Freo to Bali, Aussies in America´s Cup and in Europe, more Laser news

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 08 May 2013

Freo to Bali, Aussies in America´s Cup and in Europe, more Laser news

Rolex Miami OCR 2010  © Rolex/Dan Nerney

ISAF and ILCA have attempted to change the Class rules explaining that they have been acting to protect European and US supply of the boats, as LPE, the notional owner of the Laser trademark in Europe and the USA, had threatened legal action if another company began selling Laser branded boats in those markets. The situation has become very messy with Performance Sailcraft Australia saying that ISAF and ILCA´s decision to provide new plaques removing Bruce Kirby from the plaques left them unable to supply Lasers across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

This subject is certain to be a hot topic at this weekend's ISAF mid-year conference in Copenhagen. Ahead of this meeting, there has been movement on the Laser trademark front, with our own breaking the story about a challenge to the US trademark ownership.

Oracle Team USA / San Francisco (USA) / 24-04-2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

A nice little video piece today with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge, good mates on opposite sides of the America´s Cup fence.

Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS)  onEdition ©

Aussies back in action on the European scene with the first ever Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup event in Garda Italy is being held from eighth to 12th May 2013. London 2012 silver medallists Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty will be back racing this week in Italy with the former team mates now going head-to-head in the new Nacra 17 mixed multihull class. Curtis will be sailing alongside Josh McKnight while Whitty has teamed up with Euan McNicol with the two pairs joining 15 other Australian crews competing in six classes.

Women Elliott 6 Regatta Mooloolaba - Entries in Mooloolaba Yacht Club's newest event, the Women's Elliott 6 Regatta, have filled quickly with only two spaces left for June 1st and 2nd event. Racing will be on Mooloolah River in front of the Wharf Mooloolaba, with competitors and spectators being afforded a close-up view of the action on short-race windward/leeward course. Each race is planned to last between 15 and 20 minutes.

Another interesting video interview set with some of the top sailors on the ISAF World Sailing Cup scene, echoing Victor Kovalenko´s unhappiness with the new ISAF scoring system.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

America's Cup Camaraderie - Video interview
America's Cup Media,
Genny Tulloch asks Nathan Outteridge, Tom Slingsby and Iain Percy how they remain friends without giving away any of their secrets.... [more]
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Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - Curtis and Whitty to race in Italy
Craig Heydon,
The first ever Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup event in Garda Italy is being held from 8th to 12th May 2013. London 2012 silver medallists Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty will be back racing this week in Italy with the former team mates now going head-to-head in the new Nacra 17 mixed multihull class.... [more]
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First-timers' yachting lifestyle magazine app wins Award
Lee Mylchreest,
You don't have to be an organisation as large as National Geographic or Time to make big waves in the App world. A yachting lifestyle magazine app which was co-founded two first-timers in App creation has won a Webby Award.... [more]
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Herding cats for the Vicsail Lagoon Escapade.
John Curnow,
It was easy to think of sunny, warm climes with gentle breezes, benign waves and tranquil anchorages. At the inaugural Lagoon Escapade, Melbourne had provided you with the perfect contrast medium to conjure up such pleasant thoughts. Not that it was an unpleasant affair, far from it, but for the preceding 24 hours one had been seeing peaks of 40 knots, significant waves and rain squalls with bite.... [more]
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Laser Lawsuit - Challenge to Laser trademark ownership
Marine Business-World,
Another new development in the widening legal dispute between Bruce Kirby, the designer of the world´s best known sailing boat, the Laser dinghy and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance (LPE) the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties.... [more]
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Kayakers to sail and paddle across the North Sea
Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising,
Pete Goss MBE is nothing if not an adventure-seeker, but the former marine and racing sailor became a world-wide hero when he overcame hurricane odds to save a fellow competitor in the Southern Ocean. And it wasn't all about racing. Next he sailed a wooden lugger to Australia, then rounded Tasmania in a sailing kayak. Now he is about to tackle the North Sea in the same style sailing kayak.... [more]
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Ulsan PWA World Cup - Colossal battle on day 4 at Jinha beach
Chris Yates,
On day four of the 2013 Ulsan PWA World Cup, the choice to hold an earlier skippers' meeting was duly rewarded as Jinha beach was transformed into a port tack slalom sailors playground, which allowed an epic - but grueling - eight hours of racing to be completed.... [more]
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Denmark considering bid to stage 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Matthew Pryor,
As it makes ready to host the ISAF mid-year meeting in Copenhagen from Thursday May 9-12, Denmark is considering bidding to stage the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships. 'In the light of the many sailing event activities in Denmark, it is only natural to go for the sailing event of them all - the ISAF Sailing World Championship,' said Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark.... [more]
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Conde de Godo Regatta - 52 Super Series returns to the Mediterranean
Jacaranda Marketing,
The 40th Conde de Godo regatta sees the return of the 52 Super Series for the second year. Offering four days of racing, the popular spring time event usually offers a good mix of sailing conditions, often featuring a relatively reliable sea breeze, whilst the many attractions of the Catalan capital city ensure Barcelona remains one of the most popular venues.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race - Walk on the Wild Side retires
Bernie Kaaks,
In the Fremantle to Bali Race, the Inglis 58 Walk on the Wild Side has retired with a broken mast. Skipper Garth Curran reported the retirement to race control at about 7pm and confirmed immediately that there was no injury to any crew and that the yacht itself is undamaged, approximately 40 nautical miles north of Carnarvon.... [more]
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Hamilton Island - Social media initiative
Sophie Baker,
Hamilton Island has secured a lineup of the country's top talent to be ambassadors for its social media initiative the Ultimate Instameet: Return2Paradise.... [more]
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Two new patrol vessels for Sydney region
Roads and Maritime Services,
RMS has taken delivery of two new patrol vessels for the Sydney region, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright announced today.... [more]
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Choosing a chartplotter for ActiveCaptain users
Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising,
Tom Lochhaas has sailed all kinds of sailing boats - 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser - in all kinds of waters for three decades. He has written widely about many different aspects of the sailing life. Here Tom offers some valuable tips about choosing a combination of chartplotter and the brilliant resource for cruisers, Active Captain, which comes in many modes:... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Rally 2013 sets off in fine weather style
Marina Valmadre/Sail-World Cruising,
Saturday was a beautiful autumn day in Fremantle when the 2013 Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally got underway in front of hundreds of spectator craft and watched by thousands of people lining the North Mole and the beaches from Leighton to Cottesloe. The event attracted a total fleet of 33 boats with 21 of the yachts involved in the rally and 12 involved in the racing division.... [more]
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Thailand: Armed robberies on sailing boats leave cruisers shaken
Chris Husted, Phuket Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
Recent armed attacks against yachties by thieves in Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand, is the first violence that the local cruising community can remember here towards yachts in a very long time. A French yachtsman suffered severe knife wounds during an attack aboard his boat last week, and in another incident shots were fired when thieves were surprised during an attempted burglary on a vacant boat... [more]
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Ulsan PWA World Cup - The most talked about incidents of day 2
Chris Yates,
Day three of the Ulsan PWA World Cup started with extremely light winds in the morning, however, over the course of the morning the wind swung cross-shore and the conditions started to look much more promising. The wind continued to tease the competitors over the duration of the day, but extremely gusty winds put a spanner in the works and no heats could be completed today.... [more]
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Women Elliott 6 Regatta Mooloolaba - Two spaces left
Tracey Johnstone,
Entries in Mooloolaba Yacht Club's newest event, the Women's Elliott 6 Regatta, have filled quickly with only two spaces left for June 1st -2nd event.... [more]
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Yachts flock to the Bay Trailable Yacht Race
Colin Verrall,
Bay Trailable Yacht Race 2013 - The change of the Labour Day long weekend from May did little to dampen the enthusiasm of trailable yachts from North Queensland to Melbourne in the south for this most prestigious event on the trailable yacht calendar.... [more]
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36th Round Texel Race commences this June
Simon Keijzer,
On June 15, 2013 the 36th edition of the legendary Round Texel will commence. The international race for catamarans is known as 'the Biggest Cat Race in the World'. The Round Texel is the culmination of a week of festivities organized along the beach at ‘Paal 17'. For the 36th edition, the organisation has dug up the original logo.... [more]
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Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - update
Marina Valmadre,
Update related to weather conditions for Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally 2013, with boats responding to weather conditions.... [more]
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Royal Perth YC Boat Ramp closed for next three months
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
The boat ramp at the Club will be closed for the next three months while the foreshore development is underway.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sailors unhappy with new racing format
ISAF Sailing World Cup new racing format has been tested over the last three events. The sailors are not happy. Robert Scheidt, Marit Bouwmeester, Giles Scott, Pieter-jan Postma and Vasilij Zbogar talk about the new format.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards 2013 - Nominations open
Craig Heydon,
2013 Australian Yachting Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the last year, nominations are now open.... [more]
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