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    Published on 10-20-2017 10:51 AM
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    In a flurry of action and jostling for space on the startline, 150 yachts representing the spectrum of the New Zealand race fleet commenced the famous Auckland to Russell yacht race on Friday morning 20 October.

    The PIC Coastal Classic, in its 35th year, is New Zealand yachting’s annual ice breaker, kicking off the summer season with the opportunity to participate in the famous, iconic regatta.

    The week’s weather ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 11:10 AM
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    The former Phaedo3 which Lloyd Thornburg campaigned for several years, obliterating records along the way
    is now sporting a new look as she gets ready to start a new life as Beau Geste. New owner Karl Kwok purchased ...
    Published on 08-26-2017 09:09 AM
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    By Lisa Ratcliff /AHIRW media
    Close to 2,000 sailors racing in 15 different divisions at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 finished the series on a massive high regardless of whether they picked up a trophy in the Non-Spinnaker or IRC Racing division, or any trophy at all.

    Crews from Tasmania to Western Australia to the American classic Dorade on a Southern Hemisphere odyssey used what was left in the tank in the sou’east tradewinds 15-18 ...
    Published on 08-25-2017 10:21 AM
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    The winter tradewinds returned to the Whitsundays and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on the penultimate day of competition, allowing for an expanded schedule to make up for some races missed due to light winds mid-week.

    Trailables, Multihull Cruising, Non-Spinnaker and most of the Cruising fleet crews took in the sights on various island courses, the occasional Humpback whale complementing the idyllic combination of warm winter sun and breeze all day. The remaining divisions stretched ...
    Published on 08-22-2017 10:34 AM
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    Top Gun caught in Rushour at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017
    By Lisa Ratcliff /AHIRW media

    Four hours after the original scheduled start and with the entire Audi Hamilton Island Race Week fleet moved to open water on the south western side of the island, the first start on day three got underway near Surprise Rock in a light south-east breeze.

    The IRC Racing fleet led off, Peter Harburg’s Black Jack 100 in control of the small but potent ...
    Published on 08-20-2017 12:05 PM
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    Racing began on day one of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 in idyllic conditions, excited and some nervous crews facing the prospect of a 25-30 knot sou’easters and strong tide making for a wild downwind run from the narrow start in Dent Passage.

    The fleet handled the fresh conditions over the 24 nautical mile course, 19 miles for the non-spinnaker, trailable and some cruising divisions, just the odd incident including a man overboard and recovery on ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 11:34 AM
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    The racing yacht Bumblebee V has run aground off Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW. She was being delivered to Hamilton Island Race Week by a professional crew when she hit a reef.

    The crew abandoned the stricken vessel and took to ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 03:49 PM
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    Wild Oats XI was the first to cross the finish line in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017 posting a time of 1 day 18 hours 37 mins and 6 seconds to take line honours ahead of Black Jack by the smallest of margins.

    After ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 10:22 AM
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    On Monday night as I sailed the final leg of the journey the winds were blowing from the NW to the NNW at 15 knots and I was making steady progress towards Albany. I was right on schedule racing along with an eta of lunchtime into port. I couldn't have planned it better if I tried that was until ...
    Published on 06-25-2017 10:23 AM
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    It's with great surprise and sadness that we forward the word of Robert "Killo" Killick's sudden and unexpected passing.
    We are told that Killo passed ...
    Published on 04-10-2017 03:19 PM
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    Debbie won’t stop Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017
    in Boat Races & Regatta

    The Oatley family, owners of Australia’s internationally acclaimed tropical destination, Hamilton Island, have confirmed that despite the Whitsunday Islands region being devastated by Cyclone ...
    Published on 04-03-2017 10:00 AM
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    Morning All,

    Well what a testing 24 hours I have had. Yesterday after I finished writing the blog I heated up my hot water bottle and crawled into bed as the boat was sailing nicely with 20 knots. I had the 2nd reef in the main sail and ...
    Published on 04-02-2017 09:43 PM
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    Evening all or should I say morning all as it is 10am here. Given that I am now waking at midnight and going to bed at midday I am now halfway between two days so this is the blog for the 30th and the 31st my time and I will be on Australian time from then on. ...
    Published on 03-28-2017 06:58 PM
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    1st images coming in now from the damage done by Cyclone Debbie in Queensland Australia...


    AUTHORITIES are trying to get drinking water and food to areas devastated by Cyclone Debbie, as tourists tell of being desperate to get out.

    More than 63,000 homes are without power, including in Mackay, Sarina, Airlie Beach and Proserpine and people stranded in the region have been told to expect more heavy rain and power shortages for days.

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there was a lot of structural damage across the Whitsundays and the government was prioritising getting water to Daydream Island, where about 200 holiday-makers and 100 staff are running short.

    Efforts were ...
    Published on 03-24-2017 10:00 AM
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    Perth, Australia (March 24th, 2017) – Local skipper Matt Jerwood certainly overplayed the anxiety card on his way to becoming the third Western Australian skipper to make it through to the semi-finals of Match Cup Australia, the first event on the 2017 World Match Racing Tour.

    Earlier in the day David Gilmour had gone through 3 – 1 against US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, ...
    Published on 03-05-2017 09:11 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 7
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    (Race Sponsor: The Kitchen Maker)
    Sunday, 5 March 2017
    Sydney Harbour

    The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas were already declared 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champions before today’s race but there was tremendous interest on the result as only five points separated the next six boats.

    With a SSW wind, ranging between 15 and ...
    Published on 03-04-2017 09:10 AM
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    When you drink beers you have ideas. So when we heard that two thirds of the world’s beaches were retreating, we cracked a couple of DB Exports and thought of a plan. ...
    Published on 03-04-2017 08:50 AM
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    4 March, 2017

    Tough day at Sydney Harbour Regatta doesn’t faze 90 year-old Gordon Ingate

    The ‘main event’ got underway at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 12th anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta today, when 21 classes and divisions joined the Sydney 38 class, which started its international championship yesterday – and everyone came ashore with a story to tell when big breeze accompanied a big swell on the Harbour.

    Published on 03-04-2017 08:38 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    (Race Sponsor: Smeg)
    Saturday, 4 March 2017
    Sydney Harbour

    New Zealand’s Yamaha 18ft Skiff team responded brilliantly to a dramatic week when they dominated the high class fleet in Race 6 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Despite today’s domination by David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins on Yamaha, the 2017 title has been won by Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor on Thurlow Fisher ...
    Published on 03-02-2017 09:31 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 5
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    (Race Sponsor: Caesar Stone)
    Thursday, 2 March 2017
    Sydney Harbour

    The Asko Appliances team totally dominated the international fleet with a brilliant victory in Race 5 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Sailing a four lap windward-return course in a 5-7knot Easterly wind, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Seve Jarvin and Jeronimo Harrison ...