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Women’s racing on river

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Women’s racing on river

WOMEN’S racing is on display this weekend on Mooloolah River in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba. Four teams of three crews each will contest the Mooloolaba Yacht Club Women’s Series in the Elliott 6 metre yachts. Racing is on tomorrow and Sunday starting at 11am both days.

Brisbane skipper Jennifer Tooth will be up against local skippers Kerrie Glen, Lauren Calder and Suzanne Arms. All the skippers are experienced racers, but have not previously raced the Elliott 6s in a two-boat competition.

The forecast is for light winds so spectators should see plenty of close racing on the tight river course in the round-robin series.

ETCHELLS Australasian Winter Championship welcomes an international fleet to Mooloolaba starting next Thursday. Entry numbers are still at the 30 mark, but with official close of entries not until Monday and late entries accepted, the final number is likely to reach 40 to 45.

The current  list reads like a whose-who of Australian sailing with Olympic, world and national sailing champions spotted among the skippers and crews.  Current World Champion Tom King leads the list, followed by America’s Cup legend John Bertrand, Mooloolaba 2004 Etchells World Champion winning crew member Greg Torpy and defending Winters champion Matthew Chew, just to name a few.

Sydney’s Jeanne-Claude Strong continues to be the only female helm. She has consistently and successfully raced in the Etchells class for the last five years. She will have on the bow the youngest competitor in the fleet, Tiana Wittey, who at 14 years old is already a veteran of two winter championships and one world championship.

Racing in the three-day regatta starts on Friday and can be viewed from the Mooloolaba waterfront.

MAROOCHY Sailing Club has announced their 2012/13 season winners. The top trophies went to – Todd Billington (Sid Elliot Trophy for the Youth Champion in the Open Fleet), Fraser Brew (Charlie Smith Encouragement, novice youth, Trophy), Zach Edwards (Randall Wimberley, cadet youth, Improvement Trophy), Kerrie Styan and Kylie Scofield (Commodore’s Cup Service to the Club Award), James Scott (MSC Young Brats’ Service to the Club Award) and John Ladewig and Tim Edwards (MSC Old Buffers’ Service to the Club Award).

AMERICA’S CUP boats are back on the water in San Francisco following the release of the safety recommendations report by the Review Committee Chair Iain Murray. The committee took six days to formulate the list of 37 recommendations. Key among the list is the reduction in the wind limits and the prospect of flexible starting times. All recommendations now need to be accepted by the teams and the documents governing the event altered.