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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team SCA skipper on a steep learning curve By Jedda Murphy & Rob Kothe, , 5:22 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Sam Davies is the skipper of the 11 women Swedish entry Team SCA. Davies is new to crewed racing, she made her name as a solo sailor, doing well in the Vendee Globe and at times it shows. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team ready to take to the start line By Dongfeng Race Team, , 4:46 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Following 10 intense months, Dongfeng Race Team are as ready as they can be to take to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday, 11 October at 1400 CET. The preparations are nearly over, the final checklists checked and re-checked, the sailors have packed their clothing and personal effects, the food is on board: 'Real life starts,' said Martin Strömberg, Dongfeng Race Team Watch Leader. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA light and tight out of the Med By Team SCA, , 4:16 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
When the Volvo Ocean Race starts tomorrow at 14.00 in Alicante, the seven teams have about 25 days of racing in front of them. They are leaving southern Europe in early fall, crossing the Atlantic to the waypoint Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, before turning back and towards an early summer in Cape Town. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Sailors prepare for second longest route By Jonno Turner, , 3:15 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
At 6,487 nm, Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race is the second longest route in the race, but is symbolic of much more than just a trip from A to B. Going away can be stressful at the best of times – and when faced with anywhere between 23 and 27 sweaty, isolated days at sea, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Skippers First Questions and Answers *Feature By Jedda Murphy, Sail-World, , 1:27 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
A packed press conference at the Volvo Ocean Race centre this morning, less than 30 hours before the start of Leg 1, Alicante to Capetown ...

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 - Should Abu Dhabi start favourites? By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 12:25 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
There will be seven one design Volvo 65’s on the 2014-2015 start line in Alicante on Saturday October 11th 2pm local time. The start time forecast is for 5-10 knot southerlies building as the afternoon wears on. With the boats very much one design, this epic race will be about their crews. ...

Audi China Coast Regatta 2014 - Day one By RHKYC Media, , 12:06 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen was out on the water early this morning to check out conditions for the first day of Audi China Coast Regatta. With the IRC Racer divisions looking forward to a windward-leeward course followed by an islands course and IRC Premier, Cruising and HKPN scheduled to venture around a long islands course. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Skippers' Press Conference By Volvo Ocean Race, , 11:33 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
A press conference packed by international media to bursting point in the Volvo Ocean Race’s biggest conference room in its museum probed all seven for signs of nerves and apprehension before the nine-month, 38,739-nautical mile challenge but were rewarded only with smiles and messages of confidence. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Light to moderate winds expected to Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:25 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Light to moderate are predicted for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The conditions are expected to provide plenty of challenge for navigators and tacticians, with the Predictwind routing function showing two distinct course options. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...

Olympic sailors head out to sea in Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 By ISAF, , 10:53 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
Most of them train and compete full-time. Some work in boatyards or sailing companies. Others have office jobs. And some of them head out to the open ocean... quite literally. Twelve Olympians will set sail on 11 October from Alicante, Spain in the traditional Leg one Start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 for the 38,739 nautical mile adventure around the globe. ...

Stefan Boating World Wednesday JaM Series - Action begins By Kelvin Holdt, Gold Coast , 9:28 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
At Wednesday's twilight race at Southport Yacht Clubs, Hollywell Sailing Squadron, Martin Arrowsmiths 'Fritz The Cat' provided the diners and bar flies with something a little different in the way of entertainment. ...

Laser Masters Worlds Championship - Great weather in Hyères By COYCH, , 8:59 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The Laser Masters World Championship 2014 started five days ago in Hyères (France). 500 sailors have literally invaded the port of Hyères since the beginning of October. Twelve World Champion titles will be given this Saturday. The first races were very difficult on the nerves: only five knots, the minimum to launch a regatta. ...

2016 Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Worlds to take place in Florida By Will Ricketson, , 8:01 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
In an unprecedented move, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Olympic sailing classes have selected Clearwater, Florida (USA) as the location of concurrent world championship regattas to be held from February 7-14, 2016. The 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Clearwater will showcase high-performance sailing at its best. ...

Fisher's View: Close finishes predicted from one design fleet in Volvo By Bob Fisher, , 7:25 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The world's leading sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, is in Alicante for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. He reports: The pace is hotting up with increasing rapidity. There are less than 48 hours to the start of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race - the twelfth since the event began (as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973). This, however, is the first in one-design boats ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Crunch time for Team Alvimedica By Team Alvimedica, , 6:41 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
In less than 48 hours from now, the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race starts and Team Alvimedica will be racing toward Cape Town, South Africa, on Leg One of their 39,000 mile race around the world. The team base in Alicante is a flurry of activity with 'all hands on deck’ from the sailing team and shore crew to get the boat and the crew ready to depart for Leg 1. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA stands ready to win + Video By Leighton O'Connor, , 6:31 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
I got to sail with Sam Davies and Team CSA today for a training sail in Alicante, Spain a few days before the start of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. They needed to test all eight sails before their journey to Cape Town Saturday. Not much wind at all but still lots of fun. ...

46th ACT Flying Fifteen International Championship at Canberra YC By Matt Gleeson, Canberra , 6:13 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Over the 4-5 October 2014, Canberra Yacht Club was blessed with warmth and wind to host the 46th ACT Flying Fifteen Championship. The ACT Flying Fifteen Association welcomed the seven Victorian and one Queensland crew which had come to challenge the local crews in a 15 boat fleet competing in an eight race series conducted over three sessions. ...

ISAF Team Racing Worlds - 2015 Notice of Race released By ISAF, , 5:57 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The Notice of Race for the 2015 Team Racing World Championship set to be held in Rutland, Great Britain from 20-24 July 2015 has been released. Racing in Firefly type dinghies supplied by the Organizing Authority, the 2015 ISAF Team Racing Worlds will see up to 36 teams competing across Open and Youth Divisions. ...

Oli Tweddell - Australian Finn sailor, a short film by Ben Hartnett By Sailing Shack/Ben Hartnett, , 5:47 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
For Ben's media studies this year as part of his major VCE final film project, he decided to film and document Australian Sailing Team member Oli Tweddell on what he does while sailing the Finn. Amazing piece of video. ...

TeamWork Geneva Match Race - Team Gilmour to face local experts By MaxComm Communication, , 5:23 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Eight of Europe’s best match race teams will compete in the Grade 2 TeamWork Geneva Match Race, organized by Société Nautique de Genève with the support of local partner TeamWork. Recently third in the fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Dutch Match Cup, Team Gilmour is undoubtedly one of the event’s favorites. ...

Laser Masters Worlds - Action shots and results from Hyeres By Anna Parker,, , 3:13 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 Laser Masters Worlds are taking place in Hyeres, France. Check out the results and these action shots captured by photographer Thom Touw. In the Standard Apprentice, Poland’s Maciej Grabowski leads with eight points total. In second is Greece’s Adonis Bougiouris with 10 points and third is New Zealand’s Matt Blakey with 22 points. ...

Audi Hong Kong Kettle starts 'on the boil' By RHKYC Media, , 2:08 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Signal 8 was the first boat to finish on the water, but it was the smallest boat in the fleet, J/109 Whiskey Jack, which corrected out to first place on IRC. Setting up a mouthwatering competition for the next three days, three of the four teams in the Audi Hong Kong Kettle now sit on a total 7 points. ...

IRC Regatta to follow 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart By Peter Campbell, , 9:46 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The club is seeking expressions of interest from yacht owners in taking part in the Regatta, to be held from 3-5 January 2015 and comprising a mix of windward-leeward harbour race days on the Derwent and a short passage race out into Storm Bay or D’Entrecasteaux Channel. ...

Superior set for METS and enters Waterscape in DAME Awards *Feature By Superior, , 1:40 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Superior will be attending this year’s METS trade show in Amsterdam, 18 to 20 November, and entering the company’s new Waterscape product in the prestigious DAME Awards. ...

Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders meet in Muscat By NZDF, , 10:59 PM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
The Commanders of the ‘Big Three’ international counter-piracy task forces met in Oman recently to discuss how they can best work together to deter and defeat criminals who use the sea lanes for illegal purposes. ...

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