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Minister for Sport christens latest addition to Australian Sailing Team fleet
Minister for Sport, the Honourable Kate Ellis MP, christened the Australian Sailing Teams newest 470 at an informal ceremony at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
The minister joined Beijing Olympic Games Gold medallist Malcolm Page, crew Mathew Belcher and coach Victor Kovalenko to christen the most recent addition to the AST fleet.
Page and Belcher continued the tradition of naming Australia’s 470 men’s boats after Nicole Kidman movies, with this one to be known as ‘BMX Bandit.’
The pair will compete in the boat throughout their campaign for a Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Yachting Australia Roadshow to spread the word on range of new initiatives
Yachting Australia is hosting a series of Roadshows for Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres in Queensland and New South Wales in the next month to outline a range of new initiatives being introduced.
Yachting Australia is working to continuously enhance the products and services that are provided to affiliated and recognised organisations. Many of these products and services are designed to be delivered through State and Territory Yachting Associations (MYAs), whilst some are now offered directly.
Recently Yachting Australia has been developing a number of new programs which will be of benefit to Yacht Clubs, Class Associations and Yachting Australia Training Centres. The programs are designed to support and enhance existing operations, improve services for members and customers, and provide new revenue streams.
The Yachting Australia Roadshow is a presentation night aimed at introducing these new initiatives, answering questions and providing attendees with an insight into how their organisation can benefit.
CEO Phil Jones said that the Roadshow will give Yachting Australia a chance to provide information to the yachting community on the services it offers.
“Yachting Australia has been working hard behind the scenes over the last year to put together a series of initiatives which will benefit organisations across the country. The Yachting Australia Roadshow will enable us to communicate all of these initiatives at the one time,” he said.
“While initially we’ll be rolling the roadshow out in Queensland and New South Wales, it’s our intention to look at the interest from other states and head there further down the track,” said Jones.
Topics to be covered will include the new Yachting Australia merchandise program in association with SLAM, IT platforms including MyClub and the On-Line Entry System, along with additional services for members.
The future direction of the sport will be discussed with a look at the Yachting Australia Strategic Plan, Training and Participation initiatives and a Sports Services snapshot.
The Queensland event will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Wednesday November 25 at 7.30pm, immediately after the Yachting Queensland AGM, while the New South Wales event will be at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Tuesday December 1 at 7.30pm.
Those that register online by folowwing the below links will go into the draw for a framed and signed Australian Sailing Team image with a prize to be awarded at both the Queensland and New South Wales events.
Rating Certificate Cut-Off Times
Boats seeking IRC and ORCi certificates for December should note cut-off times for submitting applications to Yachting Australia.
Yacht owners are reminded of the IRC customer service guidelines from the RORC Ratng Office and Yachting Australia:
· Regular IRC applications typically take 10 business days for turn around
· IRC certificates required in less than ten days will be charged as EPF which is double the normal application fee.
· Unfortunately IRC certificates cannot be turned around in less than 5 business days.
To meet the cut-off for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, IRC applications will need to be submitted to Yachting Australia as follows:
· Close of business Tuesday 8 December 2009 for regular applications
· Close of business Tuesday 15 December 2009 for EPF applications
Applications received after these dates may not have their certificates delivered until the New Year.
Yacht owners are advised to plan ahead and make arrangements with IRC or ORCi Measurers well in advance to avoid problems closer to the race cut-off times. To get contact details of Measurers boat owners can refer to the Yachting Australia website or contact its office at any time.
If applications are likely to come through toward the above closing dates, it is recommended to advise Glen Stanaway at Yachting Australia so that the RORC Rating Office and Yachting Australia staff can set aside capacity and make allowances accordingly.
For more information please contact Glen Stanaway at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 02 8424 7408.
Information regarding the nomination and selection for the Australian team for the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games
Yachting Australia has released the policy for the nomination and selection of sailing representatives to represent Australia at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games
The must be read in conjunction with’ ISAF Qualification System – 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010’.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore from 14-26 August 2010. The sailing events will be held in the following classes:
· Boys Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293);
· Girls Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293);
· Boys One Person Dinghy (Byte CII); and
· Girls One Person Dinghy (Byte CII).
To be eligible athletes must be born between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1995.
Nomination and Selection Process
There are three components to the Youth Olympic Games Nomination and Selection Process:
1. Qualifying the National Olympic Committee, in this case the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for a place/s at the Youth Olympic Games;
2. Gaining nomination by Yachting Australia to the AOC; and
3. Selection by the AOC for the Youth Olympic Games.
The Australian Youth Championships to be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club, SA from 6-10 January 2010 will be the Continental Qualifier for Oceania for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Oceania comprises Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Cook Islands, FSo Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti , Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Continental Qualifier for Oceania will take place in the following Events:
· Boys Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293);
· Girls Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293);
· Boys One Person Dinghy (Laser 4.7); and
· Girls One Person Dinghy (Laser 4.7).
There is a maximum of two places available per Event for Oceania. However, there is a maximum of one male and one female athlete per NOC for all the Events e.g. if Australia qualified athletes in all four Events, Australia would only be able to send one female and one male athlete.
For the full selection policy please see the below two linked documents.
Public Comment on Commercial Vessel Standards
Yachting Australia would like to remind all interested persons that public comment is being sought by the National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) on various matters relating to commercial vessels.
The NMSC is responsible for the development of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV). Public comment is being sought on the NSCV as follows:
a) NSCV – Part F Section 2 – Leisure craft (specifying safety requirements for the design, construction and operation of leisure craft)
b) NSCV – Part C Section 7, Subsection 7A – Safety Equipment (specifying requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, stowage, marking and scale of safety equipment to be carried on vessels)
Comment on either discussion paper should be in written form using the public comment form provided where appropriate. Completed comment forms may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the NMSC Secretariat by the respective closure date.
Those that make a comment directly to the NMSC Secretariat are asked to please send a copy to Chris Kameen (email@example.com) to ensure that all relevant points are covered.
Yachting Australia will be making comment on this draft standard, and any person wishing to have their views considered as part of that comment should submit their views to Chris Kameen by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
EOI for Support Staff - OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team - 2010
Yachting Australia is calling for expressions of interest for support staff for the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team for the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games 2010.
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships 2010 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from the 8th – 17th July 2010. The Youth World Championships will be contested in the following classes – RS-X Boys and Girls, Laser Radial Boys and Girls, 420 Boys and Girls, Sirena SL16 Open and 29er Open.
The Australian Youth Sailing Team, including support staff will be announced on Monday 8th February 2010.
The appointed Team Leader/Coaches will be required to participate in the following activities unencumbered of other personal or professional commitments.
(* Program to be confirmed)
Please forward expressions of interest noting particular areas of expertise, along with a copy of the following:
to Donna Jones (email@example.com) at Yachting Australia by 20 November 2009.
OAMPS INSURANCE BROKERS AUSTRALIAN YOUTH SAILING TEAM 2010
APPLICATION FORM FOR SUPPORT STAFF
(This document must be supported by a brief resume, working with children check, power boat licence and YA membership number.)
2. LIST YOUR NCAS COACHING ACCREDITATION QUALIFICATIONS
3. ARE YOU ATTENDING THE 2010 AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONHIPS IN ADELAIDE?
4. LIST UP TO SIX (6) ATHLETES WHO YOU ARE CURRENTLY COACHING THAT WILL BE COMPETING AT THE AYC.
5. WHICH CLASSES WOULD BE YOUR PREFERRED CLASSES TO COACH AT THE YOUTH WORLDS?
6. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR EXPECTED DAILY REMUNERATION SHOULD YOU BE SELECTED?
Australian Sports Commission Media Awards 2009 - Finalists
The Australian Sports Commission Media Awards — now in its eighth year — celebrates analytical and insightful presentation of sport and sporting issues by journalists, broadcasters and photographers.
Finalists have now been announced for the following Awards categories:
1. Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Sports Journalism
2. Best Reporting of an Issue in Australian Sport
3. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport - by an organisation
4. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport - by an individual
5. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach - broadcast media
6. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach - print media
7. Best Sports Journalism from Rural, Regional or Suburban Media
8. Best Journalism on Community Sport
9. Best Sports Photography
10. Best Sports Journalism by a Student
This year the ASC Media Awards presentation gala dinner will be at Crown Casino (Southbank, Melbourne) on Thursday 3 December 2009.
Tickets for the presentation gala dinner are now on sale. To purchase tickets to the event please download the ticket order form.
Excellence in sailing recognised at 2009 Australian Yachting Awards
The winners of the 2009 Australian Yachting Awards have been announced at a gala event at Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria.
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold medalists Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page were named Male Sailor of the Year following their victory in the 470 class which saw them dominate the competition on the biggest stage to win the Gold medal with a race in hand. The pair had dominated the 470 class for a number of years with their Gold medal capping off a partnership which encompassed two Olympic Games campaigns and three World Championships.
Fellow Gold medalists and 470 competitors Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson won the Female Sailor of the Year Award after their impressive performance in the light winds of Qingdao. Rechichi and Parkinson overcame adversity on their way to the Gold medal after Rechichi fought back from being struck down by a debilitating illness with their single-minded determination, skill and attention to detail culminating in the now famous victory.
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers Youth Sailor of the Year Award was won by 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Laser Radial victor Gabrielle King. The New South Wales sailor won back to back Youth World Championship titles and now has her sights set on the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Sailor of the Year with a Disability Award was shared by Brisbane’s Daniel Fitzgibbon and Perth’s Rachael Cox, who won a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Fitzgibbon and Cox’s fine performance in China was due to the determination and hard work put in by the pair with Cox moving across the country to join Fitzgibbon in Brisbane to dedicate the time required to train.
Yachting Victoria’s Go Sailing program was acknowledged for its success with the Sport Promotion Award. The Go Sailing program continues to go from strength to strength, giving newcomers to sailing a taste of the sport.
The Australian Sailing Team’s head coach Victor Kovalenko received the Sport Professional Award. Kovalenko is aptly nicknamed the ‘medal maker’ and this was true once again at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where Kovalenko coached Australia’s 470 men’s and women’s crews to Gold medals.
Richard Grubb, a member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, received the 2009 Volunteer Award. Richard has worked tirelessly with the CYCA for more than 25 years and is the club’s official race starter and a honourary Life Member.
Yachting Australia President Andrew Plympton announced the 2009 President’s Award with it shared between Victor Kovalenko and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Trust.
Kovalenko has been instrumental in the continued success of the Australian Sailing Team and has worked with the country’s leading Olympic class sailors since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, winning four Gold medals in the 470 class along the way. As head coach, Victor was heavily involved with the establishment of the Australian Sailing Team in 2006, has commented himself 100% to his adopted country and is an inspiration to all who work with him.
The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trust was established by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia following the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race and was set up to assist the immediate family of those lost at sea during sanctioned races, provide assistance to search and rescue organizations and foster research and training to improve procedures for use at sea. The SOLAS Trust continues to do amazing work around Australia and is a worthy recipient of the President’s Award.
Guests at the 2009 Australian Yachting Awards included Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates AC, Australian Sports Commission CEO Matt Miller and more than 200 special guests.
For more information visit www.yachting.org.au.
A celebration of the lives of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon
The families of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon wish to advise those who would like to help celebrate the lives of Andrew (Shorty) and Sally (Sal) are invited to do so at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), 1 New Beach Road, Darling Point, on Tuesday October 20 from 2.00pm onwards.
The entire Club will be opened to family and friends attending the Celebration.
It is the wish of Sally’s family that she is laid to rest privately, with only her family in attendance, on Friday October 16.
Andrew Short’s family will lay Andrew to rest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Road (adjacent to Hyde Park), Sydney, on Tuesday October 20, at 10.30am. His friends are welcome to come and pay their respects.
As a mark of respect, the CYCA burgee will be flown at half-mast on Friday October 16 and on Tuesday October 20.
For those who cannot attend, but would like to send tributes to Andrew and Sally, you may do so to by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be read out at the Celebration.
Sally and Andrew’s family have requested that in lieu of floral tributes they would be most grateful if such gestures be directed as donations to the CYCA SOLAS Trusts or CYCA Youth Sailing Academy. For further details on how to make a donation please contact Nina McKinnon via email email@example.com
For information on CYCA SOLAS Trusts please go to http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=2490 or CYCA Youth Sailing Academy http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=1270
Outteridge aiming to be first Australian to win renowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
The Australian Sailing Team’s Nathan Outteridge has been nominated for the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. The dual 49er World Champion is up against the World’s top sailors for the award which will be announced in Busan, Korea, on 10 November, 2009.
Outteridge has had an incredible 12 months, winning all three 49er regattas he has competed in with new crew Iain Jensen, including the 49er World Championship and two ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, finishing second at both the 29er World Championship and Moth World Championship and sailing as tactician in the Farr 40 World Championship.
“I think being able to win the 49er Worlds back to back with a new crew has to be the major highlight of the year for me,” said Outteridge. “After just missing out on a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games I feel winning the world titles on either side of the Olympics says something about how close we really came in China.”
“The new partnership between Iain Jensen and I has been very successful. To win our first three regattas together has been a great achievement. I could not have hoped for a better start to our campaign towards the 2012 London Olympic Games,” he said.
Nathan’s talent was obvious as a youth sailor, winning Gold medals at three consecutive ISAF World Youth Sailing World Championships in two different classes, 420s and 29ers, with two different crews.
Nathan was always destined to mount an Olympic campaign but a serious car accident in 2005, which saw him hospitalised with fractured vertebrate, looked as if it might have ended the dream of a berth in China. However, demonstrating the tenacity and commitment which has typified this young sailors’ career, he was back on the water just nine months later, after a major surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
To be a finalist in the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year is a great achievement for Outteridge with his competition for the title including Pascal Bidégorry, Michel Desjoyeaux, Paul Goodison and Torben Grael.
“I’m honoured to be included in such a high calibre list of sailors,” said Outteridge. “I had a look through all the people who have won this award in the past. Many have won multiple World Championships and Olympic medals. I am humbled to think that I could be considered in the same category as these legends of the sport.”
“Winning this award would be a huge honour, not just because of the prestige of the award but to be able to win it at such a young age. I feel I still have a lot to achieve in this sport in order to compare myself with some of the greats like Ben Ainslie and Russell Coutts,” he said.
Outteridge would be the first Australian to be named the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, adding extra weight to the award for the 23 year old.
“I would love to be the first Australian to win this award,” he said “There have been many great Australian sailors nominated over the years. To be the first person to win it would mean a lot to me.”
“It’s hard for an Australian to compete in this sport and gain recognition as much of the activity is in Europe. Not only is it expensive to compete but it also means a lot of time away from home. I have had a great year and finished on the podium in 3 International Class World Championships. Hopefully that puts me in good stead against the other nominees,” said Outteridge.
Future of Australian Olympic sailing bright with establishment of National Dinghy Training Centre
Australia’s sailing hopes at the Olympic Games have been given a major boost with the announcement of a National Dinghy Training Centre for the Australian Sailing Team at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.
The National Dinghy Training Centre will provide Australia’s leading Olympic and Paralympic class sailors with a dedicated training facility ideally positioned close to the varied conditions offered in and around Sydney Harbour.
The new facility will be developed as a partnership between Yachting Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Sports Commission and Middle Harbour Yacht Club and be a vital tool for the Australian Sailing Team as the country’s athletes strive towards Gold medals at London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and beyond. A final legal agreement between the parties will be developed over coming weeks.
Australian Sailing Team High Performance Director Peter Conde said that the National Dinghy Training Centre would play a major role in creating Australia’s future World and Olympic Champions.
“Two Golds and a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was a great achievement for the Australian Sailing Team and we believe the development of a National Dinghy Training Centre will be key for the future success of the team,” said Conde.
“Middle Harbour Yacht Club has a long history of unofficially supporting the Australian Sailing Team with boat storage and water access for its dinghy training,” he said. “It is the clear choice for a training venue, predominately due to its easy access to the waters off Sydney heads and a wide variety of training conditions.”
Andrew Plympton, President of Yachting Australia said; “The development of a National Dinghy Training Centre has been a long-term goal for Yachting Australia and has been made possible due to the support of the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.”
Professor Peter Fricker, AIS Director said; “This partnership with Yachting Australia and Middle Harbour Yacht Club will be a fantastic addition to the Australian Sailing Team program. Our AIS coaches, support staff and most importantly our athletes will have a base at a location that will no doubt enhance the daily training environment.”
Middle Harbour Yacht Club Commodore Martin Hill said that the development of the National Dinghy Training Centre was a major step forward for the club and the Australian Sailing Team and that he looked forward to working closely with Australia’s leading Olympic class sailors.
“Middle Harbour Yacht Club is proud to host the National Dinghy Training Centre, the club has had a long history nurturing Olympic and World Champion sailors and we look forward continuing that role, and hopefully magnifying it, long into the future,” said Hill.
The National Dinghy Training Centre will incorporate dedicated office space for coaches, a debriefing room including audiovisual equipment, dinghy storage, rigging and launching facilities, and coach boat storage and launching facilities.
Flinders Island Race – The tragic loss of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon
Along with the whole sailing community, Yachting Australia is both shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely deaths of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon in the Flinders Island Race in the early hours of Saturday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Andrew and Sally at this time.
Both Andrew and Sally were experienced and respected yachtsmen and loved what they did. They were well known to many in the sailing community and made an enormous contribution to the sport of offshore racing. They will be greatly missed by all that knew them, especially the flag officers and members of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia who have not only lost two great friends and also two very keen competitors.
Yachting Australia wishes to acknowledge the skill and seamanship of the crews that came to the aid of PriceWaterhouseCoopers early on Saturday morning. Yachting Australia also wishes to express the thanks of the sailing community to those involved in the rescue, including the NSW Water Police, NSW Air Ambulance, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the doctors and staff at Wollongong Hospital. Fortunately incidents of this nature in our sport are very rare, but when they do occur, the response from the rescue services is both prompt and professional, as it was on Saturday.
We wish Andrew and Sally fair winds and calm seas.
Fatal yacht incident in Flinders Islet Yacht Race
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two people following the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 92 nautical mile race from Sydney Harbour to Flinders Islet and return that started on Friday evening at 8.00pm.
This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point, announcing that the owner/skipper of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Short and crew member Sally Gordon had perished when the 24.4 metre yacht hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet at approximately 0255 hours this morning.
Eighteen people were aboard Short’s yacht, which was formerly known as Shockwave 5, prior to Short’s purchase of her last year. Sixteen survived with minor injuries after swimming and walking ashore from the stricken yacht. Being a cold night, some were suffering hyperthermia.
Police attached to the Marine Area Command and other emergency services responded immediately, locating one man in the water, whom they retrieved. He was one of the 16 taken to Wollongong Hospital.
Two nearby yachts, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin and Bob Steel’s Quest, both members of the CYCA, assisted in the search, having been in the vicinity when flares were fired by Short’s crew.
Mosman resident Short 48, a member of the CYCA, was located by the Quest crew and Gordon, 47, also a CYCA member, was located by the Ragamuffin crew.
“My crew members who were qualified undertook CPR on Sally until authorities took over. She was an experienced sailor and a lovely girl,” Syd Fischer said at the press conference this afternoon. “Both she and Andrew were very experienced sailors,” he added.
Commodore Allen, who had sailed with both Short and Gordon over the last decade, said at the press conference: “Sally was one of the most experienced crew people. She won the Ocean Racing Crew Member of the Year award in 2000. She has competed in 15 Sydney Hobart races.
“Andrew too, has completed 15 Sydney Hobart races. His yacht was well-built and has sailed extensively in Europe, North America and here in Australia.”
The Commodore told how the Flinders Islet race dates back to the 1950s and has been sailed without incident to-date.
He also made sure a counsellor was available to help those affected by the tragedy.
“Andrew and Sally will be sorely missed. They were friends of the Club and friends of mine. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families. Andrew is the father of five, married to Kylie.
“Rear Commodore (of the CYCA) Garry Linacre and myself went to Wollongong this morning and spoke to some of the crew. I’ve also spoken with Andrew’s wife Kylie and Sally’s sister Anne,” Commodore Allen said.
“The CYCA want to thank the NSW Air Ambulance, the NSW Water Police, police attached to the Marine Area Command, AMSA and the wonderful staff at Wollongong Hospital,” he added.
This whole tragedy is subject to a Police investigation and a report will be prepared for the Coroner into the circumstances surrounding the incident and deaths of Short and Gordon.
CYCA International Youth Match Racing Regatta
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that Musto will be the sponsor of its International Youth Match Racing Regatta to be held from 23-27 November 2009. There has already been a good response from New Zealand with the defending champion, William Tiller from RNZYS and Josh Junior from Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club making the journey. Coming from further afield is Peter Nicholas from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club who competed for the first time in a CYCA regatta last November and is looking forward to coming back to sail on Sydney Harbour. With this regatta scheduled between the RPAYC Harken Youth MR Regatta and Sail Sydney, many are making the trip to Sydney for all three events.
Entries close next Monday 12 October.
2009 Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship begins
The 2009 Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship due to begin at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Tommorrow.
The Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship has become a highlight of the region’s sailing calendar and every year the level of competition rises. No matter the sport the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is always fierce and it won’t be any different during this regatta. This year will see three teams from each country competing for the title.
Australia and New Zealand both have long, proud, sailing histories and I look forward to the next chapter being written at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over the coming days.
Live results can be found by clicking here.