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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI and Comanche Finish Images By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 12:20 PM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Comanche and Wild Oats XI teams were equally gracious in victory and defeat on the dockside in Hobart today. It had been a close fought battle and while Comanche had reeled Wild Oats XI back in overnight to within 9nm , there simply wasn't enough air to power up the American boat in the run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI makes history + Video By Regattanews, , 11:36 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: In what skipper Mark Richards described as the crew’s most hard-fought line honours triumph, Wild Oats XI held off the impressive challenge posed by Comanche, the newly-launched entry from the United States. Completing the race in 2 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes and 26 seconds, Wild Oats XI finished eight hours shy of the race record she set in 2012. ... [more]

OK Dinghy fleet all set for classic World Championship in Melbourne By Robert Deaves, , 11:26 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The third OK Dinghy World Championship at Black Rock YC in 32 years has attracted 74 entries from six nations. The sailors have enjoyed a mix of conditions over the past three days with two very informal pre-regattas to test the sailors and the race team. On Friday, Boxing Day, about 20 boats went out in 15-18 knots and sunny skies, to sail three short races. ... [more]

The power of the tide By Sam Fortescue, Editor Sailing Today, , 10:42 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - GMT
Sam Fortescue experiences a sticky reminder of the influence of the tide. It was the first time he had been sailing in Turkey for about 20 years, and he was returning to his old cruising grounds around Bodrum. In late September, it was decidedly the tail end of the season, and they flew in on the wings of one storm (and out on the vanguard of another). ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wedgetail suffers mast damage By Di Pearson, RSHYR media, , 10:01 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
After being dismasted a short time ago in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Giacomo is motoring to the lee of Maria Island. In other race news, a very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. ... [more]

Bringing a Lab to seafloor - New device probes deep-sea microbial life By Lonny Lippsett, , 9:31 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - GMT
It’s impossible to recreate the ocean’s dynamic conditions in the laboratory. And the ocean is a tough place to bring in delicate scientific instruments and get them to survive, let along work. That hasn’t deterred Craig Taylor, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. More than two decades ago, he began working with WHOI engineer Ken Doherty to develop an instrument they called SID. ... [more]

Cockburn Sound Regatta - Skates hit Rockingham By Bernie Kaaks, Perth , 9:21 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Skate skippers from around the country gathered at Cockburn Sound to compete in their 2014 national championship. The little 14 footers with their distinctive hiking planks have been updated to incorporate many features found on more recent designs, including asymmetric spinnakers and square top mainsails. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Comanche on warpath for revenge By Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR media, , 9:10 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Spithill was one of six helmsmen on Comanche. 'We can’t leave it at that,' he declared after finishing in Hobart. He says that on his watch this morning the boat reached a top speed of 32 knots and knows what she is capable of. 'Everybody got to see the true potential of this boat at the start. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Carlo Borlenghi images - Final miles and finish By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:53 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Top international yachting photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was in the air above the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet and provided these images of the third day of racing in the classic ocean race, as the leaders closed in on the finish, and the dock celebrations by Wild Oats XI. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The taste of success By Jim Gale, RSHYR media, , 8:06 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 'This is the sweetest victory by far,' Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to a record eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn’t come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win an eighth; I can’t believe I am here,' Richards said. ... [more]

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini, , 7:13 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water at 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours finish and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images of Wild Oats XI Finish by Crosbie Lorimer By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 7:05 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Kiwi Volvo 70 loses rig off Tasmanian coast By Richard Gladwell, , 6:59 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
The Volvo 70 Giacomo lost her rig in the vicinity of Maria Island about 5.30pm local time yesterday evening. A second yacht Wedgetail (an RP55) lost the top off her mast in the same area at the same time. Giacomo is a Volvo 70 owned and skippered by Jim Delegat (NZL) and has a full New Zealand crew aboard ... [more]

Launceston to Hobart race leader on course for record-breaking time By Peter Campbell, , 6:40 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race - The leading yacht in the National Pies Launceston to Hobart ocean race, The Fork in the Road, could finish the 285 nautical mile course before midnight tonight, smashing the race record. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 3:55 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Day 2 images by Daniel Forster By Daniel Forster, , 3:50 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
At the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race photographer Daniel Forster was on the water and provided this gallery of images from Day 2. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:49 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ... [more]

Boxing Day Race at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club By Rich Roberts, , 2:56 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
In Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Boxing Day race the hometown Gibbs brothers, Riley, 18, and Sawyer, 16, started last in their 49er skiff but passed all of the other boats of various types to finish first in brilliant sun but cool light air Sunday. ... [more]

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - First arrivals imminent By Regattanews, , 2:22 AM Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ... [more]

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