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Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 6 - AUD implosion continues By Collinson FX, , 8:11 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 6, 2014: The AUD implosion continued, the currency falling back to 0.8325, while the KIWI is testing 0.7700 on the downside. Central Bank activity and economic data will drive markets in the coming week lead by the RBNZ. Expectations are for little change! ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Inside Track - Sir Peter Blake remembered By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:30 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
On this date 13 years ago, ocean racing legend Sir Peter Blake was tragically murdered whilst leading an expedition up the Amazon River. In this episode of Inside Track today's crop of ocean racers reflect on the man and his lasting influence on the sport. Includes reports from the boats as they recall their memories of Sir Peter Blake, and updates on the latest race status. ... [more]

The positive energy of the IMOCA Ocean Masters By Marion Cardon, , 1:09 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
For the grand opening of the Nautic Paris Boat Show, the IMOCA class reviews the new projects, the evolution of the class and its future prospects through until the next Vendée Globe. Jean Kerhoas, President of IMOCA and Peter Bayer, OSM’s Executive Director, showcase the various projects under way. ... [more]

Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton - Olly Bridge storms home By Janine Pittaway, , 12:37 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: He was tailed closely by last year’s winner, German-born Queenslander Marvin Baumeister, and broke Marvin’s race record, making the crossing in just 22 minutes, seven seconds in 19kt winds – a huge one minute 43 seconds ahead of the record. Steph Bridge, 42, was well ahead of the other female racers and broke the female course record finishing in just 27 minutes. ... [more]

Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:17 PM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
The BBC has reported that nine Somali pirates should get thousands of Euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled. One is to get 9,000 Euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 Euros. The judges faulted France for keeping them in custody for an extra 48 hours. ... [more]

VOR 2014-15 - 'it’s something I will never forget in my whole life' By Dongfeng Race Team, , 11:47 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race: With the long term sporting mission of Dongfeng Race Team set to bring offshore sailing to China, a nation where 99% of the population don’t even know it’s a sport, it is moments like these when Chinese sailor Liu Xue (Black) crossed the Equator for the first time that should be documented and savored for years to come. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Sir Peter Blake remembered from Leg 2 By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:30 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 6 is the anniversary of the death of Sir Peter Blake, the only person to have led a winning Round the World Race team and a winning America's Cup team. He was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Today, Ian Walker skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the time to pay tribute to Sir Peter from the foredeck of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ... [more]

Melges 32 World Championship - Aggressive racing on Day 3 By International Melges 32 Class Association, , 11:28 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
In the Melges 32 World Championship in Miami, for those lucky enough to race, and for the tens of thousands spectating at home via social media, there's been no shortage of action anywhere this week on the eight-mile race course in front of Miami Beach. ... [more]

Star Sailors League: Rookie rockstars pump above their weight in Stars By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 10:58 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
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]

Many new features at Grand Pavois 2015 show! By Veronique Largeau, , 10:47 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
The great highlight of the Grand Pavois is direct access to the sea which favours and promotes sea trials for the many units and new features presented at the show. Created in 1973, this highlight will be even more important in 2015 with the setting up of a special space devoted specifically to trial boats. ... [more]

Farr 40 One Design Regatta fleet ‘Pittwaterised’ By Lisa Ratcliff, , 10:39 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
For the Farr 40 One Design Regattas most of the active Australian east coast Farr 40 fleet assembled at Pittwater today for the opening three races of the class’ One Design Trophy hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. ... [more]

Bird Island Race: Images by Crosbie Lorimer By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 10:26 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Bird Island Race fleet set off in sun and a light and patchy northeaster at 10am this morning with the prospect of a slow day's sailing ahead. Perpetual Loyal led the fleet out of the harbour followed by Ichi Ban, Shogun V, OneSails and Victoire and Black Jack. Loyal took a longer dig out to sea and ran into lighter airs, finding herself back in the pack as she tacked back inshore again. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Reports from on board Leg Leader, Abu Dhabi By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 9:26 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
b>Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading again on Leg 2 according to the Volvo Ocean Race Control reports and leaderboard However according to Predictwind calculations and routing projections they could be level pegging for second with Team Brunel, and with Donfeng Race Team in the Leg 2 lead ... [more]

La Barcelona World Race, présentée au Nautic By Barcelona World Race Media, , 9:02 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
La Barcelona World Race - Chaque année, au début du mois de décembre, Paris vit à l’heure du salon nautique. Pour la journée d’ouverture, la Grande Scène du Nautic accueillait des invités de marque puisque les organisateurs de la Barcelona World Race étaient présents accompagnés de l’équipage de Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm et Jean Le Cam ... [more]

Yacht lost on Majuro By John Martin, , 8:16 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Monday morning I awoke early and watched the sky grow light listening to the quiet morning sounds here in our anchorage off the island of Eneko. At 7:30 the cruiser’s net anchor started off with the usual good morning, and she asked if there was any emergency traffic. ... [more]

Phuket King's Cup Regatta images by Max Ranchi By Max Ranchi, , 7:29 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
2014 Phuket King's Cup Regatta today's race images are provided by photographer Max Ranchi. ... [more]

UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series - Room for improvement? By Karien Jonckheere, , 6:46 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
At the 2014 UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series, despite completely dominating proceedings by winning every race so far, the Fazza team of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi believe there is still room for improvement. ... [more]

Comanche's First Sail in Australian Waters - VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 6:04 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Comanche made her Sydney debut today allowing the competitors in the Bird Island Race to leave the harbour before she ventured out to sea. After a quick circuit of the eastern side of the Harbour, she tacked and sailed through the Heads for her first look of the waters that she will sail in earnest on Boxing Day. ... [more]

2014 Star Sailors League Finals - Day 3 of Qualifying Round By Sébastien Hissette, , 6:02 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
2014 Star Sailors League Finals - In this final and deciding race in the qualifying rounds, no one wanted to be left behind. So much so that there were two false starts with general recalls, the jury even pulling out the I flag. Off the line it was juniors Lawrence and Revkin in front, followed by Loof and Ekström. Most teams played conservatively and stayed near the center. ... [more]

Star Sailors League Finals - High tension on final day of Qualifying By Alex d'Agosta, , 5:07 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - GMT
In the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals the third and final day of qualifying in Nassau was high-tension indeed. The Qualifying Series winners, Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom will skip the first race tomorrow and go directly to the semis finals. ... [more]

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Ingrid Abery By Ingrid Abery, , 4:19 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]

Skipper's 'top ten' checklist for safer sailing By John Jamieson, , 3:52 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
When we taught the intense 12-week Professional Mariner Program at the Chapman School of Seamanship, top priority the first week was to get each student into a mindset where they inspected a boat from stem to stern before casting off and after they tied up. Note the dual inspections. Bookends if you will. Before sailing; after sailing. Every time. ... [more]

Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi By Carlo Borlenghi, , 3:06 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 Melges 32 World Championship Miami - Day 3 images provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]

International Volunteer Day - Marine Rescue NSW praises members By Ken McManus, , 3:00 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
On International Volunteer Day Marine Rescue NSW has thanked its members for their commitment and tireless work to save lives on the water. ... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Race 2 By Nigel Quilter, , 2:37 AM Saturday 06 Dec 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
In the 2014 Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi delivered another racing master class to win race two of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi and claim Victory Team’s 14th World title. ... [more]

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