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    Published on 03-19-2020 10:09 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 8 & 9

    Sponsored by Winning Group

    Thursday, 19 March 2020




    all images © Michael Chittenden





    Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took out the third consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship after another impressive performance in the final ...
    Published on 03-18-2020 10:50 AM
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    The defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins hold a narrow points lead over their nearest rival as the fleet goes into the final two races of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour tomorrow.

    After each team drops the worst placing from the seven races sailed to date, Honda Marine leads former World champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, in Winning Group, by just four points, so every placing in each of the two races will be critical.

    Honda Marine has a net total of 11 points, Winning Group is on 15 points. ...
    Published on 03-17-2020 10:22 AM
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    18ft Skiffs

    JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 3, 4 and 5

    Three windward-return course races staged on Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today produced three different winners in the light SE breeze.


    In the first race of the day (Race 3 of the championship) Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) led all the way over the two-lap course to cross the finish line 13s ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams).

    Defending champion and series leader ...
    Published on 03-14-2020 12:25 PM
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    18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 1

    Sponsored by Winning Group

    Saturday, 14 March 2020





    Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins began their attempt to win their third consecutive JJ Giltinan Championship when they scored a come-from-behind win in Race i of the 2020 championship on Sydney Harbour today. It wasn't until the seventh leg of ...
    Published on 03-10-2020 04:18 PM
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    TEAM HONDA MARINE GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW






    When the 24 boats contesting the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 14-22, defending champion David McDiarmid could become the first New Zealand skipper to win three titles in the 82-year history of the world’s premier 18-Footer championship.



    David, Brad Collins and Matt Steven will head a three-boat team from New Zealand in their Honda Marine-sponsored skiff.



    They are joined by the experienced C-Tech team of Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey and Matt Coutts, and the very much improved young Maersk Line team of Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting and Harry Clark.



    McDiarmid is quick to point out that the Honda Marine campaign is very much a team effort.



    David says: “It’s definitely not all about me. We are a three-man team and everyone is critical to our success.” ...
    Published on 02-28-2020 10:02 AM
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    Marit Bouwmeester wins 4th Laser Radial Women’s World Championship, Krutskikh wins Men’s
    February 27, 2020
    Ravi Subramanian
    Sandringham, VIC, Australia


    It may have been a case of “saved by the wind” for Rio Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester. The three-time world champion led by 24 points over night but saw her margin trimmed to just two points after the first race of the final day. A big wind shift caught a number of the top sailors out, and Bouwmeester, who received a yellow flag (penalty ...
    Published on 02-28-2020 08:49 AM
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    British team win all three races on Sydney Harbour while first collision of campaign forces France to retire early

    SYDNEY – February 28, 2020 – In his first day of competing in the world’s fastest sail racing, Ben Ainslie’s much-anticipated debut was masterful as the Great Britain SailGP Team presented by INEOS swept all three races on Sydney Harbour in the kick off to SailGP Season 2. The British team wasted no time ...
    Published on 02-27-2020 10:20 AM
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    Day 5 Report – Bouwmeester Leading Women, Krutskikh Leading Men, at Laser Radial Worlds
    FEBRUARY 27, 2020
    Sandringham, VIC, Australia



    Rio Olympic Champion, Marit Bouwmeester (NED), is putting on a sailing masterclass at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championship in Melbourne. She had a hiccup in Race 8 when a massive wind shift caught her out, but a series of five consecutive race wins on previous days has allowed her to open a 24 point gap on Line Flem Host (NOR), her nearest ...
    Published on 02-26-2020 08:41 AM
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    Sandringham, VIC, Australia

    The weather played havoc again at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championships in Melbourne today. Two attempts were made to get Yellow Fleet started shortly after 2pm but a series of rolling thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning, forced the sailors to hurry back to the Sandringham Yacht Club before the course became dangerous.

    There was a long wait onshore, but with the regatta already two races behind owing to light winds on the opening days, the AP flag came down at 5pm and the sailors rushed to their boats. ...
    Published on 02-25-2020 11:15 AM
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    Story by Melanie Parking For Sail World

    The 60th edition of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships is underway on Wellington Harbour, hosted by the Worser Bay Yacht Club. .

    OK, 60 years this event been going on – let that sink in a bit!

    In 2005, Nicholas Press won his first inter dominion trophy, as a skipper. Sailing with Brad Yabsley out of Sydney’s ...
    Published on 02-25-2020 10:40 AM
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    All seven SailGP teams were on the start line today in Sydney for the first round of practice races for the second season, including the winner of season one, Australia.

    While all eyes were on Ben Ainslie and his Ineos sponsored ...
    Published on 02-23-2020 10:09 AM
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    David Griffith’s 62-foot Chinese Whisper has set a new race record in the 2020 Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race this morning, finishing at 1:34:17 AM in a total time of 10 hours, 34 minutes, 17 seconds. Griffith ...
    Published on 02-21-2020 10:00 AM
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    Marit Bouwmeester


    Sandringham, VIC, Australia

    All three medalists from the Rio Olympics will take to the water from Sandringham Yacht Club to compete in the Laser Radial Women’s Championship, which starts on Sunday. They head a star-studded field of 106 competitors from 40 countries, many of whom will be trying to qualify as their country’s representative at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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    Published on 02-17-2020 10:47 AM
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    Thrilling medal races produce world champions

    Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand dazzled to win another 49er world championship, the sixth for the magic combo, which is easily a class record.

    In thrilling medal race the Spanish 49erFX team of Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo and the British Nacra 17 team of John Gimson and Anna Burnet owned those class’ top spots respectively.

    Three medal races on Corio Bay in cool SW 10-14 knots building to 18 knots by the afternoon capped off the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 2020 World Championship, and added more data to the form guide for those nations yet to announce their representative teams for Tokyo 2020.

    Medal prospects for Enoshima, the sailing venue for the Olympic Games July 24 to August 9, are a little clearer. Then there are the surprise top 10 absentees including Rio 2016 FX gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) and Rio Nacra 17 gold medal winners Santiago ...
    Published on 02-14-2020 10:12 AM
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    Plan for the final day of 2020 World Championship racing
    With no racing on Friday February 14 due to summer storms that wreaked havoc with the breeze, Saturday’s final day of the 49er, 49er and Nacra 17 2020 World Championship ...
    Published on 02-14-2020 09:38 AM
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    The fourth day of racing at the ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship was abandoned today, owing to a series of thunderstorms that swept across Port Phillip Bay.
    Scheduled to be ...
    Published on 02-13-2020 08:54 AM
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    Spanish Redemption

    Second by two points in the 49erFX is Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen, the 2016 World Champion with a different crew, and Paula Barcelo. The duo sailed through injury at the 2019 worlds and suffered, only managing a silver fleet finish. With the pressure of the Spanish trials on, these champions are in contention for the lead and are looking to give the Spanish selectors a hard choice.

    “It’s important [being a world championship] but we have to think more than this,” ...
    Published on 02-12-2020 09:21 AM
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    Reigning 49er world champions and Rio 2016 Gold medallists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), bagged enough low scores in the qualification round to lead at the midway point of the 2020 49er World Championship in Geelong, Australia.

    The top 25 49er teams go through to gold fleet to fight in the coming three days for the world title, and Burling/Tuke are primed to defend their crown, which would make it six for the canny Kiwis.

    “It’s good to get through the qualifying series with ...
    Published on 02-11-2020 03:26 PM
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    Day One Report – Alexander and Stipanovic Lead Laser Worlds
    FEBRUARY 11, 2020LASERCLASSFEATURE ITEM
    (Sandringham, Australia) There is an Australian on top of the ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship leader board, but it is not one of the pre-event favorites. Finn Alexander, ranked just 36th in the world, finished the day with a first and second place, to be tied after one day of racing with Rio Olympic silver medalist Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia.

    The first day started slowly, with all three fleets held onshore while the ...
    Published on 02-11-2020 09:42 AM
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    Gimson and Burnet Lead Out of the Start
    Nacra 17

    First Nacra 17 points went to Aussie siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge, scoring a win then a second and a 10th to finish second overall. Enviable opening scores but the GBR team of John Gimson and Anna Burnet went one better, a 10th then two wins to be the lead multihull.

    Nathan & Haylee Outteridge (AUS) second in the Nacra 17 after the first day of racing
    “It was a day that was dictated mainly by the seaweed in the water, a bit like in the warm-up regatta a week or so ago so we kind of knew what to expect,” Burnet said. “It’s a good start. We have lots of races to go but if we can carry on that form, then we will be pretty happy. We have a couple of windy days coming ...