Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team aboard Transfusion have won the Pittwater event in the Farr40 class here in Sydney. It was a very close regatta. the boys won the final two heats in emphatic style to win by five points.
It gives the boys a very good start to the Farr40 season, as it comes on the back of their victory in the first event at Port Stephens two weeks ago. I have been working as a coach with the team for the same amount of time, so all is rosy in camp Transfusion at present. We like that! (more…)
Last Friday I travelled to Melbourne to sail with John Bertrand in his new Etchells for a couple of days. This was the start of a worlds campaign in the class. The worlds are to be held in Melb (out of Brighton) during March ‘09.
John had asked me to think about sailing with him prior to me heading to China for the Olympics, but I had to decline, as Iain was planning to compete and I was very keen to continue sailing with the Big Fella. However, soon after the games, Iain decided that spending time with family and concentrating on business was a bigger priority than launching into another campaign (nice call BF). (more…)
Last weekend I joined ther Farr40 team Transfusion as coach for the first event of the Aussie Farr40 season at Port Stephens.
It was a great setting at the Peppers Anchorage resort and a wonderful way to meet and to get to know all of the team. It was the first time I had met the owner and steerer of the boat, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. (more…)
On Tuesday 7th October, we attended the launching of the new 18 footer Gotta Love it Seven at Jones Bay Wharf on the shores of Sydney Harbour.
It was a great night. The weather was very kind to us. David Leckie, the CEO of the Seven Network was very complimentary of the achievements of Seve, Sam and Rob over the past two years and also welcomed Tom Clout to the team, who is replacing Rob on the crew for this season. David also re-affirmed his company’s commitment to the skiffs and the sport in general. A lot of love in the room…
David then handed over to Channel Seven presenter, Kylie Gillies, who did the honors with ther champagne in very stylish fashion. The boat looked great and is a tribute to the builder, Van Munster Boats and also the crew, who have put in a huge amount of their time over the previous month to fit her out.
Some photos are posted here
Our new addition to the team, Tom Clout wrote the following as an update on the Seven Skiff campaign:
Gotta Love It Seven launches into a new season in the 18footers league
Written by Tom Clout – Team Seven
After several weeks of working long into the evenings to prepare our new skiff for the 2008/09 season, we put the new skiff in the water for the first time last Sunday. (more…)
Australia has a new sailing world champion as of two hours ago here in Newport.
Sydney’s Guy Stenning and his team, consisting of Darren Jones (Mainsheet), Steve Maconaghy (Tactician), Tristram Eldershaw (Pitman), Curtis Florence (Bow), Steve Quigly (trim and strategy) and Tim Davis (trimmer), sailing aboard Optimum, won the event by four points from Jim Richardson’s talented team aboard Barking Mad.
Optimum went into the last day with a nine point advantage over Barking Mad, with Farr40 legend Vincenzo Onarato in third place overall. (more…)