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Trans-Tasman sailing record

Trans-Tasman sailing record

Sean Langman and his crew on the Orma 60 trimaran dubbed Team Australia set a potential speed sailing record last weekend. They smoked across the Tasman from Sydney to Auckland in 2 days, 19 hours, 2 minutes and 45 seconds, averaging 18.8 knots. "We had perfect conditions. Essentially we beam-reached on port to the tip of New Zealand, gybed, parked for a couple of hours then beam-reached on starboard to the finish, a scenario that is basically unheard of. I reckon this record could stand for many years," said the delighted Langman. En route they hit a suspected shark coming out of Sydney and another large fish off the NZ coast. Langman said he has other Pacific records in his sights.

Sydney to Hobart update

With less than a week to go before entries close to the 69th Sydney to Hobart Race, the bluewater classic is shaping up to be a high-tech battle. More than 80 crews have lodged their intent to race, including reigning record holder Wild Oats XI, Bob Oatley's ever-evolving super maxi, and Spirit of Mateship, the Volvo 60 formerly raced as Southern Excellence. Spirit of Mateship will be crewed by 10 wounded, injured or ill current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, known as Brave Mates. They intend to raise money for the Mates4Mates charity. Of course, Wild Oats XI is line honours favourite, especially after recent modifications that include a radical, retractable, hydrofoil-type wing to make her even faster sailing downwind. Entries close on November 1 at 5pm.

Learn-to-sail day

Discover Sailing Day is happening at sailing clubs around NSW tomorrow. Registered participants have the option to go for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around club facilities and discover sailing programs and courses. There is something for the whole family and even kids can sail when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some clubs offer facilities accessible to people with a disability, too. They are free to attend and clubs provides all boats and safety equipment. Bring clothes and shoes with clear or white soles that you don't mind getting wet, sunscreen, and a hat. For a list of participating clubs and details see discoversailing.org.au.

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