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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead By Trish Jenkins, , 1:51 AM Monday 18 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna sailed across the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 12.10.32 BST on 17th August 2014. Varuna is now in first place in IRC overall, with a number of yachts still to finish. Varuna's time, corrected under IRC, puts the German yacht in an extremely strong position to win the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. ... [more]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 10:33 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Some of the heavy air specialists must be wondering whether it's time to re-train for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week after Day 1 of racing in 2014 started much as it signed off in 2013, with very light airs for the entire Lindeman Island race. Not that such conditions in any way worried most of the crews who, despite a shortened course at Lindeman Island for many of them, returned to the dock ... [more]

Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive By Bob Fisher, , 8:05 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week began in a long-time expected fashion with a light (even perhaps ultra-light) south-easterly breeze for the Round Lindeman Island Race. It was a gentle preparation for the following five days of racing to come, but it provided those of us unused to the venue to absorb the surroundings from the deck of Sandy Oatley’s motor yacht, Andiamo ... [more]

CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one By CORK, , 2:59 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - GMT
Cloudy skies and rain with a breeze of about 15 to 18 knots greeted the competitors this afternoon for their noon start. The skiff course had a full day, completing their scheduled four races for each of the 49er and I14 fleets, and five races for the 49erFX fleet. ... [more]

Cornell turns back from the North West Passage By Jimmy Cornell, , 2:15 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Our stop at Beechey Island was tinged with sadness, not only because of the tragic events of all those years ago, but also by the decision to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage this summer. With the ice situation showing little improvement, even if a late transit may become possible, we could face the prospect of being unable to reach the Pacific before the seas started to ice up ... [more]

Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing By ISAF, , 1:37 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
One hundred and one sailors across four fleets have completed registration and are fully prepared for racing on Lake Jinniu in Nanjing. The Nanjing 2014 Opening Ceremony had it all. Ancient and modern China was represented through jaw dropping audacity on an epic scale. ... [more]

Pyefleet Week 2014 - Goes out with a bang By Brightlingsea Sailing Club, , 1:04 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
The day concluded with the Pyefleet Week Prize Giving, which honours the racing heroes, those who have met personal goals and the all the wonderful volunteers who make the week possible. At the prize giving the first fleet to be honoured were the twenty-two strong Brightlingsea One Designs (BODs). ... [more]

Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science By Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues, , 12:25 PM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Aus GMT
Antarctica includes about one-tenth of the planet's land surface, nearly 90% of Earth's ice and about 70% of its fresh water. Its encircling ocean supports Patagonian toothfish and krill fisheries, and is crucial for regulating climate and the uptake of carbon dioxide by sea water. ... [more]

Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour By RORC Event Press, , 11:24 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Artemis-Team Endeavour had enjoyed an epic battle with Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project for IRC Line Honours and the Canting Keel Class. Artemis-Team Endeavour crossed the line just over an hour and 20 minutes ahead of Monster Project to win the class on corrected time and set the benchmark for the IRC fleet to try and better. ... [more]

MC38 Australian Championship 2014 - Dark Star in early lead By Di Pearson, MC38 media, , 10:42 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Bacon had not only to overcome his contemporaries, including second placed Ginger (Leslie Green) and third placed Vino (Chris Hancock), but the vagaries of the weather, which included strong currents and a light changing breeze. 'A day for tacticians,' was how Bacon described it. Bacon, from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, was full of praise for his crew. ... [more]

Clean Lift Winter Series 2014 - SB20s: three races, three winners By Peter Campbell, , 10:22 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Conditions were arguably the best this winter, with a bright sunny morning, a fairly constant, albeit chilly, NW to NNW breeze that increased from 8 to 12 knots before easy back to eight knots later in the morning. While this did not affect the one-design SB20 racing, it did give a winning advantage to the faster boats in the mixed divisions. ... [more]

Planes, ferries and automobiles to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week By Lisa Ratcliff - OCC, , 9:51 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
For three of the crew from Craig Neill’s Judel Vrolijk 42 Elena Nova from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, it was particularly slow and tiring Lindeman Island race given they had spent all night in a hire car. Three planes full of sailors attempted to land at the Island yesterday afternoon but due to poor visibility with the cloud cover and fog, the pilots were forced back to the mainland. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 16 2014 - Mixed message at end By Collinson FX, , 8:06 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
August 16 2014: The week closed with mixed markets as pundits tried to decipher the flow of Geo-Political information from the crises zones. The Europeans release PMI data, pertaining to Manufacturing, Services and Composite, which should further clarify the parlous state of the Zone. The AUD took advantage of the respite globally and consolidated above 0.9300 the KIWI crept back towards 0.8500. ... [more]

NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: A World’s First at French Bay By John Jennings, Auckland , 7:33 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Since the Opti Nationals at Manly way back in April, the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Worlds Team members have been keeping a relatively low profile. First of all taking a well earned rest for a month or so before joining their fellow enthusiastic Opti kin at the Auckland Winter Sprint Series hosted around the Auckland clubs. ... [more]

Stealth i14 out of China By Neil Patchett, , 6:35 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
Innovation and boat handling are synonymous with the International 14 which has remained remarkably progressive considering it is one of the oldest racing classes in the world. ... [more]

2014 RS300 National Championships - Day 2 By Clare Sargent, , 6:07 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
2014 RS300 Volvo Noble Marine UK National Championships - With a dire forecast for the weekend (well it is Scotland in August) four races were scheduled for day two of the Volvo Noble Marine RS300 Nationals at Prestwick SC. It was windier than day one, 15 knots rising to 20 or so as the day progressed. With waves as high as the festival goers at Glastonbury it was going to be a tricky day. ... [more]

2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2 By Melges 32, , 4:46 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
An additional three races were held on day two of the 2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship for a total of six heats complete. A discard took effect and ever so slightly shuffled the leaderboard to give Ryan DeVos on Volpe an extended overnight lead. Ryan is followed by his cousin Dalton DeVos on Delta in second, while Jason Carroll and his Argo team, after a very tough day are now third. ... [more]

Chester Race Week 2014 – Day 4 By Dunn Coordinator, , 4:21 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - GMT
Sailors got off to a great start on the last day of competition here at Chester Race Week 2014. Conditions were great with a nice, steady southwest seabreeze, and winds of 15-20 knots. Most courses ended up finishing in a short range squall under black skies and rainy, blustery conditions. It passed quickly and blue skies returned in time for trophy presentations. ... [more]

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record By Trish Jenkins, , 2:52 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Artemis - Team Endeavour, skippered by Brian Thompson, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 23.00.54 BST on Saturday 16th August 2014 with an elapsed time of five days, 14 hours, 00 minutes and 54 seconds. ... [more]

2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists By Chicago Match Race Center, , 2:24 AM Sunday 17 Aug 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Chicago Grand Slam - It was a long but productive day of the Chicago Grand Slam, with a puffy and shifty westerly breeze holding on from start to finish and enough pressure to complete the Round Robin and Quarter-Final stages of the competition. After surviving the first two stages of this event the Final Four skippers ended up being the top seeds, however they did not get there without a fight. ... [more]

420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia By International 420 Class Association, , 9:47 PM Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - GMT
Two races for the 420 gold and silver fleets and three races for each of the 470 Men and 470 Women were completed on a breezy race day four at the 420 and 470 Junior Europeans in Gdynia, Poland. A mix of cloud, sun and squalls across the race track on a day which despite starting bright, soon saw rain and big shifts, with a breeze of around 12 knots as racing got underway building to 20 knots. ... [more]

A cruising guide to the ABC Islands - Spanish Edition By Frank Virgintino, , 8:52 PM Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - GMT
Free Cruising Guides has announced the forthcoming release of the Cruising guide to the ABC islands in Spanish. The Cruising guide to the Dominican Republic and the Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico are currently available in Spanish and this guide will mark the third in the series. ... [more]

Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group By Global Nation Inquirer, , 8:24 PM Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Aus GMT
Military officials say they have verified that two German tourists, who went missing last April, were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and are being held 'unharmed' by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in their jungle encampments in the south. ... [more]

NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel By National Coastwatch, , 7:21 PM Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - GMT
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Channel 65 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. ... [more]

Abu Dhabi pulvérise le record du Tour des Iles Britanniques By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:12 PM Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - GMT
Le Volvo Ocean 65, le monotype de la prochaine édition de la Volvo Ocean Race est né, et bien né. C’est cette nuit, peu avant minuit qu’Abu Dhabi Racing a terminé en tête le Tour des Iles Britanniques et Ian Walker et ses hommes ont réalisé une sacrée performance. Ils gagnent la course bien sûr mais ils explosent, au passage, de 32 heures le record établi quatre ans plus tôt par Groupama. ... [more]

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