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|29 Mar 2001||What is Team Racing|
|29 Mar 2001||Sailsail.com makes a big splash in the sailing world|
|30 Mar 2001||International & Recognised Classes News|
|27 Mar 2001||Entries close for Forrester Properties Sydney - Mooloolaba Race|
|26 Mar 2001||Sail the Solomons 2001|
|26 Mar 2001||2004 Etchells Worlds for Mooloolaba|
|26 Mar 2001||Gilmour Takes a Record Fifth Win|
|4 Mar 2001||Step up in Class|
What is Team Racing
The recognised format for the Team Racing World Championship involves racing in two handed dinghies, three a side. The boats are provided by the organisers to ensure that they are evenly matched, and should be of a type that can be sailed effectively without there being a premium on strength or an optimum weight.
An insight into Team Racing from ISAF
The two teams of three race to try and achieve a winning combination of places - the lowest score wins. The scoring system is usually: 1st place - 1 point 2nd place - 2 points 3rd place - 3 points and so on.
A team that scores ten or less is therefore the winner, so that 2,3,4 beats 1,5,6 - being first past the post does not guarantee glory!
If a team is lying say 1,4,6 the leading boat will go back an d try to help his team-mates through to 2,3,5 or better. How does he do this?
The team racer has two main weapons. Firstly, he can position his boat between the wind and his opponent, thus blanketing his sails and slowing him down. Secondly, he can use the right-of-way rules to his advantage, approaching his opponents in such a way that his adversary has to change course or incur a penalty. Both these weapons are deployed even before the start when the manoeuvres begin, much as in Match racing, but with six boats rather than two performing an intricate and aggressive dance.
To maintain order, and keep everyone out of the protest room, the racing is followed by umpires in small inflatables. If protested against, a competitor can accept his punishment and complete a 360deg turn or he can wait for the umpires to give a decision which may result in a green flag for 'no penalty' or a 720deg turn if the protest is upheld. Everything happens very quickly and there is no better school for tactical decision making and understanding of the rules
Sailsail.com makes a big splash in the sailing world
London, 28 March 2001 - Sailsail.com, the world’s leading sailing portal catering for all the needs of the sailing and boating enthusiast, has today officially launched its redesigned website. The redesigned site, http://www.sailsail.com, highlights the new services such as charter services, sailing holidays, boating insurance and feature articles, but also maintains a focus on the up-to-date racing news which been the core foundation of the Company up until now.
Sailsail.com re-launch website. More unique services for sailing and boating enthusiasts
Sailsail has partnered with a number of leading top-flight companies to offer a fine selection of multihulls, yachts, ribs, powerboats and luxury crafts to charter out to anyone, anywhere in the world. Whether a customer is looking for a catamaran for two, champagne breakfasts or a one week corporate team building exercise, Sailsail has an experienced team to deliver exactly what the customer want at the most competitive price.
Sailsail has an extensive range of exclusive sailing holidays catering to the holidaymakers. Whether the customer is planning to go windsurfing, power boating, water-skiing or just plain sailing, Sailsail has the expertise and knowledge to put together the perfect nautical holiday. A special ‘Holiday on Request’ feature allows Sailsail to provide specially tailor-made holidays for any occasion.
Customers can now obtain quotes and buy insurance online. Sailsail offers three types of insurance covers through third parties: boat insurance, windsurfer insurance and travel insurance.
Other New Features
As part of the re-launch, Sailsail has also introduced a few new features such as the online forum where Sailsail.com members and visitors alike can share and exchange information and comments on a wide range of sailing topics with Lawrie Smith, the UK’s best known International Yachtsman or Ellen MacArthur, Britain’s youngest sailing heroine.
The site also features updated racing news from around the world; interviews with key sailing sports celebrities; current weather reports and shipping forecasts; boat reviews; online navigation exams and tutorials; a directory of sailing clubs and major sailing events; and a glossary of sailing terms.
Sam Barron-Fox, co-founder of Sailsail.com said: “We are aware that the level of interest in sailing has grown dramatically over the past year. To cope with the growing demand, we introduced three new services; smoother navigation, comprehensive sailing resources and an interactive forum. By having this new functionality in place, we are able to meet our customers and members growing requirements and deliver a truly nautical experience.”
International & Recognised Classes News
International & Recognised Classes News
Trifecta for Aussies at Moth Worlds Japan, Monday, 15 October 2001
Australian sailors have dominated the 2001 Moth Worlds in Japan, taking the top 3 places in the 34-boat fleet.
All welcome for QLD 420 titles, Brisbane Monday, 15 October 2001
The 2001 Queensland 420 State titles will be held at the RQYS, Brisbane on the weekends of December 1/2 and 8/9, with Sail Brisbane slotted in between.
Calvert-Jones second in Farr 40 Worlds, Cowes, Wednesday, 19 September 2001
Defending champion John Calvert-Jones, steering Southern Star, has finished runner-up in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship at Cowes, with Ernesto Bertarelli scoring a decisive and well-deserved win.
Aussies take Gold, Silver & Bronze at A-Cat Worlds, Barcelona, Spain, Monday, 27 August 2001
Steve Brewin is Australia’s newest World Champion - in the A-Class Catamaran. Steve was also crowned Junior World Champion.
Past A-Class World Champion, Glen Ashby has taken out the Silver Medal with Scott Anderson finishing off Australia’s trifecta with the Bronze Medal. Scott took out the Masters World Championship as well.
Aussies take the Bronze at the Tasar Worlds, Whitstable, Great Britain, Monday, 27 August 2001
After the obligatory general recall and the use of the well worn black flag the fleet sailed off into the mist for what turned out to be longest race of the week with probably half a dozen boats taking a turn in the lead.
Brett the world's top Contender, Monday, 13 August 2001
Spending six to seven days a week in intensive training has paid off handsomely for Contender dinghy sailor Arthur Brett, helping him to win the 2001 World Championships.
A scholarship athlete with the Victorian Institute of Sport and a member of the Victorian High Performance Sailing Program, Brett sailed a consistent series against 31 starters. He won four races and counted a third as his worst result, having discarded a DNF in the last race.
Aussies Take the Silver at the World Mirror Championship, Howth, IRL, Thursday, 9 August 2001
Peter Bayly and William Atkinson of Lough Derg Yacht Club are the new World Mirror Champions. At Howth today they clinched the title in style by winning the ninth race their third gun in the 10-race series.
Impressive throughout the whole of the Datalex-sponsored event, their outstanding race record included two seconds, a 3rd, a 7th and a 13th and they didn’t even have to compete in the final race.
Entries close for Forrester Properties Sydney - Mooloolaba Race
Entries have now closed for this year’s Forrester Properties Sydney – Mooloolaba Race with the final numbers meeting Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s expectations for this event, the final race of the summer offshore program.
CYCA happy with response
"A fleet of 40 is more than a respectable size to send to our partners at Mooloolaba Yacht Club," said CYCA CEO Glenn Bourke.
"While we are a couple of entries down on last year, the quality of this year''s fleet is outstanding with the likes of Howard de Torres'' IMS champion Nips ''n'' tux, Syd Fischer''s Ragamuffin and the winner of the 2000 Telstra Sydney to Hobart Race, SAP Ausmaid, all lining up on April 7," he added.
New South Wales yachts make up the bulk of entries however Queensland and Victoria will be represented by Mojo Rising (Clayton Craigie) and Bimble Gumbee (Nick Cox), and Grant Wharington''s 83-footer Wild Thing and John Alexander''s Scoundrel, respectively. Racing for line honours will be Sean Langman''s radical Open 60 Xena, Wild Thing, George Snow''s Brindabella, the record holder in this event (44 hours 01 minutes 43 seconds), and Marchioness (Kennedy/Smart/Cranitch), in her last offshore passage.
Last year Brindabella and Wild Thing enjoyed a titanic struggle over the 469 nautical mile course to finish just under seven minutes apart, with the Melbourne maxi just holding out her Sydney rival. Race organisers are predicting a close finish amongst the handicap favourites for the Forrester Properties Sydney - Mooloolaba Race in association with Maroochy Shire Council and Events Sunshine Coast.
In the IMS Division, Ragamuffin, Nips ''n'' tux, the two Beneteau 40.7s Mojo Rising and Fireball and Kevan Pearce''s SAP Ausmaid, current pointscore leader of the IMS Bluewater Championship Series, could take out the overall trophy according to the CYCA''s Technical Operations Manager Mark Robinson.
Similarly in the competitive IRC Division, Warwick Sherman''s Cookson 12m Occasional Coarse Language, Stephen''s Ainsworth''s Swan 48 and Wild Thing are all considered potentials for top honours.
Late entries may be accepted with a late entry fee until April 3, subject to approval by the Race Committee.
For further information, please contact Lisa Ratcliff on 0418 428 511.
Sail the Solomons 2001
So a race of a different kind was born in 1996, an 1178 mile reach from Brisbane, up into the warm Coral Sea, an area of benign seas and warm ocean currents.
There is nothing like a hard wet ride to Hobart to start a sailor start thinking about a down wind race into warmer seas.
After 10 cold, wet and bumpy lumpy races to Hobart , the last in 1994 past Commodore of the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Dayle Smith decided that there are other places to sail, which don''''t involve the mandatory two to three cold fronts, 40-50 knot head winds and lumpy seas.
Even coastal races north, he found, as many have since, can still be hard especially for navigators and owners with a lot of rock hopping. Just ask the 2000 Pittwater to Coffs fleet.
An examination of the Pacific charts, showed a range of interesting destinations for a race starting in Brisbane. New Guinea was certainly down-wind but there was the matter of the Great Barrier reef to negotiate and Vanuatu, New Calidonia , Lord Howe Island and Fiji all required more of those upwind beats. During the mid-winter trade winds the Solomon Islands some 1200 miles from Brisbane would be a nice run.
Australian sailors returning from the Melbourne to Osaka race in 1994 had cruised back via the Solomon Islands and reported that the island group (992 to be precise) provided idyllic cruising conditions, with diving, snorkelling and fishing conditions quite unsurpassed..
The unspoilt and beautiful Western Solomons were rarely visited by westerners, except for sports divers who came from Europe and the United Stated attracted by some of the best diving conditions in the world.
Gizo Harbour, the Japanese fleet maintenance base during the Coral Sea battle provided an excellent combination of a large sheltered harbour and a friendly town, with a friendly air-conditioned hotel and with adequate facilities for sailing vessels.
So in 1996, a race of a different kind was started, Sail the Solomons , an 1178 mile reach, up into the warm Coral Sea, an area of benign seas and few ocean currents.
A race in which sailors take bean bags, books, T shirts, shorts and suntan lotion, rather than wet weather gear, thermals and sea boots.
It's a pretty cruisy race, the racing division sails all the way, but the cruising division can use their iron spinnaker if breezes lighten.
In 1997 Andrew Strachan's Farr 47 Ninety Seven was line honours winner.
In 1998 Honiara, the Solomons capital was the chosen destination but the charm of the Western Solomons took the fleet back to Gizo in 2000 and that again will be the destination when the fleet leaves Brisbane on June 2nd 2001.
For the people of the Western Solomons Vaka Tepe week (which roughly translates as Sail-Week ) has become an important Regional events, with canoes coming to the regional capital Gizo from many outlying islands. Gizo school has an official holiday for the opening of the Festival, which is a sail past of the fleet, laden with hundreds of school children, laughing, yelling and waving.
After the fun of that unique local festival, many of the fleet will cruise up to the Choiseuls, making their way back to the Whitsundays in time for Hogs Breath and Hamilton Island Race week .
The 2001 Race is sponsored by Solomon Island Airlines, the Gizo Hotel and Solomon Telekom.
Sail-world.com is the official race website for the Solomons 2001 Brisbane to Gizo race. At http://www.sail-world.com you can see the sailing instructions, entry forms, the race organisers newsletter, a collection of photographs, extracts from the Solomons Island cruising guide,
There are already some 10 boats entered…but so is the time for cruising and racing boats to break out of the coastal racing habit and Sail the Solomons 2001
2004 Etchells Worlds for Mooloolaba
The International Etchells Class Association announced the decision today following a vote of Australian fleet captains, choosing Mooloolaba over bids by the Melbourne and Perth fleets.
The 2004 World Championship for the International Etchells class will be hosted by the Mooloolaba Fleet and Mooloolaba Yacht Club on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.
A fleet of up to 75 boats, including entries from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Great Britain and Europe, is expected to contest the regatta in November, 2004.
Mooloolaba Yacht Club has successfully conducted the Australian Mid-Winter Etchells Championships over the past few years, drawing competitors from most other Australian fleets as well as from New Zealand and the United States.
This active yacht racing Club next month will join with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in conducting the annual Forrester Properties Sydney-Mooloolaba ocean race, starting on Saturday, April 7.
Many of the world’s best one-design helmsmen, including America’s Cup and Olympic skippers, traditionally sail Etchells in club and championship competition.
The Etchells is a three-crew keelboat and the most popular one-design class in Australia. Australian Cameron Miles won the 1999 World Championship conducted by Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sailed on the Palm Beach Circle while American Vince Brun won the 2000 Worlds in San Diego, California.
The 2001 World Championship will be held at Lymington, England, in August, with several Australian crews expected to compete.
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Gilmour Takes a Record Fifth Win
The Perth born and bred skipper made it look easy, as he demolished Gavin Brady sailing for Italy''s Prada Challenge, in two straight races.
Peter Gilmour and his Pizza La Team, representing the OneWorld America''s Cup challenge, has won the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup for a record fifth time.
He has produced the most dominant performance by any skipper in the eighteen year history of the event, winning 25 races from 26 starts, over the five days.
"It feels as good as the first win," he admitted after stepping ashore, "we were sailing, obviously, particularly well this week, and it''s nice to be able to keep that going all the way through to the finals.
"As the finals come, a little bit more heat gets into the oven, and you wonder how things are going to go, but we seemed to be going just as strong in the semi-finals and finals, so I was really delighted with the way the team was going."
Gilmour, whose One World Challenge is based out of Seattle, took the first encounter by 24 seconds.
In the second race he forced Brady into two infringements, and by the time the young Kiwi-turned-Italian had completed his penalty turns, Gilmour''s winning margin had stretched to 42 seconds.
This is the second time in two weeks that Brady has lost a final, going down to Frenchman Bertrand Pace in Auckland''s Steinlager Line 7 regatta just a week ago.
He had fought his way through to the final after a tough semi-final with Sweden''s Magnus Holmberg, and was philosophical about his loss.
He said, "we came here to sail against the best in the world, and this week Peter Gilmour is the best in the world, it''s all part of our training for the America''s Cup."
Ken Read, from Team Dennis Conner''s Stars & Stripes challenge, sailing his first grade one event, took third place after a shoot out with Magnus Holmberg, who finishes fourth for the second week in a row.
However, Magnus Holmberg can take consolation from the fact that he still heads the leaderboard in the Swedish Match Grand Prix leaderboard, with three events left to sail.
1. Peter Gilmour (USA)
2. Gavin Brady (ITA)
3. Ken Read (USA)
4. Magnus Holmberg (SWE)
5. Luc Pillot (FRA)
6. Chris Dickson (USA)
7. Jes-Gram Hansen (DEN)
8. Neville Wittey (AUS)
9. Jesper Radich (DEN)
10. James Spithill (USA)
11. Andy Beadsworth (GBR)
12. Nicola Celon (ITA)
Peter Gilmour (USA) bt Ken Read (USA) 2 - 0
Gavin Brady (ITA) bt Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 2 - 1
Peter Gilmour (USA) bt Gavin Brady (ITA) 2 - 0
Ken Read (USA) bt Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 2 - 1
SWEDISH MATCH GRAND PRIX SAILING TOUR.
Scores after five events:
1. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 80
2. Bertrand Pace (NZL) 49
3. Peter Gilmour (USA) 45
4. Gavin Brady (ITA) 40
5. Ed Baird (USA) 36
6. Chris Dickson (USA) 34
7. Sten Mohr (DEN) 32
8. Peter Holmberg (USA) 27
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Step up in Class
Blowfly has good start to the Sydney Combined Club Pointscore
Barry Moore’s first season with his new Sydney 38 Blowfly was capped off with wins in both IMS & IRC divisions in the 2000-2001 Sydney Combined Club Pointscore.
The Combined event involves crews from the Sydney Clubs, CYCA, Middle Harbour, the Squadron & the Alfreds. This year it was a six race series which includes the Ord Minnett Regatta
In a surprise result in the IMS Division, Blowfly a standard Sydney 38 One Design boat, beat the Ron Jones IMS Sydney 40 Sledgehammer, with Howard and Susan Piggotts True North coming third. The scoring under IMS rules is no longer penalising stiff boats to the extent it was and as Lou Abrahams showed in the 2000 Sydney to Hobart, the Sydney 38 can be a very competitive IMS boat.
The result in IRC was more expected, with Blowfly being consistent since her launching. Blowfly held off Warren Johns 50 purpose built IRC boat Heaven Can Wait, with Anne & David Taylors Pippin third.
Barry Moore, who won his division of the Combined Club event back in 1998 with his J-35 Locomotion says, “I’m just a club racer”. Blowfly’s skipper sometimes know as ‘Maggott’ in tight racing situations, always sails his boat to its maximum potential. He believes that consistently good crew work, particularly at the corners is a key factor. He attributes much of his success to his long term crew including John Sheehan and Scott Berry.
This consistency was reflected when Blowfly was narrowly beaten into second place in the Sydney 38 One Design Championships in August 2000 by ThE Business steered by NZ Admirals Cup helmsman Brett Neill.
Blowfly then won the Strathfield Pittwater to Coffs regatta in the Sydney 38/IRC division and now has the double in the Combined Clubs Championship.
Blowfly will be again match racing with another 11 Sydney 38 One Design boats in the NSW titles on April 21-22 on Pittwater.