Phew… looking towards the winter racing season

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 10 Feb 2014

Phew... looking towards the winter racing season

Performance racing, 2013 - Sail Port Stephens 2013  Sail Port Stephens Media
It is still blazing hot, the Sail-World team nearly turned from butter to hot oil last week.

Now it's Victoria suffering but it WILL cool down.

Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013   © Andrea Francolini / Audi

Looking forward to Sail Port Stephens 11-16th April, ahead of the Audi IRC Australian Championships 17-20th April then it's Winter racing ahead of Sydney to Gold Coast race July 26th then it's Brisbane to Keppel August 1st, the 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 8-15th, the 31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 16-23rd and amazingly the eighth, that is the eighth SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Aug 28th - Sept second 2014.

Ian 'Stripey' Grant /AUS ©

Oh so vividly do I remember Ian Stripey Grant telling the stories of the Cyclone at Hamilton island at Easter in year one and the fire in year two, so to be already into year eight for Magnetic Island is mind blowing.

We will all be thinking of you again Stripey as we head north.

Sean Langman is reviving the Sydney to Mooloolaba Race, it is heading north at the same time as Port Stephens and ahead of the Audi IRC titles, so that is a bust, but this is a multihull organised event with monohulls invited.

SAILING - Sean Langman's TEAM AUSTRALIA's attempt to break the passage race record from Sydney to Hobart   Andrea Francolini

I dare say the fleet including Team Australia, will be a little faster than when I last sailed to Mooloolaba in 1997 with my IOR Farr 40 Witchcraft II in 1997, from memory we clocked up 114 hours and seriously ran out of food. Those were the days...

NZ Nationals and Pre-Worlds, A-Class Takapuna 2014  Georgia Schofield

But now it's the A-Cat Worlds and Sail-World's Richard Gladwell will be on the water in Takapuna, catch his interview with Pete Burling and Glenn Ashby on A-Car foiling and at the same time the Hobie 16 worlds will be running on Jervis Bay.

A great week ahead and stay with us for all the latest news...

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Olympics 2016 - No Stars to shine in Rio,
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Thursday that the Star class will not be sailing in the Rio 2016 Olympics, according to a report from Brazilian media published today. The official recognition came with the release of the classification criteria for the Olympics, which closes any possibility of inclusion of new classes, as it would need a change to rules that are already in p... [more]
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A-Cat Worlds: Kaenon's Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby on foiling
Richard Gladwell,'s NZ Editor talks with two members of the Kaenon team at the A-class World Championships, Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby, on how the day's racing went in the NZ Nationals, and about foiling in the 18ft singlehanded catamaran.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships – Plenty of action on Day 2
Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia,
Hobie 16 World Championships - In race 2B it was New Caledonians, Lucas Chatonnier, and Manon Legras (NC) first off the line and around the windward mark before Jason Waterhouse and Bridget Waterhouse of New South Wales (Aus) passed them at the gate and carried on to take the finish.... [more]
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A-Class Pre-Worlds and Nationals: Almost a countback to Ashby
Heather Forbes,
After two days of cancelled racing, and a long day out on the water, the National series was completed yesterday. 2012 London Olympic silver medalist and 2013 World and European Champion in the Olympic 49er skiff, Peter Burling is the 2014 National A Class Champion.... [more]
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88th Bruny Island Yacht Race - Footloose scores top handicap win
Peter Campbell,
During the 88th Bruny Island Race, sailed over the weekend, virtually everything went right for Hobart yachtsman Stewart Geeves and his Young 88 Footloose, in marked contrast to the Launceston to Hobart race in late December.... [more]
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A-Cat Worlds: Images from the NZ Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Images from the NZ National Championships for the A-class catamaran, sailed from Takapuna Beach. The pre-Worlds event attracted 81 competitors, but was shortened to just one day because of strong onshore winds.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship final race
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7 became the 2013-2014 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after another brilliant win in the final race of the championship on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Ed Smythe (replacing the regular for'ard hand Sam Newton, who was married yesterday) again proved their dominance with the 2 rig on the North-East course to win by 53 seconds.... [more]
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Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race returns revitalised
Tracey Johnstone,
The Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race, after nearly a decade absent from Australia's major sailing event calendar, is back with the first edition introducing a new race format.... [more]
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Top Laser sailors win OKI 24-hr Race but just miss lap record
Danielle Wright,
The 2014 OKI 24-hr Race results are in, with Andy Maloney and Nicholas Heiner coming through on the winning boat, sailing for Mansons TCLM Ltd with 118 laps - almost as many as Chris Dickson's 120 lap record. 'These are true champions,' said Murray's Bay Sailing Club Commodore Dave Gunn. 'You can't just cruise around in this competition and this year we had very good but very tough sailing cond... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Brisbane to Singapore Race 8 stopped,
Clipper Round the World Brisbane - Race 8 update: Fleet to continue motor sailing Justin Taylor, the Race Director of the Clipper Race, has reviewed the expected weather forecasts for the South China Sea for phase B of Race 8 and it is clear that there is not enough wind to race to Singapore.... [more]
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Bruny Island Race - Fork in the Road claims line honours
Peter Campbell,
Former Olympic and world champion sailor Gary Smith has added another trophy to his vast collection, this morning steering his 45-foot yacht The Fork in the Road to a line honours win in Tasmania's iconic Bruny Island Race. The Fork in the Road crossed the finish line off Battery Point at 06.10am at the end of a slow and sometimes frustrating circumnavigation of Bruny Island, south of Hobart.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition qualification system published
The qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Qualification has now been published. The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across 10 events.... [more]
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Bring it on at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
The forecast had been very clear. It was going to be light and variable on Melbourne's Port Phillip for Round Four of the Club Marine Series. Reading on, you saw that the BoM also offered an afternoon sea breeze and thank goodness for that. Even at midday, when the mercury had already started its inexorable climb to 40˚, the Bay had as many holes in it as some of Switzerland's finest dairy produce... [more]
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Milson Memorial Cup - Rare victory for a RSYS boat
Peter Campbell,
Milson Memorial Cup, a short ocean race, was sailed off Sydney Heads today. Prominent Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member Ian MacDiarmid today sailed his harbour racing yacht Hell Razor to a somewhat rare victory for a RSYS boat in the Squadron's historic Milson Memorial Cup.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships - Open Series Qualifiers Day 1
Hobie Cat Australasia,
The 2014 Hobie® 16 World Championships is being held 31st January – 15th February 2014 at Jervis Bay, New South Wales. With three World Champions crowned yesterday it was time to start afresh with the qualifying rounds of the Hobie 16 World Championship Open series kicking off today. 188 competitors are vying for a spot in the Semi-Finals where the field will be whittled down to the top 112.... [more]
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A-Cat NZ Nationals: Olympic Silver medalists take top three places
Richard Gladwell,,
Newly signed Emirates Team NZ sailor, Peter Burling, has won the New Zealand A-Class National Championship sailed off Takapuna Beach today. The current World 49er Champion, and winner of the recent Red Bull Youth America's Cup beat seven time world champion, Glenn Ashby (AUS) , who is also a team mate at Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Australian Olympic 470 Gold at Maritime Museum
David Payne ANMM,
Australian Olympic sailing reached an amazing peak at the 2012 Olympics, with the team of sailors claiming three gold medals and one silver medal, making Australia the most successful nation in the sailing events.... [more]
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World Record? 15-year-old rescue boat driver wins RYA Volunteer Award
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Is this a world-wide record? Scottish teen, 15-year-old Robyn Dougall, has just been crowned 2013 Royal Yachting Association Young Volunteer of the Year for driving a rescue boat in the rescue of yachts and their sailors on Scottish waterway the Firth of Forth.... [more]
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Australian sailor Lisa Blair to go for Antarctic record
Nancy Knudsen,
Russian solo circumnavigator Fedor Konyukhov has held the Circumnavigation of Antarctica record at 102 days since May 2008. However, now there's another sailor, Australian yachtie Lisa Blair, who is gearing up to break his record. If she succeeds, Lisa will also become the first woman ever to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted below 45° South.... [more]
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