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Fireball Worlds in Thailand - A debutant's story By Cormac Bradley, Dun Laoghaire , 2:39 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
For the recent Fireball Worlds in Thailand, Fireball Australia came up with a novel idea – they offered free transport to any Junior Representative that wanted to go. This was made possible with new container framing allowing 12 boats to fit in a 40 foot container, four more than the old frames allowed. Costs per boat have fallen even with the free transport of a junior member’s boat. ...
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Australian Sailing's Olympic medallists compete for European titles By Cora Zillich, , 2:21 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
The European International Regatta season is in full swing and during July the Australian Sailing Team’s (AST) top Olympic sailors will compete for the respective 2014 European Championship titles at the Nacra17, 49er, 49erFX as well as Men’s and Women’s 470 regattas. ...
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Another boom death. Australian sailor dies, hit by swinging boom By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 1:03 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
Another boom death. An Australian sailor who was seriously injured after being hit by a boom on a yacht during a storm off Pulau Bidan, 19 nautical miles from Penang in Malaysia, has died. Wrong information provided to the maritime authorities on the location of the yacht led to a delay in the rescue operation of the woman, according to local authorities. ...
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Galley Guru vital to the life of the cruising sailor By Lee Mylchreest, , 12:05 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
There's one sailing event, that, unlike bad storms and blissful moments, repeats reliably over and over every day when sailing - the necessity to eat. It may even assume a greater than usual emphasis, to relieve the necessary routine of repetitive watches, or be the climax to a happy day on the water. ...
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PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top By Chris Yates, , 11:57 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The first ever Awaza PWA World Cup Turkmenistan proved to be a tricky, and sometimes frustrating affair, as light and shifty winds unfortunately interrupted the regular thermal winds which usually frequent Awaza. Juan Antonio Aragon and his race crew made the absolute most of the conditions which presented themselves and gained results for both the men's and women's fleets. ...
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup - A sparkling opening day By British Dragon Association, , 10:17 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The Dragon Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management and hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, opening day provided a sparkling day on the water with winds building to give gusts of more than 20 knots. ...
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Soto 40 World Championship - Day 1 By Soto40 Media, , 10:12 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Today the 2014 Soto World Championship started with the first activities scheduled for the day, including registration of the teams, measuring and inspections. Tomorrow the competitors will have a practice race and while the first official races are scheduled on Tuesday. ...
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ORC European Championship - Fickle conditions on Final Day By ORC Media, , 10:04 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
On the final day of the ORC European Championship in a class of 21 teams from seven nations, owner-driver Natalia Brailoiu from Romania and her Italian team on her Club Swan 42 Natalia have today won Class A ...
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Finn Silver Cup - Nearly perfect start in Hoorn + Video By Robert Deaves, , 9:57 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
At the 2014 Finn Silver Cup (the Junior World Championship) Anders Pedersen (NOR) had a nearly perfect start in Hoorn, Netherlands on Sunday. He leads overall after a win and second place from the 2011 champion Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) and Nenad Bugarin (CRO). The second race was won by Mikolaj Lahn (POL). ...
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Nacra 17s European championships in La Grande Motte By Groupama sailing team, , 9:49 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
A young Olympic series, the Nacra 17, a mixed-double catamaran, is organising its European championships in La Grande Motte, southern France. With some 74 competitors representing 28 nationalities, this Europe is in fact an international rehearsal prior to the world championships due to take place in Santander this coming September ...
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Auckland Cruisers - seminar on cruising sails By Nancy Knudsen, , 9:06 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
If you are anywhere within reach of Auckland, this is one cruising seminar not to miss. John Martin from the Island Cruising Association is giving another one of their very practical, knowledgeable and useful seminars. This one is about Cruising Sails, 11th July at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. ...
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'Boat Handling in Marinas' by Rob Gibson - and how to get it reliably By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:21 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Sailing in the ocean will rarely scratch your topsides, but the wrong wind in a marina can be fatal to your paint-job, or worse. That's why this e-Book is a winner, and we are reprinting this story because of the many people who had problems obtaining it the first time... ...
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Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:15 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The first thing I thought when I saw this video was 'It could happen to me in the dinghy!' Staying away from whales when in your dinghy is not only for the sake of the whales, but you just can't predict the whale. This rare video was taken by fixed camera on the RIB from which they were photographing two blue whales. ...
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Tour de France à la Voile teams are now fully in the game By A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile, , 3:01 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The Tour de France à la Voile nine teams are now warmed-up and fully in the game. Despite the wet and cold conditions on this second day of racing, the crew did not lack energy on the Dunkirk race course today and they are getting more familiar with their new one-design sails. ...
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Lessons from the West: Great Barrier Reef in danger By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 2:55 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
'Reefs north of Exmouth have experienced large-scale bleaching in the past five years,' says Professor Malcolm McCulloch from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at the University of Western Australia. ...
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If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 1:21 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Many people say that climate change has already doomed coral reefs but the report shows that loss of parrotfishes and other grazers has been far more important than climate change for Caribbean reef destruction so far. ...
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Climate change could stop fish finding their friends By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 12:37 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Climate change models predict that carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidity will more than double before the end of the century. To investigate if this would affect social recognition in fish, schools were kept under elevated levels of carbon dioxide, similar to those projected for 2100 by models produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ...
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Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2 By Domenico Boffi, , 11:54 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
For the Foiling Week 2014 a spectacular sunny day highlighted the colors of Lake Garda and a timely Ora wind guaranteed three races of the Moth Class Italian Open Championship 2014. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 5, 2014 - AUD jaw boned lower By Collinson FX, , 11:08 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
July 5, 2014: US Markets were closed to finish the week for the Independence Day holiday. The week was optimistic after a surprisingly good Jobs number on the Thursday. The AUD has been jaw boned lower by the RBA and will open the week trading 0.9350 while the KIWI remains bid around 0.8750. ...
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European Sailing Series Melges 24 - Audi tron taking more action By International Melges 24 Class Association, , 10:48 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Audi tron European Sailing Series Melges 24 – 2014 - After eight races - yesterday's three heats have been sailed under a stable Ora wind blowing 10-15 knots. ...
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Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race 2015 - Date set for 2015 race start By Tracey Johnstone, , 8:22 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The monohulls will race under Category 2 safety regulations while the details of the safety requirements for the multihulls are to be advised in the next few months. MHYC’s Commodore, John McCuaig, has pushed forward to have the 2015 start date confirmed early, giving plenty of time for boat owners to plan for the race. ...
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Land Rover Winter Series 2014 - Winners decided By Jennifer Crooks, , 7:51 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Race Officer Steve Kidson got the fleet away on time, on their respective course A, in 13 knots of westerly breeze. 'It’s a gorgeous day with good consistent breeze and flat water. The breeze is flicking either side of west but has settled in' ...
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2014 Melbourne to Vanuatu Race: Race record smashed By Peter Campbell, , 6:25 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Tasmanian yacht Alive this morning smashed the race record for the 1885 nautical mile ocean race across the South Pacific from Melbourne to Port Vila, the port capital of the tropical islands of Vanuatu. Alive crossed the finish line off Port Vila at 10:22:45am (Australian Eastern Standard time) for a record-breaking elapsed time of five days 23 hours 52 minutes and 45 seconds. ...
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Vanuatu ups their welcome to cruising sailors with new approach By Lee Mylchreest, , 5:42 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
What a government does to promote yacht tourism is always vital, causing cruising sailors to arrive in droves or flee to cheaper or more friendly cruising grounds. Now tropical Vanuatu is taking the game to a whole new level, with one cruising couple spending years researching to make Vanuatu's welcome the very best in the South Pacific. ...
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British Vessels asked to mark First World War Centenary By RYA, , 3:45 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Vessels in harbour are encouraged to use a remembrance sound signal as may be decided and permitted by the local port authorities at 1700 UTC. This being the hour of the first shot fired in the conflict. ...
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