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Argo Group Gold Cup issues 17 initial invitations By Talbot Wilson, , 8:49 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
For Bermuda’s 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group issued 17 initial invitations. All of the 8 Alpari World Match Racing Tour (Alpari WMRT) Card Holders have told Alpari Tour management that they will sail in Bermuda. Match racing for the King Edward XVII Gold Cup Trophy is scheduled to start Tuesday October 21st on Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. The finals are schedu ...

Honoring and remembering Hobie Alter *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 6:26 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
The sailing world lost one of its greatest visionaries this weekend when Hobie Alter, 80, passed away at his home. Impressively, Alter influenced virtually every aspects of sailing, from beach-cat racing to the America’s Cup, and is credited as being the father of the modern fiberglass sailing catamaran. Additionally, Alter helped crack the code on creating super fun regatta experiences. [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Finn Coach - the Other John Bertrand By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 3:15 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000, the Australian sailing team, who won Olympic Gold in Lasers, 470’s and 49ers in London 2012 are showing potential for Rio Gold now in other classes and the Finn class is one of those. ...

SWC Mallorca – Finn Class World Number 1 still on the learning curve By Rob Kothe,, , 1:54 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
23 year old Australian Oliver Tweddell, now the top ranked Finn sailor in the world, led into the ISAF Sailing World Cup medal race but was beaten by Giles Scott (GBR). Ahead of the battle in Mallorca, with a highly competitive 99 boat Finn fleet, Sail-World talked to the young Aussie Miami was a difficult medal race. It was maybe three knots of breeze and very tricky conditions. ...

St Thomas International Regatta: Day 2 - Flight Risk en route to Rio *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 12:24 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
Reputations, based on results, were to change on the mid-day of the extravaganza that is the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta, and some may be boosted to greater things. None more so than the performance of John Holmberg and Teri McKenna in their Nacra 17, aptly named Flight Risk. ...

Huge Finn fleet ready for season opener in Palma By Robert Deaves, , 10:34 AM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
A huge fleet of 99 Finns from 30 nations has registered for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, which starts on Monday, the traditional start of the European season. The Finns have amassed the second largest entry out of all the 11 fleets in Palma and includes almost every top sailor currently in the class. ...

Champagne for everyone at the Club Marine Series. By John Curnow, , 7:57 AM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
Certainly there was champagne for the winners of the Club Marine Series that concluded on Melbourne’s Port Phillip yesterday. Yet it was everyone that was able to enjoy the bubbles, as it were, for the proverbial champagne sailing was delivered by virtue of the light breezes, flat water and abundant sunshine. ...

Clipper Round the World Race - Strong front builds ahead of fleet By Ruth Harrington, , 6:31 AM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race’s highly anticipated ‘first date’ with a series of low pressure weather systems left some teams feeling stood up in the rain and grey skies yesterday, but another, stronger front, building ahead of the fleet does looks ready to show up in style to its long awaited North Pacific Ocean fleet date tonight. ...

Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Mumm 36s share honours in final By Peter Campbell, , 4:15 AM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
The ‘world championship’ of the Mumm 36 class yacht was decided on the River Derwent on Saturday with Jeff Cordell’s Host Plus Executive, Ian Stewart’s TasPaints and Gavin Adamson’s Madness sharing the honours in the final Combined Club Harbour Series for the summer season of 2013-2014. ...

Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible By Tink Chambers, , 3:28 AM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
The 2014 sailing season got off to an inauspicious start for skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team. The Italian entry hit the mark on the first upwind rounding and endured some additional difficulties during the opening race of the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship and had to scramble just to finish 10th in the 16-boat fleet. ...

Mat Belcher on the Road to Rio and being an America's Cup skipper By Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, , 9:09 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Aussie sailor Mat Belcher talks about becoming an America's Cup skipper and the Road to Rio whilst he and his sailing partner Will Ryan prepare for battle at the 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma de Mallorca. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca: Training Partners building the future By Rob Kothe,, , 6:47 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Probably the most successful Olympic class sailing programs over the last few decades is the Australian 470 program, with five Gold Medal Teams since 2000. ...

Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Danish team victorious By Imagina, , 6:29 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, came to a successful conclusion today with the Danish team made up of Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof andAnders Bagger taking the 2014 Dragon European Champion title aboard Debutant. ...

St. Thomas International Regatta - Thrills and spills on day 1 By Carol Bareuther, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands , 5:41 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Boom or bust was the big story for the 69-boat fleet racing on the first day of the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Thirty-plus knot guests tested the mettle of equipment and crews as the fleet sailed along the island’s south shore into scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor and back again amidst a mix of sun and squalls. ...

Sailing World Cup–World Sailor of the Year would not be anywhere else By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 4:55 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
World Sailor of the Year 2013 and winner of 18 regattas out of the last 19 Olympic Class 470 Regattas, Australian Matt Belcher along with crew Will Ryan are red hot favourites to win the Sailing World Cup Mallorca, the Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia 2014 against an 80 boat 470 Men’s fleet. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Tracking towards a record fleet By Rob Kothe,, , 2:23 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia in Palma Mallorca Spain, was first sailed as a Dragon class regatta in 1968. Six years later, e Soling, 470, 420 Finn and Europe arrived. Now an exclusively Olympic class regatta, building steadily in importance in recent decades, but this year with the Santander Worlds in September and the Rio Olympic regatta 2016 closing fast this 2014 event will make history. ...

Round Hainan Regatta - Vatti and Ubox victorious in IRC-B divisions By Pierre Orphanidis, , 1:42 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
As the sun was setting over the horizon on Sanya bay on Thursday evening at the Round Hainan Regatta, a day of close and exciting offshore racing was coming to a close. An 18-strong fleet of boats departed from Wanning earlier in the morning and sailed to Sanya in a tricky 60-nm race that would make tacticians scratch their heads and produce surprises and upsets. ...

Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Enfant Terrible tightens grip on lead By Tink Chambers, , 6:07 AM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
There has been one constant during the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship, skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team have sailed brilliantly and have steadily put a stranglehold on the top spot in the standings. Beyond that, the four-day regatta has been tremendously competitive with numerous boats showing well at times and the results difficult to predict from race to race. ...

Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Debutant retains top spot By Imagina, , 3:25 AM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
The fleet of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, which is being organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, was greeted today by excellent weather conditions with a bright sunny sky and steady westerly breeze. ...

St. Thomas International Regatta: Caribbean consistency *Feature By Bob Fisher, Caribbean , 12:20 AM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
The three-day St. Thomas International Regatta opened in style on Friday but there was nothing other than age-old tradition that would have made the competitors in the seventy boats believe that the racing would have been as good as it was. ...

St. Thomas International Regatta - 70 yachts start in 41st edition By Carol Bareuther, St. Thomas , 6:40 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Seventy yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Europe and Australia will take to the seas on Friday for the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club May 28 to 30, the big buzz this year is the sheer impressiveness of the fleet. ...

Online videos allow Olympic sailors to learn on the move By Andy Rice, , 1:47 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Audi Sailing Team Germany has created a comprehensive range of ‘how to’ videos for sailors to learn key racing skills whenever the time or the opportunity arises. ...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Scoring gate approaching By Clipper Ventures, , 1:06 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the first anticipated low front is still building and has not yet brought its strongest winds but as predicted, steady south westerly winds have produced greatest gains for the southern teams in the fleet whilst wind holes and headwinds hampered progress for those positioned further north. ...

America's Cup: Critics dealt body blow with Cup benefits to NZ By Sail-World, , 10:47 AM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
The 34th America’s Cup Regatta in San Francisco delivered a range of direct and indirect benefits for the NZ economy, according to two evaluation reports. We also present an audio interview with an economist commenting of the accuracy of the reports. ...

Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Just seven days to the start By G2LHI Media, , 9:19 AM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
There are only seven days to go until the start of the Mount Gay 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race and several of the competitors have had their final hit out in preparation for the 416nm blue water passage race that starts in Broken Bay Saturday April 5th. ...

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