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30 years of the Aloha Classic - A history and philosophy By Pietro Porcella, , 5:35 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
The Aloha Classic is the longest existing windsurfing wave event (together with Sylt in Germany). 2014 marks 30 years since the very first event and the 25th edition of the Aloha Classic. Let me rewind back to when I was a young journalist, following the evolution of windsurfing, back then windsurfing was called ‘the fastest growing sport’… ...

Route du Rhum - Sébastien Josse’s objectives and aims By Kate Jennings, , 5:28 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
The Route du Rhum is a legendary race, which Sébastien Josse and the Gitana Team had no intention of following on their computer screens just because they didn’t have the winning steed. Indeed, measuring some 21 metres in length with a maximum sail area of 400m2, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild is the ‘Tom Thumb’ of the XXL fleet. ...

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - IMOCA skippers set for battle By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 5:10 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
On Wednesday 29 October in Saint Malo (France), the nine IMOCA skippers preparing to battle out the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe met with the media, not only to report on the race but also to put into perspective the future of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship class and its forthcoming big dates, the Barcelona World Race and the future race calendar. ...

Successful BMEEA Conference in Southampton By British Marine Federation, , 5:00 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
BMF group association, the British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association (BMEEA) has recently held yet another successful Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton. The Conference was packed with a wide range of talks. ...

13th International Sailing Summit proud to be key event at METS By British Marine Federation, , 4:54 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Heading to the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2014? Have you booked your place at the 13th International Sailing Summit? Taking place on 17 November, the day before one of the industry’s largest B2B exhibitions, the Summit is one of the key events on the METS programme. ...

Route du Rhum - Objectifs et ambitions de Josse à 72 h du départ By Tiphaine Combot-Seta, , 4:47 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
La Route du Rhum est une course de légende que Sébastien Josse et le Gitana Team n'envisageaient pas un instant suivre derrière leur ordinateur uniquement parce qu'ils ne disposaient pas de la monture pour gagner. En effet, avec ses 21 mètres de long et ses 400 m2 de voilure maximum, le Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild fait figure de petit poucet face à ses concurrents XXL. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - El 'Mapfre', preparado para las borrascas sur By Mapfre, , 4:17 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Mañana es el día. A bordo del 'MAPFRE' se preparan para la llegada de los vientos fuertes de Oeste y trasluchar al Este. 19 días de navegación y a 2.458,6 millas de Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica). ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads south By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 4:06 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
OBR Amory Ross reports on Team Alvimedica’s progress in the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s wild that after six days of sailing down the coast of South America we finally found ourselves pointed directly at Cape Town (going 16 knots) but all the routing indicates we’re not far enough to the south so down we go! ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng fourth in the fleet By Yann Riou, , 3:51 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Yann Riou reports from on board Dongfeng Race Team. We won’t die of hunger because we do have leftovers from the 19 open bags. But it won’t contain our favourite meals. Let’s just say we’ll have to wait for Cape Town to enjoy a great dinner. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA coach Brad Jackson's thoughts on Leg 1 By Corinna Halloran, , 3:40 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA coach Brad Jackson gives his thoughts on Leg 1. 'We very much understand what the girls are trying to do and who they are competing against and if they do things well they are right up there in the mix. ...

Little Traverse Yacht Club Wins Yacht Club Challenge By Susan Kantor, , 3:24 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Little Traverse Yacht Club (Harbor Springs, Michigan) won the Yacht Club Challenge in the 106th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. ...

La tormenta deja a la flota Optimist sin poder navegar By Pep Portas, , 3:08 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
La fiesta del Optimist se ha quedado hoy sin protagonistas. La fuerte tormenta de ayer, varios frentes y condiciones meteorológicas en la jornada de hoy han propiciado que la flota de Optimist, que participa en el mundial de la clase en San Isidro, haya permanecido en tierra en espera de unas mejores condiciones, que nunca han llegado. ...

Southern States kick off their M24 Summer Regattas By Donna Evans, , 3:03 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Vostok Europe Series - Adelaide Sailing Club (ASC), Race PRO Mike Rogers and his team of eager club officers and volunteers hosted the South Australian Melges 24 Fleet for regatta one of the Vostok Europe Series over the last weekend of October. ...

Star Sailors League Finals - Win a trip to the Bahamas and watch live By Star Sailors League, , 2:57 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Want to see 40 great sailing champions in action in stunning Nassau in the Bahamas? The Star Sailors League, an emerging international circuit, is offering the chance to win a four-day holiday for two people with accommodation at the luxury Atlantis resort and water park. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Auction to join Team Alvimedica now open By Team Alvimedica, , 2:43 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Bidding is now open in the auction to join the Volvo Ocean Race as a part of Team Alvimedica and support heart charities around the world! Team Alvimedica supporters have the unique chance to bid on two experiences that will take place at each stopover throughout the race. ...

Successful CSA Annual Conference By Caribbean Sailing Association, , 2:36 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) Annual Conference took place October 24-26 at Antigua Yacht Club, English Harbour, Antigua. Fifty delegates from around the Caribbean convened at the Conference that featured a new format this year that included CSA officers, CSA measurers, regatta organizers, and experts in developing sailing programs. ...

St Barth Cata Cup - Countdown to the 7th edition By Dominique Ladouceur, , 2:25 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
The seventh edition of the St Barth Cata Cup is set to be thrilling. Sixty teams will go head to head aboard the last generation of F18 boats: Hobbie Wild Cat, Nacra Infusion MKII, Cirrus R, Phantom and C2. It is a high-speed, tactical, technical and spectacular discipline! ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Day 19 on board Team Brunel By Stefan Coppers, Team Brunel, , 2:17 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Stefan Coppers reports from on board Team Brunel on day 19. 'Make ready to gybe,' a voice shouts down the hatchway. Rokas Milevičius (27) and Louis Balcaen (26) jump from their beds. Within seconds, the men are busy throwing large bags of equipment to the luff side for the fourth time that night. ...

AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Day One By American Windsurfing Tour, , 12:53 PM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper's meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition. ...

Marmaris International Race Week 2014 - Day three + Video By Icarus Sailing Media, , 11:49 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Marmaris International Race Week 2014 - Today the start of racing was pushed back due to the late finish of the offshore race yesterday. The last of the teams crossed the finish line after midnight so the race committee decided to give everyone a chance to recuperate before the third day of racing began. ...

Geelong's Festival Of Sails Regatta secures funds for the next 3 years By Laureen Deale, Geelong , 10:51 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
2015 Festival of Sails - The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has welcomed the State Government’s decision to renew its funding support of the iconic Festival of Sails regatta for a further three years, cementing its position as a permanent fixture on the Victorian Major Events calendar. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: 0600 UTC, Oct. 30 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:31 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - After 19 days of Leg one, the leaders are still within sight of each other, something we don’t think we’ve ever seen at such a stage between Alicante and Cape Town. It’s the ultimate inshore race, staged hundreds of miles offshore. Abu Dhabi, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind are locked against each other with Dongfeng Race Team just 17NM further adrift. ...

Superior wins 2014 ISS Excellence in Innovation Award for Waterscape By Superior Jetties, , 9:14 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
Representing superlative achievement with a focus on sustainability, the awards were presented 29 October at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Excellence in Innovation Award was accepted by David Hogan, son of Superior CEO, John and Jackie Hogan in front of an international audience. ...

NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: After the fleet split By John Jennings, Argentina , 8:37 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
John Jennings updates on the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Team competing at the 2014 Optimist World Championships in Argentina. The New Zealand team is competing in the Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets ...

KTA Kiteboard Open & Green Tourism Festival Taiwan - A great success By KTA, , 7:50 AM Thursday Oct 2014 GMT
The Taiwan 2014 Kitesurfing Open & Green Tourism Miaoli proved to be an interesting event for the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) to get involved with at the Longfong Fish Harbour beach front in Jhunan. As the KTA had been wanting for some time to bring an event to the renowned high wind shores of Taiwan, which is famous for its windy conditions 300 days a year. ...

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