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Results of the first “Targeting Tinnies” safety campaign  09-Dec-2009
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay said results of the first “Targeting Tinnies” safety campaign for the summer boating season showed speeding and breaches of safety equipment rules were the most common offences.

Sydney’s summer calendar of aquatic events  09-Dec-2009
Where to find the best vantage points for Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations and navigation restrictions for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race are among many handy tips contained in a free boating guide distributed free of charge by the NSW’s boating safety authority, NSW Maritime.

Sail Sydney Day 3: Light to start – fabulous to finish  08-Dec-2009
Sometimes even the experts get it wrong and that was the case Monday when a beautiful nor-easter filled in on Sydney Harbour just after lunch, turning aside the earlier shifty light nor-westerly, which made a brief appearance on Day 3 of the Sail Sydney regatta, organised by Yachting NSW.

Royal Geelong YC: Shifting Winds Frustrate Race Officers  08-Dec-2009
With the sixth Windward and Return race planned, 35 yachts and crews assembled at the top end of Corio Bay for the first leg, beating to windward. At the start, some skippers tried different tactics only to find a bigger yacht, on starboard and with 'right of way', heading straight for their midsection!

CLIPPER 09-10 RACE 4: Teams ponder tactics for tackling high pressure system  08-Dec-2009
The last 24 hours have seen some big tactical moves, variable winds keeping the crews busy with endless sail changes and a great deal of reflection on the best way to tackle the high pressure system sitting between the ten yachts of the Clipper 09-10 fleet and their goal of Geraldton-Greenough on the coast of Western Australia.

12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships  08-Dec-2009
As one of the few true development classes left in sailing today, the 12ft skiff class will celebrate its 50th year of international competition in January 2010. With only nine class rules, these tiny boats have evolved into weapons on the water, with some skiffs carrying some 31ft of mast on their 12ft hull.

Colourful Seaweed Puzzle in Jervis Bay Marine Park  07-Dec-2009
Jervis Bay Marine Park researcher Dr Nathan Knott says the seaweed that has washed up on Jervis Bay beaches recently has had many visitors and locals puzzled because of its bright green colour.

Sail Sydney Day 1: Competitors find the going tough  07-Dec-2009
“You had to really concentrate,” said Beijing gold medallist Malcolm Page of the conditions on Sydney Harbour when he came ashore on Day 1 of Yachting NSW’s Olympic and Youth classes Sail Sydney regatta.

CYCA Ocean Pointscore Series: Patience is a virtue aboard Vanguard  07-Dec-2009
Dick Cawse and his crew have continued their dominance of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore series with the Lyons/Cawse 60 Vanguard scoring another line honours victory.

CLIPPER 09-10 RACE 4: Celebrations for Team Finland  07-Dec-2009
Team Finland has two reasons to celebrate today. Not only is it the 92nd anniversary of Finland's Declaration of Independence from Russia, but the team has also managed to take the lead from Spirit of Australia.






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