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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie dominates in harsh conditions

'Ben Ainslie (GBR3)'    Mark Lloyd ©    Click Here to view large photo

During the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, if any proof was needed that Ben Ainslie (GBR) is at the top of his game, then day three was proof indeed. After dominating and winning both races in the brutal environment of the cold and windy Falmouth Bay, he now takes a 10 point lead over Ed Wright (GBR) and Andrew Mills (GBR) at the half way stage.

Tuesday was always going to be the big wind day in Falmouth and it didn't disappoint though it wasn't the epic day many were forecasting. However, with temperatures plummeting in the northerly winds, the 16-20 knot wind felt like a lot more. The sea remained relatively flat for the wind speed, with the wind coming off the land and making the racing tricky and very tactical with large shifts as the fleet approached the windward mark.

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival in Falmouth -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Most of the fleet favoured the left side on the first beat of race five, with the leaders crossing tacks several times before they rounded. Rafael Trujillo (ESP) rounded first from Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) and Ed Wright (GBR). Ben Ainslie (GBR) rounded in fifth but had moved up to second behind Høgh-Christensen at the downwind gate. The two traded tacks on the second beat, before Ainslie sailed further to the right and found a way through. Ainslie rounded the top mark clear ahead ahead while Piotr Kula (POL) had sailed a great second beat to move up to third.

The race ended with two fast and thrilling reaches down to the finish. Ainslie and Høgh-Christensen extended on the fleet by several hundred metres, while Kula capsized and lost ground. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) took advantage of that and crossed in third.

The race committee was keen to get things moving fast as by now everyone was extremely cold. Høgh-Christensen was again in good form, rounding the top mark ahead of Mark Andrews (GBR) and Ainslie. Ainslie was impressively fast down the run sailing past his rivals to round the gate with a 50 metre advantage. From there he played the shifts on the left on the second upwind to lead down the reaches for a substantial win.

Høgh-Christensen had dropped back on the second upwind as it became a battle of perseverance in the tough conditions. Finally Tapio Nirkko (FIN) emerged into second with Andrew Mills (GBR) in third. Nothing much changed down the reaches and they finished in that order.


At the half way stage Ainslie has yet to put a foot wrong with nothing below third place in winds from eight to 22 knots. He is already looking hard to beat. Ed Wright continues to be consistent enough to maintain second while Andrew Mills is able to discard his 21st from race five today to remain in third overall. However with the discard kicking in the points are getting closer. Høgh-Christensen is just one point behind Mills while the next four boats are all within six points of each other.

The race for Olympic selection is increasing its pace now for the six nations that will qualify here. Top performer so far is Piotr Kula who picked up a 12th and a fifth today to end up in seventh overall, ten places ahead of his main rival Rafal Szukiel (POL) who didn't have such a good day.

Other nations currently in qualifying positions are Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, China and Turkey. While Germany and Austria have lone sailors here, China, Czech Republic and Turkey have several here and those trials also need to be decided.

Despite his capsize in race five Kula still sailed a counting race. 'I was in third place at the time, actually it was my mistake because I didn’t see the gust coming and my boom just touched the water and I capsized. I lost quite a few positions but I gained them back in the next race because I finished fifth in the last one, I’m really really tired, but happy.'

'It’s been going really well so far, there’s been three days of sailing and I’ve had four races in the top ten so this is really good. We’ve already had two trial regattas for the Olympics, in Majorca and Hyeres, and after Hyeres I was leading with one point over my colleague, Rafal, so far I’m keeping this so hopefully it will stay like this.'

Second overall Ed Wright summed up his week so far, 'I got a first on the first day, then slipped to second over the last couple of days. Ben’s been sailing pretty well, and I’ve been struggling with the tactics on the last couple of days. I’ve been rounding the top mark always pretty good but then the second beat is not so great. But I’m pretty happy with the way I’m sailing. They are great conditions out there and I’m really enjoying being in Falmouth and racing against these guys; it’s tough competition.'

Edward Wright (GBR11) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

'Today it was pretty windy and upwind I was going pretty fast but I’ve only done a small amount of sailing this year and I just pretty much went into survival mode on the run. I slipped a little bit on the run actually but I did come out today with a fourth and a fifth and I’m really happy.'

Hoegh-Christensen said, 'The first race was quite tricky. I didn’t get a good start but I managed to fight my way back and sail a very good first beat and got back up to second, rounded in second and passed Rafa down the run and I was first at the bottom, and then I was duking it out with Ben all the way up the beat and I did a small mistake and he passed me.'

'In the second race I led around the windward mark by quite a bit and it was looking pretty good all the way round, then I got into a bit of a hole down the first run and Ben and Mark Andrews passed me and then on the second beat I couldn’t hit a shift to save my life and I ended up rounding in tenth so it was a total catastrophe. I got back up to eighth. I think there’s a good chance I could climb back up the leader board. I got a little closer to Ed and Mills so there’s a good chance I can hopefully pass them tomorrow.'

Another sailor having a great regatta is Tapio Nirkko, currently in seventh overall. 'Today was a really brutal day, conditions were extremely tough, the temperature is quite low and it’s quite gusty and windy today so it was challenging for everyone. In the first race I had some troubles in the first upwind, my tactics were quite bad and I was completely in the wrong corner but it was a good recovery and decent result. In the second race I started better and I got perfect lines right from the beginning. I was pretty much picking up places the whole race until the end so I’m quite happy with that. It’s challenging and it’s the same for everybody, but that’s why we are here.'

Mark Andrews has improved his position every race, ending up with a seventh and sixth today to sit in 11th overnight. 'The regatta started off pretty bad for me but it seems to be getting better and better as each race goes on so that’s good and hopefully I’ll be somewhere near the top of the pile at the end of the week. Obviously Ben’s got a good lead at the moment but I hope to be somewhere near the top five, and a chance of a medal would be good.'

The final word today comes from regatta leader Ben Ainslie, 'It was a great day and really awesome sailing but hard work. Tactically it was hard and physically it was harder but I had a good day. It was mainly about getting the shifts right but the left played well at the top of the beat. There were quite a lot of shifts out there so I was just trying to be on the right side of the big ones.'

There will hopefully be some respite for the sailors tomorrow with very light winds forecast. There are just four more races before the split for the medal race on Friday. Wednesday's two races are scheduled to start at 11.00.

Anders Pedersen (NOR1) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival in Falmouth -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Matthias Miller(GER151) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Daniel Birgmark (SWE11) Jonathan Lombert (FRA112) Jonas Hoegh-Christensen (DEN2) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Results as of 3.40pm on May 15 2012

Overall
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 94, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank
BowNumber
SailNo
Helmname
Junior
Total
Nett
1st
29
GBR 3
1.0
(3.0)
1.0
3.0
1.0
1.0
10.0
7.0
2nd
01
GBR 11
2.0
1.0
5.0
(7.0)
5.0
4.0
24.0
17.0
3rd
14
GBR 85
4.0
8.0
2.0
11.0
(21.0)
3.0
49.0
28.0
4th
17
DEN 2
(14.0)
9.0
4.0
6.0
2.0
8.0
43.0
29.0
5th
07
EST 2
5.0
5.0
20.0
(26.0)
4.0
7.0
67.0
41.0
6th
24
FIN 218
6.0
(22.0)
9.0
8.0
17.0
2.0
64.0
42.0
7th
106
POL 17
9.0
10.0
8.0
(15.0)
12.0
5.0
59.0
44.0
8th
87
CAN 41
8.0
12.0
(16.0)
1.0
14.0
12.0
63.0
47.0
9th
10
FRA 112
25.0
2.0
6.0
2.0
16.0
(27.0)
78.0
51.0
10th
02
CRO 524
(26.0)
16.0
3.0
12.0
3.0
20.0
80.0
54.0
11th
27
GBR 88
(33.0)
23.0
12.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
91.0
58.0
12th
09
USA 4
15.0
15.0
10.0
(32.0)
8.0
13.0
93.0
61.0
13th
03
NED 842
(22.0)
14.0
11.0
4.0
20.0
14.0
85.0
63.0
14th
53
AUS 1
13.0
(25.0)
7.0
9.0
18.0
18.0
90.0
65.0
15th
05
ESP 100
31.0
(39.0)
14.0
5.0
6.0
15.0
110.0
71.0
16th
12
SWE 11
(24.0)
17.0
17.0
14.0
10.0
19.0
101.0
77.0
17th
33
POL 7
3.0
20.0
22.0
16.0
(30.0)
22.0
113.0
83.0
18th
21
RUS 9
20.0
(42.0)
24.0
19.0
11.0
10.0
126.0
84.0
19th
81
NZL 1
12.0
24.0
13.0
27.0
9.0
(32.0)
117.0
85.0
20th
32
CAN 5
(34.0)
7.0
15.0
13.0
25.0
26.0
120.0
86.0
21st
30
UKR 1
(30.0)
4.0
26.0
18.0
19.0
29.0
126.0
96.0
22nd
101
GER 151
23.0
13.0
30.0
(54.0)
23.0
11.0
154.0
100.0
23rd
23
USA 619
(37.0)
27.0
27.0
20.0
22.0
16.0
149.0
112.0
24th
20
CZE 1
10.0
(37.0)
31.0
30.0
24.0
24.0
156.0
119.0
25th
26
AUT 3
29.0
11.0
21.0
35.0
(36.0)
28.0
160.0
124.0
26th
90
CHN 1226
21.0
31.0
33.0
(38.0)
29.0
17.0
169.0
131.0
27th
39
RUS 1
7.0
34.0
(52.0)
48.0
13.0
30.0
184.0
132.0
28th
41
BRA109
J
(50.0)
6.0
35.0
31.0
38.0
23.0
183.0
133.0
29th
37
CZE 85
17.0
19.0
39.0
(44.0)
28.0
35.0
182.0
138.0
30th
40
TUR 21
32.0
30.0
25.0
(64.0)
43.0
9.0
203.0
139.0
31st
47
NED 841
11.0
41.0
(42.0)
17.0
37.0
33.0
181.0
139.0
32nd
34
NED 83
35.0
21.0
28.0
25.0
34.0
(40.0)
183.0
143.0
33rd
42
UKR 5
(43.0)
18.0
40.0
21.0
33.0
36.0
191.0
148.0
34th
18
SWE 6
(64.0)
26.0
19.0
42.0
31.0
31.0
213.0
149.0
35th
86
CAN 110
J
18.0
33.0
29.0
(45.0)
27.0
43.0
195.0
150.0
36th
45
NZL 8
(45.0)
35.0
36.0
22.0
35.0
25.0
198.0
153.0
37th
57
CRO 11
36.0
(55.0)
34.0
23.0
42.0
21.0
211.0
156.0
38th
46
AUS 261
16.0
43.0
23.0
24.0
(64.0)
62.0
232.0
168.0
39th
58
CRO 671
(48.0)
47.0
38.0
36.0
15.0
37.0
221.0
173.0
40th
103
NOR 1
J
44.0
46.0
18.0
55.0
26.0
(95.0 DNF)
284.0
189.0
41st
48
HUN 6
39.0
29.0
43.0
46.0
(50.0)
34.0
241.0
191.0
42nd
59
CYP 19
47.0
44.0
48.0
33.0
(53.0)
38.0
263.0
210.0
43rd
78
IND 11
38.0
38.0
(62.0)
52.0
46.0
39.0
275.0
213.0
44th
38
RUS 57
(95.0 BFD)
60.0
32.0
28.0
51.0
45.0
311.0
216.0
45th
67
GBR 29
J
42.0
(59.0)
37.0
47.0
45.0
48.0
278.0
219.0
46th
119
CAN 902
46.0
32.0
55.0
39.0
(95.0 BFD)
49.0
316.0
221.0
47th
113
SWE 89
41.0
(63.0)
60.0
37.0
44.0
41.0
286.0
223.0
48th
117
POL 8
61.0
52.0
(70.0)
40.0
32.0
46.0
301.0
231.0
49th
79
IRL 4
(73.0)
40.0
45.0
58.0
41.0
47.0
304.0
231.0
50th
62
GBR 18
J
(70.0)
36.0
47.0
41.0
52.0
61.0
307.0
237.0
51st
77
HUN 8
54.0
51.0
(64.0)
29.0
60.0
44.0
302.0
238.0
52nd
110
TUR 35
53.0
(78.0)
50.0
59.0
40.0
42.0
322.0
244.0
53rd
56
CHN 43
40.0
45.0
44.0
(71.0)
65.0
54.0
319.0
248.0
54th
65
GBR 23
J
49.0
53.0
57.0
56.0
39.0
(95.0 DNC)
349.0
254.0
55th
63
GBR 2
51.0
50.0
49.0
(80.0)
66.0
50.0
346.0
266.0
56th
120
NED 58
(84.0)
67.0
63.0
34.0
48.0
57.0
353.0
269.0
57th
55
CAN 7
(60.0)
48.0
58.0
50.0
57.0
58.0
331.0
271.0
58th
92
DEN 46
(66.0)
66.0
41.0
62.0
54.0
52.0
341.0
275.0
59th
82
NZL 9
57.0
58.0
(72.0)
60.0
55.0
51.0
353.0
281.0
60th
50
TUR 7
27.0
28.0
51.0
83.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
379.0
284.0
61st
109
SUI 84
55.0
74.0
56.0
(75.0)
47.0
53.0
360.0
285.0
62nd
100
FRA 89
59.0
54.0
61.0
51.0
62.0
(63.0)
350.0
287.0
63rd
85
BUL 855
J
19.0
64.0
65.0
73.0
69.0
(95.0 DNC)
385.0
290.0
64th
105
POL 13
J
67.0
65.0
54.0
(84.0)
58.0
55.0
383.0
299.0
65th
80
LTU 7
(85.0)
77.0
71.0
43.0
49.0
60.0
385.0
300.0
66th
111
USA 21
(69.0)
56.0
67.0
68.0
56.0
59.0
375.0
306.0
67th
88
CAN 9
58.0
62.0
53.0
67.0
67.0
(95.0 DNC)
402.0
307.0
68th
51
AUS 2
28.0
49.0
46.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
408.0
313.0
69th
75
GBR 7
(86.0)
82.0
66.0
49.0
59.0
65.0
407.0
321.0
70th
61
FRA 99
75.0
69.0
69.0
(82.0)
61.0
56.0
412.0
330.0
71st
68
GBR 567
52.0
70.0
59.0
57.0
(95.0 DNC)
95.0 DNC
428.0
333.0
72nd
108
SUI 63
62.0
71.0
68.0
70.0
(76.0)
64.0
411.0
335.0
73rd
73
GBR 665
79.0
(85.0)
73.0
61.0
63.0
66.0
427.0
342.0
74th
60
CZE 11
J
63.0
57.0
85.0
(95.0 DNF)
71.0
69.0
440.0
345.0
75th
93
FRA 61
65.0
68.0
(83.0)
77.0
68.0
67.0
428.0
345.0
76th
54
BUL 77
56.0
75.0
74.0
(79.0)
75.0
72.0
431.0
352.0
77th
104
GBR 635
71.0
(79.0)
78.0
63.0
74.0
68.0
433.0
354.0
78th
112
USA 53
72.0
72.0
80.0
(87.0)
70.0
71.0
452.0
365.0
79th
52
AUS 8
76.0
61.0
(86.0)
85.0
78.0
70.0
456.0
370.0
80th
64
GBR 20
81.0
83.0
75.0
65.0
73.0
(95.0 DNC)
472.0
377.0
81st
94
FRA 57
68.0
76.0
(95.0 DNF)
53.0
95.0 DNF
95.0 DNC
482.0
387.0
82nd
76
GBR 711
78.0
90.0
77.0
72.0
72.0
(95.0 DNF)
484.0
389.0
83rd
91
DEN 210
77.0
92.0
79.0
69.0
77.0
(95.0 DNC)
489.0
394.0
84th
95
FRA 66
74.0
81.0
82.0
66.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
493.0
398.0
85th
74
GBR 68
80.0
73.0
76.0
78.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
497.0
402.0
86th
98
FRA 869
89.0
84.0
89.0
81.0
80.0
(95.0 DNC)
518.0
423.0
87th
97
FRA 86
87.0
91.0
81.0
86.0
79.0
(95.0 DNF)
519.0
424.0
88th
71
GBR 631
93.0
86.0
87.0
74.0
(95.0 DNC)
95.0 DNC
530.0
435.0
89th
96
FRA 72
92.0
88.0
84.0
76.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
530.0
435.0
90th
72
GBR 644
J
83.0
80.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
543.0
448.0
91st
69
GBR 611
82.0
87.0
(95.0 DNC)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
549.0
454.0
92nd
99
FRA 880
88.0
89.0
(95.0 DNS)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
557.0
462.0
93rd
66
GBR 24
91.0
94.0
88.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
558.0
463.0
94th
70
GBR 617
90.0
93.0
(95.0 DNF)
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
95.0 DNC
563.0
468.0


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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In January Nqoba, from Durban, will embark on his Yachtmaster qualification and will have none other than legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to ever sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968-69, as his mentor as he takes the first steps to realise his dream of circumnavigating the globe at the helm of a Clipper 70. ... [more]  

IFDS 2014 Worlds: But as you reflect back on the year, we hope you will agree that week of competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia set a new standard for disabled sailing. It was the largest world regatta yet with 18 SKUD-18 teams, 14 Sonar teams and 49 2.4mR competitors and the largest number of countries participating. There were some challenging days finding enough wind to race. ... [more]  

The 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik ‘Mothapolooza’ which promises a potential head-to-head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
Part 2 of three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson covers what happened from the time the Volvo65 hit the reef on the SE corner of the Cargados Carajos Shoals. ... [more]  

Last Saturday saw the third annual St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up organized by the St. Maarten Regatta as part of the Regatta Art Competition. Unfortunately, due to exams, not many children showed up. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has released the selection procedures for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team (Sailing) in the 10 events selected for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place from August 5-21, 2016, and the sailing events will be based at Marina de Gloria on Rio de Janeiro’s harbor front. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - When the cannon fires sending the 118 entries on their way in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 70th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26, two yachts will stand out, because they first competed back in the early days of the race. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race have announced from their headquarters in Alicante, Spain that an independent report has been commissioned into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind’s boat on a reef in the Indian Ocean. The report will be released during the Auckland stopover. ... [more]  

The French sailor scratches his newly shaved skin. He tentatively reaches towards a plate of fried chicken pieces. Still not sure. He rubs his chin again. He hesitates. Laurent briefly runs his eye over the other plates, but finally he can no longer resist the crispy fried chicken pieces. 'This is what I’ve been waiting for,' says the cheerful Frenchman. ... [more]  

Transatlantic Race: After time correction, Apollo 7 is leading IRC Two. Nigel's team included three close friends from his home town of Plymouth, Devon: Steve Wassell, James Slater and Mark Davies. Also on board were two offshore specialists: Dan Gohl, a past Class40 world champion and Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Record holder as well as Rolex Fastnet Race winner Brett Aarons. ... [more]  

The 2014 OK Dinghy World Championship opens at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia, on December 28th and so far there are around 80 entries, with perhaps a few more before registration closes. This 52nd OK Dinghy World Championship will be the third time that Black Rock YC has hosted the event, following 1982 and 1990. ... [more]  

Adelaide Sailing Club played host once again to the Melges 24 class for its 'Christmas Sprint Series', the third three day M24 regatta in five weeks held by ASC which, (in the same season the club is also hosting the M24 Australian Championship) says something about the power of persuasion, energy and organisation being put in to M24 class by its Australian Secretary Donna Evans. ... [more]  

The team, led by Jerome Clerc, will not compete on the 2015 Extreme circuit but intends instead to focus entirely on the Decision 35 Vulcain Trophy season in Switzerland. The professional sailing squad onboard Realteam capped a superb 2014 season with a third place in Sydney last weekend that put them on the third step of the overall Extreme Sailing Series Championship podium. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
Part 1 of three part interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson discusses the factors leading up to hitting the reef, interspersed with other research information, charts, video and images. Parts 2 and 3 will follow on consecutive days. ... [more]  

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Change is inevitable. No matter how hard you try to keep things the same, there comes a time when you must move on. The harder you resist, the more difficult the change. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is out of the water for a final modification after a high speed and rough weather training run off Sydney. ... [more]  

This is Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific from the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. Of course, to Australians and a plethora of motoring enthusiasts the world over, the real life Peter Perfect will always be The King of The Mountain. RIP Brocky (Peter Geoffrey Brock). ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: The Spirit of Adventure crew of 15 were met dockside by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and well wishers at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. After enjoying an ice cold beer, the first cold drink for two weeks, the crew cleared customs and headed for the Victory Bar for eggs and bacon. ... [more]  

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2014 - The World Cup Final was a 100-point regatta and whilst Shaw took maximum points, Tartaglini’s eighth was enough for her to hold on to World number one heading into 2015. Shaw remains at World number two with Laura Linares (ITA) at World number three and 2014 World Champion Charline Picon (FRA) at World number four. ... [more]  

Comanche; Supermaxi Showdown VIDEO by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
In what is touted to be one of the most hotly contested Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours battles in recent history, there's been plenty of on-water supermaxi activity over the last week. ... [more]  

Commodores Cup - There was barely four knots of wind for the start of race one today. Brian and I started in port tack, at the committee boat, hit the right corner, and never looked back. There were a few tricky moments on the first run, in four knots of wind, but we managed our position well. For the second lap, the breeze built to six knots and steadied out a bit which made out lives easier. ... [more]  

2014 /2015 International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Event No. 1 - One final light air race concluded the 2014/15 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Act No. 1 on Sunday, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) with championship winner Jason Michas on Midnight Blue along with tactician Mark Mendelblatt and crew Trevor Moore winning the final heat and taking the overall win. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Aref Lahham's Swan 68, Yacana crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race on Sunday 14th December at 03:25 UTC. The crew are all friends from Greece and the German Frers designed yacht with classic lines is beautifully maintained and balanced for a heavy displacement yacht. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - The Wave, Muscat’s long tenure of the Extreme Sailing Series crown came to an end in Sydney today when Swiss team Alinghi won the eighth and final Act of the year to take an overall victory in the 2014 series despite a superb late challenge from Tom Slingsby on Oman Air. ... [more]  

Images of the Extreme Sailing Series, Act 8, Sydney, Australia and video about most memorable in the Series' eight-year history. The Series was won by Alinghi after an action packed three days of racing on the confines of Sydney Harbour, which was the venue for the international series for the first time. ... [more]  

In this case it was the 5,220-nautical mile stage from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi – the second stage of this year’s Volvo – that took the crew on the China-sponsored entry Dongfeng Race Team just under 24 days to complete. But the striking thing about the men on board Dongfeng is that all of them were finding it very hard to think of anything except the final few hours. ... [more]  

Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi crowned 2014 and Sydney champions
Extreme Sailing Series -Sydney Land Rover recognises talent
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Medal Race Images
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi dons ESS Crown, Oman Air wins award
18ft Skiffs: Rooklyn scores win in Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy
ISAF Sailing World Cup: Fan cranks up for final Melbourne day + Videos
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Day 1
Extreme Sailing Series: Delayed coverage - Day 4 +Audio *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng score another excellent result
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Fleet rumbles in Miami
Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat see championship bid slip
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - From acorns grow oaks
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel (NED) wins Leg 2
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team wins
Extreme Sailing Series: Day 3 image gallery from Sydney Harbour *Feature
The Extreme Sailing Series™ - Action-packed day on Sydney Harbour
Early Christmas presents for ISAF Sailing World Cup medallists + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 finish - Team Brunel wins from Dongfeng *Feature
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Day 1 overall
2014/2015 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Images by Joy Dunigan
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage - Day 3 +Audio *Feature   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with successful sponsor party   
Successful seventh edition of 2014 World Yacht Racing Forum   
2014 Star Sailors League Finals - Catching up with Robert Stanjek   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Day 6 Preview   
Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 Photos and season highs and lows video   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two - Final fight to the finish + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - McMillan tops table in Sydney + Video   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi - Day 2: Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney   
ISAF SWC Melbourne - Top ten prepare for Port Phillip showdown + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act Eight 2014 – Photos by Andrea Francolini   
Volvo Ocean Race: Three way alley-brawl on final day of Leg 2 *Feature   
International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2014-15: Holiday heat   
ISAF SWC Melbourne: Family affair for Papua New Guinea sailors + Video   
Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship - Stormy capsize   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Lupa spice it up for Line Honours victory   
Extreme Sailing Series: Replay coverage - Day 2 +Audio *Feature   
America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced *Feature   
US Tour: Four GC32s to compete at Quantum Key West Race Week + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - Wet, wild and windy   


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