One of the much loved characters of Australian sailing, Gary Schipper has died this week.
An offshore sailor of forty years, Gary was MOB in the tough conditions of the 1998 Hobart with Dolphin torch in hand and guided his crew back to him.
We have spoken today with some of the people Gary sailed with and worked with over the last forty years and we bring you their reactions.
Here at Sail-World.com we say' Mate it was a privilege to know you.'
Here is our story about the big bloke and our other news for the week.
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team
Vale Garry John Schipper John Curnow, Garry John Schipper passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, March 24, 2010 after a three-year battle with cancer. Our condolences go out to his wife Jan, sons Clint and Justin, along with his entire extended family. The big man of sea safety had a huge sailing career around Australia since his late teens.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime patrols to target speeding over Easter long weekend NSW Maritime, NSW Maritime patrols will be targeting speed on the water during the Easter long weekend, one of the busiest periods of the boating season... [more] Share this story
NSW Secondary School Teams Racing Championship – NoR available Daniel Williams - Yachting NSW, The NSW Secondary School Teams Racing Championship is the pinnacle event for many schools within NSW. The event is an annual regatta and has been running since its inception back in 1985.... [more] Share this story
Are your flares out of date? NSW Maritime, Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date. Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay and Member for Wyong, David Harris, today visited Norah Head's popular coastal boat ramp to raise awareness to the issue of out-of-date flares. Flares are classed as explosives and expire after three years then they need to be disposed of properly... [more] Share this story
2010 Australian-AIS Sailing team announced-surprises for 2012 Olympics Craig Heydon, Australia's top Olympic class sailors continue their campaigns towards Gold medals in 2012 with the announcement of the 2010 Australian/AIS Sailing Team.... [more] Share this story
Rechichi thrilled to play role at Youth Olympic Games Craig Heydon, The focus is on the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG), to be held in Singapore in August. Beijing sailing gold medallist Elise Rechichi joined rowing dual gold medallist Nick Green as part of her YOG preparations.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Another low approaches the fleet Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Quindgao to San Francisco Day 24. Crews are tightening their belts as another serious low pressure system approaches the fleet. Team Finland has picked up pace after a frustrating 24 hours of headwinds.... [more] Share this story
Team New Zealand defends BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 Ivor Wilkins, New Zealand became the first nation to successfully win back to back titles in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final when a young crew led by Phil Robertson swept to victory on their home waters in Auckland today. In winning the prestigious amateur regatta in a field of seven nations, Robertson and his crew successfully defended the title won in Italy last year by another New Zealand crew... [more] Share this story
2010 Congressional Cup Day 2 - Unsettled business Rich Roberts, A jolt of intensity, a runaway mark and some unsettled business in the jury room left the 46th Congressional Cup in overnight anxiety after competition lurched through Day 2 Wednesday. The problem developed when, in a brisk building breeze, the windward mark broke loose from its ground tackle.... [more] Share this story
Australian youth sailor begins Byte campaign with a bang in Singapore Craig Heydon, Young West Australian sailor Mark Spearman has finished fourth in the Byte class at the 2010 Singapore National Youth Championship, an amazing result given he had never sailed the boat before arriving at the regatta.... [more] Share this story
K2 crowned 2010 Farr 30 National Champion Tom Spithill & Damien Devine, Kirwan Robb and crew aboard ‘K2' from SYC, Victoria has regained the National crown after a two year reign by Guy Stening's ‘Optimumm' after the final day of the Farr 30 Nationals hosted by the RPAYC over the week-end.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: New Hull & Humber skipper announced Clipper Ventures, ustin Taylor will take over as the skipper of Clipper 09-10 Race entry Hull & Humber following skipper Piers Dudin's broken leg and subsequent medevac whilst racing from Qingdao, China to San Francisco. A highly experienced yachtsman, Justin is a qualified RYA Yacht Master Ocean, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and has more than 120,000 nautical miles under his belt.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Miami added to stop over ports Volvo Ocean Race, Miami, Florida, will host the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The race village will be located at Bicentennial Park, on the Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Downtown Miami. It is a 29-acre, open park which is suited for major events and has been used in the past for shows such as the Cirque Du Soleil.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Leg 7 Qingdao to San Francisco – Fuel transfer to California Zoe Williamson, Uniquely Singapore has caught up with the US entry and the crew have begun the task of transferring fuel. The plan is to use several of the Clipper 68s as refuelling vessels for California to ensure they have enough to get them to San Francisco safely, more than 1,800 miles away.... [more] Share this story
New Website and Media Co-ordinator joins Secretariat of ISAF ISAF Media Unit, Johno Fullerton (GBR) joins ISAF's Marketing and Media department to replace News Editor David Knapman who leaves ISAF on 26 March. Johno will have key responsibilities for delivering ISAF's news and press service and the ISAF website www.sailing.org.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane to Gladstone - 62 years of family history sails on Ian Grant, Deagon yachtsman Peter Holm will stow a special bottle of rum aboard his ketch Marriah when she contests the 62nd Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race over the Easter weekend... [more] Share this story
The Musto/Sturrocks Women's Challenge - Alyse rises to the 'challenge' MYC Media Cole, Special Olympics Silver Medalist from the 2007, World China Games, 20 year old Alyse Saxby from Newport, took out the Access 303 Division of the Musto /Sturrocks Women's Challenge sailed from Manly Yacht Club on Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Etchells race for Port Jackson Championship and Eaton Cup Nick Kingsmill, The Sydney Etchells Fleet, one the the largest Etchells one design keel boat fleet in the world to race for the Port Jackson Championship and Eaton Cup in a Mini Regatta on Saturday the 27th March conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.... [more] Share this story
Lord Howe Island Race: Bob Swan appointed race director Peter Campbell, Prominent Gosford Sailing Club member and ocean racing yachtsman Bob Swan has been appointed Race Director of the Hempel 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race... [more] Share this story
Survival conditions for Day 3 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 Ivor Wilkins, The wind gods in Auckland, New Zealand continued to raise the challenge for the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 today, with winds gusting over 30 knots testing their skills to the limit. Today saw the beginning of the match race section of the regatta, starting with the teams who placed fourth to seventh in the fleet racing competing in a sudden death... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup 2010: Berntsson (SWE) all alone at 5-0 after Day 1 Rich Roberts, The Long Beach breeze would seldom be called fickle, but it took a freak turn Tuesday that settled a battle of unbeatens and left defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden in first place after Day 1 of the 46th Congressional Cup. Late in the fourth of five flights, the wind shifted 70 degrees to northwest directly out of downtown Long Beach and dropped from a peak of 16 knots to 3, sending Ber... [more] Share this story
Andrew Short Marine reveals expansion plans Bob Wonders, Kylie Short takes command of late husband's prominent marine dealership. Following Andrew Short's tragic loss in November last year, when his yacht stuck a rocky island off the NSW coast, many industry observers had been questioning the company's future.... [more] Share this story
Audi IRC Aust Champ & ASHR on ONE tonight, Wednesday 24 March @ 9pm Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, Audi Australia Pty Ltd has teamed up with top rating digital sport channel, ONE, to present its 2010 Audi IRC Australian Championship series. Tune to ONE, Wednesday 24 March @ 9pm to view round two of Audi IRC Australian Championship and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 2010... [more] Share this story
Strong interest in new RS100 - book in for a test sail Performance Sailcraft (Australasia), It certainly appears this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, has what it takes to be successful Down Under. Please give us your feedback and book in for a test sail!... [more] Share this story
World Champion Sailor adds pedigree to top Sydney brokerage John Curnow, Pedigree is something that the Sydney Yachting Centre certainly has in abundance. They have specialised in new and used boat brokerage for more than 30 years and they combine their relaxing location with an industry leading professionalism.... [more] Share this story
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race South American stopover announced Volvo Ocean Race, 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: he cityof Itajaí, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the race. The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, Itajaí will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore again.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: California crew safely transferred to merchant vessel Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 - The California crew have safely transferred to a merchant vessel. The 180-metre tanker was on passage from Yokohama to Los Angeles and diverted by US Coastguard last night. The fleet is now experiencing a lull in conditions which is providing a welcomed respite.... [more] Share this story
Strong winds test skills on Day 2 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final Ivor Wilkins, Strong, gusty winds blowing over 20 knots saw the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 having to use all their boat handling skills to keep control today. The second day of the competition in Auckland, New Zealand produced varied conditions, starting with light, fickle breezes and ending in a howling wind, with spinnakers straining... [more] Share this story
Brisbane to Gladstone - Strong winds replaced by fickle breeze Ian Grant, 2010 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. The current uncertain nature of the coastal weather suggest there is a strong possibility that the fleet of 50 yachts including the defending line honours champion Black Jack could face a supreme test of racing in light headwinds for the first time in recent years.... [more] Share this story
Port Phillip Heads Rip Tour John Curnow, No matter whether you're an avid yachty, casual fisherman, dedicated beach walker, interested surfer, summertime boaty, keen historian or local resident (say all that in a hurry), the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Rip Tour has been a highlight for years because it is informative and truly educational.... [more] Share this story
Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia, Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more] Share this story
Australian Sailors can help Haiti - Donate your old spinnakers NOW!! Belinda Braidwood, Sailors to help Haiti: Tom Braidwood is calling all yachties to help the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake One of the problems the Haitians are facing is enough shelter. The wet season is approaching and a solution is needed as soon as possible. As all yachties know, there are thousands of old sails lying around over Australia. Tom's plan is to turn these into tarps and tent shelters.... [more] Share this story
Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more] Share this story
22nd annual Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race open to all Holly Ranson, The Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race will have a new winner for the first time in five years this Easter.... [more] Share this story
A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior! Richard Gladwell, The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'.... [more] Share this story
A look aboard the new JP54: Above decks a one sided yacht! Richard Gladwell, The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. There are many innovative feature above deck - and a revolving galley and navigation station below.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup preview - Fifth Crimson Blazer Brady's goal Rich Roberts, A fifth Crimson Blazer: that's Gavin Brady's goal in the 46th Congressional Cup running Tuesday through Saturday as the only Grade 1 Open match racing event in the United States. Brady was an unknown 21 when he won his first Congressional Cup in 1996.... [more] Share this story
Superyacht Cup Palma latest entry is Maltese Falcon Kate Branagh, This week Maltese Falcon confirmed that they will take part in The Superyacht Cup Palma, June 23–26, 2010. Finding somewhere to berth an 88m yacht is not always easy, but Astilleros de Mallorca, a long-term supporter and Silver Sponsor of The Superyacht Cup, will accommodate Maltese Falcon for the duration of the event.... [more] Share this story
Quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister prepares for next challenge Jo Gawith, Heroic British quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister, today officially launched her latest challenge, to sail solo around the Kingdom of Bahrain. The journey around the coastline of Bahrain is approximately 100 miles and is expected to take Hilary four days. She will set out from Amwaj Marina on April 13 and sail clockwise, covering approximately 25 miles each day.... [more] Share this story
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