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Amazing Day onboard TeamVodafoneSailing *Feature By Teri Dodds, 4:51 AM Tue 16 Aug 2011 GMT
Well, speechless comes to mind when you find yourself onboard TeamVodafoneSailing for a race in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. A slick crew lead by skipper Simon Hull and Kevin Peet calling tactics, sent the Orca 60 multi-hull around the 27nm course in 01:39:06, with their nearest rival Malcolm Richardson's Nacra 36 Malice coming in 37 minutes behind. ...

Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 8:32 PM Sun 14 Aug 2011 GMT
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start ...

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 - Day 3 Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Airlie Beach, Queensland , 4:13 AM Sun 14 Aug 2011 GMT
Teri Dodds is in Airlie Beach covering the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and presents this gallery of images for you to enjoy. ...

Fisher's View: Cascais - A Box of Matches on the penultimate day *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 9:41 PM Sat 13 Aug 2011 GMT
It is a day when the amount of confusing material has been reduced to a minimum. We members of the media were addressed only by the ACRM supremo, Iain Murray, and with the 'big fella' there is no room for anything but straight talking, none of the confusion of marketing-speak. ...

Fun In The Sun in Airlie *Feature By Teri Dodds, 4:17 AM Fri 12 Aug 2011 GMT
A day of wind and warmth met the crews sailing the glorious Whitsunday waters in the Double Cone – Armit Island Race today. New Zealand’s TeamVodafoneSailing blitzed the fleet, clearing away from her competitors, from the start ...

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - One perfect day *Feature By Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media, 3:50 AM Fri 12 Aug 2011 GMT
The 22nd annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week started today in glorious sunshine, blue skies and good breeze. On the multihull start line, the bright red Orma 60 TeamVodafoneSailing, competing in her first official Australian race, started down the line towards the pin end and well back. She wound up and in 30 seconds was leading the fleet. ...

Fisher's View: Day Six – Belle jour with Loick Peyron *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 11:14 AM Thu 11 Aug 2011 GMT
The smile is back, and full-on too. I managed to obtain my fix early in the day, and a belle jour it was too with Loick Peyron and the aptly named Energy Team. It was the first of the three fleet races with the wind still patchier than a tramp’s trousers, but therein lies the skill of sailing the AC-45s. ...

Fisher's View: Sustainable lunch and the next AC World Series ride *Feature By Bob Fisher, 9:37 PM Tue 9 Aug 2011 GMT
Day 5 another lay day - America's Cup World Series - Cascais, Portugal: I attended the subsequent lunch with TVNZ’s Martin Tasker and we reasoned that we were doing our bit for sustainability by eating food that might otherwise have been thrown away. ...

Extreme Sailing: Cartwheels at Cowes - the full sequence *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Sail-World, 10:41 PM Mon 8 Aug 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and raced around the seawall to catch this sequence of shots of Aberdeen Asset Management's spectacular cartwheel, literally at the feet of thousands of fans gathered to see the third day of racing in the Extreme 40's. ...

Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel – Across the Tropic of Capricorn *Feature By Brisbane to Keppel Media, 2:47 AM Sun 7 Aug 2011 GMT
The bulk of the fleet in the fifth annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is expected to finish tonight, but conditions are softening. It is a perfect winter day, at Rosslyn Bay with south east trades dropping from around eight knots a few hours ago, but it is now eased back to four knots. Lucas Down’s Farr 40 Bribie Star is in sight of the finish line, further down the coast p ...

Extreme Sailing: Battle Stations at Cowes *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Sail-World, 10:06 PM Sat 6 Aug 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and onto a RIB to provide this gallery of images from the Extreme 40 racing. ...

Fisher's View: In the Shotgun Seat on Artemis Racing - AC World Series *Feature By Bob Fisher, 7:21 PM Sat 6 Aug 2011 GMT
Where did we finish? Who won? Don’t know, and frankly, don’t care. I was in Nirvana as the sixth man aboard Artemis. It may have been grey, drizzly even, but as far as I was concerned the sun shone in all its glory and I beamed back in pleasure (and it was only a boat race!) as five men in front of me went about their business in a manner that would shock the faint of heart. ...

Brisbane to Keppel Race - A new race record to Wild Oats XI *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 4:21 AM Sat 6 Aug 2011 GMT
Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. Bob Oatley’s Reichel Pugh 100 Wild Oats XI has smashed Peter Millard’s Lahana's 2010 race record. Oats XI finished in a new recotrd time of 24 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds. ‘We had a fantastic race,' said Ricko just after they got the line honours gun. ‘A glorious day, postcard sailing and a good way to get to Hamilton Island!! ...

Hicko recommends a Mariner Boating Holiday *Feature By Roger Hickman, Sydney , 3:58 AM Mon 1 Aug 2011 GMT
I recently returned from an exciting adventure holiday on the beautiful coast of Croatia which was organized by Mariner Boating Holidays. Well want can I say? It was just a wonderful experience in every sense of the word. ...

Record fleet for Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 *Feature By Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media, 1:06 AM Mon 1 Aug 2011 GMT
With close of entries still five days away, there is already a strong fleet for the 22nd annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, which will be conducted on the waters of Pioneer Bay and the Whitsunday Passage from 11th to 18th August 2011. ...

Sydney Yachts GTS43 at the Sydney Boat Show; Open for Inspection! *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 10:49 AM Wed 27 Jul 2011 GMT
Ask any yachting photographer to name their favourite commission and you’ll likely find that a request to shoot the first sail of a brand new yacht is right up there; better still when that yacht has been commissioned by a recognised leader in custom and production boats ...

Online video reporting from Sydney International Boat Show *Feature By Jeni Bone, 7:08 PM Tue 26 Jul 2011 GMT
TetraMedia's boat show team, 11-strong this year, plans to bring our readers of,, and online publications all the colour, innovation, personalities and trends of this year's largest Asia Pacific Boat Show event, by video reporting and interviewing. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—100 Knots and Off the Clock *Feature 7:00 PM Tue 19 Jul 2011 GMT
Hearing that it’s windy and rainy is one thing. Hearing that water is vaporizing all around you is a completely different tale of horror. Descriptions of the 'strobing' lightning and 'white water everywhere' are on an entirely different level than anything that racing sailors in North America have seen in many, many decades. ...

Chicago-Mackinac Race—State of the Race *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, , 9:02 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, 4:03 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, 11:19 AM 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, 4:43 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 , 5:23 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 , 6:29 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 , 10:05 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. ...

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