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 25 Apr 2014


Aussies in Action

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  Australian Sailing Team
The Sail-World Team is on the Cote d'Azur in France at the moment, where the Australian Sailing Team and Sailing Squad sailors are amongst 1111 from 59 Nations competing at the final World Cup event in Hyeres on the 2013-2014 circuit.

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Nacra 17, Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS)  © Richard Gladwell

It's picture postcard sailing, blazing blue skies and 23-24 degrees, as of this morning Australia, with Matt Belcher and Will Ryan leading the 470 Men's, as we've come to expect, Tom Burton leading the Laser fleet with the Australian Laser squad in close support while Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis are now leading the 77 boat Nacra 17 fleet.

We are expecting London 49 Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen to move forward from their seventh of last night. The shell-shocked look on Nathan's face as he came ashore after a 5, 32, 23 day, two days ago is not what I want to see again.

Ashley Stoddart on the water at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  Thom Thow Photography

Been talking to Laser Radial sailor Ashley Stoddert over the last few days, she was beaming after her first World Cup race win. With two days of racing and the medal rounds to go, fingers and toes are crossed for her best ever result.

Yesterday we talked to Stephen Parks (Sparky), the British Team Manager at length, we have published that interview in two parts, see below.

AUS, Laser - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © Franck Socha / ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Been talking to the Australian Finn Squad and the Laser squad too, more from them over the next few days.

Up ahead our Rio campaigners have their respective European titles, then the top two crews in most classes will be off to the Rio test event, then it's back to Spain for the Santander Worlds on the Bay of Biscay in September.

The Aussie's on GAC Pindar - Extreme Sailing Series  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series

News from the Extreme Sailing Series circuit where young David Gilmour is to skipper GAC Pindar in Act 3 in Qingdao China, taking over from fellow Australian Save Jarvin.

As we type this editorial David is out on the 49er course here in Hyeres, we will catch up with him in the morning.

Lots of news, video and pix again today.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
GBR Team Manager Stephen Park has led Great Britain's Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes – to unrivalled success on the world stage since 2001. Great Britain is now the most successful Olympic classes sailing nation and sailing has been one of the nation's consistently high performing sports at the past three Olympic Games.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Laser Radial Breakthrough for Australia??
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Young Queensland Laser Radial sailor Ashley Stoddart made personal history yesterday, with her first ever Sailing World Cup Race win.... [more]
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Team GBR's Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
GBR Team Manager Stephen Park has led Great Britain's Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes – to great success on the world stage over the last 13 years.... [more]
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ISAF SWC Hyères: Australian Sailing Team lead in three Olympic classes
Cora Zillich,
At ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères in France on Wednesday the Gold fleet racing got underway with tense competition in all classes. Australian Sailing Team athletes finishing the day leading in three of the Olympic classes - 470M, Nacra17 and the Laser fleet.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - David Gilmour to skipper GAC Pindar in Act 3
Adam Tanous,
Act 3 of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place 1-4 May in Qingdao, China. Team GAC Pindar has named talented young sailor David Gilmour as skipper for the Act. 22-year-old David, son of America's Cup veteran Peter Gilmour, will take over the reins from fellow Australian Seve Jarvin as the team focuses on securing its first race victory.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain claims race 11 lead
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as the clothing layers and miles to finish continue to be shed, a tactical shift by Great Britain towards the rhumb line has seen the team take the lead in race 11. Team Garmin is now neck and neck with Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second place as the sprint to the Scoring Gate shapes up.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Veterans steal the headlines
In the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race, two yachtsmen seemingly in the twilight of their sailing careers stole the headlines and plaudits at a memorable edition of the event. Syd Fischer, 87 years young, a veteran of 45 Rolex Sydney Hobarts, winner of the Rolex Fastnet in 1971 and five-time challenger of the America's Cup, skippered Ragamuffin 90, the race's largest and fastest boat to line honours.... [more]
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Elliott 7 Australian Titles at Batemans Bay
Jim Walsh,
Elliott 7's are descending from Albury, Griffith, Canberra and Sydney for the Elliott 7 National titles, held in conjunction with the Batamans Bay Anzac weekend regatta. With several previous Australian champion boats with new owners competing it will be a quality fleet.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - 34th edition announced + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
The Student Yachting World Cup is an event organized each year in France by students for students. Created in 1979 under the name of Course de l'Europe, the cup was just meant to great participants from Western Europe. But, as time went by, more and more Eastern European countries joined the cup. That's why the Course de l'Europe changed its name to become the SYWoC.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: More glamour conditions on day 4 +Video
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères 2014 - More of the same is expected on the fourth day of racing with a morning north westerly breeze in between 3-6 knots turning to the west and increasing to 9-12 knots at midday. As the day goes on a south westerly breeze in between 13-16 knots will ensure more great racing on the French Riviera.... [more]
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Land Rover Winter Series opens with Great Veterans Race
Jennifer Crooks,
The Land Rover Winter Series - conducted by the Cruising Yacht of Australia, gets underway this Sunday 27 April from 11am, with the traditional Great Veterans and Ladies Day races. The Great Veteran's Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual tribute to those classic Sydney Hobart Yacht race yachts that sailed south in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, and early 80's, is a non-spinnaker race.... [more]
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Boaters to have improved access to Cabbage Tree Harbour
AAP Medianet,
Boaters will have improved access to Cabbage Tree Harbour by the end of this year with major upgrade work to the Norah Head boat ramp at Bald Street in Norah Head to start on Monday.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 470 Women, action shots by Thom Touw,
Thom Touw was on site to capture these images of 470 Women's racing action at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Smashing conditions on opening day
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Cascais Cup, conditions couldn't have been better for the opening day. With the sun out, a wind that started light and built to a solid 20 knots, combined with a long rolling swell coming in from the Atlantic, it is no coincidence that Portugal's sailing mecca is renowned internationally.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Postma takes Finn control on day 3
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) took control of proceedings on the third day with two great victories to take a commanding lead at the top of the scoresheet at the half way stage. He holds an 18 point lead over Caleb Paine (USA) and 19 over third placed Thomas Le Breton (FRA).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Tense gold fleet racing + Video
Daniel Smith, ISAF,
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, gold fleet racing got underway with tense competition across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events. With a full complement of races completed thus far the leader boards are shaping up nicely with fine margins between the world's top sailing talents.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - ‘Team Extreme Qingdao' home nation entry
Extreme Sailing Series,
In a little over one week, China's 2008 ‘Olympic Sailing City' of Qingdao will welcome the formidable fleet of Extreme 40s for Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series to Fushan Bay, with the home nation entry ‘Team Extreme Qingdao' bolstering the elite level racing fleet to 12 boats, including two of China's top sailing stars.... [more]
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ISAF MNAs encouraged to apply for IOC Olympic Solidarity funding
ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) are encouraged to apply for IOC Olympic Solidarity funding ahead of the approaching deadline. Applications for 'Rio 2016' funding have been open since March and MNAs are required to complete their proposals to National Olympic Committees (NOCs) before the end of June 2014 when the application process will close.... [more]
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ISAF seeks interest from Performance Sail Training providers
The International Sailing Federation is inviting letters of interest from Performance Sail Training providers wishing to be listed by ISAF as an 'Approved Training Centre'.... [more]
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2014 Monjon J24 State Championships - Pacemaker victorious
Simon Grain,
After a close and hard fought series of eight races on Port Phillip last weekend, the Monjon 2014 Victorian State titles was won Dave Suda sailing Pacemaker. Sailing with Dave are Herschel, Luke, Sam and Rachel, pretty much the same team that has been doing it for the last 10+ years, perhaps the only team in the fleet to have been together for so long – and it showed.... [more]
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Byte CII Oceania Regional Qualifier for Youth Olympic Games - Day 1
jason Goulding,
The Byte C11 Oceania qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games first day was contested in a light breeze. This event is used to qualifier nations for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held this August in Nanjing, China.... [more]
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Try an FD at Batemans this weekend
John Maguire,
As a lead up to Sydney hosting the Flying Dutchman Worlds in January, the Australian FD class is showcasing the boat this weekend at Batemans Bay. If you have ever wished to try an FD this is your chance.... [more]
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