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    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 ...
    Published on 10-05-2018 10:36 AM
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    New teams, existing teams, and a return of some of the world's best 18ft skiff sailors of the past decade, will highlight the Australian 18 Footers League's exciting 2018-2019 Season, which begins on Sydney Harbour, on Sunday, 14 October.

    The opening race of the season is Race 1 of the seven-race Spring Championship, with a fleet of 17 teams lining up for the challenge. The Spring Championship will be conducted each Sunday from October ...
    Published on 08-26-2018 03:15 PM
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    New TP52 Australian circuit planned


    With so many now in the country, Marcus Blackmore has confirmed a TP52 circuit for Australia, starting in November.

    “The owners have talked and we’re going to start with three – one in Sydney, one in Pittwater and one in Newcastle – the guys are fans of Newcastle and the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,” Blackmore said.


    A proponent of one-design racing, and the owner of the TP52 Hooligan, a two year-old European champion when raced there as Azzurra, the vitamins leader says, “We’ll be able to have really good ...
    Published on 08-21-2018 09:53 AM
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    Breeze on at Hamilton Island Race Week 2018

    Morning breeze on at Hamilton Island left some opting for an extra layday while those who did venture out in the sou’easterlies were paid handsomely with moderating conditions and another perfect pour of winter sunshine at Hamilton Island Race Week 2018.

    Hamilton Island airport’s 36-knot gusts at 9am and whitecaps in Dent Passage were the reasons for regatta director Denis Thompson’s calling for an hour’s postponement to all racing, and why a quarter of the 233-boat fleet opted to remain ashore on Monday August 20.

    Thompson’s keen eye and determination to get the fleet on the water was repaid though. “I could just sense the breeze was backing off early and I ...
    Published on 08-15-2018 01:39 PM
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    Somebody up there loves the 30th Airlie Beach Race Week





    Day 5 of Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and conditions during the morning were above and beyond the forecast 15 knots, the wind whipping seas up quickly and crews had to stay on their toes, then winds eased after lunch – another great day in paradise. Our viewing platform for the penultimate day of the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) organised event, was Alani, a luxury motor yacht. We did it in style, ...
    Published on 08-14-2018 12:00 PM
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    Trimaran flips at Airlie Beach Race Week – all aboard are fine
    words by Di Pearson



    Queenslander Dennis Lehany’s Jim Brown 6 metre trimaran, Billy the Kid, flipped while racing in shifty and gusty 25 knot winds at Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing today.

    Three fellow racing yachts went to their assistance. Hammer of Queensland, a famous old maxi chartered and helmed by former 18 foot skiff JJ Giltinan champion, ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 04:44 PM
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    If you have never heard of a Starling Dinghy, you are not alone.

    It was not until a few reports from Livesaildie crossed our monitor
    that we were even aware. But in New Zealand they are a quite popular stepping stone for teens to utilize whilst in their formative
    years, a nice, inexpensive trainer for those tweener years.




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    Published on 04-20-2018 10:16 AM
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    News from the shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia










    A severe thunderstorm that hit the Hunter last night caused carnage at Belmont 16 Footers yacht club, with strong winds tossing ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 02:42 PM
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    From The Star Weekly


    A member of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown has died during a prestigious annual event held in gusty conditions on Port Phillip Bay.

    Crew members from other yachts scrambled to save Max Peters, after he fell overboard in rough seas and strong winds on Sunday.

    Sandringham Yacht Club had been hosting ...
    Published on 03-12-2018 11:39 AM
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    Kiwi's David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins did New Zealand proud this week and wrestled the vaulted
    18 World Champion Trophy, aka the JJ Giltinan Trophy away from the Aussies after a 44 year old drought. ...