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 06 Jan 2014

It's a small world!!

One interesting story that has emerged from this past year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race is the tale of Cup sailors/participants enjoying a private race within a race, as Iain Murray 'Big Fella' (Regatta Director for AC34) and Ian 'Fresh' Burns (Head of Performance for Oracle Team USA), sailing aboard the line-honours-winning maxi 'Wild Oats XI', 'bested' Tom Slingsby (Oracle Team USA's strategist) and Stan Honey (who served as Director of technology for the 34th America's Cup), who were sailing aboard 'Perpetual Loyal' (ex 'Speedboat'/'Rambler 100').

PERPETUAL LOYAL - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2013  © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

'Boats like Perpetual Loyal have come with a big reputation: essentially a new boat with considerable modifications to bring her right up to speed,' said Murray, who has been aboard 'Wild Oats XI' for most of its trips south. 'I think everyone in the crew was on their game this year. In the nine races this boat has done this was by far the best.'

The sailing world shrinks considerably further when one considers that 'Wild Oats XI' is owned by Bob and Sandy Oatley, the father and son drivers behind 'Team Australia', the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. Moreover, Murray has been named CEO of this endeavour. Ironically, Slingsby, who sailed aboard 'Perpetual Loyal', has already announced his plans to return to Oracle Team USA again for the 35th America's Cup. It will be interesting to see if the Aussie rivalries from this year's Hobart develop further as the next Cup cycle picks up momentum, and if this 'race within a race' foreshadows any of AC35's drama.

Glenn Ashby's demonstrates winning form - 10th Australian A Class Championship  Ian Johnston
Speaking of Cup personalities who are sailing to great heights in other classes, Bendigo boy Glen Ashby, who served as Emirates Team New Zealand's (ETNZ) wing trimmer in the last Cup, just took top honours once again the Australian A Class Championships. Ashby, it will be remembered, is a long time championship-level multihull sailor and has already re-signed with ETNZ for the next Cup. This win marks Ashby's tenth class championship in Australia, however things will likely get more competitive for Ashby at next month's Worlds, which are being held in Takapuna Auckland, and which are expected to see Nathan Outteridge, Andrew Landenberger, Brad Collett, and Scott Anderson joining the hunt.

They will come up against 49er Silver medallists Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, plus a number of sailors from Emirates Team NZ. As you'd rightfully expect the Sail-World team will be on the water there.

Catch the report from the 18ft Skiff League on the upcoming JJ Giltinan Trophy regatta starting in March - which has pulled a fleet of 30 skiffs from six countries. It should be a great series, and Frank Quealey describes how the class has been pulled back from the death a couple of times - but is now going from strength to strength around the world.

We have a few other stories in this edition which while not current, are interesting in a wider context.

We feature an interview with Russell Coutts, done not too long after the 34th America's Cup, which covers a lot of ground including an analysis of Emirates Team New Zealand, the future of the key players in the team and other comment along those lines, including his reflections on Oracle team USA's win in the last Match.

Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) win the Nacra 17 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne  Jeff Crow/Sail Melbourne

In this edition we also feature a review of the one of the new Olympic classes, and events - looking at the Nacra 17, which will be sailed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with a mixed gender crew. In December, we talked with the winner of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis. Both are Olympic Silver Medallists, and Bundy is one of the top Olympic catamaran sailors in the world. For the time being he has turned his back on the America's Cup and will be focusing on the Olympics. They have some interesting views on how the new class is shaking down, and how the male/female crew dynamics work. With Bundy and Curtis quickly on the pace this class could easily yield Gold for Australia in Rio. Next up for this crew is Miami OCR and we will follow the action there ahead of Palma, the first European regatta of 2014.

David Schmidt & Richard Gladwell

Australian 18fter League announce big fleet for JJ Giltinan Trophy
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18 Footers League has announced a fleet of more than 30 of the world's best teams from six countries will contest the 2014 J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 1-9. The 2014 event celebrates 75 years of 'the world's greatest 18 footer championship' since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938.... [more]
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Australasian Dragon Championship - Prince Philip Cup Day 3
Jonny Fullerton,
On day three of the Prince Philip Cup, after two days of heavy breeze, sailors arrived early in the morning for an 0830 hrs warning signal with a smoke haze hanging over the Swan River and a cooler 10 knots from the East on the water.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Challenging conditions
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 day three of race seven, it has been a very eventful 24 hours with challenging conditions. PSP Logistics has retired as a safety precaution and Old Pulteney quickly recovered a man overboard, although he remained attached by his tether throughout the recovery.... [more]
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Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta - Exile storms into IRC contention
Damian Devine,
Rob Reynolds DK46 Exile has stormed into IRC contention on day one of the two days of racing in Coffs Harbour as part of the five race Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta. Exile, with a first and a seventh today, has positioned themselves nicely at the top of the leader board with another two races to round out the regatta tomorrow.... [more]
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In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed?
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising,
In the inevitable cockpit-sundowner chat, in-mast furling has always been a 'no-no'. But is it true? Or is the cockpit-sundowner chat just scare-mongering? Here Des Ryan looks at a few of the issues.... [more]
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Discover Sailing Days for Victorian sailors
Lee Mylchreest,
Victorian sailors: Do you have a friend - or even a whole family - whom you are sure would love sailing, but they just haven't been able to make it yet? This is their chance, because yacht clubs across Victoria are inviting families and new sailors to come on board this summer.... [more]
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Laser Champions crowned with a bit of Star Power.
Jane Moffat,
TV sports presenter Sandy Roberts added some star power to the presentation of the 2014 Australian Laser Championships. The outcome for the Radial and Standard fleet were really forgone conclusions with Australian Sailing Team Member Matthew Wearn (WA) taking the Standard title and double World Men's Champion Tristan Brown (WA) taking the overall Radial title.... [more]
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Indian Navy leads the way: Women officers set to circumnavigate
Des Ryan,
While the development of leisure boating in India is greatly dominated by the purchase of powerboats by the ever expanding middle class, the Navy is leading the way in the development of sailing. First there was the circumnavigation, then the non-stop circumnavigation, and now the women naval officers are getting a piece of the action.... [more]
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ASBA Nationals 2014 - On the Downhill Run!!
Darren Spence,
Day three of racing at the ASBA Sports Boat National Titles was a 'breeze on' day. With four races scheduled and four races complete to date, day three is the make or break day. Cream rising to the top day? In the end only three races where completed with the Fremantle Doctor putting his feet up early for the weekend and reaching 27 – 30 knots by mid afternoon.... [more]
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Glenn Ashby wins his 10th Australian A Class Championship
Robert Griffits,
Glenn Ashby extended his overall winning margin of the Australian A Class Catamaran Championships, held at the St Leonard's Yacht Club, on Port Phillip Bay to secure an outstanding 10th Australian Championship in the class. Race 9 was sailed in a fresh 18 knots of wind. Ashby placed second, and Brewin who had challenged Ashby for the lead during most of the series, finished in forth place.... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Championship: Thrills on day 2
Jonny Fullerton,
On day two of the Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Championship, the ‘Freo Doctor' started to blow early in the day and signs were that the 26 Dragons would be faced with another day of thrills and spills. By the time of the warning signal at 1500 hrs, the white caps were out and a steady 20 knots of breeze blowing from 210 degrees set the scene for more champagne Dragon racing.... [more]
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Pittwater to Coffs - Ragamuffin cleans out trophy cabinet again
Damian Devine,
The 33rd Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Race was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Syd Fischer's TP52 Ragamuffin, skippered by his grandson Brenton has cleaned out the trophy cabinet at tonight's ocean race prize giving by defending their triple handicap crown in IRC, ORCi and PHS adding to their line honours win... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: America's Cup heroes take on Sydney-Hobart
America's Cup Media,
Iain Murray and Ian ‘Fresh' Burns bested Tom Slingsby and Stan Honey for line honors in the Sydney-Hobart race. Murray and Burns, aboard Wild Oats X!, were first across the finishing line in Hobart, coming from behind to beat rookie Slingsby and Honey on Perpetual Loyal.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition hotting up
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 it's been an eventful 24 hours for the matched fleet of 12 ocean racers competing. With reported wind speeds in excess of 60 knots as the fleet head north to Brisbane, Australia via the notorious bass strait, the optional extra points up for grabs from the scoring gate proved too tempting for some to pass up.... [more]
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International Cadet Australian Championships - Geelong siblings win
Peter Campbell,
International Cadet 52nd Australian Championships, conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, concluded yesterday. Three young crews from Hobart's Sandy Bay Sailing Club each won one of the final three races, filling three of the top four places overall.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship - Notice of Race online
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,
The Audi IRC Australian Championship 2014 will be hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC), in conjunction with Audi and Yachting Australia, over Easter (17-20 April 2014). The Championship will comprise both windward leeward style racing and a long and short passage race all held directly off Newcastle.... [more]
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Launceston/Melbourne to Hobart - Veteran Victorians collect trophies
Peter Campbell,
In the Launceston to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster yacht race series two veteran Victorian yachtsmen, Angus Fletcher and Lou Irving, have been named the winners.... [more]
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Victorian Open Bic Cup Feb 22/23
Simon Dubbin,
With an ever increasing fleet of these Junior ISAF 'pocket rockets' to be found at many clubs the second Vic Bic Open Cup is looming as a bigger event than last years. To be conducted at Safety Beach Sailing club on the Mornington Peninsula over the 22nd and 23rd of February and with a fleet expected to top 40+.... [more]
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Laser Nationals Day Five - Building Up To The Final Day
Haylee Berryman,
Whilst the result of the Laser Radial seems a forgone conclusion with Tristan Brown (WA) sitting on 23 points, although he did place 11 on the second race, there is still plenty of close racing in the other fleets.... [more]
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