Will Sailing be Australia’s number two Olympic sport in 2012?

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 02 Apr 2012


Will Sailing be Australia's number two Olympic sport in 2012?

Australian Gold and Silver medalists in Weymouth at Skandia Sail for Gold 2011  Katie Culbert

For our stars of the future - Ashley Brunning, Tom Burton, Sam Kivell, Will Ryan, Ryan Palk, Luke Baillie, Nick Brownie, Matthew Crawford, Robert Crawford, Oliver Tweddell, Matthew Wearn, Jared West, Ashley Stoddart and Alex South - we wish them all a great season.

The Palma, Hyeres, Medemblik, Weymouth and Kiel Regattas will have great significance this year for the Australian Sailing Team and the Australian Sailing Squad and Sail-World.com will be covering them in great detail along with the various 2012 Olympic class World championships.

All through the season we will be bringing you and our other 140,000 sailors, regular editions of the Sail-World Olympic newsletters that started before Perth 2011.

Then Sail-World.com will be in Weymouth with a record team of six photographer/journalists to bring you all the action. I trust you know some of the names ...Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Richard Gladwell, Jeraldine Kennedy and yours truly.

In closing, we wish all the Australian coaches and support teams a great season too.

Last time I interviewed the Medal-maker Victor Kovalenko, I asked him how many days to go to the Olympics and he rattled it off. I said do you have that as an APP on your phone? and he said no, its in my heart!

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre all set
Corinne Mckenzie,
The Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre is the first European stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup and is now all ready to set sail in Palma after an intense day of preparation and practice races. Under a bright sun and blue skies, sailors added their last touches to their preparation, ready for a week of racing against the world's best.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Devastating blow for Geraldton
Heather Ewing,
As the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to arrive thick and fast in Oakland, California, the Pacific Ocean has dealt a devastating blow to Geraldton Western Australia. A particularly deep and nasty low pressure system passing across their route, approximately 400 miles from the finish line in San Francisco Bay, whipped up the ocean and a huge wave crashed over the back of the boat... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama and Puma battle for top spot
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - On this April Fool's Day, tricks don't appear to be on the menu off Patagonia. Indeed the quick, radical changes in the weather conditions suggest that it's time for strategic choices right now. And though like a shark, the Americans have homed in on their prey Groupama 4 this noon on Sunday, there is likely to be a way out... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race skipper Chris Nicholson insists Camper can still win
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - With less than 600 nautical miles to their pit stop for repairs in Puerto Montt, skipper Chris Nicholson insists Camper can still win the race. 'We've got to understand that this race is still wide open,' he said on Sunday as the shore crew estimated the boat's arrival in the Chilean port late on Tuesday (April 3) or early on Wednesday (April 4)... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama reveal secret watch keeping system
Leader of the Volvo Ocean Race for Leg 5, Groupama, have revealed a secret watch keeping system they have been employing since rounding Cape Horn. The secret system reduces windage from the extra crew being on deck, and avoids slowing the boat through excessive crew movement... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Neck and neck between Groupama and Puma
The heat is on at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Leg 5. Puma have nipped past Groupama are racing neck and neck up the coast of Argentina. At 1000 GMT today, according the Volvo Ocean Race Management, Puma led Groupama by 8.8 nm. The French team are 148 nm offshore of Puerto Deseado, a fishing port in Patagonia in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. Puma are 22 nm to leeward... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic sailing Sail-World.com's unrivalled coverage
Brendan Maxwell,
Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy, along with some highly regarded photographic contributors will all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World Olympic coverage.... [more]
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Congressional Cup thriller on final day
Rich Roberts,
Final Day Thriller - The Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup had it all on the final day when Ian Williams of Great Britain pulled off a memorable win over Gavin Brady of New Zealand in the decisive race as the sun set into a murky cloud bank Saturday.... [more]
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And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is...
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S.... [more]
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Australian sailors set for Spanish Sailing World Cup event
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors are preparing for racing at the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup round of the Olympic year in Palma, Spain, including current world number ones Tom Slingsby, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.... [more]
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Gold Coast Australia wins China-US Leg 6 of Clipper Race
Shelbi Okumura,
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge marked the finish line of the 6,000 mile stage from China to the U.S. for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The first boat to cross the finish line on Friday, March 30, at 7:16 p.m. was Gold Coast Australia which is currently in first place overall.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Another first for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - After a gruelling 6,000 miles at sea crossing the world's largest ocean, victorious Gold Coast Australia was the first yacht in the ten-strong fleet to sail across the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge and into Jack London Square, Oakland... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma chasing down Groupama as three others repair
Groupama sailing team's lead has slowly whittled down from more than 50 nautical miles at 0700 UTC to 29 at 1300 UTC on Saturday as Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg ramped up their attack on the leaders. Puma navigator Tom Addis said his team were making a comeback after earlier paying a high price for cutting the corner through Estrecho de le Maire... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro rounds Cape Horn
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Cape Horn looked like any other rugged seaside outcropping on the horizon, jagged and torn from years of constant battering much like the kind we just spent 12 days enduring.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts reflects with a year to go
Pierre Orphanidis,
VSail caught up with Coutts in Cascais, right after a tough, long but successful day on the waters of the Portuguese city. Katusha, the Russian boat where Coutts is calling tactics, is leading the RC44 fleet races with 24 points, 14 points ahead of second-placed Team Aqua:... [more]
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Combined Clubs Harbour Race Series finale on the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Race Series concluded on Hobart's River Derwent today, Saturday 31st March. Bellerive Yacht Club members, son and father Darren and Harold Clark, achieved a remarkable victory on the final day of series. With Darren on the helm and Harold calling tactics on their Farr 1104 Invincible, they won all three handicap categories in the last race for the strong Group 1... [more]
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Competitive fleet expected for RPAYC's Pittwater to Newcastle race
Damian Devine,
With 20 boats entered to date, a respectable and competitive fleet is expected to line up for the start of the Category 3 Pittwater to Newcastle Race at 1000hrs on Saturday 14 April.... [more]
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Australian Sports Boat and Trailable Yacht Championships preview
Peter Campbell,
Bellerive Yacht Club is hosting the 2012 Australian Sports Boat and Trailable Yacht Championships over Easter, with entries from Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.... [more]
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Gold for Nautor's Swan Australia Rally
John Curnow,
When you buy a Swan, you aspire to many things in life. There is both an unofficial and real club that goes along with ownership. Part of that is a camaraderie and sense of joie de vivre.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - World Match Racing Champion tops qualifiers
Rich Roberts,
The world's No. 1-ranked match race Britian's Ian Williams all but surprised himself. 'I don't think we've ever won 12 [match races] in a row,' he said Friday after leading the pack into Saturday's sailoffs of the Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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CYCA Medical Management for Mariners 8th May, 2011
John Keelty/ Sail-World Cruising,
With the support of Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 'Safety of Life at Sea Trusts' (CYCA SOLAS Trusts), the CYCA Medical Management for Mariners Course was launched in 2010 and is a specialist course that has been designed for sailors to manage medical emergencies when paramedic and medical assistance is not at hand.... [more]
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CYCA SOLAS Trusts donation to VMR Burdekin
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 'Safety of Life at Sea Trusts' (CYCA SOLAS) has made a donation to Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Burdekin of $24,000. The area covered by VMR Burdekin is important as it forms part of the seaway used by many southern based sailors as they travel northwards during the winter and is a popular arrival point for yachts arriving from a Pacific Ocean crossing... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Fierce competition for selection
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will be the stage for fierce competition between the majority of future London Olympians and one last selection chance for many teams. Most international teams have sent their representatives to Palma, the third Sailing World Cup event on the international circuit.... [more]
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Annual Women's Challenge at Manly YC a winner
Ivana Gattegno and Judy Cole,
Helly Hansen Women's Challenge was held at Manly Yacht Club. This annual event, aimed at encouraging more female sailors to take the helm, proved there are no gender barriers to fun and success on the water. In its 17th year the event has been as popular as ever. A total of 42 yachts and centreboard boats competed for glory and the Helly Hansen prizes.... [more]
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Easter Nacra State championships at Humpybong Yacht Club
Mark Dawson,
Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point is preparing for an Easter extravaganza when the club hosts the high performance Nacra catamaran 2012 Queensland championships.... [more]
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Mooloolaba's Easter Regatta - Turn left at the lighthouse
Tracey Johnstone,
Looking for a change from racing to Gladstone, but still want to shake out the cobwebs with an Easter weekend of sailing and parties ? Then still head north, but when you see the lighthouse hang a left and join the fun with Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Easter Regatta.... [more]
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Do You Know These Five 'Time-to-Reef' Signals?
John Jamieson,
You may have heard the sailing term 'Reef when you first think of it'. But you might be surprised how many sailors forget to follow through with this simple rule of sailing safety. With today's push-button and pull-a-string technology for winching or rolling up a sail, it's almost too easy to become complacent.... [more]
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New Rigid Seat Bosuns Chair from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released a new Rigid Seat Bosun Chair. This high-spec bosun chair incorporates a new, super-strong lifting-strap reinforced with not just one but two layers of 48mm polyester webbing looping around the entire structure.... [more]
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Naturaliste Race promises chase from the front
Offshore WA,
The yachts at the front of the fleet will be chasing those at the back in the 50th Cape Naturaliste & Return Ocean Race, which starts off Fremantle on Friday evening.... [more]
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Top fleet heading for Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Sail Port Stephens will run from 16 to 22 April 2012. Commodore Dom Grundy from the Corlette Point Sailing Club, the organizing authority feels that the importance of the event is now being recognised. We think that we will the hottest new boats in the country having their first major out of home town regatta here before facing the northern regattas.... [more]
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Tess Lloyd continues to make good progress
Craig Heydon,
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is in good spirits and continuing to make steady progress as she recovers from a head injury suffered during the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in Brisbane in early January.... [more]
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