Having lost a Sword of orion rig in a Bird Island Race of yesteryear, (its not a great feeling, we were just two nautical miles from the Island, ) it’s interesting to look at the forecast for the 2012 Bird Island Race.
With the BOM issuing a dangerous surf conditions warning, it seems that Stephen Ainsworth's Loki, Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and the rest of the fleet will have a little 'on' tonight.
A great report from Will Ryan about the Australian Match Racing titles, in which Ashlen Rooklyn won back to back Australian Open Titles, while Krystal Weir secured her first Women's Title on the waters of Port Philip Bay from Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday. Competitors were met with the best conditions of the event, with the breeze getting lighter as the day progressed allowing the teams to race with full sail configuration ensuring close racing and fantastic tactical duels.
Bob Fisher, The Fish updates us on the America's Cup AC45 regatta in San Francisco. Bob is going to spend a lot of time there over the next 12 months. Come the final event Richard Gladwell, Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy from Sail-World NZ, Australia and UK Europe will be on the water at what is promising to be a sensational event.
Technology moves on and Marine Auctions in Queensland is now amongst the global leaders. John Curnow has been talking to Adrian Seiffert of Marine Auctions.
‘Marine Auctions have been reviewing moving online for around 18 months before commencing. It’s a far cry from the early days when they made and physically sent out expensive brochures. Interestingly, there are very few dedicated marine auction services around the globe today.
‘We'll have both types of online auction as we expand the service. There will be those timed to run for just one week and also fully live and in real time, so there are no issues running them concurrently. The latter will continue to have our selection limited to no more than 40 or 50 boats.’
The first live online and simultaneous bidding auction will be held at the Rivergate International Boat Show from fifth to October 7th, 2012.
Burke Marine, suppliers of international quality marine clothing and equipment, was founded by Martin Burke on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1971. Visit our website for your nearest stockist. [More info]
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Hamilton Island Luxury Accommodation
Full range of private apartments, villas and houses on Hamilton Island. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 bedroom options available. All include buggy and island airport or marina transfers. [More info]
Multihull Solutions is Australia and New Zealand’s premier offshore and cruising catamaran and trimaran specialist, offering sales and servicing of the world’s finest multihull brands.
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
OziOpti is all about 'getting kids in boats' and the Australian company supporting the introduction to of the world’s most popular junior sailing yacht, the 'International Optimist Dinghy' [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Entries for the fourth annual Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week have opened! 4 days of racing, 5 days of fun – that is what you can look forward to from 3-7 September at Magnetic Island. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]