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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified? *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 10:26 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you: ...
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China’s Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:58 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The top performing Women’s Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings. ...
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:17 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race ...
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style *Feature By Craig Heydon, 1:47 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
Tom Slingsby’s World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard. ...
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:41 PM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn ...
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MarineBusiness-World.com Pavilion underway at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show *Feature By Jeni Bone, 2:50 AM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
Construction of the main pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is now well underway, just 19 days out from the start of the show, 24-27 May. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race, 8:00 PM Wed 2 May 2012 GMT
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com?nid=0, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of 50 minutes over Puma Ocean Racing, with overall race leader Telefonica just 10 minutes behind the US flagged entry. ...
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Australian Olympic Team: Brendan Casey - A Long Road to London 2012 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 9:03 PM Tue 1 May 2012 GMT
Queensland Finn sailor Brendan Casey is heading to London 2012 after winning the French World Sailing Cup event Finn class event in Hyeres on the weekend. Sail-World interviewed him yesterday. ...
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Emirates Team New Zealand Dean Barker talks 2013 America's Cup *Feature By Jeni Bone, 5:43 PM Tue 1 May 2012 GMT
The contest is 160 years old and in contention is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, the America’s Cup, which will be hosted in San Francisco in 2013. Dean Barker, Skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand's challenger speaks with Jeni Bone about the brave new multi-hull world of the America's Cup. ...
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Junior sailing in Port Stephens gets a boost *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media 2012, 4:37 AM Mon 30 Apr 2012 GMT
Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club President Karen Nye says the recent Sail Port Stephens 2012 regatta has definitely boosted interest in junior sailing in the area. She said today ‘The two day Junior Regatta sailed within Sail Port Stephens was a wonderful success. ...
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:07 AM Sat 28 Apr 2012 GMT
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties. ...
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW *Feature By Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media, 10:55 PM Fri 27 Apr 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July ...
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America's Cup: AC72 regatta offered to New Zealand for summer of 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:42 PM Thu 26 Apr 2012 GMT
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, told Sail-World.com this morning that his organisation had offered to stage an informal series between the three America's Cup teams that would be sailing AC72's in New Zealand, next summer. 'We have offered to go to New Zealand and provide a three day series', he told an international media conference this morning. ...
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Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Sail-World , 8:18 PM Wed 25 Apr 2012 GMT
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers ...
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussies on top after four days + Video *Feature By Craig Heydon, 7:23 PM Wed 25 Apr 2012 GMT
After four days of racing at the Semaine Olympique Francaise, Australian sailors sit at the top of the leader board in four classes. Laser sailor Tom Slingsby and 49er crew Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen took the lead in their respective classes on Wednesday while 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page and Skud 18 pair Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch remain at the top of their fleets. ...
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2016 Women's Olympic Skiff Evaluation response from RS Sailing *Feature By Martin Wadhams, 7:28 AM Tue 24 Apr 2012 GMT
Martin Wadhams from RS Sailing has provided the following response following the release of the women’s Olympic skiff Evaluation Report which was published by ISAF on Friday: The RS900 and 49er FX have been recommended as the only two boats that ISAF Council should consider when making their final decision. So, this race will go on right until the finish line! ...
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Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 – Enter online Now *Feature By Airlie Beach Race Week media, 12:48 AM Tue 24 Apr 2012 GMT
The Notice of Race for Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 is now able to download from the event website at www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au and online entries are now being accepted. Competitors will need to book directly with Abel Point Marina to secure their berth. ...
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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations *Feature By ISAF, 9:20 PM Fri 20 Apr 2012 GMT
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women’s Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition. ...
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Sail Port Stephens Day 5 images by Matt King *Feature By Matt King, 3:21 PM Fri 20 Apr 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens Day 5 - Images of the on-the-water action including the start of the Elliott 7 sports boat National Championships and the Sail Port Stephens Junior regatta final day from photographer Matt King. ...
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FX continues development after Womens Olympic Skiff Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:43 AM Thu 19 Apr 2012 GMT
Development is continuing on the FX by Mackay Boats, even though the report from the Evaluation Committee for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull is yet to be publicly released. Two top womens crews, one from Australia, and the other from New Zealand, have been working on a two boat training, tuning and development program all week in Auckland. ...
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Grace, space and pace - Ringle 39 *Feature By John Curnow, 10:55 AM Thu 19 Apr 2012 GMT
The other overarching constraint for the Ringle was her aesthetics. Indeed, a lot of energy was put in to ensuring that the details combined to provide so much more than the constituent parts. ...
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America's Cup: Three teams to train in New Zealand in AC72's in 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:25 PM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
Three America's Cup teams will be sailing the giant AC72 catamarans in New Zealand during the summer of 2012/2013. America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing today confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks around Auckland, that they would be sailing their giant AC72 class catamarans off the northern New Zealand coast. They will join the Italian Luna Rossa team and the Emirates Team New Zealand ...
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America's Cup: Second challenger withdraws, leaves substantial debt *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:19 AM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
A second challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Green Comm, based in Spain, has announced it has withdrawn from the 34th America's Cup. The team has left America's Cup organisers with a substantial debt at the time of the withdrawal following a collision in one of the America's Cup World Series events. That debt had not been paid when the team withdrew on 10 April ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper finishes, Leg 5 is completed *Feature By VolvoOcean Race, 1:10 PM Tue 17 Apr 2012 GMT
After 31 days racing Camper finally crossed the Leg 5 finish line in Itajaí, Brazil, just after noon, at 12:35:44 UTC, having sailed an average of 1,400 nautical miles further and 11 days longer than their counterparts on the podium. Relief was visible on the faces of the 11 crew as they claimed fourth place in the race from one of their home ports, Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil, earning them ...
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Fisher's View: Day 5 Luna Rossa thrill their America's Cup home fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 9:13 PM Sun 15 Apr 2012 GMT
Day 5: It dropped a little and rained hard as the boats came up to the line. ETNZ were blocked out at the committee boat by LR- Swordfish while Luna Rossa - Piranha took it from the leeward ahead of Oracle Racing - Bundock to lead by five seconds at the turn and 12 seconds clear of China Team with Luna Rossa - Swordfish a further seven seconds later Includes full replay video of Final Day ...
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