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America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:24 PM Sat 20 Dec 2014
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ...[more]


America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:39 AM Sat 20 Dec 2014
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ...[more]


America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:37 PM Fri 19 Dec 2014
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ...[more]


Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:56 PM Wed 17 Dec 2014
Looking for a great Christmas present which you can buy with a few mouse clicks? Bob Fisher's books on the Round the World races, Farr 40's and the definitive America's Cup two volume set are still available, along with other titles from South Atlantic Publishing. ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:30 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014
Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder denied the cheating allegation and subsequent finding by the Jury, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence. He had not sailed since the Jury Hearing and Decision, announced just before the start of the 34th America's Cup. Oracle Team USA was penalised $250,000 over the same cheating issue by the International Jury. ...[more]


Star Sailors League: Mendelblatt and Faith fire up to take Final By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 6:51 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014
The Star Sailors League is over for another year with a new champion after four days with a total of twelve races. The class was blessed with four glorious days of sunshine and generally brisk winds, although on finals day it was at it’s lightest with the wind down to 15 knots at the best The first race of the day saw four of the top ten – numbers 2-11 (in the qualifying rounds) eliminated. ...[more]


Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:58 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014
One of the more interesting facets of the Star Sailors League finals is to be found in the Sailing Instructions. Item 1.2.2 reads; 'If signaled by the race committee in accordance with RRS Appendix P5, pumping, rocking and ooching will be permitted when the wind speed exceeds 6 knots as measured at deck level on a race committee boat. This changes STCR rule 35.' ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 7:06 PM Thu 20 Nov 2014
The seven competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 roughly gathered at 6pm local time (1600 Zulu) in a south-easterly wind that peaked at 30-40 knots, which had the local habit of dying away to nothing in places along the shoreline in the lee of Table Mountain. The clever skippers has sought advice from Geoff Meek, a local with a mass of experience ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies speaks openly about the first leg By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 5:30 AM Wed 19 Nov 2014
A quiet chat with Sam Davies after the Skipper’s Press Conference allowed me to understand the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 better. Sam had had time to reflect on the highs and lows for Team SCA and which ones were the most important. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: In Port races do count By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 11:51 AM Sun 16 Nov 2014
One might be forgiven for believing that the inshore races in the Volvo Ocean Race count for little but that is far from true, as was displayed by the seven boats that raced off Cape Town today, yet there were to distinct approaches to this three-times round a windward/ leeward course. Firstly the skippers had to decide how much of a windward part I came first or whether indeed it was ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Big breeze for Practice Racing in Cape Town By Bob Fisher, Cape Town , 8:14 AM Sat 15 Nov 2014
Today, there were 26 knots of wind from the north-west, enough to call a halt to the Pro-Am racing, but just the right amount for the seven teams to pit their wits in a 6.4 nautical mile treble triangle practice race. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Vive la Difference! By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 9:13 AM Thu 13 Nov 2014
The Volvo Ocean Race Fleet winner arrived here just seven days ago and the other six boat finished within 48 hours. That, in itself, was remarkable, but what has happened in the meantime is quite staggering. ...[more]


Round the World Racing opens door for top photographer By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 8:08 AM Tue 11 Nov 2014
The Volvo Race, and it’s predecessor the Whitbread, and Rick Tomlinson are as inseparable as sailors and beer. Rick has been part of these races since he first ceased building Drum in 1985, and became one of her crew. It was the start of a new life for Rick. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: 'We knew we were ahead of the game' - Ian Walker By Bob Fisher, , 6:35 AM Mon 10 Nov 2014
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 has begun to prove to the naysayers that they were incorrect in believing that the one-design concept of the boats was against the chance of great racing. Twenty-five days at sea in a wide variety of conditions over 6,487 ocean miles with the two leaders finishing a mere 12 minutes apart and the seven-boat fleet all finished within 44 hours ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:43 AM Mon 29 Sep 2014
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ...[more]


America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue By Sail-World.com, , 9:53 AM Sat 27 Sep 2014
Writing on his Facebook page on the 12 month anniversary of Oracle Team USA's win in the 34th America's Cup, then team CEO, Russell Coutts cites seven reasons why the US team were successful in their Defence of the trophy. ...[more]


America's Cup: Former Artemis crew member says danger is being ignored By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:18 AM Sat 9 Aug 2014
Former Artemis Racing and Team New Zealand tactician, Terry Hutchinson, speaks frankly with Alexa Lyons of Maxim magazine on the 2007 and 2013 America's Cups, and his views of the way the Cup is headed, particularly with the new wingsailed foiling catamarans. ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:04 AM Tue 27 May 2014
Over the past three weeks, two NZ designers and engineers, Neil Wilkinson (Oracle Team USA) and Andy Kensington (Emirates Team NZ) have been on a lecture tour as part of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ's centenary, sponsored by Beca. Here are some additional images not included in the video in the original Sail-World story ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets By Richard Gladwell, , 7:56 PM Fri 23 May 2014
For the past few weeks two designers from Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand have been giving an almost two hour presentation in various venues around New Zealand, on engineering and design aspects of the 34th America's Cup. Here we present a summary of the presentation, along with the full video, showing a lot of never before seen material ...[more]


America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act' By Bob Fisher, Bournemouth Coroners Court , 5:22 AM Thu 22 May 2014
The cause of death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson was summarily dismissed by the Deputy Coroner for the County of Dorset, Mr. Richard Middleton, today in a brief hearing of sixteen minutes. The Coroner, in a prepared statement, from which he read, announced: 'This is a final hearing', leaving the five family members and ten journalists, no doubt that the matter was closed. ...[more]


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