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AUS $500,000 regatta prize money and two Australians in contention. If you've not been paying attention to the Monsoon Cup and the World Match Racing circuit, its time you did.

You will be able to watch the best match racing in the world, streaming online via Sail-World every day until the final on Sunday.

Rob Kothe & Al Constable at the Monsoon Cup in Eastern Malaysia.




The Monsoon Cup 2009 - The Toughest Day at the Office
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The 2005 and 2008 Monsoon Cup champion Peter Gilmour summed up after day one of the Monsoon Cup. ‘It was tough, give no quarter and take no quarter, that's the way it was today. The start was super critical, for a short while the pin end worked. Then it was back to the boat end and head right, if you mucked it up boy you had a lot of work to do. But actually with plenty of wind it was a sensationa... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team shares the lead after day one of Monsoon Cup
Kinley Fowler,
The final event on the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup will host some of the worlds best sailors over the next week, as six potential teams battle for the title of World Match Racing Champion.... [more]
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Sail Sydney entries close with 222 applications received
Sail Sydney media,
Yachting NSW, the organisers of Sail Sydney, are pleased to announce that at the close of entries they had received 222 applications for their annual event to be held from December 5-8 on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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America's Cup savvy pays off for NZ team in Phuket King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
Chris Dickson, one of the most recognisable names in international yachting, again showed his brilliance on the race track, leading the small boat in the hot Racing division to convincing podium finishes in both of today's challenging races.... [more]
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Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foreign Office and the British and Bahrain Embassies for all their help and for bringing the matter to a swift conclusion and to the Iranian authorities for their understanding.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup to be broadcast to audiences across the World
Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, will decide the World Tour Champion. The event features the world's best match racers in a showdown for the title of Monsoon Cup champion.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com... [more]
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Sailing Success at the NSWIS Sport Awards
Daniel Williams,
The NSWIS Sailing Team had a magnificent year in 2009, winning two NSWIS awards of the twelve categories.... [more]
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Foiler 1 dash for Cash......This Friday. Must See!!!
Joe Turner,
This Friday from 2:30pm at Woollahra sailing club, SLAM, Mach 2, Ka Sails and Advantage constructions are putting on Sailings biggest opener! The Foiler 1 dash for cash!... [more]
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Mach 2 Moth up for grabs in charity auction
Audi Victoria Week,
A high tech Mach 2 yacht will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for international children's charity, Variety. The donated yacht is courtesy of McConaghy, which has signed on as a partner of Australia's largest sailing event, Audi Victoria Week.... [more]
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CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran
Richard Gladwell,
CNN is reporting that Iranian news sources are reporting that the five British sailors captured a week ago have been released, by Iranian authorities. The release is believed to have taken place five or six hours ago, although the news is only just being announced.... [more]
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Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
Monsoon rain in Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia with more than 200mm (eight inches) falling in the last 24 hours, has provided a dramatic backdrop to the 2009 Monsoon Cup, the final event in the 2009 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Devine Countdown to International 14 World Championship
Neil Patchett,
More than 100 entries have been received for the CST Composites International 14 World Championship to be sailed on Sydney Harbour after Christmas.... [more]
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Black Swan Racing finish third at Australia Cup
Black Swan Racing Team,
Keith Swinton's Black Swan Racing competed at the recent Sunseeker Australia Cup in Perth and finished an impressive third. After taking down current World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams in the quarters we progressed to the semi-final stage of the regatta.... [more]
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Wild Thing Supermaxi checks in for a weigh and measure
Jody O'Brien,
There's an old saying that if you want a job done, give it to a busy person, and you wouldn't find anyone much busier this week than Victorian yachtsman & property developer, Grant Wharington. Wharington, who owns & skippers the supermaxi Wild Thing, has been working around the clock with his crew to get the boat ready for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart... [more]
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SolOceans One-design attempt - Liz Wardley hits something
SolOceans media,
Around-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans - OceanoScientific® Campaign 2009-2010. Message from Liz Wardley this morning onboard the SolOceans One-design to Yvan Griboval (President of SailingOne), while she was at around 150 nautical miles South-West from Finistère (Brittany - France): 'It happened at around 0330 UT, I was sailing at 20 Knots with one reef in the main-sail and the staysail... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island finds the breeze
Clipper Ventures Media,
Hull & Humber leaves Cape Town and resumes racing. Out in the Southern Ocean the leaders are closing in on the scoring gate and it's a nail biting and frustrating time everyone, with Cape Breton Island going fast and Team Finland struck by whale in the boat's stern area... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy
World Match Racing Tour Media,
The 2010 Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia. A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward 9 skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year.... [more]
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Inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia 2009 and more to come
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - The Best of 2009 and More to Come in 2010... For the planned six events in 2010, four countries are already confirmed, with events taking place in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Venue announcements will be made over the coming months, but it can be confirmed today that the final round of the Extreme Sailing Series 2010 will take place in the region of Andalucia, S... [more]
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Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. 'Last Wednesday, Sail Bahrain's racing yacht set out from Bahrain to join the start of the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Race. On the way, we received a call from the crew stating that they had been stopped by an Iranian navy vessel.'... [more]
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King's Cup day three forecast for stronger winds and quick racing
Tracey Johnstone,
After enjoying a night of celebration at the Phuket Orchid Resort, the international fleet line up today for day three of the 23rd Phuket King's Cup with winds forecast to be stronger than yesterday.... [more]
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Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton has confirmed to Sail-World that he has been in discussion with Spanish telco Telefonica regarding an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Dalton would not disclose the specifics of his involvement, saying: 'It is no secret of my desire to be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race and yes I have spoken to Telefonica...... [more]
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2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge - November News
Lindsay Wright,
The 11th singlehanded transTasman yacht arce from Port Taranaki (New Plymouth) to Mooloolaba, Queensland sets sail on 4th April 2010. there are 23 entries, including seven Australians and two women, the biggest fleet ever.... [more]
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J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present
Titch Blachford,
Capture some of the original 1930s J Class magic, along with fleet news and photography in the brand new desktop J Class calendar for 2010. Taking a month each, the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour are all featured, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger and Hanuman. There are further photographs and information on J Class yachts currently in bui... [more]
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King's Cup day two came down to finding a 'get out of jail' card
Tracey Johnstone,
Racing in day two of the 23rd Phuket King's Cup got off to a clean start with the fleet of 111 boats across 11 divisions revelling in the light air and flat sea. But it eventually came down to a matter of finding the get out of goal card for many of the yachts in today's racing as continuing light winds and strong coastal currents played havoc with the results of many of the mid-fleets... [more]
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South African Hobie 16 Ladies and Hobie 14 Nationals champions decided
Hobie Class Media,
The 2009 Hobie 16 Ladies Nationals and the Hobie 14 Nationals was held at Theewaterskloof Sports Club on the weekend of the 14/15 November 2009.... [more]
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Cheese on trimming an America's Cup wingsail
Peter Rusch,
Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - is the mainsail trimmer on board BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR 90. Just an enormous wing sail. A veteran of three round the world races, he has previously been with AmericaOne and BMW Oracle Racing in the America's Cup. We caught up with him over the weekend following the final testing session in San Diego.... [more]
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America's Cup: Alinghi suffers breakage testing in a seaway + video
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi 5 is being lifted out of the water this evening in Ras Al Khaimah after suffering a minor breakage while sailing today in an unusually big sea state in the Arabian Gulf. The giant catamaran will be checked over and repaired ready for more training in the coming days.... [more]
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Waka Racing reports on Asia Match Racing and Australia Cup
waka,
The Waka Racing team has been extremely busy over the last three weeks. Firstly was the Asian Match Racing Championship in Malaysia where we won with extraordinary style by not dropping a race. This also doubled up as the qualifier for the Monsoon Cup which is the last World Match Racing Tour event of the year.... [more]
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New Zealand Open 60 will aim at Round Australia Race
Zoe hawkins,
One of the world's most successful record beating sailing machines has arrived in Auckland. The Open 60 now named Team G3, and formerly known as Geant is one of a breed of Open 60 trimarans built to excel at one thing: sailing fast. Measuring 18m (60 foot) in length and 18m (60 foot) wide, with a mast height of 30m (100 feet), the Open 60 was imported by New Zealand sailor Simon Hu... [more]
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Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race set for record fleet
Peter Campbell,
Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race and a record fleet predicted for third L2H yacht race. A fleet of near 40 yachts is expected to line up for the start at Beauty Point on the River Tamar, making the L2H the largest and longest offshore race conducted by a Tasmanian yacht club, in this case a joint effort by the Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Tamar Yacht Club.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - All at stake at the Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the nine stage 2009 World Match Racing Tour will commence on the Pulau Duyong Basin course in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow and the stage is set for an epic battle.... [more]
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Owners of racing yachts are presented with a choice of rating systems
Craig Heydon,
There has always been debate amongst boat owners over rating systems. Australia has enjoyed a period of relative stability in recent years, with IRC being used almost exclusively on a national basis.... [more]
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Big Wild Thing Mast goes in today
Jody O'Brien,
Preparation of the Wild Thing Supermaxi for the Rolex Sydney Hobart is in full swing this week after the successful installation of the new keel at Westgate Ports in Melbourne yesterday. Today's job is the installation of the very large mast, which the Wild Thing crew were assembling on the dock at Mornington Pier this morning.... [more]
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Aussie Home Grown Sailing Alive and Well in NSW F11 State Titles
David Price,
This was a big event by anyone's standards with over one hundred and eighty tough young sailors aged from 10-18yrs competing in their first round of the 2009-2010 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships hosted by Hunters Hill SC this weekend on the Parramatta River, of upper Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Kiwi skippered Volvo60 seized by Iranians off America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell,
Five crew members of a VOR60 have been captured and detained by Iran after their yacht strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial waters late last week. The yacht, the Kingdom of Bahrain, was sailing from Dubai, UAE, and strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial near the island of Sirri, 45nm off the coast of United Arab Emirates. She was on a voyage from Bahrain to Dubai, and was in the vicini... [more]
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King's Cup race day two with early leaders ready for battle
Tracey Johnstone,
Race day two in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup and the record international fleet are in for a stronger breeze day as they tackle the stunning sailing conditions close to the island coast. Cruiser/Racer Race Officer, Ross Chisholm, said with “quite a nice breeze out there already” he is looking to send these fleets out around the south islands. Racing division RO and Principle Race Officer Jerry Ro... [more]
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Clipper 09-10, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, Day 9
Clipper Ventures Media,
It's poised to be an exciting start to the week both on and off the race track, Spirit of Australia in stealth mode, skippers ponder whether north or south will work out as the best option for scoring gate and Hull & Humber's crew count down to departure... [more]
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Two Victorian titles decided at Ronstan Royal Geelong Y.C. Regatta
Andrew Butler,
Victorian State titles for the Fireball and OK classes were decided during the recent Ronstan sponsored OTB regatta at Royal Geelong Y.C. on Corio Bay. One hundred and three boats entered the regatta, sailed in three divisions. Despite the damp, light conditions five races were completed.... [more]
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Phuket wind shifts and strong current challenges first day King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
In the first day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup, it was Hong Kong's Neil Pryde and his Hi-Fi crew that finally earned overall Racing division handicap honours after a disastrous second race start and then a brilliant recovery. In other divisions there were some great results as some defending champions held their ground while other fell over under the pressure of stiff competition.... [more]
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Wild Thing's seven metre keel goes in ...now for the 41 metre mast!
Jody O'Brien,
It's been a busy day for the Wild Thing crew and the crane operators at Westgate Ports in Melbourne today as the new 7 metre keel was put together with the Wild Thing supermaxi's 98 foot hull. With two 50 tonne cranes needed to lift the boat's hull from the water and line it up with the keel, it was a morning of nervous energy and one that skipper Grant Wharington and the crew are glad is over.... [more]
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Penned in to make a historic mark at King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
Elegant in design and presentation, the French built 68-foot yacht El Oro premiered today in the world of international racing competing in Thailand's 23rd Phuket King's Cup.... [more]
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Liz Wardley starts Reference Tour SolOceans OceanoScientific Campaign
SolOceans media,
Liz Wardley crossed the start line off Caen - Ouistreham (France) of the Around-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans - OceanoScientific® Campaign 2009-2010.... [more]
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Friendly rivalry but Whitsunday pride on the line in Sydney Hobart
Ian Grant,
Friendly rivalry will surely emerge when the tropical sailors racing under the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Abel Point Yacht Club burgees duel for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Performance handicap trophy... [more]
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Team No Way Back is crowned RC 44 Champion 2009
RC 44 Media,
Pieter Heerema and his team No Way Back have conquered the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Winners of the fleet regatta and the DHL Trophy, they also grab the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 ahead of Artemis, who retains the overall fleet race title.... [more]
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Zhik Mission Beach Regatta
Tom Orr,
The Zhik Mission Beach regatta was held in on the weekend of the 24th and 25th October. Seventy-five dinghies with over 130 competitors from Queensland and NSW assembled at beautiful South Mission Beach, Far North Queensland to compete in the clubs 30th annual regatta. The regatta included the F18 State Title as well as the Nacra NQ Championship.... [more]
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Wild Thing Supermaxi ready for her new longer keel
Jody O'Brien,
The preparation of the supermaxi Wild Thing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart steps up a gear on Monday morning at 8am with the new 7 metre keel ready to go into the boat. The 98 foot hull will be lifted out of the water by two 50 tonne cranes at Westgate Ports in the Docklands in Melbourne and delicately lowered onto the new keel, with the boat to be then carefully re-launched into the water by the cr... [more]
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Mirsky on fire going into Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Ian Percy and his Team Origin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup 2-0.... [more]
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Tasmanian Sailing Academy Sailors prepare for regattas
Richard Scarr,
Tasmanian Sailing Academy and Tasmanian Institute of Sport members are busy packing up boats to take part in the Sail Down Under Series as well as national titles and youth championships.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race to the scoring gate is on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10. On your marks, get set for the race to the scoring gate. The crew of Spirit of Australia maintained their lead overnight with more upwind racing. It's no more comfortable or dry on Cape Breton Island, where they have spent another very cold night, heeled over and beating into Force 6 winds.... [more]
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Mirsky defeats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Iain Percy and his TeamOrigin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0.... [more]
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Zhik 49er Australian Championship comes down to the last few metres
Margaret Jensen,
49er Australian Championship day 2 afternoon racing saw a depleted fleet with two teams opting out of the strong conditions... [more]
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Foundation 36 - Specifically designed for match racing
Event Media,
The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht, used in this week's Australia Cup, was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation now trading as Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts and the designer Brett Bakewell-White.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Coxon and crew take fourth win
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 4. Today's race was sailed in dreadful conditions which made things extremely difficult for all competitors. Collisions, near collisions and a capsize featured at the windward mark and the leaders sped off under spinnaker.... [more]
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Light boats favoured for start of King's Cup racing
Tracey Johnstone,
The forecast for the first two days of racing in the Phuket King's Cup, which commences tomorrow, indicates the boats set-up to handle light airs will have a significant advantage over their rivals.... [more]
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The Excitement gets bigger as Terengganu braces for the Monsoon Cup
Rurrum,
Pulau Duyong is bracing itself to welcome the best 12 teams on the World Match Racing Tour to the finale leg event – the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane final day cut short by strong winds
Yachting Australia Media,
Strong winds have brought about an early finish to the 2009 Sail Brisbane regatta with a number of classes decided in the day's one and only race. The northerly wind of 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots, and heavy swell, made life difficult for the more than 160 competitors who took part in the opening round of the 2009 Sail Down Under series.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
Rurrum,
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team defeats Azzurra at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team elected to race Louis Vuitton champions Team Azzurra, helmed by Italian Francesco Bruni in the quarter finals of the Sunseeker Australia Cup... [more]
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Big turnout of Paper Tigers for Lake Ngaroto Grand Prix round
mark bell,
A good turnout of 23 Paper Tiger catamarans from all over the North Island descended on Lake Ngaroto just north of Te Awamutu for round two of the North Island Grand Prix series.... [more]
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