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    Published on 01-14-2019 09:52 AM
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    Man swims through rough seas to get help as woman clings to capsized catamaran off Hervey Bay





    A woman who could not swim was forced to cling to the hull of a capsized boat for hours while her companion swam through rough waters near Hervey Bay to raise the alarm.

    The pair, aged in their fifties, was on board ...
    Published on 01-13-2019 11:21 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Final
    Sunday, 13 January 2019
    Sydney Harbour

    The Asko Appliances 18ft Skiff team became the 2018-2019 NSW champions after scoring a win and a second placing in the final two races of the championship which were sailed in a 15K SSE wind on Sydney Harbour today.

    Skipper James Dorron and his crew of Harry Bethwaite and Steve Thomas proved too consistent on the day for their main challengers for the title and Asko Appliances deserved the win as the team was the ...
    Published on 01-11-2019 10:45 AM
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    12ft Skiff Interdominion: Queenslanders notch up first win – Press and Hay on fire

    Queensland’s Richard Billet and Ben Cross (Carbon Chandlery) have notched up their first victory on the penultimate day of the Your Move Conveyancing 12Ft Skiff Interdominion, hosted by the Sydney Flying Squadron on Sydney Harbour.

    Carbon Chandlery won the first race of the day, Race 8, after nailing the start and not looking back. No easy feat given the stellar fleet boasting sailing champions ...
    Published on 01-11-2019 10:21 AM
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    NSW 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE
    A BATTLE RIGHT DOWN TO THE END




    The Australian 18 Footers League fleet is back on Sydney Harbour this Sunday when the 18-boat fleet will contest the final two races of the 2018-2019 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship.

    After three races so far in the championship, ...
    Published on 01-09-2019 02:49 PM
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    The last day of competition at the Oceania and Australian Laser Sailing Championships off the coast of Devonport saw all categories decided across the two final races, which were held in deteriorating conditions.

    In the 4.7 class, a second and a fifth placing on Tuesday was enough to see Queensland’s Kristen ...
    Published on 01-09-2019 10:38 AM
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    Strong northeasterly winds forced the bluebottle jellyfish ashore (stock photo).

    CNN's Emily Dixon Reports


    (CNN)Visitors to beaches in Australia's Queensland got a nasty surprise over the ...
    Published on 01-07-2019 02:43 PM
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    Write Up By Jonny Fullerton Yachts & Yachting

    By the end of the fourth day of the 2019 Dragon World Championship at Fremantle, Western Australia, the top of the leaderboard is log jammed with only three races to go.

    Despite an early strong wind warning, today's two races were held in more glamorous sailing conditions. The sun was out all day and the afternoon breeze stuck around 210 - 220 degrees at a moderate 10 - 15 knots.

    Race ...
    Published on 01-07-2019 10:05 AM
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    With 5 bullets in the 1st 6 races, San Francisco sailors Mike Martin and Adam Lowry coasted in races 7&8 in which they
    received a pair of 4s and used their two discards for races 9&10 for a commanding 24 point victory in the 2019
    5o5 Worlds In Fremantle. Mike Holt & Carl Smit of Santa Cruz took 2nd with 38 points. 3rd place went to the San Francisco team of Parker Shinn &
    Eric Anderson.

    This is the team's 2nd World Championships, they won together in 2016 ...
    Published on 01-05-2019 12:29 PM
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    Kiwis will do anything to drink at the beach, it seems.

    This group of New Year's Eve revellers got busy at low tide on Sunday and spent the early afternoon building a sandcastle in the middle of the Tairua estuary, a holidaymaker, who asked not to be named, said. ...
    Published on 01-05-2019 11:44 AM
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    On the northside of Tasmania, exists the township of Devonport where the Mersey River meets
    the Bass Strait. With a population of 30,000, mostly in the agricultural business and shipping,
    the 2019 Australian Laser National championships are being held for the 1st time in decades.

    148 Lasers and ...
    Published on 01-04-2019 02:32 PM
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    The Darling Point Sailing Squadron has been hosting the 16's and 13's Australian Nationals
    at their location in Manly Harbor, Brisbane Australia. 34 "Sixdeens" and 13 "Thirdeens"
    have been enjoying the summer sun, wind and camaraderie and Mitchell Pearson has been
    capturing the action from the water and from the ...
    Published on 01-04-2019 11:10 AM
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    Hard yards on the water today with PRO Olsen pushing the yachts and crews to the limit.

    Not content with a simple catch up from the previous day, today was the day that separated the front from the back. The Fremantle Doctor was in, with the breeze building as the day progressed. We started with a gentle 8 to 10 knots out of the south south west and the breeze swung into the south west by the time that the ...
    Published on 01-03-2019 10:56 AM
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    Day of attrition at the 505 Worlds. Four lead changes in the first run due to wipe outs. And they were the good guys.! The time to lead is at the finish which is where Mike Martin and Adam Lowry picked up their second win of the series so far.

    The second race was cancelled as the race committee were busy collecting broken boats in wind that was now gusting 25 knots.
    After 3 heats the top 3 are
    1 Mike Martin & Adam Lowry
    2 Wolfgang Hunger & Holger Jess
    3 Howie Hamlin & Jeff Nelson.




    Day 2 Report:
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    Published on 12-31-2018 11:44 AM

    Richard Gladwell pens this article on Sail-World.com


    A normally mild mannered Mark Richards is still fuming 24 hours after a controversial protest against Wild Oats XI was ruled invalid by the International Jury.

    Labelled a moment of redemption, Richards had skippered the 100ft grey hulled supermaxi to a line honours win the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It was her first since 2014, making amends for withdrawal after gear damage in 2015 and 2016, and a one hour penalty for a rules infraction in 2017. That controversial altercation cost WOXI her a third race record, and her ninth line honours win in 14 races.

    So there there were smiles all round as Wild Oats XI glided across the finish line sailing at 14kts, just after 8.00am on the morning of December 28.

    Grins from a job well done, as well as beating their jinx of the last three years.

    But the smiles turned to grimaces 12 hours later when Richards was phoned by the Race Committee and informed that they were being protested for not displaying their position on AIS [Automatic Identification
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    Published on 12-30-2018 01:11 PM
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    The boats my be a tad smaller but the power of the imagery is still top shelf!
    The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart might be finished, but the memories live on with this
    stellar collection from Carlo Borlenghi!










    Seventy five yachts have so far finished the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, meaning that four are still ...
    Published on 12-29-2018 11:33 AM
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    Constitution Dock is rapidly filling with yachts and sailors which have made their way up the Derwent River this evening. With a dying breeze late in the afternoon progress was slowed before a strong 180 degree wind shift came through propelling many yachts down the river under a fast ...
    Published on 12-29-2018 11:18 AM
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    If you were waiting for some of those classic, mystical images of the fleet approaching Hobart that
    we have become accustomed too over the years, but were disappointed that the image galleries at the
    official website were lacking, look no more.









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    Published on 12-28-2018 05:13 PM
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    As usual around this time of the race, hard conditions have hit the 62 boats remaining at sea in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with boats reefing down for the hard remaining miles to Hobart.

    Carl Crafoord, ...
    Published on 12-28-2018 11:08 AM
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    Alive (above) and Wild Oats 10 (Below)
    images © carlo borlenghi/studio borlenghi




    Two Reichel/Pugh 66s' epic battle

    While the super maxis were hard at it from start to finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, two Reichel/Pugh 66s were also hard at it not too far behind them; Phillip Turner’s Tasmanian Alive and the Oatley family’s Wild Oats X, skippered by Stacey Jackson.

    In the end, and much to the delight of the locals in Hobart, Alive was victorious over the line and overall from the pro all-female crew by a nick under ...
    Published on 12-27-2018 01:35 PM
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    Wild Oats XI With a 4.4 nm lead over Comanche with 9.2 nm to finish!

    Barring any last minute disaster, this will be their 1st Line Honors since 2014, and 8 other times since 2005.





    Finish line ...