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    Published on 01-18-2020 12:06 PM
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    Port Phillip delivered another cracking day for the second day of racing at the 2020 edition of Sail Melbourne International. Following a very windy day one, Saturday started out with light conditions before the wind picked up again making for a fitness as well as skill focussed day. On Friday, only one race had been possible in most fleets and Saturday’s aim was to get the maximum number of races in. With three and more races on the schedule, leader boards started to take shape.

    Laser Fleets

    The Laser, sailing out of Sandringham ...
    Published on 01-17-2020 05:27 PM
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    With wind limits on the edge, conditions on day one of Sail Melbourne International 2020 provided many competitors with a wild, windy and
    challenging day on Port Phillip Bay. Racing started out in around 20-22 knots but with wind gusting into the high twenties as the afternoon progressed, racing was cut short after several classes reached their wind limits. All ...
    Published on 01-15-2020 09:03 AM
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    International 14 Worlds
    Report from USA 1200
    Perth, Western Australia



    The party is over. Boats are packed back into containers or road trailers and the sailors have cleaned the beaches and yards surrounding the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. 67 International 14s were registered for the 2020 Worlds all anticipating ...
    Published on 01-13-2020 04:47 PM
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    Artemis XIV secures 5.5 world title after exciting final day in Pittwater
    Artemis XIV(NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) have won the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia, after a thrilling final day of racing. New Moon II(BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) ends up second on equal points with Ali Baba(BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway).

    On a day in which everyone had their chances, and the left ...
    Published on 01-10-2020 10:00 AM
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    'Showtime' keel was not designed by Ker Yacht Design

    We would like to make clear that the keel lost by the Ker 40 ‘Showtime’ was not designed by Ker Yacht Design. The yacht had a retrofit ...
    Published on 01-09-2020 04:05 PM
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    The opening race of the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport, Australia, was sailed in a moderate southerly on the Palm Beach Circle. Winner of last week’s Scandinavian Gold Cup and defending world champions, Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen), lead the only race from start to finish.

    Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) was second with New Moon ...
    Published on 01-09-2020 09:52 AM
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    18ft Skiffs: ‘THE OCEAN CHALLENGE’





    When the Australian 18 Footers League’s 2019-2020 Season resumes racing on Sunday, January 12, it will be 35 years since the club celebrated its 50th Anniversary in January 1985 by staging a unique event, which produced, as it’s finale, one of the most spectacular 18ft Skiff races in the sport’s more than 125-year history. The regatta, ...
    Published on 01-07-2020 10:37 AM
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    Showtime in happier times

    Story by Hanna Wootton https://www.afr.com

    The crew of a Sydney Hobart yacht were rescued in "extraordinary circumstances" after the strong winds fanning the blazes on NSW's South Coast sunk their boat off the coast of Bermagui.

    Skipper and Pinsent Masons law partner Rob Buchanan and his crew were picked up by emergency services around 5.30am on Sunday after their boat Showtime, a Ker 40 racing boat, flipped three hours earlier.

    The crew faced 48 knot winds as they travelled up ...
    Published on 01-06-2020 04:58 PM
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    Article by Darryl Dedman / https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/ne...s-Team-Racing?


    The CST Composites i14 World Championships commenced on December 30th at the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club with the team racing event that has its origins stretching back to 1933.

    The mandate of the event is comradery and fun, there are no trophies only recognition of a ...
    Published on 01-05-2020 10:18 AM
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    Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) won both races on the second day of the Scandinavian Gold Cup, in Newport, Australia, to equal his own record of three consecutive Cup victories. In a first to three race wins format, he dispatched the opposition in just three races.

    It was a smoky day on the Palm Beach Circle but there was no dust on Artemis XIV as they led the first race from start to finish and then made some great decisions in the second to take the lead twice before sealing the win.

    The wind had turned to ...
    Published on 01-05-2020 09:31 AM
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    Australian Yachting Championships 2020: Winners decided

    Matt Allen has claimed a third successive Australian Yachting Championship title today in Hobart, with Ichi Ban claiming victory in four races and finishing third in Race 5, with Race 6 abandoned for Division A. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania over three days, Allen, who won Division A with his TP52 from another TP52, Zen (Gordon Ketelbey) and the RP66, Alive (Phillip Turner), arrived at the Championships having won the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

    “Our aim for the last six months was the Sydney Hobart, Blue Water Pointscore and this event,” he said, having won all three. “It was also nice to be part of the winning ...
    Published on 01-03-2020 05:52 PM
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    Opening day of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship at Perth Dinghy SC, Australia.

    Results for Thursday show just five finishers in the practice, with all other competitors retired or DNC.

    Brad Devine and Ian Furlong of Australia ...
    Published on 01-03-2020 12:16 PM
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    Day 1 of the Australian Yachting Championships, hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) kicked off at 10.30am today on the River Derwent as planned, but in a very light 5-7 knot breeze.

    Topping the Division A leaderboard is Matt Allen’s defending champion, Ichi Ban (NSW), fresh from her Rolex Sydney Hobart win. Allen scored three wins from three races with his TP52.

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    Published on 12-29-2019 12:37 PM
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    It’s not size that matters for Michael Coxon in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Australian sailing legend Michael Coxon has long been linked with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through his role as the master tactician on many successful super maxi yachts.

    But his imprint on this year’s 75th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia event will have nothing to do with any of the five 100-footers that finished on Saturday morning.

    It will be on a much smaller, but nonetheless impressive yacht – the David Griffith-owned JV62 Chinese Whisper – which was seventh to finish the 628-nautical-mile race at 5.24pm yesterday. For Coxon, this year’s Hobart will mark his 31st start in it. And when he stepped foot back on terra firma, it was clear that win or not, this 75th race will forever hold fond memories for him.

    “To be sailing on a 62-footer is a pleasure, because it’s big enough to be fast, but it is small enough and light enough you can actually handle it,” Coxon ...
    Published on 12-27-2019 05:10 PM
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    Celebrations ensue after the 628-nautical-mile journey, culminating in a final tussle with fickle winds on the Derwent River

    This morning at 07:30:24 hrs, race record holder Comanche beat her four super maxi rivals to take line honours in the 2019 Rolex ...
    Published on 12-26-2019 10:15 AM
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    Comanche, the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner and race record holder, fought back brilliantly from a slow start in this year’s 75th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race by taking the lead soon after exiting Sydney Heads.

    The super maxi, co-owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant, seemingly laboured for speed from the start compared to her four rivals, but once offshore, her downwind superiority came into play.

    Comanche, third on line honours last year, was fifth out of the heads. First was InfoTrack, and then Wild Oats XI, SHK Scallywag, and Black Jack respectively.

    However, by the time Comanche was sailing abeam of Cronulla, she was the furthest out ...
    Published on 12-19-2019 10:44 AM
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    New Zealand’s Josh Junior has maintained his lead at the Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne, Australia after three races on Thursday in a moderate sea breeze. He will take a 13-point lead in to the final day of the opening series on Friday. Olympic champion, Giles Scott, from Britain, is up to second while defending world champion, Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary is up to third. Race wins went to Ed Wright, from Britain, Berecz and Scott.


    all images © Robert Deaves





    After no racing ...
    Published on 12-18-2019 10:14 AM
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    After a near-perfect score card at the end of the penultimate day of racing, Tom Slingsby has clean swept another day of racing to clinch his maiden Moth World Championship with a day to spare.

    The win at the Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds came after a solid sea breeze that saw the race committee commit to running the additional fourth race to get ahead of schedule.

    Racing was also live streamed by Down Under Sail, well supported by broadcast ...
    Published on 12-16-2019 10:42 AM
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    Day One: U.S. Finn Sailors off to Solid Start in Opening Series of 2019 Gold Cup
    Day one of the 2019 Finn Gold Cup began wet and overcast but improved through the day to leave a pleasant 8 to 12 knot breeze on Port Philip. By mid-afternoon, the competitors were met with clear skies, rising temperatures, and the first real taste of summer for many of the athletes.

    After an hour-long delay to give the breeze a chance to fill ...
    Published on 12-14-2019 10:41 AM
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    SLINGSBY AND BURTON FLEX THEIR MUSCLE ON FINAL DAY OF MOTH WORLDS QUALIFYING




    Report by www.downundersail.com


    It was all to play for today at the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds with positions very much up for grabs to make the cut for Gold fleet racing that kicks off after tomorrow’s lay day.

    The fleets will be split for Monday’s finals racing allowing the first chance to see the best sailors all on the same course for the ...