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 10 Jan 2013

43 degrees and blown away ... and yes there is sailing news!

Battling 40 knot winds and 43 degree temperatures it was a mighty team effort, with the helio's picking up water from the farm dams, crayfish and all and dumping them where it mattered.

The flames were stopped just 15 metres from the Sail-World office, the homestead and sheds were saved too, an island amongst the blackened paddocks, with the dams and their green verges now very prominent.

It goes without saying with that with the 1998 Bass Strait experience behind us and now this we are big fans of Igor Sikorsky, who designed the world's first mass produced Helio in 1942.

But now back to the fun stuff.....

It might be 'only' a National Championship but the Australian Moth title being sailed on Lake Macquarie in Australia has the most amazing field.

The venue, Wangi RSL Amateurs Sailing Club is Nathan Outteridge's home club. His father Tony is the PRO for this event.

Just before the Olympics Nath was presented a little belatedly with a Leant to Sail competency certificate from the Club. Turns out he flunked out as a little tacker. He could not swim the required distance.

2013 Australian Moth Championship  Danny Winter

Now as a serious Moth Sailor (World Champion 2011), dual 49er World Champion and London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist he has it down pat.

But to no avail, now he has a certificate which confirms he can swim but plagued with gear failures he is now well back in the bus in this event.

New Zealander Pete Burling, the 49er Olympic silver medallist, displaying the cross-event talent that could make him the 49er helm to beat come 2016 is top of the tree.

There is a lot happening around the traps. In the Etchells Nationals yesterday the Fremantle Doctor kicked in early at 18 – 22 knots. Some pretty wild scenes as one yacht sank in the second race of the day. And up on Moreton Bay for 12 foot skiffs, it was fourth rig or death!!

St John's Dance going down. The sails were removed and the yacht was left for retrieval tomorrow. - Prochoice Safety Gear Etchells Nationals  Ron Jensen

On the America's Cup scene, the focus is switching to the AC72's with the AC45's effectively brushed aside. The Oracle team is just taking delivery of its second AC72 wing. Under the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup, teams are limited to building just three wing sails, and if one is damaged, as Oracle's was in the capsize of October 16, then the repair is restricted to 50% or less of the surface area. It is believed that the damage to Oracle's first wingsail exceeded 50%, and therefore they will be restricted to just two wing sails for the rest of the campaign. Each team is allowed to build two boats.

Oracle's second wingsail will be fitted to their repaired first boat (known as USA-17) scheduled for launch after her repairs in February 2013. Their third wingsail, currently under construction in the Warkworth facility, will be fitted to Oracle's second boat due for launch in April 2013.

Oracle Team USA - second wingsail is unloaded in San Francisco, USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Looking ahead it seems 2013 is going to be the year of the phablet - (the largest phone/tablet are over 150mm -6') in screen size and with over half of the Sail-World audience arriving via smart phone and tablet, mobile internet devices continued to drive online volumes.

It's truly a 24x7 world. As the Sail-World team prepares for the start of the 2013 London Boat Show, the upcoming Festival of Sail, incorporating the 2013 Audi IRC Australian championships.

Good sailing.

Rob Kothe

Australian Moth Championship - Kiwi leads world class fleet
Tony Outteridge,
At the Australian Moth Championship, with the Southerly Change coming over night, the temperatures dropped and the enthusiasm of the sailors increased. Racing got underway on the third day of racing on time in a 15-18 knot SSE breeze. In an attempt to try and keep the fleet out of the big waves whipped up over night by the southerly change, a slightly smaller course was set.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's second wingsail arrives in San Fran
The new wing sail for Oracle Team USA arrived to San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon, completing a journey from New Zealand and around the South Bay before pulling into the team base at Pier 80. The wing is the second built by the team and will be fitted into the Defender's first AC72 to begin sailing again in the coming weeks. See video of the arrival and unloading... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Bernard Stamm announces retirement from race
Vendee Globe media have reported that at 5.11PM UTC (6.11PM French time) Cheminées Poujoulat skipper Bernard Stamm notified the race Direction he is officially retiring from the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe. The decision to retire from his third Vendee Globe, brings to an end a long saga which began in the Auckland Islands... [more]
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Etchells Nationals - Fremantle Doctor wreaks havoc on opening day
Bernie Kaaks,
There were no complaints about lack of breeze for the first day of the Etchells Nationals today as the Fremantle Doctor kicked in early at 18 – 22 knots. The serious action happened in the last downwind leg of race 2, when one Etchells broached and sank.... [more]
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Cooldown in weather, but no cooling of competition at MG14 Nationals
Rohan Nosworthy,
The Zhik MG14 National Titles continued today at Port Stephens, in conditions dramatically contrasting to the past few days. A gusty 10-22kt Southerly dropped the temperatures and provided challenging and shifty conditions - but failed to stop Chris Eddes and Nigel Blatchford sailing 'Einhorn', from successfully completing their fourth win of the regatta.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion - Moreton Bay chops up in 25+kts
Richard Billett,
I'm sure I speak for all the 12 sailors when I say 'whoop whoop fourth rig rides!!' Today was by far, the easiest day for making a rig choice... fourth rig or death!! The little masts came off the trailers and the toy like sails were rolled out. The sail out to the start was interesting.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa crew return to Auckland for final training
America's Cup Challenger, Luna Ross's (ITA) sailing and shore crew have all returned to the team's Auckland base to resume the training and development program. The plan for January is to make the most of the 13 remaining days allowed by the Protocol to sail the AC72 prior to the January 31st deadline.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane action returns to Waterloo Bay
Meghan Andrew,
This Easter will see the return of the Sail Brisbane event to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Open to internationally and nationally recognised classes, the event will provide four days of exciting racing around Waterloo Bay.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding makes record Cape Horn rounding
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Gamesa) in sixth place, rounded Cape Horn this morning at 02.05 GMT and became the only person to have raced around this infamous rock three times each way: west to east and east to west.... [more]
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Hot fleet of champions battling it out on the water at MG14 Nationals
Rohan Nosworthy,
The 22nd MG14 National Titles, proudly sponsored by Zhik, are currently underway on the gorgeous waters of Port Stephens. Sailing from the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club at Soldiers Point, the fleet has so far completed four of the nine scheduled races in fantastic sailing conditions.... [more]
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Sharpie Nationals - Higgins crowned as six time National Champion
Harry Fisher,
Mal Higgins in 'Focus' with Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm has been crowned the 70th Australian Sharpie National Champion after winning Race 7 in incredible fashion in a traditional 'Brighton South Easterly'.... [more]
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Australian Finn National Championships - Casey leads 22 boat fleet
Shaun Wells,
After four races in the 2013 Australian Finn National Championships held at Cronulla Sailing Club from the 7th-11th January, Brendan Casey leads the 22 boat fleet, with young gun Jake Lilley hot on his heels. With three more days of racing left, it's all still on the line.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding makes history, rounds Cape Horn for sixth time
British and Gamesa solo sailor Mike Golding successfully rounded the Cape Horn on Wednesday 9 January, at 02:05 GMT, making him the only person to have raced around the dangerous rock three times each way: west to east and east to west.... [more]
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Youth Nationals 2013 – Close races highlight penultimate day
Craig Heydon,
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2013 showcased pulsating and razor-sharp finishes on the penultimate day of competition in River Derwent with three races completed for the Bic Techno 293 fleet and two more classes before strong winds swept through and forced the races to be abandoned yet again.... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup 2013 – Races resume despite blistering heat on Day 2
Peter Campbell,
The Prince Philip Cup Australasian Championship 2013 gave the 21 crews of International Dragon class yachts one of the hottest sailing conditions they ever had as temperature climbed up to 42.5 degree on the second day of racing on Botany Bay.... [more]
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What shall we do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?
Des Ryan,
It was 'early in the morning' when officials were wondering 'What shall we do with a drunken sailor?' He was so drunk he allowed his 28ft sailing boat to go ashore on a surfing beach (at least he missed the rocks). Then when authorities approached he was too drunk to get off the boat and collapsed into unconsciousness. He had to be lifted off the boat.... [more]
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Marine insurance giant Pantaenius - shaking the Australian market
John Curnow,
At the beginning of November, 2012 we posed a question of Jamie MacPhail, Pantaenius Australia's newly appointed Managing Director. Very simply it was, ‘Just who is Pantaenius?' Since then, many things have occurred or changed in the marine world.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race online entries hits capacity in 24-hours
Trish Jenkins, RORC,
By the time it hit midday, the Royal Ocean Racing Club confirmed that online entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race had hit capacity. Less than 24-hours after the online entry system opened, 300 boats had registered for this classic race. This sets a new record previously held by the last race in 2011 when the limit was reached after ten days.... [more]
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World ARC departs Cape Town for the final stages of circumnavigation
Sarah Collins / WCC,
In the World ARC, the current rally fleet departed Cape Town on Saturday 5 Jan., bound for Brazil via the mid-Atlantic island of Saint Helena, the final ocean leg of their round the world odyssey. The crews, representing fourteen different nationalities are taking part in the World ARC sailing rally which left Saint Lucia, in the Caribbean, in January 2012 and will return there in April this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: Top designer still rates Oracle's chances of success
Top America's Cup designer, Duncan MacLane rates Oracle Team USA's chances at better than 60% of mounting a successful Defence of the America's Cup in September 2013, despite the capsize in October which ripped four months out of their development program. 'I think it is possible, Oracle have an incredibly strong team and with tons of experience. At the early stages I would have said that the c... [more]
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Vendee Globe - High speed action at sea
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Bernard Stamm and his Team Cheminées Poujoulat today announced that they have elected the solution to get more fuel onboard his Open 60 Cheminées Poujoulat at sea, boat-to-boat. This solution ensures the safety for the sailor and his monohull, because approaching a port without means of propulsion, or navigation data could be dangerous.... [more]
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America's Cup Event Authority announces focus on 'Summer of Sailing'
America's Cup Event Authority,
In an effort to retain a sharp focus on the centerpiece of sailing's most prestigious trophy, the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) will shift its attention from the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events contemplated for later in the spring. Instead, the ACEA will turn its full focus to San Francisco's 'Summer of Sailing,' starting with the Louis Vuitton Cup beginning July 4th and culminatin... [more]
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Australian Youth Championship - Challenging Day 2 + Video
Craig Heydon,
2013 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship second day and gusty conditions have challenged crews in Hobart, Tasmania. After the opening day was cut short due to strong winds racing got underway on the River Derwent just after 10am on Tuesday with 160 crews in action across five classes.... [more]
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Vendèe Globe - SynerCiel due to round Cape Horn
Vendèe Globe,
Vendèe Globe - At the end of the pacific passage, through the treacherous deep south, Cape Horn is the last mandatory gate via which the skippers must pass. It is their dream to round the mythical Horn, synonymous with turning into the final furlong, onto the home strait.... [more]
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Australian Moth Championships Day 2 - 'Bangin' the Corners Cup'
Tony Outteridge,
Zhik, CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championship Day 2 - With temperatures over 40 degrees and wind gust in excess of 30 knots, championship racing was cancelled. With a fleet of 70 boats and a varying degree of skill and experience, the race committee decided call off racing for the day... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Entries keep coming for Geelong regatta
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails 2013 has now recorded more than 200 entries and the number of boats participating is expected to get even higher in the succeeding weeks before the opening of the biggest keelboat regatta in Australia.... [more]
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GME unveils latest powerful antenna - AE3000
GME continues to provide sailors with cutting-edge technology that enables great TV reception at the marina or on an anchor line, launching their latest powerful antenna ‘AE3000.' Ever since television was introduced to Australia in 1956, boat owners have struggled to receive a decent signal when bobbing around at the marina or swinging on an anchor line.... [more]
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