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OK - changeable Christmas weather suits sailors and dogs! By Alex McKinnon, , 12:49 PM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Photographer, Alex McKinnon, has been out on Melbourne's Port Phillip over the recent days. The East coast of Australia has turned on the usual amount of Summer change, and with it all the fun that this can bring. It has been a superb time for sailors and then animals, depending on which day you happen to be talking about. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Media aircraft downed crew named By Sail-World.com, , 12:17 PM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Shannon Wells, Managing Director, Airlines of Tasmania Pty Ltd advises .'At around 6:15 pm, we received notification from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority that a light aircraft had been ditched in to the water near Port Arthur.' ... [more]

Sydney Hobart - Mistraal Mayday report of the downed photo aircraft By Sail-World.com, , 11:39 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Shannon Wells, Managing Director, Airlines of Tasmania Pty Ltd advises .'At around 6:15 pm, we received notification from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority that a light aircraft had been ditched in to the water near Port Arthur.' ... [more]

St. Maarten Heineken - Start new year with a resolution to go racing By Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges, , 11:12 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - GMT
After arriving in St. Maarten on March 2nd the sailing team will start with a two full days of safety and sail training aboard the Volvo 60 in preparation for the Gill Commodore’s Cup. The first day of racing is separate from the Heineken regatta results, allowing sailors to practice and perfect their racing without influencing the main event results. ... [more]

Some ideas from The Green Blue to make your boating greener By RYA Cruising - The Green Blue, , 10:35 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - GMT
Take a look at some ideas from The Green Blue to make your boating greener in 2015. Small changes can make a big difference. Whether it’s making that first passage across the channel, running a marathon or losing a few pounds, only one in ten of us will actually achieve our New Year’s resolution. ... [more]

Sydney Hobart - Report of light plane crash while photographing fleet By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 10:15 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The race organiser is aware of the report of a light plane crashing. It is in the hands of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). We know of several yachts that were in the vicinity that may have diverted to render assistance. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: A race of contrasts + Video By Regattanews, , 9:29 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Constitution Dock, Hobart is buzzing with activity after a stream of boats crossed the finish line throughout Day four of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. By 17:00 AEDT, 39 yachts had completed the 628-nm race, as the docks filled with tales from another dramatic contest. Of the 117 starters, 65 yachts are still sailing and a further 13 officially retired. ... [more]

10 'New Year habits' for safe and enjoyable boating By RYA Cruising, , 9:10 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - GMT
It’s that time again when the New Year will be ushered in with a blizzard of resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy food, get fit and drink less, learn Mandarin, etc, etc. However, these simple declarations of intent require a considerable amount of will power to succeed and as the last traces of it disappear, most resolutions are abandoned. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Hats Off Tasmania For The Huge Crowds By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 8:37 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Ken Read, skipper of Jim Clark's super maxi Comanche, has been amazed at the level of interest shown by Australians in sailing and particularly in this race. When he first arrived in Sydney with Comanche, Read was clearly very envious of the crowds that turn up for this race every year ... [more]

Old charts and inexperience brings yacht undone By Bree Fuller & Sail-World, , 8:35 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - GMT
It was the maiden voyage that dreams were supposed to be made of, but Melbourne skipper Damien Smith got more than he bargained for when his new yacht, All That Jazz, lived up to its name. The sailor ran aground at 4am on Sunday morning after difficulties with his sail and outboard motor. ... [more]

Tornado Pre-Worlds 2014 – Results By Sail-World, , 8:12 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Results of the 2014 Pre-Worlds the Australian Tornado Nationals 2014: re Results of Australian Tornado Nationals 2014, held at Nedlands Yacht Club, have been announced. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Views of the Crews-Wild Oats XI & Comanche VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 8:07 AM Monday 29 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line 49 minutes ahead of Comanche in the most anticipated battle of the supermaxis. Crosbie Lorimer spoke to some of the crew from both boats to get their take on the race and the duel between the two front runners. ... [more]

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