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    Published on 01-12-2017 09:53 PM
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    The new Pacific 52' Invisible Hand does some sea trials in New Zealand before packing
    up and getting shipped to San Francisco.

    All images © Darren McManaway














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    Published on 01-09-2017 08:55 AM
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    18ft Skiffs:
    WC "Trappy" Duncan Trophy
    Sunday, 8 January, 2017
    Sydney Harbour

    Smeg wins tight battle in first race of 2017

    There was plenty of excitement on Sydney Harbour as the 18 Footers returned to racing for the second half of the season for the WC "Trappy" Duncan Trophy. The fleet battled in a fresh nor-easter for the first three-buoys race of the year.




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    Published on 01-02-2017 10:41 AM
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    True to the forecast, a 15 knot southerly breeze had built to 20 knots by the time the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport fleet set off at 1pm on Monday January 2, 2017 from a long start line to the north of Palm Beach headland.
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    Doug Coulter’s Rogers 46 Shakti ...
    Published on 12-28-2016 10:31 AM
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    They say if the Rolex Sydney Hobart ended at Tasman Light the list of winners over the last seven decades would read entirely differently.
    But it doesn't. It finishes in Hobart, 11 miles up the cruel Derwent River from Storm Bay. Cruel rivers are usually known for their destructive floods or raging white waters. The Derwent's cruelty is its indifference to the hopes and morale of sailors. It just shrugs its shoulders and goes to bed.

    The river had behaved so well early on, driving Perpetual LOYAL to its record-breaking victory at 2:30 in the morning, Giacomo to club house leadership an hour later and then Scallywag, all well inside the 2012 race record.


    Down the river, or fast closing at the mouth of the river, another three ...
    Published on 12-21-2016 09:26 PM
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    Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Looks like a quick race this year

    A long range weather forecast predicts a fast, possibly record breaking 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's Jane Golding, Manager, Weather Services NSW.

    However, like last year, a southerly front on the evening ...
    Published on 12-16-2016 10:16 AM
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    2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championship
    Auckland, New Zealand

    It was a dazzling debut for the Nacra 15 at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships as sailors got their feet, and everything else, wet on day one of racing in Auckland New Zealand.
    With plenty of thrills and spills, the youth multihull sailors had to get to grips with the new class and had a baptism of fire on a gusty and shifty Hauraki Gulf on the north shores of Auckland. The 389 sailors from 65 nations racing across the nine fleets were greeted with winds in the high teens, sometimes touching 20 knots, coming in ...
    Published on 12-13-2016 09:49 AM
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    SOLAS Big Boat Challenge: Wild Oats XI does it again

    For the ninth time Wild Oats XI has won line honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge around Sydney Harbour.

    But this year there was no sense of deja-vu at all. This was a much tighter boat race than the 3 minutes between Wild Oats XI and ...
    Published on 12-11-2016 10:29 AM
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    Swiss team Alinghi were crowned 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ champions today after an epic final-day shoot-out at the season finale in Sydney.

    In a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire, Arnaud Psarofaghis’ men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.

    It’s the third time Alinghi have won the Extreme Sailing Series following victories in 2008 and 2014 but the first time they’ve done so ‘flying’ on the new lightning fast GC32 catamarans.

    Morgan Larson’s Oman Air started the eighth and final Act of the season with the upper hand taking a narrow two-point ...
    Published on 12-10-2016 11:37 AM
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    The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Act 8 leaders Alinghi and overall table toppers Oman Air on the penultimate day of the 2016 season finale in Sydney.

    Roman Hagara’s Austrian crew had the pedal firmly to the metal as they notched up three impressive wins and three more podium finishes from the day’s eight races, revelling in the fresh 13 to 20-knot easterly breeze. ...
    Published on 12-09-2016 09:48 AM
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    Just two points split Extreme Sailing Series™ title contenders Alinghi and Oman Air at the halfway stage of the final Act of the 2016 season as Sydney delivered another bout of epic racing today.

    Swiss crew Alinghi remain in pole position after two days of breathtaking action on the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour, but it couldn’t be tighter at the top as the battle between the two Series frontrunners intensifies.

    Bright, blustery conditions greeted the eight-strong international ...
    Published on 12-08-2016 09:38 AM
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    Sydney Harbour delivered ‘classic conditions’ in an electrifying opening day of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ finale today that saw two teams capsize. Clear blue skies were met with a blustery north-easterly breeze of around 22 knots as the eight international crews hit the iconic waters of Australia’s largest city, for the eighth and final Act of this season.







    With the fleet of foiling GC32 catamarans ...
    Published on 11-27-2016 11:50 AM
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    Conditions Deliver to Provide Some of the Best Racing of the Tour

    Whatever the breeze may have lacked for the opening clashes of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour’s finale, it more than made up for it on the second day, which delivered unbeatable conditions and intense battles among the world’s fastest kite racers.The early southerly wind blowing over the course off Rockingham Foreshore, Western Australia, quickly built from 16kts, eventually gusting to 23kts, forcing the 56-strong ...
    Published on 11-27-2016 10:54 AM
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    Auckland, New Zealand: 26th November 2016

    Ludde Ingvall and his crew on CQS have taken line honours in the Royal Akarana Yacht Club’s Round White Island Race. ...
    Published on 11-26-2016 11:34 AM
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    The 2017 12' Interdominion Trials are underway at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland, New Zealand.
    And by the looks of things, conditions are putting participant to the test! The Interdominions will be held January ...
    Published on 10-30-2016 10:10 AM
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    18ft Skiffs:
    NSW Championship - Race 1
    Sunday, 30 October, 2016
    Sydney Harbour

    Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel won a dramatic Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today after a brilliant performance by her crew in the fresh North East wind conditions.

    The win was completely unusual as the skiff used a borrowed mainsail from the Appliancesonline.com.au skiff and two of the appliances crew sailed on The Rag.

    Tom Clout skippered the winner with Mark Kennedy and Tom Anderson in the team. ...
    Published on 10-16-2016 01:34 PM
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    In an attempt to get today’s 18ft Skiff Major A. Frizelle Trophy race started, race officials trialled a new scheme when they directed all teams to use their ‘Storm’ (#3) jib and reef their mainsail by 800mm.

    Race officer Doug Cameron said it was an ideal opportunity to trial the new scheme.



    all photos © michael chittenden

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    Published on 10-09-2016 12:59 PM
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    The Australian 18 Footers League’s 82nd season of continuous 18ft Skiff Racing got away to a flying start today when the club staged the R. Watt Memorial Trophy 3-Buoys race on Sydney Harbour in a 20-knot, plus, North East wind.

    First up conditions were testing for all teams but the experienced Thurlow Fisher Lawyers were faultless as the skiff powered around the course for an all the way victory.




    Skipper Michael Coxon and his team of ...
    Published on 10-07-2016 01:02 PM
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    Image from an insane ledge break in Western Oz....

    "Sometimes, what happens behind closed doors never sees the light of day. Sure, events may occur, but all that’s left is a story and a memory. ...
    Published on 09-26-2016 12:15 PM
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    The New Caledonia Groupama Race, like all regattas (coastal, offshore or just around two buoys), is all about speed. Every crew’s aim is to cross the finish line first. For this, the 5th edition of the race, there are nineteen boats entered, both small and large, mono-hulls and multi-hulls. Ordinarily, the bigger ones will arrive first. Even so, smaller craft also have a chance. Everyone can hope for a step ...
    Published on 09-06-2016 12:36 PM
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    Theories about the increasing incidence of shark attacks in New Caledonia include the rising popularity of watersports and the rising water temperatures. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

    A shark has bitten and killed an Australian kitesurfer ...