A-Cats, Hobie 16's and more ...a giant sailing week down under...

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 17 Feb 2014

A-Cats, Hobie 16's and more ...a giant sailing week down under...

Glenn Ashby does a foil jump aas he crosses the finish line to win the 2014 Int. A-Class Catamaran Worlds, Takapuna, New Zealand  © Richard Gladwell
After a long and action-packed week of racing, Glen Ashby (AUS) has won his eighth A-Class Catamaran World Championship, which just wrapped up in Auckland, New Zealand.

For the eighth time Ashby took the top step of the A-Cat podium, followed by Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, London 2012 49er Silver Medallists who clinched second and third place, respectively. Impressively, all three sailors wear Emirates Team New Zealand colors, making this regatta a 1-2-3 sweep for the Kiwis.

While Ashby was dominant all week, plenty of sailors experienced equipment frustrations as the bleeding edge development class boats, now foiling, met breezy conditions and talent-packed racecourses.

Sail-World's Richard Gladwell had interviewed the podium players. Gotta watch...

Magpie during her fight back up the list. - Garmin NSW Etchells Championship  Kylie Wilson Positive Image - copyright

Nice to read the very detailed Etchells NSW titles report from John Curnow, where GT, Mothy and Grunter prevailed (AKA Graeme Taylor, Steve Jarvin and Grant Simmer.) A real sailing report from a real sailor.

Gotta Love It 7 crew were awesome - 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2014  Australian 18 Footers League ©

In the 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2014 Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, (Mothy Junior) Sam Newton, and Scott Babbage gave another strong display in tough conditions to take out Race four on Sydney Harbour today.

Hobie 16 World Championships 2014  Hobie Cat Australasia

Hobie 16 World Championships - a tough final final day on Jervis Bay, with three races. The world turned upside down for defending Hobie 16 World Champion Jerome Le Gal's with his race eleven Black Flag Disqualification (BFD) placing him 57th for the race and ultimately costing him the title.

Australia's Gavin Colby and Josie Mark are crowned the 2014 Hobie 16 World Champions.

Ichi Ban  Teri Dodds Photography

Matt Allen's shiny new Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban has lived up to her name – number one in Japanese – winning line honours and being declared the overall winner of the Sydney Newcastle Race; the second last race of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS).

Ichi Ban had an elapsed time of 8hrs, 36 mins and 30 seconds well outside of the race record of 5hrs 26mins 15secs which was set by CYCA member Dick Cawse with Vanguard, with another 60 footer in 2006.

Lots more news so we will get out of the companionway and let you get sailing..

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

A-Class Worlds: Ashby wins eighth World title
Heather Forbes and Sail-World,
The final race was sailed in a building seabreeze, which provided limited foiling opportunities. Another top Australian sailor, Nathan Outteridge is widely conceded to have a sweet spot in these marginal foiling conditions, and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist used this advantage to ease past Ashby on the final downwind leg, to score his first race win of the regatta.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships - Challenging final day
Hobie Cat Australasia,
The Hobie 16 World Championships final day was today, 15th February 2014, and what a regatta it has been. We have seen all kinds of conditions, challenging the most steadfast sailors and today was no exception... [more]
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Speedboat collides with moored yacht, four hurt
Media round-up,
It seems you can't even avoid a collision with a speed boat by staying in your marina. Those nearby watched in horror this week as a speedboat smashed into a yacht at a wharf at Herald Island in West Auckland at 11.30 at night, where a family of four were sleeping. It then collided with the wharf before sinking. Four people were injured, one of them seriously.... [more]
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Earth Wind Map - beautiful, delicate and - oh so revealing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The Earth Wind Map is an amazing project to visualize global weather conditions carried out by software engineer Cameron Beccario, resulting in a beautifully mesmerising depiction of the earth's winds. Weather data is produced by the Global Forecast System (GFS), operated by the US National Weather Service. Forecasts are produced four times daily.... [more]
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Appreciation flows at the Garmin Etchells NSW Championship
John Curnow,
Well it just has to be a massive thank you. The Garmin Etchells NSW Championship owes a lot to the competitors, the volunteers, the Gosford Sailing Club and everyone has to thank Huey, the God of Wind, too. He may have been later than required and frustratingly so at that, but when he showed up in the middle of the afternoon, he delivered in spades.... [more]
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Farr 40 Derwent derby 2014 – Race begins
Lisa Ratcliff,
Farr 40 Derwent derby 2014 - Competition at the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian State Title began in a reasonable 15 knot breeze out of the south on a mid-river course in the vicinity of John Garrow Light off Lower Sandy Bay.... [more]
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A-Class World Championships 2014 – Eight titles for Ashby
Nathan Outteridge was the winner of the final race with Peter Burlingavies of New Zealand taking third. Glenn Ashby of Australia won his eighth A-Class World Championship title with a second place finish in the final race. New Zealander Blair Tuke taking fourth in the final race to finish second behind to Ashby, another Kiwi, Pete Burling was third overall... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship – Difficult conditions in Race 4
Frank Quealey,
In the 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2014 Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, and Scott Babbage gave another outstanding display in difficult conditions to easily take out Race four on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Calling adventure-lovers - sail to the 'Ends of the Earth' in November
Sail-World Cruising,
In November 2014 one of the most alluring expeditions ever envisaged will commence from Sydney. Just when brand new sailing adventures are becoming harder to come by, along comes something many a shore-bound sailor would yearn for: sailing to 'Ends of the Earth' in two consecutive summers.... [more]
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2014 A-Class Worlds: Nathan Outteridge talks foiling and A-Cats
Olympic 49er Gold Medallist, Moth World Champion and Artermis AC72 helm Nathan Outteridge talks about the Exploder A13 foiling A-Class he's racing at the 2014 A-Class Worlds in Takapuna, New Zealand.... [more]
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Rumbeat ends ‘invincible' Invincible's run
Peter Campbell,
Bellerive yachtsman Harold Clark's ‘invincible' yacht Invincible's winning run on the River Derwent this summer came to an end yesterday – at the hands of a near Farr 1104 sistership, Justin Barr's Rumbeat.... [more]
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Ichi Ban is number one in Sydney Newcastle race
Jennifer Crooks and Sail-World.com,
Matt Allen's four month old Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban has lived up to her name – number one in Japanese – winning line honours and being declared the overall winner of the Sydney Newcastle Race; the penultimate race of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS)... [more]
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Yacht of the week: A crazy dream or an innovative new yacht?
Des Ryan,
Now is this some kind of crazy dream or what? No, it's real and it is waiting to be built after being designed by Pi Yacht and McPerson Yacht Design. It's called the Dragonship 80, an 80m trimaran with foldaway hulls and that very heady set of aerofoil sails.... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: A - Class Worlds with Ashby, Burling and Tuke
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling who are part of the eight strong team all sponsored by Kaenon sunglasses at the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships. Glenn Ashby has retaken the series lead and drove home his advantage on Day 4 with two excellent races.... [more]
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No love from Huey at the Garmin Etchells NSW Championship
John Curnow,
So if Valentines Day was all about the love, then the memo did not reach Huey. Yes, the God of Wind had no idea about it all and perhaps could even have been giving everyone mixed messages. There was no breeze to speak of early, then it arrived early afternoon and was quite possibly the fullest it had been all regatta. Please note that full does not mean strong or even fresh.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Chicago Match Cup preview
Chicago Match Race Center,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour Chicago Match Cup, being held from September 17th to 21st 2014, will be hosted by Chicago Match Race Center. The action will be hot; twelve of the best teams in the world will compete for a prize purse of $75,000.00... [more]
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Brasell, Geddes and Mackay share the top spot in the Nespresso YIMRC
Amber Roberts,
It's the battle of the Kiwis and it's anyone's game on Day Two of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Championships. George Brasell (RNZYS - Auckland), Rawiri Geddes (RNZYS – Auckland) and Sam Mackay (RPNYC - Wellington) all share 12 points overall and have not raced each other yet in Round Robin Two, meaning the tie break is yet to be broken.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Ashby delivers the goods on Day 4
Kerry Ellis,
.The stars of the fleet shone again on the world of A Class sailors today in race seven and eight of the 2014 A Class Catamaran World Championships. To the relief of many after Thursday's heavy slog the two races were sailed in excellent conditions with flat water and steady breeze.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Away with the birds on Day 4
Heather Forbes and Richard Gladwell,
Winds hovered around the 10 knots mark for both races on Day 4 of the 2014 World Championship for the International A-Class catamarans. Many of the sailors were forced to sail through a couple of thousand, of what were thought to be, Petrels sitting on the course... [more]
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Queensland's Gold Coast aims to become 'World cruising destination'
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast cruise ship terminal is one step closer after the Queensland Government revealed more about the $5 billion plan for Queensland's biggest development on the Spit and Wavebreak Island.... [more]
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Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2014 - Notice of Race
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2014 - Mooloolaba Yacht Club (MYC) is responsible for organising and conducting the annual event which is in its 18th consecutive year.... [more]
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