A Big Week on the water... and on the land

 
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 15 Dec 2012
 

A Big Week on the water... and on the land


Sail-World's Richard Gladwell has two must-see multi-media interviews, the first with ETNZ's team boss Grant Dalton and the second with the team's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd.

The inaugural Redbull Youth America's Cup, for 19-25 year olds, sailed on the AC45's is set to take place in August/September 2013 in San Francisco, California, USA and Objective Australia has been announced as Australia's team to compete in the Selection Series for the event.

Well known RPAYC sailor Tony Walls is the Team Principal and Sponsor. He said this week ‘Objective Australia will showcase the next generation of Australian sailing talent and is the first Australian team to compete for America's Cup success in over a decade. We have the best youth sailors, including a number of World Champions and we are focused, organised and committed to doing our very best for Australia.'

Objective Australia - RPAYC representatives includes Traks Gordon, Sailing Director and coach, 1st from left, Josh McKnight, 2nd from left and Jason Waterhouse, 6th from left.  Objective Australia


The team will initially compete in the Selection Series in February 2013 sailing against other countries to earn the right to compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in September 2013.

Last weekend Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) took out the NSW 12ft Skiff State championships on Sunday, winning race 5 and not needing to sail the final race in the series. We have lots of pix.

The serious toys came out to play in the Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday, with Bob Oatley's two maxi's, the 100-foot Wild Oats XI and the 66-foot Wild Oats X', taking home top honours. While the big boat faced little real competition, Wild Oats X had a serious tussle with her Reichel Pugh 66 sister ship, 'Black Jack'. We have lots of great pix.

Olympic classes are racing at the Grade 1 Sail Sydney 2012. After clean sweeping Sail Melbourne and two days of racing on Sydney Harbour the new Australian men's 470 team of Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have won seventeen out of the seventeen races they have competed in since pairing up. Supercoach Victor Kovalenko is looking as serious as ever, but there is a smile lurking.
Belcher and Ryan 2012 Sail Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©


One of the most closely watched classes at Sail Sydney is the 49er FX where the Kiwi's Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZ), who were sailing the FX well before its Olympic 2016 selection, are continuing their blue streak. They won at Sail Melbourne and have won all six races so far in Sydney.

Olympian Olivia Price making the move to the 49er FX class - Sail Sydney 2012  David Price


Behind them are a wall of Aussies, Ella Giudice and Caitlin Elks are second, Haylee Outteridge and Alison Dale are third. London Olympic Silver medallist Olivia Price and her crew Alanna Clancy are fourth.

Meanwhile at Hamilton Island a 42 boat fleet is racing in the 2012 UON SB20 World Championships
One of the SB20 young guns Ben Saxton (GBR) came out of the blocks early, while amongst the Australians the old master Glenn Bourke is sixth, with Ian Brown 12th, Nick Rogers 14th.

2012 UON SB20 World Championships  Hamilton Island Photography


And on the Round the World solo scene, the Vendee Globe runaway leaders, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are south of Australia's Cape Leeuwin.

Vendee Globe 2012-2013  © Armel Le Cléac'h / Banque Populaire


And more nerd news from the land ... over the next few weeks we will be installing yet another two dual quad core servers at the server farm in Ultimo Sydney to try and keep ahead of the every growing Sail-World traffic and bandwidth demand.

We will have these operational ahead of the Sydney Hobart 2012 start. This will be a giant year for us, with a larger Sail-World team than ever before dedicated to bringing you the very best coverage.

The big traffic and bandwidth driver is mobile phones with video and images looking great, over half of our traffic these days comes from smart phones and tablets.

Have a great weekend and see you Monday.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it?... [more]
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Youth America's Cup - Objective Australia to vie for Selection Series
RPAYC,
The inaugural Redbull Youth America's Cup is set to take place in August/September 2013 in San Francisco and Objective Australia has been announced as Australia's team to compete in the Selection Series for the event. The Youth America's Cup will feature sailors aged between 19 and 25, representing ten nations, competing in the same high performance AC45 catamarans used in the AC World Series.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Dutchmen to continue tradition in Geelong
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails 2013 will not only be a venue for fierce competitions but also a ‘Promise Land' for sailing enthusiasts like Bas Huibers and Eric Swaan. Once a year, Holland nationals Huibers and Swaan travel to Geelong as they continue to celebrate their never-ending love for sailing in the most colorful and festive sailing event in the world.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd - Celebrating 50 years of market innovation and success
Henri Lloyd Australia,
In 2013, Henri Lloyd, a proud family-run company, will be celebrating half a century as one of the market leaders in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel. It has paved the way for all modern foul weather clothing, setting the standards throughout the generations for performance and comfort.... [more]
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Need a Christmas gift idea? Zhik ZKG water shoes are sure to please!
Zhik Christmas Present Help Team,
Are you having trouble finding a Christmas present for that someone who spends all their time on and in the water? The search is over- Zhik ZKGs are the perfect gift this Christmas. Don't let the street styling fool you, these super light shoes are designed to be worn in both wet and dry environments to provide maximum performance and comfort.... [more]
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Tackers seeks to develop future sailing champions
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is encouraging youngsters to discover and eventually fall in love with the sport of sailing by promoting its youth sailing program, Tackers. The youth program aims to provide kids aged 7-12 their first taste of sailing as they take their one major step towards becoming champion sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat.... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2012 Day 2 - Plenty of action in solid breeze
Andrew Hawkins,
As we head into day three of Sail Sydney 2012 the competitors are tired but happy. The wind gods have been kind bringing 15-20 knots, though the afternoon of day two saw some gusts coming down the harbour up around 25 knots.... [more]
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NSW 12ft Skiff State Championship - Garde seizes overall crown
Nick Press,
Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) took out the NSW 12ft Skiff State championships on Sunday, winning heat 5 and not needing to sail heat 6. Heat 5 was delayed on shore for 40 minutes to let the 30-40knot southerly settle in. Garde lead up the first work and mark rounding, closely followed by Lincoln Crowne (Jono Temple and Richard Jones) and Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham).... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2012 Day 2 - Belcher-Ryan tandem perfect out of 17 races
Andrew Hawkins,
At the conclusion of the second day of racing at Sail Sydney 2012 the new Australian men's 470 team of Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have won seventeen out of the seventeen races they have competed in since pairing up.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are the double act which have shared the top two places through the Indian Ocean locked together for six consecutive days now. This evening, probably around midnight, the race's runaway leaders should pass the longitude of SW Australia's Cape Leeuwin in quick succession.... [more]
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UON SB20 World Championships - Apprentice shines on opening day
Lisa Ratcliff,
On the opening day of the UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island, it's been a case of the apprentice showing the masters with Great Britain's 22 year-old Ben Saxton scoring two bullets. With an average age of 23 among the four crew on the SB20, Bango Powered by SLAM, the youngsters won the first race having led the fleet around the course in Turtle Bay.... [more]
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A stunning first day greets competitors at Sail Sydney
Andrew Hawkins,
A stunning day greeted the competitors for the first day of Sail Sydney. With a 12 to 18 knot North Easterly and some short chop on the courses, the sailors all had a rewarding introduction to the regatta. Over 460 boats are now entered showing that sailing is continuing in its popularity after the Australian Sailing Team's success at the Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims
Richard Gladwell,
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h passed the Australia West gate last night at around 1944hrs UTC on its most westerly mark 21 minutes ahead of François Gabart, who was 18 miles to the east, but it is Gabart who has made the overnight gain as the fleet heads under Australia.... [more]
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NSW/ACT Laser State Championship at Canberra YC
Matt Owen,
The NSW/ACT Laser State Championship titles were conducted at the Canberra Yacht Club with Lake Burley Griffin turning on a range of sailing conditions that were both challenging and extremely rewarding for sailors backing their judgement making the best use of shifts and pressure.... [more]
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Australian Sports Commission to give more support for Aussie Sailing
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sports Commission announced Friday their plan to provide more support for the Australian Sailing Team and Middle Harbour Yacht Club, which have successfully produced numerous World and Olympic champions in sailing competitions. The announcement was made of support from the ASC to complete stage two development of the National Training Centre.... [more]
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Trophy-Passage Series 2012 - Important pre-Hobart hit out
Di Pearson,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Trophy-Passage series will feature 26 yachts of various classes and sizes as the two-day race starts this Saturday, 15th of December at 11.00 a.m. Majority of the fleets will be using the event as the final warm-up for Boxing Day's Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - 'First Fleeters' search is on
Rob Mundle,
The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 is set to bring in all 93 yachts and their owners that took part in the first ever race in 1984, pitting them in a special division race to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Regatta in August next year.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Champagne for the boat and for the skipper + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, there has been champagne for the boat and a little for the skipper, as the effervescent Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto celebrated his passage of the Cape of Good Hope yesterday evening in the time honoured fashion, spraying more on the decks of his trusted IMOCA Open 60 Team Plastique than he consumed himself.... [more]
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Justin Wells named CYCA Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year
Peter Campbell/Jennifer Crooks,
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member Justin Wells has been named the Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year at the Ocean Racer of the Year cocktail party at the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sydney. The award came as Wells and his crew began preparing for their second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the Ker 11.3 Dump Truck (the former Tow Truck) which he and co-owner Edward Fader bought in 2010.... [more]
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Ka Sail Vic Moth Grand Prix – Round three wrap up
Richard Jackson,
The other weekend the International Moth Class Association of Victorian held round three of the Ka Sail Grand Prix on the 50th Opening Day of Mount Martha Yacht Club, on the Mornington Peninsula.... [more]
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Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Regatta bar raised by IRC heavyweights
Lisa Ratcliff,
The battle for IRC honours in the Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta has moved into a different sphere with a number of well-known grand prix entries raising the handicap bar for the popular summer ocean race, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Images of Sydney: 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Howard Wright,
Image gallery of the action from the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge by photographer Howard Wright.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012: the Glittering Prizes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again, it's all over bar the shouting. The fat lady has sung and sat down again, the trophies have been distributed, and the photographs taken. 75 boat crews (not forgetting the dinghy sailors and windsurfers) have partied their way from the Kata Beach Resort to the Kata Thani, the Phuket Orchid, Centara Resort, the Boathouse and back to Kata. A couple of multihulls got parked on the beach... [more]
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Big Boat Challenge images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Photo gallery of the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Sail Paradise 2013 - Notice of Race and entries now online
Bronwen Ince,
Taking place over three days from 15th-17th March, the Gold Coast's Southport YC will be host to the annual Sail Paradise Series incorporating the IRC Qld State Championships and Go To Blazers Regatta, expecting to attract more than 60 Yachts, this years' regatta will be home for many well known vessels and sailors, sailing on courses set off the surf-line of the Gold Coast's magnificent beaches.... [more]
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Big Boat Challenge - Thoroughbreds display raw power
Jim Gale,
In the SOLAS Big Boats Challenge, Bob Oatley may have to crack two bottles of champagne tonight as his two ocean racing thoroughbreds Wild Oats X and Wild Oats XI shared the silverware from today in the dash around Sydney Harbour that has become the traditional curtain raiser to the Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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