Is Sailing the new Swimming?

 
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 19 Nov 2012
 

Is Sailing the new Swimming?

Nacra 17 testing at Nacra HQ in Scheveningen  Ferdinand van West

We look forward to great results in the Nacra 17 Cat and 49FX in years to come, with some very talented sailors preparing programs. We trust YA is looking at just how to lift its performance in the RS: X class now that it's back on the table.

Bob Steel at the helm of Quest - Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race 2012  www.SailPix.com.au

The Australian Keelboat season is winding up; we have good coverage of the Lipton Cup, the Cabbage Tree Island Race.

The Vendee Globe drama continues with more major damage overnight.

Our America's Cup coverage continues, lots happening there.

Vestas Sailrocket 2  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket

And down in Namibia, Aussie Paul Larsen just keeps on hitting bigger and bigger numbers with his Vesta Sailrocket 2. 63.98 knots is huge on a restricted course in less than optimal conditions.

Bloody well done mate!


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Vestas Sailrocket 2 achieves new PB and smashes nautical mile record
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses the crew's latest record setting achievements. Just in after the most incredible run. A whole nautical mile dipping well into the 60's on each gust. We peaked near or over 64 knots and beat our previous 500 meter average. I don't think we cracked 60 knots as a 500 meter average though. But anyway... we smashed the nautical mile record.... [more]
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11 year old takes out international sailing crown in Miami
Annette Wadley,
There certainly aren't many 11 year olds that can call themselves a World Champion. After all the hard work and training at Lake Tinaroo North Queensland, Kristen Wadley has grabbed her first world sailing title at the Miami Yacht Club USA. Kristen took out the O'pen Bic World Cup Championship's Under 13 Girl's Division earlier this month.... [more]
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Calm 2 claims the Lipton Cup
Bernie Kaaks,
Jason van der Slot made it two in a row today with a resounding win in the Division A IRC fleet to win his second Lipton Cup in successive years. He won last year's cup with the original Calm, which sailed in this year's regatta with John Williams at the helm.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
Another milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today, November 19,2012 with two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for the first time. For much of the session Luna Rossa confined herself to being well offshore, while Emirates Team NZ was much closer to the Takapuna shore.... [more]
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Entries now open for 2013 RS Feva World Championships
Bill Tucker,
The International RS Feva Association is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2013 World Championships in Marina di Grosseto, Italy! If you click on the Worlds 2013 tab on the class website - that takes you to the 2013 Worlds website. The Entry Form is available on the 'How to Enter' tab on the Worlds site.... [more]
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Rooklyn, Australia to make history at Melges 24 World Council AGM
Di Pearson,
Australian Class President Warwick Rooklyn is leaving the Aussie summer behind for the chill of Helsinki in an historic event; it will be the very first occasion on which a nation from the southern hemisphere will attend a Melges 24 world council AGM.... [more]
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Important win for Wobbly Boot in Edges Boat Yard sprint race series
Ian Grant,
Perseverance played a major role when Craig Piccinelli and his Wobbly Boot crew recorded another important win in the Edges Boat Yard sprint race series over the Whitsunday SC course on Pioneer Bay. They were held to a slow time when the breeze started to fade late in the day however Wobbly Boot, the smallest in the fleet, still managed with the skill of her crew.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 64 - AC72' s in San Fran and Auckland
ACM,
This week on America's Cup Discovered we talk all things AC72. We are onboard with Emirates Team New Zealand as their impressive preparations are making news headlines. We have an exclusive interview with Oracle Team USA's CEO Russell Coutts for an update after last months catastrophic capsize. We then catch up with Artemis Racing in advance of their first sail on their newly launched AC72.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advancements made as skippers' fight continues
Vendee Globe,
The 20-strong fleet that set off in the Vendée Globe has already been reduced to sixteen and the trauma of this toughest of sailing race continued on the eighth day, with the news that Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 5
Frank Quealey,
A gusty 25-knot North East wind hammered the 18ft Skiff crews as they contested Race 5 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour today. Conditions were so demanding on both boats and crews that only five of the 19 entries were able to complete the four-lap course and none, including the winner, avoided at least one capsize.... [more]
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Broken Doll at the Lipton Cup
Bernie Kaaks,
It was a sad start for Michael Hiatt in the first race on the first day of the Lipton Cup Regatta hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. In very light conditions, Living Doll was involved in a collision which resulted in her bowsprit being snapped off and she took no part in the day's racing.... [more]
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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win - sailing with Jim Kilroy + Video
Peter Allison,
The autobiography, Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, written by Jim Kilroy is an absorbing account of a truly remarkable life of a man and his yachts. In this the first of a two part feature a Kialoa crew member, Peter Allison reviews the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, and then gives a personal perspective on what it was like to be a member of one of the great sailing teams and times during the Kialoa dyn... [more]
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Maria Island Race - Record-breaker Cougar II adds IRC win
Peter Campbell,
Maria Island Race line honours winner Cougar II has added first place on IRC corrected time to her record-breaking race time, with IRC handicap results and provisional AMS handicap results announced this morning by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.... [more]
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Dolphins' 'mistake' leads to emergency rescue
Nancy Knudsen,
Getting eye contact with a dolphin must be one of life's great experiences, but the truth is out - dolphins are not like cats - they can, and might, make a mistake when playing around your sailing boat. A school of dolphins made a mistake this week when keeping pace with a sailing boat off the west coast of Ireland, colliding with, and badly damaging, the boat's rudder.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday.... [more]
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Lipton Cup Regatta - Teri Dodds Images
Teri Dodds,
The Lipton Cup Regatta got underway today on Port Phillip Bay, in Victoria. Though all scheduled races were completed, the breeze stayed away, but is promised for tomorrow's passage race. Victorian Sailing Teri Dodds was on the water today, and shares these images.... [more]
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Soldiers Point Sailing School students meet Olympic Medallists
Lue Fagan,
A cocktail party was held at The Point Restaurant Soldiers Point Marina on Wednesday night where over 100 guests including Cr Bruce McKenzie Mayor of Port Stephens, Real Futures Foundation (RFF) sponsors, Soldiers Point Sailing School students, parents and other guests were invited to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Iain Jensen and Paralympics dual silver medalist, local girl Taylor Corry.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders navigate southerly route on Day 7
Vendee Globe,
Things are starting to shape up going into the seventh day of racing in the Vendee Globe as the fleet of leaders take on a southerly route to further stretch their lead over the rest of the pack. Cheminées Poujoulat's skipper Bernard Stamm has already overtaken Macif's Francois Gabart for second place but yo-yo race is expected in the coming days.... [more]
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Cougar II smashes 18-year-old record at 65th Maria Island Race
Peter Campbell,
Tony Lyall and his racing yacht Cougar II captured the 65th Maria Island Racein a record-breaking fashion, making him one of the legitimate contenders in the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Near collision takes place at Australian 18 Footers League
Frank Quealey,
With a split second separating from what could be a fatal disaster, Asko Appliance's skipper Marcus Ashley-Jones and the Kitchen Maker's Malcolm Page showed their composure and sailing expertise to calmly maneuver their boat off a possible collision with a young kayaker during the Australian 18 Footers League off Sydney Harbour last Saturday.... [more]
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Australian sailing shines brightest at 2012 AIS Awards
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors stole the spotlight at the 2012 Australian Institute of Sports Awards in Canberra after Olympic and World champion Tom Slingsby was named the Male Athlete of the Year by the prestigious award-giving sports body. Australian sailing was also honored as the Program of the Year for the third time in five years... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Sail-World,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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America's Cup: Launch incident injures Luna Rossa shore crew member
Sail-World,
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 shore team member, Fred Gastinet has been injured in a launching incident on Friday, November 16, just before midday. He suffered a compound fracture of the shinbone, requiring surgery. The top of the wingsail for the AC72 catamaran has been damaged. The incident terminated the planned sailing session, and is expected to cause some small delay in the team's workup program... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Go-fast gear at METS
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The international marine industry is comprised of a series of innovative companies (some more so than others) that constantly press the envelope on what's possible. For the cruising crowd, this often translates to added comfort or extra amenities, but for us racers, the offer of increased speed drives research, design, development and, ultimately, sales.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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Olympic gold medalist Slingsby named Athlete of the Year at NSW Awards
Craig Heydon,
London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby has been named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2012 New South Wales Institute Sports Awards in Sydney on Thursday night. Slingsby's latest award capped a memorable year for Australian sailing, which made waves on and off the water... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - All or none for the top two in Malaysia
Leigh Ireland,
The 2012 Monsoon Cup is set to take place 3-8 December and current Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader Bjorn Hansen believes that anything less than a Semi Final appearance from either himself or main rival Ian Williams will end their challenge for the Tour title this season.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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