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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Gold Coast’s biggest sailing regatta

Bartercard Sail Paradise © Virginia Riddle-Cross

Only one more day until the Gold Coast largest Sailing Regatta gets under way! On the tail end of the Sydney Hobart, the Southport Yacht Club’s 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise is set to give our locals and tourists a spectacle not to be missed. With 49 boats are now officially confirmed for the event, this promises Gold Coasters an on ...

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America’s Cup

Emirates Team NZ's Te Aihe training in The Paddock, Eastern Beach - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand

Stuff.co.nz’s Duncan Johnstone reports on his ride on the Emirates Team NZ chase boat and a training session with the AC75 Te Aihe Team New Zealand are 30 minutes into a vital testing session when it all comes to a sudden halt. One minute Te Aihe is foiling beautifully, the next moment the 75-foot monohull splashes down with Peter Burling’s ...

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Mercedes-Benz Mornington Couta Boat Association National Championship

Beau skippered by Nick Dorman. Only been involved with the Couta Boats for the last three months. - photo © A.J. McKinnon

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mornington Couta Boat Association National Championship is being held at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club on Port Phillip this weekend. This event has been running for over twenty years, and attracts a wide range of sailors. This year there are 50 boats taking part across two divisions, with over 300 crew competing. Jim Wilshire and his crew ...

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2019

The start of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2018 © Craig Greenhill - Salty Dingo

The gear-busting, boat breaking reputation of the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race could be far from reality when the 628-nautical mile classic starts on Boxing Day, according to Mark Richards, the skipper of the 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI. The three most reliable weather forecasts for the race all agree there will be a southerly change exiting Bass Strait ...

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Clipper Race Leg 4

The Clipper Race Leg 4 - Race 5, Day 2 - photo © Clipper Race

All Clipper Race teams are racing again and making their way to Airlie Beach meaning Race 5: The Whitsundays, Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is officially on. The remaining teams departed Fremantle, with a 1500 race start, exactly 48 hours after the first eight boats departed. The first team to cross the line was Unicef, shortly followed by Punta ...

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J/70 Bacardi Winter Series

Bacardi Invitational Winter Series in Miami day 1 © Kathleen Tocke

The first of three events in the 2019/ 2020 Bacardi J/70 Winter Series took place this past weekend on Biscayne Bay. Hosting the series was the Shake-A-Leg Foundation sailing program located next to the completely refurbished Monty Trainer’s Bar and Restaurant in Coconut Grove, FL. Seventeen team sailed the first event in somewhat challenging weather conditions; just three races were ...

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IRC European Championship as part of Cork 300

Start of the 2019 Morgan Cup © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

Online Entry is now open for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Crosshaven, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held over five days of racing from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July during ...

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Rolex Sydney Hobart

Classic Yacht Regatta - Ashok Mani's SandS 48 Windrose © Bow Caddy Media

A 60-year-old timber Sparkman and Stephens design that has never competed in a major bluewater race south of the equator is primed to join the 75th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet setting off from Sydney Harbour at 1pm on December 26, 2019. Windrose owner Ashok Mani is the first Indian-born owner to enter the annual 628 nautical mile offshore challenge. ...

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Puerto Vallarta Race 2020

Puerto Vallarta Race - photo © San Diego Yacht Club

For one team, San Diego Yacht Club’s 2020 Puerto Vallarta Race will be the first step towards a journey around the world. Viva Mexico, a VOR 65 skippered by Erik Brockmann, will be making their racing debut during the 2020 Puerto Vallarta Race as part of their campaign to compete in The Ocean Race 2021. Brockmann’s goal is to bring ...

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Wild Oats XI in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Wild Oats XI competing at Hamilton Island Race Week © Salty Dingo

After five weeks of frenetic repair work, sometime around-the-clock, the supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI has been declared ready to race in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race on Boxing Day. The declaration came from the skipper, Mark Richards, after the 30-metre long, silver-hulled racer completed a compulsory 24-hour qualification course off Sydney this week. “We went into race mode for that ...

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