Please select your home edition
Pantaenius 2022 - SAIL LEADERBOARD AUS

Life through a lens - Australia newsletter


Life through a lens

Pantaenius 2021 AUS Seagull LEADERBOARD

Zhik 2022 Jan Outlet Sale LEADERBOARD

A pilot's head-up display - with the SailGP cats literally flying, could this technology soon be on yachts? - photo © SW

Dear Recipient Name

We spend much of our time on our smartphones, snapping away photos at this, that, and everything, and increasingly our phone cameras are giving us tips about suggested focus points and camera modes, and two weeks ago I wrote about virtual reality, focusing on how it can benefit sailing.

Today my thoughts turn to augmented reality, prompted by the massive crash we saw in Sydney at Sail Grand Prix Australia, where Ben Ainslie's GBR team took the bow clean off Nathan Outteridge's Japan team during the Race 3 start, and a video I saw on the BBC website, taking a look at the Nreal Light augmented reality glasses.

Harken AUS 2021 - MPU   Ensign 2021 Sail MPU

The aftermath as Great Britain SailGP Team helmed by Ben Ainslie collides with Japan SailGP Team helmed by Nathan Outterridge moments before the start of Race 3 during the Australia Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG - photo © David Gray for SailGP
The aftermath as Great Britain SailGP Team helmed by Ben Ainslie collides with Japan SailGP Team helmed by Nathan Outterridge moments before the start of Race 3 during the Australia Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG - photo © David Gray for SailGP

Let's first analyse what happened in Sydney...

SailGP uses reaching starts, which present an added challenge to sailors and rule-makers alike. As the teams ramp up the speed, trying to get their time on distance spot-on for top speed towards the first mark bear-away, the sailors have most of their focus on the yachts just to weather of them, as they are the ones who could take their wind.

A reaching start during the Australia Sail Grand Prix - photo © David Gray for SailGP
A reaching start during the Australia Sail Grand Prix - photo © David Gray for SailGP

With a traditional upwind start, once you've found your lane and are up to speed on starboard tack, the threats are again the boats to weather of you on the line, who could potentially take your wind if advanced enough, and those to leeward who could pinch up towards your line, either luffing or taking your wind, with all of these interactions happening in a mostly predictable fashion.

In the pre-start of Race 3 Nathan Outteridge was sailing a more upwind course than Ben Ainslie and Jimmy Spithill, as was his right to do so, but when the two boats above are on their final attack runs, a boat pointing higher and to leeward is perfectly in the blind spot of the accelerating boats. There is no doubt about the fault of the crash, but it is understandable as to how the incident happened.

CDI 2021 / 600x500   Flagstaff 2021AUG - First 36 - MPU

Nathan Outteridge, CEO & driver of Japan SailGP Team, looks at the damage to the F50 catamaran caused by a collision with Great Britain SailGP Team, on Race Day 2. Australia Sail Grand Prix - photo © Patrick Hamilton/SailGP
Nathan Outteridge, CEO & driver of Japan SailGP Team, looks at the damage to the F50 catamaran caused by a collision with Great Britain SailGP Team, on Race Day 2. Australia Sail Grand Prix - photo © Patrick Hamilton/SailGP

The result was catastrophic for Team Japan's starboard hull and could have been horrific if the collision point was slightly further aft. I have no doubt SailGP organisers and looking at how this can be avoided in future, whether the rules need modifying and what technology could help. Enter augmented reality...

I doubt I know a single sailor who hasn't been in a port-starboard situation where the boat on the other tack has seemed to 'appear from nowhere', hidden by a jib, genoa or mainsail until the very last second, resulting in a crash-tack, emergency bear away or in some cases hitting the other boat amidships. It's just one of those things which happens in sailing.

Classics Marigold (black hull) and Endrick crash at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 - photo © Ingrid Abery /
Classics Marigold (black hull) and Endrick crash at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 - photo © Ingrid Abery /

Sail Port Stephens 2022 MPU   Vaikobi 2021 Boots - MPU

Any crash has the potential to be life-threatening, but with the speeds involved in the America's Cup and SailGP racing, this danger is taken to another level. With an augmented reality visor, the sailors could have either a live wireframe view from above of where the surrounding boats are, or a view 'through' the wing sail and jib, showing what is happening to leeward.

Augmented reality is entering the mainstream, and has been available to pilots for some time, so the technology is there. We know the data is available with SailGP, as it is all used remotely by the SailGP umpires and commentators tucked away in an office in Ealing, London, wherever the sailing action is happening around the world, so combining this all together should be an achievable step for Season 3.

Then, just like is often touted with Formula One motor racing, the trickle down of technology could help us all on the racecourse, and before long our new pair of sailing sunglasses will display positional information overlays, making our own sailing safer and maybe even our insurance premiums a little bit less!

SYC Sail Paradise 2022 MPU   Webasto AUS 2020 MPU 5

Sydney Hobart - Now that was a start

Keeping with the action in Sydney, Boxing Day saw the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start in the harbour, and while I was sleeping off Christmas dinner, our Australian editor John Curnow was following all the action...

2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini
2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini

With just a minute to go it seemed like conservatism was the flavour of day. So many had stayed well below the line. Perhaps there was even a little bit of trepidation due to lack of practise. Maybe it was all about not wanting to be OCS after such a long hiatus.

However, with everyone outside the Harbour inside 25 minutes, including the 30-footers, it certainly made for an action-packed event. Without doubt, Scallywag won the start, then went low to go for pace, offering up bad air to Law Connect. Black Jack came up and did the same, but a bad furl of the Code Zero at the inside mark hurt them, as they looked like they were off to lunch at Manly Pier.

SHK Scallywag 100 led LawConnect and Black Jack out of the Heads - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Salty Dingo
SHK Scallywag 100 led LawConnect and Black Jack out of the Heads - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Salty Dingo

Zhik 2022 Jan Outlet Sale MPU   Colligo Marine 2022 - Seahorse MPU

Interestingly, it was Scallywag who opted for the early slab, and their huge zero just seemed to have the kind of grunt you'd associate with a massive V16 Diesel. After recovering, Black Jack came back on the breeze with the slab we'd thought would be with them from the get go, but were a long way behind Scallywag and Law Connect, who had muscled their way to the front by the outer mark, and then opened the throttle.

Stefan had done well early, showing real pace off the breeze, and playing with the supermaxis, but later fell back to be with the mini maxis. Her new sails looked good, so hopefully they can hunker down and let the 80-footer go to work. URM never threatened, and it was certainly tense on board, which you might argue is a legacy of having mikes and cameras on board. They struggled often with their kite, and this only raised tensions further.

Yet they were not alone in this category, which had to be owned by Denali, who seemed to be very keen on letting the crew master semaphore at every manoeuvre.

2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini
2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini

Pacific Sailing School 2020 - MPU   Sail Exchange 300x250 1

Back out the front, and Scallywag looked to be able to make a fist of the battle with Law Connect and that stupendous prodder of hers that poked through the mounting seaway. Alas, misfortune arrived, and the headsail tack came away with her furler. Not a pleasant thing to recover, so heading back home to shield it all behind the main, whilst the others marched on at virtually your reciprocal course, definitely stacked up a huge deficit.

They returned to be on the wind, but with the storm jib flying off her inner, inner tack point. There did not seem to be an issue with the deck mount for the inner stay, so when the recalcitrant heady got mounted back up, you had to think the issue was with the furler mount and not the deck, but the sail was not hoisted immediately, so perhaps there was more damage than one could observe from the footage.

Scallywag during the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini
Scallywag during the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini

Sailing Raceboats 2016 RS Quest 300x250   Wichard 2021 October NEXe MPU

They were making reasonable way considering the handkerchief that was now for'ard of the stick, and perhaps they were assessing when might be a good time to run away once more and get what looked to be the J2 airborne again. There would have a been a few calories burned up by the ten crew, who did an incredible job of the recovery, and certainly the Andy Dovell penned hull form looked like it could go hard all night long, which they will certainly have to do to be in the mix by the new light.

Our coverage will continue throughout the race, and we will have more video features once the craft arrive. In the meantime, we will author material based on the best intel going around. So, enjoy your coffee, showers, the lack of stench in your environment, and the real food, which we're sure the crews will be missing badly by now.

A wet ride during the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini
A wet ride during the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Andrea Francolini

Seeing as it is Christmas time, it allows one some introspection. Being the Managing Editor of the Sail-World and YachtsandYachting team is a delight. Our focus is to bring you as close to the action as possible, though the lens and our editorial, so you can keep on top of all the sailing action around the world. I feel so lucky to have David Henshall focusing on the past, and how it's so relevant to decisions made today, John Curnow's unique take on what's happening today across sail and power, Richard Gladwell's unparalleled knowledge of the goings on in America's Cup land and David Schmidt's commentary from North America, unafraid to air stories which need telling, as well as our many contributors and marketing partners. 2021 has been a hard year in many ways, but we're fired up for 2022 and so grateful that you have chosen us to get your sailing news fix. Thank you!

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - MPU - Sept2021   Marine Auctions 2019 600x500

Zhik Online Outlet Sale - up to 60% off
Save big on a huge range of quality past season gear!

Original Sin takes line honours in the closest race for years
Under grey skies and light rain falling, 84 yachts with more than 600 crew onboard, set sail from Port Melbourne in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's annual Cock of the Bay race to Blairgowrie.

Technical disaster costs SHK Scallywag 100 lead in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
SHK Scallywag 100 skipper David Witt was reminded of how tenuous fortune can be in the RSHYR, when a furling disaster after exiting the heads cost him the race lead on line honours following a spectacular start to this year's 76th edition.

Team Windcraft 2021 - Hanse - MPU   MIA 2021 DEC MPU
Sydney Hobart – Sad. No Surprise.
The retirements have started, as you would expect, and the kinds of damage are also not outside of the realm of expectation.

Sydney Hobart Fleet and Weather Updates
Bow Caddy Media are on site at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia ahead of the start of the 2021 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Sydney Hobart – I'll tell you who's won…
…when all the boats are tied to the quay. It is one of the great truisms of the race that captures a nation, and for the 2021 edition it could well be played out in full.

Whitsunday Holidays 2018 MPU   Rolly Tasker Sails 2021 v2 - 600x500
Who's who behind the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart starting cannon
Bruce Gould will this year have the honour of firing the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race replica start cannon at 1pm on Boxing Day to send the 90-strong fleet off and on its way.

The Twelve Days of FiveO Christmas - Day 1
This is the first of twelve amazing pictures from Christophe Favreau that will help us celebrate not only the festive season but our love of the 5o5.

Sydney Hobart Pre-Race Interviews
Here are the first four interviews Bow Caddy Media created in the lead to the 2021 Sydney to Hobart race - Speedwell, Gweilo, Disko Trooper, and Salt Shaker

North Sails 2021 Innovation - MPU   BIA Discover Boating 2021 MPU
No, we're the underdogs!
With only three 100 footers lining up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2021, the usual sparring for underdog status seemed to take on some added vigour at Christmas Eve's media briefing for Line Honours prospects.

Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet at 91 following two withdrawals
The 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet stands at 91 following the withdrawal today of Jim Cooney's Volvo Open 70, Willow, and the Infiniti 46R, Maverick 49, owned by Quentin Stewart.

Like fathers like sons in the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart
Zac Heyes' first memory of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is of the Boxing Day start, trying to see his father Paul on television somewhere in the fleet.

Sail Racing 2021 MPU   SailFest Newcastle Regatta 2022 MPU
Melbourne to Hobart and Devonport Yachts ready to race
Yachts will set sail from Portsea on the afternoon of the 27th of December to Hobart and Devonport. Preparation for long distance ocean races, particularly those that start in Bass Strait, is onerous in any year.

LawConnect will embrace a rough and tumble Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The forecast of strong southerly winds and rough seas may be a concern for many in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the Boxing Day start; but not for Christian Beck.

2022 New Caledonia Groupama Race registrations open
Are you ready to sail in paradise? Next June, come and race in New Cal! The 7th New Caledonia Groupama Race is 654 NM around the biggest lagoon in the world, Unesco Heritage listed.

Mariner Boating 2021 - MPU   ALT Composities 2020 West System 1 - 300x250
Gigs by Festival of Sails - Bringing the party back to town
Geelong's iconic Festival of Sails is proud to be supporting a new entertainment program for the 2022 event, unveiling a new CBD initiative, "Gigs by Festival of Sails".

A message from 11th Hour Racing Team skipper Charlie Enright
Sitting here at home in Rhode Island and as we head into the holiday season, I've been looking back on all that has been done by the team and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved. 2021 was an insanely busy year for 11th Hour Racing Team.

Arrested development - has the restricted development genre had its day?
Let's start with a little Christmas Quiz and play spot the odd one out. Numerically, the Merlin Rockets are our most successful development class, but in this classic shot from a crowded Salcombe, can you recognise the one boat that ISN'T a Winder?

Boat Books Australia   Navico AUS Zeus3S MPU
Global Solo Challenge - Seasickness, how to deal with it and manage it safely
Seasickness is caused by the interaction between the organs of balance, the visual and tactile systems and the brain. While being thrown around a boat, our brain cannot reconcile the messages it receives.

Planet Sail: SailGP Sydney Showdown
It's understandable that with the end of the SailGP 2021-22 season in sight and a one-million dollar race just a few months away at the San Francisco finale, that the action should ramp up with the Australia SailGP event in Sydney.

Rival 16ft skiff clubs in a league of their own as nationals loom
An elite fleet of 45 boats is set to contest the 2021-2022 Red Pumps Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Belmont, Lake Macquarie, from January 2-8, following the close of entries yesterday.

Pantaenius 2021 AUS Sailing MPU   Allen 2021 More Grip Less Slip MPU
Ed Psaltis recruits youth and experience for his 39th Sydney Hobart
Ed Psaltis planned to stop sailing in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after 35 starts; he tried, but it didn't work, and nearing his 39th participation, his enthusiasm for the 628 nautical mile race - and his passion to win it overall - are strong as ever.

Melbourne's Christmas Yacht Race draws huge fleet
Victoria's yacht racing community will be out in force on Boxing Day. After a year of not sailing and in fact not even being able to visit The Bay, or your boat, this is the ultimate blow out.

The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2021 - The Top Five
It's the second and final part of Mark Jardine and Andy Rice's annual round-up of the 10 most read stories from 2021 on Mark's websites, and

J Composites 2020 - MPU   Race Yachts 2021 600x500 v3
Fruit Salid 3 determined to be in the mix in Rolex Sydney Hobart
When Mark Drobitko bought the green and orange yacht he will soon sail in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the first time, he and his crew were immediately smitten.

Christmas Greetings from Sailing Raceboats and Rooster Australia
It has been an incredible ride since the outbreak of Covid-19. Sailing was knocked for six as sailing was off the agenda for months on end. However things started to pick up from about July 2020 and strong demand has continued ever since.

Travelling teams welcome for the 2022 Perth Youth Cup on 8-11 February
The 2022 Perth Youth Cup is now a National 4-Day Event! Travelling interstate and international teams are encouraged and POSSIBLE thanks to the announcement by the WA Government of the Border Restrictions easing.

Vetus-Maxwell 2020   Henr-Lloyd 2021 For the love of foul weather MPU
Etchells: Craig Greenwood takes out Coast Pre-Xmas Championships
Craig Greenwood sailing with Chris Salthouse and Jeremy Scantlebury won the 2021 Coast Auckland Etchells pre-Christmas championships held out of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Opportunity may well be knocking for small boats in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
As the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet settles into its first night at sea after the start, don't be surprised if some of the smaller boats like White Bay 6 Azzurro are well in the frame.

SailGP Sydney - Inspire Racing
What a week we just witnessed in Sydney, glamour conditions for the INSPIRE Racing program and if it is even possible, better conditions for the race days on Friday and Saturday.

C-Tech 2021 SnuffAir 300x250   Sea Sure 2020 - MPU
Winter Solstice, SailGP news, Cup news, Youth Sailing World Championships
Daylight is in short supply in the Northern Hemisphere, but we've already started waxing daylight. In time, this will mean a return to weeknight racing, distance racing, and that great feeling of knowing that the entire sailing season lays ahead.

Learn to love sailing in heavy air
When I was about ten years old I starting racing sailboats on Cape Cod and the sound of the wind whistling overnight through the pine trees outside my bedroom would make it hard to sleep. Even the next morning I'd have a knot in my stomach when I woke.

Zhik partner with IMOCA Paprec Arkéa for 2024 Vendée Globe Race
Zhik are announced as the Official Technical Clothing Parner of IMOCA Paprec Arkéa, hot on the heels of Paprec and Arkéa announcing the joint Vendée Globe campaign with skipper Yoann Richomme.

Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU   Selden 2020 - E40i electric winch - MPU
Two-handed magic set to ignite high sea drama in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
For Lincoln Dews, the challenge of racing in the Two-Handed Division of the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will not only be historic, but "enormous" - for him, his crewmate and his rivals.

Cherub revival continues thanks to a generous gesture from across the Tasman
The Cherub Class is climbing back toward the state of strength that it once was. First designed by John Spencer 70yrs ago, the 12ft two-hander is attracting new owners from all parts of the spectrum.

Global Solo Challenge - Polyphasic sleep: sleep management solo and crewed
Polyphasic sleep management when sailing single-handed is one of those aspects that terrorises each and every sailor who has not yet sailed by themselves. It is not a simple subject to deal with and requires plenty of practice.

Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - AUS MPU   Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU
Classe Mini 2021: Overcoming obstacles for a successful season
Classe Mini president Jean Lorre has hailed the last season as "positive" for the 6.50 boat class, despite a number of obstacles.

Stopover dates announced for The Ocean Race 2022-23
Dates for all eight stopovers, as well as a new Fly-By past Kiel, Germany, have now been confirmed for 14th edition of The Ocean Race

2021-22 Windsurfer Australian Championships - Windsurfers continue to grow despite Covid challenges
Despite the challenges water sports events have faced throughout the Covid pandemic, the Windsurfer Class of Australia continues to buck the trend with growing participation across the country.

Doyle Sails 2020 - By Sailors For Sailors 300x250   Barton Marine 2019 600x500
Letter from the Antipodes: America's Cup Entries ... Sail GP - the best yet ... Xmas bargains
It has been a big couple of weeks on the Kiwi sailing scene. Auckland has emerged from the 100day plus lockdown. After the RNZYS AGM, Auckland looks to be dead as an America's Cup venue. We review the America's Cup entries. SailGP Sydney the best yet?

SailGP Sydney - Bow Caddy Media images
After a day of drama in moderate airs on Day 1 of SailGP Sydney, Day 2 was largely incident-free, despite a very solid nor'easter that hit gusts of 30 knots or more at times.

Sport for Life
Much is often made of the fact that sailing is a sport for life. This was the overriding thought that stayed with me as I reflected on a new event that will get underway on January 3, 2022.

18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 5
Rookie Rag & Famish Hotel 18ft Skiff racing team of Harry Price, Gus Williams and Harry Hall achieved an amazing result in the extremely strong westerly winds that battered the race course when they took out Race 5 of the NSW Championship.

Flagstaff 2021AUG - Excess 11 - FOOTER

Vaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
Vetus-Maxwell 2021 v2 FOOTERBIA 2022 Marine Card FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - AUS FOOTER