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 16 May 2012

The Australian Tanks are rolling

Tom Slingsby - Laser World Championship 2012  Johannes Berg

Today we have the latest news from the 470's, including the great image taken by Victor, the Finns too and the Laser Radials which are about to start.

Today we have the video of the Farr 400 IchiBan hitting 35 knots on Sydney Harbour last weekend plus news that the Farr 400 is to be distributed in Australia by Vicsail.

While you know we will have a big Sail-World team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, we will be equally well represented in San Francisco at America's Cup 2013. Between now and then we will cover the AC45's tour as well as being on the water for the first AC72 launches.

The America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Venice event is set to kick off later this week with both fleet-racing and match-racing events scheduled for the fleet of wing sail-powered AC45 catamarans. 'I think it's going to be a fantastic event from an iconic picture—racing in the canals of Venice is gonna be cool,' said James Spithill, Oracle Team USA Spithill's skipper and the youngest helmsman to have won the America's Cup.

Interestingly, Spithill will be sparring against Russell Coutts, the newly named tactician, replacing Tom Slingsby, with pressing pre-Olympic duties aboard skipper Darren Bundock's Oracle Team USA Bundock during this event. Note the lack of US accents in the sailors named from Team USA. Now all we need is a country of origin rule and a sailing friendly Aussie billionaire...

We are just a week out from the big Asia-Pacific Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, for many companies THE place for their new season product launches. We will have a significant presence; naturally you will find us in the MarineBusiness-World pavilion. We love to hear from you in person, what you like and what you hate about Sail-World. com

BTW Some great stories this week on Sail-World_ Cruising!new!. It's just amazing what Nancy Knudsen finds. She has a very large following world-wide.

Her exclusive interview with Matt Rutherford who sailed solo round the America's is not to be missed. If you don't receive Nancy's weekly newsletter you are missing a lot of great articles and great fun too. You can subscribe on that site or drop us a line at editor(at)

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Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Vintage Yacht Regatta at Queensland Cruising YC
Nigel Statham,
The Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) in Shorncliffe is once again hosting the Vintage Yacht Regatta during the Queen's Birthday weekend (9th to 11th June). The regatta, in its 37th year is a highlight of the classic yachting sailing calendar and attracts a large fleet of beautifully turned out vessels from yesteryear.... [more]
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Accommodation options for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012
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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Major coup for Vicsail - now Farr 400 distributor + Video
Jeni Bone MarineBusiness-World,
Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Highly regarded Aust... [more]
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Krystal Weir inside the top 10 on day one of Laser Radial Worlds
Craig Heydon,
Racing is underway at the 2012 Laser Radial World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany, with shifty conditions testing the 133 sailors on day one.... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers named as ambassador for McConaghy Boats
Tracey Goodwin,
McConaghy, the custom yacht building specialist behind some of the world's fastest and most successful racing yachts - including the record breaking Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats, and ICAP Leopard - has named Ensign Ship Brokers as ambassadors for their product. Ensign Yachts is proud to announce a new Ambassador agreement with McConaghy centering on the Mc38, Kerr40 and Kerr46.... [more]
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Testing conditions for day three of Finn Gold Cup
Craig Heydon,
Cold conditions and strong winds have dominated day three of the 2012 Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, England. A further two races were completed with Brendan Casey the highest ranked Australian sailor in 14th overall.... [more]
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Olympic Gold medallist to take on Etchells Australasian Winters again
Ian Grant,
Sydney 2000 Olympic 470 Gold Medallist Tom King has set his sights on becoming the first skipper to win back to back championships during the ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter regatta off Mooloolaba next month. King the skipper of Iron Lotus and his clever crew mates Ivan Wheen, Owen McMahon and David Edwards who recorded a brilliant win in the World championship in Sydney earlier in the year are... [more]
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Matt Rutherford solo around the Americas: Exclusive interview
Nancy Knudsen,
Last month 31-year-old Matt Rutherford arrived back into Annapolis in Maryland to become the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North and South America. He did it an ancient 27-foot Albin Vega called the St. Brendan that many would have believed would never make it around. I interviewed Matt this week on his incredible voyage... [more]
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470 World Championship - Belcher and Page stay on winning streak
Craig Heydon,
At the 470 World Championships, Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have kept their winning streak going with another two race wins making it an incredible six from six at the end of qualifying. Belcher and Page have been the crew to beat in Barcelona and that has continued on day three of racing, with a further two wins giving them a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie dominates in harsh conditions
Robert Deaves,
During the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, if any proof was needed that Ben Ainslie (GBR) is at the top of his game, then day three was proof indeed. After dominating and winning both races in the brutal environment of the cold and windy Falmouth Bay, he now takes a 10 point lead over Ed Wright (GBR) and Andrew Mills (GBR) at the half way stage.... [more]
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ACWS Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill look to extend lead + Video
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Venice, the penultimate event of the 2011-12 season, gets underway on 17th May. Oracle Team USA Spithill heads into Thursday's start looking to extend its overall lead. Oracle Team USA Spithill leads the overall standings by one point after placing second last month in Naples.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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Middle Harbour Yacht Club Winter Series Race 2
Alana Whitting,
Sydney City Marine Winter Series second race at Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) was underway in conflicting conditions on Saturday 12 May – see the below on water ace report for further details on just how changing the conditions were throughout the race.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship preview – Online entry open
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 World Championship 2012 is being held on Lake Garda, Italy from 27 July to 4 August. The Notice of Race has been published and Online Entry is now open. With an entry of over 100 boats anticipated, including teams from across Europe and as far afield as Russia, the USA, Chile, Japan and Australia, the championship is set to be one of the highlights of the 2012 sailing calendar.... [more]
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Melbourne to Port Fairy Race 2012 - Rescue at Sea Part 2
Grant Dunoon as told to Dr Peter Ball,
It was a huge physical effort for everyone involved, especially the crew of Inception who had been in the water for about 90 minutes.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race – New Race Director appointed
Gosford Sailing Club,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race – The Board of the Gosford Sailing Club announce Tony Evans as the new Race Director... [more]
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Advertising Budgets – the crowds have moved on line – have you??
Brendan Maxwell and Phil Arane,
It's that time of year... it's been a tough few years but good marketers are taking business in these times of change.... one of the biggest changes is just how potential buyers research their purchase options and that is mostly these days on the Internet.... [more]
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Sailing could be next for Olympic axe, says Neil Pryde
Alvin Sallay, South China Morning Post,
Former Olympian and millionaire businessman Neil Pryde has warned sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics as the fallout continues from the controversial decision to dump windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games.... [more]
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World's most innovative on show at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
The 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May 2012, has been supercharged with a host of new products from all over the world on show in Australia for the first time, non-stop entertainment, demonstrations and attractions to deliver outstanding value for visitors.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Belcher and Page a perfect day
Craig Heydon,
At the 2012 470 World Championships, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have had a perfect day on the water with three wins from three starts. The pair won the opening race of the event on Sunday and backed the result up with a dominant display on day two.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Brendan Casey rises in the standings on day 2
Craig Heydon,
On day two of the Finn Gold Cup, Australian sailor Brendan Casey worked his way up the leader board in Falmouth, England. Casey started the day 17th overall in the 94 boat fleet, with a seventh and a ninth from Monday's races moving him up to 10th overall. 'I'm feeling pretty good today after two consistent top 10 finishes,' said Casey.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Hat trick delivered on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 470 World Championships, three races were held on day three, during a time when it was crucial for teams to rack up good scores and position themselves as solidly as possible ahead of Tuesday's final two races of the qualification series.... [more]
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US Sailing to conduct independent review of Newport to Ensenada Race
Jake Fish,
The United States Coast Guard of San Diego has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race resulting in the deaths of four sailors. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376, and her crew of four were victims of an accident that destroyed their boat a few miles offshore... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition – Four more nations qualify
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Bermuda, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia have become the latest nations to qualify for the Games after the 49er, Laser and Star Worlds. With four qualification regattas remaining, 54 countries have now guaranteed their spot in the boat park at Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain from 29 July to 12 August.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Venezuela splits in ISAF Windsurfing vote debacle
Richard Gladwell,
The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy. In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Racing rules amended
World Match Racing Tour,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 kicks off with the first event of the season, Match Race Germany, in Langenargen on May 23 to 28 when several confirmed rule changes will come into effect. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water.... [more]
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Vale, Frank Bethwaite DFC OAM 26.05.1920 - 12.05.2012
Nicky Bethwaite,
Frank Bethwaite passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 12 May 2012, surrounded by his family. A pioneer in small boat design and research, Frank was the author of 'High Performance Sailing' (1992) and 'Higher Performance Sailing' (2002) and had just completed his third book on apparent wind sailing to be published later this year by Adlard Coles.... [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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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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