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La Mini Transat prend une nouvelle dimension By Mini Transat, , 10:10 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - GMT
La Mini Transat prend une nouvelle dimension et devient la Mini Transat - Îles de Guadeloupe. ... [more]

Images of Sydney Harbour: Comanche out for a pre-Hobart training run By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:56 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden, caught these images of the new supermaxi on Sydney harbour, today, as he waited for the 18ft skiffs to start for the day. Comanche is owned by Jim and Kirsty Clark. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) and Guillame Verdier, without regard for a rating rule, she is expected to become the world's fastest supermaxi. ... [more]

18ft Skiffs: Club Championship: Bizzare racing in Yandoo Trophy By Frank Quealey, , 9:39 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Race 4: Records will show that Mojo Wine defeated Coopers 62-Rag and Famish (Hugh Stodart, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) by 19s with Smeg (David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark) a further 1m6s back in third place. What the official result and margins won’t show is that it was one of the most bizarre races for many years. ... [more]

2015 Paper Tiger Catamaran National Championships - Set for Tasmania By Travis Woods, Tasmania , 9:05 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2015 Paper Tiger Catamaran National Championships - The Lauderdale Yacht Club , on the pristine waters of Frederick Henry Bay (25mins SE of Hobart), is set to host the 2015 Australian Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Paper Tiger Catamaran Association (TPTCA). ... [more]

Etchells Evening Series: Three tight races around old Olympic course By Etchells NZ, , 8:28 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Despite a late start - due to technical issues with the crane - the fine weather allowed for three very close races across a fast ebbing tide. With the offset mark drifting rapidly down-tide, The Etchells sailed a démodé triangular course (on some legs although not others - just like the old days) and the combination of tide and the shortness and unpredictability of the course made up for some ... [more]

Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 7:51 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - GMT
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ... [more]

Farr 40 One Design Regattas - Blinder for Farr 40 newcomer By Lisa Ratcliff, , 7:44 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Farr 40 One Design Regattas - Rod Jones’ one design comeback with his new Farr 40 called Kindergarten scuttled the familiar finish order of Transfusion then Kokomo, who are both long-standing Farr 40 classmates and pacesetters. ... [more]

Melges 32 World Championship: Carroll hangs on to overall lead + Video By Melges 32, , 6:38 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship - With the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship trophy up for grabs amongst ten teams heading into Day Five, three races were held under idyllic Miami Beach conditions with nine - fourteen kts of shifty breeze. PRO Anderson Reggio supplied shorter course lengths that gave way to some exciting mark roundings, each race not being decided until the final few meters. ... [more]

Over thirty boats entered for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015 By Fabienne Morin, , 5:58 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - GMT
It’s been four months since the finish of the last edition in Nice and the announcement of the Tour de France à la Voile new boat, the Diam 24.And the trimaran builder, Vianney Ancelin, has had his order book full. Furthermore, the entry list for the 2015 edition has been filled in just a few hours. ... [more]

Melbourne to launch 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series By ISAF, , 5:11 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne will kick start the 2015 series with racing scheduled to take place from 8-14 December 2014 in Port Phillip Bay. ... [more]

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 7 - There she blows! By Louay Habib, , 4:33 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - GMT
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - In the battle for Line Honours and the IMA Trophy, Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall skippered by Fabrizio Oddone has opened up a 25 mile lead on Jeremy Pilkington's RP78, Lupa of London. Yesterday morning, Windfall was the most northerly yacht but in a game of cat and mouse, Lupa of London gybed north of their rivals. ... [more]

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 4 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 4:01 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 4 images provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]

Imagination wins Bird Island Race ahead of Rolex Sydney Hobart By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 3:22 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Careful sailing, exceptional crew work and a new Code Zero have contributed to Robin and Annette Hawthorn’s runaway victory in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s painfully slow Bird Island Race this weekend, with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal taking line honours ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht. ... [more]

2014 Star Sailors League Finals: Mendelblatt and Fatih rules in Nassau By Alex D'Agosta, , 2:31 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Star Sailors League Finals - The last day of the second Star Sailors League Finals in the tropical waters of the Bahamas held plenty of surprises. The direct elimination rule and shifty winds made the course extremely tactical. ... [more]

Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Summer chill for fleet on the Derwent By Peter Campbell, , 1:47 AM Sunday 07 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 - 15 Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Bellerive Yacht Club’s Jeff Cordell and his Mumm 36, Host plus Executive, have emerged as the top performing yacht in Group one of the pre-Christmas racing for the Combined Clubs Harbour Series. ... [more]

PSA 12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 By PSA, , 11:55 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Day Two of the PSA Laser Santa 12 Days of Christmas and the offer is 10% off rudder blades and centreboards. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Three way Match race/Drag race to the finish By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:43 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
The three leading boats on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race look set to be locked into a match race to the finish in Abu Dhabi. To compound the stress levels around the navigation station there don't seem to be too many strategic options, other than to sail a direct course to the Straits of Hormuz, and then run the race from there. ... [more]

Bird Island Race 2014 - VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 8:52 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Bird Island Race fleet got off to a quiet start this morning in a light nor'easter that was, if anything, stronger in the harbour than it was offshore. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 6 - AUD implosion continues By Collinson FX, , 8:11 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 6, 2014: The AUD implosion continued, the currency falling back to 0.8325, while the KIWI is testing 0.7700 on the downside. Central Bank activity and economic data will drive markets in the coming week lead by the RBNZ. Expectations are for little change! ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Inside Track - Sir Peter Blake remembered By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:30 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
On this date 13 years ago, ocean racing legend Sir Peter Blake was tragically murdered whilst leading an expedition up the Amazon River. In this episode of Inside Track today's crop of ocean racers reflect on the man and his lasting influence on the sport. Includes reports from the boats as they recall their memories of Sir Peter Blake, and updates on the latest race status. ... [more]

The positive energy of the IMOCA Ocean Masters By Marion Cardon, , 1:09 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
For the grand opening of the Nautic Paris Boat Show, the IMOCA class reviews the new projects, the evolution of the class and its future prospects through until the next Vendée Globe. Jean Kerhoas, President of IMOCA and Peter Bayer, OSM’s Executive Director, showcase the various projects under way. ... [more]

Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton - Olly Bridge storms home By Janine Pittaway, , 12:37 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: He was tailed closely by last year’s winner, German-born Queenslander Marvin Baumeister, and broke Marvin’s race record, making the crossing in just 22 minutes, seven seconds in 19kt winds – a huge one minute 43 seconds ahead of the record. Steph Bridge, 42, was well ahead of the other female racers and broke the female course record finishing in just 27 minutes. ... [more]

Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:17 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
The BBC has reported that nine Somali pirates should get thousands of Euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled. One is to get 9,000 Euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 Euros. The judges faulted France for keeping them in custody for an extra 48 hours. ... [more]

VOR 2014-15 - 'it’s something I will never forget in my whole life' By Dongfeng Race Team, , 11:47 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race: With the long term sporting mission of Dongfeng Race Team set to bring offshore sailing to China, a nation where 99% of the population don’t even know it’s a sport, it is moments like these when Chinese sailor Liu Xue (Black) crossed the Equator for the first time that should be documented and savored for years to come. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Sir Peter Blake remembered from Leg 2 By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:30 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 6 is the anniversary of the death of Sir Peter Blake, the only person to have led a winning Round the World Race team and a winning America's Cup team. He was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Today, Ian Walker skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the time to pay tribute to Sir Peter from the foredeck of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ... [more]

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