Laser, 49ers, 470’s and two fastest yachts in the southern hemisphere

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 14 May 2012

Laser, 49ers, 470's and two fastest yachts in the southern hemisphere

Five times Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby who sailed his medal race with a strapped ankle, after rolling it the night before, is skipping the upcoming AC45 event and will no doubt very keen to produce his winning form at Sail for Gold in Weymouth.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in Spain -   © Victor Kovalenko

Starting the way they no doubt mean to go on 470 World Champions Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page won their first race at the 2012 Worlds in Barcelona and dual Olympic Gold medallists Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell took a fifth.

We are getting ready to send out our next Olympic coverage newsletter in the next week, to some 140,000 readers. The windsurfing/kite surfing discussions have been quite earnest.

The Queensland Season of Sailing is ramping up. We will be in Mooloolaba for the Etchells Midwinters in a few weeks, just after Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

Team Vodafone crew busy Airlie Beach 22nd Annual Race Week 2011  Teri Dodds - copyright

Later on in the season 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week is going to be amazing – the two fastest yachts in the southern hemisphere - the two ORMA 60's - Sean Langman's Team Australia, the boat that smashed the 2012 Brisbane to Gladstone Race record coming to do battle with 2011 Airlie Beach Race Week sensation Kiwi Simon Hull's big red Team Vodafone Sailing.

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Heard more this week about racing and social program for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012, it's going to be a cracker. Remember this is a Must Do event. August 30th-September 4th so make this your first year!

Alternatively if you are thinking of venturing further afield the Groupama Round New Caledonia Race is offering free berthing and entry for the first Sail Noumea ANZAC boat to enter the event.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

470 World Championships - Belcher and Page on form in Barcelona
Craig Heydon,
At the 2012 470 World Championships, defending champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have gotten their title defence off to a winning start on the opening day in Barcelona, Spain. Light winds kept the crews on shore for much of the day, with only one race able to be completed late in the afternoon.... [more]
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Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist in the Windsurfing Event, Bruce Kendall, presents a very measured view of what lies ahead for both board disciplines, as they contest a 2016 and 2020 Olympic berth: Some say the RSX was not a good Olympic Windsurfing board and had to go. Many say both Kite and RSX should be in the Olympics. Many are also saying Kite should be in the Olympics but not at the... [more]
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge's fourth world title and Jensen's third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.... [more]
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Groupama Race – New Caledonia - Free entry for first ANZAC
Matthias Balagny,
The third edition of Groupama Race – Sailing around New Caledonia, is not far away. The Groupama Race, the longest windward, leeward race around the biggest lagoon of the world, starts on the 9th of September.... [more]
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Vale Guy Stening
Farr 30 Owners and friends,
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing on May 10, 2012 of 2008 Farr 30 World Champion, Guy Stening of Australia, after losing his battle with Septicemia.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Tricky conditions on day 1
Craig Heydon,
On the opening day of the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, tricky conditions challenged sailors in Falmouth, England, with a number picking up high scores. A lack of breeze kept the 95 sailors on shore on Sunday morning with two races eventually completed in a shifty offshore breeze.... [more]
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Bernie Kaaks awarded David Walters Memorial Medallion
Yachting WA,
The annual Yachting WA awards night was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. During the ceremonies, dignitaries and invited guests witnessed the awarding of the David Walters Memorial Medallion to Bernie Kaaks.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week entries soar
Rob Mundle,
This year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be a family affair with the addition of a husband, wife and their two children – aboard the yacht that has just become the 50th entry. Geomatic, an impressive new Hanse 495 owned by Adrian Lewis, out of Mornington on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, was the yacht that took the fleet for this year's regatta into the 50s.... [more]
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Stealthy, high-performance sports boat racing
Ian Grant,
High-performance Brisbane small boat designer Allan Carwardine set a high standard in Australian Sports Boat racing when he introduced his super fast Stealth 8 to the regatta racing scene. Stealthy which he skippered to a high list of impressive results in major events on Moreton Bay and during the Airlie Beach Race has continued to show her class under her present owner... [more]
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470 World Championships - Patient first day in Barcelona + Video
470 World Championships,
On the first day of the 470 World Championships, a patient morning was in store for the first race as the sailors waited ashore for the wind to appear. From early on, it was evident the scheduled start of 1200 hours was never going to happen. The postponement flag eventually came down just after 1430 hours. The ninety-five boat 470 Men were split into three fleets... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1
Robert Deaves,
The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions. The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Round up of the Jinha beach action
PWA World Tour,
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup took place at Jinha beach, a beach that has continued to enrich its ever growing reputation, by providing five captivating days of racing out of a possible seven. This year's event truly was a culmination of blood, sweat and tears, as emotions ran high due to upsets and shock exits occurring left, right and centre, as well as seeing the emergence of a rising star... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 start expected on Monday
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet remain in Shelter Bay Marina, with the Race 11 start to New York now expected to be on Monday evening (GMT). The departure from Panama has been delayed due to an overdue engineering part which has been held up in transit and was not delivered yesterday, as expected. A Clipper Race employee is therefore now en route to Panama to deliver the part... [more]
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Arzana's City of Venice Trophy images by Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
Arzana's City of Venice Trophy, an America's Cup World Series event, images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper shore crew swing into action
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - While the Camper sailing crew have been enjoying a well-earned rest in Miami and making the most of the sights of South Beach, there has been no such break for the Camper shore crew who have swung into action to knock off a substantial job list.... [more]
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Carrie Smith and Ella Clark named WA 2012 Female Sailors of the Year
Yachting WA,
The annual Yachting WA awards night was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. During the ceremonies, the female Sailor of the Year was revealed. Nominees included Ella Clark and Carrie Smith nominated by WA International 420 Association, Caitlin Elks nominated by WA Laser Association and Belinda Stowell and Elise Rechichi nominated by Fremantle SC and Royal Freshwater Bay YC.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New mobile app for sailing fans
Jack Griffin,
Available now from Apple's App Store, the new, free mobile Real Time Race Tracker is built into the Enthuse app, and lets sailing fans follow all the America's Cup World Series races as they happen. The Real Time Race Tracker uses the Emmy Award winning Liveline technology to superimpose the races on Google Maps... [more]
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Audi Winter Series - Winter winds for Race 3
Di Pearson,
Audi Winter Series - It was full weight on the rail in the icy and blustery west-south-westerly wind today, when 110 starters got going in the third race, and those who hiked quickly got the best speed out of their boats. Although the sun was out, gone was the 29 degree temperature of Wednesday and Thursday; instead the rugged-up competitors felt the brunt of 12-19 degrees... [more]
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470 World Championships - Barcelona in-port race + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 470 World Championships, the twenty best international sailing crews sailed two exhibition races in the port of Barcelona. The World championship gets underway tomorrow, Sunday 13th, with 43 countries and 258 yachtsmen. A crowd of spectators gathered to watch the advanced skills of the 40 most outstanding athletes perform fast and elegantly, thanks to the windy and sunny weather.... [more]
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49er Worlds - Outteridge and Jensen claim gold
Craig Heydon,
On the final day of the 2012 49er Worlds, Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen made history with their gold medal victory in Zadar, Croatia. The win makes Outteridge's fourth world title and Jensen's third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet on hold at Shelter Bay
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after having completed the 51 mile transit of the Panama Canal, the fleet is currently at Shelter Bay where they await instructions to make their way sixty miles off shore for a Le Mans start in Race 11 to New York.... [more]
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Cumberland Cup - Ideal team-racing conditions on day 2
Richard Bundy,
The second day of the Royal Thames Cumberland Cup dawned warm and sunny with a gentle northerly breeze of 10 knots – ideal team-racing conditions. Having completed 19 out of 28 races on day one, the Race Committee started racing as soon as possible, completing the first round-robin before moving on to a second, complete round-robin, the aim being to maximise the amount of racing time for all... [more]
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49er Worlds - Outteridge and Jensen world champions
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the final day of the 2012 49er Worlds, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen secured history by taking the win, although under not as joyful times as they would have liked. News arrived as sailors awoke in Croatia that Frank Bethwaite (91), father of Julian and an instrumental partner in the design and continued development of the 49er, had passed away overnight.... [more]
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Australian sailors continue their build up to London 2012 Olympics
Craig Heydon,
World Championships for the 470, Finn and Laser Radial classes are being held across Europe next week. Australian sailors will compete in the three World Championships as crews continue their build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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40 Degrees breaks mast, Out of 1st Leg of The Atlantic Cup
Jeff Pomeroy,
40 Degrees had their cap shroud fail, which led to their mast breaking while departing the Charleston Harbor.... [more]
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Brian Cain named 2012 WA Power Person of the Year
Yachting WA,
The annual Yachting WA awards night was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. During the ceremonies, Brian Cain, nominated by Yachting WA Cruising and Power Yacht Committee, was named 2012 Power Person of the Year. Brian Cain, a dedicated power man, has for many years volunteered his time and efforts to the power yachting community of Western Australia.... [more]
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Matthew Jerwood receives 2012 WA Sailing Coach of the Year Award
Yachting WA,
The annual Yachting WA awards night was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at Royal Perth Yacht Club. During the ceremonies, the 2012 Coach of the Year was named. Nominees included Evelyn Doernberg - nominated by Nedlands Yacht Club, David Gilmour - nominated by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, and Matthew Jerwood - nominated by Fremantle Sailing Club.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Spanish admit error and apologise to their windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has issued a statement announcing that their representative, Gerardo Seeliger, voted against instructions at the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF. The vote between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing was 19-17 and had the Spanish Councillor-substitute voted according to what RFEV claim were his instructions, then the controversial vote would have been tied 18-18... [more]
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Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby's fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Henri Lloyds Womens Collection 2012
Colin Burgess,
Henri Lloyd was one of the first technical clothing manufacturers to design and produce a women's technical waterproof sailing jacket, that was in 1986 and the jacket was called – The Voyager. The jacket was constructed from Bri-Nylon and incorporated the Henri Lloyd characteristics of taped seams, storm flap zip and a foldaway hood... [more]
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