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 25 Jun 2012

Holy Foiling Cats!!

Just when sailors are coming to grips with the super fast catamarans now racing on the America's Cup scene... they take to the air!!

What happens with you cross a Moth and an AC45 with a rigid wing and make it 72 feet long?

Richard Gladwell has the latest news. Our first America's Cup 2013 Newsletter is just a month away.

The Rise and Rise of Airlie Beach Race Week - The 23rd annual TelcoinaBox Airlie Beach Race Week, which will run from August 10th to 16th, is shaping as the best ever. At this stage the flow of entries is well ahead of expectations. With six weeks until racing starts there are more than 80 boats entered so far, spread across eight divisions.

The Friday morning start of the two big ORMA 60 trimarans is going to be a big media event.

Team Vodafone Sailing flying Airlie Beach Race Week 2011  Airlie Beach Race Week media

It will be last year's Airlie Beach Race Week sensation Simon Hull's Team Vodafone Sailing coming up against Sean Langman's Brisbane to Gladstone winner Team Australia at the front of a very big multihull fleet. These boats than can hit 40 knots in the right conditions and routinely hit 30 knots in the island passage racing are going to be a big media event. Even just the sound of the wind howling in their rigging is exciting.

Great reports and Pixs from the Sail Mooloolaba regatta over the weekend.
Up close and personal with a Guided Missile - Sail Mooloolaba 2012  Teri Dodds ©

Thank you to Victorian marine photographer Teri Dodds who was amongst the action.

And to John Curnow and Alex McKinnon who were at the Nautilus Marine Winter Series too.

Sunshine for a second. - Nautilus Marine Winter Series  Alex McKinnon

Lots of news today, we will stand aside and let you read it!

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - New sports boat Raptor dominates
Cam Rae,
Mark Buchbach's newly launched Stealth 850 'Raptor' demonstrated that she could take the unofficial title of Australia's fastest sports boat with a dominating performance in her maiden regatta. Raptor cleaned all three races held at Mooloolaba yesterday as part of the 2012 ASBA Queensland State Titles.... [more]
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Clash of the Titans at TelcoinaBox Airlie Beach Race Week
TelcoinaBox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
On Friday August 10th the two fastest sailing boats in the southern hemisphere will clash in their first race series at the 23rd annual TelcoinaBox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012.... [more]
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast race entries close mid-July
Jennifer Crook,
With just under one month until entries close for the 27th edition of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, the fleet currently stands at 52 yachts for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual winter passage north... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Pre-Worlds day 2 + Video
Rick Perkins,
The Musto Skiff World Championships proceeded with the second of a two day pre-worlds warm up regatta. The fleet were chomping at the bit after the previous day's delay so as the rain stopped, the sun shone and the breeze did its part to lay on a great playing field inside the harbour at WPNSA.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Sailors experience enchantment and thrill
John Rousmaniere,
A Newport Bermuda Race veteran of times gone by described his initial steps when he staggered ashore following a Thrash to the Onion Patch this way: 'We made tracks for the yacht club, and now, at last, with one foot on the rail of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club bar, we might truly be said to have reached our goal.' And so again after the 48th Bermuda Race. When the boats poured into Hamilton Harbou... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Newport
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster is in Newport for the next round of the America's Cup World Series and filed these images of the teams practicing, in the traditonal home of the America's Cup. The event will be sailed off Fort Adams and not the traditional America's Cup course... [more]
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America's Cup: Great to be back at Newport - Rod Davis
Rod Davis,
Rod Davis writes from Newport: As I look around at the teams involved in the ACWS there are only a handful of people that know, thus appreciate and value, the history of the Newport's long association with the old Mug. Like art or history, if you understand and place importance on it, it has meaning. If not, life goes on about the same.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Gold Coast Australia starts Ocean Sprint
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day nine of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. It's been ‘another day in the office' for the teams over the past 24 hours with 25 knots of headwind, slamming into waves and living at a 30 degree angle the norm for ocean racing in the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - A Better Day on the Water
Teri Dodds,
The first element for the week long Sail Mooloolaba, has come to a close for 2012. The Monohulls, Multihulls and Sports Boats completed their series today, and the wind that was absent yesterday came to the party today. A brisk southerly of 10 - 12 knots for the early start was ample time for the all fleets to notch up the series requirements.... [more]
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Audi Winter Series Race 8 - Record 140 competitors
Jennifer Crooks,
Audi Winter Series 2012, organised by The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, is being held on Sydney Harbour. Race eight got underway today, Sunday 24th June. There was not a cloud in the sky today for the record 140 competitors. Sydney Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and westerly breezes that provided excellent conditions for sailing.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Councillor denies receipt of instruction on Kiteboard
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council member for Area K, Ajay Balram, has denied that he received on instruction from the Yachting Association of India (YAI) or any other nation within Area K (India, Indonesia, Malayasia, Myanmar, Pakistan,Singapore, Sri lanka and Thailand)... [more]
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Musto Skiff Pre-Worlds day 1
Rick Perkins,
The ACO Musto Skiff World Championships started today with the first of a two day pre-worlds warm up regatta. At the committee boat the breeze and sea state had become quite challenging and the race-officer made the sensible decision to send the fleet ashore. Then after a short time the decision was made to postpone to tomorrow.... [more]
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Several thousand reasons to be in the Nautilus Marine Winter Series
John Curnow,
The newest Winter Series on a frostbitten Port Phillip in Melbourne is offering thousand dollar prizes for the winners of each division, across both the International Rule, Club (IRC) and Australian Measurement System (AMS) categories. Little wonder then that over 30 boats expressed their interest to be part of its inaugural year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers try sailing at 34kts aboard Groupama
Volvo Ocean Race,
Chris Nicholson of Camper and Sanya's Mike Sanderson, along with Telefónica shore boss Horacio Carabelli, had the ride of a lifetime aboard record breaking trimaran Groupama 3. With around 20 knots of wind and some big seas off Lorient on Friday morning, Cammas gave the monohull sailors an exhilarating two hour taste of high speed multihull sailing, blasting along at up to 34 knots.... [more]
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Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club approved to operate Tackers program
Paul Blundell,
Yachting Australia (YA) Tackers program, a program aimed at getting more primary school aged kids between 6 and 12 years sailing at yacht clubs across the country, is to be run at Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. The Youthsail Program run by Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club is the first club in Queensland to be approved to operate the program.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - Challenging day for all
Teri Dodds,
It was a frustrating day of fickle winds for the fleets sailing in Sail Mooloolaba 2012. The IRC and Performance fleets were sent off on their Windward/Leeward course, after a short postponement in 5 - 7 knots of breeze. The Cruising and Multihull fleets started shortly after heading out on a Passage Race around fixed marks.... [more]
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A flotilla sailing holiday - a great combination!
American Sailing Association,
An ASA Flotilla is a great way to have a gorgeous holiday, while upskilling your sailing techniques and meeting a bunch of interesting people. Here's the story of a recent flotilla, told by a participant:... [more]
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AC World Series Newport - Oracle Racing Spithill in it to win it
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series Newport is set to get underway on Thursday June 28 and Oracle Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew have their eye on the prize – the '11-'12 ACWS Season Championship. Oracle Team USA Spithill enters the finale holding a 4-point lead in the overall standings. 'We've always just wanted to be in a position to win the championship, and now we're there,' said Spithill... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet fight through tropical storm
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - It has been an eventful 24 hours for the ten strong fleet of racing yachts. With a tropical storm threatening to hamper the fleet's progress, it seems nothing will stand in the way of the teams' individual determination to win that coveted podium position, and those valuable extra points.... [more]
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Australian sailing legend Rolly Tasker sails away
The Sail-World Team,
West Australian Rolly Tasker, an Australian sailing legend, died at 2am this morning in Perth at the age of 86. Rolland 'Rolly' Tasker AM (21 March 1926 - 22 June 2012). He started sailing at age six and won Australia's first ever Olympic sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.... [more]
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