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Major Events


This is the time of the year that sailing goes crazy, this is the NOT news.(no Sydney Hobart)

Top of the list - news about Megga Bascombe's memorial service and some great memories of the big man.

Heading for the airport as soon as this newsletter has gone. Its the Australia Cup, then on to Malaysia for the Monsoon Cup. Don't worry we will have good coverage from the water at the SSORC and the Phuket King's Cup.

Enjoy the news.

It was a Megga-nificent life
John Curnow,
This Thursday at 14:00, the Port Lincoln Yacht Club will be holding a Memorial Service for the man best known as ‘Megga'. There is no doubt that Geoffrey Bascombe was indeed the most colourFull character in Australian yachting and you only had to have met him once to take an instant shine to the big guy.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia first leg victory to Masirah
OC Events,
Oman Sail's Masirah continued their winning form by taking a comfortable overall victory in the first leg of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia in Hong Kong. Skippered by Pete Cumming of Great Britain, Masirah consolidated their overnight lead by winning the first three races of the last day.... [more]
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First Yachting Australia Roadshow in Queensland this week
Craig Heydon,
The first Yachting Australia Roadshow for Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron this Wednesday, 25 November to inform and educate the various groups of a range of new initiatives being implemented.... [more]
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Aust Youth Championship to decide 2010 Youth Olympic Games reps
Craig Heydon,
Entries for the 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship close on Friday November 27 with competitors urged to get their entry in early to avoid a late fee. In a major addition to the already popular regatta the event will welcome youth sailors from across Oceania as they battle for positions at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.... [more]
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Safran first IMOCA Open 60 home in Transat Jacques Vabre
RivaCom and,
Transat Jacques Vabre - at 08:52:10hrs GMT/UTC (02:52:10hrs local time Tuesday 24th) after 15 days 19 hrs 22 mins 10 secs on course Safran co-skippered by France's Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Bénac crossed the finish line off Puerto Limon, Costa Rica to win the 14 boat IMOCA Open 60 Class in the transatlantic race.... [more]
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Transglobe Leg 5 gets underway and moves into Sydney Hobart mode
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Exercise Transglobe Leg 5 gets underway. Transglobe moves into preparation for Leg 6 and the Sydney Hobart race. There are only two racing legs on this year-long sail training exercise and one of them is almost nigh! The famously competitive Rolex Sydney Hobart Race starts on Boxing Day 26th December and the Transglobe yachts will be on that start line.... [more]
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Yamaha win 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs
Scott kennedy,
A tight contest was sailed on Auckland Harbour, with Team Yamaha (Scott Kennedy) edging out JF Hillebrand (Phil Airey) by 1 point to win the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs. After a great start to the regatta last Sunday, the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs resumed on Auckland Harbour on Saturday 21st November with a 15 – 20knot Westerly breeze facing the competitors.... [more]
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Cheer on Mirsky Racing Team at the the Sunseeker Australia Cup
The Sunseeker Australia Cup begins this Thursday through to Sunday in front of the Perth CBD, and there is no better viewing platform than the MRT Floating Bar, stationed on the Barrack St jetty... [more]
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2009 Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta Day 1
Diana Bogaards,
Emmanuel Dodé and his crew Fred Moreau (FRA) took an early lead at the Dart 18 Worlds in Aruba. David Lloyd/Joanna Jones-Pierce (GBR) finished second. The German team Matthias Huber and Dominik Volke followed in third place. Meanwhile Xander and Mark Pols (NED) were the only sailors who could keep their F18 upright in the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. They won by miles.... [more]
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Strong fleet for Sydney's Short Ocean Racing Championship Nov 28-29
Louise Bashford,
Entries for the 32nd edition of Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Short Ocean Pointscore Championship (SSORC) have closed with another significant show of support for the two-race passage series and a quality line up of Rolex Sydney Hobart IRC contenders looking to sharpen their crew work.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 in Cape Town for at least a week +video
Groupama News,
Structural analysis of the damage and observations made on site by composite specialists, confirm that it will indeed take a week's work before Groupama 3 can head out to sea again, bound for Brest, for a new stand-by period set to begin on 1st January 2010.... [more]
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AYRE Challenge moves from America's Cup to Volvo Ocean Race project
Ayre Challenge media,
AYRE Challenge presented today in Denia its project to take part in the next three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, all of which will start in the Spanish port of Alicante. The presentation of this 10-year-long project and milestone in Spanish yacht racing took place in Denia, a city that has strong ties with AYRE Challenge.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia has a new leader
OC Events and,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - With four wins in five races, the European Extreme Sailing Series Champion skipper Pete Cumming on Masirah was pleased with their performance today. The final day of racing will take place tomorrow from 2pm followed by a prize giving in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 7pm.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne first leg of 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Sam Watson,
The 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to start on 14 December and Melbourne is bracing itself to welcome one of the world's most prestigious sailing events.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Shore Team in overdrive as fleet encounters 40 knots
Clipper Ventures and,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. At Royal Cape Yacht Club, surveyors have been assessing the damage this morning and the work will start on Cork this afternoon. The damage will be relatively simple to repair and the surveyors are satisfied there are no structural problems with the boat.... [more]
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BOR90 sailing on San Diego Bay - See her live, now!
BOR 90 is sailing in San Diego Bay today as there is very little wind outside. Click on the link and you can watch it live on the Fox 5 San Diego Webcam... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Championships Day One Photos
Event media,
Typical monsoonal conditions in Kuala Terengganu for the first day of the Malaysian Match Racing Championships - the final qualifying event for the final round of the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, to be raced on Dec 1-6th 2009.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat concludes with arrival of last competitor
Oliver Dewar,
The last boat is now home in the Solidaire du Chocolat, a 5,000 mile double-handed race from France to Mexico. During the fifth week at sea in La Solidaire du Chocolat, the closeness of the finishes within the second wave of boats became hectic while the trailing pack took separate options, splitting either side of Jamaica.... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Championships - Day 1 Royal Selangor YC leads
Royal Selangor Yacht Club skippered by Rizal Mahadi Sazali lead the first day of the Malaysian Match Racing Championships today when the team picked three points from three races in the first round robin here today.... [more]
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Groupama 3 in Cape Town for repairs
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 has arrived in Cape Town for repairs to begin to reinforce the aft beams. After the gales which Groupama 3 had to avoid just after suffering damage, followed by the tradewinds fuelled by the Saint Helena High, which propelled her along towards Cape Town at over twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men had to be towed in the last few miles as the engine had been left behind on leaving Bre... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 3 images,
Images from the 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 3 on Sydney Harbour. Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas scored their third successive win in Thurlow Fisher-City to lead Gotta Love It 7 on 8 points and Asko Appliances on 16 points.... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Record Council ratifies l'Hydroptère's Mile
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of a new Nautical Mile World Record for Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère.... [more]
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Multi million dollar marketing opportunity for $10k investment
Jody O'Brien,
Wild Thing Yachting, the owners of the world famous Super Maxi Wild Thing, (known as Skandia from 2000 to 2008 and 2003 line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart) are offering the multi-million dollar naming rights package for the boat for just $10,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a simple deal and it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.... [more]
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Young Whitsunday sailor on the move
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Club's Klaus Lorenz will gain further experience when he contests the Yachting Queensland International Sail Brisbane regatta this weekend. The talented skipper, winner of the silver medal in the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy championship earlier this year, has gained valuable experience from racing in Whitsunday Sailing Club events on Pioneer Bay.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 4 Dramatic collision at the start
Heather Ewing,
Race 4 of Clipper 09-10 - Eight of the boats crossed the start line for the 4,700-mile race to Geraldton, Western Australia. California was followed by Spirit of Australia, looking for a win on this race to their home port, and Team Finland.... [more]
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Azzurra shuts out of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
Even before the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur began, Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni spoke of his passion and honour to be leading an iconic sailing brand back into the fray after a long absence. This afternoon he could barely describe his joy. Bruni and his Azzurra crew, including tactician Tommaso Chieffi, defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Grand Final to win this match race r... [more]
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Fireflys to light up Phuket King's Cup competition
Tracey Johnstone,
Fast, exciting, competitive racing is expected in the Firefly 850s division with the class returning for a third year to contest the Phuket King's Cup starting next weekend.... [more]
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2009 Harken Final Day - Tiller wins an all RNZYS final
Tom Spithill and Damian Devine,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team of William Tiller, Donovan Neill, Shaun Mason & Arnau Farras-Knowles have won the 2009 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship following a day of scorching 40 degree heat and breeze ranging from 10 to 25 knots on Pittwater.... [more]
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Team Whistler conquer sea and mountain in unique weekend effort
Peter Campbell,
The crew of the Hobart yacht Whistler turned in a unique performance over the weekend. Whistler, a Dovell-designed 38-footer owned by Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member David Rees, finished the 190 miles of sailing in the Maria Island Race at 8.45pm on Saturday, ninth over the line and second to David Bean's Auch in the IRC handicap division. Then, at 8am Sunday, the sailors and runners fronted... [more]
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Around the Island Race line honours to BT
OC Events,
BT snatched victory by just 14 seconds in the annual Around the Island Race in Hong Kong. It was an amazing day for not only the sailors, but also the VIP guests onboard, who raced in the coveted 'fifth man' spot, including the Queen's Grandson, Peter Phillips, onboard The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Three wins in a row
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour, Sunday, 22nd November 2009. Third successive win for Thurlow Fisher-City. After leading for a majority of the race, Asko Appliances (Archie Massey, Dan Wilsdon and Cameron Mc Donald) had to be content with second placing.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leaders to clash at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The final and most crucial round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup is being sailed in Terengganu, eastern Malaysia from December 1-6th. Once, the weeks before this major event provided time for the match racing crews to recharge their batteries, but not any more.... [more]
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211 Entrants and growing - offshore yachting event organisers dream
Ocean Events Media,
It's not often that a yachting event organiser is dealing with a potential fleet in the several hundreds rather than tens of entrants – and many months before entries close. Such is the case with the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally'. Two major circumnavigations of Australia events overlapping.... [more]
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The most colourFULL man in Australian yachting lives on
John Curnow,
Skippers and crews enjoyed the great hospitality that we have become accustomed to from our hosts at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron last night and again this morning. Many thanks again to the BYS Commodore, Brian Fitzpatrick, Vice Commodore Jenni Maclean, Rear Commodore Brian Smith and Manager, Gerard Clarke.... [more]
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2009 Melbourne Latitude Series - It's good work
John Curnow,
When you can get it, that is. Kevin Robinson and the gang on 'No Fearr' were the first to cross the finish line of the 2009 Melbourne Latitude Series, Bass Strait Race. It's also a great result for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's principal sponsor, Heemskirk Consolidated, as their CEO was the driver.... [more]
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