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Australian Youth Match Racing Championship NOR now available
Yachting Australia has released the notice of race for the 2009 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship.
The 2009 Championship will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria from the 17th till the 20th of September.
Bringing together Australia's best youth match racers the event promises to showcase sailing of the highest level on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.
The notice of race along with additional regatta information and contact details can be found on the Yachting Australia website or by clicking here.
Sport Services Coordinator - Regulations Position Available
Yachting Australia seeks to appoint a Sport Services Coordinator - Regulations for its St Leonards Office
The Sport Services Coordinator - Regulations role is a support position for the Sport Services Manager assisting in the effective administration of programs designed to ensure Yachting Australia's members are able to improve their skills and increase their involvement in the sport at their chosen level.
The Sport Services Coordinator - Regulations will be responsible for the administration of a broad range of programs and initiatives which enable yachting to be accessible to all Australians both as a sport and recreation.
Key competencies for this position include technical knowledge in the sport of sailing including areas such as the Racing Rules of Sailing, Special Regulations, class associations, dinghy and offshore racing and Officiating. The applicant should have strong written and verbal communication skills, Microsoft office products experience and skills with web based tools.
The position is full time and based in the Yachting Australia office at St Leonards.
Applications should contain no more than a two page covering letter addressing the key competencies, and a short Curriculum Vitae, submitted electronically to the General Manager, Yachting Australia via email address email@example.com
Enquiries regarding this position should be directed to the Sport Services Manager, Glen Stanaway on (02) 8424 7408.
Applications close COB Monday 6 July 2009
Communications and Public Relations Officer position available at Perth 2011
Western Australia 2011 Pty Ltd, the event organiser for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, is seeking a well credentialed Communications and Public Relations Officer to act as the primary media and communications professional (interim) for the Event.
Initially reporting directly to the Director Commercial Operations, the successful applicant will have strong media contacts, a proven history in communications on a national or international level and associated media liaison experience. Public relations forms part of the role and experience in this area is desirable.
The role requires an individual who is a ‘self starter’ with a proven ability to work autonomously, yet form an integral part of a dynamic and committed team.
Qualifications in journalism, public relations, communications and a minimum of four years experience in a similar role are essential. Experience in or knowledge of sailing administration and communications will be highly regarded.
For more information about Perth 2011, the application process and the selection criteria, please visit www.perth2011.com or call the Perth 2011 office on (08) 9335 2688.
Applications close 5.00pm Friday 10th July 2009.
Perth 2011 seeking Sales Manager
WA 2011 Pty Ltd, the body responsible for organising the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, is seeking a dynamic and experienced salesperson to bolster its commercial division.
Reporting directly to the Director of Commercial Operations, the Sales Manager will be responsible for the acquisition of sponsors, corporate partners and suppliers for the Event.
The successful applicant will have at least six years experience in sales and will have a strong history of working with large commercial entities. They will have a ‘flair’ for identifying business opportunities and a proven ability to convert. A successful sales record and a demonstrated ability to secure sales in a challenging environment are essential.
Previous experience in a similar role in a national or an international sporting environment will be viewed favourably.
A competitive base salary is offered with an additional incentive programme based on successful acquisition of business.
For more information about Perth 2011, the application process and the selection criteria, please visit www.perth2011.com or call the Perth 2011 office on (08) 9335 2688.
Applications close 5.00pm Friday 10 July 2009.
Golden day for Aussie girls in Germany
The final day of racing in Kiel turned out to be a golden day for the Australian Sailing Development Squad women with Katie Spithill winning an all-Australian Women's Match Racing final and Stacey Hall and Chelsea Omay claiming victory in the 470 women's medal race to finish fourth overall.
The Women’s Match Racing semi-finals saw Spithill taking on the French crew while Nicky Souter went up against the Dutch. Spithill wasted no time getting into the final, knocking out the French with three straight wins, while Souter eliminated the Dutch three victories to one.
Strong results for Australian women in Kiel
The wind finally arrived on day four of racing at round six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup with plenty of racing off the Olympic Harbour in Kiel marking a great day on the water for Australia’s women.
The highlight for the Australian Sailing Development Squad was the performances of the Women’s Match Racing crews. Australia’s two quarter-final teams skippered by Katie Spithill and Nicky Souter finished the day ranked first and second respectively.
Spithill and Souter both finished the seven races of the quarter-finals with five wins, with Spithill ranked first as she beat Souter in their race. The crews head into the semi-finals in a strong position, with Spithill able to choose her opponent, likely to be either the French or Dutch crews, to maximize the chance of an all Australian final.
Australia’s Women’s Match Racing coach Dayne Sharp was impressed with the way the girls raced, sailing consistently well throughout the day.
“It was really good match racing conditions today and the Australian crews showed a better technique and match racing ability to win their starts which led them to win their races,” said Sharp.
“Both crews are coming to peak form for tomorrow’s finals, but it’s a new day and we all start with a clean sheet. The girls will need to carry the momentum with the aim for an all-Australian final,” he said.
Medal races will be held tomorrow for all classes, with Australia’s 470 women’s crew of Stacey Omay & Chelsea Hall the only Australians competing in the medal races, after a good day’s racing resulted in a fifth, sixth and seventh placing, leaving them sixth overall.
While a medal will be extremely tough, Omay and Hall are hoping to move up a few places with a solid performance in the final and continue their preparations for the 470 World Championships in Denmark in August.
In the 49er class, Victorian brothers, Will & Sam Phillips were the best placed Australians, finishing 13th after the eight qualifying races and missing out the medal race by just seven points. Euan McNicol and Sam Newton finished the regatta in 26th after a strong final day saw them record a second and third placing.
David O’Connor and Robert Bell finished just behind McNicol and Newton in 28th, ahead of Robert Gibbs and James Garnaut in 37th.
Australia’s up and coming 470 men’s crew of Sam Kivell & Will Ryan were disappointed to miss the medal race, finishing in 14th place. The pair was happy with their top 15 placing in only their third regatta together.
Shane Hughes and Felix Paterson finished in 21st position, with Alexander and Patrick Conway in 44th.
Two time Laser Radial ISAF Youth World Champion, Gabrielle King, saw her hopes of racing in the medal race disappear with a tough day on the water. King slipped from fifth to 14th overall after the day’s three races.
Sydney’s Ashley Brunning had a great day to move into 17th place overall, the highlight of the day being his third placing in the final race. Brunning was the top placed Australian in the laser fleet.
Tim Castles from Western Australia had a tough first regatta in the Finn class. Competing against Olympians and World Champions Castles finished in 51st place, but took advantage of the opportunity to learn from the top sailors and work with Australian coaching legend Mike Fletcher for the week. Castles will now move onto Denmark for the Finn Gold Cup in July.
In the star class, the two Australian crews had tough final days, with Andrew Landenberger and Simon Reffold and Paul McKenzie and Philip Toth finishing the four races in 23rd & 29th respectively.
Light winds dictate racing on day three in Kiel
Light winds once again disrupted racing on day three of round five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup with AustraliaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s WomenĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Match Racing and 49er crews the only ones to complete any races.
The Women’s Match Racing fleet completed their repechage to decide the final two crews to go through to the quarter finals. Australia had three crews in the repechage with Lucinda Whitty, Kat Stroinovsky and Samantha Boyd in Group A. While the crews of Katie Spithill, Nicole Douglass and Nina Curtis and Amanda Scrivenor, Ray Martin and Stacey Jackson were in group B.
“I was pleased with the girls’ performances in the tricky conditions. They are learning a lot, and generally sailing well. I’m looking forward to the next round of racing tomorrow which will see the top four crews progress to the semi-finals,” he said.
In the other fleets, the Finn, Star and Laser Radial classes got on the water late in the afternoon, but did not get any races in. The 49ers completed two races with Will and Sam Phillips the best placed Australian crew in 20th place. David O’Connor and Robert Bell are in 26th, ahead of Euan McNicol and Sam Newton in 28th and Robert Gibbs and James Garnaut in 37th.
The 470, Laser and RS:X classes were held on shore all day, with hourly updates on whether or not they would go racing.
All sailors will be hoping for more favourable conditions on day four of the regatta to allow for qualification races to be completed.
2009 Audi IRC Australian Championships sets sail for the Gold Coast
With the third event of the 2009 Audi IRC Australian Championships, the 2009 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, fast approaching, interest in IRC racing is at an all time high. Since the renewal date of 1 June, Yachting Australia has received in excess of 215 IRC revalidation applications, from the 525 boats registered in the 2008 season, and a significant number of new applications from boats not previously rated.
Heading the 2009 Audi IRC Australian Championship going into the third event are Alegria (1.333 pts), Wot Now (3.152 pts), Ruth Magic (4.000 pts) and Loki (4.727 pts). With the points this close, the results of the 24th annual Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race are likely to have a significant impact.
Rod Jones’ Alegria, his second Archambault 40, won the Australian IRC Championship in 2007 when he took the title ahead of Ray Roberts’ Cookson 50 Quantum Racing by more than 11 points.
Graeme Wood’s Wot Now (JV52) and Stephen Ainsworth’s new Loki (RP63) are hot on the heels of Alegria and are strong competitive boats that will be looking for an edge in the upcoming race.
“Peter Hill’s Ruth Magic is placed third in the Audi IRC Australian Championships but is currently not entered in the 2009 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. However he has expressed an interest to the sailing office to enter” explains Stephen Craig, CYCA’s sailing administrator. Peter’s Beneteau First 45 is sitting less than point behind the modern JV52 design of Wot Now.
Peter Seary, boat captain for the Wot Team says “The Wot Now crew is in a good position for the Audi IRC championship event and is looking forward to the challenges of the remaining races to Gold Coast and at Hamilton Island.”
“It’s nice to see a good mixture of boats in the top places at the half way point of the Championship, with an interesting mix of grand prix boats and middle size cruisers and racers.”
The start gun for this 384 nautical mile race will be fired at 1.00pm on Saturday 25July on Sydney harbour where a competitive racing fleet from across Australia will depart, turn left at the heads and sail north. The fourth and final event of Audi IRC Australian Championship is Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August.
If you have not received your 2009 IRC information package, wish to have your boat rated or have any further questions relating to IRC, please contact Bob Chapman on 02 8424 7410 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long day on shore for most Australian crews at Kiel Week
Day two of competition at round six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup didn’t get underway for the majority of classes with a lack of wind keeping the fleets onshore.
Racing was postponed this morning for all classes except the Women's Match Racing, with the initial review of conditions occurring at 11.30am. At 11.30am the race committee announced the postponement would remain until at least 2.30pm, and then at 3pm racing was cancelled for the day for all classes except the Women's Match Racing.
The Women's Match Racing Group C round robin went out early, but the conditions were extremely difficult with wind shifting constantly and very light. Despite the conditions the race committee did manage to complete all of the flights. The Australian girls had a tough day, with Katie Spithill, Nicole Douglass and Nina Curtis finishing 5th in their round robin and Amanda Scrivenor, Ray Martin & Stacey Jackson finishing sixth.
Tomorrow's racing will see the repechage of the Women's Match Racing completed, with three of the four Australian crews racing for the two available quarter final positions. There will be two groups and the top crew from each group will proceed to the quarter finals. While the groups are yet to be determined, the Australian Sailing Development Squad are hoping that all three Australian crews will not be in the same group, increasing the chances of getting two crews through to the quarters to join Nicky Souter and crew who qualified on day one.
It is expected that the race committee will try to get in three races for each of the other fleets, though the forecast is not looking too good, with winds predicted to be only 5-8 knots.
Racing gets underway for Australian crews in Germany
Day one of racing at round six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel, Germany, saw a strong start for a number of the Australian crews.
Difficult conditions including thunderstorms followed by a lack of wind saw limited racing in all Olympic class fleets.
The Australian Sailing Development Squad's Women Match Racing crews had their first taste of the new Elliott 6 metres with the four Australian teams competing in a strong 21 crew fleet.
Nicky Souter, Jess Eastwell and Olivia Price had a great day on the water, sailing in six flights for five victories and now skip the next round to move straight through to the quarter finals.
"We were quite pleased with how we sailed today," said Souter. "The acceleration of the boats was surprising but our experience in the older Elliotts in Australia certainly helped out, these boats feel very light so we need to work on our trimming to take full advantage of the boats acceleration."
The Women's Match Racing entries were split into three groups with Lucinda Whitty's crew finishing the day fourth in group B while in group C Katie Spithill's and Amanda Scrivenor's crews didn't get any racing in due to the light wind.
In the 470 men's fleet Sam Kivel and Will Ryan were the leading Australian crew and sit in 15th place after a 12th and seventh in the day's two races. Shane Hughes and Felix Paterson are in 27th and Alexander and Patrick Conway are in 39th.
The ASDS women's 470 crew of Stacey Omay and Chelsea Hall had a good day with a sixth and 12th placing before the third race was abandoned, leaving them in eighth overall.
Current Youth World Champion Gabrielle King got her 2009 European campaign underway in great fashion, sitting in fifth place in the Laser Radial fleet with an eighth and third, including beating 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe in the day's first race.
In the Laser fleet Ashley Brunning had a mixed day with a 32nd and fifth leaving him in 45th overall, ahead of Tom Burton in 63rd and Ryan Hannan in 105th.
Will and Sam Phillips were Australia's leading 49er crew with the 12th placing including a second in race two, with Euan McNicol and Sam Newton in 21st, David O'Connor and Robert Bell in 27th and Robert Gibbs and James Garnaut in 33rd.
The difficult conditions saw the Finn and Star fleets only complete one race each.
Australian crews prepare for racing in Germany
Australia will be represented in round six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup with a number of Australian Sailing Development Squad members taking part in the regatta in Kiel, Germany.
Women's Match Racing takes centre stage in Kiel with 21 teams set to hit the water in a fleet of brand new Elliott 6 metres and four ASDS crews are in the mix.
Led by skippers Katie Spithill, Nicky Souter, Lucinda Whitty and Amanda Scrivenor, the 12 Australian athletes are keen to get a taste of the boats that will make their Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"The girls went for a sail for the first time in Kiel on Friday and it went very well," said Australia's Women's Match Racing coach Dayne Sharpe. "They're pleased with the new Elliott's and are looking forward to racing here."
"We recently had a two week strength and conditioning camp at the AIS facility in Varese, Italy, and it was a good lead in and the squad is in high spirits," he said.
There are three ASDS sailors in the Laser class with Ashley Brunning and Tom Burton continuing their European season after competing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland and will be joined in Germany by Ryan Hannan.
Two-time ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion Gabrielle King begins her 2009 international campaign in Kiel, before heading to the Laser Radial World Championship in Japan.
The 470 men's class will have three Australian crews, all of which recently competed in the 470 Class European Championships on Lake Traunsee in Austria. Sam Kivell and Will Ryan, Shane Hughes and Felix Patterson and Alexander and Patrick Conway will be flying the Australian flag.
In the women's 470 fleet West Australian sailors Stacey Omay and Chelsea Hall will be gaining more valuable time on the water before their World Championships in Denmark in August.
There will be a number of Australian 49er crews on the water, with Kiel the last chance to get in some competition before the upcoming 49er World Championships on Lake Garda in Italy. ASDS crews Will and Sam Phillips, Euan McNicol and Sam Newton and David O'Connor and Rob Bell will be joined by fellow Australian's James Garnaut and Robbie Gibbs.
The Star class includes Paul McKenzie and Philip Toth and ASDS sailors Andrew Landenberger and Simon Reffold while Tim Castles will be sailing in the Finn class.
Sailing in Kiel gets underway on June 20 with medal races to be held on June 24.
Nomination and selection guidelines for OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team released
Yachting Australia has released the guidelines for the nomination and selection of the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team for the 2010 ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship.
Australia has a long and proud history at the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships and the nomination and selection guidelines are designed to ensure that the strongest team possible will be representing Australia in Istanbul, Turkey, in July 2010.
The 2010 ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship will feature eight classes of racing; Laser Radial’s for both boys and girls, 420’s for boys and girls, 29er open class (subject to ISAF approval), RS:X for boys and girls and multihull open class in a Sirena SL16.
Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones said that the being a part of the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Youth Sailing Team was an important stepping-stone for young sailors hoping to excel at the elite level.
“The ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships is the largest and most professional regatta for competitors under 19 years of age,” said Mr Jones. “It provides young sailors with the opportunity to compete against the best in world and experience a major international competition.”
“Australian sailors have always performed exceptionally well with a number of athletes continuing on to the Australian Sailing Team, current members Nathan Outteridge, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson all won Gold at the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship in recent years,” he said.
To be eligible for nomination and selection an athlete must meet a number of criteria, including; be a national of Australia or in the process of becoming a national of Australia at the time that the nomination is made, be a current member of a yacht/sailing club affiliated with a State of Territory Yachting Association and be a current Yachting Australia Silver or Youth Member.
Athletes must also no attain their 19th birthday by 31 December 2010, comply with ISAF Regulation 19.2 – Eligibility code, and ISAF Regulation 21 – ISAF Anti-Doping Policy, and comply with the gender requirements of an Event of the 2010 ISAF World Youth Championship.
Yachting Australia will use a number of nomination regattas to select the team, including; 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship for all classes to be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia from 6-10 January 2010, plus the 2010 Australian Laser Radial Class Championship for both boys and girls single handed dinghy, and 2010 Australian 420 Class Championship for both boys and girls double handed dinghy.
The boys and girls boardsailing event at the 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship will be held on a Bic Techno 293 while the Multihull open will be contested on a Hobie 16 with spinnaker.
Yachting Australia will conduct a nomination point score for the events and the results will form the basis for nomination and selection of team members for the 2010 ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship.
The nomination point score may also be used to select a Youth Development Squad with members potentially invited to various training camps.
Australian Sailing Team gears up for London with SLAM
Yachting Australia has signed a long term sponsorship deal with apparel manufacturer SLAM which will see Australian sailors wearing the iconic sailing brand until the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The new agreement is a major step forward for Australia’s leading Olympic class sailors and encompasses the Australian Sailing Team, Australian Paralympic Sailing Team, Australian Sailing Development Squad, OAMPS Australian Youth Sailing Team, coaches and staff.
The multi-million dollar deal will be driven by SLAM Australia and New Zealand with backing and support by SLAM S.p.A Head Office in Genoa, Italy. The Australian Sailing Team will join SLAM’s current high profile teams including Russell Coutts and the BMW Oracle America’s Cup Racing Team.
SLAM Australia and New Zealand’s managing director Anthony Young says that the Australian Sailing Team’s reputation and strong performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games made the team attractive to the company.
“The Australian Sailing Team has become a name synonymous with success in Olympic class sailing and the team’s results in recent years made them an ideal choice for SLAM to go forward with,” said Mr Young.
“We see the next four years as an important time of growth for SLAM both in Australia and around the world and believe that our involvement with the Australia Sailing Team will be integral to that growth,” he said.
The agreement will see SLAM become the Exclusive Clothing Supplier and Major Co-Sponsor of the Australian Sailing Team with branding to appear on the hull and sails of Australian Sailing Team boats, along with logos on team uniforms and an online presence.
SLAM is developing a new range of world class dinghy technical clothing with athletes from the Australian Sailing Team to be integral to the development and testing of the new products.
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde says that the deal with SLAM will play a key role in the team’s preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“The Australian Sailing Team is thrilled to begin what we are sure is going to be a highly successful, long term relationship in the lead up to the London Olympics,” said Mr Conde.“In these economic times the agreement with SLAM, who join current major supporters Audi and Hamilton Island, lends weight to our view that sailing provides sponsors with terrific value opportunities in a relatively clean environment.”
For the first time, a range of SLAM designed merchandising apparel and accessories will allow fans of the Australian Sailing Team to show their support of the team, with profits from the sale of each item assisting the Gold Medal drive in London 2012.
Belcher and Page fifth at 470 European Championships
The Australian Sailing Team’s 470 men’s crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page has finished fifth in the 2009 European Championships on Lake Traunsee in Austria.
Constantly changing conditions meant that only one race was run in the final two days of competition with Belcher and Page jumping the start before fighting back to finish 29th and just one point adrift of the Italian crew of Gabrio Zandona and Edoardo Mancinelli in fourth overall.
With a final race needing to be contested to enable a valid series, the race committee had the crews on the water for a 7am start with eventual regatta winners Harada Ryunosuke and Yoshida Yugo from Japan first to cross the finish line.
Australian skipper Mathew Belcher said that himself and Page were able to take a lot out of their limited time on the water in just their second European regatta together.
"The pressure and direction of our final race was quite stable, taking everything into consideration from this week," said Belcher. "But unfortunately we jumped the start and had to go back. We managed to get back to 29th position, and with this race as our drop of the series slipped back to fifth place."
"It was pleasing that after only limited time together we were fighting for contention throughout the regatta," he said. "Obviously it would have been nice to capitalise on the opportunity to medal but we are happy with our performance in these conditions this week. It was the first time we've sailed in wind like this together so it's hard to expect more."
"This regatta has been an invaluable learning experience for us, we're now looking forward to getting prepared for the World Championships in Denmark in August and some well earned rest," said Belcher.
Belcher now returns home to Australia for University exams while Page heads to Sardinia to compete in the Farr40 World Championships.
Fellow Australians Sam Kivell and Will Ryan finished the regatta in 38th, ahead of Shane Hughes and Felix Patterson in 52nd and Alexander and Patrick Conway in 75th.
The Australian Sailing Development Squad crew of Stacey Omay and Chelsea Hall finished 27th in the strong women's fleet.
Belcher and Page challenge for medals in 470 Europeans
Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are in a strong position to challenge for the medals heading into the final day of the 2009 470 Class European Championships in Austria.
Sailed in tricky conditions on Lake Traunsee Belcher and Page sit on 46 points after seven races, just six behind the third placed German crew of Lucas Zellmer and Heiko Seelig with three races left to run.
Belcher and Page have consistently been at the pointy end of the 82 boat fleet with a first placing in race two and a second in race five.
"The racing here is crazy," said Page. "The wind shifts are huge and the pressure differences even bigger."
"I suppose this is expected when you are surrounded by 1000 metre high mountains, and I do mean plural mountains," he said. "Lake Traunsee is incredibly beautiful but a very difficult sailing venue."
The pair is progressing well in just their second European regatta together since pairing up earlier this year.
"We are enjoying any moment that we are not we are not postponed on shore and are making sure we use the time together to sail and race against the strong competition," said Page.
The Australian crew is still well within striking distance of first place, just nine points behind Croatian's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic and the Japanese pair of Harada Ryunosuke and Yoshida Yugo who are tied on 37 points.
"Tomorrow we head into the final, wind dependent, three races and the opportunities are there in front, and the challengers are waiting behind," said Page.
"Nothing is guaranteed in this place, we just hope to get in as many races as possible tomorrow and throw the dice with the other competitors," he said.
The two are joined in the men's fleet by fellow Australians Sam Kivell and Will Ryan who sit in 36th, ahead of Shane Hughes and Felix Patterson in 54th and Alexander and Patrick Conway in 75th.
In the women's fleet Australian Sailing Development Squad members Stacey Omay and Chelsea Hall sit in 26th place after five races.
Queen’s Birthday Honours for Graeme Owens
With over 50 years in the sailing world including 35 years experience as a skipper in one design, offshore and mixed handicap racing, Graeme has an impressive history.
Born in Perth in 1937, married to Gilliam and living in Claremont, he retired early from business in 1990 as a Construction Cost Consultant to pursue an interest in all things yachting.
Commencing in the early 1980s with rules assistance to the Australia II syndicate, he went on to serve on the America's Cup Committee from 1984 to 1987 in the roles of Race Administrator and Protests Chairman. Prior to the challenge he provided rules lectures and assistance to all the defence syndicates. In 1988 his extensive experience and expertise was sought by the San Diego Yacht Club, America’s Cup holder. From 1990 to 1992 he was appointed to the Cup Challengers’ Committee with the Rules and Documentation portfolio. He contributed much time, even moving temporarily to California, to the preparation of the international challenging syndicates, race management personnel training and race planning in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Judges for the 1992 America’s Cup Louis Vuitton races. In 1995 Graeme reduced his contribution to the Cup preparation but did spend some time with the Australian challengers in Queensland prior to their departure.
Australian Youth Championships Expressions of Interest
Opportunity for a NSW Club to host the 2011 Australian Youth Championship.
The Australian Youth Championship is the pinnacle event on the Yachting Australia youth calendar. Each year the event travels from State to State and in 2011 the Australian Youth Championships will be held at a club in NSW.
Yachting NSW is calling for Expressions of Interest for a NSW Club to host the Australian Youth Championships with the coordination of Yachting Australia.
Applications close COB Friday 12 June 2009
Any questions can be forwarded to Adrian Steer at Adrian.Steer@nsw.yachting.org.au
Australians recognised for services to sailing
Yachting Australia would like to congratulate Graeme Owens, Professor Peter Joubert and Alexander Milledge, who were recognised in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours for their services to sailing.
Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones said that all three had given substantially to the sport in their own areas and were richly deserving of the honours bestowed upon them.
“Sailing continues to thrive in Australia due to the continued support and efforts of individuals such as Graeme, Peter and Alexander,” said Jones.
“On behalf of the yachting community I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank them for their ongoing involvement in the sport of sailing,” he said.
Perth’s Graeme Owen’s was recognised with Yachting Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and continues to be heavily involved in the sport.
As an international judge from the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Owens has dedicated himself to ensuring racing is run correctly and to the highest standards. He has been a member and Chairman of numerous committees over the past 50 years.
Owens is a prolific author and wrote the original ISAF Call Book for Umpiring as well as the Umpiring and Match Racing Manual, he has also educated others within all these areas of the sport.
Professor Peter Joubert, distinguished academic and noted authority on fluid mechanics and the only ‘amateur’ yacht designer to have designed an overall winner of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, after receiving an OAM in 1996 for his contributions to road and yacht safety.
He competed in 27 Sydney to Hobarts, mostly skippering yachts of his own design which he named after Australian birds, including the Currawong 31 and Brolga 35. More than a hundred yachts have been built to his designs.
Alexander Milledge, from Melbourne, was recognised not only for his services to sailing, but also to the motorcycling industry.
Perth 2011 unveils new master brand
Perth 2011 have unveiled a new Master Brand for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre in Perth, Western Australia in front of an audience of Australian media and key Western Australian sporting and political identities.
The new Perth 2011 brand was designed to represent the substance and prestige of an Olympic qualifying event, the physical and intellectual challenge that is international sailing, the excitement of an event that will be four times the size of the 1987 America’s Cup defence held in Fremantle while, at the same time, remaining uniquely Western Australian.
Perth 2011’s goal is to make the cyan blue triangle synonymous with the lead up events prior to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, which will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia from Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December 2011.
Guests at today’s launch heard from Perth 2011 Chairman The Hon. Ian Campbell, Perth 2011 Event Director John Longley and Western Australian Olympic Gold Medallists in the women’s 470 class Belinda Stowell, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson.
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be the primary qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic Games for the 10 competing sailing disciplines.
As the primary qualifying event, the world’s best sailors will converge on Perth in a bid to secure a place for their nation in the 2012 London Olympic Games and the coveted World Championship in their chosen sailing discipline.
An anticipated 5,000 visitors, including 1,500 sailors, from 80 nations are set to arrive in Western Australia for one of the largest international sporting events in Western Australian history.
The competing disciplines are;
• Laser – Men
Fremantle will “come alive” during December 2011 when the eyes of the sailing world fix their sights on Western Australia’s historic port city. A genuine festival atmosphere will sweep through the city as the world’s best sailors battle for World Championship and future Olympic glory just metres off the water’s edge along the Fremantle coastline.
Tourism Western Australia Chief Executive Officer Richard Muirhead said Perth 2011’s bid success was a result of a major commitment from the State Government to bring world class events to Western Australia.
“I am confident that this event, combined with the natural beauty of our aquatic environment, will provide us with a great opportunity to showcase our State on the global stage,” Mr Muirhead said.
The Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) will be the first initiative Perth 2011 co-ordinate ahead of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The first camp, to be held from 22 July to 3 August 2009, will be the first of six camps and an additional test event to be held in the waters off Fremantle between July 2009 and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The Emerging Nations Programme will see up to 40 nations that were not represented at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in any sailing discipline invited to Perth for a series of intensive training courses designed to improve their chances of earning a place in the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Emerging Nations Programme will focus on Laser and RS:X Windsurfers for both men and women. Being one person classes that have global representation, they were identified by the ISAF Events Committee as the best route to bring more nations to the Olympics - one of the key objectives ahead of Perth 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics.
Perth 2011 Event Director John Longley said the Emerging Nations Programme was conceived as an additional benefit that Perth 2011 offered the International Sailing Federation as a part of its bid to secure the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
“After the announcement of Perth’s successful bid, ISAF, Perth 2011 and Yachting Australia worked to establish the modus operandi for this project,” Mr Longley said of the ENP.
“The overriding objectives are to encourage and assist developing and emerging sailing nations to participate in the Olympic Sailing Competition and to increase the number of participating nations and their competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.”
On 4 November 2007 it was announced that Western Australia had been the successful bidder and would host the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. In announcing the decision to award the next event to Western Australia, the International Sailing Federation noted sailing conditions and venue facilities as top priorities in selecting the host city. They also highlighted Perth and Fremantle's strength in these areas, with the famous winds affectionately known as the 'Fremantle Doctor' providing ideal sailing conditions and a high level of existing sailing infrastructure.
Comments sought on draft amendments to the Yachting Australia Special Regulations
Yachting Australia is seeking comment on some draft amendments to the 2009 Yachting Australia Special Regulations.
The 2009 Yachting Australia Special Regulations come into effect from 1 July 2009. Yachting Australia has recently noted amendments to the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations and has received submissions regarding the Yachting Australia Special Regulations.
Interested parties wishing to see the draft amendments may click on the links further below. To see the text as currently published please refer to the Yachting Australia Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (the Blue Book).
The amendments being considered are summarised as follows:
• 3.03 Hull construction and plan checking – Changes to plan checking bringing in to in to line with ISAF's changes which originate from Yachting Australia's ABS related investigations and submissions.
Yachting Australia encourages boat owners, organising authorities and state Member Yachting Associations or any other interested party to provide written comment on the draft amendments before Thursday 18 June 2009.
For more information about these draft amendments, or to provide comment please contact Glen Stanaway at Yachting Australia by emailing email@example.com.
VIS SAILING HEAD COACH - Position Available Melbourne Australia
In conjunction with Yachting Victoria and Yachting Australia, the Victorian Institute of Sport is seeking a highly experienced and accredited high performance professional, to join the team in the role of Sailing Head Coach.
Sailing has recently been accepted as a Tier 1 program at the VIS with the aim of providing greater support and services to targeted Victorian athletes in an effort to win Olympic Medals and World Championships.
The primary goals of the program are to identify and develop talented sailing athletes to prepare them for elite level competition and ultimately international success; identify and develop, providing guidance to talented coaches within the state of Victoria, and work with Yachting Australia and Yachting Victoria to ensure the Sailing program compliments the national and state direction of the sport.
If this sounds like you, then this is the chance to grab a once in a lifetime dream job. Remuneration for this role will reflect the value of the skills and experience of the successful applicant
You can contact Timothy Lai, Performance Coordinator at the VIS for further details or go to the websites listed below to obtain the Information Pack, in which you will find more information about the application process, the VIS and Job Description. For further details contact VIS Performance Manager Marty Aitken.
Applications close: 15th June 2009
Contacts and other Links:
Timothy Lai VIS: +61 3 94250012
Marty Aitken VIS: +61 3 94250000
Sports People : www.sportspeople.com.au (Click "Jobs" and scroll down to General Positions Vacant)
Notice of Race - 2009 Australian Women's Match Racing Championship
The NOR for this highly competative Women's Match Racing Event has been released
2009 Australian Womens Match Racing Championship
30 August - 3 September, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW
The Notice of Race for the 2009 AWMRC has now been released.
The Women's Match Racing Class has enjoyed a flourish of activity following it's inclusion in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
International Match racing events, inclusion in the Sail World Cup Series and the formation of the Australian Sailing Development Squad (ASDS) has resulted in a exceptioanlly high level of competition within Australia. The CYCA will once again play host to the regatta, following on from the success of the Harken Match Race series in what is sure to be a highly competative on water battle.
About the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy
The objectives of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy are to encourage and promote youth into offshore keel boat racing by providing pathways for youth aged 12 -24 to develop the skills necessary to achieve such an objective. Over two thousand students have graduated from the Learn to Sail course which teaches basic boat handling and maintenance and sail trim, while having an overall focus on teamwork, perseverance and fun! In addition to the Learn to Sail and Intermediate Sailing courses offered, those wanting to further develop their sailing skills can gain more experience by enrolling in the Talented Sailor, Development Match Racing, and Advanced Sailing Courses offered during the winter months. The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy is proudly supported by Audi Australia.
compasscard is the brainchild of Noakes Group managing director Sean Langman. It's an industry first loyalty program that rewards customers for multiple uses across the Noakes Group of companies, including six Noakes boat yards stretching along the east Australian coastline, Kermandie Hotel and Marina at Port Huon, Tasmania, historic Rosman Ferries and Lessons AfloatA number of new business partners recently added their weight to the compasscard program. To view the points table and take advantage of all special offers apply for your compasscard online at www.compasscard.com.au
For more information please contact:
Jennifer Crooks, Communications Manager CYCA on 8292 7800; mobile: 0458 211 678, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For compasscard or Noakes enquiries contact Lisa Ratcliff on mobile: 0418 428 511 or email email@example.com
Outteridge and Jensen win Gold for Australia in 49er class
The Australian Sailing Teams Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have won the 49er class at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland, comfortably defending the points lead they took into Sundays medal race.
In just their first regatta together Outteridge and Jensen showed the fleet that their long hours of training in Australia had paid off quickly getting up to speed and claiming six top three finishes in the regatta’s 12 races.
“We had a really good day out there today in the medal race,” said Outteridge. “We took in an 11 point lead and the goal today was to maintain a points lead and get the overall win.”
“We had a nice breeze of 12 knots and after a good start cruised around the course and finished second. Our goal was to come here and learn and hopefully make the medal race but to win I think we’re both happy with that.”
For Jensen it was his first ever medal race and he’s now looking forward to competing in the 49er World Championships in Italy in July.
“The medal race was fast and intense, the course is short which managed to keep all the boats together and Nathan and I didn’t make a mistake which was good,” he said.
Fellow 49er crew Darren Bundock and Ben Austin finished the regatta in 19th with Euan McNicol and Sam Newton one place behind in 20th and Clint and Ty Marshall in 38th.
Jessica Crisp flew the Australian Sailing Team flag in the RS:X women’s medal race, finishing sixth to move up to fifth overall.
“The start of the regatta wasn’t great but I went up each day which was good,” said Crisp. “It’s funny coming back to Europe again and competing against everyone, you think you’re going really well but you get here and see there’s still a bit of work to do before the World Championships in England later this year.”
In the women’s 470 class Stacey Omay and Chelsea Hall finished the regatta in 13th position while in the men’s class Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page came sixth, Sam Kivell and Will Ryan 21st, Shane Hughes and Felix Paterson 37th and Alexander and Patrick Conway 54th.
Tom Slingsby was Australia’s leading Laser sailor finishing in 13th, ahead of Ashley Brunning in 30th, Ben Gunther in 47th and Tom Burton in 48th.
Australia’s Women Match Racing crew of Lucinda Whitty, Amanda Scrivenor and Nina Curtis finished their first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in sixth and now head to Italy for a strength and conditioning camp with the rest of the Match Racing squad.