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Star Sailors League: Rookie gives top Stars a nudge on Day 1 in Nassau By Star Sailors League, Nassau, Bahamas , 1:21 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
It was a perfect first day for the second Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau with sun and wind in abundance. The racing had it all, including a lots of jostling around the marks, collisions, penalties and, most importantly, neck-and-neck finishes with surprise winners. ...

Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ...

Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: ‘Ship-wrecks’ tell of escape from mid-ocean reef By, , 9:40 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race’s ship-wrecked nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew finally made it back to civilisation on Wednesday, telling of their amazing escape from a collision with an Indian Ocean reef which grounded their boat. The unshaven, exhausted team in the global ocean race were holed up, incommunicado, for three days in the remote archipelago after their boat ran into the reef on Saturday afternoo ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 3 – A damn good grilling By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:47 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
When the sky is blue and the breeze is in, it is very easy to forget how hot it really is. Turn off the fan, and you remember very quickly. Once again everyone was on station for starts at 0900h, and once again there was no ‘f’ in wind – well, certainly not in the edition of the OED that I consulted. (Yes of course I have a 13-volume dictionary with me at all times). ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 70th edition of international classic By, , 3:20 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 marks the 70th edition of the race, a fitting occasion to pay tribute to an event that is an international yachting icon. Inspired by Corinthian origins, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was first held in 1945 and has run every year since. Its appeal was immediate, its popularity and reputation grew rapidly. ...

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2014 to recommence battle on Thursday 4th By Media Center, Phuket , 12:28 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Very little early wind today brought most of the classes to a momentary rest, with racing action to resume tomorrow. Thursday is traditionally reserved as a ‘reserve day’ to accommodate days of very light weather such as this, and will be used tomorrow as a full racing day. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 3 - KIWI back a 'big figure' By Collinson FX, , 11:01 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
December 3, 2014: This did little to counter the commodity demand story unfolding and hitting the domestic economy. NZ Commodities contracted 1.6% and pushed the KIWI back a 'big figure' to trade below 0.7800. Prospects of global demand flagging is hitting commodities hard and the associated currencies are acting accordingly. The NZD currently traders 0.6280 and 0.4970 against the EUR and GBP. ...

Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...

Sydney Hobart - In memory of Gary Ticehurst By Andrea Francolini, , 2:36 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
A moment away from all the hype of the Hobart race to remember a true professional and gentleman in the industry. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas crew leave the Island of Woe By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:43 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind crew are finally on their way back to civilisation after two days sitting on a remote ‘sand pit’ in the Indian Ocean, where there was a risk of shark encounters. The Volvo Ocean Race team dramatically grounded their boat after ploughing into a reef on St Brandon archipelago on Saturday at 19 knots and were forced to abandon it in the early hours of the following day ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas looking at options to re-join race + Video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:21 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Now that the sailors are safe and on their way to the Mauritius Island, Vestas and the race organisers are evaluating if Team Vestas Wind’s boat can be repaired. Team Shore Support manager Neil Cox, discusses the situation on video ...

Registrations open for 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships By Worser Bay Boating Club, Wellington , 8:38 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The Worser Bay Boating Club, in association with the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy Association and Toyota New Zealand, is proud to announce that the 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships will take place in Wellington from Thursday second to Tuesday 7th April 2015. ...

America's Cup: Dalton coy on 'Major Event' for New Zealand *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:26 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, speaking from Auckland, said the team had known for a while that the match would be held in Bermuda and that the announcement 'was not a bombshell' for the team. He added they would have preferred the US mainland venue of San Diego. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda home for 35th America's Cup By America's Cup Media, , 5:59 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The next America’s Cup will be raced in Bermuda in June of 2017. The host venue was confirmed at a press conference in New York on Tuesday by Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup. Michael Dunkley, the Premier of Bermuda, said hosting the America’s Cup would showcase the island’s strengths. ...

America's Cup: Team NZ says Bermuda venue 'not a setback' for team By, , 5:41 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
In a statement issued immediately after the Media Conference held in Manhattan, New York, Emirates Team New Zealand said that Bermuda, selected as the venue for the 35th America’s Cup match, has the capacity, the experience and the will to run a successful event in 2017. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda announced as Venue + Video replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 4:27 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
America's Cup Commissioner Dr Harvey Schiller has announced that the next America's Cup will be staged in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The announcement confirms leaked information as to the Match Venue, and will be the first time that America's Cup has been Defended by US outside US waters ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 2 – great sunbathing weather, then breeze By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:00 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Everyone ready to go at 0900h, but very much a case of 'hurry up and wait'. Glass calm all around, and limp APs on both committee boats. The cruising and charter boats on Course Bravo amused themselves with a bit of sunbathing, some swimming, and even lining up to have their photo taken. And we waited. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 2 - Unpromising start to week By Collinson FX, , 12:44 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
December 2, 2014: Chinese data did not assist the commodity currencies with the AUDUSD trading around 0.8500, while the KIWI is again testing 0.7900, on the upside. A deluge of economic data peppers markets all week and the start has not been promising! The NZD Currently trades 0.6315 and 0.5001 against the EUR and GBP ...

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 30 show By Sail-World, , 11:12 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 32nd recorded in Perth - The Wild West The line up: Sailing News is Sixty Seconds-ish; Andrea Francolini, renowned marine photographer; Andrew York, VX One and T-Shirt Etiquette; John Bacon, owner of Dark Star MC38 ; Klaus Lorenz, member of Envy Scooters M32 ...

Comanche arrives in Sydney ahead of Sydney-Hobart supermaxi battle *Feature By Bridgid Murphy, , 10:53 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche, one of five eye-catching 100-foot super maxis competing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, has now arrived in Sydney to begin final preparations to take the start line on December 26th. Arriving on a container ship from the USA, the boat will be prepared for competition with the initial goal of racing in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge in Sydney Harbour on December 9th. ...

First shots of supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI side by side *Feature By Andrew Richardson, Woolwich , 9:02 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Some of the first 'Side By Side' shots of the supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche have been posted to YouTube Jim Clark's hot new 100 ft Comanche has travelled from Newport RI - to line up against a recent set of contenders including Syd Fisher Ragamuffin for a Sydney to Hobart showdown. ...

Sail Sydney opening day explodes with with a bevy of A-Listers By Lisa Ratcliff, , 8:51 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail Sydney 2014 - Finn champion Jake Lilley slept on the plane from Abu Dhabi and the ISAF World Cup Final to arrive in Sydney early this morning. As he rigged up at Woollahra Sailing Club he admitted, 'Normally I have performance objectives before going racing, today my objective is to stay awake.' ...

Ocean Gallery finds a new home in Downtown Auckland *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:44 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
After over eight years New Zealand’s only specialist marine art and photography gallery finally closed its doors last month to make way for yet another bar in the Viaduct, Auckland's marine heart. Well known marine photographer Will Calver who set up this small iconic place said, 'It was simply a money thing and bars can offer better returns than a family run specialist marine gallery' . ...

Barcelona World Race: 30 days to start, 11 days to opening of quayside By Daniel Ferrando, , 7:43 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: The double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops will set off from the Catalan capital on the 31st of December at 13:00 (GMT+1). Now into the month of December, the teams taking part in this third edition of the competition are working hard on their final preparations ahead of the regatta start. ...

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