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.
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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 on the Millennium Bridge in central London as part of the series launch at the 2014 London Boat Show. Ben Ainslie, Franck Cammas, Leigh McMillan, Rob Greenhalgh, Roman Hagara, Pierre Yves,Jes Gram-Hansen /Rasmus Kostner, Jérome Clerc and Seve Jarvin
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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 2013

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.

BM1 7083 - 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….