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CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year announced By Louise Bashford, , 12:07 PM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Roger Hickman has been named the Ocean Racer of the Year by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, at a gala cocktail party hosted at the Club this evening. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Alive aiming for S2H and Tassie yachting icons By Peter Campbell, , 11:24 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Alive’s Brisbane-based skipper Duncan Hine has revealed the plans of owner Phillip Turner during a brief visit to his home club in Hobart, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, where Turner is also a member. The Reichel/Pugh 66 is favourite among state-of-the-art boats in 60-70 feet LOA range for an overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart following Turner and Hine’s success with the boat earlier this year. ... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Canadian sailor’s determination By Tracey Johnstone, , 11:08 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
Canadian Tracy Schmitt is super excited to be racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne as a first-time skipper in the SKUD18 class, apparently the largest class gathering outside a world championship or Paralympic Games. The 45-year-old Schmitt started sailing at the age of seven, but it is only in the last two years that she has made the transition from recreational to performance racing. ... [more]

UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series - Volpe back on the water By Karien Jonckheere, , 11:03 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
After a break of two years, Volpe has decided it’s time to get back out on the water and will team up with Norwegian throttleman Pal Virik Nilsen in Lady Spain for the final round of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series, which takes place at DIMC from today (11 December) until Saturday (13 December). ... [more]

boatTENT launches a cockpit hood cover without metallic parts By Anibal Damiao, Copenhagen , 10:48 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
boatTENT becomes the first product for sailboats launching with crowdfunding. The goal, says Anibal Damiao, founder and inventor of boatTENT is to leverage the internet as a distribution mechanism to reach large masses of early-adopter sailors that would like to have a boatTENT while wanting to participate in the development of the product. ... [more]

Yacht of the Year Awarded to 27 year old Sigma 38 By Susan Rainger, Solent , 10:33 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Rounding off a highly successful year the Sigma 38 Class has been awarded another fitting accolade. Beating off competition from approximately 100 boats Persephone crewed by the Goodhew family and friends is the Garmin Hamble Winter Series Yacht of the Year. A fabulous achievement in a series that fielded numerous much younger designs than the tenacious 27 year old Sigma 38. ... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne day four - Extreme sailing By Cora Zillich, , 10:28 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2014: Tom Burton (NSW) and Matt Wearn (WA) are leading the Laser fleet in first and second respectively, while Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) defended their lead in the Nacra 17. In the Paralympic classes gold medallists Liesl Tesch (NSW) and Dan Fitzgibbon (NSW) built on their lead by posting two race wins. ... [more]

M32 Series - A simple philosophical approach By M32 Series, , 9:30 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
The new M32 Series fills an obvious void in the current sailing marketplace between the budgets needed for small boat dingy racing and the seemingly inaccessible world of large professional competition. The new M32 Series sets out to provide a platform that is commercially viable for the teams, partners and sponsors as well as being exciting for the audience. ... [more]

The Zhik Mission Beach Regatta, sailing where rainforest meets reef By Thomas Orr, Mission Beach , 9:24 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
In late October the Zhik Mission Beach Regatta was again sailed off Mission Beach in the warm tropical waters of the Coral Sea. Mission Beach which is made up of four beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach, is about two hours drive south of Cairns and some 1,600km north of Brisbane. ... [more]

CYCA Trophy-Passage Series - Southern Cross Cup By Louise Bashford, , 9:12 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The CYCA Trophy-Passage Series, combined with the Bird Island Race sailed earlier this month, and the non-droppable Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will also decide the Southern Cross Cup. Held every odd year from 1967 to 2001, it was reintroduced last year as an annual event. Racing in the annual CYCA Trophy Series, conducted under IRC, ORCi and PHS, starts from 11.00am on Saturday and Sunday. ... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Day 4 - Nervy but excited competitors By Lisa Ratcliff, , 8:59 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2014: Nervy but excited competitors and photographers are rubbing their hands. Rattling rigging rather than yesterday’s fluttering flags can be heard around Sandringham Yacht Club on day four. It’s the penultimate day of the qualification series for the Olympic classes and joining the world cup competition on a white-capped Port Phillip. ... [more]

Star Sailors League Finals - Interview with Freddy Loof By Alex D'Agosta, , 8:25 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
Star Sailors League Finals 2014: The Swede finished second behind Mendelblatt and ahead of Kusznierewicz, at the end of a memorable week that saw him go from strength to strength and win the qualifying section after nine races. Before the race you only wanted a decent result. But now here you are on the podium….so you’re fitter than you expected… ... [more]

BWR - Riechers et Audigane embarquent aux côtés de Renault Captur By Barcelona World Race Media, , 8:10 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
Jörg Riechers et Sébastien Audigane embarquent aux côtés de Renault Captur pour la Barcelona World Race. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane to race By Daniel Ferrando, , 7:23 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: Their boat is the well proven Finot-Conq design which is also known as Votre Nom Autour du Monde which has just competed in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, and which previously finished second in the Vendee Globe in 2008-9 in the hands of Armel Le Cleac'h. ... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series: Skippers Media Conference By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:54 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Racing has been cancelled in the Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney due to strong winds. After the cancellation the skippers held a media conference which Nic Douglass recorded and can be heard on her Adventures of a Sailor Girl channel below. Tomorrow and the rest of the regatta we will carry video coverage and replays for Days 2, 3 and 4 ... [more]

Festival of Sails - Classy fleet is taking shape By Lisa Ratcliff, , 5:25 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2015 Festival of Sails - A classy rating series fleet is taking shape for Victoria’s longest running annual sporting event, the Festival of Sails regatta January 17-26, 2015. ... [more]

PSA 12 Days of Christmas - Day 6 By PSA Sailing, , 4:27 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Day Six of the PSA Laser Santa 12 Days of Christmas and the offer is 10% off Turbo parts. ... [more]

RS Aero 5 Squad weekend at Hayling Island By Peter Barton, , 4:05 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
In the five weeks since Queen Mary the RS Aero5 squad has already doubled to 10 young Aeronauts. RS Aero and Tera parents not wanting to miss out on the fun made up another four larger rigs and an open invite to the Hayling Aero fleet gave a total of 18 entries. Four more new boats were delivered to new owners. ... [more]

Gold Coast International Marine Expo gives back to charities By Emma Milne, , 3:33 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Gold Coast International Marine Expo has donated $17,000 to four beneficiary charities that helped to make this year’s event such a huge success. ... [more]

Etchells 2015 Australian Championship – Look out for the ‘newbie’ By John Curnow, , 3:08 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
In Etchells terms, a dozen years still means you can call yourself a bit of a newbie. Chris Hampton does, but it is a little more self-effacing than completely accurate. This ‘newbie’ already has a string of impressive results on the scoreboard. They’re made all the more so by the fact that Chris had never sailed before joining the Etchells family and his only boats since have been Etchells. ... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race - Battle at the front of the fleet By Louay Habib, , 2:52 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Race fans watching the tracker page over the last 24 hours have been witness to the battle at the front of the fleet. Events took a turn when Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London moved into the lead at around sunset yesterday. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht - Aurora delivers Supermaxi set to debut By Lauren Brittain, , 2:26 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - GMT
Aurora Global Logistics, in conjunction with Peters and May, is proud to have been involved in the shipping and import clearance of the new 100-foot Supermaxi race yacht, Comanche, which is set to debut in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day. ... [more]

NSW 12ft Skiff Championship prepares Aussies for Interdominion By Di Pearson, , 1:59 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
In the closest of shaves, Nick Press/Andrew Stevenson (Sydney Sailmakers) won the NSW 12ft Skiff Championship defeating Brett Hobson/Brad Phillips (Garde) by one point to take the title ahead of the 12ft skiff Interdominion to be sailed on Sydney Harbour in the early New Year ... [more]

2014 CYCA Trophy Series - Wild Oats XI takes to the water By Di Pearson CYCA Media, , 1:24 AM Thursday 11 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Solas Big Boat Challenge (SBBC) winner, Wild Oats XI, will take to the water for her final Rolex Sydney Hobart limber up, joining 30 others in the two-day CYCA Trophy–Passage, starting Saturday near Shark Island at 11.00am. ... [more]

Yachting NZ receives $400k boost for 2016 Olympics to $12.4million By Sail-World.com, , 11:29 PM Wednesday 10 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has announced that Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme will receive a financial boost in the two years leading into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The sport is now the third ranked on the funding list, and remains as a Tier 1 sport by the funding agency. ... [more]

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