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28 Jan 2008

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Sail World Asia is Down Under at the moment, at Skandia Geelong Week. The week started with inshore racing at Williamstown, continued with the 34 nm passage race to Geelong, and concludes with a second day of inshore action in Corio Bay. 503 boats on five race courses, not to mention (almost) everyone packed into the RGYC marina, makes an impressive sight.

China stops independent sailing meteorology
By Matt Scott Guardian Newspaper,
In order to curb these kinds of violations the China Meteorological Association has issued a notice in August of this year, stressing that local meteorological authorities in Olympic cities should crack down on illegal meteorological surveying. Here is an extract from the Guardian Newspaper article.... [more]

Beau Geste wins Passage Race
By Di Pearson,
Karl Kwok's Reichel/Pugh 45 Beau Geste has taken out the 34.3 nautical mile Passage Race at Skandia Geelong Week this afternoon.... [more]

Skandia at Skandia Geelong Week
Grant Wharington's 98 footer Skandia is the 'big cheese' at Skandia Geelong Week. Sail-World Asia's Guy Nowell was on the water photographing her today... [more]

British team wins SB3 Australian championship
By Lisa Ratcliff,
British Olympic Tornado sailor Leigh McMillan and his UK bowman Chris Kerrison have upset Geelong locals, Brendan Garner's Home Team, by taking out the Vectrix SB3 Class Australian Championship by just 1.5 points.... [more]

Countback to Win - Bob Fisher at Key West
By Bob Fisher for Stagg Yachts,
It could hardly be closer. After eight races Jim Richardson's Barking Mad and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino were tied on points. Each had scored 29 points, but the final race win, his second victory in the 25-strong Farr 40 class, gave the overall victory to the class President, Richardson, over the reigning world champion, Onorato.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week - wind + boats = fun
By Rob Kothe,
500+ boats sailed in the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week regatta and most of them were on Corio Bay or the Outer Harbour. Winds of 15 to 20 knots produced perfect sailing conditions. Andrea Francolini was in the air and on the water and we have a selection of his images. There will be lots more on his web site after the regatta.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week in full swing!
By Skandia Geelong Media,
The festivities of Skandia Geelong Week hit Waterfront Geelong in full flight today with all sorts of activities scattered along the 1.4km stretch of foreshore. The two waterfront stages provided a variety of entertainment including swing and jazz acts which were complimented by teams of colourful roving entertainers.... [more]

Hurry up and Wait - Bob Fisher at Key West
By Bob Fisher for Stagg Yachts,
The glassy calm continued well past midday on the fourth day of Acura Key West Race Week, but a determined bunch of race officers made it clear that they believed the weather forecasters and at noon indicated that the boats should repair to the courses. The breeze duly obliged shortly before 1400, coming out of the north-west and the Farr 40 class prepared for a five-leg course with 1.8 mile legs... [more]

A luncheon with line honours
By Traci Ayris,
Sixty Salinger-sipping guests attended the annual Henri Lloyd champagne luncheon at the Fisherman's Pier Restaurant on the waterfront to enjoy an afternoon of food, fashion and entertainment. Along with flying the flag with a pavlova dessert on the menu highlights of the “must do” event at Skandia Geelong Week included a fashion parade which previewed the latest collection of Henri Lloyd technica... [more]

Australia Day at Geelong
For many Australian sailors, Australia Day means the 34 nautical mile Williamstown to Geelong Passage Race and a party at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all part of the fun of Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]

Images from Skandia Geelong Week Passage Race
Australian yachting photographer Andrea Francolini was in the air for the start of the 351 boat race from Williamstown to Geelong.... [more]

Australia Day Williamstown to Geelong race starts
By Rob Kothe,
Every Australia Day, Saturday 26th January, one of the iconic Melbourne events is the historic 34 nautical mile Skandia Geelong Week Passage Race from Williamstown to Geelong.... [more]

Longtze Premier production series begins
By Longtze Premier (ed Sail World Asia),
After a third-place finish at the recent Singapore Straits Regatta, the Longtze Premier team has now returned to China where the production series has now begun. It was once again a highly satisfactory regatta for the Longtze Premier team. Pierre Mas's team finished 3rd in the IRC B division, despite an improvised SBR rating for the boat, converted to an IRC rating.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week images from Andrea Francolini
Thanks to Andrea Francolini for these great images of Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week Passage Race starts 9.30am to
By Di Pearson,
The famous 34.3 nautical mile Passage Race which brings everyone together on Corio Bay at Skandia Geelong Week this afternoon gets underway off Williamstown at 9.30am today.... [more]

Cruisers prepare for historic passage race
By Skandia Geelong Week media,
The Corinthian spirit is well and truly alive at Skandia Geelong Week with more than two hundred cruising yachts expected to participate in the historic Williamstown to Geelong passage race on Australia Day.... [more]

Ainslie bounces back, Slater leads Finn Gold Cup
By Bob Ross,
With worst placing discarded and four races remaining Slater, who began the series brilliantly with two wins on the first day, leads the series by ten points from Ainslie and Aimilios Papathanasiou (Greece) who are on equal points.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week Action Day 2
By Rob Kothe,
While the IRC fleets sailed out of Royal Victorian Yacht Club on Port Phillip, these was a lot of action on Corio Bay in Geelong.... [more]

Sports Boats arrive in Geelong!
By Skandia Geelong Week media,
Twenty two sports boats have arrived in Geelong to compete in the inaugural Australian Sports Boat Association National Championships. With more than forty members in all states, the new Australian Sports Boat Association has fired up interest among sports boat enthusiasts.... [more]

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