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Rolex Swan Cup under starter's orders By YCCS, , 6:35 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
A fleet of 93 yachts from Finland's Nautor's Swan shipyard are finalizing registration papers, making last-minute adjustments and practising on the regatta course off Porto Cervo in preparation for the start of racing in the 21st Rolex Swan Cup. ... [more]

Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness By Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press, , 5:25 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Aus GMT
Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. ... [more]

Rolex Swan Cup - 93 Swans prepare for flight in Porto Cervo By KPMS, , 5:02 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
The Rolex Swan Cup is a traditional sailing regatta that happens to take place in one of the most beautiful sailing venues in the world - Porto Cervo in Sardinia. Teams from 21 different nations make up the 93-boat fleet, and today the hundreds of sailors were making final preparations at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) for the racing which begins on Tuesday. ... [more]

Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s By Doina Cornell, , 4:39 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
However much sailors love being at sea, landfall after a long passage is always sweet. When Jimmy woke me early in the morning of Friday 5th September, I rubbed my eyes and stared in wonder at the green Newfoundland coast. Finally, after two months, I get to see trees again! ... [more]

Warsaw Indoor PWA World Cup - Taty Frans fastest man of the pool By Chris Yates, , 4:17 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
After yesterday’s amazing conclusion to the first PWA Indoor event in eight years, the spotlight shifted to the Red Bull Speed Challenge on the final day of the weekend, which saw sailors blitzing their way down the pool through two speed gates as they battled it out for the honour of being crowned the fastest man in the pool. ... [more]

C&C Yachts reveals first video of C&C 30 One Design By Sarah Fawle, , 2:51 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
As C&C 30 One Designs are rolling off the production line, the builder, C&C Yachts, unveils two new videos to showcase the excitement of being onboard one of these high performance C&C 30 One Designs racing yachts. ... [more]

Argo Group Gold Cup - Artemis Racing adds America’s Cup flavor By Talbot Wilson, , 2:20 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
In an exciting decision for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and the Argo Group Gold Cup, event Chairman Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Brian Billings is pleased to confirm that Artemis Racing will come to Bermuda in October for the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup match races. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean race: Team Vestas Wind arrives in Alicante after Qualifer By Sail-World, , 12:23 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Team Vestas Wind has arrived in Alicante, Spain after completing her 2000nm Qualifying Leg for the Volvo Ocean Race. The Chris Nicholson skippered Volvo 65 is the last of the seven entries to arrive ahead of the race start in a month's time. ... [more]

Back to school for Gavignet as he completes Route du Rhum qualifier By Oman Sail, , 12:14 PM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
Sidney Gavignet, French skipper of the Sultanate of Oman’s flagship Musandam-Oman Sail, completed the single-handed 1,000 nautical mile Route du Rhum qualifier over the weekend marking the start of his race to prepare for one of the biggest challenges of his career and providing a new benchmark for Oman Sail's Omani sailors to aspire to. ... [more]

Santander Worlds 2014 - Interview with Mat Belcher (Part I) By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 11:55 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
For a sailor who has performed so wonderfully over the last decade Mat Belcher continues to be a very unassuming guy. Recently he was told that he hadn’t been off the podium in 40 plus regattas. A piece of information he was unaware. His response was ‘Wow isn’t that cool’ and that is the measure of the man. ... [more]

New Masts for an historic Australian boat - the Young Endeavour By Jackie Hayward, Sydney , 11:52 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
Hall Spars NZ was proud to be invited recently to partner with Noakes Shipyard in Sydney to deliver new masts to the Australian Government’s flag training vessel: the Young Endeavour. This magnificent vessel was a gift from the UK to the people of Australia to mark the country’s bicentenary in 1988. ... [more]

Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables By Sail-World, , 10:00 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Kiwi Yachting welcomes on board Don Wright to the in the role of PVC Production Supervisor to the Southern Pacific Inflatables team. Southern Pacific has experienced a period of growth over the last year since acquisition by Kiwi Yachting Consultants. ... [more]

The OK Dinghy – Standing the test of time By Robert Deaves, , 9:28 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Few classes have stood the test of time as has the OK Dinghy. As a concept it was born in the mind of the same Danish sailor who brought the Optimist dinghy to Europe, but the designs were laid down by a different Dane, Knud Olsen, whose reversed initials are today known so well right across the world. The class is at a crossroads in its evolution. ... [more]

NZL Sailing Team count the days to racing at 2014 ISAF Sailing Worlds By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 9:28 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Today in Santander, Northern Spain marks the start of the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships with the world’s crème de la crème of Olympic sailing counting down to the start of racing over the coming week. Starting with the single-handed Laser (men) and Radial (women) classes, racing kicks off on 12 September with the medals to be decided across all ten sailing events between 18 and 21 Septe ... [more]

Formula Kite European Champ - Bridge and Kalinina crowned Champions By Markus Schwendtner, Mielno , 8:30 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
2014 Formula Kite European Championship - The final day of the 2014 Formula Kite European Championship was meant for medal races of the top ten competitors from men's and women's fleet, but the wind was too weak to run any races all day long. In the afternoon the official closing of the Championship took place. ... [more]

2014 J/70 World Championship: Feature top Doyle Sailors and Sailmakers By Laurie Fullerton, fullerton.laurie557@gmail.com , 8:01 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Doyle Sailmakers is proud to be involved in the inaugural J/70 Worlds in Newport, R.I., running from September 8-13 at the New York Yacht Club. Many of our Doyle customers and sailmakers will be competing in this inaugural event. Doyle’s One Design team has built sails for many of the competitors and with over 90 boats on the starting line for this event ... [more]

2014 Oakcliff International - Morvan wins By Samantha Pilz, Oyster Bay, NY , 7:57 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Oakcliff International - In the dying afternoon breeze Pierre-Antoine Morvan crossed the finish line for the third time ahead of Chris Steele to take the event. Morvan and team exchanged hugs and high fives as they celebrated their victory. 'I am really happy with my team’s performance,' said Morvan with a huge grin across his face. 'I am very thankful for my team and their support.' ... [more]

ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Team Australian aiming for top spots By Cora Zillich, , 7:45 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Squad (ASS) will race at Santander in full force with 27 crews entered in nine out of the ten Olympic classes at what will be the 2014 season highlight. The best sailing talent will be on show in Northern Spain and Australia’s top sailors will be fighting for the world titles as well as Olympic qualifying spots for Australia. ... [more]

Young Challenger's training day on the Weta By Miranda Powrie, Auckland , 6:37 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the Young Challenger's Cup training on Sunday, with spring sunshine and a light South Easterly. Four teams from Wakatere, Maraetai and French Bay showed up at Lake Pupuke to get familiar with the Weta and have some coaching. ... [more]

Dinghy foiling takes off around the world By Ian Ward, , 5:58 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Peter Stephinson of Glide Free Design is currently on a full blown mission to train the very best in how to foil their Laser. Kicking off this week in the UK, Peter started at Stokes Bay in Portsmouth by setting up Nick Harrison, World Laser masters champion with a set of Glide Free Foils. ... [more]

2014 Gold Coast Int'l Marine Expo - Quintrex factory opens its doors By Emma Milne, , 4:37 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - GMT
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Guided tours of the Quintrex aluminium boat-building factory are back by popular demand for the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo (October 17-19). ... [more]

New exhibition explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI By Jude Timms, , 4:24 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Aus GMT
Almost one hundred years ago – on 14 September 1914 - Australia’s first submarine AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found to this day. ... [more]

Mediterranean Grand Prix - Pons and Chris win the titles By Aquabike, , 3:32 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
Teddy Pons and Chris MacClugage completed the perfect weekend to win Mediterranean Grand Prix titles in their respective categories after taking their second heat wins, with the Ladies title going to Spain’s Sandra Fernandez and the Freestyle to Rok Florjancic. ... [more]

18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates By Raunek, , 2:49 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
In April 2009, when Israeli based cargo ship MV Africa Star was attacked by nine pirates, the ship’s crew used coils of barbed wire to prevent pirates from climbing the ship. A major piracy attempt was thus avoided using non-lethal anti-piracy method, a technique used to protect ships in piracy affected areas. ... [more]

A brand new season: RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2014 By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 2:44 AM Monday 08 Sep 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
Sailing in Hong Kong never really stops. It is a place blessed with a temperate climate that gets chilly in the winter (but not quite Arctic), and if the summer heat gets too much, well, swimming is a good option. The Typhoon Series run by Hebe Haven Yacht Club takes place during the summer, hopefully finding the gaps in any severe weather that might brew up in the China Sea ... [more]

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