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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sailing legend seeks French entry By Marina Thomas, , 1:45 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston hopes to inspire greater French participation in ocean racing through his entry in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. 'France is a nation of sailors with excellent role models; legends in their own right,' said Sir Robin. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 29, 2014 - Oil collapsing By Collinson FX, , 12:45 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
October 29, 2014: The AUDUSD is looking to test 0.8840 while the KIWI traded 0.7905 ahead of the RBNZ meeting. Expectations are for them to desist from the current raising policy. There is a huge stimulus going on globally and that is the collapsing price of oil! The AUD currently trades 0.6920 and 0.5470 against the EUR and GBP respectively with the AUDJPY trading 95.40. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg one – Ice gates and getting south By Henry Bomby, , 12:38 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - The big news of yesterday was the introduction of an ice gate by Race Director Jack Lloyd. Designed to take away the temptation for the teams to dive deep south in the search for better pressure and a better angle to Cape Town. The Ice Gate is placed at 42 deg South between 20W and 10W, seen on the screenshot below. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: Oct. 29, 0630 UTC By Volvo Ocean Race, , 11:20 AM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Up until now the comment from the boats to the east has been that Team Vestas Wind had made a bad move by digging west. But now, with the high pressure to the east expanding, perhaps Wouter on the Danish boat has read the future a little better and has set his team up for a comeback. ...

Optimist World Championship 2014 - Strong winds for the second stage By Optiworlds, , 10:53 AM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Optimist World Championship 2014 - Six races were made last week and the fleet was divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each fleet has 70 sailors. This first part of this championship had light winds, lot of current and little waves but today it changed completely: The wind gauge marked 23 Knots on the race area, the waves were high and short. ...

Etchells Open Day: November 4 at Z Pier - all welcome By Etchells NZ, , 10:31 AM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
An Etchells Invitational will be held on Tuesday 4th November 2014, from 5:00 p.m at Z Pier, Westhaven, Auckland Your chance to get involved with a fun, fast, competitive fleet Anyone is welcome who would like to learn more - no experience required! ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel snatch lead for now By Volvo Ocean Race, , 4:00 AM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have finally given ground to Team Brunel after almost exactly a week at the head of the fleet but the new leaders’ thin advantage may well be very short-lived as the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 turned into a game of hunt-the-breeze. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Ice Gate laid in Southern Ocean on Leg 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 11:37 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race have specified an Ice Gate in the Southern Ocean of which all competitors must stay to the North, or pass on their starboard side. The gate has been set along the line of 42degrees South and runs for 10 degrees of longitude. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Reality for Team Vestas Wind By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, , 5:36 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race is an event that you get to watch unfold as something real. What happens on these boats day-to-day, what’s sent, what’s written about, what’s photographed, what’s on video is REAL. When you wake at 3am, it’s dark, really dark. ...

OceansWatch hard at work in the Solomon Islands By OceansWatch, , 4:04 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
September and October have been very busy months, with our yacht Anna Rose finally reaching the Solomon Islands. In Lata, Santa Cruz, we met with local government, ran a workshop on marine threats such as crown-of-thorns, and weathered a serious thunderstorm. Anna Rose then sailed off from Lata towards the low-lying Reef Islands. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA entering the Southern Ocean + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 2:52 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA OBR Corinna Halloran reports on day 17 for the team as they enter the Southern Ocean. Entering the Southern Ocean and racing to Cape Town is not as easy as sailing a straight line South. Currently, we are heading west in order to catch a Low pressure that spins out of the South. ...

Comanche ocean trials in Newport + Video By Rob Kothe, , 2:24 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Jim and Kristy Clark’s newly launched Comanche, a 100-foot supermaxi is aim for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart as her first major outing. The first video is of a training run from Newport, RI to Charleston, SC on Oct 24-26, 2014.The second video is of earlier trials off Newport. ...

La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Title race thrown wide open By Chris Yates, , 2:14 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
La Torche only produced one day of wind over the nine days for the PWA Grand Slam, but the one day of competition was one to remember as La Torche produced some of the best conditions of the year, for the wave sailors, with 20-30 knot winds and powerful, peeling, clean waves, providing the perfect platform for the world’s most radical sailors to throw themselves skywards. ...

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away By ISAF, , 2:08 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Awards will be held in one week’s time at a glittering awards ceremony in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. After an exciting year of sailing across multiple disciplines of the sport, five male and three female nominees make up the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year shortlist based on their achievements from 1 September 2013 to 21 September 2014. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 28, 2014 - Rate rises to end By Collinson FX, , 1:07 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
October 28, 2014: The AUD is battling lower commodity prices and is struggling to break 0,8800 while the NZD is testing 0.7900. The RBNZ is expected to halt the inexplicable interest rate policy raises, this week, which will be a hollow relief for many. ...

PIC Coastal Classic Roundup: Almost 30 minutes slashed off record By Sail-World, , 12:32 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
This year’s PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic proved beyond doubt that New Zealand weather can be a fickle beast. After the long-range forecast was read at last Monday’s race clinic, there was an audible groan from competitors at the prospect of a long, slow slog of a race in a light and ever-lightening breeze. ...

Small boat fire in Bay of Islands By Steve Western, , 12:20 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
On Monday night, a small boat left Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands and caught fire. The five occupants got off safely. An Explore boat and the Russell Fire Brigade got the situation under control. ...

America's Cup: Artemis Racing signs seventh Olympic Gold medalist By Hannah Davis, , 12:16 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Artemis Racing has announced its seventh Olympic gold medalist with 2008 Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison joining the sailing team. Paul brings a wealth of Olympic experience to Artemis Racing, having competed at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. He is also a former Laser World Champion claiming the 2009 title in Halifax, Canada. ...

Dave Robertson first to complete Coastal Classic on a Kite Board *Feature By Charles Winstone, Auckland , 11:47 AM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 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. A buzzing Robertson on the finish line said of his achievement, 'I’m stoked, it has been a 10 year dream in the making. Finally knocked it off which was awesome'. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Behind the numbers By Gonzalo Infante and Jonno Turner, , 9:29 AM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - One of the most fascinating parts of this type of sailing is the art of finding the fastest route to the finish, whilst also preserving the integrity of your crew and boat. If we were living in a world where the wind was always constant, it would just be a matter of geometry - but it's not that easy. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Front runners open gap for Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 8:45 AM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
The two front runners in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, Team Brunel and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have opened up a gap on the peloton of the fleet. The move for some of the fleet to the South American coast does not appear to have paid off, and according to the course routing function of Predictwind the lead two boats have opened a lead of 44hours on the next group ...

AWT - PWA Finale 2014: Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - One day to go By American Windsurfing Tour, , 7:43 AM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
The Severne Starboard Aloha Classic kicks off today, October 28th, with registration for the AWT and the opening party sponsored by Maui Ultra Fins from 6 until 8pm. The next morning will be the official blessing at Ho'okipa beach at 9am, followed straight away by an autograph signing with some of the biggest names from the world of windsurfing. ...

All winds available for 2014 Phase II National Championship By Adrian France, Waikato , 9:16 PM Mon 27 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 Championship for the Phase Two Nats was held at the annual Rotorua sailing sprints. A great event of 12 short races over a weekend. In addition to the laps being short, the number of laps was also only one lap, or maybe two. There was little waiting around between races, at starts, for postponements, or start recalls. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Clouds of uncertainty for Team Vestas Wind By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, , 8:43 PM Mon 27 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Brian Carlin reports from onboard Team Vestas Wind. It becomes a routine now, watch after watch we live in this carbon shell. We don’t realise it but we all have our little personal items happening. I noticed this the other day. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Global photography competition launched By Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, , 7:34 PM Mon 27 Oct 2014 GMT
A global photography competition has been launched by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) to celebrate the emirate’s rich maritime heritage and its year-end stopover hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). ...

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