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Contender World Championship - Its all happening on Lake Macquarie


'Contender Worlds 2013'    International Contender Class Association

At the 2014 Contender Worlds, after four races have been completed, the Pre-Worlds Champion Mark Bulka leads.
In second place is Christoph Homeier of Germany with Antonio Lambertini of Italy in third.


Race 1 and 2 were held in light and very shifty east to southeast winds of six to twelve knots. Both races finally started with black flags which caught out a few boats. With the Oscar flag flying, the jury were kept busy adjudicating on pumping.

Race 1 was won by Tommy Hooton from GBR with second going to Jono Neate, who finished third in the windy Australians last week. Mark Bulka continued his winning form from the Australians last week with a three in Race 1 and a one in Race 2 proving that he can win in both light and fresh conditions. Jono again looked impressive in Race 2 with a second.

Race 3 took place in 12 to 16 knots pf southeast wind with significant wind shifts. Very impressive win by seven times World Champion Andrea Bonezzi who finished second in the windy Australians last week, leading most of the race making up in part for his poor start in the light winds on day one.

Simon Mussell from GBR was second with Jono third. Matt Mulder who had looked so fast in the Australian Championships last, week with three firsts and a second in fresh conditions, looked much more comfortable with a four after a not so good start in the light winds on day one.

Race 4 was sailed in 10 to 15 knot of southeast wind, also with significant wind shifts. The race was won comfortably by Mark Bulka with Andrea back in fifth. Matt improved again with a two with Christoph Homeier from Germany third. Jono suffered gear failure and was unable to finish.

Five different countries are represented in the top eight after four races and Mark Bulka leads comfortably with a massive 21 point lead over Christoph Homeier. At this stage, Mark and Jono are the boats that look like they can excel in both light and fresh conditions.

Race 1   (21/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  21/01/2014  19:44:31

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

2

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

3

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

4

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

5

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

6

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

7

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

8

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

9

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

10

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

11

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

12

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

13

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

14

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

15

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

16

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

17

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

18

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

19

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

20

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

21

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

22

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

23

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

24

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

25

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

26

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

27

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

28

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

29

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

30

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

31

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

32

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

33

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

34

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

35

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

36

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

37

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

38

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

39

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

40

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

41

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

42

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

43

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

44

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

45

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

46

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

47

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

48

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

49

GER2522

SCHILLO

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

50

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

51

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

52

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

53

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

54

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

55

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

56

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

57

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

58

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

59

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

BFD

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

BFD

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

BFD

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

BFD

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

DNF

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

DNF

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

DNF

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

 

Race 2   (21/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  21/01/2014  19:47:38

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

2

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

3

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

4

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

5

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

6

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

7

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

8

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

9

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

10

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

11

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

12

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

13

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

14

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

15

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

16

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

17

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

18

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

19

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

20

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

21

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

22

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

23

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

24

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

25

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

26

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

27

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

28

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

29

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

30

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

31

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

32

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

33

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

34

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

35

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

36

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

37

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

38

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

39

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

40

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

41

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

42

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

43

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

44

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

45

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

46

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

47

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

48

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

49

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

50

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

51

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

52

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

53

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

54

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

55

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

56

GER2522

SCHILLO

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

57

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

58

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

59

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

60

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

61

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

BFD

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNC

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

DNC

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNF

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

RET

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

 

Race 3   (22/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  22/01/2014  18:15:17

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

2

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

3

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

4

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

5

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

6

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

7

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

8

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

9

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

10

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

11

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

12

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

13

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

14

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

15

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

16

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

17

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

18

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

19

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

20

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

21

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

22

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

23

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

24

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

25

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

26

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

27

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

28

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

29

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

30

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

31

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

32

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

33

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

34

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

35

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

36

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

37

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

37

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

39

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

40

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

41

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

42

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

43

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

44

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

45

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

46

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

47

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

48

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

49

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

50

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

51

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

52

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

53

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

54

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

55

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

56

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

57

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

58

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

59

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

ENP

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

ENP

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNF

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

DNF

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

DNF

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

DNF

GER2622

TIMES LIKE THESE

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

DNF

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

OCS

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

 

 

 Race 4   (22/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  22/01/2014  17:47:52

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

2

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

3

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

4

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

5

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

6

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

7

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

8

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

9

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

10

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

11

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

12

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

13

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

14

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

15

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

16

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

17

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

18

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

19

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

20

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

21

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

22

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

22

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

24

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

25

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

26

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

27

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

28

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

29

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

30

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

31

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

32

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

33

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

34

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

35

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

36

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

37

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

38

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

39

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

40

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

41

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

42

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

43

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

44

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

45

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

46

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

47

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

48

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

49

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

50

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

51

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

52

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

DNC

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

DNC

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNC

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

DNC

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNC

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

DNC

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

DNC

GER2622

TIMES LIKE THESE

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

DNF

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

DNF

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

DNF

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

DNF

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

DNF

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

OCS

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

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When most would have been sitting down for Christmas lunch the Wild Oats XI team were to be seen out on Sydney Harbour testing their new - and appropriately named - gooseneck, that replaces the one that failed when out training earlier in the week. In a puffy nor'easter Wild Oats XI headed to Manly on the wind, swung around close to the Manly East mark and headed back down the harbour for home. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature by John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ... [more]  

Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ... [more]  

Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ... [more]  

For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skippers of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ... [more]  

The magnitude of this 70th edition is reflected in the size of the international fleet: the forecast 117 race entrants, comprising yachts from seven different countries, represents the most sizeable Rolex Sydney Hobart depart since 1994. 'This year is both the 70th edition of the race and the 70th anniversary of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia,' explains John Cameron. ... [more]  

The lightest of the supermaxi's Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 suffered a major structural deck failure in pre-Hobart training. Sailing master David Witt explains in his usual laconic manner just what happened. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney Hobart yacht race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is the centre of an intense repair effort on the eve of the big race after suffering damage during her most recent training run. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images are provided by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]  

Images of five faces behind the 100ft super maxis taking part in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart provided by Photographer Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sailors in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart should watch what they eat on Christmas day or they may well watch Christmas dinner all over again on Boxing Day. ... [more]  

Launched in September 2014, Comanche resulted from the studies realised on the Macif and Banque Populaire Imoca monohulls, who finished first and second in the 2012 Vendée Globe. ... [more]  

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta organizers, with the holidays quickly approaching, are getting into the spirit of giving, through their entry giveaway. This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There are two ways you can get to Hobart, there is the wet way - cold, noisy, perched on the rail dreaming of the next Mars bar - and there’s the Swan way, dry in the cockpit, savouring the aromas wafting from the fully equipped galley below. ... [more]  

Twice Volvo Ocean race skipper and America's Cup helmsman, Ken Read, outlines the Comanche campaign to win the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ... [more]  

24 days after the Volvo Ocean Racer, Team Vestas Wind ran aground, the boat was successfully removed from the Cargados Carajos Shoals. Vestas shore manager Neil Cox led the team that performed a complex and difficult operation with the utmost professionalism and diligence. ... [more]  

This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. Several regatta entries will be able to earn themselves a waived entry fee, while others will be eligible to win official regatta gear. ... [more]  

2015 ORC Championship events: The Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announce that final approvals by national authorities have been made so that the Notices of Race and the entry process is now open for the 2015 ORCi World Championship in Barcelona, the 2015 Volvo Estonia ORC European Championship in Parnu, Estonia and the 2015 ORC Sportboat European Championship at Lake Balaton, Hungary. ... [more]  

In the inaugural Corinthian Division of the Rolex Sydney Hobart there’s a sense among the crews competing for a win that it’s levelling a playing field that has been uneven for a while under the handicap system. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 exclusive video preview. The 70th edition of this international sporting icon begins on Friday 26 December. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - In its early days, ocean racing was a very blokey thing - hard sailing and hard drinking - back to the wife and kids on a Sunday night after a weekend offshore - so it is an interesting fact that this year more young women than young men are doing their first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. ... [more]  

Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature by John Curnow
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

Miami Winter Series: For the first event, five teams are currently confirmed, with more expected to follow in the coming days. The first event has drawn a range of competitors including the reigning Match Racing World Champion, two Melges 32 teams, another from Chicago Match Race Centre and a fifth best known for its offshore big boats campaigns. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]  

The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada: An international fleet of yachts took part, with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis, crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family. For all the yachts, the adventure started long before the start line. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Will it be Bash and Crash?
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Soldiering on in the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Count down to Caribbean opener
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - The mental game + Videos
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Jim Clark's thoughts on Comanche's maiden race *Feature
St Thomas International Regatta announce sponsors
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Salt water therapy
Soto 40 South American Tour - Coming soon
Flying Dutchman Worlds on Sydney Harbour
Moth Tutorials - Presented by Nathan Outteridge
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – One race many nations
ORC announces new ORCsy rule for superyachts
Rob and Scarlet’s big adventure before Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Waypoints of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Title defence
America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature
Antigua Sailing Week 2015   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Lanzarote-Grenada 2014 - Moonlight Sérénade   
2017 J/80 World Championships are awarded to Royal Southern Yacht Club   
Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature   
Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award   
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun   
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WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview   
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini   
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors   
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins   
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China   
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind   
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again   
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Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show   
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   
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