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Australian Sailing Team signed up for ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne

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The Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Squad’s en masse entry for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, December 7-14, 2014, raises the competition bar among the Olympic classes and gives aspiring sailors the chance to challenge their heroes.

Yachting Australia has entered the full contingent of the AST and ASS, showing their support for the event and giving other competitors a rare opportunity to mix it up on the racetrack with world champions and gold medallists from the last Games.

The Olympic circuit is really starting to heat up with Sandringham Yacht Club staging the Melbourne event off the back of a number of other Olympic class events, including the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Spain from September 8-21, 2014. Santander is the first Olympic qualification regatta for Rio 2016 and half of the spots for Rio will be decided at the championship. The Australian Sailing Team and Squad will be there in full force.

On his preparation for next month’s Spanish world championship, Queensland based Finn sailor and ASS member Jake Lilley says emphatically “There will be no stone left unturned; no weight left un-lifted, and no wave left un-navigated. For 2014 there is only ONE goal, and that is to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.”

One of Lilley’s stepping stones in his quest to replicate Laser gold medallist Tom Slingsby’s world-beating performance at the last Olympic Games, and break a 40-year medal drought in the Finn class, is the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne in December.

AST 470 sailor Sarah Cook encourages international sailors to come to Melbourne in December and pit themselves against Australia’s best. “It’s the best time of year for Europeans to come and race in the beautiful Southern Hemisphere summer and escape the cold, long winter. We love coming home to Melbourne and sailing on Port Philip. Sail Melbourne is a great regatta, Melbourne is an awesome city and the event will have Australia’s best sailors competing on home grounds.”

Performance director of the AST Peter Conde adds, “ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne is a fixture on our AST’s international racing calendar and we’re looking forward to another great ISAF World Sailing event in Melbourne.

“Having the AST and Squad with several Olympic champions and medallists at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne means the regatta will offer the best world sailing has to offer. Melbourne traditionally offers great training and racing conditions and excellent race management.”

The AST came away with plenty of top shelf finishes at the most recent Rio Olympic Test event, Aquece Rio – International Regatta 2014, earlier this month. Highest rankings included Mat Belcher and Will Ryan first in the 470s, Tom Burton first in the Laser fleet, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen second in the 49er and Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis runners-up in the Nacra17.
The full suite of ISAF Sailing World Cup Classes (470 Men’s, 470 Women’s, 49er, 49FX, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Nacra 17, RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 2.4mR, SKUD18, Sonar, Kiteboard Men and Kiteboard Women), will again be contested from the world acclaimed Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia, from December 7-14, 2014.

Alongside the ISAF Sailing World Cup fleets, the event will again be racing a selection of youth and Olympic feeder classes, through an extensive Invited Classes program, including; FX (open), Laser 4.7, Laser Radial (men), Liberty, Optimist, 420, 29er, OK, Viper, 505, Minnows, Bic Techno 293 and International Cadets.
Last year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, staged for the fifth time by the organising authority Yachting Victoria in partnership with event management company New Tack, drew 703 registered participants, 53% of those travelled from interstate and overseas.

During Melbourne’s summer months cooling afternoon breezes from the north to north-west provide consistent racing conditions on the eastern Port Phillip rim interspersed with the occasional summer scorcher followed by a cooler southerly change.

The event is offering a 25% discount on entry fees for all entries received before October 1, 2014. Head to the event website to take advantage of this offer.

Lisa Ratcliff – Event Media

Photo by Mary Pudney

International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for the boys, a female class leader coming to Geelong

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English skipper Katie Nurton has just joined the growing number of registrations for the 36th International 14 World Championship to be held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in Australia from 3rd to 17th January 2015.

Nurton is a member of both the strong overseas contingent to contest the event being conducted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Corio Bay in Geelong, and the growing group of women who sail these progressive boats.

This will be Nurton’s sixth World Championship after starting her I14 sailing career just over 13 years ago. She previously reached the World Championship podium in 2011, and placed a respectable sixth in 2013.

“My first Worlds was at Beer in 2000 in a borrowed boat. I can’t remember where we came, but it was a disaster.  Then I bought my own boat and teamed up with the legendary Nigel Ash, who was recommended by his brother. He had done lots of windsurfing, but no sailing, and I couldn’t even trapeze. So it was a slow start. We finished 52nd at the New Zealand Worlds in 2005 and have gradually improved since then.

“Getting a new boat in 2006 was a big step forward. Before the Weymouth worlds, I quit my 90-hour-a-week banking job and started working more normal hours. Not being exhausted at the weekends and spending a bit more time on sailing and boat maintenance has made a big difference. We finished third at the Weymouth worlds in 2011 and sixth in Canada last year,” Nurton said.

The 40-year-old Nurton has been on the water since she was six-years-old. Her parents had a cruising boat and encouraged Nurton and her brother to take up dinghy sailing.

“My brother and I got an International Cadet when I was 12 and he was 10.  We were both at boarding school and only sailed in the school holidays, so we always came last.  Then when I was 17 my school bought a 420. Imagine being at a girls boarding school and never allowed out. Suddenly, a friend and I were allowed to go to 420 Youth Squad winter training weekends at miserable reservoirs where there were pubs and boys. I suppose that’s when I got really keen on sailing.”

From dinghies Nurton progressed to the 470 class and the pursuit of qualification for the Olympic Games. She was unsuccessful and disappointed. Her then house-mates convinced her to take up I14 sailing for a bit of excitement.

As the skipper in her dinghy days sailing with her brother, Nurton decided early on that crewing was for someone else. “I am completely useless crew. I was the big sister, so even when I was young I never crewed and now it’s far too late to learn.  We had Crew’s race earlier this year at Itchenor. Incredibly, we were leading on the first leg, but it was all over when I tried to get the spinnaker up,” Nurton quipped. She will race in 2015 World Championships with long-time crew, Nigel Ash.

Her success in the I14 class has come about through not only her talent, but also through her fitness and her passion for the class. Nurton believes the class is physically demanding for the women as well as for the men.  “It’s a lot easier now, but you still need to be generally fit and conquer your nerves.

“The people who really deserve the respect are the female crews. There are quite a few of them and they are very hard core. I don’t know how they do it.  I think the boat maintenance puts some women off, but I secretly, or maybe not so secretly, like that part.

“Now that girls are sailing 49er FXs, I imagine we’ll start to see more of them in 14s,”Nurton added.

Her passion for the I14s comes from being involved in a class where there has been a long history of high performance and the challenge of being a part of a development class. And there is also the people who stay with the class for a long time. “I’ve made lots of really great friends, from all over the world, and the competition is always tough, but friendly.”

Standard Entries for the 2015 World Championships close on 14th November 2014. Late entries may be accepted after this time with a late entry administration fee of $AUD100 applying, until the close of entries on 12th December 2014.

Notice of Race available at: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/regatta-documents/

Enter here: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/online-entry/

 

Credit Andrea Francolini

Shogun back in the game and first Festival of Sails entry

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The overhauled TP52 Shogun is the first official entry for the 2015 Festival of Sails, owner Rob Hanna showing support for his yacht club and adding some grand prix weight to Victoria’s premier sailing regatta to be staged January 17-26.

Shogun disappeared off the radar last December after its mast came crashing down off Palm Beach during the final stage of the four-part Southern Cross Cup class series. The boat was already on the market and suddenly a much cheaper buy.

Hanna flirted with the idea of a super modern lightweight 40-footer, but after looking around at the options and crunching the numbers he came back to his beloved TP, deciding to invest the dollars in what he knows it offers; results and “F….U….N”.

“I had look at the grand prix 40-42 footers and took the research a fair way. Something high performance in that size range was getting up around $750K, and that’s not cheap sailing. I could have entered a lot more races and been in div 3, but I could still be done-over on handicap by an Adams 10 or Beneteau.

“I really love the TP52 and still have a lot of fun with it. It’s a good boat and we are going to be very competitive. I’m back in the game,” he warned.

The 2013 Audi IRC Australian class A Champion has been under the knife for a significant birthday makeover. It’s been stiffened for offshore racing, and importantly for deliveries. Trucking a 52-footer is an expensive exercise and every time the boat is pulled apart for hauling there has to be a meticulous reassembly.

Hanna believes his rig came down during a tack in 20 knots on a short choppy sea when the D1 shroud gave way at the deck level, which put too much strain on the rig and caused the failure. “We assume the D1 wasn’t tightened up enough. It’s speculation but the most practical answer.”

Hanna replaced the previous Med Cup style rig with a taller and stronger carbon mast designed to help the helmsman in the lower wind ranges, new carbon forestay and boom that allows a reef,. This opens the door for Shogun to enter Cat 2 short and medium coastal passage races.

The topsides have been redone and the whole boat repainted. Every system has been pulled apart and reconditioned or replaced, as has every winch and rope.

The upgrades were managed by Paul ‘Monty’ Montague and the boat re-launched in late June. Hanna is planning to run with a crew of 12 rather than 15 for most events. The Sydney fleet contesting the CYCA’s Flinders Islet Race in late September will be the first to see Shogun unveiled.

On being the number one Festival of Sails entry Hanna said, “I enjoy the Geelong regatta for sentimental reasons and I wanted to support the event by getting my entry in early.  I’d like to see it continue as the largest regatta in Victoria.”

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Notice of Race available at: http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents

Enter here: http://festivalofsails.com.au/enter-online-update-your-entry

Lisa Ratcliff – Festival of Sails Media

 

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Get ready for a sensational summer of sailing in Geelong

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The Race Management Committee of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club along with New Tack Events have been burning the midnight oil to put together an entire month of sailing on Corio Bay, in January next year, with the Notice of Race released today.

The New Year will start with upwards of 100 International 14s contesting their 2015 World Championships from Saturday 3rdJanuary until Saturday 17th January.

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Regatta Chairman, Paul Smart and PRO Denis Thompson, have been working hard with the various racing fleets, to release the Notice of Race for both the 2015 Festival of Sails and the Australian Multihull Championships, this week.

“We are really pleased to be able to publish the Notice of Race before the end of July, which is two months earlier than in 2013. Our valued participating skippers have told us that it helps them greatly to have more time to plan crew and the logistics around their boats, especially those coming from Interstate and often overseas.

“We are hoping that by giving people plenty of notice, we will see strong entry numbers for next year’s regatta,” said Chairman, Paul Smart.

Entries will open online on Monday 11th August 2014. As always it will be a rush to see who can take the mantle for the first entrant. When entries opened in the past two years, those wishing to capitalise on the generous Early Bird discount flooded the online entry system. RGYC is again encouraging participants to get their entries in early to take advantage of the substantial saving.

The Notice of Race (NoR) is the all-important document that will help guide competitors through the regatta format and conditions of entry and is available online on the event website.
http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents