Waiting for Sunday morning and a bigger week ahead

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 07 Sep 2013

Waiting for Sunday morning and a bigger week ahead

After Magnetic Island Race Week, the Sail-World Team has spent a lot of time in the air, ahead of the 34th America´s Cup about to start in San Francisco. We voted at Sydney International Airport midweek and now we have a big Sail-World team working 24x7 ready to bring you all the action.

There were some gut wrenching days in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup for the Objective Australia AC45 team led by Jason Waterhouse, with significant supplied equipment issues robbing them of the chances they deserved. But what does not kill you makes you stronger and this talented group will now return to their own classes just a little closer to immortal.

Objective Australia in action during the Red Bull Youth America's Cup  Melanie Harley

The America's Cup defender Oracle's team has four Australians in its eleven man team on the water. It is led by James Spithill with Tom Slingsby, young Kyle Langford (replacing the banned Dirk de Ridder) and jib trimmer Joey Newton.

While Richard Gladwell has been warning us that the impact of the Oracle 45 kingpost affair could have a dramatic impact on the America's Cup itself, I have to admit I really did not believe it. That was quite some Jury decision and taking two races from the Cup event itself is pretty breathtaking.

Oracle has to win eleven races on San Francisco Bay to defend the Cup and that looks like a tall order, against the rampaging Kiwis.

As we saw in the Luis Vuitton finals, the AC72's are high maintenance boats so we can expect to see some of the races won and lost with equipment issues.

VALENCIA - SPAIN, 12 February 2010.
Best of 3 races. Race 1.
Defender Alinghi Team "ALINGHI 5" leading Challenger BMW Oracle Racing "USA 17" (Trimaran) at start.
  ThMartinez / Sea & Co - Copyright

So it's going to be a drama filled event. You might remember the first entry into the prestart box in the America's Cup off Valencia but we suspect that will be nothing compared to what will happen at Saturday 1.15 pm USA West coast time. (4.15am Sunday morning Sydney time)

We will be bringing you dedicated America´s Cup newsletters late on the weekend, on Monday and thru the series. Stay with the Sail-world team for all the live action, replays, analysis, images and interviews.

Overnight Australia's Tristan Brown has taken the Laser Radial World Championships and over the weekend we will bring you more news and images from Magnetic Island.

Tristan Brown at the 2013 Laser Radial Men's World Championship - Photo David Branigan-Oceansport  

Here is an Australian newsletter with all kinds of local news from Australia and beyond.


Falcon in spray - the last day of SeaLInk Magnetic Island Race Week 2013  SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media

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Australian Tristan Brown wins 2013 Laser Radial Men's World titles
Craig Heydon,
Australia's Tristan Brown has won the 2013 Laser Radial Men's World Championship after a nail-biting final day in Dublin, Ireland. Brown went into the final two races in Dublin 18 points clear of second place after winning six of the opening 10 races.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Objective Australia left to lament
Simon Reffold,
Following four days of intense competition, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup has been run and won on San Francisco Bay. On Wednesday September 4, the New Zealand Sailing Team won the inaugural title from Full Metal Jacket (NZL) and the ROFF/Cascais Sailing (POR).... [more]
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Middle Harbour Yacht Club Celebrating 75 Years!
Pip Lodder,
Sydney's premier sailing and recreation centre is abuzz with excitement as Middle Harbour Yacht Club enters its 75th season. The club is planning another year of events, both on and off the water, with its Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking centre stage... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston honoured with sailing legends 'Walk of Fame'
Marina Thomas,
Clipper Race founder and legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has had his handprints cast for a sailing 'Walk of Record Breakers' in the French maritime city of Brest. During the Race 1 stopover, Knox-Johnston was invited to become part of Brest's 'Walk of Record Breakers' which will open later in 2013 and will feature the handprints of France's most famous circumnavigators.... [more]
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Reflecting on London 2012 Paralympic Games success
Craig Heydon,
Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are two significantly different personalities, but when they joined together on the water everything just clicked, with the pair winning gold in the Skud 18 at London 2012 Paralympic Games. A year on from their biggest win Fitzgibbon said that his first feeling after crossing the line for the final time was relief.... [more]
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Melbourne Tall Ships Festival - Lord Nelson takes centre stage
Heather Ewing,
The unique 55-metre square rigger sailed through the Rip this morning to make her way up through Port Phillip Bay and is now at anchor off Williamstown. Tomorrow morning she will come alongside at Seaworks to take centre stage at the festival and the ship will be open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday... [more]
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Kaenon's Peter Burling and Will Tiller place top in Red Bull Youth AC
The Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup ended with Kaenon sailors Pete Burling and Will Tiller taking the top two spots of this inaugural championship. Burling displayed his determination and tenacity with a convincing victory, while Tiller clearly displayed his teams resourcefulness and fight to constantly battle back and make it a clean sweep for the Kaenon sailors... [more]
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2013 Australian Yachting Awards - Nominations close soon
Craig Heydon,
Nominations for the 2013 Australian Yachting Awards close on Friday 13 September, with the event recognising outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the last year... [more]
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Star Worlds - MacCausland-Trinter continue to lead
Icarus sailing media,
At the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship series, local Star sailor Andrew Campbell and his crew John von Schwarz conquered the fickle breeze to win the fifth race in the sixth race. John MacCausland and Phil Trinter continue to lead the fleet with an impressive seven point lead, guaranteeing the team will win the regatta as long as they earn a top seven finish in the final race tomorrow... [more]
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Laser European and Laser Radial Men's World Championships day 5
Craig Heydon,
At the 2013 Laser European Championship and Laser Radial Men's World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, light and shifty conditions have led to plenty of movement on the leader boards on day five. After a couple of days of strong breeze and big waves the light conditions on Thursday caught some sailors out with plenty of high scores throughout the fleets.... [more]
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2013 LCMR Regatta - Multihull Rendezvous
Doug Cuming,
The 2013 APC Logistics Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta (LCMR) is set to be the biggest yet with this year's event adding a fun-filled Multihull Rendezvous to complement its traditional racing program.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi Images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on deck in Porto Cervo to capture these images during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup - Battle royale commences this weekend
America's Cup,
The 'September Showdown' for the 34th America's Cup commences this weekend in San Francisco. Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill has cast his team as the underdog. Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker says nothing less than victory will do. Such are the storylines for the defender and challenger with the biggest race of their lives set to begin Saturday.... [more]
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Auckland On Water Boat Show - See the newest boats
Kate Gordon-Smith/Sail-World Cruising,
The 15th edition of the annual event formerly called the Auckland International Boat Show – features a number of brand-new sail and motor yachts and will be running from the 26 to 29 September as the Auckland On Water Boat Show.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 'S' Words at the Opening Media Conference + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The Media Conference to open the 34th America's Cup was a stunning affair. Maybe my brain was still mush after what turned out to be an 18 hour journey from Auckland, plus getting only four hours sleep before making my way down to the San Francisco Waterfront and Pier 29(?) which houses the Media Centre. Includes Replay Video... [more]
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I14 Worlds nearly at kick-off in Toronto
Robyn Ross,
Over three years in the making and we are nearly at kick-off for the I14 Worlds. The first few teams from Australia, the UK, and Germany have arrived to test out the Lake Ontario conditions. Three-time world champion, Archie Massey is out training in full force. We've had a great front move through just in time, nice and breezy all week long.... [more]
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A2B Ocean Race - Inaugural sailing postponed
A2B Ocean Race,
The Board of Directors of the Auckland to Bluff Ocean Race have decided to postpone the inaugural sailing of the race. Since the Race was announced in December 2012, there has been considerable interest in this major new ocean race, which has been dubbed as New Zealand's version of the ‘Sydney to Hobart' race.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC: New Zealand wins top two places
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The Peter Burling led NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ has won the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup while Will Tiller and FMJ Racing have placed second making it a kiwi double in San Francisco.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - New Zealand and Portugal teams shine
America's Cup,
Frenetic aggression and elite racing was the order of the day for the youth sailors of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup on Championship Wednesday, as New Zealand Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand prevailed over nine other teams from around the world to take the inaugural title on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC - Photos of day three by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Steady breeze and bright, sunny skies sailed the third day of the Red Bull Youth AC. The two New Zealand boats are leading the series, with American Youth Sailing Force in a close third, tied in total points with NZL's Full Metal Jacket team. Chuck Lantz, pne of Sail-World's photo team, was on the water and took these shots... [more]
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Little America's Cup, Sunshine Coast style
Tracey Johnstone,
While the big boats are Match Racing in the America's Cup in San Francisco, the Sunshine Coast is turning on its own little America's Cup in the form of the Queensland Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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Laser Europeans - Aussie sailors remain in the mix in Ireland
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors remain in the mix at the 2013 Laser European Championship and Laser Radial Men's World Championship after three days of racing in Dublin, Ireland.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cheating doesn't pay but cheats do
Bob Fisher,
Oracle will lose the first two races it wins and the team will pay a fine of a quarter of a million US dollars for damaging the reputation of the America's Cup and five sailors in the team have been named and shamed in the worst case of cheating ever in the event's 162-year history.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Aussies´s back on the pace
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Red Bull Youth America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. - after two horror days, Australia's Objective Australia Team were back on the pace, with two seconds behind the Kiwis. The team has been plagued by problems with faulty gennaker halyards in each of the first three races, with jury protests outstanding about the supplied equipment. Today their sail stayed hoisted and they were back in the hunt.... [more]
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America's Cup: Points, expulsions and fines in Jury Decision
Richard Gladwell,
Several members of Oracle Team USA have been excluded for various periods of time, substantial fines have been levied on the team and the team deducted two points in the forthcoming America's Cup Regatta. The International Jury has exonerated Team principals, specifically Grant Simmer and Russell Coutts, and it was their actions once they became aware of the measurement issues that carried a mi... [more]
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Gold Cup fleet invites Bermuda's Fraser
Talbot Wilson,
During last weekend's Gold Cup qualifier (Bermuda Sailing Association (BSA) Match Racing Nationals), the 20-year old sailor, who is the highest ranked match racing sailor on the Island at 79th, lost out to Joshua Greenslade.... [more]
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