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The huts are self-propelled and come equipped with a skipper, water, ice and coolers; the charterer is responsible for alcoholic beverages.

As the beacon was registered with AMSA, the AMSA Response Centre in Canberra had details of the yacht so they had a better understanding of the situation, while using the PLB locator to track the exact position of the MOB.

The website has enjoyed strong advertising support since it began in 2008, making it a profitable venture.

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The need to re-sail Race 2 of the NSW Championship, due to the 40-knot winds which battered Sydney Harbour late last year, created a situation which meant that today's race was also Race 1 of the 2020-2021 Australian Championship.

Dates for the 2021 regatta are 19-25 April, a traditional Autumn timeslot when weather conditions tend to be favourable.

John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton won the start and were never headed over the entire North-East course before going on to record a comfortable 1m 36s victory over the Smeg team.

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Having cut the deck off, the biggest component of this restoration project was a new design for the foredeck.

Its hull is shaped to reduce ice pressure by deflecting it downwards, much like the Arctic drilling rig Kulluk, a bowl-shaped floating platform designed to ride up over encroaching ice.

It has been a while since a new Swan came to Australia, so Phil Ross checks out how it stacks up.

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