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Sail for Gold Regatta - Racing steps up a gear on day 3

'Ben SAXTON-Hannah DIAMOND-Nacra17 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3'    © Paul Wyeth / RYA

On day three of the Sail for Gold Regatta, racing stepped up a gear, with sailors revelling in big breeze, strong gusts and spells of sunshine at this third leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.

Wind speeds of 15-20 knots which built to 25 knots across Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour made for exciting racing for the eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes.

RS:X Windsurfing World Champion Nick Dempsey relished the strong winds Portland Harbour had to offer in today’s morning session, with a commanding three race wins to keep him at the top of the leaderboard.

'It was a really nice day today and pretty windy so I am really pleased with my performance. I seem to be going quite quick and everything seems quite simple when you’re going fast. We had a different direction of wind today which made it a little tricky but it was good fun!

'The whole week has been good, the first day we had some really light winds which just makes the racing hard and physically difficult so the racing was a lot closer and much more of a challenge for myself and the rest of the fleet. But with the wind picking up it has made it a lot more enjoyable – I prefer days like today as they are more fun but I would like to think of one of my strengths as being good in a mix of conditions.'

'Everyone wants to do well and we all want to challenge ourselves and we want to race as hard as we can and get the most out of it. It’s tough racing, the GBR guys are getting faster and better which is great for me, great for them and as a squad we are getting better and better!'

With mini-medal style races taking place across the five days of competition, the Olympic silver and bronze medallist was quick to give praise to the Race Management teams being used at this year’s Sail for Gold.

'The Race Management has been bang on this week! They seem to listen to us if we have a bit of input and they just seem to be all over it this week.

'The racing is fantastic. I suppose that is part of what the Olympic Games left us with – great Race Management and a great event.'

Blanca MANCHON-RSX8.5 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

In the RS:X 8.5 class runaway leader Bryony Shaw added a further three race wins to her impressive scoreline while Spain’s Blanca Manchon posted a third and two seconds to leave her 10 points behind in second. Izzy Hamilton is third.

'It was a really good day today with good conditions and three great races,' expressed Manchon.

'The final two races were beautiful, the sun was shining and we had nice breeze. I don’t have a favourite condition but for me it’s better to train in a mixture of conditions and planing conditions as its good preparation for the Europeans and World Championships.'

'Bryony is really strong in this regatta and is sailing very well. It’s good for me to train and race against Bryony. I have come to the Sail for Gold Regatta for some good training and just to have fun and if I finish on the podium it will be great.'

Kate MACGREGOR-Katrina BEST-49erFX - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

A race win, a fourth and a second have kept Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz in the lead in the 49erFX event.

The Dutch sailors have only finished out of the top three once and in a range of conditions have demonstrated there versatility. On there week so far Bekkering said: 'We are really happy with our performance across the three days so far. It is always nice to lead the fleet and I think we have had good scores with mainly top threes so it’s good that we have been able to keep consistent.

Duetz added: 'We had another good day again – there was more breeze today which made it really fun with more action on the course. We like the big breeze, it was a hard day with a lot of shifts as well which makes it very exciting in the boat handling and with all the manoeuvres.'

Kate Macgregor and Katrina Best enjoyed the breeze at this halfway stage of the regatta with a 2-1-5 to keep them in second position.

'It was tricky for sure out there today,' said Macgregor. 'It was very shifty and there were some big rain clouds coming through mixing it all up so it was definitely hard to read what was going to happen but it was good fun, especially in the last race when the breeze really picked up and it got a bit more extreme.

Trailing the Dutch duo by four points with only two days left of racing to go, 2012 Olympian Macgregor added: 'I raced against Annemiek [Bekkering] when I was Match Racing so I know she is a very good sailor and she has been doing very well in the FX this year as well as last year. We knew they would provide us with strong competition this week so it’s great to have them over here at Sail for Gold.'

49er fleet - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Dave Evans and Ed Powys have extended their lead in the 49er event with an impressive two seconds and first. The British Sailing Team pair have a healthy 12 point cushion over Nic Asher and Fynn Sterritt, with Powys pleased with their progress on day three.

'We were in quite good positions in all three of the races today so it was a bit of a shame not to get more than the one bullet, but we are going fast so are pretty happy!'

'We are trying out some new equipment this week and it seems to be working out quite nicely so hopefully we will get a good range across the next couple of days and continue to put it through its paces.'

Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube lie third after the ten race series, while Japan’s Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi, who have notched the most race wins this week, including a win in today’s second race, occupy fourth.

Lucy Macregor,Nacra 17,GBR 42 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh made the most of Wednesday’s early afternoon gusts in the mixed multihull event. Two race wins, a second and a fourth have kept the duo at the top of the Nacra 17 leaderboard whilst British Team mates Pippa Wilson and John Gimson revelled in north westerly breeze clinching two bullets and two seconds to close the gap at the top of the table to only one point. Nacra 17 World silver medallists Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond sit ten points off the top spot in third.

Giles SCOTT-Finn - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Giles Scott has increased his lead at the top of the Finn fleet with another impressive performance. Three races win and a third, in spite of a capsize today, has seen the Finn European champion extend his lead to nine points over Mark Andrews in second. Andrew Mills picked up his first race win of the regatta and is poised in third.

Megan PASCOE-2.4mR - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The two Paralympic classes were the only classes to miss out on their full schedule of races today with the 2.4mR and Sonar completing two out of their planned four races each due to the building breeze.

The battle of the Brits continues in the 2.4mR Paralympic class with Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe almost neck and neck as the regatta reaches the half way stage. Pascoe has moved up into second overall, only one point behind the Paralympic Champion after a clean sweep of race wins today. Lucas finished today’s opening race in second, but was unable to compete in the final race of the day with her 2.4mR keelboat among a number to be swamped in the blustery conditions.

John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas continue their superb run of form in the Sonar class, with two more race wins to extend their lead to 12 points at the top of the leaderboard.

Luke PATIENCE-Elliot WILLIS-470 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Luke Patience and Elliot Willis consolidated their top spot in the combined 470 fleet with a clean sweep of race wins from the three of four races they completed. Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre, who celebrated her 20th birthday today, suffered a snapped spinnaker halyard in the opening race of the day. But the European bronze medallist pairing went on to post two thirds and a race win to sit in second, ten points ahead of Tom Kinver and Hugh Brayshaw who have moved into third with four second places from today’s racing.

Anna BURNET-Flora STEWART-470 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

RS:X 9.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR1

Nick DEMPSEY

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

GBR931

Tom SQUIRES

2.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

23

3

NED216

Matthijs VAN'T HOFF

4.0

2.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

3.0

35

4

GBR41

Alistair MASTERS

(6.0)

3.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

35

5

GBR926

Kieran MARTIN

5.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

(OCS [13.0])

8.0

38

6

GBR49

Joe BENNETT

7.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

38

7

GBR17

Connor BAINBRIDGE

3.0

(RET [13.0])

DNC [13.0]

3.0

4.0

2.0

52

8

GBR748

Max BUSHELL

(9.0)

7.0

6.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

52

9

OMA1

Waleed AL-KINDI

10.0

8.0

8.0

(11.0)

10.0

9.0

71

10

GBR983

Matthew BARTON

11.0

10.0

10.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

73

11

GBR749

Robert YORK

8.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

8.0

11.0

81

12

GBR178

Brian WILSON

12.0

11.0

11.0

12.0

(RET [13.0])

DNC [13.0]

91

 

RS:X 8.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR94

Bryony SHAW

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

ESP1

Blanca MANCHON

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

18

3

GBR30

Isobel HAMILTON

3.0

(5.0)

2.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

25

4

GBR980

Lewis MAY

4.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

6.0

4.0

30

5

GBR961

Emma WILSON

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

36

6

GBR466

Cameron COGHILL

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

7.0

48

7

GBR703

Noelle FINCH

8.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

7.0

6.0

53

8

GBR719

Emma LABOURNE

6.0

8.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

65

9

GBR889

Natalie MCWILLIAMS

9.0

(DNC [10.0])

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

72

 

2.4mR

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR75

Helena LUCAS

1.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(DNC [14.0])

15

2

GBR141

Megan PASCOE

(6.0)

5.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

16

3

AUS36

Matt BUGG

3.0

(4.0)

3.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

18

4

GBR88

Martin WHITTINGHAM-JONES

2.0

(6.0)

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

31

5

GBR3

Will STREET

5.0

2.0

7.0

4.0

9.0

(OCS [14.0])

44

6

GBR135

Niki BIRRELL

4.0

3.0

4.0

8.0

8.0

(DNC [14.0])

48

7

MAS33

Al-Mustakim MATRIN

7.0

9.0

9.0

7.0

5.0

5.0

57

8

MAS22

Mustafah JUNELL

8.0

7.0

(11.0)

9.0

6.0

7.0

58

9

GBR113

John BROOKER

11.0

10.0

8.0

6.0

7.0

4.0

63

10

GBR142

Carol DUGDALE

9.0

8.0

6.0

11.0

(DNC [14.0])

DNC [14.0]

73

11

MAS55

Azmi ANI

10.0

11.0

10.0

10.0

11.0

6.0

79

12

GBR36

Peter GREGORY

12.0

12.0

12.0

12.0

10.0

8.0

88

13

GBR54

Andrew FARROW

13.0

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

110

 

Sonar

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR1

John ROBERTSON

Hannah STODEL

Stephen THOMAS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

GBR737

Andy CASSELL

Tom ABREY

Chris OGDEN

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

20

3

GBR2

Adam PARRY

Jonny STEPHENSON

Liam CATTERMOLE

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

(5.0)

24

4

GBR747

Craig WOOD

Steven PALMER

Luke SINNOTT

3.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

31

5

GBR11

Sally DUGDALE

Ed SUCKLING

David HAWKINS

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

32

 

470

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR863

Luke PATIENCE

Elliot WILLIS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(DNS [8.0])

10

2

GBR321

Sophie WEGUELIN

Eilidh MCINTYRE

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

(DNF [8.0])

DNF [8.0]

3.0

1.0

30

3

GBR826

Tom KINVER

Hugh BRAYSHAW

4.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

35

4

GBR853

Anna BURNET

Flora STEWART

3.0

2.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

36

5

GBR838

Jess LAVERY

Megan BRICKWOOD

(6.0)

6.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

45

6

GBR828

Robert GULLAN

Tim LINSELL

5.0

7.0

7.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

(DNF [8.0])

54

7

GBR865

Amy SEABRIGHT

Anna CARPENTER

DNC [8.0]

4.0

3.0

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

65

 

49er

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Nett

1

GBR98

David EVANS

Edward POWYS

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

19

2

GBR114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

6.0

4.0

1.0

3.0

4.0

(8.0)

3.0

31

3

GBR77

Stephen MORRISON

Chris GRUBE

2.0

3.0

5.0

(RET [14.0])

3.0

7.0

2.0

35

4

JPN81

Yukio MAKINO

Kenji TAKAHASHI

4.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

1.0

(10.0)

39

5

GBR4

Dylan FLETCHER

Alain SIGN

5.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

6.0

3.0

4.0

40

6

GBR10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

(11.0)

10.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

6.0

44

7

GBR848

Alex TOBUTT

Stuart APPLEBY

10.0

11.0

6.0

6.0

1.0

11.0

9.0

63

8

SUI111

Simon HISCOCKS

Lucien CUJEAN

8.0

8.0

10.0

8.0

9.0

6.0

7.0

72

9

BEL11

Yannick LEFÈBVRE

Matthieu JANSSENS

(12.0)

1.0

11.0

5.0

12.0

10.0

5.0

74

10

GBR600

Rory HUNTER

Neil HUNTER

1.0

7.0

9.0

11.0

8.0

9.0

(12.0)

75

11

GBR360

Jack HAWKINS

Chris THOMAS

7.0

9.0

8.0

9.0

(13.0)

13.0

11.0

81

12

GBR321

Chris Taylor

Dominick Burke

9.0

12.0

12.0

10.0

11.0

12.0

8.0

95

13

BRA137

Rodrigo MONTEIRO

Jucyan OKRETIC

13.0

13.0

(RET [14.0])

RET [14.0]

10.0

5.0

DNC [14.0]

105

 

49erFX

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Nett

1

NED110

Annemiek BEKKERING

Annette DUETZ

3.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

17

2

GBR99

Kate MACGREGOR

Katrina BEST

2.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

5.0

21

3

GBR17

Charlotte DOBSON

Sophie AINSWORTH

4.0

3.0

(8.0)

6.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

30

4

NED999

Lars VAN STEKELENBORG

Floris VAN DE WERKEN

1.0

4.0

2.0

(OCS [9.0])

4.0

2.0

1.0

34

5

GBR121

Frances PETERS

Nicola GROVES

(RET [9.0])

5.0

4.0

1.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

35

6

IRL997

Andrea BREWSTER

Saskia TIDEY

5.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

7.0

5.0

4.0

46

7

NED666

Jolbert VAN DIJK

Josca HUMMEL

6.0

(7.0)

6.0

4.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

53

8

GBR196

Victoria PAYNE

Katie TOMSETT

7.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

(DNC [9.0])

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

70

 

Finn

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR41

Giles SCOTT

1.0

1.0

(3.0)

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

13

2

GBR88

Mark ANDREWS

3.0

(5.0)

1.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

22

3

GBR85

Andrew MILLS

2.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

25

4

GBR91

Ben CORNISH

5.0

(6.0)

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

40

5

GBR29

Peter MCCOY

4.0

3.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

48

6

GBR18

James HADDEN

6.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

52

 

Nacra 17

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR42

Lucy MACGREGOR

Andrew WALSH

1.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

1.0

18

2

GBR76

Pippa WILSON

John GIMSON

2.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

19

3

GBR181

Ben SAXTON

Hannah DIAMOND

3.0

(5.0)

4.0

1.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

28

4

GBR120

Rupert WHITE

Nicola BONIFACE

5.0

1.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

41

5

GBR182

Tom PHIPPS

Zennor PASCOE

4.0

4.0

6.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

45

6

GBR152

Alicia CLIFFORD

Thomas BRUTON

6.0

6.0

7.0

8.0

(RET [11.0])

5.0

5.0

5.0

58

7

NOR196

Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN

Martine Steller MORTENSEN

7.0

7.0

5.0

6.0

(DNF [11.0])

7.0

RET [11.0]

RET [11.0]

81

8

USA123

Stephanie HUDSON

Ian ANDREWES

10.0

10.0

10.0

7.0

6.0

(RET [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

90

9

JPN249

Hiroki GOTO

Wakako TABATA

9.0

8.0

8.0

10.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

91

10

GBR119

Tim CARTER

Abby ZAMBINSKI

8.0

9.0

9.0

9.0

(RET [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

94


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Racing is scheduled to start at 10.30am tomorrow (Thursday 4 June) with a 12-15 knot forecast in store.

The Sail for Gold Regatta, organised by the RYA and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, is part of the four-stage 2014 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.

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The second stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour is coming up next and will be held in Algarrobo, Chile from 24 - 31 January. More than eight yachts are expected to take part in the Chille Sailing Week, a competition noted for its level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. ... [more]  

The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts the Australian and World championships, starting next week. ... [more]  

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

An initiative by the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) led to collaboration with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and ultimately the creation of a new superyacht handicapping rule - the ORC SuperYacht Rule (ORCsy). ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 by Antigua Sailing Week
If you haven't been to Antigua Sailing Week for some years Antigua Sailing Week have a quick overview for you of what has changed and what makes it worth the journey along with information on bareboat and race charters, multihulls and challenges for 2015. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race: The three-man team on Sérénade was the final yacht to complete the inaugural race. Having spent over 18 days at sea, the crew were understandably tired but Denis Villotte, Alain Houchard and Pit Porta were smiling from ear to ear in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. A large welcoming party had gathered to greet them. ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Round the World: The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean last March. The Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship is an internationally renowned trophy awarded annually for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea. ... [more]  

OK Dinghy Worlds: Some sailors will even be in transit over the festive period, so thoughts of overindulgence will be a long way from their minds as they focus on the challenge ahead – overcoming the strong Australian team and preparing for the conditions on Port Phillip Bay. However, if the event is true to form - there will be overindulgence in competitive and fun racing. ... [more]  

The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - With the early weather outlook for next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race indicating it will be a sometimes torrid all-round test over the 628 nautical miles, the highly experienced crew of race record holder Wild Oats XI is feeling comfortable but not over-confident. ... [more]  

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club, Huki Outrigger, and Hoven Vision present the 19th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca. on January 24th, 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water to provided this gallery of images of Comanche. ... [more]  

Images from Mauritius as the Team Vestas Wind recovery crew prepare to depart for the Cargados Carajos Shoals, over 200nm away. The team have acquired some salvage equipment and will live aboard a chartered boat and attempt to float the boat over the reef and into the lagoon. ... [more]  

The skipper of Mapfre, Iker Martinez will leave the Campos managed Volvo Ocean Race entry for the third Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team cites a conflict between Martinez's Olympic commitments in the Nacra 17 and the Volvo Ocean Race, as the reason for the departure which the team says was a planned move. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) has flown back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago. ... [more]  

The America's Cup Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams registered for the 2017 America’s Cup, has appointed Iain Murray as Regatta Director. The appointment was tipped a month ago in Sail-World.com. Under the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, the appointment has to be approved by the majority of the competitors. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: The intention to enter the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the 71st edition has just been confirmed by Clipper Race organisers. The RSHYR will form part of the biennial Clipper Race series for a second time. The round-the-world fleet created much interest in 2013 as amateur sailors from over 40 different nationalities competed as part of their 40,000 mile circumnavigation. ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 34th. Sailing news in sixty seconds-ish (2:46). Sail Sydney: Josh McKnight (Moth, 9:43), Tom Spithill (Moth, 12:45), Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (FX, 15:24) Tom Burton (Laser, 23:20) James Wierzbowski (Extreme 40's, 32:08) and much more ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: Isabelle Haudiquet was on the helm as the bright yellow hull blasted through the finish line. Having safely moored Bingo after 17 days at sea, the French crew enjoyed a cold beer dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Final part of a 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 tell what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. ... [more]  

The Safety Requirements and Recommendations (SRR) for the 2015 Bell's Bayview Mackinac Race are now published. On Saturday, March 21, Bayview will be hosting Mark Thornton for his presentation and seminar 'Preparing Your Mac Forecast: A Workshop For Sailors.' ... [more]  

2015 International 14 World Championship - Four-time World Champion, Britain’s Archie Massey, expects racing in the titles at Geelong, Australia, will be tight. ... [more]  

The 2014 WWA Wake Park World Series (WPWS) officially ended this past weekend at one of the most fun and progressive cable parks on the globe; Thai Wake Park (TWP) in Bangkok, Thailand. With tons of advanced new features in the lake, top Wakeboarders from all over the world tightened up their boots and hit the water for what would be a groundbreaking finish to a historical WPWS season. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip
Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity
Optim'X (FRA) completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart
ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out *Feature
Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched
Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature   
USA 4 Windsurfing campaign   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - One last modification to Wild Oats XI   
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 2 - Frosty, Hoonigan and Wilbo *Feature   
RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Big adventure comes to an end   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 15 December 2014   
Comanche; Supermaxi Showdown VIDEO   
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Final day   
2014/15 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Jason Michas wins   
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Yacana crosses finish line   
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Swiss team Alinghi wins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Images from Act 8 + Series' Highlights video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team - Leg Two review   
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   


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