Of A-Cats, Hobies, Extremes and Big Waves

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 14 Feb 2014

Of A-Cats, Hobies, Extremes and Big Waves

Huge wave headed for the Cove House Inn at Chiswell  Richard Broome
You've probably seen TV reports on the fierce storms that have been pounding the UK over the last two months. The fast moving Atlantic winter jetstreams have brought a succession of winter gales to the British Isles and now a rare Red Alert as winds intensify.

Remember that during the London 2012 Olympic Games, that the Australian Sailing Team adopted the Cove House Inn, Portland as their watering hole.

The Sail-World Team was amongst the thousands who celebrated Australia's three Golds and one silver at the Cove. Well this is what its looked like in recent days...

Huge waves approach the three-storey Cove House Inn at Chesil Beach in Dorset  KNS News

The racing action continues to get more intense at the A-Class Catamaran Worlds, which are currently taking place at Takapuna, Auckland.

A-class catamaran World Championships, Day 3, Takapuna February 13, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Given the A-Cat's long history as a development multihull class, it should come as little surprise to Cup fans that a disproportionate percentage of sailors racing in this event were also involved with the 34th America's Cup and will likely be on tap for 'AC35' as well.

The Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) squad has been enjoying a great regatta with the team now commanding the top three positions on the leaderboard after a windy day three of racing that generated plenty of overnight repair jobs.

Glenn Ashby (AUS)in action at the A-class catamaran World Championships on day three  © Richard Gladwell

After six races, Australia's Glenn Ashby, who served as ETNZ's wing trimmer in AC34, is currently leading the regatta, not unsurprising considering that he has won the A Cat worlds some six times, followed by Blair Tuke (NZ) and Peter Burling (NZ).

Be sure to get the full event download from the A-Cat Worlds, inside this issue, including great photo galleries and an in-depth video interview that Sail-World's Richard Gladwell conducted with Tuke, Burling and Davies.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 2 Singapore  © Lloyd Images

More high-performance catamarans, the Extreme Sailing Series has revealed its team line-ups ahead of the first act of the 2014 season, which will take place on Singapore's Marina Bay (February 20-23).

GAC Pindar in action during the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series  Lloyd Images ©

The Australian - Hamilton Island Yacht Club team lead by Seve Jarvin is racing as Team GAC Pindar. Jarvin is being supported by experienced Australian catamaran hands Sam Newton, part of Oracle Team USA's America's Cup winning crew, and Troy Tindill, who sailed with Artemis Racing in the America's Cup World Series. The team has recruited the 2013 winning tactician from The Wave, Muscat, Ed Smyth in the transfer window, and 20-year old Alexandra South, 2013 Women's 18-foot Skiff World Champion, to complete the team.

A seven-times 18-foot Skiff WorldChampion, Jarvin commented: 'I'm very new to multihulls but the guys I'm sailing with have a lot of experience. Our main strength is that we are a young team that are all great mates and could be coming in as the underdogs.'

Hobie 16 World Championships 2014  Hobie Cat Australasia

The Hobie 16 class is enjoying its Worlds, which are being held on Jervis Bay.The event's semi-finals have whittled the big fleet down to its fastest 56 teams, who will spend the next few days determining the best of the best. More, inside, and stay tuned to the website for more information, as it becomes available.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Extreme Sailing Series - Teams reveal line-ups ahead of Act 1 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series anticipation that has been building around the first act will come to a head as the first starting gun is fired, starting four days of Stadium Racing on Singapore's world-famous Marina Bay, 20th-23rd February.... [more]
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Cruising on the Weta in the Hauraki Gulf
Geoff Durham,
Geoff Durham, a keen Weta owner from Auckland, New Zealand talks about his last minute Weta cruise to Moturoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf last weekend: Searching for a camping destination to sail to last week we settled on Motuora Island (6km east of Mahaurangi Harbour) and little did Lotte or I realize what a wonderful weekend our selected destination would provide!... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2014 – Tough competition expected
Nigel Statham,
QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2014 will be the sixty sixth time the race has been held. The race will start at 1100hours on 18th April. From the start, yachts proceed via a buoy off Redcliffe Point to the North West Channel up to Caloundra and through to Gladstone, a distance of approximately 308 nautical miles.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet arrive in Singapore
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 – Race eight: The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup - part of the 16 stage Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - was particularly long and challenging due to unfavourable weather conditions which saw severe squalls, a water spout, stifling temperatures and wind holes frustrate the fleet.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Carnage, Cartwheel and Capsizes on Day 3
Heather Forbes,
Winds of 18-20kts prevailed for both races sailed on Day 3 today of the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds. The upper limit for A Class racing is 22 knots so it was a day of carnage, cartwheels and chaos!... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Another clean sweep for Emirates Team NZ + Video
Kerry Ellis,
Sailors from Emirates Team NZ dominated the third day of racing in the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships, being held at Takapuna, Auckland. Races 5 and 6 were sailed today in the heaviest conditions of the regatta thus far, the wind prior to the first race was gusting to 18.3 so the race committee waited for several big puffs to pass through before starting. Includes five minute video... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships 2014 – Race for top 56
Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia,
Hobie 16 World Championships 2014 - Day three. Tonight the fleet will be cut to the top 56 competitors all vying for glory in the Hobie 16 World Championships finals starting tomorrow.... [more]
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Illawarra Search and Rescue exercise to hone skills
Ken McManus,
An Illawarra search and rescue exercise is being held this Sunday, February 16. Rescue specialists from the region will take to the water off Greenwell Point, to search for six 'victims' missing at sea as part of a major capability exercise.... [more]
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Teams arrive in Singapore for Old Pulteney Navigator Cup

Great Britain and OneDLL celebrated finishing in second and third places respectively on arrival in Singapore today, while victors of Race 8, Henri Lloyd will arrive tomorrow (Thursday 13 February) along with the rest of the Clipper Race fleet.... [more]
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Mr Viggo Jacobsen, founder of IODA, turns 100 years young
Jonas Døpping,
Viggo Jacobsen (the father of the Optimist Dinghy class) turns 100 on the 13th February 2014. The first Danish optimist dinghies sailed in Vordingborg, Hvidovre, and Roskilde. The first regatta for optimist dinghies took place in Vordingborg on the 24th April 1954, this was the beginning of the optimist dinghy era in Europe.... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Crew ready for action on Eureka II
Tim Parker,
Airlie Beach Race Week is set to take place 8th to 15th August 2014 and the crew at Manly Sailing are very excited about heading back up north to their beloved Eureka II to compete. 'We are eagerly awaiting the opening of entries so we can claim our spot and start our preparation for what is going to be a huge sailing year for us,' they say.... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: A - Class Worlds with Burling, Tuke and Davies
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Peter Burling, Ray Davies and Blair Tuke who are part of the eight strong team all sponsored by Kaenon sunglasses at the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Explosive action on Day 2
Heather Forbes,
Although the winds were only moderate, the challenges of sailing foiling catamarans provided plenty of spectacle on the second race of racing at the World Champoionship for the A-class catamaran being sailed off Takapuna Beach, Auckland, NZ. Race 3's wind conditions were 15 to 20 knots. Nathan Outteridge provided explosive entertainment when his ‘Exploder' was deliberately pulled over astern... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Emirates Team NZ has dream run on Day 2
Kerry Ellis,
The second day of racing in the A Class World Championships started in more wind than predicted, and certainly more than expected; today the breeze averaged 13 knots with puffs into the seventeens. Emirates Team New Zealand crew had a perfect start to the day with race one delivering a clean sweep from first to fourth... [more]
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Red Alert - Great Britain's gales continue
The fast moving Atlantic winter jetstreams have brought a succession of winter gales to the British Isles. Here are images of the Cove House Inn, at Portland, watering hole of the Australian Sailing team during the 2012 Olympics. There's plenty of water there now...... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings for 12th February 2014
In the ISAF Match Race Rankings, Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) commence 2014 at the top of the field.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships - Open semi finals underway on day 2
Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia,
As we moved into day two of the Hobie 16 World Championships, anticipation turned to hope and then fear as first impressions of the day's winds appeared as though a repeat of the yesterday's still conditions was in the cards. People stayed positive and 112 pairs of crossed fingers seemed to do the trick as the wind filled in and almost on cue, Jervis Bay delivered another sensational day sailing!... [more]
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Fisherman rescued following overnight ordeal on upturned boat
ABC News,
A man who spent the night clinging to his overturned boat in waters south of Perth has now been rescued. The 50-year-old Ballajura man set out Tuesday morning off the coast of Falcon. He had gone out with his dog to pull in his cray pots when his boat overturned. His neighbour reported him missing this morning.... [more]
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Boaters to keep clear of a section of Edward River this weekend
Roads & Maritime,
Roads and Maritime NSW is reminding boaters to keep clear of a section of the Edward River this weekend for the safe staging of the 2014 Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club Classic..... [more]
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The unluckiest JJ Giltinan Champion
Frank Quealey,
Dave Porter became a Giltinan Champion in 1975 when he steered KB to a brilliant victory on the Brisbane River, but fortune didn't always smile on this great sailor as he was runner-up on five other occasions between 1973 and 1979.... [more]
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2014 Sail Mooloolaba - Queensland IRC boats head for State titles
Darren Spence,
2014 Sail Mooloolaba - The 2014 Yachting Queensland IRC State titles will for the first time be conducted as part of Sail Mooloolaba which is being held in June through to early July 2014.... [more]
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'As Long as it's Fun' - the tale of Lin and Larry Pardey
Lee Mylchreest,
They've written 11 books on sailing and they are gurus in the world of the cruising sailor. However, now the tables have been turned on the stars of our featured book this week, with the amazing tale of the Pardeys - Lin and Larry - told by someone else, who doesn't have to be as modest as they generally are.... [more]
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Hobart hosts final Farr 40 grudge match
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Australian Farr 40 fleet is two regattas off declaring its national champion for 2013-14 and the season-long grudge match between defending title holder Transfusion and Voodoo Chile is set to peak in Hobart... [more]
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It's official: Final word on Bounty, the Captain's 'reckless decision'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
They didn't mince their words. 'The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of tall ship Bounty was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy, which subjected the aging vessel and the inexperienced crew to conditions from which the vessel could not recover...'... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker on unsuccessful Cup bid
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker was interviewed on Tuesday evening in the top rating Paul Henry Show, broadcast on TV3, on the subject of his team's performance in the 2013 America's Cup. Particular focus was put on the granting of a lay day on September 16, 2013, when Emirates Team NZ was leading by 7-1, and the option of a layday was taken by senior management in the team.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GAC Pindar completes all Aussie crew
James Sephton,
GAC Pindar has revealed that 2013 18ft Female Skiff World Champion, Alexandra South, will be their fifth team member for this season's Extreme Sailing Series. Sydney-born South is the final member of an all-Aussie crew and will be making her Extreme Sailing Series debut at act one in Singapore, between 20th – 23rd February.... [more]
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Team hard at work on maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 + Video
Spindrift Racing,
Since December, a crew of 20 have been working in the Spindrift boatyard in Lorient to adapt the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 for a 2014 programme with the dual requirement of the crewed North Atlantic record attempt and the solo Route du Rhum. They will be working for four months until April.... [more]
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