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Laser designer and Int 14 sailor pays tribute to Geoff Smale *Feature By Bruce Kirby, 5:03 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Canadian sailor and designer Bruce Kirby,better known as the designer of the highly successful Laser class was one of those who competed on the 1958 Prince of Wales Cup, along with Geoff Smale who died last weekend in a light aircraft accident. Here he pays tribute to his old friend ...

Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ lead after first day of racing *Feature By Warren Douglas, 4:33 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand appear to have converted well to the world of multihull sailing and lead the China regatta of the Extreme 40 Series after the first day’s racing Six races were held outside the breakwater at Qingdao in a 10-15 easterly. At the end of the day, with a finishes of fifth ,4th, fourth, first, second and fifth and a total of 49 points, Barker has a slender two-point lead ...

Sail Port Stephens Commodore's Cup - Images from Day 3 *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 12:29 PM Wed 13 Apr 2011 GMT
Another bright blue day at Australia's fastest growing regatta. Here is a selection of images. There are lots more on the event website's 2011 photogallery. ...

Sail Port Stephens Commodore's Cup Three Islands Race – Best ever? *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 9:14 AM Tue 12 Apr 2011 GMT
Commodore's Cup Day 2 – Straight out of the Brochure today Postcard autumn weather, gusty westerly 15-20 knots, blazing blue skies and a wonderful course. Quite long parts of the course were romping beam reaching legs favouring waterline length and the leaders quickly sorted by size. ...

America's Cup: AC45 high speed wipeout video's and images *Feature By Oracle Racing and Sail-World, 9:24 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Last week, Oracle Racing were out training on the Hauraki Gulf in strong-to-high winds between 25 and 35 knots with a sea running. They were sailing off the wind under North Head when a strong puff hit. The leeward bow dug in the water and the trampoline was nearly engulfed before control was regained, before the distribution of buoyancy in the hull allowed the bow to pop out and avert calamity. ...

Oracle Racing News: Edition 5 - Team Korea enters; High speed wipeouts *Feature By Oracle Racing Media, 9:12 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Edition 5 of the Oracle Racing newsletter with an introduction to Team Korea, and two videos of AC45 wipe-outs while training in the Hauraki Gulf., plus more... ...

Geoff Smale: Sailor, Sailing Scientist and Sailing Engineer *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:15 AM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Geoff Smale, who died in a light aircraft accident on Saturday was one of New Zealand's most intelligent sailors combining that rare mix of engineering ability, original thinking and great sailing ability. He did not start sailing until relatively late in life at the age of 21 years, and first rose to fame with a win in the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1958 sailed off Cowes Isle of Wig ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper VOR70 makes journey to the sea + Video *Feature By Warren Douglas, 11:18 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand’s new round-the-world race yacht CAMPER has arrived in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. She left the builder’s yard in Auckland at 4.30am Sunday; just a year after project was announced. ...

Olympic yachtsman found dead in plane + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:27 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
One of New Zealand's top sailors - 1968 Olympic representative and 1958 Price of Wales Trophy winner, Geoff Smale, has been found dead in the cockpit of his crashed microlight. He was en route from Auckland to Ashburton. It is reported that an Airforce Iroquois helicopter found the wreckage, on Mount Duppa in the Bryant Range, about 20km north east of Nelson, around 2pm today, the Rescue Coordinat ...

Hood Sails Australia chosen for Round Australia durability *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 7:53 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
Just a few days before the Sydney to Hobart race and there's drama everywhere. Last minute emergencies at every level. And suddenly you need a new sail ... Hood Sails Australia to the rescue. Now its a sail for Round Australia. ...

Kiteboards take heart from new Medal Events created by IOC *Feature By IKA, 11:07 AM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay. ...

Audi Sydney Newcastle race overnight standout *Feature By Di Pearson, 11:11 PM Fri 8 Apr 2011 GMT
Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race fleet struggled in the extremely light conditions overnight. The Radford 12, Greg Zyner’s Copernicus, has taken the overall lead of the race under IRC. Copernicus’ overnight performance finds her just east of Port Stephens this morning. Loki still leads on line honours. ...

World Champions duel at Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 7:51 AM Fri 8 Apr 2011 GMT
Two high profile Australian sailors Glen Bourke and Nathan Outteridge, with ten World titles under their belts between them, are amongst the favourites for the 2011 SB3 Australian Championship to be sailed Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April, as part of Sail Port Stephens 2011. ...

Platinum Yachts offers winning yachts and winning prices *Feature By Platinum Yachts, , 3:02 AM Fri 8 Apr 2011 GMT
Well known racing sailor and boat importer Jamie McPhail is the principal of Platinum Yachts , in Newport Sydney. Today Jamie shares some information on two exciting new racing yachts from Mark Mills in Turkey and one from ES Yachts in Sarasota Florida ...

Dean Barker: America's Cup skipper and Nexus Marine Director + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:06 PM Thu 7 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker leads a double life. While most know him for this exploits in three America’s Cups, he is also a Director of Auckland based Kiwi Yachting Consultants who in turn own Nexus Marine AB, the Swedish based manufacturer of marine instrumentation. ...

Virbac-Paprec 3 wins Barcelona World Race with 3Di sails from Norths *Feature By Zoe Hawkins, 12:28 PM Thu 7 Apr 2011 GMT
Virbac-Paprec 3’s success in the Barcelona World Race utilising 3Di sails from North Sails as part of a complete North Sails inventory will be music to the ears of Volvo Ocean Race teams using the product when the race starts at the end of this year. This week Virbac-Paprec 3, skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, became the first yacht to circumnavigate the world with a complete set ...

Sail Port Stephens 2011 fleet record smashed *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 6:01 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, 1:42 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, 9:13 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, , 7:36 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, 2:04 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, 10:38 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 By, 10:53 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, 2:01 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, 1:32 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 ...

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