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Why the 49er class is pushing hard to get finals format changed +Video By Ben Remocker, , 12:36 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
The 49er class has a tradition of pushing sailing forward, aligning to the Olympic ideals and the Olympic business model. The overall Olympic success is a complex tonic, but the core product is live sports. Live coverage of sailing is difficult and expensive. Traditionally it has also been slow paced and difficult to understand for non-sailors, the vast majority of Olympic customers. ...

RYA Youth National Championship - Victory for Elliot Hanson + Video By Matt Carter, , 9:00 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Elliot Hanson has today been crowned RYA Youth National champion as racing for the Laser Standard came to a close, while the five other Youth racing classes battled against their peers on the penultimate day of racing. ...

Alpari World Match Racing Tour: Can Williams surpass Gilmour's record? By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 8:16 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team begin the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour with the aim, of course, of winning this year’s World Championship title. But as was the case in 2013, when Williams disappointingly finished overall runner-up to Taylor Canfield’s USone team, victory this year would be significant: To date Williams has won the Tour four times – in 2007-8 and 2011-12. ...

PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Massive support from the local community By Robert Sand, , 7:58 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
With massive local support, the PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup is back on the calendar for 2014. This is due to a three-year agreement made by Thisted Forsikring, a local and acknowledged Danish insurance company, which ensures the foundation for organizing the event. ...

RYA Push the Boat Out begins May 17 By Susie NationGrainger, , 7:55 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
People of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to discover sailing on 17-18 May with RYA Push the Boat Out. The nationwide event will see hundreds of sailing clubs from Stromness to Torpoint holding open days and taster sessions to inspire their local communities to get involved in the sport. ...

RS100 Sprint Champs at Rutland SC By David Smart, , 12:48 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Rutland RS100 Sprint Championship - Twelve races in two days, with no discards (Damn - We all need discards!) was going to be a challenge and writing this up two days after the event, the muscles are still recovering from one of the best weekends of sailing to be had. ...

BWA UK Wave Tour begins in three weeks By Nigel Treacy, , 12:05 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
After an exciting Tour in 2013, it’s nearly time for the BWA competitors, crew and coaches to hit the road once again to start the title race for 2014! ...

Les Voiles de St. Barth - Weather factors in + Video By Kirsten Ferguson, , 10:23 AM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
The Weather Gods had promised more breeze for day two of Les Voiles de St. Barth, and it came in a steady line of squalls moving south to north across the island, presenting challenging conditions for competitors and the Race Committee alike. ...

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 9:57 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Heads Up Displays (HUDs) have long been the holy grail of the tech-savvy racing sailor. This technology was developed to give fighter pilots there-when-they-need-it information at a glance. While racing sailors are more interested with tactical edges over their competitors than getting missile lock on an enemy, the basic information need is the same. ...

RS800 Grand Prix at Stokes Bay SC By Peter Barton, , 9:50 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Round 1 of the UK RS800 Grand Prix series kicked off at sun drenched blue sky mecca of Stokes Bay over 12/13 April. The double bonus was how the sunshine and the tide direction boosted the forecasted wind to fun levels on both days with Saturday even being quite fruity over the legendary Stokes mogul field. ...

RYA Youth National Championships - Gold fleet racing underway + Video By Matt Carter, , 8:45 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
On day three of the RYA Youth National Championships, sunshine and an average 12-15 knots greeted the 392 sailors vying for Championships honours as the nation’s future Olympic hopefuls took to the water for another fantastic day of competition. ...

Teen organizes fundraiser for Andrew Simpson’s Sailing Foundation By Sarah Johnson, , 7:57 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Fourteen year old Billy Vennis Ozanne, from Hampshire is organizing for the proceeds from the HISC 5th May Pursuit Race to be donated to his sailing hero Andrew (Bart) Simpson’s Sailing Foundation. Billy was inspired after meeting the gold and silver Olympic medallist, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson when he visited Hayling Island Sailing Club two years ago following the 2012 London Olympics. ...

Laser Europa Cup - 346 sailors battle in Marseille By Barbara Murray (As Amended by ISAF), , 6:05 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The second leg of the 2014 Europa Cup series was held in Marseille, France over the weekend ending on 15 April. Racing got off most days at around noon except for the third day when the first start was at about five and saliors docking as the sun went down. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier By Dongfeng Race Team, , 5:01 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The first team to officially qualify for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is Dongfeng Race Team. Confirmation came direct from Jack Lloyd, Race Director of the Volvo Ocean Race that following the team’s recent 18 day training voyage, Dongfeng Race Team has met the official qualification requirements of sailing 2,000 nautical miles non-stop with 60% of the crew members for Leg 1 onboard. ...

ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014 By ISAF, , 4:20 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The ISAF Race Rankings for 16 April 2014 have been released. Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) occupy the world number one spots in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings. ...

Tall Ships Regatta - Countdown underway to Falmouth start By Clive Reffell, , 4:04 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Wednesday, 9 April, marked the start of Royal Greenwich's 150 day countdown to this year’s Tall Ships Regatta. The Dutch sailing schooner Tolkien carried guests from Woolwich Pier to Greenwich Pier and back. The sun shone, a gentle breeze blew and musicians sang and played sea shanties to set the mood. ...

RS300 Sprint Championship at Rutland SC + Video By Steve ‘Harold Abrahams’ Bolland, , 3:57 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
A fantastic entry of 24 RS300s appeared on the starting blocks of the annual Sprint Championship hosted once again by the excellent Rutland Sailing Club. The first round of three, 20 minute races on Saturday morning saw the athletes subjected to a wind-assisted 11m/s down the back straight which caused all kind of problems to just about everyone at some point ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera By ISAF, , 3:44 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres will see Olympic medallists, World Champions and ISAF Sailing World Cup medallists compete as the 2013-2014 series draws to a close. More than 1,100 sailors across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events will race on the French Riviera from Monday 21 April through to Saturday 26 April. ...

Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start By KPMS, , 3:21 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The 27th edition of the 565nm Rolex China Sea Race commenced today with a fleet of 34 international yachts. With Hong Kong’s impressive skyscraper skyline forming a domineering backdrop, the fleet made a clean start under a steady easterly breeze of eight knots. ...

RORC Easter Challenge – Tokoloshe to lead the charge By James Boyd, , 3:13 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The RORC's UK season commences on the Solent this Good Friday with the three day long Easter Challenge. As an indication that Britain is slowly extricating itself from recession, there are a few new boats in the Solent this year. ...

RS200 Sprint Championships at Rutland By Julian Bradley & Claire Walsh, , 2:54 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
A fleet of twenty 200s were one of several flavours of RS gathered for their annual splash and dash, The Sprints. Ignore those who say the format is kerazy, bada-bing, bada-boom, the Rutland people have it off to a ‘T’ (thanks to John Fothergill, David Rowlands and team). ...

2016 Vendée Globe: Where are the women? By Vendée Globe, , 12:18 PM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Vendée Globe 2016 - Lining up at the start of the Everest of the Seas in 1996, Isabelle Autissier and Catherine Chabaud opened the Vendée Globe up to women. The former was forced to stop in Cape Town to repair her rudder, after being up there with the frontrunners. ...

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ , 10:28 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
The predicted penalty of a five year suspension from the sport, for Oracle Team USA wingsail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder, would appear to be extreme by international standards. The case is due to go before the International Sailing Federation's Review Board in late April. They will consider the report from the Disciplinary Commission, which is the body believed to have recommended a five year penalty ...

Intense week of training for Phil Sharp By Phil Sharp Racing, , 12:15 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Check out the latest from sailor Phil Sharp on the intense week of endurance training. ...

World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video By Elena Giolai, , 12:06 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
At a press conference organised by ‘Vela Garda Trentino’ together with the sailing clubs involved there was the official presentation of the second ‘World Youth Sailing Week’ an event dedicated to youth sailing and taking place in the Garda Trentino region during the week of Easter. The event comprises a series of regattas organised in the Alto Garda region. ...

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