Please select your home edition
Edition
SW newsletters (top)

Highs and Lows

by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 5 Jan 13:00 PST
Tough conditions for all teams New Caledonian youth pair - 2019-20 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals, day 3 © Kathy Miles

They go together in a symbiotic circle to form our weather patterns. In life, they also seem to always be in close proximity to one another, as well. Normally, this is a truly a wonderful time of year in Australia. So many classes have their national championships, and you get to read and see a delightful array of material. It is made even sweeter by the fact that you don't get to have it all year around in a lot of cases. It is akin to stone fruit in this way. Such happy days...

However, 2019/20 will also be remembered for the cataclysmic and hitherto unheralded and unrecorded events that unfolded and have now affected so many. About now a huge thank you goes to the many first responders and helpers who have gone past any known level of service.

The world's focus has been on the red skies, the dark days in what is normally bright sunshine, and the heart-wrenching devastation. We all feel for those who have lost now, and who face uncertain futures, such as those whose livelihoods are in question, like the forestry and apple communities around Batlow and Tumut, just by way of example. There were also vineyards that were destroyed, and all of these all take lots of time to be fruitful...

I read recently that we have lost more than even the Amazon fires that had the world and the G7 leaders all making statements. Additionally, the cost in terms of native fauna, already under ridiculous stress and may not ever recover, is quite sickening. Then there is our livestock. The sunburnt country is now well and truly ablaze. Let it rain, and soon.

Of course other parts of our world have war, impeached leaders, starvation, floods, landslides, earthquakes, and a million other things. As if more poisonous snake species than anyone else on the third rock from the sun, crocodiles, spiders, sharks, stonefish, jellyfish, stingers wasn't enough to contend with. If it doesn't want to eat you, it wants to kill you, and did I mention the sun? Maybe this is why we are resilient...

January is also a time when tennis and cricket (game on a huge ground where one person with a thin piece of wood gets to defend against another who is hurtling a really, really hard red ball at them at up to 155km/h) get lots of airtime. The players and the organisers have been quick to have funds donated when the serve an ace, or hit a six (big achievement given said limitations just before).

So it has been great to have sailing, through the yacht clubs and its corporate sponsors, really take it on. The ones I have noted are firstly Southport during their Sail Paradise series, and then the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. Whether you are KPMG, Gant, or simply made a donation when you got a drink or a sausage, we all say thank you for digging deep.

Right oh - there is plenty of information on the website for you to review when you can. There is material on the 5.5m, Hobie Cats, AC of course, Optimists, we've asked for material on the I14s so stand by on that one, 13 and 16 foot skiffs from the charming Port Stephens, Optis, awesome material from Southport YC's Sail Paradise on the Gold Coast, the Clippers are on their way to Airlie Beach, RS Aero Worlds, Lasers, check out Tribal Warrior who were the first Indigenous crew in the Hobart, Couta Boats on Port Phillip, there was the King of the Derwent, Cherubs, and a whole lot more below.

Now if your class or association is generating material, we can help you spread your word just by emailing us. Got this newsletter from a friend? Would you like your own copy next week? Just follow the instructions on our newsletter page. Whilst there, you can also register for other editions, like Powerboat-World.

Finally, keep a weather eye on Sail-World. We are here to bring you the whole story from all over the world...

John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

Related Articles

Just how hard can it be?
You've won multiple World Championships, and not just in the one class... You've won multiple World Championships, and not just in the one class mind you. Try a very impressive three styles of boat. You even have the ultimate colour of Olympic bling in the trophy cabinet. Posted on 19 Jan
Gladwell's Line: First cross in Cagliari
Another milestone was passed in Cagliari, Sardinia this week with the first two AC75's Another milestone in the 2021 America's Cup cycle was passed in Cagliari, Sardinia this week with the first two AC75's from rival Challengers appearing on the same piece of water, and snapped as they were leaving and entering the boat harbour Posted on 18 Jan
Sail-World NZ news : Jan 16 - America's Cup News
top stories covering the AC75 action from New Zealand and around the world, and NZ national titles Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the top stories covering the AC75 action from New Zealand and around the world, and NZ national titles. Posted on 18 Jan
Maiden crew to sail Classic on Anniversary Day
‘Smiling Seductress' Rawene will sail with maiden crew on Anniversary Day The Auckland Anniversary Regatta has seen many changes over the course of its 180 year history. But one sight that's still rare to behold as the ‘A Classic' fleet of vintage yachts takes to the harbour is a majority of women on board. Posted on 17 Jan
Giesen New Year Regatta: 36 boats race in Sounds
The Marlborough Sounds delivered a complete set of wind conditions for the Giesen New Year regatta A variety of breezes prevailed for the Giesen New Year regatta and Friday's First National invitation race. Friday's invitation race was sailed in steady sea breeze of 12-15 knots enabling most crews to display their spinnaker or gennaker skills. Posted on 17 Jan
America's Cup winner joins Events Clothing
International yachting personality Brad Butterworth joins Events Clothing Well-known industry brand, Events Clothing, has announced a new majority shareholder as the uniform provider prepares for a time of expansion. Posted on 17 Jan
Sail-World: Jan 16: America's Cup Update
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for January 16, 20120 Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for January 16, 20120 Posted on 15 Jan
That man Lilley
Latest Sail-World Australia newsletter from John Curnow When he won the medal race at the recent Finn Gold Cup, it was not some random event. Jake Lilley has been at it for a while. It's called work ethic... Posted on 12 Jan
P-Class: Howse wins Tanner Tauranga Cup double
Kohimarama YC's Tim Howse has won the Tanner and the Tauranga Cup for P-Class Kohimarama YC's Tim Howse has won the Tanner and Tauranga Cup for P-Class, which is being sailed at Tauranga YPBC, the home club of America's Cup champion Peter Burling, TYPBC, and birthplace of the P-class in 1923. Posted on 7 Jan
MBW newsletters (top)