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Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet By KPMS, , 2:24 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race. The prevailing wind remains weak, but is expected to strengthen this afternoon coinciding with the arrival of bulk of the fleet t the Egadi Islands. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies By Henry Bomby, , 12:33 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Last week the Volvo Ocean Race was all about VMG downwind sailing, with Dongfeng being the star performer. After DFRT took the lead, they shortly lost it again 36 hours later after hitting something in the water and losing their rudder. Two hours later they were up and running again with the spare in. Impressive stuff. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, , 11:25 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 11:22 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Igor Simicic's maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race. ...
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New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind By Sail-World, , 10:28 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:46 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The battle continues for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, with the front running being taken up by different competitors on a regular basis. With the first boats about to enter the Doldrums, anything can happen - with the outcome being decided by navigational skill and experience, rather than being resolved on a computer. ...
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Christmas comes early for Sailors with disAbilities By Mary Bickley, Sydney , 8:56 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Windcraft's MD Peter Hrones said he 'Felt like Father Christmas' this week as he handed over the keys of a brand new Hanse 345 yacht to raffle winner John Scott and a cheque for $174,550.37 to David Pescud the founder of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD). ...
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A Sailor's Dream Home: View after the Coastal Classic - Auction 22 Nov By Sail-World, , 8:48 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Imagine finishing the Coastal Classic and relaxing in your own waterfront home at Opua with your boat tugging gently on a deep-water mooring off the lawn. Built to an architect design in 2000, this north-facing waterfront Opua property is a short walk to the marina and boatyard. It is going to auction on November 22. View this Labour Weekend after the Coastal Classic. ...
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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth By Laurie Fullerton, , 4:10 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup, now in its 12th year, is known around the world as an international championship of junior champions. It runs parallel to the penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup. ...
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2014 Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship – Entry open By Di Pearson, , 2:33 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship - Entry is open and the Notice of Race is online for the 37th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC), to be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the weekend of November 29 and 30. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:44 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race has lifted intensity again on Day 9 with the fleet spread across 100nm of ocean and charging in a line for the turning point of Fernando de Noronha, 220nm off the Brazilian coast. ...
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La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3 By Chris Yates, , 8:05 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
As expected the third day of the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam proved to be a quiet affair with very light winds throughout the day. After a chilly and overcast start, the sun eventually broke through to produce another beautiful afternoon in La Torche. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook By Anderson Reggio, Team Alvimedica, , 6:47 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The first eight days of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race have been filled with more excitement and tighter racing than anyone could have anticipated. Up until Saturday morning, Leg One has left the fleet with few tactical options and therefore has kept everyone tightly packed as one unit of seven boats. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video By Jonno Turner, , 6:14 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sun’s out. It’s warm – not too hot, but warm enough for just a tee shirt. Ian Walker is stood at the helm of his Emirati boat, generous Atlantic trade winds whistling past his ears. 'We’re going straight through,' he claims, confidently. 'What Doldrums? - they’re going to say. Azzam isn’t even going to slow down.' ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 5:14 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
At 1700 CET in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, 113 yachts had rounded Stromboli, the active volcano that marks the most northerly point of the course. Race leader on the water, Esimit Europa 2, was less than 20 miles from Favignana and preparing to turn south with 289 miles to go and is expected to finish the race in the early hours of Wednesday 22 October, which would be well outside the course record ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 2:46 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team Alvimedica. It’s hard to explain the complexity of the weather in this part of the world. No computer model or forecaster can accurately predict the winds because the air here is dry and warm, 23c now, and the typical barometric pressure gradients that generate them become very weak. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission By Corinna Halloran, , 2:33 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team SCA. We’re a boat on a mission: catch the fleet. And they’re getting closer by the mile. The first time I sailed past Cape Verde islands was in 2010 when I was helping deliver a catamaran from Gibraltar to Antigua, W.I. ...
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Groupama Race - Front runners are spreading out By Groupama Race, , 2:03 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
With nearly twenty hours of racing under their belts, the front runners are spreading out in the Groupama Race. The two real-time favourites, 'Crusader' and 'Keel Bill Groupama', chose options well to the east of the rest of the fleet. Astern of them, the time has come to re-organise. Meanwhile 'Opt Catch Me', less adventurous perhaps, made the smart choice of the day. ...
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Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships By Jordan Rumsby, Royal Varuna Yacht Club , 1:11 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Pattaya's Royal Varuna Yacht Club has submitted a bid to host the 2016 International Optimist Dinghy Association World Championships, offering the world's most talented junior sailing teams a chance to experience the steady wind, sunshine, smiles, great food, and family-friendly attractions of Thailand's top dinghy sailing destination ...
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Farr 40 Worlds: Prizegiving images from the Final day in San Francisco By Ellen Hoke, , 12:25 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Photographer Ellen Hoke was on the water at the Farr 40 Worlds sailed from the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, and provided this second gallery of images from the Final Day - Day 4 Prizegiving ...
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Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on By Malcolm McKeag, Scuttlebutt Europe, Lymington, England: , 11:55 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Bill Green, San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey (not a lot of people know that); US Coastguard; shrimp-boat hand (not a lot of people know that either); One Ton Cup winner and most latterly proprietor of Green Marine slipped quietly away from this life ...
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014 By ISAF, , 11:16 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Tom Burton (AUS) retained World #1 in the Laser after a tremendous fight back at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao where he picked up bronze. The Australia had a tough opening day, finishing down the pack in both races but as the week progressed he worked his way up and sealed bronze on the final day to keep hold of World #1. ...
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Farr 40 Worlds: Images from the Final day in San Francisco *Feature By Ellen Hoke, , 11:03 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Photographer Ellen Hoke was on the water at the Farr 40 Worlds sailed from the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - Day 4 ...
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Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature By Ellen Hoke, , 10:50 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Photographer Ellen Hoke was on the water at the Farr 40 Worlds sailed from the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 10:47 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Rolex Middle Sea Race - As high pressure moved in from the north, the area around Stromboli had virtually no gradient wind and for those yachts yet to reach Stromboli, a south flowing current has slowed proceedings even further. For the competitive offshore yacht racer, performing well in light wind is more difficult than blasting through a storm at top speed. ...
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