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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero By Stefano Blin, , 12:28 PM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
Team Alvimedica’s preparations for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean continue here today when the crew participates in Leg Zero. The two-day race sees the seven Volvo Ocean Race teams sailing to Majorca and back from Volvo Ocean Race headquarters. ...

J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead By Jan Harley, , 7:57 AM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
Based on their performance during the first two days of the regatta, the 86 teams are now racing in either the gold or silver fleet, with the championship crown going to the eventual victor in the gold fleet. After being postponed ashore this morning until a thunderstorm threat had lifted, the competitors were once again sent out to do battle on Rhode Island Sound. ...

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 By Tink Chambers, , 4:10 AM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
A day that began with a heavy fog layer and fickle breeze transformed in an instant and closed with the type of howling winds for which San Francisco Bay is known. All in all, it was a wild start for the Farr 40 class at the Rolex Big Boat Series, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. ...

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay By Barby MacGowan, , 3:01 AM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
In typical fashion for this time of year, the wind on San Francisco Bay piped up to 15-18 knots this afternoon, thrilling hundreds of sailors competing in their first day of the four-day Rolex Big Boat Series. ...

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson By, , 2:40 AM Fri 12 Sep 2014 GMT
Photographer Erik Simonson was on site for the 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series day one to capture these images. ...

Extreme Sailing Series: Team NZ share lead after Day 1 in Istanbul By Emirates Team NZ, , 9:28 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Consistency. That’s what Dean Barker wanted on the first day of racing of the Extreme Sailing Series’ Istanbul round. That’s what he got. As he said after practice yesterday, 'consistency will be rewarded'; Emirates Team New Zealand finished the first day at the top of the leader board with 46 points, equal with defending series champion, the Wave, Muscat. ...

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Thousands attend Santander opening By ISAF, , 8:33 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
An estimated 30,000 people enjoyed the Opening Ceremony at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as ISAF President Carlo Croce officially declared the event open. The Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds features more than 1,250 sailors from 83 countries and they proudly carried their national flags through Parque de la Llama, venue of the opening ceremony. ...

Rolex Swan Cup - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi By, , 8:10 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site for day two of the Rolex Swan Cup to capture these images. ...

Rolex Swan Cup - Swans take off in Island Long Race By YCCS, , 7:49 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Yesterday's enforced rest day caused by light airs was soon forgotten as the fleet competing in the 18th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup enjoyed a spectacular race day on long coastal courses encompassing most of the La Maddalena archipelago and accompanied by a westerly wind ranging from 15 knots at the start that would build to hit gusts of 26. ...

Rolex Swan Cup - Classic day of racing on the Costa Smeralda By KPMS, , 7:17 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
If ever there was a classic day for racing on the Costa Smeralda, today was it at the Rolex Swan Cup. The race committee at the YCCS was confident in the forecast of strong winds from the west, and informed the 93 boats that they would be competing on an Island Long Race that would take them through the legendary Bomb Alley and between the starkly beautiful islands of Caprera and La Maddalena. ...

Marseille One Design - Foils, flying and an unstoppable Flavio By The Great Cup, , 7:08 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Racing for the foiling GC32s resumed in dramatic style at the opening day of Marseille One Design, run by Sirius Evènements with backing from the city of Marseille. Throughout the day the northeasterly Mistral wind built and for this afternoon’s two races it was gusting to above 20 knots, causing the flying catamarans’ speed to soar at times well above 30 knots. ...

Extreme Sailing Series - Pushed to the limit and dismasted on Day 1 By Extreme Sailing Series, , 6:32 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
In an unprecedented first day at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6 in Istanbul, the public and national media witnessed some extraordinary adrenaline fueled racing, with every team pushing hard – and at times too hard, with two boats dismasting; first Groupama sailing team and then Alinghi. ...

Regata teste simula situações de risco na Volvo Ocean Race By Volvo Ocean Race, , 5:44 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Os sete barcos disputam uma prova de dois dias que não vale pontos. A regra é se adequar aos procedimentos de segurança e simular crises a bordo. As equipes da Volvo Ocean Race terão um desafio especial: a chamada Leg Zero - em português Perna Zero. O objetivo da regata, com duração de dois dias, será testar todos os protocolos de segurança. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Les scénarios de crise à l’essai By Volvo Ocean Race, , 5:40 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Les sept bateaux engagés dans la Volvo Ocean Race s’élanceront demain, vendredi à 13h00, pour l’Etape Zéro, un parcours de deux jours. Avant cela, les équipages devront affronter un certain nombre de « crises » planifiées par les organisateurs. ...

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai - At the heart of history By Soazig Guého, , 4:25 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai - Take a world-famous bay with varied and unpredictable weather conditions. Take an army of genius designers who created the most stunning sailing yachts of the last two centuries. Sprinkle over some sportsmanship, a dose of fighting spirit, add a pinch of gentleman's attitude and you'll have the perfect recipe of the Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Una etapa para entrenar lo impredecible By Volvo Ocean Race, , 3:42 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Mañana viernes a las 13:00 horas dará comienzo la Etapa 0 de la Volvo Ocean Race, no puntuable pero fundamental para la flota, pues permitirá practicar maniobras de seguridad como el cambio de la pala del timón o la de hombre al agua, el mayor temor de cualquier tripulante de vuelta al mundo. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - A profile of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing By Agathe Armand, , 3:14 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Don’t let Volvo Ocean Race crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s serious, weathered look mislead you. Forget the branded clothes, and the impeccable team base. Ian Walker and his men are more than just a group of professionals – they are old teammates. ...

J/70 World Championship - Day 2 images by Chris Howell By, , 1:39 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Chris Howell was on the water at the J/70 World Championship to capture these images on day two of competition. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Lego Zero crisis scenarios loom By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:35 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Seven Volvo Ocean Race boats set off together for the two-day Leg Zero on Friday knowing that a series of 'crises' loom for all of them – and they have all been planned by the organisers. The fleet will be sailing to Majorca and back from Race headquarters in Alicante and failure to complete the trip will mean they will have to return to do it again or at least complete any unfinished mileage. ...

America's Cup: Bob Fisher on the state of the Cup By Bob Fisher, , 12:34 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
The much-vaunted America’s Cup Press Conference in London was anti-climatic in every respect. There was nothing new to announce except to introduce the new Commercial Commissioner to the assembled company that had arrived from far and wide. All were agreed that it was a waste of time and money. ...

2015 RC44 Championship Tour announced By RC44 Class Association, , 10:24 AM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
A total of five venues next year will see the Class start in its first new location – Valletta, Malta in March ahead of touring some of the finest sailing venues in Europe. This includes a debut for Porto Cervo, Italy as well as old favorites Marstrand, Sweden and Cascais, Portugal before heading back to the Caribbean to finish the season in the winter sun at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. ...

Extreme Sailing Series: Precious practice time put to good use By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ, , 10:12 AM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
It’s practice day for the Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul regatta and Emirates Team New Zealand is out to make the most of every precious minute on the water that’s allowed under the rules. The Extreme 40 crew for the sixth round of the series – Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat – are keen to convert findings from the Cardiff debrief into performance on the rac ...

J/70 World Championship: Day 2 - Completion of qualifying series By Jan Harley, , 7:48 AM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
With 86 boats racing, the fleet had been divided into four color-coded groups for the first two days of competition. Each group sailed two races today, which, when added to the three races sailed on the opening day, allows each team to count the best four out of five to determine whether they will sail in either the gold or silver fleet starting tomorrow. ...

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Pushing at the gates By Barby MacGowan, , 3:45 AM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - From the second-floor 'race deck' at St. Francis Yacht Club, there is a commanding view of the Golden Gate Bridge to the west and Alcatraz Island to the east, but the iconic landmarks never look as grandly linked as when boats competing at the annual Rolex Big Boat Series are streaking by on San Francisco Bay. ...

Gladwell's Line: London stalling *Feature 9:41 PM Wed 10 Sep 2014 GMT
The America's Cup again dominates the news. Not for what it is doing. But for what it is not. The Media Conference held in London was an external disaster - with the video feed not running for 30 of the 45 minutes. Those sitting in the historic halls of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, were probably none the wiser. ...

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