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Argo Group Gold Cup - Hurricane Gonzalo delays start By Talbot Wilson, , 9:11 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
In a meeting today [Wednesday Oct. 15] Argo Group Gold Cup organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) took a close look at Hurricane Gonzalo's predicted track and intensity and decided to delay the event schedule by one day to allow crews the opportunity to reschedule flights to arrive after the storm has passed and the airport is reopened. ...

RS800 Gul Inland Championships at Grafham Water SC By Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes, , 8:41 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Despite an unexciting forecast sixteen RS800s turned up to the Gul Inlands at Grafham that was held with the RS400s, RS600s, RS500s and Vareos. After a season of practice, competition was close with no room to lose concentration. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Life at the Extreme - first episode of weekly video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:20 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The very first 30 minute episode of Volvo Ocean Race's weekly show - Life at the Extreme - your best way to join the adventure and share the exhilarating and demanding experience of competitive sailing, around the world! ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Passing inside the Canary Islands *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 7:39 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet remains tightly bunched amongst the front runners at least, as the sail downwind inside the Canary Islands. Travelling at speeds calculated to be 12kts in a similar windstrength, they face some interesting routing choices, before the breeze stabilises again. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - You think the fight is over? Think again By Agathe Armand, , 6:58 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the storm passed, and the wind dropped. Guys and girls can now rinse their faces, and dry their clothes. Cook a real meal, and heal their bruises. You think the fight is over? Think again. It’s far from plain sailing into the trade winds. The challenges still keep on coming, but just in different forms. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Quite the day for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 6:57 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Today was a special day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Not only are we all sailing together as a fleet—and pushing each other as a fleet—down the West Coast of Africa after an unexpected great day of sailing, but it’s also day four of leg 1. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel prepares for possible gale force winds By Team Brunel, , 6:56 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
'The first leg really is something for you,' says bowman Gerd-Jan Poortman shortly after the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante. 'It’s the perfect leg to get into your workflow.' Poortman gives me a pep talk because he knows I have zero experience in ocean sailing. 'At Gibraltar we put the gennaker on it and then ride downwind to Cape Town. A piece of cake.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Like ducks in a row, we march south By Team Alvimedica, , 6:54 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Like ducks in a row we march south towards the Canary Islands in the Volvo Ocean Race. Rather unexpectedly, the binoculars continue to be our primary means of recon rather than the position reports. I’m not sure one 'sched' has been read aloud to date; there’s no need when you can see everyone with your own eyes ...

IMOCA Class General Assembly wraps up in Nantes By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 4:37 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
It was a studious General Assembly meeting for the IMOCA Class that took place in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nantes this Wednesday 15th October. On the agenda was the event programme for the class for the coming years, the partnership with OSM (Open Sports Management) and the re-writing of the design rules with the addition of some external expertise. ...

RSYC marks key milestone in development of Prince Philip Yacht Haven By Peta Stuart-Hunt, , 4:11 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The first pile has been driven in the Royal Southern's Yacht Club's most ambitious construction scheme to date, the creation of the Prince Philip Yacht Haven. The Royal Southern Yacht Club and its close neighbour, the RAF Yacht Club, have worked together for several years to reach this milestone. ...

ISAF Match Race Rankings - 15 October 2014 By ISAF, , 3:50 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Taylor Canfield (ISV) has reclaimed the world number one position in the open rankings whilst Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) holds on to the world number one position in the Women's rankings. Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Ian Williams (GBR) have once again exchanged places on the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings with the 2013 World Champion, Canfield returning to the world number one position. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Tight battles and close knit racing By ISAF, , 11:46 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
It was a day of tight battles and close knit racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the six fleets enjoyed a strong breeze in Qingdao, China. There were several close finishes across the fleets with 13-18 knots of south westerly breeze and up to 2.5 knots of current on the race track making life tough for the 171 sailors from 21 nations. ...

Busan Cup Women’s Int'l Match Race - Palludan and Macgregor leading By Joakim Hermansson/WIM Series, , 11:22 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
After an intense Wednesday in light winds and bright sunshine on the waters of the Korean Haeundae Beach, the round-robin of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race was completed. ...

Star Sailors League Finals 2014 - Giles Scott makes Star debut By Alex D'Agosta, , 10:48 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The list of champions taking up the invitation to the second Star Sailors League Finals, organised by the Nassau Yacht Club for December 1st-7th 2014, is getting longer by the week. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders play swapsie along Moroccan coast By Richard Gladwell, , 9:55 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues to work its way south, searching for the for the steady winds that will give the boats a faster ride to the Doldrums. The boats are sailing downwind, with speeds varying according to wind pressure. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg one – Getting south, and west… By Henry Bomby, , 9:15 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Some of the content is just fantastic and it makes interesting viewing too as there is a lot we can learn from the pictures and videos sent off the boats about how the sailors are sailing the boats. This photo here for example shows how much emphasis Dongfeng are putting on stacking their gear. Coiled ropes on deck, and piling up the stack twice the height of the guard wire. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Leg 1 position report: Day five, 0500 UTC By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:31 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Latest position report at 0500 UTC, Leader: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Spread of fleet: 15 miles, Wind speed: six knots, Boat speed: 8-10 knots, Team Vestas Wind gambled – and lost big time – during a night of movement and a lead change in the fleet. ...

2014 RS Aero and Laser Cake Regatta - Overall report By Phil Wright, , 4:49 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 RS Aero and Laser Cake Regatta - With twelve RS Aeros having so far arrived at Gurnard Sailing Club, a Mini Regatta was held last Saturday with nine Aeros taking to the water in perfect sailing conditions, the entry fee being one cake! ...

2014 Student Yachting World Cup - Back in La Rochelle By Tony Mapplebeck, , 3:42 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Student Yachting World Cup - The Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC) is back in La Rochelle for 2014. Three British teams - representing Wales, Scotland and England – are setting out for the 34th edition of SYWoC. The event, organized every year in France by students for students, will be sailed in Grand Surprise boats from the 15th to the 22nd of October. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 3 plus Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 3:00 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard the Volvo Ocean Race Feet, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video Hear and see how the crews coped with the front that came through in the night ...

Volvo Ocean Race - What a difference a day makes By Jonno Turner, , 2:38 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Just yesterday, the Volvo Ocean Race was all about searching for the big breeze – today, it’s all about surviving in it. If the boats had been tempted to say a little prayer to the weather gods as they stumbled and slowed in the light winds of the Gibraltar Strait, then they might want to be careful what they wish for in future. ...

Ficker Cup - Dates set for 2015 ISAF Grade 2 event By Rick Roberts, , 9:03 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2015 Ficker Cup ISAF Grade 2 match race is set for May 8-10, 2015. Winners of the California Dreamin’ Series, the Governor’s Cup and the US Match Racing Championship will be invited and applications will be accepted for up to seven invitations to fill the rest of the field. ...

RS 20th Anniversary Ball to take place at Dorney Lake By RS Sailing, , 7:54 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Twenty years ago the RS sailboat range was born, the RS Association was formed, the first RS events took place and the rest, as they say, is history. Thousands of RS boats have been launched and their sailors have revelled in the RS spirit at hundreds of events. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Navigational coach on Team SCA's big decision By Victoria Low, , 7:22 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Rather like expectant fathers traditionally waiting outside the delivery room in a maternity ward, Team SCA’s squad of coaches for the Volvo Ocean Race are nervously keeping track of their protégées as they head towards Cape Town. Yesterday’s strong tactical call by navigator Libby Greenhalgh and the team had particular resonance with Team SCA navigational coach, Aksel Magdahl. ...

RS500 Gul Inland Championship Grafham WSC By Peter Curtis, , 4:21 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Seven RS500s made the trip to Grafham Water SC for the weekend of 11/12 October, despite the rather dodgy forecast of light winds on Saturday, and even lighter on Sunday. The race team decided to go for four races on Saturday, instead of the scheduled three, in case Sunday didn't turn up – which turned out to be a wise decision. ...

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