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 25 Oct 2013

Going Crazy

Sail-World.com, the little Aussie battler has been the number one sailing site in the world since March 2013. Now our traffic numbers are going crazy, 251 thousand individual readers in August, an insane 581 thousand in September and we are heading for 300 thousand in August, the exciting thing is 9+ page views per session and the 20+ minutes time on site.

Now to the news...

Some interesting conversations over the last few days, in Alicante Spain, Sail-World talked to Australian Nick Bice, who is heading up the innovative new Boatyard program for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Then we talked to Ken Read, the President of North Sails who doubled up as an NBC commentator in San Francisco during AC34 and Tom Slingsby, back is Gosford, fielding phone calls from AC35 aspirants and Katrina Hamm, a Brisbane sailor preparing for the Mini-Transat in France.

We will post those interviews over the next week.

Team Australia (Sean Langman)  Richard Gladwell ©

Meanwhile Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell was on the water yesterday to watch a promo event ahead of the Coastal Classic when Sean Langman's Team Australia's matched up against Simon Hull's Team VodafoneSailing on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland.

The Aussies led Team VodafoneSailing off the start line, with a strong afterguard including Mike Sanderson and Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker in his first race since the 34th America's Cup.

Team Australia (Sean Langman) vs TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) on the Waitemata Harbour  Richard Gladwell ©

Team Australia had an initial speed advantage but headed for the wrong mark, giving away the race.

Sean has assured us there will be no repeat today and is confident the Australian boat and crew can beat the Kiwi ORMA 60 in this iconic Kiwi coastal race. We have Richard's photos from today's Coastal Classic start already.

Men at Work, John Bertrand, Andrew Grant Simmer and Andrew Palfrey competing in last year's Etchells National Championship in West Australia  Bernie Kaaks

The six-time Etchells Australian Champion, John Bertrand, with a scratch crew of Grant Simmer and Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey will be up against an expected fleet of 50 boats at the Etchells titles being sailed out of Southport Yacht Club from the 11th to 16th November 2013.

2012 Farr 40 Queensland State Title  Dane Lojek/Farr 40

The Australian Farr 40 class' five-part 2013/14 series will commence this weekend with the Aberdeen Asset Management Queensland State Title, 24th-27th October. Video here.

Now we will let you get on and read the latest news...

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the start of the 2013 Coastal Classic and filed these images - third of three galleries... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the start of the 2013 Coastal Classic and filed these images - first of three galleries... [more]
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Mini Transat - Window of opportunity closed, code red restored
Solene Rennuit,
The Mini Transat scenario proposed yesterday by the Race Director, to start the 84 strong fleet on Friday with a stopover in Gijon, has ultimately has not been chosen. The option of a start early next week seems to be confirmed.... [more]
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SB20 national title fresh first day
Lisa Ratcliff,
Crews gathered at Sandringham Yacht Club for the 2013 Brighton BMW SB20 National Championship are rugged up in beanies and snugs as they make final preparations for the commencement of competition on Port Phillip tomorrow.... [more]
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52nd Cape Naturaliste and Return Race - Sailors get set
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
Royal Perth Yacht Club and the Hyatt Regency Perth present the 52nd Cape Naturaliste and Return Race, starting Friday evening at 1800.... [more]
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Three launchings for multihull lovers at Gold Coast Marine Expo
Kate Elkington,
Multihull enthusiasts are in for a great treat at the 2013 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 1-3 November with three exclusive boat launchings by Multihull Solutions.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd summer sample sale started Friday - up to 80% off RRP!
Fran Burke,
The famous Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale is on again it kicked off last Friday 18th October 2013 at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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2013 Etchells Nationals- John Bertrand returns briefly to the fold
Tracey Johnstone,
The Etchells class notoriously attracts a high calibre fleet, whether it's a national championship or a club race. There is something very special about the boats which have survived the gauntlet of 40 years of other boats choices, economic challenges and cultural changes.... [more]
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Offshore Multihull Division for Sail Paradise 2014
Rob Mundle,
When the regatta is staged from March 14 to 16, Southport Yacht Club's emerging sailing series, Sail Paradise, will have a special division for multihulls.... [more]
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Coastal Classic - Team Australia ready for action
Lisa Ratcliff/Team Australia Media,
In the preparation for the Coastal Classic, Team Australia's head-to-head with Team VodafoneSailing on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, yesterday was a mixed bag for the visitors. Result aside, skipper Sean Langman is confident the Australian boat and crew have the ticker to successfully challenge the local ORMA 60 this Friday.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Kiwis take first local point in big boat duel
Zoe Hawkins,
They are nearly identical vessels, considered to be the fastest race boats in Australasia, and last night TeamVodafone and Team Australia met up for the first time in New Zealand waters. The Head to Head was scheduled ahead of tomorrow's PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race to get some much wanted answers about which of the two extreme 60-foot trimarans would be... [more]
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Classic Yacht Cup Regatta returns to Melbourne's Docklands
Peter Costolloe,
Hosted by the Melbourne City Marina with the support of the City of Melbourne, the Seventh Annual Cup Regatta for Classic Yachts, to be held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, sustains the tradition that began in 1888 with the Centenary Inter Colonial Regatta for Australian and New Zealand yachts held on Port Phillip.... [more]
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South Australian Fireball Port Festival Regatta
Robin Inns,
The South Australian Port Festival Regatta was a great success. We had 15 fireballs competing on the Port River in front of the Birkenhead Tavern. Racing was close and the course area tight leaving little room for error.... [more]
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Sail of the century - Port of Airlie offers rare 94-year berths
Heidi Walton,
Airlie Beach has been a drawcard for boaties for a long time with its sublime water, awe-inspiring natural beauty and laid-back character. But there's a new attraction helping take the Whitsunday town to a whole new level of wow.... [more]
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Ocean Race Around Australia - 38 weeks to start
Di Pearson,
There are just 38 weeks until the start of the longest and the toughest coastal yacht race on the planet – the inaugural 'Ocean Race Around Australia – 2014.... [more]
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Australian Farr 40 class' 2013-14 series launches this weekend + Video
Lisa Ratcliff / Farr 40 Media,
The Australian Farr 40 class' five-part 2013/14 series will commence this weekend with the Aberdeen Asset Management Queensland State Title, 24th-27th October. There is no qualifying regatta for the hardy one-design crews... [more]
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America's Cup: Pressure goes on Aussies to sail for home team
The Australian,
Slingsby: 'I want to be part of a team that can win the Cup. It's great that Australia is back in the race and full credit to the Oatleys for making that happen. I expect to be part of an Australian team in the America's Cup, but whether it is this one or 10 years down the track, I don't know yet.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions' brands nominated for 2014 Boat of the Year
Kate Elkington,
Two models represented by Multihull Solutions in Australia and New Zealand have been nominated for the prestigious 2014 Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards.... [more]
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Discover Sailing Day – Don't miss out!
Di Pearson,
Approximately 80 clubs around Australia will take to the water this Sunday, October 27, for Australia's first ever national ‘Discover Sailing Day' - and all newcomers are welcome to take part in this fun and free event.... [more]
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No radio, no EPIRB, coastguard rescues worrying crew
Joanne Rawlings/Sail-World Cruising,
What does it take? Concerned coastguard officers have carried out yet another difficult rescue of a boat whose crew didn't know where they were... The vessel that first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland was found before darkness and deteriorating conditions put it into a much more dangerous situation. Four rescue teams and a helicopter were involved... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - The fascinating finale + Video
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered a captivating finale as the inaugural event in China and the first World Cup regatta of the 2013-14 series concluded.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 21 October 2013
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 21 October 2013 have been released. Following a Laser Radial invasion in China with two 200-point regattas, the rankings have seen shifts throughout. Moving to world number one for the first time is France's Mathilde de Kerangat.... [more]
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Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Southport receives Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Southport with $8,000 to be utilised for their antenna repair project.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3 Buoy Challenge race 2 - Aron Everett wins + video
Bob Killick,
18ft Skiffs, Heat 2 of the 3 Buoy Challenge saw the Jono Whitty helmed LUMIX with James Hozack and Aron Everett win comfortably. Lumix led the fleet on the first beat, and by virtue of their handicap buoy being the Red, and shortest distance to sail to windward, skipped away from the fleet for an all the way victory.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014 - Accommodation Options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Looking to book accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to take part
Clipper Ventures,
This December the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will commence and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be taking part on one of his Clipper 68 yachts. The race starts on 26 December 2013 from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ comments on funds injection
Emirates Team NZ Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand today welcomed an interim Government investment of $5 million towards the team's challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the bridging funding would enable the team to retain designers, sailors, support crew and administration for the next challenge.... [more]
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2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Eleven days until entries close
Jennifer Crooks,
With just 11 days until entries for the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race close, 84 entries have been received by the organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race Series - Cougar II leads home on day 2
Peter Campbell,
Sydney Hobart Race contender Cougar II recovered from a series of spectacular broaches and a ripped asymmetric spinnaker to finally outpace the fleet in Saturday's Combined Clubs Long Race down the Derwent and out into Storm Bay and return.... [more]
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