Twelve yachts have officially retired from the race as wind speed in the region of 30 knots, with gusts of up to 40 knots, are being reported. Read more
Shifty south easterly breezes rarely reached more than twelve knots, in stark contrast to the 25-plus knots blasting across the Swan River the day before.
Lewis Bennett murdered his wife, Isabella Hellmann, on the high seas in May, then deliberately sank his catamaran in an ultimately failed attempt to stage an accident, prosecutors allege.
Racing was delayed briefly until a light 5 to 7-knot breeze established itself, however conditions remained challenging throughout the afternoon.
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The regatta attracted 49 competitors from New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland taking on a strong Victorian contingent on home waters.
Irish skipper Cudmore has been a regular and welcome competitor at this event over the past two decades, finishing runner-up on numerous occasions.
Less than 30 nautical miles separates the top two teams, and they are nervously looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack.
Barker will be at the helm of their Congressional Cup and TP52 Super Series campaigns this year.
Juan Yacht Design has been selected to design the next IMOCA 60 ‘Arkea Paprec' which will be skippered by Sébastien Simon.
Sailors from around Victoria, NSW, SA and Tasmania bring their recently restored or new build wooden dinghies to the regatta.
An important safety bulletin has been issued by the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to highlight a safety lesson that has arisen following a fatal man overboard incident in the Indian Ocean.
Close to 1000 competitors are expected, aboard a plethora of sailing craft – from large racing, cruising and sports yachts, to junior dinghies and Sailability vessels.