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America's Cup: Energy Team signs up with Oracle Racing for an AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:02 AM Thu 5 Apr 2012 GMT
Energy Team (FRA) have announced they have concluded a licence agreement with Oracle Racing to purchase a base-line AC72 design package, The move is a strong indicator that the team will become a full-blown Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, and they say they will become the fifth team intending to build an AC72. ...
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London 2012 Olympic sailing Sail-World.com's unrivalled coverage *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 10:24 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy, along with some highly regarded photographic contributors will all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World Olympic coverage. ...
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And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is... *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 2:58 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:01 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012 GMT
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a ...
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Volvo Ocean Race; It's Game Face On Again *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Auckland , 10:41 PM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
After a sunny early morning start, cloud cover and a building nor-easter is setting the prologue for today's Leg 5 start. In all of the press conferences over the last couple of days the skippers have been very respectful of each other and of the challenges of this next leg; one that is starting with a full upwind workover in nasty seas before reaching the classic ...
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Laser World Masters Championships 2012 - Down to the wire *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 9:13 AM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
Today was the final day of racing for the 233 sailors from 19 nations at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Principal Race officer Kevin Wilson called an early start in the hope of sailing three races and completing a twelve race, two drop series. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard with Iker Martinez and Telefonica + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:01 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail-World was offered the very privileged position of racing with double Olympic medalist Iker Martinez, and the crew Telefonica, overall race leaders in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Here's a gallery of images from the day, together with an on-board video - so you can feel and hear what it is like to sail with a double Olympic medalist and double world champion. ...
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Laser Worlds Masters Day 4 – we should have been here yesterday!! *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 9:56 AM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
On the morning of day 4 of competition at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012 there was driving rain, which quickly cleared. Out on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay it appeared to be a typical autumn day with a steady 10 knot breeze blowing. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Race Village *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:52 AM Tue 13 Mar 2012 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic ...
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2012 Laser World Masters Championships day 3 - Getting serious *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 10:39 AM Tue 13 Mar 2012 GMT
Queensland turned on the sunshine for day 3 of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. Races 5 and 6 were sailed by some 233 sailors from 19 countries, across eight divisions. Chilean sailor Matias Del Solar continued his masterful display of sailing, scoring bullets in the two races sailed. ...
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2012 Laser World Masters preview - Hot fleets and breeze expected *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 1:04 AM Fri 9 Mar 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser World Masters Championships will be sailed from of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly (Queensland, Australia) on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. With many world champions amongst the 233 sailors competition is expected to be tight and titles hotly contested. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big ecomomic benefit and visitors confirmed for NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:02 PM Wed 7 Mar 2012 GMT
The benefits of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover to Auckland were spelled out by Rachael Dacy of Auckland Tourism and Economic Events. 'This event does means a lot to Auckland, injecting $30.3million into the Auckland economy.' ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Light winds or not for race finish? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:28 PM Tue 6 Mar 2012 GMT
Wednesday morning at 1000hrs, Sail-World ran a further prediction on the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, following a change in the situation which developed 12 hours earlier. Using up to four wind and weather feeds in the routing function of Predictwind?nid=0, there are two models facing the race navigators. ...
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Wired crushes the Auckland keelboat fleet again *Feature By Sail-World, 12:00 PM Tue 6 Mar 2012 GMT
The Bakewell-White 52'Wired' underlined her current dominance of the Auckland keelboat fleet with another crushing performance in the Balokovic Cup race, sailed in late February. Rob Bassett and Brett Russell and their crew started the season with a clean sweep of the 120nm Coastal Classic taking line honours and a first on PHRF and IRC. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Saturday party, Sunday finish predicted for Leg 4 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:13 PM Mon 5 Mar 2012 GMT
The latest projection of the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race is being put at the early hours of Sunday morning. Ideal for the Auckland party set at the Viaduct harbour. The top three places would seem to be locked in, with Groupamaprojected to be first to finish, by both weather feeds used by PredictWind. She is variously four and six hours ahead of the second placed boat Puma ...
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Sportsboats to star at Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 4:58 AM Mon 5 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens is one of Australia’s fastest growing regattas in one of Australia's prime regatta locations. The sixth annual event will run from April 16th through to 22nd. This year the Elliott 7 sports boat class, one of the most popular high performance trailable racers, will be sailing their Australian Championships as part of Sail Port Stephens 2012. ...
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FX: What the Sailors say about the Olympic Womens Skiff entry + Video *Feature By Ben Gladwell, 10:45 AM Sun 4 Mar 2012 GMT
In this video double Olympic representative, Jo Aleh, ISAF Youth World Gold medalist Martine Grael (BRA) and Olympic Bronze medalist Isabel Swan (BRA) give their impressions of the FX. And ISAF World Youth Silver medalist, Alex Maloney, and double ISAF Youth Representative in the Womens Singlehanded event, Molly Meech talk about transitioning to the new Event and their hopes for 2016 Olympics. ...
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Sail-World interviews some of the key players *Feature By www.sail-world.com, 5:28 AM Sun 26 Feb 2012 GMT
After the last race of the Etchells Worlds 2012 Sail-World.com interviewed the top four place getters dockside at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - Tom King (Iron Lotus), Graeme Taylor (Magpie), John Bertrand (Triad) and Jud Smith (Roulette), as well as 2010 Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby (Triad). ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper loses lead as breakaway group forms *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:08 PM Sat 25 Feb 2012 GMT
Some dramatic moves over the past eight hours have seen the lead change in the Volvo Ocean Race, and breakaway group form as two of the boats made a move north, sailing away from their destination. Although Camper is being called as race leader by the Volvo Ocean race, using their snap-shot of current positions, that system does not see projected finishing times, and just calls the lead for those ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma heads for New Zealand at 20kts plus *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:01 AM Sat 25 Feb 2012 GMT
Puma Ocean Racing, the US flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, is blitzing the fleet, sailing at speeds of around 19kts, while her competitors are sailing at 10-12kts. Worst affected is the leg leader, Camper crewed by Enirates Team NZ, who has been forced to sail the most northerly course of the group, reducing her lead under the on the water snap shot of the boat positions used by VOR ...
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Etchells Worlds – The 2012 Champion is crowned *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:11 AM Sat 25 Feb 2012 GMT
The ninth and final race in the 2012 Etchells World Championship was scheduled to start on the Manly Circle at 12 noon, Saturday 25 February. The match up everyone was waiting for was between Tom King (Iron Lotus) and Graeme ‘GT’ Taylor (Magpie), second on the leader board. ...
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Etchells Worlds 2012 interviews with top contenders - Who will win? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 9:31 PM Fri 24 Feb 2012 GMT
At the Etchells Worlds 2012, Sail-World.com interviewed the top title contenders after four days of competition - Tom King (Iron Lotus), Graeme Taylor (Magpie), John Bertrand (Triad) and Jud Smith (Roulette). ...
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Race 8 - The world turns upside down *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:46 AM Fri 24 Feb 2012 GMT
Etchells Worlds 2012 - Race 8. At the start of the second race for the day the wind was steady, still at 035. PRO Ross Wilson set a windward leeward course with a 2.2nm first beat. A general recall was followed by a Black Flag start. ...
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 5 - New Leader after race 7 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:25 AM Fri 24 Feb 2012 GMT
At the start of the Etchells World Championship 2012 on day 5 the fleet waited on the Manly Circle course off Sydney Heads, in brilliant sunshine. Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson called a postponement at the scheduled 12 noon start time as the breeze was patchy across course. ...
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Knut Frostad talks about sponsorship, economics, China, and the VOR *Feature By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 3:20 AM Fri 24 Feb 2012 GMT
While the VOR fleet are bashing their way towards Taiwan and the Luzon Strait, we were quite happy to have had a trip round the bay in somewhat lighter conditions, sun shining etc on board Camper during the Volvo stopover in Sanya. It was an interesting experience, getting up close and personal with not only the sailors but also the movers and shakers behind the scenes. ...
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