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At 1400 two horn blasts echoed along Hamilton Islands Main Street and the AP/A flags, no more racing today - the sailors are heading for the Pub.



Rechichi and Parkinson head into 470 finals series in third
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson are holding down third position in the women's fleet at the 470 World Championship in Rungsted, Denmark, after three days of racing.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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Baking weather as wind deserts Day 5 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Crosbie Lorimer,
The morning rush hour for the bakery on Front Street at Hamilton Island usually finishes rather abruptly around 9am on most days during Race Week, with the last of the late risers grabbing a quick coffee and roll before jumping on the boat.... [more]
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US Sailors working on a 505 Worlds sweep
Rich Roberts,
Good thing the wind calmed down a bit Tuesday or Mike Martin and crew Jeff Nelson---notorious for their heavy weather sailing---would be running away with the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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Tough day on the water for Australians at Laser Worlds
Craig Heydon,
It was a tough day at the office for the Australian sailors at the 2009 Laser World Championship in Halifax, Canada.... [more]
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A Weather record at Hamilton Island?
Rob Kothe,
Wednesday Day 4 at the 26th annual Hamilton Island Race Week. The south east trade winds are very much absent this year at Hamilton Island's Race Week. So far it's the lightest wind regatta that anyone can remember in those last 26 years, according to Regatta Director Denis Thompson.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 4 Weather
Kenn Batt,
A ridge of high pressure still lies over the race area. More of the same unfortunately though the chance of a better sea breeze structure has increased compared to last few days. The only saving grace being the beautiful environment and sailing friends.... [more]
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Child protection officials against thirteen-year-old's solo world sail
Sail-World Cruising,
It was when the local council learned that thirteen-year-old Laura Dekker was intending to leave Holland and sail around the world that the storm broke.... [more]
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Alinghi announce watchmaker as sponsor for the 33rd America's Cup
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, is proud to announce Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, as a team sponsor for the 33rd America's Cup. Alinghi president Ernesto Bertarelli and Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver held a joint presentation at the Alinghi base in Genoa, Italy, this afternoon to announce this union of Swiss expertise.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - King of the Mountain trophy at stake
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race will take place next week in the Swiss Alps. Eight members of the world's top ten are confirmed. The event starts on September 1. Twelve teams will fight for the coveted title of 'King of the Mountain'. Racing will take place on Lake St. Moritz, a natural amphitheatre that provides a perfect and natural viewing platform from the shore.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Tight at the top
Sailing Intelligence,
Day three of the 470 World Championships. Having sailed three races yesterday, today has been a comparatively short one with just one to sail, the final of the qualifying series.... [more]
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Bladerider RX gets foiling at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Bladerider Media,
Layday on the Island was the perfect opportunity for three Bladerider sailors to get up and foiling to entertain the crowds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Ben Rankin, Brent Pearson and Dave Barnes are out and about demonstrating the fun you can have on a Bladerider Moth.... [more]
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Twenty Six Years of Hamilton Island Race Weeks
Rob Kothe,
Today is the lay day for the 194 yachts in the 26th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. This is most popular offshore regatta in the southern hemisphere, at its start 26 years ago no one would have guessed it would be continuing today as its first few years were certainly rocky.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Second day of racing good for Aussie crews
Craig Heydon,
The second day of racing at the 2009 470 World Championship in Rungsted, Denmark, was a good one for the Australian crews with ladder climbing and consistent performances highlighting the day. Rechichi and Parkinson had a first, fifth and second to be tied on points with the second placed Great Britain crew of Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes... [more]
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Sailors pit their skills in the Audi Drive Challenge
Di Pearson,
It is not just the Audi Drive Challenge that will deliver the vehicle to one lucky boat owner. The victor will first have to win his or her division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – and there are 11 divisions.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship - Aussie duo second
Rich Roberts,
Mike Martin and crew Jeff Nelson have won two of the three races in the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship. But its Mike Holt and crew Carl Smit of Santa Cruz, Calif who lead Australia's three-time world champion Chris Nicholson and crew Casey Smith.... [more]
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APC Logistics Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta attracts gun multihulls
Stephen Barton,
APC Logistics Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta. The only annual NSW regatta open to all multihull yachts big and small will be held again on the long weekend of October from the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Pittwater. It is a celebration of the innovation and forward thinking of the late great multihull designer Lock Crowther and there will be plenty of his and other designers' boats on the water.... [more]
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Aussie duo close to top of next international challenge - 505 Worlds
Tracey Johnstone,
Fresh from the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma team mates Casey Smith and Chris Nicholson are back into dinghies and right up there in the SAP 505 World Championship as they hold onto second place.... [more]
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Aussie team to contest B14 European Championship
Mark Barnes,
The B14 European Championship is being staged at Yacht Club de Carnac in Carnac over the Bank Holiday. There is a strong French contingent that if not windy as they are lighter than the average British teams, may well show how fast they are and possibly give some established teams a pasting. To add spice, one AUS team will be racing but not eligible for the overall event.... [more]
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Laser World Championships Day 5 - Still on hold....
Event media,
Laser World Championships Day 5 - For the second day in a row there was no racing. A brush with Hurricane Bill on Sunday forced organizers to store 196 Laser hulls inside two buildings at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. The boats were unpacked quickly on Monday morning in anticipation of a great day of racing, but St. Margaret's Bay did not live up to its reputation.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Westerhof and Berkhout break free
Sailing Intelligence,
470 World Championships competitors were blessed with another day of unbeatable weather off Rungsted, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. After five races a discard has come into play. Two teams remain tied at the top of the Men's Division.... [more]
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2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup and 2009's Riva Contender Regatta report
Antonio Sueri,
2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup and 2009's Riva Contender Regatta: two separate events held concurrently in Riva. Both have just wrapped. Majthenyi Szabolcs and Andras Domokos (HUN 70) winners of the 2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup. Very tough competition in this Eurocup from Roberto Cipriani and Stefano Morelli (ITA 10) and from Hans Peter Schwarz and Roland Kirst (GER 87). Among Riva Contender R... [more]
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Top teams for compasscard Australian Women's Match Racing Championship
Pam Scrivenor,
Ten teams are now lining up for the compasscard Australian Women's Match Racing Championship for 2009.... [more]
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Quantum Sails to expand presence in Australia and Asia
Quantum Sails Design Group Media,
Well known Australian sailing industry professional Carl Crafoord has joined forces with Quantum Sail Design Group to deliver an expanded Quantum Sails presence in Australia and Asia.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Battle of the Titans
Jill Campbell,
When the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup gets underway in two weeks, expect nothing less than a medieval scrap between various latter day warlords and their trusted retainers. Only one division champion from 2008 is returning to the scene of their triumph. Lindsay Owen Jones' 28.8 metre (94 foot) Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) will be defending her Wally Yachts' title.... [more]
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NZ Rigging looks to top the table in big Australian regattas
Richard Gladwell,
NZ Rigging's Richard Bearda is confident of some great results from high profile Airlie Beach Race Week and the Hamilton Island regattas. He should do. Most of the top competitors are carrying his gear. Based in a very 'functional' factory in Birkenhead, on Auckland's North Shore..... [more]
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Rich Roberts at the 505 Worlds: Rough and tumble on 'Frisco Bay
Sail-World.com,
On a Sunday which saw 98 boats slugging it not only among themselves but against the rough and tumble elements of San Francisco Bay, for the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Rich Roberts takes a look at the action... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - The Major and the miners
Lisa Ratcliff,
A bunch of consultant miners from around the country and Jakarta have got together, called their chartered Sunsail Bavaria 50 Mine Y.O.B and are living it up in the tropical Whitsundays. 'It's a truly wonderful 10 days,' said Graeme Boyd from Brisbane who is sailing Mine Y.O.B, a cruising division 2 entry.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 - First applications received
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 race entries have now climbed to eight. A strong international fleet is expected to participate in this year's race with the first overseas application for entry coming from the Netherlands.... [more]
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Kiwis are Jive Talkin' at Hamilton Island
Rob Kothe,
The Brits win cricket, the Kiwi's win Rugby and often the Melbourne Cup and now its Kiwi sailors are at it again at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Jive Talkin' is a 2000 launched Davidson 35 and Haslar's instructions to Laurie Davidson were to design her as the fastest 35 footer he could, concentrate on speed and ignore the handicap rules.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Day three lottery
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day three. For the almost 200 crews contesting it was a case of take a number and wait your turn for wind. The IRC grand prix, IRC Passage and Invitational and Performance Racing divisions had their island race cut short at the southern tip of Pine Island.... [more]
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Hurricane Bill, Laser Worlds and PredictWind
Nathan May,
PredictWind is sponsoring the entire competitive fleet of the 2009 Laser Worlds with Professional Forecasts giving detailed forecasts for the St Margaret's Bay and Halifax area. Here you can see PredictWind's high resolution forecast showing Hurricane Bill, which brushed the coast of Nova Scotia on Sunday.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 3 images
Andrea Francolini images/Sail-World.com,
Day 3 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - Waka Racing defeats Black Swan Racing
CMC media,
Chicago Match Cup - On a day challenged by light winds and irregular seas off the Belmont waterfront, Phil Robertson (NZL) and his Waka Racing team of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell, and Jim Williamson has won the inaugural Chicago Match Cup against Keith Swinton (AUS) and his Black Swan Racing team.... [more]
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505 World Championship Day 1 - Wild and windy out on the Bay
Rich Roberts,
2009 SAP 505 World Championship. On Sunday 98 boats slugged it out not only among themselves but against the rough and tumble elements of San Francisco Bay. It would be a long night in the boat yard repairing boats to continue the fight Monday with a single race starting at 2 p.m., but some competitors would seem to be down for the count.... [more]
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Jamaica Lightning Bolt enters Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race
Heather Ewing,
Jamaica will field an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Jamaica Lighting Bolt will compete against international entries including Spirit of Australia, Uniquely Singapore, California, Qingdao, Cork, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital and Hull & Humber.... [more]
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505 World Championships - Carnage on the first day
Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas.com,
Carnage at the 2009 505 SAP World Championship. It was a long tough slog back to San Francisco for the teams who broke down during the first and second races of the SAP 505 World Championship regatta on Sunday.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Race Week Progressive Results after Day 2
Sail-World.com,
Full Revised Results after protests and some rating revisions.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Scarlet Runner moves into the lead
Lisa Ratcliff,
Results for yesterday's opening race for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC grand prix division 1 boats shuffled overnight following arbitration between Wild Joe and Wot Now, and the discovery of a rating office error that has affected Wild Oats X's handicap placings.... [more]
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470 World Championships Day 1
Sailing Intelligence,
470 World Championships - Conditions could not have been better for the opening day of racing in Denmark. At the end of day one, in the Men's division three teams are locked on four points with two more on five.... [more]
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Aussies in contention at Laser Worlds
Craig Heydon,
Defending World Champion Tom Slingsby is in 12th position after three days of racing at the 2009 Laser World Championship in Halifax, Canada. The Australian Sailing Development Squad's Ashley Brunning is leading the way for the Australian sailors in Halifax and is currently in sixth place. Brunning claimed victory in race four and followed it up with a fourth in the day's final race... [more]
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2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 3 Weather
Kenn Batt,
With the very loose ridge axis still over the area, the winds will be light and flicky again today. There will be an overall tendency for the wind direction to draw onshore due to the sea breeze component. Like yesterday there is the potential for pockets of stronger wind to occur so be prepared for another Great Race Course Relocation Armada.... [more]
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First ever MedCup Hat Trick for Emirates Team New Zealand
Event media,
Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team ever to win three consecutive MedCup Circuit regattas when they clinched the Portugal Trophy for the TP52 Series today off Portimao, winning by just 1.5 points from Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis.... [more]
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RYCT Winter Series - Pisces catches the breeze
Peter Campbell,
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Winter Series report. Offshore racing team David Taylor and Graham McKibben showed their skills in flat-water river racing today when they scored their first win of the RYCT Winter Series on the River Derwent today with the Sydney 36 Pisces.... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Day 4 cancelled, Day 3 report updated
Event media,
Racing for Day Four of the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships is cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Bill. St. Margaret's Bay was back to true form for day three of the 2009 Laser Worlds providing ideal conditions for racing and a change in the leader board.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Cruisin' under sunny skies
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. All divisions apart from the IRC grand prix fleets had a mixed bag today, enjoying plenty of warm winter sunshine, cloudless skies and conditions 'just like the postcards' commented Balance skipper Paul Clitheroe, but with one important ingredient noticeably absent – wind.... [more]
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Crosbie Lorimer's images for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2
Crosbie Lorimer,
Breeze for some and none for others was today's recipe. IRC had a scheduled morning start while for the cruisers there was three hours of R and R on the water before being commanded north in search of the capricious breeze. Crosbie Lorimer followed the windless and the wind-blessed to capture these images.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Brady pushes the limit
Lisa Ratcliff,
After finishing almost bottom of the pile in yesterday's opening race, Alan Brierty's RP63 Limit displayed some threatening form today, New Zealand America's Cup import Gavin Brady showing plenty of grit on the wheel at the start of the second windward/leeward as he shaved the pin end smack bang on the starting signal and backed it up with the all important handicap win.... [more]
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The Hamilton Armada
Rob Kothe Sail-world.com,
The Sailing Instructions for the 26th annual Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island list a total of 21 different race courses. The unseasonably light wind conditions are meaning that race officials are having to think on their feet.... [more]
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Mariner Boating Holidays renews commitment to Variety Splash
Trevor Joyce,
Mariner Boating Holidays Renews its commitment to the Variety Splash and adds weight to its Profile in Melbourne. A goal has been set to raise $20,000 for Variety by selling tickets to the yachting community in a raffle with the first prize donated by Mariner Boating Holidays; a trip for two to the Croatia Yacht Rally in September 2010 including international airfares worth more than $15,000.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 images from Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images/Sail-World.com,
Images from Andrea Francolini of Day 2 at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - Swinton into semi-finals
CMC media,
Chicago Match Cup: The top three in the standings from yesterday continued their winning ways today by qualifying for tomorrow's Semi-Final Round in the inaugural Chicago Match Cup.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - A shuffle of the leaderboard
Event Media,
2009 Nautel Laser World Championships Day 3. With four races competed (allowing for one drop), there's more shuffling at the top of the fleet... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 Weather - light again!!
Issued by Kenn Batt,
Today is expected to be a lot like yesterday! The only consolations being the sunny and warm conditions and the wonderful scenery.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Today's Sunrise and Progressive Results
Sail-World.com,
Another beautiful morning on Hamilton Island for the start of Day 2 of the 26th annual Race Week series. We will have the detailed weather forecast shortly.... [more]
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