Australia eclectic mix - Bigboats, Kiteboards, TP52 & 18 footers

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 16 Dec 2013

Australia eclectic mix - Bigboats, Kiteboards, TP52 & 18 footers

Torvar Mirsky, third overall and the first West Australian  Bernie Kaaks

Second was 16-year-old current European Champion, Olly Bridge (GBR) claimed second place, while Italy's Riccardo Leccese, who was second in Melbourne third in Freo. Interestingly Western Australian Torvar Mirsky, the talented ISAF World Match Racer finished in the top ten.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - Team Beau Geste offshore  Peter Andrews

An impressive win by Karl Kwok's Beau Geste team in the 52 foot regatta. And an interesting time for Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun V dismasted off Palm Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches on Saturday.

Close racing - 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2013  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

The 18 footer circuit continues to build with the Kiwis gaining strength and the European circuit expanding, Hungry, Germany and France for 2014.

Dongfeng sea trials in Southampton  © Volvo Ocean Race

Interesting too to contemplate that Rise and Rise of China, who are impressing on the RS: X scene, while they will be gaining more VOR experience aboard. With ever growing interest at media level, the Chinese push into sailing continues to grow. By the time of the 2020 Olympics in Japan, they could be a very serious player.

Now as the summer holidays roll in so do the Nationals and state titles in a host of events, make sure your publicity officer is poised ready to send news to

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Is your Publicity Officer ready to send news to Sail-World?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Each year we have been receiving some great reports from a whole range of Nationals... If your club, association or race committee would like to publicise or report on an event, especially its National titles, stories, pictures and or results can be uploaded via our Contributors System at the top right of the site.... [more]
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CYCA Trophy - Passage Series images by Andrea Francollini
Andrea Francollini,
CYCA Trophy - Passage Series images by Andrea Francollini... [more]
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ISAF Coach and Sailor of the Year conclude Sail Middle Harbour Regatta
Melissa Yeomans,
Sail Middle Harbour has seen Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club come together to host a regatta on the beautiful waters of Middle Harbour and the Sound.... [more]
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Kiteracing Oceanic Championships winner crowned
Janine Pittaway,
The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships 2013 concluded today at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. Current Course Racing World Champion, German Florian Gruber, has been crowned the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships winner. The laid-back 19-year-old won convincingly, taking out all but three races in the five-day competition.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 2 - Easy victory for Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship, Race 2 was held on Sunday 15th December 2013 on Sydney Harbour. A decision made by the Gotta Love It 7 team shortly after the start was a critical factor in the skiff's easy victory in Race 2... [more]
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CYCA Trophy - Passage Series: Testing conditions on final day
Di Pearson,
CYCA Trophy - Passage Series Race 1 was won yesterday by Midnight Rambler. The Ker 40 owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik, backed up and won again today to claim Division 1 victory from Tony Kirby's brand new Ker 46, Patrice, which comes from the same design stable as the victor.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Series whitewash for Team Beau Geste
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
In the inaugural Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste completed a series whitewash with a fourth and final outright win in the three-day Pittwater regatta, December 13-15, 2013.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Intense inspection begins for Wild Oats XI
Rob Mundle,
In keeping with the adage ‘to finish first you must first finish', the shore crew of Rolex Sydney Hobart Race record holder, Bob Oatley's supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, today began an intense four-day inspection of the yacht and its new, lightweight carbon fibre mast.The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2013 - Wild Oats XI crew today began an intense four-day inspection of the yacht... [more]
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Kiteracing Oceanic Championships - Hotly contested racing on day 4
Janine Pittaway,
On day four of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships, two Medals Series races were hotly contested at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. The action-packed racing concluded with wins by Italy's Riccardo Leccese and world champion and current overall leader Florian Gruber from Germany.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Quest for a series whitewash
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
In Australia's inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup, Team Beau Geste from Hong Kong, skippered by Karl Kwok and helmed by Gavin Brady, is striving for a series whitewash. But the pesky new kid in town is causing ripples for the international visitors.... [more]
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Lighthouse to Leighton kitesurfing race - New record set
Janine Pittaway,
The 19km Lighthouse to Leighton race was held today, Saturday 14th December 2013. A new record for kitesurfing from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach Fremantle was set today when German expat Marvin Baumeister made the crossing in just 23 minutes and 50 seconds.... [more]
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CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 - Midnight Rambler on top
Di Pearson,
At the start of the CYCA Trophy Series today all eyes may have been on the Mark Richards' skippered Wild Oats XI and Jim Delegat's Giacomo from New Zealand, but it was Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas/Michael Bencsik) and Chris Bran's Brannew that came out on top at the end of the first day.... [more]
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Sail Middle Harbour Regatta - Magic Day 1
Melissa Yeomans,
What a fantastic start to the Sail Middle Harbour Regatta today on Sydney Harbour. With racing starting at 1pm the sea breeze kicked in with a beautiful Nor'easter of up to 17kts. The Organising committee could not have hoped for a better day and were all happy with how the day progressed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race 5 - PSP Logistics heads towards finish
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 - After racing over 2,000 miles from Albany, Western Australia PSP Logistics is just 15 miles away from crossing the finish line into Sydney, Australia.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Rob Hanna's Shogun V dismasted on Day 2
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
Premier Composite Technologies TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 final round is taking place out on Pittwater this weekend. In 18 knots of southerly breeze, Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun V was dismasted off Palm Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches on day two, Saturday 14 December 2014.... [more]
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One Ton Cup Revisited broadens its embrace
Alan Sefton,
It has been decided to open up the proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta to include all One Tonners that contested the Cup in the 'modern era' (1965 to 1994*). The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announced that they were seeking an indication of potential interest in a proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta, in Auckland, New Zealand, in February/March 2015.... [more]
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Search for Chinese Team Dongfeng VOR crew - 'no experience required'
Dongfeng Race Team,
Ahead of being shipped to China on Wednesday, Green Marine have now officially transferred the Volvo Ocean 65 ‘Dongfeng' to OC Sport. On the other side of the globe in Sanya, China the Dongfeng Race Team is preparing to put Chinese athletes through their paces in the first of several sailing team selection trials.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strong fleet ready for action
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A fleet made up of 94 yachts, including 22 international entrants, five 100-ft Maxis, seven former winners and the current race record holder, is arguably the strongest in recent race history. Running for the 69th uninterrupted year and sponsored by Rolex since 2002, the 2013 edition of the 628-nm race starts – as is tradition – on 26 December from Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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