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Volvo Ocean Race: 'I saw jagged rocks and breaking waves' - Nicholson *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:07 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The Team Vestas Wind crew and Volvo Ocean Race management have just completed a media conference call in Abu Dhabi. Skipper Chris Nicholson opened by outlining what happened in the 48 hour period prior to the grounding off Team Vestas Wind's on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Now includes video of the media conference. ...

Ocean Photography: Images from the Sir Peter Blake Regatta *Feature By Sail-World, , 11:58 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Well known marine photographer Will Calver of Ocean Photography was on the water at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta, today and provided this gallery of images of what is claimed to be the largest small boat regatta in the world. Ocean Photography has now moved to to new premises in the National Maritime Museum, ...

Images of Sydney Harbour: Comanche out for a pre-Hobart training run *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:56 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, caught these images of the new supermaxi on Sydney harbour, today, as he waited for the 18ft skiffs to start for the day. Comanche is owned by Jim and Kirsty Clark. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) and Guillame Verdier, without regard for a rating rule, she is expected to become the world's fastest supermaxi. ...

Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Sir Peter Blake remembered from Leg 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 11:30 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
December 6 is the anniversary of the death of Sir Peter Blake, the only person to have led a winning Round the World Race team and a winning America's Cup team. He was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Today, Ian Walker skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the time to pay tribute to Sir Peter from the foredeck of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ...

Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 10:58 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the more interesting facets of the Star Sailors League finals is to be found in the Sailing Instructions. Item 1.2.2 reads; 'If signaled by the race committee in accordance with RRS Appendix P5, pumping, rocking and ooching will be permitted when the wind speed exceeds 6 knots as measured at deck level on a race committee boat. This changes STCR rule 35.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Reports from on board Leg Leader, Abu Dhabi *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 9:26 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
b>Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading again on Leg 2 according to the Volvo Ocean Race Control reports and leaderboard However according to Predictwind calculations and routing projections they could be level pegging for second with Team Brunel, and with Donfeng Race Team in the Leg 2 lead ...

America's Cup: Bermuda up for $40million in Venue Fee and Underwrites *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 2:09 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Figures released in the Bermudian Parliament reveal that British Overseas Territory, with a population of about 65,000, has agreed to pay the America's Cup Events Authority $15million as an Event Fee. A further underwrite of $25million has also been put in place against any sponsorship shortfall by ACEA. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Navigator comments on error aboard Team Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 8:31 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind's navigator Wouter Verbraak appears to have 'fessed up to the error which put the Volvo Ocean Racer on a collision course with Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In a new video, the crew were aware they were sailing in shoal water 30seconds before hitting a rock. ...

Sydney-Hobart Of Lemmon & Wood, Slags & Pitstops, Ruffcuts & Blasts *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:26 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Whether it is the 60s movie, The Great Race, or Hanna-Barbera’s 17 episode cartoon series that followed, one thing is for certain. Yep. It is time once more for The Wacky Races. Now the notion is simple. Build anything you want, and as long as it complies with some rules, you’re in! That those very rules do not yet allow for multi-hulls, kind of proves that this really is all a bit wacky anyway. ...

Star Sailors League: Another day, another series leader *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:21 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
The first of the day’s races was held in 15-18 knot breezes from just north of east and the start was keenly contested, particularly at the pin end, where several appeared to be fractionally ahead of the gun, but there was no recall. Those who continued on starboard tack came off best. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda celebrates the arrival of the Cup on the Island *Feature By Sail-World, , 4:48 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Crowds lined Front Street in Bermuda as the America’s Cup Venue celebration took place, following after the announcement on Tuesday that Bermuda has been selected to be Venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The America’s Cup trophy arrived in Bermuda onboard a private jet earlier that day, and was driven in a motorcade to the Cabinet Office grounds, where people gathered to get a glimpse of the ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic images and video of Vestas Wind on reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 6:42 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race have released the first images and video from when Team Vestas Wind struck the coral reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In these three videos we show the whole incident; on board reporter Brian Carlin gives his commentary on the event; and shore manager Neil Cox gives his assessment from Mauritius ...

Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ...

Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ...

Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...

America's Cup: Dalton coy on 'Major Event' for New Zealand *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:26 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, speaking from Auckland, said the team had known for a while that the match would be held in Bermuda and that the announcement 'was not a bombshell' for the team. He added they would have preferred the US mainland venue of San Diego. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda announced as Venue + Video replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 4:27 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
America's Cup Commissioner Dr Harvey Schiller has announced that the next America's Cup will be staged in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The announcement confirms leaked information as to the Match Venue, and will be the first time that America's Cup has been Defended by US outside US waters ...

Comanche arrives in Sydney ahead of Sydney-Hobart supermaxi battle *Feature By Bridgid Murphy, , 10:53 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche, one of five eye-catching 100-foot super maxis competing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, has now arrived in Sydney to begin final preparations to take the start line on December 26th. Arriving on a container ship from the USA, the boat will be prepared for competition with the initial goal of racing in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge in Sydney Harbour on December 9th. ...

First shots of supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI side by side *Feature By Andrew Richardson, Woolwich , 9:02 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Some of the first 'Side By Side' shots of the supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche have been posted to YouTube Jim Clark's hot new 100 ft Comanche has travelled from Newport RI - to line up against a recent set of contenders including Syd Fisher Ragamuffin for a Sydney to Hobart showdown. ...

Ocean Gallery finds a new home in Downtown Auckland *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:44 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
After over eight years New Zealand’s only specialist marine art and photography gallery finally closed its doors last month to make way for yet another bar in the Viaduct, Auckland's marine heart. Well known marine photographer Will Calver who set up this small iconic place said, 'It was simply a money thing and bars can offer better returns than a family run specialist marine gallery' . ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Full rescue video and audio from Team Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 6:26 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Compilation of the raw video footage from Team Alvimedica as they acted as a rescue relay vessel after Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean and decided to abandon their yacht before being picked up by a nearby Coastguard crew. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda will be a hard sell for Team NZ to Kiwi Govt *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 7:59 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The NZ Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce has repeated comments about his Government's preferences on venues for the 35th America's Cup. 'It's hard to see the benefits of it from a New Zealand exporter's point of view if it's Bermuda [rather] than if it's San Diego, but we'll keep an open mind,' he said. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind abandoned + Video from Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 1:16 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The crew of the Volvo Ocean Race have abandoned their yacht and are in life rafts tethered to the reef awaiting for daylight and to be taken off by the crew of a nearby coastguard station at first light. In two videos Team Alvimedica skipper, Charlie Enright reports from the scene, two hours before daylight, and Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad updates from Race HQ in Alicante ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind hits reef and will be abandoned *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:47 PM Sat 29 Nov 2014 GMT
The Danish flagged entry, and newest boat on the Volvo Ocean race, Team Vestas Wind, has struck a reek off Mauritius and will be abandoned. ...

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