Australia’s Olympic squad on fire

 
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 11 May 2012
 

Australia's Olympic squad on fire

The 27-year-old Gosford NSW sailor secured the 2012 World Championship with a race to spare.

It's been a great voyage, back in 2006 Slingsby led into the medal race in the Laser Worlds in Korea, only to have his now coach Michael Blackburn match race him out of the World Championship and since then Slingsby has dominated the Laser scene with the painful exception of the 2008 Qingdao regatta.

Outteridge and Jensen now lead the fleet at the 2012 49er World Championship   Nikola Sisko

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, the defend 49er World Champions extended their lead the 2012 World Championship overnight, with Outteridge aiming for his fourth world title and Jensen his third.

Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page are the defending champions and will start favourites in the Mens 470 World this weekend in Barcelona. It they win they will have something like ten 470 World titles between them.

Belcher and Page in the medal race in Hyeres - Semaine Olympique Francaise 2012  Thom Touw ©


With more World Championships ahead we look forward to the Golden Girls Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell taking another step forward on their short Weymouth journey and newest Australian Olympic squad member Finn sailor Brendan Casey also having great world championships in Falmouth.

Quite a way forward to the Womens Match Racing world championship in Gothenburg Sweden in late June, where Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty carry the flag for Australia

With Tom's great result and our 49er guys in front, this has been a very good week for Australian sailing, may there be many more.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby's fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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49er World Championships - Defending champs extend their lead
Craig Yeydon,
Defending champions Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have extended their lead at the top of the table on day one of finals racing at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia.... [more]
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Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy
Byte Class Association,
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce.... [more]
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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Brit Jack Arnell youngest sailor to compete
Robert McMillan,
In the sailing world, when you think of 14 year old children, one imagines boys and girls sailing Optimists, maybe a Laser 4/7 or a 420. Well not in the case of Jack Arnell. Arnell, at the tender age of 14, is about to compete in his first Finn Gold Cup.... [more]
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49er Worlds day 4 - Consistency in desperate times
Jerelyn Biehl,
On day four of the 49er Worlds, Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen stayed cool and remained consistent despite some desperate times. Having a few World Championships under your belt might help and it seems the boys from down under called upon their patience during some tricky conditions and were able to recover enough from some deep roundings to sail through the fleet and remain atop t... [more]
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Slingsby wins fifth Laser World Championship
Sail-World.com,
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. The 27-year-old Gosford NSW sailor secured the 2012 World Championship with a race to spare,... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light and sunny penultimate day + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
Day six of the Star Worlds in Hyeres, France, was one of ups and downs with Scheidt scoring a fifth while Percy came in 17th. Things are still open, so stay tuned!... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Intense marathon action on day 6
PWA World Tour,
Day six of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup was an intense day of racing, as competitors and race officials grinded out a marathon ten-hour day on the water, which saw the two and a half eliminations completed. By the end of racing this evening there was a new kid on top of the block, in the form of Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails).... [more]
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Ben Ainslie to be first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay
RYA,
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has now confirmed that the first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay - presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - will be 3-time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie CBE.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet set for race to New York
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are all set to start a race from one world famous icon to another. Once they complete their transit of the Panama Canal, they'll start Race 11 to New York. 'Once the fleet has transited the 51 miles of the Panama Canal, the yachts will set off on a one-sided upwind battle north, leaving Jamaica on the port side before heading into lighter winds near... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read reflects on the race + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Skipper Ken Read reports from the USA after Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg sailed across the Leg 6 finish line in Miami, Fl, USA, in first place... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Falmouth welcomes the world Finn elite
Robert Deaves,
Falmouth Finn Festival continues this weekend with the opening of the Finn Gold Cup, the class world championship with 94 entries from 30 countries registered. As an Olympic Qualification Regatta, the principal objective of the week is to select the remaining six nations for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice - Jimmy Spithill rotates crew
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Venice - With the penultimate event set to begin in one week skipper Jimmy Spithill has rotated the crew that moved into the overall lead at the previous event and team CEO Russell Coutts returns to the fray aboard Darren Bundock's AC45. Both the Spithill and Bundock crews will race the America's Cup World Series Venice under the team's new colors: Oracle Team USA.... [more]
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When skinny fittings aren't worth a brass razoo
Mark Rothfield,
I remember reading, following the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, that the finger of blame could be PowerPointed at a slick 'sales pitch' which took precedence over earnest engineering evaluation.... [more]
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Henri Lloyds Womens Collection 2012
Colin Burgess,
Henri Lloyd was one of the first technical clothing manufacturers to design and produce a women's technical waterproof sailing jacket, that was in 1986 and the jacket was called – The Voyager. The jacket was constructed from Bri-Nylon and incorporated the Henri Lloyd characteristics of taped seams, storm flap zip and a foldaway hood... [more]
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Operation Hire and Drive – State wide campaign starts Friday
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) state-wide campaign 'Operation Hire and Drive' starts Friday and the spotlight will be on people providing and hiring boats.... [more]
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BNP Paribas Match Racing International Regatta, 11-13 May
RHKYC Media,
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will host seven international Match Racing teams at this weekend's BNP Paribas Match Racing International Regatta, an ISAF Grade 3 event. The distinguished umpiring panel includes Chief Umpire, Marianne Middelthon from Norway, fresh from running an ISAF Match Racing Umpires clinic in Hong Kong, together with International Umpire Masaaki Tanaka from Japan, and RHKYC stalw... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper crosses Miami finish line in second
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line in Miami earlier today, happy with their performance and the 25 points won for the second place. They completed the 4800-mile leg from Itajai in Brasil to Miami in Florida in 17days 2 hours 21 minutes and 24 seconds.... [more]
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Rio 2016: The campaign to put windsurfing back in the Olympics
Rory Ramsden,
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write, the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Three more begin Panama Canal transit
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, New York and Qingdao, three of the internationally backed entries, have started their transit of the world famous Panama Canal. They left the marina at 0600 local time (1100 UTC) and will arrive at the Miraflores Locks at around 0730 local (1230 UTC).... [more]
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IRC Rule Notice 2012-02 Headsail foot offset
Mike Urwin and Jean Sans, IRC Technical Committee,
Several Sailmakers have intentionally attempted to circumvent IRC rules 2.4 and 2.5 by developing headsail foot shelf profiles that artificially reduce the headsail measurements, reducing the IRC rating without a corresponding reduction in performance.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove preview on Seven's 'Creek to Coast'
Jeni Bone,
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New Nexus RaceBOX tactical race software for recreational sailor
Tristan Campbell,
The new RaceBOX gives the competitive advantage of Nexus race software in an affordable, compact and robust package. Interfacing with Nexus instruments via the Nexus Network, the RaceBOX provides sailors with a plethora of analytical information to existing Nexus instruments. A micro-processor facilitates processing abilities that were only previously only available with a stand-alone computer.... [more]
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Southern Spars rigged yachts dominate the 2012 Superyacht Awards
Josh Impey,
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MHYC Sydney City Marine Winter Series returns for 2012
Alana Whitting,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma rounds waypoint heading for finish of Leg 6
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma Ocean racing is holding a lead estimated to be over an hour ahead of the Emirates Team NZ entry Camper, as they rounded the first of three waypoints on the final approach to Miami. Puma is estimated to have rounded Elethera Island Light at about 0430GMT on 9 May, with Camper rounding at 0530GMT.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie rescue three teenagers off Caves Beach
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie rescued three teenagers after they were dumped and stranded in the surf off Caves Beach, a popular ocean beach just south of the entrance to Lake Macquarie late yesterday afternoon (Monday, May 7). Two of the boys lost their boogie boards when they were dumped by a big set of waves, leaving all three clinging to the remaining board.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012?... [more]
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Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Australian Open and National Championship
Willy Kerr,
The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) for the first time since its inception, takes its kiteboarding competition outside of Asia to join the Australian Kitesurf Association (AKA) to present the 2012 Australian National Championships in combination with an International Open event.... [more]
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