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Richard Hewson and his Gold Coast Australia crew have just added another win to the other eight so far in the Clipper Round the World Race, crewed by novices who are looking for a bit of adventure. Hewson must have that special extra something in not only positioning his boat with precision tactically each and every leg, but getting teams of people he doesn’t know to work well as a team. While some crew stay the duration of the 40,000 nautical mile 11 month race with 15 stopovers, many contest just one leg. Hewson may not have been a big name on yachting calendars internationally prior to this race, but we bet he’ll get plenty of offers when this edition of the race finishes in July.

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It was good to read this week that the numbers and sales were up at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. While Australia has not been hit as hard as the European community in the global financial crisis, life has not been a bed of roses either, so it’s warming to know some people are still spending on leisure items, which in turn keeps others in jobs.

The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta will kick-off on June 3. You will see the story below, ‘Stars arrive in town’ in which it compares British sailor Ben Ainslie to the great Danish sailor, Paul Elvstrøm. It says: “Should he win Gold (at the London Games), Ainslie would equal the Paul Elvstrøm’s four Gold’s, but move past him because of the Silver the Brit won at his first Games in 1996.”

What the story doesn’t tell is that Elvstrøm won four consecutive Olympic gold medals in two classes from 1948 to 1960, which were interwoven with his 13 world title wins in the Snipe, Finn, Flying Dutchman, Star and Soling classes. His last gold medal win lauded him as the only competitor in any sport at the time to win individual Gold at four consecutive Games.

A nervous breakdown in 1960 stopped Elvstrøm sailing competitively again until 1966, but he remains one of only four Olympians to compete over a 40-year span. His Olympic record goes like this: Gold, Firefly, London 1948; Gold, Finn, Helsinki 1952; Gold, Finn, Melbourne 1956; Gold, Finn Rome 1960. Then, fourth, Star, Mexico 1968; 13th, Soling, Munich 1972; fourth, Tornado, Los Angeles 1984; 15th, Tornado, Seoul, 1988 – all this while working fulltime in his sail making business, designing boats and boat gear and raising a family. Not to take away from Ben Ainslie, but he has a way to go to outdo the Dane.

Mark Bergin,

Latest News

Hooligan ramps it up at Samui Regatta

Hooligan ramps it up at Samui Regatta 30 May Event media
Samui is back – the blue skies and idyllic tropical island conditions that Samui is famous for surfaced today as the sailors left the anchorage in a steady 10 knots of wind. more…
New start date for Gosford to Lord Howe Island race

New start date for Gosford to Lord Howe Island race 30 May Gosford Sailing Club
Newly appointed Race Director Tony Evans has announced that the 39th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race has been scheduled for a start in Broken Bay on Saturday 6 April 2013. more…
Volvo Ocean Race: Down to the wire in final miles

Volvo Ocean Race: Down to the wire in final miles 31 May VOR media
Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) has closed to within 11 nautical miles of Volvo Ocean Race leg leader, Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker/GBR) as the wind fades for the final 300nm push to the finish of this Atlantic leg from Miami in the United States, to Lisbon in Portugal. more…
Oracle’s Aussie crew in the swim at Alcatraz

Oracle’s Aussie crew in the swim at Alcatraz 30 May Oracle Racing media
While many San Franciscans were sleeping in on Memorial Day, more than 320 hardy souls were diving off the M/V Hornblower into chilly San Francisco Bay for the Alcatraz Challenge Swim, including Oracle Team USA sailor Sam Newton (left) and sailmaker Andrew Coates – both tough Aussies from Sydney. more…
AMI Awards will be announced at Sydney Boat Show

AMI Awards will be announced at Sydney Boat Show 30 May AIMEX media
Last week, during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the judging panel for the 2012 Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards met to determine the winners. more…
Royals calls for financial support to host 2015 Disabled Sailing World’s

Royals calls for financial support to host 2015 Disabled Sailing World’s 29 May RYCV media
The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (Royals) is very proud and honored to be selected by the International Association for Disabled Sailing to host the IFDS World Championships 2015. more…
Latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings 30 May ISAF
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 30 May 2012 have been released and Australian male crews hold the No. 1 position in two classes; Tom Slingsby in the Laser and Mat Belcher/Mal Page in the 470 Men’s, while Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are second in the 49er skiff. more…
Malcolm Page speaks on 470 Men’s Worlds win and London Games

Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia
Posted: 25 May. 2012
During a quick trip home this week, Malcolm Page sat down to talk about his and skipper Mat Belcher’s recent 470 World Championship win Belcher in Barcelona – the Australians’ third World’s in a row as they continue their campaign towards the London 2012 Olympic Games. more…
Australian crews reap medals at Delta Lloyd Regatta

Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia/amended
Posted: 27 May. 2012
Australian sailors have won three medals on the final day of racing at round five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Medemblik, Holland. more…
Sanctuary Cove Boat Show a winner on all fronts

Jeni Bone, SCBS
Posted: 28 May. 2012
Visitor numbers in total were up 1.6%, coming in at 37,094 over the four days and more importantly, out in force were genuine buyers, so all in all it was a very positive Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. more…
First Oracle wing rolled out in New Zealand

Oracle Racing media
Posted: 26 May. 2012
The first wing created for the American defender of the America’s Cup was rolled out of Core Builders Composites, New Zealand, today ready for shipping to the USA. more…
Stars in Weymouth for final pre-Olympic hit out

Event media
Posted: 30 May. 2012
Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be filled with the stars of sailing over the next couple of weeks, as the teams’ training camps at the 2012 Olympic venue turn serious with the final pre-event – Skandia Sail for Gold – starting in three days’ time. more…

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