Living large at Hamilton Island Race Week

You don’t have to scratch far below the surface of the Hamilton Island Cruising classes at Hamilton Island Race Week to realise that it’s unwise to draw comparisons between the speed and performance of these boats with the bluewater experience of the owners and…

Boating Industry Association Builds upon its Management Team

Boating Industry Association’s new General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Neil Patchett Boating Industry Association President Darren Vaux today announced the appointment of Neil Patchett to the association’s new role of General Manager Policy and Advocacy. Mr Vaux said Neil was passionate about boating and…

2019 Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race

The 2019 Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race began in champagne conditions on the morning of Saturday August 3rd.  A good, fresh breeze and blue skies greeted the ten entrants as they jostled for position on the start line in front of Stokes Hill…

Faecal Events

How blue whales fertilise the Southern Ocean Australian Antarctic Division microbiologist, Dr Elanor Bell is a specialist in ocean chemistry – the teeming, microscopic world of microbes in the water column. Dr Elanor Bell on ENRICH (Lyn Irvine/CSIRO/Australian Antarctic Division) As a key member…

Iconic 18-footer Britannia turns 100

As Bruce Stannard described in his article in June AFLOAT, the 18-footer Britannia turns 100 in November. Britannia is one of very few survivors of the Golden Age of 18-footer sailing in the first half of the 20th Century. Britannia…

RSYS Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has seen significant growth in the area of women’s sailing in the last five years.  Building on this success over the October Long Weekend the club will be staging its inaugural “Ladies of the Sea” Coaching Regatta. This two day event…