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OKs finish in the middle of a high! By Alex McKinnon, , 11:54 PM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
Alex McKinnon was the official photographer for the 2014 International OK Dinghy World Championships. Run out of the delightful Black Rock Yacht Club on the shores of Melbourne's Port Phillip, the fleet endured many hours on the beach due to high winds, significant moguls and then the complete opposite! ...

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - 'Three musketeers' By Barcelona World Race Media, , 3:40 PM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: If during the pre-start hours in Barcelona there were fears that one Barcelona World Race duo might conjure up a breakaway in the opening days, so far such worries remain unfounded. Among the 'three musketeers' who are making the pace - albeit at speeds of a Sunday promenade today - there is still very little to choose between them. ...

Australian 420 Nationals: Kiwis just out of top ten By Angus Haslett, , 12:05 PM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
Racing for the final day was a 10.00am scheduled start and from our experience over the past week we were a little dubious that the breeze would be in by then. None the less when the boats headed out there was a steady 6-7 knot offshore breeze and a start looked hopeful, but as it has done over the week the land breeze dies off and the sea breeze then takes over, so a few course changes and a litt ...

OK Worlds: Matt Stechmann wins World OK's after classic Black Rock day By Robert Deaves, , 11:31 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
After a week of uncooperative weather at Black Rock, Australia, the OK Dinghy World Championship wrapped up in perfect Port Phillip conditions. Matt Stechmann (NZL) did just enough to take the title by one point from Luke O'Connell (NZL), who won a three way points tie with defending champion, Roger Blasse (AUS), who took third overall, and Greg Wilcox (NZL) in fourth. ...

2014-15 Zhik Australian 9er Championships - Champions crowned By David Price, Jervoise Bay SC, WA , 8:25 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
The 2014-15 Zhik Australian 9er Championships being held at Jervoise Bay on Western Australia’s spectacular coastline promised everything for the three fleets of 29ers, 49erFXs and 49ers totalling 65 boats all hanging on the results of the final day’s competition. ...

Going for Gold at the 2015 Open Australian Laser Championships By Rick Steuart, Mandurah , 8:10 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
The sea breeze came booming in and RO Ross Wilson was taking full advantage of it. With the luxury of all six races under his belt he indicated that the next four would be even better in the lead up to the final day. The breeze on both days started in the south and worked around to the south west with the first day finishing with 20 knots and the Saturday with better than 20 knots ...

Line honours to Beau Geste in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Race By Lisa Ratcliff, , 4:49 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
2015 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race - Guided by a full moon and making the most of the warm NE breeze the international crew of 17 on Karl Kwok’s 80-foot maxi Beau Geste took line honours tonight in the protracted Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race. ...

Barcelona World Race - A record, but no easy way out for Hugo Boss By Barcelona World Race, , 3:34 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
A new record for the 538-mile opening passage from Barcelona to Gibraltar was set by Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes when they exited the Mediterranean on Hugo Boss on Thursday evening, leading the Barcelona World Race. But their passage into the Atlantic proved problematic when they then hit two unidentified objects and hooked a net around their keel in strong winds and muscular seas. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet away to a foggy start for Leg 3 By Sail-World, , 1:37 AM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) led the six boat fleet Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of their home city of Abu Dhabi at the start of Leg 3 in a blanket of fog. Light winds are forecast for the first few days of a stage which is expected to take about three weeks before the six boats arrive in Sanya, China. ...

2014-15 Zhik Australian 9er Championships - Strong conditions By David Price, Jervoise Bay SC, WA , 1:37 PM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
It was never going to be a soft regatta off the Western Australian coast here at Jervoise Bay Sailing Club, 10 minutes south of Fremantle, and Huey has not disappointed many of the best young skiff sailors in the world at the 2014-15 Zhik Australian 9er Championships. ...

The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - Joint Navigation Winners for Leg 2 By Mark Chisnell for B&G, , 12:10 PM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
\The B&G Navigators Prize for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Prize is presented to the Navigator who has made the most effective use of meteorological, oceanographic and geographical information to gain distance on the majority of the fleet, as voted for by the Navigators themselves. ...

Day One 2015 ISail Whitsundays B14 Worlds - 'I’m a Bit Dizzy' By Jane Moffatt, , 11:24 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
Day one conditions at the ISail Whitsunday B14 Worlds were not looking promising a weak north easterly threatened to completely fade. However Race Officer Peter Merritt found a magic spot on the water and squeezed in two races. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind rebuild plan revealed + Video By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:18 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
In a media conference just completed in Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson confirmed that the target for the team to re-join the Volvo Ocean Race is at the Lisbon Stopover in early June 2015. That means the team will miss the next four stopovers and will be sailing at the final four, being Lisbon, Lorient, the Hague and the finish in Gothenburg. Includes Video ...

Australian 420 Nationals: Fremantle Doctor calls again on Day 5 By Angus Haslett, , 10:53 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
Angus Haslett reports on Day 5 of the Australian 420 Nationals being staged in Fremantle, West Australia. Four New Zealand crews are competing. We woke to cool temperatures with a low sitting off the coast, the wind was a true southerly and for the first time no sun, some even contemplated a jersey! ...

55th Interdominion Championship - Sydney Sailmakers press their case By Di Pearson, , 9:29 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
Following on from winning the NSW 12ft Skiff Championship in November, the in-form Nick Press/Andrew Stevenson pushed Sydney Sailmakers to a stunning start on Sydney Harbour in Race one of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion and galloped away to win by a huge margin. ...

OK Dinghy World Championship - Friendships, culture and intense racing By Robert Deaves, , 5:45 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
An OK Dinghy World Championship is always so much more that the pinnacle event in the class. It is also an annual gathering of old friends from across the world, almost a pilgrimage that keeps the class enthusiasts coming back year after year. ...

Team Australia dismasted in Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race By Lisa Ratcliff, , 3:49 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
2015 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race - In a sudden disappointing turn of events in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race, race leader and multihull record holder Team Australia’s 100-foot mast came down late this morning when the trimaran was 10 miles out to sea south of Port Macquarie. ...

2014-15 Barcelona World Race - Race record broken By Alex Thomson Racing, , 3:10 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
Hugo Boss had an amazing start to the Barcelona World Race 2014-2015. The Race started on the 31st December 2014 at 13.00. Hugo Boss crossed the pin end of the start line first, placing them in the lead for the first mark rounding. ...

Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss breaks Barcelona-Gibraltar record By Barcelona World Race, , 3:00 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - Alex Thomson (GBR) and Pepe Ribes (ESP) on Hugo Boss have passed Gibraltar, crossing the Longitude 5°37W at 18H50 (CET). They have set a new record time for the Barcelona to Gibraltar course of 538 nautical miles of 2 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes. ...

Pittwater to Coffs Harbour: Team Australia loses mast, Spithill aboard By Richard Gladwell,, , 2:06 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
Team Australia's mast has come down in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race. America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill is part of the crew for the race. All crew are OK. The crew of the 60-foot multihull from Sydney are trying to bring the situation under control and retrieve the sails before deciding on their nearest port. ...

2014 - 2015 Tornado World Championship - Day 3 By Andrew Dowley, , 1:47 AM Sat 3 Jan 2015 GMT
2014 - 2015 Tornado World Championship - The first start of the day was a little frustrating with the sailors fighting to be first over the line, this resulted in two general recalls from race officer JT who has been doing a great job. The U flag then made an appearance with the sailors holding back for the third attempt. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Womens crew win In Port Race in Abu Dhabi By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:01 PM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Team SCA led virtually from start to finish to romp to a convincing victory in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi on Friday after a lack of wind nearly forced a postponement. V ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind: We’ll be back by June By Volvo Ocean Race, , 9:48 PM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
Skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) told a news conference on Friday that the condition of the boat had built confidence that it could yet be fixed and returned to competition before the 12th edition of offshore racing’s toughest event is completed in Gothenburg on June 27. ...

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - Mediterranean record for Hugo Boss? By Barcelona World Race Media, , 5:00 PM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
In the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 race leaders Hugo Boss seemed assured of a new record time for the opening miles of the non-stop race, the 538 miles from Barcelona to Gibraltar. Alex Thomson (GBR) and Pepe Ribes (ESP) on Hugo Boss were set to pass the point of Tarifa (5deg37W) at around 1800hrs UTC late this afternoon which should see them break the 2011 record of three days seven hours by abo ...

OK Dinghy Worlds - Drama filled day 3 By Robert Deaves, , 11:02 AM Fri 2 Jan 2015 GMT
At the OK Dinghy World Championship it was a drama filled day at Black Rock YC on the third day of the Championship in Melbourne, Australia. Luke O'Connell (NZL) won the only race of the day to take the overall lead from Matt Coutts (NZL) and Matt Stechmann (NZL). ...

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