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Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 16 show *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:09 AM Mon 17 Nov 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 30th - a nice milestone. This week's show features interviews with Silas Nolan - Ichi Ban; Rob Brown - sailing legend; and Luke Parkinson - bowman aboard Abu Dhabi. The show wraps up with clips from the Sailor Girl's own adventures including some 18 foot skiff action ...

Volvo Ocean Race: In Port races do count *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 12:51 AM Sun 16 Nov 2014 GMT
One might be forgiven for believing that the inshore races in the Volvo Ocean Race count for little but that is far from true, as was displayed by the seven boats that raced off Cape Town today, yet there were to distinct approaches to this three-times round a windward/ leeward course. Firstly the skippers had to decide how much of a windward part I came first or whether indeed it was ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Cape Town In Port Race video and Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 7:48 AM Sat 15 Nov 2014 GMT
Catch the action in the second In Port Race on the replay here . The crew lists are out with the top crews on Leg 1 making little or no change, and others at the back of the Leg 1 finishing list making two or three crew changes. Two boats will sail with only seven racing crew in what is expected to be a very testing race. See yesterday's Media Conference highlights in this story ...

Moth Worlds 2015: Sliced bread, sheep stations, awe and reverence *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:54 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
The 2015 McDougall and McConaghy Moth World Championship will showcase the most amazing array of sailing talent on the planet. They are Olympic heroes for their countries and/or America’s Cup legends too, all whilst still being in their twenties or thirties! Their choice of weapon for this mucho-kudos-pulling title is the 26kg Foiling Moth, which is sailing’s developMENTAL class. ...

Volvo Ocean race: Images from the Practice racing in Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:45 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
A fresh breeze prevailed for the Practice Racing in Cape Town. Originally a Pro-Am race was scheduled to be held prior, but the conditions meant that was not possible. Not to be deterred the crews went out later in the day for a blast around the bay. Here's the best of the action. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Big breeze for Practice Racing in Cape Town *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town , 9:14 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Today, there were 26 knots of wind from the north-west, enough to call a halt to the Pro-Am racing, but just the right amount for the seven teams to pit their wits in a 6.4 nautical mile treble triangle practice race. ...

Pantaenius Insurance - 'Know boats, me.' *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:14 AM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
It’s one of those wonderful sayings you hear around the quay or bar a lot. It’s mostly spoken when someone makes an obvious and usually very public mistake. It is one of those classic, laconic and ironic statements. It is as Australian as calling people by their Surname, especially if it is shortened, or even lengthened, by adding a ‘y’, ‘o’ or ‘ie’ to the end of it. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Vive la Difference! *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 10:13 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race Fleet winner arrived here just seven days ago and the other six boat finished within 48 hours. That, in itself, was remarkable, but what has happened in the meantime is quite staggering. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Three times Volvo veteran signs on with Mapfre *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 9:05 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
British offshore veteran Rob Greenhalgh has been announced as the on board replacement for Michel Desjoyeaux aboard Mapfre for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway on November 19 from cape Town, South Africa. Mapfre finished last in the seven boat on Leg 1, which was won by skipper Iker Martinez, in the previous edition of the race. ...

Round the World Racing opens door for top photographer *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 9:08 PM Mon 10 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Race, and it’s predecessor the Whitbread, and Rick Tomlinson are as inseparable as sailors and beer. Rick has been part of these races since he first ceased building Drum in 1985, and became one of her crew. It was the start of a new life for Rick. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Ringing the crew changes aboard Mapfre *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 7:55 PM Mon 10 Nov 2014 GMT
At least two crew changes are slated for the Spanish flagged entry, Mapfre, for the next legs of the Volvo Ocean Race. In a media statement today from the Pedro Campos managed team, it was advised that the navigator will be replaced, and top round the world sailor Michel Desjoyeaux will not be aboard for any of the remaining legs. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: 'We knew we were ahead of the game' - Ian Walker *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 7:35 PM Sun 9 Nov 2014 GMT
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 has begun to prove to the naysayers that they were incorrect in believing that the one-design concept of the boats was against the chance of great racing. Twenty-five days at sea in a wide variety of conditions over 6,487 ocean miles with the two leaders finishing a mere 12 minutes apart and the seven-boat fleet all finished within 44 hours ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard - Day 25 - Land ho! Cape Town in sight! *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 2:25 AM Thu 6 Nov 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters write, shoot and video about their experiences and view from Leg 1, Day 25 of the Volvo Ocean race as the boats get their second dose of the Roaring Forties. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders 200nm from finish in Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 9:35 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are on the last stages of Leg 1, with 238nm to sail at the 1840UTC position report. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is projected to finish at 1635hrs UTC on November 5, 2014 or 1835hrs local time. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard - Day 24 - Eyes wide shut in fierce front *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:16 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters write, shoot and video about their experiences and view from Leg 1, Day 24 of the Volvo Ocean race as the boats get their second dose of the Roaring Forties. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: One more night on Leg 1 - close finish predicted *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:17 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race has just a day and one night left before the finish on Cape Town. On the basis of projected times from Predictwind, four boats are calculated to finish in the space of an hour, however they are subject to differing wind conditions and the outcome will be in doubt right to the finish. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ holds foiling camp in Bay of Islands *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:54 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
The Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team got together as a full group for the first time of the AC35 campaign for an intensive week sailing in the exciting foiling Moth yachts. It was also an opportunity to begin the process of planning and plotting the next America's Cup challenge. ...

Dave Robertson interviewed on 120nm kiteboard endurothon *Feature By Mike Scullin, Predictwind, , 8:27 AM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
In late October Kiwi board sailing coach and kiteboarder, Dave Robertson attempted the 120nm Coastal Classic course, as part of the annual sailing drag race up the North Island coast from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Predictwind and Lancer sponsored Dave Robertson to help him realise the dream. Predictwind's Mike Scullin took the time to catch up with him for a quick interview ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ review the errors and update on future *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 1:36 AM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have circulated two videos updating their situation and thoughts on the 35th America's Cup. Obviously not keen to take the risk of another media conference focussed on financial issues, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge and CEO Grant Dalton take set piece questions from interviewer Janet Wilson on the last campaign and where the team is heading. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Roaring Forties prove short lived on Day 21 *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 12:54 AM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet report varying windspeeds as they sail the last few days to the finish in Cape Town. Yesterday the fleet got a sniff of the Roaring 40's, today on video the crews were reporting windspeeds as low as 4kts ...

America's Cup: Kiwi media rebuffed over Team NZ finance demands *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:36 AM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
With the announcement of the of the venue for the 35th America's Cup required in just eight weeks time, some elements of the New Zealand media have resumed their public harassment of Team New Zealand, and its funding. The Official Information Act request is not new, and previously the NZ media have demanded details of the investment by NZTE in Team NZ's campaign for the 34th America's Cup. ...

Kiteboarder becomes first to successfully completes 120nm coastal race *Feature By Charles Winstone, Auckland , 9:06 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet turns to avoid Ice and heads for Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:29 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race have all turned and are heading for the finish line in Cape Town which is about four days 10hrs distant as of the 1840hrs UTC sked on October 31. The lead four boats , Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas and Dongfeng are all covered by a very small distance indeed, ...

Volvo Ocean Race - On Board: Welcome to the Southern Ocean - Day 19 *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race OBR's, , 7:51 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean race On Board Reporters update from the Southern Ocean on Leg 1, Day 19: Like flipping a light switch. Off to on in so much as an instant, the anticipated westerlies of the South Atlantic have finally arrived—28 knots now—and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly life onboard can change. Includes the latest videos from onboard - raw and uncut :-) ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Still tight at front as Roaring Forties beckon *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:20 PM Thu 30 Oct 2014 GMT
According to the routing function of Predictwind, the three boats are covered by just 10 miles in terms of distance to be sailed to the finish on their optimum course, more telling is that on the same basis just seven minutes would cover the first and third boats to finish. Sail-World interviewed Team Vestas skipper, Chris Nicholson this morning - he comments in this report. ...

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