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 13 Apr 2012

Laughing and Laughing

With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ashore for the moment, Sail-World has some great interviews and with the AC45's in full cry in Naples – it's all go.

The underside of Team Sanya showing where the crack started at the propellor exist to the left of the picture. The outer skin was about to peel, to be followed by the core if the boat had continued at race pace.  Richard Gladwell

Laughed and laughed, watching the first video in this week's Sail-World Video selection.

It was the AC45 Team Oracle USA preview as they interviewed the star Team USA skipper James Spithill, then another Team USA skipper Darren Bundock and Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby.... Why oh why can't we put an Oz team together... surely our resources industry had almost got enough dosh?

One of the fastest growing regattas in Australia cranks into action over the weekend.

With feeder races from Pittwater and Newcastle Sail Port Stephens 2012 will be bigger than ever.

There will be 50 boats in the Commodore Cup fleet through to Wednesday then 30 boat IRC fleet, with a RP63 and four TP52's will be worth talking about and don't be surprised if this is the hottest Performance Racing Division 1 fleet in Australian sailing history.

Closing on the mark - in company. NSW IRC Championship. Sail Port Stephens 2011  Sail Port Stephens Event Media

Talked this afternoon to Jim Walsh from the Elliot 7 fleet – the class is very excited about the quality and size of the fleet, looks like 14 boats with some very well known names. More on that tomorrow...

Naturally we will be on the water... because that is what we do. ..

Thats for the positive reaction to our Don't call Races Heats story ... you might not think it matters but try coaching a TV sports presenter trying to script their piece to air from the media boat and you understand that there are enough complications ... by the way don't worry we dont have to call sheets ropes, the mainstream media never gets into that detail.

See you on the water!!!

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Marine Rescue NSW to 'practise its tricks' Sunday, Pittwater
Marine Rescue NSW,
If you see urgent rescue operations taking place on Sydney's Pittwater this Sunday morning, don't be alarmed, there's no-one sinking, missing or drowning - it's just Marine Rescue NSW practising its tricks. Rescue specialists from across Sydney and the Central Coast will gather at Newport this weekend (April 14 and 15) for the region's annual marine Search & Rescue Exercise (SAREX).... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Two wins on Day 2 in a more moderate Naples
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was a very good day for us out on the waterin Naples. In a stark contrast to yesterdays conditions, today we raced in much flatter water and a steady 8-12 knots.... [more]
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Double the fun at Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous
Kate Elkington,
Participants at the recent 2012 Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous proved that more hulls means more fun, so, for those of you who missed out and are close enough to get to Pittwater, put it in your diary for next year. Alternatively, there's another Rendezvous scheduled in the Whitsundays in August.... [more]
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Colourful fleet for Sail Port Stephens 2012 Commodores Cup
Sail Port Stephens media,
The promise of great sailing, beautiful scenery and family holiday opportunities has attracted a strong and varied cruising fleet of 46 vessels for the Commodores Cup being sailed from next Monday to Wednesday.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
Bob Fisher,
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper feeling the wrath
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, after having made the choice to pass east of the Falkland Islands on their way to ItajaĆ­, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are today still feeling the wrath of a major low pressure system chasing them from the south.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Bundock into semifinals + Video
Tim Jeffery,
At the America's Cup World Series, sailing on a relatively calm Bay of Naples, Oracle Racing Bundock advanced to the semifinal round of the ACWS Naples Match Racing Championship by defeating stable mate Oracle Racing Spithill.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day two have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Emirates Team New Zealand class of the fleet
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples is currently underway. On the second day of racing leading skipper Dean Barker showed his Emirates Team New Zealand remains the class of the fleet by winning both fleet races on Thursday. In scoring two victories, Barker now sits clear ahead of his rival James Spithill by a whopping nine points on the Naples leaderboard.... [more]
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Australian University Fleet Racing Championships preview
Ajay Rau,
The Australian University Fleet Racing Championships 2012, taking place off the waters of Pittwater from 13th to 15th April, have attracted 36 entries from various parts of the country (New South Wales , Canberra , Newcastle, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania). UTS, Sydney Uni, UNSW, Macquarie, UOW, ANU, QUT, Monash and UWA will be fighting to be crowned the 2012 Champion.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship at New York YC – Entry now open
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 World Championship 2012, hosted by the prestigious New York Yacht Club (NYYC), is being held from 20th to 29th September. The Notice of Race (NOR) is now available. Online Registration is also open. Onsite registration is scheduled to begin on September 20th... [more]
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IPC launches Oceania Paralympic Committee website
Craig Spence,
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Today, Thursday 12th April 2012, the IPC launched the first official website of the Oceania Paralympic Committee.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples – Thrilling first day
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples first day of championship racing got underway yesterday. It is clear this is an event at another level. From the spectacular opening ceremony, to the Easter Weekend crowds, to a thrilling first day of racing in strong wind and big waves, everything about the Naples experience is 'piĆ¹ intense'.... [more]
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Yachting New South Wales winter training for youth classes
Mainsheet Media,
Starting in mid-May, Yachting New South Wales is once again running the popular Winter Training Program for youth classes. Building on the success of previous years, the 2012 program will be held at four different clubs across the Sydney region, and is designed to provide training for all youth sailors regardless of class sailed or skill level.... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong - Incredible spectacle of workmanship
Bob Appleton OAM,
Whyte, Just and Moore Wooden Boat Festival's recent display of wooden boats really displayed the skills, care and attention given to absolutely beautiful classic wooden boats that obviously, had been carefully restored and maintained and then, obviously painstakingly preened, polished and popped into their pens by particularly patient owners!... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Five wins pull Australia up the leaderboard
Ginger Rogers,
Another happy day dawns at the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and it's manic at the Ozone Coffee Roasters keeping the black gold flowing, even making the odd thermos and loads of yummy hot chocolates for the kids and mums.... [more]
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Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
I n sport whether its athletics, rowing or surfing, elimination series are run with heats, quarter finals, semis and finals. So when non sailors read about heats in sailing, they reasonably expect they are part of an elimination series. But in sailing that is not the case ... some classes and sailors use the world Heat when they mean Race.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012.... [more]
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Harken Young 88 National Championships this weekend
Mike Leyland,
The ever popular NZ Young 88 Keelboat National Championships take place this weekend and the winners are guaranteed to take away bragging rights as one of New Zealand's best sailing crews. The list of skippers and crews will once again include seasoned professionals from The Americas Cup, The Volvo Ocean race, and The World Match Racing Tour. These respected sailors will have their reputatio... [more]
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47th CHS Secondary Sailing School Championships images
Robin Yoemans - Deckhardware,
Images from the 47th CHS Secondary Sailing School Championships incorporating the 34th Australian Secondary School Sailing Championships and the 37th NSW Secondary School Sailing Championship.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - 50th anniv. is true offshore challenge
The 2012 race saw a clean start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, with winds of 12-15 knots propelling the fleet out of Victoria Harbour. Genuine Risk led the fleet the first evening followed by Neil Pryde's Hi Fi. Almost 24 hours later, the surge in the monsoon, which was responsible for the race's strong Harbour start, receded and was replaced by a south-easterly... [more]
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NSW Tasar State Championships - Victorians take top four
Nic Douglass,
The 35th NSW Tasar State Championships concluded on Sunday at the Illawarra Yacht Club. Nine races were completed over the three days of racing.... [more]
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Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) Worlds - Day 1 and 2
Laser Standard Junior Worlds/ISAF/,
The MacLaren Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) World Championship is underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two races were sailed on day 1 and day 2.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples opens in spectacular fashion + Video
America's Cup,
The America's Cup World Series Naples opened in spectacular fashion as strong winds and big waves created thrilling racing conditions. The AC45 catamarans, powered by their powerful wing sails, were leaping out of the water, launched into the air by the heavy sea state.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Opening Day, Naples - The unexpected breeze + Video
Bob Fisher,
It seems almost ironic that wing extensions were designed and constructed especially for the light and fluky winds of the Bay of Naples . . . not the conditions that the competitors found on the opening day of the AC World Series regatta. Instead the first race began for the nine boats in 19 knots of south-westerly that blew from a grey sky causing a lumpy sea.... [more]
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Michelle Slade talks to Team Korea's Nathan Outteridge
Michelle Slade,,
Michelle Slade of talks with Nathan Outteridge of Team Korea about chasing the prestigious America's Cup, his favorite place to sail, and of course his chances in the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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AC World Series - Oracle Racing Spithill on form in Naples
Tim Jeffery,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples, Italy, Oracle Racing Spithill has picked up where they left off some four months ago with a win in Fleet Race 1. At the ACWS San Diego last November, Oracle Racing Spithill pulled the enviable double, winning both the match racing and fleet racing championships.... [more]
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The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia... [more]
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Video selections from,
For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week. This week we have clips of Team Oracle USA getting ready for the ACWS Naples, lsten carefully to the accents of the US crew.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull - Set in stone
Ian Grant,
Over the past 48 years Hedley Nicol's 1960's predication that it was possible to sail the 308 nautical miles from Brisbane's Moreton Bay to Gladstone in under 18 hours has progressively became a reality.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Broken rudder masks hull split for Team Sanya
Richard Gladwell,
Team Sanya skipper, Mike Sanderson revealed to, today that a significant crack was found in the hull of the Volvo 70 Team Sanya, when she was pulled out of the water to be shipped to Miami. 'As it turned out we were very fortunate to have come back to the dock,' Sanderson told 'When we hauled the boat we found a 1.5metre crack in the bottom.... [more]
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Dramatic Three Peaks 2012 wrap
Terry Travers,
Easter turned on the weather in Tasmania for the annual H&R Block Three Peaks Race. Later Friday evening the expected front swept through the fleet, the wind backed to the west and increased until it was blowing a steady 50 knots with gusts into the mid 60's – well beyond expectations.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far + Audio and Video
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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