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Argo Group Gold Cup survives Hurricane Gonzalo By Talbot Wilson, , 9:38 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has announced that the Argo Group Gold Cup is still set to sail, albeit on a compressed schedule, starting Wednesday, October 22. Using the one-day-delay plan announced last Wednesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup will be compressed to five days of racing and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather expected after Gonzalo. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng regains lead after incident packed Day 7 *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:37 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
The Chinese flagged entry, Dongfeng Race Team has regained the lead at the end of Day 7 in the Volvo Ocean Race. Course routing from Predictwind shows that the race leader is just five days away from the turning point of Fernanado, Brazil. Includes latest 'Inside Track' video ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic video of Dongfeng rudder replacement By Sail-World, , 8:33 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Uncut video of Dongfeng Race Team replacing their rudder at night, after collision with an underwater object while leading Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. What makes the change even more remarkable was that it was undertaken at night. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica bounces back By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 3:47 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Seven onboard Team Alvimedica. There’s nothing like filling the void of a difficult day with some trade wind sailing. Yesterday was a tough one: we came out on the losing end of quite a few gambles and fell far off the lead pack, but the boys have bounced back well and the mood on deck in these near-perfect conditions has returned to one of humor and laughs. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA expecting the expected + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 3:32 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Seven onboard Team SCA. There's an age old saying: expect the unexpected. It pretty much sums up offshore sailing. However, there is also a degree of dealing with the expected. And there is a slight dance to be had-- to not be too shocked by either spectrum of a situation, and to handle all events with grace and control. ...

Rolex Middle Sea Race - New record for Mediterranean classic By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 3:19 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Thousands of spectators lined the Valletta Waterfront to witness the start of the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race. 122 yachts started the race, a new record for the Mediterranean classic offshore race. Under blue skies and brilliant sunshine, the international fleet of yachts from 24 different countries set off on the 608 nautical mile race. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Medallists decided across six fleets By ISAF, , 2:51 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
It was a light wind, big wave finish at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the medallists were decided across the six fleets competing on the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) had wrapped up gold in the Men’s RS:X the day prior but intriguing battles for gold across the remaining fleets played out in a tense day of competition. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive turnaround for Dongfeng Race Team +Video By Dongfeng Race Team, , 2:34 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
At 0210 UTC in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team hit an unknown object in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa and broke their rudder. This resulted in the team performing an emergency rudder replacement, a difficult operation in the pitch black of night, in less than two hours. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Race closer than leaderboard suggests - Leg 1, Day 6 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:47 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Despite the leaderboard showing more spread in the fleet, the Predictwind routing function shows that the fist six boats will round Fernando within two hours of each other. Given that the boats have yet to cross through the Doldrums for the first time, indicates that the race between the seven one-designs is still wide open. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team break rudder after collision By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:49 AM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
Dongfeng Race Team hit hit an unidentified object, at 0210UTC on Saturday. The impact broke one of their two rudders, and it has been swapped out. The downtime for repairs cost the Chinese team their lead in the race. It is reported that they were sailing again at speeds of 20kts after 30 minutes of downtime. ...

RYA Scotland Annual Awards - RYA calls sailors to nominate By RYA, , 5:41 AM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
RYA Scotland Annual Awards - As the end of the year gets closer it is time to review the season and time spent on the water. People taking up the sport for the very first time and the new skills they have learned, the young performance sailors who have brought home national and world titles, the 250 boats and thousands of spectators who witnessed the Commonwealth Flotilla and all the people ...

2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Famous breeze frustrates By KPMS, , 3:07 AM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - The breeze that usually makes San Francisco such a popular place for sailors was noticeably absent for the penultimate day of competition at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. A low pressure system had siphoned most of the air off the Bay, and with the fleet drifting around on the Berkeley Circle for several hours ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Feeling the pressure six days in By Agathe Armand, , 4:05 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Six days into the Volvo Ocean Race, and the sailors can still see each other, creeping alongside the Western Sahara sand dunes. It’s stressful. Dongfeng Race Team have held their lead since yesterday morning. But Team Alvimedica, Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Vestas Wind are only two to three miles behind the Chinese boat. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Alvimedica cautiously cruising down coast of Africa By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 4:03 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Six onboard Team Alvimedica. Checking in from the Volvo 65 World Championships. It’s unbelievable, really—we have been short course racing these boats ever since we left Alicante. Cautiously cruising down the coast of Africa, close to the barren beaches of Western Sahara and Mauratania, Will and Charlie continue to place a huge emphasis on fleet positioning. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel still within striking distance By Team Brunel, , 4:02 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
We sail close to the coast of Africa just after five in the afternoon in the Volvo Ocean Race. The sun is already low and about five miles to port are the endless sandy plains of the sizzling hot Western Sahara. Together with the other six ships we sail incredibly close to each other. After five days we are still within striking distance. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Testing times for Team SCA + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 4:01 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
I’ll be really honest, we’ve had better days in this Volvo Ocean Race. At 13:15UTC we received our afternoon position report (aka 'scheds') and it did not have good news. 'We went from hero to zero, well not quite zero' Libby the navigator explained. ...

Beijing 2008 Olympic legacy lives on in Qingdao + Video By ISAF, , 3:21 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The Beijing 2008 Olympic legacy lives on at the venue of the Olympic Sailing Competition, Qingdao. ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao is just one of many events that see the eyes of the sailing world shift focus on China. ...

La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A return nearly 20 years in the making By Chris Yates, , 3:09 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The wait is almost over. After almost 20 years, the PWA are preparing to return to La Point de la Torche, France, for a blockbuster grand slam. From the 18th to the 26th October the most radical male wave sailors, together with the fastest men and women in the world, will be battling it out for the penultimate time this season as the 2014 PWA World Tour heads towards its climax. ...

RS Vareo National Championship at Grafham WSC By Matt Yallop, , 2:09 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
A great group of eight RS Vareos made the trip to Grafham Water SC for the Volvo Noble Marine RS Vareo National Championship on the weekend of 11/12 October. After saying hello to each other and a number of new faces we were invited to talk with the race team to decide to go for four races on Saturday, instead of three due to Sunday’s forecast. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Game on for remaining fleets By ISAF, , 11:27 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
The penultimate day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao saw Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) seal an early gold in the Men's RS:X whilst the remaining fleets teed themselves up for an exciting finale. Kokkalanis has an unassailable 22 point lead after notching up three straight wins and goes into the final day with the pressure off. ...

Farr 40 Worlds: Day 2 Image and Video gallery *Feature By John Navas, , 11:25 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Top videographer and photographer, John Navas, was on the water for the second day of the Farr 40 Worlds being sailed on San Francisco. ...

Day 5 of the Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge: 4 more records! By Sophie Routaboul, , 9:52 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge - The wind speeds have been lower than expected but the course was smoother than ever. Despite 25-30 knot wind speeds only (with stronger gusts) the competitors achieved *crazy speeds*. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Coastal racing at its best - Leg 1, Day 5 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 9:45 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Coastal racing at its best – that’s what it is. The boats are now sailing downwind along the Western Sahara, the Canaries in their northwest, and the weak trade winds are progressively strengthening. After conceding the lead to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing overnight, the Dongfeng guys took an option early this morning, sailing outside and away from the coast. ...

Rolex Farr 40 World Champs - Plenty leads as Struntje Light impresses By KPMS, , 5:09 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Day two of the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship demonstrated the tight competition in this high-calibre international fleet with three winners in as many races. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Mail arrival brings excitement for Team SCA + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 6:36 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Five for Team SCA. For years it was a subtle squeak of a hinge, and today it is a subtle computer chime. A few years back a robotic voice even announced it: 'You’ve got mail.' Three simple words that can easily change your day; an unexpected letter, parcel, or postcard from a distant land, or an old friend just wanting to say 'hello.' ...

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