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Les Voiles de St Barth - Eager to best the score By Fabrice Thomazeau, , 12:07 AM Sun 20 Apr 2014 GMT
With a number of classes still up for grabs, crews going into the final day of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth were eager to get on the race course and best the score. The conditions remained fresh, with a 22 – 25 knot southeasterly producing an impressive swell on the island’s windward side. ...

World Youth Sailing Week moves towards its conclusion By Elena Giolai, , 9:36 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The World Youth Sailing Week moves towards its conclusion with the final of the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist programmed for tomorrow at 9.00am on Easter Sunday. There are many Italians vying for victory in this prestigious trophy, which has seen past winners go on to become famous skippers in the America’s cup and Olympic gold medallists. ...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama By Clipper Round the World, , 5:11 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, which is Race 11, gets underway today (Saturday) at 1300 local time in San Francisco (2000 UTC). This very tactical race from the Californian city to Panama will take approximately three weeks to complete. The race sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica. ...

Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Démâtage de Gedimat By Transat AG2R La Mondiale, , 3:24 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
A 23h40 hier soir, la direction de course de la transat AG2R La Mondiale s'aperçoit que la vitesse du bateau Gedimat est anormale et se tient en veille. Quelques minutes plus tard, à 00h08, l'explication tombe de la bouche du skipper de Gedimat, Thierry Chabagny : 'le bateau a démâté vers 21h TU (23 heures HF, ndlr)'. ...

America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:29 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Winging It by noted America's Cup writers Diane Swintal, Steven Tsuchiya, and Robert Kamins, is not your father's book on the America's Cup.This is not a coffee table book, but more a working primer on the 34th America's Cup, the events that led up to the Match, and the racing it self - summarized in both narrative and data formats. ...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity By Clipper Round the World, , 3:50 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
When it comes to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, you may have heard the rumours, but now the evidence is here. The crew of Switzerland have saved two more lives on behalf of Mercy Ships, their official charity, after getting naked while sailing across the cold Pacific Ocean to raise money. ...

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2014 - Back to business By Barby MacGowan, , 3:04 AM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
Competitors at Les Voiles de St. Barth headed back to the race course today after enjoying the regatta’s traditional lay day yesterday, which gave them a chance to indulge in the French island’s onshore charms. Many regattas no longer feature such a break in the racing, but Les Voiles has maintained a five-day format (four days of racing with a mid-regatta break) since its inception five years ago ...

Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Safran-Guy Cotten finds trade winds By Safran Sailing Team, , 3:57 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Day 12 of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale and the situation is looking good for the nine crews who chose the road south. As expected, the Safran-Guy Cotten duo have found the consistent trade winds since Thursday that could carry them on one tack to the finish line in St Barts in the Caribbean. ...

World Youth Sailing Week - Spectacular start in Lake Garda By Elena Giolai, , 7:54 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
It was a spectacular day for the start of the 32nd Garda Lake meeting Optimist Class, the highlight event of the World Youth Sailing Week which includes also events for the windsurfer Techno 293 and the Laser. It is an amazing sight watching the hundreds of youngsters taking part in the Second World Youth Sailing week being held on the upper reaches of Lake Garda ...

Why the 49er class is pushing hard to get finals format changed +Video By Ben Remocker, , 12:36 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
The 49er class has a tradition of pushing sailing forward, aligning to the Olympic ideals and the Olympic business model. The overall Olympic success is a complex tonic, but the core product is live sports. Live coverage of sailing is difficult and expensive. Traditionally it has also been slow paced and difficult to understand for non-sailors, the vast majority of Olympic customers. ...

Alpari World Match Racing Tour: Can Williams surpass Gilmour's record? By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 8:16 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team begin the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour with the aim, of course, of winning this year’s World Championship title. But as was the case in 2013, when Williams disappointingly finished overall runner-up to Taylor Canfield’s USone team, victory this year would be significant: To date Williams has won the Tour four times – in 2007-8 and 2011-12. ...

PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Massive support from the local community By Robert Sand, , 7:58 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
With massive local support, the PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup is back on the calendar for 2014. This is due to a three-year agreement made by Thisted Forsikring, a local and acknowledged Danish insurance company, which ensures the foundation for organizing the event. ...

32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist starts today + Video By Elena Giolai, , 11:10 AM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
The 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist - starts today and forms part of the World Youth Sailing Week. The second World Youth Sailing Week organized by Vela Garda Trentino comes to life with the procession and opening ceremony for the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist. The procession took place between the Fraglia Vela Riva and the city centre. ...

Les Voiles de St. Barth - Weather factors in + Video By Kirsten Ferguson, , 10:23 AM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
The Weather Gods had promised more breeze for day two of Les Voiles de St. Barth, and it came in a steady line of squalls moving south to north across the island, presenting challenging conditions for competitors and the Race Committee alike. ...

Spi Ouest France - Gunning for the top spot By Groupama Sailing Team, , 10:11 AM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Dominating last season in M34, Groupama Sailing Team won all the races, except one: The Spi Ouest France. Beaten by a very high performance Courrier Dunkerque, from there on in Franck Cammas' crew were on an upward spiral. ...

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 9:57 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Heads Up Displays (HUDs) have long been the holy grail of the tech-savvy racing sailor. This technology was developed to give fighter pilots there-when-they-need-it information at a glance. While racing sailors are more interested with tactical edges over their competitors than getting missile lock on an enemy, the basic information need is the same. ...

Tripulaciones de lujo en la quinta edición de Les Voiles de St. Barth By Fabrice Thomazeau, , 6:16 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
A punto de poner punto final a la temporada del Caribe, las 70 embarcaciones inscritas en esta quinta edición de Les Voiles de St. Barth están disfrutando del buen ambiente de la isla, tanto en tierra como en el mar. Con las nueve clases separadas en cuatro salidas diferentes, la flota disputó ayer la primera regata con una ligera brisa de entre 8 y 10 nudos. ...

Laser Europa Cup - 346 sailors battle in Marseille By Barbara Murray (As Amended by ISAF), , 6:05 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The second leg of the 2014 Europa Cup series was held in Marseille, France over the weekend ending on 15 April. Racing got off most days at around noon except for the third day when the first start was at about five and saliors docking as the sun went down. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier By Dongfeng Race Team, , 5:01 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The first team to officially qualify for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is Dongfeng Race Team. Confirmation came direct from Jack Lloyd, Race Director of the Volvo Ocean Race that following the team’s recent 18 day training voyage, Dongfeng Race Team has met the official qualification requirements of sailing 2,000 nautical miles non-stop with 60% of the crew members for Leg 1 onboard. ...

ORC European Championship - Past champions return By ORC Media, , 4:53 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
With the final version of the Notice of Race now posted, entries for the ORC European Championship are now quickly increasing, with teams from seven countries from throughout Europe now entered. Among them are some past champions at this and other international ORC events, with all gathering at Real Club Nautico Valencia (RCNV) for racing over 1-6 July. ...

ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014 By ISAF, , 4:20 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The ISAF Race Rankings for 16 April 2014 have been released. Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) occupy the world number one spots in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera By ISAF, , 3:44 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres will see Olympic medallists, World Champions and ISAF Sailing World Cup medallists compete as the 2013-2014 series draws to a close. More than 1,100 sailors across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events will race on the French Riviera from Monday 21 April through to Saturday 26 April. ...

El barco de 'Piratas del Caribe' vuelve al Museo Volvo Ocean Race By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:58 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
El barco de 'Piratas del Caribe' vuelve al Museo Volvo Ocean Race ...

2016 Vendée Globe: Where are the women? By Vendée Globe, , 12:18 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Vendée Globe 2016 - Lining up at the start of the Everest of the Seas in 1996, Isabelle Autissier and Catherine Chabaud opened the Vendée Globe up to women. The former was forced to stop in Cape Town to repair her rudder, after being up there with the frontrunners. ...

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ , 10:28 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The predicted penalty of a five year suspension from the sport, for Oracle Team USA wingsail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder, would appear to be extreme by international standards. The case is due to go before the International Sailing Federation's Review Board in late April. They will consider the report from the Disciplinary Commission, which is the body believed to have recommended a five year penalty ...

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