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Hamilton Island was certainly all action off the water last week, a brilliant new Yacht Club, set to be one of the most photographed in the world, a Golf Course in a spectacular setting on West Hamilton (well Dent) Island, a great fleet, no breeze, but lots of fun -Audi Race Week 2009.

Today we feature our interview with Rod Jones, the second time winner 2007 & 2009 of the Australian IRC Championship. We have lots more interviews covering a host of divisions we will run this week.

At sparrows in the morning we will flying north again for Magnetic Island Race Week - another great regatta, very laid back in a beautiful setting...you better mark that in your Calender, organisers are expecting 75 boats in 2010 and as the week unfolds you will see why.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team



Archambault Alegria wins another Audi - 2009 IRC Australian Title
Rob Kothe,
Sailing his Archambault 40RC to a last race win and overall victory in the final round in the Australian IRC Championship, Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island, delivers a second luxury Audi automobile to Queensland sailor Rod Jones. Jones will claim the Perpetual Trophy designed by John Woulfe and the major prize of an Audi A6 allroad Quattro valued at AUD$115,000. The inaugural winner of the... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - Gruelling day two for competitors
Event media,
Laser Masters World Championships gruelling day two for competitors. It meant for the second day in a row, athletes were on the water for more than six hours. That's a gruelling schedule for a Masters regatta where the youngest competitor is 35 and the oldest is 77 years old.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win for Black Sheep Racing
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup 2009 - After placing sixth in the full round robin and winning the semi-finals in a tie breaker, Corbett went on the capture the Cup in a tight matches with Dave Perry (USA), Team Perry, beating the American 3-2.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championship Day One - Bundock and Ashby again
International Tornado Class Association media,
2009 Tornado World Championship Day One. Race 1 had beautiful conditions. A couple of individual recalls and the boats went off to provide the public with its usual show of speed, adrenaline and fast manoeuvres. 12 knots, double trapeze and lots of fun.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships Day One report, results and images
Katie Ashworth,
2009 SB3 World Championships Day one report, results and images. The fleet left the marina in very light winds this morning, and headed to Race Area A where a building northerly breeze awaited them. Throughout the day the wind increased to twenty five knots.... [more]
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B14 European Championship 2009 - And the winner is...
Gerry Brown and Nick Craig,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 went to to the last mark before the winner was decided. Sketch/North Sails (Dave Hayes/Richie Bell) were second overnight but were on a charge. They started well, had good consistent upwind pace and hit hard left before anyone worked out it was the way to go to win the first two races.... [more]
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Australian Women's Match Racing Championship - Souter leads
Jennifer Crooks,
compasscard Australian Women's Match Racing Championship day one report. Racing commenced on time at 1015hrs with a course being set just west of Clarke Island. Breezes were consistent westerlies of 15 -18 knots throughout the morning and swung around to WNW after flight six.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds Day One update
Event media,
2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds. Neither rain, nor gale, nor lack of power will stop the 300 athletes from around the world competing at the 2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds.... [more]
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New prize for Melbourne to Launceston - Australia's oldest yacht race
John Curnow,
A prize in yachting? Yes prize. Break the Melbourne to Launceston record of 19 hours, 55 minutes and 43 seconds and earn yourself $1000.00! This year, the grand old Centurion of Australian yachting is 102 and it was back in 2003 when Cadibarra (VIII) set that record for the Melbourne to Launceston race.... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Spectacular racing guaranteed
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - 18s' 8th annual thrill show under way on the Bay. The diverse Bay sailing scene has shifted over the last couple of days from a splash and crash 505 dinghy Worlds last week to a wooden boat regatta Sunday and now to perhaps the wildest exhibition of racing on the edge: the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta Monday through Friday.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Corbett leads
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup - after the fourth round of the six-team quarter finals Reuben Corbett (NZ), Black Sheep Racing, leads with four wins, followed by Phil Robertson (NZ), Waka Racing, with three wins, leaving Keith Swinton (AUS), Black Swan Match Racing, Dave Perry (USA), Team Perry, with two wins each,... [more]
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iShares Cup - Nail biting finish to round
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Kiel. Last off the start line, their Oman Sail stablemate Renaissance, the only ones who could snatch victory, got a strong start to be third at the first race mark with Masirah ninth... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF to be dragged into America's Cup legal wrangle?
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ and US Editor, Richard Gladwell looks at the legal issues likely to be put on the table of the New York Supreme Court, in the very near future by Golden Gate YC and their newly hired legal counsel, David Boies. This first part of a two part series, looks at the controversial agreement signed between the Defender and the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club, RAK - video
Sail-World Asia,
Take a look at this video of the Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club in Ras al Khaimah. RAK is the intended venue for the America's Cup DOG match next year, and the video designed to put a good 'spin' on the situation suiggests there is more infrastructure in place that we have previously been led to believe.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Six races and six different winners
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Kiel Day 2 of the event. Six races were staged, each delivering a different winner. No one team dominated in the tricky conditions, although Pete Cumming's crew on Oman Sail Masirah did enough to stay at the top of the leaderboard with a 17-point lead going into the final day of racing, but they are certainly not invincible and round four of the iShares Cup is still wide open.... [more]
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505 Worlds win a breeze for Martin and Nelson
Rich Roberts,
Mother Nature gave Mike Martin the 18 knots of wind he asked for and he and crew Jeff Nelson took care of the rest of their business Saturday to win the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship with an artistic runaway performance.... [more]
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Top five finish for Aussies at 470 Worlds
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team crews of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson have both finished fifth at the 470 World Championship in Rungsted, Denmark.... [more]
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2009 SAP 505 Worlds Winners celebrate
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Mike Martin (USA) became the first 505 sailor ever to win the 505 World Championship as a crew (1999) and as a skipper (2009).... [more]
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Images and Video from SAP 505 Worlds Final Day - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery of images of the the winners of the 2009 SAP 505 World Championships held at San Francisco, plus a video of the series... [more]
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470 World Championship Medal Races - New pairings come good
Sailing lntelligence,
While the rain gods held off all week, the medal races for the 470 World Championship took place today, run by the Royal Danish Yacht Club off Rungsted harbour, in conditions varying so wildly that Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page described them as 'like four seasons rolled into one'.... [more]
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Bruce Griffiths perfect 60th birthday gift - a car
Di Pearson,
All of the 194 entries at the 2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week were in the running to drive home in a brand new Audi A4 Avant. Bruce Griffiths, owner/skipper of Cruising Division 2 winner, Silhoette, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 had won the Audi A4 Avant.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Overall Results - all other classes
Sail-World.com,
Here are the full results sets for the 26th annual Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island - IRC Cruising, PHS and Cruising Divisions.... [more]
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Cruisin' to the finish of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
For the final day of racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week the IRC Passage 2, Performance Racing 1 and 2, Cruising 1, 2 and 3 and Non-Spinnaker divisions were sent on a 17.5 nautical mile island course around Denman Island and White Rock.... [more]
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Airlie Beach winner does it again at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
Melbourne 55-footer Living Doll, launched 10 months ago by Michael Hiatt and sailing for the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, has finished top scoring boat in IRC grand prix division 1 at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Tunnicliffe leads
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup Day two. After a very long day that had it all - rain, no wind, postponements, afternoon wind, more rain and exciting racing - Anna Tunnicliffe captured the top spot on the leader board.... [more]
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2009 SAP 505 Worlds - Martin and Nelson lead with one race to go
Rich Roberts,
Mike Martin and crew Jeff Holt, down in points to Mike Holt and crew Carl Smith and faced with lighter winds than they would prefer, pulled off a clutch victory Friday to carry the championship of the 2009 SAP 505 Worlds into the final race Saturday.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Fleet head for Molle Island
Crosbie Lorimer,
In light breeezes all divisions were taking care to avoid being drifted across the start line as they headed out of Dent Passage under spinnaker for the Molle Islands. These shots of today's action are Crosbie Lorimer's last images from this year's Race Week. Back next year for sure.... [more]
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Hasso Plattner's Enthusiasm for the 505
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Malcom 'Pip' Pearson, 505 Class President, said, ' There is no question that the Class has benefitted tremendously over the years as a direct result of Hasso's involvement.' Pearson continued, 'He's a damned good sailor and, of course, Alarie is a great asset.' Thanks to Plattner, SAP, is the title sponsor of this year's 505 World Championship hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Weather Forecast - Final Day
Kenn Batt,
More of the same today - like yesterday the sea breeze component is expected to re-enforce the light E-NE synoptic flow over the Whitsundays today... [more]
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SB3 World Championships preview
Katie Ashworth,
SB3 World Championships 2009 and 56 entries represent eight countries. There are 14 races scheduled. Racing will start at 1300 hrs each day when the wind is forecast to be a stable 18 – 25 knots. As host Nation the Portuguese have fielded a strong fleet.... [more]
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Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron celebrating 125 years of sailing
RQYS,
Celebrating 125 years of sailing in Brisbane, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Saturday 5th September will open for the 2009/10 Sailing Season. Steeped in Traditions, both new and old... a regular highlight for the Squadron continues with a blessing of the fleet and the opening of the season performed by Commander Roger Priest RANR.... [more]
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Team Finland enters Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race
Zoe Williamson,
Team Finland confirmed as Scandinavia's debut entry in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Team Finland's nine competitors are each sponsored by an international city, region or country, including Uniquely Singapore, Qingdao, Jamaica, and Hull & Humber, all of whom will be making return appearances.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images from Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images/Sail-World.com,
Images by Andrea Francolini from today's racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - One Day to Go
Lisa Ratcliff,
The impressive IRC Invitation division led the other Audi Hamilton Island Race Week classes contesting today's passage races north out of Dent Island this morning in a building ESE breeze that was bulleting on the north western corner of Dent Island, causing plenty of spinnakers to collapse suddenly.... [more]
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Whales and the perfect day's sailing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
The stunning playground that is the Whitsunday Islands showed off its best for the penultimate day of the 26th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Consistent south east Trade Winds, flat water and whales and dolphins frolicking in the turquoise waters as the fleets slid by made for the perfect day's sailing.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495

What would you do with a new Laser? Some will sail them, lots in Masters, Others plan to give it to their Grandkids...but if you've not entered the competition you wont have to think about it!! Have you entered this competion yet? It closes on September 25th, so do it NOW!! http://www.laser-sailing.net/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=32!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser... [more]
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Australian Youth Match Racing Championships September 18-20
Jennifer Milligan,
Sandringham Yacht Club will play host to the Australian Youth Match Racing Championships from September 18 – 20.... [more]
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Magnetic Island plugs into Australian Winter Sailing Regatta circuit
Rob Kothe,
Three years ago Townsville Cruising Yacht Club (TCYC) sailors coming back from the two largest sailing events in Queensland, the twin pillars of Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week decided that sheltered waters around Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island would be the perfect setting for another Australian winter season regatta.... [more]
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Croatia and Japan top the Men's 470 Worlds
Sailing Intelligence,
Solid wind and blazing sunshine remain the welcome constant factors of this 470 World Championship, run out of Rungsted, Denmark, by the Royal Danish Yacht Club. But today the weather threw up yet more fresh challenge. The wind having returned to the south-southeast and gusting up to around 15 knots. But today the wind was oscillating and it was a case of picking the shifts wisely.... [more]
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