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 06 Mar 2013

Australian scene News, Android pages and how NOT to get media offside

Preview day of the World Championship of 52 Super Series on March 4th, 2013 in Miami, USA.  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2013 - the second staging of the sail expo to be hosted on the grounds of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport over the week-end of the 16-17 March.

A large range of sailing boats will be on display at the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo - Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2013  Damian Devine

We also cover exclusively news of the imminent decision on the application by GKI Resort (Tower Holdings) for $600m redevelopment plans on Great Keppel Island including a 200 berth marina. Once approved - according to Federal Tourism Minister, Martin Ferguson, as soon as two weeks from now - it would be the first new significant tourism infrastructure in Queensland for over 20 years and a major facility for boats on Queensland coastal passages.

Great Keppel Island  .. ©

Put us on your Android - Recently Sail-World provided instructions on how to add our icons to our bookmarked websites onto the IPhone and IPad home screens. Now here is how to add icons to Android mobiles home screens.

As we are the largest sailing news source in the world, we get literally thousands of media releases each month from events, clubs and classes keen to reach our 220,000 readers.

When events, clubs and organisations send out media releases, it's presumably because they want media publications to use their content... But gosh some of them make it hard.

The quality of the material is to say the least variable, a lot of it is very good, some brilliant, some with English as a fourth language and in between we have to deal with content delivered in a whole slew of different ways.

We realise that if we don't give feedback on what we are receiving, it won't get better so rather than just hitting the delete button, and we are explaining the do´s and don'ts. Here is the skinny on another Don´t.

Why annoy Media, if you want their help? Today we explain just why it's important NOT to use PDF's for Electronic Press Releases.

Rob Kothe

Volvo Ocean Race - Volvo Ocean 65 project approaching major milestone
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean 65 project will achieve a major milestone in the next few days as the first hull and deck leave their sheds at Persico and Multiplast to be assembled in the UK at Green Marine. Hull number one is being packed up and loaded onto a trailer at Persico in Italy. Later in the week, it will be towed by a Volvo truck from Bergamo to England's south coast.... [more]
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Burke answers an age-old dilemma with its all-new WP Backpack
Burke Marine,
For years yachties have hauled bulky, shoulder gearbags directly on their backs, much to the displeasure of their chiropractors. But now the design team from Burke have come up with a simple solution: the nifty, marine-grade WP Backpack.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Assessing Clipper 70 performance
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is set to get underway this summer. Commissioning is now well underway on the new Clipper 70 yachts which are continuing to arrive into the UK over the next few months ahead of the race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Claire Carroll to complete circumnavigation
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will get underway this August and Claire Carroll, a 36-year-old sound engineer based in Oman, will complete a circumnavigation during the edition, becoming one of the first to achieve the feat on board a brand new Clipper 70 yacht.... [more]
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Put us on your Android
The Team,
Recently Sail-World provided instructions on how to add icons to our bookmarked websites onto the Iphone and Ipad home screens. Now we would like to extend this information by adding to our how to list. Here is how to add icons to Android mobiles.... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Leadership shifts on day 3 in Búzios
Mariana Peccicacco,
Day three of competition at the RS: X World Championship in Búzios, east of Rio de Janeiro state, was marked by the division of male competitors in gold and silver fleets. In the first half, the gold fleet, are the 33 best placed in the qualifying series, while in the second, the silver fleet, are the other sailors.... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Impressive cast of skippers named
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour has now revealed the names of the eight professional match racing skippers chosen to compete on the 2013 Tour in a bid to be crowned 2013 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Four-time Tour Champion and British sailor Ian Williams returns to defend his title for a fifth time under the familiar colours of his GAC Pindar team.... [more]
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Why annoy Media, if you want their help? Don't use PDF for e-PR
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Why annoy the Media, if you want their help? Do NOT use PDF's for Electronic Press Releases. When events, clubs and organisations send out media releases, it's presumably because they want media publications to use their content.... [more]
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Match Race Thailand Open National 2013 - Dramatic Finale
Chris Dando,
Match Race Thailand Open National 2013. After a frantic overnight repair session by Kevin Scotts to get all boats and sails back in order, the racing started in a good breeze of March 3 with some troubling looking cloud brewing over the land.... [more]
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Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2013 - Ready to go
Damian Devine,
Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2013 is set to go as all the preparations are in place and the doors are ready to open for the second staging of the sail expo to be hosted on the grounds of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport over the week-end of the 16-17 March between 10am and 5pm.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sail Week - Light winds prevail in Bacardi Cup opener
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sail Week 2013. For most residents of the Northern Hemisphere, 63 degrees and sunshine would be a welcome change after months of cold, wintry weather. However, for the 56 Star teams that headed out on Biscayne Bay for the 86th Bacardi Cup, the light air that accompanied the chillier than usual temperatures allowed only one of two planned races to be held on the first day of competit... [more]
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A new sailing challenge soon - over the Pole
John Vidal, Guardian/Sail-World Cruising,
Soon there is likely to be a new sailing challenge for the adventure-minded sailor. 'Soon' is, of course, relative. If calculations are correct by two university researchers, ships will be able to sail directly over the pole by the middle of the century and that means yachts as well.... [more]
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52 World Championship - Miami to deliver world class racing action
Jacaranda Marketing,
The 52 World Championship gets underway on the 5th March in Miami, Florida. In the prelude to the event, the practice race, Tony Langley and the crew of the British flagged Gladiator proved that even though they have made technical changes to improve the all-round performance of their boat in stronger winds, they still have the pace to win in very light winds when they ghosted to victory today.... [more]
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Child sailing safety: how safe is YOUR sailing club for kids?
Steve Prime, Burgee Program/Sail-World,
All yacht club officers and members want to ensure the safety of their smallest guests – children. This concern extends beyond participants of junior sailing programs and includes all young people, from the youngest toddlers up through young adults. But what is best practice and does your club have it?... [more]
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Sail Mandurah in March – It's a winner!
Sail Mandurah in March Media,
Huey remained kind and merciful, delivering a 15-20 knot westerly with a corresponding long-fetch sea state (and no rain) for the final day of the first ever Sail Mandurah in March. Principal Race Officer Ross Davidson sent all the fleets on the identical Regatta Triangle course, with the yachts making a colourful sight as they crossed tacks and gybes across Comet Bay.... [more]
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Sail Townsville set to launch
Demelza McCloud,
Tourism and Events QLD, Townsville City Council, Sealink QLD and Yachting QLD are set to make some major announcements regarding International Events to be hosted in QLD for 2013 and beyond. The announcements will be revealed at a cocktail launch function at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tuesday 5th March from 5.30pm.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Most Worthy Performance to Team INTAC
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The last day of the 33rd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding style last evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony-followed by an evening of world-class musical entertainment, headlined by the Grammy winning Motown legends, The Commodores-on Kim Sha Beach.... [more]
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The MYC Women's Challenge successfully running 18 years
Ivana Gattegno,
Helly Hansen is in its third year sponsoring Manly Yacht Club's Women's Challenge. The successful event is in its 18th year and has been strongly supporting and encouraging women and girls to get behind the wheel or tiller and helm a boat.... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Kokkalanis and Shaw on top after day 2
Mariana Peccicacco (As Amended by ISAF),
Day two of racing at the 2013 RS:X World Championship held in Buzios, Brazil sees Bryony Shaw (GBR) leading the women's fleet and Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) at the top in the men's fleet. The wind of 15knots from the east allowed the race committee to do three races scheduled, with an average duration of 30 minutes each.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Duqm Oman joins, North Sails partners
Extreme Sailing Series,
The first Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is set to get underway on March 5th and the home nation invitational team for Act 1, Muscat, can finally be unveiled. Team Duqm Oman, with a crew including some of the kingpins of Extreme 40 sailing, will make it eight teams in the starting blocks completing a full-grid of Extreme 40s.... [more]
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King Island Race - Final preparations underway
Stephanie Juleff,
This year's King Island race is almost upon us, with less than a week until crews head out from near Queenscliff. Race director, Ray Shaw, has predicted that the race record set by Cadibarra in 2002 could fall if weather conditions stay favourable.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy - Murray one of crew shuffles + Video
Bob Killick,
The 18ft Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy 2013 kicked off the competition Sunday on Sydney Harbour with Mojo Wine cruising to an easy victory. It was a more relaxed affair, following on from the high adrenalin levels of the final race of the JJ Giltinan. Another helm change was a huge surprise, with Iain (Jethro) Murray, replacing Seve Jarvin on this years JJ Giltinan champion skiff Gotta Luv it 7.... [more]
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Did you miss our latest newsletter??? Your punishment is to be .....
The Sail-World Team,
>Did you miss's Australian newsletter for March 3rd 2013?!Click_here to read the Editorial and catch up with all the Australian sailing news from the past couple of days or so.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Sweet conditions on final day
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 concluded its 33rd edition on Sunday in fitting style, with staunch and steady south-southeast trade winds of 15-20 knots, seas flecked with white caps, and superb Caribbean sailing.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race - Challengers prepare for unique voyage
George Shaw,
Japanese tradition headlines as local and overseas dignitaries hail the start of the seventh Melbourne-Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race. Traditional Japanese entertainment, featuring women in kimonos and a sake barrel will complement a blessing of the fleet in both Shinto and Christian styles at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday evening.... [more]
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New models on display at Hillarys and Pittwater Boat Shows
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions will be showcasing two new models on opposite sides of the country in March.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Day 3 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on site at the St. Maarten Heinken Regatta to capture these photos of the action during day three. Enjoy!... [more]
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And now, the documentary: Laura Dekker's solo around-world sail.
Nancy Knudsen,
And now, the documentary. Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger is producing and directing a documentary called 'Maidentrip', the story of solo sailor Laura Dekker's record-breaking sail around the world. Its world premiere is to take place on March 10 during the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, in Austin, Texas.... [more]
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Put it in your diary: 2013 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
It's going from success to success. The 25th anniversary Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will welcome 39 first-time exhibitors to this year's event, running from May 23–26. Read on about some of the interesting range of exhibitors you'll see:... [more]
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10-year-old Blythe wins sail design competition
Susie NationGrainger/Sail-World Cruising,
UK's Royal Yachting Association (RYA)'s move to offer a prize to under-16-ear-olds as a way of encouraging young yacht designers is something that other countries could well copy. This week, during the RYA's annual dinghy show, a ten-year-old girl has triumphed as the winner over 70 competitors.... [more]
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Your punishment is to be sent outside!!
Rob Kothe,
Remember a few weeks ago we were all reminded that sailing is an outdoor sport. When I was a kid, the punishment for breaking a family rule was you had to stay inside, where there were no trees or bikes. An awful punishment. These days the penalty is to be sent outside. (Where there are no computers or television), a dreadful-dreadful punishment.... [more]
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