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Ahhh, like what the? Australia Newsletter


Ahhh, like what the? Australia Newsletter

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Australian Sailing's CEO, John Lee, is about to depart. In a little under a fortnight, actually. Former Etchells World Champion, and current General Manager, David Edwards will sit in the role once again, until a new permanent occupant for the seat is found. Reports continue, however, that these are not the only changes going on at Australia's peak body for our sport.

Internally, at least, it is felt that further changes to the Constitution will not get up. Yet the main question outside continues persistently to be that the President, Matt Allen, is seeking to extend his tenure past what is currently allowed. In other words, an indefinite term.

Matt Allen and John Lee - photo © Australian Sailing
Matt Allen and John Lee - photo © Australian Sailing

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Presently, the Constitution of Australian Sailing Limited states by way of imposing a maximum term of office for Directors:

(a) 'A Director may not serve than four consecutive terms as a Director...' (where a term is a two-year tenure)
(c) 'A Director who has served a maximum term... shall not be eligible to be a director for six years following completion of their maximum term'
(d) 'A Director shall not be eligible to serve more than four terms in any fifteen-year period
Article 16.7 states that "A President shall not serve longer than his directorship'

Matt Wearn, Male Sailor winner Australian Sailing President Matt Allen, Wendy Tuck, Female Sailor and inaugural Offshore Sailor of the Year winner - 2018 Aust Sailing Awards. - photo © Gregg Porteous
Matt Wearn, Male Sailor winner Australian Sailing President Matt Allen, Wendy Tuck, Female Sailor and inaugural Offshore Sailor of the Year winner - 2018 Aust Sailing Awards. - photo © Gregg Porteous

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So rather than getting involved in a bunch of hearsay, I went to Matt Allen himself for a response. "I have no intention of looking to make these changes. I have discussed it with a few people, relative to a situation where we might have a Vice-President who is set to take over, and needs one more term." The emphasis there is that it is all tied into the one term extension, only.

Allen continued, "Six years is enough, with the one before that as Vice-President. It is time to move on." The Australian Olympic Committee Executive Board member, and Vice-Chair of World Sailing's Oceanic & Offshore Committee added, "the Olympics are looming once more, so that will get busier and I will have plenty on there. Then there is the bid for 2032 in Queensland, and that too will also get some of my attention. Apart from all of that, I am also looking forward to the Winter season with the boat."

ICHI BAN, Bow: 001, Sail n: AUS001, Owner: Matt Allen, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Botin 52 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
ICHI BAN, Bow: 001, Sail n: AUS001, Owner: Matt Allen, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Botin 52 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

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On the other board now, literally and metaphorically, and with thanks to Mitch Pearson for raising my attention to it, the Windsurfers (International Windsurfer Class Association) have put their best forward for Paris 2024, a full 40 years after it appeared in LA as a demonstration class. Now lighter than back then (no longer polyethylene either), the Windsurfer LT can be utilised in racing, slalom, freestyle and marathon formats, and of course, it can all be held close to shore where the spectators are. It still has its colourful 5.7m2 sail, too, so everything old is new again. Argh. Argh. Argh...

Whilst the discipline is in for 2024 and beyond, the equipment used was part of the full re-evaluation of equipment going on in several Olympic classes, such as the single person dinghy, and this was to account for many things, not the least of which were Anti-Trust issues. Whilst way back then there was plenty of brouhaha about the initial selection of an opposing board, the key element today is that Windsurfer are proposing a 'white board' that can be sold under any branding, and I would imagine manufactured in various locales, so as to completely circumvent any one supplier type issues. A nice plan... Hopefully it works for them. We shall see. In the meantime, you can see Mitch's video from the recent Windsurfer Australian Championship

Australian Windsurfer Nationals - Final day - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite
Australian Windsurfer Nationals - Final day - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite

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Right oh here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the Youth Match Racing, RORC Caribbean 600, Brisbane to Galdstone, intel from North Sails, The Ocean Race (going to take a little while to stop calling it the Volvo, just as it did when changing from Whitbread), Lincoln Week in South Australia, the 18-footers, AC36, Dart 18 Worlds, Sailfest in Newcastle, the Golden Globe Race, Helly Hansen Women's Challenge, J/24s, OKs, Finns, looking back on Sail GP, and certainly there is much, much more.

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JJ Giltinan Championship: A 'new' team of old mates ready to take on the world's best
Three long-time friends and sailing champions have all finally come together in the one boat as they set their sights on winning the 2019 JJ Giltinan (World) 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 2-10.

Trailer blazers welcomed at Sail Port Stephens 2019
Marina berths have become rarer than hen's teeth in the lead-up to Sail Port Stephens 2019, such is the demand from the keelboat brigade, yet there's room aplenty for off-the-beach and trailable classes to be part of the action.

America's Cup Challengers and Defender launch newsletter
The organisers of the 36th America's Cup Regatta and Prada Cup and supporting events, have released their first newsletter - summarising the main news stories they have published - and a great opportunity to catch up on what you may have missed.

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Combined Club Summer Pennant Race on Hobart's River Derwent - Race 7
Roger Jackman's Doctor Who and Don Calvert's Intrigue on Saturday on Saturday showed they still head the who's who of yacht racing on Hobart's River Derwent, each notching up another win the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant.

18ft Skiff Club Championship on Sydney Harbour - Overall
The Asko Appliances team had to recover from a mid-race capsize before taking out the 2018-2019 Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship in a dramatic day of 18ft Skiff racing on Sydney Harbour today.

It's a wrap - 2019 RORC Caribbean 600
The 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 attracted 76 teams from 21 countries and crews from six continents. The highly diverse fleet were challenged by the tough conditions and captivated by the beauty of a stunning race course.

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Nespresso Int'l Youth MR Cup: Egnot-Johnson wins Final
Nick Egnot-Johnson and his RNZYS Performance Programme KNOTS Racing Team – Zak Merton, Sam Barnett and Alistair Gifford – have notched up another big victory, taking out the 2019 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup.

SailGP Sydney – Kyle Langford Talks Wing Trim on the F50
This time last week the SailGP Australia team was enjoying the celebrations of their victory in the inaugural event on Sydney Harbour.

The Ocean Race: IMOCA60 a tough sell - Bouwe Bekking
Weekly French language sailing newsletter "Tip and Shaft" features an interview with veteran Volvo Ocean race skipper Bouwe Bekking on his options for the next fully crewed around the world race, now labelled "The Ocean Race".

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North Sails Weekly Debrief: RORC Caribbean 600 Takeover, #NSVictoryList
Peter and David Askew's VO70 Wizard wins the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Wizard was the first to finish of the monohulls and had the best corrected time under IRC.

71st Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club - Preview
If you happen to be in or around Brisbane when you're reading this, the chances are that you have weighed up the pros and cons and decided NOT to go sailing this weekend.

Duel on Derwent for Sayonara Cup defence
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has received a challenge from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron for the coveted Sayonara Cup, renewing the match-racing contest between two of the nation's senior clubs after a break of a decade.

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The Ocean Race bags hat-trick of shortlists for prestigious industry-selected sport awards
The Race has been nominated for prizes by sports industry selectors in a trio of areas – Fan or Community Engagement Award, Cutting Edge Sport Award, Social and Sustainable Development Award – following a record-breaking 2017-18 edition.

Dart 18 World Championship at Royal Varuna Yacht Club - Overall
What a final day! 10 to 14 knots of wind with a cloudless sky yet again. "This is normal" said one member prompting the thought that, if this is normal, why aren't there more world champions from the Royal Varuna Yacht Club?

Wizard wins the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy
David and Peter Askew's American Volvo 70 Wizard has won the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the best corrected time under IRC. Wizard put in a near faultless performance to complete the 600 mile non-stop race in 43 hours 38 minutes and 44 seconds

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America's Cup: AC75 - there's more to the rig than meets the eye
Emirates Team New Zealand sail designer, Burns Fallow says the radical idea for a two skinned mainsail for the AC75 foiling monohull came up after just a 20-minute brainstorming session held a month after the America's Cup win in Bermuda.

2020 Olympics: IOC cracks down on political discrimination
Exclusion of Pakistani shooters has parallels to similar exclusions in Sailing in 2013-2016 where Israeli sailors were excluded from world championships by countries who had an estranged diplomatic relationship with Israel.

How sailors and organisers are preparing for The Ocean Race
With just over two and a half years to go to the start, the organisers and sailors are already busy preparing behind the scenes for this new event on the IMOCA calendar.

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37th Fiji Regatta Week at Musket Cove Yacht Club - Malolo Lailai Island
The dates are set and the planning is in place for the 37th Fiji Regatta Week, the event cruising and racing sailors across the Pacific consider the "must do" annual sailing event in the region.

Sailfest Newcastle Regatta steeled for battle as top TP52 fleet goes for Gold
An initiative of the class' owner group, the Gold Cup addresses a recent decline in TP52 activity due to the widening gap between new-generation designs and older, amateur-crewed backmarkers.

National Sailing League Oceania hits Australian shores
In the northern hemisphere the Sailing Champions League is a winning concept, taking off from the start-up league in Germany in 2013 to involve 21 nations and more than 300 clubs in 2019. Now it's the southern hemisphere's turn.

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Americas Cup: Winning sponsor back on board Defender
Emirates Team New Zealand has announced that Steinlager will return as an Official Sponsor and Official Beer Partner of Emirates Team New Zealand's for the defence of the 36th America's Cup - on the team's home waters in Auckland in 2021.

Golden Globe Race, Day 234: Uku Randmaa handed 72 hour penalty
Third placed Estonian skipper Uku Randmaa has escaped disqualification from the Golden Globe race after breaching the strict rules forbidding outside assistance, but has been handed a 72-hour penalty for asking and receiving weather routing information

Rag & Famish Hotel, twenty-three years of 18ft Skiff Racing Sponsorship
Since the late George Calligeros purchased 'The Rag' in May 1975, the hotel has developed equally strong family values as Peter and Anna Calligeros continue the business under the Calligeros Hotel group banner.

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Enter Sydney Harbour Regatta now – Early entry rate extended to February 25th
Fabulous prizes await placegetters in Middle Harbour Yacht Club's (MHYC) Sydney Harbour Regatta to be held over the first weekend of March - but you have to enter first and the early entry rate has been extended to February 25

Entries open for 2019 Helly Hansen Women's Challenge at Manly Yacht Club
For the past 24 years Manly Yacht Club Women's Challenge has had a commitment to encourage, excite and support Women in sailing at every level of experience.

Royal Perth Yacht Club - Dinghy updates
The Royal Perth Yacht Club Open Day was a huge success not just for the number of people who visited but also the fantastic atmosphere that was generated.

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J/24s at the Festival of Sails - The Geelong Regatta
The longest continuous sporting event in Australia is the Australia Day Regatta in the Geelong Victoria. This year the 151st regatta boasted 300 entries from the Grand Prix TP52 Sydney to Hobart winners, to possibly the smallest boats, our J24's.

America's Cup: Teams get first look at the AC75 foiling mechanism
Less than a year since the Class Rule publication, a first hint of the real scale of the AC75 boats has been given to each challenger representative during a number of visits to Auckland to witness the one design foil cant system (FCS) in action.

Shorthanded yachtswoman to guest speak ahead of Brighton Ladies Skippers Series
Annette Hesselmans is to be guest speaker at Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria ahead of the Brighton Ladies Skippers Series (BLiSS) in the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS) on the evening of 22nd February

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Who is up next for Australia in the 49er?
For as long as the 49er class has existed, the Australia Sailing Team has performed at the highest level. From Chris Nicholson winning the classes' first three World Championships, to Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen taking gold and silver in London

Mothquito in Milan for Foiling Awards 2018 and very soon flying above the water
Mothquito was present at the award ceremony of the Foiling Awards 2018, as a nominee for the awards for the best design 2018, a recognition of the highest prestige that has placed Mothquito among the best designs in the world of foiling.

Elliott Noye new Tasmanian SB20 champion
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta has become a major annual event on the calendar of Hobart's fleet of SB20 sports boat sailors, this year again using the regatta on-the-water expertise to conduct their Tasmanian State championship.

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Entry open for 2019 Finn Europeans and Tokyo 2020 Qualifier
The championship has recently received approval from the IOC as the second Finn class qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

2024 Olympics: The Culling of the Men - a View from the Boatpark
The 2024 Sailing Olympics are over five years away for the panjandrums of World Sailing, but for 85+kg Men, the Regatta is now in a much more urgent focus.

America's Cup: DutchSail not marking time over Arb Panel Hearing
Team leader of the newbie America's Cup Challenger, DutchSail, Simeon Tienpont says the team is flattered that the three Super Teams are taking them so seriously when they have "only just dried the wet from behind our ears."

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Garmin Etchells NSW State Championship - Hard not to be impressed
This was not as a result the final day's racing. Even though, and as usual for the Etchells, it was actually a sailing master class. No, today was memorable for the way the youth sailors turned it on.

Australia wins inaugural SailGP in Sydney
The first ever SailGP was witnessed by more than 20,000 people who took to the water on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, providing the perfect amphitheater for the season kick off.

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