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Editor’s note
This week, SailsLIVE furnishes a sneak preview of a crop of exciting new Beneteau models heading to our shores over the next few months. Flagstaff Marine has secured the very latest offerings from the global yacht leader, including the Oceanis 40.1. With a Marc Lombard designed hull, sleek profile and a host of smart-tech features, the first Oceanis 40.1 will arrive in Sydney in September.

SailGP is in hiatus until next season but Australia SailGP’s Wing Trimmer Kyle Langford is busy preparing for a very fast lap of the planet aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Apparently Kyle is punishing himself on the bike and is in regular virtual races against other elite sailors.

Iain Murray’s extensive experience running the pressure cooker of an America’s Cup racing series has seen him appointed as the Independent Regatta Director for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland. It’s the third time the Big Fella has taken on the job and reflects the standing he is held in by the international sailing community. We heartily congratulate him on the new role.

Finally, when is a tender also a work of art? Well, a new Col Bailey built, Andy Dovell design fits the bill with each plank individually shaped and tapered. And you can sail it as well.
The latest round of changes in relation to COVID-19:
  • Australian Sailing teams up with Zhik to launch the Australian eSailing National Challenge.
  • SailGP Season 2 is rescheduled until 2021 – results from 2020 Sydney SailGP will be null and void. 
  • Multihull Solutions has taken another step in keeping cruising enthusiasts afloat during COVID-19 lockdowns with the launch of an innovative webinar series.
Stay well and see you on the water when it is safe for all of us.
Scott Alle
Industry news
On the horizon
Groupe Beneteau, the world’s largest boatbuilder, has re-started production and a much anticipated batch of new models is on way to Australia.
Read more
Fuelling ambition  
We speak to Australian sailor Kyle Langford as he prepares for his latest Ocean Race campaign.  
Design feature
Super dinghy
A new dinghy design from Andy Dovell blends the traditional with the cutting edge.  
America's Cup
Guiding hand
Iain Murray appointed as Independent Regatta Director for the 36th America’s Cup.  
Race & regatta
Safe move
SailGP organisers have taken the step to reschedule Season 2 to 2021.  
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