The flier set off from Sydney on Wednesday at noon , and is almost certain of setting a record, by virtue of the style of yacht and the fact that no boat of her type has really set themselves to register an official record.
The crew are expecting to cross in around three days for the 1260nm journey – by our calculations that requires a speed of about 17kts for the Great Circle distance between the two ports.
In New Zealand Team Australia will take on her Kiwi sister, Simon Hull's ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing. They will go head to head in the Coastal Classic which gets underway on Friday week. Team Australia has had the best of their matches on the other side of the Tasman, the key interest will be whether the same happens in New Zealand – plus whether the Australian boat can set a new record for the Coastal Classic.
Staying with speed, we have often run stories of the Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. The venue is renowned for its strong winds making an ideal venue for setting new speed records.
Often we have talked of The Trench – a cutting formed in the sand – filled with water - to provide the ideal, if a little artificial venue for the record runs.
In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature a story from the Speed Challenge with two videos of The Trench in action. It is certainly not for the faint-hearted, and while still pictures tell some of the story, the two videos certainly fill in the gaps.
Moth World Championship - Practice race Thierry Martinez/International Moth Class
Over to Hawaii, and the 2013 Moth Worlds have begun, with several sailors from the recent America's Cup and Red Bull Youth Series competing in these amazing foiling singehanders.
New Zealand's Peter Burling, current 49er World Champion and winner of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup is sailing, but not having the greatest of regattas in the conditions which are not what the brochure said for Hawaii.
Burling's nemesis, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) leads the regatta after two days, but only one day of sailing. Outteridge won the 2012 Gold Medal in the 49er at Weymouth. Burling and Blair Tuke took his world championship title in 2013, when the Australian finished 5th after a few months in San Francisco skippering Artemis Racing's AC72.
Staying with the America's Cup, don't miss the interview from www.pressure-drop.us with Pete Melvin (USA) one of the design guru's at Emirates Team NZ, and one of the architect's of the AC72 class rule. He covers a lot of ground in the interview – and it is well worth spending 25 minutes to view.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech practicing ahead of the 2013 49erFX World Championships
Back to where we started with womens crews, we have a report from another of New Zealand's 2013 Olympic class World Champions with Alex Maloney and Molly Meech's report on what they call their 'Big Year'.
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