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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS - Huge crowds on the Grand Canal, Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 7:00 PM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
Day 2: Includes Video highlights. It was a day for the huge crowds that gathered along the shores leading into the Grand Canal; short-course racing at its best and once more the defenders all but eclipsed while the French team led by Loick Peyron moved into a near commanding points lead after the day's two races, which were held in light south-easterly breezes of 5-7 knots. ...
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From tears to joy - Sydney GTS43 Walawala2 shines in Asian debut *Feature By Sail-World.com, 9:36 AM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
After a sad end to the 2010 Kings Cup where Singapore based yachtsman Steve Manning lost his Beneteau 44.7 Walawala to the nature of a storm, which ended with his pride and joy being washed up on the beach and destroyed in Phuket Thailand. ...
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Sydney Hobart winner Peter Packer dies in Rome *Feature By Peter Campbell, 7:34 PM Thu 17 May 2012 GMT
Peter Packer, OAM, founder of a Western Australian dynasty of ocean racing yachtsmen and the first WA yachtsman to win the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has died while holidaying in Rome, aged 86. Packer, who was also a noted surgeon in Perth until his retirement, skippered the Ben Lexcen-designed Rampage to victory in the 1975 Sydney Hobart after placing third in 1973. ...
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Major coup for Vicsail - now Farr 400 distributor + Video *Feature By Jeni Bone MarineBusiness-World, 4:26 AM Wed 16 May 2012 GMT
Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Highly regarded Aust ...
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win *Feature By Craig Heydon, 10:56 PM Sat 12 May 2012 GMT
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge’s fourth world title and Jensen’s third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships. ...
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Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:30 AM Sat 12 May 2012 GMT
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite. ...
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Australia’s Olympic squad on fire *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:24 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, the defend 49er World Champions extended their lead the 2012 World Championship overnight, with Outteridge aiming for his fourth world title and Jensen his third. ...
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Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title *Feature By Craig Heydon, , 10:25 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby’s fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...
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49er World Championships - Defending champs extend their lead *Feature By Craig Heydon, 10:15 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Defending champions Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have extended their lead at the top of the table on day one of finals racing at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. ...
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Slingsby wins fifth Laser World Championship *Feature By Sail-World.com, 7:58 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. The 27-year-old Gosford NSW sailor secured the 2012 World Championship with a race to spare, ...
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When skinny fittings aren't worth a brass razoo *Feature By Mark Rothfield, 8:14 AM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
I remember reading, following the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, that the finger of blame could be PowerPointed at a slick 'sales pitch' which took precedence over earnest engineering evaluation. [more]  

Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy *Feature By Byte Class Association, 3:08 AM Tue 8 May 2012 GMT
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce. ...
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified? *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 9:26 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you: ...
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China’s Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 4:58 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The top performing Women’s Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings. ...
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:17 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race ...
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style *Feature By Craig Heydon, 12:47 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
Tom Slingsby’s World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard. ...
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:41 PM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn ...
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MarineBusiness-World.com Pavilion underway at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show *Feature By Jeni Bone, 1:50 AM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
Construction of the main pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is now well underway, just 19 days out from the start of the show, 24-27 May. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race, 7:00 PM Wed 2 May 2012 GMT
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com?nid=0, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of 50 minutes over Puma Ocean Racing, with overall race leader Telefonica just 10 minutes behind the US flagged entry. ...
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Australian Olympic Team: Brendan Casey - A Long Road to London 2012 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 8:03 PM Tue 1 May 2012 GMT
Queensland Finn sailor Brendan Casey is heading to London 2012 after winning the French World Sailing Cup event Finn class event in Hyeres on the weekend. Sail-World interviewed him yesterday. ...
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Emirates Team New Zealand Dean Barker talks 2013 America's Cup *Feature By Jeni Bone, 4:43 PM Tue 1 May 2012 GMT
The contest is 160 years old and in contention is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, the America’s Cup, which will be hosted in San Francisco in 2013. Dean Barker, Skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand's challenger speaks with Jeni Bone about the brave new multi-hull world of the America's Cup. ...
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Junior sailing in Port Stephens gets a boost *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media 2012, 3:37 AM Mon 30 Apr 2012 GMT
Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club President Karen Nye says the recent Sail Port Stephens 2012 regatta has definitely boosted interest in junior sailing in the area. She said today ‘The two day Junior Regatta sailed within Sail Port Stephens was a wonderful success. ...
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:07 AM Sat 28 Apr 2012 GMT
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties. ...
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW *Feature By Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media, 9:55 PM Fri 27 Apr 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July ...
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America's Cup: AC72 regatta offered to New Zealand for summer of 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:42 PM Thu 26 Apr 2012 GMT
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, told Sail-World.com this morning that his organisation had offered to stage an informal series between the three America's Cup teams that would be sailing AC72's in New Zealand, next summer. 'We have offered to go to New Zealand and provide a three day series', he told an international media conference this morning. ...
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