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Chicago-Mackinac Race—State of the Race *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, , 10:02 PM Mon 18 Jul 2011 GMT
The sun is shining here on Mackinac Island, and a gentle breeze is flowing out of the south-southwest, helping to deliver the remaining 150 boats that are still racing to this picturesque island. To date, 148 boats have finished race, and 36 boats have withdrawn due either to the lashing, violent winds of last night’s vicious storm. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—A Tale of Two Races *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, 5:03 PM Mon 18 Jul 2011 GMT
For the 350 boats racing in this year’s Chicago-Mac Race, the sailing truly was a tale of two distinctly different races, governed entirely by when boats finished sailing.Vessels that finished sailing prior to Sunday night’s horrible storm reported Champagne-sailing conditions. Mother Nature, however, was not kind to boats that finished later after the storm swept the course. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—Mac Finishes *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, 12:19 PM Mon 18 Jul 2011 GMT
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot—While the early reports involved tales of downhill sailing, boats arriving later in the evening were dealt a catastrophic bag of conditions, covering the gamut of light stuff to a severe Midwestern thunderstorm that delivered sheet lightning, peak winds in the mid-40s and torrential rain. ...

America's Cup: Team NZ protested for non-compliance by Cup organisers *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:43 AM Mon 18 Jul 2011 GMT
Twice winner of the America's Cup and the world's most successful professional sailing team, Emirates Team NZ Emirates have confirmed today that it is seeking mediation in its dispute with the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) over rules that restrict the team’s internet presence. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—The New Old Fashioned Way *Feature By David Schmidt, Seattle , 6:23 PM Sun 17 Jul 2011 GMT
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot—Believe it or not, there was a day—not so long ago—when the Internet did not rule people’s lives. True, information moved slower, but the pace of life was also a bit slower then as well (example: horses, not cars). ...

Katie Spithill: Helming an AC45 and the Olympic Match Racing Decision *Feature By Damian Devine, Newport , 7:29 AM Sat 16 Jul 2011 GMT
Sail-World correspondent, Damien Devine recently interviewed former World #2 ranked match racer Katie Spithill. Katie is currently in Weymouth training with AST and RPAYC mates Nicky Souter and Jess Eastwell. Katie Spithill recently did a trip to San Fran to catch up with brother James and check out the AC45’s, the new AC set up and was the first female to be lucky enough to helm an AC45. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—The Fun Has Begun *Feature By David Schmidt, Seattle , 11:05 PM Fri 15 Jul 2011 GMT
Flat seas and 10-knots winds greeted the fleet of 50 cruising boats that started the 333-mile dash to Mackinac Island today from a starting area just off of the Chicago Yacht Club. Chicago’s looming walls of concrete and glass made for a spectacular backdrop, with the vast majority of boats setting off on a due northerly rumbline. ...

Chicago Mackinac weather set to test big fleet *Feature By Race to Mackinac - event media, 10:48 PM Fri 15 Jul 2011 GMT
The Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot started this afternoon for the 50 boat cruising fleet and tomorrow the massive 310 boat race fleet will head 333 miles north, with the first start for double handed boats scheduled from 11:30am. Earlier in the week, the weather picture looked quite straight forward for the sailors but the slow moving high that has delivered s ...

Chicago Mackinac - Target: Line Honors *Feature By David Schmidt, Seattle , 6:41 PM Fri 15 Jul 2011 GMT
For the 311 racing boats entered in the Chicago Yacht Club’s 103rd Race to Mackinac, the start for the racing fleet is tomorrow at 1130 hours, so today is all about weather files, strategy and scuttlebutt about whether the wind gods will cooperate with dockside hopes for a quick passage, or whether the forecast for lighter winds and a reluctant southerly wind flow caused by a lingering high-pressu ...

Animated Knots by Grog - Part 2 *Feature By Jeraldine Kennedy, 10:21 AM Thu 14 Jul 2011 GMT
The website and now iPhone app that leads the way is Animated Knots by Grog. You can click through to those animated knots on our website, as well finding links to the iPhone apps. Here is part two of our interview with Grog himself. ...

America's Cup: Video of Emirates Team NZ sailing the SL33 *Feature By Sail-World, 3:45 AM Wed 13 Jul 2011 GMT
First video of Emirates Team NZ sailing the SL33 catamaran, which the team are using as a surrogate boat for the AC72. The SL33 is the largest size catamaran that can be used without breaking the Surrogate Rule, which is part of the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup, and is designed to prevent more well funded teams running extensive two-boat testing programs. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ signs with Dell and launches new boat *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland. New Zealand , 3:39 AM Wed 13 Jul 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have announced a partnership with US based multinational, technology company Dell computers. The team will be looking to make up one of the 'holes' in its 2007 America’s Cup campaign – which was in the area of applied technology, which by the estimate of CEO, Grant Dalton, cost the team about 10 seconds a leg in that event. ...

Animated Knots by Grog - Part 1 *Feature By Jeraldine Kennedy, 12:39 AM Mon 11 Jul 2011 GMT
By far the most popular way of learning how to tie knots, be it for boating, fishing or climbing, is via the internet where the animation allows you to see and follow every twist and turn. The website and now iPhone app that leads the way is Animated Knots by Grog. You can click through to those animated knots on our website where you will also find links to the iPhone apps. ...

Australian Sailing Team – 12 months before the 2012 Olympics *Feature By, 3:39 AM Sun 10 Jul 2011 GMT
Australia is amongst the top sailing nations and expectations are high 'down under'. Behind Swimming, Sailing provided the equal second most successful Australian sporting team at the 2008 Olympics. Sail-World provides an insight on how the team is travelling as London 2012 approaches. ...

Boat Shows need feedback - win a $14,000 holiday and boat NOW!! *Feature By, 8:50 AM Sat 9 Jul 2011 GMT
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the ...

America's Cup: Int Jury upholds basis of Challenger selection *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:51 PM Thu 7 Jul 2011 GMT
Sail-World understands that the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup has upheld the position advanced by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, over the transition of the original Challenger of Record role to Sweden's KSSS. The full Jury decision can be read in this story ...
[more] puts shoulder to Chicago-Mackinac wheel *Feature By Race to Mackinac - event media, 11:09 PM Tue 5 Jul 2011 GMT
The Chicago Yacht Club’s 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, and the Chicago Yacht Club ...

Sail-World at the Chicago-Mackinac Race *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 2:45 AM Tue 5 Jul 2011 GMT
Sail-World is unique in that it’s a global sailing news network; as a result we have editors and sub-editors working around the clock. ...

ORCV Winter Series images by Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds images, 12:32 AM Tue 5 Jul 2011 GMT
Geelong based photographer Teri Dodds braved the winter's day to take these action images of race 1 of the ORCV Winter Series, Melbourne. ...

Yacht club demolished after irreparable Christchurch earthquake damage *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:45 AM Sun 3 Jul 2011 GMT
Earthquake damaged Pleasant Point Yacht Club was demolished last week. It is the second yacht club building to be demolished February 2011 earthquake. Earlier a boatshed belonging to the Christchurch Yacht Club was demolished. Both clubs are located in the Christchurch Estuary which borders some of the worst damage and liquefaction from the earthquakes that have struck the region. ...

America's Cup: New style website opens for fans and media *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 9:54 PM Fri 1 Jul 2011 GMT
A new look America's Cup website has opened as of 1 July 2011 for the 34th America's Cup and supporting events. Under the terms of the current Protocol all teams are required to be hosted on a single America's Cup website, or really a web-portal, to aggregate traffic and make simpler fan and media navigation. ...

Royal Geelong Yacht Club has three members in Transatlantic Race *Feature By Andrew Neilson, Geelong , 6:17 AM Fri 1 Jul 2011 GMT
Royal Geelong Yacht Club members Brendan Garner , Jake Newman and Tim Davis are competing in the 2011 Transatlantic yacht race. The race covers some 2975 miles and is equivalent in length to nearly five Sydney to Hobart’s races. The yacht club members are sailing on a Australian entry ‘Jazz’ which is a ‘Cookson 50’ with canting keel. Their division started on June 29th. ...

Transpac announces six-Hour Tracking delay - might other races? *Feature By Kimball Livingston, 6:59 PM Tue 28 Jun 2011 GMT
Inside Transpac, one of the lively conversations of 2011 has centered on position-reporting delays, pro or con. ...

Round the Island Race: An onboard perspective from Tonnere de Breskens *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Cowes, Isle of Wight , 8:22 PM Sun 26 Jun 2011 GMT
Tonnere de Breskens owned and skippered by Piet Vroon (NED), is one of the top performers on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Circuit. A Ker46, Tonnere de Breskens and is sailed by an international crew. New Zealand's Ben Gladwell (23) was aboard for the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and filed this report on one of the great adventures in English sailing. ...

Portugal Match Cup 2011 defending Champions have work ahead *Feature By Yanmar Racing Media, 8:39 AM Fri 24 Jun 2011 GMT
After the first two days of the qualifying rounds of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour, defending champions YANMAR Racing, skippered by four times World Match Racing Champion Peter Gilmour have challenges ahead if they are to make the quarter finals today. ...

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