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110 teams soak up stunning Sail Port Stephens

The majesty of colour - Sail Port Stephens © Nic Douglass / www.AdventuresofaSailorGirl.com

From the Pantaenius Performance Cruising and Racing divisions and their picturesque passage race, to over twenty Sports Boats taking part in their National Championship alongside the Seabreeze Super 12 State Championship inside, and the Garmin IRC NSW State Championship offshore, there was SO much going on for the second part of Sail Port Stephens yesterday! I managed to get to ...

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Sail Port Stephens Chicken Lips

Chicken Lips - Comodore's Cup - Sail Port Stephens 2017 © Sail Port Stephens Media

Mark Hillis’s trailable Fareast 28 Chicken Lips hails from the NSW Riverina region where a lack of wide deep-water lakes means the crew has to travel from Wagga Wagga for their racing fix. “If we tipped that boat over in Wagga’s Lake Albert the mast would go through someone’s front window,” Hillis grins. “The lake is so small and only ...

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Well after the disasters of the last few days I am pleased to say that I have had a easy day at sea. After the stress of the fuel transfer yesterday I was absolutely shattered, both mentally and physically. As soon as the fuel was stowed and the boat was safely motoring north I went to bed and fell into ...

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Sail Port Stephens

Matt Allen's Ichi Ban - - Sail Port Stephens 2016 © Salty Dingo

The lengths that some skippers go to for a few days racing at Sail Port Stephens has just been stretched by the Victorian 52-footer Prime Example. The yacht’s gearbox failed off Wilson’s Promontory during the delivery trip, forcing the crew to sail all the way to Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. The engine was lifted into the saloon and ...

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SCOR 2017

Italian Job – Owner/skipper Tom Johnston, winner of SCOR 2016 hopes to defend his title in 2017 - SCOR 2017 Vinci Studios

After the release of the Notice of Race and Entry form into the Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR) just last week, the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club is very excited with the early entries which make a promising start for SCOR 2017. The SCYC is inviting owners of suitable racing, cruising yachts and multihulls to note the dates of SCOR from ...

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McLellan Jacobs Tempting Toys

McLellan Jacobs will incorporate similar styling from its bespoke kayak to a paddleboard coming this year.

McLellan Jacobs, known for its upscale carbon-fiber kayak, is applying its smart sense of style to a paddleboard. Five years ago, New Zealand-based designers Andy Jacobs and Jamie McLellan brought their idea for an upscale kayak to the Monaco Yacht Show. They showed a select group of people their $25,000 standard model — with gold-plated brass fittings, teak woodwork and ...

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Sail Port Stephens

Mostly smiles on board Colourtile, and some hard work too! - Sail Port Stephens © John Curnow

Just before race time of 1230hrs, a light sprinkle dusted over glorious Port Stephens like icing sugar through a sieve. By the time the boats were assembling off the breakwater at Nelson Bay there was up to four knots of tide and around the same velocity in wind from the Sou’east. Not ideal starting conditions, especially for a downwind jaunt, ...

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Debbie part II ~ Insurance

One of the many sad stories on Hamilton Island © .

If you have been on the planet or around boats long enough, you’ll know all about the 7Ps. The one ‘C’ mentioned here refers to consequence, and in the legalese that surrounds insurance, it gets applied distinctly to consequential damage. We’ll come back to all of that in a while, but for now, our mission is to look at the ...

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race ~ Unicef UK

The Unicef team entry in the Clipper 2015-16 Race Clipper Ventures

Today it is revealed that Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, will once again have a team entry in the 40,000-nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, one of the planet’s toughest endurance challenges, which starts this August. The cost of the team entry has been donated by the race organisers to Unicef UK, the Official Clipper Race Charity. ...

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America’s Cup

Artemis Racing with their broken AC45T in Bermuda - April 5, 2017 Image: Chris Burville © The Royal Gazette http://www.royalgazette.com

The Swedish America’s Cup Challenger Artemis Racing has dropped a wingsail and suffered catastrophic boat damage to their training and test boat in Bermuda today. The wingsail is believed to be a new one and to the AC50 shape and design. All crew are safe. In a statement on social media the team said ‘During a practice session this afternoon ...

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