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Surpassing success-Beneteau replaces the 40.7 with an absolute winner By John Curnow, Newcastle , 4:06 PM Wed 10 Feb 2010
When two, virtually identical Beneteau First 40s took first and second overall in the last Rolex Sydney Hobart, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Two True from South Australia and Wicked, from Victoria, completed the 628 nautical mile classic in 3 days, 23 hours and some change. On corrected time, these two relatively new boats were a full two hours ahead of the next craft. Read on to see why it ...
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Denial of Service ‘Pirates’ attacks slowed Sail-World.com By TetraMedia's IT Team, 1:44 PM Fri 11 Dec 2009
A bit of a seaway out there!! For the last 48 hours Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World and another 50 or so sites, hosted on the TetraMedia servers in Sydney have been bombarded with hacker 'pirate'attacks. ...
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8 hours to go in the CYCA SOLAS Big Boat Challenge eBay Auction By CYCA SOLAS Media, 11:42 AM Thu 10 Dec 2009
Less than 8 hours to go in the CYCA SOLAS Big Boat Challenge eBay auction. Bids are coming through steadily and competition is fierce for the opportunity to secure guest sailing places on Wild Oats XI, Investec LOYAL, Lahana, Wild Thing, and Ichi Ban for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 15 December 2009. Bidding closes at 2pm, Friday 11 December 2009. ...
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Super sized assembling for 2009 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge By Lisa Ratcliff, 8:12 PM Wed 9 Dec 2009
The super sized and super quick are quietly assembling in Sydney Harbour for one of the greatest days on the Australian sailing calendar, the 2009 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge maxi boat race. The 16th edition of the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge will start off Steele Point at 12.30pm on Tuesday 15th December ...
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Rob Mundle releases his latest book ‘Hell on High Seas’ By Harper Collins, 7:35 PM Tue 8 Dec 2009
International bestselling author and yachtsman, Rob Mundle, has just released his latest book, Hell on High Seas. It chronicles some of the most remarkable stories of survival and daring the world’s oceans have ever hosted. Amazing feats of courage: some verging on madness, others where death is eluded through sheer bravery, determination and innovation. ...
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Sydney’s Aquatic Events 2009-2010 calendar now out By NSW Govenment Media, 5:57 PM Tue 8 Dec 2009
Where to find the best vantage points for Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations and navigation restrictions for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race are among many handy tips contained in a free boating guide. The 28-page full-colour brochure, Sydney’s Aquatic Events 2009-2010 – A Boating Guide, will be distributed free of charge by the State’s boating safety authority, NSW Maritime ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet in pre-Christmas scramble By Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team, 3:12 PM Tue 8 Dec 2009
The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet of 100 has joined the pre-Christmas rush with unforeseen hitches pushing a number of crews to the limit as they scramble to prepare for the Boxing Day start of Australia's great ocean classic. ...
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Where the Wild Things have been – this weekend By Jody O'Brien, Australia , 7:48 PM Sun 6 Dec 2009
It was a big week in Mornington and Melbourne for the crew of the supermaxi Wild Thing, but there is certainly a first round of sighs of relief as a number of big ticket items are now checked off on the job list. And where the Wild Things have been this weekend ? Well - still in'checking jobs off lists' mode, but at a less frantic pace. ...
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CYCA's Ocean Pointscore - Patience is a virtue aboard Vanguard By Jennifer Crooks, 6:43 PM Sat 5 Dec 2009
Dick Cawse and his crew have continued their dominance of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore series with the Lyons/Cawse 60 Vanguard scoring another line honours victory today. Commencing the race in light 6-8 knot easterly breezes, Vanguard led from start to finish. ...
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Wild Thing Diet program works wonders By Jody O'Brien, Australia , 12:49 PM Fri 4 Dec 2009
If the supermaxi Wild Thing was on Weight Watchers, she would have got a gold star this week, with her slimming program over the colder months working wonders, and providing a pleasant surprise for designer Don Jones and owner skipper Grant Wharington. The 98 footer was weighed and measured earlier this week at Westgate Ports in Melbourne, after a winter of modifications, ...
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Wild Oats XI declared ‘race ready’ for 2009 Rolex Sydney - Hobart race By Rob Mundle, 3:35 PM Thu 3 Dec 2009
Bob Oatley’s 30.48 metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, which will this year face its strongest ever challenge for supremacy in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, has been declared ‘absolutely race ready’ by skipper Mark Richards following an intense 24-hour sailing trial off Sydney. ...
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Wild Oats XI begins 24-hour qualifier for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobar By Rob Mundle, 7:24 PM Wed 2 Dec 2009
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race record holder, the 30.5 metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was pushing into 15-20 knot headwinds south of Sydney late today on the first stage of her 24-hour qualifier for the classic, which starts on Boxing Day. It will be the final overnight trial for the recently modified yacht, which is going for an unprecedented fifth consecutive line honours in the Hobart race ...
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