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The promise at Melbourne’s Club Marine Series. *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:49 PM Sat 11 Oct 2014 GMT
Nothing’s better than someone keeping his or her promise. ou can rely on them and simply go about getting the job done. So imagine then, something that had all started so well. Daylight savings had kicked in. A freezing Winter had concluded. There had even been 25+degree days to be enjoyed. But a cloudy morning did not really augur that well. Had Huey, the God of Wind, broken his promise? ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Route options narrow, wind increases for Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:44 AM Sat 11 Oct 2014 GMT
The latest forecast and route projections for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, show that winds are expected to increase, and route options have tightened. As predicted previously navigators are expected to sail a more direct route to Gibraltar. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 full replay of the start at Alicante *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 7:06 AM Sat 11 Oct 2014 GMT
You can see the replay coverage of the start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race here. The race started at 2.00pm local time in Alicante. Race coverage started 10 minutes before that. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Brothers in Arms, once again - Video interview *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 3:06 AM Sat 11 Oct 2014 GMT
Three highly experienced Round the World sailors, Tony Rae, Rob Salthouse and Chris Nicholson give their thoughts ahead of the start of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, why they are doing it again, and more importantly why they are doing it together. ...

Fisher's View: Big crowds, relaxed skippers, mark Volvo start *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 8:43 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
The world's leading sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, is in Alicante for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. He reports: Ian Walker, who three years ago lost the mast of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing before the race was more than a few hours old, was perhaps the most relaxed, saying: 'The Volvo Ocean Race is the latest chapter of my life' and denied that he was pressurized ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Skippers First Questions and Answers *Feature By Jedda Murphy, Sail-World, , 1:27 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
A packed press conference at the Volvo Ocean Race centre this morning, less than 30 hours before the start of Leg 1, Alicante to Capetown ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Light to moderate winds expected to Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:25 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Light to moderate are predicted for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The conditions are expected to provide plenty of challenge for navigators and tacticians, with the Predictwind routing function showing two distinct course options. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...

Superior set for METS and enters Waterscape in DAME Awards *Feature By Superior, , 1:40 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Superior will be attending this year’s METS trade show in Amsterdam, 18 to 20 November, and entering the company’s new Waterscape product in the prestigious DAME Awards. ...

Queensland Etchells – If practice makes perfect, then look out 2018! *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:07 PM Mon 6 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 Etchells Queensland Championship has been raced and won. Well done Gen XY. Others to feature in one way or another were all the crews, the volunteers and of course, the weather. So you do get the impression that the genuine hospitality that awaits all visitors here is just the beginning and shows that the Brisbane Etchells Fleet is on track to hold a glamour World Championship in 2018. ...

LJ Hooker Queensland Etchells Championship – Big day at the office *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:24 PM Sun 5 Oct 2014 GMT
Day Two of the LJ Hooker 2014 Etchells Queensland State Championships meant three races were to be conducted. Sensational weather insured it was going to happen regardless. Returning to the pond at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron you could tell it had been huge, but the smiles showed that it had all been worthwhile. ...

Volvo Ocean Race Inport win a giant boost for youngest team *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 3:06 PM Sat 4 Oct 2014 GMT
Sail-World interviewed 30 year old skipper Charlie Enright ahead of today’s first 2014-2015 Volvo ocean Race Inport race. Enright was realistic about Alvimedica’s overall chances but today’s win will have had a major impact. The Alvimedica team has had an excellent preparation, having sailed 15,000 VR65 miles. ...

LJ Hooker Queensland Etchells Championship – Lamb Chops *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:57 PM Sat 4 Oct 2014 GMT
The flag was set early in the peace of the morning. It very clearly signified that it was to be BBQ day for the Etchells competing in the LJ Hooker Etchells Queensland State Championships. The world-renowned, David and Sue Healey meat fest is just one of the many hospitalities that the Brisbane Etchells Fleet has bestowed upon all guests for this regatta. ...

New Ragamuffin 100 emerges from the hull build in Nowra *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 12:05 PM Wed 1 Oct 2014 GMT
Ragamuffin 100, which started out as a modified Elliott design, Maximus, is another supermaxi undergoing a major rebuild or retrofit. Across the Tasman, the new Ragamuffin 100 will be virtually a new boat with a a new hull design by Andy Dovell / Syd Fischer / David Witt. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at the Nowra facility. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 2:18 PM Sat 27 Sep 2014 GMT
The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 1:46 PM Sat 27 Sep 2014 GMT
Over the last year we have interviewed Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race four times, at times the stress has shown but yesterday just eleven days before the start of the 2014-2015 Race, he was like a different person, when we met with him again, at Volvo Ocean race headquarters portside in Alicante ...

LJ Hooker Queensland Etchells Championship – Great therapy… *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:11 AM Tue 23 Sep 2014 GMT
Sailing is more than a sport. Quite literally, it is more than a pastime, too. It certainly is a passion, but maybe, just maybe, it can best be described as therapy. Stresses seem to disappear around boats and the ones that arrive as a result of being close to a vessel do appear to get solved somewhat smartly, due mainly to the captive audience nature of the people around. ...

Superior prepares for Monaco Yacht Show debut *Feature By Superior, , 8:46 AM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
Superior will be attending the 24th edition of the world’s largest on-water show devoted to superyachts, in the idyllically situated deep-water port of Port Hercule, Monaco, 24 to 27 September. ...

Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 3:56 PM Sun 14 Sep 2014 GMT
A chaotic battle is looming in Santander as the big Olympic Skiff fleet battles against the numbers in the qualifying stage of this 2014 World Championship. The 49er boat park is full to overflowing in Santander with 90 boats currently entered and possibly 92 likely to be racing and there is a big spread in the experience and quality ...

Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature By, , 2:59 PM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
So you have won four world championships in a row so far, So you are confident about this one? We have to say yes.Our preparation is really good and we are in good spirits and in good health and we are looking forward to racing. We have always focussed on our performance and we have been really happy with how we are sailing and communicating in the boat and our speed. ...

LJ Hooker Queensland Etchells Championship – get me my road trailer! *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:46 AM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
Etchells Australia President, Elected International Governor, and Chairman of the One Design Technical Committee, Jake Gunther, has seen the importance of the first and only big shoot out before the Australian Etchells Championship. He will hitch up the road trailer and is off to Brisbane for the LJ Hooker 2014 Etchells Queensland State Championship. ...

Gladwell's Line: London stalling *Feature 8:41 PM Wed 10 Sep 2014 GMT
The America's Cup again dominates the news. Not for what it is doing. But for what it is not. The Media Conference held in London was an external disaster - with the video feed not running for 30 of the 45 minutes. Those sitting in the historic halls of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, were probably none the wiser. ...

Southport Yacht Club celebrates opening of 68th season *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 5:19 AM Tue 9 Sep 2014 GMT
On Saturday 6 September, the Southport Yacht Club celebrated the opening of its 68th Boating and Sailing Season with the Club’s Annual Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. ...

Rio 2016: No Vacation - a unique Swiss sailing team HD video from Rio *Feature By Juerg Kaufmann, , 6:18 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Top international sailing and extreme photographer, Juerg Kaufmann (SUI) was in Rio de Janerio for the recent Olympic test event. Perhaps better known for his America's Cup and other sailing events, and of course being Swiss, he loves his mountains. Kaufmann always wants to be unique. This is certainly different, and a very skilful use of images and camera techniques in this High Definition video. ...

Santander Worlds 2014 - Interview with Mat Belcher (Part I) *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 10:55 AM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
For a sailor who has performed so wonderfully over the last decade Mat Belcher continues to be a very unassuming guy. Recently he was told that he hadn’t been off the podium in 40 plus regattas. A piece of information he was unaware. His response was ‘Wow isn’t that cool’ and that is the measure of the man. ...

Santander Worlds 2014 - With 14 World titles Bundy aims for one more *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy Sail-World, , 1:14 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
ISAF World Championships, in the Nacra 17 class is veteran skipper Darren Bundock who won silver for Australia in the Tornado class in 2000 in Sydney and 2008 in Qingdao with crew Glenn Ashby. With the multihull class out of 2012 Olympics. Bundock sat out that event and it was widely believed he would not return to Olympic sailing. ...

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