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 10 Jan 2014
 

Sailing in Australia just keeps getting better...

The crew of Switzerland celebrate finishing race 7 from Hobart to Brisbane, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.  Dan Peled / AAP
The third Australian leg of the Clipper Round the World series is just ending. Switzerland claimed its first win and podium position of the Clipper 2013-14 Race.

The 2014 Extreme Sailing Series skippers pictured here   © Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series - The world tour will celebrate its eighth year on the international sailing calendar with eight iconic Host Venues spanning three continents, over eleven months and nine elite level teams representing seven nations, who will compete to win the coveted Extreme Sailing Series trophy.

Australia will be one of the teams and one of the venues, more news below and later in the week.

Voodoo Chile - Farr 40 One Design Trophy  Craig Greenhill Saltwater Images ©

Tasmania continue to surprise on the sailing scene and the Taswegians on the Farr 40 Voodoo Chile are two up in the 2013-14 season and are aiming to maintain their class-beating form for the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title on Sydney Harbour this coming weekend, January 10-12, 2014.

Breathing down the necks of Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn's Tasmanian crew is Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Sydney based Transfusion, runner up to Voodoo Chile at both the opening QLD states and the One Design Trophy out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club last November.

Paper Tigers ready for racing at Portarlinton Sailing Club  Alex Craig

Glenn Ashby, the sometime A Cat World Champion started sailing Paper Tigers. The class continues to grow in Australia, we have the news from the 2014 Nationals.

In the Dragon class's Prince Philip Cup 2013-14 Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club sailors, Willy Packer and his crew, Denis Cullity and Julian Harding won, we have the full story.

Australian Youth Championships 2014   B Malone Photography

The last day of the 2014 Australian Youth Championships tomorrow at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club and the Australian team for the next Youth Worlds will be announced.

Meanwhile a record 350 boats at the 2014 Hart Marine Optimist Nationals. Well done to everyone involved....


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Viper Australian Championships - Intense racing
Scuba Steve,
The 2014 Viper Australian Championships were hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The Australian Viper Class continues to be one of the most exiting high performance classes in the country. The light and extremely fast catamarans provide exhilarating racing for competitors and spectators alike.... [more]
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Paper Tiger Nationals - Growing Tasmanian fleet gain ground
Steve Price,
Recently returned from the Paper Tiger National Championships in Victoria the five strong Tasmanian contingent were pleasantly surprised by their showing which saw three boats make the top ten... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Championship Final Day
Jonny Fullerton,
In the Prince Philip Cup 2013-14 local Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club sailors, Willy Packer and his crew, Denis Cullity and Julian Harding just had to sail like they had been all week and finish with a top six position to lift the Prince Philip Cup but they had to do it the hard way.... [more]
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Australian Youth Championships - Dying breeze on Day 4
Elisha Keating,
In the Australian Youth Championships 2014 competitors were greeted with a light northerly gradient breeze on day four, at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. With light winds forecast for most of the day, race officials knew that they would have their work cut out for them to get the scheduled two races for the day.... [more]
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Help for local BSOs - Maritime Specialists head to Murray River
Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit,
Two members of the mobile safety, education, and compliance team (MSECT), specialists in boating safety, have arrived to help local Boating Safety Officers (BSO) on the Murray River.... [more]
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Farr 40 NSW States - Maintaining class-beating form + Video
Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media,
The Taswegians on the Farr 40 Voodoo Chile are two up in the 2013-14 summer season and are aiming to maintain their class-beating form for the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title on Sydney Harbour this coming weekend, January 10-12, 2014.... [more]
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Surf to City Yacht Race - Twenty one years and still Brisbane's best
Nigel Statham,
After a few too many weeks sitting around watching cricket, tennis, and even the Sydney Hobart race, it is time for us all to start the year with the unique Gill Surf to City Yacht Race from Southport to Shorncliffe, Brisbane.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Bid guidelines for 2015
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has made available the guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2015 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. All bids must be received by the ISAF Secretariat by email by 12.00 (UTC) on Friday 28 February 2014.... [more]
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Applications welcomed for 2014 Athlete Participation Programme
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation is inviting applications to the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme for the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. The ISAF Athlete Participation Programme (APP) was created in 2002 and assists athletes with attending the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship by offering coaching support and financial subsidies towards the entry fee and travel costs.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - 9 teams, 3 continents, lots of action + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ organisers OC Sport, alongside Land Rover, one of two Series Main Partners, have now confirmed details of their most ambitious Series to date at the London Boat Show. The award-winning and 'ISAF Special Event' world tour will celebrate its eighth year on the international sailing calendar with eight iconic Host Venues spanning three continents.... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Champs: Great sailing on day 5
Jonny Fullerton,
The penultimate day of racing at the Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Championship served up another superb days Dragon sailing on the Swan River with an oscillating 10-14 knot breeze from the south west.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Barkow and Mettraux join Team SCA
Volvo Ocean Race,
It was confirmed today by SCA that Sally Barkow (USA) and Justine Mettraux (SUI) will be joining the all-female team for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Both sailors come with a strong pedigree and join a growing squad of international sailing champions.... [more]
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Australian Youth Championships - Good form continues on day 3
Elisha Keating,
On day three of the 2014 Australian Youth Championships, an unseasonal easterly threatened the racing program, fortunately the wind abated in time to let the boats afloat and complete a full day of racing at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.... [more]
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Laser World Championships heralds new era for Sultanate
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Oman joined the ranks of recognized world-class racing locales after being acclaimed for its success in running three back-to-back regattas at Mussanah as part of the celebrated 2013 Laser World Championships ending in January 2014.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Final teams approach Brisbane finish
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is on day 6 of race 7. With just miles separating the final few teams from race finish in Brisbane, Australia the crew and skippers are looking forward to some much deserved rest ahead of preparations for leg 5, the 5,000nm race to Qingdao, China.... [more]
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Newcastle to Stephens Yacht Race – It's on again!
Richard Howard,
2014 Auto Advantage Newcastle Port to Stephens Yacht Race, to be held on 6th April 2014, entries have opened. Matt Fensom's Farr, 40 Long Time Dead, was quick off the mark entering the 2014 edition of the Newcastle to Port Stephens coastal dash only hours after entries opened yesterday.... [more]
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Sail Paradise 2014 - Peter Harburg's new challenge
Bronwen Ince,
Sail Paradise 2014 is being held from 14th to 16th March 2014 and will be contested on courses off the Gold Coast's famous beaches. Having claimed an impressive fourth place across the line in the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Peter Harburg has set Southport Yacht Club's Sail Paradise regatta as the next challenge for his Volvo 70, Black Jack.... [more]
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48th Mirror Australian Championships - 'Ladies Day' on Sydney Harbour
Rob Cruse,
The 48th Mirror National Championships has wrapped up with a spectacular days racing in the heart of Sydney Harbour. You might call it 'Ladies Day' with three very tight races conducted and female skippers and crews featuring prominently, in racing that was conducted with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as backdrops.... [more]
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2014 Sydney Harbour Regatta – Entries open
Di Pearson,
2014 Sydney Harbour Regatta - Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) has opened entries for its increasingly popular yearly annual regatta, which will be contested over the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March. The ninth edition of the event is expected to attract a number of those yachts that were entered in the 2013 race to Hobart... [more]
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The extraordinary life of a lighthouse in a polar vortex
Lee Mylchreest,
Lighthouses are very special places for sailors. Not only are they elegant decorations to the points and capes of a coastline, they can be confirmation of successful navigation, warning against danger, or the welcome home light at the end of an ocean crossing. This week they were something different.... [more]
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'Buyer Beware' as Britains second-hand boats go cheap
Sail-World Cruising/YBDSA,
It's 'Buyer Beware' in UK boat market. The thought of buying a boat in Britain and sailing home to wherever-you-are might be very attractive while the second hand boat market is so depressed, but Jane Gentry, CEO of the Yacht Brokers Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) has some cautionary words... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Switzerland wins first podium
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Switzerland has won its first podium in Race 7 from Hobart to Brisbane to complete the Australian leg. The only female skipper of the Clipper Race, Vicky Ellis, led the team to victory after missing out on Scoring Gate points by just a few boat lengths and being spurred on.... [more]
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Nine wins in nine years - Southern Spars has the secret formula!
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken Line Honours victory in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart nine years running. What is more significant to note is that Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken all of the podium spots for the past five years and top five in the past two years.... [more]
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