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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Antarctic ice-drill a climate snapshot

David Beniuk Antarctic science's holy grail of a million-year climate record is a step closer following a successful ice-drilling expedition.

Battle of Coral Sea remembered at Australian-American Memorial

The Last Post is played during the Battle of the Coral Sea commemoration at Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Square     in Russell.

David Ellery US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Tony Abbott have used the 72nd anniversary of the defeat of the Japanese at the Battle of the Coral Sea to reaffirm the American-Australian alliance.

Turning the tide for disability

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Liam Phelan A 15-year-old boy called Jordan has just taken the helm of a high-powered ocean racing yacht.

How they coalesce in the Coalition

TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co. TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co.

James Massola, Political Correspondent At 10 minutes past five on Thursday afternoon you could hear a pin drop in Parliament House's marbled Members' Hall.

Queen's Birthday honours: full list

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A full list of the 738 Australians named in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Hockey calls end to 'age of entitlement'


Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has bluntly warned Australians that the days of governments saving businesses and jobs had passed, telling them, ''the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal...

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