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He’s back, she’s terrific, & they’re expanding! - Australia Newsletter


He’s back, she’s terrific, and they’re expanding!

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The great Frank Quealey wrote a piece during week about the season proper for the legendary 18 Footers, which has now commenced in earnest. There was one name that certainly that was interesting to catch in amongst it all. It was Michael Coxon, the 2017 Champion, who is on board Smeg with Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge. A closer inspection also revealed that Micah Lane was back to the class as well, now driving Bing Lee, with crew Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy.

We spoke of it all a bit earlier, when we highlighted how Coxon works with Lane at Flagstaff Marine, and you can get an idea of the repartee they conduct by looking back at Electric Carrot Cake, and then also, It's getting hot in here.

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Anyway, it has now all begun, and in the first race, the honours went to Lane, who had another former colleague of theirs, Jack Macartney, come and join them for the fun. They placed third, whilst Coxon was in sixth. Earlier on Coxon commented about it all, and the one season he took off on the couch, by saying, "After what I thought was retirement from the 18's last year, I found myself tuning in to the livestream at 2:30pm every Sunday to watch the skiffs go round and listen to Wazza and Bucko on the camera cat paint the picture."

Bing Lee narrowly leads Rag and Famish Hotel to the bottom mark off Kurrabaa Point during the final race of the 18ft Skiff Spring Championship - photo © Frank Quealey
Bing Lee narrowly leads Rag and Famish Hotel to the bottom mark off Kurrabaa Point during the final race of the 18ft Skiff Spring Championship - photo © Frank Quealey

"The withdrawals were too much, and I had decided to have another crack. After putting my hat in the ring, I was grateful to get a call from Ricky and Mike who had campaigned the Smeg ship with Lee Knapton for a number of years, and were always a force."

"We have only had two weekends together this season, as I missed the first few races, and Bridgy was off doing 16's. We have got plenty to learn with both boat speed, and dynamics/roles on the boat as a team, but it sure is good to be back. The boys are great to sail with."

"There is going to be some stiff opposition from the Internationals, and at home. Finport Finance - Keagan York, Matt Stenta, and Charlie Gundy - seem to be the benchmark at the moment, with some of the young guard showing plenty of promise as well. Then there's the Rag (& Famish Hotel), having just narrowly won the spring series, plus Vintec, and of course the older, usual suspects. Herman Winning has put together a new boat, with the assistance of Iain Murray. He is still sorting out his crew, but will be dangerous come March."

"We have looking forward to getting in to the scratch racing that has just started. The NSW State Championship has also just got under way, and runs for the next five weeks, followed by Australian Championship," said Coxon, all too aware of the many stepping-stones on the way to the podium.

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Jade Cole is part of Stacey Jackson's ocean Respect Racing crew that will be on Wild Oats X as 11th Hour Racing - photo © Salty Dingo
Jade Cole is part of Stacey Jackson's ocean Respect Racing crew that will be on Wild Oats X as 11th Hour Racing - photo © Salty Dingo

Of course at this time of year the amount of material around the big race at Xmas ramps up significantly. One item to grab some deserved airtime was Stacey Jackson's all-female crew on board the R/P 66 Wild Oats X. They are really clear that they want the focus to be on the work of 11th Hour Racing in sustainability and looking after our ocean, hence the co-branding with Jackson's Ocean Respect Racing.

Now on the left of the picture, was one of Melbourne's best performing yacht brokers. Actually, she could well be the broker... Anyway, Jade Cole, who is the branch Manager at Team Windcraft commented on the opportunity, "When I received the call from Stacey to be part of her team I jumped at the chance. Since an overall second in 2008 (CougarII TP52) I can't help but continue to go back - this will be my eighth attempt - to do one better, and the Ocean Respect Racing campaign has all the ingredients to win the coveted prize."

"The work of 11th Hour Racing is vital for the future of our ocean health, and as a sailor and marine industry professional the responsibility starts with us!"

Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney sneak a good deal of action in before the Hobart. In talking with Mark Turnbull, we got to see just how things are expanding for that event. "The 2018 Sail Melbourne International (SMI) hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club is less than three weeks away, and entries keep rolling in, having ticked over 300 last week. The 2018 event is key to the Australian domestic calendar for both the Olympic classes looking towards Tokyo, and also the youth classes with their eyes on more distant horizons," said Turnbull.

Tom Trotman from Sorrento - Sail Melbourne International - photo © WASZP Australia
Tom Trotman from Sorrento - Sail Melbourne International - photo © WASZP Australia

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"This year's event has increased to a four-day regatta for all classes to provide more racing, and more reason to travel from interstate and overseas to compete. Note that 70% of the competitors are from outside of Victoria, and this years event has already attracted sailors from fourteen different countries."

"SMI will also be hosting the inaugural Australian Para Sailing Championships, and also the exciting WASZP class for the first time. All this is of course looking to be a huge year ahead for sailing in Victoria, as yacht clubs around Port Phillip start gearing up to host six out of the ten Olympic Class Championships over the 2019/2020 Summer leading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Specifically, these World Championships are:

  • 2019 Finn Gold Cup - RBYC (Dec)
  • 2020 Laser Standard World Championships - SYC (Feb)
  • 2020 Laser Radial (Men and Women) World Championships - SYC (Feb)
  • 2020 49er World Championships - RGYC (Feb)
  • 2020 49erFX World Championships - RGYC (Feb)
  • 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships - RGYC (Feb)
  • 2020 Laser Masters World Championships - RGYC (Mar)

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"Next Summer will certainly be very busy. There are the six Olympic Class World Championships (including Olympic continental qualifiers), one Masters Worlds, and for 2020, SMI will move to its traditional January dates. Then there is also the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club to host the 2020 Australian Sailing Youth Champs, as well as all the associated Australian Class Championships (including the Optimists)."

"The Victorian State Government has again assisted to make this happen with the continued funding for the SMI event and then Major Event funding for the 2019/2020 Worlds, which has been branded as the '2020 Sail Melbourne Summer of Sailing'."

Turnbull finished by saying, "Numbers are looking good for this year's 2018 SMI, and it is a must-do event on the calendar, but eyes are already looking on towards the 2020 Sail Melbourne Summer of Sailing. Make sure you are there!"

Surfing the Sailing Champions League website, and with 2019 within distance of a good sailor and a heaving line, you get the impression that we could see dear old AUS become a key part of an Oceania leg, and for that matter, so too NZL. If it is to be Sydney in April, then getting a wiggle on may be important for your club, if you want to send in a team. Just saying...

Finns racing off Black Rock YC - photo © Gary Lokum
Finns racing off Black Rock YC - photo © Gary Lokum

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Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the Volvo, the Hobart, the Route du Rhum, SailGP, flying in Martinique, Ashby and his amazing 10th A-Class win, intel from North Sails, the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, the 'Heaven Can Wait' regatta on Lake Macquarie, Flying Fifteens, Golden Globe Race, Finns, racing in Tasmania, and certainly there is much, much more.

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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship at Middle Harbour Yacht Club
There was no beating Bob Cox's Nine Dragons in Division 1 of the Championship. The DK46 is always well-sailed and Cox drove it to three wins from four races. Yesterday he scored third in the Passage Race.

2019 J/24 Worlds set for Miami
J/24 Sailors from around the world are looking forward to the 2019 J/24 World Championships in Miami, Florida, October 19–26.

Setting a course for the 10th Edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille
With the turquoise waters of the Caribbean's paradise island preparing to host the 10 th edition from 14 - 20 April 2019, the regatta is proud to sport a new name: Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille.

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18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1
The experienced Yandoo team of John Winning, Seve Jarvin and Mike Kennedy won a dramatic Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Hatbour today.

2018 Martinique Flying Regatta in Fort de France - Overall
Martinique Flying Regatta, the Caribbean's first event solely for foiling boats, concluded today with the two fastest from each of the six classes – GC32, KiteFoil, Windfoil, Moth, Flying Phantom and Onefly – lining up in the final

Fierce competition between East Coast clubs at 2019 Bartercard Sail Paradise
A strong contingent of Brisbane and Sunshine Coast vessels will be heading down the coast to Southport to join the celebrations of the Gold Coast's 10th Anniversary Sail Paradise Series.

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Route du Rhum: Maxi trimaran a write-off after capsize
The foiling maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire XI, which capsized during the Route du Rhum transatlantic race on November 6, has been declared a write-off.

MNAs invited to host sea-trials for Paris 2024 One Person Dinghy Events
World Sailing is inviting Member National Authorities to bid to host the Sea-trials for the selection of Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Events.

Mike Sanderson on expanding the Doyle Sails game
Justin Chisholm of caught up with former Volvo Ocean Race champion and now major shareholder and CEO of Doyle Sails International. Sanderson has recently been sail testing in the UK with Alex Thomson on the current Hugo Boss and more

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North Sails Weekly Debrief: A-Cat Breaking News, Route du Rhum Victories, US Sailing Hall of Fame
Another entry on the #NSVictoryList: Glenn Ashby has won the A-Cat Worlds on Hervey Bay, in Brisbane, Australia, his 10th A-Cat Worlds victory.

A Class Worlds: Final day at Hervey Bay in Australia
Even though they had officially got a championship after they had sailed six races for the series, the race committee, acknowledging the fact many had travelled tens of thousands of miles to be there, finally managed to get in three races more in.

2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Inspiring and rewarding
Like all the most challenging offshore races, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race requires determination, courage and commitment. The 74th edition of this annual institution starts on Wednesday, 26 December 2018.

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Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe: Paul Meilhat looks back at the IMOCA contest
After a short rest, he analysed his race for us commenting on the performance of his rivals, before talking about his future prospects in the IMOCA class.

Predictwind launches new Weather Boat
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A-Cat Worlds: Emirates Team NZ fast out of the blocks for 2021
Glenn Ashby: "I think this month has been fundamental for us to get back into high-performance development boats on a competitive nature but more importantly, collectively as a team moving forward to developing our first AC75 boat and onwards to 2021.”

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A-Cat Worlds: America's Cup champion wins 10th World title
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Glenn Ashby has taken his 10th World title in the International A-Class Catamaran Worlds being sailed on Hervey Bay Queensland.

Volvo Ocean Race: Race data revealed at expert conference
Unique information on the global concentration of microplastics pollution in our oceans has been presented at an international science conference in Lanzarote.

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Prize purse, Grade 1 invitation & live broadcast in Australia's best Youth Match Racing Regatta
Australia's premier match racing event, the Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta, will take centre stage on beautiful Sydney Harbour once again this year from Tuesday 27 November through to Friday 30 November

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe: Six winners, six classes
The six winners in the six different classes - ULTIME, Multi50, IMOCA 60, Class40, Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono - of the four-yearly solo Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe transatlantic sailing race have now been crowned

Volvo OR champion's Shore Team manager on China SailGP
Bruno Dubois (FRA/CHN) Team manager with the winning Dongfeng Race Team in the last Volvo Ocean Race, remains under the Chinese flag in the same role in the new, China SailGP team. He spoke with Axel Capron of French sailing website

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Melges 24 Annual Meeting: Class rule changes and venues of the future title events decided
The Annual General Meeting of IM24CA was preceded by the Technical Committee Meeting giving their input and suggestions to the World Council for their discussions on the class rule amendments.

All-female professional crew announces campaign for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
In a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, and to promote ocean health and sustainability, the first all-female professional crew to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has announced its campaign

25 of the world's best line up for the SSL Finals in Nassau
An elite gathering of 25 star-studded teams will be competing at the 2018 SSL Finals in the Bahamas next month, including 15 wildcards drawn from many corners of the world of high-level sailing.

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Take flight with SailGP Sydney Grand Prix Early Bird tickets
Tickets are now on sale to the general public. Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the very first SailGP event, being held on picturesque Sydney Harbour Friday 15 to Saturday 16 February, 2019.

Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship underway
Racing in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship is under way on the narrow waterway of Pittwater to the north of Sydney, Australia, in westerly winds forecast to increase to a squally 30 knots by the afternoon on the opening day

New WASZP class to excite Sail Melbourne
The WASZP class continues to take off around the world and Sail Melbourne International is no exception. The exciting one-design foiler class will set Port Phillip alight with some great sailing action for both sailors and spectators alike

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November 2018 issue of OK Dinghy magazine published
The November 2018 issue of the OK Dinghy International magazine has now been published online and through the letterboxes of OK Dinghy sailors worldwide.

Sharp third and Gavignet signs off with a win at Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
The smiles and jokes with the media and VIPs who greeted the skipper of Imerys Clean Energy after arriving at the dock in Pointe-à-Pitre masked acute disappointment.

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Now just 3 months before the 2019 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta
Yes, we have only 3 months before the running of the 13th, Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta in 2019, organised and hosted by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto.

2024 Olympic Events selection - Vote and Hope?
The 2024 Olympic decisions taken by World Sailing over the past six months have been greeted with a mix of angst, derision and elation. Apologies for the length of this story which includes sailing specific comment from the International Olympic Committee

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Australian Finn fleet looking forward to bumper 2019 Nationals
It will mark the beginning of a busy year for the Australian class with a large fleet expected to take part, as the sailors look forward to the 2019 Finn Gold Cup at the Royal Brighton YC in December next year.

Antoine & Richomme - convincing Rhum Multis & Class 40 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe winners
Two days into the third week of the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre was able to celebrate two great winners in the Rhum Multi class and in the hotly-fought Class40 division of the 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race.

Wild times in the 2018 Route du Rhum for IMOCA 60 and Multi50 classes
It's been a wild week of racing for the IMOCA 60 and Multi50 classes in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, which is taking singlehanded sailors on a 3,542-nautical-mile course from St. Malo, France, to the finishing line off of Pointe-à-Pitre.

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The Logistics Genie: We speak to JT of GAC Pindar
We spoke to Jeremy Troughton - universally known as 'JT' - General Manager of Marine Leisure and Events at GAC Pindar, who has recently come back from the huge logistical challenge of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Geelong welcomes Olympic sailors for 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in 2020
Three of the highest profile Olympic sailing classes will converge on Geelong in February 2020, with the 2020 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships set to be hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on the beautiful flat waters of Corio Bay.

12 footers gearing up for NSW Championship
With the 12 foot skiff Upper Harbour and Parramatta Championships done and dusted, all skiffies focus is on the Your Move Conveyancing NSW Championship to start on Sydney Harbour later this month - and the all-important Interdominion in January.

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Hamish Carnachan & Peter Mudford wrap up Flying Fifteen Tally Hobbs Regatta
The Perth based Flying Fifteen fleet from Royal Freshwater Bay YC and South of Perth YC joined forces for the Tally Hobbs Regatta held on Swan River over the weekend of 17 - 18 November.

TP52s warming up to tango on Geelong's Corio Bay
Not one but two new Australian-owned TP52s will make for a thrilling battle in the Rating Series at the 2019 Festival of Sails conducted annually on the Australia Day long weekend by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

SailGP: Outteridge and Jensen to sail for Japan SailGP Team
Two-time Olympic medalist and America's Cup veteran Nathan Outteridge leads the Japan SailGP Team as CEO/helm along with fellow medalist Iain Jensen. He is joined by the Japanese trio of Yugo Yoshida, Yuki Kasatani and Leo Takahashi.

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Dragon State Championship at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
The Dragon State Championship was held on the waters of the Swan River in Perth over the weekend of Sat 17 and Sun 18 November.

St. Barth Cata Cup - Overall
The fourth and final day of the 11th St. Barth Cata Cup was expected to be decisive, at least for second and third place. But things turned out completely differently than anticipated.

Philosopher's magic in Maria Island Race
Eleven nautical miles down the River Derwent from the finish of the 180 nautical miles Maria Island ocean race early Sunday morning it looked like a potential winning day for two of the smaller boats in the fleet, Off-Piste and Footloose.

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Australian OK Dinghy fleet returns to Black Rock
For Australian OK Dinghy sailors there is only one place to be for New Year. The 57th Australian OK Dinghy Championships will be hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club

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