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    Published on 01-24-2022 12:50 PM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 7
    23 January, 2022
    Sydney Harbour

    Another brilliant finishing burst by the current Australian champion Tech2 team to win Race 7 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today has set the scene for a match race type finish to the series as only one point separates Tech2 and Yandoo going into next Sunday's final race.

    Tach2's team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake had to recover from a slow start, which saw the team back in seventh place at the windward mark ...
    Published on 01-05-2022 05:10 PM
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    Story by Mark RothfieldMy Sailing.com

    Belmont, Lake Macquarie: Today the sou’east breezes that fluctuate markedly in strength and direction separated the seasoned campaigners from their younger challengers, following Races 4 and 5 of the 21-22 Red Pumps 16ft Skiff Australian Championship.

    The yellow jerseys have been handed to Nathan Wilmot, Brett Davis and Malcolm Page on the borrowed skiff Ronstan, while the venerable Lee Knapton, piloting Bryden’s Lawyers, sits handily in second place.

    Clean starts are critical in a fleet of this calibre, with the first beat largely setting the script for the race, ...
    Published on 01-05-2022 10:38 AM
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    Underdogs bite back at 16ft skiff Nationals

    ReportMy Sailing.Com

    If every underdog has its day, today was it at the Red Pumps 16ft skiff Australian Championships being hosted by Belmont 16s.

    Unheralded local boat Domino’s delivered a 1-2 punch to be boat of the day and the new series leader.

    SailGP stars Nathan Outteridge, Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen also showed that form is temporary but class is permanent. They came to the regatta yesterday, saw how it’s done, then conquered Race 3. They’ve now moved into fourth place overall aboard Fluid, after overnight leaders Moonen Yachts (Daniel Turner) and Ronstan (Nathan Wilmot) had quiet days at the office by ...
    Published on 01-03-2022 10:54 AM
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    Harry Price’s talent was obvious before he came into the 18s this season as skipper for the long-term sponsor Rag & Famish Hotel,
    but it’s still hard not to be surprised by just how quickly the level of his and his team’s ability has been highlighted under very difficult conditions.

    The Rag & Famish Hotel team’s high standards already achieved were never more evident than during the recent Race 5 of the NSW Championship
    when the ‘rookie ...
    Published on 01-02-2022 10:58 AM
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    It’s gold, gold, gold for the 16ft Skiff Australian Championships being held at Belmont, Lake Macquarie, from Sunday, January 2, as a host of former Olympic champions feature in the 47-strong fleet.

    Most attention will be on the all-star crew of the borrowed skiff Fluid, with Nathan Outteridge helming, Tom Slingsby on sheet, and Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen manning the bow. They’re rivals on the SailGP circuit, representing Japan, Australia and Great Britain respectively, but close mates off the water.

    Elsewhere in the fleet are Rio ...
    Published on 12-29-2021 12:03 PM
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    With line honours settled focus turns to main event in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    No sooner had the fight for line honours in the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race been won and lost by the three 100-footers in the race early this morning, attention turned towards the main event – that being, the race for overall victory and the prestigious Tattersall Cup.

    While the owners, crews and staff of the front-running big boats were well into celebrating or commiserating their fate in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile event, in their wake was a fleet scrapping for their place on Division and ultimately their overall place.

    The Tattersall Cup, awarded to the boat that finishes first on corrected time, is the most prestigious award for the race, notwithstanding the broad appeal of the line honours race.

    First to finish and take line honours for the J. H. Illingworth Cup was Peter Harburg’s Black Jack that crossed the line at 1.37am ...
    Published on 12-28-2021 10:18 AM
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    Black Jack sails to line honours victory in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race


    Black Jack sailed across the Castray Esplanade finish line in Hobart at 01.37.17 this morning, claiming line honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, in the time of two days 12 hours 37 minutes 17 seconds.

    Right up until late last evening, it was unclear which of the three 100-foot boats would be the victor. SHK Scallywag led out of Sydney Heads on Boxing Day, but had her share of troubles after, paving the way for Black Jack and LawConnect to fight it out.

    Black Jack rounded Tasman Island at 9.50pm last evening, her navigator Alex Nolan giving an ETA at the finish line of 02.15am. The hooter from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s finish boat sounded ...
    Published on 12-27-2021 11:51 AM
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    RACE UPDATE - 0400hrs 28 December (8🔔

    After a day of challenging conditions, the fleet has been significantly reduced through retirements. The Fully-Crewed divisions have 42 boats still racing from ...
    Published on 12-27-2021 09:53 AM
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    Peter Dowdney is one of Australia’s most experienced yachtsmen, who should easily get by without a good hot meal while sailing in an event like the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

    But even if the thought had passed his mind during a rough and tumble and wet first night at sea in this year’s 76th edition, the chances of him being able to prepare it were minimal.
    Published on 12-26-2021 09:19 AM
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    Early retirements in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Moneypenny, Blink and Mako are early casualties of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race this evening, a strong southerly of up to 30 knots on a heavy seaway has taken its toll this evening.

    All on board the three yachts are fine and the teams are returning to Sydney, leaving 85 boats racing.

    Sean Langman’s Moneypenny, a Reichel/Pugh 69, suffered a broken forestay. She was an overall contender for the Tattersall Cup and was nicely placed in 10th on the water, so Langman and the crew will be hugely disappointed.

    Blink, owned by Mark Gorbatov and Mark Siebert, retired with a torn main. She was one of seven competitive Beneteau 40s in the fleet. Mako, a Sydney 40 owned by a syndicate from Newcastle and skippered by Tim Dodds, is yet to advise their reason for retiring. ...
    Published on 12-20-2021 11:41 AM
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    The Australia SailGP Team booked their place in the Season 2 winner-takes-all Grand Final with one event to spare by winning their home Sail Grand Prix in Sydney on Saturday.

    Tom Slingsby’s team delivered under the pressure, beating the United States and Spain in the three-team Final on Sydney Harbour to claim their fourth event ...
    Published on 12-19-2021 10:37 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 5
    19 December, 2021
    Sydney Harbour

    Frank Quealey
    Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.

    Rookie Rag & Famish Hotel18ft Skiff racing team of Harry Price, Gus Williams and Harry Hall achieved an amazing result in the extremely strong westerly winds that battered the race course when it took out Race 5 of the NSW Championship against an experienced 20-boat fleet on Sydney Harbour today.

    The young team was one of a few which survived (without a capsize) when a 25-30 squall hit the fleet as it was sailing downwind on the long leg from Kurraba Point on the northern side of the harbour to the Rose Bay bottom mark in the south.

    The official result gave the race to Rag & Famish Hotel victory by 1m43s ...
    Published on 12-17-2021 11:41 AM
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    The Great British SailGP Team are out of the Australian Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG, after a collision with the Japan SailGP Team in the final race of the opening day. As the team onboard the British F50 were focussing on closing down the gap to the American boat in the pre-start, they did not see the Japanese boat. That error resulted in a significant crash with both boats unable to continue racing, but thankfully no one was hurt.

    Watch The Crash HERE!!

    The day had started well for the British team in the opening race of the day. With the Great ...
    Published on 12-13-2021 11:43 AM
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    2021 Sydney Hobart Classic Yacht Regatta

    The 2021 Sydney Hobart Classic Yacht Regatta was a memorable one, as a fleet of beautiful classics battled strong winds over two races in a celebration of the Great Race's history.

    29 boats launched prior to 1976, that had all competed in at least one Sydney Hobart, took to Sydney Harbour for the annual regatta.

    Inclement weather led to the unfortunate cancellation of Friday's invitational race, but the sky cleared for the Pursuit start in Race 1 on ...
    Published on 12-07-2021 10:38 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 3
    5 December, 2021
    Sydney Harbour

    The Yandoo team of John Winning, Mike Kennedy and Fang Warren lead the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship following a dominating performance to take out Race 3 of the championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Yandoo grabbed the lead early in the race to hold a 20s advantage at the first windward mark in Rose Bay and steadily increased her lead throughout the SE course.

    At the finish, Yandoo crossed the line 3m13s ...
    Published on 12-07-2021 10:19 AM
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    Whisper and Scallywag shine in 2021 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

    Whisper’s impressive form continued with Overall victory in the 2021 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, as SHK Scallywag 100 took Line Honours in a stunning showdown on Sydney Harbour.

    The sun shone on the two super maxis and seven mini maxis for the 14 nautical mile race, which took the fleet on two laps around the Harbour before a grandstand finish off the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

    Christian Beck’s Juan-K 100 LawConnect (skippered by Tony Mutter) again made a gun start in the 8-10 knots of breeze and led the fleet around the first lap of the course.

    But Seng Huang Lee’s Dovell 100 Scallywag (with David Witt skippering) charged back. When LawConnect got caught behind a ferry ...
    Published on 12-02-2021 05:00 PM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 2
    28 November, 2021
    Sydney Harbour

    The defending champion Tech2 team was back to its best form on Sydney Harbour today when the crew of Jack Macartney, Lewis Brake and Luke Parkinson produced a come-from-behind performance to take an exciting victory in Race 2 of the 2021-22 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship.

    In a race which saw the lead change several times throughout the long Southerly course, Tech2 crossed the finish line 22s ...
    Published on 12-01-2021 12:32 PM
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    Marine Rescue NSW

    Three crew on board an 11 metre catamaran en route to Bermagui had a dramatic rescue today after their vessel, purchased just days earlier, began taking on water after hitting a ...
    Published on 11-29-2021 10:33 AM
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    Victoire, Nine Dragons and Mille Sabords Take SSORC Top Honours

    Paul Jenkins and his Sydney 38 crew onboard Mille Sabords won their first ever regatta on a wild and wet Sydney weekend racing for the host club in the annual Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship that drew 55 mixed keelboats boats from various New South Wales clubs.

    Published on 08-16-2021 08:32 AM
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    Sailing: New Zealand Government denies MIQ spots for SailGP in Christchurch

    NZ Herald

    Another international sporting event has been scuppered after being denied MIQ spots by the New Zealand Government.

    The inaugural Christchurch round of Sail GP set for the end of January next year has failed to secure the 160-odd ...