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 07 Jan 2013

We need your sailing news!!

18ft Skiffs:  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
This is the time of year that Australian National titles are sailed in an enormous number of Classes.

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Whether its reports from Nationals, or State events in dinghies, cats or yachts or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told.

Lachlan and Thomas Racing upwind in the 420 National Titles 2013 photo Dane Lojek  North Sails

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Devine and Furlong hit some spray heading upwind - I14 Australian Championships 2012  Andrew Gough

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And now to the news

MG 4035 - I14 Australian Championships 2012  Andrew Gough

The Sail-World.com Team

Youth Nationals 2013 – Gusty weather brings early end to opening day
Craig Heydon,
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2013 wrapped up its opening day of competition earlier than expected as 25-knot winds posed danger to the competing crews on the River Derwent in Hobart.... [more]
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Gemmell Sails takes race 1 at the 12ft Skiff Interdominions
Richard Billett,
The forecast was ominous with 10-15kts and a few showers for the 12ft Skiff Interdominions. The start was hot with a light Easterly breeze. Qld locals PB Towage did the ballsy port hand bandit and crossed the fleet!!... [more]
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Two big races, two big wins
North Sails,
This year's Hobart and Coffs races have featured great performances across the board by North Sails powered yachts. The Hobart favourite, Bob Oatley's Wild Oats, and the Coffs favourite Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin, both streaked to convincing wins using our latest 3DI and 3DL working and reaching sails.... [more]
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Etchells Syd Corser Regatta - Hot, stormy and windless
Bernie Kaaks,
Today was one of those days when you definitely would not want to be a race officer. The Etchells Syd Corser Regatta fleet was held ashore for lack of breeze, but at 11:15 a light breeze began filtering through and the instruction went out to head to the course.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta opens 2013 with a bang
Damian Devine,
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club wrapped up another successful staging of the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta 2013 with Wedgetail clocking one of the fastest times in the history of event and Syd Fischer's TP52 Ragamuffin ending up the big winner with triple handicap victories (IRC, ORCi, and PHS) in the famous 228-nautical mile racing spectacle... [more]
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Lavazza South Channel Race for Couta Boats
Alex McKinnon,
Alex McKinnon was on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula to capture the Couta Boats in the Lavazza South Channel Race. Sunshine and a cool, stiff Sou'wester, where recently crowned National Champion, Nigel Abbott, got another Line Honours victory.... [more]
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Klaus Lorenz and James Scott contest Musto Australian Championship
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Club's teenage 420 dinghy racing team of Klaus Lorenz and James Scott gained important big fleet racing experience when they contested the Musto Australian championship in Hobart last week. The championship, regarded as a stepping stone towards Olympic sailing in the 470 class, was dominated by the tactically strong West Australian team.... [more]
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Book now - David Hill guest speaker at Southport Yacht Club
Southport Yacht Club,
Former chairman of the ABC, author and these days, archaeologist, David Hill will be special guest speaker at the Southport Yacht Club lunch, Friday 15 February.<... [more]
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Hobie Cat Australasia & Hogs Breath Cafe National Championships 2012
Sally Waterhouse,
Hobie Cat Australasia & Hogs Breath Cafe Australian Hobie Cat National Championships 2012 -has wrapped up at Port Melbourne Yacht Club... [more]
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Sixth Tasar title victory for NSW sailors in Victor Harbor
Stuart Templeton,
The Southern Diesel & Marine 40th Tasar National Titles held in Victor Harbor concluded on Friday January 4th 2013 with the NSW father and daughter team of Rob and Nicole Douglass from Jervis Bay Sailing Club claiming their sixth National Title.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotions high as Stamm collides with UFO + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, on Sunday morning, around 3.30AM (French time), Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) informed his shore crew he had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also broken and is not charging.... [more]
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I14 Australian Championships 2013 - Devine, Furlong regain title
andrew gough,
The Australian International 14 Championships belongs to the dynamic tandem of Brad Devine and Ian Furlong, who together compiled an impressive score card to bag the title for the second consecutive year.... [more]
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Farr 40 Tasmanian Championship decided on countback
Peter Campbell,
As Australian 40 Owners Association president Guido Belgiorno-Nettis said, there could not have been a better finish to the inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian Championship which ended on Hobart's River Derwent today.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta 2013 - Just a Dash wins IRC
Damian Devine,
The Club Marine Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta 2013 drew to a close on Sunday with Philip Dash's Beneteau First 40 Just a Dash winning the IRC division by a single point ahead of Daryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau 45 Victoire... [more]
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Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - War in the Pacific
Vendée Globe,
No Sunday papers, no walk in the park this weekend for the thirteen Vendée Globe sailors. The four leading boats are currently climbing through the South Atlantic Les Sables D'Olonnes bound. Clawing past the edge of a high pressure waiting to reach the more sustained northerly winds. Meanwhile in the Pacific, the other skippers are being pounded by hard conditions. They are sailing with a reduced... [more]
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Weather gods smile on Fremantle Etchells fleet
Bernie Kaaks,
As the fleet headed out to sea for the start of the Syd Corser Regatta, the pre-cursor to next week's national Etchells championship, they faced a forecast suggesting that the breeze might struggle to reach five knots during the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tony Rae picks up 500kg of WeetBix + Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Long time Emirates Team NZ America's Cup campaigner and Round the World sailor, Tony Rae, is one of many in the AC72 crew who are WeetBix fans. In this video Tony sets off in the team pick-up to collect almost 500kg of WeetBix from Sanitarium, makers of WeetBix.... [more]
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America's Cup: Conditioning for the Cup - a look inside + Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ trainer David Slyfield updates on the team's training program, the demands on AC72 sailors, and where it will go from here in the final eight months of the 34th America's Cup. There's also some comparisons between crewing on the monohull America's Cuppers and the new AC72 catamarans. Features new onboard video, plus a look at the team in the gym.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Jury to reopen case of Bernard Stamm
After receiving the written testimony of Professor Marine Khoromov, the jury decided to reopen the investigation of Case No. 4 under RRS 66... [more]
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Victoire, IRC boat of day in 2013 Club Marine Pittwater & Coff series
Damian Devine,
Daryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau 45 Victoire took the IRC boat of the day honours to storm into IRC contention on day one of the two days of racing in Coffs Harbour as part of the 2013 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta.... [more]
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Flying 15 Australian Championship - Hawkins/Jones claim overall win
Susan Thompson,
The Melbourne weather forecast was for heat and no wind on Thursday and that is exactly what we had at the Flying 15 Australian Championship, so International Race Officer Alan Carlisle kept the fleet on the beach and racing was eventually postponed to the next day.... [more]
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Australian Intl 14ft Skiff Championships Day 5 – Conditions test fleet
Andrew Gough,
Australian International 14ft Skiff Championships Day 5 - Unusual and difficult conditions tested the strong fleet, as rain squalls pushed across Waterloo Bay today. With only one race scheduled, it was a testing light start in around five to eight knots. Leading out the left and most favored side was Mark Krstic and Andrew Wilson, hunting for their first race win of the series.... [more]
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12ft Skiffs send it in Brisbane
Richard Billett,
Champagne sailing for the 12ft Skiff Interdominions - Invitation race with the top contenders pushing to the front. Team Architect took the gun in the handicap start race with Gemmell Sails second and Vantage Real Estate third. Gemmell showed why they are defending champions by completing the 'twice-round-the-island' course fastest in a time of 1hr 19mins from scratch.... [more]
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420 Class Australian title to WA crew again
Peter Campbell,
For the second yearn recent times the International 420 class Australian championship has gone to a Western Australian crew; for the second time the winning skipper is a Gilmour, a son of America's Cup helmsman and world match racing champion Peter Gilmour.... [more]
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Locals take the title at Pacer Nationals
Jane Moffat,
McCrae members Alan and Nathan Riley sailing Amen have achieved their goal as they have been crowned Australian Pacer Champions. After being the bridesmaid last year to Phil Chadwick, the Riley's secured a bullet in the final race of the series to finish the championship on 13 points.... [more]
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Sabot Nationals 2013 - Last day abandoned; Finn Gilbert wins title
Sue Neales,
The Australian Sabot Championship 2013 saw its final day abandoned as 30-knot winds proves to be a big risk for sailors to take on Friday. With the cancellation of the final race, Sydney Drummoyne Yacht Club's Finn Gilbert has been declared as this year's national champion.... [more]
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Fickle conditions for day 5 of Australian 14 Championships
Andrew Gough,
Unusual and difficult conditions have tested the strong Australian International 14ft Skiff fleet, as rain squalls pushed across Waterloo Bay today, keeping crews on their toes. With only one race scheduled, it was a testing light start in around five to eight knots.... [more]
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Pittwater to Coffs 2013 – Ragamuffin nabs triple handicap crown
Damian Devine,
Syd Fischer's TP52 Ragamuffin, who finished second behind line honour winner Wedgetail, is after all the big winner of the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race 2013, bagging the IRC, ORCi and PHS handicap division crowns of the 228-nautical mile race. Ragamuffin has become the first boat to accomplish the achievement in the 32 year history of the race.... [more]
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Countback needed to decide NS14 Australian Championship winner
Peter Campbell,
A countback has been required to decide the winner of the 2012-2013 NS14 Australian championship that ended today at the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point on Tasmania's Tamar River. New South Wales crews Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern and Rohan Nosworthy and Sophie Holt both finished on a net 11 points after Nosworthy won the final race in a brisk 14-15 knot breeze.... [more]
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Amazing fleet for ZHIK CST Composites Moth Australian titles
Phil Stevenson,
Up to 70 boats are expected for the event, with fierce competition expected. Entrants from 6 States plus Japan and NZ will compete against Gold medallists, Americas Cup sailors as well as present and past Moth World and National Champions.... [more]
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Sharpie Nationals heats up in back to back Races 4 and 5 at Brighton
Harry Fisher,
The moderate conditions continued going in to Race 4 of the Sharpie Nationals after a New Year's Day lay day and the competition became tighter with many competitors who were previously outside the top group gaining excellent finishes.... [more]
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