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America's Cup: War of words erupts between Oracle and Team NZ on TV *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, NZ , 8:53 PM Thu 5 Jun 2014 GMT
Two protagonists from the Defender and Challenger teams at the last America's Cup went head to head on New Zealand breakfast television this morning. Updated with all three video clips. ...

The beginning, middle and end from Racer X Marine *Feature By John Curnow, , 9:24 AM Wed 4 Jun 2014 GMT
The points on a spectrum provide for definition. This means we can quickly determine where things lie and make assessments based on that. The dynamic organisation, Racer X Marine, has been happy to assist us in this process. Our beginning, middle and end are to be about volume, fun and cool. All in that order, too! ...

America's Cup: New Protocol represents a substantial shift in rules *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Takapuna, NZ , 9:28 PM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
While the official release notes many of the high level features of the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, a quick reading of the lengthy document which will govern the 2017 regatta reveals substantial change from the preceding event. The entry fee has been set at $2million, payable in two installments, as well an additional Performance Bond of $1million is required. ...

America's Cup - Breaking News Protocol released for 35th edition + Vid *Feature By, , 5:09 PM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
Today, the Protocol was released, which defines the rules, format and commercial regulations for the 35th America’s Cup. Entries open on June 9th and close August 8th, 2014, giving prospective teams two months to enter. 'We’re going to have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure.' So says Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill as he assesses the competition for the 35th America’s Cup. ...

Valentin Mankin: 'I deal with sailing around the clock and I am happy' *Feature By Eugenia Bakunova,, Russia , 12:03 AM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
Valentin Mankin, the Soviet sailing legend, athlete, who won three Olympic Gold medals in three different classes, died on June 1, in Italy. In this interview he covers his sailing career, and gives an insight into a sailing life behind the then Iron Curtain, together with his reasons for moving to Italy and his thoughts on Western approaches to sailing. ...

Only sailor to win Olympic Gold medals in three classes dies at 75 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:51 AM Mon 2 Jun 2014 GMT
The only sailor to win three Olympic Gold medals in three different classes has died in Viareggio, Italy. All told he won four Olympic medals. Born in 1938, Valentin Mankin was initially from Kiev before emigrating to Italy in 1988 where he worked as a yachting coach. ...

Multihull Central: Brent Vaughan introduces Outremer at SCIBS *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 11:47 AM Wed 28 May 2014 GMT
Outremer Yachts made its Australian debut at the 2014 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show with the iconic Outremer 49 design, previous winner of the European Yacht of the Year and a ground breaking design for the 30 year old French shipyard. ...

America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:56 AM Fri 23 May 2014 GMT
For the past few weeks two designers from Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand have been giving an almost two hour presentation in various venues around New Zealand, on engineering and design aspects of the 34th America's Cup. Here we present a summary of the presentation, along with the full video, showing a lot of never before seen material ...

America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Bournemouth Coroners Court , 7:22 PM Wed 21 May 2014 GMT
The cause of death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson was summarily dismissed by the Deputy Coroner for the County of Dorset, Mr. Richard Middleton, today in a brief hearing of sixteen minutes. The Coroner, in a prepared statement, from which he read, announced: 'This is a final hearing', leaving the five family members and ten journalists, no doubt that the matter was closed. ...

US Coast Guard resume search for Cheeki Rafiki life raft and sailors *Feature By Rob Kothe,, , 1:01 PM Tue 20 May 2014 GMT
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the search for the four missing crew from the 40ft Cheeki Rafiki is to be resumed. The search was initiated after a request was made by the UK government. ...

Queensland IRC Championship expecting hot entry list *Feature By Darren Spence, Mooloolaba , 9:59 AM Tue 20 May 2014 GMT
The 2014 Yachting Queensland IRC State Titles will be conducted as part of the Sail Mooloolaba on the weekend of 28th and 29th June 2014. This is the first time this State Championship has been held at Mooloolaba and it certainly will not be the last. IRC is the premier yacht racing division of Sail Mooloolaba and the championship will attract the biggest and fastest yachts in the state. ...

Gladwell's Line: Has the America's Cup lost its way? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:57 AM Sun 18 May 2014 GMT
The America's Cup has taken another curious turn, with the news out late in the week that the America's Cup Event Authority had approached Bermuda to stage the 35th America's Cup. That would move the regatta out of USA, and arguably sailed in Britain, as the tiny island is a British Overseas Territory. ...

Three foilers race with RNZYS fleet in first of Club Marine Series *Feature By, , 11:58 AM Sat 17 May 2014 GMT
Three foiling 33ft catamarans raced in the multihull division of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Club Marine Winter Series, Race 1 Stephen Craig was on hand to capture these images and a lot more ...

America's Cup: British Territory in running to to stage the 35th Match *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ , 1:25 AM Sat 17 May 2014 GMT
Reports are emerging from Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, that the island has been short listed as a venue for the 35th America's Cup. A report in the Royal Gazette says that the territory is one of four venues - the others believed to be San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago. ...

Sail Mooloolaba 2014 - It’s the Vibe! *Feature By Darren Spence, Mooloolaba , 10:17 AM Thu 15 May 2014 GMT
2014 Sail Mooloolaba - Trying to describe Sail Mooloolaba 2014 to those that have not experienced this exciting, multi-faceted, month-long event is like trying to make logical sense of why the infamous Aussie Kerrigan family called their home, their Castle. ...

Gladwell's Line: Can the teams survive the America's Cup negotiations? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 6:16 PM Sun 11 May 2014 GMT
The Protocol negotiations, Venue decision and Class rule development look set to be a more protracted process, than the previous edition of the America's Cup - which came off the back of a protracted two year Court case, and need for a whole new concept for the Cup. The current process should have been one of fine adjustment only. But the delays are making it hard for the Challengers. ...

America's Cup: Iain Murray on the Trials, the Team, and the Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:10 AM Wed 7 May 2014 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, talks with Team Australia CEO and America's Cup Challenger of Record negotiator, Iain Murray, in this third part of a three part series. In Part 3 we look at Murray's thoughts on the task ahead of Team Australia, selection trials, how the Cup organization will be set up, and when the Protocol will be announced. ...

America's Cup: Iain Murray on the Venue and AC62 size, shape and speed *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, New Zealand , 7:41 AM Tue 6 May 2014 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, talks with Team Australia CEO and America's Cup Challenger of Record negotiator, Iain Murray, in this second part of a three part series, updating on the state of the 35th America's Cup, as seen through his eyes. He gives his thoughts on the next America's Cup venue, the base dimensions of the AC62, and the speeds that can be expected and more ...

America's Cup: Iain Murray interviewed on the Protocol and AC62 *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, New Zealand , 3:36 AM Mon 5 May 2014 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, talks with Team Australia CEO, Iain Murray who has been representing the Challenger of Record in the negotiations over the 35th America's Cup Protocol and development of the AC62 catamaran. In the first of a three part series he reveals how the Challenge came about, how the racing will work and the AC62. ...

Australian Finn sailors line up for European challenge *Feature By Rob Kothe and Sail-World team, , 12:43 PM Sun 4 May 2014 GMT
The fleet very strong, it includes 21 former Olympians, six former European champions and three former world champions. There are two young Australians in the fleet, 23 year old Oliver Tweddell (AUS) was ranked World number one after an outstanding start to the season but has been dogged by an arm injury and after struggling in Palma and Hyeres has dropped to second in the world. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team New Zealand within 10% of budget to compete *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 5:27 AM Sat 3 May 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, says the team were within 10% of making the budget necessary to confirm the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race entry. 'Normally we would take that financial risk, and historically we have bridged the gap. But it is not going to be easy to fund the America's Cup either.' Part of the reason for the decision not to compete is the delay in producing the AC Protocol ...

Robert Scheidt – Nine time Laser World Champion - Back to the Future *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:17 PM Thu 1 May 2014 GMT
Back in the Laser class heading into Rio is 41 year old Brazilian Robert Scheidt, who won two Gold Medals and a silver in the Laser class and a Silver and Bronze in the Star class over five Olympic Regattas, along with nine Laser World Championships and three Star class World Championships. He is campaigning for Rio de Janerio Olympics in 2016. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - The Tale of three B's *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 6:06 PM Sat 26 Apr 2014 GMT
Today's Medal Races for Australia's Rio Olympic campaigners was largely the tale of three B's Burton, Belcher and Bundock. ...

Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 7:28 AM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
GBR Team Manager Stephen Park has led Great Britain’s Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes – to great success on the world stage over the last 13 years. ...

Doyle's Mike Sanderson flying above the Hauraki Gulf on a foiling SL33 *Feature By, , 10:30 AM Wed 23 Apr 2014 GMT
Former Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson, caught on video flying high in his foiling SL 33, Stratis. Conditions were described as very gusty and with good seas, making for challenging sailing, but Sanderson and his crew from Doyle Sail really put the foilin catamaran through her paces. ...

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