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Tom Burton wins the ILCA Laser Standard Men's World Championship 2019 - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan

Dear Recipient Name

When their infighting took hold, you had to think the Laser was going to have more than an uphill battle to be in the Paris 2024 Games. In what is clearly good news for Australia, the equipment is set to remain, so there's at least one more quad left in the old girl, yet.

D-Zero, Melges 14, and RS Aero all had their merits, not the least of which was a clear and defined structure. So not even Anti-Trust issues could stop the mighty juggernaut kicking on. Usually, when something goes seriously awry, all the parties pertaining to it scatter like pellets from a sawn off shotgun.

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2019 Laser World Championship at Sakaiminato, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan
2019 Laser World Championship at Sakaiminato, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan

Not in this case it would seem, as the vote appears to be very strong, and certainly the sailors all wanted the outcome as delivered. Cannot help thinking that ILCA will need to keep LPE on a short leash, and perhaps World Sailing will need to all let them think they have their freedom, whilst they all occupy a cage. Time to contact a grand illusionist perhaps... The Four Horseman could be available?

Maybe this is why certain, undisclosed clarifications have been sought before the complete ratification is released, when the Board will inform Council of the whole malaise. Interesting that no time frame on said clarifications has been released. Could be this is one of those things where you need to wait until the ink is well and truly dry on the dotted line... Anyone would think sheep stations (ultra large parcels of pastoral land measured in square kilometres) were involved in this one. Just saying.

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Always tough at the pointy end! - photo © Andrea Francolini
Always tough at the pointy end! - photo © Andrea Francolini

We found Wally!!!

OK. It did not take long, and thank you to all of you, the readers, for your continued involvement, in so far as the reading of editorials like Where's Wally? Alas, we took a call from a party who was able to send us in the right direction regarding our enquiries in relation to SuperFoiler. Thank you, thank you...

Fundamental to it all was the question, where are the boats, and what are they going to do with them? So we spoke with Steve Thomas, and here is a snapshot of our discussion. "The business was bought by two of the previous investors. They decided they would take on getting the boats back up and running. They asked me to put two boats on the water, and we are working towards November. There were significant changes to the vessels that were in play for the season that was cancelled."

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SuperFoiler - Busselton, Western Australia - photo © Andrea Francolini
SuperFoiler - Busselton, Western Australia - photo © Andrea Francolini

"We are aiming to present the package as it was intended. The biggest hold up to getting them on the water is getting all the new parts. This will take a little bit of time, but hopefully it can happen sooner than thought. Watch this space. We are starting with two because of all the changes, and this will ensure proper testing can take place."

"100% we plan to have another series, and once we have the working we will look to planning things out for a regatta. The business model is being re-worked at the moment. Once everything is approved we'll recommission the fleet, and I would expect that the next Australian Summer is a realistic timeline, and possibly even going to Europe for their Summer of 2020. This would be reliant on everything happening at the expected times, of course", said Thomas.

At the time of writing, the boats are at Innovation Composites, and the foils are in New Zealand.

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Day 6 of the Yamaha 470 World Championships, Enoshima, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan
Day 6 of the Yamaha 470 World Championships, Enoshima, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan

Class Act.

They now have 13 between them and their coach has 20 to his own credit. They could only be Mat Belcher, Will Ryan, and the great Victor Kovalenko. The numbers refer to 470 World Championships, and they are thoroughly deserving of this last one after a massive battle all week with Spanish pair, Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez.

Dealing with the relentless pressure is something Mat, Will, and Victor are all very well versed in, and with the Olympic Test Event to kick off this week, it is felt that along with Tom Burton's recent win, their own will help provide even more energy for the whole team to draw upon.

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Day 6 of the Yamaha 470 World Championships, Enoshima, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan
Day 6 of the Yamaha 470 World Championships, Enoshima, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan

Indeed the Australian Sailing Team is a close-knit affair, and this would seem to be something Performance Director, Iain Murray, is keen to instill. He commented jovially that it seemed to be one a week of late, in terms of Aussies doing well on the world's stages. That could well be so, but in a time when just is just not cricket anymore, it seems sailors are doing more than their bit to ensure sport remains, well, sport. Not folly. From one proud Australian to all of you who have won, been on the dais, or qualified AUS for the 2020 Olympics, like WA's Nia Jerwood and Monique Devries, thank you. You're all stars...

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Strong winds for the Cowes SailGP on Sunday - photo © Sam Kurtul /
Strong winds for the Cowes SailGP on Sunday - photo © Sam Kurtul /

Lucky break For Team AUS at the SailGP in Cowes, with the weather forcing delays, as the cancellation allowed more time to repair the wing properly.

In what were extreme conditions Slingsby and his team proved once again that they are the ones to beat. They dominated the field with a sweep of the races while becoming the first crew to break the 50-knot speed barrier in sail racing. The day saw more than its fair share of drama with USA capsizing in the first race and Dylan Fletcher's home team having to retire after digging in the bow at high speed and significantly damaging the boat. Thankfully no injuries on board, but Dylan described his mood afterwards to Managing Editor Mark Jardine as "his darkest since capsizing in the Rio 2016 49er Medal Race".

The canoe body of the IMOCA60 is almost skimmer-like Apivia at her launch in Lorient, France, August 2019 - photo © Maxime Horlaville
The canoe body of the IMOCA60 is almost skimmer-like Apivia at her launch in Lorient, France, August 2019 - photo © Maxime Horlaville

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like SailGP, RS:X, AC of course, Cowes, Airlie Beach, Fastnet, The Ocean Race, the Clipper, gear from Zhik, Hobart, IMOCAs, IMOCAs, and more IMOCAs (how cool are they), intel from North Sails, and certainly there is much, much more.

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John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

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Australia's Tom Slingsby delivers masterclass in extreme conditions at Cowes SailGP
In extreme conditions at the European debut of SailGP, Australia's Tom Slingsby proved once again that he is the one to beat in the league's first season.

Cowes Week 2019 - Day 2
Niall Dowling's Fast 40+ Arabella and Gerd-Jan Poortman's Ker 46 Van Uden initially led the fleet away towards the western Solent, with all boats tacking offshore into the stronger ebb tide and were soon in the white water beyond Egypt Point.

Airlie Beach Race Week Day 3: Glamour and glitz
Cruising boats such as Eve, Vanilla 2 and White Swan are providing the glamour at Airlie Beach Race Week, the multihulls and today's weather are the glitz factor, and in fact the entire 114 entries put on a stunning show

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America's Cup: Luna Rossa's AC75 exits Persico bound for Sardinia
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's first AC75 hull has left Persico's building facility in Bergamo, Italy. As is standard practice the hull of the 75ft foiling monohull has been disguised with the use of a decoy structure.

2019 RS:X Youth World Championship at St. Petersburg, Russia - Overall
Two world champions were decided today on Neva Bay, St Petersburg in what turned out to be a dramatic conclusion to the RS:X Youth World Championship. Champions were Russian Yena Reznikova and Israeli Eval Zhor.

2019 Brest Atlantiques: 84 days before the flight of the giants
As announced last April by the Ultim Class 32/23, on Sunday 3rd November this year, Actual Leader, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the Trimaran MACIF and Sodebo Ultim'3 will find themselves on the starting line of a race never before undertaken.

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Make 2019 count - Travel
So one thing us sailors love is to travel - open meetings, regattas, even the club we belong to might not be on our doorstep. How can we continue to enjoy our sport but make our participation more sustainable at the same time?

2019 Rolex Fastnet Race finish adventures with Nic Douglass
For the first time in my life I am now in Cowes for Cowes Week after the finishes of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth, and according to those much more "experienced" than myself, this is definitely an anomaly.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Wizard wins overall, Fastnet first to finish, 6 Metre Worlds
The Rolex Fastnet Race is another win in a successful year for the Wizard program who also won the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Transatlantic Race.

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Airlie Beach Race Week Day 2 : Fun for all on Pioneer Bay
Pioneer Bay provided the perfect vehicle for sailors, photographers and spectators on Day 2 of 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW), with Whitsunday Sailing Club officials decreeing all classes sail on the Bay, resulting in a mass of colour

Clipper Ventures calls for independent inquiry into the MCA and MAIB
Following an investigation into the tragic death of Simon Speirs, Clipper Ventures has called on the Department for Transport to hold an independent inquiry to establish the full extent of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Australian Sailing Team at the 470 World Championship - Overall
The dramatic correct split-second start decision under fire secured a fifth World Championship title for Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan at the 470 World Championship at Enoshima, the Japanese waters where Tokyo 2020 will unfold

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SailGP stars take to the water to kick off future-focused Inspire program
As part of its commitment to sustainable development, SailGP officially launched the foundation phase of a robust community, education and outreach initiative - SailGP Inspire.

2019 470 World Championships at Enoshima, Japan - Overall
In a race battle to the end, stepping away victorious from the medal race with 2019 470 World Championship Gold medals are Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR).

Airlie Beach Race Week Day 1: Light breeze sets the tone in opener
The two TP52's put on a show for spectators; Gordon Ketelbey's Zen leading Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan up towards Double Cone, but a mile or so short of the Island, Hooligan shifted up a gear and took the lead.

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2019 Rolex Fastnet Race - Overall
The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of sailing's ultimate challenges: a racecourse that has achieved mythic status, a turning mark that is a true icon in sport and a near 100-years of history and tradition.

Cowes SailGP practice racing: Dylan Fletcher puts a stake in the ground at home event
Home town hero Dylan Fletcher and his Great Britain SailGP Team set the pace during practise racing on Thursday, placing a target on their backs ahead of their home event.

A grand tribute to an amazing man - Ron Allatt
With the passing of Ron Allatt, a piece of the Ronstan story moves distinctly into the pages of history. Our good friend Alistair Murray delivered the following oration to family, colleagues, and associated yachties in Melbourne to celebrate Ron's life.

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race announces Korean team entry
The Clipper Race is pleased to announce its newest team entry Imagine your Korea supported by the Korea Tourism Organisation, Gin-A Co. Ltd, The Korean Sailing Federation and the Yeosu Yisunsin Marina.

Ocean Race legend Carolijn Brouwer awarded Magnus Olsson Prize
The Mange Olsson Memorial Foundation has revealed that Carolijn Brouwer - one of the first females ever to win The Ocean Race in the 2017-18 edition - has scooped its prestigious award for 2019.

What's in Tom Slingsby's Kit Bag
Ahead of the Sail GP event this weekend in Cowes, Australia's skipper and long time Zhik team rider, Tom Slingsby, took time out from race preparations to run through his favourite kit for different sailing conditions.

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SailGP Australia fly into the 50-knot club and suffer damage to the wing in action packed training
The Australia SailGP Team's revolutionary F50, emblazoned with a giant kangaroo, set sail on the Solent, UK, for the first time today, delivering show stopping drama and a glimpse of what to expect when the European debut SailGP event opens in Cowes

Tried and tested versus newcomers in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
When the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts, an eclectic fleet of tried and tested yachts will line up against newcomers for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) 75th running of the race.

US Rolex Fastnet Race winner breaks French winning streak
An American VO70 has continued its phenomenal winning streak to claim the Fastnet Challenge Cup, the overall prize for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.

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Wizard's Rolex Fastnet Race win creates sailing history
Giacomo/Wizard's overall race win makes her the second overall honours winner in two of the three classic offshore races - and arguably all three, plus her win as Groupama in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.

Paris 2024 Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy update
At World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain, World Sailing's Council voted to retain the Equipment for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

GBR Cadet Team at the Cadet World Championship at Krynica Morska, Poland - Overall
The last day of the Cadet Worlds started with clear skies and a gentle 5 knot breeze, as the 62 boats in the Worlds Fleet sailed out from Krynica Morska harbour.

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Mark "Wilko" Wilkinson passes away
Sailing and the marine industry lost a characterful and popular figure with the unexpected passing of Mark "Wilko" Wilkinson on Sunday 28th July at his home in Warsash. It is believed from a heart attack.

Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
Sebastian Bohm's Rogers 46 Smuggler pocketed all the key trophies in the 13th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, redemption for three years ago when a penalty cost the crew first place on corrected time.

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week entries reach capacity
Organisers from Townsville Yacht Club (TYC) are thrilled to announce that entries for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week (SMIRW) have reached capacity before the event's closing date; with more than a dozen boats waitlisted should space become available

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50.22 knots! The Great Britain SailGP Team notch up a milestone
Dylan Fletcher's Great Britain SailGP Team today achieved what no other sail racing team in the world has done, breaking the sport's elusive 50-knot speed barrier during training ahead of Cowes SailGP.

Fastnet Race, new Hugo Boss, 470 Worlds and the Pan America Games
It's fair to say that the eyes of the international sailing world have been riveted to the waters off of Cowes, UK, for the past few days as the 48th edition of the Fastnet Race unfurled and as a new racecourse record was set.

A great victory for Charal in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race
It was a hard fought contest with boats close to each other and was led by Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt on Charal, which was always a notch above the others and managed to keep the lead to the finish.

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The World Sailing Show: Programme 7 - Season 2019
The Worlds attracted the best sailing talent from Olympic royalty to America's Cup winners. Sir Ben Ainslie leads INEOS Rebels UK, while Team New Zealand's Glenn Ashby is a late addition to the squad of defending champions Team Tilt.

Olly Bridge flies 72 metres in the air behind the world's fastest sail racing boat
The team invited three time European Formula Kite Champion Olly Bridge to come and play with them in the Solent just a few days before the Cowes SailGP event - the penultimate event in the new global sailing league's inaugural season.

North Sails in the Rolex Fastnet Race: #NSVictoryList: Fastnet first to finish
Records have fallen fast at this year's Rolex Fastnet Race and North Sails is proud to be a part of our client's success in the 2019 edition of the historic event.

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Vendee Globe: New IMOCA60 foiler Apivia is launched at Lorient
While the sailing world collectively scratches its head over the concepts behind the latest Hugo Boss, across the Channel at Lorient, Charlie Dalin, a naval architect and shorthanded solo skipper, has launched a new IMOCA60 Apivia.

America's Cup: Favourite Moments - PJ Montgomery 'Hold your course'
Join leading America's Cup commentator Peter Montgomery who has been at every America's Cup since 1980, as he shares his favourite moment from a dozen America's Cups and the companion series the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Tokyo2020: A look ashore at Enoshima - 2020 Olympic venue
A look ashore at Enoshima, the venue for the 2020 Olympic Sailing Regatta, which was also the venue for the 1964 Olympics. The regatta will be sailed in the shadow of Mt Fuji and well away from the main Olympic events in Tokyo.

Charal shakes off competition to claim IMOCA 60 Rolex Fastnet Race honours
While IMOCA 60s are renowned for racing non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, the doublehanded crews of these extraordinary space-age craft appreciate the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Vietnam announces new team entry in Clipper 2019-20 Race
Following a high profile signing ceremony this morning, it has been revealed that the Quang Ninh Province, in northeast Vietnam, has signed a two edition deal with the Clipper Race.

Rambler 88 claims third consecutive monohull line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race
The race back across the Celtic Sea towards the Scilly Isles was also very quick with straight-line sailing at speeds of around 20 knots. But it was the final run into Plymouth from the Scillies that put paid to any race record hopes.

The new Hugo Boss boat hits the water as Alex Thomson Racing bids for Vendée Globe glory
British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing is announcing the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe round-the-world race.

Top ten finish for Aussie sailors at the Zhik 29er World Championship in Poland
At the Zhik 29er World Championship in Gdynia, Poland, Australia's Archie Cropley and Max Paul combined skillfully on a tough Baltic coast track to finish sixth in the open results from a starting list of 175 skiff teams.

Vendee Globe: On board the new IMOCA60 Hugo Boss
The Daily Telegraph's Tom Carey has a look aboard Hugo Boss, plus latest images of the new Hugo Boss, designed by VPLP and Alex Thomson Racing as she was wheeled out of builder Jason Carrington's facility in Gosport.

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secures Rolex Fastnet Race record in thrilling victory
For their second fleet competition at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the Franck Cammas - Charles Caudrelier pairing and its four crew just pipped François Gabart and his men at the post.

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