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Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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Jimmi the Magician

Well-known Aussie yachtie James “Jimmi the Magician” Doherty found himself with a bad ticker yesterday after delivering a boat from Japan to LA for the Transpac, and one of his friends has asked a special favor of the SoCal anarchists: Go and see this legend and talk yachting while he recovers from an emergency heart valve replacement.

No one has done more Melbourne Osaka races, and he usually delivers back to Oz singlehanded.  He’s sailed tall ships, fast boats you all know, and everything in between; even sailed a square rigger to Siberia with a Russian crew.  Jimmi has hundreds of thousands of miles delivering, and lives on his half-tonner in Australia.

His friends wrote that “Jimmi is by himself and now faces another 10 days in hospital alone, and another 3 weeks before he can fly  back to Oz.  If any sailors nearby feel like dropping in to Cedar Sinai Hospital in LA to go and talk sailing for a half hour, it would do wonders for him.  He is the real deal.”

Photo thanks to Tak Yamakasi.

June 16th, 2017 by admin

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Drone shot of MC38 by Bob Fowler

Mcconaghy’s MC38 is yet another bit of proof that a beautiful design and good value don’t mean shit when it comes to selling boats. We raved about the super sportyacht when she first launched, but without an organized international marketing plan and the ridiculous ouster of  Jono Morris, the quick one-design never caught on outside of Sydney.  It is also worth mentioning that the idiots who now run Mcconaghy won’t even return our e-mails regarding advertising with us. A sad state of affairs of a once great builder

Fortunately for some of New South Wales’ best-known team owners and the hotshot pros and amateurs they fill them up with, most of the boats ended up racing in a nice little fleet in and around Sydney, and Bob Fowler caught this shot of one of them during the first MC38 Winter Series event in Pittwater over the weekend.  Croaky took the win with Maserati.

A long, weird video from the regatta is over here.

May 9th, 2017 by admin

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Dogs can be bogans too! Check out this playful animal going after a tiger shark in the Torres Strait, Queensland.  Battle for best caption in the thread.

December 31st, 2016 by admin

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We have not gone easy on the CYCA and Rolex over the years for the less-than-impressive Rolex Sydney Hobart coverage the world usually sees on boxing day.  That makes us even more excited to be able to say this year “WELL DONE, AUSTRALIA!”

Why’s that?  Because the Channel 7/CYCA feed looked great, sounded great, and streamed live on Youtube for the world’s bored sailors to geek out on while avoiding family at Christmas.  They still think they own the water, but let’s tackle one issue at a time.  Meanwhile, SA’er ‘forss’ has created a super simple tracker using the WindyTV streamlines, so if you prefer something less hungry than the official tracker, you can find the SA’er version here.  Latest news in the thread.

December 25th, 2016 by admin

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Get the inside stories, the boat tours, and whatever else Nic Douglass can come up with, LIVE from the Sydney Hobart Race.  For details on Nic’s program, click here.


December 25th, 2016 by admin

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We love the attitude on this nearly crushed spectator boat as the five-boat SOLAS Big Boat Challenge gets rolling; listen closely for best effect.  For full, stable, HD video of the race, check out the 18 footers guys over here. The Sailor Girl did her own live thang over here.

December 13th, 2016 by admin

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It’s been a shitty start to racing at Hamilton Island Race Week with slim-to-fuck-all breeze for the biggest fleet ever assembled for Australia’s biggest offshore regatta.  Fortunately there’s plenty to see and do in tropical paradise, and whalewatching was clearly the drug of choice for many during the calms.  Nic Douglass grabbed this shot and there are plenty more on Adventures of a Sailor Girl here.  Clicky to hear Nic’s interviews from today.

August 23rd, 2016 by admin

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Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere?  Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour.  Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team?  You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.


March 6th, 2016 by admin

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With four races sailed and the fifth one live right now, the 2016 JJ Giltinan’s got just two more days to go before we learn whether the Seven era is truly over.  Meanwhile, two entries – Lumix and The Black Dog were Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 12.33.52 PMboth killed off yesterday by non-competitors (including a Farr 40 racing their Worlds nearby).  For the full story, a look at the damage and a preview of Race 5, go here.

For picture galleries, Pick the Podium contest, and detailed results, here.


February 17th, 2016 by admin

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A new eye is sometimes the best antidote to a stale look, and the newest droners to enter the sailing scene have an interesting take on the Moth Aussie Nationals earlier this month in Perth.  Learn more about Perth’s Skyworks WA here, and congrats to longtime SA’er Josh McKnight on yet another title.


January 25th, 2016 by admin



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