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Malaspina Regatta one for the history books

The 23rd annual Malaspina Regatta went off a day later than expected, but good things came to those who waited as the race was one for the history books.

A total of 18 boats were registered for the race on Saturday, June 30, but inclement weather postponed the race to Canada Day, July 1.

Unfortunately a number of skippers were unable to commit to sailing as they had previous plans, but Sunday, however, proved to be the right decision, weather wise, and the 15 boats that did show up for the race were met by a steady 10 to 15 knot south-easterly wind perfect for a great day of racing.

The 10 nautical mile triangular course, which began between Martin and Pearson islands just outside the entrance to Pender Harbour, took the boats out to a mark at Hospital Reef before heading up to Acland Rock off Nelson Island, and then returning to the finish.

All the boats got away to a good start with Peregrine, skippered by David Twentyman, being the first across the start line.

The initial leg saw the fleet gradually stretch out, with the trimaran Drifter, skippered by Ron Badley, rounding the first mark ahead of Wings II, skippered by Andy Paulus, with Avanti, skippered by Dave Zuest, and BC Navigator, skippered by Tom Barker, hot on his heels.

The next leg, which is usually a spinnaker run, proved too much for most skippers who chose to play it safe, and only Frendy, skippered by Charlie Park, and Seven, skippered by Dave Pritchard, raised their chutes.

This proved to be a challenge for the crew of Frendy, who found their spinnaker hour-glassed, and in the strong winds and rough sea state, it took them valuable time to clear.

As the fleet were about halfway down this leg, there was the added excitement of a slow-moving tug with a log boom in tow. This resulted in about half the boats passing ahead while some had to make a slight detour around the end of the boom. Frendy’s troubles were not over as they had problems dousing their chute rounding Acland Rock, which resulted in three boats passing them.

The final leg, which is also the longest, proved to be the toughest as the boats tacked back and forth against the tide and metre high waves. Some skippers decided to pass to the east of Hodgson and Pearson islands, hoping to find quieter conditions, while most tacked back out into Malaspina Straits.

The first boat across the line, for the second year in a row, was Drifter. The first overall on corrected time was awarded to Paulus, who is to be commended for single-handing his Ariel 48-footer Wings II to victory.

The division winners were: ‘AA’ Dave Zuest, ‘A’ – Paulus, ‘B’ Pritchard and ‘C’ Keith Muir in Matilda. See all the results in the sports ticker on page 56.

It was by all accounts the best race in the 23 years of the Malaspina Regatta and it was the only time that there has been a postponement.


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Corporate landlubbers take to the water for vulnerable children

Front right, David Fogg, of Waramanga, sailing on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra to support disadvantaged children and young people. Photo: Melissa Adams

A collection of land-loving builders, lawyers and accountants piled into sailing boats on Thursday to raise money for a community program supporting vulnerable children.

Communities at Work chief executive Lynne Harwood said she hoped the regatta would raise close to $2000 for the Buoyed Up sailing program, which has catered for more than 600 vulnerable children in the last two years.  

“The program is about getting young people who are disengaged from mainstream school to have a sailing experience which also combines educational outcomes,” she said.

“We don’t get any government funding to do this program so it’s about raising the funds to support children.”

After  pre-drinks on the lawns of the Canberra Yacht Club and some competitive banter, the corporate and construction workers assembled for a light-hearted race around the lake.

Ms Harwood said the Buoyed Up program worked with teachers to help build disadvantaged primary students’ self-esteem, motor skills, resilience, teamwork and environmental knowledge.

“The Canberra Yacht Club and sailors have brought their own boats and sold them to corporates for a team bonding experience,” she said.

“We have a wonderful partnership from the Canberra Yacht Club and get funding from Yachting Australia and a whole group of business people who are sailors in their own right.”

Ms Harwood said sailing was traditionally seen as an elite sport so the program targeted children from schools in Richardson, Isabella Plains, Bonython, Ngunnawal, and Palmerston.

“We have found that not only were the kids more engaged in the act of sailing but they were also more engaged in their schooling as a result of the program,” she said.

One corporate buying a spot in the boat was David Fogg, from ProStyle Building Group, who became involved in the program after being prompted by a former client.

“At the end of the day this is about being involved in the community and  that’s what we’ve been trying to convey to some of our building friends who have a similar outlook on giving back to the community,” he said.

Mr Fogg, who was formerly  president of the Housing Industry Association in the ACT, said being involved in community projects was an important responsibility for all supporters of the sailing program. 

“When you see the kids out there, which I have done a few times, it is fantastic as you really do see the excitement and enthusiasm in their eyes,” he said.  

Ms Harwood said a University of Canberra report found the program provided tangible benefits for  students and schools.

“Instrumental to this program is the willingness of the teachers to disrupt normal daily routine in order to provide a unique opportunity for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” read the university’s report.

“While the program alone has not been responsible for improving academic performance, the children involved appear to be more engaged in school and often use their sailing experiences in the classroom environment as a reference point for some of the activities and task requirements.” 

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Whelan, Van Drew introduce bill for a boat sales tax cap



Employees work on a 92-foot-long Viking Yacht.

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:54 pm

Whelan, Van Drew introduce bill for a boat sales tax cap


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State Senators Jeff Van Drew and Jim Whelan introduced legislation Wednesday that would cap sales and use taxes on non-commercial boats.

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      EFG Bank win toughest leg of EFG Sailing Arabia from Abu Dhabi to Doha

      EFG Bank (Monaco)’s winning streak continues as Sidney Gavignet and his mixed Omani and European team notch up another leg win from Abu Dhabi to Doha to edge closer to defending their EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour title.

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      Oman Sail’s vision to develop the region’s sailing talent and reignite the rich maritime heritage has become a reality thanks to EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. Every leg of this event is designed to encourage sailing across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) by showcasing local role models and motivating youngsters to participate in the sport. The three Omanis onboard the winning boat EFG Bank (Monaco), Mohammed Al Mujaini, Abdull Rahman Al Mashari, and Abdallah Al Shukaili, are proof of just how Oman Sail’s concept has become a reality.

      Defending champion, Gavignet, and his all-star team including the Omanis and world-class sailors Damian Foxall, Alex Pella, and Nicolas Lunven, are unstoppable. In winds that reached 25kts, they increased their lead overnight and, by the time a shortened course was signaled at Gate 3, they had built up nearly two-miles over second placed Team Renaissance.

      Gavignet commented: “This was the toughest leg ever in the history of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. It was breezy into headwinds all the way, and we had up to 1.5m waves, which is quite something for the Farr 30s.”

      Commenting on how Team EFG Bank (Monaco) keeps up the momentum on such a long, overnight leg, Gavignet added: “We keep the same speed but we do lots of rotation onboard and no crew is ever on watch for more than two hours, so this helps keep up the speed and avoids struggle when fatigue sets in.”

      Fahad Al Hasni and Team Renaissance are noted for their consistent performance during this event. This mostly Omani team, with the exception of British team member Philippe Falle as navigator, sailed a good tactical race and took second. The turning point in the race was when they took a risk. Al Hasni, commented: “We made a decision to separate from the fleet out to the right 10 miles away from the other boats and at midnight we crossed tacks ahead of Sidney. We were playing the shifts all the time and it really paid off. We then, however, had a problem with the clew outhaul (mainsail fitting) that separated from the boom so we stopped for 10 minutes and EFG Bank got ahead again. We are, however, thrilled to have finished second.”

      Gavignet’s closest threat this week is the UK based Team Averda skippered by Marcel Herrera. Herrera, a veteran of the Tour, and runner up to Gavignet in 2014, maintained second position on Leg 5 in the early stages but Renaissance were ahead at the shortened course finish line. “It was very tough and a real test of endurance and stamina. We fought to hold onto our second place but in the early hours, just before the finish, Renaissance managed to just get ahead and keep their boat going a little bit faster, so well done to Fahad and the guys.

      Mary Rook and her all-female team on Al Thuraya (Oman) had a good start but were rolled on the first stretch and ended up well down the fleet. Never a team to miss an opportunity to fight back however, they played the shifts, clawed their way back up the fleet and eventually finished a creditable fourth. Wouter Sonnema and his team on Delft Challenge were always in contention in third position in the early stages of the leg but had to settle for fifth at the finish.

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