Laser supply threatened, latest AC72, Aussies in Heyres, Etchells MW

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 24 Apr 2013

Laser supply threatened, latest AC72, Aussies in Heyres, Etchells MW

Oracle Team USA 2 - Oracle Team USA launches second AC72   Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Oracle Team USA - launch of their second AC72 - The AC72 did attempt to have a first sail, but this was abandoned after a tow-out apparently due to an unacceptably high wind-strength for a first sail.

Said Jimmy Spithill at the launch 'It's an awesome day. We're all very, very excited to get it out on the water,' said Spithill. 'We hope to develop the fastest AC72 that will hit the Bay. There's been a lot of energy, a lot of hours, put into this boat from the entire team. Now, it's up to the sailors, along with the support of the rest of the team, to get out there and really try to get the most out of this boat.' Lots more news on this below.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma  © Victor Kovalenko

Aussies at World Cup - At the final round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, Australian crews have picked up race wins in two classes as light winds again kept sailors on their toes.

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have moved from their overnight eighth in the 470 men's fleet to be fourth overall at the end of the qualifying series.

Belcher and Ryan opened the day with a fifth before picking up their first win of the week, locking themselves into fourth heading into the finals.

Oliver Tweddell began day two the same way as day one, with a race win in the Finn fleet. The 22-year-old led from start to finish and after five races is the only sailor in the Finn fleet to pick up two wins.

Melbourne to Osaka Race 2013 - Yasu at helm  Sally Williams

BTW - In case you´d forgotten the Melbourne to Osaka 2013 race is still continuing. There has been a lot of disappointment expressed about the lack of news from the race, contrasting strongly with that of previous editions.

The latest news is on Tuesday morning and, with just 200 miles to go, Escapade can feel Optimus Prime and Wasabi breathing down her neck. More below.

Sail-World will be on the water for the big ANZAC 18 footer regatta from tomorrow through Sunday in Auckland.

In addition to the strong New Zealand fleet expected to number nine boats, four Australian skiffs will cross the Tasman.

The Australian boats have been named as Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Smeg, Kenwood and Team Daley.

A key point of interest will be a resumption of hostilities following the JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney in March, when local knowledge of Sydney Harbour worked well for the home team. 30 boats contested that regatta, and a fleet of 13 will be one of the biggest seen on the Auckland Harbour for many years.

Entries are rolling in for the Etchells Mid-winters in Mooloolaba. From the 6 - 9 June 2013 a fleet of 50 plus Etchells will be in fierce competition with six races over three days, for a title that has never been successfully defended in the 16 year history of the event.

Enter now at

David Rose "This will make her scream", followed by Trevor Martin "Three Ring Circus", Mooloolaba Etchells Fleet Captain, Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2011  Kylie Wilson Positive Image - copyright

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Laser Legal tangles continue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Previously ISAF had recognised that LPE were no longer licensed Laser builders and had stopped the issuance of plaques by ILCA. Major developments in the last few days with ISAF changing tack and now in conjunction with ILCA moving boldly to remove Bruce Kirby´s design rights... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Oracle Team USA AC72 launch
Oracle Team USA have posted the first images on Facebook of the launch of their second AC72 in San Francisco, on April 23. The AC72 did attempt to have a first sail, but this was abandoned after a tow-out apparently due to an unacceptably high wind-strength for a first sail.... [more]
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Statement from the International Laser Class Association
ISAF and ILCA have taken steps to assure the uninterrupted supply of class legal Laser brand sailboats around the world. This includes making newly designed ISAF plaques available to all the current ISAF and ILCA approved manufacturers of the Laser dinghy in accordance with the ILCA class rules.... [more]
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ISAF Statement On International Laser Class
ISAF Statement - On 22 March the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) published a statement concerning the Laser Class dispute and proceedings filed by attorneys acting for Bruce Kirby. The legal situation is on-going but ISAF can confirm that: ISAF has been named a co-defendant in the legal proceedings filed in the US District Court.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed - Optimus Prime crosses the line!
Robert Tanner,
At 09h56m51sec on 24.23.2013 Optimus Prime crossed the Hokko finish line in Osaka Bay. Congratulations to Trevor and Dan Taylor. Earlier this morning they had 35 knots as they passed Yuroseto and stormed toward the finish line with 'shipping everywhere.. ...dodging between ships surfing at 16kts...having lots of fun ...'!... [more]
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Blackwood Challenge - Crews battle to win points
Yachting WA,
The annual Blackwood Challenge was held over the weekend of the 6th-7th April when the Augusta Yacht Club played host to visiting clubs. Visitors and sailors enjoyed the racing and socialising at one of Australia's most picturesque yacht clubs on the banks of the Blackwood River at Augusta.... [more]
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Laser Standard and Laser Master World Championship to head to Kingston
From the International Laser Class; 'We are pleased to announce that CORK (Kingston, Canada) has been selected to host the 2015 Laser Men's Standard and the Masters Worlds. Pending final confirmation and contract signing between ILCA and CORK, the events will take place June 29-July 8 (Men's) and July 10-18 (Masters) out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.... [more]
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Exclusive use aquatic licence for Wallis Lake this Sunday
Roads and Maritime Services,
An exclusive use aquatic licence has been granted by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for the safe staging of a swimming race on Wallis Lake this Sunday (28 Apr).... [more]
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Western Australian Mudlark State Championships at Perth Dinghy SC
Yachting WA,
The 2013 Western Australian Mudlark State Championships were held recently at the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. The seven-race series was sailed in mostly gusty southerlies in the protection of Matilda Bay. Some of the children were competing for the first time, and for others, it was only their second regatta.... [more]
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North Coast Series - Hilarys YC top north coast sailing club
Yachting WA,
The annual Carpet Choice North Coast series started in November 2012. Hillarys Yacht Club has recaptured the mantle of top north coast sailing club with an emphatic series win over rivals Ocean Reef in the annual yachting mini-series. Ocean Reef's two year grip on the champion club title, now in its sixth year, came to a decisive 344 to 457 points conclusion following a 10 race in-shore series.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Tokolosh VI to join race fleet
Yachting WA,
Fremantle to Bali Race gets underway on Saturday 4 May 2013. A fleet of 33 boats is ready and set to fill their sails with the winds which will take them 1440 nautical miles north to the Benoa Harbour in Bali.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Zbogar excels in Finn fleet on day 2
Robert Deaves,
On the second day of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) was the best Finn sailor and moves into a 10 point lead at the top of the fleet from Giles Scott (GBR) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). Race wins went to Oliver Tweddell, Zbogar and Andrew Mills (GBR).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Action aplenty on day 2 in Hyères + Video
Two days of fickle breeze at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères drew the Qualification Series to a close as the world's best sailors positioned themselves at the top ahead of three days of Final Series racing. In a breeze that stabilised later on in the day, peaking at 10 knots, Ivan Pastor (ESP) and Charline Picon (FRA) were the star performers in the Men's and Women's RS:X.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Light winds keep sailors on their toes
Craig Heydon,
At the final round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, Australian crews have picked up race wins in two classes as light winds again kept sailors on their toes.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA launch second AC72
Lisa Ramsperger,
ORACLE TEAM USA officially launched the team's second AC72 today, April 23, from the team base at Pier 80 in San Francisco. Helmsman Jimmy Spithill led the team and audience in a toast after Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judy Sim broke a bottle of champagne across the bowsprit. The boat was then lowered into the San Francisco Bay before docking out for the first time.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team,
On the second day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, photographer Thom Touw was out on the water to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship - Online entry now open
Martin Makey,
The 2013 Dragon World Championship Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open for the event which is set to be hosted by the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy from 5 to 13 September 2013.... [more]
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Going boating? Make sure you have a break – not a break down
Ken McManus,
With the weather forecasts looking optimistic for Anzac Day and the weekend, Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters planning on taking to the water to make safety their priority. Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said boaters should take four simple safety precautions to help increase their chances of trouble-free boating – and of being rescued in the event of an emergency.... [more]
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North Sails clients dominate the Melges 32 Australian Nationals!
North Sails,
Over the weekend, the Melges 32 fleet were put to the test in some very challenging conditions at the Australian National Championships held out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Entries open for Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race
Meghan Andrew,
The Notice of Race for the Seventh Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race has been released. Entries are now open for this exciting event that slides perfectly into the calendar for those going north for Queensland's Season of Sailing Cup.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Race - Getting close to the finish!
Robert Tanner,
Tuesday morning and, with just 200 miles to go, Escapade can feel Optimus Prime and Wasabi breathing down her neck. If you look closely at the tracker you'll notice that the finish line is positioned somewhere in the middle of Osaka Bay, rather than at the correct position in the north east corner of the bay. We'll get this fixed sometime today.... [more]
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Wild and wet finish to SLAM Combined High Schools Championships
Rod Carter,
The final day racing in the Combined High Schools Championship saw competitors greeted with a 16-20knot Sou-Wester. Soon after racing was underway, the breeze increased and many sailors struggled to handle the blustery conditions.... [more]
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Search prompts call for boaters to log on with MRNSW
Ken McManus,
A weekend search for a yacht feared lost in rough conditions has prompted a call for skippers in the Broken Bay region to take advantage of Marine Rescue NSW's free vessel tracking service. Volunteers from Marine Rescue Cottage Point, Hawkesbury, Broken Bay and Central Coast took part in the search on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday before the missing sailor was located.... [more]
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NCYC winter series starts on the 26th May 2013
Richard Howard,
The NCYC will be conducting its annual winter series each Sunday from 26 May 2013 to Sunday 7 July 2013. Racing will be conducted over seven weeks with the intention being that four of the weeks will be offshore windward-leeward courses (two races per day) and the remaining three weeks will be around NCYC's standard offshore courses (single race per day with harbor start and finish).... [more]
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Repairing rudder upside-down in the Southern Ocean
Sail-World Cruising,
It's all in a day's sailing: 'I used two safety lines to tie myself to the boat while I turned upside down off the stern to fix the rudder.' These are the words of 70-year-old solo circumnavigating sailor Jeanne Socrates, describing how she repaired her rudder in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Light winds, mixed results on day 1
Craig Heydon,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, light winds have tested crews with a number of Australian sailors well positioned at the end of day one. Oliver Tweddell is the best placed Australian, finishing the day second in the Finn class... [more]
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Elandra Yachts - a vision for supreme qualilty
Imprint Media,
Boating industry identities Luke Durman and Grant Senior have announced the launch of a new brand of luxury cruiser in Australia - Elandra Yachts.... [more]
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