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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2014 - Cool Melbourne day for Olympic fleets By Lisa Ratcliff ISAF Sailing World Cup – Event Media, , 9:19 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Southerly winds 8-10 knots built late in the day to 16 knots, a more true local summer sea breeze. Port Phillip is so vast and empty midweek the fleets are well separated. Plenty of room to swing a cat as the saying goes. Other than the on-water race officials’ and coaches vessels there are no other power boats and equally no wash interfering with the fleets. ...

Phuket King's Cup 2014 photo gallery online now By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 9:13 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Lights! Camera! Action! (Well, camera and action at least). There’s now a gallery of Phuket King’s Cup 2014 images displaying on Guy Nowell’s website More images will be added soon, but here’s the opener for the benefit of those who are asking already. You can browse and order online – just click the thumbnails to open them up, and you’ll find an icon that takes you straight to a ...

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 7 show *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:59 AM Tue 9 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 33rd. Sailing news in sixty seconds-ish (2:46). Sail Sydney: Josh McKnight (Moth, 9:43), Tom Spithill (Moth, 12:45), Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (FX, 15:24) Tom Burton (Laser, 23:20) James Wierzbowski (Extreme 40's, 32:08) and much more ...

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2014 - This is my reservation By Jim Gale RSHYR media, , 8:58 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2014: Wild Oats XI sliced across the finish line beside Fort Denison 1 minute 22 seconds ahead of Comanche for yet another line honours victory in the annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, having led the fleet for much of the race. Fellow Sydneysider Matt Allen steered his 60 foot Ichi Ban fifth across the line, behind Black Jack and Perpetual. ...

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2014 – Images by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini, , 8:45 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Top international photographer, Andrea Francolini, was on the water for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday. The event is viewed by many as a preview for the Rolex Sydney Hobart start in just over two weeks time. This event was the first hit-out between the Sydney-Hobart record holder, Wild Oats XI and the new US supermaxi, Comanche. Here's how Andrea captured the action. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two – Pole position Team Brunel By Team Brunel, , 7:25 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two: Our distance from the Chinese boat has been the subject of various bets for a few days now. It began with someone saying 'I’ll bet a roll of biscuits that we extend our lead by more than half a mile in the next two hours'. After that, the liquorice, Fruitellas and the chocolate mousse were also sacrificed and vanished from the snack box.' ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Day 2 By Lisa Ratcliff, , 3:43 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - South to sou’westerly winds 10-15 knots locally reaching up to 20 knots this afternoon means some thrilling action is on the cards later in the day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. ...

Moth Worlds – They go up tiddly up, up… *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:39 AM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
They go down tiddly down, down. Yes. It’s all about those magnificent men in their flying machines. Now very quickly, we’ll add that women sail Moths too, but then that doesn’t fit the original song’s lyrics nearly as well, and as the bulk of the fleet is male, we’ll just ask for some poetic licence up front. OK? P.S. Those opening lines of the song were actually written by a woman… ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 9 - Oil price tanks By Collinson FX, , 10:06 PM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
December 9, 2014: Oil and energy prices dominated the headlines as Oil continues to spiral lower toward the US$60 mark. The extended high prices have encouraged global production, from various new sources, increasing global demand geographically. OPEC has decided to hold production levels to force the prices lower and squeeze alternative producers out of the market. ...

Opening day the perfect ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Entrée By Lisa Ratcliff, , 9:23 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: The working week began as it usually does for Melbourne’s greater population, with trains, trams and slow moving traffic shifting workers and school kids about the city. On the bay, Sailing World Cup organisers Yachting Victoria calmly completed the run sheet for a reduced first day program. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: 'I saw jagged rocks and breaking waves' - Nicholson *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:07 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The Team Vestas Wind crew and Volvo Ocean Race management have just completed a media conference call in Abu Dhabi. Skipper Chris Nicholson opened by outlining what happened in the 48 hour period prior to the grounding off Team Vestas Wind's on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Now includes video of the media conference. ...

2015 ORC Designer Vpp Now available for download By ORC Media, , 8:41 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The ORC VPP (Velocity Prediction Program) is the core of the ORC International and ORC Club Rating Systems, and is available now for download at ORC website. The DVP software is accompanied by the ORC Manager program that includes an IMS Editor program for entering and editing measurement data as well as an Offset Toolbox for editing hull offset files. ...

Solas Big Boat Challenge: Will Wild Oats XI score eighth line honours By Rob Mundle, , 7:44 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
Solas Big Boat Challenge: The race is billed as a scene-setter for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, which starts on Boxing Day. But, while everyone accepts that the outcome will not be a true indication on form for the classic, there will be some benefit associated with being first across the line. ...

2015 ISAF Youth Worlds Notice of Race released By ISAF, , 7:15 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The ISAF Youth Worlds has seen a whole host of star studded names compete and take honours across its 44 year history. Over 300 of the world’s top youth sailors are expected to compete in Langkawi in a bid to add their name to the star studded list that includes Olympic and America’s Cup stars such as Russell Coutts (NZL), Alessandra Sensini (ITA) and Ben Ainslie (GBR). ...

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne comes of age By ISAF, , 5:37 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Commodore of Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) Kate Mitchell declared the 21st ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne officially open when she surprised competitors and officials gathered at this morning’s briefing by firing the tiny gold canon with the very loud blast. ...

2015 Tasar World Championship - Benefits with the Tasar class By Chris Payne, , 5:25 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the many benefits with the Tasar class is that it has regular World Championships scheduled in interesting and exotic locations around the world. This year the World Championship is being sailed in Busselton, Western Australia, with a fleet of over 120 Tasars. ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Carroll wins second consecutive title By Melges 32, , 4:43 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
For the first time in the history of the Melges 32 class, there is a back-to-back Melges 32 World Champion. After a few up and down finishes early the event and some Houdini-esque comebacks late in the event, Jason Carroll on Argo with tactician Cameron Appleton, and crew comprised of Anthony Kouton, Scott Norris, Weston Barlow, Graham Landy, Phillip Wehrheim and Mike Kuschner ...

Solas Big Boat Challenge to celebrate 21st with a bang By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 4:08 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
The world will get their first look at Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s new super maxi Comanche in race mode tomorrow, when the 21st Solas Big Challenge starts on Sydney on Sydney Harbour at 12.30pm, in a prelude to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. ...

2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Images by Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 3:43 AM Mon 8 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ...

Ocean Photography: Images from the Sir Peter Blake Regatta *Feature By Sail-World, , 11:58 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Well known marine photographer Will Calver of Ocean Photography was on the water at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta, today and provided this gallery of images of what is claimed to be the largest small boat regatta in the world. Ocean Photography has now moved to to new premises in the National Maritime Museum, ...

Images of Sydney Harbour: Comanche out for a pre-Hobart training run *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:56 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, caught these images of the new supermaxi on Sydney harbour, today, as he waited for the 18ft skiffs to start for the day. Comanche is owned by Jim and Kirsty Clark. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) and Guillame Verdier, without regard for a rating rule, she is expected to become the world's fastest supermaxi. ...

18ft Skiffs: Club Championship: Bizzare racing in Yandoo Trophy By Frank Quealey, , 9:39 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Race 4: Records will show that Mojo Wine defeated Coopers 62-Rag and Famish (Hugh Stodart, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) by 19s with Smeg (David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark) a further 1m6s back in third place. What the official result and margins won’t show is that it was one of the most bizarre races for many years. ...

Etchells Evening Series: Three tight races around old Olympic course By Etchells NZ, , 8:28 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Despite a late start - due to technical issues with the crane - the fine weather allowed for three very close races across a fast ebbing tide. With the offset mark drifting rapidly down-tide, The Etchells sailed a démodé triangular course (on some legs although not others - just like the old days) and the combination of tide and the shortness and unpredictability of the course made up for some ...

Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...

Melges 32 World Championship: Carroll hangs on to overall lead + Video By Melges 32, , 6:38 AM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship - With the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship trophy up for grabs amongst ten teams heading into Day Five, three races were held under idyllic Miami Beach conditions with nine - fourteen kts of shifty breeze. PRO Anderson Reggio supplied shorter course lengths that gave way to some exciting mark roundings, each race not being decided until the final few meters. ...

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