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    Published on 09-19-2019 10:24 AM
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    Report, Pics and Video From Ronnie Simpson

    Nadi, Fiji - The 36th annual Fiji Regatta Week - Fiji’s largest annual regatta - has drawn to a conclusion after six days of yacht racing, parties, seminars and more. One of the largest racing and cruising regattas in the South Pacific, 2019 was once again very well attended ...
    Published on 09-13-2019 08:27 AM
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    To start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm on 30 January 2021, the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021, organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in NSW in association with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), is already gaining momentum with over 100 Expressions of Interest received. ...
    Published on 09-12-2019 03:08 PM
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    Article, Pics, & Video by Ronnie Simpson

    Nadi, Fiji - The 36th annual Fiji Regatta Week - Fiji’s largest annual regatta - kicks off this weekend at Musket Cove Island Resort, located in the beautiful Mamanuca ...
    Published on 08-23-2019 09:24 AM
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    Sydney boats Hooligan, Marcus Blackmore’s TP52, and Team Hollywood, Ray Roberts’ Botin 40, have captured the top divisional prizes at Hamilton Island Race Week on the penultimate day, when the whales came out to play in Whitsunday Passage.

    Wind over tide made for some very lumpy seas and there were a small number of casualties. Team Zen was this afternoon working hard to repair the vang on Gordon Ketelbey’s TP52 so they can complete the sixth and final day of the annual ...
    Published on 08-23-2019 09:23 AM
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    The brand new Tf10 Mad Max up on one hull through a gybe and Kim William’s Melges 32 Rock n Roll living up to its name by performing a massive wipe-out at the northern end of Dent Island in a gust made for a colourful day four of racing at Hamilton Island Race Week.

    This was after some morning frivolity when crews dressed up as superheroes, Star Wars characters and a boatload of vitamin-fuelled (some suggested), green-suited aliens ...
    Published on 08-20-2019 09:14 AM
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    Big Tuesday delivers bang to Hamilton Island Race Week crews

    With two days of light airs kicking off Hamilton Island Race Week, the hype building for some serious heavy air racing on day three delivered. Big Tuesday opened with a bang, the southeast winds whistling across Dent Passage and winding up to 37 knots as the morning progressed.

    Unbowed by the ...
    Published on 08-14-2019 08:46 AM
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    Competition heats up with one day remaining at Airlie Beach Race Week

    The 31st Airlie Beach Race Week, hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club, is in its closing stages with just one day of racing remaining, so all 114 competing boats were out on the various courses today doing their best to cement a podium place in advance of the final day.

    “That was a long time on the course yesterday,” said Phil ‘Cub’ Barnett, a past 18 foot skiff world champion, as he prepared for the day ahead. “It’s ...
    Published on 08-12-2019 09:50 PM
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    'Tornado' hits Auckland waterfront and leaves destruction in its wake.
    Article via NZ Herald

    A tornado-like waterspout has ripped through central Auckland's waterfront, toppling at least one shipping container and wreaking havoc on yachts, ships and cars.

    Vehicles were swept into the ocean and a yacht was struck by lightning as the ...
    Published on 07-11-2019 09:34 AM
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    Three dead, two in hospital after catamaran overturned off the coast of Newcastle

    Jessica Brown Reports For The Newcastle Herald

    THREE people are dead and two have been rescued after a catamaran overturned off Newcastle in what has been described as "a traumatic scene".

    Marine Rescue crews from Newcastle and Port Stephens raced to a mayday call off the Hunter's coast on Thursday morning.

    An EPIRB - ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 10:09 AM
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    A Victorian couple and their pet dog, Charlie, have had a lucky escape from a burning yacht in waters off Moreton Island in South-East Queensland on Friday.
    Authorities were alerted to the burning boat on the south-west side of the island just after 5.30am.
    Police ...
    Published on 03-07-2019 10:21 AM
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    18ft Skiffs

    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 6 & 7

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Thursday, 7 March 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s racing sponsored by Asko Appliances

    ASCC and Smeg clearly win the start in Race 7

    The New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams ASCC and Honda Marine shared the honours with comfortable wins in Races 6 and 7 on Day 5 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    ASCC (Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard), ...
    Published on 03-06-2019 03:34 PM
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    18ft Skiffs

    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 5 & 6

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Wednesday, 6 March 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s race sponsored by Dal Zotto

    Asko Appliances and Honda Marine search for more breeze

    With a lack of wind at the scheduled race start time, and the prediction of more wind due later in the afternoon, race officials decided to hold the teams on shore until a firm decision could be made about the day’s racing on Sydney Harbour. When the first wind from the south came in around 2pm the decision was made by the race officials and the race got underway one-and-a-half-hours after the scheduled time.

    Asko Appliances comes home in third place in fading light

    Published on 03-05-2019 10:11 AM
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    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 3 & 4

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Tuesday, 5 March 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s race sponsored by Quality Marine Clothing

    Smeg was flying on her way to victory in Race 4

    Australia’s Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey starred om Day 3 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship with a win and third placing in the two races today, to move into clear second placing after four races of the regatta. With a perfect 19-20 knot NE breeze on Sydney Harbour, the New Zealand teams again produced some spectacular sailing to take out first and second placings in Race 3 when C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts) defeated defending champion ...
    Published on 03-04-2019 09:32 AM
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    Alan and Tom Quick have added the Yoti Sydney 38 Australian Championship to their trophy cabinet at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour Regatta, which finished late this afternoon.

    The Quicks (CYCA), who were crowned Farr 40 NSW champions in early February on their ‘Outlaw’, were in top form, winning six from nine races. They did not finish outside the top three on the windward/leeward courses in the Sound on Sydney Harbour over three days.

    Father and son had previously owned and raced a Sydney 38 with success, but not ...
    Published on 03-03-2019 10:36 AM
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    18ft Skiffs

    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 2

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Sunday, 3 March 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s race sponsored by Ilve

    A torn spinnaker in an incident with a yacht robbed Winning Group of a possible victory in today's race

    Defending champion Honda Marine won its second race of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship today, after another eventful day of racing on Sydney Harbour. After trailing Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) for half the NE course, Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) grabbed the lead when the Winning Group spinnaker was torn, in an incident with a yacht, and the skiff had to retire from the race. Once in the lead, Honda Marine held a handy lead over the fleet and looked set for a good win, but Appliancesonline.com.au ...
    Published on 03-03-2019 09:59 AM
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    18ft Skiffs

    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 1

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Saturday, 1 March, 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s race sponsored by Rag & Famish Hotel

    Appliancesonline on the spinnaker run down the middle of Sydney Harbour on lap two of the course

    The defending champion Honda Marine team of Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins showed that they will be hard to beat again this year when they scored an impressive win in Race 1 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. In a controversial start to the championship, two of the leading championship contenders, Asko Appliances (James Dorron) and ASCC (Josh Porebski) were recalled for an OCS start. With protests lodged for various incidents, ...
    Published on 03-01-2019 09:04 AM
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    Peter Byford and David Hudson have come out the cream of the crop on Day 1 of the Yoti Sydney 38 Championship at the Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC), sailing Conspiracy to two wins from three races for an early lead this afternoon.

    The reigning NSW champions and third placegetters at the 2018 Australian Championship, Byford and Hudson are making no bones about their desire to ramp it up a notch this year, despite a larger field ...
    Published on 02-27-2019 09:21 AM
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    Yachting NZ publishes this piece:

    The JJ Giltinans will feel a bit different this year, with a New Zealand team going in as defending champions for the first time in nearly 50 years, and there's hope another victory will see the regatta come to these shores.

    The JJ Giltinan Trophy is considered the world championships ...
    Published on 02-24-2019 09:26 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    Club Championship, Race 16
    Sunday, 24 February, 2019
    Sydney Harbour

    The Asko Appliances team had to recover from a mid-race capsize before taking out the 2018-2019 Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship in a dramatic day of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour today.

    Going into today's final race of the championship, Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Trent Barnabas) held a 3.4 points lead over arch-rival Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, ...
    Published on 02-16-2019 10:14 AM
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    Thousands of spectators turn out to watch the green and gold take victory on home waters

    SYDNEY – February 16, 2019 – The first ever SailGP was witnessed by more than 20,000 people who took to the water on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, providing the perfect amphitheater for the season kick off.

    Two intense days of racing saw six national teams do battle in the world’s most technologically advanced catamarans, competing to get ...