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Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri

'2014 Nacra 17 European Championship'    Antoine Beysens    Click Here to view large photo

If the loss of the first day of racing at the Nacra 17 European Championships due to too little wind was the price to be paid in order to have great Mistral conditions today off La Grande Motte, then many of the 71 competing crews would accept that as a worthwhile tax.

Today’s payback was a cross offshore, NW’ly Mistral averaging 17 to 19kts but up to 23kts at times which was peppered with lighter holes and big shifts in direction creating a spectacular opening to the regatta.

While the top ranked Italian sailors Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri who went 1,4,1 in the yellow fleet to lead the world champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) who opened with a 5,1,1 in the opposite grey fleet, it was not so straightforward an opening day for Australia’s Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis who found themselves on the back foot.

A collision with a Bulgarian crew resulted in a hole in the Bulgarians boat in the first race, and in the second they were among those penalised under the black flag rule. To add to their woes a capsize put the tin lid on a day the duo who hold three Olympic silver medals between them will probably be glad to put behind them.

Keeping it simple, staying out of trouble and sailing the shifts well were the fundamental building blocks to success today. Besson and Riou, who train on these waters with the French team, were in their element, starting off with a fifth in their first race when it was especially shifty with big changes in wind pressure with the breeze puffing partially off the land. The Italian regatta leaders also adhered to the first principles of sailing the key shifts and holding their lane out of the traffic.

Besson explained how they stuck to watchwords of keeping it simple, safe and fast: 'The wind constantly changes strength and direction and so it is hard to find the right angle to get to the buoy as fast as possible. The key in these conditions is safety first. You really have to use secure maneuvers because we are never safe from a fault or a capsize and it needs great control between crew and helmsman to be very coordinated.'

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

The Italians, who are world ranked number one on the ISAF standings, showed the benefit of their intense training programme in Cagliari which they shared with the Austrians Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank. They too would have been up there was well but for a black flag penalty in the first race, in which they crossed the finish line second.

Bissario said: 'It is not an easy job to win. Two wins is good but the championships are long. We just sail fast and do the simple things well and try and get the shifts right. We are happy. We expected to do this because we have worked hard and have been going well.'

New Zealand’s Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders won the first race for the grey fleet and were then pleased to back that up with a pair of solid, counting results in the form of an 11th and an eighth.

'We had three keepers which is good from a first day like that.' Said Jones 'It was very shifty, very up and down and when we first went out it was very windy. The first and second races were a bit lighter. We feel like we had good speed and were racing quite well but just have to get on the right side of the windshifts.'

In the tactical, technical conditions Denmark’s 49er bronze medallist Alan Norrergard sailing with Line Just retained a high level of consistency with a 2,2,4, proving they are fast learners in the Nacra 17 since making the move into the mixed sex Olympic catamaran just over six months ago, after they have put in some hard miles training at home.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Norregard, third at London 2012, smiled: 'We are very happy. We were in the right places at the right times. There were very big shifts and we managed to get them right. Some of it was a little bit lucky but that is the way it is in these conditions. If you are in the right place at the right time it is easy. We were up there all the way. Getting the first shift was important because it got you out of the traffic. But we were really happy with our speed and how we sailed. We have done a lot of training at home. We have just done a lot of hours on the boat, some in breeze. But to be honest we are still getting the hang of it. The French are still better than us in these conditions but I think we can catch them at some point. They are good downwind and really push the boat more. We are still a bit careful. So we need more time in windy conditions. For me it is really fun, a lot of new things after the 49er, learning every time we are on the water and I am really enjoying it. We really only started this project about six months ago and so we are still quite new into it. We changed to the boat only in the spring and surprisingly we did not expect to get near the top so quickly. We will see over the week we will drop a bit this week I’m sure, but it was tactical, technical racing.'

Qualifying racing continues with warning signals due at 0900hrs local time Wednesday in order to try and catch up on the races lost on day one.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Lucy MacGregor (GBR): 'We had two good races and then did not get a good start in the third one. We just lost our gap on the line and so had to fight our way back through the fleet which was pretty tough in that breeze. We got a counter. The conditions were pretty crazy, up and down and very shifty. The two good ones we fought up to thirds. We are going well, speedwise which is good to see but there were a lot of gains and losses on the shifts. You are trying to get your head out the boat and see what is happening.'

Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) (crew with Cammas): 'We were straight into it with a lot of wind this morning. That was not really so good for us but the second race was better. These are conditions we have not had very much this year and the strong stuff is a bit of a weakness for Franck and I right now. We take this as our chance to train alongside the best. In the strong wind, we have to keep things simple, manouevering as little as possible. You can easily capsize if you attack too hard and at the same time it should not be too defensive. If the boat takes over and we lose control. There is a balance between attack and keep it simple.

Tania Frank (AUT): 'It was a surprise to get the BFD we thought we were on the line. But the second race was good, we had a good upwind and downwind, we had good speed and so we won. We are comfortable in a lot of wind. We had two months of training in Cagliari and had every kind of conditions and so we are quite confident. I was ISAF Youth World Champion in the 420 in 2011 and Thomas, my helm, was in the Tornado and was vice world champion and European Champion. He sailed the 49er for three years. We were fourth at the Europeans last year.'

John Gimson (GBR): 'The first race there were big holes in the breeze and we were a bit average. The second was good, fresher with a more solid breeze. We made a steady start. You always want some steady top ten scored and don’t get any letters. The second race the breeze was just a bot steadier but the key thing was to stay clean and out of trouble.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship - Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Darren Bundock (AUS): 'The first race we sunk the Bulgarians. It was our fault. We were on port at the start, tried to duck them and could not bear away enough. And then on the second race we got OCS. So it was a bit of a disaster. And that race we capsized. So hopefully that is our three bad strikes and we have had them. There is still plenty to go in the regatta though.'

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Scratch après 3 courses (Inc.0 retrait[s]) (71 inscrits)


Rgs

Ident

Concurrents

P Ret

P tot

c.1

c.2

c.3

Club / Pays

1

 ITA  200

BISSARO Vittorio
 SICOURI Silvia 

6.00

6.00

1
1.0

4
4.0

1
1.0

ITALIE
-

2

 FRA   1

BESSON Billy
 RIOU Marie 

7.00

7.00

5
5.0

1
1.0

1
1.0

S N O NANTES
USAM Voile Brest

3

 DEN  248

NORREGAARD Allan
 JUST Line 

8.00

8.00

2
2.0

2
2.0

4
4.0

DANEMARK
-

4

 AUS  158

MC NICOL EUAN
 WHITTY Lucinda 

14.00

14.00

2
2.0

8
8.0

4
4.0

AUSTRALIE
-

5

 ARU  212

VAN DER VELDEN Nicole
 VISSER Thijs 

16.00

16.00

8
8.0

5
5.0

3
3.0

ARU
-

6

 AUS  133

WATERHOUSE Jason
 DARMANIN Lisa 

16.00

16.00

6
6.0

4
4.0

6
6.0

AUSTRALIE
-

7

 GBR  042

MACGREGOR Lucy
 WALSH Andrew 

19.00

19.00

3
3.0

3
3.0

13
13.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

8

 NZL  222

JONES Gemma
 SAUNDERS Jason 

20.00

20.00

1
1.0

11
11.0

8
8.0

NOUVELLE ZELAND
-

9

 GBR  076

WILSON PIPA
 GIMSON JOHN 

20.00

20.00

10
10.0

2
2.0

8
8.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

10

 FRA  225

VAIREAUX Moana
 AUDINET Manon 

20.00

20.00

10
10.0

7
7.0

3
3.0

Y C CARNAC
ST GEORGES VOILES

11

 NED  244

MULDER Mandy
 DE KONING Coen 

25.00

25.00

3
3.0

3
3.0

19
19.0

HOLLANDE
-

12

 NED  081

DELNOOZ ELKE
 VAN LEEUWEN JEROEN 

29.00

29.00

14
14.0

5
5.0

10
10.0

HOLLANDE
-

13

 GBR   2

SAXTON Ben
 DIAMOND Hannah 

30.00

30.00

15
15.0

6
6.0

9
9.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

14

 GER  211

KOHLHOFF Paul
 WERNER Carolina 

31.00

31.00

11
11.0

7
7.0

13
13.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

15

 FRA  077

CAMMAS Franck
 DE TURCKHEIM Sophie 

31.00

31.00

13
13.0

9
9.0

9
9.0

YCPR
S R ANTIBES

16

 ARG  226

LANGE Santiago
 CARRANZA SAROLI Cecilia 

32.00

32.00

4
4.0

16
16.0

12
12.0

ARGENTINE
-

17

 SWE  153

SVENSSON IDA
 ROSENGREN RASMUS 

34.00

34.00

7
7.0

20
20.0

7
7.0

SUEDE
-

18

 GBR  120

WHITE Rupert
 NIKKI Boniface 

34.00

34.00

8
8.0

9
9.0

17
17.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

19

 FRA  085

OGEREAU Audrey
 VANDAME Matthieu 

35.00

35.00

23
23.0

10
10.0

2
2.0

A S P T T NANTES
S R VANNES

20

 AUS  067

PIETROMONACO Pip
 WIERZBOWSKI James 

35.00

35.00

15
15.0

10
10.0

10
10.0

AUSTRALIE
-

21

 FRA  078

LAUGIER Flora
 BELLET Valentin 

36.00

36.00

13
13.0

12
12.0

11
11.0

E V CATASCHOOL
CN CHATELAILLON

22

 GBR  182

PHIPPS Tom
 ROOK Marie 

37.00

37.00

19
19.0

13
13.0

5
5.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

23

 DEN  082

CHRISTIANSEN Lin Ea
 SOREN KRISTENSEN 

39.00

39.00

5
5.0

11
11.0

23
23.0

DANEMARK
-

24

 RUS  227

SEMENOV MAKSIM
 SHCHETINKINA ALINA 

42.00

42.00

4
4.0

18
18.0

20
20.0

RUSSIE
-

25

 AUT  205

ZAJAC Thomas
 FRANK Tanja 

44.00

44.00

BFD
37.0

1
1.0

6
6.0

AUTRICHE
-

26

 RUS  022

DZHIENBAEV Sergey
 IVANOVA Daria 

44.00

44.00

9
9.0

13
13.0

22
22.0

RUSSIE
-

27

 SUI  220

BAHLER MATIAS
 BRUGGER NATHALIE 

48.00

48.00

BFD
37.0

6
6.0

5
5.0

SUISSE
-

28

 ITA  032

SORRENTINO Vincenzo
 CATARCI Giorgia 

49.00

49.00

19
19.0

16
16.0

14
14.0

ITALIE
-

29

 ITA  166

SABATINI Francesco
 MAMUSA Marcella 

49.00

49.00

14
14.0

17
17.0

18
18.0

ITALIE
-

30

 NED  243

GROENEVELD Renee
 KROL Steven 

51.00

51.00

7
7.0

OCS
37.0

7
7.0

HOLLANDE
-

31

 FRA  199

PETITJEAN Ingrid
 BACKES Olivier 

52.00

52.00

17
17.0

21
21.0

14
14.0

S N MARSEILLE
S N MARSEILLE

32

 ITA  209

BRESSANI Lorenzo
 MICOL Giovanna 

55.00

55.00

12
12.0

14
14.0

29
29.0

ITALIE
-

33

 CAN  100

RAMSAY LUKE
 CHAFEE LOUISA 

56.00

56.00

26
26.0

15
15.0

15
15.0

CANADA
-

34

 GBR  152

CLIFFORD ALICIA
 BRUTON Thomas 

56.00

56.00

16
16.0

19
19.0

21
21.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

35

 AUS  217

WALKER EVAN
 GILBERT ANNALISE 

57.00

57.00

6
6.0

14
14.0

DNF
37.0

AUSTRALIE
-

36

 BEL  161

GOOD Morgan
 HEIJSTEK Charlotte 

58.00

58.00

20
20.0

22
22.0

16
16.0

BELGIQUE
-

37

 GRE  210

BEKATOROU Sofia
 TRIGONIS Konstantinos 

58.00

58.00

18
18.0

23
23.0

17
17.0

GRECE
-

38

 AUS  242

BUNDOCK DARREN
 CURTIS NINA 

61.00

61.00

BFD
37.0

12
12.0

12
12.0

AUSTRALIE
-

39

 ITA  219

SALVA Federica
 BIANCHI Francesco 

63.00

63.00

18
18.0

8
8.0

DNF
37.0

ITALIE
-

40

 ITA  126

PORRO Francesco
 BANTI Caterina Marian 

63.00

63.00

BFD
37.0

15
15.0

11
11.0

ITALIE
-

41

 BRA  230

DE FREITAS Clinio
 SWAN DE FREITAS Claudia 

63.00

63.00

16
16.0

20
20.0

27
27.0

BRESIL
-

42

 URU  147

DEFASIO PABLO
 FOGLIA MARIANA 

64.00

64.00

12
12.0

OCS
37.0

15
15.0

URUGUAY
-

43

 AUS  156

DARMANIN PAUL
 COPELAND LUCY 

65.00

65.00

25
25.0

17
17.0

23
23.0

AUSTRALIE
-

44

 JPN  249

GOTO Hiroki
 TABATA Wakako 

65.00

65.00

27
27.0

18
18.0

20
20.0

JAPON
-

45

 DEN  187

VIBORG ANDREASEN Anette
 HJORTLUND Christensen 

67.00

67.00

9
9.0

31
31.0

27
27.0

DANEMARK
-

46

 FRA  203

BELLET Romain
 SCHOENAHL Milena 

67.00

67.00

21
21.0

28
28.0

18
18.0

CN CHATELAILLON
B N A J SAVINES LAC

47

 ITA  089

BONDI David
 ANGELINI Alessandra 

68.00

68.00

11
11.0

32
32.0

25
25.0

ITALIE
-

48

 ESP  198

VERDAGUER Marc
 LOPEZ CASANOVA Marina 

73.00

73.00

17
17.0

19
19.0

DNF
37.0

ESPAGNE
-

49

 BRA  231

ALBRECHT Samuel
 RODRIGUES DE SILVA Georgia 

74.00

74.00

DNF
37.0

21
21.0

16
16.0

BRESIL
-

50

 HUN  218

VIRAG FLORA
 GECSE BALAZS 

74.00

74.00

23
23.0

22
22.0

29
29.0

HONGRIE
-

51

 GER  010

RUMPF STEFAN
 GOOS Anna Bettina 

75.00

75.00

26
26.0

25
25.0

24
24.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

52

 ESP  246

MARTINEZ IKER
 PACHECO TARA 

76.00

76.00

DNF
37.0

OCS
37.0

2
2.0

ESPAGNE
-

53

 FRA  072

HAINNEVILLE Charles
 DESBORDES Alizee 

76.00

76.00

33
33.0

24
24.0

19
19.0

C N  PAUL VATINE
S R CONCARNEAU

54

 ESP  207

ROCA DE TOGORES Ascension
 CERDAN MING Vernon 

76.00

76.00

21
21.0

24
24.0

31
31.0

ESPAGNE
-

55

 GER  092

LENZ Jakob
 BRECHLIN Susann 

77.00

77.00

29
29.0

26
26.0

22
22.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

56

 RUS  013

KRYUCHKOVA Anastasia
 SHELUDYAKOV Viacheslav 

77.00

77.00

24
24.0

23
23.0

30
30.0

RUSSIE
-

57

 RUS  255

PANKRATOVA ALENA
 ARTEMEV LURII 

79.00

79.00

25
25.0

26
26.0

28
28.0

RUSSIE
-

58

 POR  020

DOMINGOS Afonso
 NEVES Diana 

81.00

81.00

24
24.0

27
27.0

30
30.0

PORTUGAL
-

59

 MON  007

MEDECIN RODELATO Blandine
 RODELATO Jean 

82.00

82.00

20
20.0

DNF
37.0

25
25.0

MONACO
-

60

 GER  045

KAPHENGST Eckart
 KAPHENGST Tine Marie 

83.00

83.00

30
30.0

25
25.0

28
28.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

61

 ESP  188

RIVAS Toni
 LLARGUES Eli 

84.00

84.00

22
22.0

30
30.0

32
32.0

ESPAGNE
-

62

 USA  123

HUDSON Stephanie
 ANDREWES Ian 

89.00

89.00

34
34.0

29
29.0

26
26.0

ETATS UNIS D'AM
-

63

 GBR  162

ANDERSON Maddy
 ANDERSON Finbar 

90.00

90.00

32
32.0

34
34.0

24
24.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

64

 NOR  196

MARTINSEN NICHOLAS
 MORTENSEN MARTINE STELLER 

93.00

93.00

35
35.0

27
27.0

31
31.0

NORVEGE
-

65

 ITA  165

FERRAGLIA Matteo
 TOGNELLA Germana 

95.00

95.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

21
21.0

ITALIE
-

66

 GER  221

ENZENSPERGER Markus
 BRUNNER Katrin 

96.00

96.00

22
22.0

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

67

 BUL  048

ALEXANDROV ALEXANDER
 ALEXANDROVA Maria 

96.00

96.00

27
27.0

DNF
37.0

32
32.0

BULGARIE
-

68

 GBR  119

CARTER Tim
 HEWITT Abbie 

100.00

100.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

26
26.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

69

 HKG  216

FUNG Tat Choi
 CHAN Yu Ting 

100.00

100.00

28
28.0

35
35.0

DNF
37.0

HONG-KONG
-

70

 FRA  083

DOMAND Vincent
 MERELLE Fanny 

101.00

101.00

31
31.0

33
33.0

DNF
37.0

CNPA ILE DE RE
C V DU TOUQUET

---

 BUL  047

PETROVA Yoana
 TASHEV Nikolay 

111.00

111.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

BULGARIE
-

Pénalités et réparations : 25 (4 BFD; 18 DNF; 3 OCS; )


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Three very long-standing Australian members of the OK Dinghy class were inducted into the OKDIA Hall of Fame during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Championship at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday 28 December. Bill Bell, Roger Blasse and Andre Blasse were all presented with engraved crystal mementoes to mark the occasion. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Have a look at the IRC standings, the list of boats leading the Rolex Sydney Hobart overall on handicap; it’s a long time since such venerable names have graced the top of the list en masse as they do today. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ever wondered about the cost of breaking and damaging gear – and the repercussions of it in a long race such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race? Well wonder no longer. Three boat owners confidentially whispered this morning 'Don’t tell the wife, but….' ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - the boats dock in Hobart so do the stories. Everyone has a tale to tell, some funny, some of outright terror, some apocryphal to tell about the Rolex Sydney Hobart. This morning Daryl Hodgkinson jumped off his Cookson 50 Victoire with a yarn about crabs, pots and British pluck under fire. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tough Stuff Down the Tassie Coast *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
By nine a.m. this morning (Monday) ten boats were finished, amongst them several of the 50 footers arriving in a group just before 8am. The consistent theme amongst all those we interviewed was the strength of wind late yesterday on the run down the Tasmanian coast. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Comanche was finally defeated by Wild Oats in Hobart. But the new record breaker has shown great potential in the medium and strong wind. It still remains to work on its performance in the low wind. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It is going to be a busy day in Hobart, with more than two thirds of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet expected to arrive into Hobart today. ... [more]  

The overnight and morning finishes have been marked by some very close racing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. The battle for third place was won by Ragamuffin (Syd Fischer), after the canting keel supermaxi dropped back significantly yesterday afternoon, and then powered through in the fresh northerly ... [more]  

Before the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Ken Read, skipper of the US supermaxi Comanche gave this tour above and below decks of Jim and Kristy Clark's new 100ft flyer. ... [more]  

Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI and Comanche Finish Images *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
The Comanche and Wild Oats XI teams were equally gracious in victory and defeat on the dockside in Hobart today. It had been a close fought battle and while Comanche had reeled Wild Oats XI back in overnight to within 9nm , there simply wasn't enough air to power up the American boat in the run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: In what skipper Mark Richards described as the crew’s most hard-fought line honours triumph, Wild Oats XI held off the impressive challenge posed by Comanche, the newly-launched entry from the United States. Completing the race in 2 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes and 26 seconds, Wild Oats XI finished eight hours shy of the race record she set in 2012. ... [more]  

After being dismasted a short time ago in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Giacomo is motoring to the lee of Maria Island. In other race news, a very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Spithill was one of six helmsmen on Comanche. 'We can’t leave it at that,' he declared after finishing in Hobart. He says that on his watch this morning the boat reached a top speed of 32 knots and knows what she is capable of. 'Everybody got to see the true potential of this boat at the start. ... [more]  

Top international yachting photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was in the air above the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet and provided these images of the third day of racing in the classic ocean race, as the leaders closed in on the finish, and the dock celebrations by Wild Oats XI. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 'This is the sweetest victory by far,' Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to a record eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn’t come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win an eighth; I can’t believe I am here,' Richards said. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water at 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours finish and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ... [more]  

The Volvo 70 Giacomo lost her rig in the vicinity of Maria Island about 5.30pm local time yesterday evening. A second yacht Wedgetail (an RP55) lost the top off her mast in the same area at the same time. Giacomo is a Volvo 70 owned and skippered by Jim Delegat (NZL) and has a full New Zealand crew aboard ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ... [more]  

At the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race photographer Daniel Forster was on the water and provided this gallery of images from Day 2. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ... [more]  

In Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Boxing Day race the hometown Gibbs brothers, Riley, 18, and Sawyer, 16, started last in their 49er skiff but passed all of the other boats of various types to finish first in brilliant sun but cool light air Sunday. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The crew on the American super maxi Comanche have not thrown in the towel. They do not believe the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is over despite Wild Oats XI’s commanding lead. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s 10 year-old super maxi Wild Oats XI is racing towards an historic eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart this morning. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats rounds Tasman Island
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Back markers in for a pummeling as front hits
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Sunday afternoon finish expected for Wild Oats XI
Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash?
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature
Sydney-Hobart: First, Second and Third! *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature
Sydney Hobart 2014: A ridge too far for Comanche
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Images by Daniel Forster
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Honing in on halfway
Sydney Hobart Race: 'The Old Girl' proves she's still got great legs
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Drama among the supermaxis
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Howard Wright
2014 -15 Barcelona World Race - Food, food, some not so glorious!!
2015 Fireball World Championship - Notice of Race released
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Perpetual Loyal forced to retire with hull damage *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart: Clouds backs the small boats for overall win
Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature
Sydney Hobart - Comanche leads but Oats XI keeps the rubber band on
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014- Southerly takes its toll   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature   
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche take a gun to the knife fight + Video   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Supermaxi contest + Video   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from the flying start on Sydney harbour   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Start photos by Andrea Francolini   
Sydney Hobart 2014 The Cutting edge Formula 1 yacht still leads   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 – Grand dame heads back to Sydney   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Race Start Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature   
Clipper Ventures 10 starts Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Another year another record   
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 – Comanche on the warpath   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche   
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI ready to go   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Hobart coverage - December 26 - Live   
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche   


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