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    Published on 01-15-2018 03:34 PM
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    SIX people were winched to safety in a dramatic sea rescue when their racing yacht began to sink off Victoria’s coast.

    The crew of the 16m Hollywood Boulevard was returning to New South Wales after finishing ninth in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race when they struck trouble about 11am on Sunday.

    Sailor Michael Spies said the boat started to take on water after striking a large fish, causing damage to the rudder, about 150km northeast of Flinders Island.

    “All ...
    Published on 01-15-2018 11:41 AM
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    Aussie's letting er rip on Lake Macquarie in New South Wales at the 2018 Aussie 5o5 Nationals

    Epic first day on the water with winds 20-25kts gusting 35. Enjoy the picture gallery courtesy of Christophe Favreau.

    More info when we can track it down!



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    Published on 01-12-2018 09:52 AM
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    Graham Taylor, James Mayo and Richard Allanson sailed the final two races Friday to seal the 2018 Etchells Australian Championship title.



    The victory means that they equal John Bertrand�s record of three back to back wins.

    The penultimate race went to Jeanne-Claude Strong and her Sydney based crew, ...
    Published on 01-03-2018 10:26 AM
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    420 OPEN
    The final race of the 420 Open Worlds underlined the dominance of Spain’s team in the 420 World Championships, but with some twists and turns. Overnight leaders Carlos Balaguer and Antoni Massanet put themselves under pressure with a 13th placing in the penultimate race. A general recall in the last race forced a re-start under black flag conditions and in its anxiety to win the start the team was over the line early and disqualified. The mistake ...
    Published on 12-26-2017 09:46 AM
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    Black Jack makes most of cards she was dealt





    Black Jack, the light weather flyer of the four 100 foot super maxis racing for line honours in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart took full advantage of the light, easterly conditions on Sydney Harbour this afternoon to lead her contemporaries out of the Heads.

    Beneath a moody, overcast sky, skipper Mark Bradford steered the lean, black hulled Queensland yacht through a textbook start while his big three rivals, LDV Comanche, Wild Oats XI and InfoTrack at times ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 09:44 AM
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    The Oatley family’s champion Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, is at the centre of a frenetic repair schedule after it was struck by lightning at the weekend.

    It is uncertain at this stage if the yacht will be in full racing trim for the start ...
    Published on 12-17-2017 10:43 AM
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    IT IS too early to tell who was at fault following a collision between a Manly ferry and private yacht in Sydney Harbour that injured three people, police say.

    Shocked passengers on the ferry Narrabeen watched as the force of the impact pushed the yacht under water, snapped its mast and knocked two people on board into the harbour.

    The yacht, Bennie And The Jets, was hit near Fort Denison as the ferry was heading from Circular Quay to Manly about 2.30pm today.

    The yacht was struck on the port (left) side of the stern. Passengers ...
    Published on 10-20-2017 10:51 AM
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    In a flurry of action and jostling for space on the startline, 150 yachts representing the spectrum of the New Zealand race fleet commenced the famous Auckland to Russell yacht race on Friday morning 20 October.

    The PIC Coastal Classic, in its 35th year, is New Zealand yachting’s annual ice breaker, kicking off the summer season with the opportunity to participate in the famous, iconic regatta.

    The week’s weather ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 11:10 AM
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    The former Phaedo3 which Lloyd Thornburg campaigned for several years, obliterating records along the way
    is now sporting a new look as she gets ready to start a new life as Beau Geste. New owner Karl Kwok purchased ...
    Published on 08-26-2017 09:09 AM
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    By Lisa Ratcliff /AHIRW media
    Close to 2,000 sailors racing in 15 different divisions at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 finished the series on a massive high regardless of whether they picked up a trophy in the Non-Spinnaker or IRC Racing division, or any trophy at all.

    Crews from Tasmania to Western Australia to the American classic Dorade on a Southern Hemisphere odyssey used what was left in the tank in the sou’east tradewinds 15-18 ...
    Published on 08-25-2017 10:21 AM
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    The winter tradewinds returned to the Whitsundays and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on the penultimate day of competition, allowing for an expanded schedule to make up for some races missed due to light winds mid-week.

    Trailables, Multihull Cruising, Non-Spinnaker and most of the Cruising fleet crews took in the sights on various island courses, the occasional Humpback whale complementing the idyllic combination of warm winter sun and breeze all day. The remaining divisions stretched ...
    Published on 08-22-2017 10:34 AM
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    Top Gun caught in Rushour at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017
    By Lisa Ratcliff /AHIRW media






    Four hours after the original scheduled start and with the entire Audi Hamilton Island Race Week fleet moved to open water on the south western side of the island, the first start on day three got underway near Surprise Rock in a light south-east breeze.

    The IRC Racing fleet led off, Peter Harburg’s Black Jack 100 in control of the small but potent ...
    Published on 08-20-2017 12:05 PM
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    Racing began on day one of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 in idyllic conditions, excited and some nervous crews facing the prospect of a 25-30 knot sou’easters and strong tide making for a wild downwind run from the narrow start in Dent Passage.

    The fleet handled the fresh conditions over the 24 nautical mile course, 19 miles for the non-spinnaker, trailable and some cruising divisions, just the odd incident including a man overboard and recovery on ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 11:34 AM
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    The racing yacht Bumblebee V has run aground off Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW. She was being delivered to Hamilton Island Race Week by a professional crew when she hit a reef.

    The crew abandoned the stricken vessel and took to ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 03:49 PM
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    Wild Oats XI was the first to cross the finish line in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017 posting a time of 1 day 18 hours 37 mins and 6 seconds to take line honours ahead of Black Jack by the smallest of margins.





    After ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 10:22 AM
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    On Monday night as I sailed the final leg of the journey the winds were blowing from the NW to the NNW at 15 knots and I was making steady progress towards Albany. I was right on schedule racing along with an eta of lunchtime into port. I couldn't have planned it better if I tried that was until ...
    Published on 06-25-2017 10:23 AM
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    It's with great surprise and sadness that we forward the word of Robert "Killo" Killick's sudden and unexpected passing.
    We are told that Killo passed ...
    Published on 04-10-2017 03:19 PM
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    Debbie won’t stop Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017
    in Boat Races & Regatta

    The Oatley family, owners of Australia’s internationally acclaimed tropical destination, Hamilton Island, have confirmed that despite the Whitsunday Islands region being devastated by Cyclone ...
    Published on 04-03-2017 10:00 AM
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    Morning All,

    Well what a testing 24 hours I have had. Yesterday after I finished writing the blog I heated up my hot water bottle and crawled into bed as the boat was sailing nicely with 20 knots. I had the 2nd reef in the main sail and ...
    Published on 04-02-2017 09:43 PM
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    Evening all or should I say morning all as it is 10am here. Given that I am now waking at midnight and going to bed at midday I am now halfway between two days so this is the blog for the 30th and the 31st my time and I will be on Australian time from then on. ...