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Dear Recipient Name

Almost thought I was dealing with an undiscovered and posthumous Hendrix album there... The other option was Wild Summer, but that seemed a bit too much like the Corrs or something, so walked away from that. Anyway, no sooner had we used a Frank Quealey pic as the hero shot last week, than his press release announcing the teams for the impending 18-footer season arrived.

In it, were two Skippers well known to many, and like a lot of the sailors going around, they also work in the industry. Micah Lane is part owner of Flagstaff Marine/Vicsail Sydney, and Michael Coxon (the younger or Nephew) is a broker there as well, with the latter also being the go to man for some light-hearted entertainment. In the repartee that ensued between us all, I did just about find myself playing air guitar the wrong way round, and upside down. Purple hazes and hallucinogenic grand visions of polka dot elephants move over...

Former JJ winner, Cocko, has Ricky Bridge, and Mike McKensey with him on Smeg. Micah has Peter Harris, and Mark Kennedy as crew. Some of those other industry names include Sean Langman, Brett van Munster, John Winning (Snr and Jnr), and a Bethwaite too, as well as many others. So good on them, good luck to all, and we look forward to all the thrills this class is known for.

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The F50 is claimed to be significantly faster than the AC50 - photo © SailGP
The F50 is claimed to be significantly faster than the AC50 - photo © SailGP

Someone else providing thrills this Summer, and also on Sydney Harbour doing their version of flying along, will be the first instalment of Larry and Russell's SailGP. It had been circling for ages like a Great White around a whale carcass, and then finally the news that well, kind of was not news, but that it was a go with what are effectively reimagined AC50s.

It's a good thing and way better than them becoming landfill, or having their wings clipped (pun fully intended) to run day trips for tourists around tropical locales. Sydney in February is the first of five GPs for the season, with San Fran, NYC, Cowes and Marseilles to follow in that order. The latter will also determine which crew of the top two after a full shootout will walk away with the $1m purse. That'll make for five happy sailors...

Crews from six countries, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States, have been vaunted, with the GBR team the only one named as yet. One of the most curious elements out of that is that rowers seem set to be back in favour as gorillas for the grinders. Everything old is new again... Yet the one that really was more than a speed hump was the assertion that this is not a rival for the AC. Sure Russell, sure. I mean yes the boats are OD and all, but running it around the globe with high stakes and big names, like former Oracle Team USA wünderkind, Tom Slingsby, isn't making a statement and a snub all in one?

Sir Russell Coutts at the SailGP global racing league launch - photo © SailGP
Sir Russell Coutts at the SailGP global racing league launch - photo © SailGP

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A commercially viable annual circuit that was kind of floating around after the last quadrennial makes sense, but for me the laugh had to be raving on about a nationality clause when OTUSA was a hell of lot more like OTAUS. Still, sailing could well be the winner out of it all. And that is worth the price of admission all on its own. Then too, we have not lost someone of influence and clout out of sailing, and that is noteworthy.

Some may consider it a five-ring circus, and bribe and corruption allegations have always been like remoras on the IOC. So the continuing saga that is Olympic sailing equipment shortlisted the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and the RS Aero as craft for both male and female singlehanded sailors. Not sure anyone could offer a clear explanation into the way the decision making format works after the Finn, RS-X, offshore event consternation, so I think I will go back to my view that it is a bit like having all the cardinals gathered in a room, and then waiting for the white smoke to waft out of the chimney to alert the world to a new Pope. Q.E.D.

Yes, the old more than two people trick... So in a way it all leads to this. The Beneteau Figaro 3 has just been named Boat of the Year. It should be, too. It is a game changer, after all. Some may feel that it is not cheap when held up against others, but then they cannot do what it does, so is it really comparing apples with apples? In the end, however, it and Groupé Beneteau could well be happy that it has not made Olympic selection, for just about all craft outside of the Laser have not had what one might call commercial success.

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Etchells Spring Regatta day 2 - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite
Etchells Spring Regatta day 2 - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite

Case in point would be Soling versus Etchells, which vied for Olympic Class selection back in medieval times. Now on that, the latter will celebrate 50 years as part of the Queensland State and World Championship that is just about to light up Brisbane with a 95 boat fleet. You can certainly bring that stuff on. Big time!

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the Stars, Farr 40s, racing in Hobart, Golden Globe Race, Finn Gold Cup at Brighton, intel from North Sails, Melges 20s, more on the IMOCAs in what was the Volvo, repairing travellers with Harken, Schooners (not beer) get organised, Quality Marine Clothing brings SLAM back to AUS, get set for Port Lincoln, Five-Ohs, tech talk with cool radar from B&G, and Navico also bring us new displays, J/70 Worlds, RC44s, Pac52s, and certainly there is much, much more.

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John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

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Channel Race at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Whistler, one of Tasmania's most prolific long race winners, today began another season on a winning note, taking IRC and AMS handicap honours in the Channel Race, the first event of the summer season.

Star World Championship opens tomorrow at Tred Avon Yacht Club
Over one hundred Star sailors from eleven countries across the world have gathered at the Tred Avon Yacht Club this week to compete in the 2018 Star World Championship.

World Match Racing Tour: World champion out at quarter final stage
A full on day" quoted Race Officer Mattias Dahlström, reflecting on day four of the Regata de Portugal, hosted on the capital's shoreline.

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Farr 40 World Championships at Chicago Yacht Club - Day 1
Patience paid off for Day 1 of the Farr 40 World Championship Day 1 in Chicago, Illinois. After a brief shoreside postponement, the fleet headed out for steep waves and winds of 15-20knots.

Australian wins Farr 40 Pre-Worlds Corinthian trophy at Chicago Yacht Club
The final day of pre-worlds racing was cancelled this morning due to strong winds in excess of 25-30 knots and 7 foot waves, leaving Gordon Ketelbey and the Zen crew in fourth position overall and Corinthian winner.

Golden Globe Race - Day 97: Van Den Heede is first to Hobart
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede reached the Hobart film gate at 07:30 local time on Saturday (21:30 UTC Friday) to drop film and letters before heading out of Storm Bay to resume his lead in the Golden Globe Race.

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North Sails Weekly Debrief: #FBF World Champs, sailing upwind, 3Di for all, new speed guides
Gearing up for the 2018 Worlds next week in Oxford, MD, we dive deep into North Sails Star Class history.

World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: September 2018
September has been a good month, with particular highlights coming from the fantastic events in Asia, including the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Sailing World Cup in Enoshima, Japan.

2018 National 125 North Queensland Titles at Townsville Sailing Club
The National 125 North Queensland Titles were held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend at Townsville Sailing Club by a small fleet of five boats.

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2019 Finn Gold Cup: Coming to Royal Brighton Yacht Club
Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC), one of the premier yacht clubs on Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, will host the 2019 Finn Gold Cup from 13th to 21st December 2019.

America's Cup challenger to race on Derwent
The classic 12-metre class yacht, which challenged for the America's Cup at Newport, Rhode Island in 1972 and again in 1977, will also line up for tomorrow's afternoon's traditional Opening Day of the Sailing Season sail past in Sullivan's Cove.

SailGP sets up base in Whangarei to commission F50's
Warkworth-based Core Builders Composites has established a technical and development hub on a hardstand compound at Marsden Cove Marina as part of its work to build the catamarans which are to be used in the global SailGP competitive yachting series.

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Clipper Race skipper Wendy Tuck nominated for Rolex World Sailor of the Year
It has today been announced that winning Clipper 2017-18 Race Skipper Wendy Tuck from Sydney, Australia, has been nominated for Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

Rooster Supertherm®: The Sea's Open All Winter
Thoroughly tested cold weather kit that is warm, comfortable and unrestrictive. Made from superior 4-way SuperStretch neoprene with quick-dry thermal lining that is fully glued and blindstitched to prevent cold water flushing.

Details revealed about crewed round-the-world race aboard IMOCAs
Accessible to interested teams since 1st October, the preliminary version of the Sailing Instructions for the next crewed round the world race with stopovers has given us an insight into this event, which will take place in 2021-2022.

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Legendary Skippers vie for the International Masters Regatta champion title
This regatta boasts high level competition as well as high level camaraderie. These skippers are old friends reunited for a fun weekend of intense racing.

Musto All-Stars
Tried. Tested. Reviewed. Don't just take our word for it. These are Musto must-haves, as chosen by you.

Young sailors to shine at Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship
The best young sailors in the country will converge on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) next week 8-12 October for the annual Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship (Sharp AYMRC).

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Exciting new 18ft Skiff 2018-19 season
New teams, existing teams, and a return of some of the world's best 18ft skiff sailors of the past decade, will highlight the Australian 18 Footers League's exciting 2018-2019 Season, which begins on Sydney Harbour, on Sunday, 14 October.

Buenos Aires prepares to host 100 sailors at the Youth Olympic Games
The third Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 16-18 October 2018, will welcome 100 sailors from 44 different nations.

Lack of appetite for an AC Challenge led to formation of SailGP
In an exclusive interview just published on sailing website, top sailing journalist Justin Chisholm interviewed Sir Russell Coutts following the launch of the new sailing circuit, SailGP.

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SailGP signs 11year partnership agreement with World Sailing
SailGP, a new racing circuit using six one design 50ft wingsailed foiling catamarans, has received Special Event status from World Sailing. Over the course of the 11-year partnership, SailGP sanction fees will be invested back into the sport

Applications open for future Clipper Race skippers
Founded by the first person to sail solo and non-stop round the world, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper Race is the only event of its kind which trains people from all walks of life and nationalities to become an ocean racer.

SailGP aims at a commercially sustainable platform in three years
Russell Coutts is moving past the America's Cup to help launch what he hopes is a commercially sustainable sailing league using supercharged foiling 50-foot catamarans capable of 50kts. SailGP global racing league was announced on Wednesday in London.

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Sail GP: Ellison and Coutts launch new world sailing series in Foiling 50's
A new world sailing series called SailGP, set up by former America's Cup holders Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts and using the foiling 50ft catamarans from the last America's Cup in Bermuda, was launched in London on Wednesday night.

InterDominion Schools Team Sailing Championships: Friends lose by two points
Hobart's Friends School has been beaten by just two points in the Interdominion Schools Team Sailing Championships in New Zealand, losing to fellow Australian school, Westminister from Adelaide.

SailGP: F50 claimed to be better performed than AC50's
SailGP's new F50 wingsailed catamaran will be an incredible high performance racing machine. The F50 is predicted to break the 50 knot barrier as the most challenging, high-tech one-design racing boat ever produced.

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Harken Tech Team asked & answered: Traveler Kits
Upgrading your traveler is an odyssey no more thanks to boxed Harken Traveler Kits.

World Sailing picks four classes for single handed "sea trials"
Four boats have been shortlisted to proceed to the equipment-trial phase as part of the re-evaluation process for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Laser International: Saving the Sport of Sailing in the Olympics
International Laser Class Association is surprised and disappointed by the announcement today that the World Sailing Board has recommended to select new equipment to replace the Laser and Laser Radial Classes.

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Spinlock launches the new Deckvest VITO lifejacket at Annapolis Boat Show
Tomorrow, at the Annapolis boat show in America, Spinlock will launch the new VITO lifejacket, introducing a new generation lifejacket to the leisure community.

Great Britain SailGP Team first to be announced
SailGP today set out to redefine sailing with the launch of its new global racing league. Great Britain SailGP Team is first of six teams to be announced.

SailGP global racing league unveiled at spectacular London launch
SailGP today set out to redefine sailing with the launch of its new global racing league: five grand prix events featuring six national teams on identical wingsailed F50s – the world's fastest, most technologically advanced catamarans.

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International Schooner Association founded
In recent years many of these yachts have been beautifully restored, or replicas have been built, with painstaking attention to historical detail and with no expense spared.

Two young talented Finn & Laser Radial junior world champions at Star Sailors League Finals
They're young and talented and the Star Sailors League Finals 2018 will be their first time racing a Star boat and racing one against the other.

Kiwis claim victory at Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao Mazarin Cup
Taking part in the Qingdao Mazarin Cup powered by Extreme Sailing Series™, to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the New Zealand duo shone on the water, exhibiting exemplary sailing straight off the mark.

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Clipper 2019-20 Race crew #ReasonToRace: Les Perry
Les Perry, a 59-year-old Roofer from Barnston, Wirral, is gearing up to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race after watching the 2017-18 edition depart Royal Albert Dock Liverpool in August last year.

Personification of excellence; 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees announced
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, and Rolex, the leading name in prestige watches that includes watches engineered specifically for sailing, are pleased to announce a line-up of Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018 nominees.

SLAM re-launches into Australian and New Zealand marine clothing market
Quality Marine Clothing (QMC) is proud to announce the latest brand to enter its stable – SLAM from Italy.

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New Caledonia 29er and Optimist Sailing Championships at Noumea - Preview
Sixty sailors are meeting in Noumea to participate in the New Caledonia 29er and Optimist Sailing championships from 18 to 21 October 2018.

Sydney-Hobart champion the first entrant in 2019 Adelaide-Lincoln Yacht Race
Geoff Boettcher's stranglehold on the Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race will be tested next year, as Australia's most in-form racing yacht enters the premier South Australian offshore event for the first time.

VX One Australian Championship draws Salt Lake family crew
The sporty VX One class is set to add international sparkle to the Festival of Sails in 2019 when a team from the USA, where the class originated, joins a national fleet for the Australian Championship on Geelong's Corio Bay, January 26-28.

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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Scallywag completes training camp in Phillipines
The SHK Scallywag team have just concluded a two week training camp sailing out of Subic Bay, Philippines. Several new crew members are coming into the programs, along with the latest acquisition - an ORMA60.

Golden Globe: "This beast was something else" says rescued Abhilash Tomy
With 80kt winds, 14 metre-high waves, this beast was something else, says rescued Golden Globe competitor Abhilash Tomy Through the 70 hours his yacht was stranded in the ocean, says he was trying to figure out what to do next all the time.

Volvo Ocean Race: Major changes for the 2021 edition will expand race
The next edition of the race, scheduled to start in 2021, will include two dynamic classes of boats, more women racing than ever before, and a youth challenge trophy. The Preliminary Notice of Race is now available to prospective teams.

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5O5 Euro Cup at Hayling Island Sailing Club
Hayling Island SC hosted the latest round of the 5O5 Euro Cup on 28-30 September, with a variety of conditions testing all of the teams: "Snakes and Ladders" was the most common phrase heard in the dinghy park.

Chicago Yacht Club launches inquiry into Auto-Inflate PFD Safety following Imedi incident
Over the past two months, the Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) has investigated the death of Jon Santarelli, one of the crew members aboard Imedi, a TP52 sailboat racing in the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

NSW Youth Championship at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club - Overall
The 2018 NSW Youth Championship presented by Lake Macquarie City Council finished day three with some of the "closest racing this event has ever seen."

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The Figaro Beneteau 3 adventure
With its black hull and orange foils that cut though the water on floats, the high-performance racing yacht completed its first official sail in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie on September 16, 2018.

Navico shifts electronics paradigm with introduction of new display category
Navico® — parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands — announced today the launch of a brand new category of marine technology — the information display (ID).

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