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Volvo Ocean Race: Leader close to Fernando - new record in the offing? *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:29 AM Sat 25 Oct 2014 GMT
With less than a day left to reach the turning mark at Fernando de Nonoha, 220nm off the coast of Brazil, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has retained the lead she built in the Doldrums. She is unlikely to be headed, although the second boat on the water, Team Brunel is projected to be less than an hour behind at Fernando ...
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PIC Coastal Classic: On board video from TeamVodafoneSailing and Caro By ARG Marine Media, , 1:59 AM Sat 25 Oct 2014 GMT
Join the crew of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing as they slash 20 minutes off their previous record for the PIC Coastal Classic on Friday. The Coastal Classic is a 119nm course from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Originally conceived as a drag race between multihulls and monohulls ...
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Williams through to qualifier round undefeated By Talbot Wilson, , 9:44 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats. The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson. ...
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La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Wind continues to take a break By Chris Yates, , 9:05 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
The seventh day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the light winds continue, despite a promising forecast for today. In the late afternoon a few of the sailors took part in a tow-in training session as there is scope to run a tow-in contest tomorrow, with the forecast looking glassy. ...
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Tour Card holders crash out + Video By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 8:27 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders pass Fernando and head for Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:04 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race Control reports that the lead boats in the 40,000nm race have rounded, or rather passed, the turning point off Fernando de Noronha. They are now proceeding down the Brazilian coast, to round the back of the South Atlantic high pressure zone , and have what is expected to be a fast ride to the Leg 1 finish in Cape Town. ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Keeping a good watch By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 3:00 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea. ...
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Shakeup on day 3 + Video By RS:X Class, , 2:12 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 24, 2014 - Braked too soon By Collinson FX, , 1:50 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
October 24, 2014: Cost of living is on the rise so this inflation number is a sad reflection of the impact of the RBNZ monetary policy. The brakes were put on too soon and too hard! The KIWI is under attack from their Central Bank but interest rate differentials remain supportive. The NZD held 0.7820, while the AUD/USD traded 0.8750 ...
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China Cup International Regatta - Old rivalries renewed on day 1 By Andy Rice, SailingIntelligence.com, , 1:34 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
The opening day of the 105-boat China Cup International Regatta saw old rivalries renewed in the Beneteau 40.7 class, as Vatti Sailing stole victory from Vanke Longcheer in the opening Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. ...
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NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: A brief Worlds Report from Argentina By John Jennings, , 12:35 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
John Jennings reports from the 2014 Optimist Worlds, in Argentina for the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team: Barely any breeze to greet the sailors down at CNSI. No AP flag but the sailors were all held ashore. Kerensa certainly didn’t look a picture of health and the medical staff actually suggested she not race but even Kerensa wasn’t having that let alone dad’s opinion o the subject. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: The week ahead on Leg 1 - Team Alvimedica By Sail-World, , 12:18 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: A 17 time Equator veteran describes the ceremony By Stu Bannatyne, Team Alvimedica, , 11:32 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude. ...
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Tauranga Boat Expo - Lancer and Sea Blade attend for the first time By Kristen Hild, Auckland , 10:25 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
The Tauranga Boat Expo has proven a popular attraction for marine enthusiasts outside the main centres. This year, Lancer has chosen to join the show as part of their tour introducing the market to Sea Blade as well as their other exciting products. ...
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Safer Boating Week: New Auckland Council Navigation come into effect By Isla McKechnie, Auckland , 10:04 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Safer Boating Week ended Friday, but with the start of Labour weekend here, there’s no better time to check your boat is safe and prepared to get out on the water over summer. Coinciding with Labour Weekend, new Auckland Council Navigation bylaws also come into effect from Saturday. ...
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Argo Group Gold Cup – AWMRT - Canfield and Williams shine in Bermuda By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 9:55 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it. ...
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RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup Day 1 - Strong performances and jitters By Laurie Fullerton, , 8:54 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today. ...
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Groupama Race 2014: The winner on handicap is 'Mange Mieux Bouge Plus' By Groupama Race, , 7:50 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
'Mange Mieux Bouge Plus' and her crew (one of whom was the only woman in the race - Lauren Hautier) have won again! Handicap winner in 2012, they have played a repeat performance to win the 2014 Groupama Race. Such a worthy result is a just reward for a crew who got the best performance out of their yacht, in relation to its characteristics (measurements, type of sails, age, displacement, etc.). ...
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PIC Coastal Classic: More images from the start *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 2:51 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Second image gallery from the start of the 2014 PIC Coastal Classic ...
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PIC Coastal Classic: TeamVodafoneSailing smashes course record *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 2:13 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic. ...
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PIC Coastal Classic: Images from the start *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:43 AM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
Image gallery from the start of the 2014 PIC Coastal Classic ...
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Canfield and Williams first into Quarter Finals By Talbot Wilson, , 9:08 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. ...
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La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waiting game continues on day 6 By Chris Yates, , 8:07 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing first to exit the Doldrums By Jonno Turner, , 6:10 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Luna Sea 100th entry for 628 nautical mile race By Di Pearson, RSHYR media, , 4:05 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race. ...
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