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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Zhik 9er Australian Championship 2019

49er fleet on the Derwent River - 2019 Zhik 9er Australian Championship © Hartas Productions

Hobart’s Derwent River played fair for the summer Zhik 9er Australian Championships incorporating the 29er, 49er, and 49erFX skiffs, between 8 and 20 knots of breeze over five days in early January allowing the full roll-out of 16 races. While the interstate Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet dribbled out of Hobart, the little boat crews took over the river from January 2 – ...

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Royal Langkawi International Regatta

Day 3 - 2019 Royal Langkawi International Regatta © Andy Leong / RLIR 2019

Wind conditions got even better at 17 knots for sailing teams at the 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019 for the Day Three race – the much anticipated around the island course – which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding islands and unique rock formations. Some of the slower boats in the Club Cruising and White Sail classes especially, ...

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IMOCA class

Isabelle Joschke, skipper MACSF - photo © Thierry Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

The IMOCA class has never experienced such enthusiasm and as 2019 gets under way, it looks like being a very exciting year. At least six new generation IMOCAs will be launched in 2019 and more than thirty boats will be out there racing with in particular the Transat Jacques Vabre (start on 27th October from Le Havre) bringing together a ...

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17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta

Day 1 - 2019 Royal Langkawi International Regatta © Andy Leong / RLIR

Sunny blue skies and wind conditions were in favour of sailing teams at the 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019 today, with winds between seven and 10 knots, gusting at 17 knots, around the Kuah Bras Habour Course. Emerging victorious in the Racing Class was non-other than Team Hollywood, skippered by Ray Roberts – at the top spot with a ...

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Golden Globe Race

Dutchman Mark Slats has been diligently whittling-down race leader Jean-Luc van den Heede’s once-unassailable lead since the Frenchman sustained rig damage in November © Christophe Favreau / Matmut / PPL

While the eyes of the international sailing world have recently been riveted on the annual, 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and on the significant news coming from the 36th Americas Cup, the fact remains that five out of the Golden Globe Race 2018s original 18 entrants are still pressing their era-specific vessels as quickly as possible to the ...

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Bella Mente Racing

The Maxi 72 Bella Mente during sea trials on Narragansett Bay off Newport, R.I. © James Lyne

Launched in September 2018, the new 72-foot Maxi yacht Bella Mente looks to be on course for attaining successes not unlike those achieved by its three previous namesakes owned and skippered by businessman and champion sailor Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.). Fauth and his all-star Bella Mente Racing Team are three-time Maxi 72 World champions shooting for a fourth world ...

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Festival of Sails

2018 Festival of Sails - Envy Scooters crew from the onwater photographer Craig Greenhill - photo © Salty Dingo

After midnight this coming Friday, January 11, 2019, the entry fee for the Festival of Sails at the end of the month will rise by $250, a definite incentive to be part of the first round of registrations for the historic Australia Day long weekend sailing regatta. Organisers at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club have so far accepted more than 200 ...

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Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta 2019

Italian Job - QLD Australian Yachting Champion - 2019 Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta, Day 4 - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite

After postponement due to lack of wind, racing commenced at 1400hrs in a 5-8 knot nor-easterly with the smallest swell seen all regatta on day four, the final day of the 2019 Bartercard Sail Paradise Series. It all came down to the battle between Sunshine Coast Italian Job skippered by Michael Tom-Johnson and David Rose’s Kerisma Gill who started the ...

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Round Martinique Regatta

The Round Martinique Regatta © Event Media

The first race of The Round Martinique Regatta will start from Fort de France in just a month’s time, eagerly awaited by both the competitors and the event’s organisers. However, before trimming the sails and sharpening tactics, the most important step is first to register for this 2019 edition. To participate in this regatta and enjoy the reduced rate, be ...

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Golden Globe Race

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede: frustrated by lack of winds and fast approaching Mark Slats in 2nd place - Golden Globe Race - Day 190 © Christophe Favreau / PPL / GGR

French race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede served out his 18 hour penalty (for improper use of his satellite phone on 09.11.2018) on Saturday and is now clear to race the remaining 2,150 miles to the finish at Les Sables d’Olonne. He expects to arrive there on 26th January.But will he still be first? While Jean-Luc was serving his ‘time-out’ ...

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