Training for 2013 Sydney to Hobart

Fairfax journalist Liam Phelan at the helm training for the Sydney Hobart on the Clipper 68, CV5 on Sydney Harbour.

Fairfax journalist Liam Phelan and his crew mates trained on Sydney Harbour this week for the 2013 Sydney to Hobart yacht race onboard the Clipper 68, CV5. Photos: Dallas Kilponen.

All right, I must be mad sailing to Hobart - but please don't let me be seasick

Liam Phelan Don't die, don't fall in and don't vomit.

Brush with death steels sailor for Sydney to Hobart attempt

Scott Cavanough, down below in the bow onboard the 98ft supermaxi, Betchoice Lahana, for this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In October this year, Scott was forced to abandon his 2010 Brett Bakewell-White designed prototype yacht, 797,  while mid-Atlantic in the Mini Transat Race. The boat dismasted following a collision with a tanker causing severe damage to her bow. 21st December 2011Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Nicole Hasham IT TAKES 20 minutes for an ocean tanker to turn from a speck on the horizon to a roaring, 100,000-tonne brute about to steamroll your boat in the middle of the Atlantic.

Baby body discovery rocks Hobart suburb

The discovery of a newborn baby's body at a park has rocked a southern Hobart suburb.

Sea Shepherd docks in Hobart

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After intense months of battling Japanese whaling ships on the high seas, the two anti-whaling Sea Shepherd vessels are back in Australia.

Naked city: Special Ops vet and Patch do the hard yards

Naked City John Silvester dinkus

John Silvester Tough guys shouldn't own fluffy poodle-type pups, particularly one with a ridiculously cute name such as Patch.

Teens taking alcohol cue from parents: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study


Kate Hagan Teenagers whose parents supply them with alcohol in early adolescence are three times more likely to be drinking full serves by age 16 than those whose parents do not supply alcohol, a study has...

Playing God

The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.Work by Joe Benke.  The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.
Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,
Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.
Work by Joe Benke.

Bridie Smith With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.

Fireball over Sydney was a piece of space junk

Space junk

Esther Han Statistically, one person will be hit by a piece of space junk and killed in the next 50 years, scientists say. But there is no need to worry, because even that statistic is alarmist.

Australian round-the-world sailors relieved to see the finish in Clipper race

The big blue: Daniel Ho at the helm of Team Garmin on the Clipper round-the-world yacht race.

Liam Phelan After 40,000 miles, almost 11 months, six continents and a few heart-stopping moments, Daniel Ho has finally joined an elite group of round-the-world sailors.

Labor takes aim at top bureaucrat's critique


Mark Kenny Friction over the federal budget continues before next week's sitting of the new Senate.

Houses, dollar to fall warns Reserve Bank

Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has warned home owners that "people should not assume that prices always rise" when deciding to buy property.

Australia should get tougher on mortgages, superannuation: RBA

Eryk Bagshaw, Chris Jenkins The Head of the Financial Stability at the RBA has said the Murray review should look into housing finance.

Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood gravely ill

Tasmnia's Governor Peter Underwood with former premier David Bartlett.

Andrew Darby Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood, AC, is gravely ill after a kidney cancer operation, the state's Government House said on Monday.

Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood dies

Governor of Tasmania Peter Underwood has died a month after having a tumour removed from his kidney.

Tasmania Governor Peter Underwood remembered

Andrew Darby Peter Underwood, AC, a British child migrant who grew up to become Chief Justice and then Governor of Tasmania, has died in office after suffering kidney cancer.

Terror strikes mid-thigh for 700 in Dark Mofo nude swim

Nude Solstice Swim

Joel Meares When I met Launceston couple Philip and Rhonda Mackrill, I knew that in just a few short minutes we'd be getting nude together. 

Anzac Day: in the shadow of those lost, students get a poignant reminder of war

Zoe Bell, a student from St Leonard’s College in Melbourne, at Villers-Bretonneux.

Nick Miller An Australian schoolgirl unexpectedly wells up with tears over a nameless Fromelles gravestone. Zoe Bell, 17, of St Leonard’s College in Melbourne, isn’t usually like this, her teacher tells me.

Cranky ladies resurrected from history in planned anthology

Oodgeroo Noonucal reading poetry.

Linda Morris Oodgeroo Noonuccal deserves to be a good deal more famous than she is.

Kate, Crown Princess Mary meet for second time

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband, Britain's Prince William (L), look at a portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra April 24, 2014. Prince William and his wife are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son, Prince George. REUTERS/Lukas Coch/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS)

Andrew Drummond The Duchess of Cambridge has come face to face with Australia's home-grown princess at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery.