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Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS Newport - Barker's world turns upside down *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 9:49 PM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 1: Today had all the attributes of the Curate's egg - good in parts, but evil in others. Ask Dean Barker. He went up and down the ratings in the opening fleet race, which provided the seedings for the subsequent match racing, in the light and fickle morning breeze, and then dramatically and spectacularly capsized at the first mark in his opening match race. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:16 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million. ...
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Working with Classics in an Aramid Age - Part 2 of a look at 3Di *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:36 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Continuing the Sail-World's story on North Sails working with the classic J class yachts and 3Di: North’s production isn’t limited to the grey of 3Di. Often they will have four materials on the loft floor – 3Di, 3DL, Dacron and spinnaker nylon. 'The size of the sails being built has required some original thinking in terms of machinery, says Production Manager Matt Smeaton. ...
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Fisher's View: Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races? *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 9:18 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930 ...
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Beneteau Oceanis 45 - It’s a big wrap! *Feature By John Curnow, 6:09 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
2012 European sailboat of the year in the family cruiser category, eh? It's a big wrap for the Beneteau Oceanis 45, but it's also a fair one. ...
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Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - the Wrap video *Feature By SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media, 4:25 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - this Wrap video shows just why this is a must do regatta. 90 crews enjoyed last years event. Have you entered for 2012? If you have- watch this now!! If you have not - watch this video now!! ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:35 PM Sun 24 Jun 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled. ...
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Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - A Better Day on the Water *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 10:15 AM Sun 24 Jun 2012 GMT
The first element for the week long Sail Mooloolaba, has come to a close for 2012. The Monohulls, Multihulls and Sports Boats completed their series today, and the wind that was absent yesterday came to the party today. A brisk southerly of 10 - 12 knots for the early start was ample time for the all fleets to notch up the series requirements. ...
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Sail Mooloolaba 2012 ready to go *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 9:54 PM Fri 22 Jun 2012 GMT
It's a cool morning here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the commencement of Sail Mooloolaba 2012. Overcast conditions with 10 - 15 knots from the west, which may build to 20 knots later in the day may test some of the recently launched sports boats. Racing commences today for the week long regatta. ...
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Australian sailing legend Rolly Tasker sails away *Feature By The Sail-World Team, 6:08 AM Fri 22 Jun 2012 GMT
West Australian Rolly Tasker, an Australian sailing legend, died at 2am this morning in Perth at the age of 86. Rolland 'Rolly' Tasker AM (21 March 1926 - 22 June 2012). He started sailing at age six and won Australia’s first ever Olympic sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:28 PM Wed 20 Jun 2012 GMT
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system. ...
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ADCO Etchells Australasian Winters day 3 - Can GT take the fast lane? *Feature By ADCO Etchells Australasian Winters media, 8:06 PM Sat 9 Jun 2012 GMT
Last night Graeme (GT) Taylor, the 2008 Etchells Australasian Winter Championship winner explained, slightly tongue in cheek, just how he plans to win his second winter title (no one skipper has yet achieved this result at this event). ...
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Been sailing all her life - Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta *Feature By John Curnow, 3:12 AM Sat 9 Jun 2012 GMT
For all 22 years of her life, the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) has been happily racing away on Melbourne’s Port Phillip over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. ...
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Jessica Watson – hard work is the key *Feature By ADCO Etchells Australasian Winters media, 9:27 PM Fri 8 Jun 2012 GMT
Sailing adventurer, 2011 Young Australian of the Year and certainly Australia’s most famous teenager Jessica Watson lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. We took the opportunity to catch up with the busy 19 year old. ...
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King Tides and and East Coast Low - storm surf in Sydney *Feature By Sail-World.com, , 4:50 AM Wed 6 Jun 2012 GMT
Australian marine photographer Andrea Francolini hits the beaches every time there is some serious wave action. With a big weather system and a king tide, he delivers more great images. Enjoy ...
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard interviewed on Artemis wingsail break *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 12:04 PM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
The amazing factor of America’s Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can. ...
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Etchells – A lot of truth about this boat *Feature By ADCO Etchells Australiasian Media, 8:54 AM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
Heavy weather and king tides are about to hit Queensland’s Sunshine coast, but these tough conditions should ease in time for Friday morning’s start of the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Australian Etchells Class President Jake Gunther, the skipper of one of six Victorian boats, is heading 1980 kilometres north on the highways from Melbourne to Mooloolaba. ...
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:40 AM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer. ...
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NX Compass – an easy addition for digital heading information *Feature By Tristan Campbell, 5:59 AM Wed 30 May 2012 GMT
Nexus Marine has added the advantages of digital compass heading information to their successful NX line. The new transducer and display open up navigational features such as True Wind Direction and compatibility with auto pilots in the entry-level range known for its 'Easy System Expansion'. ...
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They come in threes – SOLAS Trusts *Feature By John Curnow, , 6:08 PM Sat 26 May 2012 GMT
Like a lot of things, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) trusts come in threes. However, unlike the saying, none of these are bad. Indeed, all three are fantastically tremendous, as it turns out and their creation was part of the way to progress from the tragic loss of six lives during the 1998 Sydney Hobart Race. ...
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The Brand is Zhik *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:38 PM Fri 25 May 2012 GMT
A little under 10 years ago, I first started seeing some sensationally cool sailing gear that was adorned with this fantastic Z. It certainly reminded me of Zorro slashing his moniker into all and sundry and apart from looking cool, the gear seemed to be very much fit for purpose. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:36 PM Thu 24 May 2012 GMT
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time. ...
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:14 PM Tue 22 May 2012 GMT
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice ...
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Venice - Big crowds for slow day in Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 7:10 PM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
Day 4: The ACWS has certainly captured the imagination of the Venetians. For Saturday's racing there were in excess of a thousand spectator boats (counted from helicopter-shot images) and over 100,000 spectators along the shoreline. The attendance in the AC Village was 14,500 and you can take it from me that that was probably understated - it was extremely crowded. ...
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 2 - Plastic bottles *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 6:01 AM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
In part one, we looked at plastic bags. We went through the numbers and quantified how much one million and one billion is in reality. Let's revisit that before we move onto Plastic water bottles. To count straight through from one to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days and it will take 32 years to count to one billion. You cannot count to one trillion in your lifetime. ...
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