Can Glen Bourke win his first SB20 World title?

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 20 Dec 2012

Can Glen Bourke win his first SB20 World title?

Bourke's second, fourth and bullet in the last race on day five has put them on equal 33 points with Team Russia and second on a count back. Bourke was one of the SB20 (SB3) pioneers winning the Europeans three times, during the period he was UK based as the CEO of the Volvo Round the World Race. In those days the Europeans was the peak event, no worlds had been sanctioned so a World title for the class veteran would be a just reward. An interesting day ahead!!

In a mind boggling announcement UK Sport says GBR Sailing will receive £24,515,072, ($40 shy of AUD $38 million dollars) for the 2013-2017 Olympic cycle after British sailorS delivered five medals at the London Olympic Games.

How much money might they have received if they had they been in Australia's position where the sport won 43% of all its countries Gold Medals.

South Atlantic - Vendee Globe 2012-13  © Armel Le Cléac'h / Banque Populaire

Vendée Globe skipper Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) has taken the lead from Francois Gabart (Macif) as the two leaders sailed under Tasmania. Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3), on his own in third, is losing ground to the leaders. We smiled at the latest Vendee Globe release title which informed with the unfortunate words Dick Slipping.

Today John Curnow details the rise and rise of the RS200, with a fleet establishing quickly in Melbourne, with fifteen boats soon to be on the water at just one club.

The first buyers of the Melbourne based RS200s could not be happier. - RS200  © Alex McKinnon

It's the two-person RS200, now with numbers well past 1500; it has a huge following in UK and Europe. It's a lightweight open-cockpitted, bowsprit enhanced, 8.29m2 asymmetric ‘chute flying, non-trapeze fun machine. Read all about it.

As you'd expect there is a steady flow of news from the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, much of it focussing as usual on the big boats. Our first Rolex Sydney Hobart newsletter will hit cyberspace tomorrow. Technology has moved on in the last year, so we will reveal some more Sail-World innovations in race coverage as a Christmas present for you.

The winning yacht in the 2012 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race will receive full recognition for its performances under all handicap categories, while yacht owner/skippers will select the winner of a new award for an outstanding skipper.

Melbourne to Hobart (west coast) and east coast, Melbourne to Launceston and Launceston to Hobart.

SL-33's emerge from the Viaduct Harbour  Ben Gladwell

And in an interesting back story, we bring you an interview with Dean Barker on the Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup development program. It's about the two SL33's run by the design and sailing teams, as test boats. They are being fitted with all kinds of modified hulls and appendages as the Kiwis gear up for a very strong challenge to the US Oracle camp next September in San Francisco.

We trust you are having a great week in the run up to Christmas and Boxing Day.

Our Sail-World staff party will be in cyber space this weekend with our team scattered across North America, UK-Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. So we can invoke the sun is over the yard arm excuse 24x7

Trust we all enjoy a few quiet little drinks in the weeks ahead and of course in Hobart, they will get progressively nosy as always.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

SB20 World Championships - Bourke draws level
Lisa Ratcliff,
The UON SB20 World Championships fifth day of racing was held at Hamilton Island today, Wednesday 19th December. Places have shuffled with each race, but there has been one constant - Oleg Zherebtsov and Rodion Luka's Team Russia, which has occupied the top spot since day two.... [more]
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Preparations on track for Melges 24 Nationals in Geelong
Tracey Walters,
Melges 24 teams are busy in preparation around the country for the sixth Melges 24 Australian Championships in January. Royal Geelong Yacht Club will host the Championships in conjunction with the popular annual regatta event the Festival of Sails.... [more]
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Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Race preview
Marissa Chalkley,
The famous Melbourne to Launceston Race, Australia's oldest ocean race (and the world's fifth oldest), starts on December 27, 2012 at 1230 off Portsea Pier. The winner receives (albeit quite briefly) the splendiferous 60 Guinea, Rudder Cup.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Francois Gabart fights back
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe - How quickly the hunter becomes the hunted. Francois Gabart (MACIF) re-took his lead on Wednesday morning, 15 hours after losing it to Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). They also both passed the halfway mark on the theoretical mileage for the race and seem destined to play cat and mouse round the world. Just as Armel The Jackal chewed his way to Gabart slowly, likewise Gabart foug... [more]
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America's Cup: One year on for Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa,
On January 7, 2012, the first of the two AC 45 Luna Rossa catamarans was launched in Auckland, after rushing against time to put the yacht together and be ready to start training with Emirates Team New Zealand. 'It feels like yesterday, but it's almost one year!' says Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, as he gets off the yacht after a training session at sea.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gamesa's Mike Golding hopes he is stopping the rot
Emily Caroe,
As the leaders of the Vendée Globe pass the theoretical midpoint of the race this morning, Mike Golding is hoping he will now have stopped what he calls the ‘rot': losing miles to the skippers ahead and behind.... [more]
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Marine13 – programmed to inspire
Marine13 is shaping up to be the most important business-to-business event for the marine industry in Australia and the SE Asia/SW Pacific region in 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: Back to Foiling School in the SL33's + Video
One of the low-profile aspects of Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup development program has been the two SL33's run by the design and sailing teams, as test boats. The small catamaran fits just millimeters inside the allowed maximum length prescribed in the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup, to restrict the use of 'surrogate' boats, or near full size test platforms for the AC72 class.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW aims safe summer season, pushes for life jackets
Ken McManus,
The Marine Rescue NSW continues its drive to lessen boating casualties by urging boaters to wear life jackets before heading into the high seas. Boaters heading on to the water without a lifejacket are risking their safety this festive season, Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said today.... [more]
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RS200 – for when it's all too much
John Curnow,
The thought of sailing a quick dinghy is certainly appealing and enthralling. For some, the idea of wings and traps, combined with a twitchiness and nervousness at low speed resembling that of a cornered mouse, ends up being more than enough to quickly extinguish such exuberant ideas as just a rush of blood to the head.... [more]
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Good Guys Launceston to Hobart Race 2012 - Winner takes all
Peter Campbell,
The winning yacht in the 2012 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race will receive full recognition for its performances under all handicap categories, while yacht owner/skippers will select the winner of a new award for an outstanding skipper.... [more]
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SB20 World Championship 2012 – Interest in SB20 class at all-time high
Lisa Ratcliff,
The SB20 class has experienced a renewed interest among sailing enthusiasts and it's expected to get even bigger at the conclusion of the UON SB20 World Championship at Hamilton Island, which has already produced a number of exciting races going into its penultimate day of competition. Sportsboat World has been a key backer behind the successful staging of the first SB20 Worlds held in the souther... [more]
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UON SB20 World Championships 2012 – Black-flagged Britons reinstated
Lisa Ratcliff,
The UON SB20 World Championships 2012 took another intriguing turn as the international jury decided to reinstate Britain's Ben Saxton's Bango Powered by SLAM and Robert Greenhalgh's The Beard back to competition after the two crews were black flagged in the event's controversial Race 7 of at Hamilton Island.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bumps, scrapes and battering continues + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the leader Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and Francois Gabart (Macif) were just 6.3 miles apart after becoming the first two skippers into the Pacific Ocean. It is more of a psychological than a physical line for the skippers, the point at which they begin to feel they are on the way home.... [more]
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RYA responds to UK Sport funding announcement for Sailing
Lindsey Bell,
RYA Performance Director John Derbyshire provides his reaction to today's UK Sport funding announcement for Sailing for 2013-2017.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Banque Populaire retakes lead
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Armel the Jackal has taken the lead with 37 days, 20 hours, 70 miles to the longitude of Hobart. They call him The Jackal because of his relentless hunting exploits in French sailing races and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) is showing why in this Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Clipper Race champ still hopes to land crew place in Boxing Day's race
Marina Thoma,
A Queensland shop assistant turned round-the-world yachtswoman is hoping for a last-minute crew place in the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race next week. Lisa Blair (27) was inspired to take up sailing by Australian yachting's pinnacle race that sets off from Sydney Harbour for Tasmania since she watched it age 12.... [more]
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International Cadet Nationals 2012 begins Tasmania's Summer of Sail
Peter Campbell,
The International Cadet Australian Championship 2012 will be the opening act of Tasmania's Summer of Sail, drawing elite international cadet sailors in a weeklong event that also serves as a qualifier for the International Cadet World championship. Both events will be held at Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Hobart.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2012 – Road to Rio 2016 begins at Sandringham YC
Lauren Garnet,
The successful hosting of the Sail Melbourne 2012, Australia's premier sailing event, officially kick-started a long and grueling journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympics. The first leg of ISAF Sailing World Cup drew more than 400 sailors from 27 countries as they engaged in a weeklong battle for a spot on the podium from December 2 to 8 at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sail Mandurah in March Notice of Race released
Sail Mandurah in March Media,
Sail Mandurah in March Regatta has released the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the inaugural event, to be held on the March long weekend, second to 4th March 2013.... [more]
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An Australian first in lighting for AMW
Errol Cain, Australian Marine Wholesale,
Australian Marine Wholesale is proud to be the Australian importer of the Lumitec range of lighting including the latest series of marine lighting from the sixth fastest growing manufacturing company in the United States, according to Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing private companies.... [more]
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Royal Prince Alfred YC Youth program to offer offshore experience
Lisa Ratcliff/Sail-World Cruising,
No matter what your ambitions in sailing, there's nothing like experience on 'big boats' to give you a taste of the adrenaline that often accompanies ocean sailing. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is taking its youth development program to another level for seven selected students composed of high school and university students and will undergo training under the tutelage of seasoned sailors.... [more]
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Kiwis claim gold at Sail Melbourne, Sail Sydney in 49erFX
New Zealand 49erFX sailors Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have set the early pace having claimed gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne and Sail Sydney over the weekend. The Kiwis, who have both come up through the ISAF Youth Worlds, won nine of twelve races to take a comprehensive victory ahead of Ella Giudice and Caitlin Elks (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson and Kate Lathouras (AUS).... [more]
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