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Super Saturday sail-ebration at Sail Port Stephens - photo © Salty Dingo

Dear Recipient Name

Somebody only gets you the once. Hopefully... Where the playing cards are held between the thumb and index finger, flexed down, and then sprayed out to a jumbled mess on the floor. It all seemed like a appropriate analogy to me. Additionally, there are 52 weeks in a year, and at least here in Australia anyway, it has only been a little bit longer than that since this COVID thing decided to more than shuffle the deck. Yes. What a jumble. Who knows what you'll get?

Still it seems that the ducks in Can you feel it? were a real sign. Response to it has been lovely. We cannot tell you how nice it has been to see people out on the water getting into it, as well as sending in their material for everyone to review, appreciate, and enjoy.

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Line forming leading into the start, bit of sag in the middle, but looking set for a clear start. - photo © John Curnow
Line forming leading into the start, bit of sag in the middle, but looking set for a clear start. - photo © John Curnow

A great person, friend and avid sailor called PC once said to me that Sail-World was like watching a fire (as in burning in a designated and purpose built utility). He was referring to the ever-evolving nature of it all, along with both the captivating allure, and the serenity.

A quick scroll down the site whilst writing had me checking on Sail Port Stephens, where some of our partners like Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance, along with Flagstaff Marine have been ensuring there were even more reasons to be happy apart from the stunning weather.

Over in the West, the preparation for the Exmouth race builds, Tasmania will get the Women's Keelboat Regatta next weekend, and the Hamilton Island fleet looks set to be capped, so make sure you have your accommodation sorted with Whitsunday Holidays.

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The Extreme 40's will be part of the package again - Airlie Beach Race Week 2019 - photo © Andrea Francolini
The Extreme 40's will be part of the package again - Airlie Beach Race Week 2019 - photo © Andrea Francolini

Hard core racers look set to ignite Airlie Beach Race Week once more, with sports boats, and Extreme 40 cats, yet the defining moment was that crews from Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria were all keen to get into the way it all used to be before some pesky bug had a good solid go and being just a wee bit more than painful.

Yet for me, one of the most notable things occurring as we speak is the take up for the Global Solo Challenge. Everything from old IMOCA 50s to VO 60s and down to full keel 32s is lining up to do a lap. Whilst sometimes you may feel like they are running the talk it up cup, 17 skippers in boats from 32 to 55 feet have gone the whole hog for the 2023 event, with something like 220 on the books. Wow.

Given it is a first boat home event, and elapsed journeys will range at least from 115 to 200 days, getting their staggered starts correct will be crucial. Still, they have plenty of runway left to sort it out.

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Jake Lilley - 2021 Open and U23 Finn European Championship - photo © Joao Costa Ferreira
Jake Lilley - 2021 Open and U23 Finn European Championship - photo © Joao Costa Ferreira

Jake 'Big Dog' Lilley completes our Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo. What a nice guy and I know he has high hopes for his second Olympics. Under the tutelage of Rafa 'The Maharajah of Finns' Trujillo, Jake has continued to become a marvellous competitor, and a joy to watch in action, which I was lucky enough to do in Coffs Harbour with the whales last July.

One would think this could well be the most unpredictable Olympics ever, and a fair degree of levelling may have occurred due to the distinct lack of competition. Obviously our Australian Sailing Team has my complete support and best wishes, but as an observer you do think to ask yourself things like, 'Will the USA rise once more - long time between drinks...'

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Enjoying great times and supreme weather offshore of the Gold Coast aboard Maritimo's new M55 - LtoR John Curnow, Tom Barry-Cotter, and Paul Wilson. - photo © John Curnow
Enjoying great times and supreme weather offshore of the Gold Coast aboard Maritimo's new M55 - LtoR John Curnow, Tom Barry-Cotter, and Paul Wilson. - photo © John Curnow

Our Managing Editor said to me as I was loading this up, "It was great to receive a WhatsApp video from John this week, out on the water with Maritimo's Tom Barry-Cotter, and Paul Wilson, all with big smiles on their faces. There simply is no better feeling than being out at sea, and any way we can introduce more people to it, the better."

"Those first steps on to a boat can be daunting, so being there to help a friend or new club member along the way can make all the difference. If we all helped out one friend or family when they show an interest in sailing then participation will increase dramatically and if they have a positive experience, then they're far more likely to become sailors for life."

"Why spend the time doing this? John, Tom, and Paul's smiles say it all. By the way, look out for John's insightful and entertaining review of Maritimo's new M55 soon on our sister sites, Powerboat.World and FishingBoating.World"

So there it is. No epistle from this time, just genuine appreciation for this great sport of ours, the ability to go and do it, along with all the people you get to meet, talk with and learn about along the way. Happy days indeed!

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Figaro 3 - photo © Flagstaff Marine
Figaro 3 - photo © Flagstaff Marine

OK. Time to go see about getting on the water some more. Might check in with Flagstaff Marine and see about the new First 27, or if I can get reacquainted with an old friend in the Beneteau Figaro 3, which I first drove back in 2017. Now doesn't that seem like a lifetime ago...

Right oh - there is plenty of information on the group's sites for you to review when you can. Please avail yourself of it.

Now if your class or association is generating material, please submit your material. Got this newsletter from a friend? Would you like your own copy next week? Just follow the instructions on our newsletter page. Whilst there, you can also register for other editions, like Powerboat-World.

Finally, many thanks for making Sail-World your go-to choice. We're always here to keep pumping out the news. Stay safe, and have the happiest time possible depending on your level of restrictions.

John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

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Great Britain stuns dominant Australia to be crowned Bermuda Sail Grand Prix champion
The Great Britain SailGP Team was crowned first event champion of SailGP Season 2 by winning the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess on a dramatic day on the Great Sound, beating Australia.

New Impact Protection gear at Rooster
Certified to CE EN 1385:2012, the Rooster Comb Helmet is the perfect companion to all watersports needs. Comfort, durability and reduced bulk have been at the core of the design of this helmet.

SailGP: Baptism by fire on opening day of SailGP Bermuda
The surprise of the first day of racing in SailGP Bermuda was the performance of the three America's Cup skippers and their star studded teams - all finishing outside the top three on the overnight leaderboard.

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Sail Port Stephens - Overall
As Australia commemorated Anzac Day, there were battles aplenty on the water in an action-packed finale to Sail Port Stephens 2021, which saw some surprise victors in a number of divisions.

PlanetSail: Smashing the Channel
As MOD70 sisterships Maserati and Powerplay duelled across the English channel a new record was set for the famous Cowes-St Malo race course. Matt Sheahan takes a look at a blisteringly quick trip that was over by lunchtime.

Team Salter takes Inaugural Combined Clubs Women's Keelboat Regatta crown
Skipper Kirsty Salter, Amelia Catt, Lizzi Rountree and Amy Potter, representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, won the inaugural Combined Clubs Women's Keelboat Regatta in Hobart on Saturday.

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Formidable line-up for the first Tf35 Trophy
French sailing legend, Loïck Peyron, joins the line-up of top sailing stars to compete in the first-ever event of the inaugural TF35 Trophy next week.

The Magenta Project confirms Jonquil Hackenberg as new Chair
Jonquil Hackenberg has been appointed as the new Chair of The Magenta Project with effect from April 2021.

Colligo Marine® Code Furlers
Colligo Marine® Code Furlers are unique in that they are all designed with maintenance free bearing systems, but they can all be taken apart and serviced if needed.

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ILCA Vilamoura European Continental Qualification - Overall
As forecast, the final day of the regatta saw the strongest winds of the championships with waves that wanted to literary pick you up and take you downwind... Not very helpful when you were trying to go upwind!

Spectacular start to SailGP Season 2
Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team started its defense of the SailGP Season 2 Championship in perfect fashion by ending the first day of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix top of the leaderboard with a clean sweep of three wins from three.

Sail Port Stephens - Day 6
Tomorrow we honour the Anzac legend and our selfless service men and women. Today, however, was all about remembering the legacy of Roger "Hicko" Hickman, Sail Port Stephens mentor and ambassador, with a Super Saturday 'Sail-ebration'.

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Excitement grows at the Global Solo Challenge with two possible new groups
As the list of enquiries received about the Global Solo Challenge 2023 tops 220 sailors (of which more than 150 already own a boat) organisers need to ensure the event remains fair, even in light of a potentially diverse fleet at the start.

Soo Envyous: TP52 Envy Scooters for sale with Race Yachts
It is not every day that a super competitive Race Yacht becomes available for sale, well that time has now come, and we present to you the immaculate TP52 Envy Scooters for sale.

World Sailing's Council approves alternative event(s) proposal process for Paris 2024
World Sailing's Council have unanimously approved a regulatory amendment to enable alternative event(s) to the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat, for sailing's 10th medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to be proposed.

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SailGP: The best lineup of of sailors ever assembled - common theme at Media Conference
"The best lineup of sailors ever assembled" was a common theme at the opening media conference for Season 2 of SailGP, which gets underway in Bermuda, today, Friday.

Are you ready? 2021 Finn Gold Cup starts in 12 days
It is the final qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with one place available for both Europe and Africa.

Sail Port Stephens - Day 5
The world would've watched in utter amazement today as 130 yachts lined up for the opening spell of a massive weekend of racing at Sail Port Stephens 2021.

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Meet the Reverso Air - the world's fastest portable sailboat
Designed to fit in the back of your car, the Reverso Air is the ultimate go-anywhere dinghy. It's fast, stable, and incredibly easy to assemble in minutes, meaning you can be on the water, whenever and wherever you like! Quite simply, it's a game changer.

B&G displays built into SailGP's F50 wingsails
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has worked closely with SailGP - the sport's pinnacle racing event - as it heads into Season Two of competition this year.

2021 Hamilton Island Race Week: 200 entries and climbing
Entries for Hamilton Island Race Week 2021 have surged past 200, leaving regatta organisers to consider placing a cap on the final fleet number.

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Just two weeks to the Exmouth Race and Rally 2021
A capacity crowd attended last Thursday's communication briefing, which was prefaced by a video presentation by Luke Parkinson, veteran of two Volvo Around the World races, two America's Cup campaigns and countless other achievements.

Maserati Multi 70 breaks the Channel Record from Cowes to Dinard
Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini triumphed in the duel against Peter Cunningham's MOD 70 PowerPlay and conquered the Channel Record. They set sail off Cowes (UK) at 9:13:40 GMT and they crossed the finish line off Dinard (FR) at 13:44:29 GMT.

Modern Analytics for Racing Sailors: Sixty days free with Njord Analytics & Cyclops Marine
Cyclops Marine has collaborated with Njord Analytics to offer Cyclops customers an additional thirty-day free trial of Njord Analytics and Njord Player (on top of the existing thirty-day free trial already offered).

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The Ocean Race announces new climate change initiative
The sailing event, known as the greatest test of a team in sport, is announcing the move as part of an ambitious climate change initiative and a key part of its work to protect and restore the seas.

Measuring the world's water: what is sea level data and how is it collected?
The creation of ocean current maps depend on the measurement of sea level, which is the base level for measuring elevation and depth on Earth.

Latest B&G software release features key radar and visual enhancements
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, released its Navico® Operating System (NOS) 20.2 software update in April, complete with several new radar features, display updates and integration capabilities

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IOC makes landmark move into virtual sports by announcing first-ever Olympic Virtual Series
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will partner with five International Sports Federations (IFs) and game publishers to produce the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS), the first-ever, Olympic-licensed event for physical and non-physical virtual sports.

Pump it up with the Allen mainsheet roller fairlead
Pump it up with the mainsheet roller fairlead. Designed to remove friction and give you back control of the rope.

Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co expand their industry support with new sponsorships
Leading Asia Pacific yacht sales companies Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co have demonstrated their continued support for the region's marine industry with the announcement of two key sponsorships.

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Next generation of stars named in Australian Sailing Futures Squad
Australian Sailing is pleased to announce the inaugural group of athletes and coaches to be selected to the recently launched Performance Pathway Futures Program.

Team Childhood I to enter The Ocean Race Europe with star ensemble of pro-sailors and young talents
With a star ensemble of Dutch pro-sailors and young talents Team Childhood I will enter The Ocean Race Europe. The Swedish - Dutch joint venture sets sail to raise awareness for and keep children safe from violence and sexual abuse.

America's Cup Hall of Fame: Induction of Peter Montgomery and Ed Baird
On March 19, 2021, just a couple of days after the Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America's Cup, the America's Cup Hall of Fame held an Induction Ceremony to welcome broadcaster PJ Montgomery and America's Cup winner Ed Baird

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18ft Skiffs: Julian Bethwaite, Did It All
Julian Bethwaite has an incredible record of achievement in 18ft Skiff Racing as a designer, builder and competitor in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Lilley selected to Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic team
Queenslander Jake Lilley has been announced as Australia's representative in the Finn class for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, rounding out the sailing selection for the Games.

Colligo Terminator Flex Fittings
These blocks can be spliced into a running backstay or shroud on a canting mast system and present anything from a 2/1- a 7/1 purchase, your choice, with the same lightweight block!

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The Ocean Race Europe marks a new fully-crewed standard
Some of the best sailors and teams in the world will take up the challenge of The Ocean Race Europe next month, racing in stages from Lorient, France to Genova, Italy.

Japan SailGP Team announces Francesco Bruni and Chris Draper joining for Season 2
Japan SailGP Team supercharged its team for SailGP Season 2, announcing the headline signings of Italian sailor and eight-time world champion Francesco Bruni and GB's Chris Draper, who take on the roles of flight controller and wing trimmer respectively.

Finnfare celebrates 60 years with April 2021 edition
Finnfare has been part of Finn class culture for 60 years. First published in 1961, it has consistently brought Finn sailors the news and views from around the world.

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Sail Port Stephens - Day 2
The 2021 Sail Port Stephens regatta switched to island time today for Race 2 of the Commodores Cup, with the fleet heading seawards for a race course where Mother Nature lays the marks - or at least the landmarks.

Allen 2021 Flying 11 National Championship at Belmont 16' Skiff Sailing Club
The 2021 Allen Flying 11 Australian Championships were run at Belmont 16's from 11 to 15 April. As with most things this year the regatta had to be rescheduled from January to work around travel restrictions.

Simply stunning Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens got under way today, with over 100 boats setting off under spinnaker on the sparkling waters of Nelson Bay, right off the break wall.

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Nurture the roots to enjoy the fruit
Without doubt, my favourite day on the water all year is when I run the first Junior Sailing session of the year at my local club.

Sail Port Stephens - Day 1
It was a day to clear the rust, but also to show some trust, as Sail Port Stephens turned on a spectacular opening day for the Bannisters Port Stephens Commodores Cup 2021.

The Ocean Race Europe to gather data on the state of the seas
The Ocean Race, the world's toughest test of a team in sport and sailing's greatest round-the-world challenge, will collect vital data about the impact that humans are making on the ocean during its inaugural European Race.

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2021 Australian 12 Foot Skiff Championship at Abbotsford 12' Skiff Sailing Club
Abbotsford 12' Skiff Sailing Club hosted the 85th running of the Australian 12' Skiff Championship over the recent Easter weekend.

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