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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Alive aiming for S2H and Tassie yachting icons By Peter Campbell, , 11:24 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Alive’s Brisbane-based skipper Duncan Hine has revealed the plans of owner Phillip Turner during a brief visit to his home club in Hobart, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, where Turner is also a member. The Reichel/Pugh 66 is favourite among state-of-the-art boats in 60-70 feet LOA range for an overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart following Turner and Hine’s success with the boat earlier this year. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne day four - Extreme sailing By Cora Zillich, , 10:28 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2014: Tom Burton (NSW) and Matt Wearn (WA) are leading the Laser fleet in first and second respectively, while Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) defended their lead in the Nacra 17. In the Paralympic classes gold medallists Liesl Tesch (NSW) and Dan Fitzgibbon (NSW) built on their lead by posting two race wins. ...

M32 Series - A simple philosophical approach By M32 Series, , 9:30 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
The new M32 Series fills an obvious void in the current sailing marketplace between the budgets needed for small boat dingy racing and the seemingly inaccessible world of large professional competition. The new M32 Series sets out to provide a platform that is commercially viable for the teams, partners and sponsors as well as being exciting for the audience. ...

The Zhik Mission Beach Regatta, sailing where rainforest meets reef By Thomas Orr, Mission Beach , 9:24 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
In late October the Zhik Mission Beach Regatta was again sailed off Mission Beach in the warm tropical waters of the Coral Sea. Mission Beach which is made up of four beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach, is about two hours drive south of Cairns and some 1,600km north of Brisbane. ...

CYCA Trophy-Passage Series - Southern Cross Cup By Louise Bashford, , 9:12 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
The CYCA Trophy-Passage Series, combined with the Bird Island Race sailed earlier this month, and the non-droppable Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will also decide the Southern Cross Cup. Held every odd year from 1967 to 2001, it was reintroduced last year as an annual event. Racing in the annual CYCA Trophy Series, conducted under IRC, ORCi and PHS, starts from 11.00am on Saturday and Sunday. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Day 4 - Nervy but excited competitors By Lisa Ratcliff, , 8:59 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2014: Nervy but excited competitors and photographers are rubbing their hands. Rattling rigging rather than yesterday’s fluttering flags can be heard around Sandringham Yacht Club on day four. It’s the penultimate day of the qualification series for the Olympic classes and joining the world cup competition on a white-capped Port Phillip. ...

Extreme Sailing Series: Skippers Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 5:54 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Racing has been cancelled in the Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney due to strong winds. After the cancellation the skippers held a media conference which Nic Douglass recorded and can be heard on her Adventures of a Sailor Girl channel below. Tomorrow and the rest of the regatta we will carry video coverage and replays for Days 2, 3 and 4 ...

Festival of Sails - Classy fleet is taking shape By Lisa Ratcliff, , 5:25 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Festival of Sails - A classy rating series fleet is taking shape for Victoria’s longest running annual sporting event, the Festival of Sails regatta January 17-26, 2015. ...

PSA 12 Days of Christmas - Day 6 By PSA Sailing, , 4:27 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Day Six of the PSA Laser Santa 12 Days of Christmas and the offer is 10% off Turbo parts. ...

Etchells 2015 Australian Championship – Look out for the ‘newbie’ *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:08 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
In Etchells terms, a dozen years still means you can call yourself a bit of a newbie. Chris Hampton does, but it is a little more self-effacing than completely accurate. This ‘newbie’ already has a string of impressive results on the scoreboard. They’re made all the more so by the fact that Chris had never sailed before joining the Etchells family and his only boats since have been Etchells. ...

NSW 12ft Skiff Championship prepares Aussies for Interdominion By Di Pearson, , 1:59 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
In the closest of shaves, Nick Press/Andrew Stevenson (Sydney Sailmakers) won the NSW 12ft Skiff Championship defeating Brett Hobson/Brad Phillips (Garde) by one point to take the title ahead of the 12ft skiff Interdominion to be sailed on Sydney Harbour in the early New Year ...

2014 CYCA Trophy Series - Wild Oats XI takes to the water By Di Pearson, , 1:24 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Solas Big Boat Challenge (SBBC) winner, Wild Oats XI, will take to the water for her final Rolex Sydney Hobart limber up, joining 30 others in the two-day CYCA Trophy–Passage, starting Saturday near Shark Island at 11.00am. ...

Australian Melges 24 Regatta Series overall By Hamish Nicol, Adelaide , 7:17 PM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
Vostok-Europe's Australian Melges 24 Regatta 2014: Day one was forecast to be weather more typical of late Spring with strong breezes expected to swing southerly through the afternoon building wave height to create the perfect conditions for this exciting one-design class. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Turtled and Jelly-Fished on day three + Video By Lisa Ratcliff ISAF Sailing World Cup – Event Media, , 12:00 PM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: The late session arrived to rig up when the bulk of the early session still had the park brake on, drifting around on Port Phillip until their class AP flag eventually came down. By late afternoon racing really got funky in the 14 knot south sou’easter and the mood and momentum on the water shifted correspondingly. ...

ISAF SWC Melbourne - Australians battle it out on home waters By Cora Zillich, , 11:49 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne Australian Sailing Team’s Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) are in the lead of the 49er fleet after three days of racing. Team mates Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) are leading the Nacra 17, while Laser World #1 Tom Burton moved into first place in the Laser fleet after two days of racing. ...

ISAF Match Race Rankings – 10 December 2014 By ISAF, , 11:43 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Match Race Rankings: Canfield has been a mainstay at the top of the pack throughout the Alpari World Match Racing Tour whilst Ulrikkeholm claimed the overall title in the Women’s International Match Race Series. ...

Image Gallery - SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Clash of the Heavyhitters *Feature By Beth Morley, Sport Sailing Photography, , 11:01 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
On Tuesday the maxis and supermaxis that will contest the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, in just over two weeks time, lined up on Sydney harbour for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Beth Morley of Sport Sailing Photography was on the water and provided this gallery of images from the day. ...

Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI: Latest attachment is making a difference By Rob Mundle, , 10:06 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Trials over recent days have left little doubt that the now lengthened retractable wing, which extends to leeward near the mast, is contributing to an increase in speed in light winds. Its benefits have already been proven in in stronger winds. ...

Day 5 of the PSA 12 Days of Christmas - Sail offer + Video By PSA Sailing, , 9:58 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
Day Five of the PSA Laser Santa 12 Days of Christmas and the offer is free sail numbers with any sail purchased. ...

Exciting prospects in 2015 for the Flying Phantom By Nicolas Felix, Saint Malo , 9:01 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
One year ago, the Flying Phantom One Design was presented to the public during the 2013 Paris Boat Show. The success was instantaneous with a unanimous, warm welcome from the press and the sailing community. ...

Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge By Bruce Kerridge, Sydney , 8:46 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche in her pre-Hobart race outing on Sydney Harbour, December 9 2014. Images are provided by Bruce Kerridge. ...

2016 Vendée Globe: all lights are go By Vendée Globe, , 7:27 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
Vendée Globe 2016: As well as confirming the start date for Sunday 6th November 2016, we also learnt that around fifteen sailors are already certain to compete and that 20-25 were well advanced in their project. This press conference was also an opportunity for Sodebo and the town of Les Sables d’Olonne to announce that they have renewed their commitment to the race. ...

Wild Oats XI – 'The Swiss Army Knife’s' By Rob Mundle, , 4:43 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
While it wasn’t deployed when Bob Oatley’s supermaxi, Wild Oats XI claimed top honours in yesterday’s Solas Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour, the skipper and crew of the champion yacht feel that the recently fitted hydrofoil wing will give them something in reserve for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, starting on Boxing Day. ...

Two U.S. Champions on Sydney Harbour last Sunday By Frank Quealey, , 4:13 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
J.J. Giltinan champion (2002 and 2003) Howie Hamlin and U.S. 100ft Maxi Yacht Comanche were on Sydney Harbour last Sunday despite the horrendous storms which battered most sailing classes. ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Day 3 Previewed By Lisa Ratcliff ISAF Sailing World Cup – Event Media, , 10:31 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup: The postponement flag is flying, but the 'gut feel' of the World Cup PRO Ross Wilson is the midday session will begin an hour or so later, and this will push the 3pm session start time out. An early morning three knots NNW wind has turned to a variable five knots from the south, forecast to reach up to around 15 knots during the afternoon along with the chance of showers. ...

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