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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ By Amory Ross, , 5:04 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Onboard Team Alvimedica. The synopsis is pretty straightforward: we are stuck in the Doldrums. Stuck, and stuck real good. All things considered, yesterday was actually pretty decent. We had a quick morning rainsquall that was able to power us south through the first line of ITCZ clouds already towering above our heads by 10AM. ... [more]

German sailors freed by Philippine militants By AP News/Sail-World, , 4:11 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Two German sailors who went missing in April, after being abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and held in a jungle encampment, have been freed. A Philippine official says the pair were released just hours after it had threatened to behead one if no ransom payment was made. ... [more]

Grand opening for new Marina Lanzarote By Cornell Sailing, , 3:57 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Crowds flocked to Marina Lanzarote for the grand opening on Saturday October 18, where local and regional public officials led by Paulino Rivero, President of the Canarian Government lauded Mr. Jose Calero’s most impressive achievement to date. ... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 3:15 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie has emerged as the hot favourite to become the overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. However, at 16:00 CET, Artie was still 80 miles from the finish and the Mistral storm is still raging. In addition, there are several yachts behind Artie that could still claim the overall prize. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA By Sara Hastrieter, Team SCA, , 3:14 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team SCA. Today I would like to share another perspective with you. Given the kind messages from Team SCA followers that we have been receiving onboard (thank you!), it would seem daily reports from our onboard reporter Miss Halloran and our onshore media crew have been doing a wonderful job of sharing our journey thus far. ... [more]

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco By KPMS, , 3:03 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place from 15-18 October in San Francisco, USA. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds welcomed 19 international entrants - comprising teams from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. ... [more]

London Boat Show 2015 - RYA members enjoy special ticket offer By Emma Slater, , 2:54 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
The RYA is pleased to announce that RYA members can once again take advantage of a specially negotiated RYA member ticket offer for the London Boat Show 2015. Taking place from 09 -18 January 2015, RYA members can purchase ‘Preview Day or Any Standard Day’ tickets to the show in advance for just £12.00*; that’s a saving of £8.00 off the price of a ticket on the gate. ... [more]

España inicia su camino en el mundial de Optimist de Argentina By Pep Portas, , 2:41 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
El Mundial de Optimist que inicia su singladura hoy, y hasta el próximo 30 octubre, ha cerrado la primera jornada y lo ha hecho con el acto principal que ha sido la ceremonia de apertura. Por la mañana la flota, representando a 50 países, disputó la regata de entrenamiento oficial. ... [more]

RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video By RS:X Class, , 2:20 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
After two days of intense racing at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, both fleets have completed a full schedule of six light-wind races, and they’ve earned their lay day! Very light and shifty winds were forecast for the day, and it was a nice surprise to see a seven knot side-off breeze fill in early from the North. ... [more]

Argo Group Gold Cup - Team Gilmour in Bermuda By Team Gilmour, , 2:06 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
This is TG's first time competing at the Argo Group Gold Cup and first trip to Bermuda, but we almost didn't make it due to hurricane Gonzalo. On arrival it was a relief to see that the island sustained relatively minor damage from the 120kt + winds, which hit the island just days before our arrival. ... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 1:56 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
There are 92 yachts still racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The expected frontal system arrived around Midnight last night at the northwest corner of the course. Reports of storm force winds and big seas have been received by the Race Committee and 25 yachts had officially retired from the race by 15:00 CET on Wednesday 22 October. ... [more]

The first sail that changes lives By US Sailing, , 1:51 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Justin 'Judd' Goldman was 17 years old when he suffered a disabling bone disease. After realizing that there were few sports that he could participate in he discovered sailing. Over the next 58 years he competed successfully in many races throughout the world. ... [more]

Barcelona International Boat Show reflects signs of recovery in sector By Marta Juvell, , 12:53 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
The Barcelona International Boat Show closes its doors in Port Vell this afternoon and confirms a trend towards recovery in the sector. Over the course of five days, the show which presented 120 new products and 650 vessels recorded a large turnover and number of visitors, who were able to take an active part in more than 100 programmed activities. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 22, 2014 - European recession By Collinson FX, , 12:53 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
October 22, 2014: The Slipping USD did support the associated currencies, with the AUDUSD again testing 0.8800, while the KIWI awaits further carry trade. The NZDUSD looked to do gathering strength for another attempt at 0.8000, supported by attractive interest rate differentials, before taking a turn for the worst to trade 0.7935. ... [more]

Smartphone App solves common race management issues in Port Hacking By John Weidemier, Oatley , 12:19 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
RMYC Port Hacking Sailing Division has been using 'Race Logger', an Android App to assist in management of the club’s offshore racing programs. The club has a proud tradition for timely production of race results with Vice Captain, John Barter generally uploading the race result to the club’s website before members have returned to the clubhouse. ... [more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston departs UK to compete in Route du Rhum By Marina Thomas, , 12:03 PM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, has departed Portsmouth, UK on his Open 60 Grey Power ahead of the start of the French classic race the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. It will be the second time the British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69, has competed in the 3,500 mile Transatlantic contest. ... [more]

LJ Hooker Lane Cove Upper Harbour Championship starts Saturday By Andrew Glassock, Longueville , 11:51 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 -15 LJ Hooker Lane Cove Upper Harbour Championship - Will it be a boat from up north – Belmont or Avalon or from down south St George or Wollongong? Will it be a boat from a 'west of the bridge club' – Drummoyne, Hunters Hill or Lane Cove or one from an eastern club – Northbridge, Middle Harbour, Vaucluse or Manly? ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, , 11:36 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video: You know when you try to stick two positive magnets together and regardless as to how close you get them they never touch? Well, the ITCZ is a bit like that. ... [more]

NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Worlds Days -1 and 0 By John Jennings, , 11:04 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Monday was effectively another day off for the sailors with a bit of down/leisure time at SOIVA. The boys room got a bit of attention from the mums whilst Kerensa’s study was disturbed. The sailors then headed down to CNSI for a bit of boat setup and fine tuning. They then hung around for the first dinner supplied as part of the regatta package. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:09 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
As reported earlier Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race would seem to have gone from being a tightly fought contest to being a procession to Cape Town. Even though only 40% of the course has been sailed, the distance between the boats are significant (other than the two lead boats) and look set to increase. ... [more]

34th Student Yachting World Cup La Rochelle 2014 - Fifth race day By SYWoC Press Office, , 7:34 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Student Yachting World Cup - After those days of sun and light air, the weather was upside-down with a cloudy sky threatening us of heavy shower at any time and a strong wind fluctuating from 15 knots to 25 knots! Two windward-leeward races took place today as the wind became far too heavy in the early afternoon. The 13th race began this morning: a second start occurred under black flag. ... [more]

Groupe Beneteau named sponsor of US Sailing Team and ISAF World Cup By US Sailing, , 4:13 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
Groupe Beneteau today announced its sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Groupe Beneteau, the parent company of Jeanneau and Beneteau sailing yachts and Lagoon catamarans, is the world’s leading yacht builder, and will now become a significant presence in high-performance sailing with its support of both the US national sailing team ... [more]

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo By WMRT, , 2:54 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - GMT
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category Three Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. ... [more]

J24 to represent Australia at next America's Cup? By Simon Grain, , 2:48 AM Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
America’s Cup - Veteran yachting reporter Bert Stankler has been covering this explosive story. ‘When I first heard the story break that Australia would be competing for the Auld Mug in a J24 I was straight on the phone to Bob Oatley, he said the oversupply of wine worldwide has hit the bottom line of many wine producers, they needed to change their strategy. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:29 PM Tuesday 21 Oct 2014 - GMT
Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts. Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ... [more]

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