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America's Cup: The Great AC45 Picture Show *Feature By Gilles Martin-Raget, 11:50 AM Sat 21 May 2011 GMT
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget has compiled this picture show of images, from behind the scenes and on the water, in the recently concluded America's Cup Media Trials. It is very impressive both for the quality of the image and the presentation. ...
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34th America's Cup: New Challenger of Record appointed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:10 PM Tue 17 May 2011 GMT
Following the announcement last Thursday by Mascalzone Latino principal Vicenzo Onorato, that he was pulling out of the 34th America's Cup for financial reasons, a new Challenger of Record has been appointed. While Mascalzone Latino, the team of the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma, had raised some sponsorship it was not sufficient for them to mount a competitive (read 'winning' ) cha ...
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Zoke Kiwi Match Win Nations Cup Regional Final *Feature By Logan Fraser, Auckland , 9:08 AM Mon 16 May 2011 GMT
Zoke Kiwi Match has qualified for the Nations Cup Grand Final having just won the Oceania Regional Final in Australia last week. The event was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia which is based on Sydney harbor. The team produced a convincing performance losing only 1 race in the 3 days of competition. ...
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America's Cup: Onorato sings on Challenger of Record withdrawal *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:47 PM Sun 15 May 2011 GMT
The Valencia based website, www.vsail.info (who are much better translators of Italian than we) are reporting an interview given to an Italian newspaper by Vincenzo Onorato, owner of Mascalzone Latino, who sent an open letter on Thursday, announcing that due to impossibility of finding the adequate funding to mount a competitive campaign, his team was withdrawing from the America’s Cup. ...
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WMRT Match Race France: YANMAR Racing out by a whisker *Feature By YANMAR Racing Media, 3:48 AM Sat 14 May 2011 GMT
With just one flight in the round robin series still to be sailed, Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing team of Cameron Dunn, Yasuhiro Yaji and Thierry Douillard, having completed their series at 5-6, could do nothing but wait on the outcome of the final flight. ...
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WMRT Match Race France - Wait and see time for YANMAR Racing *Feature By YANMAR Racing media, 10:39 PM Thu 12 May 2011 GMT
YANMAR Racing finished 3-4 after the first day of round robins at Match Race France, the first of nine events on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. YANMAR Racing has finished their matches so all they will be able to do is watch the last flight to see if they can make the quarter finals. ...
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America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:35 AM Thu 12 May 2011 GMT
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER sails on 2000-mile qualifier + Video *Feature By Emirates Team NZ media, 9:15 AM Tue 10 May 2011 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race yacht CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand sailed this morning from Lyttelton on a 2000-nautical mile voyage to qualify for the Volvo Ocean Race. Wrapping up successful shakedown voyage off the east coast on New Zealand, which included visits and public open days at five ports, the 70ft yacht and crew of 11 are now in 'race mode'. ...
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:30 AM Mon 9 May 2011 GMT
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information. ...
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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote *Feature By www.sail-world.com, 5:21 PM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
Extracts from Andy Rice’s latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.' ...
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America's Cup: Over and Out from Auckland *Feature By America's Cup Media and Gilles Martin-Raget, 9:37 AM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
With the conclusion of the America's Cup test sessions in Auckland, most teams are in pack-up mode, heading for Europe. The weekend in Auckland has been devoted to dis-assembling the AC45s and their wings, and fitting them into shipping containers for the move from Auckland. Plus Artemis Racing give their thoughts on video on the AC 45 and the lessons learned in Auckland ...
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Half Yearly meeting - a Multihull perspective *Feature By Paul Pascoe, St Petersburg, Russia , 8:25 AM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation is a funny beast, and no more so than when the boats are selected every four years to represent sailing at the Olympic Games. When it comes to making these decisions, you have no friends, strange bedfellows frequently arise and knives in the back are not unknown. ...
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In memory of Drummoyne Sailing Club former president Frank Bonnitcha *Feature By Bill Fletcher, Club President, 11:47 AM Sat 7 May 2011 GMT
Life Member, Honorary Club Historian, former Club President, Director, Race Secretary, Hartley TS16, 16ft, 12ft and 8ft skiff sailor, Frank Bonnitcha passed away peacefully on Saturday 23rd April 2011. ...
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:00 AM Sat 7 May 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher. ...
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ISAF Exec set to raspberry Events, Olympic Commission and IOC *Feature By Andy Rice - Sailjuice, 1:27 AM Sat 7 May 2011 GMT
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice column titled '11th hour intervention from ISAF Exec smells fishy' 'ISAF Executive Committee recommendations are out. Supporting Star, mixed Multi, 2x470 but No Skiff!! Holy shit!' This tweet betrays what many in St Petersburg are thinking, yet few dare say in public at ISAF Conference. The lunatics are in danger of taking over the asylum again. ...
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2016 Olympics: Sailors of the World - Hang your heads and weep! *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:40 PM Fri 6 May 2011 GMT
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday. ...
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Around Australia World Sailing Record start date announced *Feature By Mainsheet Media, Sydney , 3:27 AM Fri 6 May 2011 GMT
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing will be setting off on Wednesday 11th May 2011 from Sydney on board the iconic Australian maxi-yacht Brindabella to break the World Sailing Speed Record for the fastest monohull Around Australia. ...
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America's Cup: Challengers reduce to 14 teams + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:14 AM Fri 6 May 2011 GMT
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World this morning that one of the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club had been declined. When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March 2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be kept confidential, and two of those were listed as ...
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:33 AM Thu 5 May 2011 GMT
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it. ...
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Response to Bruce Kendall on Kiteboarding and the Olympics *Feature By Markus Schwendtner, Berlin , 11:45 PM Wed 4 May 2011 GMT
Markus Schwendtner of the International Kiteboarding Association rsponds to double Olympic Windsurfing medalist and windsurfing world champion, Bruce Kendall's comments yesterady in Sail-World. He writes: Bruce Kendall reflected on Kiteboarding being too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Sailing Regatta. ...
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Book of the Week: 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish' *Feature By Des Ryan, 11:08 PM Wed 4 May 2011 GMT
When Nancy Knudsen and her architect husband Ted Nobbs decide to escape their high-pressure corporate lives and follow a dream of sailing around the world together, little do they guess where their journey will lead them and the strange events which are to turn their lives upside-down. ...
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:53 AM Wed 4 May 2011 GMT
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER's tour of New Zealand continues *Feature By Emirates Team NZ media, 8:40 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
The Emirates Team NZ campaigned Volvo 70 CAMPER, is continuing her tour of New Zealand, and is currently en route from Wellington to Dunedin: CAMPER is on its way from Wellington to Dunedin and the crew is enjoying a good north-easterly breeze. Progress down the coast has been fast. The yacht is ahead of schedule, although the breeze is expected to soften and progress will slow. ...
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Images of the Waitemata: America's Cup Media Trials - Fleet Racing *Feature By Gilles Martin-Raget, 8:24 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Racing resumed yesterday in the America's Cup Media Trials staged on the outer Waitemata Harbour. Fresh winds and rain were the order of the day, and Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget took these great images of the action: ...
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail *Feature By George Bekris, 12:46 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday. ...
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