While my daughter is counting the days before Christmas, I personally can't wait for the start of the Sydney-Hobart Race. Sail-World is already on site at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney, in anticipation of this great annual event. You can follow all Sydney-Hobart activities on the dedicated Sail-World site here (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/index_n.cfm?SEid=1212)
The Clipper Round the World fleet is resting in Geraldton, Western Australia, but there is still much shore activity going on on all yachts in preparation for the next leg starting in early January.
Canadian sailors Paul Tingley and Michael Leigh have earned top spots in the recent ISAF World Cup Sail Melbourne in Australia. Paul and Michael won gold medals in the 2.4m and Laser classes respectively.
Although it might sound like Australia is the only place to be for sailing at this time of year... Sail-World Canada is preparing to report on the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale to Key West offshore race and the Key West Race Week event. Stay tuned for specific reports on Canadian entries.
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Best Wishes for the Holidays!
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Is the Race Record safe? Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 - Wind against tide, 30 knots and six metre seas, backless waves or a super fast down hill side with a 38 hour race record?... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Cork retires from Race 4 Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After Cork, Ireland collided on the start line with English entry Hull & Humber, the Irish team arrived in Geraldton, Western Australia on December 19th, at the end of the Southern Ocean leg of Clipper 09-10.... [more] Onsend this story
44 Metres and 1000 kg (2240 lbs) of Early Christmas Present Jody O'Brien, Just after 9pm last night, an early Christmas present arrived for Grant Wharington and the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi crew when a Qantas flight from Singapore touched down at the Freight Terminal at Mascot.... [more] Onsend this story
Two Golds for Canada at World Cup regatta Craig Heydon, The ISAF World Cup - Sail Melbourne medal races have been run and won with the crews greeted with great sailing conditions for the final day of racing. Canadian Michael Leigh claimed victory in the Laser class, with his fourth place in the medal race enough to give him a two point win over American Clayton Johnson, who finished the final race seventh. Canadian Paul Tingley won the final 2.4m race,... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Adrian Healy Adrian Healy, Wind lines, the sirens of the sea. Always there but always just out of reach, beckoning tantalisingly on the horizon, tempting the unwary sailor to enter a merry dance of seeking the wind, any wind, but always spinning away just as the elusive zephyr appears to be within their grasp. Oh, the frustrations of light wind sailing!... [more] Onsend this story
Jessica Watson - 60 days, 7000 miles and UP THE MAST Nancy Knudsen, This is the view of Jessica Watson's yacht Ella's Pink Lady, taken by Jessica when she climbed the mast this week to check the rigging. The photo was taken when she was passing the 60-days-at-sea mark (about 25% of the planned journey), having covered 7,000 miles since she left Sydney in her attempt to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Last day in the Southern Ocean for Hull & Humber Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 - Geraldton, Western Australia stopover. The strong winds that turned yesterday's finish into a sprint for the line have eased to a pleasant sea breeze today - keeping the crews cool as they set to work today cleaning their yachts and carrying out routine maintenance.... [more] Onsend this story
Leadership of Canadian J/24 Class moves from Ontario to Atlantic Katie Nicoll, At the Canadian J/24 AGM Todd Irving, from Toronto, stepped aside to move onto the CYA Board, and Dale Robertson, from Halifax was elected as the new CJCA President. Dale is also heading up the J/24 Canadian National regatta to be held at the RNSYS in Halifax, NS in August 19-21, 2010. The NOR has already been posted. For more information please go to http://atlanticj.wordpress.com/... [more] Onsend this story
Geoff Holt hampered by 20 knot head winds Harriet Courage/Geoff Holt blogspot, Geoff Holt's 'Personal Atlantic' challenge, sees him sailing a 60ft, purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible catamaran on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Here is his latest update.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Can Alfa Romeo spoil the party for Wild Oats XI? Susan Maffei Plowden, Race record-holder Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, chasing her fifth consecutive line honours win, faces strongest competition from Neville Crichton's near sister Reichel/Pugh designed Alfa Romeo, and Mike Slade's Rolex Fastnet Race record holder ICAP Leopard, a Farr design from the UK.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Fleet arrives in Geraldton Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: In what has been the closest race to date, Team Finland finished just 33 minutes ahead of Spirit of Australia, denying the Australian team the home port victory that they were so desperate to achieve. Crowds of supporters, friends and family lined the breakwater to see the finish and a strong wind, gusting 30 knots, kept the boats fully powered up right to the line.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island finishes Southern Ocean leg of Clipper 09-10 Clipper Ventures, In what has been one of the closest fought legs of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Cape Breton Island has finished Race 4 in fourth place, crossing the line at 1543 local time (0743GMT). Despite battling hard to the end, the team just missed out on a podium position with third place going to Jamaica Lighting Bolt who crossed the line just 38 minutes ahead of them.... [more] Onsend this story
Ontario Sailing Annual General Meeting Ontario Sailing, Ontario Sailing Annual General Meeting Sunday, January 17, 2010 Direct Energy Centre, Salon 101 - Toronto... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Challenger initiates Construction Origin issue Richard Gladwell, The much expected Constructed in Country discussion has kicked off in the ongoing saga of the 33rd America's Cup. The issue harks back to the 19th century Deed of Gift which requires that the vessel be 'constructed in the country to which the Challenging Club belongs'. It has not really been determined if the same rule applies to the Defending club, and it is believed that the Defender has... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart Line Honour battle drives new sail developments Media Services, North Sails CEO Michael Coxon (Cocko) has been campaigning with Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo's for some years but his Sydney team have built the sails for both Alfa and its strong rival, Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, the four times Hobart winner. Just a few days before the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, 'Cocko' provides this insight into the Supermaxi scene.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Update on Valencia - 22 December 2009 Richard Gladwell, Despite many phone calls over the past two days, Sail-World has been unable to determine that anything other than a minimal Deed of Gift America's Cup Match will be held. That means that a Match complying with the minimum requirements of the Deed of Gift (a best of three series, over the prescribed courses) starting, as ordered by the New York Supreme Court will be sailed starting on 8 February 20... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart 2009 - Etihad Stadium - the timeline - an epic battle Rob Kothe, After their five spreader carbon mast snapped during the Melbourne to Sydney delivery, 12 days ago owner Grant Wharington and his crew team from Etihad Stadium (formerly Skandia Wild Thing) have been racing the clock to get the 30 metre supermaxi to the Sydney to Hobart startline. Now the spare four spreader mast from Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo has arrived in Sydney and the work really begins... [more] Onsend this story
How to create a great around Australia event? Learn from the best! Bob Williams, As the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race will finish in October-November 2011 depending on starting point, this allows ample time for our international competitors, battle hardened after 7500 nautical miles around the Australian coastline to fine tune their boats for the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Every yacht that is eligible to compete in the Sydney to Hobart is eligible to compete in the Arou... [more] Onsend this story
More Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas announced Louis Vuitton media, The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton today announced more Louis Vuitton Trophy for 2010 and early 2011.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Swiss fail to back latest America's Cup moves Richard Gladwell, In the 'He ran, she ran' crazy world of the America's Cup, it seems that the deal to change the dates on the America's Cup and run with an extended regatta are no more, and that Societe Nautique de Geneve have backed away from undertakings given earlier today.... [more] Onsend this story
A big event development year behind us - An even bigger year ahead! Bob Williams, From Bob Williams, CEO, Ocean Events, the Western Australian company behind the Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally events. 'This year is almost done and what a wonderful year it has been. First half of the year saw sailors from Australia and around the world responding to our on-line questionnaire asking what they would like in the way of a Race and Rally around Australia.... [more] Onsend this story
Thank You, Roy - Lynn Fitzpatrick reflects Lynn Fitzpatrick, I was driving down the Long Beach Freeway when I heard the news that one of the greatest benefactors to sailing in the United States, Roy E. Disney, had passed away. Before I knew it I was in front of Gladstone's, practically a shrine to Disney's Pyewackets and their string of yachting victories. Numerous Pyewacket models decorate the bar and restaurant, which has become home to the Los Angeles... [more] Onsend this story
Close racing sets the stage for final day of Sail Melbourne Craig Heydon, Sail Melbourne. The Paralympic classes, along with the invited classes, got racing underway at 12pm in light breeze between five and seven knots. Unfortunately the wind disappeared before the afternoon's racing could begin.... [more] Onsend this story
Boat builder wins Excalibur Manslaughter Appeal Rob Kothe, An Australian boatbuilder has won his appeal against a manslaughter conviction over the deaths of four people when their yacht lost its keel and capsized at sea. Melbourne boat builder Alex Cittadini 51, was sentenced in July 2009 by the NSW Supreme Court over the deaths of Christopher Heyes, 51, Peter McLeod, Anne-Maree Pope, 30 and Tracey Luke, 32.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy series to include Middle East venue ValenciaSailing and Sail-World, ValenciaSailing.com reports that the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton today announced more Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas for 2010 and early 2011. Citing a media release sourced from Louis Vuitton, the Spanish based website says that these new international events follow the successful regatta held in Nice, France, last month.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy will run with Auckland International Boat Show Richard Gladwell, Louis Vuitton's Bruno Trouble has confirmed that the next Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta will take place in Auckland beginning on 10 March 2010. At this stage, due to what are believed to be budget considerations, only two boats will be used between the eight teams competing. The Emirates Team NZ boats will be used, with one of the BMW Oracle Racing boats on standby. It is intended to sail four rac... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Melbourne day four - Limited racing Craig Heydon, Sail Melbourne day four of racing had a stop-start feel with the weather having a major influence on proceedings. Reigning 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge was left crewless today with Iain Jensen stuck on shore due to illness.... [more] Onsend this story
Record entries as Cadiz hosts YOG Qualifier for Windsurfer events Ceri Williams - ISAF Media, Organized by the Federacion Andaluza de Vela, this European Qualification event for the windsurfer events at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games has attracted a record entry of 150 junior racers representing 17 European nations.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF releases World Sailing Rankings - 16 December 2009 ISAF Media, The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 16 December 2009 have been released.... [more] Onsend this story
Trifecta of international regattas for Auckland's Festival of Sail Richard Gladwell, Auckland Mayor John Banks announced today the Auckland Festival of Sail — three major international regattas to be held on the Waitemata Harbour in March 2010. The three major intrenational sailing regattas will be held in conjunction with the Auckland International Boat Show The events will bring together leading professional international match racing skippers and teams and top-ranked amateur... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF - New Supplements To Match Racing and Team Racing Call Books ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2010 supplements to the current editions of The Call Book for Match Racing and The Call Book for Team Racing.... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Melbourne Day 3 Craig Heydon, Sail Melbourne, Day 3 report. Shifting winds dominated the afternoon racing on day three of Sail Melbourne, with the conditions keeping sailors on their toes and forcing them to work hard for every position gained.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Sailor Classification Code updated with Group 2 to be eliminated ISAF, Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.... [more] Onsend this story
IKA launches bid for inclusion at the Olympic Sailing Regatta 2016 International Kiteboarding Class Association, With the successful bid of Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Sailing Regatta 2016 held on the beaches of the Copacabana, Kiteboarding would perfectly suit into this scenery and add a true highlight to the Olympic Games.... [more] Onsend this story
Etihad Stadium supermaxi mast on its way Etihad Stadium Media, The replacement mast for Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium Supermaxi has been secured and paid for, then cut in half for ease of transport, and 50% of the cargo plane puzzle has been solved ... now it's just a case of hurry up but wait, until the mast arrives in Australia... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: BMW Oracle Racing leaves San Diego bound for Valencia BMW Oracle Racing Media, The BMW ORACLE Racing team has departed San Diego for Valencia, Spain, in preparation for February's 33rd America's Cup Match. The cargo ship Oceanlady left the Port of San Diego early on Tuesday afternoon and turned south. It will pass through the Panama Canal before heading across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. The trip to Valencia will take approximately three weeks, d... [more] Onsend this story
Herreshoff Marine Museum presents Saving Sailing and Nicholas Hayes Herreshof Marine Museum, The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome author Nicholas D. Hayes as a guest speaker on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM.This new book, which engages sailors and parents everywhere with a call to action for a revival of family sailing, and the life lessons that can be learned through teaching sailing to youth and adult community groups... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum: Read the wrap and see the Videos MaxComm Communication, See the videos as the World Yacht Racing Forum brings light on future of the America's Cup. Last week's World Yacht Racing Forum America's Cup session brought clear answers from both Alinghi and BMW ORACLE Racing. Publically united for the first time since two years, Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth agreed on several key elements.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - Race 4 Finish line in sight for some teams Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: Race 4, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. Day 23 report. Everything is still to play for in Race 4 and despite extending their lead over the Australian team to 14 nautical miles, the crew on board Team Finland is not foolish enough to assume that line honours will be theirs.... [more] Onsend this story
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Oman Sail's Masirah leads series Extreme Sailing Series Asia and Sail-World.com, Sailing Series Asia - Round 2 - Singapore. A thunderstorm, with heavy rain and lightning stopped the final day's proceedings. The heavy downpour was relentless, forcing the Race Committee to abandon the race and the day's sailing for safety reasons as lightning powered down over Marina Reservoir.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Appeal decision announced on Rules and Venue Richard Gladwell, In a not unexpected decision, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has declined to uphold the Appeal lodged by SNG in respect of the Venue and Rules issues. Accordingly the Match will take place in Valencia on 8 February 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
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