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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. ...

Toyota NZ Optimist Nationals: Images from Day 5 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:04 PM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
Sail-World NZ was on the water for Day 5 of the 2014 Toyota Optimist Nationals - here's a selection of images from the action in the Gold Fleet. A fleet of 270 boats competed in the regatta which drew crews from New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, USA and Britain. ...

Toyota Optimist Nationals: McKenzie fends off competition on Final Day *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 6:00 PM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
Kohimaramara YC's Scott McKenzie did what he had to do on the final day of the 2014 Toyota Optimist National Championships, and sailed a steady but unspectacular final three races to only drop one point on the overnight leaderboard. ...

Toyota Optimist Nationals: Late charge puts pressure on leaders *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:38 AM Mon 21 Apr 2014 GMT
Kohimaramara YC's Scott McKenzie holds a 13 point lead going into the final day of the 2014 Toyota National Optimist Championships, after leading for the whole regatta. Behind him the race is on for second place, with McKenzie's clubmate, Lewis Anderson, moving past Sam Bacon (Worser Bay). Closing in on the top group is Jackson Keon (Murray's Bay) who has pulled to within 2pts of the top three. ...

America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:29 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Winging It by noted America's Cup writers Diane Swintal, Steven Tsuchiya, and Robert Kamins, is not your father's book on the America's Cup.This is not a coffee table book, but more a working primer on the 34th America's Cup, the events that led up to the Match, and the racing it self - summarized in both narrative and data formats. ...

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 9:57 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Heads Up Displays (HUDs) have long been the holy grail of the tech-savvy racing sailor. This technology was developed to give fighter pilots there-when-they-need-it information at a glance. While racing sailors are more interested with tactical edges over their competitors than getting missile lock on an enemy, the basic information need is the same. ...

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ , 10:28 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The predicted penalty of a five year suspension from the sport, for Oracle Team USA wingsail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder, would appear to be extreme by international standards. The case is due to go before the International Sailing Federation's Review Board in late April. They will consider the report from the Disciplinary Commission, which is the body believed to have recommended a five year penalty ...

Challenge takes the 2014 Quantum Sails Sydney 38 Victoria State Titles *Feature By Rowan Simpson, Melbourne, Australia , 9:34 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
In the tightest contest in the history of the championship, Challenge was ultimately crowned the winner of the 2014 Quantum Sails Sydney 38 Victorian Title hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club last weekend. There is no doubt the gap between the nine Sydney 38 competitors has narrowed as the highlight of the series was the close racing. There were four different race winners. ...

Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:35 AM Tue 15 Apr 2014 GMT
Soon after HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had finished their Royal Matchrace on Auckland, the NZ Sailing Trust's Steinlager II passed close by the Royals, as she returned by a day sail with a full crew from Jame Cook High from south Auckland. ...

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