Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The Australian Sailing Team (AST) has kicked of its Rio 2016 Campaign at an internal function at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney on Monday night, 9 December 2013, including the team’s partners, patrons, representatives of Australia’s key sporting bodies as well sponsors.  Guests included the Australian Olympic Committee’s 2016 Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller, the Australian Paralympic Committee’s General Manager of Sport Michael Hartung as well as NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton, MP, and Brasil’s Consul General in Australian, Carlos Henrique Moojen de Abreu e Silva.

The event took place on the back of a successful ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne over the week-end, which saw Australian Sailing Team (AST) crews five times on top of the Olympic classes medal podium. In addition, Australian Sailing Team and Squad athletes added four silver and five bronze to their successful kick-off of the next Olympic and Paralympic campaign on the road to Rio.

“I believe Rio will be a very exciting event for us.  We have enormous depth in the team.  The number of athletes who have won gold and silver medals before is just terrific and it’s great to have them back to have another shot at Rio.  We have a terrific array of athletes, coaches and management and I think we really have the team to, as politicians used to say, ‘bring home the bacon’.  It’s an exciting time for the team and the sport of sailing in Australia”, Yachting Australia president Matt Allen said addressing the guests.

The athletes who have successfully campaigned in London 2012 and have returned to the team for another campaign are gold medallists in the 49er class Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well as Mat Belcher, who post London successfully teamed up with crew Will Ryan (QLD) in the Men’s 470 class.  The world ranked number one duo has been unbeaten since and just added a tenth win in a row in this combination to their lists of successes at the World Cup in Melbourne over the week-end – bringing Mat Belcher’s winning streak to a historic consecutive eighteen race wins.

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Belcher, Ryan extend sailing win streak

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

They were three simple words, but they helped inspire one of Australian sport’s great winning streaks: “Follow your dreams”.

On Saturday, Mathew Belcher won his 18th straight regatta, wrapping up a relatively straight-forward victory with crewmate Will Ryan at the Sail Melbourne World Cup.

Olympic sailing champion Belcher then revealed Australian sailing coach Victor Kovalenko pushed him forward after he won the 470 class gold medal with former crewmate Malcolm Page at the 2012 Olympics.

After the massive high of the London Games and with Page retiring from the sport, Belcher was unsure if he had the motivation for the long, hard campaign towards Rio.

Lucky he changed his mind.

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Yachting Australia AGM – New President, New Directors

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Well known offshore racer and owner of Ichiban, Matt Allen, was elected as President of Yachting Australia at the AGM in Sydney on Saturday 19 October.

Matt has competed in 23 Sydney to Hobart Races and was overall winner in 1983; is a past World Champion in the 11 Metre Class; and four times winner of the Kings Cup. He has a strong background in the governance of the sport as Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race Australian Challenge in 2005/06; Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia from 2007 to 2010, Past Treasurer of the International Farr 40 Class, Chairman of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts since 2005 and a director of Yachting Australia since 2011, serving as Vice President and a member of the Planning and Finance and Nominations Committee.

Allen is former Regional CEO and President of UBS AG Japan and Managing Director of Swiss Bank Corporation in Australia. Never one to stand still, Matt takes delivery of the latest Ichiban in Australia in mid November and will be on the start line for the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race on Boxing Day.

Sarah Kenny was elected Vice President at the same meeting. Sarah became a director of Yachting Australia in late 2010.

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Olympic medallists are back and aiming for Rio gold

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Australian Sailing Team wins three Olympic class medal races on Day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne


On the second day of medal races in the Olympic boat classes at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, the Australian Sailing Team and Squad added three wins in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX medal race fleets to take its overall World Cup medal tally to five gold medals, four silver and five bronze, after winning yesterday?s men?s Laser as well as the 470M.

The tricky, windy conditions, which saw numerous capsizes throughout the mixed multihull medal race.  The first win of the day for the Australian Sailing Team was secured by two time Australian Olympic silver medallist Darren Bundock (NSW) with London 2012 silver medallist Nina Curtis (NSW).

?Today was the windiest conditions we have sailed in.  It was very windy, 25knots, breeze straight off the land, so the conditions were quite extreme.  We had to beat Euan McNicol and Lucinda Whitty and in the last lap we were ahead of them so we started to sail very conservatively.  The two boats in front of us were still pushing quite hard, but they capsized and left it open for us to win.  We are very pleased and happy we didn?t capsize,? Darren Bundock said after the race.

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2013 Australian Yachting Awards finalists announced

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Yachting Australia is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Australian Yachting Awards, with strong competition again a feature in all award categories.

The winners of the 2013 Australian Yachting Awards will be announced on Friday 18 October at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Tickets to the event are limited with further information available at

Winners will be announced in seven categories, Male Sailor of the Year, Female Sailor of the Year, Sailor of the Year with a Disability, Youth Sailor of the Year, Sport Professional Award, Sport Promotion Award and Volunteer Award. A Lifetime Achievement Award and the Yachting Australia President’s Award will also be presented.

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Yachting Australia congratulates Hamilton Island Yacht Club on America’s Cup challenge

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Yachting Australia would like to congratulate the Hamilton Island Yacht Club on being announced as the official Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club announced this morning that they had challenged the Golden Gate Yacht Club and Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup following the American’s win in San Francisco last week.

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club, led by Bob and Sandy Oatley, will work with their American counterparts to plan the 35th America’s Cup.

Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones welcomed today’s announcement, saying that it came at a great time for Australian sailing.

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Marvin Baumiester wins Sail Townsvile Kite Racing

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

You’ve gotta love a kite event that has wind non-stop! That’s what greeted the guys and girl (yes one) who attended Sail Townsville this week.

9m kites were the weapon of choice this event. Big winds, flat water and close racing all came together to shine a whopper of a spotlight on kite racing as a sport in yet another of the ‘sail’ series of events that travels around Australia.

As expected, local shop owner Marvin Baumiester won the event with a very convincing series score of only 20 points from 18 races, winning almost every race. 10 points behind was Dave Sorenson and Rick Black, both from Newcastle, and Jordan Girdis who kept up some very consistent results at the front of the pack for a good finish.  Read more…

Double Sydney Hobart winner in town for Magnetic Island Race Week 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

One of Australia’s most successful big boat sailors and tourism industry scion, the dual Sydney to Hobart winner Bob Steel has entered his 52 footer Quest in the 2013 SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

Steel won the 2002 and 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, the first with his Nelson Marek 46 footer Quest and the second of those with the boat he will be sailing on Cleveland Bay, the big TP52 Quest.

Steel has a great offshore record and has also had great success on the regatta circuit.

He was named the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Racer of the Year in 2003 following that 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart win and in the same year was named Australian IRC Offshore Champion. Read more…

Sail Townsville – QLD Tasar titles –it’s a family affair

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When a baby is on the way, anxious husbands keep mobile phones handy and today, Home Hill sugar cane farmer Aaron Linton, with mobile phone in his sailing jacket, with his second child scheduled to arrive tomorrow was on the water, expecting a call at any moment.

He managed to concentrate enough to take the lead from the 14 boat fleet on the first day of the Queensland Taser championship, being sailed out of Townsville Sailing Club, the first event sailing in the inaugural Sail Townsville regatta.

Postcard sailor conditions for the first race, the northeasterly sea breeze was in, the race started in eight knots and finished in 10.  Read more…

Sail Townsville – first event

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The first event in Sail Townsville 2013, was the Queensland Tasar (doubled handed dinghy) Championships sailed out of Townsville Sailing Club over the weekend. 

Home Hill sugar cane farmer Aaron Linton, a well know FNQ sailor, the pre-event favourite has sailed in three Tasar Australian championships, he has finished second twice and third.

He took the lead from the 14 boat fleet on Saturdayon Cleveland Bay with two wins and a second, with crew Hannah O´Brien.

But the family was close at hand Linton´s younger sister Renee Cordingly sailing with husband Robert, also from Home Hill, had strong upwind speed and finished the day with a win and to seconds.  Read more…