Lots of Crash and Burn with a huge year ahead + Video

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 11 Jan 2013

Lots of Crash and Burn with a huge year ahead + Video

Kiwi Pete Burling is on fire, Scott Babbage is getting ready to catch the bride's bouquet for yet another time. 2012 World Champion Josh McKnight is third, Dave Lister is fourth, Tom Slingsby is fifth and local hero, 2011 Moth WC, Nathan Outteridge is out the back door, with a string of equipment failures.

The video is a hoot and we have interviews and full results below.

Spectacular sailing, flying even at the Intern dominion 12 foot s skiffs being sailed out of Manly in Brisbane. 25 knots plus yesterday and out came the smallest rigs. It was that or death reported Richard Billet.

2012 12ft Skiff Interdominion  Mike Kenyon

Australian Etchells Championships - Black Flag and Adrenaline pumping five black flags, a boat rising from the seabed and collisions. The Gentlemen from the Etchells fleet were not all so gentlemanly yesterday. And for one well know skipper its Thanks for coming and thank your mother for the rabbits – or words to that effect.

The second general recall in race 3 (note class flag still flying) - Prochoice Safety Gear Etchells Nationals  Bernie Kaaks

Sail-World's coverage of the 34th Cup is going to be bigger than ever before. Richard Gladwell is heading up our newsletter coverage and in US sporting terms our All Star is Bob Fisher, the doyen of America's Cup and Olympic Sailing. We will be having a quiet little drink or four over the weekend with The Fish as we map out the program. We will be talking to the key players from the four teams in the weeks ahead.

It's a giant year ahead locally with big numbers expected for the Festival of Sail in Geelong, including the Audi IRC Australian titles, the Sydney Harbour regatta, and then Sail Port Stephens amongst the early highlights ahead of Sanctuary Cove and the Etchells Midwinters.

Festival of Sails 2013  © Festival of Sails

Sail-World's regatta presence on the world stage and local scene will be stronger than ever before.

For the first time we will be on the water for some of the key European World Sailing Cup events. We will be at the Louis Vuitton series, ahead of the Sydney International Boat Show, Southport, Keppel, Airlie, Hamilton, Magnetic Island and then back to San Francisco for the Cup itself, with the full Sail-World team. Remember, we are doing this for you.

America's Cup - San Francisco, California  America's Cup 2013

And on a personal note, thanks for all the kind words and messages after we showed you pictures of the burnt paddocks at Sail-World Australia's HQ.

Pump sheds, pumps, waterlines and some fences are gone, a miracle that was all, but the really good news is that right now there is about 500 acres of blackened paddock providing a serious firebreak shielding us from any further bush fires.

Lots of good sailing news, have a great weekend

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Australian Moth Championship - Crash and Burn, gusty action at Wangi
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Today, day four of the 2013 Australian Moth Championship, was used for re-sails, as Tuesday was cancelled. The racing started in a gusty 10-14 knot easterly which tended to have constant swings of five to ten degrees. The sailors were again a little too keen at the first start resulting in a general recall, however they all got away cleanly in the re-start.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championships 2013 - Of Black flags and protests
Bernie Kaaks,
Even after two general recalls, some of the senior sailors in the National Etchells Championship being held at Fremantle, tried to take on the race committee under a black flag. Some retired when advised, but one of the series favourites, Mark Thornburrow's Racer X, continued after being advised of his black flag infringement, requested redress and was subsequently scored DNE.... [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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Juniors, families, and classics - plenty of stories in the MG14 fleet!
Rohan Nosworthy,
Day four of the Zhik MG14 National Titles, and a great ENE breeze of 12-15knots allowed all boats across the fleet to savour the conditions on beautiful Port Stephens. However, the best stories of the regatta are coming from outside the top few boats!... [more]
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Australian Youth Nationals 2013 - Tessa Lloyd overcoming great odds
Peter Campbell,
The Australian Youth Sailing Championship saw the fall and rise of Victorian skiff sailor Tessa Lloyd, who finished fifth overall in the 29er Skiff after suffering a life-threatening accident while competing in last year's Youth Nationals in Brisbane.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa '45ing in Auckland
Emirates Team New Zealand has started back on the final push of the 2013 America's Cup with the re-commissioning of the team's AC45 and a work-out against fellow Challenger Luna Rossa (Italy). With the ETNZ AC72 decommissioned and stored in the boat shed and the second AC72 yet to be delivered to the base for assembly, the sailing crew took to the water to sharpen up and practice for the next... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Reaping the South Atlantic rewards + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is reaping the rewards of his choice to ascend the South Atlantic along the coast of Brazil and is gaining ground by every position report. Now only six miles separates him and current third place Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3). Jean-Pierre Dick has elected to tackle the St Helena High by going upwind in 15-20 knots.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Melges 32 class joins in
Trish Jenkins,
Continually evolving the race programme for the BVI Spring Regatta, set to take place March 29-31, the organisers are pleased to include the exciting one-design Melges 32 class in its regatta. Regatta host, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will welcome several of these fun, fast and highly competitive boats with crews to match, as part of the inaugural 2013 Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup 2013 - New event website launched
Robert Deaves,
The 2013 Finn Gold Cup is to be held in Tallinn, Estonia from August 23 to 31. The official event website has been launched and can be viewed here: www.finngoldcup.org/2013 The Finn Gold Cup will be the fourth world championship for an Olympic sport hosted in Estonia. The Finn class previously sailed its very successful 1994 Gold Cup at Pärnu, and the event website includes a video of that event... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Long ascent continues for the leaders
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, constantly in a northerly flow of around 15 knots, the two leaders continue their long ascent up the South Atlantic, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) managed to claw back a few miles this morning reducing the gap between him and François Gabart (Macif) by fourteen miles.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Gill to sponsor Geelong racing spectacle
Susan Ghent,
The Festival of Sails, the biggest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, hammered a deal with sailing gear-maker Gill to stage this year's record-breaking regatta in Geelong. Gill is very proud to become a sponsor of the event this year as the exclusive apparel supplier.... [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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America's Cup: Luna Rossa skipper updates from Auckland
Americas Cup.com,
Just before his team stopped sailing for a short break over the Christmas holidays in December, Luna Rossa Challenge skipper Max Sirena sat down at the team base on Auckland's waterfront to answer some questions from americascup.com. Here are the highlights.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion - Moreton Bay chops up in 25+kts
Richard Billett,
Richard Billett reports on Race 5 and 6 in the Interdominion 12ft Skiff Championships, being sailed on Moreton Bay, Brisbane: I am 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.... [more]
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Australian Youth Championship 2013 - Winners crowned on final day
Craig Heydon,
The 2013 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship concluded the final day of racing in Hobart with the crowning of new national champions along with the selection of the members of the Australian Sailing Youth Team.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding overslept aboard surging Gamesa
Emily Caroe,
Sixty miles south of the Falkland Islands this morning, Mike Golding can reflect on a good night's work with Gamesa in the groove and making good miles, even if he does feel he overslept slightly. In truth, Golding's oversleep was by minutes not hours.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Fantastic entertainment awaits in Geelong
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails will make sure that the latest staging of the biggest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere will be something to be remembered for a long time with engaging activities and concerts taking place over the four-day event.... [more]
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IRC Australian Championship 2013 - Audi announces prizes for winners
Lisa Ratcliff,
German car manufacturer Audi, the Principal Sponsor of the IRC Australian Championship, announced on Thursday the prizes at stake for the upcoming races from January 24 to 28 on on Geelong's Corio Bay. As always, prizes supplied by luxury German car manufacturer, Audi, the Principle Sponsor of the Championship and also a long-time supporter of Australian sailing, will only enhance the appea... [more]
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My Ten Sailing New Year Resolutions
Lee Mylchreest,
The brand new year is upon us and apart from wishing all a great 2013, I have thought seriously about my sailing over the last year, and this has given rise to my Ten New Year Resolutions. I share them with you below:... [more]
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International Optimist Australian Championship - Kiwi shines on Day 1
Peter Campbell,
The International Optimist Australian Championship 2013 completed all three races scheduled on the opening day despite strong and gusty winds. Murrays Bay Yacht Club's Nick Egnot-Johnson, the only entry from New Zealand, outraced a huge fleet of 110 Optimist dinghies to take the early lead after he won the first two heats and placed third in the third on River Derwent.... [more]
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Capsized sailor's life jacket comes to the rescue
TrueLocal/Sail-World Cruising,
A Sydney sailor spent more than an hour in the water clinging to his trailer yacht after it capsized on Tuggerah Lake on the Central Coast this week.... [more]
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Australian Sabre Championship 2013 - Smooth sailing on Moreton Bay
Mike Kenyon,
Sabre Nationals 2013 was held on December 28, 2012 to January 4, 2013 on Moreton Bay, featuring the finest Sabre sailors in the country as they competed for the national title. A record 130 boats participated in the event, making it the largest single fleet regatta held in Australia this summer. Peter Hackett showed brilliance and consistency in the weeklong competition to take the crown.... [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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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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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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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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