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 21 Oct 2013
 

Onya Mate

Ian 'Stripey' Grant  Sail-World.com /AUS ©
Sail-World nominated sailing journalist Ian (Stripey) Grant, for the Yachting Australia Media award in 2001-2002 and so we were very pleased to see him win a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award, along with an alive Syd Fischer at the 2013 Yachting Australia Yachting awards.

One of our fondest memory of Stripey was during the 2000 Olympics when he was caught short, ahead of a radio broadcast to 90+ radio stations, for Sail-World , so he reported, with that familiar radio style from the Sail-World static head in Sydney and yes there was the sound of rushing water and some echo.

Miss you Mate and the Bride too.

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan after crossing the 470 Worlds finish line  Thom Touw ©

Onto the mainstream, as expected, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan's perfect 470 regatta record made them 2013 Australian Male Sailors of the Years.

Heading into the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Mat Belcher has won 17 regattas in a row. Unsurprisingly the plaudits are flowing.

This new combination were rewarded for their domination of the 470 Class winning a total of nine regattas including the ISAF World and European Championships, three ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and a number of other national and regional championships.

Heading into Summer with the 18 footers - After last Sunday's strong winds which lashed Sydney Harbour on the opening day of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2013-2014 Season, yesterday's Race 2 of the 18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge was sailed in near perfect conditions.

Sailing offshore gives you a different perspective, but over the last week, the views from Newcastle to Sydney waters have been not what we have wanted to see. Unseasonably hot and dry conditions and bushfires the worst in decades reminded us of the start of the Pittwater to Coffs race in 2002.

That was the year that Sean Langman's 60 foot skiff Xena-Grundig repeated her effort of 2000 -- retiring from the Sydney to Hobart and taking the northerly race.

Team Australia   Richard Gladwell ©

Over the weekend Sail-World was on hand to see another great result from Langman and crew, the following is an uncut report from Sail-World News Zealand's Richard Gladwell.

‘We were on the water relatively early morning yesterday to catch the ORMA 60 Team Australia arriving in Auckland, and setting a new, provisional record for the Sydney to Auckland Trans-Tasman crossing of 2 days, 19 hrs. 2 mins and 45 secs to cover the 1260nm course.

‘When skipper Sean Langman talked of doing the trip in under three days, prior to leaving Sydney, many thought he was being a little ambitious - a characteristic not unknown in those from the Western Island. However Langman and his crew more than delivered on their predictions.

Team Australia (Sean Langman) arrives in Auckland  Richard Gladwell ©

‘Seeing Team Australia in the early morning light was an impressive experience, sailing at speeds we recorded of around 20kts, and occasionally flying her main hull, she seems to be very fast - aided by a big rig and massive Doyles mainsail.

TeamVodafoneSailing   Richard Gladwell ©

‘Next Friday, Team Australia resumes their battle with her New Zealand counterpart, Simon Hull's ORMA 60, TeamVodafoneSailing. They have met previously, with the Australian having the better of the four encounters in Australian waters. (At Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012)

‘The race north in the PIC Coastal Classic promises to be an interesting one – with the two ORMA 60's going head to head to try and beat each other and the race record of 5hr 41m 44s.'

Western Island indeed, methinks sometimes we cut those bloody Kiwis too much slack, but we will forgive Gladwell this week. Sail-World New Zealand was the 57th most visited website in the Eastern Islands last week... we are easily the most popular single sports website over there.

Enjoy your week


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Moth World Championship - Gulari Crowned 2013 Moth World Champion
Alan Block,
An early squall drenched the 80 competitors for the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship this morning as they prepared their flying carbon-fiber craft for the final day of racing. The rain and clouds brought with them an unfortunate side effect, cooling down Oahu's Ko?olau Mountains and shutting down the building thermal breeze that might have allowed a final day of rac... [more]
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Henri Lloyd summer sample sale started Friday - up to 80% off RRP!
Fran Burke,
The famous Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale is on again it kicked off last Friday 18th October 2013 at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams shake up the leaderboard
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it has been a game of cat and mouse in the last 24 hours as the fleet shake up the leaderboard following tactics that have seen the twelve teams spread out on a wider course in the race to Cape Town.... [more]
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Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race Series - Cougar II leads home on day 2
Peter Campbell,
Sydney Hobart Race contender Cougar II recovered from a series of spectacular broaches and a ripped asymmetric spinnaker to finally outpace the fleet in Saturday's Combined Clubs Long Race down the Derwent and out into Storm Bay and return.... [more]
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Australian 18 Footers League - 3-Buoys Challenge race 2 + video
Frank Quealey,
After last Sunday's strong winds which lashed Sydney Harbour on the opening day of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2013-2014 Season, today's Race 2 of the 18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge was sailed in near perfect conditions.... [more]
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Support a sailor - and one of the sailing media - Riding for Cancer
Sail-World,
Help support one of the sailing media, Boating NZ's Ben Gladwell, on a Cancer Society fundraiser - any contribution is greatly appreciated. If you are a sailor and have competed in 18fters, the Fastnet, Auckland Noumea, Auckland to Fiji and many other races - please help a fellow competitor to help others. Or maybe you want to remember a friend or relative has suffered from cancer...... [more]
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Three launchings for multihull lovers at Gold Coast Marine Expo
Kate Elkington,
Multihull enthusiasts are in for a great treat at the 2013 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 1-3 November with three exclusive boat launchings by Multihull Solutions.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Qualified to wait
Audrey Knight,
On Sunday 13 October, 84 skippers were set to cross the start line and race their tiny 21ft racers from Douarnenez in France to the stopover port of Puerto Celero in the Canaries in the 2013 Mini Transat race.... [more]
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Cruising sailor dead, but all they got was nine years jail.
Newswire/Sail-World Cruising,
A cruising sailor died, leaving a widow and tiny son, but all they got was nine years. A French court has just sentenced three Somalis to nine years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht. The defendants' request for leniency on the grounds that they were forced into piracy by abject poverty was rejected by prosecutors.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Victory for France + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
This morning, tired faces could be seen among every crew. Today was the last day of the 33rd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup. France was already known as the new champion yesterday. Switzerland, second, was six points ahead Team USA. The EPFL team must secure their place.... [more]
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AIS concern - serious vulnerability to hacking
Tom Simonite, Technology Review/Sail-World,
That AIS system you have such faith in may not be so secure after all. Hundreds of thousands of vessels, including many sailing boats worldwide, rely on the Automatic Identification System (AIS) for sharing vessel movements. Now the system has shown to be easily vulnerable to hacking.... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Under assault on Kaneohe Bay + Video
Alan Block,
At the Moth World Championships, a surprisingly stable 6-10 knot Northerly breeze allowed for more ‘flight time' on Friday than anyone expected, as 80 competitors from 15 nations took to the waters of Kaneohe Bay, HI for the penultimate day of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Cora Zillich,
Yet another outstanding year for Australian Olympic and Paralympic sailing team members was celebrated at the 2013 Australian Yachting awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on Friday night. The Australian Sailing Team, including members of the up and coming Australian Sailing Squad, took home the Male, Female, Disabled and Youth Sailor of the Year Awards.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Captivating finale plays out + Video
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered a captivating finale as the inaugural event in China and the first World Cup regatta of the 2013-14 series came to a close. A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the week and on the final day a south easterly 5-7 knot breeze with gusts up to 10 knots and a maximum current of 2.1 knots made reading the conditions key.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Lucky claims IRC Racer 0 Title
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC media,
The TP52 Lucky which travelled all the way from America to take part in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race has ensured she leaves with at least one piece of silverware, having won IRC Racing 0 Division on IRC handicap, pushing fellow TP52, OneSails Racing (which finished 1h 12m behind Bryon Ehrhart's boat) into second place on corrected time.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race - Fischer says record was touch and go
Di Pearson,
Shortly after breaking the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race record aboard Ragamuffin 90 this morning Hong Kong time, 86 year-old Syd Fischer told of the wild conditions on the first afternoon and night at sea.... [more]
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Team Australia: Big Bird's record flight to Auckland
Lisa Ratcliff,
When they passed between Auckland's North Head and the leading lights at Rangitoto Channel at 9:12:43NZT this morning, the six-man crew on the giant multihull from Sydney nicknamed ‘Big Bird' set a new world speed passage record from Sydney to Auckland.... [more]
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Images from Team Australia's finish at end of new record mark
Peter Idoine,
Peter Idoine was driving for the Sail-World photographer, this morning when Team Australia set the new record mark for the Sydney to Auckland crossing, of two days 17 hours. When not driving he fired off these images of the historic event.... [more]
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Team Australia sets record for Trans Tasman crossing
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60, Team Australia, skippered by Sean Langman, has set a new record for the Sydney-Auckland crossing of the Tasman Sea, when she crossed the finish line around 9.00am NZT. Sail-World was on the water to accompany Team Australia for her final few miles and will post more photos and reaction as soon as they are processed... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Intriguing penultimate day + Video
ISAF,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, the action will heat up on the final day with equations and what ifs running through sailors heads after an intriguing penultimate day of racing in Qingdao, China. Light winds and a strong current made racing a tricky affair for the six classes sailing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition venue.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Images from day 5
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this gallery of images from day five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. This first stop of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup is scheduled from 13-19 October.... [more]
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Moth Worlds: Charlie Connor at the 43rd position
Lulu Roseman,
After seven races, Australian teenager Charlie Connor is currently in 43rd position at the Moth Worlds in Kaneohe in Oahu, Hawaii. Not bad for the young Tasmanian who at 15 years old is one of the youngest sailors in the fleet. His uncle just happens to be seasoned Mothie Rob Gough, who finished third in last year's Moth Worlds at Lake Garda in Italy and is currently sitting in fifth place overall... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Race Action in Strong Wind
Frank Quealey,
Last Sunday, the Australian 18 Footers League staged the opening race of the season in winds which ranged from 25-32 knots on Sydney Harbour. Only two boats started but the empty harbour still wasn't big enough as the two skiffs almost collided mid race.... [more]
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Moth World Championship: Competitors worried about racing
Alan Block,
Talk around Kaneohe Yacht Club's boat park this morning wasn't about which foils to use or which sails were best for today's racing. Instead, competitors at the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship were worried if they'd get any racing in at all in the final two remaining days of the regatta.... [more]
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Team Australia: Damaged foil and flying fish on record run
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia's skipper Sean Langman this morning revealed they have a damaged starboard foil after hitting something on the first afternoon of their Sydney to Auckland world sailing speed record crack. The damage may extend to the rudder; when they finally gybe and the other hull is out of the water the extent should be revealed.... [more]
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Spring savings and prizes from Quantum Australasia
Quantum,
For a limited time, Quantum Australasia is offering the best pricing of the year on all cruising, racing and one design sails. And when you request a quote, you are automatically entered in our 26-week Summer Sale Giveaway with fornightly prizes and a grand prize of a Quantum Sail.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Day 4 action shots
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this selection of images from day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.... [more]
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