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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
1:32 AM Sun 27 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's ...
Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure? *Feature
By Des Ryan,
10:00 PM Sat 26 Mar 2011 GMT
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this ...
New Solent island appears and is promptly claimed by two Clubs + Video *Feature
By Richard Newnham, Sail-World et al,
7:58 PM Thu 24 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World has received the following letter from the self-proclaimed Ambassador to The Great Gurnard, a new island in which appeared the Shingles Bank Archipelago, on 23 March, in the Solent, off the the Isle of Wight. It is apparently virgin territory for renowned yachting writer and sailor, Bob Fisher who is known to frequent the area. ...
Top Kiwi Olympic hope injured in cycling accident *Feature
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
12:24 PM Tue 22 Mar 2011 GMT
Olivia Powrie, silver medalist at the 2010 Womens World 470 Championships, and a former womens world champion in the 420 class, has been injured in a cycling accident.
She will be replaced as a crew for some of the European regattas ahead of the vital qualification for 2012 Olympics in Perth in December. ...
Images of Wellington: Dragon Boat Festival - Secondary Schools *Feature
By Genevieve Howard, Wellington ,
1:10 AM Mon 21 Mar 2011 GMT
The 'iconic' Wellington NZCT Dragon Boat Festival is now in it's 26th year and still going strong.
Here we present a gallery from the second day of competition involving school crews.
Over 80 adult and school teams are taking part in the racing on both days. ...
More Sail-World.com video selections *Feature
8:50 PM Sat 19 Mar 2011 GMT
More great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week. ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 vs US-61 in a big breeze *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
1:01 PM Sat 19 Mar 2011 GMT
The Fremantle Doctor was the single feature that differentiated the 1987 America's Cup from every regatta that has occurred before or since. The strong on-shore breeze that came in every afternoon, arrived around 1.00pm, just in time for the racing. The normally sedate 12 Metre class came to life in the Fremantle Doctor, and provided a spectacular television spectacle, on schedule ...
Sail-World.com covers the America's Cup AC45 - Video Gallery 1 *Feature
10:33 PM Fri 18 Mar 2011 GMT
Over the past couple of months Sail-World has built up a collection of videos of the AC45, and the development of the America's Cup World Series.
For those who have missed any of these here is the first of a three part collection ...
America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
11:56 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other.
Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used ...
Hot Wired challenges all-comers at the Clash of the Cove *Feature
By Marsden Cove Media,
9:24 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
Rob Bassett, well-known skipper of the highly successful Bakewell-White designed 52fter Wired, is throwing down the gauntlet to those who are ready for something different in sailboat racing.
Rob and his crew are heading to Marsden Cove to take part in a unique regatta on March 26 & 27, which he hopes will set a trend. Simply put, Rob says he is looking to encourage a much higher level of fun a ...
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery *Feature
9:16 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far. ...
America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand *Feature
By Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
2:12 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17 ...
Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market *Feature
By Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and Sail-World.com,
12:34 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?'
Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.' ...
Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
8:46 AM Tue 15 Mar 2011 GMT
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail. ...
Australia's Wangi WonderKid's inspirational example *Feature
By Peter McIntosh, Gosford ,
7:49 AM Mon 14 Mar 2011 GMT
World 49er and Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge’s battle back from the brink of permanent disability to experience the pinnacle of sailing achievement with world titles is a gutsy and remarkable journey on many levels. ...
Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.' *Feature
By Nancy Knudsen,
10:38 AM Sat 12 Mar 2011 GMT
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition ...
Pacific Tsunami warning after Japan’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake *Feature
10:22 AM Fri 11 Mar 2011 GMT
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has issued a Tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean.
The Tsunami wave could be higher than some low lying Pacific Islands. ...
America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45 *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
7:22 PM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments. ...
Gladwell's Line: Aboard the AC45 + On-board Videos *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
10:54 AM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
As the sailing world waits for the first of the Class of 2013 to commission their AC45's, today was the turn for some media to step abroad and experience at first hand what wingsailed catamarans will be like in the America's Cup. ...
Images from Sydney Harbour: Day 3 of JJ Giltinan Trophy - Send it! *Feature
By Christophe Favreau,
7:23 PM Tue 8 Mar 2011 GMT
Top international photographer Christophe Favreau presents this spectacular gallery from Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney Harbour. Thanks to Trevor Barnabas for the driving and his wife Gael for having being so patient. ...
Sail-World Mailbag: Readers comments from the last week or so *Feature
By Sail-World Readers,
7:02 PM Tue 8 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'Bye 'Bye Birdie - Eagle exits *Feature
By Sail-World Archive,
1:00 PM Sun 6 Mar 2011 GMT
The Newport Harbour Yacht Club's Challenger Eagle fluttered rather than soared at the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Designed by Johan Valentijn and skippered by Rod Davis, the Challenger from California exited the 1987 America's cup before the Semi-Finals. TVNZ's Jane Dent goes behind the scenes to talk with her design and skipper and other crew. ...
Outside Images: Day 1 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta *Feature
By Tom Zinn, Outside Images,
10:52 AM Sun 6 Mar 2011 GMT
Top international photographer, Tom Zinn, from OutsideImages.com is at the 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta along with the equally talented Bob Greiser.
Here Tom Zinn presents some images from Day 1 of the biggest regatta in the Caribbean. ...
Wildwind Holiday - Wild Wind Action *Feature
9:28 PM Sat 5 Mar 2011 GMT
WildWind is well named as these photos show. Mornings do provide light wind learning opportunities but afternoons are for serious sailors. Check it out at www.wildwind.co.uk ...
America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7 *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
3:36 AM Fri 4 Mar 2011 GMT
TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers.
Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al ...