18 Footers: The Winning Family, the Winning Way

The ongoing success of Australia’s iconic 128-year-old sport of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, owes much to the incredible action and support of John (Woody) Winning, the Winning family and the Winning family’s business. John (Woody) Winning and John (Herman)…

The Traditional Japanese Spa

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. WARNING: If strong language offends you, read no further I wasn’t keen on the idea, but there was no way out.

The Almost Fatal Shore

How Endeavour survived shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef Bruce Stannard continues his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of HM Bark Endeavour. HM Bark Endeavour Mount Warning. Painting by Oswald Brett At noon on June 12, 1770, the…

What might have been

On its 50th anniversary, David Salter recalls the most controversial race in Australian America’s Cup sailing history. Every Australian aged 45 or more can remember the outburst of national euphoria in September 1983 when we won the America’s Cup to end…

Lofty Lives

Or How to Improve Your Putting Words by Dorian Mode. Photography Lydia Thorpe What’s been your big project in lockdown? I love vintage boats. My previous vessel – a sound craft with a slight tendency to sink – was a big…

The Spirit of Sailing and The Sea

A collection of interesting and evocative quotes compiled by David Salter “On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t gybe just yet…” There’s much fun to be had searching this photo in detail for clues as to how the crew of the Swan…

Dragon Flite DF 95 Sailing Championship 2020

Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the 2020 Dragon Flite (DF 95) Queensland championships on behalf of the QRYA on the Gold Coast at Emerald Lakes on the 1st and 2nd of August. Initial entries fell slightly due to covid restrictions; however,…

Queensland’s Golden Days

With the Brisbane 18 Footers’ Sailing Club celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020, it’s a good time to reflect on the ‘golden days’ of Queensland’s 18 Footer racing when they made such a significant contribution to the development and achievements in the sport. Queensland 18…

The Legend of Geoff

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. Before pirates became fashionable, Geoff was the archetype. He had weathered, hawk-like features with a dramatic widow’s peak and a gold…

Warra-Warra-Wai not a welcome but a war cry

Bruce Stannard continues his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of HM Bark Endeavour, with an account of his historic voyage northbound on the eastern coast of New Holland. “History is facts that in the end become lies;…