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Looking ahead to the battles in Perth

The largest ever Olympic class sailing event to be run in Australia is coming up fast. Its Perth 2011 and 75% of all the Olympic 2012 places are up from grabs.

The Sail-World Team will be covering the event in detail. Today we bring you the first of a dozen or so feature stories on the classes and the players.

GBR cartwheels in the 49er's Medal race of the 2008 Olympics
© Ingrid Abery/www.hotcapers.com

  © Ingrid Abery


Today we focus on Nathan Outteridge and Iain 'Goobs' Jensen, as they start think about 20-25 knot winds and a choppy seastate, trying to qualify Australia and secure their own places in the Australian Olympic squad.


For EDITORIAL USE only, please credit: Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

The new PUMA Ocean Racing Volvo Open 70 "il mostro" goes training in the waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Il Mostro's deisgn is painted to resemble, and is also named after, a brand of PUMA training shoe.

The 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on 4 October 2008, it will for the first time, take in ports in Asia. Spanning some 39,000 nautical miles  Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

Some deals are just too good to pass up, especially if you have the wherewithal to do the deal right. Case in point: il mostro, Puma Ocean Racing 2008/2009-generation Volvo Open 70 is currently up for auction. Opening bids, which started at a modest 800,000 euros, were accepted on September 30, with the gravel barking its final cry on October 30. il mostro, it will be remembered, was designed by Botin/Carkeek and sailed by Ken Read and company to a proud second-place finish in the world's toughest offshore challenge.

Since winding down her first 'lap', il mostro has been actively maintained and updated. Read and his team used il mostro through the summer of 2010 (their Juan K-designed mar mostro was launched this past spring), both to train offshore and to race; she carries an IRC rating, and she placed second in the 2010 Newport-Bermuda Race under the ORR. 'We have been amazed to see that the Volvo 70 can compete in IRC better than anyone ever imagined!' said Read. Get the full details on this interesting auction inside, and know that some lucky new owner is going to sail away with one seriously slippery VO70, which just happens to be ready for immediate delivery.

The sailboat WingNuts floats upside down in Lake Michigan off the coast of Charlevoix, Michigan, on July 18, after it capsized during the annual Race to Mackinac. (2011)  AP Photo/John L. Russell

For those following the terrible storm that ravaged this year's Chicago-Mackinac Race fleet and cost two sailors—Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel—their lives, Chicago-based journalist Dawn Reiss has prepared an in-depth report that details what took place that night aboard WingNuts, Morley's Kiwi 35 sportboat. The report, reprinted in this issue, weaves-in all the facts that have surfaced since that fateful July night, including the recent sheriff's report. The independent US SAILING investigation is due out by the end of this month, so stay tuned.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011  Lloyd Images ©

And in racing circles, Alinghi took first place at Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series, the Global Ocean Fleet is struggling to get south of the equator, and—much farther south still—the Clipper Around The World Race fleet is preparing for a proper Southern Ocean thrashing, compliments of a stalking low-pressure system.

Get the full details in this issue and remember—if you've got the war chest, il mostro is seriously for sale...

If you don't... then console yourself at Burke Marine, they have a factory sail and its on now!!!


David Schmidt and the Sail-World team



Transat Jacques Vabre fleet ready to roll
Hélène Tzara,
The 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre now has only two days until the start gun will sound and in the thirteen strong IMOCA Class which will start the event, it has probably never been harder to pick a favourite to win. Theoretically all, but perhaps the Burton brothers on Bureau Valley, rookies in the class with an older boat, have the potential to make the podium... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing Team ready to race
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - After two years of preparation, the launch of a new boat and months of training on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion team is ready to get racing underway. The first points will be awarded towards the overall standings in the race with the In-Port Race on Saturday and the Pro Am Race to follow on Sunday.... [more]
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Bic Techno 293 European Championship day 5: The heat is on - Video
Patrik Pollak,
At the Bic Techno 293 European Championship day 5, the heat is on. Everybody is fighting for the precious points. Excellent conditions again and we are one step closer to find out who will make the podium and become a champion.... [more]
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2011 OK Rum Bucket Championship sailed at Wakatere
Bob Smith,
The first event of the 2011-2012 NZOK Tour was the third annual Rum Bucket Championship, which took place over Labour Weekend at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland. With the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and France scheduled to take place on Sunday evening following the conclusion of the Rum Bucket, there was also much to be fought for in the waters of the Rangitoto Channel.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race overall
KPMS,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - The pontoons at the Royal Malta YC were full yesterday with crews from the fleet busily reloading gear and fresh supplies onboard and heading off for deliveries back to home ports throughout Europe. Malta's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean enables the race to draw from a diverse fleet which this year comprised 70 boats from 16 countries... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Teams to battle for first race points
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race bursts into life tomorrow when, at 1200 GMT/UTC (1400 local time) the six world class professional sailing teams do battle for the first time in the Iberdrola In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain. The six teams, who for many months have been meticulously preparing their state-of-the-art, multi-million-euro racing yachts, will line up for real in a quickfire sprint... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 1 – BSL first to cross finish line
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Leg 1 – Today, Friday 28 October, at 05:13:25 GMT Ross and Campbell Field took first place, crossing the finish line in Cape Town after 32 days 17 hours 13 minutes and 25 seconds and 7,300 miles of racing on their Verdier-design Class40 BSL averaging 9.3 knots and finishing 89 miles ahead of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France.... [more]
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Top Olympic Windsurfing Coach wins NZ Sailor of the Year
Sail-World and Yachting NZ,
Top windsurfing coach, Grant Beck, was tonight named New Zealand sailor of the year at a function at the Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron. Beck has been the coach for all New Zealand's windsurfing medals going back to the 1984 Olympics with Bruce Kendall and continuing with Bruce and Barbara Kendall, Aaron McIntosh and most recently Tom Ashley who won a Gold medal in the event in the 2008 Olymp... [more]
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RYA National Match Racing Series – Sam Pearson through to grand final
Matt Carter,
RYA National Match Racing Qualifier leg one - Sam Pearson and his crew (Thomas Dawson/Tristan Jaques/Dan Gohl) made the most of some glorious sailing conditions this weekend as the veteran match racer clinched the title in thrilling fashion. In near perfect match racing conditions, the 24-year-old skipper from Poole demonstrated his match racing experience over the course of the weekend... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – A new challenge for skipper Chris Nicholson + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Chris Nicholson takes on a new challenge as skipper of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Arguably the most prolific sailing team in the world, Emirates Team New Zealand, Camper's partner in the Volvo Ocean Race, can boast a trophy haul that includes the America's Cup and many other high profile regatta wins.... [more]
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