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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2014 – Images by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini, , 8:45 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Top international photographer, Andrea Francolini, was on the water for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday. The event is viewed by many as a preview for the Rolex Sydney Hobart start in just over two weeks time. This event was the first hit-out between the Sydney-Hobart record holder, Wild Oats XI and the new US supermaxi, Comanche. Here's how Andrea captured the action. ...

Loïck Peyron : Marin de l'année 2014! By Voile Banque Populaire, , 8:36 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Loïck Peyron : Marin de l'année 2014! ...

Transatlantic Race - Sailing heavyweights to battle across Atlantic By New York Yacht Club, , 7:36 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
But this will change next July when David skippers his third Rambler, a soon-to-be-launched 88-footer, in the Transatlantic Race 2015. The boat could well be faster than either of his two previous yachts. But, in terms of raw speed across a range of conditions, David’s boat will find itself looking up at Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche [above, off Newport, R.I.]. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two – Pole position Team Brunel By Team Brunel, , 7:25 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two: Our distance from the Chinese boat has been the subject of various bets for a few days now. It began with someone saying 'I’ll bet a roll of biscuits that we extend our lead by more than half a mile in the next two hours'. After that, the liquorice, Fruitellas and the chocolate mousse were also sacrificed and vanished from the snack box.' ...

New East Coast Ocean Series announced for Spring 2015 By Julianna Barbieri, , 4:10 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Race organizers of three U.S. east coast offshore races: the new Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, the new Ocean Race North and the well-established Annapolis to Newport race confirmed their plans to team up and create the East Coast Ocean Series. In addition, Manuka Sports Event Management confirmed their plans for the inaugural edition of Ocean Race North ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Day 2 By Lisa Ratcliff, , 3:43 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - South to sou’westerly winds 10-15 knots locally reaching up to 20 knots this afternoon means some thrilling action is on the cards later in the day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. ...

RORC Transatlantic Race - Close battle for Line Honours By Louay Habib, , 2:55 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - In the continued close battle for Line Honours and the IMA Trophy, the Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, has extended her lead to over 70 miles on Jeremy Pilkington's RP78, Lupa of London. ...

RORC Transatlantic Race - Spirit of Adventure led by Derek Hatfield By Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges, , 2:27 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
As with every distance ocean race the first 24hours is a bit of a shock to the system, the crew step off a transatlantic flight and spend the next two days shaking off jet lag while going through a vigorous training aboard the boat. Most of the crew have sailed or raced aboard the boat before so it was not the normal steep learning curve that we have for some of our events. ...

Moth Worlds – They go up tiddly up, up… *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:39 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
They go down tiddly down, down. Yes. It’s all about those magnificent men in their flying machines. Now very quickly, we’ll add that women sail Moths too, but then that doesn’t fit the original song’s lyrics nearly as well, and as the bulk of the fleet is male, we’ll just ask for some poetic licence up front. OK? P.S. Those opening lines of the song were actually written by a woman… ...

Opening day the perfect ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Entrée By Lisa Ratcliff, , 9:23 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: The working week began as it usually does for Melbourne’s greater population, with trains, trams and slow moving traffic shifting workers and school kids about the city. On the bay, Sailing World Cup organisers Yachting Victoria calmly completed the run sheet for a reduced first day program. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: 'I saw jagged rocks and breaking waves' - Nicholson *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:07 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The Team Vestas Wind crew and Volvo Ocean Race management have just completed a media conference call in Abu Dhabi. Skipper Chris Nicholson opened by outlining what happened in the 48 hour period prior to the grounding off Team Vestas Wind's on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Now includes video of the media conference. ...

2015 ORC Designer Vpp Now available for download By ORC Media, , 8:41 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The ORC VPP (Velocity Prediction Program) is the core of the ORC International and ORC Club Rating Systems, and is available now for download at ORC website. The DVP software is accompanied by the ORC Manager program that includes an IMS Editor program for entering and editing measurement data as well as an Offset Toolbox for editing hull offset files. ...

Solas Big Boat Challenge: Will Wild Oats XI score eighth line honours By Rob Mundle, , 7:44 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
Solas Big Boat Challenge: The race is billed as a scene-setter for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, which starts on Boxing Day. But, while everyone accepts that the outcome will not be a true indication on form for the classic, there will be some benefit associated with being first across the line. ...

2015 ISAF Youth Worlds Notice of Race released By ISAF, , 7:15 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The ISAF Youth Worlds has seen a whole host of star studded names compete and take honours across its 44 year history. Over 300 of the world’s top youth sailors are expected to compete in Langkawi in a bid to add their name to the star studded list that includes Olympic and America’s Cup stars such as Russell Coutts (NZL), Alessandra Sensini (ITA) and Ben Ainslie (GBR). ...

Mark Mendelblatt interview after Star win By Star Sailors League, , 6:26 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
This year with the new system there is an advantage to winning the series and we were in a position to do it going into the last day of the qualifying but we sailed poorly yesterday. So we lost that chance. But in some ways it was good to sail the first race today because it gave us a little bit of a feeling for what’s going on out there and we were able to have some good races. ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne comes of age By ISAF, , 5:37 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Commodore of Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) Kate Mitchell declared the 21st ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne officially open when she surprised competitors and officials gathered at this morning’s briefing by firing the tiny gold canon with the very loud blast. ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Carroll wins second consecutive title By Melges 32, , 4:43 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
For the first time in the history of the Melges 32 class, there is a back-to-back Melges 32 World Champion. After a few up and down finishes early the event and some Houdini-esque comebacks late in the event, Jason Carroll on Argo with tactician Cameron Appleton, and crew comprised of Anthony Kouton, Scott Norris, Weston Barlow, Graham Landy, Phillip Wehrheim and Mike Kuschner ...

2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Images by Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 3:43 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ...

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston receives Route du Rhum prize at Paris ceremony By Marina Thomas, , 3:07 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Sir Robin, 75, came third in the Rhum class of the solo Transatlantic Route du Rhum race two weeks ago after a 'stimulating' battle for the final podium place. Sir Robin was welcomed with a standing ovation by his fellow skippers at the prizegiving at the Salon Nautique in Paris on Saturday afternoon. ...

Abu Dhabi World Cup Final! - Abu Dhabi was an amazing experience By Ramsay/Girke: One Team, , 12:04 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
First off because it was the World Cup Final and only the top boats in the World were invited. It meant that we had the same size fleet as there would be at the Olympics - only 20 boats, which does change the racing considerably. Not only this, but racing against only the top boats means that you have to bring your A-Game to the table (or water in our case) each and every moment. ...

La Mini Transat prend une nouvelle dimension By Mini Transat, , 10:10 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
La Mini Transat prend une nouvelle dimension et devient la Mini Transat - Îles de Guadeloupe. ...

Images of Sydney Harbour: Comanche out for a pre-Hobart training run *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:56 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, caught these images of the new supermaxi on Sydney harbour, today, as he waited for the 18ft skiffs to start for the day. Comanche is owned by Jim and Kirsty Clark. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) and Guillame Verdier, without regard for a rating rule, she is expected to become the world's fastest supermaxi. ...

18ft Skiffs: Club Championship: Bizzare racing in Yandoo Trophy By Frank Quealey, , 9:39 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Race 4: Records will show that Mojo Wine defeated Coopers 62-Rag and Famish (Hugh Stodart, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) by 19s with Smeg (David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark) a further 1m6s back in third place. What the official result and margins won’t show is that it was one of the most bizarre races for many years. ...

Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...

Melges 32 World Championship: Carroll hangs on to overall lead + Video By Melges 32, , 6:38 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship - With the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship trophy up for grabs amongst ten teams heading into Day Five, three races were held under idyllic Miami Beach conditions with nine - fourteen kts of shifty breeze. PRO Anderson Reggio supplied shorter course lengths that gave way to some exciting mark roundings, each race not being decided until the final few meters. ...

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