Australia Day Medals and Contender Melges – A Hobie kind of Day

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 27 Jan 2014

Australia Day Medals and Contender Melges – A Hobie kind of Day

The final race of the Contender Worlds 2014, sailed out of Belmont 16 foot skiff club on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney Australia. A good day for the big boys with a 25 knot south east wind gusting to 30.

Contender Worlds 2014 Jono Neate leads fleet downwind  Jantine Vogel

Jono Neale appeared to clinch the title with a second in today's race despite not being one of the heavy weights. Mark Bulka finished third.

However drama ashore, a protest from Mark Bulka against Jono Neate.

Jono Neate  Jantine Vogel

Bulka protested Neate for an incident on the first reach in race 10. Neate was the windward boat. Contact claimed between end Neate's boom and Bulka's back. Bulka won the protest with member of the jury having witnessed the incident.

Mark Bulka is the 2014 Contender World Champion. Second is Jono Neate, third is Matt Mulder.

470 mens/ Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS)  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had a great 2013. Right now they are attempting to win their 19th event in a row, this time Miami OCR. Looking ahead their focus has turned towards September 2014 and the ISAF Worlds to be held in Santander, Spain. This event will offer competing teams the first opportunity to qualify their country for the Olympics!

Tomorrow is the start of 25th annual ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. US Sailing's premiere racing event gets underway this Monday with 580 of the best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world representing 50 countries.

This year's participation total is the sixth highest in event history. The six-day regatta marks the third stop on the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and the lone event held in North America.

With the Australian Honours Awards yesterday many Australian sailors received accolades, congratulation to them all:

A big week ahead... check out current stories below.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Australian sailors honoured on Australia Day
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Congratulations to the Australian sailors who were honoured in the 2014 Australia Day Awards. Beyond the 2012 Olympians we are particularly pleased to see the honour of the octogenarian Peter Campbell, who continues to thrive in Sandy Bay writing like dervish. We will have more tomorrow.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds: Palm Beach attract biggest entry ever for a Worlds
Linda Renouf,
The 20th Hobie 16 World Championships, being held on the South Coast in Jervis Bay from January 31 to February 15, have attracted an entry of over 500 competitors from 27 countries. Local sailors will have the opportunity to compete alongside legend Hobie Alter Jr. from California and a collection of Olympics sailors from around the world to defend their titles is a dream come true for some.... [more]
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Yet another jury-rig steering idea
Christine Kling/Sail-World Cruising,
Recently we published a story of four sailors who lost their steering some 300 miles offshore, called for rescue and abandoned their cat. We queried the decision, quoting one sailor and his crew who completed 1400 miles in the Atlantic without a rudder. Now, courtesy of the Ocean Cruising Club, here is yet another method of jury-rigging a steering system once you have lost control of your rudder:... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain's gamble pays off
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain's offshore route gamble has triumphantly paid off, placing the team in first place for the first time in Race eight - The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup. With a lead of just a few miles, the relentless hard work will need to continue if the team stands any chance of maintaining its position, as the rest of the fleet begin to follow suit.... [more]
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SAP 5O5 World Championships at Kieler YC preview
Kieler Woche Pressesprecher,
SAP 5O5 World Championships 2014 - In an action-packed year of international regattas at Kieler Yacht-Club, the SAP 5O5 World Championships will be the crowning event. After the Young Europeans Sailing, Kieler Woche and the ORC World Championship, the lightning-fast 5O5 dinghies will take to Kiel Bay to battle for the World Championship title.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Maui Jim Sports Boat series final day
Lisa Racliff,
One of 14 divisions at the Festival of Sails, the Maui Jim Sports Boat series, catering for a plethora of sailing predilections, wrapped up on Corio Bay with the final two races of a 10 race series today.... [more]
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Banque Populaire VII sets new solo 24hr record distance of 677nm
Richard Gladwell,,
Armel Le Cléac'h and the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII Solo have set a new singlehanded distance sailing record for the distance sailed in 24 hours. The new record mark (yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council) for sailing 24 hours alone is 677nm or 1253 km at a stunning 28.20 knots average speed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Emirates Team NZ lose designers to Artemis
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing has announced that it has signed two designers from Oracle Team USA Emirates Team New Zealand. They will join two returning members of the team. Michel Kermarec has been lured from Oracle Team USA and similarly Thiha 'Winnie' Win from Emirates Team NZ, they will join returning designers Adam May and Nico Rousselon, as the team prepares for a possible America's Cup bid.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2014 - Sailing icon inspires fourth successful title
Danielle McKay,
Festival of Sails 2014 - It was a hotly contested day on Geelong's Corio Bay, with just 45 seconds separating the top five Sydney 38s in race eight today and the top three positions shuffling right up until the end of the final race.... [more]
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Superyacht owners 'mostly care only about the TV'
Lee Mylchreest,
If, as a 'normal' cruising sailor, you have the occasional stab of envy about those who own superyachts, here's some reassuring news from a superyacht designer: Most people who order superyachts are mostly concerned about having a room for a giant TV. So when you thought they were leading a super-glam life, they are more likely to be stashed in front of their big screen.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Australian Championship - Race 3 - Nico returns to form
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs: Australian Championship - Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge finished one minute two second ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O'Connor and Trent Barnabas), with Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) just six second further back in third place.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2014 - Star rises at the Melges 24 Open Nationals
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2014 - New star in event. Second on the leaderboard was Flavio Favini's Swiss entry Blu Moon with 26 points. Favini and Melges are old rivals on the racetrack with Melges now one-up by nine points in this Australian double-header of open nationals followed by the world title.... [more]
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Fantastic year for Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan,
Aussie sailors Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had a great 2013. Check out what they had to say about last year and their thoughts on the year ahead.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: the Oyster 825
Sail-World Cruising,
If you needed more convincing of the ever-growing average size of cruising yachts, production boat builder Oyster's announcement that they have just taken their 32nd order for an Oyster in the 24m (80ft) and above superyacht sector, should be more strong evidence.... [more]
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Jerwood wins Little Wheel
Bernie Kaaks,
Matt Jerwood and his team completed their Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta campaign with a three-nil win over world Laser radial champion Tristan Brown, who featured in yesterday's wild broach images.... [more]
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Quantum Key West - Final day drama and very happy sailors
Bill Wagner,
There was plenty of final day drama at Quantum Key West 2014 as the winners of several classes were determined during the last race. And conditions could not have been better for those winner-take-all scenarios with the southernmost point of the United States delivering the strongest winds of the regatta.... [more]
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Historic 18ft skiff Australian Championships: Andrea Francolini images
Andrea Francolini,
Historic 18ft skiff Australian Championships - Day 2 images provided by photographer Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Debutant yachts bring counterparts to their knees
Danielle McKay,
At the Festival of Sails 2014 debutant yachts Patrice and Ichi Ban are bringing their older counterparts to their knees in the grand prix racing series, claiming two spots on the podium on the second day of racing.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Scarecrow dominates in Cruising Division 2
Lisa Ratcliff,
At the Festival of Sails 2014, on the penultimate day of competition, a boat from the 1950s supposedly designed to sell more plywood in the USA and named after a Native American symbol is dominating Cruising Division 2.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Serious points up for grabs in race 8
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14, with serious points up for grabs in race 8, the fleet is eager to see if GREAT Britain and Switzerland's decision to head offshore in search of the trade winds will pay off, as the other teams watch with bated breath as the race to Singapore continues.... [more]
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88th Bruny Island Race –Intriguing record
Peter Campbell,
88th Bruny Island Race 2014 – Intrigue won her first Bruny Island Race in 1985 and later that year Don, his crew and his boat were chosen to represent Australia at the Admiral's Cup in England. Intrigue was the top-scoring Australian team boat in the prestigious international offshore regatta.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals Day 3
Lisa Ratcliff,
At the Festival of Sails 2014, for the third consecutive day, Harry Melges and his crew of Star (USA) held off the rest of the one-design fleet and have inched closer to victory at the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals.... [more]
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