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 01 Feb 2013

A Giant Sailing Week online...

Sail-World and its 220,000 monthly readers, yes you are one of those, have been a major part of the shift from sailing magazines to sailing on line.

As well as turning the advertising spends upside down as advertisers have been forced to follow the audiences online, so this technology shift has had a major effect on key events and the events that have embraced new media are delivering hugely to their sponsors.

The Vendee Globe 2012-13 has had a huge online audience. Some two million sailors on Sail-World alone have been involved in the event. Last Sunday in Les Sables d'Olonne a giant crowd witnessed the historic finishes of winner François Gabart and second placed Armel Le Cléac'h but there was a much larger global audience online who shared the incredible experience.

The two French skippers shattered the race records, Gabart, 29 becoming the youngest skipper to win the Vendée Globe, lowering the course record to 78 days, two hours and 16 minutes 40 seconds and in so doing bettering Michel Desjoyeaux's 2008-9 record by six days and 53 minutes.

The drama continues at sea with Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) moored keel-less to a buoy off the Spanish coast waiting for a weather window so that he can begin his 291 miles journey to the finish line. Back down the track Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa is now limping homewards with keel issues.

Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  © JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team

On the local scene. At the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta in Perth, now at the semi final stage with 25th World ranked David Gilmour lost just one match on his way through the round robins still favoured to win.

Chris Steele and Steve Thomas were locked into a fierce prestart battle in Flight 1. - Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta 2013  Bernie Kaaks

On video this week Emirates Team NZ crew members describe what it is like to sail aboard the AC72, the 72ft catamaran capable of sailing at speeds of over 40 knots and which will be used in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco, starting in just five months time.

Emirates Team New Zealand. Day 13 of testing for the team's first AC72. Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

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Rob Kothe and The Sail-World Team

Vendee Globe - Three down with nine to go + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is three down with nine to go. So François Gabart (Macif), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) may have written the opening lines of the epilogue of the seventh Vendée Globe, but there remains nine pretenders to yet end the tale.... [more]
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'Sailing in the Southern Ocean: the climate change and the ice gates'
María Bertrand,
On February 5th, the Fundació Navegació Oceànica de Barcelona (FNOB) will organize a debate under the title of 'Sailing in the Southern Ocean: the climate change and the ice gates' which will be broadcasted live via the website.... [more]
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Newbie makes the Warren Jones semi-finals
Bernie Kaaks,
In the Warren Jones Internations Youth Match Racing Regatta, at the end of the second round robin, the points table looked reasonably predictable. David Gilmour lost just one match on his way through the round robins, to finish four points clear of both Tristan Brown and Chris Steele.... [more]
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Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships - Action filled day 2
Sean O'Brien,
The second day of competition of the 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships got off to a fantastic start with the wind conditions sticking to the forecast and building across the afternoon allowing the first race of the event to get away at the scheduled 12.30pm start.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: 8 acts, 3 continents - global tour confirmed
Extreme Sailing Series,
For the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, eight Host Venues spanning the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe have been announced, marking the third year of truly global competition for the circuit first launched as a European only event in 2007.... [more]
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Armed Shonan Maru No. 2 disregards order to vacate Australian waters
Jeff Hansen,
Japanese security ship Shonan Maru No. 2, with armed Japanese Coast Guard onboard, has now entered the Australian Economic Exclusion Zone around Macquarie Island at 1500 Hours AEST on January 31st, chasing Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's long-range ship, the SSS Bob Barker.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing Series announced
Liz Baylis, WIMRA,
The Women's International Match Racing Association has now announced the Women's International Match Racing Series which will be comprised of five high-level women's match racing events in 2013. There will be prize money at each event and an overall prize pool of at least US $50,000 for distribution after the finale in Lysekil.... [more]
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Vendee Globe race records shattered
Vendee Globe,
The warmth of the welcome and the passion for the Vendée Globe was immediately obvious to everyone who was in Les Sables d'Olonne last Sunday to witness the historic finishes of winner François Gabart and second placed Armel Le Cléac'h, and indeed to a huge global audience who used every different type of media to share the incredible experience.... [more]
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Two new World Records announced by WSSR Council
John Reed, WSSR Council,
Two new World Records have been established as announced by the WSSR Council. The Records are round the world, Monohull and Singlehanded monohull, achieved by François Gabart onboard the Open 60 Macif.... [more]
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International Youth Match Racing Regatta - Gilmour still beatable
Bernie Kaaks,
David Gilmour's unbeaten run finally came to an end this afternoon when his Royal Freshwater Bay club mate Tristan Brown took the honours in their match.... [more]
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Construction commences on the new 250 berth marina at RMYS
Peter Davey,
Commodore Linda Goldsmith, in front of dignitaries and club members, officially dropped the first rock to mark the start of the construction of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron's new 250 berth marina on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013.... [more]
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Dane Lojek's collection of photos of sailors racing hard in Tassie
North Sails,
Dane Lojek from DL Sports Fotos was very busy this summer taking these spectacular photos of all the racing action happening down in Tassie earlier this year.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - Big prizes, points at stake in Windy City
Chicago Match Cup,
The Chicago Match Cup, a $100,000 sailing competition and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, will set sail alongside one of Chicago's most popular attractions, the majestic Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Festival, Aug. 7 - 11, 2013.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - New challenges with Multihulls and 49FX
Jake Fish,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami has already set the stage for mixed multihull racing. As one of two new Olympic events in Rio 2016, the Nacra 17 is making its first appearance in the challenging waters of Key Biscayne this week.... [more]
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NSW O'pen Cup 2013 - Superb racing on the Great Lakes
Quentin Haessig,
The NSW O'pen Cup 2013 staged the second round of racing at Great Lakes Sailing Club Forster this past weekend. 39 boats competed in the two-day regatta with Kristen Wadley aboard Gas Bag easily cruising to the crown.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying High on the AC72
Emirates Team NZ crew members describe what it is like to sail aboard the AC72, the 72ft catamaran capable of sailing at speeds of over 40 knots and which will be used in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in just five months time.... [more]
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2013 Nacra Infusion World Championships in Southport 2-7th Feb
Bronwen Ince,
The third Nacra Infusion World Championships will be held at Southport Yacht Club's Hollywell Sailing Squadron 2nd-7th February 2013. This will be the first time the event has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere, with the previous two events being held at Texel in Holland.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss crosses finish in third
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson, onboard Hugo Boss, crossed the race finish line at 07 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds (GMT) after 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds at sea. He finishes two days 18 hours and seven minutes behind François Gabart.... [more]
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America's Cup: The End of the Beginning
Richard Gladwell,
We are now in the Year of Cup - in fact, in just over five months, the first racing will be under way in the Louis Vuitton Cup. The end of January also marks the end of the first limited sailing period - where test sailing and racing by the AC72's is limited to just 30 days.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation Options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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13ft Skiff Nationals 2013 - Young guns rule in Manly
Sally Waterhouse,
The Australian 13ft Skiff Championships 2013 was sailed from Manly between 11th to 19th January 2013. The series saw a real mix of breezes and conditions from a fresh 15-28 knot south-east breeze in race one to a fluctuating four to 14 knot north-easter in race six.... [more]
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Spiral Nationals 2013 - Capitalising on home waters
Nicole Douglass,
The Spiral Nationals 2013 was held at Canberra Yacht Club on Lake Burley Griffin, from the 26th to the 28th of January. Chris Eddes, a product of the Canberra Yacht Club youth program, and recent winner of the MG14 National Championships, successfully retained his title in the light weather series.... [more]
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Ullman Sails names new VP and General Manager
Ullman Sails,
Kelly Buchan has been appointed the new Vice President and General Manager of Ullman Sails International, Inc., the license management office of the Ullman Sails group based in Newport Beach, CA, effective January 1, 2013.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Race 2012 - How the other half lives
Bryan Thurstan,
Sydney to Hobart Race 2012. Well Sydney to Hobart Race has come and gone again for another year, and as always, no shortage of coverage of the big end of town and their awe inspiring speed. But there were 77 boats in the fleet, what's it like at the other end...???... [more]
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Andrea Francolini's unique photos of Festival of Sails 2013
Andrea Francolini,
Festival of Sails 2013 - Photographer Andrea Francolini provides his personal view of the event when searching for something ‘different.'... [more]
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NSW Windsurf Tour – Strong breeze greets windsurfers
Sean O'Brien,
The NSW Windsurf Tour, which serves as a warm-up event for the 2013 Downunder Pro Oceanic and Australian Championship this week, provided ideal racing conditions on Tuesday as 46 windsurfers coming from different parts of Australia and the world strut their wares at Hawks Nest.... [more]
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Queensland Laser Dinghy Championship - Oswald's wrath halts training
Ian Grant,
Tropical storm Oswald forced the champion group of Sunshine Coast laser dinghy sailors to revise their training schedules for this weekend's competition on Moreton Bay.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Stage set for Selection Series
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series will feature 11 national teams battling in two qualifying sessions in San Francisco from 9-24 February.... [more]
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Warren Jones Regatta starts with a bang
Bernie Kaaks,
The first flight of today's competition, held in a light and fading easterly, gave little inkling of what was to follow, though the match between Steve Thomas and New Zealander Chris Steele was enthralling. Thomas won the start and had a penalty on his opponent, but at the top mark for the final time, Steele managed to finesse an inside overlap.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA makes final preparations for sailing
Following months of repair work and delivery and assembly of the second wing, the boat is nearing completion and is on track to be sailing in the San Francisco Bay, again. Following the launch it is expected the AC72 will undergo the usual towing trial, before the wingsail is stepped and USA-17 sails once again.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Nationals 2013 - Australia Day domination
Bob Killick,
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship celebrated Australia Day with a bang as Smeg, which showed excellent boat handling skills, captured the top spot on the podium in Race Three. Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave (Gill) Ewings took the lead on the first kite run to Shark Is and were never headed in the 20 knot plus north easter. first kite run to Shark Is and were never headed in the 20 knot plus.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Knut Frostad updates on progress
Richard Gladwell,
Knut Frostad, CEO of Volvo Ocean Race talks with Sail-World.com's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell after the announcement of the Auckland stopover for the next two editions of the race. Here he talks about the reasons for choosing Auckland, how the costs and budgets work for the Volvo 65's, the approach being taken for the on board media reporters and much more.... [more]
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