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America's Cup: Artemis likes what they see in Bermuda By America's Cup Media, , 11:56 AM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
Artemis Racing team manager Iain Percy says he’s very excited about the prospect of racing in Bermuda, which he is calling a tricky venue that will demand the best from the sailors. 'I’m really excited about Bermuda,' he says. 'You’ve always had the old adage in the America’s Cup that the fastest boat wins, but this is a tricky venue. We’ll all have to wake up. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Will Oxley on the Race so far - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:51 AM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
The stopover in Sanya at the end of Leg 3 was a chance for Team Alvimedica navigator, Will Oxley to reflect on the leg just sailed, and the Volvo Ocean Race so far. 'Long periods of quite boring sailing interspersed with some quite important tactical periods where it became quite interesting,' is how Oxley, now on his third Volvo Ocean Race, describes the Leg. ...

Team Vestas Wind: Setting up base in the Alps By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, , 8:41 AM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
Blog from Bergamo: Aimee now has the responsibility of organising accommodation for everyone that will live here for the next four months. Not only does she do this but also manages to somehow book our flights, transfers, get us into a gym…(I’m not going to say I like that idea of that, Trae will be here soon to undo the damage I did during Christmas. Stay tuned for that saga to develop). ...

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Will a new record be set? By, , 3:39 AM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
Since the first regatta in 1938, the quality of competition at the J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been so strong that there have been only eleven multiple championship-winning skippers in the event’s 75 year history. U.S. champion Howie Hamlin is looking to regain JJ Giltinan title he won in 2002 and 2003 and will contest 2015 regatta with new rigs specially developed for the challenge ...

Team Jolly: That’s One Way to Start the New Year - Aleh + Powrie By isaf media, Miami , 10:31 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Team Jolly - 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists and Rolex Sailors of the Year, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie report on their latest regatta - the 2015 ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami: Its been a busy start to 2015, by the end of January we have already been to Miami and back, competed in and subsequently won the first World Cup event of this year.. ...

Advanced Sea Survival Course in Wellington By Matt Wood, Wellington , 10:23 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Wellington Ocean Sports will be running an Advanced Sea Survival Course over the weekend of Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March 2015. Advanced Sea Survival is a comprehensive theoretical and practical course required by crew competing in Category 1 offshore races. ...

Extreme Sailing Series Singapore: The Wave scores three wins on Day 1 By NZL, , 8:59 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Top British multihull sailor, Leigh McMillan, got off to an excellent start on Day 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series, Singapore. Sailing The Wave Muscat, the team representing Oman won three of the eight races sailed to finish the day just where they wanted: in pole position. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Bird's eye view for Miss World By Volvo Ocean race, , 8:15 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Miss World Rolene Strauss is used to being the focus of the photographer’s lens but on Thursday she turned the camera on herself to capture the most amazing ‘selfie’ (see below) up the 100ft (30.3 metres) mast of a Volvo Ocean Race boat. The challenge to shimmy up the mast turns many a strong guy into jelly, but the 22-year-old from Volkrust, South Africa, didn’t need asking twice when Race lea ...

Barcelona World Race - Indian Ocean tests skippers’ endurance By Barcelona World Race Media, , 5:03 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Barcelona World Race - To sail 15,000 miles around the Southern Ocean is a marathon achievement, and five weeks after they set off, the seven teams in the Barcelona World Race are acutely aware of the fact that they are not yet halfway. After the survival conditions of the low pressure system which threatened the leaders ...

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview + Video By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 4:27 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
For the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the season finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, twelve of the world’s top match racing teams are readying themselves for competition. Now in its 10th year, and with the event being staged in Johor in the south of Malaysia for the first time, the new venue could shake up the pecking order ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Feb 5 - KIWI moves higher and stronger By Collinson FX, , 1:52 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Feb 5, 2015: The AUDUSD traded 0.7750, while the KIWI pushed to 0.7360, looking much stronger and still insulated by healthy interest rate differentials. Central Bank activity remains the major driver of markets and remain loose to combat weak economic data. ...

ISAF recruiting for Chief Executive Officer By, , 1:42 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
ISAF are now recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer, who will replace Jerome Pels who resigned last October after 17 years with ISAF, the last six of those as CEO. We note the long list of criteria for the potential office holder, the very last of which is.... Can you guess? ...

Hardy Cup Final - East over West win By Peter Campbell, , 1:39 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Just a couple of metres in the fifth and final race today decided the 2015 winner of the prestigious Hardy Cup on Sydney Harbour, a cross-nation duel between two of Australia’s outstanding young match racing skippers and their crews. ...

Hardy Cup Day 3 - Three-way tie going into semi-finals By Peter Campbell, , 12:49 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron race officers today had to use a countback of wins to decide the order going into tomorrow’s finals of the Hardy Cup match racing regatta after three skippers and their crews ended with 15 wins each after the two round robins. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Donfeng skipper tries to explain 'French factor' By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:21 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race skipper of Dongfeng Race Team Charles Caudrelier (FRA) has been trying to explain the ‘French factor’ that has helped put his crew top of the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard after three legs – and it seems to come down to pure passion. ...

America's Cup: Mitchell fires new salvo at ISAF Jury Officials By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 2:59 AM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Matthew Mitchell, previously a member of Oracle Team USA, has issued a media release advising that he has filed complaints of Gross Misconduct against all five Americas Cup jury members with the sport's International governing body (ISAF). This action follows on from his recent claims about the actions of another team member Simeon Tienpont, now with Challenger Luna Rossa. ...

Barcelona World Race - Leaders closing on Australia By Barcelona World Race, , 1:42 AM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Barcelona World Race - While one low pressure leaves the track, another makes its presence felt. After an intense two days in the face of a south-moving depression formed from two tropical cyclones, the leading boats in the Barcelona World Race were today regrouping and resetting themselves back into race mode. For Neutrogena in second-place, the tropical storm was a threat but also an opportunity ...

ISAF statement on removal of Sailing as a Paralympic sport By NZL, , 8:20 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
The ISAF Disabled Sailing Committee (IFDS) is profoundly disappointed by the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude sailing from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. IFDS responded in a timely and comprehensive manner to queries from IPC, with details of sailors that participate regularly in international regattas or national championships, on Paralympic boats. ...

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA to conduct final foiling session in USA By NZL, , 7:57 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
The defending America’s Cup champion, Oracle Team USA, is scheduled to be training on its new AC45 foiling catamaran this month in San Francisco. In addition to getting the sailors up to speed, the new foiling AC45 will allow the team to test design configurations. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Feb 4 - Oil price jumps on Greek deal By Collinson FX, , 1:40 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
Feb 4, 2015: News of a Greek proposal to swap its debt into growth-linked bonds began to leak yesterday morning in our session. The EUR was a big winner from this and US data disappointment, briefly regaining 1.1500. Commodities booked gains across the board in overnight trading, with Oil prices booking the biggest single day gains in over 6 months to regain $50 a barrel. ...

The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - Mark Chisnell Previews Leg 4 By Mark Chisnell, Hamble , 11:29 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
Top Volvo Ocean Race correspondent, navigator and sailing analyst, Mark Chisnell writes a regular report for B&G on the current race and trends he sees developing. This week he previews Leg 4, which runs from Sanya at the southern tip of China to Auckland, New Zealand. So we are back to racing north to south – just like Leg 1 – and we will be back to crossing distinctly different climates. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ backer in line for NZer of the Year By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 11:25 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
One of the long-time backers of Emirates Team NZ, Sir Stephen Tindall has dedicated himself to reducing the gap between New Zealand’s 'haves' and 'have-nots'. In his school days he was a top swimmer and sportsman at North Shore's Takapuna Grammar, and was Head Prefect at Sir Peter Blake's old school. ...

Etchells Post Christmas Series: Gair just heads off Wills in Round 2 By Etchells NZ media, , 10:04 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
Following the windless abandonment of Flight 1 last week, Flight 2 marked the true opening of the Etchells Post-Christmas Series - and what an opener. A warm, brisk westerly breeze allowed RO Warwick Gair to set a long course on Auckland's inner Waitemata Harbour and the fleet to stretch its legs after a long Christmas break. ...

Hardy Cup - Sam Gilmour heads leader board By Peter Campbell, , 6:34 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
After day two of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Hardy Cup Perth yachtsman Sam Gilmour heads the leader board with 12 wins out of 13 races in the ISAF Grade 3 Under 25 match racing regatta on Sydney Harbour. ...

Kiwis superb in Miami...Rainbow II launched ...Walking the Slackwire 12:05 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
The NZL Sailing Team had an excellent regatta at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami. This is not normally a regatta at which the New Zealand teams compete due to its proximity to Sail Auckland, and the fact that it requires time out of a Kiwi summer season - and some quality training time. ...

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