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Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

The Australian team performed well at the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds. In particular I want to call out the results of Anna Phillip from Sandringham and Sorrento who finished 8th. I watched Anna finish in the top 10 at the Laser 4.7 Worlds a couple of years back so was not surprised to see another top ten result from this young sailor. Anna needs to be congratulated for undertaking a gruelling training regime and overseas sailing campaign and completing her VCE at the same time! Well done Anna.
Alistair Young from WA also produced another fine effort. I have watched Alistair through Opt’s and saw him sail most recently in Melbourne where he qualified for the Youth spot. Alistair has a natural ability in the boat that is also honed by practice with elite coaches and a fantastic squad in his home state of WA.
Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith broke through for a top 10 in the 420 and Victorians Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes in the multihulls also finished with a top ten which was a great result given they don’t get a lot of people to train and compete with locally. Jim Colley and Shaun Connor had a roller coaster regatta in the 29er as did the other Australian representatives. See full report at—Four-top-ten-finishes-for-Australians/124650

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

We have opened up shop on Instagram. Check out out sailing pics from the past, present and even into the future at #sailingshack on Instagram.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

The Open Bic which is a great boat for those stepping up from an Opti, Minnow or Sabot and too small for a Laser (parents love it – no stays, no sail ties, no maintenance!) are having their Nationals at Sandringham Yacht Club in January 2015 with 100 plus boats expected. OTB Marine in Melbourne has a special pricing offer on a shipment of new boats.Special Pre Order deal (order & pay a $500 Deposit before 31st July) for a delivery of boats early September 2014 ready for the start of the sailing season. This is a Once Off limited offer to all Victorian sailors. See

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

Ben Hartnett shot & edited a new video at the Gippsland Lakes over Easter. The Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club ran their 30 miler and then Round Raymond Island races and we decided to shoot the racing Trimaran’s and Mosquito’s that attended as they were awesome to see under kite and so fast!
Check out the footage at

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

The 2014 Victorian Youth Championships were sailed at McCrae YC over the weekend of April 12th/13th. The Laser Radial Division was won by Sailing Shack’s Ben Hartnett from a fast finishing Will Fox. Over 100 yachts competed with the Lasers the most dominate class with over 53 boats followed by the Optimist with 37 boats. In the Optis Hugo Llwelyn the current Victorian Champion won from Harrison Sly and Nick Joel. The 420’s were dominated by Nick Sharman and James Grogan while the 29ers were won by Nicola Armstrong. James Hackett won the Minnows. Full results are at