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Winning Appliances took the overall win on Matt Allen's Carkeek 60 - Ichi Ban  - photo © Beth Morley /

Dear Recipient Name

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous, and tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. A lot has changed since then, from boat design to safety procedures, and so thankfully there has not been a repeat. One also prays (or other act, depending on your persuasion) that there will never be another East Coast Low like it ever again. That term is meteorological speak for a cyclone below the tropics, and given that the weather in Australia in Summer is unpredictable at best, you can never really comment on the likelihood of said occurrence happening again.

One person has put together a campaign that both marks the event, and also celebrates sailing, friendship, and the desire to take on man's oldest challenge, all in the one go. He is John Winning Jnr, and we spoke with him just after the crew of Winning Appliances secured the overall win in the recent SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, which is a good hitout for some of the maxis and supermaxis about to embark on said Boxing Day event.

"Yes, it was a really good day, the crew were really happy, and we had a nice celebration afterwards. The whole genesis for going to Hobart this year comes from the fact it is 20 years since Dad's cousin, Richard Wining, was the skipper of the ill-fated Winston Churchill in the '98 race." John Dean, James Lawler and Michael Bannister all perished, and the historic craft was also lost.

John Winning and Mike Kennedy show the strain of 18ft Skiff Racing during the 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - photo © Frank Quealey
John Winning and Mike Kennedy show the strain of 18ft Skiff Racing during the 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - photo © Frank Quealey

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"So this campaign is all about honouring them, and the event, as well as being a great opportunity to rack up another race with Dad (John Winning Snr). He has not done one since 1996, so it his first time out in while. It is something between Dad and I, and we still have strong family connections with the descendants of those that passed."

The crew aboard Winning Appliances comprises a bunch of close friends and Skiffies, which is not surprising when you consider how long and how well both John Snr and Jnr have been a part of the 18-footer scene. John Snr still gets out there, too! "We've got Seve Jarvin, Lachy Gilmour, Ben Lamb, Troy Tindell (who has been leading the campaign for us), Will Parker, Tom Woodcock, and a great collection, including John Goldsberry and Justin Schafer who is our navigator. The latter two are coming out from the USA to be a part of it," said Winning.

"I do feel like I have been burning the candle at three ends lately, what with work, the 18s and also this Hobart campaign. You could say that I am looking forward to getting to Hobart, so I can remove one of three! We'll then get the 18 up and flying for the JJ Giltinan Championship. It wasn't right that the Kiwis won last year, but good on them for they really worked hard at it, so now is time to get it back."

North Sails have developed the wardrobe for both boats, so at least there is a known factor for them with Matt Allen's Carkeek 60, Ichi Ban, which has been renamed Winning Appliances for the 2018 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Yet in the early days of this campaign it was not looking quite so speedy. "A friend offered his Marten 49, but as we got closer, we looked for a bit of speed, and latched on to Ichi Ban, which is wonderful. We have a bit of time on the water so far to get her where we are now, and need some more to be where we need to be, but thus far we are very happy. Thanks Matt."

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Winning Group, the new skiff for John Winning Jr. - photo © Frank Quealey

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And with that marvellous segue provided by John, this is what the President of Australian Sailing and the Vice-Chair of World Sailing's Oceanic and Offshore Committee, had to say, "It is really good that we have been able to enter both boats, especially to have someone take the Carkeek 60, with their special reasons for doing it. I have known John Winning Jnr for ages, so it was not difficult to loan them the boat. She's in good hands. It is important to remind ourselves of the tragedy and losses, as well as all the advancements made since then."

As for his own race, the very competitive Allen commented, "For sure we are keen to have a crack at back-to-back overall wins. It is a very hard race to win in the first place, let alone back-to-back. It is an incredible challenge," said the two-time winner, paying homage to the late and great Magnus and Trig Halvorsen who went the threepeat from 1963 to 65 with the wonderful Freya. "There are a lot of our ideas on board, even if it is a Botin hull. As the boats have all sped up over time they all work in very differing weather systems, so the overall meteorological framework constitutes a big component of your thinking," and - dare we say - luck too.

One person who will be keeping an exceptionally close eye on it all with be Dick Parker, from North Sails, who we mentioned last week in The Kite Douse. As mentioned then, Parker is just settling into his new role as Sail Designer, but did make time to give us a quick précis of his efforts to date. "I started at North Sails Sydney as an apprentice in 1986, and sailed skiffs and various keelboats at the time, doing most of the offshore races like Hobart, Mooloolaba and Coffs Harbour. In 1996 I moved to UK to go pro sailing, and ended up with One World Challenge for the 2003 Cup, thence onto Team New Zealand for the 2007 Cup in Valencia."

"After the 2007 America's Cup I moved back to UK, and started with North Sails UK as a sail designer. During this time sailed extensively around Europe with various boats, mainly TP52s, including the 52 Super Series on board Sorcha. My role at North Sails is primarily designing for boats between 20 and 80 feet, with my main focus is on optimising sails and boats for the IRC rule." Sounds like a very good man to know and have on your team when it comes to going fast, which is the main aim, after all!

So just a short dig back on the other board before we go across the line, and back in Hard not to miss, we had a look at AC36 when the additional eight challengers were announced. Some have been accepted already, and it will be wonderful if all make it, but it is important to mention that even Challengers of Record, like Hamilton Island and Mascalzone Latino have failed to be there for the big event in the past, let alone 'mere' humble run-of-the-mill challengers like those from Korea, China, Spain and France that did not build AC72s in the end. So not putting the kaibosh on anyone, just saying, steady on there...

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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Sophie Ziszek part of the all female crew on OCEAN RESPECT RACING (Wild Oats X) - photo © Andrea Francolini

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Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the Route du Rhum, IMOCAs, the re-birthed The Ocean Race that will use them in its next edition, Lisa Blair to return from her solo circumnavigation of Australia, Sail Melbourne (and didn't the weather play a hand there), the Hobart, Il Duce gives us Girl Power, the 18-footers give us the Supercup, OK Australian Championship, AC36 news as the game rolls on, can the Transpac crack 100 entries?, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour, Kitesurfers take to Victoria's famous shipwreck coast (although these days they market themselves as the surf coast), Perth to showcase sailing along its famous and stunning beaches, Transat Jacques Vabre, Jeanneau's new Sun Fast 3300 is already in build and looks impressive, another short-handed gem seems to have been born, and certainly there is much, much more.

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2018 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Overall
After challenging race disruptions over the four-day event, caused by the current weather system sitting over Australia's east coast, it was a welcome finish for the close to 400 competitors from all across Australia and from 18 countries.

18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 4
The Smeg 18ft Skiff team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey gave an awesome display of power sailing as they tamed the 25-knot, gusting to 30-knots, North East wind to take out Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Torquay, Round 7 - Day 4
It was another early start this morning as the men rigged up in the dark preparing for a 06:00 AM kick off at Point Danger. The wind was more side shore than yesterday with a slightly improved swell angle as well which made for some decent conditions

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A great Rhum
The 40th anniversary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe proved to be a memorable edition, with big crowds turning out in Saint Malo to see the record fleet of 123 boats in six divisions start the 3,542-nautical mile race to Pointe-à-Pitre.

2018 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Day 3
It was another late day of sailing on the penultimate day of Sail Melbourne International (13-16 December 2018) with only the Finn, Nacra 17/15, Opti and BicTechno classes getting some racing in.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: RORC Transatlantic, Minden in the news, RC44 Season Champs
Clients race 3,000 miles from Lanzarote to Grenada, winning five divisions and a new race record.

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Volvo OR: IMOCA joins VO65 to form "The Ocean Race"
Good progress was made and celebrated in Paris this week with IMOCA ratifying a version of their class rule for fully crewed events. “We intend to issue the Notice of Race and open the entry period in the coming days ” - Richard Brisius

Tip & Shaft: 15 -22 entries expected in two fleets for "The Ocean Race"
In the Espace 2000 at Paris' annual Salon Nautic further details about The Ocean Race, the son and heir of the Volvo Ocean Race, were announced by co-owners Richard Brisius and Johan Salén long time partners in Atlant Racing

Ocean Respect Racing by Il Duce
Back in the day, there were literally just a handful of women in ocean racing. I know this because I knew them all.

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2018 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Day 2
Season's Greetings was the theme at day two of Sail Melbourne International 2018, with sailors battling the elements of sun, rain, not enough and then too much wind on Port Phillip today.

Yanmar principal partner for Dragon Gold Cup 2019
The Dutch Dragon Class Association has entered into cooperation with Yanmar, the Japan based industrial equipment manufacturer, for the company to be the principal partner during the Dragon Gold Cup Event 2019.

18ft Skiff 'Supercup' on Sydney Harbour
Following a day of consistent rain, a brief thunderstorm, low visibility and light winds, the inaugural Australian 18 Footers League 18ft Skiff Supercup races got under way in poor sailing conditions, but the weather improved.

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Mothquito nominated best design Foiling Awards 2018
Foiling Awards, organised by Foiling Week, are the greatest recognition a foiling boat can achieve worldwide.

2019 Festival of Sails - Full entertainment line-up announcement
Up to 30 performers – from Australian music legends to a local X Factor favourite – are set to rock the Geelong waterfront this Australia Day long weekend.

90th Stonehaven Cup Regatta to be held in January at Royal Brighton Yacht Club
In January 2019, Royal Brighton Yacht Club will host the 90th Stonehaven Cup – the longest continuously contested junior one-design dinghy trophy in Australian yachting.

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Strong fleet set to contend Australian OK Dinghy Nationals in two weeks
With just two weeks to go before the start of the 57th Australian OK Dinghy Championship, the entry list is looking like a who's who of OK sailing in Australia, with 30 entries so far received.

American Magic opens Winter Base at Port of Pensacola
New York Yacht Club American Magic, U.S. Challenger for the 36th America's Cup, today announced that the Port of Pensacola will serve as the team's winter training base in late 2018 and early 2019. The team was formed in 2017 to win the America's Cup.

Record number of entries and a new Corinthian Trophy for Transpac 50
Race Managers at the Transpacific Yacht Club are pleased to announce that next July's 50th biennial edition of the 2225-mile Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu has set a new record of 82 entries to date.

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North Sails - Our Gift To You
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2018 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Day 1
On the first day of 2018 Sail Melbourne International, Melbourne's weather presented itself from a challenging side with the day starting out in rainy, windy and ever-changing conditions, requiring a lot of patience from sailors and race management alike.

America's Cup: Stars & Stripes gets a new life with Long Beach team
Auckland and indeed America's Cup fans around the world will once again see the Stars & Stripes team contesting the most prestigious trophy in Sailing. "Mr America's Cup" has given his blessing to the new team representing the Long Beach Yacht Club.

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The IMOCA class continues to push forward
The IMOCA class held its annual general meeting on Tuesday 11th December in Paris. This gathering enabled the class to present its appraisal of what was a very positive 2018 season coming to a climax with an outstanding edition of the Route du Rhum

Clipper Race crew claims National Yachting Award
Quebecan Clipper 2017-18 Race crew member Simon DuBois, who raced around the world on board the Visit Seattle team yacht, has been announced as Québec Sailor of the Year.

Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge wrap for 2018
What a day it was this year for the Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge!

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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Spithill injures elbow - out of Race
Twice America's Cup champion, Jimmy Spithill has incurred an elbow tendon injury while preparing for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Comanche 100

Golden Globe Race - Day 164: Lead narrows between Mark Slats and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
As French race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede works to protect his shrinking lead over 2nd placed Dutch rival Mark Slats, the focus is once more on a violent storm in the Southern Ocean that looks likely to overtake 4th placed American/Hungarian Istvan

America's Cup: New Challenger from home of Matchracing
The second US team now accepted as a Challenger for the America's Cup has been working on a challenge for over a year - predating Emirates Team New Zealand's win in Bermuda on June 26, 2017 250 - 2014   Protector - 300x250
Stars & Stripes Team USA to challenge for 36th America’s Cup
Long Beach Yacht Club announced today that its entry, Stars & Stripes Team USA, has formally been accepted by the Defender and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth Challenger of the 36th America's Cup.

Sail Melbourne to feature the world’s best Olympic, Para-sailing and Youth Sailors
A selection of the world's best sailors has assembled at Melbourne's Royal Brighton Yacht Club this week to contest the 2018 edition of Sail Melbourne International (SMI) starting tomorrow, Thursday, 13 December 2018.

Beth Moreley Images from the Grinders SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Photographer Beth Morley was out on Sydney Harbour for the Grinders SOLAS Big Boat Challenge and turned in this gallery of the participants.

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Rockingham Race Regatta at Royal Freshwater Bay: Spinnakers flying along Perth metropolitan beaches
Western Australia's most impressive race yachts are often competing offshore in the summer sailing season, but their course takes them out to sea and out of view from the local community.

Il Duce at the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Not only did Winning Appliances get the overall win in yesterday's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour, Il Duce aka Andrea Francolini left us with a wonderful follow up to The Kite Douse from Monday.

Oskana in box seat for Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race line honours
When the gun fires off Portsea Pier to start the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's (ORCV) Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, at 1200 hours on Thursday 27 December, all eyes will be on a Tasmanian boat and crew with line honours.

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Grinders SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Winning Appliances, on only their first outing, took out Overall Winner of the event.

America’s Cup news, Susie Goodall successfully rescued in the GGR 2018
International sailing news is giving Pacific Northwest sailors some mental reprieve until our next regatta-rain, wind and all-or until the snow gets deep enough for the powder skis.

Wild Oats XI reclaims Line Honours crown in Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Despite smart crew work from last year's Line Honours winner Peter Harburg's Black Jack, it was only a matter of moments before the Oatley Family's Wild Oats XI exerted her authority to take Line Honours in the Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.

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Ross & Whitcroft & Quality Marine Clothing Christmas closing times
Ross & Whitcroft and Quality Marine Clothing are closing for the Christmas break. We will shut Friday 21st December 2018 at 12 noon and reopen on Monday 7th January 2019 with skeleton staff to despatch internet orders.

Lisa Blair set to return with record
On Monday December 17, Australian adventurer and yachtswoman, Lisa Blair, is predicted to return home from her attempt at becoming the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Australia.

Perfect racing conditions round out on Day 2 of CYCA Trophy Series
After their IRC Division 1 win on day one of the series, Marcus Blackmore AM's TP52 Hooligan had another great start, trailing only to Christian Beck's 100-foot super maxi InfoTrack out of the heads.

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RS Aero Australian Championship fleet hail Port Stephens 'best sailing venue'
Port Stephens hosted the RS Aero Australian Championship December 6 - 9, 2018, drawing a majority New South Wales and Victorian contingent keen to sample the waters before the strong European and USA fleets arrive for the class' world championship

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Sail Port Stephens 2019 gets ready to roll
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10th anniversary Swan River Retro Yacht Series 2018-19
The last SRRYS event for 2018 started with 31 registrations and 17 dedicated starters in fresh and postcard WA conditions.

Jeanneau confirms the launch of the new Sun Fast 3300 set for the European spring of 2019
To create the high-performance Sun Fast 3300, which is to be sailed either fully crewed or short handed, Jeanneau enlisted two renowned naval architects: Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier.

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