Plenty of Hot action ahead

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 02 Nov 2012

Plenty of Hot action ahead

Stampede, Festival of Sails Passage Race finish line - Festival of Sails, Geelong 2012  Beth Morley - copyright

The Notice of Race for the 35th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship is now online and past Middle Harbour Yacht Club Commodore Ian Box is among the first entries received. The event is set to take place 24th-25th November 2012.

Will be interesting too to see how the entries flow for the 2013 Pittwater Coffs Harbour regatta, which has an innovative early entry prize draw.

We expect to see plenty of action on the water this weekend with the perennial favourites the 18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge fourth race, which marks the series halfway point, gets underway this Sunday on Sydney Harbour and the Paper Tigers enjoying a comeback.

AEG 3-Buoys Challenge  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Have a great weekend

The Team

New Olympic Multihull Nacra 17 – Update
Nacra Sailing,
The production of the Nacra 17, which is the new Olympic multihull for Rio 2016, is continuing at pace at Composite Marine International (CMI) in Thailand. By the end of the week, boat number 70 will be laminated and the first containers are underway to Europe.... [more]
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Sun shines on Seawind at 14th annual Pittwater Regatta
Brent Vaughan,
On the 26th to 28th of October 2012, a fleet of 27 Seawind catamarans sailed in idyllic conditions at the 14th Annual Seawind Pittwater Regatta, enjoying this yearly tradition of friendly racing, on-shore partying and entertainment. Retaining the title as the largest big cat regatta in Australia, around 130 crew members from around Australia and even as far as Florida USA, assembled.... [more]
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Paper Tigers ready to roar at Showdown Regatta
Steve Price,
This weekend's annual Audi Showdown Regatta hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will see a healthy fleet of Paper Tiger Catamarans take to the River Derwent. The class is experiencing a renaissance in Tasmania with sixteen boats regularly sailing out of the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Hobart's Eastern Shore and another three now sailing from the Midway Point Yacht Club.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge Race 4 preview
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge fourth race, which marks the series halfway point, gets underway on Sunday 4th November on Sydney Harbour. Concept of the series and the 3-Buoys system is to provide an equality of competition in individual races as well as the overall pointscore, and so far this concept has certainly been upheld.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Four teams prepare to charge for podium
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series 2012 final Act is being held in Rio de Janeiro and by the end of play on the 9th December one team will be crowned 2012 Extreme Sailing Series champions. Four teams are preparing to make a charge for the podium, but only one will lift the much-coveted 2012 trophy.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race preview - NSW versus Queensland
Di Pearson,
Among the 82 entries into the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia there were four super maxis and six previous overall winners, including defending champion, Loki, at the close of entries at 5.00pm last evening.... [more]
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2013 Festival of Sails first entry
Lisa Ratcliff,
Entries opened yesterday for the 2013 Festival of Sails and within minutes Paul Lindemann's Victorian Beneteau 50, Biddy Hu II, was declared the first official entry for Australia's largest keelboat regatta.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Stormy weather halts racing on day 6
Student Yachting World Cup,
Strong winds and heavy clouds were the scenery on day six of the Student Yachting World Cup, here in La Rochelle. From early morning, the weather showed its intentions and the race committee decided not to go against it. At the skippers briefing, already around 10 am, they announced to the students that all racing was suspended for the day.... [more]
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Loïck Peyron to sail with Artemis Racing during AC72 training
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, announced today that French multihull legend Loïck Peyron will join the Swedish crew during this month's AC72 training. 'It is fantastic to have Loïck join Artemis Racing. Loïck has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 bouncing off the ceiling
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses how the crew is bouncing off the ceiling due to the lack of sufficient wind: The Walvis Bay wind machine seems to have broken down. The powers that be that make this one of the best and most consistent speed sailing venues in the world have taken a break and left no message as to when they are coming back.... [more]
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Huge fleet on the Derwent for Showdown Regatta
Peter Campbell,
Over 180 sailing craft, ranging from Optimist dinghies to ocean racing yachts, are expected to be out on Hobart's River Derwent this Saturday, 3rd November, competing in the Audi Showdown Regatta. As such, the Showdown is one of the biggest mixed fleet regattas in Australia, involved close to 600 sailors ranging in age from eight to eighty.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Irish extend lead on day 5 + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
A number of faces were tired this morning on day five of the Student Yachting World Cup. The Night Race from yesterday was definitively one of the hardest of this edition. That's one of the reasons why only two races have been completed today, one windward-leeward and one coastal, going around Fort Boyard and near Oléron Island.... [more]
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Rivoli Bay comes alive with SA vs. Vic Catamaran Challenge
Brad Mann,
This weekend Southend will come alive with an array of South Australian and Victorian sailing boats contesting for the Rivoli Bay Sailing Club's annual Western Region Regatta and the SA vs. Vic Catamaran Challenge. With 15 boats expected on the start line, the two day regatta will attract racing enthusiasts from a broad base of clubs across two states.... [more]
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UON SB20 World Championships entries close in a month
Lisa Ratcliff,
Today marks one month to the close of paperwork for this year's UON SB20 World Championships when an extraordinary line up of Olympians and sailing world title holders in the SB20 and other classes will rendezvous at Hamilton Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ calls time out - boat in shed
Emirates Team New Zealand have suspended their America's Cup sailing program for over 10 days to undertake modifications to their AC72 catamaran which has been sailing twice a week in the Hauraki Gulf. In an announcement this evening, the team said they were ratcheting up its AC72 sailing programme, moving on from primarily conducting reliability and system testing to a focus on racing and spee... [more]
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RSYS Etchells Regatta - Matt Whitnall dominates
North Sails,
Matt Whitnall and his team on board Umami dominated the racing at the start of the season with two wins and a third showing good speed and height in the tricky conditions for this weekend's RSYS Etchells regatta. Matt and his team are geared up with the same North Sails inventory that Tom King used to win the Sydney worlds at the beginning of the year.... [more]
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Festival of Sails regatta first official entry declared
By Lisa Ratcliff/Festival of Sails media,
The submission of entries for the 2013 Festival of Sails opened today and shortly, Australia's largest keelboat regatta, Paul Lindemann's Victorian Beneteau 50, Biddy Hu II, was declared as the first official entry.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Harbour regatta offers family-friendly sailing
Lisa Ratcliff,
Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta, to be staged January 2 - 6, 2013, offers a family friendly and easy alternative for the upcoming summer holidays. To sweeten the deal for the 32nd edition of the northern blue water classic, organising club The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) will waive the entry fee for one lucky owner.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - a day in the AC72 testing life + Video
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis provides some answers to a question he's often asked – 'what do you do out there all day?'... [more]
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New Olympic Womens Skiff 49erFX - Images from around the World
The 49erFx has taken off, since being selected in May 2012 as the Womens Olympic Skiff. Here's a gallery of 12 images from 12 of the countries which are sailing the 49erFX - currently 135 rigs have been ordered/shipped by the end of November, going to 21 countries... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race Village to be closed due to weather
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race Village in Les Sables D'Olonne along with the pontoons will be closed from Wednesday, October 31st at 8pm to Thursday November 1st. Meteo France weather forecasts predict that gale force winds are expected to reach up to 90km/ph.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand issues media statement on Board Sailing debate
Jodie Bakewell-White,
On Wednesday afternoon, Yachting New Zealand issued a media statement on its position with the expected re-opening of the decision made at the May Meeting of the International Sailing Federation. The statement makes a claim, which would seem to be at variance with ISAF Constitution in regard to the voting and speaking obligations of ISAF Councillors.... [more]
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Victorian Moth Grand Prix - Round 2 equals crashes and carnage
Leigh Dunstan,
Round two of the KA Sail Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series was filled with high-speed runs and spectacular crashes. Sailed from McRae Yacht Club as part of their Open Day, the eighty plus fleet witnessed how fast foiling Moths can sail. With two races sailed in 15-20+knots action was on the cards from the outset.... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray talks to Mark Heeley +Video
Bob Killick,
Mark Heeley talks America's Cup with Iain Murray in the 18 footer rigging park Double Bay, Sydney......Iain dropped down to check out Steve Jarvin's new number one rig set up on Gotta Luv it 7 and had a few comments after the race to Mark Heeley's pointed questions.... [more]
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Entries open for 2013 Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic
Louise Edwards,
One of South Australia's most popular yacht races, the Marina Hindmarsh Island Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic will be held on Sunday 27th January, 2013. Entries open on Thursday 1st November 2012, online and close at midnight on Thursday 17th January 2013.... [more]
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