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Prime Minister’s blessing for unique Sydney-Hobart challenger
By Barbara Cox,
6:52 AM Sat 23 Nov 2013 GMT
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has endorsed an ambitious challenge by wounded, injured and ill Defence personnel crewing for the first time in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The Prime Minister joined the crew and supporters at Darling Harbour, Sydney today for the official naming of the Volvo Ocean 60 Spirit of Mateship. ...
TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Video Day 1's racing *Feature
By Dale Lorimer, Sydney ,
9:24 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Day 1 in the third round of the TP52 Southern Cross Cup got underway yesterday on Sydney Harbour under grey skies with five entries.
High wind and grey skies produced an eventful day with only three of the five entrants completing two races before racing was cancelled due to high winds.
Dale Lorimer was on the harbour and captured some of the action. ...
RC44 World Championships - More headaches in Lanzarote + Video
By Jo Grindley,
8:39 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
At the RC44 World Championships, light winds caused more headaches for the Race Committee in Lanzarote. The fleet were held ashore for an hour to wait for the breeze to put in an appearance. Racing eventually got underway at 1400, after a promising start the wind died as the fleet approached the top mark and the race was abandoned. ...
Good is great. Better is simply awesome at the Vicsail Beneteau Cup. *Feature
By John Curnow, ,
7:26 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
The Vicsail team, headed by Brendan and Jo Hunt, are the guiding beacon when it comes to the gala regatta in Australia. For over 25 years they have held the always-entertaining Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour, with this year reaching even greater heights. ...
Mini Transat - Fleet advances between squalls
By Solene Rennuit, ,
7:23 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre. From beautiful straight lines to course changes at the mercy of the oscillating trade winds. The competitors' routes show a guilty penchant for zigzaging back and forth reflecting the instability ot the conditions they are encountering. ...
Sabres ready for Nationals at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club
By Brian Jones, Perth, Western Australia ,
6:29 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Over 80 Sabres will compete in the upcoming Nationals Regatta 29th December - 4th January at PDSC. This will be the first time the National Regatta will be held in WA. ...
Kiwi leads after opening day of Harken Youth Match Racing
By Damian Devine, Newport ,
6:23 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
21st Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 - Pre championship favourite Chris Steele representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron led the way after Day 1 of the Harken Youth Match Racing Championship with a perfect eight wins from eight starts in the stage one round robin on Pittwater yesterday ...
Laser Standard Worlds - Day 6: Mistakes and mixed fortunes + Video
By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
5:36 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
At the Laser Standard World Championships, a day of mistakes and mixed fortunes among the main contenders for the title has paved the way for a thrilling finale in Oman with the last two races on Saturday set to determine medals and futures. ...
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics smash race record
By Clipper Ventures PLC, ,
2:54 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, PSP Logistics had much to celebrate yesterday as it found itself a new gear, smashing the golden ‘300 mile in 24 hours’ mark, whilst also setting the new fastest time for the ocean sprint of 18 hours and two minutes. ...
Fisheries Victoria strengthens force of patrolling officers
By Vic Coalition, ,
2:14 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Fisheries Victoria has strengthened its force of officers patrolling Victorian waters with the addition of 12 new specially trained staff posted across the state. Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said Fisheries Officers provided the front-line defense to protect Victoria’s fisheries for future generations. ...
Sail Mooloolaba 2014 dates announced
By Tracey Johnstone, ,
12:34 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Sail Mooloolaba 2014 is being held from 5th June through to 6th July. Australian sailors are invited to take off June 2014 for the regatta and run away to the winter-warm Sunshine Coast where they can sail on and with whatever they like. ...
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 300 mile barrier record smashed
By Ruth Harrington,
12:04 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
In Race four of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race the fleet is currently en route to Western Australia. In the last 24 hours competitor PSP Logistics has set a new record for the number of miles covered in a day as it continues its campaign to win the world’s longest ocean race. . ...
Harken International Youth Match Racing Day 2 - Weather Gods dictate
By Damian Devine,
11:17 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
It was the weather Gods dictating terms on Pittwater today for Day two of the 21st Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Only three flights and ten races all up were able to be completed with the nor’ easter tipping the scales at 25 knots and forcing an abandonment to racing shortly after 2pm. ...
Exclusive use aquatic licence for annual Water Ski Classic
By Roads and Maritime Services Media, ,
11:07 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
The annual Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic will take place on a large section of the Hawkesbury River this weekend. (23/24 November 2013). Roads and Maritime Services has granted event organisers, NSW Water Ski Federation, an exclusive use aquatic licence to hold the event from 8am to 3pm on both days. ...
'Boating Safety Day’ to be held by Transport for NSW
By Neil Patchett, ,
10:56 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
An inaugural ‘Boating Safety Day’ will be held by Transport for NSW this Sunday at Bonnie Vale Beach, Royal National Park, with the first 100 skippers to win a boating prize pack. ...
TP52 Southern Cross Cup Day 1 - strong conditions *Feature
By Lisa Ratcliff, ,
10:43 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Sydney Harbour threw up some hairy conditions for day one of round three of the Sydney City Marine TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Round-ups, multiple breakages and mountains of water over the decks put the small fleet through the wringer. ...
TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Day 1 Images by Dale Lorimer *Feature
By Dale Arthur, Sydney ,
10:19 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Four TP 52s took to the harbour in some challenging conditions today on the first day of racing for Round 3 of the TP Southern Cross Cup.
In breezes building to xx knots, generating a healthy short seaway, the fleet managed to complete two windward/leeward races before the Race Committee called it a day. ...
Bubbles, breeze, roundups and parties for the Beneteau Cup
By John Curnow,
10:06 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
The day started and ended with rain, but in between all that, there was a load of fun, some sun, copious amounts of breeze and a plethora of terrific prizes. Well done to all for being there, going racing, enjoying yourself come what may and digging deep for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. ...
18ft Skiffs: Two skippers with the same idea = collision - Images
By Frank Quealey, Sydney, NSW ,
4:50 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
When two 18ft Skiff skippers, with reputations for being good starters in a quality fleet, each decide to do the same thing in a 15-18knot Southerly on Sydney Harbour then something has to give.
Last Sunday at the start of the Australian 18 Footers League’s Race 5 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series, Dave Witt (Sydney City Marine) elected to start alongside the Starter’s Boat and thought it was al ...
Australian 29er, 49er and 49erFX Championships at Royal Brighton YC
By David Staley, ,
1:20 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
The Zhik 2013-14 Australian Championships for the 29er, 49er and 49er FX classes will be conducted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club over the coming New Year period – from December 28 through January 3. Royal Brighton is located at the northern end of Port Phillip – 15 kilometres from Melbourne CBD. ...
Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta highly successful
By Melvyn (Mel) Steiner, Lake Macquarie ,
1:06 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Once again, the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta held on the weekend – November 16-17, delivered challenging weather conditions despite a change in the date of the 2013 event aimed at running the event in kinder and warmer conditions. ...
Clear start for the Round White Island Race despite crew injury
By Suellen Hurling, Auckland ,
11:21 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
After a brief postponement at the start, the fleet competing in the 2013 Round White Island Race began their 320 nautical mile journey to the volcanic location off the Bay of Plenty at 1005 hours Friday 22 November.
There were 16 monohulls lined up for the start due to a late decision to withdraw by the Volvo 70. ...
RC44 World Championships - Ironbound proves most consistent
By Jo Grindley, ,
9:34 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
On the opening day of the RC44 World Championships, as the RC44’s cruised out of Puerto Calero Marina, past the SCA team base and some of the Mini Transat fleet limping in for repairs, Race Officer Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio was not hopeful the wind gods were going to play ball. The wind fluctuated between 4-10 knots throughout the day, but the race team did a great job slotting in two good races. ...
South Australians hot up for the Melges 24 2014 Worlds
By Hamish Nicol, Adelaide ,
8:11 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
Three days of five different winners, close finishes and all skippers and crew with that permanent Melges grin that comes from 16-18kt boat speeds in up to 24kts of sea breeze. All boats showed improvements with Adrenaline mainly crewed by YA and YSA youth squad members showing the benefits of their winter program and picking up three bullets in the seven races. ...
Mini Transat - At the mercy of the light and shifty breeze
By Solene Rennuit, ,
6:57 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
In the Mini Transat, the anticyclone currently located immediately north-west of the Canaries is taking its toll. At the same time, the high pressure is causing the trade windes to move south. To find good breeze you have to go almost to the latitude of the Cape Verde Islands. But is the risk worth it? ...
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