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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Strong winds predicted at Briefing for first day *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:12 AM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The weather briefing for the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, concluded in Sydney with testing conditions expected in the opening 24 hours of the race. Race forecaster Andrew Treloar told the skippers and media to expect SE winds of 25kts for the opening stanzas of the race with 2.5 metre swells. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature By John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney , 7:48 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ...
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Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature By David Schmidt, , 2:56 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 12:06 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:07 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ...
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Tacking Battle : User feed back enhances smart device sailing game *Feature By Axel Ulrich, Mammern , 5:36 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
Tacking Battle is a new sailing app game aimed at the sailing and non-sailor market, on which sailing fans can test or upgrade their sailing skills by enaging in a tacking duel - all on their favorite device. Developer Axel Ulrich reflects on some of the highs and lows of the initial release of the game ...
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Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:20 PM Mon 22 Dec 2014 GMT
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Jim Clark's thoughts on Comanche's maiden race *Feature By Sail-World, , 12:01 PM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: 'I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. ...
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America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:24 AM Sat 20 Dec 2014 GMT
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ...
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America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:39 PM Fri 19 Dec 2014 GMT
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ...
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Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 12:30 PM Fri 19 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:59 AM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Final part of a three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson tell what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 17 - Oil continues to tank *Feature By Collinson FX, , 10:30 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
December 17, 2014: The AUDUSD held 0.8200 but is under extreme internal and external pressures. The KIWI booked gains and look set to test 0.7800 looking more attractive to investors than it's Trans-Tasman cousin. The NZD currently trades 0.6218 and 0.4922 against the EUR and GBP. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ , 3:46 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Part 2 of three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson covers what happened from the time the Volvo65 hit the reef on the SE corner of the Cargados Carajos Shoals. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ , 6:22 AM Tue 16 Dec 2014 GMT
Part 1 of three part interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson discusses the factors leading up to hitting the reef, interspersed with other research information, charts, video and images. Parts 2 and 3 will follow on consecutive days. ...
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Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 2 - Frosty, Hoonigan and Wilbo *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:48 PM Mon 15 Dec 2014 GMT
This is Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific from the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. Of course, to Australians and a plethora of motoring enthusiasts the world over, the real life Peter Perfect will always be The King of The Mountain. RIP Brocky (Peter Geoffrey Brock). ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Delayed coverage - Day 4 +Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:37 AM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
Delayed coverage of the fourth day in the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney harbour. Today is Day 4 with full video coverage. Nic Douglass (Adventures of a Sailor Girl) will carry her own inimitable commentary from two hours before the start of racing, due to get underway at 4.00pm Sydney time. Now live. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Day 3 image gallery from Sydney Harbour *Feature By Beth Morley, Sport Sailing Photography, Sydney, Australia , 7:21 PM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley, was on the water for the third day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series, and provided this galley from the day's racing. JP Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) had a collision from behind which damaged their rudders / tiller arm and had to be replaced between races... Realteam hit them from behing and JP Morgan BAR missed three races while it was replaced. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 finish - Team Brunel wins from Dongfeng *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:19 AM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Watch the finish of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi - LIVE! Team Brunel has taken the Leg from Dongfeng. Click on the viewer here and see how the final miles unfold - with three boats in contention for the Leg win - Dongfeng Race Team (China) Abhu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel (Netherlands). ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage - Day 3 +Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:45 AM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
Live of the third day in the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney harbour. Today is Day 3 with full video coverage. Nic Douglass (Adventures of a Sailor Girl) will carry her own inimitable commentary from two hours before the start of racing, due to get underway at 4.00pm Sydney time. Now live. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Three way alley-brawl on final day of Leg 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:01 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014 GMT
Less than a day remains on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, with the leading three boats looking set to make a serious race of it right to the finish line in Abu Dhabi. According to the latest projects from the routing function of Predictwind the two leading boats, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel will be a minute apart at the finish line. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Replay coverage - Day 2 +Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:49 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014 GMT
Replay coverage of the second day in the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney harbour. Today is Day 2 with full video coverage. Nic Douglass (Adventures of a Sailor Girl) will carry her own inimitable commentary from two hours before the start of racing, due to get underway at 4.00pm Sydney time. Now live. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:30 PM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder denied the cheating allegation and subsequent finding by the Jury, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence. He had not sailed since the Jury Hearing and Decision, announced just before the start of the 34th America's Cup. Oracle Team USA was penalised $250,000 over the same cheating issue by the International Jury. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series: Skippers Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:54 AM Thu 11 Dec 2014 GMT
Racing has been cancelled in the Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney due to strong winds. After the cancellation the skippers held a media conference which Nic Douglass recorded and can be heard on her Adventures of a Sailor Girl channel below. Tomorrow and the rest of the regatta we will carry video coverage and replays for Days 2, 3 and 4 ...
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Image Gallery - SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Clash of the Heavyhitters *Feature By Beth Morley, Sport Sailing Photography, , 11:01 AM Wed 10 Dec 2014 GMT
On Tuesday the maxis and supermaxis that will contest the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, in just over two weeks time, lined up on Sydney harbour for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Beth Morley of Sport Sailing Photography was on the water and provided this gallery of images from the day. ...
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