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Explore. Dream. Discover. - Australia Newsletter


Explore. Dream. Discover.

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420 sailors loving the breeze during the Easter Cooler at Notts County - photo © David Eberlin

Dear Recipient Name

The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many. Lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased somewhat, allowing the return of grassroots sports, and the fine weather resulted in sailors heading to their local clubs in their droves.

For me it was out in a safety RIB on Thursday while the kids enjoyed Feva sailing, having to pretty much drag them off the water at 6pm before it got too cold and dark, then a cycle down to Keyhaven for a bit of dinghy cruising in the Scow with my youngest on Friday with ice cream on the way home, followed by a couple of days out of Keyhaven in my Frankenlaser on Saturday and Sunday.

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Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine
Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine

With winds in the 20-25 knot range on Sunday I was certainly feeling it on Monday where I should have competed in the Easter Monday evening race to complete the series, but it was cold and I was lazy, so I ended up bailing out. Waking up on Tuesday morning I instantly regretted that decision. Yes, I would be aching even more, but I agree with the famous quote, which is often miscredited to Mark Twain, but is more likely the work of H. Jackson Brown:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

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Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning
Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning

I'm regretting not sailing yesterday. I made too many excuses in my head such as, it's too cold, the wind is from the north and will be too shifty, it's a really late start, my wetsuit is still wet. As I took a walk with the kids along the clifftop on Monday evening it was sunny, the wind was strong and shifty, but I wanted to be on the water.

Will I learn from this? Probably not, but I'll try to recall the feeling I had when on the clifftop, knowing I really should have been out on the water.

Life can be full of distractions but allowing those distractions to get in the way of time on the water will soon turn them into tensions. Spend a few hours on the water and everything looks brighter.

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Local Easter events

After the 2020 sailing season was decimated, it has been superb to receive a variety of UK event reports already from the weekend. In the keelboats we saw the first of three races in the 2021 RORC Spring Series, an inshore Solent race of around 38 nautical miles saw over 30 yachts competing.

RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /
RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /

Dinghy-wise, apart the Keyhaven Easter Regatta I mentioned above which saw 35 dinghies taking part, we've already received reports from the Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup with 18 competitors, the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta with 10 Solos competing, the Burghfield Easter Regatta with an astounding 97 entrants, the Notts County Easter Cooler with just under 50 dinghies and a variety of dinghies taking part in the Salcombe Yacht Club 2021 Commissioning Race, including a good number of Solos and Salcombe Yawls, the first race of the Restronguet Sailing Club Spring Series, an incredible 60 juniors then 80 boats for the Grafham Water Easter Weekend, 22 dinghies in the King George Sailing Club Easter Regatta and 84 entries split over two days for the Hamble Warming Pan at Easter.

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Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson

It's been a while since we've received so many reports after a weekend and they are certainly a welcome sight in my inbox. Keep them coming!

You never know what you're going to get

I caught John Curnow briefly today, who was similarly enthused to see so many events taking place over the Easter weekend, "...from Hobies in WA, and J-Boats in Vic, to the Brisbane to Gladstone in QLD that showed that things can get a bit rusty in a COVID world, so maybe some training would be a good thing, particularly in heavy weather before everyone heads North for the Winter. Alas, if one thing has been proven of late, you just never know what you're going to get, so be prepared."

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Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm
Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm

Over in the USA we had daily reports from the ever popular Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg. From the 120 teams competing Gary Schwarting's Melges 24 team took the win, which he dedicated to his friend and long-time Melges 24 sailor George Haynie who passed away Monday week and should have been sailing with them. Looking down on the racing I'm sure he would have approved of the tribute.

Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /
Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /

It was also great to read the O'pen Skiff 2021 North American Championship report which is believed to be the first major class championship to have more female than male competitors in a mixed event.

We're getting more and more reports through from the various dinghy and keelboat fleets in Australia and we welcome them all. Please keep us posted with what you're doing at a club, state or national level to We love reading your reports and, judging by the viewing figures, our readers do to.

It's certainly true that we don't know what the future holds, so taking the opportunities to go sailing should be savoured. Looking at the news from our friends in mainland Europe shows how the situation can turn bad again very quickly indeed. Being out on the water and in the breeze has been shown to be about as safe as you can get and is a superb form of escapism, let's enjoy it!

Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta”  - photo © Tauri Duer
Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta” - photo © Tauri Duer

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April 1st fun

After last year writing about the return of the Star class to the Olympics, the America's Cup had to be the focus of my story this April Fools' Day. Many thanks for all the positive feedback on AI AC36.5 v1.0, including those who think it's not such a bad idea...

Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm
Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm

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Our closing photo is from Nic Douglass, aka the Sailor Girl, who was covering the J70 Australian Championship at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron where the crews were happily distracted by a pod of dolphins while trying to make sense of a fickle wind.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /
Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /

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2021 J70 Australian Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron - Overall
With two strong days of racing down in the 2021 J70 Australian Championship, the weather served up testing conditions for the racing crews and Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron race management team on the third and final day.

Transpac welcomes GoodEnergy as its 60th entry
The 63-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed GoodEnergy co-skippered by George Hershman and Mark Comings is now the 60th entry in this year's 51st edition of the Transpac, the Transpacific Yacht Club's 2225-mile ocean racing classic from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships at Esperance Bay Yacht Club
Located in the south east of the state of Western Australia Esperance is a unique holiday destination blessed with some of the most pristine waters, white sands and best beaches in the country.

Whitsunday Holidays 2018 MPU   AMS 2020 ROCNA 600x500
Ambitious 2024 targets for Kojiro Shiraishi and DMG MORI Sailing Team
After finishing 16th in the last race Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi is aiming to return for the 2024 Vendée Globe with the objective of finishing eighth or better, and in partnership with main sponsors DMG MORI

2021 J70 Australian Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron - Day 2
Stunning April conditions met the fleet for day two of the 2021 J70 Australian Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on Easter Sunday. Prevailing south-westerly offshore breezes were on the menu day two's three races.

History to repeat as Newcastle Harbour sail-ebrates
More than 175 years of salty sailing history will be rekindled on April 10-11, with SailFest Newcastle Regatta bringing together an armada of TP52s, skiffs, dinghies and catamarans - right down to tiny Try-Sailing trainers - on Newcastle Harbour.

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2021 J70 Australian Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron - Day 1
Day one of the J70 Australian National Championship kicked off on Saturday 3 April in an 8 to 10 knot onshore northerly.

Colligo Marine Static Sheave Box
Colligo Marine's Static Sheave Box is great for spinnaker halyards and any rotating mast halyards. Virtually eliminates any chafe!

2022 J/24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas USA
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) will hold its 2022 World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas USA on July 14-22, 2022.

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RYA Sail from Home: Santiago Lange
In this week's #SailFromHomeSession, hear from Olympian Santiago Lange. Santiago represented Argentina from 1988 to 2016 and in that time won two bronze medals and a gold medal in Rio 2016 despite battling with cancer.

Marine Auctions April Online Auctions
Marine Auctions are happy to provide details of the vessels etc that are to be offered for sale in our April 2021 Online Auction. The bidding will commence on Thursday 15th April and will end on Wednesday 21st April at 2pm AEST.

Brisbane to Gladstone Images by Mitch Pearson
It was a great start in a blustery southerly wind reaching up to 25 knots. The pace setters had a nice sleigh ride to the first turning mark before the upwind hike up to Tangalooma.

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Australia's first Figaro Beneteau 3 arrives in Sydney
Since its birth in 1970, one of the missions of the Figaro Circuit has been to encourage, cultivate and develop great offshore solo and short-handed sailors.

Still the most spectacular fleet on the Harbour: Ian Humphries views on 18ft Skiff
I loved John Curnow's article on the 18s last week with the spotlight on Michael Coxon. I agree the 18s are still the most spectacular fleet on the Harbour too.

The return of the Zhik T2 Trapeze harness - and it's lighter than ever
Zhik's original award-winning adjustable, nappy-style, T2 Trapeze Harness is making a welcome return for performance sailors.

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Where is the Couta's true home?
First and foremost we are delighted to welcome to the SWS fold an incredibly talented young writer and sailor. We've had the pleasure of knowing Oscar Perri for most of his life.

SailGP: Denmark SailGP first onto the water in Bermuda ahead of Season 2
SailGP is officially back on the water with the first of its supercharged foiling catamarans launched ahead of the Season 2 opener - the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess - later this month.

The Tech Inside AC75 Soft Wings
In their pursuit of astonishing speed, the foiling AC75 monohulls of the 36th America's Cup represent the highest level of precision engineering across thousands of components – most of which are hidden from view.

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eSailGP Championship returns with new innovations for 2021
With less than three weeks before the eight international teams meet on the water in Bermuda for the league's return to racing, SailGP today launched the 2021 eSailGP Championship.

Jerwood and de Vries secure their tickets to Tokyo
Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries have waited a lifetime to get the call to tell them they were going to the Olympic Games.

Cannons, dolphins and an overall winner on the last day of the NZ Millennium Cup
While the race committee worked to plan a race around the conditions, the fleet headed to Motuarohia Island to make the most of the beautiful weather; and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

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First custom Catalyst yacht support tender leaves Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders yard
The first custom Catalyst yacht support tender to leave Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders' yard was completed in February. After sea trials in Auckland, T/T Skorpios was shipped to Europe to join her mothership superyacht S/Y Skorpios

Doyle Sails partners with the Akarana Sailing Academy
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) is excited to announce a three year partnership agreement with world-renowned sailmaker Doyle Sails, commencing in April, 2021.

Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2021
After the disappointing cancellation of the Helly Hansen Women's Challenge at Manly in 2020, there was a strong fleet out on the water for Sunday's running of the 2021 edition.

Sea Sure 2021 - Transom Fittings - MPU   Webasto AUS 2020 MPU 3
AI AC36.5 v1.0
The America's Cup is taking the next logical step in its evolution, with the move from the physical to the virtual world. For continuity, the AC75 rule will be retained, with a few modifications, for what will be known as the 'AI AC36.5 v1.0'.

From the Vendée Globe to industry; what technology transfers?
Over the years, the IMOCAs have become veritable technology laboratories. Autopilots, optical fiber, satellite communication systems or even security, progress is everywhere and continues to inspire more and more businesses in the maritime sector.

2021 Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta to be held in July at Sunshine Coast Yacht Club
The Sunshine Coast Yacht Club will again be conducting the popular Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR 2021) on 17 and 18 July in the sparkling coastal waters between Noosa and Caloundra, with a feeder race from Brisbane on 16 July.

Bruntons 2021 - MPU   Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - AUS MPU
America's Cup: Gulf Wars - Souvenir record of the 2020/21 America's Cup Regattas
A souvenir record of the regattas of the 36th America's Cup is now on sale in New Zealand, and available internationally published just over a week after racing concluded in the 36th America's Cup.

Colligo Marine Extra Lightweight Headsail Furling System
This innovative Extra Lightweight Headsail Furling System (ELHF) uses a low longitudinal stretch and torsionally stiff synthetic stay, along with our patented clamp technology for end terminations.

Transitioning into the Musto Skiff
I have always been a skiff sailor; I love the thrill of hanging off the side of a boat inches above the water by a piece of string.

Evolution Sails 2021 - Position Vacant - MPU   Rolly Tasker Sails 2021 - 600x500
Inaugural Women's and Girls Sailing Regatta to be held at Humpybong Yacht Club
An inaugural Women and Girls only regatta will be held in May at Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point.

Victorian Optimist States hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria a huge success
Aidan Simmons of the Indented Head Yacht Club was crowned the Victorian Optimist State Champion earlier this month, after holding off 30 other competitors in the open fleet at the Victorian Optimist States hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.

Rolex Fastnet Race doublehanding goes supernova
Doublehanded offshore racing had been gaining popularity with the Rolex Fastnet Race's IRC Two Handed class almost doubling in size between 2009 and 2019.

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America's Cup: Two feet
It can be a unit of measurement. Also the very extremities you use for balance when standing up. Then on March 5 this year, we saw that they can even belong to an avatar assisting you and your cause via reinforcement learning.

Henri-Lloyd M-PRO Titanium Series
Combining cutting-edge technology with unmistakably timeless Henri-Lloyd design, the M-PRO Titanium Series is fully loaded with over 20 stand-out features. Only 100 produced as part of our sustainability initiative, this series is selling fast.

Tums and Dragons - A game of class
The success of a yachting class often rests with a few unforeseen events and decisions. For over 90 years two similar boats, the Tumlaren and the Dragon have competed for devotees.

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2021 SailGP INSPIRE Racing Program - Applications Open Now!
Have you ever dreamed of racing in front of tens of thousands of spectators lining the foreshore, sailing under the banner of your home country? Well here is your opportunity!

2021 Lanzarote International Regatta - Overall
The Spanish team proves to be more than ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, taking 3 podiums with two golds and a bronze: Diego Botín and Iago López topping the 49er

Chelsea Yacht Club Classic Dinghy gathering
There is a theory that "you shouldn't race offshore in a boat that is shorter (in feet) that your current age". This sort of makes sense but requires that you get a lot richer as you get older.

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49er and 49erFX sail to North Sails 3Di
After 30 expressions of interest, 11 proposals received followed by three sail makers selected to submit sail packages, the decision has been made to use the new 49er and 49erFX North Sails 3Di main and jib sails.

Entries open for 2021 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is now accepting entries for the 2021 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, which will start on Saturday 31 July.

Luke Morrison takes over as Managing Director of Rooster
We are pleased to announce that effective 15th March 2021 Luke Morrison has assumed the role of Managing Director with overall responsibility for driving the business forward.

Celestial and Mistral claim clean sweeps in inaugural CYCA Summer Offshore Series
Sam Haynes' TP52 Celestial and Rupert Henry's Lombard 34 Mistral have been crowned IRC champions in the fully-crewed and two-handed divisions respectively of the CYCA's 2021 Summer Offshore Series.

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NCYC Sailfest 2021 - FOOTER

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