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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats XI trials Goose for Christmas By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 4:22 AM Thu 25 Dec 2014 GMT
When most would have been sitting down for Christmas lunch the Wild Oats XI team were to be seen out on Sydney Harbour testing their new - and appropriately named - gooseneck, that replaces the one that failed when out training earlier in the week. In a puffy nor'easter Wild Oats XI headed to Manly on the wind, swung around close to the Manly East mark and headed back down the harbour for home. ...

Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:42 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ...

Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature By David Schmidt, , 2:56 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ...

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 -A different Christmas By Barcelona World Race Media, , 12:30 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skippers of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 12:06 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ...

Large fleet for Sabre Australian Championship at West Beach By Mark Soulsby, Adelaide , 8:25 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 - 15 Sabre Australian Championship - A large fleet is looming for the upcoming 37th Sabre Australian Championship to be held at Adelaide Sailing Club at West Beach from the 28th Dec 2014 - 4th Jan 2015. ...

Sydney Hobart - Ragamuffin's David Witt explains deck failure + Video By, , 6:34 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
The lightest of the supermaxi's Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 suffered a major structural deck failure in pre-Hobart training. Sailing master David Witt explains in his usual laconic manner just what happened. ...

Wild Oats XI - Damage drama in lead-up to Sydney Hobart Race By Rob Mundle, , 5:31 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney Hobart yacht race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is the centre of an intense repair effort on the eve of the big race after suffering damage during her most recent training run. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi By Regattanews, , 5:11 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images are provided by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ...

Five faces behind the 100ft super maxis by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini, , 4:49 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Images of five faces behind the 100ft super maxis taking part in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart provided by Photographer Andrea Francolini. ...

Marine Rescue NSW supports Sydney to Hobart By Ken McManus, , 4:17 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) will again play a key support role in one of summer’s iconic events, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Everyone's in with a chance By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 3:55 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sailors in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart should watch what they eat on Christmas day or they may well watch Christmas dinner all over again on Boxing Day. ...

Comanche Designers talk before Sydney Hobart By Anne Guillard, , 3:25 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Launched in September 2014, Comanche resulted from the studies realised on the Macif and Banque Populaire Imoca monohulls, who finished first and second in the 2012 Vendée Globe. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - To Hobart in Style By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 2:01 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There are two ways you can get to Hobart, there is the wet way - cold, noisy, perched on the rail dreaming of the next Mars bar - and there’s the Swan way, dry in the cockpit, savouring the aromas wafting from the fully equipped galley below. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Ken Read's notes on Comanche By Sail-World, , 1:37 AM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Twice Volvo Ocean race skipper and America's Cup helmsman, Ken Read, outlines the Comanche campaign to win the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:07 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Video of Team Vestas Wind being removed from reef By Sail-World, , 7:19 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
24 days after the Volvo Ocean Racer, Team Vestas Wind ran aground, the boat was successfully removed from the Cargados Carajos Shoals. Vestas shore manager Neil Cox led the team that performed a complex and difficult operation with the utmost professionalism and diligence. ...

Entries open for 2015 ORC Championship events By ORC Media, , 3:01 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 ORC Championship events: The Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announce that final approvals by national authorities have been made so that the Notices of Race and the entry process is now open for the 2015 ORCi World Championship in Barcelona, the 2015 Volvo Estonia ORC European Championship in Parnu, Estonia and the 2015 ORC Sportboat European Championship at Lake Balaton, Hungary. ...

Cock of the Bay - Mercedes III again! By Jennifer McGuigan, Melbourne , 9:43 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
Cock of the Bay 2014 - Mercedes III led the Australian team to victory in the 1967 Admiral’s Cup, with a top points performance. She more than fulfilled the expectations of designers Ted Kaufman and Ben Lexcen. ...

Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race - Online entry open By Tracey Johnstone, Middle Harbour Yacht Club , 8:19 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
The 2015 Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race, which starts on Sydney Harbour on Friday 27th March 2015, online entry is now open. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Levelling the playing field By Danielle McKay, RSHYR media, , 8:14 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
In the inaugural Corinthian Division of the Rolex Sydney Hobart there’s a sense among the crews competing for a win that it’s levelling a playing field that has been uneven for a while under the handicap system. ...

National Pies Launceston to Hobart - Tamar yachts looking for win By Peter Campbell, , 7:59 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
National Pies Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2014: No northern boats have won line honours or overall AMS handicap honours in the 285 nautical mile race around Tasmania’s rugged north-east and east coast, but Allusive placed second to overall winner Masquerade in the 2011 race. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race video preview By regattanews, , 7:38 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 exclusive video preview. The 70th edition of this international sporting icon begins on Friday 26 December. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It's a Woman’s world too By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 5:29 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - In its early days, ocean racing was a very blokey thing - hard sailing and hard drinking - back to the wife and kids on a Sunday night after a weekend offshore - so it is an interesting fact that this year more young women than young men are doing their first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - S&S34 is turning heads By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 1:39 AM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
In the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, in a sea of impressive boats preparing at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, a little 33-year-old S&S34 is turning heads ...

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