It’s getting Crazy

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 20 Jul 2012

It's getting Crazy

With the Sydney to Gold Coast race, the Sydney International Boat Show and the London Olympics 2012 all just round the corner it's getting crazy on the sailing scene.

Our Australian Olympic sailing team is all happily training in Weymouth, the latest report from Malcolm Page is that his roommate Nathan Outteridge is snoring just as hard as always, so situation normal. We will bring you some in-depth news from the camp in the next few days.
Nathan Outteridge and Ian Goobs Jensen  America's Cup ©

The Sail-World Team will start arriving in Weymouth on Thursday, Jed Kennedy is smart, she is coming from Spain and flying into Bournemouth to avoid Heathrow, while David Schmidt our US editor, Richard Gladwell, our Kiwi editor and I all have to run the Heathrow gauntlet.

'The Fish' Bob Fisher is driving down to Weymouth, like the gentleman he is, from Lymington only 40 minutes away, the lucky bastard. Mark Chisnell who is doing the ISAF blog as well as writing Sail-World features will be there ahead of time sussing out the local beer, (someone has to do it and we do appreciate his sacrifices).

Before Richard leaves Auckland, he will be doing a comprehensive report on the Emirates Team NZ AC72, we feature some of his pre-launch photo in this newsletter.

Sydney International Boat Show 2011 .

We will have a strong crew at the Sydney International Boat Show. Mark Rothfield, Jeni Bone, John Curnow, Phil Arane, Daryl Krasu, Rosalie Taylor and Sarah Ruggiero, they will be roaming the docks and the halls, so we will have lots of news, photos and video.

If you are in the Exhibition Halls at the Sydney boat show you can catch my London 2012 reports each day at 2:55pm at the Sailing Stage – will be reporting by Skype from Weymouth, where it will be 5:55am ( just on an hour after sunrise)

And closing today... congrats to Howard Piggott, the new Commodore of the CYCA and thanks a lot for all your great work to Garry Linacre the outgoing Commodore. Two top guys.

We will bring you an in-depth interview series with Howard in two parts in the weeks ahead.

Have a great weekend...

Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2011 - Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2011  Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography ©

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

America's Cup: World's first AC72 to be launched by catapult
Warren Douglas,
What do you do when you need to launch a new boat in style but can't risk breaking a bottle on the bow? Pouring the bubbles over the boat is not quite the same, especially when the public is turning up and they'll be expecting to see some action.... [more]
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Governor's Cup day 2 - Different conditions
Nancy Mellon,
Govenor's Cup day 2 was another beautiful day in Southern California and brought different conditions for the racers. Racing continued throughout the afternoon despite the light winds. After the completion of the eleventh flight, the defending champions from San Diego Yacht Club leads.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS on standby for Transpacific record attempt
l'Hydroptère DCNS,
All the optimisation is complete and the fastest trimaran in the world is just waiting to be rigged, so as she can go flying in the thermal breezes of California.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship: Three crews in medal contention
Craig Heydon,
With just one race remaining at the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship there is plenty still to play out on the water. Three Australian Youth Sailing Team crews are in medal contention with Carrie Smith and Ella Clark currently second in the 420 girls, Mark Spearman second in the Laser Radial boys and Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland third in the multihull.... [more]
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European RS 100, 700, 800 Championships day 4 + Video
Elena Giolai,
On the penultimate day of the European RS 100, 700, 800 Championships, the best possible conditions returned to Trentino Garda. Conditions that have rendered this northern-most stretch of Lake Garda famous throughout the world. The wind and high pressure, thanks to the 'Venturi effect', blew in from the south all afternoon - at times with high intensity.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup preview
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup is set to take place from 20th-30th July where Rene Eglie will play host to the planet's fastest slalom sailors and the world's most extreme freestylers for the 27th consecutive year of World Cup competition. The fleet will once again be congregating on the beautiful beaches of Sotavento as they provide a scintillating display.... [more]
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Transat Québec Saint-Malo - A truly fascinating event
Carla Anselmi,
The Transat Québec Saint Malo originated back in 1984 and immediately stood out as one of the most fascinating events in the international offshore sail racing scene. As the start of the eighth edition draws nearer, the gun firing next Sunday, activity bustles on the pontoons of the Bassin Louise for the 25 participants.... [more]
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2012 ISAF Youth Worlds: Two Gold medals won on penultimate day
Though there is still one final day of racing scheduled at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship on Dublin Bay in Ireland, two class titles have already been decided. First to start their celebrations were the visibly delighted Spanish 29er duo of Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - All4One prevails on day 4
Eva Dallo,
On day four of the 31st Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, light wind conditions prevailed in spite of the fleet delivering some of the tightest and most tactical racing until now, which brought a number of amends to the race committee. Jochen Schuemann's All4One clinched back-to-back wins in today's two races, thus climbing to the top spot in the IRC1 overall classification after seven races.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup - Artemis Racing on form in Marstrand
Jo Grindley,
With the RC44 Sweden Cup now underway, Artemis Racing were quick to show the way in fleet racing. After being lulled into thinking summer had arrived, the grey skies and rain returned bringing with it a light south easterly breeze that never topped eight knots. But through the damp weather, Sweden's Artemis Racing shone.... [more]
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l'Hydroptè damaged in Ruban Bleu record pursuit
MaxComm Communication,
l'Hydroptè sustained damage this afternoon during an attempt to break Lake Geneva's Ruban Bleu, a speed record around the lake from and to Geneva, over sixty-six Miles. Crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Jérémie Lagarrigue, Guillaume Coyon, and Gaël Ledoux, l'Hydroptè set sail from Geneva at 11:38 and completed the first part of the course in a remarkable time.... [more]
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505 World Championship - Day 2 of Pre-Worlds action in La Rochelle
505 Worlds,
Day two of the SAP 505 World Championships in La Rochelle was another beautiful day with sailors taking to the water for the third and fourth races of the Pre-Worlds and the French International Cup – a warm up to the approaching Championship.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Heavy storm clouds on Day 2 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
On the Optimist World Championship 2012 second day of competition, in the Dominican Republic, no races were held as the tropical weather of the Caribbean was not in favor today. Heavy storm clouds were gathered around the island early in the morning and did not let the wind pass through.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Southampton
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet started race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton, at 11:00 GMT today, Thursday 19th July. As the fleet contended with fierce winds of 20-25 knots, De Lage Landen was first to cross the line in its home port, closely followed by Gold Coast Australia and Singapore.... [more]
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The sky's the limit for the 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo
Emma Milne,
The sky's the limit for the 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo. The second annual not-for-profit community and family focused boating spectacular is attracting strong exhibitor interest and organisers can confirm that the Expo will be bigger and even more entertaining than last year based on exhibitor commitments made to date... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - Australians on podium in three classes
Craig Heydon,
Carrie Smith and Ella Clark continue to lead the way in the 420 girls class with the pair now three points ahead of the second placed Italian crew.... [more]
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America's Cup: Take a walk around Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a video of their new AC72 which was test rigged and revealed to the world for the first time on Wednesday July 18, 2012 The video is a revealing walk around the catamaran which is due for launch on Saturday July 21, 2012 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series 2012-13 format announced
Jane Eagleson,
The opening event of the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series is in San Francisco from August 21-26 this summer. This marks the first racing in the host city of the 34th America's Cup. On Wednesday, the format of competition for the new 2012-13 AC World Series was released. It will be a five day program of racing building to a grand finale on the Super Sunday of each event.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup day 1 all Russian + Video
The RC44 Sweden Cup, the penultimate event on the RC44 Championship Tour, commenced today in Marstrand. The day belonged to two of the four Russian team's competing in this year's Tour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Change of course for Defender raises new issues
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have announced a change to its proposed winter training plans in New Zealand. Oracle say they have been working with the management of Northport and the community of Marsden Point on plans for a temporary base in New Zealand's North Island. Instead, the America's Cup champion will continue to keep its activities focused in the U.S, the team says in a statement.... [more]
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505 World Championship - The incredible start in La Rochelle
505 Worlds,
The 2012 SAP 505 World Championship Pre-Worlds got off to an amazing start. The event kicked off yesterday amid bright sunshine and clear blue skies in La Rochelle. With a good breeze in the air, the sailors took to their boats in what was surely record time, eager to get out on the water and make the most of the incredible conditions.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Tricky conditions on Day 1 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Optimist World Championship 2012 first day of racing got underway in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday 17th July. The 230 young sailors competing prepared their boats early in the morning and took the last advice from their coaches before they hit the water.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
Camper Media and Daryl Wislang,
Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. She will visit the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca. Sponsored by the Mallorcan footwear company Camper, the return of the joint Spanish and New Zealand flagged boat, marks the end of a round the world adventure that started with the yacht's baptism at the RCNP in September 2011 and the race start from A... [more]
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l'Hydroptè breaks one-hour record around Lake Geneva
Bernard Schopfer,
Whilst attempting to break Lake Geneva's Blue Ribbon record last week the experimental catamaran l'Hydroptè, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, broke the one-hour speed record with an average speed of 25.25 knots.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship Preview
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy World Championship is being held in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21st to 28th July 2012. No sailor has ever won five OK Dinghy World titles. Three sailors have won four titles and two of them called it a day after that. The third sailor in question is the current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) and he is about to try for a record fifth title at the OK Dinghy World Championship next week... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Calling up the Reinforcements
Volvo Ocean Race,
They say one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and that certainly was the case for reserve sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, who were given the chance to prove they could step up to challenges as big as the Southern Ocean, often with barely any notice. Be it an email with a subject line 'get your boots ready' or a hurried face-to-face with the skipper just minutes before the st... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 unveiled - a world first
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 catamaran was wheeled out of the shed the first time this morning as team members got down to final preparations for Saturday's public show at the Viaduct Harbour. On a brilliantly fine and still winter's morning, the 40m wingsail was wheeled from its tent, lifted and carefully placed on the platform.... [more]
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2012 Laser Radial Men's World Championship – the wrap
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Tristan Brown has won the 2012 World Laser Radial Men's Championship. Brown held the regatta lead for the last three days after a series of mid regatta wins.... [more]
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29er European Championship - Patience makes perfect on day 3
Jerelyn Biehl,
For day three of the 29er European Championships, patience was the word of the day. Rain and no wind dominated the majority of the day as the club and beach were filled with sailors and supporters biding their time with conversation and card games while the southern hemisphere sailors caught up on their school work.... [more]
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