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12 Metre Worlds Penultimate Day - Brisk northerly just too brisk
Jan Harley,
12 Metre Worlds Penultimate Day - The brisk northerly whipping the flags into a frenzy on Bannister's and Bowen's Wharves also kept the 'AP' or 'postpone' flag flying prominently. With gusts over 25 knots giving credence to the marine forecast for 'a period of northeasterly winds gusting to near gale force' the decision was made to cancel all racing for the day.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship images
Stefano Gattini/Joe Fly and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan,
Melges 32 World Championship images from Stefano Gattini/Joe Fly and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan.... [more]
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See the new BlackMatch video on YouTube
BlackMatch Racing Media,
We are very excited to release a new promotional video for the team and hope you will all take the time to view it. This video was produced by a friend of ours Hamish Hooper, who is a New Zealand based Sailing TV producer/editor. We are extremely grateful to have had Hamish's generous and professional help. His company website is www.thevc.co.nz and we also hope that you will take the time to visi... [more]
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Marine Safety Queensland reports Jessica was probably asleep
Bw Media Roundup,
It was always a mystery. On September 09, 16 year old Jessica Watson, keen to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world in her her first night at sea on her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, collided with a 63,000 tonne Chinese coal carrier, Silver Yang off the southern Queensland coastline at about 2.10am. The questions were many, and now it seems they have been answered.... [more]
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Régates Royales de Cannes - No wind, no racing
Event Media,
Régates Royales de Cannes. At the beginning of the 19th century Cannes was just a small village dating back to the Middle-ages and essentially populated by fishermen and monks. It's only around 1830 that it began attracting English and European aristocrats who followed Lord Henry Peter Brougham's example. Having abandoned politics, this orator, writer and scientist (physics and geometry) chos... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Registration Day
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Registration Day. For many of the sailors today was a fairly relaxed affair. After collecting their equipment and registering, the majority spent the afternoon rigging, and meeting up with friends.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - A better day with three races
Jill Campbell,
Melges 32 World Championship... [more]
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Schuyler's America's Cup letter still relevant after 122 years
Sail-world.com,
Back in May this year, Sail-World published the letter to which reference is often made regarding the need, perceived or real, for the Challenger to provide a Customs House Registry certificate so the Defender can be assured of the dimensions of the Challenging yacht. Over the months of Court Hearings and submissions the matter still has not been resolved, and the letter has a new significance... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Day 4 Spinnaker wraps take their toll
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10. Over the last few days several of the teams have suffered from spinnaker wraps which have led to sail damage and some slow 12 hour runs. Skipper Matt Pike and his crew on board Edinburgh Inspiring Capital suffered this fate yesterday, which goes some way to explaining why they are currently lying in tenth place.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam: Another bang, crash collision and Leader holed
iShares Cup,
iShares Cup Amsterdam - The trickiest racecourse on the European circuit proved testing for the nine Extreme 40s. After yesterday's practice day which saw Mike Golding's Ecover on the dockside undergoing overnight repairs, the teams were in little doubt that the first day of racing at the iShares Cup Amsterdam on the IJ-Haven canal could be a ‘make or break' scenario.... [more]
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Australian marine electronics company GME celebrates 50 years
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian electronics company GME celebrates this year a significant milestone; 50 years of designing and supplying world-class radio communications equipment to the marine industry. Founded in 1959 by avid sailor Ted Dunn, Greenwich Marine Electronics, more commonly known as GME, originally started out as a small, two-way communications company, servicing the land communications market.... [more]
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Régates Royales –Trophée Panerai
Carla Anselmi,
Régates Royales –Trophée Panerai. There are no less than sixteen one hundred year-old yachts competing in the Régates Royales de Cannes. Venerable restored old ladies, exact replicas of end of the 19thor beginning of the important races on the Solent, able of finding safe harbour in the foggy Newport Bay.... [more]
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12 Metre World Championship - No surprises
Jan Harley,
12 Metre World Championship. There were no surprises in the finishes posted by the 17 Twelves who completed only a single race today at the 2009 12 Metre World Championship. After sailing out to the old America's Cup racecourse off Brenton Point, the wind speed took a nosedive as it changed direction from WSW to NNW, leaving the competitors drifting for close to two hours.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - 73 yachts have entered so far
Event Media,
Two weeks to go to close of entries and the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race looks set for another cracking edition -its 30th. 73 yachts have entered so far, only five short of last year's record number. The varied fleet will have different aspirations, but from the largest, ICAP Leopard, to the smallest, Sipi's Song; from the ten launched in 2009 to the oldest launched in 1974, Zizanie... [more]
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Colgate World Cup Sylt Event preview
PWA World Tour Media,
2009 PWA World Tour's final competition draws ever closer the pressure rises amongst the sailors, and Sylt's iconic Westerland beach gears up for what promises to be a dramatic conclusion to the season. From September 25th through to October 4th the Worlds best wave sailors, freestylers, and slalom sailors will battle it out forfinal end of year rankings, share of the €105,000 prize purse... [more]
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Power gives way to sail? - Not with a fishing boat
Marilyn Miller/Sail-World Cruising,
In a case that cruising sailors will want to take note of, a sailing boat was recently found to be in the wrong when they filed a complaint about a fishing boat. The investigation found that, in open water, 'a sailing vessel shall keep out of the way of a vessel engaged in fishing.'... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Thomson announces co-skipper
Alex Thomson Racing,
Hot on the heels of announcing his new boat (Info) Alex has announced his co skipper for the TJV on the 8 November will be his long time boat captain Ross Daniel. Ross, like Alex, started his career at Clipper, then went onto skipper on their round the world race before venturing into the IMOCA class.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm on podium
Estrella Damm media,
Estrella Damm has officially claimed third place overall in the Istanbul Europa Race. The first racing situation for the team has been extremely useful as part of a long preparation and development process in the lead up to the coming Barcelona World Race next year.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship report and images - A one race day
Melges 32 media,
Melges 32 World Championship day two report. Another course 4 was in store for the one and only race of the day. Dark clouds hung heavy, large seas with massive waves and a moderate breeze of 10-15 knots greeted the fleet for the start. With only one race today, the top ten results suffered a minor shuffle.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam - Crash, bang and first collision of the round
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Amsterdam collison report. There was dramatic racing on the water during the preview media day of the iShares Cup Amsterdam this afternoon when in the fourth race of the day, Mike Golding's Ecover was hit by Oman Sail Renaissance, skippered by Loick Peyron, in a classic port starboard confrontation.... [more]
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Gear of the Year - Cobra's compact hand-held VHF radio
BW Media,
Cobra Marine's amazingly named 'MR HH325 V EU', a compact submersible hand-held radio, has been awarded 'Gear of the Year for 2009' by Practical Sailor... [more]
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iShares Cup - Set for the Penultimate Round
iShares Cup media,
The penultimate round of the iShares Cup starts tomorrow (Friday, 25th September) in Amsterdam, Holland. As will be the tussle in the top half of the overall iShares Cup leaderboard, as the front runners vie for pole position ahead of the final round of the six-stage series that will take place in Almeria (Spain) over the 10th-12th October.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Battle of Biscay won
Clipper Event media,
The Clipper 09-10 race viewer indicates this morning that Hull & Humber may have won the Battle of Biscay. With only a few miles to go before rounding Cape Finisterre the team has a comfortable lead on the rest of the fleet. Despite having issues with their spinnaker Hull & Humber's decision to stay further offshore as they head towards Cape Finisterre has paid dividends.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield puts hand up for 2010-11 event
Velux 5 Oceans media,
Offshore racer Derek Hatfield today announced Spirit of Canada's' next single-handed challenge around the world will be the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. The remaining eight skippers, hailing from six different nations, will be announced in the coming weeks and months as they finalise their campaigns.... [more]
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12 Metre World Championship - Sailors experience Déjà vu
Jan Harley,
12 Metre World Championship report. Divided into four divisions – Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage – the 17 competing yachts sailed three races today, all in different wind levels in the Twelves old stomping grounds off Brenton Point. The southwesterly breeze went from light, increasing to 12 knots for race two.... [more]
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More Audi Melges 32 World Championship images
Guido Trombetta/B-plan & Carlo Borlenghi images,
More Guido Trombetta/BPplan and Carlo Borlenghi images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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Groupama 3 is back in her home port of Lorient after refit
Cammas Groupama Media,
After spending seven weeks at the Multiplast yard, Groupama 3 is back in her home port of Lorient, Brittany. Serviced from top to bottom after 15,000 miles of sailing in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the maxi trimaran skippered by Franck Cammas will now be training off Lorient, in the build-up to the next record attempt... [more]
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Josh Hall from Global Ocean Race to speak at the WYRF
Global Oceanrace Media,
Josh Hall, Race Director of the 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race and the Global Ocean Race 2011-12, has been invited to speak at the 2009 World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco on the 9th-10th December.... [more]
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Another Sydney to Hobart big boat joins 2011 Around Australia Race
www.sail-world.com,
Four out of the top five line honours winners in the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart have now reserved slots for the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race. Grant Wharington's 98 footer Wild Thing, previously known as Skandia, Matt Allen's modified Volvo 70 Ichi Ban, Andrew Short's 80 footer Shockwave registered over the last few months and now the fifth fastest boat south in last years blue water classic i... [more]
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Régates Royales - Stars and Dragons in Cannes
Carla Anselmi,
Régates Royales. For nearly 25 years the Dragon class has been attracting the world's best small keelboat sailors, Olympic medallists and ocean racers. Most of the top Dragon sailors are in Cannes for the Règates Royales.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - Hull & Humber eases into the lead
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - La Rochelle to Rio De Janeiro... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm takes stock
Estrella Damm Sailing Team media,
The Istanbul Europa Race for Estrella Damm has concluded. The major cause of the predicament was the damage on the mast (on the mainsail track at the first reef) that Guillermo Altadill and Pachi Rivero's team suffered just before the Straits of Gibraltar. The next challenge that awaits the team is the Transat Jacques Vabre, on 7th November.... [more]
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Gilmour pours cold water on Louis Vuitton World Series
ValenciaSailing,
In an interview with ValenciaSailing.com, the new head of the World Match Racing Tour, Peter Gilmour, has revealed that the WMRT have sole the rights to use of 'World' in their Championship title as regards matchracing, and that any new event pitched at the professional level of the sport would require the sanction of ProMatch Tour Ltd. It is believed that these rights stem from an agreement ...... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship images from Guido Trombetta
Guido Trombetta/B-plan images,
Guido Trombetta/BPplan present this gallery of images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender hints at action over 'unsportsmanlike' comment
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have hinted, through their legal counsel, Barry Ostrager that the International Sailing Federation could take action against Golden Gate Yacht Club following the comments made by Justice Shirley Kornreich suggesting that the Challenger had engaged in unsportsmanlike behaviour In a story in the US legal news website www.law.com, a story has been... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda - Rankings shuffle after Danish Open
Talbot Wilson,
Following the Danish Open, stage seven on the World Match Racing Tour, rankings going into the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda (Oct. 6-11) have shifted slightly. New ISAF rankings came out on September 16 with changes noted in that list also. Many of the twenty-four teams sailing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy will be arriving in Bermuda for early registration on Sunday October 4th.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship Day One report - Italy in control
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 32 World Championship day one report. Racing commenced on time under partly cloudy skies and moderate breezes with the left side of the line strongly favored. Upwind, the right initially appeared to be productive. For the second race of the day, the breeze dropped off slightly.... [more]
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Collision at sea, the unthinkable - Part 2
Nancy Knudsen,
It's the worst conditions so far of our 12-month journey. We're in the narrow Gulf of Suez, dark, with about 30kts gusting 40 on the nose – the engine is helping us through the rocky waves. Ahead and all round are oilrigs, grotesque silhouettes blaring white light into the night. To starboard is a two way shipping lane crowded with monster ships going both ways. We wonder - will they see us?... [more]
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iShares Cup - Its Amsterdam's turn
Kate Jennings - Expression,
iShares Cup - Amsterdam to play host to the Extreme 40' circuit. Though the setting is an impressive one, the battle on the water is likely to measure up. Indeed, with two grands prix to go till the end of the championship, and with a tightly bunched top trio, the competition promises to be both exciting and tense.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Photographer Leighton O'Connor has sent us these images of the racing at Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Hope until the end
Event media,
The outcome of the final stage of the Istanbul Europa Race was in doubt until the end. But for the victor Desjoyeaux, his crew and those who turned out and waited in Brest for the finish of a cliff hanger of a finale, it was a memorable night. Until the beginning of the afternoon the gains into the narrow channel off Brest looked set to continue, until the breeze all but deserted the scene,... [more]
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Three months later, Martin Krite reflects on the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Martin Krite, bowman on board Ericsson 3 reflects on the race, three months later: To sail the Volvo Ocean Race was I dream I have had since I was a kid. To live your dream is a privilege that not many people get to do, but I was fortunate to get the opportunity. It was an adventure beyond the usual where I pushed myself to the utmost limits, both physically and mentally, time and time again.... [more]
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Two views of the latest America's Cup Legal Decision
Alinghi Media and BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Both Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to Justice Shirley Kornreich's decision handed down in the New York Supreme Court, today: 'The statement from Societe Nautique de Geneve reads: 'In her ruling relating to a hearing on 10 August, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich highlights '...the unsportsmanlike behavior of Golden Gate...'... [more]
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Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai - The lords of the metric classes
Carla Anselmi,
Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai report. At noon precisely, the easterly breeze set and the Classic yachts' starting procedures went on smoothly and regularly, racecourse 2 was chosen, a ten miles long triangle in the la Napoule Bay. As she often does, the majestic Shamrock V showed off in choppy seas, piercing the waves at high speed, water passing fast under her bowsprit.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Supreme Court again rules in favour of Golden Gate
Richard Gladwell,
In a decision issued this morning, NZT, Justice Shirley Kornreich has ruled that Golden Gate Yacht Club do not have to provide their Customs House Registry certificate until two weeks before the 33rd America's Cup Match, scheduled for 8 February 2010 in United Arab Emirates. Kornreich was ruling on a motion lodged by SNG, requiring that the Challenger be required to produce the document... [more]
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