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A tactical move has seen Cape Breton Island lose their slim lead to Spirit of Australia, with Cork and California also moving ahead of the Big Blue Canoe.

British sailors take first place in final Qualifying Races of International 14 World Championship  07-Jan-2010
British sailors took first place in both the final Qualifying Races today (6 January) in Day 5 of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship. Defending World Champion Archie Massey and his crew Dan Wilsdon recovered from their breakages of yesterday and posted solid win in race one for the day. They basically led all the way in a 8-12kt sou'easter under sunny skies.

Boating safety for NYE celebrations around NSW  31-Dec-2009
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay has urged skippers to put safety
first as they prepare to take to waterways around NSW to celebrate New
Year’s Eve. “With bumper crowds again expected to see in the New Year, it is important
skippers observe basic boating safety safety regulations and keep an eye out
for other craft,” Mr McLeay said.

She rolls into Hobart the Rolex Sydney Hobart PHS winner  31-Dec-2009
Peter Rodgers did not quite take in the fact that he had provisionally won the PHS class overall in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when he moored at Constitution Dock just before midday today; maybe the slight head injury he sustained yesterday during the race had affected him.

ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE: Alfa Romeo takes line honours  29-Dec-2009
Neville Crichton’s New Zealand supermaxi Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the finish line opposite Castray Esplanade on the Derwent River at 22:02:10hrs for an elapsed time of 2 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

NSW Maritime: Hobart Start Went Well  27-Dec-2009
The traditional Boxing Day start in the harbour to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race went well, according to NSW Maritime. NSW Maritime General Manager Recreational Boating Brett Moore said the spectator fleet was around 1000 boats and below expectations.

Lead yachts sailing into lighter breeze as Alfa Romeo rains on Wild Oats XI’s parade  27-Dec-2009
As the front runners pass Montague Island they are sailing into a lighter southerly breeze and quite likely very soft winds in the top half of Bass Strait. At 6:30am Neville’s Crichton Alfa Romeo was just leading the fleet with ICAP Leopard beside her a further three miles out to sea and Wild Oats XI five miles astern.

Call for Extra Caution in Boats  27-Dec-2009
NSW Maritime has issued a call for extra care following the loss of two lives in two separate boating incidents over the past two days in the Murray Inland Region.

Alfa Romeo leads the way – Limit out of Rolex Sydney Hobart  27-Dec-2009
Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo is leading the hunt for line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race early this morning, but it is a three-boat war on the race track, as only five nautical miles separate the New Zealand leader from ICAP Leopard, owned and skippered by Mike Slade from the UK and four-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards (NSW).

Solitary Islands Marine Park Leads Black Cod Study  23-Dec-2009
The vulnerable black cod will be the subject of an extensive survey led by the team at the Solitary Islands Marine Park next year. The study will survey areas in and around the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Cape Byron Marine Park and South West Rocks.


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