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Soon it will be time for the Moths to congregate - this time it is in Perth. - photo © John Curnow

Dear Recipient Name

Previously I had used 'Miscellaneous Ramblings', so that put paid to that notion. This here collective is to be officially known by this new title. And what a congregation we have for you today... Strap in. We're off on a set of short hops, just like a 22-seat turbo prop through a magical tropical island chain.


From December 9-19, 2019, the Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth is going to hold the Moth Worlds. That'll be big. Many think an Australian will win for sure. No pressure. Two of those that would be eying it off would be Olympic Gold Medallist and reigning Laser World Champion, Tom Burton. Another Belmont local (Northern end of Lake Macquarie NSW) is Kyle Langford, and he too has just put a World Championship (unofficial, but genuine none the less) under his belt whilst aboard Team AUS in the SailGP.

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We have had a fair bit to ask of the 'new' SuperFoilers, and thus far, we have not been feeling the love. At all... Talk about deaf ears! Man. Only trying to help, you know. Don't let them go the way of that famous Flying Boat - the Spruce Goose. At any rate, on Friday it looks like two vessels appeared on Lake Macquarie, which is about two hours North of Sydney, depending on traffic.

Steve Thomas and the gang ensconced themselves at Belmont, ready to trial the new foils and elevators out. Given they also have new Doyle Sails, and the local agent is none other than Chris Nicholson, it is a fair bet to say that the skiff and offshore legend will be having a go as well. So any time you lot are ready to fill us in Steve, we'll be happy to have a chat. Caliche?

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Beneteau Cup

As usual, the Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour attracted its fair share of names, and they were not just the ones from the host, Flagstaff Marine, either. Micah Lane, Michael Coxon and Shane Crookshanks all duked it out for their clients, with the latter coming out on top. Could not help noting that it looked like one Sam Newton, also from Team AUS in the SailGP, was out on Antipodes, making sure the Spinnaker Division was well and truly all about focus, and a lot less about lunch.

Now North Sails had an armada of representatives there, with Billy Sykes sailing on Bombolo, Andrew Parkes on Bliss, and Lee Randall on Holy Cow. Earlier on that morning, Billy had delivered just some of the 100 new and recently serviced sails that the Mona Vale loft of North Sails had to place in the hands of their customers, that week alone.

North Sails en masse at the Beneteau Cup - Billy Sykes and Andrew parkes from North Sails Sydney, either side of Lee Randall from the North Sails Brisbane loft. - photo © John Curnow
North Sails en masse at the Beneteau Cup - Billy Sykes and Andrew parkes from North Sails Sydney, either side of Lee Randall from the North Sails Brisbane loft. - photo © John Curnow

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Paul Schulz has joined the avant-garde ocean performance brand, Vaikobi. Schulz is now the Global Sales Manager for the Australian technical gear brand founded by Pat and Adrienne Langley. Commencing operations to deliver outstanding paddling and SUP wear, it was not long before Vaikobi Ocean Performance was a true favourite of firstly Off The Beach sailors, and then their keelboat cousins.

As Schulz is known the country over from the amount of time he has spent attending regattas on behalf of Gill, having him join Vaikobi is a significant Coup de grâce. Schulz commented, "It's great to be on board with Pat and the team at Vaikobi. Having known Pat for many years through the marine industry, I've watched the rapid growth of Vaikobi over the last 6 years with distinct interest."

Patrick Langley and Paul Schul from Vaikobi Ocean Performance - photo © Vaikobi Ocean Performance
Patrick Langley and Paul Schul from Vaikobi Ocean Performance - photo © Vaikobi Ocean Performance

"Pat, Adrienne, and the whole team have done an awesome job in building a fantastic range of technical apparel, and they have such a solid following in the paddling market, with many world champions wearing their gear."

"Timing is everything. The opportunity for me to get on board with a home grown brand was just to hard to resist, as Vaikobi will just keep on expanding both here and overseas."

Langley said of Schulz, "He's a former Australian Champion in the 18-footers, and he tells me he was runner up twice in the J.J. Giltinan's. He has also completed the 5500nm Melbourne to Osaka double-handed race, as well as competing in multiple Sydney to Hobart races. You know the type, and in addition to all of that, he's an all round nice guy, so he fits in well here."

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Brett Perry and the inspirational Dick Sargeant with the K8 that utilises the Semi Rigid Wing (SRW) from Advanced Wing Sytems - photo © John Curnow
Brett Perry and the inspirational Dick Sargeant with the K8 that utilises the Semi Rigid Wing (SRW) from Advanced Wing Sytems - photo © John Curnow

Semi Rigid Wing (SRW) and Brett Perry

It was my esteemed pleasure to spend time with one of our living legends, the magnificent Dick Sargeant. Amongst other things, we reviewed K8 in the flesh. We spoke at length with the very enthusiastic Brett Perry, and it is something else to see the workings of the double luff mainsail and rotating mast. Dick was certainly inspired, and I reckon we could well see him out for a spin on K8 soon enough.

Brett Perry immediately after the Semi Rigid Wing information night at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - photo © John Curnow
Brett Perry immediately after the Semi Rigid Wing information night at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - photo © John Curnow

So whilst Perry, resplendent in Vaikobi gear no less, explained to us, and then a gathering later that night at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, all the goings on of one of the most powerful and yet intriguingly simple designs I have yet seen, I talked with Perry about the little 8m gem that weighs less than a metric tonne, and has something like 285kg on the bulb at the end of her 2.1m fixed fin.

With massive form stability and a different tuning guide to the one we all grew up with, I cannot wait to have my go, and see if I can do sevens uphill, and 17 from 14 knots of breeze back down. I have been promised a go, but you can have one any time you like - just call, or make contact via the Advanced Wing Systems website.

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Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win Gold - Ready Steady Tokyo, day 6 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win Gold - Ready Steady Tokyo, day 6 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Dynamic Duo

Voting for Mat Belcher and Will Ryan as World Sailors of the Year closes today, so if you have not voted already, then please do so. They have really put in during the 12 month period of calculation, so it would be good to get them over the line for this one, seeing as they have got themselves over the line for so many regattas this last year!

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like the 18-footers, J/24s, Transat Jacques Vabre, Joyon and Idec Sport race on, new Pres and Vice for Australian Sailing, Middle Sea Race, Team USA Nacra 17 crew go for a joyride, Etchells prepare for battle in Brighton, James Sainsbury's home build Moth looking a lot like the Batmobile, the Clipper, and certainly there is much, much more.

Valkyrie with her new higher wings - photo © James Sainsbury
Valkyrie with her new higher wings - photo © James Sainsbury

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Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre underway
The bi-annual double-handed 4,350-mile race, the longest and toughest transat in the sailing calendar, will take them to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Both IMOCA and Class40 fleets were tightly bunched.

The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 4 - North South divide
The early stages of Race 3: The Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown have been dominated by the decision of which route to take to Cape Town; the most direct, via the rhumb line with the risk of being affected by the St Helena High or the southerly route.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: New Generation IMOCAs, Follow the Transat Jacques Vabre
The newest generation of foiling IMOCAs are heading for the Transat Jacques Vabre starting line – a critical milestone in the four-year Vendée Globe cycle.

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18ft Skiff Club Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1
Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers Club Championship, sailed in a 12-14-knot ENE wind on Sydney Harbour today, produced one of the closest and best 18ft Skiff races seen for a few years.

2019 J/24 World Championship at Miami, Florida - Overall
Keith Whittemore's Furio entered the final two races of the 41st J/24 World Championship with a nine-point advantage, and quickly slammed the door on the competition by dominating race nine of 10.

Paul Schulz joins Vaikobi
Australian Ocean Performance brand Vaikobi, continues its expansion into the sailing market with the recent appointment of Australian Marine industry stalwart, Paul Schulz as their Global Sales Manager.

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Team leaders sign Sustainability Policy for The Ocean Race Campaign
The team's Sustainability Policy defines the mission and vision of the team, while also committing the team to feature sustainability as a core value, demonstrating leadership, innovation, collaboration and leaving a legacy.

2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race wraps up in Malta
From the media centre in the Royal Malta Yacht Club, I can hear the party starting to kick up a notch, as sailors, race officials and family start to relax into the conclusion of the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Bermuda to host the 2019 eSailing World Championship Live Final
The second edition of the eSailing World Championship comes following an extensive series that began in January. Held from 14:00 - 14:30 local time on 29 October, the final will be live streamed across World Sailing's YouTube and Facebook.

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The Superyacht Cup Palma gets high-performance class boost for 2020
Always looking to improve and enhance the experience of taking part in Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta, organisers have introduced the class to provide a venue for the latest generation of high-speed and hi-tech sailing yachts.

Australian Sailing welcomes new President and Board members
Australian Sailing has welcomed a new President, Vice President and Board members after their election at the 2019 Annual General Meeting held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

America's Cup: Four AC75's launched - are there no wrong answers?
With four AC75s now successfully launched and actively foiling, what have we learned about the outcomes of the various design strategies chosen by each of the teams for their first-generation boats?

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47th RL24 National Championships 2020 - Preview
National Championships are about excellence at the top end of the fleet, boat development, crew work but most of all family fun on and off the water.

Flying Fifteen Balearic Championships 2019 at at Real Club Nautic Port de Pollenca
The 2019 Balearic Flying Fifteen Championship (Spanish Nationals) took place over a three day weekend on the waters of Pollenca Bay at the Northern tip of the stunning island of Mallorca.

Tips for sailing with a young crew
Here are some top tips on sailing with young people. The guide covers boat set up, jobs for the crew, sailing techniques, kit and incentives. It is written from the experience of several people who have sailed with kids between the age of 6 and 12.

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18ft Skiffs: Enthusiasm & determination make Jack a winner
Jack Sprague was a Laser class sailor, who had a stint on a 16ft Skiff out of Manly, but once he had tasted sailing on the 16, all he wanted to do was to sail an 18ft Skiff each weekend on Sydney Harbour.

Bermuda ready to host World Sailing's 2019 Annual Conference
From 26 October to 3 November, Bermuda will welcome 418 delegates from 68 nations for World Sailing's 2019 Annual Conference.

Beau Geste wins PIC Coastal Classic in 5 hrs 37 seconds - new record time
At 3pm this afternoon, Beau Geste set a new record for the PIC Coastal Classic yacht race, having sailed the 119 nautical mile course in a time of just 5hrs, 37sec.

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First Globe40 pre-registered entries: Competitive aims and world stories
The first pre-registrations soon started rolling in upon publication on 10 October 2019 of the Notice of Race for the Globe40 round the world race and the opening of pre-registration (1st phase of registration through until 30 June 2020).

Make 2019 count - Sustainable sailing clothing
A staggeringly huge amount of waste is produced by the fashion industry. As the cost of most products doesn't include the cost of disposal, or their drain on resources and the environment, we have got to a stage where clothing is generally too cheap.

49er/FX/Nacra 17 Worlds: 'Who forgot to turn to gravity back on?'
Two US sailors in Auckland to compete in the Nacra 17 World Championships at the end of November, experienced a spectacular capsize during a training session on Auckland harbour today.

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There is always a sizable fleet with the Etchells…
And this is because since their inception just over 50 years ago there has been a strong conviction by the Corinthians to be a part of the best One Design sailing going around.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: The Spinlock South Atlantic showdown has begun
A day charged with emotion and pride has been witnessed in Punta del Este today as the crew of non-professional sailors set off for the second leg of the Clipper 2019-20 Race. The fleet slipped lines at 15:00 UTC in front of a huge crowd lining the marina

Brest Atlantiques: The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild outward bound
Tomorrow, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will leave her base in Lorient to make for Brest and the Quai du Commandant Malbert in the city's commercial port, where the public will be able to come along and admire the giants for nearly eight days

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Home Build International Moth Blog 10: Before and after! Valkyrie's new higher wings take shape
Okay, so she's nowhere near finished yet. However, the progress has been swift and drastic! After the chop and the tears, the first job was to mock the wings up to the new height that I was aiming for so I could measure up the wing sockets.

#SaveTheFinn - An opportunity to rebalance the slate and create more legends
There are a lot of people who firmly believe that the Finn still deserves its place within the Olympics. Some will step forward and say so, while some will hedge their bets, unsure whether to stand out from the crowd.

Building the hull of the new Hugo Boss
Find out more about the hull of the new HUGO BOSS boat with this fascinating video insight from the very team responsible for its conception and creation.

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Hall Spars: Quarterly Newsletter - Latest Swan 65 & 78.. Regatta results
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World Sailor of the Year voting opens - support Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
Voting has just opened for World Sailing's Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are in contention, and you can help. Your efforts count, as 50% of the weighting comes form the public's vote.

Southport Yacht Club renovations & refurbishments
Southport Yacht Club, home of the Bartercard Sail Paradise, Gold Coast's largest regatta and finish line to Australia's 2nd largest yacht race - Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, has recently undergone a huge redevelopment of their Eastern Lawn.

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Vote now for your 2019 Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Public voting for the 2019 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is now open! Three female and five male sailors have been nominated in 2019 and it's now up to the general public to vote for who they think should be crowned.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2019: The top 80 selected
The international jury of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2019 has selected the top 80 yacht racing photographs taken this year throughout the world.

Entries open Friday for 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship
The conventional wisdom says the sailing season in the Northeastern United States ends with Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September. But the locals will tell you that September and October are the best months of the year.

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The Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Transat Jaques Vabre and the International Masters Regatta
Looking beyond the waters of Puget Sound reveals a much sunnier picture of sailing, especially if one focuses their attention on the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Transat Jaques Vabre and the International Masters Regatta.

Barton Marine's new Quick Cleat Range means no more knot tying
Quick Cleat is an innovation that provides the best alternative to tying knots, securing numerous items around boats, trailers and marinas.

Meteorological phenomenon and lightning storm captured as Clipper Race approached Punta del Este
After a hard fought and challenging 5,200 nautical miles across the Atlantic, the Clipper Race fleet faced one more hurdle in the last 48 hours as they started to get closer to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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Rambler 88 takes the gun in the Rolex Middle Sea Race - Will they take the double?
Rambler 88 took the line honours gun in the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race this morning at 08:13:00 CEST, completing the "600 miler" in two days 19 hours 43 minutes.

Olaf Harken passes away
Olaf Harken and his older brother, Peter, created the hugely successful rope handling business that bears their name, by working hard, delivering excellence, and having fun every day.

2019 Geraldton Ocean Classic wrap
Following winds on the first leg to Geraldton were forecast, but wind strength well below expectations left some skippers a little disappointed with their times. The compensation was a beautiful sail in sunny days and bright, moonlit nights.

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First part of mini series on Malcolm McKeon MM597 super yacht build is released
Southern Spars has released the first in a four part mini film, featuring Yacht Designer, Malcolm McKeon, Owner's Rep Gregory Monks and Southern Spars' Head of Super Yacht Sales, Paul MacDonald, goes behind the scenes to look at the build of MM597 yacht.

Sailing's Night of Nights
Now in it's third year, the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and Australian Sailing (AS) Hall of Fame inducted its latest round of sailing greats on Friday night.

Farr 40 One Design Trophy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club - Overall
The final four races of the One Design Trophy were held between Obelisk and Watsons Bay on a sensational day on Sydney Harbour where Rob Pitts and the Double Black crew won their first Farr 40 regatta.

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