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Posts Tagged ‘sydney’

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Sydney’s sailing scene adds another sad bit of news today with the passing of a true Harbour legend.  Roger Hickman won the Hobart last year and was a long time sailing crew with recently passed yachting icon Bob Oatley, but he’ll be remembered more for the hundreds of young sailors he helped inspire and mentor to become offshore racers.  From the Daily Telegraph:

Just over two months after skipper Roger Hickman collapsed at the end of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, one of Australia’s greatest ocean racers has passed away.  The Sydney skipper, 61, contested his 37th Sydney to Hobart on his yacht Wild Rose in December. But just hours after the finish of the race he collapsed and was rushed to hospital in Hobart where numerous brain tumours were discovered.

“He was well loved and a special man,’’ said long-time friend and sailor Matt Allen, president of Australian Sailing.

Look for more info or share your thoughts about the indomitable Hicko in here.  Video interview above from our 2013 Hobart coverage in conjunction with McConaghy Boats.

 

March 1st, 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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Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 8.05.07 AMOur most sincere condolences to Valerie, Sandy, Ian and Ros and the extended family of Bob Oatley, who died on Sunday morning.  Of course we all know Bob is the man behind the Wild Oats line of racing yachts as well as wines, islands, and much more, but we loved him for his no-bullshit attitude and a commitment to the sport that’s legendary.

Get into the thread and share your own Oatley story here.

 

January 10th, 2016 by admin

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Nic the Sailor Girl is blowin’ it out of the water down at the CYCA for the live, Sydney-Hobart Pre-game show, starting now!  Everyone wants to talk to the Sailor Girl, so get ready for piles of interviews as the crews get ready for Australia’s signature race.  And refresh this page often for info about watching the live streamed Yahoo7! coverage of the start; we’ll let you know how to watch it no matter where you are.

 

December 25th, 2015 by admin

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A breezy day on Sydney Harbour meant some mast-washing for Pierre Pennec and the Lino Sonego X40 team today; Sydney’s time zone is perfect for live action for US West Coasters, starting at 0030 ET/2130 PT today.  We don’t know who’s winning the season or, frankly, which teams are racing, and the X40 broadcast is usually pretty weak, but with a solid forecast for tonight (Saturday afternoon local) and more chances for carnage, we’ll be taking a look.

 

 

December 11th, 2015 by admin

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Seve and team on Gotta Love It 7 may have clinched their record-setting 8th JJ championship, but the fight for the podium is still on during this final day of broadcasting for the 2015 18 footer Worlds.  Will Howie Hamlin get the first US podium in more than a decade after winning race 6 on Saturday?  Clicky play and tune in live above.  Nic Douglass did some killer interviews with Howie and most of the boat park yesterday – click here for that noise.

 

February 21st, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 1.24.40 PMWhile the world’s sailing media is reporting an Antipodean battle between Sydney and Auckland for the right to host the “America’s Cup Qualifiers”, it emerged this morning that Sydney has most likely lost it to the Kiwis, meaning ETNZ should have the funding soon to get their challenge really rolling.  Did the Harbour ever have a real shot, or do they join Rome, Newport, and San Diego as yet another pawn in Coutts’ repeat-as-needed negotiating program?

Premier Mike Baird’s events team has been slammed for “wasting everyone’s time” after it let the opportunity to stage prestigious America’s Cup races on Sydney Harbour slip away to Auckland.

The America’s Cup organisers are set to award the qualifier races to New Zealand after Sydney’s events tsar, Destination NSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase, told them she needed another eight weeks to make a decision on whether to lodge a formal bid.

It is believed Auckland secured the event — which organisers estimated could have attracted 40,000 international visitors and 15,000 domestic tourists to Sydney — for less than $10 million.

“For this opportunity not to be treated seriously is just a massive waste of everyone’ time and a missed chance,’’ said veteran promoter Tony Cochrane, who was trying to generate interest from Sydney.  “This is not how world-class event organisations operate when it comes to securing what is clearly a world-class event.”  Opposition Leader Luke Foley said he feared the government had been “asleep at the wheel”. “We have to show we are hungry for these lucrative money spinners otherwise you miss the boat,’’ Mr Foley said.

Read on, and shout about it in America’s Cup Anarchy here.  Tip o’ the hat to previously self-exiled but recently returned AC Anarchy addict “Stingray”.

 

February 16th, 2015 by admin

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Nic Douglass spins up the final radio show of her twenties, guiding you through the big names of sailing last week.  Happy Birthday to one of sailing’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders, and be sure to check out the show if you dig match racing, one-design racing, extreme 40s, and the pointy end of the JJ Giltinan fleet.  Here’s the guide:

“Sailing news in sixty seconds” (03:05)
Mat Belcher, Australian Sailing Team (05:58)
David Chapman, MC38 Ginger (13:45)
Jason Waterhouse, Red Bull Racing (21:23)
Ian Williams, GAC Pindar 2014/15 WMRT champion  (29:06)
Scott Babbage, Gotta Love It 7 (37:00)
Howie Hamlin and Team America (40:38)
Seve Jarvin, Gotta Love It 7 (45:02)
John “Woody” Winning, Yandoo (47:48)
Michael Coxon, Thurlow Fischer Lawyers (51:05)
“Sailor Girl rap” (55:48)

 

February 16th, 2015 by admin

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Every February means the 18 Footer Worlds, and for the second year in a row, it’s all being streamed live on Youtube.  Head over to Nic Douglass’ Youtube page for some great interviews with the teams earlier in the day and her Facebook Page for content throughout the week, and click the player above to see if Seve Jarvin and the Gotta Love It 7 boys can break the all-time record and take their 8th JJ Giltinan title.

You’ll have an hour or two of great live HD racing action every night for the next week, all anchored by fun commentary from our ultra-knowledgeable friends Killo and Heeley.  Full entry list here.

 

February 13th, 2015 by admin

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SAILING - Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2014 - Start in Sydney

UPDATE: Yahoo!7 has finally sorted out its shit and the full replay of the start of the Hobart Race is up in all its glory.  And now that you can click past the commercials, it’s a pretty awesome spectacle, and other than the SD quality, the production is just fine.

It’s almost like Yahoo!7 is a decade behind in digital thinking, assuming that the world should be grateful for a stuttery, low-res feed that doesn’t even start on time, and we really can’t understand how the normally brand-aware Rolex allows such a crappy broadcast partner to mess their pristine image up for the world to see.  At least Andrea Francolini is still making beautiful shots like the one above, and Nic Douglass’s two-hour start commentary is massively entertaining – it’s not everyday your commentary comes between bouts of feeding the fishes.

In the race itself, Wild Oats is beginning to shine in the lighter breeze down the course, and now’s the time for the skinny maxi to build as big a lead as she can before the big monster comes blast reaching again later tonight. Track ‘em here.

With a big bad fleet like this one, only a Big Audio Dynamite song is appropriate for inspiration.

Latest news in the thread.

 

December 25th, 2014 by admin

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