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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Ian Williams new ISAF Match Racing World Champion *Feature By Sail-World.com, 9:49 AM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
The quarter-finals of this year's Monsoon Cup became the 2011 World Match Racing Tour Championship showdown when Tour leader and twice World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar (106 points) and second placed Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team (100 points), faced each other in a first to three wins playoff. ...
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Peter Gilmour aims for third Monsoon Cup title win *Feature By YANMAR Racing media, 11:58 PM Fri 25 Nov 2011 GMT
Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing crew started the crucial last matches of yesterday's qualifying series at the Monsoon Cup 2011 in good form. The quarter-finals are set for a Championship showdown and they will decide the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. ...
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WMRT Monsoon Cup 2011 - Mirsky makes a shock exit on day 3 *Feature By Sail-World.com, 9:59 AM Fri 25 Nov 2011 GMT
Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup 2011 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia was always going to be an interesting one with four highly regarded teams fighting to ensure they were in the top eight. As the day drew to a close along came the most important match of today. It was Mirsky versus Bruni and with both skippers on just five wins, the loser would miss the cut. ...
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World Match Racing Tour leader under pressure at the Monsoon Cup *Feature By Sail-World.com, 8:46 AM Thu 24 Nov 2011 GMT
In 2007 Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) squeaked into the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup on a count back. To date, 2011 has been another stellar year for the 34 year old British lawyer. Going into the final event of the Tour, he was atop the 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board. But this regatta has produced some shocks for Williams. ...
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World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup 2011 *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:42 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Today presented crews with the toughest ever match racing conditions in the Monsoon Cup's history. The crews in the first flight were about to be released from the Pulau Duyong marina when a heavy line squall came through with driving rain from the north. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma effects fuel transfer at sea + Video and Images *Feature By Amory Ross, 7:54 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Puma Ocean Racing have completed a mid-sea fuel transfer that will allow them to reach land, the first phase of their logistical battle to stay in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'These are our new best friends,' Puma skipper Ken Read of the 257-metre cargo ship ZIM Monaco. This is the first stage in a complex logistical plan to get Puma back on the start line for Leg 2 on 11 December ...
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Monsoon Cup 2011 – The Stage is Set *Feature By Sail-World.com, 9:15 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011 GMT
The Monsoon Cup 2011 is the final and deciding round of the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Heavy monsoon weather bringing flooding rains to the eastern Malaysian coast. The rain stopped for the spectacular Opening Ceremony yesterday afternoon and there was no shortage of breeze for the Pro-Am conducted in the late afternoon. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Self reliance a necessary option for Puma Racing *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:56 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011 GMT
The stricken Puma Racing, which dismasted around 2100nm from Cape Town, will emulate to some extent the same moves and route that the New Zealand crew did aboard Ceramco in the 1981-82 Whitbread Race. In a later report a complex plan has been put in place to send a ship the 1800nm from South Africa and extract Puma from the ocean and return with her to Cape Town. ...
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour poised for major growth *Feature By Rob Kothe, 2:27 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011 GMT
Internet TV is watch it where you want, when you want, download it … and it has become very significant for the sport of sailing’ says World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Chief Executive Officer Jim O'Toole. Our Tour Card Holders are our single biggest asset – they are the headline acts that attract live spectators, TV and IPTV viewers around the world to watch Championship events. ...
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Lipton Cup Regatta - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne , 5:14 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011 GMT
It was a wet start to the Lipton Cup Regatta, in Melbourne today, as the heavens opened for most of today's racing. A light 5 - 10 knot NW greeted the fleet but so did the rain, which made for some unpleasant conditions on the water. As the day progressed the wind, did a virtual 180 degree shift, and the breeze kicked in to around 20 knots. ...
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America's Cup World Series San Diego Photo gallery by Chuck Lantz *Feature By Chuck Lantz, San Diego , 2:24 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011 GMT
America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego - Light winds, some fog and overcast condtions for fleet and match-race eliminations on Thursday and Friday in San Diego. A photo gallery by Chuck Lantz. ...
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Fisher's View: 'Isn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King?' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 2:05 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011 GMT
With owner Larry Ellison in the sixth-man seat aboard Oracle Racing 4, Jimmy Spithill and his crew turned on a strident performance to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in two straight races to go into the final of the ACWS Match Racing Championship. It wasn’t totally one-way traffic, but Spithill’s match racing ability provided him with an edge that Dean Barker did not seem able to match. ...
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Etchells NSW State Championship images by Howard Wright *Feature By Howard Wright images, 11:40 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011 GMT
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, captured these images on the first day of racing at the Zhik Etchells NSW State Championship ...
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Perth 2011 Lasers – all Bent out of Shape *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:40 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011 GMT
Its just two weeks to Perth 2011, the largest fleet (in combination), the Laser Radial and Laser Standard will be sailing their 2011 World Championships and there is significant equipment issue looming. ...
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METS: Cool Toys Galore! *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, 8:56 PM Thu 17 Nov 2011 GMT
When it comes to sailing gear, there is no cooler place to drool than the annual METS tradeshow, held each year in Mid-November in Amsterdam. While the nightlife is legendary, the show itself is offers are rare glimpse at brand-new gear that won’t be in full circulation until next year, as well as European kit that won’t necessarily make it’s way to the States. ...
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: The Fish smiles again *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 4:37 AM Thu 17 Nov 2011 GMT
OK, the America’s Cup World Series has begun – last weekend was merely an event to tease the general public into seeing the boats in action, so it was time for me to get a fix – I did with a sixth-man seat with Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Racing 4 – and it was every bit as good, if not better than it was last time. ...
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Perth 2011 - And now to land the fish!! *Feature By Rob Kothe & Sail-World.com Team, 9:45 PM Tue 15 Nov 2011 GMT
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses. ...
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Sail-World Latest Australian Newsletter -Volvo, Sail Melbourne, AC45’s *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:37 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
Perth 2011 is looming large, just a few weeks away. Australian crews did extraordinarily well at the first of the 2012 World Cup series, Sail Melbourne but now the action cranks up as the focus moves west. This coming weekend there will be 470 and 49er Australian Championships on the Perth 2011 courses. ...
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 2:14 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America’s Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board. ...
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 3:22 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
'It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators. ...
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America's Cup World Series: Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video *Feature By ACM, 3:06 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego ...
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Volvo Legends: Great Britain II - Her builder's story *Feature By Derek Kelsall, 9:42 AM Sat 12 Nov 2011 GMT
The ketch rigged Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race which started in September 1973. Derek Kelsall was the builder of the 78ft maxi designed by Alan Gurney and skippered by Chay Blyth writes to give his perspective of how the foam sandwich ketch was constructed. She went on to compete in five round the world races: ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Riddle of the Routes + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:52 PM Fri 11 Nov 2011 GMT
Less than a week into the Volvo Ocean Race, the classic is proving to be what everyone expected and more. Yes, there was the first night shenanigans, which have too often marred the start of Round the World races of various types out of the Med and Europe. While those incidents took some of the edge off the competition, the race on the water is proving to be what many expected. ...
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Perth 2011 - Not always happy families on Olympic class sailing scene *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 8:12 AM Fri 11 Nov 2011 GMT
For the last five years a not very secret project has been aiming to deliver a better more durable Laser sail. The final prototypes have been tested for more than 18 months, they’ve passed with flying colours, its reported that the World Council unanimously voted for a routine equipment change a long time ago but the project is now very much stalled. ...
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Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Sail-World, 8:14 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Groupama’s decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west ...
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