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Heaven Can Wait 2011 virtual race: Still time to win!! *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 2:28 AM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT
Although the on-water edition of the Heaven Can Wait 2011 charity yacht race ended on Sunday a week ago -- much to the relief of cold, rain-soaked and weary competitors -- fundraising for the 'virtual' race is continuing apace. ...

North Sails Australia merges with North Sails Melbourne Loft *Feature By North Sails, 2:06 AM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT
Managing Director of North Sails Australia, Michael Coxon, and the principal of Melbourne’s North Sails loft, veteran yachtsman Ross Lloyd, have jointly announced the merger of the Melbourne operations into North Sails Australia and the signing of Noel 'Nitro' Drennan. ...

Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:35 AM Sun 9 Oct 2011 GMT
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight. ...

Time running out fast for oil recovery from stricken ship on NZ reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:02 AM Fri 7 Oct 2011 GMT
The spell of fortuitous weather that has blessed salvage recovery operations at the Astrolabe Reef are expected to end around midday Sunday, when the offshore wind swings to the east. According to a wind prognosis from America's Cup winning software from, the winds will change around noon on Sunday and will swing east. The wind change will produce much bigger waves ...

America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:32 PM Wed 5 Oct 2011 GMT
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect. ...

The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name? *Feature By Guy Nowell, Yachtstyle magazine, Hong Kong , 6:20 AM Sun 2 Oct 2011 GMT
Is it just me, or have the press releases and announcements surrounding sailing events and regattas been getting just that little bit more breathless lately? Shakespeare was probably right - 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' But what if the bottled rose water is being used to mask an odour less palatable? Or less exotic? ...

Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Race – The Dash *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 1:27 PM Sat 1 Oct 2011 GMT
Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical mile race this afternoon. The most surprising starts were from 2011 Moth World Champion and One Lap Dash record holder Nathan Outteridge and another of Australia’s top Moth sailors Scott Babbage who were both caught on the wrong side of the line. ...

Global Ocean Race: Three leaders in three days + Start Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:15 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
The Global Ocean Race has its third leader in three days as the six boat fleet head for Capetown, South Africa on the first leg of the round the world race. Current race leader is Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron) who at the 0600 UTC sked were 1.7nm ahead of Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field) ...

Heaven can Wait Virtual Race heads to $19k *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 12:46 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
A serious battle at the front of the fleet in the 2011 Heaven Can Wait virtual race, with Granny Jen still in the lead but the bunch is closer behind and closing - the combined pool is rapidly heading towards $19k. Last year the event raised money for the NSW Cancer Council and Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie;it raised more that $40,000. ...

America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:07 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing ...

Global Ocean Race: Lead change already in the match race for Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:02 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The early leader in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems (Campbell and Ross Field) have lost their 10 nm lead in the round the world race. After looking set to ease away from the rest of the six boat fleet, Buckley Systems was the first to make the break north to stay in favourable winds and enjoyed a lead of almost 8nm over Campagne de France ...

Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 4:58 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...

Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems extends lead in race to Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:35 AM Mon 26 Sep 2011 GMT
At the 0600hrs position sked, the father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field led the Global Ocean Race by almost seven nm from Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron). In third place, within a few hundred metres of Campagne de France is Phesheya Racing (Nick Leggatt and Philippa Hutton-Squire). 12 hours later the Fields had changed course and extended their lead to 10nm. ...

When it comes to Etchells - What is it about Port Phillip? *Feature By John Curnow, 11:33 PM Wed 21 Sep 2011 GMT
In 2010, three of the top five from the Etchells Worlds held in Ireland hailed from Melbourne’s Port Phillip. Move forward to the 2011 Worlds in San Diego and two from the top ten called the Bay their home. True! ...

Granny Jen gets on board the Heaven Can Wait spirit *Feature By HCW Media, Lake Macquarie , 3:46 AM Wed 21 Sep 2011 GMT
Leading the 2011 Heaven Can Wait 'virtual yacht race' for sponsorship is Gosford boat Granny Jen, with the team already close to the $2000 mark. ...

Heaven Can Wait- the Video - Are you up for it?? *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 1:45 AM Mon 19 Sep 2011 GMT
The 2011 Heaven Can Wait regatta is less than two weeks away. Are you up for it? The 24 Hours race and the One Lap Dash are seriously challenging events. Watch this video now!! ...

Laser fleet sailing for Perth *Feature By PSA Media, 11:39 PM Sun 18 Sep 2011 GMT
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships being held between Saturday third and Sunday 18th December 2011, by the far the largest fleet in combination will be the Laser Radial and Laser Standard. The task of building the 275 brand new Lasers for the World Championships is reaching its final stage in the Performance Sailcraft (PSA) factory. ...

Heaven Can Wait -October 1st-2nd One Lap Dash & 24hour race ENTER NOW! *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 1:23 AM Sun 18 Sep 2011 GMT
It’s on again: fighting against men’s cancers with the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity yacht race.The Heaven Can Wait (HCW) 24 Hour Yacht Race and the associated One Lap Dash will be held on Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, NSW, on October 1-2 (NSW Labour Day long weekend). Both races for this year’s event will start at 1100 hours on Saturday October 2, 2010, and will take participants ...

America's Cup World Series: Viewed from the Water - Match Racing Final *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Plymouth, England , 7:49 PM Sat 17 Sep 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water for the final day of the Match Racing at the second round of the America's Cup World Series. he's his view of how the racing unfolded: The first races of the day were the second semi-final with Artemis Racing pitted against Team Korea. Artemis led the first race until the final top mark when they misjudged their layline and were forced to complete two mor ...

Gilmour Junior wins 2011 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship *Feature By, 1:03 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
West Australian sailor David Gilmour, the son of World Match Racing icon Peter Gilmour, four times ISAF World Match racing champion, has won the 2011 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship, defeating New South Welshman Jay Griffin in the final. ...

Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 12:28 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights. ...

Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:16 AM Thu 15 Sep 2011 GMT
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix ...

Charity yacht race returns to Lake Macquarie *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 10:22 PM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Toronto, on Lake Macquarie south of Newcastle, will again be the venue for a spectacular sailing event on the October long weekend (October 1-2) as up to 70 yachts and dinghies set spinnakers and take off down the lake for the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Regatta. ...

IRC Australian titles - Where to for the Australian IRC Championships? *Feature 7:52 AM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Australian IRC Championships - Word on the street is that Audi and Hamilton Island management have come to an agreement to continue Audi’s involvement with Hamilton Island Race Week for at least the next two to three years It’s common knowledge that Audi has withdrawn its sponsorship and support for the existing four event format that has been the Australian IRC Championships. ...

Heaven Can Wait Year - Blake Middleston's report on 2010 *Feature By Blake Middleton, Lake Maquarie , 2:09 AM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Heaven Can Wait 2010 - The fifth annual Heaven Can Wait race proved once again that some things about this event evolve, while other realities never change. The fleet continues to grow in types of vessels involved. There have been 18 footers racing in the One Lap Dash before, but Foiling Moths joined in this year, and set all time speed records around the lake. Meanwhile, the 24 Hour event proved ...

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