The Australian sailing community is still numb today, Monday, and will stay that way for a long while. More because the conditions just before 3am on Saturday morning amongst the Five Islands off Port Kembla were so unlike those of Bass Strait 1998.
Here at Sail-World we've been involved in an offshore yacht racing tragedy at sea and the media and coronial aftermath.
Given some of the inaccurate commentary in the mainstream media our first reaction was to want to 'wade in and right some wrongs.'
However, we know the correct action is to let the process run its course.
It is our intention to wait for the official coronial inquest, rather than to speculate on just what might have happened as Andrew Short's Reichel Pugh 80 PriceWaterhouseCoopers/Shockwave 5 rounded Flinders Islet and in the subsequent minutes.
We know its the best thing to do for sailing, for the families and our two lost sailors.
Having sailed with and against Shorty and Sal over many years, all we can say is ‘we, the Australian sailing community loved you both; you will be deeply missed. Fair winds.'
Rob Kothe, Al Constable and Sail-World Team
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Garde wins 12ft skiff Upper Harbour Championships Peter Valpiani, Defending champion Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson) outperformed a strong 12ft skiff fleet to win the Vantage Real Estate Upper Harbour Championship. Faced with a patchy southerly breeze, the race committee of the Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club set a short windward/ leeward course combined with a traditional river start and finish. This course, nicknamed the ‘NASCAR circuit' was intense.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Aquatic Events NSW Maritime, NSW Maritime has granted Exclusive Use Aquatic Licences to the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee, and to Yachting NSW, to conduct aquatic events associated with the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games.... [more] Onsend this story
The Club Handicap Officer Ian Grant, It's very rare for a sailing club handicap officer to honestly say he has a friendly understanding of his mathematical skills to fairly apply a performance time factor for mixed fleet rac... [more] Onsend this story
Gold Cup - Ainslie on his game Talbot Wilson, Team Origin wins Argo Group Gold Cup. Minoprio was barely able to turn away from Ainslie and clear his stern and wipe out the penalty on his tack and make it back to the line first for the win. But Ainslie was on his game today and that one win wasn't enough. 'We had two good races at the beginning today,' Ainslie commented.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - The cruel Doldrums Clipper media, Clipper 09-10. The Doldrums have been very cruel to half the fleet, the leading group managed to get through virtually unscathed but the ITCZ pounced on the middle order and refuses to let them through.... [more] Onsend this story
Wollongong beaches closed as yacht debris washes ashore www.sail-world.com, Illawarra beaches were forced to close from Saturday as debris from the Flinders Islet yachting disaster washed up on shore. The 24.5 metre (80 foot) carbon fibre yacht PriceWaterHouseCoopers (Shockwave V) was smashed to pieces on the Flinders Islet shoreline, in the early hours of Saturday morning.... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup - Oman Sail Masirah takes control Event media, iShares Cup - All is set for the perfect duel at the final event. A total of six races were staged inside the Almerian harbour on the second day of the 2009 iShares Cup final and with a good 10 knots of breeze the boats accelerated around the windward/leeward 700-meter course quickly, fully flying their starboard hulls on the finish line to the applause of the spectators.... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky Racing Team bow out of Gold Cup Kyle Langford, Two nil down at the start of the day in the quarter final match against multiple Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin, Mirsky Racing Team had their work cut out for them if they want to advance to the next stage.... [more] Onsend this story
TP52 Worlds - Matador beats Quantum Racing on countback Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, It could not have been much closer when the Argentine crew on Matador lifted the TP52 World Championship on the waters they call home in Europe, the Bay of Palma, this afternoon. They lift the title on countback ahead of the 2008 world champions Quantum Racing (USA) who also finished on 23 points after seven races.... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiffs - Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy sailed on Sydney harbour Frank Quealey, The 2009-2010 18ft Skiff Racing Season began today when the Australian 18 Footers League staged the traditional Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour. The breeze was extremely fickle at the start and the fleet was quickly split into two groups. Gotta Love It 7, Asko Appliances , Project Racing , Pure Blonde, Kinder Caring, Coldwell Banker New Homes and Boatmate tacked early... [more] Onsend this story
Interstate youth sailors encouraged to come battle the Tasmanians Richard Scarr, The Showdown, an exciting new regatta that promises to be Tasmania's biggest and best annual sailing event. Based at the RYCT's Sandy Bay clubhouse in Hobart and sailed on the broad waters of the River Derwent, 'The Showdown' will be a three day event starting with a twilight event for racing and cruising keelboats on the evening of Friday, 30th October. State Coach Richard Scarr is encouraging... [more] Onsend this story
Tasmanian Youth sailor wins NSW Youth Championships Peter Campbell, Tasmanian Angus Barton has won the Laser Radial class and the Intermediate Single Handed division of the NSW Youth Championship sailed from the Georges River Sailing Club in Sydney last weekend.... [more] Onsend this story
Black Swan Racing out of Argo Gold Cup Keith Swinton, Keith Swinton, Black Swan Racing reports on the team's Argo Gold Cup campaign. 'Conditions on Hamilton Harbour were very blustery causing many boat break downs prior to our first match against reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams.'... [more] Onsend this story
Hartley TS16s Gear Up for Nationals Crosbie Lorimer, The strong Hartley TS 16 fleet at Drummoyne Sailing Club is hoping to gain a' home ground' advantage on the Parramatta River as they warm up for the class's National Championships which their club will host in late December this year. 14 boats were out on the water today for Round 2 of the Club Championships... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Int'l Women's Keelboat Championship: Tunnicliffe wins title Media Pro Int'l, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her team of Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.), Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) have won US Sailings's 2009 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. 'We wanted to win this event for a while and finally we've done it. We're super psyched!' said Tunnicliffe... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch to face Ben Ainslie, in Argo Group Gold Cup Final BlackMatch Racing Media, It felt like a case of deja vu Korea Match Cup today as Mathieu Richard came storming back to win 2 races and level up our quarterfinal match up, however we kept cool heads this time having learnt the hard way and managed to take the deciding race and progress through to the semi finals. The semi final was not such a close affair and we convincingly won three matches on the trot against Switzerlan... [more] Onsend this story
Australia's Flinders Island Race Tragedy –waiting for official enquiry www.sail-world.com, The Australian sailing community is numb today and will stay that way for a long while. More because the conditions just before 3am on Saturday morning amongst the Five Islands off Port Kembla were so unlike those of Bass Strait 1998... [more] Onsend this story
Gold Cup showdown - Minoprio back on top of World Tour rankings Talbot Wilson, Argo Group Gold Cup - Racing had been delayed Saturday morning until 10:00AM waiting for the breeze to fill in sufficiently for racing to start. In their first match of the morning, Flight 3 of the quarter-final, Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Team Origin took their first two losses.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - Variable weather means lots of sail changes Event media, It has been a mixed bag of weather over the past 24-hours for the teams competing in Clipper 09-10 as they pass through the area of lights winds famously referred to as the Doldrums.... [more] Onsend this story
TP52 World Championship - Protest changes leaderboard positions Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, TP52 World Championship. A frustrating attempt at a coastal race in very unsettled wind conditions was abandoned after seven miles and one hour and ten minutes of often heart-stopping racing. For the record it was Quantum Racing, the current world champions, who stayed just one step ahead of both the small changes and the very big wind shifts to earn a lead of more than one minute during today's... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup - Ecover damaged as BT wins the day Event media, iShares Cup regatta in Almeria, day 1, Mike Golding's Ecover suffered serious damage to both hull and transom in a collision with LUNA.... [more] Onsend this story
Wallet Friendly Accommodation choices at Sail Port Stephens Jody O'Brien, 2 bedroom Apartments @ $100 a night close to d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. Fantastic quad share crew deals at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa. Kids stay & eat free at Peppers Anchorage! And a great value bed&breakfast package @ All Seasons Salamander Shores. You'll be spoilt for choice at Sail Port Stephens 2010, with a wide range to suit crews, families, singles or couples on big or small budgets.... [more] Onsend this story
Intrigue successfully moves into another handicapping era Peter Campbell, Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert and his now 25-year-old former Admiral's Cup yacht Intrigue today took top handicap honours in the Derwent Sailing Squadron's opening Pennant race, winning under both IRC and the newly introduced AMS rating system.... [more] Onsend this story
CYCA - Flinders Islet Yacht Race - the latest update Jennifer Crooks, This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point, announcing that the owner/skipper of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Short and crew member Sally Gordon had perished when the 24.4 metre yacht hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet at approximately 0255 hours this morning.... [more] Onsend this story
Tasmania's Hutchins School top team at Interdominion sailing series Peter Campbell, The sailing team from The Hutchins School in Hobart has won the prestigious individual schools trophy at the Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Challenge, sailed this past week at Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Short and Sally Gordon drowned in Flinders Islet Race Sail-World.com, NSW Police released the names of two sailors who died in a boating accident off the New South Wales South Coast. Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point and Andrew Short, 48, from The Spit were unconscious when they were pulled from the sea and could not be revived.... [more] Onsend this story
Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - The tactics of Cape Verde Veronique Largeau/amended Sail-World.com, The second key point, after the Canaries in this second stage of The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50, are the islands of Cape Verde. They are solitary lands with five northernmost islands, the islands of Barlavento and five more to the south, those of Sotavento... [more] Onsend this story
Gold Cup - Mirsky Racing Team and TeamOrigin battle it out Kinkley Fowler, Gold Cup - Mirsky Racing Team were left to battle it out for the remaining two spots, and in a display of dominance they breezed through undefeated only to be met by Britain's golden boy Ben Ainslie... [more] Onsend this story
PriceWaterHouseCoopers hits rocks in Flinders Islet Race, two dead Di Pearson CYCA media, amended by Sail-World.com, At approximately 0255 hours this morning, a red flare was sighted from a yacht competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) 92 nautical-miles Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 20.00 hours.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 Day 18 California battle the weather and their spinnaker Clipper event media, Clipper 09-10 Day 18. The squally conditions can often take the crews by surprise by moving in fast, causing havoc and then disappearing as quickly as they arrived. In an attempt to cross the Doldrums as painlessly as possible the fleet has attempted to converge on one very small weather avenue.... [more] Onsend this story
Gold Cup Quarter final update: Mirsky under pressure as Ainslie shines Talbot Wilson, Ben Ainslie (GBR) is still undefeated as Argo Group Gold Cup quarter-final racing got underway Friday afternoon with just two flights being completed. Current World Match Race Tour leader Torvar Mirsky (AUS) must win three matches in a row tomorrow to keep his team on the top of the Tour leader board.... [more] Onsend this story
TP52 World Championship - Local favourite leads Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, TP52 World Championships - Local favourites Bribón lead. After making a strong start double Olympic Star class medallist, tactician Ross MacDonald along with navigator Marcel van Triest (NED) read the shifting breeze at the top end of the first beat precisely, calling a good layline which allowed them to ease away around the windward mark ahead of Matador (ARG) which over-stood slightly.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Open 70 Rule and Notice of Race revealed Volvo Ocean Race media, The new look Volvo Open 70 Rule, published today along with the Notice of Race, confirm changes set to enhance the fleet racing in the 11th Volvo Ocean Race, which will start from its new home base of Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney to Flinders Islet Race – two sailors drowned Sail-World.com, Two sailors have drowned and a rescue is underway off the coast of Wollongong this morning after a racing yacht ran aground. The yacht, with eighteen sailors on board was participating in the annual Cruising Yacht Club of Australia race from Sydney to Flinders Islet and back when it ran aground on the island.... [more] Onsend this story
Gold Cup Quarter final pairings announced Talbot Wilson, Argo Group Gold Cup - It's filet or feathers from this point on. Walker v. Monnin, Mirsky v. Ainslie, Williams v. Berntsson and Richard v. Minoprio battle it out in the ‘knockout' first-to-three quarter-finals.... [more] Onsend this story
New Zealand Wins: Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Champions Suellen Hurling, After three long days of racing the teams representing New Zealand edged out the Australians to win the 2009 Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Championship.... [more] Onsend this story
Vestas Sailrocket flip video and images - Back in a week after repairs Paul Larsen - Vestas Sailrocket, Latest news from Paul Larsen, regarding Vestas Sailrocket. 'We are making great inroads into the long repair list and I feel that today will be the day that we 'break the back' of that list. Long, late nights can knock days of certain jobs.'... [more] Onsend this story
Peter Gilmour interview - '97 win was most challenging Bermuda Sun's Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson from the Bermuda Sun, conducted this interview with Australia's Peter Gilmour, a four-time World Match Racing Tour champion as well as a three-time Argo Group Gold Cup winner.... [more] Onsend this story
Heaven Can Wait - online charity competition - the Heavens opened Event media, Last year the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race raised nearly $13,000 for charity and this year the Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club is well ahead of that record with online funds now closing on $15,000 and entry fees and other donations expected to add another $5,000 to the tally. In a Heaven Can Wait first, a virtual web based sponsorship race is increasing donations collected for the Cancer Council of... [more] Onsend this story
World Match racing Tour Gold Cup - Perfect score so far for Ainslie Talbot Wilson, Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin sail through to the quarter final stage of the Argo Group Gold Cup undefeated. Today Ainslie defeated Seb Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team on another flawless day of sailing for the multi medal Olympian.... [more] Onsend this story
Letters fly over America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, A terse exchange of letters has taken place over the designated America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. Today, Marcus Young of Golden Gate YC responded to an earlier note from Societe Nautique de Geneve, and a subsequent rejection by Dr Khater Massaad of Ras al-Khaimah of an accepted the invitation to visit San Diego and discuss the venue with the Challenger.... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky Racing Team given a second chance in Gold Cup Kinley Fowler, After a disappointing second half of the round robin, Mirsky Racing Team failed to qualify immediately for the quarter finals after losing three straight races.... [more] Onsend this story
TP52 World Championship - Neck and neck and nothing in it Event media, TP52 World Championship - A first and a second from two difficult races today on the Bay of Palma sees the 2007 world champions Artemis (SWE) emerge with only the slimmest possible lead after four races have now been sailed at the 2009 TP52 World Championship.... [more] Onsend this story
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