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Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race – 16 to 18 October 2014 By RHKYC Media, , 7:00 AM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Less than 90 minutes behind the TP52’s, Paul Winkelmann’s JV42, Island Fling finished an impeccable Hong Kong to Hainan Race in an elapsed time of 29h 00m 18s to take the IRC Racer 1 title and also engrave her name on the IRC Overall trophy ahead of Team Beau Geste. ...

2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Famous breeze frustrates By KPMS, , 3:07 AM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - The breeze that usually makes San Francisco such a popular place for sailors was noticeably absent for the penultimate day of competition at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. A low pressure system had siphoned most of the air off the Bay, and with the fleet drifting around on the Berkeley Circle for several hours ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Feeling the pressure six days in By Agathe Armand, , 4:05 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Six days into the Volvo Ocean Race, and the sailors can still see each other, creeping alongside the Western Sahara sand dunes. It’s stressful. Dongfeng Race Team have held their lead since yesterday morning. But Team Alvimedica, Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Vestas Wind are only two to three miles behind the Chinese boat. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Alvimedica cautiously cruising down coast of Africa By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 4:03 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Six onboard Team Alvimedica. Checking in from the Volvo 65 World Championships. It’s unbelievable, really—we have been short course racing these boats ever since we left Alicante. Cautiously cruising down the coast of Africa, close to the barren beaches of Western Sahara and Mauratania, Will and Charlie continue to place a huge emphasis on fleet positioning. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel still within striking distance By Team Brunel, , 4:02 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
We sail close to the coast of Africa just after five in the afternoon in the Volvo Ocean Race. The sun is already low and about five miles to port are the endless sandy plains of the sizzling hot Western Sahara. Together with the other six ships we sail incredibly close to each other. After five days we are still within striking distance. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Testing times for Team SCA + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 4:01 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
I’ll be really honest, we’ve had better days in this Volvo Ocean Race. At 13:15UTC we received our afternoon position report (aka 'scheds') and it did not have good news. 'We went from hero to zero, well not quite zero' Libby the navigator explained. ...

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan to headline Yachting Australia Awards By Cora Zillich, , 3:42 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have added to their rapidly growing number of accolades, taking out the Male Sailor of the Year award at the 2014 Yachting Australia Awards in Sydney tonight. The formidable duo is going from strength to strength in the 470 class, dominating the podium both domestically and internationally over the past 12 months. ...

Beijing 2008 Olympic legacy lives on in Qingdao + Video By ISAF, , 3:21 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The Beijing 2008 Olympic legacy lives on at the venue of the Olympic Sailing Competition, Qingdao. ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao is just one of many events that see the eyes of the sailing world shift focus on China. ...

La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A return nearly 20 years in the making By Chris Yates, , 3:09 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The wait is almost over. After almost 20 years, the PWA are preparing to return to La Point de la Torche, France, for a blockbuster grand slam. From the 18th to the 26th October the most radical male wave sailors, together with the fastest men and women in the world, will be battling it out for the penultimate time this season as the 2014 PWA World Tour heads towards its climax. ...

Groupama Race - Fourth edition starts Sunday in Nouméa By Vincent Borde, , 2:49 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
This Sunday will see the start of the fourth edition of the Groupama Race in Nouméa in New Caledonia. In the line-up, seven boats measuring 11 to 12 metres will head off on a circumnavigation of the island, which equates to some 600 nautical miles in total: 300 miles downwind along the eastern seaboard and 300 miles upwind along the western seaboard, which amounts to three to four nights at sea. ...

Discover Boating Week starts tomorrow By Boating Industry Association, , 1:46 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Discover Boating Week is a celebration of the recreational boating lifestyle and the joys and fun that come with spending quality time on the water. Whether you're a fisherman, paddler or sailor, there is something for everyone. Over 40 events will be taking place across the state from October 18 - 25 and the best part is, they all absolutely free! ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Game on for remaining fleets By ISAF, , 11:27 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The penultimate day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao saw Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) seal an early gold in the Men's RS:X whilst the remaining fleets teed themselves up for an exciting finale. Kokkalanis has an unassailable 22 point lead after notching up three straight wins and goes into the final day with the pressure off. ...

Farr 40 Worlds: Day 2 Image and Video gallery *Feature By John Navas, , 11:25 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Top videographer and photographer, John Navas, was on the water for the second day of the Farr 40 Worlds being sailed on San Francisco. ...

Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race - Team Beau Geste takes line honours By RHKYC Media, , 11:04 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
It took just under 26 hours for Team Beau Geste to finish the 380nm Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race, smashing FreeFire’s 2012 record for a shorter route by 2h 49m and 21s and setting a new benchmark of 25h 54m 33s. Given the fantastic force 5-6 north easterly which blew throughout the race, it may be some time before this time is bettered. ...

Day 5 of the Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge: 4 more records! By Sophie Routaboul, , 9:52 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge - The wind speeds have been lower than expected but the course was smoother than ever. Despite 25-30 knot wind speeds only (with stronger gusts) the competitors achieved *crazy speeds*. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Coastal racing at its best - Leg 1, Day 5 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 9:45 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Coastal racing at its best – that’s what it is. The boats are now sailing downwind along the Western Sahara, the Canaries in their northwest, and the weak trade winds are progressively strengthening. After conceding the lead to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing overnight, the Dongfeng guys took an option early this morning, sailing outside and away from the coast. ...

Australian Sailing Team opens National Training Centre Extension By Cora Zillich, , 6:35 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The Australian Sailing Team has today official opened an extended deck at the National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Director Matt Favier officially opened the extension, which upgrades the Australian Sailing Team’s AIS Training Centre to integrate Paralympic training and to accommodate more rigging and launching area ...

AUDI China Coast Regatta and Hong Kong Kettle 2014 - the photos By Guy Nowell Photography, Hong Kong , 5:35 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
AUDI China Coast Regatta and Hong Kong Kettle images now showing on Four days of racing and sunshine, 38 boats and over 2,500 images later, and the pictures are now up on ...

Rolex Farr 40 World Champs - Plenty leads as Struntje Light impresses By KPMS, , 5:09 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Day two of the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship demonstrated the tight competition in this high-calibre international fleet with three winners in as many races. ...

Changed boating conditions on Sydney Harbour for Australian Boat Race By Roads and Maritime Services, , 2:32 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Boaters are reminded to keep clear of a section of Sydney Harbour on Sunday 26 October for the safe staging of The Australian Boat Race. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Mail arrival brings excitement for Team SCA + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 6:36 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Five for Team SCA. For years it was a subtle squeak of a hinge, and today it is a subtle computer chime. A few years back a robotic voice even announced it: 'You’ve got mail.' Three simple words that can easily change your day; an unexpected letter, parcel, or postcard from a distant land, or an old friend just wanting to say 'hello.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Jens Dolmer getting restless onboard Team Brunel By Team Brunel, , 6:30 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race, Day Five onboard Team Brunel. Jens Dolmer is looking restlessly around. The boat is not sailing to his liking. It's ten past six in the morning and the sun rises from the Moroccan coast. With pinched eyes Jens watch mate Laurent Pagès is steering the boat. With a light breeze from just 12 knots the Dutch VO65 cuts gently through the water and still Dolmer looks not satisfied. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Too close for comfort as fleet pushes on + Video By Jonno Turner, , 6:14 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race it is mile by mile, hour by hour. The bottom of the boat is quiet - a thick, black blanket of silence. Floating in the dark, a pair of tired eyes peers at a screen – scanning the backlit glass, eyes darting back and forth like ants, left to right. Refreshing, reading, re-strategising. ...

Foils or not? Explanations from IMOCA Class President Jean Kerhoas By Vendee Globe, , 4:13 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
The IMOCA General Meeting took place in Nantes on Wednesday 15th October. Two important decisions were taken: foils were allowed and the rule won’t be changed before the end of the next Vendée Globe. So there will be foils on the latest boats. We interviewed the class President, Jean Kerhoas to find out more. ...

Ben Ainslie's Olympic Finn sails are up for auction By Robert Deaves, , 3:32 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Now's your chance to own a piece of sailing history. Ben Ainslie has generously gifted his three Olympic winning Finn sails to be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. All are usable, or just for memorabilia. ...

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