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The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name? *Feature By Guy Nowell, Yachtstyle magazine, Hong Kong , 7:20 AM Sun 2 Oct 2011 GMT
Is it just me, or have the press releases and announcements surrounding sailing events and regattas been getting just that little bit more breathless lately? Shakespeare was probably right - 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' But what if the bottled rose water is being used to mask an odour less palatable? Or less exotic? ...

Global Ocean Race: Three leaders in three days + Start Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:15 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
The Global Ocean Race has its third leader in three days as the six boat fleet head for Capetown, South Africa on the first leg of the round the world race. Current race leader is Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron) who at the 0600 UTC sked were 1.7nm ahead of Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field) ...

America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:07 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing ...

Global Ocean Race: Lead change already in the match race for Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:02 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The early leader in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems (Campbell and Ross Field) have lost their 10 nm lead in the round the world race. After looking set to ease away from the rest of the six boat fleet, Buckley Systems was the first to make the break north to stay in favourable winds and enjoyed a lead of almost 8nm over Campagne de France ...

Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 5:58 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...

Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems extends lead in race to Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:35 AM Mon 26 Sep 2011 GMT
At the 0600hrs position sked, the father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field led the Global Ocean Race by almost seven nm from Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron). In third place, within a few hundred metres of Campagne de France is Phesheya Racing (Nick Leggatt and Philippa Hutton-Squire). 12 hours later the Fields had changed course and extended their lead to 10nm. ...

Laser fleet sailing for Perth *Feature By PSA Media, 12:39 AM Mon 19 Sep 2011 GMT
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships being held between Saturday third and Sunday 18th December 2011, by the far the largest fleet in combination will be the Laser Radial and Laser Standard. The task of building the 275 brand new Lasers for the World Championships is reaching its final stage in the Performance Sailcraft (PSA) factory. ...

America's Cup World Series: Viewed from the Water - Match Racing Final *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Plymouth, England , 8:49 PM Sat 17 Sep 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water for the final day of the Match Racing at the second round of the America's Cup World Series. he's his view of how the racing unfolded: The first races of the day were the second semi-final with Artemis Racing pitted against Team Korea. Artemis led the first race until the final top mark when they misjudged their layline and were forced to complete two mor ...

ZOKE Kiwi Match represent Oceania at Nations Cup *Feature By Logan Fraser, Sheboygan , 2:06 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
ZOKE Kiwi Match qualified to represent New Zealand by winning our National Qualifier in Auckland and then the Regional Final in Sydney last May. The event fits perfectly in our schedule so we were thrilled when we qualified and are proud to be here, representing our country and the Oceania region. ...

Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 1:28 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights. ...

Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:16 AM Thu 15 Sep 2011 GMT
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix ...

America's Cup: Coutts moves up, second Australian helmsman comes in *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 11:01 AM Mon 12 Sep 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing have announced that multiple World Champion and Australian double Olympic silver medalist Darren Bundock will be given the helm of their second boat, Oracle Racing Coutts. Bundock will com aboard for the third round of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Current helmsman Russell Coutts will stay onboard. It has not been announced who will move off the boat ...

Fisher's View: The Plymouth Cat and Pony Show pulls local fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 9:33 PM Sat 10 Sep 2011 GMT
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee. ...

Testing Conditions at Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week *Feature By Teri Dodds, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 10:23 AM Sat 3 Sep 2011 GMT
After yesterday's day of ideal conditions for sailing, things very much changed here at Magnetic Island. Today, the keelboat fleet were sent around the island, in strong SE breeze with 2-3 metre swell, which tested many crews. It was also the start of the Fantasea F18 Australian Championships. ...

China Team announces Mitch Booth replacement *Feature By Sail-World, 12:07 PM Thu 1 Sep 2011 GMT
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, has rung the changes in its sailing team for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, due to get underway on 10 September in Plymouth, England. After the conclusion of the first round of the ACWS, skipper Mitch Booth, who had been with the team since its first sail in Auckland, left the team in unexplained circumstances. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Images of IRC Champion Hooligan *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island Race Week , 2:02 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT
In yesterday's race around the islands, Marcus Blackmore's TP 52 Hooligan (formerly Emirates Team NZ) convincingly sealed victory as the Class A winner in the Audi IRC Australian Championships, taking her seventh division win of the week in this closing championship regatta of the 2011 series. ...

Tûranor PlanetSolar: Quiet Achiever *Feature By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 3:17 AM Wed 24 Aug 2011 GMT
Tûranor PlanetSolar looks very much like one of those educational toys you might buy for a brainy nephew. And with good reason. This boat is a classic example of form-follows-function. A flat top to provide maximum area for the array of solar cells; carbon fibre construction to keep weight to a minimum, an 11-ton array of lithium ion batteries; ultra-slippery wave piercing catamaran hulls ...

Kiwi junior sailors finish 1-2 in Japan *Feature By Stephen Wagstaff, Auckland , 5:23 PM Tue 23 Aug 2011 GMT
This year's team of NZ sailors has returned from the All Japan Junior Regatta, held at Gamagori, near Nagoya, Japan.After a practice day of about 15 knots, the regatta turned out to be light winds the whole time. The Kiwis won every race in the Sea Hoppers ...

Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Irish Sea , 7:09 PM Sun 21 Aug 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam. Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more. ...

2011 SSANZ B&G Simrad 60…. a Young 88 'Tail' *Feature By Rick Hackett, Auckland , 6:51 AM Sun 21 Aug 2011 GMT
As a little boy (and still today), I loved a story about Scuppers the Sailor Dog. Scuppers wanted to go to sea, and like myself he found a little boat with a sail, that had a hook for his coat, and a hook for his hat, and when it was dark he made his bed and went to sleep. Well he did, however I was on the harbour in this month’s Simrad 60, but still with that childhood dream. ...

Blackmore’s Hooligan clear ahead in Audi IRC Australian title tilt *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 6:43 AM Sun 21 Aug 2011 GMT
When Sydney sailor Marcus Blackmore set his sights on winning the 2011 Audi Australian IRC Championship, he commissioned weatherman Roger'Clouds' Badham to determine the wind speed his new TP52 Hooligan, the former Emirates Team New Zealand boat should be optimised for, with new bulb. ...

Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 9:32 PM Sun 14 Aug 2011 GMT
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start ...

Fisher's View: Cascais - A Box of Matches on the penultimate day *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 10:41 PM Sat 13 Aug 2011 GMT
It is a day when the amount of confusing material has been reduced to a minimum. We members of the media were addressed only by the ACRM supremo, Iain Murray, and with the 'big fella' there is no room for anything but straight talking, none of the confusion of marketing-speak. ...

Another aquaculture farm destined for the Hauraki Gulf *Feature By richard Brown, Auckland , 8:33 PM Fri 12 Aug 2011 GMT
The NZ Ministry of Fisheries has just released the findings and recommendations of an investigation carried out by a special panel into the proposed establishment of a 300 Hectare aquaculture project in the Hauraki Gulf, on the rhumb line between Auckland and Coromandel. ...

Extreme sailing Series: Live Race Viewer - Catch the action at Cowes *Feature By Sail-World, Cowes, Isle of Wight , 10:45 AM Fri 12 Aug 2011 GMT
Follow the racing LIVE at the Extreme Sailing series in Cowes, Isle of Wight using this live viewer Coverage is from Sunday to Tuesday (7, 8, 9 August), with the racing starting at 1415 British Summer Time (BST, 1 hour ahead of GMT) with 49er and windsurfing action ahead of the Extreme 40 racing starting at 1500 BST ...

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