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Australian Hansa Class Championships - Light winds on day 1 By Shauna Phillips, , 6:36 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
As predicted, light winds met the fleet on the first day of competition at the 2014 Dominant Australian Hansa Class Championships at Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club. ...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama By Clipper Round the World, , 5:11 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, which is Race 11, gets underway today (Saturday) at 1300 local time in San Francisco (2000 UTC). This very tactical race from the Californian city to Panama will take approximately three weeks to complete. The race sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica. ...

Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title By RHKYC Media, , 3:06 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The second major prize of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race was decided in Subic Bay this morning, as Hi Fi held Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky to a two minute lead on the water to ensure that Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 collects the coveted IRC Overall title for the second time in four years. ...

Sail Brisbane - Challenging conditions on day 2 By Andrew Gough, Queensland , 1:49 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Light westerly winds have plagued day two of racing at the 2014 Sail Brisbane regatta, held on Moreton Bay at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. As the race committee battled the fickle conditions to get racing underway, there were however moments of moderate breeze that allowed for some racing to begin. ...

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race - Black Jack claims Line Honours By Nigel Statham, Brisbane , 1:43 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Black Jack took line honours in the 2014 QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at 8.50pm on Saturday night with an elapsed time of one day nine hours 50 minutes and 17 seconds. ...

50th Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race update By Chris Dewar, Gladstone , 10:39 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The 2014 50th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is well underway. The race commenced yesterday at 11:20 with Morticia winning the start. BOQ Team Australia then powered ahead and established an early lead over the fleet. They rounded the first mark in front with Morticia in second place. The positions remained the same as they rounded the second and third marks with Chillpill in third place. ...

2014 Toyota Optimist Nationals: Leaders unchanged after Day 2 By Angus Haslett, , 9:35 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Day 2 of the Toyota National Championship got off to a great start with a huge pod of dolphins putting on a magnificent display just off Manly Beach. The top sailors showed consistency with Scott McKenzie sailing in the Yellow fleet, holding onto first place, with two wins and a third from the three races sailed. He leads by 1pt from Lewis Anderson (KYC) and Sam Bacon (Worser Bay) third ...

QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone becoming a tactical dual By Nigel Statham, Brisbane , 8:40 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The QantasLink 66th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race start was not without incidents with Arcadia, Guilty Pleasures and Whitebirds breaking the start line prematurely and having to return and start correctly. ...

Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay By KPMS, , 8:29 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
At midday on Saturday, five of the 34-strong international fleet had completed the 27th Rolex China Sea Race. 87-year old Syd Fischer’s Maxi Ragamuffin 90 claimed line honours at 22:51.18 local time on Friday evening having led the race from start to finish. ...

37th NSW Tasar Championships - 37 boats racing on waters of Botany Bay By Nicole Douglass, Sydney , 8:12 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The 37th NSW Tasar Championships kicked off on Good Friday with 37 boats racing on the fantastic waters of Botany Bay from Georges River Sailing Club. ...

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 7:49 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Never underestimate a seasoned campaigner. Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 HiFi crossed the finish line of the Rolex China Sea Race 2014 at Grande Island, Subic Bay this morning at 1107h, third on the water behind Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 90 and Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky, to jump into the top spot for IRC Overall. Right now, it’s looking-over-the-shoulder time, but the next boats due to finish are ...

Audi IRC Australian Championship - Mother ship shootin' for success By Lisa Ratcliff, , 7:28 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Called the ‘mother ship’ because it’s 'mum’s boat' is a Beneteau 40.7 called Schouten Passage racing in the division with the most entries at the Audi IRC Australian Championship being contested off Newcastle. At the series halfway point this morning they were well-placed, second overall in division C. ...

America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:29 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Winging It by noted America's Cup writers Diane Swintal, Steven Tsuchiya, and Robert Kamins, is not your father's book on the America's Cup.This is not a coffee table book, but more a working primer on the 34th America's Cup, the events that led up to the Match, and the racing it self - summarized in both narrative and data formats. ...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity By Clipper Round the World, , 3:50 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
When it comes to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, you may have heard the rumours, but now the evidence is here. The crew of Switzerland have saved two more lives on behalf of Mercy Ships, their official charity, after getting naked while sailing across the cold Pacific Ocean to raise money. ...

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours By RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 2:55 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
They say that discerning gentleman sailors only sail on boats with a foot of waterline length for every year of their age. At age 87, Syd Fischer has got three years to go before he needs a bigger boat. Meanwhile, and after 57h 31m 18s of racing, he finally steered his 90 foot Maxi, Ragamuffin 90, over the line to claim Line Honours for the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race. ...

Toyota Optimist Nationals: Big combined fleet of 272 sailors on water By Angus Haslett, , 9:14 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Day 1 of racing in the 2014 Toyota Optimist NZ National Championships, got underway on Good Friday, after the morning's delay to allow those unable to reach Manly due to yesterday's weather. The regatta has attracted a fleet of 160 boats from New Zealand, Australia (20), New Caledonia(4) with Great Britain and USA having a single entry. A further 112 sailors are competing in the Green Fleet. ...

Round Hayling Island Race - Victory for Robert Kent By G New, , 7:19 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
The winner of the full course Round Hayling Island Race for Windsurfers was Robert Kent from Calshot Activity Centre. Second was Jonathan Davis from London Windsurfing Association and third Alan Jackson. ...

Australian Hansa Class Championships - Action underway at Goolwa By Shauna Phillips, , 6:47 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
The Dominant 2014 Australian Hansa Class Championships commenced today at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club in South Australia. A fleet of 56 sailors from seven States and Territories will contest eight races for each of four Hansa Classes over the next three days. ...

Audi IRC Australian Championship - Images by Andrea Francolini By, , 6:32 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Photographer Andrea Francolini was out on the water during the Audi IRC Australian Championship to capture these images. ...

Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 claims line honours victory By KPMS, , 5:18 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
In the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race, Ragamuffin 90 has sealed line honours, having led the entire 565-nm race from the start in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to the finish in Subic Bay, The Philippines. Syd Fischer’s 90-ft Maxi finished the race at 22:51.18 local time, completing the course in 57 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds. ...

Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 extends unassailable lead By RHKYC, , 9:16 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
The 27th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race looks certain to feature yachting legend Syd Fischer on the silverware, with Ragamuffin 90 sailing consistently to extend an unassailable lead on the water over her closest rivals and expected to finish just before midnight tonight. ...

Good Friday casts light winds over Audi IRC Australian fleet + Video By Lisa Ratcliff, , 8:47 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
For a bunch of diehard yachties, Good Friday was spent out on the brilliant deep blue ocean off Newcastle contesting day two of the Audi IRC Australian Championship. ...

SLAM Combined High Schools Champs - Makin makes it back to back wins By Rod Carter, Belmont , 8:31 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Henry Makin (Avondale College) has become only the third skipper in history to win back to back titles in the SLAM Combined High Schools Championship. After winning the title last year in a 16ft Skiff, Makin return this year in a Cherub and teamed up with follow local sailor Jarrod Turner to claim the championship. ...

Rolex China Sea Race - Commanding lead for Ragamuffin By KPMS, , 5:58 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
In the Rolex China Sea Race, Syd Fischer’s 90-ft Maxi Ragamuffin has a commanding lead some 42 hours into the 27th edition. At 09:30 local time, Fischer’s Ragamuffin 90 was 134-nm from the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines and closing in on line honours. ...

Audi IRC Australian Championship - Drama filled opening day By Lisa Ratcliff, , 4:05 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Three drama-filled short course races off Newcastle’s Nobbys beach cracked the lid on the prestigious Audi IRC Australian Championship. Winds S-SE up to 23 knots and choppy seas created plenty of challenges for crews and tonight multiple torn sails are being patched up and other damage repaired. ...

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