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Volvo Ocean Race – Could Leg One have a roll of the dice result? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 12:26 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The very close racing continues at the front of the Volvo 65 fleet. On Friday Charles Caudrelier‘s Dongfeng briefly took the lead but by Saturday morning Ian Walker had Abu Dhabi 16 miles in the lead, only 1600 miles from Capetown. Abu Dhabi overnight hit 26 knots for a 15 min period, so some healthy speed in this downwind drag race. ...

2014 Route du Rhum - Whose next? By Groupama Sailing Team, , 11:13 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 Route du Rhum - In Saint Malo, the crowds are out in force. Indeed those members of the public who are passionate and curious about the race are making the most of the exceptional weather conditions to pace up and down the pontoons and admire the 91 boats competing in this tenth edition of the greatest singlehanded transatlantic race. ...

America's Cup: Commissioner makes key announcements on Cup future By America's Cup Media, , 10:43 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
In a Regatta Memorandum issued to the teams today, Commercial Commissioner Schiller confirmed two America’s Cup World Series events have already met the hosting criteria and had been scheduled to be raced in 2015 by the America’s Cup Event Authority. Schiller says that he also expects at least one additional team will be joining as a late entry. ...

Cougar II on the prowl in Combined Clubs Long Race By Peter Campbell, , 10:02 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Cougar II, Tony Lyall’s entry for this year’s 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, gave a glimpse of her sail power in today’s Combined Club’s Long Race, covering the 30 nautical mile course in just less than two hours and forty minutes. ...

2014 Audi Showdown Regatta - Day 1 By Peter Campbell, , 9:41 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 Audi Showdown Regatta - North-west to westerly winds, gusting sharply up to 35 knots at times, forced the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania to bring sailors ashore after less than an hour and a half of racing on the opening day of the Audi Showdown on Hobart’s River Derwent yesterday. ...

AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Day 3 By American Windsurfing Tour, , 9:07 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Day three of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic saw the AWT competition put on hold, whilst the PWA took centre stage. Massive swell continued to roll through Ho’okipa Beach Park as the best of the AWT took on the trials to face the top riders from around the world. ...

Kiteboarder becomes first to successfully completes 120nm coastal race By Charles Winstone, Auckland , 9:06 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ...

Public invited to vote for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 By Bernard Schopfer, , 8:37 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The world’s best yacht racing photographers have submitted their pictures for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2014. The public is now invited to vote online. The best picture of the year - and its author - will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Barcelona, on December 11. ...

2014 Gascoigne Cup - an upset By Peter Campbell, , 8:07 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 Gascoigne Cup - Rod Pearse’s Dehler 41 cruiser/racer Ultreya upset the regular offshore racing fleet today in winning the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s historic Gascoigne Cup sailed in strong north-westerly winds between Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. ...

GBR Selection Trials for the Team Racing World Championships By RYA, , 7:47 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
After some consideration the Selectors have decided not to hold the first selection weekend on 13-14 December. The first weekend will now be 10-11 January and the second weekend will be 17-18 January 2015. The Selectors reserve the right to continue the Trials after the second weekend if they think it is necessary. The Trials will be held at Rutland Sailing Club as previously planned. ...

2014 Optimist World Championship - Nicolas Rolaz emerges victorious By ISAF, , 6:57 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz has been crowned 2014 Optimist World Champion after a strong week of sail boat racing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a morning wait for wind the boys were playing 'metegol' and ping pong all together, exchanging t-shirts and talking with friends. ...

2014 Challenge for the Lipton Cup - Southern California gets advantage By Katelyn Montero, , 6:02 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The first day of the 100th Lipton Cup felt every bit the phrase 'calm before the storm.' The shifting winds were light, but proved to be a heavy challenge to the 12 J/105s racing on San Diego Bay. Jon Pinckney and his crew from Newport Harbor Yacht Club were up for the task, finishing the day with a total of 10 points in order to secure the day's first place overall position. ...

PTT Global Chemical supports the Optimists at 28th Phuket King’s Cup By Phuket King's Cup, , 5:27 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The next and final series for the year will be held at Kata Beach over the weekend of November 29-30 when a much bigger fleet of Phuket King’s Cup regatta gather for the week long race off Kata Beach. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Skirting the Southern Ocean icebergs + Video By Jonno Turner, , 5:16 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
'You know they’re around, because you can smell the stale water, and feel the temperature drop – especially at night, or when it’s foggy,' explains Justin Slattery on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. He’s talking about icebergs. Massive chunks of thick, jagged frozen force. Floating fast, recklessly and aimlessly in the ocean. ...

2014 U.S. Disabled Championship - Day 1 By US Sailing, , 4:31 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by Community Sailing Center Galveston, got underway Thursday on Offats Bayou following two days of development racing in Sonars. ...

2014 U.S. Disabled Championship - Day 2 By US Sailing, , 3:51 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
Offats Bayou was filled with top notch athletes again on Friday during the second of three days of racing at the 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by Community Sailing Center Galveston. Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) put together another good strong outing on the Bayou to remain on top of the singlehanded 2.4 mR fleet. ...

Master fined after wind farm vessel collision off Grimsby By Joanne Rawlings, , 3:19 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The master of a wind farm passenger transfer vessel has today been ordered to pay £9,702 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 31, 2014 - NZ anchors By Collinson FX, , 12:06 AM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
October 31, 2014: The RBNZ threw the anchor out and held the interest rate rises. Reality hit home rather than a realization that their strategy is premature. The KIWI staged a recovery, after the previous hit, triggered by a resurgent Dollar and now trades 0.7820 supported by a huge interest rate differential. The AUDUSD broke back through to 0.8810 with rising confidence ...

NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Storms and floods at Optimist Worlds By John Jennings, Argentina , 9:58 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
I think it would be fair to say the last two days of the regatta and Kerensa’s competitive (there is still the coaching) Opti career have been somewhat of an anti-climax. As a result of the overnight storm on Tuesday there was no sailing on Wednesday. Yesterday (Thursday) the breeze had of course abated and it was like qualification all over again ...

Caribbean 1500 - More German Bier and the start of the Seminar Program By World Cruising Club, , 9:26 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Day two for the Caribbean 1500 and the rally wrapped up last night back at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA. Several boats had arrived throughout the afternoon and evening, so we had a larger crowd than the night before, which kept the Kolsch flowing. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet turns to avoid Ice and heads for Cape Town By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:29 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race have all turned and are heading for the finish line in Cape Town which is about four days 10hrs distant as of the 1840hrs UTC sked on October 31. The lead four boats , Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas and Dongfeng are all covered by a very small distance indeed, ...

European Freestyle Expression - No wind on day 2 By EFPT, , 7:57 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Day two at the European Freestyle Expression unfortunately didn’t see any wind, but a day packed with alternative programs for the riders and the spectators. After the skippers meeting at 10.00 in the morning a training session with the coach of Adrien Bosson (North/Fanatic) was been organised. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - On Board: Welcome to the Southern Ocean - Day 19 By Volvo Ocean Race OBR's, , 7:51 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean race On Board Reporters update from the Southern Ocean on Leg 1, Day 19: Like flipping a light switch. Off to on in so much as an instant, the anticipated westerlies of the South Atlantic have finally arrived—28 knots now—and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly life onboard can change. Includes the latest videos from onboard - raw and uncut :-) ...

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe: Key details for the 10th edition By Marie Le Berrigaud-Perochon, , 7:50 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
This tenth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe starts on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 1400hrs CET (1300hrs UTC) off the Pointe Grouin. There are 91 solo skippers racing in five classes. There are 24 trimarans, one catamaran and 66 monohulls. ...

Comment suivre le départ de la Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe? By Marie Le Berrigaud-Perochon, , 7:37 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Dimanche 2 Novembre à 14h, la flotte des 91 bateaux de la 10e édition de la Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe franchira la ligne de départ au large de la pointe du Grouin. ...

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