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ISAF Match Race Rankings - 13 August 2014 By ISAF, , 3:16 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
There is no change at the top of either the Open or the Women's Rankings as Ian Williams (GBR) and Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) continue their winning ways and stay at world number one. Ian Williams (GBR) claimed his second Alpari World Match Racing Tour victory of the season in Sopot, Poland, defeating Mathieu Richard (FRA) in the final. ...

Vendée Globe - A look at the new IMOCAs being built By Vendee Globe, , 2:39 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Three new IMOCA monohulls are currently being built for the Vendee Globe and work is due to begin shortly on a fourth. Their skippers, Armel Le Cléac'h, Morgan Lagravière, Sébastien Josse and Jean-Pierre Dick are all aiming to make it to the podium, or even to win the next Vendée Globe. All four new boats are designed by VPLP-Verdier and are scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2015. ...

Round Britain and Ireland Race - Continuing to hammer on south By Trish Jenkins, , 1:58 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
From the beginning, Musandam-Oman Sail had three days and three hours to complete the course for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race to set a new world record. On day three of the race the trimaran's three hulls, sailed by three expats and three Omanis, are continuing to hammer on south. ...

Red Bull 49erFX: Postponements, podiums and perilous peaks By Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, , 11:43 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Red Bull 49erFX team of Molly Meech and Alex Maloney report on the Olympic Test Event at Rio. ‘Patience’ was the buzzword for our first competition in Rio. Only three days of racing out of the scheduled five meant some long days in the boat park and a lot of waiting. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 13 2014 - Aussie drifts By Collinson FX, , 11:02 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
August 13 2014: The KIWI remains supported by interest rate differentials trading 0.8450 while the AUD drifted back to 0.9260. ...

2014 Harken Youth Int'l Match Racing Championship - About to set off By Jenna Walters, Pittwater, Sydney , 10:21 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
2014 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship - The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club proudly announces the launch of the 2014 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta with its brand new event website. Over the week of the 19 – 23 of November, 12 teams will compete for the prestigious Rockin’ Robin Trophy. ...

New Plymouth Yacht Club celebrates 75 years By Wayne Holdt, New Plymouth , 10:02 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The New Plymouth Yacht Club is celebrating 75 years over Labour weekend. The club was established in 1939 and is the biggest yacht club on the West Coast of North Island The yacht club is still very strong with great numbers of junior sailors racing each Saturday morning ...

Open game in Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Byte CII Girls Fleet By ISAF, , 9:36 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Continental qualifiers in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, North America and the Caribbean and Oceania has ensured the best sailors, aged 15-16, from 30 nations have earned their right to be on the YOG start line. Racing on Lake Jinniu, light winds are predicted across the 11 race series from 18-23 August. ...

420 and 470 Junior European Championships 2014 - Preview By International 420 Class Association, , 8:03 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The two Junior European Championships are held alongside each other to support the natural transition between the 420 and 470, although the racing format and course areas are separate. A total of 332 sailors are competing, with teams from 25 nations contesting the 420 Junior Europeans and 470 Junior Europeans. ...

Volvo Team Vestas Wind skipper Nico says: 'We can win' - Part II *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 8:01 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Sail-World talks to four times Volvo Ocean race veteran, Chris Nicholson, the just confirmed skipper of Team Vestas Wind today. ‘We believe we can give this race a good shake. We will be a young team, a good mix of proven experience and new energy and enthusiasm. ...

Moth Class fun By Dani Rast, Switzerland , 7:39 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The art of succeeding in the Moth class is to be ahead of the game on equipment technology without giving away your secret to the entire fleet. This is not as easy at it sounds, since Moth sailors are so friendly in the boat park it is hard not to look closely at what the guy next to you is doing. Also the fact that you must be able to do research and development. ...

Volvo Ocean Race Team Vestas Wind skipper - One Design is key *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 7:05 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Chris Nicholson, (Nico) the Skipper of Team Vestas Wind is a four Volvo Ocean Race veteran, a two-time Australian Olympian with three 49er and three 505 sailing World Championships to his name. Nicholson was the skipper of the CAMPER TEAM, run by Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) which came second in the 2011-12 race. He was expected to be once more the skipper of the ETNZ team had they entered ...

Airlie Beach Race Week - Mixed fortunes on Day 4 as breeze stays in By Tracey Johnstone, Airlie Beach , 1:50 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The forecast for brisk winds and rain was close to being spot on. The wind pumped in across Pioneer Bay at the start of the IRC and Cruising divisions’ races as the first of several rain squalls hit the fleet and shook the sailors out of any post-Lay Day malaise. On Pioneer Bay the Performance and Multihull Racing divisions had their chance to race on short courses. ...

2014 Murrays Bay Sailing Club: Icebreaker Regatta. Sep 6th Lake Pupuke By David Gunn, Auckland , 12:12 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Its that time of year again. The 2014/15 season is about to start and the Murrays Bay Sailing Club Ice Breaker Regatta is the event that starts it all off. Come along to this famous event. September 6th at Lake Pupuke. ...

SSANZ Safety at Sea Series NZ Spars & Rigging 60 - Y88 Race Report By Mike Leyland, Auckland , 12:11 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Last Saturday's race was an example of two handed one design racing at its best. Great weather, excellent fleet of twelve Young 88s, tactical course, difficult sail choices, lead changes and close competition all the way through the fleet. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Danish entry confirmed as Team Vestas Wind By Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Copenhagen , 11:48 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - The world's largest wind turbine builder Vestas has just been announced as the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with the second ever Danish-sponsored boat Vestas Wind. ...

IFDS Worlds to take place at RNSYS in Halifax By Kathy Large, , 7:16 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Sailors from 24 countries will be racing in Halifax harbour all next week for a chance to win a world championship in the 'High Liner Foods IFDS Worlds 2014' at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Check-in and measurement starts on Friday, Aug. 15th. Opening ceremonies take place on Monday, Aug. 18th at 1800 hrs. at the Squadron. ...

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Records set to fall By Trish Jenkins, , 5:35 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
In the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Musandam-Oman Sail reached Out Stack, the rock north of Muckle Flugga and the most northerly part of the course, just before 1500 BST 12th August. The MOD 70, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has about 46 hours to complete the remaining 1098 miles to set a new world record. ...

Round Britain and Ireland Race: Life gets complicated onboard Dongfeng By Amy Monkman, , 5:24 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Life is getting complicated onboard Dongfeng in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Today we broke a sail, our entire comms system went down, we were in third place and dropped to fourth. We have decided that life onboard is not always easy. In fact, it is really quite complicated. ...

Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Female Techno 293 sailors all set By ISAF, , 4:27 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
A fleet of 21 female Techno 293 sailors will fly their flag at the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China from 16-28 August. Following a continental qualification period spanning from July 2013 to April 2014 the hard work has been done to get to an event that no sailor has yet to experience. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 12 2014 - NZ Credit Card dead By Collinson FX, , 3:53 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
August 12 2014:NZ Credit Card spending was dead, which is a further reflection of the impact Monetary Policy is having on the economy. The KIWI remains supported by interest rate differentials trading 0.8450 while the AUD drifted back to 0.9260. ...

Round Britain and Ireland Race - Musandam-Oman Sail beating the record By Oman Sail, , 1:07 PM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
It came as a pleasant surprise to skipper Sidney Gavignet to hear that he and his crew on Musandam-Oman Sail were beating the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland course record by two hours after a supersonic first night at sea. ...

Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Record pace at Muckle Flugga By RORC Event Press, , 11:50 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
The MOD 70, skippered by Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, is two hours inside the course record set by Banque Populaire 5 in 2011 of 3 days 3 hours, 49 minutes, 14 seconds. Sidney Gavignet contacted the RORC Media team at 1000 this morning, just 100 miles from the top of the course, having raced approx. 600 miles in 24 hours. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson in race against time with latest entry *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:36 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
'It doesn't take very long to explain the timeline we are on with this campaign,' says Chris Nicholson skipper of the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'That's because there's very little time between now and the race start!' ...

Vestas Wind Systems completes Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 line-up By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:48 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Six-time world champion Chris Nicholson, who will be contesting his fifth race, will skipper the boat and work is already well underway to ready the Danish company’s team for the race start in October. 'It’s an honour to be skipper of Team Vestas Wind. They have unmatched expertise in harnessing the power of wind and together we can use our knowledge to take on this challenge,' said Nicholson ...

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