Volvo fleet in heavy weather

 
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 25 May 2012
 

Volvo fleet in heavy weather


The view from the navigator's chair is anything but certain right now. 'The boats behind have a bit more breeze right now, so they'll be notching up some good data in the next few hours,' said Andrew Cape, Telefónica's navigator. 'The situation we have coming up is quite thorny indeed. We're going to hit a high-pressure system tomorrow and then we will get the next squall, where we hope we'll get away again. It will be interesting.' Get the full VOR multi-media lowdown, in this issue.

Meanwhile, kiteboarding's inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is another hot topic this week, with different opinions being voiced from around the world.

Boarder X start. Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010   PKRA .


In this issue you'll find three opinion pieces, the first written by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee, the other two by Nevin Sayre, a member of US Sailing and a kiteboarder who has earned a few stitches (read: paid hospital bills) along the way, and ace Kiwi windsurfer-cum-kiter, Bruce Kendall.

Some pretty robust comments. We will have some Sail-World exclusive interviews on this subject over the weekend.

And on a very sombre note, US Sailing has released their preliminary findings from their investigation of the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race distaster, where five crewmembers were killed when the Sydney 38, Low Speed Chase went aground. Some of the proposed changes in race management include measures which to Australian offshore sailors seem quite basic. Interesting times.

On the local scene - crowds were up by more than a thousand visitors on the first day of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show but rain on day 2. Highly targeted media promotion of the event has certainly been a feature with the Channel 7 Morning Show OB'd from the event.

Fans crowd around the stage under a sea of umbrellas to watch Ricki-Lee perform  Rosalie Taylor


The sailing exhibitors and certainly upbeat with Brent Vaughan from Australian multihull builder Seawind commenting this afternoon ‘Yesterday was a good day; we sold our first 950 before lunch.

The upward multihull trends continue, we've obviously made a big step forward with our containerised shipability. It's slowed down with the steady rain this afternoon but we are looking forward to two days of great weather ahead.'

A significant boost in mobile phone bandwidth from Telstra has paid dividends for exhibitors and visitors alike.

Our MarineBusiness-World team is busy reporting, filming interviews and capturing the scene. You will see much more content over the weekend.

The best of the MarineBusiness-World Team at Sanctuary Covve Boat Show Rosalie Taylor, Jeni Bone and Sarah Ruggiero  MarineBusiness-World.com .


A big weekend of news ahead, check in regularly to see what we have discovered.


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World.com



Double Olympic medallist responds to US Sailing
Bruce Kendall,
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist, Bruce Kendall (NZL) responds to the US Sailing's reasoning as to why the US national sailing body chose to vote for the Kiteboard as an event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. Earlier this month, at its Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy, the ISAF Council voted by a margin of 19 votes to 17 to replace the Windsurfer with the Kiteboard... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Unexpected twist for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the quick Atlantic crossing to Lisbon, Portugal, has taken an unexpected twist, as the cold front the fleet had been hoping to hook into for a fast ride across the North Atlantic was moving too quickly, slamming the door shut and forcing some quick thinking.... [more]
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A Swiss challenge to the Little America's Cup in 2013
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Today, the group behind the Hydroptère.ch announced three new projects, one of them being a challenge to the Little America's Cup to take place in Falmouth, UK during the summer of 2013. This competition is raced on Class-C catamarans with wings. Interestingly, it will take place a couple of weeks before the final of the America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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Boat in a box - Seawind opens market with new catamaran cruiser
Sarah Ruggiero,
Seawind Catamarans revealed a revolutionary strategy for tackling the international market with the launch of their latest catamaran during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Thursday. Marketed as a ‘boat in a box', the Seawind 950 Catamaran is intentionally designed to ship anywhere in the world in two 40ft containers.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Crews challenged on day 3
Craig Heydon,
At the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, light winds challenged crews on day three but the lack of breeze couldn't slow down Australia's Paralympic Games bound Sonar crew with Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm and Jonathan Harris continuing their march up the leader board, moving to second overall.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA
Richard Gladwell,
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time.... [more]
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Crewed Farallones preliminary findings released by US Sailing
Jake Fish,
A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has now released a set of preliminary findings and recommendations from the research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the deaths of five sailors from sailboat, Low Speed Chase, on April 14, 2012.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Pwlhelli action preview + Video
Robert Deaves,
The Finn World Masters 2012 will get underway next week in Pwlhelli, Wales, and not only will this be the first time the event has been sailed in UK waters for 12 years, but it is also only the second time it has ever been held in the UK. The large British Finn fleet and the Pwllheli Sailing Club were really keen to invite all the Master Finn sailors to the UK once again, especially in this... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: North or East? That is the Question.
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica extended their Leg 7 advantage to nine nautical miles on Thursday, as a pair of high pressure systems threatened to create a north-south split in the fleet. However at 1300 UTC both Telefónica and second placed Groupama were being closed down by rapidly charging third and fourth placed Abu Dhabi and Puma, 18 and 21 nautical miles (nm) behind respectively. Fi... [more]
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PSA Factory Clearance Sale – 2 days only - June 15-16
Jason Goulding,
Performance Sailcraft Australia are having their first ever Factory Clearance Sale. We are throwing open the doors to our factory showroom and letting you in for some great never to be repeated bargains. Huge savings on........ [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Drastic change of heart for Groupama 4
Vincent Borde,
In Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the front ultimately rolled through faster than Groupama 4. As such, Franck Cammas and his men have had a drastic change of heart and are now gunning hard northwards, in the wake of the Spanish leaders. A way through to the East no longer seems to be a possibility and so it is that the French boat, like the rest of the fleet, is trying to escape the encroaching... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany – Difficult first day
Leigh Ireland,
Match Race Germany first qualifying session kicked off in Langenargen, Germany today. Phil Robertson and new Tour Card Holder Pierre-Antoine Morvan made the most of a difficult day's racing posting three wins from three. Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team joins the Tour in 2012 with an ISAF World Match Race Ranking of third and a previous second place finish at the St. Moritz Match Race in 2... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s head deep into North Atlantic
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet are on the fifth day of racing from Charleston. The Class40s are out of the Gulf Stream and heading deeper into the North Atlantic led by Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation holding an eight mile lead over Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo on Financial Crisis in second place... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Ocean Sprint point to Singapore
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to focus their efforts on winning podium positions into New York. Singapore, which is currently in seventh place has completed the 120 mile Ocean Sprint in 12H 45M 28S winning the team one crucial point, subject to the Race Committee verifying the result.... [more]
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Yachting Queensland sails in style thanks to Gill Australia
Alex Ker,
Yachting Queensland's 2012 partnership with Gill Australia has been a great success. With the YQ office staff, committee members, sailing development and high performance teams sporting brand new Gill gear, 2012 is looking good in Queensland.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show images Day 1
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show images Day 1... [more]
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World Record rowing attempt at Sanctuary Cove
Rosalie Taylor,
Andrew Abrahams is pushing his limits in a record-breaking attempt to row one million metres during the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. The distance is equivalent to travelling between the Gold Coast and just South of Sydney.... [more]
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Alistair Young named WA 2012 Junior Sailor of the Year
Yachting WA,
The annual Yachting WA awards night was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. During the ceremonies, the Junior Sailor of the Year was revealed. Nominees included Andrew Briggs – nominated by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Chris Charlwood- nominated by WA Optimist Dinghy Association, and Alistair Young - nominated by Fremantle Sailing Club.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany - Peter Gilmour renews old rivalry
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Match Race Germany, the first event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012, Practice Session was held today, Wednesday 23rd May. The top sailing teams from the world of match racing have arrived in Langenargen and four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour used the day's practice to renew an old rivalry with 2002 ISAF World Champion, Karol Jablonski.... [more]
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ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials - US Sailing Statement
Jake Fish,
ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials – US Sailing has provided the following Statement on Kiteboarding vs. Windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games; as prepared by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: Every four years, sifficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community frustrated... [more]
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You've seen how Moths handle flat water, see how it's done in waves
Leigh Dunstan,
We have the latest video from the 2012 KA Sail Australian Moth National Championships held at Mornington earlier this year. These titles will long be remembered for the waves that Port Philip Bay are renowned for and how they reaked havoc with the top class Moth fleet.... [more]
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