Sail Port Stephens, Congo Cup and sailing news from around the world

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 14 Apr 2014


Sail Port Stephens, Congo Cup and sailing news from around the world

Day one - Sail Port Stephens 2014  Craig Greenhill/Saltwater
Sail Port Stephens. The Pantaenius sponsored NSW IRC championships and Performance Cruising and Racing classes have sailed in strong conditions over the first three days of Sail Port Stephens, now sailors and families switch to Cruising mode in the Port Stephens Trophy and Pantaenius Commodore's Cup cruising series will be back tomorrow for the second half of the annual regatta.

Next up the Audi IRC Nationals in Newcastle, with a strong 31 boat fleet. John Curnow a long time Newcastle resident will provide a travel guide for families on the Hunter region tomorrow that we will publish later today.

Cyclone ITA now Category Five  Commonwealth of Australia, Bureau of Meteorology

Cyclone ITA hit FNQ and is heading south along the coast with lots of rain and some wind and high tides but it could have been so much worse.

Interesting developments in Airlie Beach with Abell Point Yacht Club on the move again.

In conjunction with the launch of the revitalised Abell Point Marina brand, the marina has announced it will throw support behind the Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) as part of the vision to create a destination marina.

With the multi-million dollar redevelopment well progressed and due to be complete before the start of this year cruising season, Owner of Abell Point Marina Paul Darrouzet said ‘Most marinas around the world have a yacht club which attracts people to visit and provides the opportunity to run sailing and cruising events'. Mr Darrouzet will assist APYC in delivering its 2014 event calendar and strengthening participation in on and off water events out of Abell Point Marina.

Race 10: Day 27 - Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

One very serious Man Overboard and now a sailor bouncing along on his tether in Qingdao to San Francisco leg of the Clipper Round the World Race. Read the latest here.

Congressional Cup 2014 - Taylor Canfield of the U.S. Virgin Islands beat Ian Williams of the United Kingdom Saturday in the 18th and last race of the Stage Two of the 50th Congressional Cup (know locally and affectionately as the Congo Cup) double round-robin, and the world's No. one-ranked match racer beat No. two by 23 seconds, winning the privilege of picking his opponent in Sunday's semifinals.

Taylor Canfield (l.) races downwind burdened by two penalty flags - Congressional Cup 2014  Rich Roberts

Canfield has picked Australia's Keith Swinton, who reached the final four with a harder earned tiebreaker against defending champion Simone Ferrarese of Italy and France's Mathieu Richard, the 2007 winner, each with 10-8 records. Francesco Bruni of Italy, the 2010 winner, clinched the other spot with a solid 12-6 record. Go Keith!!

Coming up soon is the sixth and final ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres on the French Riviera. Sail-World will be there watching the Australian Olympic campaigners, hopefully on fire.

Sail-World will be releasing its first Road to Rio newsletter in the next day, this series will go to over 125,000 subscribers and will probably extend to 30 newsletters.

Now to the latest news...

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Sail Port Stephens Trophy winners announced
Lisa Ratcliff,
The best and most consistent performers over three days in a mixed bag of conditions reached for the last available points on the final day of the Pantaenius Port Stephens Trophy to cement close divisional wins.... [more]
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Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2014 - With competitors from four countries, it will be a truly international battle. Whoever wins out through the best-of-three semis and the best-of-three finals will need their best efforts to top perhaps the strongest fleet in the event's half-century.... [more]
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Tough Conditions for the start of the SLAM Combined High Schools Champ
Rodney Carter,
The opening two races of the Combined High Schools Championship have seen moderate to strong conditions so far with the fleet sailing in breezes from 16-22knts.... [more]
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Be safe on the water over the long weekends
Ken McManus,
Easter and Anzac day long weekends - Commissioner Stacey Tannos said volunteers would be on duty at MRNSW units along the coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River at Moama over the dual long weekends. 'This will be a great chance for boaters to get out on the water before putting their boat into hibernation for the winter lay-off,' he said.... [more]
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Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - With Mission Performance now just 10 miles ahead of Jamaica Get All Right, light winds have once again been forecast at the finish line into San Francisco which could hamper the progress of the final three teams. With an elapsed time of 36 hours, PSP Logistics remain upbeat with their sights firmly on beating Team Garmin to claim ninth place.... [more]
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Husband and wife teams winners in DSS Autumn Two-Handed Series
Peter Campbell,
Derwent Sailing Squadron's Quantum Autumn Two-Handed Series - Today's opening race on the River Derwent drew 58 starters from 65 entries, with each boat, ranging from small sports boats to offshore racers, sailed by a crew of just two. Three divisions sailed with spinnakers, two as non-spinnaker divisions.... [more]
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Red shirts prevail at Sail Port Stephens
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sail Port Stephens 2014 - The red shirts have prevailed at the NSW IRC Championship staged over three days under the Pantaenius Sail Port Stephens banner.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian (Keelboat) Championship 2014 - in profile
Lisa Ratcliff,
2014 Audi IRC Australian (Keelboat) Championship - With 31 thoroughbred race yachts entered in the four day regatta from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Hong Kong the 2014 Audi IRC Australian Championship will be by far the largest sailing event ever staged from Newcastle.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: The superyacht not - the Dunia Baru
Lee Mylchreest,
The word superyacht carries connotations of sleek modern lines, large motors, fast speeds, and anything but traditional lines. Now there's a superyacht - one you can charter for holidays in South East Asia - which is everything the normal superyacht is not.... [more]
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PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Chris Yates,
The PWA World Tour Grand Slam event at La Torche is set to take place October 18-26. The 2014 Tour will see the slalom and wave sailors return to the French shores of La Torche for the first time in many years.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
WIM Series Media,
This year's Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June at the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Cork, Ireland. The Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM) completed its inaugural season in 2013 with five successful events and 25 crews from 13 countries in fierce competition.... [more]
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SLAM Combined High Schools Championship – Opening Day
CHS Media Team,
Day one of the SLAM Combined High Schools Championship was an enthralling day of action on the water as Belmont bay delivered gusty conditions for the opening Invitational race. With the clouds rolling in and a severe wind warning issued, race organisers were apprehensive about sending the 125 strong fleet out.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2014 Day 2 - Four seasons in one day
Lisa Ratcliff,
At Sail Port Stephens 2014 four seasons in one day perfectly describes day two. Looking around the magnificent bay there were literally microclimates in each corner; dark storm clouds on one side, sunshine on the other and wind ranging from five to near 30 knots late this afternoon when the Pantaenius NSW IRC Championship fleet finally broke out of the stalls... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Jan Ridd,
On day 26 of race 10 in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race skipper of Team Garmin, Jan Ridd, shares his frustration as his team is almost in touching distance of Golden Gate Bridge, 'How frustrating is this. We sail over 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, to get 65 miles from the finish to end up struggling to sail in under three knots of wind.... [more]
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Abell Point Yacht Club welcomes revival
Luke McCaul,
In conjunction with the launch of the revitalised Abell Point Marina brand, the marina has announced it will throw support behind the Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) as part of the vision to create a destination marina.... [more]
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2014 Sail Port Stephens - Large and small victories
Lisa Ratcliff,
2014 Sail Port Stephens - It was a quick shift into high gear for the fleet of 90 plus boats contesting day two of the Pantaenius Port Stephens Trophy for MC38s, Performance Cruising and Racing and IRC state championship contenders.... [more]
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Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race comes to a close
Greg Peake,
The Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race finally came to an end when BOQ Team Australia crossed the finish line off Point Cartwright at 6.48pm yesterday evening, Friday April 11, 2014, with an elapsed time of 53 hours, 48 minutes and 40 seconds for the 468 nautical mile course.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs
Rich Roberts,
Taylor Canfield won all five of his races Friday to leap into first place and virtually clinch a berth in the semifinals of Stage Two of the 50th Congressional Cup, but he's a hard young guy to satisfy.... [more]
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How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans
Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,
Sailors-for-the-Sea, whose core aim is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,' regularly produces an Oceans Watch Essay, and this time it is by Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D. Senior Policy Advisor Ocean Conservancy, who talks about how sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans, in a USA context.... [more]
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Gold Anchor accreditation for two Australian marinas
It's good to see quality in marinas being recognised, which not only recognises quality, but sends a message to other marinas that their boating public appreciates good customer service. Australia's Marina Industries Association (MIA) has recognised Gladesville Bridge Marina in NSW and Queensland's Runaway Bay Marina as having the quality expected under the International MIA Gold Anchor Scheme.... [more]
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Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years
AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
A message in a bottle, the traditional sailor's way of getting messages back to the world about their plight, which was thrown in the sea in Germany 101 years ago is believed to be the world's oldest. It has now been presented to the sender's granddaughter.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA's Sir Russell Coutts has stepped into the fray over the AC45 boat tampering and the penalties handed out against the team he headed. Olympic Gold medalist Coutts (NZL) who skippered the New Zealand boat in two America's Cup wins, says 'the report is spot on in my opinion'. 'The ISAF jury appeared to be on a crusade to 'save the America's Cup'.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with Derry~Londonderry~Doire chasing down the final 30 miles into San Francisco, the rest of the fleet continues to tackle the last few hundred miles of Race 10, as light winds towards the finish line look set to hamper the teams progress.... [more]
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