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Sail-News.com.au is about connecting sailors and sailing news. It’s about giving voice to sailing news from both amateur and professional sources, without restriction due to by professional relationships.

We are a group of enthusiastic, some may say obsessed, sailors who live for news on what is happening in sailing, particularly what is happening in small and big clubs, and small and big events in Australia. We want to hear about all types of sailing disciplines – big boat, dinghies, radio controlled, land sailing, kiteboarding and more. Whatever you want to call the sailing you are doing, we want to hear from you.

You provide the news and/or photos and we will do our best to get it out there, get it seen !

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Guidelines for submitting to Sail-News.com.au

Please read through these guidelines which detail what information we will or won’t accept on this website.

While we don’t expect every submitted story to be expertly written, we ask that you take care to ensure accuracy of content, no plagiarism, appropriate grammar, suitable story length, quote information source(s) accurately and no profanity.

You must own the story that you are submitting.

Stories must be current.

We are looking to you to provide the latest in sailing / boating / cruising and dinghy news. The story should be about what is happening now or what is going to happen very soon.

Aim for quality in what you submit.

Use proper English, spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.

Ensure your story has an appropriate end. Avoid ending your story abruptly.

Don’t use too many words; be succinct, be direct, be clear in what you write.

Don’t use italics for emphasis unless it is mandatory that you need to highlight a word or phrase.

Do use italics for boat names.

Always spell out ‘and’ unless an ampersand (&) is part of the trademark or name of a company.

Don’t use caps for a person’s position – eg. event director, race officer – but do use caps for a person’s name – John Smith.

Don’t use caps in spelling out a name unless it is a trademark of a company.

Don’t use full stops between abbreviations – eg Yachting Australia should be YA.

Use double inverted commas to indicate a quote – “We have chosen to lodge a protest”, Smith said. Do use single inverted commas to indicate a quote within a quote.

Spell out the numbers one to ten, then use numerals.

  • Do spell out numbers when used in headings.
  • Use numerals to indicate large numbers – 1,000, 3 million.
  • Use 1st, 2nd and 3rd for places.
  • Use numerals for dates – 10 October 2013.

Avoid long paragraphs. Three to four short sentences is the most you should aim for in a paragraph.

Break you paragraphs up where a logical break occurs. This will help the reader to absorb the information you are providing them and give them to chance to remember it.

Use the same tense throughout the story. If you start in the past, stay in the past.

Be careful that you use the right word for the right use – there vs their, too vs to, its vs it’s, affect vs effect.

Is your story a Media / Press Release ?

Media / Press Releases are welcome. We want to help you get your news out ! However, we would appreciate you using a different article header than the one you have used on the Media / Press Release that you have sent out as to lots of different websites and email addresses.

We reserve the right to restrict publication of any article we feel doesn’t fit the intentions of this website.