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18ft Skiffs: Club Championship: Bizzare racing in Yandoo Trophy By Frank Quealey, , 9:39 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Race 4: Records will show that Mojo Wine defeated Coopers 62-Rag and Famish (Hugh Stodart, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) by 19s with Smeg (David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark) a further 1m6s back in third place. What the official result and margins won’t show is that it was one of the most bizarre races for many years. ...

Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...

Melges 32 World Championship: Carroll hangs on to overall lead + Video By Melges 32, , 6:38 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship - With the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship trophy up for grabs amongst ten teams heading into Day Five, three races were held under idyllic Miami Beach conditions with nine - fourteen kts of shifty breeze. PRO Anderson Reggio supplied shorter course lengths that gave way to some exciting mark roundings, each race not being decided until the final few meters. ...

Melbourne to launch 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series By ISAF, , 5:11 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne will kick start the 2015 series with racing scheduled to take place from 8-14 December 2014 in Port Phillip Bay. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 4 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 4:01 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 4 images provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ...

Imagination wins Bird Island Race ahead of Rolex Sydney Hobart By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 3:22 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Careful sailing, exceptional crew work and a new Code Zero have contributed to Robin and Annette Hawthorn’s runaway victory in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s painfully slow Bird Island Race this weekend, with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal taking line honours ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Three way Match race/Drag race to the finish By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:43 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
The three leading boats on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race look set to be locked into a match race to the finish in Abu Dhabi. To compound the stress levels around the navigation station there don't seem to be too many strategic options, other than to sail a direct course to the Straits of Hormuz, and then run the race from there. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Inside Track - Sir Peter Blake remembered By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:30 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
On this date 13 years ago, ocean racing legend Sir Peter Blake was tragically murdered whilst leading an expedition up the Amazon River. In this episode of Inside Track today's crop of ocean racers reflect on the man and his lasting influence on the sport. Includes reports from the boats as they recall their memories of Sir Peter Blake, and updates on the latest race status. ...

The positive energy of the IMOCA Ocean Masters By Marion Cardon, , 1:09 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
For the grand opening of the Nautic Paris Boat Show, the IMOCA class reviews the new projects, the evolution of the class and its future prospects through until the next Vendée Globe. Jean Kerhoas, President of IMOCA and Peter Bayer, OSM’s Executive Director, showcase the various projects under way. ...

VOR 2014-15 - 'it’s something I will never forget in my whole life' By Dongfeng Race Team, , 11:47 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race: With the long term sporting mission of Dongfeng Race Team set to bring offshore sailing to China, a nation where 99% of the population don’t even know it’s a sport, it is moments like these when Chinese sailor Liu Xue (Black) crossed the Equator for the first time that should be documented and savored for years to come. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Sir Peter Blake remembered from Leg 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 11:30 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
December 6 is the anniversary of the death of Sir Peter Blake, the only person to have led a winning Round the World Race team and a winning America's Cup team. He was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Today, Ian Walker skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the time to pay tribute to Sir Peter from the foredeck of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Aggressive racing on Day 3 By International Melges 32 Class Association, , 11:28 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
In the Melges 32 World Championship in Miami, for those lucky enough to race, and for the tens of thousands spectating at home via social media, there's been no shortage of action anywhere this week on the eight-mile race course in front of Miami Beach. ...

Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 10:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the more interesting facets of the Star Sailors League finals is to be found in the Sailing Instructions. Item 1.2.2 reads; 'If signaled by the race committee in accordance with RRS Appendix P5, pumping, rocking and ooching will be permitted when the wind speed exceeds 6 knots as measured at deck level on a race committee boat. This changes STCR rule 35.' ...

Bird Island Race: Images by Crosbie Lorimer By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 10:26 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
The Bird Island Race fleet set off in sun and a light and patchy northeaster at 10am this morning with the prospect of a slow day's sailing ahead. Perpetual Loyal led the fleet out of the harbour followed by Ichi Ban, Shogun V, OneSails and Victoire and Black Jack. Loyal took a longer dig out to sea and ran into lighter airs, finding herself back in the pack as she tacked back inshore again. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Reports from on board Leg Leader, Abu Dhabi *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 9:26 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
b>Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading again on Leg 2 according to the Volvo Ocean Race Control reports and leaderboard However according to Predictwind calculations and routing projections they could be level pegging for second with Team Brunel, and with Donfeng Race Team in the Leg 2 lead ...

Comanche's First Sail in Australian Waters - VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 6:04 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche made her Sydney debut today allowing the competitors in the Bird Island Race to leave the harbour before she ventured out to sea. After a quick circuit of the eastern side of the Harbour, she tacked and sailed through the Heads for her first look of the waters that she will sail in earnest on Boxing Day. ...

Star Sailors League Finals - High tension on final day of Qualifying By Alex d'Agosta, , 5:07 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
In the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals the third and final day of qualifying in Nassau was high-tension indeed. The Qualifying Series winners, Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom will skip the first race tomorrow and go directly to the semis finals. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 4:19 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 3:06 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda up for $40million in Venue Fee and Underwrites *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 2:09 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Figures released in the Bermudian Parliament reveal that British Overseas Territory, with a population of about 65,000, has agreed to pay the America's Cup Events Authority $15million as an Event Fee. A further underwrite of $25million has also been put in place against any sponsorship shortfall by ACEA. ...

Less than six months to go to seventeenth edition of Porquerolles Week By Fabrice Thomazeau, , 1:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Porquerolles Week - It is an event that is a must in the Mediterranean IRC/UNCL crewed racing championship. The seventeenth edition of Porquerolles Week will take place from 13th to 17th May 2015 in Hyères Bay. ...

2015 Melges 24 World Championship - Notice of race is published now By Melges 24, , 1:23 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Melges 24 World Championship - The Notice of Race has been published for the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 and Melges 24 sailors from across the globe are welcome to make their entries for this event that takes place from 30th June to 5th July 2015 in Middelfart, Denmark. ...

Comanche's First Aussie Hit Out: Images by Crosbie Lorimer By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 1:12 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
As the Bird Island Race fleet cleared North Head shortly after 11am this morning, Jim Clark's 100 foot race record trophy hunter Comanche was to be seen raising sails off Bradley's Head in preparation for her first sail on Australian waters. In a light nor'easter Comanche tacked down harbour to South Head, did one quick circuit on the eastern shore close to Lady Jane Beach, then turned upwind ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Navigator comments on error aboard Team Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 8:31 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind's navigator Wouter Verbraak appears to have 'fessed up to the error which put the Volvo Ocean Racer on a collision course with Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In a new video, the crew were aware they were sailing in shoal water 30seconds before hitting a rock. ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 5 - Good things come to those who wait By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:55 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
But we are getting ahead of ourselves: today is 5th December, the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej of Thailand, the monarch for whom this regatta was inaugurated and after whom it is named. The King behind the King’s Cup, literally. For the past several years, racing on His Majesty’s birthday has been preceded by a Sail Past, ...

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