Whatever you do... don't look into Hicko's eyes!!!

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 11 Nov 2013

Whatever you do... don't look into Hicko's eyes!!!

`What did we just tell you?'

Roger Hickman of Wild Rose; Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012 Division 4 IRC handicap winner  Crosbie Lorimer
Roger Hickman and his Wild Rose crew seem to have a hypnotic hold over the Sydney IRC racing fleet at the moment.

Wild Rose is a 28 year old Farr 43, the original Wild Oats and should be being hosed by the slew of modern IRC racers. But over the last few season she has been getting better and better results.

Another outstanding win in the Cabbage Tree Island Race on the weekend, following on from the Bird Island Race and Flinders Island Race, its three offshore wins in a row for the Tasmanian Devil and his very experienced crew.

The message for all the other skippers, is don't look into Hicko's eyes. Sammy Hunt who joined our Sword of Orion crew, ex-Atara warned us repeatedly about that when we were sailing a lot against Hicko back in the late 1990's.

Seriously....Onya Mate, we hope the Sydney Hobart weather suits you and you get more than apples when you reach Constitution Dock.

Its coming up FAST but entries are still being accepted for the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne Olympic classes, the full suite which will be sailed in Rio, as well as the Sail Melbourne Invited Classes.

This combined event is the second regatta of the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and is being organised by Yachting Victoria at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne, from the 1st -8th December 2013.

The 2013 Sail Melbourne Invited Classes are Laser Radial Men, Laser 4.7, Men and Women's Kiteboard, Viper, 420, 29er, Optimist, OK dinghy, 2.4R, SKUB18, Liberty Access and Cadet dinghy. Full entry details below.

Outteridge and Jensen heading into some Port Phillip Bay choppy seas. - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2011  Teri Dodds - copyright

Half a world away, the 2013 ISAF Annual General Meeting in Muscat, Oman is underway.

There are a raft of subcommittee meetings with nothing extraordinary happening.

But in between meetings, as Sail-World predicted, the hot button subject in the corridors is the new concept for the ISAF World Sailing Championships, based on the new elite series we detailed over the last month.

There are certainly very divided opinions about it, many discussions among the Olympic Classes and especially the smaller MNA's, who see their chances of participating in a World Championship (as the Class Worlds) disappearing, being relegated to regional events.

Even larger MNA's are uncertain, because they know so little about the concept, costs, qualification to the top 25 level and the effects on their development squads.

While the proposal could well pass through in Events Committee and Council, as it has strong support especially from the President and Executive, there are many questions yet to be answered.

The key voting group is Europe where all but a few Olympic class regattas are held. Today we have some background from Dan Ibsen the Vice President of EUROSAF, representing 43 countries in Europe.

We will being you more from Marco Predieri, the EUROSAF President, who is a strong supporter of ISAF President Carlo Croce in the next few day. More news from Muscat as decisions are made.

Tom Slingsy leads the Laser fleet around the course - 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne  Teri Dodds - copyright

Sad news from Brisbane, where 18 footer crew David 'Casper' Hansa died on Saturday after being trapped under his capsized skiff during a Brisbane 18 footers Sailing Club race on Waterloo Bay race. We join with the entire sailing community in offering condolences to his family.

Another great report on the weekend's Club Marine series from John Curnow, who drives the media boat for the series, as well as reporting, with excellent images from Teri Dodds and Alex McKinnon. Make sure you read, compare and contrast with reports on your local events.

Ikon stood out all day – great sailing team. - Club Marine Series  © Alex McKinnon

Our audience traffic stats show us that John's strong technical reporting is much appreciated by our knowledgeable sailing audience. It is in strong contrast to reports written from results sheets which are sadly so common these days.

In amongst that is Wavelength. - Club Marine Series  Teri Dodds ©

Lots more news from Australia and around the world.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

ISAF Sailing World Cup-Sail Melbourne - Enter Now
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne,
The 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne Olympic and Invited Classes Notice of Race is online and entries are still being accepted for the Sail Melbourne Invited Classes and as well as the Sailing World Cup fleet.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nomination - Deneen Demourkas
Daniel Smith,
Deneen Demourkas (USA) was left in shock when she received her ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nomination from ISAF President Carlo Croce.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Wind holes bring mixed emotions for fleet
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the strong west-to-east wind currents of the Roaring Forties grew infamous for providing major speed boosts to trade ships sailing to Australasia during the Age of Sail, between the 16th and mid-19th century. However, for the past 24 hours at least, history has not provided the same fortune for the Clipper 2013-14 Race fleet.... [more]
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18ft Skiff sailor dies racing in Brisbane
The Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club has issued the following statement following the death of David Hansa (23) while sailing on Waterloo Bay on Saturday. He was trapped under water, before being retrieved, taken ashore, however efforts to resuscitate him failed.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship, Race 1 - Seven teams compete
Frank Quealey,
Today, seven team took out the season's first championship race with a brilliant victory in race one of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Olympic Classes – Changes ahead – a view from Europe
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The most influential group of sailing nations at Olympic level is Europe and with ISAF proposing a very major change in the structure of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, World Championships and regional Olympic Class event, under consideration at the ISAF annual conference now, its timely to consider the views of European Sailing nations, who between them run most of the Olympic class regattas.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Legal & Safe Ship Management course
Joanne Glassford,
Coastguard Boating Education has introduced this new course for those intending to own or operate small commercial craft. CBE General Manager Neil Murray says that 'the Legal and Safe Ship Management course is the ideal way to prepare people with the knowledge required for the MNZ Local Launch Operator examination'.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race - Hickman makes it three in a row
Di Pearson, CYCA Media,
Roger Hickman has sailed his 28 year-old Wild Rose to three consecutive wins in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual Blue Water Pointscore after winning the 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race this weekend, rating him a favourite for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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85-year-old Gnome not hiding in the garden
Peter Campbell,
The Derwent class yacht Gnome, launched 85 years ago, is the oldest yacht racing in the Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series on the River Derwent.... [more]
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Classic yacht Ingomar reproduction seeks buyer to finish
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you have a few dollars lying around this could be the buy of the century. Replica of 1903 classic yacht Ingomar is seeking a buyer to finish construction at Front Street Shipyard in the USA. The two-masted topsail gaff-rigged schooner was scheduled to be launched in 2013, but unless a buyer can be found that promise will certainly not be met.... [more]
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Australian Customs forms new links with US Coast Guard
ACBPS/Sail-World Cruising,
The age of being easily able to get prohibited items into Australia undetected via a sailing boat might be well and truly over with the new links that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) is forming with the US Coastguard.... [more]
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Australian yacht's account of stormy Gulf Stream crossing
Andrew and Clare Payne/Sail-World,
Australian cruising sailors Andrew and Clare Payne on their boat Eye Candy, this year joined the 'Salty Dawg Rally' to make their way south to the Caribbean. Here is their graphic description of how they crossed the Gulf Stream and dodged the fronts successfully while others ran into trouble:... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Injured sailor safely ashore and
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it is sure to be a birthday that Michelle Porter (37) will never forget. She was evacuated yesterday evening local time from Derry~Londonderry~Doire by the South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) off Port Elizabeth and taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken arm.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Mason named shore manager for all-female crew
Agathe Armand,
After having sailed four straight Volvo Ocean Races, Richard Mason is joining Team SCA as the shore manager of the all-female crew in a role which will finally allow him to stay dry - relatively - over the next two and a half years.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot's Lipari 41 Evolution
Multihulls World,
Fountaine Pajot's Lipari 41 Evolution is a worldwide reference of the 40 Ft catamarans. She has received numerous enhancements and offers, new decorative finishes with a nice balance of contemporary colors, new improvements for living spaces in the cockpit and the saloon.... [more]
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Moguls at the Club Marine Series
John Curnow,
The bumps were pretty decent and always capped with the fresh white stuff skiers adore. It was even cold enough to be the snow season, with the wind chill making it feel quite nasty, actually. Speaking of evil, the seaway was terribly confused. Yes, the predominant direction was Sou'souwest, but there were cross lines about as clear as those on the hash tag symbol so many people use these days.... [more]
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Clipper Race - Day 5 Calm after storm
The Clipper Race,
Day 5 has bought a respite from the gale force winds that lashed the fleet over the previous 36 hours, with winds reducing from the storm high of 90 knots to a far lighter, yet still changeable wind pattern of between 10 and 25 knots, with numerous, active rain squalls.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Race: Finish Images by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
The leaders in the Cabbage Tree Island Race fleet arrived back in Sydney early this evening plugging a 20 knot south southeaster down the Northern Beaches before being able to crack sheets under North Head and fetch across to South Head and from there into the harbour. Southern Excellence appeared to have retired from the race motoring into the harbour at 6pm, just ahead of the first of the fle... [more]
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CYCA's Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race 2013 Start VIDEO
Dale Lorimer,
CYCA's Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race started as the sun set dropped behind an extremely hazy Sydney Skyline. Dale Lorimer captured in near darkness the departing yachts from North Head. 'Victoire' was the first yacht through the Heads.... [more]
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Port Hacking Race - About Time makes a comeback
Di Pearson, CYCA Media,
Julian Farren-Price skippered his Cookson 12, About Time, to an overall win in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Port Hacking Race today, holding off a challenge from last year's winner, Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup yachtsman, David Forbes, at the helm of his Kaiko 52 Merlin.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Exactly 1,000 days before Opening Ceremony
ISAF sailing,
On Saturday 9th November the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reaches exactly 1,000 days before the Opening Ceremony.... [more]
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New Zealand's activist sailors embark to stop deep-sea oil drilling
New Zealand's activist sailors are setting off again to try to prevent drilling for oil by intercepting an oil-drilling ship. A 'People's Flotilla' of small boats was launched this week from ports around New Zealand to confront the ship set to begin deep sea oil drilling off the west cost of New Zealand's North Island.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Close fought battle on the Gulf
Transat Jacques Vabre,
As the 26 Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40 duos take shelter in Roscoff to miss the strong winds of the Bay of Biscay depression, the three other classes (Multi 50, IMOCA and MOD70 ) are set up for a tough night with big seas and strong winds.... [more]
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