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Volvo Ocean Race - Too close for comfort as fleet pushes on + Video By Jonno Turner, , 6:14 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race it is mile by mile, hour by hour. The bottom of the boat is quiet - a thick, black blanket of silence. Floating in the dark, a pair of tired eyes peers at a screen – scanning the backlit glass, eyes darting back and forth like ants, left to right. Refreshing, reading, re-strategising. ...

Foils or not? Explanations from IMOCA Class President Jean Kerhoas By Vendee Globe, , 4:13 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
The IMOCA General Meeting took place in Nantes on Wednesday 15th October. Two important decisions were taken: foils were allowed and the rule won’t be changed before the end of the next Vendée Globe. So there will be foils on the latest boats. We interviewed the class President, Jean Kerhoas to find out more. ...

Ben Ainslie's Olympic Finn sails are up for auction By Robert Deaves, , 3:32 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Now's your chance to own a piece of sailing history. Ben Ainslie has generously gifted his three Olympic winning Finn sails to be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. All are usable, or just for memorabilia. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica goes to school By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 2:23 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Today we went to school in the Volvo Ocean Race. Penthouse to the outhouse, we lost a ton of miles—heaps—and by and large everyone was very aware of it all the time. But the challenges of the last 24 hours are already being viewed as a chance to improve; that quality is going to be one of this team’s biggest assets moving forward. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Intensity level rises for Dongfeng Race Team By Dongfeng Race Team, , 2:22 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
After five days of racing in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the intensity of the competition is unlike anything even the most experienced sailors have seen before: 'Having all six boats still in sight at this point is unbelievable,' said Dongfeng Watch Leader, Martin Stromberg, yesterday. ...

China Cup Regatta - Olympic medallists and offshore legends to race By Andy Rice,, , 2:04 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Some of the world’s most famous and accomplished sailors are getting ready for the start of the eighth edition of the China Cup International Regatta. The four-day regatta starts with a passage race on 24 October 2014, and concludes on 27 October after three days of short-course racing. ...

Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race - fleet blasting south at flank speed By RHKYC Media / Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 1:08 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
The warning signal for the 2014 Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race sounded on schedule today and with 15kts of easterly breeze available throughout the harbour, Race Officer Simon Boyde had no qualms about setting a Club start some 200 yards west of the Club line in order to stay away from a gaggle of barges anchored inconveniently and frustratingly right in front of the usual line. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Tight and tactical racing + Video By ISAF, , 11:59 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
It was a light wind day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao with many ups and downs across the six fleets competing on the Beijing 2008 Olympic waters. After a short early afternoon delay the sailors headed out onto the water with a shifty breeze and strong current that would once again test them to the max. ...

Farr 40 Worlds: Day 1 Image and Video gallery By John Navas, , 11:58 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Top videographer and photographer, John Navas, was on the water for the opening day of the Farr 40 Worlds being sailed on San Francisco. ...

Team Ulrikkeholm new WIM Series champion By Joakim Hermansson/WIM Series, , 11:25 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
When the 2014 WIM Series concluded Thursday with the semis and the final of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, bright sunshine from a clear blue sky, but somewhat wacky winds off the Haeundae Beach, characterized the racing. 2013 WIM Series champion Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain survived the difficult conditions incomparably. ...

Podium finish in sight for top Alpari Tour teams By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 10:13 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Any one of the current top seven teams on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has the opportunity to reach the coveted podium of the ISAF World Championship as the Tour prepares for its penultimate stage at the Argo Group Gold Cup next week in Bermuda. ...

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Taller than the Burj Khalifa By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 9:29 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
The vast majority of the competing yachts have now registered for the race and about 120 yachts, flying the flags of 24 countries, are set to take on one of the world's most awe-inspiring ocean race courses. Laid end to end, the fleet would form a line of impressive yachts, 1800 metres in length, twice as high as the Burj Khalifa. ...

100 foot limit raised for 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race By RORC Event Press, , 8:33 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Rolex Fastnet Race - This will allow superyachts participating in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete. The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. ...

2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race - Shockwave prepares for race By Laurie Fullerton, , 8:17 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race - The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a 'must do' race. ...

2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Land of plenty By KPMS, , 3:24 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is underway in San Francisco. Alex Roepers’ Plenty, the pre-competition favourites, dominated racing on the Berkeley Circle winning all three of day 1’s races. A genuine statement of intent. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 4 plus Videos By Richard Gladwell/, , 3:04 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. Hear and see how the crews coped with tricky conditions as they approached the Canary Islands - and whether tactical moves paid a dividend, or rolled them to the back of the fleet. Hear and see how the crews coped with the front that came through in the nigh ...

Argo Group Gold Cup - Hurricane Gonzalo delays start By Talbot Wilson, , 9:11 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
In a meeting today [Wednesday Oct. 15] Argo Group Gold Cup organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) took a close look at Hurricane Gonzalo's predicted track and intensity and decided to delay the event schedule by one day to allow crews the opportunity to reschedule flights to arrive after the storm has passed and the airport is reopened. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Life at the Extreme - first episode of weekly video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:20 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The very first 30 minute episode of Volvo Ocean Race's weekly show - Life at the Extreme - your best way to join the adventure and share the exhilarating and demanding experience of competitive sailing, around the world! ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Passing inside the Canary Islands *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 7:39 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet remains tightly bunched amongst the front runners at least, as the sail downwind inside the Canary Islands. Travelling at speeds calculated to be 12kts in a similar windstrength, they face some interesting routing choices, before the breeze stabilises again. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - You think the fight is over? Think again By Agathe Armand, , 6:58 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the storm passed, and the wind dropped. Guys and girls can now rinse their faces, and dry their clothes. Cook a real meal, and heal their bruises. You think the fight is over? Think again. It’s far from plain sailing into the trade winds. The challenges still keep on coming, but just in different forms. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Quite the day for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 6:57 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Today was a special day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Not only are we all sailing together as a fleet—and pushing each other as a fleet—down the West Coast of Africa after an unexpected great day of sailing, but it’s also day four of leg 1. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel prepares for possible gale force winds By Team Brunel, , 6:56 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
'The first leg really is something for you,' says bowman Gerd-Jan Poortman shortly after the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante. 'It’s the perfect leg to get into your workflow.' Poortman gives me a pep talk because he knows I have zero experience in ocean sailing. 'At Gibraltar we put the gennaker on it and then ride downwind to Cape Town. A piece of cake.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Like ducks in a row, we march south By Team Alvimedica, , 6:54 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Like ducks in a row we march south towards the Canary Islands in the Volvo Ocean Race. Rather unexpectedly, the binoculars continue to be our primary means of recon rather than the position reports. I’m not sure one 'sched' has been read aloud to date; there’s no need when you can see everyone with your own eyes ...

Liga Layar Malaysia - Masyuri Rahmat victorious in Port Dickson By Norzuhaira Ruhanie, , 5:54 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Mohd Masyuri Rahmat, skipper of RMNMRT/151(ONESAILS) Racing Team has emerged victorious at the sixth edition of Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM), finally beating close rival Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation - Koo Racing Team. 'Finally we managed to beat Jeremy, I was really happy with the way my team performed today,' said Masyuri after the races ended. ...

IMOCA Class General Assembly wraps up in Nantes By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 4:37 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
It was a studious General Assembly meeting for the IMOCA Class that took place in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nantes this Wednesday 15th October. On the agenda was the event programme for the class for the coming years, the partnership with OSM (Open Sports Management) and the re-writing of the design rules with the addition of some external expertise. ...

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