Sailing's Big Ben chimes in mainstream media

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 20 May 2012

Sailing's Big Ben chimes in mainstream media

You'd be forgiven for thinking that if Big Ben does NOT win Olympic Gold, that will be the British Olympic story, note not just sailing story.

While Ainslie is looking unstoppable, the sub-story might be that the battle for overall Olympic sailing supremacy might be tougher than expected for the GBR team.

The Laser, Laser Radial, 470 Mens and 49ers look out of reach for the Brits courtesy of the Australian Sailing team and China's Lijia Xu. Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page just won their third World Championship in a row overnight.

While the British team is there or there abouts in many disciplines (they have grabbed the 470 Womens World title) the next 70 days will certainly be critical, with the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta looming large.

Belcher and Page on day two of the 2012 470 World Championship - photo Thom Touw  Thom Touw ©

Good news from Australian boat builder Sydney Yachts, its tough out there but their Sydney GTS 43 is quietly carving a serious spot on the very competitive IRC scene. The Ker designed boat, Nowra NSW built boat is consistently performing. The first one in Asia, Steve Mannings's Walawala 2 has impressed and a second one is about to be launched in Hong Kong.

No publicity around it but the AGM of the International Laser Class Association is happening this weekend in Germany. Be interesting to see what happens, after the Fundamental Rule vote failed to have any impact on the vexed issue of builders, trademarks and non supply of Laser and their parts in UK and Europe at the moment.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing jagged their third IN Port race in Miami overnight, while Groupama scored a strong second to pile the pressure on overall race leaders Telefónica.

The top four team Telefónica, Groupama, Puma and Camper are very close overall on points. There is just a day to go before the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon.

Veteran multihuller and sometime America's Cup writer Bob Fisher is reporting from Naples, Italy for the Fourth round of the America's Cup World Series, where the Australian and New Zealand sailors crewing the two Team USA are being pushed very hard by the French and Aussie Korean. Team USA Spithill came up trumps overnight.

Lots more news from Australia and beyond in another exciting sailing week and a great winter ahead.

This could be our best every Olympic Sailing regatta and the Sail-World team in Weymouth will be our biggest ever surpassing our Sydney and Qingdao teams. We need a big team because we will be sending out a total of 24 newsletters between now and August 12th, leading up to and during this very significant regatta.

Each of those will go to more than 145,000 readers – 3.48 million newsletters. Big numbers in traditional sailing magazine terms but the explosion in smart phones and tablets is fuelling rapid growth.

More than half of the traffic to,, and is now via iPhone, Android phone and a parade of tablets.

News that iPhone 5 will have a 4.8' retina screen means the Androids will all go big screen too and the mobile online world will notch up again.

You can put a single touch link to Sail-World on your iPhone and a lot of Androids now and our news app is coming soon.

Exciting times...

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Its easy to put our Website icons on your iPhone and iPad!
Anna Parker,,
On the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad you can put bookmarks for any site, creating one-tap shortcuts to your favourite websites. Sail-World, Marine Business World, Powerboat World, and Fishing Boating World now have custom icons for you to save for quick, easy access!... [more]
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From tears to joy - Sydney GTS43 Walawala2 shines in Asian debut,
After a sad end to the 2010 Kings Cup where Singapore based yachtsman Steve Manning lost his Beneteau 44.7 Walawala to the nature of a storm, which ended with his pride and joy being washed up on the beach and destroyed in Phuket Thailand.... [more]
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Audi Laser Radial Womens Worlds – Tightening at the top,
Audi Laser Radial Womens World Championships 2012 - Germany - The seasons most consistent sailor, with three World Cup wins under her belt Lijia Xu (CHN) had her worst day of this Boltenhagen regatta. She was saddled with a 14th and 12th, these are now her two drops.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica are lamenting their second successive in-port race loss at the hands of a simple error that racing veteran Neal McDonald described as heartbreaking. The error has cost the overall points leader dearly on the overall points table. Their once comfortable lead has now been cut to just seven points ahead of Groupama... [more]
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470 World Championships - Belcher and Page win third world title
Craig Heydon,
On the final day of the 470 World Championships, Australian sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page won their third world title following a dominant week in Barcelona, Spain. Belcher and Page's win was the third World Championships for the Australian Sailing Team in the space of 10 days as the paired joined 2012 world title winners Tom Slingsby in the Laser class and Nathan Outteridge and Iain... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Miami In-Port Race images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor Images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor sends this gallery of images of the action during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Miami In-Port Race.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Olympic dreams and world medals + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
The magnificent final day of the 470 World Championships in Barcelona brought to an end seven days of intense and closely fought racing. Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) have made it three World Championship titles in a row – an outstanding accomplishment. In the 470 Women event, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) make it a first for British sailing by winning the 470 World Championship title.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tight racing during Port Miami InPort Race
Lucy Harwood,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, there was tight and tense racing during today's Port Miami InPort Race held this afternoon. Following a frustrating first beat Camper trailed the fleet, but the fluky conditions and strong currents in Miami Bay played havoc on the water with the lead changing four times during the race. The 8.2 mile nine mark course tested crew work to the maximum... [more]
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470 World Championships - A spectacular wrap in Barcelona
Luissa Smith,
The final day of the 2012 470 World Championships in Barcelona was a spectacular wrap to seven days of intense and closely fought racing. Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS) have made it three World Championship titles in a row – a phenomenal achievement.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - 11th hour comeback as Miami heat rises
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing launched an eleventh hour comeback in the Miami In-Port Race to take their tally of in-shore successes to three, while Groupama scored a strong second to pile the pressure on overall race leaders Telefónica. Ian Walker's crew were rewarded for sailing a near-perfect race on Saturday when they snatched the lead from Groupama on the penultimate leg and... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Venice - Light winds make for short courses
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: Lighter winds than previously and a shift from South-East to East halfway through the fleet racing caused the second of the races to be over eleven legs of a much smaller course - boats were lapped by the leaders - and there was a shake-up in the pecking order with teams having good and bad results. Luna Rossa - Swordfish, for example had a first and a last. Includes Video highlights.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi wins InPort Miami as points table tightens
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
Abu Dhabi claimed their third win of the in-port series on Saturday, while Groupama took a strong second to pile more pressure on overall race leaders Team Telefónica. While Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi cemented their reputation as formidable in-port contenders and took six points for the victory in the 10-leg In-Port Race, Miami the French team Groupama scored a valuable five, taking them to 158 overal... [more]
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World Festival on the Beach - RS:X European Team Racing Day 3 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
World Festival on the Beach 2012 – A beautiful day shined on day three of the RS:X European Team Racing. Yesterday's waves and clouds were gone and the day was very promising for good sailing conditions. First in the water were the young athletes of Bic Techno, they were missing quite a few races and the race committee was anxious to complete all of them in order to have a fair result.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers look forward to InPort Race and Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The points table in the Volvo Ocean Race is now so tight between third and fourth places, that the leaderboard could change after the Miami In Port Race. On the day of what's set to be one of the most hotly contested in-port races of the series so far, the six skippers talked about their expectations, what it takes to win and how they could be just one bad start away from a podium slide.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 3 images by Max Ranchi Photography... [more]
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Sean O'Brien launches GetWindsurfFit sailing fitness program
Sean O'Brien,
Sean O'Brien, six-time Australian Formula Windsurfing Champion and new face on the PWA Slalom World Tour, has teamed up with his personal trainer Nic Pillonel from Switzerland, to develop a windsurfing-specific training program available to download from their newly launched website. The ‘GetWindsurfFit' program was developed over the past five years that the two have worked together... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie starts torch relay
UK Telegraph,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie said waiting to start the torch relay at Land's End was 'one of the more nervous moments in my life'. But Ainslie, who said the torch leg was so special it ranked alongside winning one of his Olympic gold medal: said 'It was one of those moments where I was in a bit of shock really At least I didn't trip over'.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Tough day for Aussie Krystal Weir
Craig Heydon,
2012 Laser Radial World Championship finals series is underway with Australia's Krystal Weir having a tough day on the water. After three days of strong winds the crews faced more moderate conditions on Friday with breeze between eight and 16 knots shaking up the results.... [more]
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Audi Laser Radial Worlds – Form sailor China's Lijia Xu leads again
Rob Kothe,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just a few weeks ago won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Belcher and Page secure world title
470 World Championships,
At the 470 World Championships, on the penultimate day of racing, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) secured their third successive World Championship title. Their win in race 12 sealed victory for the pair. In the 470 Women Gold Fleet, teams from China and Poland have qualified their nations to the 2012 Olympic Games, subject to ISAF ratification.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ben Ainslie secures sixth title + Video
Robert Deaves,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK has been a week of extremes and the final day was no different. Though a medal race was attempted, it was soon abandoned and an hour later racing was completely abandoned for the day as the wind disappeared. This left Ben Ainslie (GBR) as Finn World Champion for the sixth time.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart winner Peter Packer dies in Rome
Peter Campbell,
Peter Packer, OAM, founder of a Western Australian dynasty of ocean racing yachtsmen and the first WA yachtsman to win the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has died while holidaying in Rome, aged 86. Packer, who was also a noted surgeon in Perth until his retirement, skippered the Ben Lexcen-designed Rampage to victory in the 1975 Sydney Hobart after placing third in 1973.... [more]
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