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This one goes to eleven! Australia Newsletter


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SailGP Practice race day. SailGP USA Team. - photo © SailGP Communications

Dear Recipient Name

Right. So that quickly and firmly establishes this as an homage to Spinal Tap. However, in reality, what we are dealing with is the impending commencement of all things SailGP. Right now, and apart from one-off record-breaking craft, the F50s are the fastest sail-driven craft on the planet. YeeHaa! And then just like Spinal Tap, during the course of the year, these things will be dialled up to 11, when additional modifications and tweaks will be made to the armada of foiling cats. Nice.

SailGP Practice race day. Six F50s line up. - photo © Michelle Fowler
SailGP Practice race day. Six F50s line up. - photo © Michelle Fowler

We have the USA, Australia, Great Britain, and France, then development teams representing China, and Japan, all set to go. Now. Team USA had a late change in the afterguard with World Match Racing Tour Champion, and helmsman for the Stars + Stripes Team USA challenger in the AC36, Taylor Canfield, stepping on board as flight controller/tactician.

SailGP Practice race day. - photo © Michelle Fowler
SailGP Practice race day. - photo © Michelle Fowler

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So with less than a week to run before the inaugural event on Sydney Harbour, the completely unofficial, Bradleys Head observation post, and keyboard warrior's form guide had two teams out in front, more capable of foiling gybes, then a third team in the mix in terms of speed, followed by the other three after that.

The whole thing, and the late squad change, raises the spectre of sandbagging somewhat, and we shall see, for Friday is bound to be a tremendous shakedown for all. I suspect it will all be very much like a 12 or 24 hour motor race, where keeping your nose clean will amount for way more than how well you do through the chicanes, or whether you can keep the right foot planted as you go through a blind turn in amongst the trees, like they say at Spa Francorchamps.

SailGP Practice race day. SailGP France Team and SailGP Australia Team. - photo © Michelle Fowler
SailGP Practice race day. SailGP France Team and SailGP Australia Team. - photo © Michelle Fowler

Now Team USA is lead by 29-year-old Rome Kirby, who is the helmer, and overall leader of this, the youngest team in the event. He said of Canfield, "Taylor is a great addition to the team, not only for his world-class experience, but for his competitive intensity on the water, and laid-back style on land. He is a great fit for our team." What they did not get into was how Hans Henken, who was previously in the role Canfield now occupies will be utilised.

None the less, and tying it all back into the previous paragraph, Kirby also said, "Imagine six boats flying over the water at 60 mph, and jockeying for position to all be first around each mark of the course. No-one, either sailors or spectators, has ever experienced, or watched these incredible speeds before in sailboat racing. Exciting will be an understatement."

In finishing that sector, for now, did someone just say, Steven Bradbury!???? Hmmmmmmm....

SailGP Practice race day. SailGP GBR Team and SailGP Japan Team. - photo © Michelle Fowler
SailGP Practice race day. SailGP GBR Team and SailGP Japan Team. - photo © Michelle Fowler

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Tacking now in these amazing apparent wind machines, so sheet on, and I have to start by saying thank you, Larry. I am most certainly looking forward to it all. During the week, I could not help but to pause for a moment and think about all the effort a great deal of people have gone to, are still going through, to bring it all off. Anyone with any project management experience will know that their lists must be something else!

I had occasion to correspond with one of the team, and pretty much made that very observation to her. She has been so responsive and helpful all the way along, and so apart from the appreciation, I just wanted acknowledge them all for pulling this event together. BTW, here response was, "Answer to your question - I am definitely looking forward to race day - it is getting crazy busy here, and the to do lists just get longer and longer and longer... but we are getting there and its closer and closer! :)"

Stars & Stripes Team USA - photo © Stars & Stripes Team USA
Stars & Stripes Team USA - photo © Stars & Stripes Team USA

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Right oh, here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the OK Worlds, sailing webinars with our Managing Editor Mark Jardine, The America's Cup, and at the other end of the spectrum the Wooden Boat Festival, Tahiti anyone?, female skippers in the Vendée, 18s with the great Frank Quealey, the Clipper, RORC Caribbean 600, Spindrift 2 makes it to Western Australia, the sleigh ride that is Hong Kong to Vietnam, the Juniors and the Stars, Stars and Stripes selects North Sails for their AC75, Foiling Week, the Golden Globe, World Cup Miami, and certainly there is much, much more.

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John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

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SailGP powered by wind and Oracle Cloud
SailGP, the new global championship debuting next week featuring the world's fastest race boats, will rely on Oracle Cloud to deliver real-time data to racing teams and fans alike.

EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour rolls a perfect six on last day’s racing in Masirah
The EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour fleet had a packed programme on the final day in Masirah, with no fewer than six Stadium races producing five different winners.

Sail Racing PalmaVela sets sail for its 16th edition
The sixteenth edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, has kicked off with the publication of the Notice of Race and the pre-registration of the first 31 boats, already representing nine different nations.

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Symonite OK Worlds - Day 1: Kiwis dominate first day in Auckland
Kiwi sailors filled the top three places in the only race sailed on the opening day of the 2019 Symonite OK Dinghy World Championship at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: The ultimate gap year
Timothy Morgan, a 19-year-old student from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is preparing to take on the ultimate gap year challenge of racing around the world.

18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Day 4
The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone and Bing Lee teams shared the spoils of victory in the two races sailed on Day 4 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship, on Sydney Harbour today.

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Bruny Island Race again proves a real challenge
Tasmania's (possibly Australia's) oldest ocean yacht race, the Bruny Island Race, is never without its challenges and this weekend's 93rd event run by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania proved no exception to the rule.

MC38 2019 Season Act 1 at Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Over six races Neville Crichton's Maserati posted enough low point scores to claim the top trophy at the opening act of the MC38's 2019 season, which drew the maximum Sydney fleet of nine active boats.

Canfield confirms, Mesnil makes eight: Line-up set for 55th LBYC Congressional Cup
Reigning Congressional Cup Champion Taylor Canfield, USA, has announced he will return to the course April 3 to 7, to defend his title in this sensational Grade One Match Race regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.

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16th edition Transpac Tahiti Race to start in May 2020
The Transpacific Yacht Club and Archipelagoes Tahiti are pleased to announce their plans to organize the 16th edition of the Transpac Tahiti Race in late May 2020.

The Future of Sailing webinars: View the full series so far
Liz Rushall of Rushall Marketing, Mark Jardine, Editor of and, and Alistair Dickson from the RYA Sport Participation Team have run a series of webinars over the last 12 months.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Stars + Stripes choose North, North U., OK Dinghy Class Leader, Helix
North Sails is proud to announce we have been selected to supply sails and design expertise to Stars + Stripes Team USA.

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Oskana takes line honours again in 2019 Bruny Island Race
Tasmania's fastest ocean racing yacht Oskana has taken line honours for the second consecutive year in Tasmania's oldest inshore/offshore yacht race, the 89 nautical mile JJ Richards Bruny Island Race.

Symonite OK Worlds: Big fleet set to go for World Championship
One hundred and eleven OK Dinghies from eight nations have gathered at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand to contest the 2019 Symonite OK Dinghy World Championship. It is not only the largest-ever OK Dinghy event outside Europe

Scott Over appointed World Sailing Commercial Director
World Sailing is pleased to announce that Scott Over has been appointed as the new Commercial Director for the world governing body of the sport.

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America's Cup: Late Entry disputes head for Arbitration Panel
Further to yesterday's publication of the first Decision by the America's Cup Arbitration Panel, Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed that there are other cases before the three-man Panel.

Historical 18-footers, Derwent classes on show at Australian Wooden Boat Festival
The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the largest gathering of wooden boats in the Southern Hemisphere, opened on Hobart's River Derwent and the port city's historic waterfront today.

Austrailian Fireball National Championships at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Overall
After a consistent and stellar regatta, class veterans Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne, sailing Not Your Average Rockstars, have taken out their third Fireball Nationals as a pair with one race still to be sailed.

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Victorian yacht race in its 51st year - Marlay Point Overnight Race
Adventure awaits competitors of the 51st Marlay Point Overnight Race for trailer sailors. The family oriented event is staged each year on the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria.

Five contenders for the 2020 Vendée Globe: That crucial diversity
With the announcement that Banque Populaire is working alongside Clarisse Crémer, there are now five women hoping to take part in the next Vendée Globe, as she will be joining Sam Davies, Isabelle Joschke, Alexia Barrier and the British sailor, Pip Hare.

J/133 Jacana wins off Cape Town
In the southern hemisphere, most sailors are familiar with the extensive one-design and offshore racing taking place in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay) and the Antipodes (Australia and New Zealand).

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Katie Love, living an 18ft Skiff dream
One of the most enthusiastic 18ft Skiff sailors in the world must be the Northern California-based Katie Love, who is presently spending the 2018-2019 Australian summer as skipper of the Panasonic Lumix-sponsored boat in the Australian 18 Footers League.

Hall Spars: February Newsletter and latest projects
Hall Spars: February 2019 newsletter looking at the Gunboat 68 launching, the Solaris 64 and the new Mylius 60CK (canting keel).

Marlay Point Over Night Race from an original sailor
Every sailor who has competed in this iconic Australian sailing event can tell a story of their overnight sailing experience. This is Bill's story.

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World Sailing put under legal microscope over Olympic choices
Two sports lawyers writing in an authorative sport-legal website "" has analysed the legal arguments by World Sailing in its response to European Commission anti-trust investigation.

Sta-Lok returns to rig the Clipper 2019-20 Race
Product testing doesn't come much tougher than a 40,000nm circumnavigation and during Sta-Lok's debut in the Clipper 2017-18 Race the rigging hardware installed on the fleet of 70ft racing yachts withstood every challenge as they raced around the world

The Cutting Edge of the RORC Caribbean 600
Multihulls have been racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 since the very first race in 2009 when Claude Thelier's (FRA) Region Guadeloupe, skippered by John Burnie (GBR), set a record that was not bettered until 2015.

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RNZYS wins the Hardy Cup 2019
For the fifth time since the inaugural Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta in 2001, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's match racing prowess proved unrivalled on Sydney Harbour.

Australian finish for Spindrift 2 in Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
Shortly after arriving into Fremantle on Wednesday morning (French time) Yann Guichard spoke about the situation that led to the team's retirement from their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, following the breakage of the boat's starboard rudder stock.

Sydney Harbour awash with colour as six SailGP nations line up for the first time
Sydney Harbour was awash with colour today as the revolutionary SailGP F50s of Australia, China, Great Britain, France, Japan and the United States lined up on the water together for the first time just one week out from the inaugural Sydney race.

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Zhik's high tech thermal fibre meets Merino wool
For sailors wanting to stay warm, dry and active in the same clothes day in, day out, Zhik's new HydroMerino base layer is designed to do just that.

Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami - Overall
American sailor Luke Lawrence is, with crew Alexey Selivanov, the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, successfully hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club

America's Cup: Malta Altus Challenge smiling after big win
The Arbitration Panel for the 36th America's Cup has just released their first Decision of the 36th America's Cup. It is a big win for the Malta Altus Challenge

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2019 Argo Group Gold Cup draws sterling field
A sterling collection of past champions that also includes the top three skippers in the World Match Race Rankings, the reigning Open, Women's and Youth World champions and the America's Cup Challenger of Record are among the first eight entrants.

North Sails confirmed supplier for Stars + Stripes Team USA
North Sails is proud to announce we have been selected to supply sails and design expertise to Stars + Stripes Team USA, one of the American challengers for the 36th America's Cup.

Ten Years to Tonga: Living the Dream aboard SV “Silver Fern”
Ten years and four months – that's what it took the 70 foot sloop Silver Fern to get from New Zealand to the island Kingdom of Tonga. After a decade of cruising the world, she's now available to be taken over by a new owner and crew.

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Open Sailmaker Restricted Sail Design (RSD) format introduced for the RS21
RS Sailing are excited to introduce an open sailmaker format for the RS21 class racing.

Sustainability high priority at the OK Dinghy Worlds in Auckland, New Zealand
Sustainability and environmental best practice are becoming second nature at Wakatere Boating Club, in Auckland, New Zealand, the host for next week's 2019 Symonite OK Dinghy World Championship.

Gladwell's Line: Burling & Tuke back in business as Cup rumbles
A lot of the focus at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta was on the performance of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They returned to the 49er after a 30-month absence. Plus a look at the Am Cup latest.

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Foiling Week presents 3rd edition of Foiling Awards, S.A.S. Project and Design Competitions
Max Sirena, Team Director and Skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, will endorse the "S.A.S." project that Foiling Week™ will launch during the events.

America's Cup: New marine facility confirmed for Auckland
The $1.5billion a year New Zealand marine industry is expected to receive a significant boost with the announcement and sign-off on a massive refit facility adjacent to the America's Cup bases currently under construction in Auckland.

2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua - Overall
After four days of exciting racing and fabulous parties the 9th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua came to a conclusion on Sunday 3rd February. The Notice of Race for the 10th edition was announced with the 2020 edition.

2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami: Aussies close first World Cup of 2019 with two medals
Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton has added a bronze medal to Australia's tally of medals at the first World Cup event of 2019 in Miami, Florida this morning. Burton's bronze in the Laser follows the gold medal won by Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin

2019 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Overall
The semi-finals started in 8-10 knots on a short race course with many spectator boats making for interesting obstacles. The semi finals were a first to two format with the winners racing each other in the final.

Jan Kurfeld wins pre-worlds OK Dinghy Nationals in Auckland
Last year's OK Dinghy world championship bronze medalist, Jan Kurfeld, from Germany, has opened his challenge for this year's world title fight with a win at the 2019 New Zealand National Championship after two very different days on the Hauraki Gulf.

2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami: Aussies take gold at first World Cup of 2019
Nacra 17 Olympic silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have successfully defended their Miami World Cup Series title, with an emphatic win in the medal race this morning.

42nd 125 Australian Championships at Humpybong Yacht Club
The 42nd 125 Australian Championships were held by Humpybong Yacht Club, Queensland, between the 29th of December 2018 and the 4th of January 2019.

2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - Overall
Correctly calling first shift is great. Plenty of sailing races have been won by the person or team who anticipates the first wobble in the breeze and positions correctly to best take advantage of it.

Cavarlo wins Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy at Port Phillip Women's Championship Series
Amanda 'Marnie' Irving and her all-female crew on Cavarlo have won the Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy, Race 2 of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS), hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) on Port Phillip today.

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