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    Published on 12-16-2018 11:47 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 4
    Sunday, 16 December 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    The Smeg 18ft Skiff team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKenzie gave an awesome display of power sailing as they tamed the 25-knot, gusting to 30-knots, North East wind to take out Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Smeg grabbed the lead from the start and dominated the fleet before going on to record a 2m41s victory.

    In a day which required the very best racing skills, the next two teams to finish behind Smeg were loaded with the very best.

    Bing Lee, skippered by former Australian champion Micah Lane, with former ...
    Published on 12-13-2018 12:57 PM
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    The Sydney Hobart always attracts an elite cross section of the biggest and fastest racing monohulls on the planet and 2018 is no exception.
    Here is a selection of 10 of them competing in this years contest:



    ALIVE RP 66

    Alive is registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tasmania. Purchased at the start of 2014 by Phillip Turner, a Tasmanian businessman. She has broken several long-standing race records and filled the trophy cabinet with east coast Australia races before heading to Southeast Asia mid 2017 for the Asian Series. She has now returned and looking forward to east coast Australia racing, including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Formerly Black Jack designed by Reichel/Pugh and a near sister ship to Wild Oats X. Last raced in 2016 when she was 17th overall and eighth across ...
    Published on 12-11-2018 12:38 PM
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    Despite smart crew work from last year's Line Honours winner Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, it was only a matter of moments before the Oatley Family’s Wild Oats XI exerted her authority to take Line Honours in the 2018 Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.

    Although the breeze was light-on for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s ...
    Published on 12-11-2018 10:04 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 3
    Sunday, 9 December 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    The Asko Appliances crew of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Karl Langford came from a seemingly hopeless position to win an incredible Race 3 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    In a race which saw two leaders capsize while in a race-winning position, Asko Appliances grabbed the lead just 200 metres from the finish line to produce the dramatic 33s victory.

    Sean Langman, Ed Powys ...
    Published on 12-02-2018 09:46 AM
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    NEWSLINE

    After capturing the eyes of the world and, more importantly to her team, Line Honours and the new open record for fastest time in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in spectacular fashion, Comanche has backed up with an undeniably dominant performance in this year’s Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore (Audi Centre Sydney BWPS) series.


    Five races down and one to go, Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant’s 100-foot racer has not only claimed four Line Honours victories, but three new records in the series considered to be the pinnacle of ocean racing in this country.


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    Published on 11-30-2018 11:05 AM
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    The Great Britain SailGP Team has been making the most of every opportunity to get out on the water during their time in New Zealand, despite challenging weather conditions. Shown here training in the F50 borrowed from United States SailGP Team.







    Australia’s SailGP Team boat has been revealed for the first time today as the crew, led by skipper and Olympic gold medallist ...
    Published on 11-26-2018 09:42 AM
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    The experienced Yandoo team of John Winning, Seve Jarvin and Mike Kennedy won a dramatic Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Yandoo took out the race by1m32s from the young The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone team of Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle and Tom Quigley, with Bing Lee (Micah Lane, Peter Harris, Jack Macartney) a further 40s back in third place.

    Finport Finance (Tom Clout) finished in fourth place, followed by Asko ...
    Published on 11-22-2018 10:33 AM
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    In a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, and to promote ocean health and sustainability, the first all-female professional crew to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has announced its campaign to win the coveted Tattersall Cup in Hobart.





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    Published on 11-19-2018 10:29 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    Spring Championship, Race 7
    Sunday, 18 November, 2018
    Sydney Harbour




    Simon Nearn's R Marine Pittwater took out today's final race of the Spring Championship series on Sydney Harbour today, but it was the young Rag & Famish team which became the 2018 champion when the team finished just one point ahead of Finport Finance after seven action-packed 3-Buoys races.

    Although the race was sailed in a light Easterly breeze, which faded over the latter ...
    Published on 11-13-2018 10:01 AM
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    No report from Frank Quealey, understand he is in hospital, we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.

    There were two races sailed on Sunday in the Spring Championship for the Chris Webb Memorial Trophy.

    Sailing in 13-16kts ENE, both races were dominated by end to end winners - Asko in Race 5 and Finport Finance in Race 6. It ...
    Published on 11-08-2018 12:36 PM
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    The United States SailGP Team and the China SailGP Team were lucky enough to be the first to get time on the water in the F50.

    The teams are wrapping up an intensive two week session in New Zealand getting a feel for these racing machines. Full report coming soon! ...
    Published on 10-28-2018 10:03 AM
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    Seen a lot of water. Been to a lot of places. Today, Brisbane pretty much offered the classic mix of sun, and just enough wind for the last two races of the 2018 Etchells World Championship. I think it is fair to say that it was very much appreciated by all and sundry, whether they were competitors, or part of the large flotilla of spectators who took to Moreton Bay to witness the crowning of a new champion.

    Now despite dire predictions, including no breeze at all just after lunch, it seemed Huey the God of Wind was just as motivated as the Race Committee to get a full series in. True, he may have wanted it to move around a bit, ...
    Published on 10-26-2018 02:34 PM
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    Brisbane, Australia (October 26, 2018) – It is always nice to be on station, on time, and with the prospect of racing getting underway near enough to the schedule. Tick. Tick. Even Huey, the God of Wind had delivered a wonderful Northerly in the ten-knot zone for the fifth day of the 2018 Etchells World Championship to enjoy.

    But there’s always a catch, and this time it was the tide was just about to begin to ebb. It had been a full moon overnight, and a massive tide to boot, with the walkways to the floating marina just about going uphill as you walked to the boats.

    Out on Moreton Bay, this was ...
    Published on 10-25-2018 11:03 AM
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    Published on October 25th, 2018

    Brisbane, Australia (October 25, 2018) – The milestone of six races was hit today at the 2018 Etchells World Championship, confirming it as an official series for the 94-boat fleet that collected two more races today. And with big scores littered among the top ten, new leader Matt Chew (above) was the exception after posting a 1-3.

    Chew won the 2009 Etchells World Championship as part of Jason Muir’s crew then. These days he skippers Gen XY, with ...
    Published on 10-24-2018 10:43 AM
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    There was more breeze this morning than there was this afternoon on Moreton Bay in Brisbane. This was great news, for it meant that after just a short stay ashore, the 2018 Etchells World Championship Race Committee sent the 94 boat fleet out for racing, and it looked like there was more than a great chance of getting two races in. Opting for the shorter Course Two, which is two complete windward returns, also set it up beautifully.

    Yet for my money, having them radio everyone to indicate most strongly that this was a Code Flag U start, meaning there ...
    Published on 10-18-2018 02:54 PM
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    SailGP’s new F50 wingsailed catamaran will be an incredible high performance racing machine.

    The F50 is predicted to break the 50 knot barrier as the most challenging, high-tech one-design racing boat ever produced.

    At a glance, one could be forgiven for thinking it looks familiar to the AC50 used at the last America’s Cup in Bermuda. But in reality, there is a huge difference in performance between the two classes.




    These boats have been redesigned, re-engineered and rebuilt ...
    Published on 10-15-2018 03:23 PM
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    The Etchells Pre Worlds are hosting 73 competitors at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the Moreton Bay
    race area over the next couple days. If Sunday's conditions are any indicator of what sailors are in for, it will be a
    rough and tumble affair for this and the Etchells Worlds which will follow suit October 18 through October ...
    Published on 10-15-2018 11:06 AM
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    - National team headed by Tom Slingsby features some of Australia’s most decorated sailors and Australia’s most successful Ironman Ky Hurst.
    - Australia to host first SailGP race in Sydney Harbour, February 2019.
    - Teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – supercharged catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier – competing for championship trophy and US$1 million prize.



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    Published on 10-12-2018 11:40 AM
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    Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant’s super-maxi Comanche is at Newcastle and is the first yacht headed south towards Wollongong – cementing a superb start to the Newcastle Bass Island Race, the third Race in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series.

    Comanche is predicted to round Bass Island, just north of Port Kembla, and return north, finishing as early as 0845 Saturday.

    As of midnight, Comanche enjoys a 16-nautical-mile ...
    Published on 10-08-2018 01:13 PM
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    CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 1: 06:10:2018
    Seven boats failed to finish, one was left badly damaged after a nasty collision with a yacht and the winner fought off major fatigue in a dramatic start to Manly 16ft Skiff club’s 2018/19 championship.

    With a big southerly swell running and winds gusting around the 25-knot mark, there was talk of cancelling the race.

    But Manly Surf n Slide (David O’Connor) was happy to tackle the tough conditions.

    With a crew ready-made ...