Of A-Cats, Hobies, Extremes and Big Waves

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15 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

UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series - Two in a row for Fazza duo
Karien Jonckheere,
At the Fujairah Grand Prix, Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi extended their lead at the top of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series standings with a second consecutive win this afternoon. The Fazza duo led from start to finish in a race that certainly wasn't without drama, with three boats failing to finish.... [more]
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NFL greats announced for $250,000 Bimini Billfish Tournament
John Bell,
The super bowl of billfishing is fielding a stellar squad of NFL Hall of Famers and Legends for a one-of-kind tournament that matches the country's best anglers and greats from the National Football League for some hard-hitting blue water action off this tiny Bahamian out-island.... [more]
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It's all about love at Garmin Etchells NSW Championship
John Curnow,
It was not hard to end up feeling the love for the Garmin Etchells NSW Championship being run out of Gosford. Yes it was Valentines Day, but that was not the reason. In fact, as you walked around the quay this morning, you may have felt a tension. It was not unrequited and certainly not inappropriate in this PC world. It was not quite fear, either, although many a sailor was moved to comment...... [more]
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RYA commences search for inspirational volunteers
Susie NationGrainger,
The RYA has officially commenced the search for 2014's most inspirational volunteers by opening nominations for the 2014 RYA Volunteer Awards. These longstanding awards recognise the outstanding contributions made to our sport by volunteers throughout the UK.... [more]
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Mount Gay Gosford to Lord Howe Yacht Race - Final call for entries
G2LHI Media,
Mount Gay Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2014 organisers, the Gosford Sailing Club, wishes to remind skippers that the close off for entries in this year's race, is Friday 21st February.... [more]
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UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series 2014 – Fast Fazza in pole
Karien Jonckheere,
UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series 2014 – That's after the pair of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi stormed to the quickest time of the morning, completing their fastest lap in 2:47.81. An intriguing battle took place during the race for Emaar Pole Position, with several boats exchanging the lead and the all-important top five positions, right down to the last few seconds of qualifying.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships – Top 56 finalists revealed
Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia,
At the Hobie 16 World Championships, last night there were both cheers and tears as the fleet was cut and our 56 finalists were revealed. While there were commiserations for some, there wasn't too much celebrating for our finalists as there was some pretty serious work to do this morning! It's day one of the finals!... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds 2014-Australian Youth Sailing Team confirmed
Cora Zillich,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2014 - The event will be held in Tavira, Portugal from July 12 to July 19 2014 in eight classes with 12 young Australian sailors and three coaches selected to represent their country.... [more]
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New Zealand and JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
Frank Quealey,
2014 JJ Giltinan and Australian 18ft Skiff Nationals - There can be no doubting New Zealand's outstanding contribution to the 75 years history of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship since 1938... [more]
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Tight at top of leaderboard as Clipper Race passes half way mark
Clipper Ventures,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race- Just over one point now separates the top two teams as Henri Lloyd wins Race 8, The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, into Singapore.... [more]
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Paddlers targeted in boating safety campaign
Roads and Maritime Services,
Canoeist and kayakers will be in the spotlight during a statewide safety, education and compliance campaign by Roads and Maritime Services officers starting tomorrow... [more]
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Solo sailor fined $770 for 'taking 15 minute catnaps'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Solo sailors of the world beware. A solo sailor in the Whitsunday Islands of the eastern coastline of Australia has been fined for 'not keeping a proper watch' as he admitted taking 15-minute 'catnaps' while sailing a famous ex-racing yacht, the 16m Apollo 3.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships 2014 – Gold for Palm Beach NSW sailors
Linda Renouf,
In the Hobie 16 World Championships in Jervis Bay, NSW, local catamaran sailors from the Palm Beach Sailing Club are racing with 338 other teams from 27 countries.... [more]
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