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Shonan Maru No. 2 Attacks Sea Shepherd Ship with Water Cannons  23-Dec-2009
The Japanese harpoon vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 is engaging in some very bizarre activities. At 1300 Hours, the Japanese vessel moved in with water cannons blazing. As they came closer, they turned on their LRAD's and surprisingly they began to broadcast the following message over their loudspeaker: "Steve Irwin, cease your aggressive action. Stop your aggressive action. We have the authority to repel you."

Race for Tattersall’s Cup wide open  23-Dec-2009
Geoff Ross, the skipper of the Reichel/Pugh 55 Yendys and outright winner of the race in 1999 reckons that not even Nostradamus could predict the winner of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. “This is the most competitive race I’ve sailed in 15 years of sailing to Hobart,” he says.

Santa delivers another sleigh ride to Hobart  23-Dec-2009
The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart is shaping up as another uncharacteristically straightforward sleigh ride south for the big boats with the weekend’s forecast nor’easter putting Wild Oats XI on track to finish four hours ahead of its own race record, according to at least one forecast model.

Boaters warned to go easy on the drink  23-Dec-2009
With around 30% of all boating fatalities involving alcohol, Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay today reminded boat skippers to take care this festive season and stay under the limit.

Australian Sailing Museum - Mandurah WA  23-Dec-2009
The Australian Sailing Museum is a tourist attraction in Mandurah, Western Australia. It was conceived and founded by local sailing icon Rolly Tasker and his wife Kerry. In realizing Rolly’s dream to share his passion and knowledge of all that is sailing, the first sod for the foundations was turned by him in March 2006.

Advanced Forward-Scanning Sonar Technology at an Affordable Price  22-Dec-2009
Our oceans and inland waterways are filled with dangers lurking beneath the surface — semi-sunken freight containers, large pallets or logs floating vertically, bottom obstructions such as shallow wrecks, coral reefs, and sandbars.

“Boat for life” targets canoe and kayak safety  22-Dec-2009
Two young Australian adventurers who became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea will join a NSW Maritime campaign to promote the responsible and safe use of paddle craft.

Race coverage goes mobile in historic first for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  21-Dec-2009
Millions of yachting enthusiasts across Australia and New Zealand will this year have instant mobile access to the most comprehensive race result service in the history of the world renowned Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Prelude to Boxing Day Classic  21-Dec-2009
The two near sister Reichel/Pugh designs Alan Brierty's Limit and Stephen Ainsworth's Loki, finished first and second, just one point apart, in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series regatta, the major warm-up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race which starts this Saturday, December 26.

Rolex Trophy Rating Series: Limit wins the series – Living Doll the race  21-Dec-2009
They judged the Shark Island start perfectly, were the third yacht heading out of Sydney Harbour and then Alan Brierty and his Limit crew mowed down the JV 72 RÁN, gybing inside her under spinnaker, with the finish line in sight, catching a nice puff to beat RÁN, and more importantly, Loki, their main adversary for the series.


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