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    Published on 02-23-2020 11:09 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 11:00 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 11:47 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 11:12 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 10:38 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 09:54 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 10:21 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 04:26 PM
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    Day One Report – Alexander and Stipanovic Lead Laser Worlds
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    (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 10:42 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 ...
    Published on 02-03-2020 10:12 AM
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    Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) used superior boat speed upwind in the flat water to narrowly win the Oceania Championship by three points from Zajac/Matz (AUT) and Gimson/Burnett (GBR). On a blustery final day the American’s got a 1, 3 battling tightly with the Austrians who scored a 2, 1 and won the regatta by three ...
    Published on 01-29-2020 10:57 AM
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    2020 Sydney 38 OD Australian Championship heads to Pittwater






    The Sydney 38 One-Design Australian Championship will be hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) over three days, from 14 to 16 February, and an exceptional ...
    Published on 01-20-2020 11:59 AM
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    It was a challenging day for sailors and race management alike with multiple storm fronts passing through Melbourne on the penultimate day of Sail Melbourne International making for another wild and fun day for the majority of the classes. Despite the weather challenges several of the fleets managed to get all races in, while some were cancelled for the day due to high winds and sea stage. Amongst those abandoned were the para-sailing classes 2.4mR and Liberty, as well as the Laser 4.7 which were cancelled for the day before going out. The International 505 class did venture out, but with winds increasing, racing had to be abandoned and subsequently cancelled for the day.

    Tuesday will be the final day of Sail Melbourne International ...
    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 ...