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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. ...

Route du Rhum - Spindrift 2 skipper more determined than ever By Spindrift Racing, , 7:28 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
With just 48 hours days to go until the start of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, it only takes a few minutes with Yann Guichard to see the extent of his determination. The incredible attention to detail in the preparations by Spindrift 2 speaks volumes about the work accomplished by the team since the single-handed race was inserted into Spindrift racing’s programme almost a year ago. ...

Route du Rhum - Loïck Peyron en ultra-capacité d'énergie By Mille & une vagues, , 7:15 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Loïck Peyron participait en 2002 à sa dernière course transatlantique en solitaire et en multicoque. Le skipper du Maxi Trimaran Solo Banque Populaire VII a depuis, brillé sur tous les supports possibles et imaginables, sans toutefois jamais renouer avec le périlleux exercice de virtuose en équilibre solitaire sur les géants à trois coques. ...

Master of the Seas - A portrait of Francois Gabart By Leslie Greenhalgh, , 7:03 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
At 31 years of age, François Gabart is amongst some of the greatest champions in solo offshore racing. Current IMOCA World Champion, this skipper sailed before he knew how to walk. 'As an infant, I was already on board a cruising boat, going on adventures and voyages. ...

Route du Rhum - Weather, a boisterous start to the race By Kate Jennings, , 6:53 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The scene is set! With some 48 hours until the start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the weather forecasts are becoming more refined and the general outline of what is to come is gradually taking shape for this 10th edition. And whilst the summer doesn’t seem to want to leave us at the moment, the Route du Rhum is sure to have an autumnal feel. ...

Zhik’s Isotak® Ocean: Pushing boundaries in the Route du Rhum! By Liz Rushall, Emsworth , 6:20 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Zhik’s range of Isotak® Ocean foul weather gear will be protecting two rising stars in the Class 40 fleet in the 2014 Route du Rhum, the most famous and most demanding of all the transatlantic races. Bertrand Delesne and Arnaud Boissières, who gained their colours in the Mini 650 and Figaro fleets respectively, have both chosen Zhik’s Isotak® Ocean range for their Route du Rhum campaigns, which ...

29er Eurocup - Slovenians Janezic-Podlogar lead By Elena Giolai, , 6:15 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The final leg of the 29er Eurocup is under way at Riva del Garda and for Fraglia Vela Riva it is the final regatta in what has been a highly intense 2014. So far Lake Garda, Trentino has offered up two beautiful days providing just the right winds for the 84 crews from 12 European nations. ...

Route du Rhum - Météo, un début de course musclé By Tiphaine Combot-Seta, , 5:28 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Le décor est planté! A 48 heures du départ de la Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, les prévisions météorologiques s'affinent et le visage des grandes tendances de cette 10e édition se dessine. Tandis que l'été ne semblait plus vouloir quitter nos côtes ces derniers jours, c'est bien l'automne que la flotte de la Route du Rhum va devoir négocier. ...

Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary's entry completed By Barcelona World Race, , 4:29 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built‏ by Nandor Fa himself. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica closing in + Video By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 3:40 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Team Alvimedica's OBR Amory Ross reports on the crew's progress as they continue to head south in the Volvo Ocean Race. The last week of sailing has been full of tactical decisions as the team decide when to head south and when to turn east towards Cape Town. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - No place like home for Team Brunel By Stefan Coppers, Team Brunel, , 3:32 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Stefan Coppers reports on day 20 at sea for Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Team Brunel we have a so-called 'day-bag'. Every day, we stow all the food for the day in this big, white, sailcloth bag. This enables us to get an organised view of what has been set aside for that day. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng bound for the Roaring Forties By Yann Riou, , 3:21 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Yann Riou reports on the progress of Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race as they head for the Roaring Forties. This morning we saw our first albatross. Surprising, because we were only at 32 degrees south. We wondered what it was doing there… Holiday up north? We didn’t see any others. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Monumental day for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 3:10 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA OBR Corinna Halloran reports on day 20 for the crew. Wow; A bit of a monumental day—both literally and figuratively. Three weeks ago it was the eve of the start my friends took me for one last ice cream and I couldn’t figure out if I was nervous or not nervous. ...

Route du Rhum - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston makes final preparations By Marina Thomas, , 2:19 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, is carrying out final preparations on his yacht Grey power ahead of his return to competitive solo racing in Sunday’s Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe race start. The oldest competitor in the French solo Transatlantic race has had a busy week on board his Open 60 yacht in Saint Malo, Brittany. ...

Aina Colom, campeona del mundo femenina de Optimist en Argentina By Pep Portas, , 2:09 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
El Mundial Optimist 2014, disputado en Argentina echa el cierre y lo hace con una nota muy alta para el equipo español, destacando a nivel individual el título de campeona del Mundo Femenino logrado por la balear Aina Colom, del Club Náutico S'Arenal, mientras que en lo colectivo la más que merecida medalla de bronce en el Mundial por Equipos. ...

2 days to start of Route du Rhum for Gavignet and Musandam-Oman Sail By Oman Sail, , 11:45 AM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
The temperature is rising in St Malo – and not just ashore where temperatures in the Route du Rhum village are balmy – but amongst the competitors who are on the final approach to the start line of one of France’s most epic sailing competitions. ...

Luke Patience joins the record Star Sailors League Finals 2014 fleet By Alex D'Agosta, , 10:38 AM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Talent, passion, ability, success. All qualities that spring to mind with regard to Luke Patience, the 28 year old 470 Class silver medallist from London 2012. SSL is delighted to announce that Luke has now accepted the Star Sailors League invitation to participate in our 2014 Finals, becoming the second UK special guest star, alongside newly-crowned Finn World Champion Giles Scott. ...

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: 0600 UTC, Oct. 31 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:26 AM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Like in the old English tale of Robin Hood, it’s a case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That is what we have been seeing over the last few days. More wind just behind the leaders has allowed the middle, poorer pack to catch the rich leaders. ...

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