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Extreme Sailing Series
heads to Sydney
Extreme Sailing Series has confirmed
Sydney, Australia, as the host venue for the
final Act of the 2016 season, in partnership
with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
For the third consecutive year, the eight-
Act global tour will culminate in Sydney,
from the 8-11 December – but it is the first
time local spectators will be able to see the
new breed of GC32 hydro-foiling catamarans
in action on the world famous harbour.
The event will be run from a new location
at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
The award-winning global circuit is
now in its tenth year and is visiting Sydney
after stops in Muscat (Oman), Qingdao
(China), Cardiff (UK), Hamburg (Germany),
St Petersburg (Russia), and Portuguese
venues Madeira Islands and Lisbon.
The Ngalawa Cup
The Ngalawa Cup launched last year
and, running bi-annually, races for over
300km off the coast of Tanzania, snaking
around the Zanzibar Archipelago.
The race, which involves reaching a
series of regular check points on various
beaches and islands, looks to test its
competitors’ sailing and endurance skills
by stripping things back to basics through
the use of Ngalawas.
Ngalawas are traditional fishing boats
whose hulls are carved by hand from
mango trees with outriggers lashed on.
With a double outrigger, which acts as a
hydrofoil for stability, and a triangular
lateen sail, the boats can sail at speed
remarkably close to the wind.
The next race is due to set sail on
30th December this year (starting on
Zanzibar Island and finishes in Kilwa) and
is hoping to attract 25 teams from around
the world. An ‘average’ team should be
looking to complete the race in 9 days.
To find out more visit <www.
Safety Day at the CYCA
There is a lot of misinformation about
what can and cannot be provided in the
case of an emergency call such as a May
Day or Pan Pan.
Also as there is nowhere more isolated
than a yacht at sea especially in heavy
weather what is the best way to get medical
help if an accident or serious illness occurs.
On October 30 at the CYCA Rushcutters
Bay commencing at 10am the answer to all
of these questions will be available by the
relevant organisations that deal with such
all that is asked is that you signal your
intention of attending on the CYCA website
http://www.cyca.com .au or contacting
CYCA reception on (02) 8292 7800.
Australian Boat Race
The Australian Boat Race returns
to Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning
23rd October as men’s and women’s
rowing eights from Sydney and Melbourne
Universities are pitted against each other
in two 4.3 kilometre match races across the
inner harbour from Woolwich to Cockle Bay.
Silver medallists from the Rio Olympics,
Sasha Belonogoff and Cam Girdlestone
have nominated for the Sydney men’s
crew and Josh Booth for the Melbourne
RMS have granted an Aquatic Licence
to enable these high speed rowing eights
to compete in this area. This event provides
a unique spectacle combining the beauty
of the Sydney Harbour setting with the
fierce rivalry between Australia’s two
oldest universities and two of the major
competitive rowing clubs in the country.
Spectators can see the races broadcast
from the water and from the overhead
chopper on a big screen in Cockle Bay,
Darling Harbour from 8am to 10am.
An impressive fleet of tall ships
will provide a stunning backdrop for
the forthcoming MyState Australian
Wooden Boat Festival to be held on
Hobart’s magnificent waterfront from 10 -13
Eleven featured vessels including the
James Craig, One and All, Enterprize and the
UK-based Tenacious will gather in Hobart for
the four days of the festival, transforming
Hobart’s beautiful harbour into a spectacle
reminiscent of yesteryear.
SV Tenacious is the largest wooden boat
built in the UK in the last 100 years and is
specially designed to make it possible for
disabled sailors to ‘work the ship’ on her
ocean-going, blue-water passages.
In addition to the ‘featured vessels’
there around 500 other wooden boats both
afloat and ashore, including scores that are
making their way from interstate.
The usual highlights of the MyState
Australian Wooden Boat Festival will
again be present including the Maritime
Marketplace and the International Wooden
Boat Symposium. This year there is a stellar
line-up of speakers planned including
international guests Ron Holland, Ben
Mendlowitz and Steve Stone among others.
The Symposium is gathering strength as
one of the world’s leading convocations of
maritime experts in design, restoration,
maritime history and practical applications
of interest to the international community
of wooden boat enthusiasts.
2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Gone Fishing Day
Australia’s first ever national Gone
Fishing Day is being held on Sunday 16th
October, with thousands of Australians
expected to cast a line at recreational fishing
events across the nation.
Recreational fishing is Australia’s biggest
leisure sporting activity with an estimated
five million Australians spending a massive
$10 billion each year to catch a fish.
Gone Fishing Day has partnered
with the Australian Recreational Fishing
Foundation, (ARFF) Australian Fishing Trade
Association (AFTA), Keep Australia Fishing,
and Clemenger BBDO to celebrate the great
Aussie pastime and back the industry.
See <www.gonefishingday.org> and the
Facebook page of the same name to get
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