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We know we have been banging on about our Australian sailors headed to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it’s hard not to, with the Sailing Competition at the Games starting on July 29, and our athletes doing so well. So here we go again.

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At Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta which finished four days ago at the same venue where the Olympic sailing with take place, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch kicked us off in the Paralympic class SKUD 18 with a bronze medal, despite their racing coming to an early conclusion because of wild conditions. They were followed by Tom Slingsby (five time Laser world champion) Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (four and three time 49er world champions respectively), Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (three and six time world champions respectively) and Olivia Price/Nina Curtis/Lucinda Whitty (Women’s Match Racing) all winning Gold, while promising Olympic talent, Tom Burton took Silver in the Laser. It all bodes well for Australia come the Games and we will be cheering them on the whole way.

While we’re on Olympics, congratulations to 470 coach, Victor Kovalenko, who was honoured with an OAM on the Queen’s birthday. Our editor was in Melbourne when Victor became a naturalised Australian in January 2003 – he was so proud at that moment, having long professed his love for this country. “I love Australia – I love the people and the gold and green hills – Australia is my love affair,” he once said. And one of the ways he showed that love was in coaching four grateful Aussie crews to Olympic Gold. He has also encouraged and helped many others in sailing, including the likes of Marcus Blackmore, who sings Victor’s praises highly. An OAM is deserved recognition for this quietly spoken man.

You have to take your hat off to Richard Hewson, who has just added a 10th win from 12 legs to Gold Coast Australia’s tally in the Clipper Round the World Race. Is there no stopping this man and various crew? With just three legs remaining in the race, that question will be answered shortly.

Sick and tired of not getting results to major sailing events, or finding it impossible to locate them on official sites – well put your frustration behind you. A great new innovation by double Olympian Nicky Bethwaite has solved the problem. Like the rest of us, she was frustrated, so decided to do something about it and created ‘Yachting & Sailing Results Worldwide’ at: www.yachtingresults.com which gives URL’s to all the big current and upcoming sailing events around the world. It’s sheer bliss.

Mark Bergin,
Publisher

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Aussies reap the medals at Olympic venue Skandia Sail for Gold

Aussies reap the medals at Olympic venue Skandia Sail for Gold 10 Jun Event/amended/corrected
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Clipper Race: Last into Halifax hopes to be first in home port

Clipper Race: Last into Halifax hopes to be first in home port 12 Jun Clipper media/amended
The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax has been a hive of activity today with all 10 ten entries in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arriving after completing Leg 12, from New York to Halifax, with Derry-Londonderry bringing the leg to a close as the 10th boat to arrive. more…
Order of Australia for ‘Medal Maker’ Kovalenko

Order of Australia for ‘Medal Maker’ Kovalenko 11 Jun Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia
The Australian Sailing Team’s Head Coach, Victor Kovalenko, has been recognised for his contribution to the sport with an Order of Australia Medal in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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Marine Rescue NSW volunteers honoured on Queen’s Birthday

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers honoured on Queen’s Birthday 11 Jun Ken McManus, Marine Rescue, NSW
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TVS Chanel 44 Sydney to premier Americas Cup

TVS Chanel 44 Sydney to premier Americas Cup 11 Jun Peter Baker/boatingOz
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Brouwer makes history with Round Texel victory

Brouwer makes history with Round Texel victory 11 Jun Event media
On Sunday local time, female helm, Carolijn Brouwer (BEL), with crew Wouter Samama (NED) won the 35rd Zwitserleven Round Texel Race, Brouwer creating history as the first female skipper to claim the overall trophy on corrected time – and historically, it is the first time the world’s biggest catamaran race has taken place on a Sunday. more…
Tassie women claim the spoils at Australia Women’s Keelboat Regatta

Tassie women claim the spoils at Australia Women’s Keelboat Regatta 11 Jun Media Services
Bellerive Yacht Club sailor Colleen Darcey has led a crew of Hobart yachtswomen to an outstanding victory in the 22nd Australian women’s keelboat regatta, sailed over the weekend on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. more…
Latest ISAF Match Race Rankings

Latest ISAF Match Race Rankings 13 Jun ISAF
Since the turn of 2012, there has been no change at the top of the Open and Women’s Match Race Rankings, with Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) once again retaining their places, however, Australia’s Olivia Price and crew keeping heading up and up and the youngest match racer in the Olympic world is now number six in the Women’s. more…
Inaugural AC World Series will be decided in Newport

Inaugural AC World Series will be decided in Newport 12 Jun America’s Cup
The inaugural champion of the America’s Cup World Series will be decided in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 1, the final day of racing in the series, and right now, Oracle Team USA’s Jimmy Spithill holds pole position by four points from Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand. more…
Volvo Ocean Race: Telefónica still leads the charge

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefónica still leads the charge 14 Jun VOR media
Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is leading the charge, not only towards the finish of Leg 8 at Lorient in France on Friday local time, but straight towards the centre of a particularly nasty north-Atlantic depression. more…
Financial crisis brings Portimão Portugal Match Cup to an end

WMRT media
Posted: 9 Jun. 2012
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour and Sun Sailing Team, the organisers of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup, have today announced that the regatta has been removed from the 2012 Tour calendar. The decision to cancel the Portugal event follows lengthy discussions between the Tour and Sun Sailing Team as both parties sought a solution to retain the event. more…

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