Easter Sailing is coming up fast... News from Australia and beyond...

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 10 Apr 2014


Easter Sailing is coming up fast... News from Australia and beyond...

Sail Port Stephens 2013  Sail Port Stephens Media
Easter Sailing is coming up fast, that means the Brisbane to Gladstone 2014 and we will once again raise a glass to Stripey and Marie Grant, we cannot think about this race without seeing Stripey dockside in Gladstone, with his short-brimmed canvas white hat, talking to the skipper and crews. Missing you mate.

Ian 'Stripey' Grant  Sail-World.com /AUS ©

Easter this year will be the Pantaenius sponsored Sail Port Stephens, its flipside this year with the IRC fleets racing first, who will then be off to the IRC Nationals at Newcastle while the Cruising fleet enjoys the Commodores Cup.

News today from a fast Gosford to Lord Howe and Sydney Mooloolaba, a lot of offshore events.

The Sail-World Team will be on the French Riviera, Hyeres at the final ISAF Sailing World Cup event of the season. The whole Australian Sailing Team will be on the water in Hyeres include Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in the 49ers. The Kiwis Burling and Tuke and the Danes Warrer and Lang are keen to show our London 2012 49er Gold Medallists they have lots of work to do before the next World Championships. It'll be great to watch.

Tom Burton, 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Palma De Mallorca  © Martinez Studio / Sofia

Another good regatta from Tom Burton in Hyeres, who won in Palma, and he will be back on top on the Laser Rankings. (He is number two and closing fast) With a strong squad and a great coach, our Aussie Laser sailors continue to impress.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS), 470 Men  © Martinez Studio / Sofia

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, the world number one ranked 470 Men's pairing, are keen to rub out the last two regattas, with a disappointing (for them ) second and third.

Oli Tweddell during the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami  ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

And Australia's Oli Tweddell, the world number one Finn sailor, is having physio every day to try and resolve his arm injury, so he can fight off the closing pack in Hyeres.

Lots more stories, way too many to mention and we will enjoy keeping you updated.

Rob Kothe

Clipper Round the World Race - Bitter blow as OneDLL is disqualified
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, although some of the fleet are still to complete the Ocean Sprint, the fastest boat to date, OneDLL, has been dealt a bitter blow by being disqualified by the Clipper Race Committee for failing to report their start time within the required time frame of three hours.... [more]
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Does experience count in the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone?
Nigel Statham,
One thousand, three hundred and thirty seven previous Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht races. That is the total number of previous races the collective crews that will line up for the Good Friday start have under their belt. It is a pretty impressive number by any account but the question on the lips of many a spectator will be, does experience alone bring success?... [more]
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Princess Sofia Regatta - Belcher and Ryan hungry for more
Mat Belcher & Will Ryan | Olympic Sailing,
At the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca, a podium position leaves us satisfied but hungry for more in Hyeres. While this regatta marked the third Leg of the ISAF World Cup; it signifies the beginning of the European season for us and most other Olympic teams.... [more]
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Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - NOR released
Jennifer Crooks,
The release of the Notice of Race for the 384 nautical mile Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race that will start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm, Saturday 26 July is announced by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The rivalry between super maxis Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal for line honours glory is set to take centre stage once again.... [more]
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Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race overall
Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht race - 'Fast, wet and the most exciting finish to a race I've ever experienced' is how Dr Darryl Hodginson has the described the historic race.... [more]
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Afterguard reveals Heads-up Display for sailboat racing
Oliver Springgay,
Sailboat racing has evolved with the technology era and is now driven by data and instrumentation. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to adapt a carefully orchestrated plan to the ever-changing natural and competitive environment, faster than the competition. Having the right information at the right time can be that difference.... [more]
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Singapore Sailing seeks ISAF recognized training
ISAF Member National Authority Singapore Sailing has applied to ISAF for the accreditation of its National Sail Training Program after the 2014 ISAF Development Symposium in South Africa.... [more]
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Simple Boat Step makes it easy to step from dock to deck
Des Ryan,
When I bought my first boat the owner had left a lot of 'rubbish' on board. As I cleared out the mess, I found some quite miraculous gadgets, and among them was a boat step, roughly made out of a plank of wood which ingeniously latched to the gunwale of the boat, enabling easy stepping from wharf to deck. Now a couple of Australian inventors have made a much smarter version, and it's for sale.... [more]
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Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Yet another solo sailor has been rescued by a commercial ship, this time a car carrier, after his yacht was rolled and holed during a storm in the South Pacific. Canadian sailor Art Munneke, a member of the SaltSpring Island Yacht Club, had survived for five days after the incident, augmenting his electric bilge pump with hand pumping. When the bilge pump failed he let off his EPIRB.... [more]
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Sailing without effort - holidaying in a gulet
Lee Mylchreest,
So you love sailing holidays but not all the family does, or you want a really lazy time on the water - a 'real' holiday. Why not go sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet to sail in either Turkish or Greek waters? Someone else will sail the boat, someone else will prepare the meals - sorry you'll have to do the swimming and snorkelling and sunbaking yourself.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fight to the race 10 finish line
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with valuable extra points up for grabs in the ocean sprint, the fleet continue to fight it out to become the fastest entry across the lines 142 degrees west and 136 degrees west in race 10. However, as San Francisco approaches who will triumph and who will be left disappointed?... [more]
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Save the dates for the 2014 Lipton Cup Regatta
Claire Fazakerley,
The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, in partnership with the Williamstown Sailing Club and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club, will be hosting the ninth annual Lipton Cup Regatta on Saturday 15th November and Sunday 16th November, on the waters of Port Phillip and Hobsons Bay.... [more]
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Weta 4.4 trimarans are swarming to Pittwater over Easter
Paul White,
It's official, Easter Race Day is Sunday 20-4-14. Everyone is welcome, as this is just a social race day, please be warned no prizes or trophy's will be awarded and there is no entry fees. The aim is to get Weta racing happening in the Sydney area and have fun.... [more]
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Hansa Class Nationals come to Goolwa
Louise Edwards,
Hundreds of spectators, volunteers and sailors are expected to converge on Goolwa for the 2014 Dominant Australian HANSA Class National Championships at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club over Easter.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Victoire provisional winner
G2LHI Media,
In the Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island yacht race the canting keel Cookson 50 Victoire has been declared provisional winner.... [more]
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Gold and two Bronze medals for Australian Sailing Team in Spain
Cora Zillich,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - The ‘Trofeo Princesa Sofia', the fourth of five ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, was the starting gun of the 2014 European sailing calendar. After a week of tricky conditions a light morning northerly breeze picked up on the final day of racing ensuring a full complement of Medal Races across the ten Olympic events were completed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ announce new and expanded Board
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Retiring chairman of Emirates Team NZ Gary Paykel has announced the formation of a new five-member board of directors to govern Emirates Team NZ. He said he had consulted widely to assemble a board made up of passionate New Zealanders with a range of skills and in-depth experience in many areas of New Zealand business and technology as well as past experience with the team and the America's Cup... [more]
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2014 Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race - Swish cleans up
Richard Howard,
The fleet in this year's Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race were dealt a mixed bag of conditions in the annual sprint up the coast with Stephen Proud's Swish taking top honours across the line and on IRC.... [more]
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Ipad and sailing boats in Australia/NZ - What works and what doesn't
Andrew Keays, Island Cruising Association,
Electronic charts and/or paper charts for the cruising sailor is already a much discussed question, but how useful is an iPad or iPhone on your boat? What works and what really doesn't? Here Andrew Keays of the Island Cruising Association discusses the magic of the iPad for your boat in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.... [more]
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