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Geographe Bay Race Week - Saving the best until last By Bernie Kaaks, Busselton , 6:00 PM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Geographe Bay Race Week - Leaving the best until last, Dave Walling and his crew sailed a blinder this morning, coping with extremely light and variable conditions at the start better than anyone. By the time the breeze switched to the south and freshened, The Next Factor had established a solid position in the fleet, mixing it with Black Betty and not far behind the TP52, Calm. ...

Images from Pittwater: Sydney 38 Australian Championship By Andrea Francolini, , 4:02 PM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Top international photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water for the Sydney 38 Australian Championship and provided this gallery of images of the day. The regatta was sailed in light breezes off Palm Beach as part of the Performance Boating Sydney Yachts Pittwater Regatta. ...

Sydney 38 Australian Championship - Difficult Day 1 By Lisa Ratcliff - OCC, , 3:32 PM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Sydney 38 Australian Championship – High humidity, barely any breeze, sloppy seas and 50 shades of grey sky and ocean off the exclusive northern beaches suburb of Palm Beach added up to a difficult opening day of the Performance Boating Sydney Yachts Pittwater Regatta. ...

Fitzgibbon and Tesch claim top NSW Sports Award for Team of the Year By Cora Zillich, , 1:51 PM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Paralympic & World Champs Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch claim top NSW Sports Award for Team of the Year with a Disability and continue to campaign to reinstate sailing to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Game. ...

J24’s steal the show with a 1,2 in Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial By Simon Grain, , 9:59 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
The premier lady skippers race on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Victoria is the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial trophy was this year won by a J24! In memory of Jennifer, a keen sailor, all the entry fees were donated to Melanoma research. The 2015 race in its 24th year, attracts Melbourne’s best female sailors from all the major keel boat clubs in the bay. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: The fleet closes up at the equator By, , 7:51 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Leader Team Brunel was the first one to step into the Southern Hemisphere at 0530 UTC. At the time this report was being written, King Neptune reported from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing '17 miles to the equator and the Court of King Neptune is being convened. ...

Roads and Maritime Services expand live vision of conditions By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 5:45 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Boaters now have access to live vision of conditions at more locations with an expanded network of 18 cameras in key coastal areas and one alpine waterway in NSW. ...

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up - Video *Feature By John Navas, San Francisco, USA , 5:44 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA is enjoying a final sailing session on San Francisco bay the waters of their club, Golden Gate Yacht Club. Today she hooked up with Artemis Racing who have been training out of their base in Alameda. ...

Boaters urged to postpone boating until conditions subside By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 5:27 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services is urging boaters in northern NSW to take extra care and consider whether it is necessary to go boating during heavy rain and blustery conditions resulting from Cyclone Marcia. ...

Barcelona World Race - Pacific pursuit By Barcelona World Race, , 1:58 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
If Neutrogena skipper Guillermo Altadill is worried about the advancing GAES Centros Auditivos he was masking it well today when he spoke live to Barcelona World Race HQ. But more likely his measured composure and focus is partly because he has simply stuck to their 'blinkers on' strategy of not looking or worrying about the movements of their rivals since they restarted from Bluff, South Island ...

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup skipper coup denied by Burling *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 12:06 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
The man at the heart of the focus of the Emirates Team New Zealand skipper brouhaha, Peter Burling, said in an interview a few days before the media frenzy, that no decision had been made, and that he expected that the fastest skipper would be at the helm of Emirates Team NZ's AC62 in the 2017 America's Cup. ...

Rottnest Island set for the annual Festival of Sail By Susan Ghent, Western Australia , 8:02 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Picturesque Rottnest Island in Western Australia is the ideal backdrop for a weekend of yachting and social activities. Now in its fifth year, the two day Rottnest Festival of Sail will be held over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club now invites entries for this annual event. ...

America's Cup: Kiwi crewman lodges bonus claim against Oracle Team USA By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 7:48 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
New Zealand sailor, Joe Spooner, who was a grinder with America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA, has lodged a claim in a San Francisco Court, claiming an unpaid bonus and wages. The claim pulls back the curtain on the secret world of America's Cup, and Oracle Team USA's salary payments to crew. ...

Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2015 in its 20th year By Ivana Gattegno, manly , 6:18 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
MYC invites our members and other female sailors around Australia to participate in the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge 2015. The event is being conducted over two days. Lasers, Optis, PJs, MJs, Flying 11s and access dinghies competing on Saturday, 21st March 2015; with yachts whose overall length is between 6 and 20 metres competing on Sunday, 22nd March 2015. ...

JJ Giltinan Trophy: Race 5 images by Christophe Favreau By Christophe Favreau, , 5:33 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Sydney photographer Christophe Favreau, was on the water to capture these images of Race 5 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial world championship for the 18ft skiff class The race was sailed in light winds with Thurlow Fisher establishing a big early lead which she retained to the finish. ...

Sail Mooloolaba 2015 - Change in the wind for annual regatta By Tracey Johnstone, Mooloolaba , 4:21 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Change is in the wind for the month-long Sail Mooloolaba celebration of sailing regatta which is held each year throughout June. ...

Geographe Bay Race Week - Final race holds the key By Bernie Kaaks, Busselton , 4:10 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Most fleets will have to wait until the results of the final race to determine the final series winners for each division. Results in most divisions remain remarkably close so we can expect some fireworks in the last race as skippers try to get to the top. ...

JJ Giltinan Trophy: Thurlow Fisher dominates Race 5 By Frank Quealey, , 3:45 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers broke the previous Gotta Love It 7 domination to win Race 5 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy on the Sydney Harbour today. Sailing a four lap windward-return course, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) won the start at the pin end of the line and sailed brilliantly in the light ENE breeze to lead the bunched fleet behind her by 50s. ...

Wakeboard World Series - WWA Nautique Wake registration open By World Wakeboard Association, , 1:02 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Wakeboard World Series - The World Wakeboard Association has begun accepting registrations for the 2015 Nautique Wake Open via Serving as the season opening event for the WWA Wakeboard World Series presented by Rockstar Energy Drink and the second stop of the Nautique Wake Series, BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas will host the second annual Nautique Wake Open from April 16-18. ...

America's Cup: Artemis & OTUSA Hookup engaged for an hour and a half By, , 12:32 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
America's Cup - If synchronicity is controlled by forces larger than ourselves, Feb 18th 2015 may be the day where the future of America's Cup racing opened the window for a sneak peek to what is to come. ...

Tropical cyclone Marcia set to hit Queensland coast possibly Cat 5 By, , 11:19 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
High seas weather warning for Metarea 10 issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Brisbane at 0907 UTC 19 February 2015. Hurricane force wind warning for North Eastern Area. ...

JJ Giltinan Trophy: Race 5 interviews with Hamlin and Coxon By Nic Douglass, , 10:37 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
After Race 5 in the JJ Giltinan Trophy, Nic Douglass caught up with several competitors in the series. She first spoke to Michael Coxon and then Howie Hamlin (USA). And if you missed it on the live coverage here is Nic's preview of the action from the boat park on Day 5 of racing which she is covering for her social media channel Adventures of a Sailor Girl! ...

JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's view of Race 5 By Michael Chittenden, Sydney , 9:14 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
In Race 5 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (MichaeCoxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) sailed brilliantly to win from Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage). Third place went to USA skiff Harken (Howie Hamlin, Dan Phillips, Skip McCormack). ...

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA flying high in San Francisco + Video By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 8:24 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
While the New Zealand media and public agonise over issues within Team New Zealand, their nemesis of 2013, Oracle Team USA, are enjoying a final hit-out on San Francisco bay, before leaving their base in Pier 80. The US team expects to be sailing in Bermuda in April/May 2015. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Now its getting funky By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:21 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - It’s Code 0 time again as the wind drops and gets funky. Tropical thunderheads and squalls are now common. We could see one team suddenly jolt forward 20 nautical miles as they enjoy a little push from a windy cloud or be pinned to the spot with a shower of windless rain. ...

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