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NYYC American Magic completes a foiling gybe during an early sail in light winds - photo © NYYC American Magic

Dear Recipient Name

As American Magic get their initial AC75 up and foiling first over the Defenders, a vessel known as K8 sat in the pond at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. We have written a bit about this craft from Western Australia's Greg and Patrick Johnston here, also here, and finally here too, as well as also reviewing how their company, Advanced Wing Systems (AWS), has been involved in the development of the systems used on board this most interesting looking of cutting edge craft - the AC75.

K8, which carries AWS' Semi-Rigid Wing system of double luff and rotating mast is going to do a lot of racing around the Sydney Harbour, and then also appear at regattas like Sail Port Stephens, which have specific classes like the Super 12s. You may also see K8 at the Australian Sportboat title on Lake Macquarie, and also Super 30s on Sydney Harbour.

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SRW aboard a foiling Moth - photo © Advanced Wing Systems
SRW aboard a foiling Moth - photo © Advanced Wing Systems

The International Moth version is also going to get another airing, and it is likely that very quickly, versions two and three of it will appear as well. In time, the concepts already developed for the 18-foot skiff will also be seen, perhaps before the Summer is done.

Best of all you can have a blast on board K8 if you want to see how it all goes. See Advanced Wing Systems or go to Hyperform Yachting and ask really nicely. You just never know your luck in a big city after all...

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SRW aboard a Classe Mini - photo © Advanced Wing Systems
SRW aboard a Classe Mini - photo © Advanced Wing Systems

Short Takes

Well D-Day was always going to arrive, and you can bet that there will be some new enhancements to the 2020 version that kicks of in Sydney next February. Certainly the fans have loved it and so too the sailors. I am sure the team will also work even more on the delivery of coverage, which has continued to receive mixed reviews throughout this first outing. Still, points are to be awarded for firstly making it happen, and then making it so transfixing. Nice one.

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2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - photo © Stuart Streuli / New York Yacht Club
2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - photo © Stuart Streuli / New York Yacht Club

NYYC Invitational
Well done to Guido and Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis' crew from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron whose win on the last day of the regatta makes them the first Southern Hemisphere club to claim the prestigious NYYC Invitational Cup. On board were Marlena Berzins, Nicholas Cleary, Christopher Cook, Michael Dunstan, David Edwards, Tom King, Greg O'Shea, and Ivan Wheen.

Many thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald for their continuing support of sailing. It was also delightful to have former NYYC Commodore, Phil Lotz, deliver this comment after their tremendous efforts. "The success of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the IC37 class are sources of tremendous pride for the membership of the Club. Corinthian competition is one of the cornerstones of this Club, and this event celebrates that ideal like no other in the world. We look forward to an event that will continue to grow in stature and bring together passionate yachtsmen and women from around the world for a week of intense competition and genuine camaraderie."

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Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The first of the Australian Sailing Team for Tokyo 2020 have been announced and the Dynamic Duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan will once again represent us in the Mens 470. OF late they have been so, so good, and the definitive class act. Well done lads! You two and Victor are just so polished that it nearly defies description.

The second class announced was the Laser, and it will be Matt Wearn who will don the Green and Gold. Clearly a class in which Australia has been very competitive for many a decade now, we need not bring any more pressure onto any of our sailors, and the other item to note is that the Laser gets at least one more outing, with Paris 2024 being confirmed recently.

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Matt Wearn won silver in Laser - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Matt Wearn won silver in Laser - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Matt Wearn spoke of his selection, "It is an absolute honour and something I have wanted to do since I was a child. We now have almost 12 months to explore some ideas and use the Australian summer to test where we want to focus our energies. Taking the pressure of selection off affords me the opportunity to put all the energy into my sailing."

So well done to these three sailors, and if you want to learn all about the way nominations and selections are mad, then please see our article on that. Across the Pacific things have not been so smooth. Greg Fisher left as COO of Olympic Sailing in the USA, and then hot on his heels (three days later) was our own Olympic dual Gold Medallist in the 470, the CEO Malcolm Page. Whilst the former was listed as a resignation, it seems that the latter was far more of a spearing.

This comes from reading between the lines in Associated Press, where Page stated, "I came in with a strong vision, and obviously I'm disappointed that I will not be around to see it through. I think there have been some strong developments in this quadrennial, and I guess I was excited for the athletes. The potential in this place is huge, I've always seen that. All the pieces of the puzzle are here.''...Evidently others did not.

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Maxi Edmond de Rothschild - photo © Yann Riou / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A.
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild - photo © Yann Riou / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A.

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like the AC, Flinders Islet, The Clipper, The Ocean Race, SailGP, IMOCAs, Laser Masters, Springsail at Royal Geelong, the latest Marine Auctions event, the next Golden Globe Race, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Spindrfit, Mirabaud Video, and certainly there is much, much more.

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Marseille SailGP Overall: Tom Slingsby wins historic first SailGP Championship for Australia
Tom Slingsby today made history, helming the Australia SailGP Team to victory over Nathan Outteridge's Japan SailGP Team in the SailGP Season 1 Championship Final Race.

The Clipper Race Leg 1 - Race 2, Day 7: The Commodore's Cup
On the day seven of Race 2: The Commodore's Cup, Visit Sanya, China and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam lead the charge to the Scoring Gate but until Qingdao reappears from Stealth Mode, the team to be awarded the first bonus points of Race 2 will remain undecided.

Australian Open Match Racing Championship at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Jordan Reece, head coach of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Youth Sailing Academy, today showed that he, personally, has the match racing skills that he has been imparting to Academy students.

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RS Sailing joint winners of The Green Blue Environmental Award at 2019 Southampton Boat Show
RS Sailing are proud to be jointly awarded British Marine's Environmental Award for their sustainability efforts alongside Spirit Yachts at the Southampton International Boat Show 2019.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Melges 20 Europeans, J Class Official Partnership
“Winning the Europeans is a like a cherry on top of a cake,” says Filippo Pacinotti, skipper of Brontolo Racing, the 2019 Melges 20 European Champion.

Pipe Opener Regatta: Cock of the Huon to Cromarty Magellan
Two Sydney Hobart division winning yachtsmen, Richard Grant and Ed Psaltis, have duelled on the Huon River in southern Tasmania to decide the winner of the 2019 Cock of the Cock yacht race off historic Shipwrights Point

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Ichi Ban claims the win in Flinders Islet Race at Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Matt Allen and his crew on the grand-prix racing TP52 Ichi Ban have claimed the overall win for the 2019 Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Flinders Islet Race.

Flinders Islet Race at Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Line Honours for Chinese Whisper
David Griffith and Rupert Henry's JV62 Chinese Whisper has reigned supreme in a fiery Flinders Islet Race line honours battle with rival David Gotze's RP63 No Limit, crossing the finish line a mere 47 second apart

Marseille SailGP day 2: China's first race win of SailGP Season 1
Phil Robertson and the China SailGP Team triumphed with a first-ever race win on the penultimate day of the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final.

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World On Water: 20 September - Hugo Boss foiling, First AC75 goes sailing
Join Rob Brown for the September 20 edition of World On Water, the world's most popular video magazine. This week's edition covers the IMOCA60 Hugo Boss as she reaches spectacularly while foil-borne, AC75's, Foiling Moths, GC32's and much more

2019 Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week Porto Cervo - Preview
The closest finish to a title race in the history of the 52 SUPER SERIES will come to a head on the scenic waters of Sardinia's Costa Smeralda next week at the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week Porto Cervo.

Marseille SailGP day 1: Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby one step closer
Tensions heightened in front of the fan-lined Seawall as Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge went head to head on the Rade Nord racecourse at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final.

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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC75 rises onto her foils for the first time - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a video of their AC75's first sail on Wednesday. "It was very short, but we get a view of the future", reflected CEO Grant Dalton, after the sail.

US Sailing and Malcolm Page, Chief of Olympic Sailing, agree to part ways
US Sailing and Malcolm Page, Chief of Olympic Sailing, announced that they have agreed to part ways. Page will be leaving US Sailing and returning to his home in Australia.

2019 Coffs Harbour Catamaran Classic at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club
After a two decade absence of Off The Beach regattas, Coffs Harbour Yacht Club successfully hosted the Coffs Harbour Catamaran Classic over the weekend of 14th and 15th of September with almost 50 entries over three divisions

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Australia announces Laser and Men's 470 selections for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Reigning Men's 470 World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan and back-to-back Laser European Champion Matt Wearn have today been announced as the first athletes selected to the Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic Team.

Tokyo2020: Olympic lineup changes in US and Ireland as Tokyo looms
US Sailing, who will host country for the 2028 Olympic Regatta, has lost two of it key personnel in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Regatta in Tokyo.

Coastal Classic: Beau Geste arrives in Auckland for record attempt
Karl Kwok's Mod 70 trimaran Beau Geste has just arrived in New Zealand to challenge the record for New Zealand's biggest coastal race, due to start on the morning of Friday 25th October.

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Alex Thomson's new HUGO BOSS yacht launched in London by Poppy Delevingne
The new "HUGO BOSS" yacht, set to be raced by British sailor Alex Thomson, launched today at an official christening ceremony on The River Thames in London.

2019 Fiji Regatta Week - Wrap up
One of the largest racing and cruising regattas in the South Pacific, 2019 was once again very well attended with just over 100 yachts and 380 sailors participating in at least some portion of the regatta.

International Dragons to celebrate 90th Anniversary with 160 Boat Gala Regatta
From her inception as an entry by Johan Anker in the Royal Gothenburg YC's 1928 competition for a new inter-islands cruiser for young people, to her current status as the world's leading 3-man keelboat class, the story of the Dragon has been remarkable.

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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ close up - Day 3
Emirates Team New Zealand were unable to sail their AC75 on its third day on the water after launching, but with the team staying close to shore on the America's Cup courses, there was a good opportunity for a close look at Te Aihe's rig.

Young sailors learning the ropes from world-class coaches at Geelong's Springsail Regatta
A Rio Olympian, a dual world championship winning coach and a Tokyo Olympics hopeful will pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of sailors in Geelong this weekend.

Marine Auctions - Forthcoming Online Auctions in October 2019
Details of the Vessels and Berths we are offering in our October Online Auction are in the PDF link below.

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British team win French SB20 National Championship at Hyeres
John Pollard's team "Xcellent" won the French National Championship after three days and nine races. Tasmanian "Aeolus" of Brett Cooper from SB20 Australia took second and "Give me Five" of 2018 French champion Robin Follin closed the podium.

Cabo Verde will host The Ocean Race in first ever West African stop in 2021-22
Cabo Verde becomes a new stop on the circuit as the next edition of The Ocean Race will visit a West African nation for the first time...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ foiling on first sail + Video
America's Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand became the second team to sail, and foil an AC75, in the buildup to the 36th America's Cup. 250 - 2014   C-Tech Emirates TNZ 250
'Ladies of the Sea' Coaching Regatta open for entries
The Notice of Race has been posted and entries are open for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's inaugural 'Ladies of the Sea' coaching regatta. The two day event on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 is open to keelboats, and one design Elliott 7s

Three years to the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race
An independent analysis report compiled by Meltwater on media coverage secured during the 2018 Golden Globe Race shows that the Race gained US$185m worth of coverage world-wide.

Argo Group Gold Cup to rejoin World Match Racing Tour
Event organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club are also pleased to welcome back Argo Group, an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance, as the title sponsor.

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Brest Atlantiques: A new development aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Following a very busy summer, which saw the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secure her first victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race, the 32-metre giant returned to her technical base for a few weeks on 26 August.

Reimagining the Race to Alaska
Dockside wisdom holds that the key to winning the Race to Alaska involves being the first boat to clear Seymour Narrows, ideally as the tide slams shut the door on fellow competitors. But what if Seymour Narrows wasn't a required waypoint?

New foiling dinghy designed for lighter weight and female sailors
Nikki is the very latest high-performance one-design foiling dinghy which is both stable and safe, while being easy to rig, launch and sail, suited to young, light weight and female sailors of a wide range of ages and abilities.

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Ocean Racing Club of Victoria: Reflecting on 70 years
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and will be marked in a variety of ways, including a gathering of past commodores, members, committees and volunteers at Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) on 8 October

100 days to historic 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Today marks 100 days to the historic 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - the 75th 628-nautical-mile race to Constitution Dock in Hobart, Tasmania.

The Globe 40: the dream up and running 3 months after the launch
Launched back in June, the GLOBE40 has opened a global maritime gateway to a journey that embraces dreams, sport, travel and adventure; a dream which is accessible to enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike.

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Launch of Spindrift 2 and a new appointment
The world's largest racing maxi trimaran spent the past few months being further optimised, and being fitted with new load bearing rudder plates, following the structural failure of the starboard rudder plate during the Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.

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