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 22 Feb 2012

Amazing technology - now you can sit on a boat five miles offshore reporting on a yacht race.

We noted this morning that the iPad 3 now just a week or two from launch is expected to have more than twice the detail of the existing iPad 2, and the iPhone 5 is expected to have as much detail as the average 15 inch laptop, and the other brands of tablets and smart phones are on the same track.

We had predicted this development a couple of years ago, but as always it seems technology is moving faster than expected.

Magazine quality online is going to make it harder and harder for the print world but great for the online sailing audience with images and video set to ratchet up a notch on Sail-World, with new super fast servers high on our priority list.

Race 4 in the Etchells Worlds is not far away, so we better press the button on this and get ready to cover it.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Etchells Worlds Day 3 – Race 3 - USA Jud Smith wins - refresh for more,
Etchells Worlds 2012. It was a crazy day offshore yesterday, when Etchells racing was impossible, with winds gusting into the mid 30's, against a two knot set. Course 2, 190 degrees to top mark, 2.5nm distance. Today race three went off well.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race tacking frenzy ensues
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - After a lenghty starboard leg towards the southern tip of Taiwan, there was quite a tacking frenzy between 1600 and 2200 GMT, when all but Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) tacked onto port, followed shortly by Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) tacking back again.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta entries rolling in
Di Pearson,
Entries for the 2012 Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Harbour Regatta continue to flow in, and already 115 boat owners have signed on the dotted line for the seventh edition of the annual event, but with entries closing this Friday 24 February, competitors are being urged to enter now.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 day 2 - Hetairos takes pole position
Trish Jenkins,
On day two of the 2012 RORC Caribbean 600, the supermaxi, Hetairos, claimed poll position at 1500 local time. Passing to leeward of George David's 90ft maxi Rambler off the east coast of Montserrat. Hetairos let loose on a broad reach, blasting through the Caribbean surf at a speed in excess of 22 knots.... [more]
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37th Lincoln Week protest dismissed
Bob Ross,
Lincoln Week Race. Latest race winner Darryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau First 45 Victorie from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia leads the IRC points score with 1-2-1 placings for four points followed by sister ship Reverie, Alan Woodward from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (2-1-2) on five points.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 action images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
RORC Caribbean 600 photographer Tim Wright / was onwater capturing all the action.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - South China Sea exit critical
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race third day of the second stage of leg four has left the skippers and navigators facing a tactical minefield in the South China Sea after moderating breezes left behind a horribly confused sea state. Despite having thousands of miles of open water sailing ahead of them on the way to Auckland all six teams know that their exit from the South China Sea could prove decisive.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s face tactical dilemmas
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - For the two frontrunners there has been a tactical dilemma over the past 24 hours as an intense low pressure system rumbles towards Drake Passage and Cape Horn. By Tuesday afternoon, both Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis had committed to their individual options and the next 24 hours will be the hardest sailing of the circumnavigation for the two teams.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Brutal onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: There's a reason they call upwind sailing 'beating' – it's what we take while doing it. These boats are just not made to sail this way. But we insist on doing it, like all the time.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
RORC Caribbean 600 images by Tim Wright... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sprint to the finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Race Committee has approved De Lage Landen's request for seven hours' redress after the team responded to Gold Coast Australia's call for assistance during the medevac of two of their crew. De Lage Landen will have seven hours deducted from their overall elapsed time for the race to give them their final position.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
JJ Giltinan Trophy images by Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Lincoln Week Regatta Day 2 – Another victory for Victoire
Bob Ross,
Lincoln Week Regatta - From a brilliant start, Darryl Hodginson's Beneteau First 45 Victoire scored her second win of the regatta. She found a gap in the starboard stack of boats heading for the favoured pin end of the line to tack quickly onto port and sail into disturbance- free clear air.... [more]
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International 2.4mR Championships – Matt Bugg defends title
Peter Campbell,
International 2.4mR Championships - Tasmanian sailor Matt Bugg has successfully defended his Australian title in the International 2.4mR class in which he is expected to represent his country at the London Paralympic Games. Bugg won by just one point in a closely-fought series on Canberra's Lake Burley-Griffin on Sunday and Monday... [more]
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Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Championship race 3 win to Thurlow Fisher Lawyers
Frank Quealey,
Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Championship - Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won race three today, but the other winners were those lucky spectators on the harbor who witnessed two great crews tame the elements in a wonderful sailing display. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 were superb in the 25-knot (gusting to 27 knots) Southerly wind which tested the skills of every competitor in the regatta.... [more]
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McConaghy's Ker 46 - Faster!!
Blue Robinson,
When Ker Design received multiple requests to develop a yacht in the 45 foot range, which would perform well inshore and offshore on IRC and ORCi, they knew they had a formidable prototype to work from - the Ker 46 Tonnerre.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Two 12 year olds join the ranks
Tracey Johnstone,
It is rather unexpected to also see two 12-year-old sailors joining the Etchells class. Tiana Wittey and Harry Smith are competitors in the 74-boat Etchells fleet contesting the Worlds.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan capsize images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
There was plenty of action for the 18ft Skiffs at the JJ Giltinan regatta. Maybe even a bit too much for some to handle! Andrea Francolini images from an interesting day at the office.... [more]
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Balmain is top NSW Tiger
James Hill,
The Flying Tiger class again enjoyed a strong and hotly contested NSW State Titles. As in previous years the event was run by the FT-10 Class Association and hosted by the RANSA Sailing Club. The three boats from the podium at the 2011 FT-10 National Titles, Ophir, Hello Tiger and Balmain Tiger were favourites for the event and didn't disappoint.... [more]
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Final Report BIC Techno Oceania's and RS:X Nationals
Brian Haybittle,
February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light for running events. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting courses. The boards again took to the water after lunch and only managed one short race in each class before the wind dropped. Even though the wind was onshore it proved to be very shifty.... [more]
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Geographe Bay Race Week: Just Cruisin takes on heavyweight challenger
Bernie Kaaks,
Geographe Bay Race Week Cruising divisions enjoyed a leisurely passage race finishing with a barbecue at the Dunsborough Yacht Club – the first time that the fledgeling club has been involved in the regatta.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Day 2 – Horror seas means racing abandoned,
Etchells Worlds Day 2. Fleet held in Watson's Bay. As Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson explained 'The conditions today with wind against a two knot south flowing set, are huge. We are in no hurry to drop the AP; we are very concerned if if we start racing we might sink half the fleet.... [more]
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Be there if you can: Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, 24-27 May
Sail-World Cruising,
The 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 24-27 2012, is now less than 100 days away. The program is packed with world firsts and an array of activities for all ages and appetites. It will also provide a venue for international and Australian launches, as well as displays and showcases that will ignite the imaginations of a new generation of visitors.... [more]
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SB3 Australian Championship final day images by Jane Austen
The SB3 Australian Championship's final day saw plenty of action and photographer Jane Austin was on hand.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Magpie on form + Day 1 Video
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells Worlds 2012 - On day one of competition, the Aussie team of Graeme Taylor, Grant Simmer, and Steve Jarvin aboard Magpie, were back on form. Taylor finished fourth in race one and then a firm first in race two of the day to place first overall with five points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 11 - Race Village build begins
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 15 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Stan Honey on navigating Groupama 3 to Jules Verne record in 2010
Vincent Casalaina,
Here's what Stan had to say about guiding Groupama 3 around the world in 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes shaving two days off the previous record circumnavigation. He talks about how the navigator plays a crucial role in getting the boat in the optimum wind and wave pattern.... [more]
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SB3 Australian National Championship - Duel to the finish
Peter Campbell,
SB3 Australian National Championship - In 1977, as a teenager, Glenn Bourke won the junior Moth dinghy Australian championship on Hobart's River Derwent. Today he scored another championship victory on a windswept river in the SB3 high-performance keelboat class.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Etchells Worlds 2012 images from day one racing by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Lincoln Week Regatta Day 1 - Close competition
Bob Ross,
Lexus Lincoln Week Regatta - While the biggest yachts in the fleet, Scarlet Runner from Melbourne and Secret Men's Business 3.5 from Adelaide continued their spectacular duel at the head of the fleet, the Beneteau First 45s Victoire from Sydney and Reverie, from Melbourne shared the IRC handicap wins in the two short-course races.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 day 1 - Taylor leads after two races,
The Etchells Worlds 2012 started with the three committee boats hanging in the south flowing tide which was 1.5 to 2 knots on the start line.... [more]
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