Yachting News 12th June 2011

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“It was a typical San Francisco day,” said ORACLE Racing CEO Russell Coutts, the four-time America’s Cup champion. “We came close to capsizing a couple of times. You hit the wrong wave or get a puff, you have to react quickly. It’s gonna be a handful.”


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Greetings yachties,

In this issue:


Oracle Racing – The Digest – latest issue here,

Jessica WatsonAnother Challenge latest news here,

Auckland – Musket Cove, Fiji – Outrageous Fortune images,

Auckland – Musket Cove, Fiji – Vodafone race report video,

Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 – Episode 12,

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – NZL Sailing Team Results,

The UK Mini Fastnet report,

AudiMed Cup – latest news here,

WMRT – Korea,

Sail for Gold – day 5,

Blue Planet – Yin & Yang,

Gipsy Moth IV will sail in the Round the Island Race,

Rail Sailor,

Clipper 2011/12 – latest news here,

Wave-Powered Robots To Monitor The Oceans,

Sail-World USA – latest issue here,

Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,

Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,

Sailing – latest issue here,

Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,


Outrageous Fortune racing hard (cruising) to Musket Cove, Fiji

Is ‘that guy’ fishing?

Edwin on watch

Westies always sail best in bare feet

Sail change, got to stay ahead of that other bene!!

RNZYS Commodore, Ross Masters focused in the light breeze

Skipper/owner Quintin Fowler – his 5th Fiji race.

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Triple medal haul for NZL Sailing Team

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is over and the NZL Sailing Team took one gold and two silver medals, and a total of nine in the top ten.

This makes New Zealand the third best performing nation at this crucial ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta just concluded at Weymouth, England – the 2012 Olympic venue.

470 Women: Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie secured the gold medal sailing a smart medal race last night safeguarding their 16 point leading margin. They crossed the line in 5th and ended the regatta 18 points clear of 2nd place.

Jo Aleh’s record for 2011 shows a clean sweep of wins at the major international events in which she has appeared starting with Princess Sofia Regatta, Spain (April), the International 470 Spring Cup, France (April) and now at Skandia Sail for Gold, England.

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What a race, a real mixture of highs and lows!

Before we left, as I posted the weather was looking great and it lived up to it. We left Plymouth with a short upwind dog leg out of the port, then cracked off about 30 degrees heading for Edistone light house. We were 2nd round the windward mark and alot of the boats started to prepare code zeros, after some deliberation I decided this was the wrong choice as the wind was around 20 knots and bouncing around the cliffs. We power reached with just the jib and sailed really well, the boats with zeros couldn’t hold course and dropped to leeward. We ended up getting to the lighthouse first.

Then began the long beat passing west of the sillies and heading to Fastnet 2 days of bashing upwind in medium-heavy breeze slamming our way to Ireland.

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Gipsy Moth IV to enter Round the Island Race

Youngsters from Cowes-based maritime charity UKSA will sail as crew onboard the historic yacht Gipsy Moth IV in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 25 June.

Gipsy Moth is a key part of the country’s maritime history after Sir Francis Chichester sailed her single-handed around the world in 1966-7. Her new owners Rob Thompson and Eileen Skinner are working closely with UKSA to ensure that the boat gives young people the opportunity to change their lives through maritime education and personal development.

The young members of the crew have previously been involved in UKSA projects such as the Partnership for Youth Engagement. This works to increase the skill sets and self-esteem of young people whilst helping them build positive relationships with their school and local services.

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Wave-Powered Robots To Monitor The Oceans

The subtitle of this article should be “More things to run into when you’re offshore.” New advances in autonomous robots mean that they will increasingly be sent out to search for new oil and gas reserves, track endangered marine life, and to monitor shipping ports.

The startup Liquid Robotics just closed on a $22M round of financing, and has a long history in the defense sector.

Will the world’s oceans someday be filled with robots monitoring ports, searching for new oil and gas reserves and tracking endangered marine life? A company called Liquid Robotics, which makes a wave-powered marine robot, took one step closer to world domination and announced on Tuesday that it’s raised its first round of institutional funding — a $22 million round from Silicon Valley venture firm VantagePoint Capital Partners and oil and gas vendor Schlumberger.

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