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Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4 By Greg Raybon, , 3:31 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Racing was postponed again today at the Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier thanks to the early fall Nor’easter to that decided to form and not to leave Lewes Delaware today. Winds remained well above 25 knots and seas were even bigger than yesterday. ...

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2 By Jake Fish, , 2:52 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
The J/22 teams and the race committee patiently waited for breeze on a hot Thursday afternoon for the second day and were rewarded with two races to officially launch the 2014 U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by the Fort Worth Boat Club. ...

Fireflies win RS Tera at Bart’s Bash! By Steven Greaves, Southampton , 2:25 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Stuart Hudson persuaded Sally Wakefield and current National Champions Paul and Laura Kameen to represent the Firefly Class at this year’s Battle of the Classes at the Southampton Boat Show. Full of confidence in what was a formidable team, hopes were high as they surveyed the course which had the windward mark set under a cliff which was the side of a cruise ship. ...

J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions By Julie and Christopher Howell, , 2:21 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin excelled in the light air of the opening day of the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day By Julie and Christopher Howell, , 1:53 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
With marginal conditions and diminishing visibility on the ocean course, the Race Committee chose to sail inside north of the Newport Bridge for races seven and eight of the 2014 J/24 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Will Welles’ Cougar (USA) sailed his throw-out in race seven but came back with a solid six in race eight to hold onto the lead with a total score of 31 points. ...

2014 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton - Entries now open By Janine Pittaway, , 1:28 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Australia’s longest open-ocean kiteboarding race, the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, is returning for 2014 and competition is expected to be fierce. On six December, 110 expert kiters will take off from the pristine waters of Phillip Point on Rottnest Island and race for 19km across the Indian Ocean to Leighton Beach, Fremantle. ...

Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon By Bruce Millar, Canadian 2.4mR Class President, , 1:17 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Sailors from around the world will be welcomed to Toronto, Canada for the 2014 Open 2.4mR World Championship. This will be the first time the 2.4mR world championships are held in Canada. Hosting will be The National Yacht Club, which is located on the shores of Lake Ontario near the heart of city. ...

Marine Rescue Point Danger assists disabled yacht to safety By Ken McManus, , 1:10 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
Rescue vessel Point Danger 30 from Marine Rescue Point Danger base, went to the aid of a yacht with mechanical and sail failure shortly before 10 o’clock this morning. The yacht, with three people on board had been experiencing strong winds east of Cook Island off the coast of Northern NSW and was forced to seek help when its engine failed and mainsail blew out. ...

Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry By Ocean Images, , 12:01 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
A-list photographers, Richard Langdon, Jesus Renedo, Ricardo Pinto and Rachel Jaspersen obtained special dispensation to enter Bart's Bash in their press boat at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. Look up 'The Santander Snappers' on Just Giving to help add towards their goal for Bart's Bash ...

Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France By Sabrina Bonaiti, Antibes , 11:43 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
After four very competitive races yesterday at the Platu 25 World Championship, the Italian 'EUZ II Monella Vagabonda' owned by Francesco Lanera and helmed by Sandro Montefusco is still leading, followed by the Swiss 'Superbusi' helmed by Mathias Bermejo who placed two brilliant first places yesterday. ...

Creating a culture of the 'Token Bloke' - Part two By Kathy Macfarlane, Victoria , 9:42 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
‘I enjoy the ethos of Children of Phoenix, the all-women crew, to get all these women out sailing – it is so wonderful.’ The penultimate final word in Part one of this article from Richard aka ‘Dickie’ the ‘token bloke’ on board the Elliott 10.5 Children of Phoenix (CoP). High praise indeed for owner skipper Kathy Macfarlane and her achievement in building a successful team of women sailors. ...

5.5m IC World Championship - Three challenging races on day 4 By Tessa Wiechmann, , 8:11 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
There were challenging weather conditions with extremely changeable winds ranging from four to 16 knots from the southeast veering to the northeast at the end of the day, sunshine and then dark menacing clouds on the fourth day of the 5.5m World Championship 2014 in Porto Santo Stefano. ...

J70 European Championships - Carlo Alberini strengthens lead on day 2 By Elena Giolai, , 6:40 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Carlo Alberini of Italy on Calvi Network strengthens his lead with an 11 point advantage at the J70 Europeans. Former European 420 junior champion and current national on the Olympic 470, Simon Sivitz Kosuta, was forced to pull out of the competition after suffering serious damage to his boat. ...

RNLI lifeboats launched to helicopter crash + Video By Alison Levett, , 6:20 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews from Flamborough and Bridlington launched the afternoon of Tuesday, 16 September, after a helicopter crashed close to Flamborough Head. Flamborough RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 1.45pm, followed soon after by Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat. ...

St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island By St. Barth Cata Cup, , 6:12 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
In less than two months, Saint Barthélémy will host the seventh edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup, which will take place from November 19 to 23 in St. Jean bay. A keen fan of regatta, John Casey will be participating for the sixth time and hopes to use the opportunity to perfect his skills for the Olympics. ...

Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai - Mixed bag on day 3 By Les Regates Royales, , 5:02 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Day three of the 2014 Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai, featured the right alchemy that makes sail racing perfect: good weather conditions, excitement and top level crews. The Classics had their course set in the area from Cap Roux to Cap Esterel, but a fading wind forced the race Committee to shorten the course off La Napoule. ...

Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad By Alpari World Match Racing Tour, , 4:51 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
High winds tested the twelve teams to the edge of physical and mental control on day two of the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. A new event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT), the event in Lelystad presents the crews with a new challenge, of mastering the small, light Maxfun25s with ridiculously big asymmetric spinnakers. ...

Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo By Spindrift Racing, , 2:57 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Multihull expert Yann Guichard will depart from Saint-Malo on November 2nd to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career to date. He will be representing Spindrift Racing, the professional sailing team he manages alongside Dona Bertarelli. ...

Applications for RYA Club of the Year Award 2015 now invited By Susie NationGrainger, , 1:54 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
The RYA Club of the Year Award is aimed at recognising and promoting the outstanding achievements of the amazing array of people who work together to create vibrant clubs across the UK and keep our sports alive. ...

Route du Rhum - Non-stop training for the Safran monohull By Safran Sailing Team, , 1:46 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Five weeks before the start of the 10th edition of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the training sessions are non-stop for the Safran monohull in Southern Brittany between La Trinité-sur-Mer, Port-la-Forêt and Lorient. For his fifth Route du Rhum – and third in the colours of Safran - Marc Guillemot has not been shy in stating his goal: to win this revered title in Pointe-à-Pitre. ...

RYA Zone and Home Country Championships - Youngsters prepare to race By Matt Carter, , 1:36 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
More than 1,000 of the nation’s most promising young sailors will commence battle this weekend (27-28 September) as the 2014 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships greet the shores of nine venues across the United Kingdom. ...

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought By Zenith, , 1:25 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Zenith partners the 'Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image' photo competition which brings together the most important ocean photographers from all over the world. For the fifth consecutive year, the best yacht racing photographers from all over the world are preparing to take part in the great 'Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image' international competition. ...

Groupama Race - Franck Cammas ready to compete By Groupama Race, , 1:19 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
The famous title holder of the last Volvo Ocean Race (around the world with crew and ports of call) triple winner of the Jacques Vabre Transit, The Route de Rhum and elected twice french Navigator of the Year, has engaged in the longest windward leeward race in the world : 600 nautical miles around New Caledonia and its lagoon which is part of the world heritage for Humanity. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal By Dongfeng Race Team, , 1:07 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Meet the man charged with the task of getting you up close and personal in the upcoming Volvo Ocean race. There is only so much storytelling that can be done from on land. We can imagine what it’s like onboard, we can Google synonyms and write emotive sentences about the team we know so well, but we know we’re not even scratching the surface as far as telling the real story is concerned. ...

Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video By Icarus Sailing Media, , 12:56 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Racing for the foiling GC32s resumed in dramatic style at the Marseille One Design, run by Sirius Evènements with backing from the city of Marseille. An exciting event with plenty of lead changes and close calls took place in Marseille from 11th till 14th of September. ...

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