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Cloudy skies overwhelm first day of Sail Melbourne *Feature By John Curnow / Sail Melbourne Media, Melbourne, Australia , 3:42 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
The opening salvo of ISAF Sailing World Cup proves to be challenging for the competitors as organizers expect shifting wind patterns and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Participants in the Men’s and Women’s RSX Windsurfers plunged into the water Monday morning before the much awaited 49er and Women’s 49FX races on Course B. ...
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Road to Rio starts at Sail Melbourne *Feature By Craig Heydon, Melbourne, Australia , 6:35 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012 GMT
After pulling off perhaps the most successful Olympic stint in years, Australian sailors are about to start another long and weary journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Monday’s opening regatta of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup at Port Philipp Bay. ...
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:08 PM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media ...
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America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:32 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron. ...
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Australian Sports Boat Calendar 2013 *Feature By Darren Spence, 1:33 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012 GMT
Introducing the Australian Sports Boat Association 2013 Calendar. One of the most important tasks the committee of ASBA undertake is to organise, manage and promote events for its members and the Sports Boat fleet around the country. There are many great regattas’ that Sports Boat participate in and more still starting up which want to include a division for Sports Boats. ...
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America's Cup: November 2012 Review - 43.6 knots! But who is counting? *Feature 8:16 PM Thu 29 Nov 2012 GMT
Following is the November 2012 review from Sail-World's fourth America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup, which focusses on the action, developments and off the field play in the AC72 catamarans. Personal highlight this month on the America's Cup scene had to be the three hour sail on board Emirates Team NZ's AC 72. ...
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America's Cup: Jury deflects Artemis claim over error on daggerboards *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:04 AM Sun 25 Nov 2012 GMT
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing, have lost an appeal to the International Jury over their earlier foil measurement decision. On October 7, the International Jury ruled on an application from Emirates Team New Zealand, that the Measurement Committee had erred in their interpretation of a Class Rule governing the AC72 catamarans to be used in the America's Cup ...
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Fly Emirates Business Class to Europe and support NZ Optimist Coaching *Feature By Sail-World, 9:08 AM Tue 13 Nov 2012 GMT
Emirates Airline and Emirates Team New Zealand are supporting New Zealand junior sailing by auctioning two Business Class return tickets from Auckland to any one of Emirates’ 33 European destinations.* These business class tickets are valued at NZ$17,000 and the auction will be live on Trade Me from 19 to 28 November 2012 ...
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New record set in Yamaha Rollos Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic *Feature By Greg Fenwick, Hamilton , 6:51 PM Mon 5 Nov 2012 GMT
While the Yamaha Rollo's Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic is an event that is dominated with high horsepower inboard and twin outboard boats towing skiers at in many cases in excess of 87 Kts, a very keenly sought class is the F2 class where boats must have a stock standard outboard not exceeding 300 HP. ...
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F18 the Hot new Capricorn (Part II) *Feature By John Curnow, 9:29 PM Sun 4 Nov 2012 GMT
In Part One, we saw how Martin Fischer and Chris Caldecoat had set out to build a better mousetrap for the F18 cat class. Not only was the it perfect pairing of talents, but the result would seem to be pretty perfect, too - Speed, strength and agility. Now just like the larger of their feline counterparts, these are somewhat mandatory prerequisites for a high speed, twin-hulled sailing machine. ...
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Online Brokerage: Busfield Marine offer great selection of Bavaria's *Feature By Christine Bird, 11:01 PM Wed 31 Oct 2012 GMT
Busfield Marine Brokers are pleased to be able to offer a great selection of used Bavaria Yachts for you to inspect online. These are all in fabulous condition – testament to the quality of construction and finish of these German built production yachts. They really do stand up well to the test of time. These are all privately owned, have never been chartered and well priced in the current market ...
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Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:48 AM Tue 30 Oct 2012 GMT
Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of Kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event. ...
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The Byte CII moves towards Youth Olympics 2014 *Feature By John Curnow, 10:46 PM Sun 28 Oct 2012 GMT
Ordinarily, you would not get too fussed by 80. However, in regards to Canadian Ian Bruce and the single handed Byte CII dinghy, there’s more than enough reason to get a tad inspired. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:43 AM Sun 28 Oct 2012 GMT
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:36 AM Thu 25 Oct 2012 GMT
Have just got back from the Luna Rosa Media Conference held ahead of the launch, in Auckland, tomorrow evening. Speaking were team head Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena. Mr Bertelli spoke in Italian and worked through an interpreter, so it lacked some of the flow, but he was very forthcoming in his answers. However he looked like a cat that had just spotted the cream. ...
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it’s a Supercat! (Pt. II) *Feature By John Curnow, 12:53 AM Fri 19 Oct 2012 GMT
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world’s economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va… ...
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Rio 2016: It's time to take action *Feature By Rory Ramsden, 7:52 PM Wed 17 Oct 2012 GMT
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Conference is almost upon us so I thought I'd utilize this opportunity just to reiterate the principle reasons why MNAs and Council members should vote for windsurfing and in particular the RS:X Class. Here are five good reasons why you should vote to include windsurfing in the Olympic sailing programme for Rio 2016. ...
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America's Cup - High Drama *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:34 AM Wed 17 Oct 2012 GMT
As we write this we are watching two screens. On one, a webcam is tracking Emirates Team NZ's ASC72 as she puts in yet another training session on the Hauraki Gulf sailing in winds that are averaging 25kts gusting 35kts. And on the other, in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA's AC72 has capsized, and has drifted out into the Pacific Ocean. ...
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TeamVodafoneSailing Ozzie tour video: Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island *Feature By Stuart MacKinven, 2:02 AM Sat 13 Oct 2012 GMT
The Orma 60 TeamVodafoneSailing completed a circuit on the east coast of Australia, sailing in the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Regattas. Here are two videos featuring plenty of on-board footage from the racing. TeamVodafoneSailing is a line honours favorite for the 2012 Coastal Classic starting on Friday. ...
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America's Cup: Significant win for Emirates Team NZ in Jury Room *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:42 AM Tue 9 Oct 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have been handed a small but very significant victory by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. In a decision dated October 7, 2012, the Jury has ruled on an application lodged by the New Zealand team on September 24, 2012, which queried a Public Interpretation given by the Measurement Committee. Features a 50ec video of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 foiling ...
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America's Cup: Spithill cartwheels World Series style in Race 1 *Feature By Sail-World, San Francisco, USA , 4:51 AM Sun 7 Oct 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA's James Spithill performed a spectacular pitch-pole when in second place rounding the first mark in the first fleet race of Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series, causing the competitors advancing rapidly from astern to scatter. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 3 - Ainslie sparkles in America's Cup World Series *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 1:38 AM Sat 6 Oct 2012 GMT
Day 3 MR Semis and Fleetracing: Much of the talk around the bases has been not so much of the AC-45s as of the 'real' America's Cup boats, the AC-72s. The performance of the Emirates Team New Zealand 72, seen around the world on video, has drawn gasps of astonishment, particularly when seen foil-borne at close to 40 knots. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 2 - Ainslie's day in America's Cup World Series *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 1:44 AM Fri 5 Oct 2012 GMT
Day 2 MR Semis and Fleetracing: The day belonged to Ben Ainslie Racing with a first and a third, while second place, five points back, is Outteridge, then Coutts on the same points and Spithill with one less, but one point ahead of Barker on ETNZ. Hutchinson's second place in the later race combined with his tenth in the first puts him sixth overall. ...
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Rod Davis: When mind games become the battle field for a championship *Feature By Rod Davis, 7:25 AM Tue 25 Sep 2012 GMT
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, has been in the coach boat for the Audi Azzurra Sailing team in the final round of the TP52 Super Series, sailed out of Valencia, Spain. I would love to tell you, I engineered one of the great comeback victories in years, but I didn’t. I was part of it .. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:05 AM Fri 14 Sep 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet. ...
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