AFLOAT Daily News

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Getting the right Balance  19-Dec-2014
Financial guru Paul Clitheroe calls all his boats Balance; as in balance sheet, balanced portfolio, bank balance and balance in life. This year he graduated from racing a Beneteau 45, a displacement, more or less family friendly cruiser/racer to a TP52, a noisy, high speed jock’s sort of boat which could never, ever take the family out for a weekend cruise. So, on balance, what are the differences? “They’re more expensive” is the first thing he has to offer.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to enter 12-strong fleet in 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  19-Dec-2014
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced that it will include Australian offshore classic the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) in its 2015-16 global series after a successful debut last year.

Nicholson back to retrieve boat  19-Dec-2014
Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) has flown back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago.

Advice to boaters ahead of Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Start  17-Dec-2014
Roads and Maritime Services advises boaters to plan their trip on Sydney Harbour well in advance of the 1pm start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this Boxing Day.

Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race comes to a close  16-Dec-2014
After a comprehensive review, Gosford Sailing Club has regrettably announced that it will not be the organiser of a Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race in future. This brings to a close the forty year history of the only annual Category One ocean race in Australia besides the Sydney to Hobart Race.

Alinghi crowned Extreme Sailing 2014 & Sydney champions in the best day’s racing of the year  15-Dec-2014
Alinghi snatch Act victory in Sydney and with it become 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ Champions after 231 races this year. Second place for The Wave, Muscat while Realteam take third in Sydney and in the Series, as Leigh McMillan looks ahead. “Morgan got the jump this year, we will try and take it back next year.” Capsize for GAC Pindar cuts their regatta short following a collision with Realteam. Just over seven weeks until the 2015 global tour kicks off in Singapore, 5th February, including a full starting grid of top international teams!

Roberts and Dally turn tables to close out CYCA Trophy–Passage Series  15-Dec-2014
Ray Roberts (OneSails Racing) turned the tables on Victorian yachtsman Rob Hanna (Shogun V) today to claim Division 1 honours in the CYCA Trophy-Passage Series, while Khaleesi did the same to her sistership Nine Dragons in Division 2, Andrew and Pauline Dally basking in their first major win since buying the former Exile.

Maxi Beau Geste lining up for Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race  12-Dec-2014
The addition this week of Karl Kwok’s 80 foot maxi Beau Geste to the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race starting line-up is the event’s first big boat entry for a number of years, and a very real threat to Wild Oats IX’s longstanding course record.

Roger Hickman named CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year  12-Dec-2014
Roger Hickman has been named the Ocean Racer of the Year by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, at a gala cocktail party hosted at the Club this evening. The CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards recognises yachting excellence for the twelve month period of July 2013-July 2014 and Hickman’s win caps off a stellar 12 months for the owner of Wild Rose, a Farr 43.

Students learn how to stay afloat during boat building workshop  11-Dec-2014
Students from six schools converged on a boat-building workshop at Howden at the weekend to learn the finer points of boat building with an emphasis on safety and teamwork. Their aim is to win the Quick ’n’ Dirty Boatbuilding Challenge at the upcoming MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

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