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Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard - latest video, images and reports - Day 21 By Richard Gladwell/, , 11:09 PM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters write, shoot and video about their experiences and view from Leg 1, Day 21 of the Volvo Ocean race as the boats get their first taste of the edge of the Roaring Forties, which then fizzles. Don't miss another video tour of Al's cafe aboard Team Vestas Wind - this time its a cooking lesson on freeze dried. ...

NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Team: Back to the Future By John Jennings, , 12:51 PM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
John Jennings presents his final report from the 2014 Optimist Worlds in Argentina: Well I am not sure they will make a Wellywood Blockbuster movie out of the NZLYT Worlds 2014 Team’s on the water performance at San Isidro, but there is probably a good episode or two of comic relief courtesy of the parents various travel travels. ...

America's Cup: Kiwi media rebuffed over Team NZ finance demands *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:36 AM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
With the announcement of the of the venue for the 35th America's Cup required in just eight weeks time, some elements of the New Zealand media have resumed their public harassment of Team New Zealand, and its funding. The Official Information Act request is not new, and previously the NZ media have demanded details of the investment by NZTE in Team NZ's campaign for the 34th America's Cup. ...

18ft Skiffs: Mick Scully Memorial Trophy 2014 By Frank Quealey, , 8:13 AM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
18ft Skiffs: Mick Scully Memorial Trophy - Rig choice was split between the bigger #1 rigs and the smaller #2s, with the veteran John 'Woody' Winning electing to go small on Yandoo. With team members Andrew Hay and Jim Beck, Woody gave a brilliant all round performance to lead for almost the entire course before going on to a 1m57s win. ...

2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - The magic number By Agathe Armand, , 7:13 AM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Breath turns to vapor in the cold air. Hands are soaked in cold seawater, cheeks red from the bitter temperature. The sailors wear fleece hats, balaclavas, neoprene collars on deck. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders line up for Cape Town finish By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:33 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Having sailed north of the Ice Gate, the four lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet are still closely grouped with less than four days to sail to the finish in Cape Town. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard from the Roaring Forties - Leg 1 Day 20 By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:26 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters write, shoot and video about their experiences and view from Leg 1, Day 20 of the Volvo Ocean race as the boats get their first taste of the edge of the Roaring Forties. 'On deck, the guys have been facing white-walled waves that crash over the cockpit as they surf down ocean swells four meters high.' Matt Knighton - Abu Dhabi OR ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 1, 2014 - US off Fed's oxygen By Collinson FX, , 6:05 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
November 1, 2014: The AUDUSD suffered the rising Dollar falling to 0.8715 while the KIWI dropped below 0.7760. The NZD was unchanged against European partners, trading 0.6185 and 0.4840 against the EUR and GBP. However the NZDJPY cross has booked significant gains, currently great buying at 87.15. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Transition period for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 4:07 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Corinna Halloran reports on day 21 for Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race. The game is beginning to change. We’re entering into a transition period, where the fleet might get closer together again with the way the weather is forming. Change is a foot. You can feel it in the air, and you can see it on the charts. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – Could Leg One have a roll of the dice result? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 12:26 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The very close racing continues at the front of the Volvo 65 fleet. On Friday Charles Caudrelier‘s Dongfeng briefly took the lead but by Saturday morning Ian Walker had Abu Dhabi 16 miles in the lead, only 1600 miles from Capetown. Abu Dhabi overnight hit 26 knots for a 15 min period, so some healthy speed in this downwind drag race. ...

America's Cup: Commissioner makes key announcements on Cup future By America's Cup Media, , 10:43 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
In a Regatta Memorandum issued to the teams today, Commercial Commissioner Schiller confirmed two America’s Cup World Series events have already met the hosting criteria and had been scheduled to be raced in 2015 by the America’s Cup Event Authority. Schiller says that he also expects at least one additional team will be joining as a late entry. ...

Kiteboarder becomes first to successfully completes 120nm coastal race *Feature By Charles Winstone, Auckland , 9:06 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ...

Public invited to vote for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 By Bernard Schopfer, , 8:37 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The world’s best yacht racing photographers have submitted their pictures for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2014. The public is now invited to vote online. The best picture of the year - and its author - will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Barcelona, on December 11. ...

2014 Optimist World Championship - Nicolas Rolaz emerges victorious By ISAF, , 6:57 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz has been crowned 2014 Optimist World Champion after a strong week of sail boat racing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a morning wait for wind the boys were playing 'metegol' and ping pong all together, exchanging t-shirts and talking with friends. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Skirting the Southern Ocean icebergs + Video By Jonno Turner, , 5:16 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
'You know they’re around, because you can smell the stale water, and feel the temperature drop – especially at night, or when it’s foggy,' explains Justin Slattery on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. He’s talking about icebergs. Massive chunks of thick, jagged frozen force. Floating fast, recklessly and aimlessly in the ocean. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 31, 2014 - NZ anchors By Collinson FX, , 12:06 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
October 31, 2014: The RBNZ threw the anchor out and held the interest rate rises. Reality hit home rather than a realization that their strategy is premature. The KIWI staged a recovery, after the previous hit, triggered by a resurgent Dollar and now trades 0.7820 supported by a huge interest rate differential. The AUDUSD broke back through to 0.8810 with rising confidence ...

NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Storms and floods at Optimist Worlds *Feature By John Jennings, Argentina , 9:58 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
I think it would be fair to say the last two days of the regatta and Kerensa’s competitive (there is still the coaching) Opti career have been somewhat of an anti-climax. As a result of the overnight storm on Tuesday there was no sailing on Wednesday. Yesterday (Thursday) the breeze had of course abated and it was like qualification all over again ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet turns to avoid Ice and heads for Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:29 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race have all turned and are heading for the finish line in Cape Town which is about four days 10hrs distant as of the 1840hrs UTC sked on October 31. The lead four boats , Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas and Dongfeng are all covered by a very small distance indeed, ...

Volvo Ocean Race - On Board: Welcome to the Southern Ocean - Day 19 *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race OBR's, , 7:51 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean race On Board Reporters update from the Southern Ocean on Leg 1, Day 19: Like flipping a light switch. Off to on in so much as an instant, the anticipated westerlies of the South Atlantic have finally arrived—28 knots now—and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly life onboard can change. Includes the latest videos from onboard - raw and uncut :-) ...

Route du Rhum - Spindrift 2 skipper more determined than ever By Spindrift Racing, , 7:28 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
With just 48 hours days to go until the start of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, it only takes a few minutes with Yann Guichard to see the extent of his determination. The incredible attention to detail in the preparations by Spindrift 2 speaks volumes about the work accomplished by the team since the single-handed race was inserted into Spindrift racing’s programme almost a year ago. ...

Zhik’s Isotak® Ocean: Pushing boundaries in the Route du Rhum! By Liz Rushall, Emsworth , 6:20 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Zhik’s range of Isotak® Ocean foul weather gear will be protecting two rising stars in the Class 40 fleet in the 2014 Route du Rhum, the most famous and most demanding of all the transatlantic races. Bertrand Delesne and Arnaud Boissières, who gained their colours in the Mini 650 and Figaro fleets respectively, have both chosen Zhik’s Isotak® Ocean range for their Route du Rhum campaigns, which ...

Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary's entry completed By Barcelona World Race, , 4:29 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built‏ by Nandor Fa himself. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Monumental day for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 3:10 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA OBR Corinna Halloran reports on day 20 for the crew. Wow; A bit of a monumental day—both literally and figuratively. Three weeks ago it was the eve of the start my friends took me for one last ice cream and I couldn’t figure out if I was nervous or not nervous. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: 0600 UTC, Oct. 31 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:26 AM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Like in the old English tale of Robin Hood, it’s a case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That is what we have been seeing over the last few days. More wind just behind the leaders has allowed the middle, poorer pack to catch the rich leaders. ...

IKA ponders foil kite race ban By Ian MacKinnon, , 7:20 AM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) annual general meeting next Tuesday (Nov 4) is likely to debate measures put forward by the Polish Kiteboarding Association (PKA) that would effectively outlaw ram-air kites from the beginning of next year. ...

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