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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind aims to return to race by Lisbon By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 10:42 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race: Denmark's Team Vestas Wind will attempt to repair its yacht and rejoin the race in Lisbon following its grounding on Cargados Carajos Shoals. 'We got the boat off the reef in better condition than we thought possible,' Nicholson said. 'There are large portions of the deck that can be reused and a lot of other components within the structure', said Nicholson. ...

B14 Australian Champs - underway at last By Jane Moffat, McCrae , 10:32 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Race one and two were started under black flag revealing the eagerness of the sailors to get underway; but also the determination of Race Officer Peter Merritt to get in four races to complete a championship. The course was set close to shore so providing spectators a great view from the balcony of the club. ...

Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2015 - Beau Geste on the pace By Lisa Ratcliff /RPAYC media, , 8:10 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2015: Beau Geste is side-by-side with Sean Langman’s 60-foot trimaran Team Australia in light easterly winds south off Newcastle. 'We have Beau Geste right off our starboard side about 500 metres away,' said Team Australia’s navigator Josh Alexander at 1821hrs. 'We’ve had south-west winds, now it’s starting to back to the east. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Is it really all about the money and high-tech? By Richard Gladwell and Sue Neales, , 6:04 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Sue Neales, a correspondent for leading newspaper The Australian, covered the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, and takes this look at the ongoing debate in the sport about the issues of increased technology, professional sailing competing against amateurs, the cost, and the impact of sponsorship both at a boat level and an event level. ...

2014 - 15 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals - Day 1 By Shauna McGee, , 4:02 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
2014 - 15 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals - Bunbury turned on a beautiful day for the first day of the 2014 Nationals. With plenty of wind initially everyone was keen to get racing. Race office Paul Davis made it clear they plan was to get ¾ races out in one session partly to avoid the shipping movements in the channel – that can be an issue. ...

Barcelona World Race leaders on schedule for a fast Med exit + Video By Barcelona World Race, , 2:25 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
After yesterday’s light winds start, which tested the patience of the 16 skippers with a busy, if slightly slo-motion, send off from the waters off the iconic Hotel Vela (W-Hotel), there has been a steady building of wind strength, and a smooth acceleration of pace for the transition into offshore racing mode for the eight boats competing in the Barcelona World Race. Includes replay video of start ...

T-shirt upwinder for Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race By Lisa Ratcliff, , 1:58 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
The blocking pattern of a huge stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is going to decide conditions for the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race fleet of 28 yachts. ...

ISAF Tornado Worlds - Game of chance on day two By Andrew Dowley, , 3:27 PM Thu 1 Jan 2015 GMT
2014 ISAF Tornado Worlds: The first race of the morning was sailed in varied conditions starting with around eight knots, dying in the middle and then finishing in around 15 knots for the back of the fleet. With the varied conditions it was a game of chance for the sailors with multiple course direction changes. ...

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