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America's Cup: The Italian quandary *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 6:47 AM Thu 11 Jul 2013 GMT
Luna Rossa, the Italian challenger from the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, did not race against Emirates Team NZ on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup on the express orders of the team’s principal, Patrizio Bertelli. This, he explained, was no sudden reaction but a carefully calculated matter. ...
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Australian speedster lines up for inaugural Auckland to Bluff Race *Feature By Sail-World, 8:17 AM Wed 10 Jul 2013 GMT
The Auckland to Bluff Ocean Race has received a major boost with 'Team Australia', the record-breaking 60ft trimaran, planning to take part in the inaugural race which sets sail from Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, 9 February 2014. ...
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Louis Vuitton Cup: More images from Day 1 *Feature By Chuck Lantz, San Francisco , 5:23 AM Mon 8 Jul 2013 GMT
more photos from the first day the America's Cup challenger series. With Luna Rossa refusing to participate in this first race to protest what they see as an unfair situation regarding the new rules proposed after the Artemis tragedy, the Emirates New Zealand AC72 ran the course alone. Those onshore didn't seem to mind, and enjoyed the solo show put on by the Kiwi monster boat. ...
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Fastest Louis Vuitton Cup Race ever sailed + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell and John Navas, Auckland and San Francisco , 10:35 PM Sun 7 Jul 2013 GMT
The first race of the Summer of Sailing got underway on time today in San Francisco, with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing an uncontested race. Despite the no-show of Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa, the New Zealand team took the race as full on practice, entering the pre-start area at full pace ahead of the race set to be sailed over the 40 minute course. Includes 10 minute video - unblocked ...
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America's Cup: Ma'am there is no second - Louis Vuitton Cup opens *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 9:10 PM Sun 7 Jul 2013 GMT
July 7th was set in stone for the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the race organisers were determined that racing should take place on that day no matter what; and so, they set up a 16.05 nautical mile course around which one competitor sailed in 46 minutes and 27 seconds. It was a sad reflection on what should have been a joyous day on San Francisco Bay – the day that the America’s Cup b ...
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America's Cup: Smiles break ice at Skippers Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:54 AM Sat 6 Jul 2013 GMT
Despite their much published differences, it was almost all sweetness and light between the four America's Cup skippers at the Media Conference to open the 2013 America's Cup Regatta. The full video replay is included in this story. ...
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America's Cup: Press conference and parade images by Carlo Borlenghi *Feature By Carlo Borlenghi images, , 9:02 PM Fri 5 Jul 2013 GMT
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site for the 34th America's Cup press conference and parade to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy! ...
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America's Cup: Images from the Oracle Team USA base tour plus Video *Feature By John Navas, 10:45 AM Thu 4 Jul 2013 GMT
John Navas was on the media tour of the Oracle Team USA base today, and provided this image gallery. Catch two videos, the first by Pierre Orphanidis of European website www.vsail.info who is in San Francisco for the week, and the second from Oracle Team USA as Tom Slingsby discusses rudder elevators. ...
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America's Cup: NZ Rigging drops the Big Boat's mast into cafe alley *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:20 PM Mon 1 Jul 2013 GMT
KZ-1, the Big Boat of the 1988 America's Cup fame is now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum, and forms the predominant landmark on the Auckland waterfront. 18 years had lapsed, since the 1988 America's Cup Challenger had her rig checked fully, and the Maritime Museum turned to NZ Rigging to undertake the tricky task. Sail-World was on site for the first few hours of the operation ...
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America's Cup: Coast Guard permit triggers Class Rule changes *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:22 AM Sat 29 Jun 2013 GMT
America's Cup organisers have announced that they have received a Permit for the conduct of the America's Cup Regatta, with just a week to run before the start of the event. As expected the Organisers have made several significant AC72 Class rule changes, several of them without the unanimous approval of all four teams, as required by the protocol governing the conduct of the 34th America's Cup ...
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America's Cup: Challengers on the Bay in 20kts of breeze - Video *Feature By John Navas, 8:24 PM Fri 28 Jun 2013 GMT
Another great piece of video from John Narras, from Thursday June 27, showing Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa in their AC72's and Artemis Racing practicing on two foiling AC45's. For Luna Rossa it was the first time on the water with new dagger boards. ...
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America's Cup: Two Challengers haul Regatta Director in front of Jury *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:49 AM Fri 28 Jun 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed that they will be lodging an Application with the International Jury concerning the actions of the Regatta Director, who they claim has exceeded his authority in implementing his Recommendations following the safety review. ...
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America's Cup: Jury to decide as Oracle sails with rudder elevators *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:00 PM Wed 26 Jun 2013 GMT
Oracle Team USA is in the process of fitting and sailing with the new winglets specified by America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray and made public just over four weeks ago. Before the end of the week, one of the parties is expected to refer the matter to the International Jury. The issue was dismissed by Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts as 'rules minutiae' ...
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013 - ASBA Winter Nationals Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 10:56 AM Sun 23 Jun 2013 GMT
The Australian sports boat scene is vibrant all year round. Escaping the cooler Victorian weather, Teri Dodds ventured north to Queensland to cover the Australian Sports Boat Winter Nationals at Sail Mooloolaba 2013. Here are a selection of her images. ...
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Sail Mooloolaba: Raptor wins inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals *Feature By Tracey Johnstone, Mooloolaba , 9:30 AM Sun 23 Jun 2013 GMT
Mark Buchbach's Stealth Rapator took out the inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals at this weekend's Sail Mooloolaba. Around him raced other fleets - SB20s, multihulls and monhulls, but the star of the weekend was clearly the powerful Raptor. ...
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America's Cup: The slickest foiling, flying gybe in the West - Video *Feature By John Navas, San Francisco , 6:57 AM Sat 22 Jun 2013 GMT
The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay. We've see a few before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing. Features the short clip of just the foiling gybe and the full practice session is in a second video, also included in this story ...
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America's Cup: Protagonists believed to be well apart on key issues *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:27 AM Fri 21 Jun 2013 GMT
Sail-World understands that while the teams have agreed on many of the basic safety issues proposed for the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, they are very entrenched on a few others affecting the broad format of the regatta. Sources spoken to by Sail-World believed that a full International Jury Hearing would be required next week to sort out the outstanding issues ...
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Inaugural Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney International Boat Show *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 8:39 AM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
Maybe you know a lot about sailing, but do you know all you need to know for cruising? Are you up to date with the latest sailing aids? safety systems? Technology? Do you know all about snubbers, sentinels, Med Hooks? If the answer is no or maybe, then attend the Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney Boat Show, 3/4 August. You'll never regret it. It's free in the inaugural year but must be reserved ...
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Gladwell's Line: Claims that Artemis Racing used veto in own interests *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, New Zealand , 7:48 PM Sat 8 Jun 2013 GMT
Emirates Team NZ 's Grant Dalton claims that the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing, used their veto as Challenger of Record, to stymie a proposal for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup to be delayed until 19 July, and for all teams to participate in a true Round Robin at that juncture. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Summer of Sailing set to become to Summer of Waiting? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, New Zealand , 7:56 PM Fri 7 Jun 2013 GMT
The 34th America's Cup reached a farcical level today, with the release of a revised race schedule, co-incident with an announcement by the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) that they did not expect to be racing until the end of July. ...
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Queensland Buoyed up youth program launch by Noosa *Feature By Tracey Johnstone, Mooloolaba , 12:05 AM Wed 5 Jun 2013 GMT
Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club are leading the way in Queensland, launching a local version of the Buoyed Up Program which was originally developed and rolled out in the ACT by Canberra Yacht Club's Matt Owen. A big fund-raising dinner on Saturday 13th July is the first step to securing funds required to move the program forward in the second part of this year. ...
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013 - Hot Fleet for Sports Boat Winter Nationals *Feature By Darren Spence, Mooloolaba , 4:54 AM Fri 31 May 2013 GMT
A record fleet expected to exceed 25 boats is set to line up for the first ever Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Winter National Titles being held in conjunction with Sail Mooloolaba over the weekend of June 22-23 offshore at Mooloolaba. ...
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America's Cup: Review Recommendations not expected to be an easy meal *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:18 AM Fri 24 May 2013 GMT
There could be some belching around the America's Cup table, in San Francisco before teams fully digest, and maybe sign-off the 37 recommendations served up by the America’s Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray yesterday. The recommendations came on the back of a fatal accident on the Swedish AC72, and triggered the commissioning of a six person panel, by event organisers. ...
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Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move *Feature By MarineBusiness-World.com, 12:27 AM Sat 18 May 2013 GMT
Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on LP, ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP. If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Tragedy in San Francisco + RYA Tribute Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:42 PM Sun 12 May 2013 GMT
Following is the editorial published in Sail-World NZ's newsletter published on May 10, NZT. It is republished for those who don't subscribe to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter. Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Includes RYA tribute video to Andrew Simpson ...
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