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Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 2 – great sunbathing weather, then breeze By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:00 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Everyone ready to go at 0900h, but very much a case of 'hurry up and wait'. Glass calm all around, and limp APs on both committee boats. The cruising and charter boats on Course Bravo amused themselves with a bit of sunbathing, some swimming, and even lining up to have their photo taken. And we waited. ...

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 30 show By Sail-World, , 11:12 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 32nd recorded in Perth - The Wild West The line up: Sailing News is Sixty Seconds-ish; Andrea Francolini, renowned marine photographer; Andrew York, VX One and T-Shirt Etiquette; John Bacon, owner of Dark Star MC38 ; Klaus Lorenz, member of Envy Scooters M32 ...

Comanche arrives in Sydney ahead of Sydney-Hobart supermaxi battle By Bridgid Murphy, , 10:53 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche, one of five eye-catching 100-foot super maxis competing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, has now arrived in Sydney to begin final preparations to take the start line on December 26th. Arriving on a container ship from the USA, the boat will be prepared for competition with the initial goal of racing in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge in Sydney Harbour on December 9th. ...

First shots of supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI side by side *Feature By Andrew Richardson, Woolwich , 9:02 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Some of the first 'Side By Side' shots of the supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche have been posted to YouTube Jim Clark's hot new 100 ft Comanche has travelled from Newport RI - to line up against a recent set of contenders including Syd Fisher Ragamuffin for a Sydney to Hobart showdown. ...

Barcelona World Race: 30 days to start, 11 days to opening of quayside By Daniel Ferrando, , 7:43 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: The double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops will set off from the Catalan capital on the 31st of December at 13:00 (GMT+1). Now into the month of December, the teams taking part in this third edition of the competition are working hard on their final preparations ahead of the regatta start. ...

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Jury and public have made their choice By Bernard Schopfer, , 4:18 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The international Jury and the public have made their choice! The top 20 pictures will be printed and exhibited during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Barcelona. The winners will be celebrated on December 11. More than one million pages have been viewed on the event website! ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Tom Burton and Mat Belcher/Will Ryan win gold By Cora Zillich, , 1:47 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Abu Dhabi - Australian Sailing Team’s Laser and Men’s 470 World number one crews Tom Burton (NSW) and Mat Belcher (QLD) with Will Ryan (QLD) have become the first ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions by winning Gold in the Laser and Men’s 470 at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. ...

Supermaxi Team Ragamuffin launched in Sydney By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:31 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
The revamped supermaxi, Team Ragamuffin, has been launched in Sydney and has undergone her inclination test, as part of the Rating process. She is virtually a new boat, with the new hull joined to the Maximus deck. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at their Nowra facility. She will race in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart. ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 1 – a softly softly start By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 7:06 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Hot and brassy out on the water for a 10.00 start, and the various cruiser fleets (Bareboat A, B and Open, Cruisers, Classics, Modern Classics and so on) started in gentle zephyrs (or very soft breeze, if you prefer) from the unusual angle of 350 deg give or take a puff or two. For those of us accustomed to watching a King’s Cup fleet take of at 070 or thereabouts it was quite disconcerting. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Full rescue video and audio from Team Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 6:26 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Compilation of the raw video footage from Team Alvimedica as they acted as a rescue relay vessel after Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean and decided to abandon their yacht before being picked up by a nearby Coastguard crew. ...

Parker becomes official supplier of Oracle Team USA for AC + Video By Oracle Team USA, , 4:15 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies will work with Oracle Team USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, to design and implement hydraulic control systems on its America’s Cup racing yachts. As official hydraulic systems hardware supplier, Parker will customize proven aerospace and industrial technologies to a marine environment. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Medal Races videos By ISAF, , 7:53 AM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Racing at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has wrapped up with praise in abundance for the venue. Abu Dhabi has spoilt the 270 competitors from 38 nations over four days of racing. Medal Races across the ten Olympic events and Open kiteboarding brought proceedings to a close in an exciting finale in the Emirati capital. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson interview - 'She's extensively damaged' By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:29 AM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Full interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson, the day after the Volvo Ocean Racer struck a reef: 'And then towards daylight, the bulb broke off and the boat leaned over heavily. While that was happening we probably lost the back of the boat, it was gone, missing, and the deck started to fold and the boat was heeling over more so I made the decision that we were getting off. ...

J-Asia Sibling Sailors Sweep Hong Kong Laser Nationals By Marek Nostitz-Jackowski, , 11:53 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The annual regatta was organized by the Hong Kong Laser Class Association and held November 28-30 at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's facility in Middle Island. A total of six races were held in a variety of wind conditions; between 14-17 knots on the first day and 5-13 knots on the second. A total of 41 boats sailed in all three fleets, making for one of the Laser Nationals seen in Hong Kong ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson tells of being shipwrecked + Video By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:37 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Australian skipper, Chris Nicholson, spoke on Sunday night of his immense pride at the way his Team Vestas Wind crew came through the ordeal of being grounded and being forced to abandon their boat in complete darkness on a remote Indian Ocean reef. The shore crew from Team Vestas Wind have arrived in Mauritius and will travel to the Ile du Sud ...

America's Cup: Bermuda will be a hard sell for Team NZ to Kiwi Govt *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 7:59 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The NZ Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce has repeated comments about his Government's preferences on venues for the 35th America's Cup. 'It's hard to see the benefits of it from a New Zealand exporter's point of view if it's Bermuda [rather] than if it's San Diego, but we'll keep an open mind,' he said. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Video at dawn as coastguard arrives for Vestas crew By Richard Gladwell/, , 7:29 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Latest video from Team Alvimedica as the crew abandon Team Vestas Wind and the coastguard come alongside at dawn to effect the rescue. Team Vestas Wind hit the Cargados Carajos Shoals off Mauritius at a speed of 20kts, ripping off both rudders and driving the boat high on the coral reef. ...

Abu Dhabi, ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Racing wraps up + Video By ISAF, , 6:03 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi 2014: Abu Dhabi has spoilt the 270 competitors from 38 nations over four days of racing. Medal Races across the ten Olympic events and Open kiteboarding brought proceedings to a close in an exciting finale in the Emirati capital. An 8-12 knot north westerly breeze tested the competitors on the final day of racing. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: 'Very sad news' as Team Vestas Wind grounds + Videos By Dongfeng Race Team, , 3:16 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Thankfully Race Control has confirmed that the crew has now been rescued and will stay on the Íle du Sud, where there is a house and some facilities. All the crew are safe and nobody is injured. However this is the kind of incident that is always hard for other teams to digest, as there is always the lingering thought of ‘it could have happened to any one of us.’ ...

PKCR shows appreciation to sponsors with grand opening ceremony By Media Center, Phuket , 2:04 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee, led by its President, Kevin Whitcraft, joined with David Littlejohn, the Flag Commodore of Varuna Yacht Club; Rear Teansiri Montriwade, Deputy Commander; Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak, Vice Governor of Phuket and Andrew Swatdipakdi, General Manager of Kata Beach Resort and Spa to host the official Opening Ceremony of the 28th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica describes role in Vestas grounding By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:20 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Team Alvimedica has resumed racing toward Abu Dhabi, after diverting yesterday afternoon to stand by until early morning today to assist in the rescue of fellow Volvo Ocean Race competitor Team Vestas Wind after they ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. ...

18ft Skiffs: W.C. 'Trappy' Duncan Memorial Trophy By Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League, , 8:47 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
18ft Skiffs: The Smeg boys revelled 20+ knots north east wind to lead the fleet from the start and were untroubled to take the victory by a comfortable 1m14s from Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Stuart Wells). Mojo Wine, skippered by Australian 16 Footer champion Lee Knapton, and crewed by Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey, was a further 1m16s back in third place. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Final day for Laser and Laser Radial Fleets By ISAF, , 5:09 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Abu Dhabi - There is minimal separation in both fleets ahead of Sunday’s double points do or die Medal Races following a thrilling penultimate day of racing. With the Medal Race places decided the competitors will be fighting it out for ISAF Sailing World Cup Final glory as well as a share of the USD$200,000 prize money. ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Medal Race places decided By ISAF, , 4:01 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Abu Dhabi - The Medal Race places in the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding events were decided at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates after a tense day of competition. ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014: Life in the 40-something zone By Guy Nowell. Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 2:26 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
With racing starting on Monday and a 92-boat fleet registered (and there are always a few latecomers), the 2014 Phuket King’s Cup looks to be a vintage edition of this Asian classic. Inaugurated in 1987 as a birthday tribute to His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, ‘The Sailor King’, who won a gold medal at the SEA Games when Peter Cummins was still a lad, ...

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