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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Racing cancelled on Day 4 + Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 1:19 PM Sat 14 Apr 2012 GMT
Day four . . . there is no day four. Preservation of the boats overrode all other considerations; the difficulty in retrieving the boats after racing posed the greatest, and seemingly insurmountable, problem. The entrance to the dock area faced the wind and the waves which had built on the swell, and it was perceived that the conditions would worsen and prevent boats safely docking. ...
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 10:18 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3 ...
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Glenn Ashby trades two hulls for one *Feature By Leigh Dunstan, Melbourne , 9:37 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
In the midst of the latest round of the AC45’s in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth. ...
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Dean's Diary: Two wins on Day 2 in a more moderate Naples *Feature By Dean Barker, Naples, Italy , 10:57 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012 GMT
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was a very good day for us out on the waterin Naples. In a stark contrast to yesterdays conditions, today we raced in much flatter water and a steady 8-12 knots. ...
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 9:08 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012 GMT
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings. ...
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The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956 *Feature By ISAF, , 2:46 PM Wed 11 Apr 2012 GMT
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Broken rudder masks hull split for Team Sanya *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:17 AM Wed 11 Apr 2012 GMT
Team Sanya skipper, Mike Sanderson revealed to Sail-World.com, today that a significant crack was found in the hull of the Volvo 70 Team Sanya, when she was pulled out of the water to be shipped to Miami. 'As it turned out we were very fortunate to have come back to the dock,' Sanderson told Sail-World.com. 'When we hauled the boat we found a 1.5metre crack in the bottom. ...
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Sail Port Stephens - Entries closing *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 3:33 AM Tue 10 Apr 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens 2012 is just a week away. Entries close Tuesday 10th April. Enter online now. Visit the website Sail Port Stephens http://www.sailportstephens.com.au for the latest news on one of the best regattas in one of the most beautiful spots in Australia. ...
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 – Enter online NOW!! *Feature By Magnetic Island Race Week, 3:27 AM Tue 10 Apr 2012 GMT
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, from August 30th to September 4th 2012 on the sheltered waters around Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Notice of Race online now, online entry is live!! ...
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Sail Port Stephens 2012 – Location, Location and more Location *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 9:25 PM Mon 9 Apr 2012 GMT
A perfect location’ say the cruising sailors who will participate in the record Commodores Cup fleet at the sixth annual Sail Port Stephens 2012, which will run from 16 to 22 April. ...
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Seeing - truly is believing with FLIR (forward looking infra-red) *Feature By John Curnow, 9:04 AM Sun 8 Apr 2012 GMT
Going back not all that far in time, the beam from the Police helicopter’s spotlight as it flew overhead at night, used to make you think there was a lunar eclipse going on right there in your backyard. A breakthrough came when infrared technology was applied and relatively small, gimballed units could be mounted to the fuselage. ...
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Etchells World Championship 2012 - David Edwards on winning the Worlds *Feature By David Edwards, 8:29 PM Sat 7 Apr 2012 GMT
Our Etchells World Championship campaign came together from the bones of the Sputnik Farr 40 team, which was a team that had a great deal of fun sailing together. We figured most of us on Sputnik had sailed Etchells at some point, the Worlds were going to be in Sydney in 2012, it should be fun and we should give it a go. Right? Getting started wasn’t really any more complicated than that ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica sailing 10kts faster and chew up Puma *Feature By Sail-World, 8:57 PM Thu 5 Apr 2012 GMT
At 1900 GMT, Puma was 320 nm from the final waypoint on this leg at Florianópolis, some 30 miles south of Itajaí and 41.10 nm ahead of Telefónica. According to Volvo Ocean Race the leg winner is expected to cross the finish at 1600 GMT tomorrow. Telefonica have clawed back from a 400 nm deficit after suspending racing on March 31 for 17 hours to repair structural damage. ...
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America's Cup: Energy Team signs up with Oracle Racing for an AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:02 AM Thu 5 Apr 2012 GMT
Energy Team (FRA) have announced they have concluded a licence agreement with Oracle Racing to purchase a base-line AC72 design package, The move is a strong indicator that the team will become a full-blown Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, and they say they will become the fifth team intending to build an AC72. ...
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ISAF Presidential Candidate plans to sail a new course *Feature By Sail-World.com, 8:46 AM Wed 4 Apr 2012 GMT
There will be an election for a new ISAF President at the annual conference in Dublin Ireland in November 2012. Australia’s David Kellett, who for 14 years has been on the ISAF executive - ten years as a Vice President and four as ISAF treasurer - was the first person to formally advise his intention to stand for the ISAF President at the end of 2011. ...
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2012 entries now open *Feature By Jennifer Crooks, 3:31 AM Mon 2 Apr 2012 GMT
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, together with sponsor Audi Centre Sydney, are pleased to announce the release of the Notice of Race for the 384 nautical mile Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race to start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm, Saturday 28 July. ...
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Will Sailing be Australia’s number two Olympic sport in 2012? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 8:38 PM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
For the last fifty years most Olympic medals have come to Australia from Swimming with a scatter of sports including athletics, cycling, equestrian, rowing, shooting and sailing gathering Gold behind the water babies. Will this be the Olympiad that Australian sailors step into second place? ...
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London 2012 Olympic sailing Sail-World.com's unrivalled coverage *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 10:24 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy, along with some highly regarded photographic contributors will all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World Olympic coverage. ...
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And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is... *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 2:58 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S. ...
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Australian sailors set for Spanish Sailing World Cup event *Feature By Craig Heydon, 1:56 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Australian sailors are preparing for racing at the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup round of the Olympic year in Palma, Spain, including current world number ones Tom Slingsby, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page. ...
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God must sail a Laser says Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron CEO *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:03 PM Mon 26 Mar 2012 GMT
On the final day of the Laser Masters Worlds 2012, Sail-World.com spoke to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's CEO Paul Hughes. ...
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BMW Auckland Cup: Light winds test fleet on Day 1 + Video *Feature By Ivor Wilkins, 8:07 AM Fri 23 Mar 2012 GMT
Light and shifty conditions tested competitors’ ability to find the breeze and coax boatspeed out of every lift in pressure in the opening day of the 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta today. 'The breeze was shifting up to 70° at times from 210° to 280°,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. 'The conditions were very difficult, but the fleet has been very good in t ...
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Top fleet heading for Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 5:45 AM Fri 23 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens will run from 16 to 22 April 2012. Commodore Dom Grundy from the Corlette Point Sailing Club, the organizing authority feels that the importance of the event is now being recognised. We think that we will the hottest new boats in the country having their first major out of home town regatta here before facing the northern regattas. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:01 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012 GMT
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a ...
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Laser World Masters Championships 2012 - Down to the wire *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 9:13 AM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
Today was the final day of racing for the 233 sailors from 19 nations at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Principal Race officer Kevin Wilson called an early start in the hope of sailing three races and completing a twelve race, two drop series. ...
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