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London Olympics 2012 - 49er fever intensifies *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:13 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Action was fast and furious on the 49er course as the double-trapeze rocketships tore around the Nothe course. According to sailors interviewed ex post facto in the 'mixed zone' (media and sailors), conditions were breezy and shifty, with a gathering breeze. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Day 2 preview *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:35 AM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
The Olympic sailing schedule and the weather gods conspired together to deliver a magnificent set of conditions for Day Two of racing in this Olympiad. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Are the Stars out? *Feature By Bob Fisher, 4:52 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
It was with sadness that I watched the Stars racing off Weymouth, knowing that these were to be the first two races at the end of this class's life in the Olympic Games, or is this the end? Anyone who watched the battles on the water would not want to deny the sailors or the boats a rightful place in the quadrennial festival of all that's best in sailing. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Opening Day, Opening Salvoes *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 4:40 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
Three events opened the action at the Olympic sailing regatta on July 29th, and while it's hard to make much of a judgement about the Women's Match Racing after just four flights, the other two classes saw some more significant performance indicators. Let's start with the Finn, as that bears the heavy weight of history. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Stars shine in perfect conditions *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:39 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
The wind gods blessed the Star Class with fantastic conditions for their first official day of Olympic competition during this summer’s Games with a steady 12-15 knots (with stronger puffs) out of the west-southwest. Seas followed the angle of the air, delivering the Star class with superb racing on the Weymouth Bay West course. ...

London 2012 Olympics — Finns answer their guns *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:22 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
The Finn class cranked out its first races of this Olympiad, bearing the special honor of being the first class to answer the starting guns of this summer’s Games. Wind conditions were 15-20 knots (with higher puffs) from the west-southwest, with matching wave patterns. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Finntastic *Feature By Bob Fisher, 8:09 AM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
London 2012 Olympics - The Finn class is not for wimps; it never has been, but the pressure to perform on today's Olympians has developed a superhuman group of sailors. Where once the leaders in the class were over-fed lumps of lard, holding their boats upright when sailing to windward simply by sitting on the weather gunwale, they are now as fit, or fitter, than athletes in any sport. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Weymouth 2012 Last Chance *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 11:33 PM Sat 28 Jul 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012. It was practice day at the Olympic venue and everyone was at it. It was the last chance for everyone, tomorrow it's for real, and it's very real for one man in particular - Ben Ainslie. ...

London 2012 - A Day worth Bottling *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 4:54 PM Sat 28 Jul 2012 GMT
Given the weather of recent weeks, this burst of sunny weather is obviously of great relief for Britain, but is it too good to be true? It was a cliché sailing day, sailing in a postcard, champagne sailing. The white cliffs looked great, it was warm, and it seemed more like tropical sailing in the Caribbean or Australia’s Whitsundays. It was in fact a day worth bottling. ...

Predictwind forecasts good sailing conditions for start of Olympics *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:17 AM Sat 28 Jul 2012 GMT
Predictwind is forecasting moderate southwesterly winds for the opening two days of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta off Weymouth, England. The first classes to race will be the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) and Two man Keelboat (Star) along with the Womens Match Racing (Elliott 6mtr). ...

London 2012 Olympics - The BS stops when the flag drops... *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 6:36 PM Tue 24 Jul 2012 GMT
It's been four years since the last Olympic Games, and it's just a handful of days till the next - there's not much talking left to be done and the old saying has never been truer - all the BS will have to stop when that start gun fires. There's a limited amount of preparation time left and you really need to focus on finding and doing the priorities left on the job list. ...

Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing – Part I *Feature By John Curnow, 6:46 AM Sat 21 Jul 2012 GMT
With Mauri Pro you’re talking ten years in operation now and they have become quite the dominant force in the online marine binary world. Indeed with some brands, Mauri Pro is the biggest on the planet. Finally then, there are the manufacturers’ warranties, which are no different to any other purchasing method. ...

Double Olympic medalist steps along the path ahead of Kiteboarding *Feature By Bruce Kendall, 9:40 PM Fri 20 Jul 2012 GMT
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist Bruce Kendall looks at the issues with adopting Kiteboarding as an Olympic sport, and reflects on the lessons learned and experiences after Windsurfing travelled the same path since its selection for the 1984 Olympics. ...

America's Cup: A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:29 AM Wed 18 Jul 2012 GMT
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams. ...

2012 Olympics: A New Zealand team Form Guide for Weymouth *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:00 AM Sat 14 Jul 2012 GMT
New Zealand will be represented in nine of the 10 Olympic sailing events at Weymouth. Using a base of results from the 2010, 2011, 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold (SS4G) regattas, plus the 2011 Olympic Test event all sailed at Weymouth, plus the 2011 Worlds in Perth, the top New Zealand crew is Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in the Womens Two Hander (470). ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Sweet victory for Puma in final In-Port Race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:58 AM Sat 7 Jul 2012 GMT
The final act of the Volvo Ocean Race, and indeed the final race for the Volvo 70 class, was run out in the Discover Ireland InPort Race sailed off Galway, Ireland. Sailing in a moderate breeze and flat water, and infront of a gallery of 30,000 spectators, Camper led off the start line with gennakers set for the first leg of the 8nm course.. The fleet split into two groups, with Puma in the group ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:31 PM Mon 2 Jul 2012 GMT
The Spanish/New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 0100UTC, in Galway, Ireland. Groupama (Franck Cammas) finished second behind Camper, assuring the French team of her overall win in the 39,000nm classic. ...

Newport - Bermuda Race: Rambler's record ride - Onboard Video *Feature By Rambler crew, 10:12 PM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
Join the crew of the 90ft Rambler as they break the record for the Newport to Bermuda Race 2012. This on board video tells how it was onboard the mighty Rambler 90 USA 25555. See and hear their record breaking run as the team sent the boat through the Gulf Stream and down into Bermuda. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Being a Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Sailor *Feature By Lorraine MacIntosh, Burriana , 5:25 AM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
We can’t all be Franck Cammas or Chris Nicholsons and sail the high seas, but one can be in the race. Over 212,000 registrations for VORG show the appeal of going virtual. But beware; the hazards may not be 40 knot winds or 6 metre waves, but the addictive powers of virtual racing while one tries to live in a normal world. ...

Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Newport - The old and the new at Newport *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 9:22 PM Sat 30 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 3: I saw three Twelves come sailing by, on this Saturday in the morn. The America's Cup's heritage lives on in this nautical playground and the old warhorses of yesteryear - Intrepid, Heritage, Columbia and their likes - are sailing around in Narragansett Bay. Then there were eight AC-45s sailing by at a far more rapid rate trying to prove themselves in the 500-metre speed trials. ...

Laser Radial Youths World Championships Day 1 – Big spread in top 20 *Feature By Team, 9:10 PM Fri 29 Jun 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth Championships are underway at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly (Brisbane), Australia. On the water postcard conditions prevailed on day 1, with bright blue winter skies and a good breeze. ...

Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS Newport - Barker's world turns upside down *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 9:49 PM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 1: Today had all the attributes of the Curate's egg - good in parts, but evil in others. Ask Dean Barker. He went up and down the ratings in the opening fleet race, which provided the seedings for the subsequent match racing, in the light and fickle morning breeze, and then dramatically and spectacularly capsized at the first mark in his opening match race. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:16 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million. ...

Working with Classics in an Aramid Age - Part 2 of a look at 3Di *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:36 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Continuing the Sail-World's story on North Sails working with the classic J class yachts and 3Di: North’s production isn’t limited to the grey of 3Di. Often they will have four materials on the loft floor – 3Di, 3DL, Dacron and spinnaker nylon. 'The size of the sails being built has required some original thinking in terms of machinery, says Production Manager Matt Smeaton. ...

Fisher's View: Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races? *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 9:18 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930 ...

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