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2010 already! It doesn't seem so long ago that I spent New Year's Eve in a server room in anticipation of the new millennium causing utter chaos on our technology infrastructure; here we are, a full decade later. 2009 has certainly been an exciting year in the sailing world, offshore racing being the most popular activity on the international scene with the Volvo Ocean Race, the Vendée-Globe, the Portimao Global Ocean Race, the Transat Jacques-Vabre, the Mini-Transat and many other major events. 2010 will see the welcome return of the oldest trophy in sports; this time, after many years in the courtrooms, the trophy will be disputed on the water in the 33rd America's Cup Challenge. The Swiss defender and the American challengers are already in Valencia, Spain preparing for this sailing ultimate showdown in February.
In Hobart, Andrew Saies survived a protest to be confirmed as overall winner of the Tattersall's Cup, the major prize in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the overall IRC handicap winner. Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruiser to be imported into Australia, won IRC overall by 42 minutes from another new First 40, Wicked (Mike Welsh) after a close race-long duel in which they followed a similar strategy – stay well east of the rhumbline. This should bode well for sales at Beneteau!
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The Clipper Round the World Race has left the west coast of Australia for Singapore; Cape Breton Island has taken the early advantage, nosing ahead of Uniquely Singapore whose crew are hoping to become the first in this edition of the Clipper Race to win the race to their home port.
January 13th will see the start of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference 2010 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race. The event is chock full of good competition. With 55 boats signed up, the race organizers are seeing their biggest numbers in the past 15 years. All are hopeful that this is a signal that distance racing is on the upswing, and the competitors say it's word of mouth about great racing that attract new boats. And the old ones keep coming back, hoping for the trophy this time. Sail-World Canada will be keeping an eye on the sole Canadian entry this year; Richard Oland from New Brunswick will be vying for line honours with his new yacht Vela Veloce, a Reichel-Pugh designed Southern Cross 52. Vela Veloce recently won the Auckland-Tauranga Coastal Classic on her maiden race before being delivered from New Zealand where she was built. This offshore race will bring to Key West many racers who will likely elect to stay around for Key West Race Week.
Canadian Marine Industry Reports Better Than Projected 2009 Figures Sail-World Canada Staff, The boating industry is cautiously optimistic as it prepares for the 2010 Toronto Boat Show. The 2010 Toronto International Boat Show sets sail January 9 – 17 at the Direct Energy Centre amid a mood of renewed marine industry confidence and relief that Canada has probably seen the worst of the economic downturn.... [more] Onsend this story
Tough Sledding for Canada at 49er/29er World Championships Sail-World Canada Staff, The 2010 49er/29er World Championships began yesterday in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. Canada is well represented in the 49er class with Gordon Cook & Hunter Lowden, Billy Gooderham & Ian Hogan, Matt Dubreucq & Trevor Parekh, and Jonathan Ladha & Daniel Inkpen.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Lake Ontario 300 - Are you up to the Challenge? Guy Perrin, At 300 nautical miles, the Lake Ontario 300 is a unique test of sailing skill. The longest annual fresh water race in the world, it is also the only circumnavigation of a Great Lake. The navigational requirements add to the challenge; which is why the Lake Ontario 300 has continuously attracted competitive racing yachts, cruiser/racers, as well as the cruiser looking for new challenges.... [more] Onsend this story
CYA Staff Re-organization Sail-World Canada, CYA's 2009 AGM and Conference highlighted the way forward for the organization and indicated to the Board key steps in the strategic planning process.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Cape Breton Island leads Clipper Ventures, A little over 24 hours on from the start of Race 5 and it has clearly been an emotional day for all of the crews competing in this stage of Clipper 09-10. California's crew will be hoping the new year brings a reversal of fortune. They got off to a flying start, following Spirit of Australia across the start line in second place yesterday. Cape Breton Island has taken the early advantage overnight... [more] Onsend this story
Contender Pre-Worlds – The Fab Five? Rob Kothe, Queensland Contender Class President Matt Mulder has not been the perfect host in the first two days of the Contender Pre-Worlds. The 40th Contender World Championship event organiser has not been standing back as a good host; instead he's elbowed everyone aside and grabbed all the lollies, winning the first three races.... [more] Onsend this story
29er World Championship day one - Denmark on top Sail-World.com and Jerelyn Biehl, Oscar Haumann and Taus Holtug of Denmark (2, 11, 2) are the leaders after day 1 of the 2010 29er World Championships.... [more] Onsend this story
Sailing in winter where its 40 degrees centigrade warmer Suellen Hurling, Right now some Canada sailors are sharpening the blades on their ice yachts and checking out the black ice developments online, but there is an alternative for sailors who are prepared to travel.... [more] Onsend this story
49er World Championship day one - Outteridge and Jensen lead Sail-World.com and Jerelyn Biehl, Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen lead the fleet after three races at the 49er World Championship in the Bahamas.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Both Challenger and Defender arrive in Valencia Peter Rusch and Sail-World, The Oceanlady is dockside in Valencia's commercial port. She came in around 04:00 local time this morning, escorted by a couple of tugboats and was tied up to the dock within minutes - a very smooth operation. The crane that will be used for unloading arrived at 07:00 to be set-up, and depending upon the weather, unloading will begin later this morning.... [more] Onsend this story
Wind Athletes Canada to offer an Open 60 Program Guy Perrin, Wind Athletes Canada has received a commitment from a donor to sponsor this exciting program which will provide some of Canada's best sailors with an opportunity to expand their sailing experience into an area that is only rarely available to our elite sailors.... [more] Onsend this story
Toronto International Boat Show uses seminars to entice Media Services, Organisers of the 52nd Annual Toronto International Boat Show aim to demonstrate that getting into boating is easy with seminars, experts, boating identities and displays.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island begins Race 5 to Singapore Clipper Ventures, In near perfect conditions with a strong southerly breeze blowing 14-20 knots, Cape Breton Island, one of ten yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, has begun Race 5 to Singapore. Spirit of Australia was first across the line to the delight of the home crowd as hundreds of spectators lined the breakwater in Geraldton Western Australia to see the race start.... [more] Onsend this story
Key West 2010, no better place to be in the middle of January Premiere Racing Media, The first entry deadline wasl December 18 and over 130 IRC, One Design and PHRF boats from more than 20 US states and 12 different countries will be represented at Key West Race Week... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Could ORCi replace IRC for this ocean classic? Sail-World.com, Once there was IOR, then IMS, then IRC. Could ORCi be the next big thing in offshore race handicapping?... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart prizes presented Di Pearson, The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race came to a close today when the prizes were presented to all the winners of the 628 nautical mile race at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, in Sandy Point, Hobart.... [more] Onsend this story
No trace ever found of missing Canadian sailor Sail-world.com, An extensive aerial search for a 68 year old Canadian sailor Hubert Marcoux who set out from Halifax on board his 45 foot yacht Mon Pays on November 9th to sail 740 nautical miles south to Bermuda was suspended in November.... [more] Onsend this story
International 14 World Championship - Dark horse shaping up Neil Patchett, Sydney sailor Ben Austin and his crew Peter Nicholson had another hot race today in the CST Composites International 14 World Championship on Sydney Harbour. The nor'easter kicked in at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30. The conditions were made more difficult with a strong ebb tide.... [more] Onsend this story
International 14 World Championship Day 3 - Images from Sydney Christophe Favreau, Christophe Favreau presents this gallery of images from Day 3 of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship sailed on Sydney Harbour... [more] Onsend this story
International 14 World Championship Day 2 - Images from Sydney Christophe Favreau, Christophe Favreau presents this gallery of images from Day 2 of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship sailed on Sydney Harbour... [more] Onsend this story
Int 14 World Championship - Austin and Massey running hot in Qualifier Neil Patchett, Day two of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship was held in light to moderate east nor'east conditions and ... thankfully ... increasing sunshine.... [more] Onsend this story
Another meeting to try to resolve America's Cup impasse Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Following a meeting held late last year in Sydney between representatives of the Challenger and Defender, a second meeting will be held in 12 January 2010, in Singapore to try and resolve several issues relating to the 33rd America' s Cup. At this stage it is not known who will attend the second meeting, and whether they will have the power to make binding decisions on SNG... [more] Onsend this story
Contender Worlds – the Washing Machine continues Nathan May, PredictWind.com is forecasting more 'Waterloo Slop' or 'Washing Machine' conditions for the 2010 Contender Australian Championships. More south-easterlies mixed with out going tides should produce the same wind against tide conditions that were experienced during race one of the Australian Championships.... [more] Onsend this story
Contender Worlds - Waterloo Bay, the Washing Machine Rob Kothe, There have been big tides all week. The tide runs out to the south easterly of the Waterloo Bay course between King and Green Island and with a south easterly breeze of 17-26 knots, classic wind against tide conditions. With sharp little seas, 1-1.5 metres, there was some ‘washing machine' about it and the locals call it ‘Waterloo slop'.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 29er and 49er Worlds - Sailing in Paradise Jerelyn Biehl, The key word for the 2010 Seiko 29er and 49er Worlds beginning Monday, January 4, 2010 in Freeport, Grand Bahama is quality... [more] Onsend this story
International 14 World Championship day one - Black Flags and restarts Neil Patchett, CST Composites International 14 World Championship day one report. Defending World Champion Archie Massey blitzed the fleet in his first qualifying race and was then black flagged in the second to finish 53rd overall.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Spirit of Australia leads Zoe Williamson, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 5 Geraldton, WA to Singapore underway... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Contender Australian and World Championships Suellen Hurling, Photos of the Contender sailors going through the motions of measuring and registering for the Australian and World Championships... [more] Onsend this story
Swiss seek more talks on America's Cup issues Richard Gladwell, The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, sent a letter to Golden Gate Yacht Club representatives on 31 December 2009, inviting the American Challenger to a meeting with David Tillett, the Chairman of the 33rd America's Cup International Jury, to discuss various topics raised by both teams.... [more] Onsend this story
Skype - key communication tool for Marine Industry and Offshore Racing TetraMedia's IT Team, Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more] Onsend this story
Contenders return to their Spiritual Home Ian Grant, Brisbane sailor Bob Miller changed the excitement level of international dinghy sailing almost 45 years ago when he drew the crude lines of the Contender dinghy on a piece of plywood in a hot galvanised iron clad Brisbane riverfront boat shed.... [more] Onsend this story
Pittwater Water Coffs Race - Wharro goes to War, Part 2 Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, As Grant Wharington and his Etihad Stadium supermaxi crew sailed under the Harbour Bridge, on their way to the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, the owner/skipper turned to his after guard and asked – 'Does anyone else feel like we are off to war?' She was forced to retire soon after the Hobart start with rigging issues, but now Wharro, along with Graeme Taylor (GT) and his crew... [more] Onsend this story
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