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Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 10:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the more interesting facets of the Star Sailors League finals is to be found in the Sailing Instructions. Item 1.2.2 reads; 'If signaled by the race committee in accordance with RRS Appendix P5, pumping, rocking and ooching will be permitted when the wind speed exceeds 6 knots as measured at deck level on a race committee boat. This changes STCR rule 35.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Reports from on board Leg Leader, Abu Dhabi *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 9:26 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
b>Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading again on Leg 2 according to the Volvo Ocean Race Control reports and leaderboard However according to Predictwind calculations and routing projections they could be level pegging for second with Team Brunel, and with Donfeng Race Team in the Leg 2 lead ...

La Barcelona World Race, présentée au Nautic By Barcelona World Race Media, , 9:02 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
La Barcelona World Race - Chaque année, au début du mois de décembre, Paris vit à l’heure du salon nautique. Pour la journée d’ouverture, la Grande Scène du Nautic accueillait des invités de marque puisque les organisateurs de la Barcelona World Race étaient présents accompagnés de l’équipage de Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm et Jean Le Cam ...

Comanche's First Sail in Australian Waters - VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 6:04 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche made her Sydney debut today allowing the competitors in the Bird Island Race to leave the harbour before she ventured out to sea. After a quick circuit of the eastern side of the Harbour, she tacked and sailed through the Heads for her first look of the waters that she will sail in earnest on Boxing Day. ...

Star Sailors League Finals - High tension on final day of Qualifying By Alex d'Agosta, , 5:07 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
In the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals the third and final day of qualifying in Nassau was high-tension indeed. The Qualifying Series winners, Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom will skip the first race tomorrow and go directly to the semis finals. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 4:19 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 3:06 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda up for $40million in Venue Fee and Underwrites *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 2:09 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Figures released in the Bermudian Parliament reveal that British Overseas Territory, with a population of about 65,000, has agreed to pay the America's Cup Events Authority $15million as an Event Fee. A further underwrite of $25million has also been put in place against any sponsorship shortfall by ACEA. ...

Less than six months to go to seventeenth edition of Porquerolles Week By Fabrice Thomazeau, , 1:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Porquerolles Week - It is an event that is a must in the Mediterranean IRC/UNCL crewed racing championship. The seventeenth edition of Porquerolles Week will take place from 13th to 17th May 2015 in Hyères Bay. ...

2015 Melges 24 World Championship - Notice of race is published now By Melges 24, , 1:23 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Melges 24 World Championship - The Notice of Race has been published for the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 and Melges 24 sailors from across the globe are welcome to make their entries for this event that takes place from 30th June to 5th July 2015 in Middelfart, Denmark. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Navigator comments on error aboard Team Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 8:31 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind's navigator Wouter Verbraak appears to have 'fessed up to the error which put the Volvo Ocean Racer on a collision course with Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In a new video, the crew were aware they were sailing in shoal water 30seconds before hitting a rock. ...

RORC Transatlantic Race Day 6 overall By Louay Habib, , 5:20 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
For the RORC Transatlantic fleet the current weather situation is that the unusual northerly winds, which battered the Puerto Calero Marina at the start, have continued, contributing to the north easterly winds currently experienced by the fleet. ...

RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 5 overall By Spirit of Canada Sailing, , 4:04 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 5: 'Go south until the butter melts' - is a mantra that has been followed by transat sailors for many years, but with modern-day racing yachts, sophisticated weather routing and access to high resolution weather forecasts, this rudimentary rule can be expanded and, at times, left on the side plate. ...

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 2 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 3:41 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 2 images provided by Carlo Borlenghi ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - A contest at sea to inspire a nation and world By, , 1:05 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Over the course of its proud history, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has paid homage to feats of bravery, extraordinary seamanship, speed and endeavour; has witnessed adversity and overcome tragedy; and has attracted a diverse cross-section of people to contest this nautical rite of passage. The race has been conquered by both 30-ft Corinthian-crewed boats and professionally-sailed 100-ft Maxi yachts. ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Championship fight crystallizes + Video By Melges 32 Class Association, , 11:06 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship 2014: With less than half of the regatta finished, there remain epic battles ahead for anyone looking to make – or stay on - the podium. Seventeen teams from eight nations took to the water this morning for the second day of championship racing aboard the Melges 32, one of the world's highest-performance sailboats. ...

RORC Transatlantic Race - Melting Butter: day five - morning report By Louay Habib, , 10:53 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
RORC Transatlantic Race: After five days and four nights at sea, the front runners in the RORC Transatlantic Race are approaching halfway. The rest of the fleet are behind them, some as much as 500 miles, but the vast Atlantic Ocean is their only vista, save glimpses of wildlife including flying squid (See blogs). ...

Sydney-Hobart Of Lemmon & Wood, Slags & Pitstops, Ruffcuts & Blasts *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:26 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Whether it is the 60s movie, The Great Race, or Hanna-Barbera’s 17 episode cartoon series that followed, one thing is for certain. Yep. It is time once more for The Wacky Races. Now the notion is simple. Build anything you want, and as long as it complies with some rules, you’re in! That those very rules do not yet allow for multi-hulls, kind of proves that this really is all a bit wacky anyway. ...

Extreme 40s prepare for 2014 title fight in Sydney Harbour stadium By Extreme Sailing Series, , 10:24 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Extreme Sailing Series: But while they may be in the driving seat by eight points as they head to the Harbour City, they can expect a fight-back from The Wave, Muscat, with the defending 2012 and 2013 Series champions and skipper Leigh McMillan out to defend their title and achieve a first ever triple crown. ...

Star Sailors League: Day 2 - Mendelblatt leads followed by Scheidt By SSL Media, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:40 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Today brought another great day’s sailing in the Bahamas for the Star Sailors League Finals 2014. Once again the action was dominated by Americans Mendelblatt/Fatih, who snatched the leadership from Scheidt/Prada two-thirds of the way through qualifying. ...

Star Sailors League: Another day, another series leader *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:21 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
The first of the day’s races was held in 15-18 knot breezes from just north of east and the start was keenly contested, particularly at the pin end, where several appeared to be fractionally ahead of the gun, but there was no recall. Those who continued on starboard tack came off best. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda celebrates the arrival of the Cup on the Island *Feature By Sail-World, , 4:48 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Crowds lined Front Street in Bermuda as the America’s Cup Venue celebration took place, following after the announcement on Tuesday that Bermuda has been selected to be Venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The America’s Cup trophy arrived in Bermuda onboard a private jet earlier that day, and was driven in a motorcade to the Cabinet Office grounds, where people gathered to get a glimpse of the ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic images and video of Vestas Wind on reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 6:42 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race have released the first images and video from when Team Vestas Wind struck the coral reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In these three videos we show the whole incident; on board reporter Brian Carlin gives his commentary on the event; and shore manager Neil Cox gives his assessment from Mauritius ...

America's Cup: Ben Ainslie racing confirms design deal with Red Bull By Mark Chisnell, , 5:56 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has announced it will be working with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT), a division of the Red Bull Formula One group, as it progresses with its campaign to claim the 35th America’s Cup. Operating as a Design House, RBAT is based in Milton Keynes, UK. Founded on the group’s impressive F1 DNA, which has resulted in eight Formula One World Championships ...

RORC Transatlantic Race: The Atlantic rhythm day four - morning report By Louay Habib, , 5:01 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
RORC Transatlantic: 500 miles offshore into the Atlantic, the battle is raging for Line Honours. Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, is just ahead of Jeremy Pilkington's British RP78, Lupa of London. Since the start on Sunday, both yachts have recorded the same VMG, a mathematical indication of the intensity of the race between the two Maxis vying for the IMA Trophy. ...

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