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Launch of Ragamuffin 100 - VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 3:39 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
With just over three weeks to the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, Syd Fisher launched his newest maxi, Ragamuffin 100 at Sydney City Marine. ... [more]

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Nomad IV returning to Canaries By RORC Transatlantic, , 3:24 AM Wednesday 03 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. ... [more]

Sailing Software Alliance holds first Club Workshop By Brenda Hoult, , 3:06 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - GMT
The Sailing Software Alliance (SSA), representing the leading providers of software systems to sailing clubs and events, held its first Club Workshop at Hollowell Sailing Club near Northampton last week. ... [more]

Sydney Hobart - In memory of Gary Ticehurst By Andrea Francolini, , 2:36 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
A moment away from all the hype of the Hobart race to remember a true professional and gentleman in the industry. ... [more]

2015 Canadian Team qualification update By Sail Canada, , 1:20 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - GMT
The ISAF Sailing World Cup will launch a new format beginning in 2015, dramatically changing the profile of the World Cup events. Due to the new format, The ISAF Sailing World Cup – Miami event has exceeded the entry quota in many classes. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas crew leave the Island of Woe By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:43 PM Tuesday 02 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 ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas looking at options to re-join race + Video By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:21 PM Tuesday 02 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 ... [more]

Registrations open for 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships By Worser Bay Boating Club, Wellington , 8:38 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
The Worser Bay Boating Club, in association with the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy Association and Toyota New Zealand, is proud to announce that the 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships will take place in Wellington from Thursday second to Tuesday 7th April 2015. ... [more]

America's Cup: Dalton coy on 'Major Event' for New Zealand By Richard Gladwell, , 6:26 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA 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. ... [more]

America's Cup: Bermuda home for 35th America's Cup By America's Cup Media, , 5:59 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA 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. ... [more]

America's Cup: Team NZ says Bermuda venue 'not a setback' for team By, , 5:41 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA 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. ... [more]

Turtles Izzy and Evie dive back into the big blue at Bowen By GBRMPA, , 5:38 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
Both animals have been recovering from their ordeals at Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital in Townsville. Aquarist Krystal Huff said one of the turtles, Izzy — rescued by Ecobarge Clean Seas volunteers after she was washed up on a Whitsundays beach — had suffered a series of traumatic experiences before entering into care in August last year. ... [more]

America's Cup: Bermuda announced as Venue + Video replay By Richard Gladwell,, , 4:27 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ 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 ... [more]

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 2 – great sunbathing weather, then breeze By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:00 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
Everyone ready to go at 0900h, but very much a case of 'hurry up and wait'. Glass calm all around, and limp APs on both committee boats. The cruising and charter boats on Course Bravo amused themselves with a bit of sunbathing, some swimming, and even lining up to have their photo taken. And we waited. ... [more]

Australian cruiser manufacturer Maritimo finishes 2014 on a high note By Maritimo, , 3:20 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
Celebrating its 10th anniversary the company's founder, Australian boating industry icon Bill Barry-Cotter, said conditions in international markets had continued to show improvement during the year. He said the launch of the new M65 cruising motoryacht this month and its public debut due in May next year should set the scene for another solid year for the company in 2015. ... [more]

Club Marine's all-new TeleClaims and Online Claims By Club Marine, , 1:35 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
Available to Club Marine members via Club Marine’s Australian and New Zealand websites, Online Claims provides an intuitive, mobile-friendly way for members to lodge claims and get them moving – fast. 'Getting our members back on the water as soon as possible is Club Marine’s priority,' said Club Marine CEO Simon McLean. ... [more]

Superyacht Queensland to be managed by Superyacht Australia By Superyacht Australia, , 1:11 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
Maryanne Edwards CEO of Superyacht Australia said 'this is an exciting development for both Superyacht Queensland and Superyacht Australia. A key focus for AIMEX has been to consolidate the industry and reduce duplication and cost for the membership. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 2 - Unpromising start to week By Collinson FX, , 12:44 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 2, 2014: Chinese data did not assist the commodity currencies with the AUDUSD trading around 0.8500, while the KIWI is again testing 0.7900, on the upside. A deluge of economic data peppers markets all week and the start has not been promising! The NZD Currently trades 0.6315 and 0.5001 against the EUR and GBP ... [more]

Centurion Boats announce financing program for Australian dealers By Centurion Boats, , 12:29 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
The Australian program offers 360 days of financing for dealers that want to increase their inventory. Studies have shown that increased inventory helps sell more boats, so with the new program Australian dealers will be able to display a wider variety of models in their showrooms. ... [more]

Flexitank officially releases next generation dock system By Flexitank (Australia) Pty Ltd, , 12:10 PM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
The new model release makes FlexidockTM stronger, easier to use, and easier to install. Lead times have long been a FlexidockTM issue and when Flexitank first began manufacturing system, Flexitank designed it to suit every individual boat. ... [more]

Soldiers Point Marina continues to maintain world standard By Soldiers Point Marina, , 11:25 AM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
The independently audited reaccreditation ensures that the 2013-2014 Australian Marina of the Year continues to maintain the world standard for marina environmental management processes and practices. The initiative forms part of the MIAs Clean Marinas Program of which Soldiers Point Marina achieved in 2012 the highest level possible – Level 4 (ISO 14001). ... [more]

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 30 show By Sail-World, , 11:12 AM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ 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 ... [more]

Leading Global Marina Associations enter into a global agreement By Marina Industries Association Australia, , 11:04 AM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
The signing took place during a meeting of the Global Marina Institute that was held in London and attended by representatives of both TYHA and MIA. One worldwide Gold Anchor Scheme delivered by the two organisations will ensure that accredited marinas and those aspiring to accreditation receive the full support they need to improve facility and customer service standards. ... [more]

Comanche arrives in Sydney ahead of Sydney-Hobart supermaxi battle By Bridgid Murphy, , 10:53 AM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ 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. ... [more]

Introduction of NSW's first combined car and boat licence By Emma Higginson, , 10:12 AM Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 - GMT
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced another common sense reform delivered by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government with the introduction of the state's first combined car and boat licence. ... [more]

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