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Jim Colley and Shaun Conner in the 49er putting their Vaikobi gear through its paces. - photo © Drew Malcolm

Dear Recipient Name

Not everyone is going to the tropics. Even if they are, most have to come back to work or get brownie points, or both. So if you are an OTB sailor, or on board something a bit or a lot bigger, then you could well be in need of some new gear from Vaikobi.

Born on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the Aussie brand is kicking it worldwide now, with design still centred around the Australian base camp. Sailors in the Northern Hemisphere circuit right now are feeding in intel as a result of all of their testing, and this means the Vaikobi sail range development program on track. Look out for a big Summer in just a few short months' time.

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Joshua Tallis in his O'pen Skiff is another Vaikobi sailor. - photo © Vaikobi
Joshua Tallis in his O'pen Skiff is another Vaikobi sailor. - photo © Vaikobi

Those very sailors, in many a class like Etchells, 49ers, Lasers, Nacras, O'pen Bics, Optis, 16-foot Skiffs and M32s, afford Vaikobi the kind of breadth of testing, in a multitude of conditions that will provide for the expansion of the product range with great tech gear, but also good cross-over apparel. That is of course, one of the Vaikobi hallmarks - just look at the board shorts for one example.

Pat Langley commented, "It has been a fruitful time over the last six months in terms of all of that product development. The design and evolution of the Vaikobi Sail Range will see some new additions to the range in time for the Southern Summer, which we will hit with full force."

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The new Vaikobi VCOLD FLEX 2 Pant - photo © Vaikobi
The new Vaikobi VCOLD FLEX 2 Pant - photo © Vaikobi

"A recent new addition to the Vaikobi Sail Range includes our new VCOLD FLEX 2 Pant, which is a pant version of the popular VCOLD FLEX 2 Long John. This garment is designed to provide a versatile option for sailors training and racing in cool to warm conditions."

"This is an important piece in our range, as many sailors, particularly here in Australia, prefer the versatility of a pant to sail in that allows them to choose what they wear on the upper body without getting too hot."

"The most common feedback received from sailors testing our new VCOLD FLEX 2 range is that they are the most comfortable wetsuits they have ever sailed in. This is not surprising because this fabrication is an evolution of our existing VCOLD FLEX, which has been super popular with paddlers for the same reason. We are pretty sure that sailors are going to love them!"

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Olai Hagland from Norway testing out his Vaikobi gear on his Laser. - photo © Olai Hagland
Olai Hagland from Norway testing out his Vaikobi gear on his Laser. - photo © Olai Hagland

"The Vaikobi Sail collection is all about keeping sailors comfortable and fast on the water, so now is the time to tack and take the shift to Vaikobi! Please explore our range to find the right garment for you. Equally, if you need more information or want to stock the Vaikobi Sail Performance range, then please email us.

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Shorelines 20 - photo © Whitsunday Holidays
Shorelines 20 - photo © Whitsunday Holidays

Just six weeks to go and Whitsunday Holidays still have some accommodation left for Hamilton Island, so if you need anything from an apartment to a grand villa, then know this - all rates are negotiable as of now! Jump in by looking at it here.

On a very personal note, I would like to acknowledge Sports Editor Chris Barrett, and the Sydney Morning Herald for their work in helping to spread the word about the art of sailing. Also too, the tireless efforts of Nicole Shrimpton have to be recognised. If Isaac Newton were alive, he would develop a new theorem for her. Nicole's will is literally, quite phenomenal.

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Jake Lilley at Kiel Week - photo © Sascha Klahn
Jake Lilley at Kiel Week - photo © Sascha Klahn

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like Foiling Week, WMRT finale, Parasailing Championships, Dragons, Tokyo 2020, Lasers, the Clipper, Musto Skiffs, La Tour Voile, Mini Transat, RC44, Fastnet, Festival of Sails, The Ocean Race, the next Marine Auctions event, gear from Zhik, the Mirabaud, AC, The charming Jake Lilley nabs Bronze, GC32s, and certainly there is much, much more.

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2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men's World Championship at Miho Bay, Japan - Day 4
Today marked the first day of the final series at the 2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men's Worlds. With the top sailors now all grouped in the Gold Fleet, the battle of the worlds best will now unfold.

Foiling Week Garda 2019 - "We are all in the same bottle"
From July 10th to 14th, at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Foiling Week will launch the initiative "We are all in the same bottle", the goal is to stop single-use plastics on the Lake Garda. #stopusingleuseplastic.

2019 420 World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal - Day 1
Two races for all fleets on the opening day of racing at the 2019 420 World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal saw favourites live up to form in two races of tight and intense racing.

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2019 Musto Queensland Youth Regatta action-shots by Mitch Pearson
Mitch Pearson was on water at 2019 Musto Queensland Youth Regatta and provided these images from Day 1.

2019 Para World Sailing Championships at Cadiz, Spain - Day 4
The last day of fleet racing at the 2019 Para World Sailing Championships in Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, Spain saw the line-ups for Sunday's final showdown confirmed.

Dragon Grand Prix Germany at Kühlungsborn - Overall
The last day of the Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2019 proved to be an absolute cliffhanger as overnight leader Peter Gilmour, sailing JPN56 YRed with Sam Gilmour and Yasuhiro Yaji, and second placed Dmitry Samokhin battled it out.

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World Match Racing Tour Championship Final at Marstrand, Sweden - Day 3
Local favourite Nicklas Dackhammar (ESSIQ Racing) today secured his place in the Semi-final of GKSS Match Cup Sweden for the 2018-19 Match Racing World Championship, sending home six-time world champion Ian Williams in a straight 2-0 match.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: 12 Metre Worlds Partnership, Dragon Gold Cup, J/70 European Championship
Sharing over 60 years of innovation and development, North Sails supports this iconic class with world-class service in Newport RI from July 8-13th.

IMOCA 60 vs VO65: Everything you need to know about the two classes in 2021-22
In case you missed it, the next edition of The Ocean Race will be contested by two different classes of boat: the all-new, super fast and foiling IMOCA 60s, and the one-design VO65s that gave us such intensely close racing last time out.

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Japan testing ground for Tokyo 2020 Laser selectors
Only 10 points separate the top 10 sailors after day one of the 2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men's World Championship in Sakaiminato-City, Japan, where five AST and ASS athletes are vying for a world title and the chance to impress Tokyo 2020 selectors.

Hamilton Island Race Week - 6 weeks to go! Specials rates now available!
Have you booked your Race Week 2019 accommodation yet? As it is only six weeks away, we can now offer special rates!

Make 2019 count - Food and drink for sailors who care about the environment
There are a number of ways we can make our food and drink choices more sustainable. We are going to concentrate on two main strands here. First packaging and simple ways to slim down our plastic use and second the actual food we choose to consume.

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RS Feva World Championships 2019 is set to be the biggest yet
The RS Feva World Championships are heading to stunning Follonica, Tuscany for the biggest event in the boats 17 year history! The event will take place in the large and open bay on the west side of Italy between the 20th-26th July.

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race crew: Nnenna Samuila
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston first set out to create the Clipper Race to give everyone, regardless of background or previous sailing ability, the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing.

ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 at Medemblik - Preview
Medemblik is gradually filling up with the sailing acrobats that are preparing for the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik, the Netherlands.

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19 international skippers signed up for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019
To date, 69 women and men have officially registered for the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère (52 on production boats and 17 on prototypes).

Portugal to be first port of call for Clipper 2019-20 Race
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is pleased to announce that the beautiful Portuguese city of Portimão will be the first stop of its 40,000 nautical mile global ocean adventure.

Hotly-contested 44Cup World Championship starts next week
Next week nine RC44 teams, from six nations, will compete in the Swedish sailing mecca of Marstrand for the hotly-contested 2019 44Cup World Championship title.

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Dates just announced for 2020 Festival of Sails, set to kick off Geelong's massive summer of sailing
The 2020 dates for Australia's oldest annual sporting event, the Festival of Sails in Geelong have just been finalised with tens of thousands of people expected to enjoy Australia Day festivities along the Geelong Waterfront from January 25 to 27, 2020.

A month to go to 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race: 21 IMOCAs registered
In just one month from now on Saturday 3rd August, 21 double-handed crews in the IMOCA category will line up off Cowes for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, the classic biennial offshore race.

World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: June 2019
Sailing the Dragon Gold Cup in Medemblik, with close to a hundred boats on the starting line, and the Finn Masters taking place at the same time in Denmark are two examples of Sailing being a great participation sport and a true sport for life.

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Governor's Cup 2019 at Balboa Yacht Club - Preview
Cameron Feves of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in Los Angeles and David Wood of host Balboa Yacht Club claimed the last two spots in the 53rd Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, presented by Disc Sports and Spine Center

North Sails official sailmaker of the 12 Metre World Championship
Lowell North founded North Sails in 1957, one year before the America's Cup ushered in 30 years of storied racing in the 12 Metre Class, creating some of the most memorable moments in sailing history.

The Ocean Race: Mirpuri Foundation announces ‘Racing For The Planet'
The Mirpuri Foundation has announced that it will soon be ‘Racing For The Planet', as it confirms both its environmental message and the name of its new VO65 racing yacht for the next edition of The Ocean Race, beginning in 2021.

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Rooster embarks on new territory exploration project
Technical shorts constructed in quick-dry, UV protective, stretch fabric with a Cordura® reinforced seat panel - perfect for days on the water, nights in the workshop or rolled up and packed for your next adventure.

Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
A note to inform you that the Bidding for our July Online Auction commences on Thursday 4th July and will end on Wednesday 10th July at 2pm AEST. Please note, this Online Auction has extended bidding.

Sailing in the bottom of a bucket at the 51st Keepit Kool Regatta
It's the middle of winter when the breeze usually evaporates along with the warm temperatures and frenzied summer coastal weekend race schedule. For those whose addiction runs deep and need a fix there's the option to burn the savings and head to Europe

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Transatlantic Race 2019 updates, Cup news, and the 2023 Ocean Globe Race
The fleet competing in the Transatlantic Race 2019 has been experiencing light breezes that have been more forward of the beam than anyone would prefer.

Travel smart with Zhik's regatta luggage range
Travelling to regattas, the dockside or boat park and just got a lot more sophisticated, and easier too. Zhik's new range of boating luggage offers many practical features for sailors and boaters to organise and carry their gear.

Official opening of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2019 photo competition
Yacht racing photographers from all over the world are invited to submit their image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2019.

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The Figaro circuit: The final necessary step before racing IMOCAs?
The 50th Solitaire Urgo-Le Figaro finished last Wednesday after a fourth and final leg won by Eric Péron, which confirmed Yoann Richomme's overall first place.

The World Sailing Show: Programme 6 - Season 2019
The 52 Super Series is the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit and a new season gets under way in Menorca. With a record fleet and new boats and sailors this five-event circuit will be gripping.

2023 Ocean Globe Race: The Whitbread Race is back!
The spirit of the Whitbread Round the World Race is back with the announcement of the 2023 Ocean Globe Race, a retro event starting from a European port on September 10th 2023 celebrating the 50th anniversary of this major milestone in adventure sailing.

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DutchSail withdraws as a challenger for the 36th America’s Cup
Despite tireless sponsorship and fundraising efforts, the DutchSail team has not meet its financial objectives to participate in the 2021 America's Cup race in Auckland, NZ.

11th Bartercard Sail Paradise 'Early Bird' entry now open
Entries are now open for the Gold Coast's 2020 premier sailing event the Bartercard Sail Paradise, Australia's east coast sailing scene will become even more exciting next summer with the staging of the 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise series

Lilley adds bronze at Kiel Week
The shutters came down on Kiel Week in Germany on Sunday June 30 and Queenslander Jake Lilley moves to the next event on the Olympic qualification path with another Finn medal in his collection - this time bronze.

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America's Cup: Four Challengers confirmed
The Challengers for the 2021 America's Cup have been confirmed at four teams after the entry from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, DutchSail, advised that they were unable to make a commitment to compete by the July 1.

Two-handed entrants to be accepted into key CYCA regattas including 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will accept two-handed entrants into its key events including the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, it announced today.

GC32 World Championship at Lagos, Portugal - Overall
Having looked secure, leading by 16 points going into the last day, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi team, helmed by Arnaud Psarofaghis, scored a 2-1-1 in today's first races to win the 2019 GC32 World Championship with two races to spare

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