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 07 May 2012
 

A Jaw Dropping Move

ISAF Sailing World Championship. medal races Laser AUS Tom Slingsby


Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, 3rd - 18th December 2011.

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Next up we will have Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in Zadar Croatia at the 49er Worlds.

We have a feature story on the Melbourne to Port Fairy Race Rescue at Sea – Part One today and Part Two on Wednesday .. definitely worth reading..

While we are following the Australian Olympic Squad in detail, there are some other Olympic athletes we are watching with interest. While the Western sailing world rarely discover anything about Chinese athletes, we have been able to talk to the Laser Radial star of 2012 Lily Xu a number of times across the last six months. She has so far won three Laser Radial World Sailing Cup events in 2012 and her bronze medal in Qingdao could easily turn to Gold in Weymouth.

And in offshore news, Puma Ocean Racing continues to hold onto a waxing lead in Leg Six of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which is taking the sailors from Itajai, Brazil to Miami, Florida. Just astern of Puma's Mar Mostro is Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper and then Telefonica.

Tom Addis studies the radar from the nav station, looking for a way out of the large rain cloud right in the middle. Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©


At the time of this writing, Mar Mostro was thirty-plus miles in front of the pack, having worked hard to extend their lead over the weekend. 'I'm not going to say much about the weather... it's more than cooperating and I don't want to jinx it,' reports Puma's Media Crew Member, Amory Ross. 'We have one more area of projected drifting on our way to Miami, and I worry that if I go off talking about how nice of a surprise yesterday was, how incredibly perfect the sailing was – especially when the early outlook looked so bleak – I worry I might eliminate the chance of it happening again when we hit the final hurdle of high-pressure tomorrow.'

Get the full VOR reports below and in the morning from Sail-World.com.

Have a great week


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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