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Extreme Sailing Series: Day 3 image gallery from Sydney Harbour *Feature By Beth Morley, Sport Sailing Photography, Sydney, Australia , 7:21 PM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley, was on the water for the third day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series, and provided this galley from the day's racing. JP Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) had a collision from behind which damaged their rudders / tiller arm and had to be replaced between races... Realteam hit them from behing and JP Morgan BAR missed three races while it was replaced. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 finish - Team Brunel wins from Dongfeng *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:19 AM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Watch the finish of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi - LIVE! Team Brunel has taken the Leg from Dongfeng. Click on the viewer here and see how the final miles unfold - with three boats in contention for the Leg win - Dongfeng Race Team (China) Abhu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel (Netherlands). ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage - Day 3 +Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:45 AM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Live of the third day in the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney harbour. Today is Day 3 with full video coverage. Nic Douglass (Adventures of a Sailor Girl) will carry her own inimitable commentary from two hours before the start of racing, due to get underway at 4.00pm Sydney time. Now live. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Three way alley-brawl on final day of Leg 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:01 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014 GMT
Less than a day remains on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, with the leading three boats looking set to make a serious race of it right to the finish line in Abu Dhabi. According to the latest projects from the routing function of Predictwind the two leading boats, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel will be a minute apart at the finish line. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Replay coverage - Day 2 +Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:49 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014 GMT
Replay coverage of the second day in the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney harbour. Today is Day 2 with full video coverage. Nic Douglass (Adventures of a Sailor Girl) will carry her own inimitable commentary from two hours before the start of racing, due to get underway at 4.00pm Sydney time. Now live. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:30 PM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder denied the cheating allegation and subsequent finding by the Jury, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence. He had not sailed since the Jury Hearing and Decision, announced just before the start of the 34th America's Cup. Oracle Team USA was penalised $250,000 over the same cheating issue by the International Jury. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Skippers Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:54 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Racing has been cancelled in the Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney due to strong winds. After the cancellation the skippers held a media conference which Nic Douglass recorded and can be heard on her Adventures of a Sailor Girl channel below. Tomorrow and the rest of the regatta we will carry video coverage and replays for Days 2, 3 and 4 ...
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Etchells 2015 Australian Championship – Look out for the ‘newbie’ *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:08 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
In Etchells terms, a dozen years still means you can call yourself a bit of a newbie. Chris Hampton does, but it is a little more self-effacing than completely accurate. This ‘newbie’ already has a string of impressive results on the scoreboard. They’re made all the more so by the fact that Chris had never sailed before joining the Etchells family and his only boats since have been Etchells. ...
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Image Gallery - SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Clash of the Heavyhitters *Feature By Beth Morley, Sport Sailing Photography, , 11:01 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
On Tuesday the maxis and supermaxis that will contest the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, in just over two weeks time, lined up on Sydney harbour for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Beth Morley of Sport Sailing Photography was on the water and provided this gallery of images from the day. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Life onboard - Leg 2, December 9 + Video *Feature By Sail-World, , 9:50 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters on the six remaining boats in the Volvo Ocean Race report on Leg 2, December 9 - as they play follow the leader to the next waypoint before taking the more complicated course to the finish in Abu Dhabi: 'How many Legs have I won in the Volvo Ocean Race? I would say about eight? I’m not sure. I’d have to count again. But not enough however!' says Bouwe Bekking laughing ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Three boats in a tight race to Abu Dhabi finish *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:23 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Brunel are just ahead in the race to win Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and join Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing at the top of the leaderboard – but the sprint into Abu Dhabi still looks too close to call for sure. Bouwe Bekking’s (NED) Dutch boat was leading Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) by a mere 12 nautical miles (nm) at 0940 UTC on Tuesday with Ian Walker’s Azzam boat just 27nm fu ...
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Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Preview and Commentary of SOLAS *Feature By Sail-World, , 9:35 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass was on the water on Sydney Harbour for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. ...
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Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 7 show *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:59 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 33rd. Sailing news in sixty seconds-ish (2:46). Sail Sydney: Josh McKnight (Moth, 9:43), Tom Spithill (Moth, 12:45), Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (FX, 15:24) Tom Burton (Laser, 23:20) James Wierzbowski (Extreme 40's, 32:08) and much more ...
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Moth Worlds – They go up tiddly up, up… *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:39 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
They go down tiddly down, down. Yes. It’s all about those magnificent men in their flying machines. Now very quickly, we’ll add that women sail Moths too, but then that doesn’t fit the original song’s lyrics nearly as well, and as the bulk of the fleet is male, we’ll just ask for some poetic licence up front. OK? P.S. Those opening lines of the song were actually written by a woman… ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'I saw jagged rocks and breaking waves' - Nicholson *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:07 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The Team Vestas Wind crew and Volvo Ocean Race management have just completed a media conference call in Abu Dhabi. Skipper Chris Nicholson opened by outlining what happened in the 48 hour period prior to the grounding off Team Vestas Wind's on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Now includes video of the media conference. ...
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Images of Sydney Harbour: Comanche out for a pre-Hobart training run *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:56 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, caught these images of the new supermaxi on Sydney harbour, today, as he waited for the 18ft skiffs to start for the day. Comanche is owned by Jim and Kirsty Clark. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) and Guillame Verdier, without regard for a rating rule, she is expected to become the world's fastest supermaxi. ...
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Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sir Peter Blake remembered from Leg 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:30 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
December 6 is the anniversary of the death of Sir Peter Blake, the only person to have led a winning Round the World Race team and a winning America's Cup team. He was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Today, Ian Walker skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the time to pay tribute to Sir Peter from the foredeck of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ...
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Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 10:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the more interesting facets of the Star Sailors League finals is to be found in the Sailing Instructions. Item 1.2.2 reads; 'If signaled by the race committee in accordance with RRS Appendix P5, pumping, rocking and ooching will be permitted when the wind speed exceeds 6 knots as measured at deck level on a race committee boat. This changes STCR rule 35.' ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Reports from on board Leg Leader, Abu Dhabi *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 9:26 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
b>Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading again on Leg 2 according to the Volvo Ocean Race Control reports and leaderboard However according to Predictwind calculations and routing projections they could be level pegging for second with Team Brunel, and with Donfeng Race Team in the Leg 2 lead ...
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America's Cup: Bermuda up for $40million in Venue Fee and Underwrites *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 2:09 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Figures released in the Bermudian Parliament reveal that British Overseas Territory, with a population of about 65,000, has agreed to pay the America's Cup Events Authority $15million as an Event Fee. A further underwrite of $25million has also been put in place against any sponsorship shortfall by ACEA. ...
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Comanche's First Aussie Hit Out: Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 1:12 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
As the Bird Island Race fleet cleared North Head shortly after 11am this morning, Jim Clark's 100 foot race record trophy hunter Comanche was to be seen raising sails off Bradley's Head in preparation for her first sail on Australian waters. In a light nor'easter Comanche tacked down harbour to South Head, did one quick circuit on the eastern shore close to Lady Jane Beach, then turned upwind ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigator comments on error aboard Team Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:31 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind's navigator Wouter Verbraak appears to have 'fessed up to the error which put the Volvo Ocean Racer on a collision course with Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In a new video, the crew were aware they were sailing in shoal water 30seconds before hitting a rock. ...
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Sydney-Hobart Of Lemmon & Wood, Slags & Pitstops, Ruffcuts & Blasts *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:26 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Whether it is the 60s movie, The Great Race, or Hanna-Barbera’s 17 episode cartoon series that followed, one thing is for certain. Yep. It is time once more for The Wacky Races. Now the notion is simple. Build anything you want, and as long as it complies with some rules, you’re in! That those very rules do not yet allow for multi-hulls, kind of proves that this really is all a bit wacky anyway. ...
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Star Sailors League: Another day, another series leader *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:21 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
The first of the day’s races was held in 15-18 knot breezes from just north of east and the start was keenly contested, particularly at the pin end, where several appeared to be fractionally ahead of the gun, but there was no recall. Those who continued on starboard tack came off best. ...
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