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    Published on 08-26-2018 02:15 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 08:53 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 12:39 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 11:00 AM
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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 03:44 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.

    Published on 04-20-2018 09:16 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 01:42 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 10:39 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. ...
    Published on 03-11-2018 08:57 AM
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    New Zealand's Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) became the first Kiwi team to win the 80-year-old JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour when the team completed the championship with a total of 21 points to defeat fellow-kiwi team Maersk Line by just one point. ...
    Published on 03-08-2018 11:31 AM
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    Editors Note: The Aussies have completely dominated the JJ's since its inception in 1938, with 57 wins total since.
    The Kiwi's have won 7 times in those years, the last being Travelodge New Zealand with Terry McDell at helm in 1974.
    A victory this year would be a YUUUUUGGGEEE win for the Kiwis!

    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Day 5
    Sponsored by The Winning ...
    Published on 03-07-2018 02:50 PM
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    Day 4 of The Winning Group 2018 JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship was held on Sydney Harbour today when two short-course, windward-return races were sailed towards the overall championship pointscore.

    The first of the two races was sailed in an 11-knot South-East wind and resulted in a win for Triple M (James Ward, Adam Gillson, Tom Anderson) by 11s from the Australian champion Smeg team (Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, ...
    Published on 03-06-2018 09:15 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 3
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    Tuesday, 6 March 2018
    Sydney Harbour
    (today's race sponsored by Rag & Famish Hotel)

    The Australians fought back after an previous domination by the New Zealand teams when Finport Trade Finance took out Race 3 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Finport Trade Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) had a race-long dual with the winners of the two earlier races in the championship (Maersk Line nad ...
    Published on 03-04-2018 01:07 PM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    Sunday, 4 March 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    New Zealand's domination of the 2018 Winning Group 2018 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship continued on Sydney Harbour today when Honda Marine proved too good for the 25-boat fleet of the world's best 18 Footer teams.

    David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins grabbed the lead soon after the start and led for most of the course before going ...
    Published on 03-02-2018 10:10 AM
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    Phil Robertson became just the third skipper and the third different national to win a SuperFoiler Grand Prix race when the New Zealander claimed the only victory on the first day of the Busselton programme.

    “We are the first people after Euroflex to win a race and actually cross the finish line,” said the victorious World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson.

    Record Point crossed ahead of Pavement, tech2, Kleenmaid and iD Intranet to ...
    Published on 03-01-2018 10:27 AM
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    Progress continues in Auckland as the new bow section is secured into the hull and painting commenced with a goal to relaunch the boat early next week.

    Photos: Atlia Madrona/ Vestas 11th Hour Racing

    Published on 02-25-2018 10:31 AM
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    Full Report Via The West.Com.au

    Two local sailors are dead and several others deeply traumatised after a well-known WA yacht overturned in windy seas off Mandurah.
    Police were last night still trying to piece together what happened to Finistere, a three-time Sydney to Hobart offshore cruiser owned and skippered by popular yachtsman and Fremantle ...
    Published on 02-15-2018 03:30 PM
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    Our boat is now in the process of being repaired. A new bow section built by Persico Marine has arrived in Auckland and will be fitted into the V065 hull.

    Photo: Virgilio Fidanza / Brendon ...
    Published on 02-15-2018 11:53 AM
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    Fugitive pirate involved in Sir Peter Blake's murder caught after 15 years on the run

    The New Zealand Herald Reports

    One of the fugitive killers of record-breaking yachtsman Sir Peter Blake has been captured by police after more than 15 years on the run.

    Jose Irandir Cardoso was arrested after military police who intercepted him at a routine stop on the ...
    Published on 02-11-2018 11:06 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    Australian Championship, Races 5 &and 6
    Sunday, 11 February, 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    A 22-knot SSE wind provided fantastic conditions for the flying 18ft Skiffs today when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted Races 5 and 6 of the Auustralian Championship on Sydney Harbour.

    Once again, the two races produced two different winners and the overall scores suggest that we are ...
    Published on 02-02-2018 08:32 AM
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    The inaugural SuperFoiler Grand Prix in Adelaide, South Australia started with flying colours. Mother nature tested the organizer's nerves with strong winds but in the end a race started and there was plenty of action.
    In the images 'tech2' air born during the second ...