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Foils for the Masses - A look at the Glide Free Foiling Kit *Feature By David Schmidt, , 7:40 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
It’s virtually impossible to look at imagery from the 34th America’s Cup and not have a serious 'I wish!' conversation with your mates. While the foil-bound AC72 class of wingsail-powered cats look truly outrageous, sadly, these rarefied America’s Cup class yachts cost tens of millions of dollars to design, build and maintain, and represent the absolute pinnacle of experts-only sailing hardware. ...
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 5:17 AM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
‘Bucket List’ is fast becoming one of the English language’s most over-used epithets. And it’s not as if photographer Craig Greenhill of Saltwater Images and freelance photojournalist Crosbie Lorimer are old enough yet to be worrying too much about such things. But when they got the hint that there might be an opportunity to get a ride on one of the fastest sailing machines around ...
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Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 6:48 PM Thu 21 Aug 2014 GMT
Sail-World interviewed the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race Knut Frostad late last week, after the dust had settled from the final and seventh boat entry team Vestas Wind. Sail-World started by commenting- Many observers are saying that if this one design element hadn’t come in, this race wouldn’t have happened? ...
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:44 PM Wed 20 Aug 2014 GMT
New Artemis Racing coach, Rod Davis says it was time for a change after ten years in a coaching role with Emirates Team New Zealand. 'Ten years is a long time as a coach of a professional team. It was time for a change,' he told Sail-World.com from Sweden. 'I don’t know of any other professional coaches that have gone ten years with the same team.' ...
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Magnetic Island Race Week – Plenty of appeal for champion racer *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:37 AM Wed 20 Aug 2014 GMT
The well campaigned, terrifically sailed, highly competitive, and widely successful, Victoire is a justified beacon amongst the fleet getting set to participate at Magnetic Island. The final round of Queensland’s winter of sailing is once more set to bring that delightful combination of exquisite sailing and warm glow of friendship to all who partake. ...
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America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz, , 11:34 PM Tue 19 Aug 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Shoebridge describes the split with long time coach Rod Davis as 'amicable'. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 12:05 PM Tue 19 Aug 2014 GMT
The CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race is Knut Frostad, the 47 year old Norwegian sailor who sailed at two Olympic Games (1988 and 1992) and in four Volvo Ocean races. ...
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Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature By Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK Editor, , 9:47 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
Knut Frostad had a big smile on his face in Copenhagen at the ’Vestas Wind’ press launch at the Royal Danish Yacht Club at Tuborg Harbour in northern Copenhagen. Frostad gives his views about the seventh boat, the late entry and the future of the race. ...
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Volvo Team Vestas Wind skipper Nico says: 'We can win' - Part II *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 8:01 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Sail-World talks to four times Volvo Ocean race veteran, Chris Nicholson, the just confirmed skipper of Team Vestas Wind today. ‘We believe we can give this race a good shake. We will be a young team, a good mix of proven experience and new energy and enthusiasm. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race Team Vestas Wind skipper - One Design is key *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 7:05 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Chris Nicholson, (Nico) the Skipper of Team Vestas Wind is a four Volvo Ocean Race veteran, a two-time Australian Olympian with three 49er and three 505 sailing World Championships to his name. Nicholson was the skipper of the CAMPER TEAM, run by Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) which came second in the 2011-12 race. He was expected to be once more the skipper of the ETNZ team had they entered ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson in race against time with latest entry *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:36 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
'It doesn't take very long to explain the timeline we are on with this campaign,' says Chris Nicholson skipper of the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'That's because there's very little time between now and the race start!' ...
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America's Cup: Entries close but 2017 line-up remains mystery *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:04 AM Sat 9 Aug 2014 GMT
America's Cup organisers issued an innocuous statement after the close of entries for the 35th America's Cup. Entries closed just before midnight on August 8th in San Francisco. The statement did not even specify the number of entries received. Only one team, Team New Zealand, have announced that they have lodged an entry. ...
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Glide Free Foils - the dinghy foiling break thru is on the market *Feature By David Schmidt, , 6:32 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
In 2006, the sailing world was stunned with the speed and performance of the foiling Moth, and the genie forever escaped the bottle. Flash-forward just a few short years, and the Moth Worlds were being were contested on foils; jump-forward a bit further still, and the 34th America’s Cup was won using foils. ...
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America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:00 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The City of Alameda has made a late play for the Venue hosting for the 35th America's Cup, with the release of a letter from the Mayor, Marie Gilmore. The letter appears to be an initiative from the City's America's Cup Committee, formed in the run-up to the 34th America's Cup to maximise benefits of that event for the City and Alameda district. ...
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:39 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The Joint Statement issued on Friday, by four European America's Cup teams, appears to indicate a change of stance in relations between the Defender and Challengers. Most obvious absence was that of long-standing Challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, otherwise all would have been sweetness and light. ...
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Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:16 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
Last weekend's withdrawal of the Challenger of Record from the 35th America's Cup was a delicate piece of timing. If matters play out as expected then the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa is expected to be installed as the new Challenger of Record in early August. ...
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America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 10:28 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
Hamilton Island Yacht Club CEO, Iain Murray told Sail-World that the decision to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup was only made in the last 48 hours. 'This challenge has grown to the point where the gap between the commercial side and the competitive costs' are out of HIYC’s comfort zone ...
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Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 7:36 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
US based Satellite telephone company Iridium Communications failed to give New Zealand rescuers details of a dramatic final message from a missing yacht Nina until the US State Department intervened, a detailed review of the search effort has revealed. ...
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VOR 2014-15: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Ian Walker has done the math *Feature By Sail-World.com, , 3:34 PM Tue 15 Jul 2014 GMT
Changes in the nature of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 have as expected moved the race from a technical boat design competition to an emphasis on sailing ability. British Volvo Ocean Race veteran 44 year Ian Walker is very happy with the change. ...
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Rio cleaning up its act in the lead up to Olympic sailing test event *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 5:27 AM Sun 13 Jul 2014 GMT
As the football World Cup wraps up in Brazil, Brazil's President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority . The next fixture on the calendar for Rio is Aquece Rio, the first of the sailing test events, to be held 2 to 9 August, 10 Olympic classes will compete of Marina da Gloria, an area notorious for accumulating rubbish on its foreshores and its foul-smelling water. ...
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America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:01 AM Fri 11 Jul 2014 GMT
Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, has taken the initiative and called a meeting of potential Challengers for the 35th America’s Cup, ahead of the close of entries in less than a month’s time. The meeting will be a face to face meeting with about seven Challenger teams attending plus the Defender, Oracle Team USA. ...
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Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature By Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz, , 9:44 AM Tue 8 Jul 2014 GMT
After being based in Australia since 2008, the Bakewell-White 30m Supermaxi 'Lahana' (nee Konica Minolta, nee Zana) has returned to New Zealand for what the designer called 'a major refit'. Renamed 'Rio', her new US owners wanted a boat that would be able to have a serious crack at the Barn Door Trophy in the Transpac Race, which runs from Los Angeles to Hawaii. ...
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Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 10:03 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
The key boat buying demographic, the 40 to 65 age group, has embraced online media enthusiastically, with video, imagery and major feature stories providing much more information and entertainment than ever before. More and more people are choosing large-screen smartphones (phablets) over seven to eight-inch tablets says the key industry data group, the International Data Corporation (IDC). ...
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Gladwell's Line: Team New Zealand remains in the Cup game despite ... *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 3:48 AM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Taking a different tack, on Wednesday afternoon, Emirates Team New Zealand announced that they were still in the America's Cup game. Different because this announcement came in the form of a media release only, and there was little said publicly by the team. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confident to mount Cup Challenge *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:35 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner has announced that the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. He says the team has secured sufficient private and sponsorship funding to proceed to the next stage without needing Government funding during this period. ...
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