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Magpie gets out of the fierce sun on day 1 of the 2018 Etchells World Championship - photo © John Curnow

Dear Recipient Name

This sailor will indeed be taking time out. Now it may end up including some relaxing on the beach, but it will definitely preclude him from getting on his trusty bike, which is an integral component of his overall fitness regime. It will also certainly mean there is no snow time on some of the USA's premier slopes for him over the next little while, either. Doh.

There are many accomplishments afforded a sailor of this calibre, for he is a World Champion amongst other things. Yet for our particular interest right now, the sailor in question has completed 31 Sydney to Hobart races, and taken out Line Honours a terribly impressive 15 of those years! That is good work in anyone's language.

You may think it might be hard to distinguish any of his multitudinous achievements, especially when it comes to that race, from any of the others. However, despite the relatively benign weather for the leaders, it is fair to say this last one could well be extremely memorable, if not the most so.

You see, Steve Jarvin actually broke his foot during the recent race. The long-term member of the Wild Oats XI crew may not have known exactly what had gone on at the time, but a trip to the doctor in Hobart, and the resultant X-Rays, revealed that yes, apparently two bones had fractured. That's just got to hurt. On so many levels, too... At least they collected a ninth Line Honours for the Oatley Family's silver bullet.

Steve 'Mothy' Jarvin, 14 times Line Honours winner. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
Steve 'Mothy' Jarvin, 14 times Line Honours winner. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer

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Now I am sure the victory does make it taste better, and I say that with some degree of knowledge on the subject. A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away I tore some ligaments in my ankle, right before the Head of the River, which is a rowing race. We may not have been unbackable favourites, but we were certainly very much part of the mix.

At any rate, scans showed the level of damage, which was roughly in accordance with the disappointment and frustration (read anger). However, and to avoid disaster, a plan was hatched. As I could move the foot up and down directly inline, and it was attached to the leg that stays vertical in sweep rowing, as opposed to being splayed out, the theory of it was that I could actually row. So the crew carried the boat to the water, and I went to it on my crutches, handed those off to the coach, jumped in, and away we went. I am glad we did, for we won, and it rendered the recovery process afterwards totally forgettable. So I do hope Mothy very much has the same overall experience.

All of which might be a longish segue into the impending Etchells Australian Championship from January 14 to 18. They are being held on the very same course as the recent, and very popular World Championships from late last year. Jarvin obviously cannot join his friends, Graeme Taylor and James Mayo aboard Magpie, who are the reigning, and back-to-back Champions, albeit with friend Richie Allanson often stepping in.

Julian Plante, Martin Hill, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke after winning the 2018 Etchells World Championship - photo © Emily Scott Images
Julian Plante, Martin Hill, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke after winning the 2018 Etchells World Championship - photo © Emily Scott Images

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Now Ben Lamb is to be Jarvin's replacement for the regatta from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. He too was there for the 2018 Worlds, so will be well familiar with the levels of frustration and sorrow at not performing at the levels expected, which many crews commented on at the time, and also afterwards. One outfit that mastered it all well and truly is Martin Hill's crew from Lisa Rose, and they'll be back for more. Hoping to go one better will be GenXY, with Matt Chew's crew currently listing one Tom Burton amongst them.

Locals John Warlow and David Turton showed plenty of pace at times during the worlds, and Steve's son, Seve, will be there as part of Jeanne-Claude's crew on 1435. Another fresh from the Wild Oats XI win is Iain Murray, who has Richie Allanson, and also a certain Colin Beashel, sailing Havoc with him. Noel Drennan from North Sails has Billy Merrington and Marco Pocci on board Les Freaks Sont Chic, so there is plenty of talent around to make it more than an interesting week.

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Right oh here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about skiffs, the O'Pen Bic Worlds, Dragon Worlds, Tornado Worlds, intel from North Sails, Lasers, the new J/99 goes sailing, Pittwater to Coffs with the breeze on the nose the whole way, Youth Sailing, OKs, Golden Globe, Wouter Verbraak gives you the good oil on the Hobart, the Clipper, gear from Harken, thinking Caribbean, Finns, mince pies, the Hobart winds up, and certainly there is much, much more.

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2018 flew by with North Sails 3Di
In the last four years, North Sails clients have broken 30 major sailing records, all using 3Di sails—plus their own determination, tireless energy, and a killer teamwork. In 2018 alone, sailors added six new race records to the #NSVictoryList.

2019 Flying Fifteen Australian Nationals at Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron - Overall
Nine races were completed over a five day regatta at the Flying 15 Australian National Championships held at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron.

2019 Dragon World Championship at Fremantle - Day 3
After a long day out in the heat of the day a pod of dolphins ushered some of the fleet back into Fremantle Harbour to round off another glorious day of racing on the Indian Ocean.

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12ft Skiff Interdominion Day 2: Geotherm leads but Sydney Sailmakers on the warpath
There was no mistaking Sydney Sailmakers' Race 3 win. They won by more than three minutes, with the Brad Phillips/Harry Bethwaite crewed Terms & Conditions second and Geotherm third.

505 World Championship at Fremantle Sailing Club - Day 4
At 1100 hrs we were waiting on the shore! The easterlies held us on up until the sea breeze began to develop.

35th Impulse Australian Championship at Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club
Despite there being five different individual heat winners, David Mann, from Port Curtis Sailing Club, sailing his formula sailcraft built "FBS", became the first Queenslander in the history of the class to take out the national championships.

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Laser Oceania and Australian Championship - Day 4
With the courses out on Bass Strait set under the Mersey Bluff, with it iconic striped lighthouse and Dial Range in the background, all fleets thoroughly enjoyed the steady 15 knot westerly breeze.

2019 Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta at Southport Yacht Club - Day 1
With the 2019 Queensland Yachting Championships up for grabs, Italian Job, skippered by Michael Tom Johnston from Sunshine Coast Yacht Club currently leads the fleet going in to day two of the series.

Turmoil in the Tornado Worlds - Day 2
When the fleet returned to Takapuna Beach after Day 2 of the 2019 Int Tornado World Championships, the Australian crew of Brett Burvill and Max Puttman looked to have consolidated their lead after two days of racing in the series presented by Candida.

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Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Championship - Day 3
Hobart's River Derwent swarmed with almost 450 young sailors yesterday as the huge fleet of 240 Optimist dinghies began their Australian championship, joining various youth classes already well into their nationals.

Laser Oceania and Australian Championship - Day 3
Only two points separate Australia's two top Olympic Laser sailors, Tom Burton and Matthew Wearn, after five races in the 2019 Oceania and Australian championships being sailed on Bass Strait off Devonport.

Line Honours Winners declared in Pittwater to Paradise
Multihull & Monohull Line Honours Winners declared the 370nm Category 2 ocean race from Pittwater to Surfers Paradise.

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2019 Dragon World Championship at Fremantle - Day 2
After a few hours waiting ashore chilling and sipping coffees in the sunset lounge, the regular sea breeze gathered for two fabulous races under cloudless blue skies and aqua marine waters.

Aussie Skiffs 13 & 16 Footers National Championships at Darling Point Sailing Squadron - Day 6
Manly Surf n Slide 16ft Skiff Racing Team took out back to back championships after a closely fought match race with Koreman Marine.

Introducing J/70 Harken SnubbAIR
The new Harken SnubbAIR for the J/70 has become class legal worldwide and you may order it today from Harken dealers in the USA or Europe.

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North Sails Weekly Debrief: Sydney Hobart Recap, Race Records of 2018, Top 10 of 2018, How To's
North 3Di downwind inventories led the 628nm sprint to Hobart, and our clients captured the top three Line Honors as well as Tattersall Cup, IRC, and first female skipper awards.

12ft Skiff Interdominion Day 1: Geotherm strikes while iron is hot
Day 1 of the Your Move Convenyancing 12ft Skiff Interdominion provided both thrills and spills in a stiff southerly that kicked in just before the 3pm start on Sydney Harbour today, with Brett Hobson/Jeremy Jones crewed Geotherm winning a battle of wills.

Laser Oceania and Australian Championship - Day 2
After waiting on shore for the wind to fill in, the 148 Laser sailors contesting the Oceania and Australian championships on Bass Strait, off Devonport, were rewarded with good racing conditions late yesterday afternoon.

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Aussie Skiffs 13 & 16 Footers National Championships at Darling Point Sailing Squadron - Day 5
At the start of the day three teams were separated by single digit points at the top of the 16's; Koreman Composites, Manly Surf n Slide and Starr Facility Services.

2019 Dragon World Championship at Fremantle - Day 1
Grant Gordon and his team of Ruairidh Scott, Sophie Weguelin and James Williamson showed the rest of the Dragon fleet the way to go on day one of the 2019 Dragon World Championships held in the aquamarine waters off Fremantle in Western Australia.

O'pen BIC Worlds: Australia and Italy win World titles
Breanne Wadley (AUS) and Davide Mulas (ITA) have won the U-13 and U-17 World O'pen BIC titles respectively, sailed at Manly Sailing Club.

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J/99 Speedster launched!
After the Paris Boat Show in December, the brand new J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster was transported to the United Kingdom where she was commissioned and launched by Hamble Yacht Services in Hamble, England over the holidays.

505 World Championship at Fremantle Sailing Club - Day 3
Hard yards on the water today with PRO Olsen pushing the yachts and crews to the limit.

Winning start for Hobart 29er sailors
Young Hobart sailors William Wallis and Fynn Sprott have made a brilliant start to the Australian Championship for the 29er skiffs on the River Derwent, with a 1-1-2 scorecard on day one.

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Australian OK Dinghy Nationals at Black Rock Yacht Club - Overall
The 57th Australian OK Dinghy National Championship ended with two really tricky light wind races that left the regatta leaders struggling and picking up high scores.

Rolex Sydney Hobart: North Sails clients led the pack to Hobart
Finishing the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an accomplishment unto itself, and winning one of our sport's toughest races is the pinnacle of an offshore sailor's dream.

Golden Globe Race - Day 185 - Istvan Kopar rounds Cape Horn
Istvan Kopar rounded Cape Horn at 19:00 UTC yesterday, giving the 65-year old American/Hungarian a perfect New Year boost. To have got this far has been a triumph over adversity in every sense since the start from Les Sables d'Olonne on July 1st

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Dreki Sunnan Rolex Sydney Hobart 2018 Interviews - It all starts somewhere…
As Wild Oats XI berthed in Hobart for her ninth Line Honours win her crew had accumulated 289 Sydney Hobarts between them!

Wouter Verbraak explains Alive's winning moves in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018
When the media throng descends on a winning skipper as the yacht berths, to ask how they feel and how the race went, you can usually make an uninterrupted beeline for the navigator.

Videos of the Australian Championship for 13 and 16 Foot Skiffs on Moreton Bay
Mitch Pearson is not out on the water for the 13 and 16 foot skiffs again until Days Five and Six. In the meantime, here are his videos from early on in the National Championship from Darling Point Sailing Squadron.

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Australasian Dragon Championship for the Prince Philip Cup - Overall
It was quite a hard slog for the Turkish flagged team with the current world champion crew of Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry to ground out victory to win their first Prince Philip Cup in Fremantle, Western Australia.

2019 King of the Derwent - Hobart's ionic river race
Lawless, skippered by prominent Port Dalrymple Yacht Club member Stephen McElwee, today placed first on IRC corrected time to win the KOD, outsailing a fleet of yachts that had contested all three long ocean races that finished in Hobart last weekend.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 2018: A year in review
This year has been one to remember here at the Clipper Race. Records were broken, oceans crossed, and hundreds of people from all over the world completed what is one of the toughest ocean endurance challenges on the planet.

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Happy New Year from the Finn Class
We begin 2019 with a heavy heart and an immense task ahead of us – how to maintain and enrich the health of our beloved class in the light of the news from November that we might no longer have a place in the Olympic programme for 2024.

Sydney Hobart Race, high-latitude inspiration
As 2019 springs anew, I find myself drawn to two impressive stories, both of which unfurled in 2018's final days and serve as great inspiration as we collectively sail into the New Year.

2018 Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart Race overall
Lawless was last boat to finish the gale-battered L2H, late on Saturday evening after encountering 50 knot north-westerly winds in Storm Bay that had dismasted one yacht and forced seven others to retire.

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RSHYR 2018 - Kyle Langford Talks Comanche and Sail GP
Kyle Langford at only 29 years of age has become one of Australia's most experienced sailors. His resume includes two America's Cup campaigns, the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race aboard Team Brunel and an RC44 World Championship win.

January News from the World of Harken
Welcome to the January issue of At The Front, Harken's digital digest. Catch up on top Harken web content posted during the last month. Enjoy!

53rd Australian Mirror Nationals and 2019 Pre-Worlds at Woollahra Sailing Club
The 53rd Australian Mirror Nationals and 2019 Pre-Worlds concluded on Sydney Harbour with a tense finish in light winds.

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America's Cup: Aussie Ashby gets New Zealand Honour
Emirates Team New Zealand's skipper Glenn Ashby has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in the New Year's Honours. Barbara Kendall and Sir Stephen Tindall have also been recognised.

Who ate all the (mince) pies?
With the festive holiday, the big question has to be if Santa delivered the Finn class the biggest stocking filler ever, a reprieve from their banishment to the wilderness outside of the Olympics.

World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: December 2018
As the holiday season draws upon us and another year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on all the events and activities that we as a sport and as an organization have accomplished this year, and I truly believe that we have a lot to be proud of.

Trophy presentation closes 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race came to an end on December 31 at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart, where the Official Prize Giving took place.

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Mark Richards fires back on Protest
A normally mild mannered Mark Richards is still fuming 24 hours after a controversial protest against Wild Oats XI was ruled invalid by the International Jury.

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