David Kellett speaks at 70th Maria Island dinner

Eminent yachtsman David Kellett has sailed south in 43 Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, but never in Tasmania’s major ocean race, the Maria Island Race. But he fully understands the potential perils of the final 90 nautical miles from Maria Island to Hobart, including rounding Tasman Island, applicable to both races. K... More

Maria Island test for Melbourne to Osaka yachts

Two Tasmanian yachts entered for the 5,500 nautical mile double-handed race from Melbourne to Osaka in Japan next year will contest this weekend’s 70th TasPorts Maria Island Race. Force Eleven and Morning Star are among 15 entrants for the 180 nautical mile race and have been accepted as double-handed entries for the ... More

Winning river race for Derwent Sailing Squadron

Not only was it the turn of the Derwent Sailing Squadron to run Saturday’s Combined Clubs summer pennant river race but club members and their boats dominated results. On a perfect day for sailing on the Derwent, DSS club manager Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 35cr Philosopher won each handicap category of Group 1, PHS, ... More

Rob Gough’s masterly performance at BMW Showdown

  Hobart businessman and champion sailor Rob Gough is emerging as one of the strongest local contenders for the 2018 World championship for the SB20 one-design sports boats. Gough yesterday steered Difficult Woman to an impressive overall win at the hotly contested BMW Showdown regatta on the River Derwent where ... More

30 knot sou’wester limits BMW Showdown racing

A chlly sou’wester howling down from a snow-capped mountain at 30 knots, along with visibility-reducing rain showers, and hail, was not conducive to pleasant and safe racing in the BMW Showdown this afternoon. Wisely, principal race officer Nick Hutton ‘pulled the pin’ early for all courses as the sou’wester ... More

Top SB20 sailors in BMW Showdown

The two top-placed Australian SB20 skippers at this year’s World Championship and Cowes Week Grand Slam on the Isle of Wight, England, have entered for the coming weekend’s BMW Showdown regatta on the River Derwent. Michael Cooper, skippering Export Roo, finished a close second in the Worlds while Elliott Noye, ... More

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Entries close with 110 yachts

Last year’s overall winner and the record-breaking line honours victor are among the quality 110 entries, including a record 31 internationals, received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts at 1pm on Boxing Day. Giacomo, the V70 New Zealander Jim ... More

Long race double to Don Calvert’s Intrigue

Octogenarian yachtsman Don Calvert obviously has lost none of his tactical sailing skills on the River Derwent and Storm Bay with his 33-year-old Castro 40 Intrigue. Calvert steered Intrigue to a double handicap victory in Group 1 of today’s Combined Clubs long day pennant race, winning both IRC and AMS scoring ... More

91 entries so far for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

With entries closing on Friday week, 27 October, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has so far received 91 entries for the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Late entries of boats from Russian and South Korea, and the dozen Clipper Race competitors have boosted e international entries. In addition to these boats, ... More

Excellent turnout for Combined Clubs River Race

Doctor Who, one of Tasmania’s most successful racing yachts of the past three decades, yesterday made a winning comeback in the opening race of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant, a river race on the Derwent. Skippered by Rod Jackman, the black-hulled sloop which won its division of the Sydney Hobart race in 1990, ... More