We DO think Jessica Watson has sailed very well and we feel she is young Australian of whom we should all be proud. We will be reporting at length on her heroic circumnavigation and what will surely be a great welcome home.
Grant Wharington, the 2003 Sydney to Hobart winner commented ‘The sailing community cannot speak highly enough of Jessica's skills, toughness and courage. She obviously has the ability to go the extra distance. It is a pity that her managers and routers did not have her sail the extra 1,200 or so miles further north into the Pacific and then back down, in good sailing conditions.
‘That would have given her the necessary distance to reach the WSSRC RTW distance of 21,600 miles, that would have taken around an extra two weeks, but then she would have had a moral victory at least in her attempt to best Jesse Martin's record. That would certainly have the strong support of sailors everywhere.
‘Right now, we should move on an celebrate a great effort from a Young Australian.'
So lets do just that and celebrate with Jessica upon her return.
The Sail-World Team
Was it Spin? Reader feed back - You Decide www.Sail-World.com, Its been a tough week and we've received lots of emails and now our advertisers are being bombarded with hate mail. Was it Spin or did he never say that? Fascinating feedback - definitely worth a read. Some of the public seemed to have not noticed that the claims from the spinners have disappeared under the overall weight of some hard questioning from the mainstream media.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Race 8 - All yachts finished and due into Panama Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Race 8, Day 19- San Francisco to Panama. Victorious Spirit of Australia is due in Panama on Monday as Edinburgh Inspiring Capital and California win their battles with Hull & Humber and Qingdao.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs - John Winning, the modern day Mark Foy Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League, John ‘Woody' Winning added yet another 18ft Skiff title to his already distinguished record over many years when he skippered ‘Yandoo' to victory in the ANZAC Regatta, sailed on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland in April.... [more] Share this story
Perth Gold Medallists join journey to World Championships Samantha Scott, It's official – Perth's own ‘Golden Girls' of sailing have become Ambassadors for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships! Women's 470 Gold Medallists at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson, both of Perth, will be promoting the World Championships and the exhilarating sport of sailing throughout Western Australia.... [more] Share this story
2010 Melges 24 Australian Championships Tracey Walters, The final day of racing was down to the wire, two races to go and Miles leading the regatta by one point ahead of Walters. The battle for third place was between Warren Sare Arriba Arriba Ian Barr Dirty Girl , Geoff Masters Jolt and Nick Moriarty Business Time.... [more] Share this story
Globe Racer calls Hamilton Island home Ian Grant, The internationally famed Volvo Globe racing yacht Illbruck V2 which raced as Nokia to smash the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race record has now registered Hamilton Island as her home port.... [more] Share this story
50th entry for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Rob Mundle, Ross Wilson's consistent Beneteau 47.7, Eagle Rock, is the 50th yacht to register on the expanding list of entries for what promises to be a spectacular Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010.... [more] Share this story
Win Lifetime of Free Berthing- Prize value over AUD$300,000 -ENTER NOW www.Sail-world.com, Win a Lifetime of Free Berthing – Prize value over AUD$300,000. Enter now, closing next week!! The prize is, at maximum, a 16m berth at any of Meridien Marinas locations including Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast, for a term of up to 25 years.... [more] Share this story
Nespresso Cup 2010 comes to a stylish conclusion Nespresso Cup Media, The anticipated duel between Magic Carpet Squared and J One, driven by owner Jean-Charles Decaux, became a reality as the two boats headed out to the racecourse on equal points.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama–Boxing Kangaroo scores hat trick Clipper Ventures PLC, The ten points for first place, added to the three they bagged at the Scoring Gate, gives the overall race leaders a maximum haul of 13 points...... [more] Share this story
ISAF Mid Year Meeting considers America's Cup, Olympics and Tracking Richard Gladwell, The Council of the International Sailing Federation has been meeting for the past two days in Budapest, Hungary. The key topics under consideration at this Mid-Year Meeting include future Olympic strategy, America's Cup and Tracking systems. Olympic Commission Chairman, Phil Jones (AUS) has made a presentation to the Council on the changes the new Commission believe should be made... [more] Share this story
Sunshine for Audi Winter Series Sunday Jennifer Crooks, It was another beautiful day on Sydney Harbour with spring like temperatures and lots of love for all the Mothers taking part in race three of the Audi Winter Series, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Mother's Day today.... [more] Share this story
SOS Ocean Racing Gulf of Carpentaria Ian Thomson, 'I'm into Arafura, at 2130 last night I cleared the final marker and now I am out into the deep blue again. Although it isn't that deep up here.' It is day five into Ian Thomson's solo sailing world record attempt. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 1030 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia.... [more] Share this story
Alex Whitworth tells his story of the North West Passage- LIVE in June John Keelty, Under 50 yachts have ever sailed through the Northwest Passage above Canada, and Australia's Berrimilla, skippered by veteran yachtsman Alex Whitworth and two crew, negotiated it in 2008. While this is a great feat, he was only using it as a method of reaching the starting line for the Fastnet Race. Meet him and listen to his enthralling story at the Cruising Yacht Club in June... [more] Share this story
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania – Dramatic women's sailing regatta Peter Campbell, Two women fell overboard in the challenging conditions, one from Jacinta Cooper's crew who hung onto a sheet and climbed back onboard unaided, while Peta Lane spent several minutes in the freezing River Derwent after toppling overboard from the boat skippered by her sister-in-law Lisa Guy.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – A good old fashioned drag race Clipper Ventures PLC, 'Time for a good old fashioned drag race!' exclaims Brendan Hall, skipper of Spirit of Australia. 'Four boats within spitting distance of the finish, in roughly the same breeze and with equally determined crews. It doesn't get more exciting than this.'... [more] Share this story
2010 Audi MedCup Public Village opens in Cascais Audi MedCup Circuit, In 2009, the world's leading regatta circuit featured a new free access Public Village, which allows visitors to really experience the heart of the regatta atmosphere, and enjoy a complete leisure program which included interactive contests with the sailors, live broadcasting, thanks to the 3D Virtual Eye system, simulated skipper contests, concerts. The 2010 season will set a new standard... [more] Share this story
2010 Fireball Worlds - Final Results Noah Purves-Smith, One race was held today off Carlisle Bay in Barbados, West Indies, under sunny skies and winds ranging from 14 to 18 knots. The fleet was very aggressive on the start line today with it being the last chance for teams to secure their final spots on the results sheet.... [more] Share this story
SOS Ocean Racing Day Four - Around Australia SOS Media, Day four of Ian Thomson's solo sailing world record attempt. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 1030 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. Ian's mission is about raising awareness of the damage plastic bags do to our environment.... [more] Share this story
Tassie falls in love with SB3s Rod Jones, Following in Andrew Crisp's lead , Nick Rogers and Brett and Jacinta Cooper have joined the SB3 fleet.... [more] Share this story
Stena Match Cup Sweden takes on Olympic match racing Jan Torstenson, Stena Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand, has appointed the new Elliott 6 as the boat for the women's class. The entry of the Elliott class for the women in Stena Match Cup Sweden will even further strengthen the premiere sailing event in Sweden, which already is a Word Championship event for male match racing skippers and teams, part of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more] Share this story
2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – Event Summary plus Video PWA/Paul Griffiths, Podersdorf Surf World Cup - Following a year's break from freestyle, the town of Podersdorf played host to the PWA's finest style masters for their first event of 2010.... [more] Share this story
World Sailing Teams Association welcomes plan for 34th America's Cup Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, “We want discussion and debate now in order to avoid disagreement later,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. “Our minds and our ears are open.”... [more] Share this story
Launceston sailor still fastest Peter Campbell, In a voyage that received little publicity outside of a Tasmania, Gourlay completed the fastest circumnavigation by an Australian off Mersey Bluff, Devonport, on 5 May, 2007. At 51, he became Australia's oldest solo circumnavigator and the only Tasmanian yachtsman to achieve the feat, titles that he still holds.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Capri Sailing Week – Capri prepares for Rolex Sailing Week Regatta News, This year's Rolex Capri Sailing Week, an event that has become a favourite as the kick-off for the Mediterranean's sailing calendar, will have several fleets competing off the Gulf of Naples, sandwiched between an island of devastating beauty and a volcano with a reputation for devastating behaviour, Mount Vesuvius.... [more] Share this story
l'Hydroptère is back on the water for an exceptional programme l'Hydroptère Press, l'Hydroptère was launched in Lorient on the third of May 2010 after four months at the shipyard. Lifted by crane in front of her shed, she was then moored at the pontoon of 'La Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly'. She will stay there for one week, in order for the team to prepare and equip her for her first sailing sessions.... [more] Share this story
The Superyacht Cup Palma 2010 –Dock full as new Race Officer appointed Superyacht Cup, Confirmation of three more yachts in the last few days brings the total entries for The Superyacht Cup 2010 to 19; the maximum number that can be berthed at The Superyacht Cup Village in the centre of the City.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour – First female entry for Match Race Germany WMRT Media, Both Match Race Germany and the ISAF World Match Racing Tour actively welcomes female entries to the Tour series which provides an amazing opportunity for these sailors to race against some of the world class match racers on a level field.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 17 Clipper Ventures PLC, The Clipper Race Committee, in accordance with the International Rules of Sailing, today announced that it is implanting a rule to shorten Race eight. The forecast for the next week shows extremely light and unreliable winds which could affect the fleet's planned transit through the Panama Canal.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup details kept to a minimum Stuart Alexander, The seven hills of Rome were due to roar today but instead could muster little more than the squeak of a mouse when the first major announcement about the next America's Cup was proclaimed in the majestic forum of the Musei Capitolini on the imperious Piazza del Campidoglio. What the fans wanted, but those in the know did not expect, was a combined blueprint from the San Francisco-based holder,... [more] Share this story
Log on to secure the future of Marine Rescue NSW Marine Rescue NSW, 'Marine Rescue NSW urges everyone who enjoys our magnificent boating waters in NSW to register their support for this funding model to secure the future of volunteer marine rescue in NSW.'... [more] Share this story
London '12 Olympic Games-Australian Womens Match Racing Team announced Louise Tillet - Yachting Australia, The AWMRT will now represent Australia at forthcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup rounds at Medemblik in the Netherlands, Kiel in Germany and Weymouth in England. Dayne Sharp will continue as the Australian Women's Match Racing Team coach.... [more] Share this story
Southport Yacht Club - Curtain raiser for Sanctuary Cove Boat Show Southport Yacht Club, One of the leading lights in the marine industry in Australia, John Hogan, will be the guest speaker at this year's Southport Yacht Club Marine Industry Lunch, which is a prelude to the opening of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast this month.... [more] Share this story
Saves Our Seas Ocean Racing - Day 3 SOS Media, Life onboard SOS Ocean Racing has, to put it in the words of Jessica Watson, 'Become a little interesting' It is day three into Ian Thomson's solo sailing world record attempt. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 1030 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia.... [more] Share this story
Musto Etchells looms large on June sailing calendar Tracey Johnstone, It is just on one month to the start of the Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship and entries from around Australasia are starting to flood in.... [more] Share this story
Images: New Bakewell-White 36, General Lee is launched in Auckland Richard Gladwell, The Bakewell-White designed 36fter, General Lee, was launched in Auckland early this morning. Sail-World's camera arrived soon after the splash and brings you these images of her launch... [more] Share this story
Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more] Share this story
Groupama unveils its strategy for the Volvo Ocean Race + Video Groupama - Cammas, Groupama and its team, revealed the reasons behind their commitment to the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the purchase of Ericsson 4, winner of the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama Team can boast an excellent platform for training and analysis. Rechristened Groupama 70, the Koujoumdjian design is performing an increasing number of sail trials offshore of Lorient in B... [more] Share this story
Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin Bob Fisher, I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas? Richard Gladwell, The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more] Share this story
Fireball Worlds 2010 – Title won with two races to go Noah Purves-Smith, Two races were sailed today off the Barbados Yacht Club at Carlisle Bay, Barbados, West Indies under sunny skies and winds starting at 14 knots for Race seven, diminishing to 12 knots for Race eight.... [more] Share this story
2010 Finn Open Junior and Senior European Championships - Preview Robert Deaves, Split in Croatia could be regarded as one of the Finn classes' favourite venues. In recent times, this picturesque Adriatic port has staged the Europeans in 1997, the World Masters in 2002 and the Finn Gold Cup in 2006. In 2010 the city will host two major Finn events.... [more] Share this story
Aegean Yacht Rally gets under way again Trevor Joyce, The 2010 Mariner Boating Rally season gets under way in Turkey and Greece next week. The Aegean Yacht Rally will kick off from Kusadasi and cross immediately into Greece and Pythagorion on the Island of Samos.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 16 Clipper Ventures PLC, A common theme on this leg has been the extremely localised weather conditions and the varying effect they have had on individual team performances. However, last night all the teams shared the experience of some of the most prolonged and heavy squalls they have had to deal with since racing out of the Humber last September.... [more] Share this story
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