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 04 Feb 2013
 

Vendee Globe drama continues + all the local news


Up ahead the one time British fireman Mike Golding looks like he will take fifth place ahead of France's Le Cam but the two boats are widely separated so anything could happen in the final sea-miles.

The Mediterranean was the TP52's playground, now the action is shifting to the Australian east coast with the launch of a new three-part class series, the Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup Regatta, which will commence this weekend on Port Phillip, Victoria.

From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February, eight TP52 owners from Tasmania to as far away as Hong Kong will come together for the first series skirmish off Sandringham Yacht Club. A full preview of the inaugural regatta will be available later today on Sail-World.com

In America's Cup action, both Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ have confirmed that they will launch AC72's on Monday February 4, 2013.

Emirates Team New Zealand, sailors Winston MacFarlane and Adam Beashel work on the tramp for the teams second AC72. 23/1/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


Emirates Team NZ's will be first in the water with their second AC72 catamaran, in Auckland, New Zealand, followed about 20 hours later by Oracle Team USA, who will be re-launching their first AC-72 in San Francisco. As you'd expect Sail-World will cover these two launches in detail.

Load test / SFO Jan Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA)   Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©


18 footers Australian Championship race five on Sunday and there were surprises on Sydney Harbour.

Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel took out Race five of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today, but the runner up Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 National champion in the series.

Gotta love it 7 t  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League


For the defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, and series leader going into today's race, it was a disaster as the skiff finished 11th for an overall third place.

David Gilmour son of World Match Racing icon Peter Gilmour ,now ranked 25th in the world claimed his first Warren Jones title.

John Curnow continues his reports from Melbourne Club Marine series, while up north the CYCA's Ocean Point score is close to conclusion.

TP52 Calm enjoying the ride - Club Marine Series  © Alex McKinnon


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Qantas Downunder Pro - Full results and recap!
Sean O'Brien,
No valid races on the last day of the 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro – Formula Windsurfing Championships with 50 knot squalls battering the event for the entire day leaving the total at five races over the regatta. The 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro - Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships concluded on Saturday with an action packed five races taking place over the four-day regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Finn victory for Caleb Paine
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Caleb Paine (USA) rounded off an exceptional week's sailing by winning the enthralling Finn medal race to take the gold medal from London 2012 Olympians Greg Douglas (CAN) and Jorge Zarif (BRA).... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - Race 5 on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
In Race 5 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel claimed victory on Sydney Harbour, but the runner up Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 National champion in the series. The Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel crew of Jack Macartney, David Witt and Mark Kennedy were superb with their number two rig in the 20-knot SW-SSW winds to take out the race by 1m14s.... [more]
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Whitsunday SC prepares to host Airlie Beach Race Week
Ian Grant,
A strong bond of important fellowship exists with the happy members of the Whitsunday Sailing Club. They have been encouraged to develop the guidelines of what they can do for the club rather than accept what the Club can do for them. This has been the primary reason behind the tropical sailing destination gaining national recognition as the friendly place to sail.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Spain's Sanso capsizes, distress beacons triggered
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Vendee Globe - this Sunday morning 3rd February, around 1049hrs UTC, two distress beacons of Acciona 100% EcoPowered, skippered by Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso were triggered. The alarms were received at 1052hrs UTC.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Anything can happen at any time + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick was 550 miles south from the Azores when his keel broke off eleven days ago, his damage consequently handing over his third place to Briton Alex Thomson. And last night, at around 0200hrs UTC Tanguy de Lamotte, some 440 miles to the SW of the Cape Verde islands hit something in the water which damaged his rudder and his keel.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Katusha declared winner as Shamal moves in
Jo Grindley,
At this year's RC44 Oman Cup, the opening event of the RC44 Championship Tour, the Shamal, the wind that blows over the Persian Gulf states, put paid to the final day of racing. The teams were sent out onto the race course, but with gusts of 38 knots and the wind averaging 27, the 13 teams were quickly dispatched ashore.... [more]
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America's Cup: Double AC72 launch on Monday on opposite Pacific coasts
Richard Gladwell,
Both Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ have confirmed that they will launch AC72's on Monday February 4, 2013. Emirates Team NZ's will be first in the water with their second AC72 catamaran, in Auckland, New Zealand, followed about 20 hours later by Orate Team USA, who will be re-launching their first AC-72, repaired after its capsize four months ago, on October 2012... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding extends lead over Le Cam + Interview
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe 2012-2013 Mike Golding has doubled his lead on Jean Le Cam since the same time yesterday morning, now 80 miles ahead with 260 miles of separation NW-SE. Golding is at the latitude of Lisbon and is now on the opposite side of the high pressure system.... [more]
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Oceanbridge Sail Auckland reaches halfway, but ends for OK's
Kristine Lederis,
At the half way point of Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club is buzzing with competitors in high spirits after a weekend of glorious sailing conditions on the Waitemata Harbour. Only for the 22 boat strong OK dinghy fleet, today was the final day of racing. Ben Morrison of Wakatere Boating Club made a stunning performance; he won five of the six races sailed... [more]
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Club Marine Series - Round Four images from Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon,
Alex McKinnon took to Melbourne's Port Phillip to capture these images from Round Four of the Club Marine Series. The event attracts entrants from all of the clubs at the top of the Bay to race in four divisions across two measurement and one handicap category.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Young match racing champions ready for a showdown
Peter Campbell,
West Australian sailor David Gilmour this week will attempt to become only the third helmsman to win the Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta on Sydney Harbour on more than one occasion.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Victory and defeat on Biscayne Bay
Jake Fish,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, eight Olympic class events battled for medals in Saturday's finale. Once again, conditions on the emerald waters of Biscayne Bay mixed with the high level of competition and medal race urgency, allowed these sailors to evaluate their abilities and determine where they rank among the world's best.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Hanse 575 - the right boat at just the right time
Lee Mylchreest,
Hanse doesn't go into the design phase of any new yacht without trawling the ideas of dealers and customers and analysing future market directions, and the Hanse 575 is no different, so it is the right boat, at the right time, designed in just the right way for the ever larger number of sailors who aspire to this size of yacht.... [more]
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Largest ever space sail for 2014 - it's the Sunjammer!
Leonard David, Space.com/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not windjammer, it's Sunjammer! Humans learned long ago to push a craft across the water using the wind. Now the pace is picking up as space scientists learn how to push a craft through space using photons from the sun. The largest solar sail ever constructed is headed for the launch pad in 2014 on a mission to demonstrate the value of what is being called 'propellantless propulsion'... [more]
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VX One Midwinter Championship - Reich wins Tampa tie-breaker
Christopher E. Howell,
The VX One Midwinter Championship concluded with four competitors tied on points for the lead, and David Reich of Birmingham, Alabama winning the tie-breaker. Reich, John Potter, Brian Bennett and Donnie Brennan were all knotted at twelve points after six races, and hopes for completing a seventh race were dashed when the breeze shut off.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Long and intense duel + Video
Vendee Globe,
Their Vendée Globe battle has been nearly as long and intense as that of winner François Gabart against second placed Armel Le Cléac'h, and it is definitely proving an engaging postcript to the podium finishes, but British skipper Mike Golding insists he is not stressing about Jean Le Cam's strategy which is the very opposite to his.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Mixed fortunes on day 3
Jo Grindley,
The third day of fleet racing the RC44 Oman Cup saw the lightest conditions so far this week. There were mixed fortunes for the overall leader Katusha while Team Aqua closed the gap at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Vintage sailors in historical battle
Selwyn Black,
On 31 January, sailing rivals for over 30 years battled it out in replicas of century old 18' historical skiffs in the first heat of their Australian Championships. Nine gaff rigged replicas with crews of up to 10 faced the starter at the Sydney Flying Squadron, including Jenny 7 from Queensland and some NZ visitors.... [more]
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Oceanbridge Sail Auckland: Day 1 results go according to Formbook
Kristine Lederis edited by Sail-World,
New Zealand's City of Sails turned on its very best for the first day of Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2013, with over 200 sailors on the water racing in 16 different divisions. Auckland turned on a magic day with a fresh warm seabreeze and blue skies. Some familiar names are clear ahead on the leader board... [more]
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Cruise ship creates havoc with Comibined Club fleet on Derwent
Peter Campbell,
An outgoing cruise ship created havoc with the fleet in the Combined Clubs Harbour Race Series on Hobart's River Derwent today, with many yachts struggling to get out of its way in less than five knots of wind.... [more]
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David Gilmour wins Warren Jones Regatta
Bernie Kaaks,
David Gilmour and Tristan Brown made it a quinella for the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club when Gilmour downed his club mate 3 -1 to claim his first Warren Jones title. The result was not without an element of controversy though, when lack of wind forced the suspension of the morning semi final program with Gilmour leading Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Chris Steele 2 – 1... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding climbs to fifth again
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe 2012-2013 - The early morning ranking on this 84th day of the course sees Mike Golding having risen to fifth place, now some 40 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam and the long-time rivals now splitting as they pursue different strategies.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Miami - Medals in Paralympic and Windsurfing events
Jake Fish,
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami medalists of 2013 were determined on day five. Men's and Women's RS:X events conducted semifinal and final round races. The 2.4 mR and Sonar fleets of the Paralympic events took part in their final day of fleet racing.... [more]
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Winter at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
Last time I checked, The Club Marine Series on Melbourne's Port Phillip was a Summer event. Just confirming, you see, as the forecast for Saturday February 2 was looking decidedly grim with just 19 degrees on offer and a cool Southerly blowing through briskly that only penguins could love.... [more]
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CYCA - Ocean Point Score: -AFR Midnight Rambler scores the trifecta
Jennifer Crooks,
Race 7 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Race (OPS) - Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik's well-tuned Ker 40 AFR Midnight Rambler has scored the trifecta.... [more]
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