Moth Nationals, day 1: McKnight heads the leader board

Hobart’s River Derwent turned on perfect conditions, a freshening summer sea breeze of 15-20 knots,   for the start of competition in the International Moth Australian championship. The sailors responded with some extraordinary speed dashes on their foiler Moths, incredibly close mark roundings and tight finishes in ... More

Foiler Moths start their ‘Derwent Dash’

Australia’s fastest single-handed dinghy sailors, aboard their foiler Moths, today began their ‘Derwent Dash’, turning on spectacular speeds in practice races for their Australian championship. In just 15-16 knots easterly breeze, the top boats were reaching 20 knots plus across the river, completing the ... More

Sabot Nationals, Finals: Victory to Drummoyne sailor

Two straight wins today clinched the 53rd Sabot Australian championship for 14-year-old Brin Liddell, sailing Speed Demon from Drummoyne Sailing Club on Sydney Upper Harbour. While New South Wales and Queensland sailors dominated overall results in these eight foot long dinghies, Tasmania’s team had three sailors in ... More

Sabot Nationals, day 4: Tassie sailor now third overall

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailor Daniel Maree, sailing Loose Cannon, has moved sharply up the leader board to be third overall in the 53rd Sabot Australian championship on the River Derwent. Maree has lifted from eighth overall at end of day three to be third overall with a fourth and a third yesterday in the 51 boat ... More

Sabot Nationals, Day 3: Five winners in six races

Six races sailed, and five different winners! That underlines the high level of competition in the 53rd Sabot Australian Championships being sailed on Hobart’s River Derwent. Overall leader Brin Liddell (Speed Demon) representing the Southern NSW Zone won his first race in race six yesterday,  extending his lead to ... More

Sabots, day 2: Changes at the top

For more than a century the tiny Sabot junior sailing dinghy has produced some of the world’s best sailors – and the best in the class are on show on the River Derwent this week. A fleet of near  60 young sailors,  aged from seven to 15, is contesting the 53rd Australian championships out of the Royal Yacht Club ... More

Sabot Nationals day 1: Queenslanders dominate

Teenage Queensland sailing rivals Luke Richmond and Talia Bulstrode are sharing top billing after day one of the 53rd Sabot Australian championships on Hobart’s River Derwent. Luke, sailing Carbon Copy, is in the South Queensland Sabot Association, Talia, helming Wobbly Boot, is representing the North Queensland ... More

LOYAL skipper and his crew maintained their faith

The bookies didn’t back LOYAL to win line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but the crew backed themselves in terms of maintaining their faith in a boat that was built to be the fastest super maxi in the world but that had never delivered, not as Speedboat nor Rambler nor Perpetual LOYAL. ... More

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Another year for TP52s?

Rolex Sydney Hobart skipper Matt Allen announced today he will leave his more comfortable 60 foot, purpose-built for the race Carkeek 60 at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia dock, choosing to be flung around on his TP52, Ichi Ban, on Boxing Day. Allen has been waiting for a clearer picture of the weather models ... More

Swarm of Sabots on the Derwent

Ocean racing yachts finishing their races from Sydney, Launceston and Melbourne’s won’t have Hobart’s River Derwent to themselves next week – near on 60 tiny Sabot dinghies will be out there racing too. The Royal Yacht of Tasmania,  in addition to finishing the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet of about 90 start... More