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Star Sailors League: Another day, another series leader *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:21 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
The first of the day’s races was held in 15-18 knot breezes from just north of east and the start was keenly contested, particularly at the pin end, where several appeared to be fractionally ahead of the gun, but there was no recall. Those who continued on starboard tack came off best. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda celebrates the arrival of the Cup on the Island *Feature By Sail-World, , 4:48 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Crowds lined Front Street in Bermuda as the America’s Cup Venue celebration took place, following after the announcement on Tuesday that Bermuda has been selected to be Venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The America’s Cup trophy arrived in Bermuda onboard a private jet earlier that day, and was driven in a motorcade to the Cabinet Office grounds, where people gathered to get a glimpse of the ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic images and video of Vestas Wind on reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 6:42 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race have released the first images and video from when Team Vestas Wind struck the coral reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In these three videos we show the whole incident; on board reporter Brian Carlin gives his commentary on the event; and shore manager Neil Cox gives his assessment from Mauritius ...

America's Cup: Ben Ainslie racing confirms design deal with Red Bull By Mark Chisnell, , 5:56 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has announced it will be working with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT), a division of the Red Bull Formula One group, as it progresses with its campaign to claim the 35th America’s Cup. Operating as a Design House, RBAT is based in Milton Keynes, UK. Founded on the group’s impressive F1 DNA, which has resulted in eight Formula One World Championships ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 4 – all boats on 77 By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:09 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
We should all remind ourselves occasionally that Race Officers cannot control the wind. That is the prerogative of an even higher authority. The first three days of the 2014 Phuket King’s Cup have involved a great deal of waiting around in the sort of hot sunshine that some people pay good money for, but the lack of wind has been frustrating ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi 2014 - Images by Jesús Renedo By Sailing Energy - Jesús Renedo, , 3:53 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi 2014 - Best of Sailing Energy - Jesús Renedo photos. ...

Melbourne World Championship - Greg Wilcox leads OK World Ranking By Robert Deaves, , 2:03 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
OK Dinghy World Championship Melbourne 2014: Another great season from the 2002 World Champion has seen him lead the rankings for the whole of 2014, having reached the top spot this time. At 1035 points, he also holds the record for the highest cumulative points in the decade long history of the ranking list. ...

Sail Sydney medallists announced By Lisa Ratcliff - OCC, , 10:56 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail Sydney 2014: Competitors enjoyed a quiet mid-week Sydney Harbour. The regular Manly Ferry service slipped quietly past and sea planes flew out of Rose Bay, otherwise sailors had a clear and quiet space to go to work. Conditions were diverse for the three-day series, and humid. Strong nor’easters up to 20 knots on day one eased, but there was still plenty of breeze. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami 2014 - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 10:46 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship Miami 2014 - Day one images by Ingrid Abery. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami 2014 - Day one photos By Melges 32 Class Association and Carlo Borlenghi, , 9:50 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship Miami 2014 - Day one photos by Melges 32 Class Association and Carlo Borlenghi. ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Tight at top as Kamei takes early lead By International Melges 32 Class Association, , 8:53 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship 2014: And for more than half of the talented 17-boat Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the points spread is almost unimportant. 'We're looking at the top nine boats separated by just nine points after two races,' explained Race Officer Anderson Reggio’ ...

Bird Island Race final offshore long race ahead of Sydney Hobart By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 3:58 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
The upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has has delivered a big entry list for the Bird Island Race, among them Anthony Bell’s 100ft Perpetual Loyal, which along with the remaining 37 entries, will take advantage of a last opportunity to ease into some ocean miles and prepare crew in advance of the 628 nautical mile race south. ...

Last points chase at Sail Sydney opening session By Lisa Ratcliff, , 2:21 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
The opening session of Sail Sydney is in its final stages and crews have left the launch pad at Woollahra Sailing Club for the last points chase for the Olympic, Paralympic and Moth classes on a grey Sydney day. ...

Star Sailors League: Rookie gives top Stars a nudge on Day 1 in Nassau By Star Sailors League, Nassau, Bahamas , 1:21 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
It was a perfect first day for the second Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau with sun and wind in abundance. The racing had it all, including a lots of jostling around the marks, collisions, penalties and, most importantly, neck-and-neck finishes with surprise winners. ...

Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ...

Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: ‘Ship-wrecks’ tell of escape from mid-ocean reef By, , 9:40 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race’s ship-wrecked nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew finally made it back to civilisation on Wednesday, telling of their amazing escape from a collision with an Indian Ocean reef which grounded their boat. The unshaven, exhausted team in the global ocean race were holed up, incommunicado, for three days in the remote archipelago after their boat ran into the reef on Saturday afternoo ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 3 – A damn good grilling By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:47 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
When the sky is blue and the breeze is in, it is very easy to forget how hot it really is. Turn off the fan, and you remember very quickly. Once again everyone was on station for starts at 0900h, and once again there was no ‘f’ in wind – well, certainly not in the edition of the OED that I consulted. (Yes of course I have a 13-volume dictionary with me at all times). ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 70th edition of international classic By, , 3:20 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 marks the 70th edition of the race, a fitting occasion to pay tribute to an event that is an international yachting icon. Inspired by Corinthian origins, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was first held in 1945 and has run every year since. Its appeal was immediate, its popularity and reputation grew rapidly. ...

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2014 to recommence battle on Thursday 4th By Media Center, Phuket , 12:28 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Very little early wind today brought most of the classes to a momentary rest, with racing action to resume tomorrow. Thursday is traditionally reserved as a ‘reserve day’ to accommodate days of very light weather such as this, and will be used tomorrow as a full racing day. ...

Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...

2014 Sail Sydney - Subtropical Day 2 By , , 5:17 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
High humidity and lighter winds made for a subtropical day two at Sail Sydney. The morning session was postponed until a light nor’easter replaced the early glass-out and slowly inched up to 10 knots by the time the Moths, 49ers, FXs, Finns and standard Lasers took to the racetrack mid-afternoon. ...

Sydney Hobart - In memory of Gary Ticehurst By Andrea Francolini, , 2:36 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
A moment away from all the hype of the Hobart race to remember a true professional and gentleman in the industry. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas crew leave the Island of Woe By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:43 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind crew are finally on their way back to civilisation after two days sitting on a remote ‘sand pit’ in the Indian Ocean, where there was a risk of shark encounters. The Volvo Ocean Race team dramatically grounded their boat after ploughing into a reef on St Brandon archipelago on Saturday at 19 knots and were forced to abandon it in the early hours of the following day ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas looking at options to re-join race + Video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:21 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Now that the sailors are safe and on their way to the Mauritius Island, Vestas and the race organisers are evaluating if Team Vestas Wind’s boat can be repaired. Team Shore Support manager Neil Cox, discusses the situation on video ...

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