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    Published on 10-18-2018 01:54 PM
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    SailGP’s new F50 wingsailed catamaran will be an incredible high performance racing machine.

    The F50 is predicted to break the 50 knot barrier as the most challenging, high-tech one-design racing boat ever produced.

    At a glance, one could be forgiven for thinking it looks familiar to the AC50 used at the last America’s Cup in Bermuda. But in reality, there is a huge difference in performance between the two classes.

    These boats have been redesigned, re-engineered and rebuilt ...
    Published on 10-15-2018 02:23 PM
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    The Etchells Pre Worlds are hosting 73 competitors at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the Moreton Bay
    race area over the next couple days. If Sunday's conditions are any indicator of what sailors are in for, it will be a
    rough and tumble affair for this and the Etchells Worlds which will follow suit October 18 through October ...
    Published on 10-15-2018 10:06 AM
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    - National team headed by Tom Slingsby features some of Australia’s most decorated sailors and Australia’s most successful Ironman Ky Hurst.
    - Australia to host first SailGP race in Sydney Harbour, February 2019.
    - Teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – supercharged catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier – competing for championship trophy and US$1 million prize.

    Published on 10-12-2018 10:40 AM
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    Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant’s super-maxi Comanche is at Newcastle and is the first yacht headed south towards Wollongong – cementing a superb start to the Newcastle Bass Island Race, the third Race in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series.

    Comanche is predicted to round Bass Island, just north of Port Kembla, and return north, finishing as early as 0845 Saturday.

    As of midnight, Comanche enjoys a 16-nautical-mile ...
    Published on 10-08-2018 12:13 PM
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    CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 1: 06:10:2018
    Seven boats failed to finish, one was left badly damaged after a nasty collision with a yacht and the winner fought off major fatigue in a dramatic start to Manly 16ft Skiff club’s 2018/19 championship.

    With a big southerly swell running and winds gusting around the 25-knot mark, there was talk of cancelling the race.

    But Manly Surf n Slide (David O’Connor) was happy to tackle the tough conditions.

    With a crew ready-made ...
    Published on 10-05-2018 09:36 AM
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    New teams, existing teams, and a return of some of the world's best 18ft skiff sailors of the past decade, will highlight the Australian 18 Footers League's exciting 2018-2019 Season, which begins on Sydney Harbour, on Sunday, 14 October.

    The opening race of the season is Race 1 of the seven-race Spring Championship, with a fleet of 17 teams lining up for the challenge. The Spring Championship will be conducted each Sunday from October ...
    Published on 08-26-2018 02:15 PM
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    New TP52 Australian circuit planned

    With so many now in the country, Marcus Blackmore has confirmed a TP52 circuit for Australia, starting in November.

    “The owners have talked and we’re going to start with three – one in Sydney, one in Pittwater and one in Newcastle – the guys are fans of Newcastle and the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,” Blackmore said.

    A proponent of one-design racing, and the owner of the TP52 Hooligan, a two year-old European champion when raced there as Azzurra, the vitamins leader says, “We’ll be able to have really good ...
    Published on 08-21-2018 08:53 AM
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    Breeze on at Hamilton Island Race Week 2018

    Morning breeze on at Hamilton Island left some opting for an extra layday while those who did venture out in the sou’easterlies were paid handsomely with moderating conditions and another perfect pour of winter sunshine at Hamilton Island Race Week 2018.

    Hamilton Island airport’s 36-knot gusts at 9am and whitecaps in Dent Passage were the reasons for regatta director Denis Thompson’s calling for an hour’s postponement to all racing, and why a quarter of the 233-boat fleet opted to remain ashore on Monday August 20.

    Thompson’s keen eye and determination to get the fleet on the water was repaid though. “I could just sense the breeze was backing off early and I ...
    Published on 08-15-2018 12:39 PM
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    Somebody up there loves the 30th Airlie Beach Race Week

    Day 5 of Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and conditions during the morning were above and beyond the forecast 15 knots, the wind whipping seas up quickly and crews had to stay on their toes, then winds eased after lunch – another great day in paradise. Our viewing platform for the penultimate day of the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) organised event, was Alani, a luxury motor yacht. We did it in style, ...
    Published on 08-14-2018 11:00 AM
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    Trimaran flips at Airlie Beach Race Week – all aboard are fine
    words by Di Pearson

    Queenslander Dennis Lehany’s Jim Brown 6 metre trimaran, Billy the Kid, flipped while racing in shifty and gusty 25 knot winds at Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing today.

    Three fellow racing yachts went to their assistance. Hammer of Queensland, a famous old maxi chartered and helmed by former 18 foot skiff JJ Giltinan champion, ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 03:44 PM
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    If you have never heard of a Starling Dinghy, you are not alone.

    It was not until a few reports from Livesaildie crossed our monitor
    that we were even aware. But in New Zealand they are a quite popular stepping stone for teens to utilize whilst in their formative
    years, a nice, inexpensive trainer for those tweener years.

    Published on 04-20-2018 09:16 AM
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    News from the shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia

    A severe thunderstorm that hit the Hunter last night caused carnage at Belmont 16 Footers yacht club, with strong winds tossing ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 01:42 PM
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    From The Star Weekly

    A member of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown has died during a prestigious annual event held in gusty conditions on Port Phillip Bay.

    Crew members from other yachts scrambled to save Max Peters, after he fell overboard in rough seas and strong winds on Sunday.

    Sandringham Yacht Club had been hosting ...
    Published on 03-12-2018 10:39 AM
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    Kiwi's David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins did New Zealand proud this week and wrestled the vaulted
    18 World Champion Trophy, aka the JJ Giltinan Trophy away from the Aussies after a 44 year old drought. ...
    Published on 03-11-2018 08:57 AM
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    New Zealand's Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) became the first Kiwi team to win the 80-year-old JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour when the team completed the championship with a total of 21 points to defeat fellow-kiwi team Maersk Line by just one point. ...
    Published on 03-08-2018 11:31 AM
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    Editors Note: The Aussies have completely dominated the JJ's since its inception in 1938, with 57 wins total since.
    The Kiwi's have won 7 times in those years, the last being Travelodge New Zealand with Terry McDell at helm in 1974.
    A victory this year would be a YUUUUUGGGEEE win for the Kiwis!

    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Day 5
    Sponsored by The Winning ...
    Published on 03-07-2018 02:50 PM
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    Day 4 of The Winning Group 2018 JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship was held on Sydney Harbour today when two short-course, windward-return races were sailed towards the overall championship pointscore.

    The first of the two races was sailed in an 11-knot South-East wind and resulted in a win for Triple M (James Ward, Adam Gillson, Tom Anderson) by 11s from the Australian champion Smeg team (Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, ...
    Published on 03-06-2018 09:15 AM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 3
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    Tuesday, 6 March 2018
    Sydney Harbour
    (today's race sponsored by Rag & Famish Hotel)

    The Australians fought back after an previous domination by the New Zealand teams when Finport Trade Finance took out Race 3 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Finport Trade Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) had a race-long dual with the winners of the two earlier races in the championship (Maersk Line nad ...
    Published on 03-04-2018 01:07 PM
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    18ft Skiffs
    JJ Giltinan Championship
    Sponsored by The Winning Group
    Sunday, 4 March 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    New Zealand's domination of the 2018 Winning Group 2018 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship continued on Sydney Harbour today when Honda Marine proved too good for the 25-boat fleet of the world's best 18 Footer teams.

    David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins grabbed the lead soon after the start and led for most of the course before going ...
    Published on 03-02-2018 10:10 AM
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    Phil Robertson became just the third skipper and the third different national to win a SuperFoiler Grand Prix race when the New Zealander claimed the only victory on the first day of the Busselton programme.

    “We are the first people after Euroflex to win a race and actually cross the finish line,” said the victorious World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson.

    Record Point crossed ahead of Pavement, tech2, Kleenmaid and iD Intranet to ...