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DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old By Sailing Intelligence, , 7:11 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums By Jonno Turner, , 5:57 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video By Team Vestas Wind, , 5:43 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The Atlantic has proved to be a test for the VO65s in the Volvo Ocean Race and their teams as a battle of gybing down the west coast of Africa broke out, keeping all boats in a relatively tight-knit pack for much longer than expected. Having passed Morocco and the Canaries, we were drawn to the tricky-to-handle magnet of Cape Verde. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team By Dongfeng Race Team, , 5:06 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
It’s the dawn of a complicated day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s face it: we’re not having a very good time on Dongfeng. We lost distance last night, and our leading position. The day got dull afterwards. Sailing straight ahead, with the spinnaker up, in light winds. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing By Corinna Halloran, , 4:51 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 10 onboard Team SCA. Two days, eight hours, thirty-four minutes, and ten seconds, nine seconds, eight, seven, six, five… over the last few days the clock has gotten louder and louder as it counts down to October 23rd at noon—the time when we cross the equator and the time when myself and six other sailors join the rest of our crew in King Neptune’s court. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza By Team Brunel, , 4:41 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
For Pablo Arrarte Elorza, the Volvo Ocean Race is a tough challenge. Not as far as physical effort is concerned because this likeable Spaniard is a very strong guy. For Pablo, the race is mostly a culinary war of attrition because the food that the team has bought with it on the race does little to please his gourmet palate. ...
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RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video By Jerome S., , 4:17 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds kicked off on October 20th in Clearwater, USA, and it was hard work from the start: in 5-6 kt of breeze, offshore to start the day and side-on to close it, pumping was in order for the 54 boys and 28 girls gathered here for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. ...
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Sailors rate Sail Sandy 2014 a huge success! By Chris Furey, Sandringham , 2:39 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
With record entries, fresh breezes, superb facilities, friendly volunteers and quality race management, Sail Sandy 2014 has been rated the best ever by competing sailors. The morning of Saturday October 18th saw the Sandringham Yacht Club boatyard rapidly fill up with boats and excited sailors as they prepared for the racing that afternoon. ...
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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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