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08 May 2009                                       To respond to this email CLICK HERE










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Lots of good things happening on the Australian sailing scene. We have all the news.

The protest against Quest, the winner of the Sydney to Hobart race was thrown out this morning. We will report in detail later in the day.

The aweful breaking news is that receivers have been appointed for Riviera, Australia largest boat builder. We will publish details shortly on Sail-world's sister site www.marinebusinessnews.com and a Riviera statement will be expected later today.



Organised Kaos!
John Curnow,
Peter Blake (such a great name for a yachty) was the owner/driver of ‘Kaos' when she set the M2AB record, way back in 1999. Peter, of course then went on to ‘Kontrol' and now owns the Farr52OD ‘Goldfinger' with Kate Mitchell. He also had a Bull9000 called ‘Chief Sitting Bull'... So it is not too hard to see where he gets his inspiration from and he sure does love a good laugh.... [more]
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Caffari and all female crew challenge Round Britain and Ireland record
Kelly Russell,
In June, Dee Caffari will attempt to break the record for sailing around Britain and Ireland. Caffari will be joined onboard her yacht Aviva by an all female crew, including fellow British yachtswoman and Vendée Globe race rival Samantha Davies, for the record attempt.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ overcomes TP52 measurement issue ahead of MedCup
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have overcome a measurement issue on their new TP52, and will leave Valencia for Alicante, Spain on Saturday, local time. The measurement discrepancy was found by Emirates Team New Zealand as the yacht was being dismantled before leaving Auckland.... [more]
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Telefonica Black's Michael Pammenter to miss Volvo Boston in-port race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefonica Black skipper Fernando Echavarri has confirmed Michael Pammenter will not be fit to sail the Boston in-port race on Saturday. 'He is not going to make the inshore because the doctors and medical team think an extra week of recovery will have exponential benefits,' said Echavarri. 'He is recovering very well, looking much better and we think he is 95% likely to make the next leg.'... [more]
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Beneteau Regatta on Pittwater - Metal Mesh Cup 2009
Shane Crookshanks,
The ninth annual Metal Mesh Cup was contested during the Beneteau Regatta Pittwater on May 2nd at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport. Thirty five Beneteau yachts, their owners and over 200 crew enjoyed another day of fun racing, good food, fine wine and lots of prizes.... [more]
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Puma pumped and ready to go for Volvo Ocean Race Boston in-port race
Kate Fairclough,
Puma Ocean Racing, dubbed the Boston hometown team due to their ties with the Massachusetts city, are pumped up and ready for the fifth In Port race of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, to be held this weekend.... [more]
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Unexpected rest - Day 3 PWA Surf World Cup Austria
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
The breezee never arrived on day three of the PWA Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, Austria. An interview with current event leader, Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra).... [more]
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Golden Gate refuses to meet America's Cup Defender for talks
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat,
Societe Nautique de Geneve have released the following commentary following the rejection of SNG's offer of a further meeting, yesterday, ahead of a Hearing in the New York Supreme Court on Thursday... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race HQ to relocate in Spain
Volvo media,
The Volvo Ocean Race is to move its headquarters from the South Coast of England to Alicante, Spain. The Mediterranean city will become both the starting port and the home of the race for the next three editions. Agreement was signed Thursday in Boston between the Volvo Ocean Race and the Spanish regional government of Valencia... [more]
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Wharro & GT have eyes on second Etchells Winter title at Mooloolaba
Tracey Johnstone,
Victorian Etchells team of Graeme Taylor and Grant Wharington have firmly set their goal of changing history by taking out a second Etchells Winter Championship title. The Musto Etchells Australian Winter Championship is being held on the warm waters off Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over the weekend of 4 to 7 June 2009.... [more]
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Golden Gate shuns America's Cup overtures
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The new Challenger of Record, has told the Defender of the America's Cup to stick the second Mutual Consent proposed for 11 May in Switzerland. In a tersely wordly letter, Golden Gate Yacht Club, represented on the water by BMW Oracle Racing has declined the invitation to attend a second Mutual Consent meeting proposed by the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, for 11 May, just three days before... [more]
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Portimão Global Ocean Race runners hook into the Trade Winds
Oliver Dewar,
The formation of the Portimão Global Ocean Race front runners has remained unchanged as Beluga Racer, Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Roaring Forty tuck into the Trade Winds for a fast ride north-west to the finish line in Charleston, South Carolina... [more]
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ONE Sport interviews Russell Coutts on America's Cup options
TVNZ,
ONE Sport's ubiquitous sailing reporter, Martin Tasker, filed this report, from Auckland's Airport with BMW Oracle skipper and CEO, Russell Coutts... [more]
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Light air upsets at J/24 World Championship
Event media,
With continued light air, this time from the southeast, the sailors competing in the J/24 World Championship saw only one race completed, and although the air went nearly flat in mid-race, the time limit was met and everyone was able to finish. The conditions did result in some startling upsets for some of the early leaders... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Defender doomed to fail on CHR motion?
Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, has released the motion it has filed with the New York Supreme Court to require Challenger to file the required Customs House Registry documents. At first glance, the action would seem to be doomed to failure... [more]
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Etchells Australia Winter Championship NOR and online entry available
Tracey Johnstone,
Already thinking about your winter sailing program ? Now is the time to enter the Musto Etchells Australia Winter Championship and get organised to enjoy another sunny winter in Mooloolaba.... [more]
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Williams steals Day Two at PWA Surf World Cup, Podersdorf, Austria
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
PWA Surf World Cup, Podersdorf, Austria Day two and Williams steals the show. The elimination final proved to be an Anglo-French battle between Williams and Albeau. Despite leading the pack, Williams had his work cut out to hold off sustained attack from Albeau, who was pulling out all the stops to try and overthrow the Brit.... [more]
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America's Cup holder surprised at turn of events following Meeting
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve has issued a letter to Golden Gate Yacht Club calling for a second mutual consent meeting ahead of the NY Supreme Court Hearing on 14 May 2009. The new meeting is scheduled for just three days prior on 11 May. In the letter the club expresses surprise at the turn of events following the first meeting on 23 April... [more]
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Cammas and Groupama crew on stand-by for Mediterranean record attempt
Cammas-Groupama media,
Franck Cammas and his crew are on stand-by in Marseilles, ready to set off on their attempt at the Mediterranean crossing record aboard Groupama 3 - from Marseilles to Carthage: 458 miles... [more]
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Some kids start small, think big and then achieve
Ian Grant,
Learning the basic fundamentals from racing the 2.62 m snub-bow Sabot class dinghies on the open ocean courses off Mooloolaba has played a major role in the careers of several high profile Queensland sailors... [more]
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Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race NOR available
Suellen Hurling,
The Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is on again with the start gun firing on Saturday 1st August at 1100 hours. Starting on the waters of Moreton Bay, the race is organised and conducted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Schuyler's ruling in the Thistle Measurement dispute
Sail-world.com,
Earlier in the week we reported the Societe Nautique de Geneve action in the New York Supreme Court to have Golden gate YC and their yacht, BMW Oracle Racing, disqualified for not producing her Customs House Registry documents 'as soon as possible' even though she had been sailing for several months. The most famous case on the Customs House Registry issue, and non-compliance with the said documen... [more]
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'Chink' honoured at America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction

On the night of April 30, 2009 the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted John Biddle, Thomas Ratsey, and John Longley AM into the America's Cup Hall of Fame at a spectacular evening at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, presented by Rolex Watch USA.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf Day One - Classic slalom conditions
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Lake Neusiedl delivered classic slalom conditions to christen the inaugural day of racing in Austria. Powered by the prevailing NW wind, the racers had to negotiate a four-buoy slalom course, starting and finishing on port tack. Opening proceedings, all eyes turned to race one.... [more]
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New radar technology brings sweeping change
Sandman PR,
Emitting less radiation than a mobile phone, a new radar system which is about to be released in Australia is destined to revolutionise the country's $7.8 billion recreational marine industry says the manufactrer... [more]
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C-Tech extending technology from skiffs to America's Cup and beyond
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Most associate Alex Vallings with skiff sailing – of the 12ft and 18ft kind. He's better known for bouncing down the Waitemata harbour. Trapeze wire tight. Extended tiller in hand, and to most people's minds only barely in touch with reality. Alex is a sailor, most comfortable at the extremes of the sport.... [more]
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ISAF publishes Experimental Kiteboarding Competition rules
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced today that the Experimental Kiteboarding Competition Rules have been released and published on the ISAF website - www.sailing.org... [more]
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Women's Match Racing: Next stop Delta Lloyd Regatta for growing ranks
WIMRA media,
New teams are joining the ranks of womens's match racing and established match racing teams are developing Olympic programmes. The next stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Delta Lloyd Regatta, in Medemblik, The Netherlands, will feature women's match racing for the first time and currently has 24 teams registered from 13 countries... [more]
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Oman Sail Welcomes New Arabian 100 Trimaran
Event media,
The first Arabian 100, a new class of 105' trimaran, has arrived in the southern city of Salalah in Oman for final assembly. Built by Boatspeed in Australia, the three hulls and connecting beams were shipped on deck to Salalah via India... [more]
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Audi MedCup starts with City of Alicante Trophy
Event media,
Only seven days left until the first races of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit, the City of Alicante Trophy, the countdown for the 12 TP52's and six GP42's is now very much at the forefront of the minds of shore teams and sailing crews seeking to ensure they start the season's curtain-raiser regatta in the best possible shape... [more]
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Yachting Australia announces Peter Conde as High Performance Director
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia has appointed Peter Conde as High Performance Director, to lead the Australian Sailing Team and the supporting high performance programs.... [more]
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Navico expands B&G dealer network
Sandman PR,
Navico Australia has expanded B&G's national dealer network to provide increased support for yachting enthusiasts around the country. Navico Australia's Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Weber said the expanded dealer base had not only resulted in more extensive coverage for B&G technical support, it would allow stronger brand presence in key sailing markets.... [more]
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