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Audi TP52 World Championship - Quantum Racing claims victory + Video By Jill Campbell/Donata Cuppone, , 3:50 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
The closing day of the Audi TP52 World Championship brought a long and frustrating wait for the nine teams competing in the event held from ninth-14th June 2014 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The wind Gods refused to cooperate in Porto Cervo today and despite the Race Committee's every effort it was impossible to set a course in the soft and shifty conditions. ...

New York to Barcelona Race - Frustration continues to reign supreme By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 1:58 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
Into the Mediterranean and, with the end tantalisingly close, frustration continues to reign supreme in the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race. Over the last 24 hours the boats have been dogged by everything from light wind to no wind and progress remained very slow as the leaders at midday were attempting to round Cabo de Palos, to the east of Cartagena. ...

America's Cup: Shoebridge responds to Oracle obsession with Kiwi team By NewstalkZB and Sail-World, , 12:01 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge told Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch the syndicate has always been open about the fact it would struggle this year. Later in the interview he covered the attacks that have been made on Team NZ by Oracle's Jimmy Spithill, describing him as having an unhealthy obsession with the team and its management. ...

Clipper Round the World: Ice gate moves as Great Britain spots growler By Clipper Ventures, , 9:49 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the crews are on constant iceberg watch in cold and gusty conditions after Great Britain spotted a growler (a smaller piece of floating ice protruding out of the water). The Canadian Ice Service’s report shows no ice south of 43N but some of the teams are slightly altering course as a precaution as they monitor water temperature and their radars. ...

America's Cup: Team NZ fine with two venues despite cost + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:02 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is receptive to the concept of having to sail the America's Cup Selection Series at two venues, despite the additional costs. After the team's media conference on Friday, Dalton was asked if he would rather have all the Challengers sailing at the Match venue instead of the split venues, as proposed by the new Protocol - if there are more than four Challengers ...

ISAF Grade Two Chicago Match Cup Qualifier - Chris Steele takes early By Chicago Match Race, , 5:46 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
On the strength of seven wins and only one loss, Chris Steele and his team from New Zealand have taken the early lead in the ISAF Grade Two Chicago Match Cup Qualifier. Racing started today under perfect blue skies and seven - nine knots of wind, and will run daily through Sunday. Ten teams from five nations are featured in the competition and the winner to receive an automatic invitation ...

RORC IRC National Championship - Seconds count in the Western Solent By Louay Habib, , 3:07 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
2014 RORC IRC National Championship - The hottest day in the UK this year caused a delay to the start of the RORC IRC National Championship but it was well worth the wait. Once a sea breeze had fully developed in the Western Solent, three races were completed: two windward leewards, followed by a round the buoys race back to the central Solent. ...

Emirates Team NZ: America's Cup quite winnable under new Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 11:02 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
On Friday, Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team to publicly respond to the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup. The Team surprisingly revealed that after an analysis of the Protocol and the changes that had already been made, or signalled, that the document was reasonable and the Cup considered to be quite winnable by the team. ...

America's Cup: NZ Govt looks to sponsors to come to Team NZ party *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:41 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
After the Friday media conference was held by Emirates team New Zealand to explain their financial position, and put their reaction to the 35th America's Cup Protocol, the NZ Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce, held a separate media conference in Wellington. ...

Royal Southern Match Cup - Enthralling action on day 1 By Phil Riley, , 9:44 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Some of the stars of world match racing put on a masterclass of close-quarter sailing and provided ample evidence that their ISAF rankings are not accidental. An enthralling series of races at the Royal Southern Match Cup 2014 demonstrated the mix of precision and ruthlessness necessary to win these one-on-one contests. ...

Argentario Sailing Week - Grandes Dames of the Sea return to Tuscany By Tessa Wiechmann, , 9:26 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
The Grandes Dames of the Sea return to Porto Santo Stefano in Maremma Tuscany, for the 15th Edition of the Argentario Sailing Week. The international regatta will take place from the 19 to 22 June. ...

Finn World Masters - Images by Robert Hajduk By, , 9:00 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Photographer Robert Hajduk was on the water for the final day of racing at the Finn World Masters to capture these images. ...

Audi TP52 World Championship - Tough day for Azzurra By Giuliano Luzzatto, , 8:00 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
At the Audi TP52 World Championship, a second place wasn't enough to balance out a fifth and a seventh in the three races that were held today on the waters off Porto Cervo. The Mistral, that started at seven knots and topped 20 knots, allowed the race committee to complete three windward-leeward races, valid towards the Audi TP52 World Championship and the Barclays 52 Super Series. ...

Audi TP52 World Championship - Quantum keeps cool in Porto Cervo By 52 Super Series, , 7:41 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
From a long, hot Friday 13th under the burning sun of Porto Cervo, Sardinia Quantum Racing kept their cool to record a solid 2,3,3 from the first three windward leeward races of the Audi TP52 World Championship and extend their overall lead to two points going into Saturday’s title showdown. ...

Audi TP52 World Championship: Phoenix rises on penultimate day + Video By Jill Campbell/Donata Cuppone, , 7:01 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Day three of the Audi TP52 World Championship in Porto Cervo saw the nine-strong fleet complete three windward-leeward races, bringing them to a total of five races run. Friday the 13th proved to be anything but unlucky for the Brazilian crew of Phoenix, owned by Eduardo Souza Ramos, who claimed two bullets and a third place in today's races to move up to second place overall. ...

Normandy Sailing Week - Channel racing at its best! By Kate Jennings, , 6:40 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Today saw everyone out on the water in Normandy Sailing Week 2014. In an established thermal breeze, calm seas and a zest of current, the races had all the ingredients for action to commence in perfect conditions. Interface Concept dominated in the J80 whilst CVSAE 2 secured pole position in the First Class 7.5. ...

Finn World Masters - Czech Republic's Michael Maier wins 6th title By Robert Deaves, , 6:23 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
The Finn World Masters ended with another day of strong winds, with the final fleet races followed by the medal race for the top 12. Defending champion, Michael Maier could only finish fourth in the race but it was enough to take a record sixth Finn World Masters title. Andre Budzien had to settled for silver again, while Aleksandr Kuliukin (RUS) placed third in the race to snatch the bronze. ...

Normandy Sailing Week - Manches en Manche! By Normandy Sailing Week, , 6:01 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Premier jour de compétition au grand complet sur la Normandy Sailing Week 2014. Un vent thermique établi, une mer calme, un zeste de courant, tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour que l’action commence dans des conditions idéales. Interface Concept s’impose en J80 tandis que CVSAE 2 s’adjuge la première position en First Class 7.5. ...

Catalan Championship to take place at Club Náutico El Balís By Neus Jordi, , 5:55 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Around 20 boats from class J80 will participate this weekend at Barcelona’s Maresme waterfront in the Catalan Championship hosted by Club Náutico El Balís. The race has turn into the final rehearsal for the European competition of this class, which will take place in two weeks at the same city of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. ...

Solitaire du Figaro - From Plymouth to Roscoff via Fastnet rock By Marie Le Berrigaud-Perochon, , 4:00 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
The Solitaire du Figaro fleet leaves sunny Sutton Harbour tomorrow afternoon for the start of Leg 2. After a lap of Plymouth Sound for the spectators the solo sailors face 535nm from Plymouth to Roscoff via the famous Fastnet rock. This is the longest leg of the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire. ...

Audi TP52 World Championship - Action shots by Max Ranchi By Max Ranchi Photography, , 3:50 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Photographer Max Ranchi was on site at the Audi TP52 World Championship to capture these images during races three and four. ...

Bol d'Or Mirabaud - Dona Bertarelli and Ladycat ready for action By Spindrift Racing, , 2:47 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
The 76th edition of the legendary Bol d'Or Mirabaud, seen as the holy grail of the Vulcain Trophy and the one-design D35 catamaran circuit, will start tomorrow, Saturday, at 1000hrs (Swiss time) on the shores of Lake Geneva. Dona Bertarelli, The 2010 winner on Ladycat and the first woman to have won the race, will be back at the helm this weekend. ...

New York to Barcelona Race - Viaje a lo desconocido By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 2:17 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Puede que en la IMOCA Ocean Race New York to Barcelona Race sólo queden tres barcos, pero el intenso duelo por la victoria entre Pepe Ribes y Guillermo Altadill, los dos de los navegantes oceánicos españoles con más experiencia, puede decidirse en la mismísima línea de llegada. ...

Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship - Seven teams confirmed By Gazprom Swan 60 Class, , 12:55 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Seven teams from five nations and three continents have been confirmed for the 2014 Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship This will be the second World Championship for the Gazprom Swan 60 Class after the inaugural event held last year. Having just completed 750 miles through the Baltic racing in the annual Nord Stream Race, the teams are now preparing for this summer’s event in Palma, Spain. ...

Clipper Round The World - Unpredictable winds challenge crews By Clipper Ventures, , 11:14 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, conditions are testing the crews with headsail changes taking place on the foredeck in three metre waves amidst changeable winds. The crews are also on iceberg watch and regularly monitoring the water temperature as they near an area known for drifting ice floating down through the Labrador Current. ...

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