Aussies out there – MiniTransat, Volvo. Comms changes for coastal race

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 01 Nov 2013

Aussies out there – MiniTransat, Volvo. Comms changes for coastal race

Start 2013 Mini Transat  Mini Transat
While the fleet was nearly two-thirds across the Bay of Biscay, deteriorating weather conditions compared to those expected at the time of the start meant that at 19.00 last night the Race Director took the decision to cancel the first leg to allow competitors to reach port safely. The fleet will reassemble in Lanzarote, some 500 nautical miles south west of the Iberian Peninsula for a restart.

Lanzarote, one of Spain's Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 60nm off the Moroccan coast is already overrun by Australians.

Talked yesterday afternoon to Darren Bundock, who is taking a short break in Lanzarote ahead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, where the dual Olympic multihull Silver medallist will make his Nacra 17 debut, along with Nina Curtis, 2012 Olympic silver medallist in match racing as his crew.

Nina Curtis and Darren Bundock - Nacra 17 hit-out on Sydney Harbour  

Why is Bundy in Lanzarote?

It's the training base for Team SCA, the all women entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. His wife Carolijn Brouwer was principal helm on the new Team SCA Volvo 65 in the Fastnet race. Other Australians in the crew include Liz Wardley, originally from PNG, Sophie Ciszek, originally from Mornington and Mooloolaba's own Stacey Jackson. We will be talking to Team SCA in the coming weeks.

The Flying 15 Worlds are about to start in Hong Kong. There were five Aussie teams in the top 10 in the pre-worlds, the other five were Pommes. An interesting series ahead.

The Australian Farr 40 Class Association are working hard to spread their news with video. Check out the Aberdeen Asset Management QLD Farr 40 State Title regatta video -

Interesting changes in Comms for the Club Marine Pittwater Coffs Race - definitely worth following

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club host of the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, has announced that boats will be allowed to compete in the 33rd running of the event carrying a satellite phone as an alternative to HF radio for communication purposes, a major coup for the event.

The Club's organising committee for the race has recognised the progress of technology and have spent the past three years using the Yellow Brick tracking system, proving their accuracy and reliability.

The cat 2 2014 race will again see the mandatory use of the Yellow Brick tracker on all boats so that race control will be able to see where the boats are at all times. HF will still be monitored 24/7 through an arrangement with Kordia.

Philip Dash's Beneteau First 40 Just a Dash wins IRC in the 2013 Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta - 2013 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta  Damian Devine

In all races to date, there has been a requirement for scheduled position reporting. However, in the past two years, the committee has modified the position reporting so that race control provide the position to the boats at a given time, using the information provided from the tracker, and the boats responding 'affirmative' or 'negative'. So far, none have been negative. For the 2014 race, all boats will be required to roll call once a day to a central race control reporting their 1800hrs position prior to 1900hrs using one of the following methods: HF,, Sat phone, VHF to base, 3G mobile phone text or email. All reports will be acknowledged by the same medium of the call by race control. Food for thought, read the full story.

BTW - When you open stories today, you will find we've made it a little easier to check out the latest news on Sail-World, with the 30 latest story summaries below each story, no need to keep clicking back to the home page.

Have a great weekend.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Mini Transat - Leg 1 cancelled, Bay of Biscay wins
Solene Rennuit,
Without doubt, the Bay of Biscay wins this year. Although the Mini Transat fleet had eaten up nearly two-thirds of the Bay of Biscay, the grib files are showing a further deterioration in conditions compared to those expected at the time of the start. At 19.00 tonight the Race Director took the decision to cancel the first leg to allow competitors to reach port safely.... [more]
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Audi Showdown regatta in Tasmania - Champion sailors line up
Peter Campbell,
Tasmania's champion one-design sailors in dinghy, catamaran, sports boat and keelboat classes will show their skills this weekend when they compete in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's annual Audi Showdown.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 QLD State Title Regatta video
Lisa Ratcliff/Farr 40 media,
Aberdeen Asset Management QLD Farr 40 State Title regatta summary video... [more]
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Entries now open for 2014 Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic
Louise Edwards,
The ‘Milang Goolwa' Yacht Race is back with a full Goolwa Regatta Week! One of South Australia's most popular yacht races, The Marina Hindmarsh Island Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic will be held on Sunday 26 January, 2014. Entries open on Friday 1st November 2013, online through and close at midnight on Thursday 16th January 2014.... [more]
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Dubai Muscat Yacht Race - Action underway November 2nd
Louay Habib,
The 22nd edition of 360-mile Dubai Muscat Yacht Race commences Saturday, 2nd November 2013. Competitors have been arriving in Dubai from all over the world including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Can women compete with men?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Can women compete with men? That's a question the Team SCA girls hear a lot and they are not afraid to give a straight answer. Watch the video to see how the all-female team view the competition with their male counterparts and how they train hard to rise to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 challenge.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals - Quick reactions to light winds
Lindsay Lyons,
For the third and final day of the Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals, the race management and mark laying teams had to show quick reactions today, which brought lighter conditions, with around 10 to 14kts of breeze, starting easterly first thing and tracking round to the south throughout the day.... [more]
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Doyle-powered yachts dominate at the Coastal Classic 2013
Elle Brade,
The 2013 edition of the Coastal Classic saw more than 160 yachts of all shapes and sizes line up for the 119nm race from Auckland to Russell. The race was hotly contested, particularly in Division 6 where visitors Team Australia were aiming to claim victory over title-holders Team Vodafone, who had taken line honours for three years previously. With the pair considered to be the fastest yachts in... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Dongfeng revealed as Chinese entry + Video
Jon Bramley,
For the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, a team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will take part. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew, as well as its support team.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Pleasant sailing conditions arrive
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, after 24 hours of racing in north-westerly and westerly winds accompanied by chaotic seas, the Minis have at last begun to see some pleasant sailing conditions. Between the excitement of the start, the stress of the weather conditions and the reality of life aboard, many competitors have suffered from seasickness during the initial hours of the race.... [more]
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Spindrift 2 on the Discovery Route
Virginie Bouchet,
Spindrift 2 – the world's largest racing trimaran - crossed the start line on the Discovery Route on Wednesday October 30th at 15hrs, 19 ms, 34 seconds GMT this afternoon ( 16hrs, 19ms, 34 seconds Paris time) on a bid to smash the record between Cadiz - San Salvador in the Bahamas, via the Canaries, set in 2007 by Franck Cammas and the maxi trimaran Groupama 3.... [more]
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Beneteau Cup 2013 - Just 3 weeks away!
Cheryl Stanton,
The Beneteau Cup 2013 is just three weeks away! Don't miss out on this fun filled event. We have some amazing prizes to give away including a holiday to New Caledonia! Find below the Notice of Race and Entry form!... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings for 30 October 2013
ISAF Match Race Rankings for October 30, 2013 have now been released. There is no change at world number one in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings with Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) holding firm at the top.... [more]
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Beneteau Cup and French Yacht Challenge overall
Jane Virtue,
What a great 'Spirited' regatta, thirty-one enthusiastic French Yacht competitors, including Jeanneaus, Dufours and of course Beneteaus who were the hosts for the weekend. The first race day the regatta kicked off with all the competitors, arriving for registration with, in most cases a full complement of crew, many of whom really got into the French spirit with their French style crew uniforms.... [more]
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ACT Dinghy Championships, Building on success
Marc Ablett,
The YMCA Sailing club of Canberra is proud to be hosting the 2013 ACT Dinghy Championships. open to all off-the-beach dinghys with a YV Yardstick The club and committee are keen to build on the success of last year's event which drew 90 boats and over 150 participants.... [more]
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VX One Australian National Championships
Andrew York,
The VX One is an exciting modern one design keelboat with the looks and performance of a dinghy. With speeds in excess of 20 knots attained when the breeze is up and a clean and simple layout the VX Ones are so much fun to sail and are turning heads every time they take to the water.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Director implements Plan B to avoid more gales
Mini Transat 2013,
The Race Director of the Mini Transat has decided to implement plan B, which had been mentioned before the start at the last competitor briefing. The fleet will now stop at the port of Sada, near La Coruna, to wait for the strong winds from the south-west that will sweep Cape Finisterre, on first and 2nd November to moderate and go northwest.... [more]
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Ocean Race Around Australia – West Coast rivalry on the cards
ORAA media,
Rivalry for the upcoming Ocean Race Around Australia is sure to mount in Western Australia, where the event originates from, when the various regions take up the challenge offered by the race organisers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Third entry confirmed for 2014/15 Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
A team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will race in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew as well as its support team.... [more]
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USA Government to stop producing paper charts
Is it the sign of things to come across the maritime world? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) of the USA has announced that, from April 13 next year they will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, instead leaving it to private businesses.... [more]
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Mini Transat 2013: Australian Katrina Ham glad to be underway!
Audrey Knight,
After 16 days of waiting, the Mini Transat 2013 started today, with the 84 skippers making their way out of Douarnenez, France, to head across the Bay of Biscay and then south to the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Mirror dinghy - a 50-year history celebrated
Emma Slater, RYA/Sail-World,
With over 70,000 Mirror dinghies built and sailed in dozens of countries, including Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States, the Mirror sailing dinghy must be one of the most popular, most affordable boats of all time.... [more]
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Parramatta River championship - Lincoln Crowne Storms to victory
Nick Press,
In the Parramatta River championship, Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones sailing Lincoln Crowne convincingly won during the weekend.... [more]
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Furuno NavNet TZtouch provides control of FLIR M-Series thermal camera
FLIR's M-Series thermal cameras represent the most popular pan/ tilt thermal night vision system in the commercial maritime industry. When combined with the Furuno NavNet TZtouch multifunction display (MFD), the M-Series becomes even more versatile and powerful.... [more]
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NSW Cherub State Championships - Harden Up dominates round 1
Rolf Lunsmann,
In the 2013-14 NSW Cherub State Championships, Kirk Mitchell and Andrew Stephenson from Drummoyne Sailing Club put their stamp with three straight wins in the first three races of the series. Sailing at Belmont on Lake Macquarie the pair dominated the 26 strong fleet in the first of four rounds that will decide the Championship.... [more]
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Cape Naturaliste and Return Race - All set for this Wednesday!
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
The Cape Naturaliste and Return Race presentations will be held this Wednesday the 30th of October at 1900 in the Wardroom. All skippers, crew and supporters are welcome and snack food will be provided.... [more]
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Discover Sailing Day - All are welcome!
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
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Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Race - Advancement in Communication
Damian Devine,
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club host of the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, has announced that boats will be allowed to compete in the 33rd running of the event carrying a satellite phone as an alternative to HF radio for communication purposes, a major coup for the event.... [more]
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NZ yacht builders again finalists for major international awards
Kate Gordon-Smith,
The prestigious International Superyacht Society (ISS) has named Auckland-based boat builders Alloy Yachts and Yachting Developments and New Plymouth's Fitzroy Yachts as finalists in their 2013 design awards, with the winners being announced tomorrow [30 October].... [more]
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Discover Sailing on Sunday, 3rd November
Yachting WA,
Discover Sailing Day is a day where Australia wide, Clubs open their doors and welcome the public to try sailing for free. They are a fantastic way to have a great day out with your friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible and affordable sailing is.... [more]
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18fters - Lumix on hat-trick 3 Buoy Challenge Race 3 + Video Interview
Bob Killick,
18ft Skiffs, Heat 3 of the 3 Buoy Handicap Challenge, was forecast to start in a light S to SE'r but was sailed in a shifty NNE'r which favoured going hard East on the beats to the 3 Buoy turn marks. With the exception of Asko, with James Dooran standing in for Marcus Ashley Jones, and Donnely, Alexandra South with small number twp rigs the fleet went number one.... [more]
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RACQ Care-Flight Rescue latest recipient of CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided RACQ Care-Flight Rescue with $34,000 to purchase and install two Flight cell DZMx flight tracking systems, which will improve the service's search capabilities.... [more]
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Farr 40 Queensland State Title - Voodoo Chile claims top honours
Lisa Ratcliff,
Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Queensland State Title, sailed on Morton Bay in the vicinity of Green Island, Brisbane, Queensland concluded today. The farthest travelled surprised even themselves when they claimed top honours.... [more]
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