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  • #31
    Yacht Club Peninsula?


    • #32
      Brought to you by the folks that host the last America's Cup.

      I think they learned the go around when working with the City and the StFYC & GGYC.

      Rather than getting dragged down in red tape an egos, just take over the land between the two YC's with a permit and be done with it.


      • #33
        2 Weeks To Sail GP Sydney Debut

        SYDNEY – February 1, 2019 – The Australian SailGP Team’s revolutionary new F50 set sail on Sydney Harbour for the first time today, as the two-week countdown to SailGP’s inaugural event begins.

        The practice session was the first opportunity for the Australian SailGP Team, skippered by Olympic gold medallist and America’s cup winner Tom Slingsby, to practice on home waters, with the stage nearly set for the world-first SailGP curtain raiser on 15-16 February.

        Sydney SailGP will see Australia compete against five nations, including China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States, before heading to San Francisco, New York City, Cowes (UK) and Marseille (France), where the champion will be crowned.

        Emblazoned with a giant kangaroo, Australia flag, and green and gold paint, the Australia SailGP Team’s wing sailed catamaran is the fastest and most technologically advanced class of race boat in the world, anticipated to reach speeds of up to 100kph (50+ knots).

        The crew – including Slingsby, wing trimmer Kyle Langford and grinders Ky Hurst and Sam Newton – were able to put the F50 through its paces and get to grips with the Sydney Harbour waters for the first time.

        “It’s an amazing feeling to get our Australian boat on Australian water, and right here in Sydney Harbour where all the action will be happening in just two weeks’ time,” said Slingsby.

        “These races are going to be highly competitive but I like our chances. It’s hard to say who will win the league and who’s going to win that first event in Sydney, but I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at it. Australians will get to witness it first-hand before anyone else in the world, so we’re hoping that home-field advantage, and having lots of fans cheering us on, will help give us the edge over the other nations.”

        The six identical F50s, which have taken more than 135,000 man hours – equal to 67 years – to produce, were transported from Whangarei, New Zealand, to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour in January.

        Sydney SailGP will take place on 15-16 February in Sydney Harbour. Tickets for a variety of exclusive spectator experiences are still available for the world-premiere SailGP event at
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        • #34
          Sydney Show Gets Closer

          Tom Slingsby is an Olympic gold medalist, America’s Cup champion, eight-time world champion and proud Australian.
          He can now add helmsman of the Australia SailGP Team to his already impressive c.v. Get to know him here.

          The China SailGP Team boat was officially launched on Sydney Harbour yesterday, kicking off the final preparation for SailGP’s inaugural event on the iconic harbour in just two weeks. The newly unveiled Chinese F50 catamaran – the fifth of six national SailGP boats to be unveiled – is uniformly red from wingtip to hull, and features the national flag and a dragon tattoo

          Tickets are selling fast for the inaugural Sydney SailGP, with just two weeks to go until the fastest, most technologically advanced race boats in the world hit Sydney Harbour for a spectacular show on 15-16 February.

          Get to know Rome Kirby, helmsman of the United States SailGP Team. At only 29 he is already a Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup veteran, and leads a crew of equally young and accomplished American athletes.

          Creating a fleet of six identically matched, sophisticated and complex F50 catamarans in time for the inaugural SailGP event in Sydney next month was a colossal task that has required in excess of 100,000 man hours. The build project was carried out by Core Builders Composites in New Zealand and started by taking three existing platforms and supercharging them. In addition, three new boats were built along identical lines to produce a total of six new platforms that would comply with the newly created F50 one design class rules.
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          • #35
            US Sail GP Team Splashes In Sydney, Announces New Addition

            United States SailGP Team takes flight in Sydney, announces new team member Taylor Canfield

            SYDNEY – February 5, 2019 – Adorned with its bold, brand-new USA graphics, the United States SailGP Team’s
            F50 high-performance catamaran splashed onto on the waters of Sydney Harbor for the first time in preparation for
            SailGP’s inaugural event, set for Sydney Harbour on February 15-16.

            During the first installment of the SailGP championship season, the U.S. SailGP Team, led by veteran helmsman Rome Kirby,
            looks to make its mark facing off against five other national teams – Australia, China, Great Britain, France and Japan.

            Backing that effort, the team announced today that Taylor Canfield, World Match Racing Tour champion and helmsman for
            the 36th America’s Cup challenger, Stars + Stripes Team USA, has joined the young, talented squad as flight controller/tactician.

            “Taylor is a great addition to the team, not only for his world-class experience, but for his competitive intensity on the water and
            laid-back style on land. He is a great fit for our team,” said Kirby.

            In addition to his America’s Cup pursuit, Canfield has been been ranked the No. 1 match racer in the world for three of the past five years.

            “This team is a great group of extremely talented sailors, whom I’ve raced with or against many times,” said Canfield.
            “The SailGP concept is incredible and what this sport has needed for a long time. To be racing at the top level of the sport,
            at extreme speeds against the best in the world – I can’t wait.”

            Of the six teams competing in SailGP, the American squad is the youngest, however the talented squad of Kirby (29), Canfield (30),
            Dan Morris (31), Mac Agnese (24), Hans Henken (26) and Riley Gibbs (22) has stacked between them multiple world championship wins,
            and numerous America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigns to their credit. Agnese, Gibbs and Henken are currently campaigning in
            hopes to quality for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

            The teams will compete in the F50 catamaran, the fastest and most technologically advanced race boat in the world, capable of speeds exceeding 50 knots (60 mph).

            The U.S. SailGP Team will take on the rival teams for a true nation-versus-nation battle culminating with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race at the final in Marseille, France.

            “I think people will be amazed – regardless if they understand sailing or not,” said Kirby. “Imagine six boats flying over the water at 60 mph and jockeying for position to all be first around each mark of the course. No one – sailors or spectators – has ever experienced or watched these incredible speeds before in sailboat racing. Exciting will be an understatement.”

            The U.S. SailGP Team is the only team to host two events in their home country, one on each coast: San Francisco (May 4-5) and New York (June 21-22). San Francisco event details can be found at and tickets will go on sale February 21.

            Broadcast and streaming details will be announced in shortly, along with the launch of a second-screen mobile app, allowing American fans to follow and support their home team. Tickets for a variety of exclusive spectator experiences are available at
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            • #36
              I wonder how well match racing skills in a slow non planing monohull translate into high-speed foiling boats?


              • #37
                Didn't work out well for Dean Barker.


                • #38
                  The broadcast for the Sydney event West Coast here is 12:00 AM to 02OO on Saturday 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM Sunday .

                  2 day delay and less than prime time, unless you get the app and watch on your iphone.


                  • #39
                    Live time is 9:00 pm tonite.

                    Doubt the little lady would be into two hours of foiling on Valentines.


                    • #40
                      Sydney Harbor

                      Sydney Harbour provided a spectacular backdrop for the launch of SailGP. Pre-favorite Japan SailGP Team capitalized on slick crew work and prior big foiling catamaran experience on day 1 of the world premiere of SailGP.

                      The Japanese team, led by Nathan Outteridge, posted a huge victory in race 1 followed by two second places, a performance that has them leading the hometown favorites by one point midway through the championship opening event.

                      With adrenaline coursing through the veins and cool heads, Slingsby’s Australian team rallied for two commanding comeback wins, in races 2 and 3. Their surprise fourth in the opening race pulled the team in behind the overall leader Japan when the day’s points were counted.

                      “Our team did really well,” said Japan SailGP Team helmsman Outteridge. “That was the first time we’ve ever done a race together as a group. We made some errors but obviously we made less errors than everyone else. For the first day of SailGP and the first day for our team I couldn’t ask for more.


                      “It was an incredible day. The breeze came in at the perfect moment and it was fantastic to see so many people out watching. There were some really good battles on the water; we loved every moment of it.”

                      Slingsby put their disappointing race 1 result down to poor boat handling on the revolutionary F50, and failing to pick the right side of the course in tricky easterlies, between 6 and 10 knots. Although did hit the top speed of the day, reaching 34 knots in under 10 knots of breeze.

                      “It wasn’t the start we wanted,” Australia SailGP Team helmsman Tom Slingsby admitted. “We had a list of things to go through after that and we got better starts and got away from the pack. When we sailed by ourselves it was pretty obvious to see we are fast. We just have to get out of the pack and get free.”

                      The rivalry between the six national teams was strong but at the top of the fleet the fight between the Australian and Japanese team was heating up.

                      “It’s out of Nathan’s hands; if we perform we’ll beat him,” said Slingsby, who finished the day on 27 points.

                      Outteridge shot back with, “The Australians are easily beatable – they beat us today because we made mistakes.”

                      Day one of the two-day championship drew overwhelming support from thousands of people on spectator vessels and those enjoying the front row fan seats on Shark Island.

                      Third overall on the pointscore is the Great Britain SailGP skippered by Dylan Fletcher.

                      Racing continues on Saturday February 16 before the championship moves to Event 2, in San Francisco.

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                      • #41
                        Additional Sydney Action Day 1

                        Images courtesy SailGP France

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                        • #42
                          Outteridge And Slingsby Duel To The Finish

                          Thousands of spectators turn out to watch the green and gold take victory on home waters

                          SYDNEY – February 16, 2019 – The first ever SailGP was witnessed by more than 20,000 people who took to the water on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, providing the perfect amphitheater for the season kick off.

                          Two intense days of racing saw six national teams do battle in the world’s most technologically advanced catamarans, competing to get the first points on the leaderboard and closer to the $1 million Season 1 prize.

                          In front of cheering crowds, the green and gold F50 race boat of the Australia SailGP Team, helmed by local hero Tom Slingsby, won the final race of the day to earn the title in the opening event over Japan.

                          The Olympic gold medallist and his crew of flight controller and tactician Jason Waterhouse, wing trimmer Kyle Langford, grinders Sam Newton and Ky Hurst, and Kinley Fowler gave a masterclass to the rest of the fleet.

                          Though it was pre-race favourite Nathan Outteridge and his Japanese team who were leading going into the final day and looked set to upset the home crowd, Slingsby and his team were quick off the block on the second day, winning the first race and shortly following it up with another race win.

                          A second and a third for Outteridge’s Japan team guaranteed their place in the final match race and a chance to go head to head against the home team and line up against a close friend and fierce rival. The Australian team’s practice over the last few weeks paid off, and they lead the Japanese off the start and never looked back.

                          “We don’t take losing lightly and that first race of the event really shot us into gear,” Slingsby said. “I couldn’t be happier with how today went. I hold my team to a high standard and they really over delivered.

                          “I don’t know which day had more spectators but it looked unbelievable again today, amazing the turnout for the first event of its kind in Sydney.”

                          Japan finished the first event with 45 points, three behind the Australians.

                          “Compared to the Australians, we’ve only done five days as a sailing team and I think that was what showed against them. But the fact we were even racing was incredible and to make the match race was just awesome. I am really proud of the whole team and what we have achieved in such a short time,” said Outteridge.

                          Third overall on the leaderboard with 36 points is Great Britain skippered by Dylan Fletcher. The British team under the command of Olympian Chris Draper was quick off the start and showed moments of promise but admitted they would be studying the data to ensure they were faster and more polished for San Francisco.

                          SailGP CEO Russell Coutts concluded, “A huge congratulations to Tom, Nathan and their teams. It has been a fantastic event and I want to say thank you to Sydney for supporting the event. It has been a great venue to launch SailGP."

                          Next stop for SailGP is San Francisco, May 4-5, 2019, when the young guns of the United States Team will be hoping to emulate Slingsby’s success and score a victory on home waters.

                          NOTE: Team USA had a 3rd, two 5ths and two 6ths in the round robin elimination round and finished in 16th overall.
                          With light wins and little local knowledge in Sydney Harbor, the USA Team hope to make amends in front of the home crowds
                          in SF and NY.
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                          • #43
                            Interesting opinion piece by Justin Chisholm:


                            • #44
                              50 Days And Counting

                              Less than 50 days until our first home event on iconic San Francisco Bay. Will that be where the 50 knot barrier is broken? Find out May 4-5, 2019.
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                              • #45

                                "And for your efforts to promote the event, the sport and all it stands for"

                                Love Russell and Company
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