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It's a beautiful world

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Dear Recipient Name

So yes if you are old enough, dust off your flowerpot hats and sing away in memory of Devo. Of course if you are not old enough to remember the new wave, post-punk, alternative, synth pop, rock band, you could be wondering why is he devastated. I'm not. In this instance it is deevo, not devo. Such is the modern language BTW... (Argh. Argh. Argh.)

Now whilst Devo's song had a more sinister tone based upon their theories that we had in fact regressed as a race, I was thinking to myself just how far we had come. Take the Jules Verne for instance. A trophy originally conceived to honour the man and the title of his oh-so-famous book, we are now at just on half of the prescribed 80 days as the current record. Even the single-handed 'lap' at just under 50 days is well under, and only around 22.5% behind that of the crewed dash.

It all began when I started looking at, and all the people racing around local patches, bays and harbours, coastal hops, or oceanic passages. Evidently I am not the only one surveying all the stories either, BTW, for our numbers continue to show that you are as well, nearly always in record numbers. So thank you for your patronage; on behalf of the Sail-World team, and also our terrific partners, without whom none of it would happen.

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And as the digital ages continues on its inexorable march, if you cannot be on the water itself, then cyberspace offers you another world again to go and explore. There are virtual regattas going on all the time, e-championships to win, and Excess even gave up a brand new catamaran to the winner of their electronic sail-off so that they could cross over from one world to the real one.

No doubt my own mind got to wandering when I was posting the material from the Down Under Rally, and their upcoming information sessions on heading into the beautiful (yes, its use was fully intended, and won't be the last time either...) South Pacific as part of the rallies. They are also conducting some real-world passage making preparation classes, including extra detail from Lisa Blair.

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The Down Under Rally Cruising Preparation Course including the Emergency Procedures Workshop - photo © Down Under Rally
The Down Under Rally Cruising Preparation Course including the Emergency Procedures Workshop - photo © Down Under Rally

So whether it is journeying far, far away, or way more local like all the crew having a ball at the recent Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour, sailing does afford all, whether novice or salt-encrusted, the chance to be part of this beautiful world. Best of all, it is something you can do all your life, have a break from and come back to it, even pick it up later on when you chose to.

Talking about things of beauty, this image is of the sixth Allanson/Murray Etchells about to be delivered to her owner. Lucky seven will be handed over soon to her skipper, who is very much like an expectant father. It is the last one for 2019, as her name on her transom will reflect. Spending time investigating the brilliance in the detail on these works of art is mesmerising.

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The sixth Allanson/Murray Etchells prepares for handover... - photo © John Curnow
The sixth Allanson/Murray Etchells prepares for handover... - photo © John Curnow

In all, and as of today, there are 18 either delivered or to come in 2020. There is just one build slot left for next year, and with the 2020 Etchells World Championships being staged in Perth next November, I think somebody will be very lucky to have an early Christmas present, but I reckon you would have to move quickly. Just saying...

Now as we progress to the terminus, as it were, think of all the places you have seen, and all the people you have met through this thing called 'going for a yacht'. One such soul was yet another reason I have been on this particular train of thought, as the die-hard racer contemplates going off into the big blue now, before it all gets too hard. I'll certainly be there to help cast him off.

Finally, we continue to work on the subject known as 'End of Life'. There'll be no Viking funerals here. What we are talking about is the plastic boats from the 60s. Yes, this is when mass production took hold, and by the 70s it was going gangbusters. We are at the front of tsunami of 20 to 50 foot boats that can no longer do anything but clog up waterways, or become instant hazards to navigation.

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Derelict Fibreglass Vessel - photo © John Curnow
Derelict Fibreglass Vessel - photo © John Curnow

We have already put way too many vessels into landfill, so whether it is substrate to road base, covers for plants or outdoor seating, beer cans, or whatever, we do need to find a way to make the craft that showed us the beauty, be repurposed into something befitting of their original role. Ultimately, we hope that we can continue to make it a beautiful world for those generations to come. Here endeth the lesson.

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like intel from North Sails, U21 Lasers, delays for the Brest Atlantique with the Ultim Tris, ocean and passage training coming up with the Down Under Rally team, Transat Jacques Vabre, Joyon and the record-holding Idec Sport, the Clipper, 18s, tickets for SailGP, World Sailing and the AC sort it out, meet Herr Müller - the man taking Bavaria onwards and upwards, Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour, radars from B&G, classics to set sail before the Big Race, and certainly there is much, much more below.

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Bavaria Yachts CEO, Michael Müller at the 2019 Sydney International Boat Show - photo © John Curnow
Bavaria Yachts CEO, Michael Müller at the 2019 Sydney International Boat Show - photo © John Curnow

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John Curnow
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37 candidates for the Vendée Globe 2020
To date, 37 have applied to take the start of the ninth edition of this solo non-stop round the world sailing race without assistance which promises to be particularly rich. Several records are expected to be beaten.

Transat Jacques Vabre Day 8: Hugo Boss planning safe withdrawal as leaders reach halfway
Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are working on the safest place to navigate their damaged 60ft monohull, Hugo Boss, after announcing their withdrawal from the 14th edition the Transat Jacque Vabre.

Juno blitzes Australian J/70 Nationals at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
A strong shifty westerly wind blowing from the land provided tough conditions on day one, with gusts over 30 knots and a particularly challenging top mark set in a leeward bay with very fluky winds.

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Mauritius Route record - Francis Joyon crosses longitude of the Cape of Good Hope
He was two days, 19 hours and 51 minutes ahead of the time he set in 2009 on his first attempt at the Mauritius Route, the start of the route to the Indies, between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius).

The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 11 - Hang onto your hat
It is close at the top of the leaderboard with the top three teams within 83 nautical miles between them. Currently leading the way to Cape Town is WTC Logistics and the team is not feeling complacent with its achievement.

2019 SB20 Australian Championship in Hobart - Overall
SB20 sailing stars Michael Cooper, David Chapman and Sam Tiedemann (Export Roo) successfully defended their Australian Championship title on the River Derwent in Hobart yesterday.

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18ft Skiff Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 4
The Smeg team of Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge and Peter Mackie survived an incredible day of survival racing to take out Race 4 of the Australian 18 Footer League's Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

World Sailing's Council conclude session at 2019 Annual Conference
After selecting the iFoil as the Men's and Women's Windsurfer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on Friday, World Sailing's Council, the main decision making body, concluded their meeting on Saturday 2 November.

Brest Atlantiques: Start scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th at 11:00am
The start of the Brest Atlantiques race, which was postponed on Thursday due to stormy weather conditions in the Bay of Biscay, is now set to start on Tuesday at 11:00am.

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Transat Jacques Vabre Day 7: Davies avoids disaster after pirouette in the Canaries
After a hot night of gybing in the Canaries, Britain's Samantha Davies survived a potentially boat-wrecking "pirouette" in wind gusting almost 40 knots to keep alive her hopes of a podium place in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: #NSVictoryList: Middle Sea Race, Congratulations Wizard, J/24 Worlds
North clients led the fleet around the 606nm race course and winner Elusive 2, sailed by the Podesta family is a highlight as they continue their family legacy

2019 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships at Split, Croatia - Overall
Juan Pablo Cardozo of Argentina won the U-21 Standard Men's championship, and also the U-19 award. Wiktoria Golebiowska of Poland won the U-21 Radial Women's championship.

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World Sailing and Virtual Regatta extend partnership
Following the success of the first two eSailing World Championship seasons, World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, have extended and expanded their relationship through to 2028.

Heading offshore? Do you know what you don't know?
Along with the rewards that come with having made a multiday/night ocean passage and arrived in a new country, the prospect of discovering new cruising grounds and having new experiences there are also some unique challenges.

Entries open for the 52nd Marlay Point Overnight Race
Entries are now open and the countdown is on until the Keeley Marine Supplies 52nd Marlay Point Overnight Race (MPONR), which will take place on March 7, 2020.

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18ft Skiffs: Sean Langman's wide world of sailing
Sean Langman, one of Australia's best-known and most versatile sailors, has set himself for another wide-ranging program in the 2019-2020 Australian summer with a season of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, as skipper on Noakesailing

National Sailing League Oceania joins Festival of Sails program
The first event of the National Sailing League Oceania's 2019-2020 season will partner with the Festival of Sails hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club, bringing even more action to Corio Bay over the 2020 Australia Day long weekend.

Sydney SailGP tickets on sale now
The world's fastest and most exhilarating sail racing championship returns to Sydney Harbour next year, with Sydney SailGP tickets now on sale to watch Tom Slingsby and the Australian team begin their title defence in February 2020.

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2019 Victorian VX One Championships at Metung Yacht Club
Metung Yacht Club on the famous Gippsland Lakes hosted the 2019 Victorian VX One Championships with 12 boats facing the starter in this rapidly growing Class. Three competitors came from the ACT's Canberra fleet and two from NSW.

SuperFoilers are on the water again
Well at least one of them anyway... That leaves six and half in a shed somewhere, possibly at Innovation Composites in Nowra. This vision, and these stills come from Lake Macquarie.

America's Cup: Agreement signed three weeks after CEO spat
Three weeks after Emirates Team NZ issued a statement accusing then World Sailing's CEO, Andy Hunt of "attempting to circumvent the [negotiation ] process by contacting the New Zealand Government" the parties have announced the signing a formal agreement

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World Sailing and the America's Cup look forward to the 36th edition
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, and the Defender and Challenger of Record of the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada have reached agreement for the next edition of the America's Cup.

Michael Müller CEO of Bavaria Yachts - 'Absolutely the man for the job'
The golf course is renowned for being a place where things get done. It is where Michael Müller took a call from CMP's Managing Partner, Kai Brandes, to take a close look at Bavaria Yachts prior to them having a longer conversation.

Rooster nominated for 4th DAME Design Award in 2019
With three other nominations and one win in the bag, we have been nominated for the 4th time with our latest innovation, the Joey Water Bottle holder.

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America's Cup: INEOS Team UK test sailing in the Solent
Isle of Wight based photographer, John Green, is fortunate to be living in the epicentre of world sailing, and the birthplace of the America's Cup. Here he captures the sea trialling of Britannia, UK's latest America's Cup challenger.

B&G® announces new HALO20+, HALO20
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the launch of HALO20+ and HALO20 Radars - a pair of compact, lightweight, pulse compression radome units, perfectly designed for smaller sailboats.

Marco Gradoni becomes youngest Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Italy's Marco Gradoni was crowned the 2019 male Rolex World Sailor of the Year on Tuesday 29 October in Bermuda, becoming the youngest ever recipient, at the World Sailing Awards.

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Velista71 wins 2019 eSailing World Championship
A new eSailing champion was crowned live in Bermuda as Velista71 (ITA) took the 2019 title at the eSailing World Championship Final, at World Sailing's Annual Conference.

A look at the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre
The fleet contesting the biennial Transat Jacques Vabre departed Le Harve, France, on Sunday, October 27, bound for Brazil's Salvador de Bahia. American interests are being represented in this by Charlie Enright, co-skipper of 11th Hour Racing.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2019 reveals new talents
The tenth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award is under way. The event is once again very popular, both with sailing enthusiasts, yacht racing photographers and the general public.

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SailGP to return to San Francisco, New York in Season 2
Two marquee U.S. grand prix events featuring world's fastest sail racing to take place in six-week span following 2020 season opener in Sydney.

Entries build for historic Sydney Hobart Classic Yacht Regatta
More than 20 of Australia's most famous classic yachts have already entered for the Sydney Hobart Classic Yacht Regatta that will begin a month of celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

SB20 World Championships 2019 at Hyères - Overall
New SB20 World Champion 2019 was crowned in Hyères last Friday! After 8 races and 4 challenging days, team "Give Me Five" of Robin Follin, Emeric Michel, Gaulthier Germain and Laurie Candela claimed the title, for the second time since 2015.

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170 yachts to start historic 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Entry for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has closed and organisers at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) are thrilled to announce 170 yachts from Australia and overseas will take part in their 75th race

Marine Auctions - Forthcoming Online Auctions in November 2019
Details of the Vessels and Berths we are offering in our November Online Auction are in the PDF link below, the bidding for our November Online Auction, will commence on Friday 8th November and will end on Thursday 14th November, at 2pm AEST.

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