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18ft Skiffs Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy  14-Dec-2009
Newly crowned NSW champions Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas continued their excellent form when they brought Thurlow Fisher-City home a comfortable winner of the Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.

Rolex Trophy Series to Estate Master and The Tavern  14-Dec-2009
Martin and Lisa Hill and their Estate Master crew won the Farr 40 class, while a bunch of Tasar sailors won every race of the Sydney 38 class to each win their class in the Rolex Trophy One Design series’ sailed over the last three days.

Sail Sydney - 233 competitors – great racing  13-Dec-2009
No real surprises in the senior competition at Yachting NSW's Sail Sydney regatta, the former SIRs, sailed on Sydney Harbour in mixed conditions in early December, but the talent in the Youth classes proved to be exceptional.

NSW State Government to spend $5.26 million for boating facilities  13-Dec-2009
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay announced the Government has approved more than $5 million in NSW Maritime grants to provide new and improved boating facilities across NSW. The record $5.26 million in funding under the Government’s Better Boating Program will support 56 projects in regional NSW and nine boat ramp developments in Sydney Harbour.

Estate Master and The Tavern stars of Rolex Trophy Day Two  13-Dec-2009
It was a day for families at the Rolex Trophy One Design Series, as husband and wife team Martin & Lisa Hill (Estate Master) and the father and son owned The Tavern (Ian and Shane Guanaria) scored three wins from three races each in the Farr 40 and Sydney 38 classes respectively.

NSW State Govt Funding for Boating Facilities in Sydney's Inner West  13-Dec-2009
Drummoyne MP Angela D’Amore today announced the State Government has provided more than $1 million in grants to support improved boating facilities in Drummoyne. Ms D’Amore said two grants totalling $1,047,493 have been offered to the City of Canada Bay Council under the Better Boating Program to upgrade existing boat ramp facilities.

Wharington’s 98 foot Supermaxi dismasted on way to Sydney  13-Dec-2009
Grant Wharington’s 98 foot Supermaxi, Etihad Stadium, has lost its rig on its delivery to Sydney. Late afternoon Friday 11 December, the boat was doing approximately 25 knots downwind, with no spinnaker, when the mast simply failed, something that has Grant and his crew baffled.

Whale meat again  11-Dec-2009
With the Japanese whaling fleet less than a week away from reaching its Antarctic whaling grounds, the Government of Japan has revealed it will not drop its confrontational whaling policy.

CLIPPER 09-10 RACE 4: Evenly matched teams make gains hard to come by  11-Dec-2009
Race 4 from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, is proving just how evenly matched the crews competing in Clipper 09-10 are. The last four days of racing have seen the margins between the yachts remain fairly static and even the smallest gains over competitors have been difficult to come by as the teams maintain the kind of focus demanded of elite sports men and women to wring every last knot of boat speed from the available wind.

Disabled yachtsman aims to be the first quadriplegic to cross the Atlantic  11-Dec-2009
Geoff Holt has set out to become the first quadriplegic yachtsman to cross the Atlantic. The 42 year old father became the first disabled yachtsman to sail around Great Britain in 2007 and has now departed Lanzarote on his latest challenge, headed for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.


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