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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Flying start for Dongfeng By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:30 PM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 Dongfeng Race Team were battling on Thursday towards the opportunity to make Volvo Ocean Race history as Charles Caudrelier's (FRA) crew continued to defy the odds at the head of the fleet. ... [more]

Mud House sponsors Ladies Helm racing at Waikawa Boating Club By Heather Lacey, Waikawa , 12:11 PM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Mud House is encouraging women in the Marlborough community to share their taste for adventure through sailing, as the new sponsor of the Waikawa Boating Club Ladies Helm racing series. The Ladies Helm race is the first of the official series, and is held over two races, on the 23rd December and 13th January. The trophy is awarded to the top boat helmed by a lady. ... [more]

Tauranga Cup: Images from Day 2 of the P-class Nationals at Takapuna By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 12:10 PM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Today the P-class sailors enjoyed one of the great sea breezes for which Takapuna Beach is renowned. The Tauranga Cup is the most prestigious junior sailing trophy in New Zealand, and along with the Tanner Cup has been won by sailors who have gone on to be outstanding on the international scene. ... [more]

Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nationals on Waitemata over next two weekends By John Little, Auckland , 12:05 PM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
The Knight Frank 18ft Skiff New Zealand Nationals start this Saturday at 1pm at the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay. Racing comprises of 3 races a day and is spread across both days this weekend and next. The KF Nationals come at a perfect time for the NZ contingent who are who are preparing for the JJ Giltinan held mid-February in Sydney. ... [more]

International 14 World Championship - British teams dominate By Tracey Johnstone, , 12:03 PM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
After race one of the International 14 World Championship 2015, being hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club, British teams hold the first five places in the results. ... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race announces official navigation software supplier By Julia Wall-Clarke, , 11:36 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the world’s longest and most unique ocean challenge, is proud to announce its appointment of Nobeltec as the Official Navigation Software Supplier for the 2015-16 race edition. The Clipper Race’s matched fleet of twelve specially designed Clipper 70 race yachts will use Nobeltec TimeZero Trident on board, with the add-on Sailing and Tactical Plus Packs. ... [more]

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2015 - opening the Asian calendar By Event Media and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 10:58 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World Asia GMT
For anyone who was participating, the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2014 was without a doubt one of the highlights of last year’s sailing season. Five days of uninterrupted sailing breeze of the 15kts + variety, racing both inside Bass Harbour and on the ‘outside’ courses, a round-the-islands race (Pulau Dayang and Pulau Tuba), the spectacular scenery of Langwawi for a backdrop, ... [more]

Mount Gay Round Barbados Series - Island prepares for opening race By Sue Pelling, , 10:53 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
With just over a week until the start of 2015 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (16-24 January), the party atmosphere on the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados is beginning to heat up. One of the big attractions for teams such as the British VO70 Monster Project is the record-breaking opportunities. ... [more]

AMM takes small plate boats upmarket into ‘Sea Class’ By Matthew, Barton Thomas - Australian Master Marine, , 10:27 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
Multi award-winning Queensland plate alloy boat builder, Australian Master Marine is undertaking a major transformation of its small boat range to provide even better hull performance, as well as sportier styling and greater levels of convenience. The transformation is being applied across all four hull lengths in the small plate boat range – 4.5 metre, 4.9 metre, 5.2 metre and 5.7 metre lengths. ... [more]

Australian Youth Championships 2015 - Tight racing By Cora Zillich, , 10:11 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2015 Australian Youth Championships: The day saw a tricky and unpredictable, light to moderate shore breeze with difficult to read breeze patterns, which kept both athletes and coaches on their toes. The racing was tight and exciting and saw some changes in the leader positions across the fleets. Queenslanders Kyle O'Connell and Tommy Siganto snatched the lead in the 29er fleet. ... [more]

Wahoo Smackdown VI Tournament - Marine artists are onboard By John Bell, Southlake, Texas , 9:36 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
A world class marine artist and an award winning sportfishing photographer are onboard for the next installment of the highly popular Wahoo Smackdown fishing tournament series—scheduled to return to the docks at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina on February 19-21 with some $50,000 in cash and prizes on the line. ... [more]

Panerai Transat Classique - Spectacular start By Panerai Transat Classique 2015, , 9:26 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
In the Panerai Transat Classique 2015 at 2.11 p.m. Lanzarote time the competitors launched themselves into the 2,800 mile race to Fort-de-France. And the show was spectacular! ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - S'obren les barreres By Barcelona World Race Media, , 8:40 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: Sis dels vuit vaixells de la Barcelona World Race passen Canàries en règim d’alisis i comencen una carrera de persecució amb vent estable del NE - Després de set dies de regata, menys de 40 milles separen els quatre primers - GAES Centros Auditivos trabuja a l'oest i cedeix la tercera plaça al Cheminées Poujoulat. ... [more]

Cargo ship aground in Solent - Next 24 hours 'critical' By BBC News, , 8:26 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
The Hoegh Osaka ran aground in the Solent off the coast of the Isle of Wight late on Saturday and is listing at 45 degrees on Bramble Bank. The salvage master tasked with refloating the Costa Concordia cruise liner, Capt Nicholas Sloane, said salvors face a 'critical situation'. He said the next 24 hours are 'crucial for the local conditions and the wash'. ... [more]

Study pumps up volume on understanding of marine invertebrate hearing By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 7:38 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and their colleagues examined behavioral responses to sound by cuttlefish, a type of shell-less mollusk related to squid and octopi. The study is the first to identify the acoustic range and minimum sound sensitivity in these animals. ... [more]

Indian Army conducting land yachting expedition By India Blooms News Service, , 7:24 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World Asia GMT
A Land Yachting Expedition is being conducted at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat to mark the 22nd Corps Day of Army Air Defence. The expedition was flagged off on Monday through the Army Training Node for the sport and shall be flagged in on Jan 10, coinciding with 22nd Army Air Defence Day. ... [more]

Annual Women's Sailing Convention - Range of sailing topics slated By D. Scott Croft, , 5:12 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
Annual Women's Sailing Convention - Do women sailors, when desiring to learn more skills, prefer courses taught by women instructors? Celebrating 26 years as the number one sailing education event for women on the West Coast, the Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 7, proves that women-only educational opportunities are highly popular. ... [more]

Prince Philip Cup Regatta Day 3 - Storm activity forecast By David Staley, , 4:45 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
All races for the Dragons Prince Philip Cup have been postponed until tomorrow due to the forecast storm activity. ... [more]

Victorian S80 Keelboat Championship - A bumper fleet By Peter Campbell, , 4:16 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
A bumper fleet of 20 S80s will contest the Victorian championship on Port Phillip this weekend, starting tomorrow (Friday, 9 January) and racing off Royal Brighton Yacht Club. The fleet includes a West Australian crew and two female crews. ... [more]

International 14 World Championship - Nervous energy in the boat park By Tracey Johnstone, , 2:52 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2015 International 14 World Championship day one of the fleet racing is expected to get off as scheduled with the race to start at about 2pm. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Snake attack By Robbert-Jan Metselaar, , 2:24 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Bear away, bear away!' Jens Dolmer yells to Bouwe Bekking. The big Dane is standing on the foredeck and has seen something in the sea. 'I think it was a piece of wood,' he says. While the skipper turns through the wind, I see a dark shadow in the water. 'It’s moving. It’s a snake! A black sea-snake!' Just as the Dutch VO65 races past it, the snake disappears under the boat. ... [more]

Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta preview By Mel Steiner, , 2:08 AM Thursday 08 Jan 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2015 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta – the biggest mixed fleet regatta on Lake Macquarie and the only 24 hour overnight round the cans race in Australia, gets underway in six weeks. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Dongfeng Race Team - It’s decision time By Dongfeng Race Team, , 4:37 PM Wednesday 07 Jan 2015 - Sail-World Asia GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Dongfeng Race Team - From Charles Caudrelier's blog 'This could be a really key point of the leg. So a big day ahead of us between time on the computer to decide this gybe point, and time on deck to keep as much of our little lead as we can before the gybe.' ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Grandes envolées vers le Sud By Barcelona World Race Media, , 4:05 PM Wednesday 07 Jan 2015 - GMT
Barcelona World Race - Les alizés de Nord-Est ont emballé la course depuis la nuit dernière. La flotte s’est délectée des 20 à 25 nœuds de vent pour se recomposer en escadrille à l’ouest. Si Hugo Boss reste leader, son avance a fondu et ses trois poursuivants se tiennent en treize milles. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Life in the fast lane By Barcelona World Race Media, , 3:55 PM Wednesday 07 Jan 2015 - GMT
For the Barcelona World Race leaders this morning the motorway south to the Equator was opening up and British skipper Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss was back enjoying life in the fast lane. Speaking on the live video call today, when he was steering the VPLP-Verdier designed IMOCA 60 at more than 20kts in the brisk trade winds, the pleasure was written all over his face. His huge grin spoke volumes. ... [more]

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