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USA takes two medals at ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi By US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, , 9:01 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
The first-ever event of its kind, the Sailing World Cup Final brought together the top performers from the ISAF Sailing World Cup international racing series for Olympic classes, as well as standout performers from the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships held in September. ...

Melges 32 World Championship - Tight at top as Kamei takes early lead By International Melges 32 Class Association, , 8:53 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Melges 32 World Championship 2014: And for more than half of the talented 17-boat Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the points spread is almost unimportant. 'We're looking at the top nine boats separated by just nine points after two races,' explained Race Officer Anderson Reggio’ ...

Fort Lauderdale greets Oceans of Hope yacht By Sailing Sclerosis Foundation, , 8:01 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceans of Hope sailed into Fort Lauderdale this morning at 11:00 a.m. local time to an enthusiastic dockside audience awaiting their arrival. Cheers ensued, horns blared and the crew looked happy to arrive in the tropical landscape of Florida. It has been a long and arduous journey for some, including Christina Lamb Sidell, who joined the Oceans of Hope crew several weeks ago in New Jersey. ...

Star Sailors League: Rookie gives top Stars a nudge on Day 1 in Nassau By Star Sailors League, Nassau, Bahamas , 1:21 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
It was a perfect first day for the second Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau with sun and wind in abundance. The racing had it all, including a lots of jostling around the marks, collisions, penalties and, most importantly, neck-and-neck finishes with surprise winners. ...

Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ...

Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: ‘Ship-wrecks’ tell of escape from mid-ocean reef By, , 9:40 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race’s ship-wrecked nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew finally made it back to civilisation on Wednesday, telling of their amazing escape from a collision with an Indian Ocean reef which grounded their boat. The unshaven, exhausted team in the global ocean race were holed up, incommunicado, for three days in the remote archipelago after their boat ran into the reef on Saturday afternoo ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 70th edition of international classic By, , 3:20 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 marks the 70th edition of the race, a fitting occasion to pay tribute to an event that is an international yachting icon. Inspired by Corinthian origins, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was first held in 1945 and has run every year since. Its appeal was immediate, its popularity and reputation grew rapidly. ...

Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...

2015 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Destination paradise By Melges 20, , 4:22 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Like birds of migration when the thermometer drops, Audi Melges 20 sailors leave the frozen tundra and begin their annual winter pilgrimage to the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami. In its sixth winter series based out of Coconut Grove Yacht Club (CGSC), the class looks to build on experiences from previous years to ensure the racing is world class ...

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Nomad IV returning to Canaries By RORC Transatlantic, , 3:24 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Saturday 30th November 1000 UTC from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Grenada, West Indies, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas crew leave the Island of Woe By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:43 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind crew are finally on their way back to civilisation after two days sitting on a remote ‘sand pit’ in the Indian Ocean, where there was a risk of shark encounters. The Volvo Ocean Race team dramatically grounded their boat after ploughing into a reef on St Brandon archipelago on Saturday at 19 knots and were forced to abandon it in the early hours of the following day ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas looking at options to re-join race + Video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:21 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Now that the sailors are safe and on their way to the Mauritius Island, Vestas and the race organisers are evaluating if Team Vestas Wind’s boat can be repaired. Team Shore Support manager Neil Cox, discusses the situation on video ...

America's Cup: Dalton coy on 'Major Event' for New Zealand *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 6:26 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, speaking from Auckland, said the team had known for a while that the match would be held in Bermuda and that the announcement 'was not a bombshell' for the team. He added they would have preferred the US mainland venue of San Diego. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda home for 35th America's Cup By America's Cup Media, , 5:59 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The next America’s Cup will be raced in Bermuda in June of 2017. The host venue was confirmed at a press conference in New York on Tuesday by Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup. Michael Dunkley, the Premier of Bermuda, said hosting the America’s Cup would showcase the island’s strengths. ...

America's Cup: Team NZ says Bermuda venue 'not a setback' for team By, , 5:41 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
In a statement issued immediately after the Media Conference held in Manhattan, New York, Emirates Team New Zealand said that Bermuda, selected as the venue for the 35th America’s Cup match, has the capacity, the experience and the will to run a successful event in 2017. ...

America's Cup: Bermuda announced as Venue + Video replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 4:27 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
America's Cup Commissioner Dr Harvey Schiller has announced that the next America's Cup will be staged in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The announcement confirms leaked information as to the Match Venue, and will be the first time that America's Cup has been Defended by US outside US waters ...

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 30 show By Sail-World, , 11:12 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 32nd recorded in Perth - The Wild West The line up: Sailing News is Sixty Seconds-ish; Andrea Francolini, renowned marine photographer; Andrew York, VX One and T-Shirt Etiquette; John Bacon, owner of Dark Star MC38 ; Klaus Lorenz, member of Envy Scooters M32 ...

Comanche arrives in Sydney ahead of Sydney-Hobart supermaxi battle By Bridgid Murphy, , 10:53 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Comanche, one of five eye-catching 100-foot super maxis competing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, has now arrived in Sydney to begin final preparations to take the start line on December 26th. Arriving on a container ship from the USA, the boat will be prepared for competition with the initial goal of racing in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge in Sydney Harbour on December 9th. ...

First shots of supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI side by side *Feature By Andrew Richardson, Woolwich , 9:02 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Some of the first 'Side By Side' shots of the supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche have been posted to YouTube Jim Clark's hot new 100 ft Comanche has travelled from Newport RI - to line up against a recent set of contenders including Syd Fisher Ragamuffin for a Sydney to Hobart showdown. ...

Barcelona World Race: 30 days to start, 11 days to opening of quayside By Daniel Ferrando, , 7:43 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: The double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops will set off from the Catalan capital on the 31st of December at 13:00 (GMT+1). Now into the month of December, the teams taking part in this third edition of the competition are working hard on their final preparations ahead of the regatta start. ...

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Jury and public have made their choice By Bernard Schopfer, , 4:18 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The international Jury and the public have made their choice! The top 20 pictures will be printed and exhibited during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Barcelona. The winners will be celebrated on December 11. More than one million pages have been viewed on the event website! ...

Andrea Mura and 'Vento Di Sardegna' at YCCS Virgin Gorda By YCCS, , 4:00 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda was delighted to welcome award-winning sailor Andrea Mura at the YCCS Marina in the North Sound this weekend. ...

Syd Fischer launches his ‘surfboard’ ahead of Rolex Sydney Hobart By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 2:40 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - As family, friends and well-wishers looked on Syd Fischer OBE launched what he has dubbed 'my giant surfboard', his newly hulled Ragamuffin 100, at Sydney City Marine in Rozelle, Sydney, today. ...

Supermaxi Team Ragamuffin launched in Sydney By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:31 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
The revamped supermaxi, Team Ragamuffin, has been launched in Sydney and has undergone her inclination test, as part of the Rating process. She is virtually a new boat, with the new hull joined to the Maximus deck. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at their Nowra facility. She will race in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart. ...

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