Glenn Ashby leads the circus

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 07 Feb 2014

Glenn Ashby leads the circus

Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ in action  John Mangino
When news hit that the 34th America's Cup was to be sailed on 72-foot, wingsail-powered catamarans, the world's sailing attention immediately swung to the high-end multi-hull crowd, as these sailors already knew a lot about making wildly exotic cats sail fast.

And while there are plenty of go-fast cats afloat, A-Class catamarans have long served as a development platform for hot new ideas, so it was no surprise that guys like Glen Ashby, Emirates Team New Zealand's wing sail trimmer, were long-time A-Cat veterans.

We were the official media for the A-Cat Worlds 2010 out of Belmont 16 footers, then we were on the water for the A Cat Australian Nationals on Lake Macquarie. The fleet on both occasions was the America's Cup all-stars and it was just minutes from our Sail-World Lake Macquarie HQ.

Roll forward to 2014 and Glenn Ashby, the seven times A Cat World Champion has persuaded a whole mob to journey to Takapuna NZ, for the 2014 Worlds, conveniently just minutes from Sail-World NZ HQ, so Richard Gladwell is on the water.

A-Cats Container Unpacking ahead of the Takapuna A-Class Catamaran Worlds  © Richard Gladwell

Here the world's best A-Cat sailors have gathered for a who's-who of multi-hull bragging rights. Beyond the seven times A Cat World Champion Ashby, Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Ben Hall, Chris Nicholson, Pete Melvin, Mike Drummond, Ray Davies, Nathan Outteridge and Mischa Heemskerk.

Ray Davies, Chris Nicholson, Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby and Blair Tuke. Emirates Team New Zealand sailors prepare for the upcoming A Class National championships and World championships regattas being sailed at Takapuna in Auckland   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Yesterday we checked with AMSA the news that all the crew was airlifted from an undamaged 11 metre yacht in Bass Strait. Nancy Knudsen our cruising editor will no doubt have more to say on this, (stand aside for the blast) but really you have to wonder why people are doing a Melbourne Hobart delivery can't handle 40 knots.

Habitats were first built in Australia in Catamaran Road, Fountaindale, by Performance Sail craft, (yes guessed it, you they were the first company in the street) who are now these days as the builders of the best Laser dinghies in the world.

Masters fleet on day 2 of the 2014 Hobie 16 World Championships  Hobie Cat Australasia

Nowadays Steve Fields Hobicat operation is based in Huskisson so Jervis Bay is a natural for the 2014 Hobie 16 World Championships, the Youth and Women's classes were first out on the race course to start the event which in turn saw the Grandmasters class sail in the afternoon. We have all the latest news.

If you are into golf, you'd better get swinging, Golf Ocean Racing is selling Titlest logo golf balls to finance a Volvo Ocean Race Campaign 2014-15. Hmmm. They might be a little late for the Alicante October 4th start line

News from the Clipper round the world fleet out of Brisbane and the Hardy Cup and lots more..

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Veola 88th Bruny Island Yacht Race – Muir family's Trevassa entered
Peter Campbell,
Veola 88th Bruny Island Yacht Race – This will be the first offshore race for the stoutly built Trevassa in more than two decades....'We are hoping for a bit of weather,' skipper John Muir said this week.... [more]
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A-Cat Worlds: Controversy, secrets, 'Exploders' and windy conditions!
Heather Forbes,
The 2014 A Class Catamaran Championships are being hosted by the Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland, New Zealand. The 2014 New Zealand National and World A Class Championships are guaranteed to be an exciting competition over the next couple of weeks if the conditions are amenable here in warm and laid back Takapuna!... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: One finishes another starts

Republication of's New Zealand newsletter editorial for February 6, 2014: Oceanbridge Sail Auckland; Emirates Team NZ sailors in the A-Class catamarans; America's Cup gears up for some... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race schedule revised
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, following delays due to unseasonable weather in the first stage of the race to Singapore, the Race Office has had to adjust the stopover timings and this will have a knock-on effect with Qingdao, San Francisco, Panama and Jamaica, but is expected to be back on the original schedule by New York.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships - Pace set on day 1 + Video
Peter Costello,
At the Hobie 16 World Championships, the Youth and Women's classes were first out on the race course to start the event which in turn saw the Grandmasters class sail in the afternoon. With four sets of sails for the event boats during the championships, the Women's class had the hot coloured sails in red and yellow leaving the cool green and blue for the youth.... [more]
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International Moth World Championship - Entries now open
Hayling Island Sailing Club,
Entries are now open for the 2014 International Moth World Championship which takes place at Hayling Island Sailing Club 18th-25th July 2014. The International Moth UK and Open National Championship will take place at HISC on the 16th and 17th July 2014. Entry is open to all boats of the International Moth class.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Jordan Reece scores another win
Peter Campbell,
At the Hardy Cup, for the second consecutive year, a representative of the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, has won the prestigious Under 25, ISAF Grade 3 match racing event on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Historic Milson Memorial Cup key for CYCA and RSYS yachts
Peter Campbell,
Saturday's running of the historic Milson Memorial Cup will have a significant bearing on overall season results for yachts representing the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia... [more]
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2014 Ronstan Tasar Victorian championships
Chris Payne,
Interest is building for the 2014 Ronstan Tasar Victorian Championships to be held on the weekend of 8-10th March 2014 at Westernport Yacht Club.... [more]
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2014 New Zealand A-Class Championships about to start
Kerry Ellis,
Anticipation for the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships has been building, and the wait is finally over. The one-handed racing event, which has attracted 79 competitors from around the world, will begin Saturday on the exciting waters off Takapuna.... [more]
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Vicsail Brokerage Show - Yachts for sale
Cheryl Stanton,
Vicsail Brokerage Show - Stop by d'Albora Marina in Rushcutters Bay to view a wide range of pre-owned yachts for sale. Including in the range are demo boats available at amazing prices: Oceanis 48 and SLY 43. This event is open to the public and we welcome everyone to come and check out the yachts.... [more]
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Southern Spars: Your chance to join one of the world's iconic builders
One of New Zealand's premier marine manufacturing companies, Southern Spars, is looking to take on new staff as business expands. This is your chance your chance to join one of the world's iconic companies in sailing and be involved the design, build and support for clients needing top quality spars and related equipment for their superyacht, grand prix racer, America's Cup yachts... [more]
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A series of successes for Cammas and Groupama
Groupama Sailing Team,
For a number of years now, Franck Cammas has been stringing together a series of successes aboard the Groupama boats: Jules Verne Trophy, Route du Rhum, Volvo Ocean Race, Tour de France à la Voile, C-Class and finally Olympic preparation on the Nacra 17.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - A great display of match racing on day 3
Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore today turned on a great display of match racing for members of the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, who were watching from the historic clubhouse at Kirribilli.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Tight finish to Race 8
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 race 8 was one of the tightest finishes we have seen with less than four boat lengths separating the winner Henri Lloyd and Great Britain, with Onedll finishing just 25 minutes behind in third place... [more]
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A Class Worlds: Strong Emirates Team NZ turn-out at Takapuna
Warren Douglas,
A strong Emirates Team New Zealand connection will be evident when the World A Class Catamaran championships is raced off Takapuna Beach, Auckland. The worlds, which start next Monday, will be preceded by the New Zealand Nationals which start Wednesday... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race sailing extravaganza
Jim and Barbara Stubbings on behalf of MYCQ,
MYCQ 50th edition of the Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Sailing Extravaganza gets underway on Good Friday, 18th April 2014. Back in 1965 Hedley Nicol won the first race both on Line Honours and on handicap.... [more]
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Fiji and the JJ Giltinan 18 footer championship
Frank Quealey,
2014 JJ Giltinan and Australian 18ft Skiff Nationals - While Australia and New Zealand were the driving forces behind the first 32 years of the JJ Giltianan 18 Footer Championship, we mustn't forget the participation of Fiji as the only other competing nation until the USA in 1970.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds - South Africans claims Master Class final + Video
Peter Costello,
At the Hobie 16 World Championship, in contrast to the past weeks racing, today turned on overcast skies with light rain, however a freshening SSE of 16-18 knots coming off shore over Vincentia delivered some smooth sailing.... [more]
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Belcher and Ryan still on top after ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan,
Following their results at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Aussie sailors Mat Belcher and Will Ryan talk about the event and how the winning streak has ended, but they remain on top.... [more]
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Hydrofoiling remote controlled sailing trimaran on test + Video
Ian Holt,
There was a good breeze at Austin Lakes, Mandurah, for test-sailing a Mini40 RC trimaran, using all four rigs, although too windy for the number one rig. Designer Ian Holt describes the remote controlled foiler's performance:... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Top world sailors head to Mallorca
Neus Jordi,
The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will celebrate its 45th edition this year. The largest sailing event in Spain will be held in waters of the bay of Palma from 29th March to 5th April with the debut of a whole new Spanish pre-Olympic team, presented some weeks ago, on their way to Rio 2016.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Who will win the first stage?
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it has been one of the toughest and most challenging races so far in this edition, and with less than 100 miles left until the finish line in race 8a, no one can predict who will win the first stage of the Old Pulteney Navigator Cup.... [more]
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Oceanbridge Sail Auckland: Few surprises on Medal winners podium
Jodie Bakewell-White,
After four days of compelling racing on the Waitemata Harbour, 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland has come to a close with winners celebrated at prize-giving following racing today at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. International sailors competed in many classes with one winning the Mens Laser class. Women sailors competed very successfully in many Open fleets.... [more]
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Sailors' warning: Abandoned 11m ketch adrift in Bass Strait
John Curnow,
Sailors' warning: An abandoned 11m ketch is adrift in Bass Strait. At 1900hrs AEDT yesterday, the ketch with three POB set off their EPIRB. This was registered to the vessel's former owner still. The craft had been sold in Melbourne within the last week and the crew were delivering it from Melbourne to Tasmania.... [more]
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Pantaenius Yacht Insurance continues support of 2014 ASMEX conference
AIMEX-Superyacht Australia,
Pantaenius, a global leader in superyacht insurance has confirmed support for the 2014 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Industry Conference (ASMEX).... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championship - Day 3 for the Masters Class + Video
Peter Costello,
At the Hobie 16 Worlds, the third day of racing started with perfect conditions for Hobie sailing, getting the boats in the fourth race off beach at 9:30. The race committee set the course at 2GO at 0.7 nautical miles to take advantage of the 15-20 knot winds of 020º for a 10:00 start.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Two Australian crews on top,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 3 February 2014 have been released. Mat Belcher and Will Ryan's undefeated run in the Men's 470 came to an end at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, as they finishing in silver medal position. Nonetheless they still maintain their world number one spot in the ISAF World Rankings. Tom Burton lost his world number one ranking but another Australian sailor has climbed t... [more]
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America's Cup: Spithill re-signs lured by a 'three-peat'
Jimmy Spithill (AUS) will return to Oracle Team USA as the team re-builds with a focus on winning its third consecutive America's Cup. The youngest skipper to ever lead a team to victory in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, Spithill says the lure of working with team principal Larry Ellison and CEO Russell Coutts again was too strong to ignore.... [more]
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