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    Published on 08-05-2020 01:07 PM
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    3 Men Marooned in the Pacific Are Rescued After Writing SOS in the Sand
    Three days after their boat ran out of fuel and drifted off course in Micronesia, the men were found in good condition after a plane saw their giant ...
    Published on 08-05-2020 09:54 AM
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    SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2020 cancelled



    The SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week (SMIRW) 2020 committee has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s regatta, which was to ...
    Published on 08-03-2020 07:41 AM
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    IF MARK FOY WAS ALIVE TODAY



    The man responsible for the birth of 18-Footer racing some 128 years ago (January 1892) was a leading Sydney retailer named Mark Foy, who was a keen sailor as well as being a very successful businessman with an acute eye for promotion.

    Mark Foy, the father of 18 Footers

    After moving to Sydney with his brother in 1885, the pair set up a business under the name of Mark Foy’s, then later opened a large retail department store near Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD area.
    In 1904, Foy also opened the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath ...
    Published on 07-07-2020 10:06 AM
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    Covid 19 coronavirus: American family quits cold NZ, sails into Pacific navy blockade



    The Whitaker family from Texas on board their catamaran Zatara anchored off New Zealand during their voyage around the world.

    An American sailing family who left New Zealand last week to winter in warmer South Pacific climes have been barred from entering Tonga by a navy vessel.

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    Published on 06-11-2020 05:30 PM
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    THE KULMAR FAMILY

    1976 JJ GILTINAN WORLD 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONS

    The 128-year history of Australia’s 18 Footers is famous for having generations of a family competing over many years. Occasionally, even two generations are competing together or against each other at the same time.

    What sets the Kulmar family apart from the traditional ‘family’ involvement is their unique achievement at the 1976 JJ Giltinan World Championship when ...
    Published on 06-01-2020 09:03 AM
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    Hydrofoil surfer rescues stranded dog after Kayak overturns
    Duration: 03:27





    An Australian resident on ...
    Published on 05-19-2020 10:53 AM
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    The empty yacht washed up on Mooloolaba Beach.(ABC News: Owen Jacques)

    Empty yacht runs aground
    In a second, unrelated, marine incident, a body was found after an empty yacht ran aground at Mooloolaba Beach.

    Owen Jacques ABC News

    Mr Middleton said residents reported seeing someone fall from the boat near Maroochydore.

    "Some people ...
    Published on 04-29-2020 11:11 AM
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    April 29th, 2020

    A Rat...

    We chase the sun Northeast over a gray sea. A few days from now, northerly gales will stymy any efforts at gaining latitude.

    My brother Jan, always in the present and mindful, reminded me this morning that the ocean cares nothing of accomplishment. His words were ...
    Published on 04-06-2020 08:11 AM
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    Dear Members,

    Along with all the clubs in NSW, the pubs and the restaurants we closed our doors on 23rd March. 2020.

    We have been operating continually as a club since 1961 serving our members. ...
    Published on 03-19-2020 10:09 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 8 & 9

    Sponsored by Winning Group

    Thursday, 19 March 2020




    all images © Michael Chittenden





    Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took out the third consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship after another impressive performance in the final ...
    Published on 03-18-2020 10:50 AM
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    The defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins hold a narrow points lead over their nearest rival as the fleet goes into the final two races of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour tomorrow.

    After each team drops the worst placing from the seven races sailed to date, Honda Marine leads former World champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, in Winning Group, by just four points, so every placing in each of the two races will be critical.

    Honda Marine has a net total of 11 points, Winning Group is on 15 points. ...
    Published on 03-17-2020 10:22 AM
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    18ft Skiffs

    JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 3, 4 and 5

    Three windward-return course races staged on Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today produced three different winners in the light SE breeze.


    In the first race of the day (Race 3 of the championship) Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) led all the way over the two-lap course to cross the finish line 13s ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams).

    Defending champion and series leader ...
    Published on 03-14-2020 12:25 PM
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    18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 1

    Sponsored by Winning Group

    Saturday, 14 March 2020





    Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins began their attempt to win their third consecutive JJ Giltinan Championship when they scored a come-from-behind win in Race i of the 2020 championship on Sydney Harbour today. It wasn't until the seventh leg of ...
    Published on 03-10-2020 04:18 PM
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    TEAM HONDA MARINE GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW






    When the 24 boats contesting the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 14-22, defending champion David McDiarmid could become the first New Zealand skipper to win three titles in the 82-year history of the world’s premier 18-Footer championship.



    David, Brad Collins and Matt Steven will head a three-boat team from New Zealand in their Honda Marine-sponsored skiff.



    They are joined by the experienced C-Tech team of Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey and Matt Coutts, and the very much improved young Maersk Line team of Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting and Harry Clark.



    McDiarmid is quick to point out that the Honda Marine campaign is very much a team effort.



    David says: “It’s definitely not all about me. We are a three-man team and everyone is critical to our success.” ...
    Published on 02-28-2020 10:02 AM
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    Marit Bouwmeester wins 4th Laser Radial Women’s World Championship, Krutskikh wins Men’s
    February 27, 2020
    Ravi Subramanian
    Sandringham, VIC, Australia


    It may have been a case of “saved by the wind” for Rio Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester. The three-time world champion led by 24 points over night but saw her margin trimmed to just two points after the first race of the final day. A big wind shift caught a number of the top sailors out, and Bouwmeester, who received a yellow flag (penalty ...
    Published on 02-28-2020 08:49 AM
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    British team win all three races on Sydney Harbour while first collision of campaign forces France to retire early

    SYDNEY – February 28, 2020 – In his first day of competing in the world’s fastest sail racing, Ben Ainslie’s much-anticipated debut was masterful as the Great Britain SailGP Team presented by INEOS swept all three races on Sydney Harbour in the kick off to SailGP Season 2. The British team wasted no time ...
    Published on 02-27-2020 10:20 AM
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    Day 5 Report – Bouwmeester Leading Women, Krutskikh Leading Men, at Laser Radial Worlds
    FEBRUARY 27, 2020
    Sandringham, VIC, Australia



    Rio Olympic Champion, Marit Bouwmeester (NED), is putting on a sailing masterclass at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championship in Melbourne. She had a hiccup in Race 8 when a massive wind shift caught her out, but a series of five consecutive race wins on previous days has allowed her to open a 24 point gap on Line Flem Host (NOR), her nearest ...
    Published on 02-26-2020 08:41 AM
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    Sandringham, VIC, Australia

    The weather played havoc again at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championships in Melbourne today. Two attempts were made to get Yellow Fleet started shortly after 2pm but a series of rolling thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning, forced the sailors to hurry back to the Sandringham Yacht Club before the course became dangerous.

    There was a long wait onshore, but with the regatta already two races behind owing to light winds on the opening days, the AP flag came down at 5pm and the sailors rushed to their boats. ...
    Published on 02-25-2020 11:15 AM
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    Story by Melanie Parking For Sail World

    The 60th edition of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships is underway on Wellington Harbour, hosted by the Worser Bay Yacht Club. .

    OK, 60 years this event been going on – let that sink in a bit!

    In 2005, Nicholas Press won his first inter dominion trophy, as a skipper. Sailing with Brad Yabsley out of Sydney’s ...
    Published on 02-25-2020 10:40 AM
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    All seven SailGP teams were on the start line today in Sydney for the first round of practice races for the second season, including the winner of season one, Australia.

    While all eyes were on Ben Ainslie and his Ineos sponsored ...