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Fisher's View: A gift horse in need - America's Cup WS, Naples - Day 1 *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 12:42 PM Tue 16 Apr 2013 GMT
Day 1 America's Cup World Series, Naples: Today’s media 'conference', for want of a better word, was a shining example of a gift horse in need. It was held in a building with bare walls and more echoes than enough – and the behavior of the 'media' not actually involved was appalling – they talked loudly and the photographers were among the worst. Interviewing a skipper was a painful operation. ...
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Sail Port Stephens Commodores Cup Day 2 - Gold Medal Dads *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 8:20 AM Tue 16 Apr 2013 GMT
Sail Port Stephens 2013 - on Tuesday the Commodore Cup fleet sailed the popular three Islands race offshore, around Cabbage Tree, Little and Boondelbah Islands. ...
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Young 88 New South Wales Champs: Pistol Dawn outguns the fleet *Feature By Andrew Spencer, Pittwater , 8:15 AM Tue 16 Apr 2013 GMT
On April 6-7, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the Pittwater Young 88 Championships. A combination of three Saturday windward-leewards races and a Sunday course race saw three different race winners, highlighting the competitive nature of the fleet. ...
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Australia's Belcher predicts 470 battle with Brits all the way to Rio *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, 4:43 PM Sat 6 Apr 2013 GMT
nder 470 coaching wizard Victor Kovalenko Australia has dominated the 470 Class. From 2000 onwards they have won five Olympic Gold medals and already the portents are there for Rio in 2016. ...
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Sailing World Cup expands its role *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:45 PM Sat 6 Apr 2013 GMT
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is now quite a lot different to the product of just 12 months ago, it is now it is more continental as it aims to increase high grade event accessibility for sailors around the world as Antonio González de la Madrid (ESP), the ISAF Sailing World Cup Manager, explains. ...
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Sail Port Stephens 2013 - Going from strength to strength *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 12:41 PM Sat 6 Apr 2013 GMT
The sixth annual Sail Port Stephens race week starts on Monday week, April 15th, and Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson is forecasting the 2013 event will be another major success. ...
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America's Cup: 'We will keep learning, even in the Match' - Simmer *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 12:50 PM Fri 5 Apr 2013 GMT
Part 2 of the interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer, whose experience spans nine America's Cup campaigns, including three wins in 1983, 2003 and 2007. Simmer picks up the story, revealing that the launch date for Oracle Team USA’s second AC72 will be prior to the end of April, and elaborates on the program through to the end of the America's Cup Match. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle boss says Kiwis favourites - for the moment *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:52 AM Thu 4 Apr 2013 GMT
With just over 20 weeks left on the clock until the start of the 34th America’s Cup, Grant Simmer, COO of Defender Oracle Team USA, is playing the usual psychological games, picking challenger Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America’s Cup. Emirates Team NZ is the favorite. I would say that they are the favorites to win the Cup, at the moment ...
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Zippier Wins 2013 Australian Sports Boat Title *Feature By Darren Spence, , 8:58 AM Wed 3 Apr 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) National Titles finished up at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria on Easter Monday with all 10 races completed over the Easter weekend. The series was dominated by NSW entry Zippier (Andrew Waugh) who has now competed in all six ASBA National Titles and finally taking out the coveted winner’s Gill Jacket for the first time. ...
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Can Australia be a threat in the Finn Class?? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:12 AM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000 onwards, Australia´s prospects are looking up. It now has a three man Finn squad and there is the possibility of a 2012 Olympic Gold medallist switching to Finns. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, 10:28 AM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. ...
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More question and answer time with marine insurance giant, Pantaenius *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 10:45 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
Going back not that far at all, we first had to ask a question to discover that Pantaenius was not a missing musketeer, but rather, one of the world’s largest sail and motor yacht insurers. Shortly thereafter, the question would become how well do you know your marine insurance cover? ...
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ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:58 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
Australia´s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races. ...
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World Sailing Cup Palma 2013 - Stellar start for Australian 470 Men *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:06 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
In the heaviest weather in which they have sailed as a combination London 2012 470 Gold Medallist Matt Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan twice took the gun in both of the first two split fleet races of the 44 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta, here in Palma, Mallorca today. ...
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ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 2 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown , 7:54 PM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) National Titles at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria completed a busy schedule of four races on Day 2 after only completing one race on Day 1. The breeze was patchy throughout the day and never exceeded 12-14 knts in the biggest puffs. The series has now reached the half way point with five of ten races completed. ...
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ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 1 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 5:10 AM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association National (ASBA) Titles at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria got underway on Friday with two races scheduled. Out good friend Huey, had different ideas though providing just enough of the good stuff to complete one of these. ...
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America's Cup: AC72 ride aboard Oracle Team USA to be auctioned *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 7:11 PM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
Two America's Cup and winners of multiple World Championships, now Paralympians, have joined forces to in a campaign to win a Gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics. To raise finance for their campaign in the three man Sonar class, two of the adversaries in the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, Sir Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton will speak at a dinner in Auckland where a ride on an AC72 will be auctioned ...
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Sports Boats and Royal’s *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 9:03 AM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
What do you call a National Title fleet made up of boats from all Australian States, varying in size from six to eight metres long, up to 3.5 metres wide and from 250kgs – 900kgs in weight that do 6+ knots upwind and over 20 knots downwind? ...
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:22 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing. ...
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Sail Townsville adds new dimension to Queensland regatta *Feature By Jeni Bone, 9:54 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
The inaugural 2013 Sail Townsville festival, 24 August to 3 September, is aimed squarely at promoting the lifestyle attributes and sailing assets of this idyllic North Queensland destination, with organisers teaming up with Yachting Queensland to ensure optimal scope and appeal. ...
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Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 10:30 AM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance. ...
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America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 3:14 PM Tue 12 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America´s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II. ...
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America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 3:07 PM Mon 11 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already. ...
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:32 PM Fri 8 Mar 2013 GMT
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action ...
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Junior sailing – Onwards and upwards on Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 6:30 PM Wed 6 Mar 2013 GMT
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will run for the sixth time from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013. Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW, the event is having a strong impact on the local sailing scene. ...
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