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Sail Port Stephens 2011 fleet record smashed *Feature
By Sail Port Stephens media,
5:01 AM Thu 7 Apr 2011 GMT
A record fleet has registered for Sail Port Stephens 2011, which starts next Monday April 11th and runs through to April 17th, and many boats have already arrived for this giant week of sailing. With a host of cruising boats and SB3 dinghies still completing their entry paperwork, Regatta Director Denis Thompson expects around 120 entries in total, a large increase from last year’s 83. ...
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Belcher and Page in the mix *Feature
By Craig Heydon,
12:42 AM Thu 7 Apr 2011 GMT
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have taken the lead in the 470 class with Tom Slingsby second in the Laser fleet, while in the Finn class Brendan Casey is 10th. ...
America’s Cup: White Tiger becomes the latest entry *Feature
By Team Korea,
8:13 AM Wed 6 Apr 2011 GMT
As indicated by Sail-World late last week the ninth entry in the 34th America's Cup is an entry from Korea known as the White Tiger Challenge or Team Korea. The team is headed by the organiser of the Korea match Cup, and in common with most the the America's Cup Challengers accepted the details of the money-men behind the team are announced but there is no mention of design or sailing team ...
Kane Sinclair on Cherubs, 505s, Etchells and Sydney 2012 *Feature
By John Curnow, ,
6:36 PM Tue 5 Apr 2011 GMT
During the recent Thrifty 2011 NSW Etchells State Championships, John Curnow got the opportunity to sit down with Lake Macquarie sailor, Kane Sinclair. ...
How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind *Feature
By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
1:04 PM Tue 5 Apr 2011 GMT
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat. ...
America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio *Feature
By Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
9:38 AM Sun 3 Apr 2011 GMT
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end ...
Laser Rule changes – Major issues for World's largest sailing Class *Feature
9:53 PM Tue 29 Mar 2011 GMT
This year, 40 years after Canadian designer Bruce Kirby launched the most successful boat ever, the 200,000 Laser dinghy has been sold. You’d be forgiven for thinking that all would be rosy in the Laser World, but it’s not. ...
America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Pre Flight Check and Launch + Video *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
1:01 AM Sun 27 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the load and launch process required to get an AC45 off the dock following Artemis Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before a practice session. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's ...
America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
12:32 AM Sun 27 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's ...
Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure? *Feature
By Des Ryan,
9:00 PM Sat 26 Mar 2011 GMT
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this ...
New Solent island appears and is promptly claimed by two Clubs + Video *Feature
By Richard Newnham, Sail-World et al,
6:58 PM Thu 24 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World has received the following letter from the self-proclaimed Ambassador to The Great Gurnard, a new island in which appeared the Shingles Bank Archipelago, on 23 March, in the Solent, off the the Isle of Wight. It is apparently virgin territory for renowned yachting writer and sailor, Bob Fisher who is known to frequent the area. ...
More Sail-World.com video selections *Feature
7:50 PM Sat 19 Mar 2011 GMT
More great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week. ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 vs US-61 in a big breeze *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
12:01 PM Sat 19 Mar 2011 GMT
The Fremantle Doctor was the single feature that differentiated the 1987 America's Cup from every regatta that has occurred before or since. The strong on-shore breeze that came in every afternoon, arrived around 1.00pm, just in time for the racing. The normally sedate 12 Metre class came to life in the Fremantle Doctor, and provided a spectacular television spectacle, on schedule ...
Sail-World.com covers the America's Cup AC45 - Video Gallery 1 *Feature
9:33 PM Fri 18 Mar 2011 GMT
Over the past couple of months Sail-World has built up a collection of videos of the AC45, and the development of the America's Cup World Series.
For those who have missed any of these here is the first of a three part collection ...
Race Committee – Walk a Day in their shoes *Feature
By Mandy McEvoy, Melbourne ,
11:05 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
We sailors of all shapes, sizes & classes turn up, rig up and tune up - whether it be in Twilights, Club Racing or Regatta’s but there is a whole host of dedicated, passionate and supportive people behind the scenes that really do 'make it happen'. ...
America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
10:56 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other.
Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used ...
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery *Feature
8:16 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far. ...
America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand *Feature
By Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
1:12 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17 ...
Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market *Feature
By Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and Sail-World.com,
11:34 PM Tue 15 Mar 2011 GMT
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?'
Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.' ...
Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
7:46 AM Tue 15 Mar 2011 GMT
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail. ...
Australia's Wangi WonderKid's inspirational example *Feature
By Peter McIntosh, Gosford ,
6:49 AM Mon 14 Mar 2011 GMT
World 49er and Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge’s battle back from the brink of permanent disability to experience the pinnacle of sailing achievement with world titles is a gutsy and remarkable journey on many levels. ...
Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.' *Feature
By Nancy Knudsen,
9:38 AM Sat 12 Mar 2011 GMT
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition ...
Pacific Tsunami warning after Japan’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake *Feature
9:22 AM Fri 11 Mar 2011 GMT
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has issued a Tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean.
The Tsunami wave could be higher than some low lying Pacific Islands. ...
America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45 *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
6:22 PM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments. ...
Gladwell's Line: Aboard the AC45 + On-board Videos *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
9:54 AM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
As the sailing world waits for the first of the Class of 2013 to commission their AC45's, today was the turn for some media to step abroad and experience at first hand what wingsailed catamarans will be like in the America's Cup. ...