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Paper Tigers busy this weekend *Feature By Rowdy Leatham, Wellington , 6:32 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
It is a busy weekend for Paper Tiger sailing in New Zealand this weekend, with regattas being hosted in both the North and South Island simultaneously. With over 40 boats expected to be competing across the two locations, competition will be fierce with the regattas being a good prelude to the Nationals taking place in New Plymouth at New Year. ...
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 3:14 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America’s Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board. ...
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 4:22 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
'It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators. ...
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America's Cup World Series: Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video *Feature By ACM, 4:06 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego ...
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Volvo Legends: Great Britain II - Her builder's story *Feature By Derek Kelsall, 10:42 AM Sat 12 Nov 2011 GMT
The ketch rigged Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race which started in September 1973. Derek Kelsall was the builder of the 78ft maxi designed by Alan Gurney and skippered by Chay Blyth writes to give his perspective of how the foam sandwich ketch was constructed. She went on to compete in five round the world races: ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Riddle of the Routes + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:52 PM Fri 11 Nov 2011 GMT
Less than a week into the Volvo Ocean Race, the classic is proving to be what everyone expected and more. Yes, there was the first night shenanigans, which have too often marred the start of Round the World races of various types out of the Med and Europe. While those incidents took some of the edge off the competition, the race on the water is proving to be what many expected. ...
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North Sails run Coaching Clinic for Young 88 class - Video *Feature By Gonzalo Tome for Argentina Marine Media, 11:30 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
North Sails Auckland loft recently organised a coaching clinic for the Young 88 class. The clinic was run by Head Coach: Andrew Wills assisted by Coaches: Josh Tucker, Jim Maloney, Miles Addy and Hadleigh Pendergast. Here's a video of the day in New Zealand's most popular one design keelboat class. ...
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Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Sail-World, 9:14 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Groupama’s decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west ...
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RQYS - Regatta and Sailing Manager position available *Feature By RQYS media, 4:36 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Queensland’s leading yacht club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Australia, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to fill the fulltime role of Regatta and Sailing Manager. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi hold media conference in Alicante *Feature By Sail-World, 10:58 AM Sun 6 Nov 2011 GMT
Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi, the Volvo 70 dismasted in the the opening hours of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has just appeared in a media conference in Alicante to update on their situation with their broken spar, which is in three pieces. ...
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America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:10 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland,NZ , 4:45 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour. The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing. ...
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:39 AM Wed 2 Nov 2011 GMT
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement. ...
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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 12:46 AM Mon 31 Oct 2011 GMT
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers’ says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews. ...
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Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:46 AM Sun 30 Oct 2011 GMT
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after a vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. ...
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US SAILING Inquiry into CYC Race to Mackinac capsize and fatalities *Feature By C. Hawley, J. Rousmaniere, R. Naranjo & S.McCurdy, 8:57 PM Sat 29 Oct 2011 GMT
The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac experienced two tragic deaths and now an inquiry into the fatalities has been released. The inquiry was conducted by a review panel which was appointed by US Sailing on July 28, 2011. Sailing is a remarkably safe sport in large part because of the caring of its close-knit community. ...
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Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben? *Feature By Rob Kothe, 11:35 PM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne ...
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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:14 AM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence ...
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 12:56 AM Wed 26 Oct 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...
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McConaghy's MC38 on the water - a cause for further excitement *Feature By John Curnow, 5:21 AM Tue 25 Oct 2011 GMT
Around 10 months ago, we had some serious cause for excitement when the MC38 from McConaghy went from drawings to moulds. At the time, we thought that the boat would do to one design keelboat racing what the Mach 2 had done to foiling Moths. ...
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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:00 PM Sun 23 Oct 2011 GMT
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain. ...
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Tony Bouzaid: Images from a rich Sailing Life *Feature By Bouzaid Family Collection, 10:40 PM Fri 21 Oct 2011 GMT
Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland last weekend. His service will be held on Tuesday in Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Here courtesy of the Bouzaid family we present some images from Tony's sailing life ...
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Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America’s Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:24 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
As a youngster growing up on Australia’s east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America’s Cup scene. ...
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale! *Feature By Marine Business-World.com, 6:36 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011 ...
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:01 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team. ...
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