Interesting times - with the Australians on the America's Cup circuit

 
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 15 Nov 2013
 

Interesting times - with the Australians on the America's Cup circuit



Jimmy Spithill - America's Cup  Tracy St John ©

Just called Jimmy Spithill in San Francisco expecting to hear that he too had re-signed with the local team but was surprised to hear he is still talking to a number of possible challengers. Jimmy expects to have finalised his plans within a couple of weeks.

We will be posting our extended interviews with both of the guys over the weekend. Up ahead we have the 2013 Laser Worlds which will kick-off on Sunday in Oman.

Its a rockstar fleet with 46 of the world's top 50 ISAF ranked Laser Standard Men's sailors including Olympic, World and National champions from 48 countries.

44 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Medal Race - Tom Burton  © MartinezStudio.es

With five Australians in the current World Ranking's top fifteen, Tom Burton is ranked number one in the world. expectations are high for the Australian Sailing Team and Squad members. But look out for Robert Scheidt!

Plenty of news from the Australian Etchells titles, with John Curnow and Tracy Johnston giving us their own angles.

Heading to Amsterdam next week for METS, THE marine tradeshow.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race  Rolex / Daniel Forster

Then its back to Oz for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, then back to Sydney ahead of S2H.

More news as always, have a great Friday and a windy weekend.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team



Mini Transat - 'Portuguese trade winds' are no walk in the park
Solene Rennuit,
Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre. They say that the 'Portuguese trade winds' rarely herald a walk in the park, and the passage round Cape Finisterre and the descent along the coast of Galicia have done nothing to disprove this rule. Instead of the expected winds of 25 knots, the fleet has been confronted by a gale. With varying degrees of success... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - PRB to make technical stop
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, as the Cape Verde Islands loom up in front of the IMOCA Open 60 fleet, which side to pass them is the key question today. It was confirmed late this afternoon that leaders PRB would make a technical stop in the island group to repair a rudder.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre memories and preview from GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
I have been watching the Transat Jacques Vabre race develop with interest and wanted to provide a quick update and further comparisons to the 2005 race. My focus will be on the Class 40's, who are mostly now solidly into the trade winds, with the leaders flying along at 14 knots in 25 knots of Northeasterly breeze.... [more]
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ARC and the challenge of an Atlantic crossing
World Cruising Club,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing for a personal best crossing time on a racing yacht.... [more]
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Peter Johnson Mini Series - Going down this weekend!
Steve Price,
The Derwent River will come alive this weekend with the annual running of the Peter Johnson Mini Series by the Sandy Bay Sailing Club. The Regatta is a long standing event on the clubs calendar but has received new life with the current committee keen to build the event into a 'must do' on the Tasmanian sailing calendar.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Well needed recuperation
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the complicated, ever changing wind conditions in the Southern Ocean have reached a certain lull over the past 24 hours, dropping from up to 50 knots, down to ‘highs' of just 10 knots. This has resulted in the entire fleet being ground down to a far more ‘pedestrian' speed level, with some teams even finding themselves totally becalmed.... [more]
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The big prize at the Etchells Australian Championship
John Curnow,
It seems there is a lot of attention paid by all sailors at the 2013-14 Etchells Australian Championship to getting a bullet. Now whilst only one crew will achieve that particular prize, it would seem that all sailors are getting something very much just as valuable, if not as immediately identifiable – knowledge wrapped up in a blanket of good times.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Slingsby re-sign a tip-off for next America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
News emanating from Australia that Australian Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Slingsby, will stay with America's Cup Defenders Oracle Team USA has implications in a number of areas for the 35th America's Cup. The Protocol has not yet been published for the trophy which was defended earlier this year, in the tightest contest ever for the Cup.... [more]
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MC38 Australian Championship - Voodoo Chile claims their first Title
McConaghy Boats,
In the MC38 Australian Championship, Tasmanian skipper Andrew Hunn helmed his Voodoo Chile crew to victory this weekend, winning the title on a count back after finishing the Championship on equal points with Leslie Green's Ginger.... [more]
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America's Cup 35 - Slingsby re-signs with Oracle Team USA
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Australian 2012 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist, 2010 World Sailor of the year and highly regard America's Cup strategist Tom Slingsby has confirmed today to Sail-World that he had re-signed with the Oracle Team USA for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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Etchells Nationals day 3 - John Bertrand's team dominates
Tracey Johnstone,
At the Australian Etchells Championship today, the Triad team of John Bertrand, Andrew Palfrey and Grant Simmer continued their dominance, winning their second consecutive race.... [more]
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Laser Men's World Championships - Australia's top sailors prepare
Cora Zillich,
For the 2013 Laser Men's World Sailing Championships, which will kick-off on Sunday, 17 November in Oman, Australia's top laser sailors are currently preparing. The star-studded fleet will feature 46 of the world's top 50 ISAF ranked Laser Standard Men's sailors including Olympic, World and National champions from 48 countries.... [more]
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Tasmanians on top in McConaghy 38, Melges 32 regattas
Peter Campbell,
Wellknown RYCT members Andrew Hunn and Greg Prescott have again shown their outstanding helming and tactical skills in two grand prix Australian championships sailed in Sydney water last weekend. Fresh from their Farr 40 wins in the Queensland championship and the Audi Showdown in Hobart, the Voodoo Chile team headed north again for their first regatta in the new McConaghy 38.... [more]
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The power of bling at the Etchells Australian Championship
John Curnow,
It is a long established fact that the Etchells always attract yachting's best to their tight and well-organised events. At the 2013/14 Etchells Australian Championship, being run off the world famous Gold Coast, this is once again being totally ratified.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Sunshine accompanies fleet out of Sada estuary
Solene Rennuit,
It was a beautiful start for the Mini Transat... it was as though the elements had finally come together to reward the tenacity of the players. A light north wind and welcome rays of sunshine accompanied the fleet out of the Sada estuary before spinnakers could be hoisted, as the singlehanders swept past the Tower of Hercules and then La Coruna.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Tough night off the corner of Spain
Soazig Guého,
The Transat Jacques Vabre's Class 40s had a tough time off the NW corner of Spain last night and this morning in strong, gusty winds and big seas which resulted in the British Class 40 Concise 8 having to retire with rudder damage. The two leaders in the class, which had 26 starters, are still just less than 100 miles ahead.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Classic English legend plays out
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In a mixed day of wind conditions for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet, a classic English legend seems to have played out. Consistent front runners Qingdao, Henri Lloyd, OneDLL are getting progressively richer, picking up bonus Scoring Gate points and expanding their lead following speedy surfs in strong winds that gusted between 50 to 60 knots.... [more]
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An Absorbing Interest: The America's Cup A History 1851-2003
South Atlantic Publishing,
The 2-volume limited edition of An Absorbing Interest proved to be the publishing success of 2007. The coveted slip-case edition has become a collector's item as important to the history of the Cup, as Lawson's original 'History of the America's Cup' published in1901.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Action returns to Sandringham YC
Lauren Garnet,
The world's best sailors are preparing for the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne, which is now firmly marked on the calendar as Australia's premier Olympic class sailing event and is coming to our shores this December 1 – 8, 2013.... [more]
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When Legends Play
Rick Steuart,
As a forerunner to the Fremantle Harbour Classic, an intrepid bunch of America's Cup legends resident in West Australia stepped out onto the water with a number of like-minded senior sailors and their crews. The reason: try out their skills on the water as a precursor to the Harbour Classic held in Fremantle harbour last Sunday.... [more]
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Pick up a copy of the RYA Rigging Handbook by Alan Barwell
Emma Slater,
There is still time to pick up a copy of the RYA Rigging Handbook by Alan Barwell and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic one week flotilla holiday courtesy of Sailing Holidays Ltd.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Oman Air-Musandam approaches the Doldrums
Oman Sail,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, as Sidney Gavignet, Oman Air-Musandam's French skipper and Damian Foxall, his co skipper from Ireland, reach the Doldrums and the halfway mark of this epic 5,450nm race after just six days at sea; they face some big decisions.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Injured crew members rescued
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, late last week following a ferocious storm, the South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station at Port Elizabeth launched its rescue vessels twice in separate incidents, to provide assistance to injured crew members taking part.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Class 40 Concise 8 quits
Transat Jacques Vabre,
In the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed race from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brazil, British co-skippers Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild are safely in Muros, NW Spain with their Class 40, Concise 8 this morning, having confirmed their abandonment. Their boat suffered damage to the blade of its port rudder last night and was followed by damage to other essential fittings.... [more]
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