World Domination and more

2013 470 European Championship - Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS)
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Victor Kovalenko told me back in 2000, in what was then a thick Ukranian accent that World Domination was needed in year three of the Olympic cycle to deliver Olympic Gold. He got that message to Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and Mat Belcher and Malcom Page who managed both in 2011 and 2012.

Page, Kovalenko and Belcher - London 2012 Olympic Sailing

Now it seems that Mat Belcher is saying to hell with year three, lets start with year one, he and Will Ryan have won their first eight regattas together, with Mat now having 16 in a row under his belt.

Does anyone know what the record is for Olympic class regattas won in a row by the one skipper?

Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013 is shaping up to be another fun, tropical regatta in August - Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013
Teri Dodds

Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013 with strong flow of entries. Thus year’s regatta is attracting a big mix of new competitors as well as past participants.

The great news for this year’s regatta is the inclusion of the Australian Multihull Championships, which highlights the commitment of the event to grow and diversify as an iconic sailing regatta within the Queensland’s Season of Sailing.

Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore and Event Chairman Rob Davis said a large number of competitors have entered the regatta in the last few days. 'This surge of entries is great to see, and the current competition we are running to win free berthing at Abell Point Marina for the duration of race week has got sailors talking,'

Bob Steel's Quest the defending champion of the Gascoigne Cup - Milson Memorial Cup 2013
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Breaking news - One of Australia´s most successful big boat sailors and tourism industry scion, the dual Sydney to Hobart winner Bob Steel has entered his 52 footer Quest in the 2013 SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week and 2013 Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week. Steel won the 2002 and 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, the first with his Nelson Marek 46 footer Quest and the second of those with the boat he will be sailing on the northern circuit, the big TP52 Quest.

Nancy Knudsen
Tracey Trompf

Cruising Master Class - Maybe you know a lot about sailing, but do you know all you need to know for cruising? Are you up to date with the latest sailing aids? Safety systems? Technology? Do you know all about snubbers, sentinels, Med Hooks? If the answer is no or maybe, then attend the Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney Boat Show,
3/4 August. You'll never regret it. Organised by Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen, it´s free in the inaugural year (apart from your Boat Show entry) but MUST be reserved.

During the two full days of seminars, you will learn an amazing cross section of cruising lore from the best boating talent in Australia and New Zealand – all the down-to-earth tips and tricks you need to learn to ensure your cruising is trouble-free and you sail with the confidence of knowing you have prepared your boat and crew well.

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NB Sailsports, Australia’s premier ISAF dinghy supplier, has announced exciting plans to further expand its business in Australia, offering coaching from the grass roots club level to the high performance level.

NB Director, Rob McMillan announced, 'we are very excited to have hired Mr Rob Brewer to be our new Head Coach to lead our high performance sailing activities.

Brewers credentials are exceptional and include coaching sailors to win National titles in nine different classes. The former 470 campaigner has coached at multiple World, European and Asian Championships. He is a pioneer and expert in the Optimist class.

McMillan further commented, ' this development is a natural extension of our company and will see us recruit more coaches, as well as leverage the coaching talents of our current staff including General Manager, Laura Caldecoat (nee Baldwin), Australian Olympic Laser Radial Coach 2012, and Team GBR Olympian 2004. NB Queensland’s Benjamin Franklin, former Australian Youth Champion 2009 and Laser Radial Champion. And it won't stop there!'