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Rooster Women's Wetsuit Range Australia Newsletter: It's getting hot in here


It's getting hot in here

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On lighter days the crews sits to leeward to trim the boat for the optimum angle - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite

Dear Recipient Name

Well it certainly is. Whilst some parts of our great land are being washed into the sea, others are basking in glorious Spring conditions for their Open Days, and the commencement of all things racing.

Now we are not that far off the first test with the red ball, and hopefully the new-look outfit can do us proud, and if not, then at least do it cleanly! Yet in the very same city as that will take place next month, namely Brisbane, we get set for the Etchells. They are in the middle of their pre-Worlds right now, as RQ hosts them for the Queensland State Championship. The main game starts next weekend, with a 95-boat armada making it the place to be.

Over on a very different track now, and there are not many of the world's big guns that have not had a lot of nips and tucks along the way, so as to keep them in the game. Comanche would be about the only one, but then she is the newest out of the box too... Scallywag, the Andy Dovell-penned supermaxi, has gone in for major works. To the tune of four gorillas no less ($4m)!

Sailing again - Sea trialing Scallywag 100- Team Scallywag reassembles after refit in Hong Kong, September 2018 - photo © Team Scallywag
Sailing again - Sea trialing Scallywag 100- Team Scallywag reassembles after refit in Hong Kong, September 2018 - photo © Team Scallywag

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They have just had a training camp in the Philippines, and now the boat is on her way here. It seems that apart from the hull itself, and the stick, there has been a lot of gear changed, added or moved.

The keel is a full metre longer, with the same bulb on it, and now has new rams to drive it. The boom is also a metre longer now, and so the traveller has been moved aft to accommodate it. It has also been upgraded as well. There's a longer prodder been fitted, and a new wardrobe from North Sails. The wheels have gone for'ard and are now connected to new rudders. New winches have been placed in, and the deck layout all made fit for purpose, which all ties into the added horsepower and increased righting moment the collective efforts have made.

They learned a lot from the Volvo campaign, and it seems there will also be some of the talent from that on board this Xmas. The last thing she had was a new paint job, so not having seen it I cannot say look out for the Anthracite girl, but keep an eye for something large and very, very fast!

Micah Lane (L) and Graham Raspass (R) award the 2017 Beneteau Cup to Kim Clinton. The 2018 Beneteau Cup is on October 26, BTW... - photo © Alex McKinnon
Micah Lane (L) and Graham Raspass (R) award the 2017 Beneteau Cup to Kim Clinton. The 2018 Beneteau Cup is on October 26, BTW... - photo © Alex McKinnon

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So we almost looked like we had dropped a couple of tabs last week in Electric Carrot Cake. Thankfully there was no acid involved, and importantly no one ended up like the late, great Syd Barrett, as Mssrs Michael Coxon and Micah Lane continued the repartee about the 18-footers. Cocko was keen to suggest that we should 'forget the Honey Badger, as the girls were all talking about Hummingbird Lane.' Micah was keen to suggest that his co-worker's form was below par, insisting that he 'looked like you were trying unwrap a piece of carrot cake as you hung out there on the wire.'

All in all it reminded me of all the great times sailing has afforded me, and the many wonderful characters I have come across along the way. Cheers to you all. No wonder we all say sailing is a sport for life. Sure is...

2018 Sail Sandy Regatta - photo © Nicholas Duell
2018 Sail Sandy Regatta - photo © Nicholas Duell

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Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the GC32s, SailGP, 18s, Youth Match Racing, kiteboarding, ESS, Youth Olympic Games, Middle Sea Race, Sail Sandy, Stars finally get some wind and start racing, J/24s, Route du Rhum, RS Aero Cup, Pantaenius Newport-Coffs Coast race, Melges 20s, Mirrors (yes Mirrors), and certainly there is much, much more.

Remember, if your class or association is generating material, make sure we help you spread your word, and you can do that by emailing us. Should you have been forwarded this email by a friend, and want to get your very own copy in your inbox moving forward, then simply follow the instructions on our newsletter page, where you can also register for different editions.

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

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Ainslie wins in Toulon, as Cammas claims his second GC32 Racing Tour title
Large seas rolling into the Rade de Toulon's open southeasterly side prevented racing on the final day of the 2018 GC32 TPM Med Cup, last event of the GC32 Racing Tour.

Etchells Pre Worlds - Day 1 images by Mitchell Pearson
Mitchell Pearson provided this gallery of images from Etchells Pre Worlds day 1 taking place at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Australian 18 Footers League Spring Championship - Race 1
The Australian 18 Footers League's 2018-2019 Season got off to a great start on Sydney Harbout today when the Sean Langman led Noakesailing team took out Race 1 of the Spring Championship, which was sailed in a 14-17 knot North East wind.

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2018 Fareast 28R World Championship at Fuxian Lake, China - Day 3
On the third day of racing, the wind finally picked up. A good breeze from SW between 12-20 knots gave all sailors some nice plaining downwind and each fleet handled differently its boat.

Goss crowned champion boat as Sail Sandy 2018 comes to an end
Optimist sailor Matty Goss has been crowned the champion boat across all classes for this year's Sail Sandy regatta after consistent sailing on both days of the event.

Combined Clubs Summer Pennant starts in Hobart, Tasmania
The Time Lord of Hobart yachting, Roger Jackman's Doctor Who, on Saturday sailed to a double handicap victory in the opening race of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant on the River Derwent.

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2018 Star World Championship at Tred Avon Yacht Club - Overall
On Saturday morning when the 62 teams arrived at the Tred Avon Yacht Club with two races scheduled, the discard coming in play after Race 5, and a very windy forecast, anything was possible.

Youth Olympic Games - Day 7: Argentina win Nacra 15 gold
Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) won gold in the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet in front of a packed Club Nautico San Isidro at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Entry now open for NSW J24 State Championships 2018
The 28 day forecast tells nil-low chance of rain! So, come and enjoy the sun at Cronulla. Gather your mates and lets work on making this the most competitive J24 fleet since the Worlds.

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2018 Melges 20 World Championship Overall: Freides wins second consecutive title
All it took was one last, wild ride on Saturday, the final day of competition at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship to give the class its second-ever, double, back-to-back World Champion - Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Wally winners, J/70 Worlds review, twist explained, St. Tropez
Strategist Tom Whidden talks about winning the Wally Class Trophy, onboard Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' Magic Carpet 3. Our experts pass on their tips for smarter, faster sailing after the most competitive event in J/70 class history.

Sail Sandy Regatta at Sandringham Yacht Club: Testing early breeze but sea breeze saves the day
There were a few challenging moments in the early stages of the first day at this year's Sail Sandy Regatta, but it was the Port Phillip Bay sea breeze that saved the day in the end.

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Newcastle Bass Island Yacht Race: Comanche claims another record
Comanche, owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant, has claimed a second race record in as many outings, taking line honours in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series Newcastle Bass Island Yacht Race.

2018 Laser Master European Championships at Vigo, Spain
The 2018 Laser Master European championships concluded on Thursday in Vigo, Spain. After five days of races with most of times tricky winds, our Laser Master sailors enjoyed of a nice week with warm weather, plenty of sun, fun and camaraderie.

IMOCA class set for high-flying edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
With 20 skippers at the start in St Malo on November 4th, of which 10 are sailing boats equipped with foils, this edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in the IMOCA class promises to be competitive and exciting.

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18ft Skiff defending champions out to retain the title
Jordan Girdis and Lachlan Doyle, two of last year's Spring 18ft Skiff Championship-winning team, return on Sunday to defend their title when the Australian 18 Footers League conducts Race 1 of the 2018-2019 Championship on Sydney Harbour.

Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship - Overall
In an epic Finals series, the Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship all came down to one race. It was a rematch of the Finals from 2017 with James Hodgson, Harry Hall, Ryan Wilmot, John Cooley & Charlie Gundy looking for revenge.

Youth Olympic Games - Day 6: Greece and Italy claim Windsurfing gold
Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) and Giorgia Speciale (ITA) became the first sailors to take the title of 2018 Youth Olympic Champions at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, held out of Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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When greatness speaks in superlatives
Olympian, World Champion and America's Cup living legend, John Bertrand AO, is just one of the stars lining up for the 2018 Etchells World Championship.

Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship wraps up at the CYCA
Tom Grimes and his team of Dante Olivieri, Eric Sparkes, Jess Grimes and Emma Harrison utilised their downwind speed and tactics to come out ahead of fellow CYCA team James Hodgson, Ryan Wilmot, Harry Hall and Charlie Gundy.

Nick Black Discusses Internal Headsail Locks
In our last post we talked about the pros and cons of External versus Internal lock systems. Here we'll look more closely at the internal systems available, which tend to be aimed at the performance-oriented programs that are prepared to pay more.

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History making 18ft Skiff team takes to Sydney Harbour
When Yvette Heritage, Richard Heritage and Daniel McLachlan line up for Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Spring Championship on Sunday (14 October), Yvette and Richard Heritage will create history in the 125-year-old iconic class.

Open Day at Palm Beach Sailing Club, Sydney - Preview
Mark the date for a free sail on a catamaran. It could change your life. The Palm Beach Sailing Club's Annual Open Day on Saturday, November 3.

Yacht Racing Forum 2019 to take place in Bilbao, Spain
Organized by MaxComm Communication, this event will reassemble the sports' key personalities: event organisers, sponsors, designers, professional sailors, boat builders, media as well as insurance and finance companies

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Musto: Meet your Season Staple
Your post-workout essential. Your staple for every hike. Cutting-edge fabrics manage moisture and heat. And breathability puts your comfort at the fore. Musto fleeces meet your A-game.

The next steps for Project Scaramouche: We speak to Jon Holt and the team
Project Scaramouche has been inspiring, not just for the sailing world, but also in the wider community showing what can be done with a lot of hard work, leadership, courage and drive.

Rolex Middle Sea Race: Golden anniversary for Malta's Maritime Jewel
The 2018 golden jubilee edition of Malta's most famous yachting event promises to be the biggest ever. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding, will again start from the historic Grand Harbour

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Americas Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand is first team to set up for AC36
Emirates Team New Zealand has moved from the concrete bunker of a oil storage facility administration office, to the Glass Palace otherwise known as the Viaduct Events Centre. A week or so ago the VEC was hosting the Auckland On the Water Boat Show

Pantaenius Newport-Coffs Coast Yacht Race: It's About Time for another showdown
At 77, Lake Macquarie skipper Doug Coulter has no intention of slowing down over the Christmas-New Year break – if anything his yachts are getting faster with advancing years, and he's hoping to again vie for line-honours

Record entrants to take the line in race three of Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series
Twenty-nine yachts are set to line up for the start of the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore (Audi Centre Sydney BWPS) Newcastle Bass Island Race this weekend, representing the greatest number of competitors

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Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: Entries open for Australia's longest kiteboarding race
Entries are now open to pro and experienced weekend kiteboarders to compete in Australia's longest and most exciting kiteboarding race, the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton from Rottnest Island.

Class40s: An atlantic armada in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018
The largest fleet in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018 – the solo transatlantic race that starts from St Malo – is the Class40 monohull division with 53 sailors taking part.

Extreme Sailing Series fleet heads Stateside for San Diego spectacle
Hot on their heels, and winners of last year's San Diego Act and overall season, Danish squad SAP Extreme Sailing Team are keen to claw back some points before they hit the Series grand finale in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the end of the year.

SailGP unveils U.S. Team and details of two U.S. Races
One week after the league's historic global launch, SailGP today announced the members of the United States SailGP Team, and revealed details of its two premier U.S. events, set to take place in San Francisco (May) and New York (June) of next year.

Changing the face of your sailing gear: Zhik's Volvo Ocean Race journey
Setting out to work with two Volvo Ocean Race teams was always going to be a challenge for Zhik's first official involvement with the race. Yet, it was the pinnacle opportunity to put the company's ocean yachting range to the ultimate test.

Clipper 2019-20 Race crew #ReasonToRace: Donna Von Tunk
Continuing the #ReasonToRace series, which was started during the launch of the new Clipper Race and Musto technical clothing partnership last month, we kick off Monday by introducing Donna Von Tunk, a 47-year-old chiropractor and future circumnavigator.

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RS Aerocup at La Baule, France
"Wind, sun, a great organization and a friendly atmosphere: the RS Aerocup 2018 at La Baule was a real success!" was the summing up quote of first time RS Aero competitor, Benoit of France.

Farr 40 World Championships at Chicago Yacht Club - Overall
The culmination of the 2018 Farr 40 World Championship served up nail-biting competition, coming down to the final race of the event as Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje light edged out Alex Roeper's Plenty who finished a critical two boats behind

Matteo de Nora: “We won’t let Luna Rossa win the America’s Cup”
Italian America's Cup correspondent Fabio Pozzo, writing in La Stampa, spoke with Emirates Team New Zealand Principal Matteo de Nora as to his thoughts and overview of the 2021 America's Cup and build-up.

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Legendary racing yacht makes big comeback with four new firsts!
After officially announcing the buyout of Seascape, the talented young Slovenian boatyard, in early July, Beneteau went on to renew its legendary First line, launching four 14- to 27-foot high-performance sailing yachts.

Defending GBR Mirror Champion heads to Australia for World Championship
Friday was the start of the journey for four Mirror dinghies from the UK heading to Australia for the 18th Mirror Dinghy World Championships.

America's Cup: Christine Belanger passes away
Sadly, Christine Belanger passed away suddenly earlier this week. Christine along with Bruno Trouble and the late Yves Carcelle were the people who managed the events of the Louis Vuitton Cup over a 20 year period.

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Short-handed female crew to line up for Melbourne to Hobart Race
The 5500 nautical mile Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race and return journey left Annette Hesselmans still champing at the bit, so she solved the problem by forming a short-handed female crew to take part in the Melbourne to Hobart.

SailGP poised to usher-in a new era of international Grand Prix sailing
The sailing world learned last week that the AC50s that were built for the last Cup Defense will see a second life as a One Design class that will be used to contest the newly announced and fully professional SailGP sailing league.

The Evolution of the Morf Block: Product Update
Morf Block, who are enthusiastic about using recyclable and bio materials, have ceased the sales of their DIY kits. Instead, Morf Block have created an aluminium lash thimble that is perfectly optimised to work in conjunction with the cheeks and bearing.

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Friends School become Australian Schools Match Racing Champions
This weekend, for the first time, the Australian Schools Match Racing Championship was held on Sydney Harbour. An inconsistent storming southerly breeze ranging from 8-28 knots made for some fast paced sailing for the eight schools competing.

RigPro launches new service
RigPro plans to expand to more locations through a global franchise, introduce a 24/7 emergency response service, strengthen its presence at regattas and expand its service design engineering practice – all with the goal of becoming more responsive.

Dackhammar takes his first World Match Racing Tour title in Portugal
Nicklas Dackhammar and his all-Swedish Essiq Racing Team wrote their name in the history books today as they became the first name to be scratched on to the WMRT Regata de Portugal Trophy, a great moment for the team to take their first win

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