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 06 Jun 2012

Surf City and Sunshine

Looks like great weather for the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championships here is Mooloolaba. 15 years, 15 winners, it seems the hardest trophy to win in the Asia Pacific, the list of top guns who have not won in
Mooloolaba is amazing, its starts of course with America's Cup winner John Bertrand.

This year Class President Jake Gunther believes it's his turn to win the title. He reminds us all that the Etchells is sailed in heaven. Funny, because Malcolm Page swears St Peter has a 470.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, (AUS) racing in the 470 Men class on the day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland.  onEdition ©

Belcher and Page and the Aussie team in general has started the Sail for Gold Regatta, as if Weymouth is their home port, just hope the heavy weather does not get worn out before end July.

One of the best things for the future of our elite Australian Sailing is to see young Tom Burton leading the Laser pack, after four races, with the ‘old Tom' Slingsby at his shoulder.

Beau Geste pictured just after the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race  Richard Gladwell

Close call for the Beau Geste team, in the Auckland to Noumea Race, nearly did a One Australia it seems.

Lots more news, I'll let you read it, in peace, gotta go and have a Coopers Red and watch the sunset.

The Sail-World Team

King Tides and and East Coast Low - storm surf in Sydney,
Australian marine photographer Andrea Francolini hits the beaches every time there is some serious wave action. With a big weather system and a king tide, he delivers more great images. Enjoy... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
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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Sail for Gold day 2 - Testing endurance
Jo Grindley,
Sailors endurance was tested on day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth. The British weather turned it on for the Queen's 60th Jubilee celebrations with steady and occasionally torrential rain, cold temperatures and a steadily increasing breeze.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta day 2 - Aussies hit the front
Craig Heydon,
Australians hit the front in two classes as conditions turn bleak at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. On day two Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page extended their lead in the 470 men's class while in the Laser fleet it's an Australian one-two, with Tom Burton leading and Tom Slingsby second. Belcher and Page took a three point lead into Tuesday.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 5: Another retires - Update @1500hrs
Richard Gladwell,
In the latest update on the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race 2012, two yachts have retired, and one marked as retired has advised that she has just suspended racing (assuming that can be done in the context of the racing rules).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five to Les Sables d'Olonne, France, and the two skippers, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, are flat lining east through the Bay of Biscay in following wind with just 137 miles remaining for Cessna Citation on Tuesday afternoon... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard interviewed on Artemis wingsail break
Bob Fisher,
The amazing factor of America's Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can.... [more]
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MHYC Winter Series - Dark and dreary conditions for Race 5
Alana Whitting,
Conditions for race five of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) Sydney City Marine Winter Series lacked the winds of last weeks race, so much so they appeared to have disappeared entirely at times, leading to a shortened course decision made midway through the race.... [more]
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Etchells – A lot of truth about this boat
ADCO Etchells Australiasian Media,
Heavy weather and king tides are about to hit Queensland's Sunshine coast, but these tough conditions should ease in time for Friday morning's start of the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Australian Etchells Class President Jake Gunther, the skipper of one of six Victorian boats, is heading 1980 kilometres north on the highways from Melbourne to Mooloolaba.... [more]
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Changed traffic conditions on and under Spit Bridge
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services NSW advise motorists and boaters of changed traffic conditions on and under the Spit Bridge, Middle Harbour in June and July for bridge span lift system improvement work. The bridge will not open to marine traffic from Monday 18 June to Sunday 1 July, inclusive.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Australian Sailing Team video interviews
Craig Heydon,
London 2012 Olympics - Interviews with the final seven members of Australia's sailing team are now available. 470 women's crew Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell, Finn sailor Brendan Casey, Laser Radial representative Krystal Weir and Women's Match Racing trio Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty all sat down to talk about their selection... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing sets new Multihull record for Noumea Race
Suellen Hurling,
At 20:59:50 hours ZST on Tuesday 5 June 2012, the Orma 60 Team Vodafone Sailing, skipped by Simon Hull, crossed the finish line in Noumea, New Caledonia to set a new multihull race record in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea race. The new record stands at 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper
Richard Gladwell,
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste makes it safely to Norfolk, another withdraws
Suellen Hurling,
After an intense night at sea, Karl Kwok's 80' maxi Beau Geste has made it safely to Norfolk Island the crew are assessing the damage. Everyone is safe and remained uninjured and there are now plans to get the crew to Sydney, Australia. Beau Geste is at anchor off Kingston Jetty on the southern side of the island. It is unknown at this stage what will happen to the yacht.... [more]
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Hollowell Sailing Club, Britain's RYA Sailing Club of the Year
Des Ryan,
In every sailing country of the world it is the volunteers who make a sailing club successful, sometimes giving up many hours of their year in the interests of seeing the club thrive. So the spirit evident in the UK's RYA Sailing Club of the Year, this year won by Hollowell Sailing Club, is something that sailors round the world will recognise. Why did they win it? Watch the video:... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Aussies off to a flying start
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is now underway and the Australian sailors are off to a winning start in Weymouth, England, as light conditions made for an exceptionally long day. The ISAF Sailing World Cup round is the last hit out in Weymouth before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with four Australian crews beginning their final run to the Games in style with race wins.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 4: TVS finishes first - Update @ 2100
Richard Gladwell,
The 80ft yacht Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) is nearing Norfolk Island where her position will be assessed. In the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race, the leader, TeamVodafoneSailing is becalmed 25nm from the race finish in Noumea. In the monohulls V5 has maintained her lead over Akatea, as winds ease.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Massive win for Caleb Paine on day 1
Robert Deaves,
On the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, it was a difficult day on Weymouth's waters. But Caleb Paine (USA) made it look easy with a massive win from Aleksey Selivanov (RUS) and Mark Andrews (GBR) in the only race sailed. Racing didn't actually get under way until 16.30 as the early morning northerly clocked and dropped shortly after the fleet got away for race one at around 11.30.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection announced
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection has been announced by ISAF. The Techno 293 windsurfer and the Byte CII dinghy have been chosen as equipment for the four sailing events in China.... [more]
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