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 14 Feb 2012
 

Action at Etchells Pre-Worlds



A wide open Australian Etchells Championship regatta up on the Pittwater circle, with unusually light condtions offshore.

A total of 16 boats were black flagged on Day 3 of the yesterday. A long day on the water, six attempts to get two races away and thunderstorms for the third day in a row. We have some interesting photos from yesterday's sailing.

Day 3 Zhik Pre-Worlds 2012 downwind 2  Sail-World.com /AUS ©

There are thunderstorms on the ranges ashore right now, so it looks like more of the same.

We are looking forward to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron run Etchells Worlds which start next Monday on the Manly circle. Some great teams and a very tight event is expected. We have been talking to lots of the top sailors and will run our main pre-view tomorrow.

Today we feature an Australian marine industry icon, GME has been manufacturing in Sydney for 50+ years. They are a world leader in EPIRBS, having been making them for an unbelievable 35 years.

Lots of interesting news today ... get amongst it.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Etchells Australian Championship - 2012 Pre-Worlds images day 3
The Sail-World Team,
Etchells Australian Championship - 2012 Pre-Worlds day three images from the Sail-World team.... [more]
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Etchells Pre-Worlds- Black day and lead changes
Tracey Johnstone,
Zhik International Etchells 2012 Australian Championship - It was a black day for the 61 yacht fleet competing in day three. Shifty winds, general recalls, black flags, protests, lead changes; the Zhik Etchells Nationals had it all.... [more]
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80th anniversary of Vaucluse Regatta attracts vintage yachts
Erin McKnight,
This weekend, the 80th anniversary of the Vaucluse Regatta, hosted by Vaucluse Yacht Club, will be commemorated. The annual sailing event draws a myriad of yachts and sailing craft to race upon Sydney Harbour, and has done so since its inception in 1932.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Warm water and hot racing
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - With less than two months to the start of the event there is still time to experience one of the best loved regattas in the Caribbean. Gold Sponsor, The Moorings is the official charter partner for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and they offer a wide variety of modern yachts and packages to choose from.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Surgery performed onboard Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - On Sunday afternoon GMT, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on Cessna Citation, leading the Class40s through the Southern Ocean, ran straight into a band of light wind stretching across the Pacific's high latitudes with speed averages plummeting to below three knots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet struggle with fluky winds
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The four-way dog fight continues at the head of the pack, with De Lage Landen, Geraldton Western Australia, Gold Coast Australia and Singapore all vying for supremacy. Just 17 miles separates them in terms of distance to finish, and Gold Coast Australia's skipper, Richard Hewson, surmises that they are all racing within a 25-mile box.... [more]
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Steele holds lead in Harken Youth International Match Racing
Melanie Benton,
Chris Steele from the RNZYS has maintained his lead on the leader board, winning 4 races today from 5 matches. With a total of 14 wins overall he is only one point clear of Jordan Reece and two clear of David Hazard and Tim Coltman. The Trans-Tasman rivalries are really beginning to show on the leader board but there are yet two final Flights of Round Robin Two to be sailed.... [more]
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Vaucluse Regatta to commemorate 80th anniversary
Erin McKnight,
Vaucluse Regatta 80th edition, hosted by Vaucluse Yacht Club, is being held this weekend on Watsons Bay. The annual sailing event draws a myriad of yachts and sailing craft to race upon Sydney Harbour, and has done so since its inception in 1932.... [more]
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Royal Hobart Regatta - Perfect sailing conditions
Peter Campbell,
The Royal Hobart Regatta was held today on the River Derwent. Second only to Sydney's Australia Day Regatta in longevity the Regatta celebrated its 174th anniversary on a perfect late summer's day in the capital of the island State of Tasmania. Regatta Day has been a public holiday since 1838 when the then Governor, Sir John Franklin, declared it a day of recreation and fun afloat and ashore... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship 2012 images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Photographer Howard Wright captured these images on day 2 of the Zhik Etchells 2012 Australian Championship on Pittwater, NSW.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Smeg wins again - Video
Bob Killick,
The Smeg crew of Nick Press, Daniel Phillips, and Dave Ewings read the storm impact of the final leg of the windward leeward race on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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2012 RS:X Australian Titles and Bic Techno regatta
Justin Lord,
2012 RS:X National Titles and Bic Techno regatta was held as part of the Downunder Pro. Conditions were favourable with nor-easters ranging from light to very strong winds as the regatta progressed. The right side of the course had a gentle swell and the wind chop was small.... [more]
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Inaugural Melges 24 South Australian State title to Accru
Tracey Walters,
What a finale to the inaugural Melges 24 South Australian State Titles. The final two races on day three were nail biters. With Accru and Foxtrot heading into the final race for the regatta on equal points and Outrage Us one point ahead of Accru, tensions were high.... [more]
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Price and Edwards put Crunch on NSW 29er State Championship Title
David Price,
NSWIS ETS crew Harry Price and Nathan Edwards sailing Crunchie snatched a tightly held lead in a gripping finale of the 2011-2012 NSW 29er State Championship.... [more]
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Etchells Pre-worlds 2012 - Teams to watch on key race day
Tracey Johnstone,
It is now day three of the Zhik International Etchells 2012 Australian Championship, the Pre-Worlds and the podium is still empty with several teams all capable of stepping up. Each of the top six boats already have one high-points race that they would rather not have in their results. The pressure is on them today to ensure there are no more bad races on their scorecard.... [more]
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50th Anniversary Regatta at Palm Beach Sailing Club
Dick Clarke,
Palm Beach Sailing Club celebrated 50 years of cat sailing on Pittwater, on Saturday 11 February. Cat sailors started the Pittwater Catamaran Club in 1962, which merged with the Palm Beach Sailing Club (founded 1949) in 1999. We think Palm Beach has launched more successful sailors than any other off the beach cat club in Australia, possibly the world?... [more]
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Etchells Pre-Worlds - Lead changes as new fortunes gained and lost
Tracey Johnstone,
It was mixed fortunes for several highly-rated title contenders who were expected to lead the fleet through much of the Zhik Etchells National Championship. Errors on the start line, shifty breezes and erroneous tactical calls cost some skippers any chance of a top ten finish while for others they are likely to miss out on a podium place.... [more]
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GME – An Australian company taking the search out of Search and Rescue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Having activated an Australian made GME 406 EPIRB and listened to the throb of an Australian Navy Seahawk as it approached in the darkness towards our stricken boat in huge seas in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race, this writer is very favourably inclined towards GME EPIRBS and these days even more so with GME producing EPIRBS with GPS.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya reflect and prepare
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Mike Sanderson, Team Sanya, reflects on the race to date, further igniting the Chinese population's love for sailing and preparations for Leg 4.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: Steele takes the lead into Round Robin 2
Melanie Benton,
Former World Optimist Champion, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has moved up the leader board, winning all of his five matches today. With a total of ten wins overall he is one point clear of Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Jordan Reece, who also posted an impressive five wins from five matches today.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship - 2012 Pre-Worlds images day 2
The Sail-World Team,
Etchells Australian Championship, 2012 Pre-Worlds. Images from day 2 on the Pittwater circle, sunshine and storms - images from the Sail-World team... [more]
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Bruny Island Race - Calvert family yachting legend continues
Peter Campbell,
Hobart yachtsman Calvert sailed in his first Bruny Island Yacht Race 55 years ago, aboard his father Charles' famous yacht Caprice. Today on corrected time, Intrigue won the Bruny Island Race's premier AMS division, placed a close second to line honours winner Cougar II in the IRC division, and placed fourth to Mr Kite, which won the PHS trophy.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship images by Beth Morley
Beth Morley images,
Etchells Australian Championship images by photographer Beth Morley.... [more]
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Etchells Pre-Worlds - Talented technical North Sails team out in force
Tracey Johnstone,
North Sails has bought together its significant technical and personnel resources to support its clients competing in the Zhik Etchells Nationals being held from 11th to 14th February. Leading the technical team Melbourne loft manager, Noel Drennan. Choosing not to race this series has allowed him to help his fellow North Sails team members prepare clients and themselves for battle.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at day one of the 2012 Zhik Etchells Australian Championship... [more]
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America's Cup - Ben Ainslie joins Oracle Racing for 34th edition
America's Cup,
34th America's Cup - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie, is all set to become a full time member of Oracle Racing for the upcoming edition on Francisco Bay in 2013. Before then, Ainslie will compete with his new team, Ben Ainslie Racing, on the America's Cup World Series circuit.... [more]
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Bruny Island Yacht Race – Line honours to Cougar II
Peter Campbell,
Bruny Island Yacht Race is the oldest ocean yacht race in Australia. Cougar II, Tony Lyall's Transpac 52, tonight took line honours in the 86th edition of the race. The powerful sloop crossed the line at 22:54pm , outsailing a fleet of 25 of southern Tasmania's best offshore racing yachts to complete the circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart in 13 hours 14 minutes... [more]
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Melges 24 SA State Titles lead to Alexander
Tracey Walters,
By the closing of the second day of the Riviera and Adelaide Shore Melges 24 SA State Titles, four different boats had a first place on the results sheet.... [more]
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Milson Memorial Cup - Line honours winner Quest
Peter Campbell,
Milson Memorial Cup - Matt Wilkinson's Masrm 920 out of Sight may have been just that to the front runners in today's Milson Memorial Cup short ocean race off Sydney Heads, but she certainly was not out of mind when it came to calculating corrected time results.... [more]
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Bruny Island Yacht Race - Cougar II leads the fleet
Peter Campbell,
Bruny Island Yacht Race, hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, 86th edition is currently underway. The Transpac 52 Cougar II this evening is power-reaching up the D'Entrecasteaux Channel towards a line honours victory.... [more]
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Etchells Pre-Worlds - drama for Big Guns in first race
Tracey Johnstone,
Top title contenders in the Zhik National Championship, Brun and Bertrand, are in an unenviable position. With only eight races to the four-day event being held off Pittwater and with a fleet of exceptional sailing talent, breaking the line on a Black Flag start in the first race of the series is for John Bertrand, Vince Brun, Tom King and Mark Langford a costly mistake.... [more]
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Olympic contender Viper strikes ahead of evaluation trials
Viper International Class Association,
At the Pattaya International Multihull Festival, multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer and crewmate Brett Goodall sailed their Viper to victory with the boat outperforming its rivals for a spot on the 2016 Olympic program at the week-long event.... [more]
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RYA Tribunal on Perth 2011 incident reactions from Ainslie and Park
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 - Reactions to the RYA Tribunal decision from Ben Ainslie and Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager, are as follows: Ben Ainslie: 'I welcome the RYA Tribunal's decision and am looking forward to fully focussing on my Olympic preparations. I deeply regret the incident, but would like to thank all the governing bodies involved for their thorough investigation.'... [more]
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RYA Tribunal rules no further penalty for Ben Ainslie
Louise Nicholls,
The RYA Tribunal met on 9 February 2012 to consider a report dated 14 December 2011 received pursuant to the Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 69.1(c) from the International Jury at the ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Perth, December 2011.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta: Entries aplenty and awesome action anticipated
Alana Whitting,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) is looking forward to a revitalised format for the 2012 Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]
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Sydney Yachts GTS 43 – Raising eyebrows on World stage
Richard Hammond,
What to do you get when you combine the world-renowned Ker Yacht Design, with Australia's Sydney Yachts, a team that have been building quality offshore boats for a long time. Well, the result is the Sydney Yachts GTS 43 and recently, it's been raising some eyebrows, as it competes against some of the other hot new things out there in the marketplace.... [more]
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