McNeil (2004) and Cameron Miles (1999).... [more]
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Geographe Bay Race Week kicks off in Busselton
Bernie Kaaks,
Geographe Bay Race Week - A fleet of 16 yachts turned out for last year's Premier Cruising Division. With entries up to 32 this year, organisers wisely decided to split the fleet into two. With 83 nominations received this year, numbers have improved slightly on last year's, but with a distinct decline in IRC numbers.... [more]
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Al Tharaya, all female crew fire into action in Sail Arabia The Tour
Hannah Morris - Race Crew on board Team Al Tharaya,
Al Tharaya, the all women's team representing Oman in the Sail Arabia The Tour, has now finished the first two legs. Our international team, spanning five countries including France, Britain, America, New Zealand, and of course Oman, left the shores of Bahrain in style, blasting out to the start line in 25 knots.... [more]
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