Surfing in the Bird

 
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 05 Oct 2012
 

Surfing in the Bird

Having lost a Sword of orion rig in a Bird Island Race of yesteryear, (its not a great feeling, we were just two nautical miles from the Island, ) it's interesting to look at the forecast for the 2012 Bird Island Race.

With the BOM issuing a dangerous surf conditions warning, it seems that Stephen Ainsworth's Loki, Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and the rest of the fleet will have a little 'on' tonight.

A great report from Will Ryan about the Australian Match Racing titles, in which Ashlen Rooklyn won back to back Australian Open Titles, while Krystal Weir secured her first Women's Title on the waters of Port Philip Bay from Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday. Competitors were met with the best conditions of the event, with the breeze getting lighter as the day progressed allowing the teams to race with full sail configuration ensuring close racing and fantastic tactical duels.
The grand Final Match-Up - Australian Open and Australian Women's Match Racing Championships  Pam Scrivenor CYCA Staff


Bob Fisher, The Fish updates us on the America's Cup AC45 regatta in San Francisco. Bob is going to spend a lot of time there over the next 12 months. Come the final event Richard Gladwell, Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy from Sail-World NZ, Australia and UK Europe will be on the water at what is promising to be a sensational event.

04/10/2012, San Francisco (USA,CA), 34th America's Cup, America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 october - Race Day 2  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup¬©


Technology moves on and Marine Auctions in Queensland is now amongst the global leaders. John Curnow has been talking to Adrian Seiffert of Marine Auctions.

‘Marine Auctions have been reviewing moving online for around 18 months before commencing. It's a far cry from the early days when they made and physically sent out expensive brochures. Interestingly, there are very few dedicated marine auction services around the globe today.

‘We'll have both types of online auction as we expand the service. There will be those timed to run for just one week and also fully live and in real time, so there are no issues running them concurrently. The latter will continue to have our selection limited to no more than 40 or 50 boats.'

The first live online and simultaneous bidding auction will be held at the Rivergate International Boat Show from fifth to October 7th, 2012.

No matter whether it is a Catamaran, Cruiser, Sportsfisherman or Sportboat, Marine Auctions has them all, as the auctions roll through the year.  Marine Auctions


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Heaven Can Wait fundraising nearing $30,000
Mark Cherrington,
Almost $30,000 has been raised by sailors and supporters participating in the 2012 Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Regatta, held on Lake Macquarie (south of Newcastle) on September 29-30. The race, which is held to raise funds for men's cancer research and support projects, includes the challenging Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Yacht Race, as well as a 12 Hour option and a 'One Lap Dash'.... [more]
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Job done with Marine Auctions (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we got to learn some home truths about selling and buying boats from Adrian Seiffert of Marine Auctions. Part II is all about the new ways Marine Auctions are going to assist you with the sale of boats, pens and other marine items.... [more]
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Rooklyn wins his second Australian Open Match Racing Championship
Will Ryan CYCA Youth Sailing Academy Coach,
Ashlen Rooklyn won back to back Australian Open Titles, while Krystal Weir secured her first Women's Title on the waters of Port Philip Bay from Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday. Competitors were met with the best conditions of the event, with the breeze getting lighter as the day progressed allowing the teams to race with full sail configuration ensuring close racing and fantastic tactical duels.... [more]
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Linda and David Renouf's Corsair 25 Boatox wins Multihull Regatta
Doug Cuming,
There was no shortage of wind providing plenty of thrills and spills in the APC Logistics 2012 Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta held over the October Long Weekend in Pittwater and Broken Bay, north of Sydney. Local sailors Linda and David Renouf mastered the tricky conditions on their Corsair 25, Boatox to win both PHS and OMR divisions on corrected time.... [more]
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Bird Island Yacht Race at CYCA preview
Jennifer Crooks,
Bird Island Yacht Race, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, is being held during the fifth and October 6th. Current Blue Water Pointscore Series leader (BWPS), Loki, smashed Brindabella's 15 year-old race record and took the trifecta in last year's Bird Island Race and owner Stephen Ainsworth is hoping for enough breeze to at least get close to that time.... [more]
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Bureau of Meteorology weather warning - Dangerous surf conditions
Penny Robins,
Following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Queensland developing over the weekend Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued a maritime alert. Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Images from Day 1 by Linda Wright
Linda Wright,
Day one, San Francisco Bay: America's Cup World Series racing images by photographer Linda Wright.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 - Ainslie's day in America's Cup World Series
Bob Fisher,
Day 2 MR Semis and Fleetracing: The day belonged to Ben Ainslie Racing with a first and a third, while second place, five points back, is Outteridge, then Coutts on the same points and Spithill with one less, but one point ahead of Barker on ETNZ. Hutchinson's second place in the later race combined with his tenth in the first puts him sixth overall.... [more]
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Sailing Chix on air in Sydney from tomorrow
Nicole Douglass,
Sailing is set to continue the run of popularity post Olympics with the launch of a radio show in Sydney this Saturday. Sailing Chix with Nix will air on Radio Northern Beaches from 8am until 9am in the Saturday morning slot featuring a variety of sailing news, spotlights and interviews.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Early advantage for Minoprio and Canfield
Leigh Ireland,
In Hamilton, Bermuda, Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) 2009 Champion, Adam Minoprio and US Virgin Islands' Taylor Canfield, each topped their qualifying groups at the Argo Group Gold Cup today. With Quarter Final opponents chosen for tomorrow, the pair hold the early advantage in the race for the historic King Edward VII Gold Cup.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Semifinal teams decided
Irene Corosu,
At the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson) and Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) scored convincing wins in the quarterfinal round of the match racing championship. Racing on a relatively calm San Francisco Bay – with the wind blowing nine to 13 knots and a flat sea – Artemis Racing – White defeated young upstart Team Korea (Peter Burling).... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - First day for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports from San Francisco, California where the team is competing in the America's Cup World Series.: Yesterday was the first day of the America's Cup World Series, San Francisco. It was a true SF day. I can tell you as I grew up sailing in those conditions...foggy and 24 knots of wind on an ebb tide. Not for the pleasure cruiser.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Prizegiving at the Yacht Club Italiano
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
At the famous Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa, Wednesday October 3rd, the glittering prizegiving for the first MOD70 European Tour lowered the curtain on the first exciting season of competition in the new MOD70 class. Winners of the Krys Ocean Race and second overall in the MOD70 European Tour, Yann Guichard and the crew of Spindrift racing have won the 2012 Multi One Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Images of Day 1 on San Francisco Bay
Chuck Lantz,
The first day of the latest edition of the ACWS went off without a hitch, with good winds and sunny skies. Here are a few photos of the fleet practice racing action from Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Hobart's Combined Opening Day – 131 years of tradition
Peter Campbell,
Club officials are confident that the gale force winds that have battered Hobart and southern Tasmania for two days will abate before Saturday's Official Opening of the Yachting Season on the River Derwent. North-westerly winds reaching 50 knots today turned the river into a mass of whitecaps while yesterday two yachts broke their moorings and ran aground on Nutgrove Beach, Sandy Bay.... [more]
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Intensive search for missing 4-year old at Nambucca
Ken McManus,
Two Marine Rescue NSW units from the mid-north coast have taken part in the intensive search for a missing 4-year old boy at Nambucca. The boy, who suffers from Down Syndrome, had been last seen at midday yesterday with his three dogs.... [more]
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America's Cup: Outteridge takes Artemis Red through to Quarters
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing - Red helmed by newcomer to the team Nathan Outteridge (AUS) lined up against Dean Barker (NZL) and Emirates Team New Zealand in the third match of the day. Barker executed a smooth start and took the race off the Swedish team, winning by 51 seconds.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rookies win first races on Day 1 of World Series
Sail-World,
A pair of first-time wins amid challenging conditions by the two youngest skippers in the fleet highlighted the first day of racing at America's Cup World Series San Francisco. Peter Burling of Team Korea, at 21 the youngest skipper in the fleet, and China Team's Phil Robertson, at 25 the second youngest, both scored their first victories in a dense wind around 20 knots.... [more]
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All on Pittwater:Open Day at 'Alfreds',Timber Boat Festival at RMYC
Nancy Knudsen,
It's all happening in the sailing clubs in Sydney's cruising grounds of Pittwater. Next Sunday (7th October) the members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club are opening their gates and hearts to those who would like to try sailing, with an Open Day. Around the corner, the Royal Motor Yacht Club is preparing for their Timber Boat Festival on 3rd and 4th November.... [more]
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Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Australian medallists named
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailing's successful year on the water has continued off it with three crews named as finalists for the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. Australia's London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal winning crews are finalists for the award, the first time that the country has had three finalists in the same year in the award's 19 year history.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards finalists announced
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Yachting Awards 2012 are being held at the Byron Kennedy Hall at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney, on Friday 26 October. The Awards have been relocated to this venue in anticipation of a high demand following a very successful year for Australian sailing.... [more]
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