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 05 May 2014
 

 

Aussies on the world stage

Oracle Team USA  Andrea Francolini
Oracle Team USA helmsman and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby is obviously enjoying his expanded role these days, both in crew training and design input.

The team is scheduled to reconvene next week in Sydney, Australia for its second training camp against Matt Belcher and his Team Australia. It's interesting to hear what Slingers has to say in the story in this newsletter...

GAC Pindar - 2014 Extreme Sailing Series Act 3  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series

On day three of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, GAC Pindar, which includes a lot of the Team Australia enjoyed a strong start, securing a third place finish in the first race of the day, their best result so far this week.

The young all-Aussie crew, racing together for the first time with 22-year-old David Gilmour as skipper, continued to race well early on, taking fifth place, within a fleet of 12, in race three. However, following a heavy collision with Team Extreme Qingdao in the final race, they were still in 12th place at the end of series today. The only way from here is up, with plenty of talent the results will surely come as experience is gained.

The 2014 Finn Senior and Junior European Championship starts on Monday morning local time in La Rochelle, France on the Bay of Biscay. There will be around 95 entries from 31 countries and with a few exceptions virtually all of the top sailors are entered.

Finn / Oliver TWEDDELL (AUS)   Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

There are two young Australians in the fleet, 23 year old Oliver Tweddell (AUS) was ranked World number one after an outstanding start to the season but has been dogged by an arm injury and after struggling in Palma and Hyeres has dropped to second in the world.

Jake Lilley (AUS)  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

20 year old Jake Lilley (AUS), now ranked 12th in the world, second at the Junior Finn World Champion titles in 2013 is still a growing boy, he is now 226mm (6,7' and 96 kg).

After mixed results in the last two World Cup events, progress for the two Australian Finn class Rio 2016 campaigners will be watched with interest.

Sail-World talked to him Finn coach John Bertrand, the other one late in the Hyeres regatta. John Bertrand summed up ‘I am not too worried about the score sheet. As long as they are learning

John is generous with his time. It great to be able to get such insight into the team preparation that we get from him.

And the coach must have been beaming this afternoon, when Jake Lilley was first to the top mark in the practice race and then pulled out, as did the balance of the fleet, saving their energy for the Championship races.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Extreme Sailing Series final day - Alinghi and Red Bull crash
Extreme Sailing Series,
At the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™, Act 3 Qingdao, on the final days racing the Olympic sailing city lived up to its reputation as a notorious and unpredictable racecourse. Even one of the biggest crashes in the Series' eight-year history, that saw Red Bull Sailing Team T-bone Alinghi and knock the Swiss out of racing,... [more]
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Australian Finn sailors line up for European challenge
Rob Kothe and Sail-World team,
The fleet very strong, it includes 21 former Olympians, six former European champions and three former world champions. There are two young Australians in the fleet, 23 year old Oliver Tweddell (AUS) was ranked World number one after an outstanding start to the season but has been dogged by an arm injury and after struggling in Palma and Hyeres has dropped to second in the world.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA Update: 'We're in a racing phase'
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA Update - The team is scheduled to reconvene next week in Sydney, Australia for its second training camp, and a new American sailor will be on board. 'This next camp we're going into a bit of a racing phase, sailing against Team Australia like we did last time, but with more of an emphasis on racing,' Slingsby said.... [more]
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Finn Senior and Junior European Championships - Everything set
Robert Deaves,
Racing at the Finn Senior and Junior European Championships commences Monday at 11.00 in La Rochelle, France. Registration and measurement are now complete with 101 boats from 30 nations entered for the event.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2014 – ‘A very trying day' (Denis Thompson)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today was a day that no Race Officer or sailor would want to repeat. Let's put it into perspective – nobody died, no boats sank and Ocean Marina did not catch fire. However, the main topic on conversation after a day on the water was the weather, with a little bit of ‘what might have been' thrown in.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Oman Air's hard work pays off
Oman Sail,
Oman Air's hard work paid off when they achieved their best result of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series so far while reigning champions The Wave, Muscat left themselves with too much to do in the final races to defend their Qingdao trophy finishing just one point off the podium.... [more]
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Clipper Race to Panama - Teams beat upwind wind strengthens and veers
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round The world Yacht Race 2013-14 - Weather forecasts have been largely inaccurate due to the large amount of unpredictable squall activity, meaning positions are changing regularly depending on which team has the favourable breeze at the time.... [more]
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Strong Sou-Wester for Race one of Land Rover Winter Series
Jennifer Crooks,
Land Rover Winter Series 2014 - Race Officer Steve Kidson got the fleet of 103 away on time in a 23 knot sou'wester that gusted up to 27 knots shortly after the start. By 12.30pm, competitors were passing through the gate and the breeze had settled to 20 knots.... [more]
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Sail power for ferry boats? The testing has started
Lee Mylchreest,
All over the world there are experiments in sustainable technology - modern cargo ships with augmenting sail power, electric boats powered by the sun, trading boats powered by the wind alone. Now there is a move to partly power a ferry boat with sail power, and it's being tested right now in San Francisco.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Qingdao - Day 3 race + video
Nicola Moore,
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - On a packed-eight race day at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, the battle lines were drawn between the 12 competing international Extreme 40 teams ahead of tomorrow's final showdown on the compact stadium racecourse, which at times resulted in a few near misses, protest flags being pulled, a man overboard for SAP Extreme Sailing Team... [more]
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Dangerous conditions for boaters on all NSW coast tomorrow
Transport Roads and Maritme Services,
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to affect the entire NSW coast this weekend.... [more]
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The Clipper Race - Race 11 day 14, fleet experiences tough conditions
Clipper Ventures,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Much of the fleet has experienced a day of squalls, with the teams trying to weave round them as well as avoid thunderstorms and water spouts on day 14 of the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe: Tough racing but Alinghi defends lead in Qingdao
Anna Tunnicliffe,
These days, twice Rolex Sailor of the Year and Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) alternates between sailing aboard Alinghi in the Extreme Sailing Series, and chasing a serious ranking in the world of CrossFit. She reports in from Qingdao, China after Day 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series, sailing as tactician aboard Alinghi... [more]
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New Zealand Westpac Chopper Appeal this month
Des Ryan,
If ever there were a category of people who depend, in times of distress, on the arrival of a friendly helicopter, it's the cruising sailor. Now they are asking for assistance in return. Across New Zealand this month there is a Westpac Chopper Appeal, and they are asking for everyone to give generously.... [more]
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The Ocean 'Plastisphere' threat - where plastic bags begin new life
Media Services/Sail-World Cruising,
If any leisure sailor still needs convincing not to throw your plastic into the water, this article will do it. There's a new word for an area of ocean, the 'Plastisphere'. Scientists are revealing how microbes living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: A Day 3 of two halves for Emirates Team NZ
Warren Douglas and Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team NZ had a day of two halves on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series In Qingdao, China. In contrast to the previous day of Act 3, winds were light, posing some interesting challenges for all crews.Eight races were sailed, there were a few near misses, protest flags, a man overboard from SAP and a collision in the final race. Teams are tightly bunched on the leaderboard... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2014 – a Tale of Two Breezes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This is more like it – sunshine at breakfast time, and the promise of some scenic sailing, even if WindGuru was not an encouraging accompaniment to the eggs and bacon. In fact, it looked like a glass-out, but there was indeed breeze by 1120h and away went the Multihulls, followed by IRC 4, 1, 2, 3 on passage courses down towards Koh Khram Noi and Koh Rang Kwian... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Swiss domination in Qingdao + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
On a packed eight race day at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, the battle lines were drawn between the 12 competing international Extreme 40 teams ahead of tomorrow's final showdown on the compact stadium racecourse.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - A day of mixed fortunes for GAC Pindar
Adam Tanous,
On day three of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, GAC Pindar enjoyed a strong start, securing a third place finish in the first race of the day, their best result so far this week and a great way for birthday girl, and GAC Pindar crew member Alexandra South, to celebrate turning 21.... [more]
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Narrow margins at Formula Windsurfing Worlds
ISAF,
Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2014 - Fierce contests are going on right down the leaderboard with places being exchanged, many competitors are getting used to the tough conditions and seem better able to manage the big gusts of wind hitting the course area.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team New Zealand within 10% of budget to compete
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, says the team were within 10% of making the budget necessary to confirm the Volvo Ocean Race entry'Normally we would take that financial risk, and historically we have bridged the gap. But it is not going to be easy to fund the America's Cup either.' Part of the reason for the decision not to compete is the delay in producing the AC Protocol... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Right on the edge on Day 2 + Video
Nicola Moore,
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - It was a full pressure day as the fleet moved into the stadium racing mode at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, described by the skippers as ‘radical', ‘full-on', ‘unpredictable' and gnarly', with gusts up to 32 knots weaving their way through the surrounding skyscrapers like bullets screaming across the stadium racecourse.... [more]
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Adventure calling - sail to the 'Ends of the Earth' in November
Sail-World Cruising,
In November 2014 one of the most alluring expeditions ever envisaged will commence from Sydney. Just when brand new sailing adventures are becoming harder to come by, along comes something many a shore-bound sailor would yearn for: sailing to 'Ends of the Earth' in two consecutive summers.... [more]
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