Lisa's epic bid to solitary-sail and non-stop around Antarctica It sounds like a frigid and inhospitable contrast to where Ms Blair started her yachting career, working in the Whitsunday Islands on boat charters during university holidays. "I just bent the challenge of pitting yourself against the environment," she

Australia courting threat with the Great Barrier Reef The Queensland Tourism Activity Council, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association and Sink Queensland had all expressed “grave concerns” about the effects of the dredge-dumping plan on their 



Banjos Shoreline Dominion Series Bellerive Regatta - Overall report - Sail World

The 11th event of the Banjos Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta over the 13th to 15th February incorporated the usual variety of weather conditions the occurrence has become famous for. Typically competitors in the keel boat and off the beach classes are given a mix of calm to 20 knots supplementary, with this year being no exception. The keel boats got underway with a Friday night twilight race in a 10 – 15 knot north-easterly, with the big gun TP52 Cougar II blasting surrounding the course to finish in less than 35 minutes. Saturday’s races were delayed for more than two hours while waiting for some wind to play, the predicted north-easterly never appeared, with a five - ten knots southerly gradually building and allowing several races for all classes to be completed. The SB20 convoy of 14 were using the regatta for a warm up for their Tasmanian and then Australian Championships to be held on the River Derwent in early March. Their fastest separate of the day was the long kite run from their race area down near the Garrow Light to the host Bellerive Yacht Club, who had set up a temporary floating marina specifically for the SB20s for the regatta. Sunday started off with the predicted 10 secure north-easterly, but gradually built gusting to over 20 knots at times, with the conditions producing an embarrassing nosey and tip over for the crew of the F18 catamaran wicked, being caught by the ever present lens of Tasmanian yachting... An innovation of the regatta this year was the eatables of a large marquee in which to house the entertainment, eating areas, and presentations. The marquee was a popular spot to avoid the rain and drizzle on Saturday when over 10mm of come down in buckets was recorded. At the conclusion of the presentations, the annual Charter Yachts Australia draw for a five night bareboat license on the sailing catamaran Top Cat a Seawind 1000XL in the Whitsundays was held, with a condition of the draw being that you had to be in attendance to claim the prize. After a marathon spectacle which lasted almost two hours covering the off the beach classes and the keel boats, the crowd had to endure 7 names being pinched before a valid winner was determined, with Andrew Davison being the lucky winner this year. Planning for next year’s regatta will start with a debrief to pinch any lessons learnt from this year, but the competitors who spoke at the presentations were unanimous in the appreciation of the efforts put in by the club and the many volunteers to set up the regatta a success. Emirates Team New Zealand have downplayed rumours in the New Zealand media and social media that extended time skipper, Dean Barker, was about to leave the team. The lines appear to be coming from US sources and are linked to a split second rumour surrounding the Italian Luna Rossa team that one of their helmsman will be exited to make way for the New Zealander. The eastbound evidence of the Barcelona World Race is a long, long one - from Cheminées Poujoulat which is approaching the mid-point of the Pacific, about to pass into Chilean waters tomorrow, to Psyche of Hungary 4000 miles back which is anticipating their passage of Cape Leeuwin. Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, was on the nurture again to capture the best of the action in Race 3 for the JJ Giltinan Trophy - the unofficial World Championship for 18ft skiffs. Fresh NE breezes prevailed for the horse-race, calling for smaller rigs and fast rides After Race 3 in the JJ Giltinan Trophy, Nic Douglass caught up with several competitors in the series.

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