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 17 Jan 2014

Minus 20 degrees tonight...

Sailing-wise they breed them tough up here. Dan Ibsen the Vice President of Eurosaf, the 44 nation European sailing peak body tells of launching his 470 from the edge of the ice for winter pre-Olympic training sessions in 1976.

Sail-World is about to add Norwegian and Danish and Japanese to its technical sailing glossary ... but realised we left out one of sailings most technical Anglo Saxon sailing words, as we came out of the restaurant to be hit by the icy Artic blast ... ohh F...k!

Adelaide it aint.

Melges 24 World Championship  Media Pro International

Gill Melges 24 Worlds Championship 2014 - Six of the top ten finishers from the last Melges 24 World Championship are readying for the class' first Southern Hemisphere staging of their pinnacle international event.

Geelong's Festival of Sails January 21-27, now with more than 300 entries, will incorporate the Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals as a shakedown to the main event, the World Championship, to be staged on the same expanse of water. Racing will commence Wednesday January 29 through to Sunday February 2, 2014, when the world champion for 2014 will be declared.

Twelve of the world's best youth match racing skippers will converge on Perth this month to compete in the 12th Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta, a Grade 2 event sailed on the Swan River.

Managed by Swan River Sailing and hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the regatta will run from the 27th to the 31st January.

Four West Australian skippers will be joined by two from Sydney, one from Japan, one from the United States and four from New Zealand.

Current title holder David Gilmour looms as the man to beat this year, having enjoyed a fabulous year on the international circuit, bouncing him up the Alpari world rankings to number 13, leap frogging his famous father, Peter in the process.

- Cape2Rio - 2014 Maserati sets new record  Trevor Wilkins

At 23:29 GMT on 14 January the Giovanni Soldini skippered 70fter Maserati crossed the finish line of the 14th edition of the Cape2Rio, establishing the new speed record for the race.

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati team sailed the 3,300 miles between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro in 10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds.

The current record for the longest race between two continents in the southern hemisphere (3,300 nautical miles) was previously held by Zephyrus IV, a 74' American maxi which covered the distance in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes. To beat that time, Maserati hads to get to Rio de Janeiro by 4.00 GMT on January 17th, and finished well inside that mark.

Scarlet Runner  Sail-World.com ©

Her nearest rivals continue to lag well behind with the Sandringham sailor Rob Date's 52 footer Scarlet Runner in second place, with the South African entry Open Explora is in third on the water.

Lots more news as always!!

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Round Britain and Ireland Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing first to enter
Online entry for The Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2014 season is now open and Ian Walker's Volvo Ocean 65 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was fast off the mark to confirm its participation with Azzam (Determination) in the RORC's toughest race of the year - the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Eventful 24 hours for the fleet
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it's been an eventful 24 hours for the 12 teams competing. With valuable points up for grabs at the compulsory scoring gate, each team has pulled out all the stops in a bid to get ahead of the tightly packed fleet.... [more]
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Australia Day Catamaran Championships - Biggest off beach regatta
Bronwen Ince,
The Gold Coast Fastway Australia Day Weekend Catamaran Championships is deemed South East Queensland's biggest off the beach Catamaran regatta. An annual event hosted by Southport Yacht Club, proudly sponsored by Fastway Couriers.... [more]
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5X wins Boat of the Year
Multihull Central,
Outremer Special - The premiere sailing magazine of the United States, Cruising World, has announced the Outremer 5X as the 'Best Full-Sized Mullithull Over 50ft' in their prestigious Boat of the Year awards for 2014.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa officially opens its new base at Cagliari
Luna Rossa Challenge has moved to Cagliari where the team will install its new base in view of the 35th America's Cup The work to set up the base will start in the coming weeks and it is expected that it could be operating as early as March. From May onwards the sailing team will start training on the water.... [more]
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Developing a Social Media profile - how the Sports Professionals do it
Hastag Sports,
We hear a lot about working the Social Media, and a lot of it is complete nonsense. But in this video conference twice America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill is joined by two other top professional competitors, as they discuss how they use social media, and develop a fan base - and then connect with those fans.... [more]
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Quantum welcomes One Design Manager
Katie Spithill,
Quantum is pleased to welcome Clynton Wade-Lehman to the team. Clynton, based in Sydney, NSW has come onboard as the One Design Manager for Australia and will provide sales and service support with a wealth of sailing experience and sailing results to his name.... [more]
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Gill Melges 24 Worlds Championship 2014 preview
Lisa Ratcliff,
Gill Melges 24 Worlds Championship 2014 - Six of the top ten finishers from the last Melges 24 World Championship are readying for the class' first Southern Hemisphere staging of their pinnacle international event, the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014.... [more]
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NZMT Marine Turbochargers 2014 New Zealand Laser Champs - Day 1
Nick Page - Chairman NZ Laser Association,
Day 1 of the NZMT Marine Turbochargers 2014 New Zealand Laser Champs, being sailed at Nelson, was a Race Officer's nightmare. The day started as forecast with a fresh southerly gusting to 30 knots on course at launch time.... [more]
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Grant Dalton wins prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
Top international sailing magazine Yachts and Yachting (UK) has announced the Emirates Team New Zealand MD, Grant Dalton has won its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. Dalton's international sailing career began with the 1981/82 Whitbread Round the World Race aboard winner Flyer II, when he was 22 years old.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising Club's Australian Trophy goes to Brisbane cruisers
Lee Mylchreest,
This year's Australian Trophy of the Ocean Cruising Club has been awarded to Ian Johnstone & Jo Grace, with children Gill and Keely. The trophy is awarded for a meritorious voyage by an Australian member of the club, starting or finishing in Australia.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Entry list up
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails 2014 entry list is creeping towards 300 and the fleet size is ahead of the same time last year, a trend few regatta organisers can claim in the new financial climate.... [more]
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Surf to City Yacht Race - Traffic Jam heading to the Surf
Peter Hackett,
Gill Surf to City Yacht Race - All roads lead to Rome normally, but at this time of the year the channels heading down inside the Moreton Bay Islands are beautifully clogged with a bumper crop of the east coast's finest yachts. Days of steady but fresh easterlies in t-shirt weather have got us all chomping at the bit to get down there... [more]
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America's Cup: Jobson goes one on one with Jimmy Spithill (Part 5)
ISAF Media,
Jobson Meets Spithill - From an America's Cup winning tactician to a winning skipper. ISAF Vice-President Gary Jobson caught up with Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill at the end of 2013. Part 5 of a five part intreview... [more]
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Extended coverage in maritime alerts for boaters
Roads and Maritime Services,
Boaters and others who are interested in receiving alerts in alpine regions about weather which could impact on boating can now sign up for alerts. Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Maritime David Hunter said the agency had for four years provided a free service to alert subscribers to potentially hazardous boating weather conditions by email.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Competition heats up as fleet closes in
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with factor 50 sunscreen the fashion of the day, the fleet continue battle uncomfortable conditions in soaring tropical temperatures as the competition heats up with teams eager to make gains as the fleet close in on each other.... [more]
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MGs and Wangi Sailing Club - A perfect match for the National Titles
Rohan Nosworthy,
The 2013/14 MG National Titles, sponsored by Harken Australia, were held at Wangi RSL Sailing Club over January 5-9. This was the MG class's first titles at Wangi, but it proved to be a great choice as both the fantastic location, and flawless organisation by the volunteers at the Wangi RSL Sailing Club, resulted in a fantastic series for the strong fleet.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - World's best head for Perth
Bernie Kaaks,
Twelve of the world's best youth match racing skippers will converge on Perth this month to compete in the 12th Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta, a Grade 2 event sailed on the Swan River. Four West Australian skippers will be joined by two from Sydney, one from Japan, one from the United States and four from New Zealand.... [more]
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Moth bump and grind in Central Queensland + Video
Warren Sare,
The International Moth 2014 Australian Nationals was hosted by Keppel Bay Sailing Club. While the numbers were lower this year with the travel effort to get to central Queensland, those that did travel were rewarded with a very well-run regatta and a host club that really went the extra mile to make all competitors welcome and the event enjoyable.... [more]
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Club Marine Southern 80 Water Ski Race on the horizon
Corrine Donald,
It's that time of year again where the towns of Echuca and Moama have their busiest weekend, with crowds flocking to the banks of the mighty Murray River to watch the 49th Annual Club Marine Southern 80 Water Ski Race, held February 7th- 9th. This year there are 595 entries over the weekend, with a total of 301 boats entered into the huge range of classes.... [more]
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Musket Cove Fiji Regatta - An event like no other
Rob Mundle,
The legendary Musket Cove Fiji Regatta, a regatta like no other, will be staged from September 5-10, 2014. Hosted by the Musket Cove Yacht Club, it will be based amid the unhurried and carefree world of Musket Cove Resort and Marina on historic Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji – the centre of the sunniest region in the South Pacific.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiffs - Sam Newton, the best in both worlds
Frank Quealey,
Two of the highest profile sailing classes for more than a hundred years have been the America's Cup and the 18ft Skiffs. While the 18s have been famous for their spectacular speed and wild rides-capsizes, The America's Cup has been contested mainly by large, slow moving yachts of various lengths.... [more]
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2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland: Top internationals line up in Laser
Jodie Bakewell-White,
All three NZL Sailing Team Laser campaigners, and New Zealand's best up-and-comers, will be joined by top international competitors from Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, the Netherlands and Korea for the 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Sam Newton compares AC72's with the Flying 18's
Frank Quealey,
Sam, who is one of Australia's most talented sailors, was part of the 2013 winning US Team Oracle in The America's Cup and is also a four-times JJ Giltinan (world) champion on Gotta Love It 7 in the 18ft Skiffs. Now back in Australia on Gotta Love It 7 in search of a fifth Giltinan title, Sam took time out to discuss what he sees as the differences in the two boats.... [more]
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Murdoch sells superyacht Rosehearty for $29.7M
Lee Mylchreest,
Now here would be a nice yacht if you had a few million lying around, but you're too late. It was snapped up over Christmas. Rupert Murdoch has sold his superyacht for $29.7M after just three months on the market.... [more]
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