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Melges 32 World Championship - Tight at top as Kamei takes early lead By International Melges 32 Class Association, , 8:53 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Melges 32 World Championship 2014: And for more than half of the talented 17-boat Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the points spread is almost unimportant. 'We're looking at the top nine boats separated by just nine points after two races,' explained Race Officer Anderson Reggio’ ... [more]

Fort Lauderdale greets Oceans of Hope yacht By Sailing Sclerosis Foundation, , 8:01 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - GMT
Oceans of Hope sailed into Fort Lauderdale this morning at 11:00 a.m. local time to an enthusiastic dockside audience awaiting their arrival. Cheers ensued, horns blared and the crew looked happy to arrive in the tropical landscape of Florida. It has been a long and arduous journey for some, including Christina Lamb Sidell, who joined the Oceans of Hope crew several weeks ago in New Jersey. ... [more]

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2014 - Une édition record By Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, , 7:44 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - GMT
La dixième Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe s’est achevée le 3 décembre au matin avec l’arrivée à Pointe-à-Pitre du dernier concurrent de la Class40, Vincent Lantin (Vanetys – Le Slip Français) après 30 jours de mer. ... [more]

Official charity partner for Extreme Sailing Series announced By Andrew Hawkins, Sydney , 7:37 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - GMT
The McGrath Foundation has been appointed the official charity partner of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Australia. The partnership will help raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and increase breast awareness in young women. ... [more]

Foiling Week heads to Italy + Video By Domenico Boffi, , 4:31 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - GMT
The Foiling Week™ is the first and only global event dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders. ... [more]

Bird Island Race final offshore long race ahead of Sydney Hobart By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 3:58 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has has delivered a big entry list for the Bird Island Race, among them Anthony Bell’s 100ft Perpetual Loyal, which along with the remaining 37 entries, will take advantage of a last opportunity to ease into some ocean miles and prepare crew in advance of the 628 nautical mile race south. ... [more]

True Heading announces contract with Lockheed Martin By Caitlyn Ridgley, , 3:31 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - GMT
True Heading, a leading manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and telematics solutions, announced today they will fulfill a major order from the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. ... [more]

Summer guide to Sydney’s Aquatic events now available By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 3:17 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Roads and Maritime Services guide to all of the events planned for Sydney Harbour this summer, including maps, safety advice and tips as well as on-water traffic restrictions, is now available. ... [more]

Last points chase at Sail Sydney opening session By Lisa Ratcliff, , 2:21 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The opening session of Sail Sydney is in its final stages and crews have left the launch pad at Woollahra Sailing Club for the last points chase for the Olympic, Paralympic and Moth classes on a grey Sydney day. ... [more]

Star Sailors League: Rookie gives top Stars a nudge on Day 1 in Nassau By Star Sailors League, Nassau, Bahamas , 1:21 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
It was a perfect first day for the second Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau with sun and wind in abundance. The racing had it all, including a lots of jostling around the marks, collisions, penalties and, most importantly, neck-and-neck finishes with surprise winners. ... [more]

Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ... [more]

Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thursday 04 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: ‘Ship-wrecks’ tell of escape from mid-ocean reef By volvooceanrace.com, , 9:40 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race’s ship-wrecked nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew finally made it back to civilisation on Wednesday, telling of their amazing escape from a collision with an Indian Ocean reef which grounded their boat. The unshaven, exhausted team in the global ocean race were holed up, incommunicado, for three days in the remote archipelago after their boat ran into the reef on Saturday afternoo ... [more]

National Pies Launceston to Hobart - Ocean racing in the lap of luxury By Peter Campbell, , 5:10 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
National Pies Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2014: He was in a yacht designed more for harbour racing than battling the ocean. Skippering his Melges 32, 2 Unlimited, Prescott won the AMS handicap division of the 2010 race around the rugged east coast of Tasmania. Subsequently, he went on to win consecutive Australian championships in this one-design class. ... [more]

Phuket King’s Cup 2014, day 3 – A damn good grilling By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 4:47 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
When the sky is blue and the breeze is in, it is very easy to forget how hot it really is. Turn off the fan, and you remember very quickly. Once again everyone was on station for starts at 0900h, and once again there was no ‘f’ in wind – well, certainly not in the edition of the OED that I consulted. (Yes of course I have a 13-volume dictionary with me at all times). ... [more]

France on the start grid of the GC32 Racing Tour + Video By GC32 Racing Tour, , 4:23 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - GMT
GC32 Racing Tour: In 2015, the state of the art GC32 foiling catamarans will compete in a five event European series starting in Austria in May and finishing at Marseille One Design in September. To date two French teams have announced their participation. Sebastien Rogues is well known in sailing circles, but for racing offshore in monohulls rather than inshore in foiling multihulls. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 70th edition of international classic By regattanews.com, , 3:20 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 marks the 70th edition of the race, a fitting occasion to pay tribute to an event that is an international yachting icon. Inspired by Corinthian origins, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was first held in 1945 and has run every year since. Its appeal was immediate, its popularity and reputation grew rapidly. ... [more]

New 12th edition Greek Waters Pilot now out By Rod Heikell, Cowes , 2:04 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
As I look back over nearly 40 years of sailing around Mediterranean waters I can't help but reflect on time passing by. 'Isn't it a bit like painting the Forth Bridge?' a friend asked of my pottering around looking at harbours and anchorages. ... [more]

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2014 to recommence battle on Thursday 4th By Media Center, Phuket , 12:28 PM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
Very little early wind today brought most of the classes to a momentary rest, with racing action to resume tomorrow. Thursday is traditionally reserved as a ‘reserve day’ to accommodate days of very light weather such as this, and will be used tomorrow as a full racing day. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 3 - KIWI back a 'big figure' By Collinson FX, , 11:01 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 3, 2014: This did little to counter the commodity demand story unfolding and hitting the domestic economy. NZ Commodities contracted 1.6% and pushed the KIWI back a 'big figure' to trade below 0.7800. Prospects of global demand flagging is hitting commodities hard and the associated currencies are acting accordingly. The NZD currently traders 0.6280 and 0.4970 against the EUR and GBP. ... [more]

London Boat Show - What’s in store from the RYA? By Emma Slater, , 8:52 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - GMT
'The RYA has loads in store at the show', commented RYA London Boat Show Manager, Guy Malpas. 'We have some great activities lined up on the RYA stand including a RIB simulator, knot wall challenge and visitors will have the chance to come face to face with some ‘alien species’!' ... [more]

Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ... [more]

2014 Sail Sydney - Subtropical Day 2 By , , 5:17 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
High humidity and lighter winds made for a subtropical day two at Sail Sydney. The morning session was postponed until a light nor’easter replaced the early glass-out and slowly inched up to 10 knots by the time the Moths, 49ers, FXs, Finns and standard Lasers took to the racetrack mid-afternoon. ... [more]

2015 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Destination paradise By Melges 20, , 4:22 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Like birds of migration when the thermometer drops, Audi Melges 20 sailors leave the frozen tundra and begin their annual winter pilgrimage to the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami. In its sixth winter series based out of Coconut Grove Yacht Club (CGSC), the class looks to build on experiences from previous years to ensure the racing is world class ... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Champs - Grand Prix of U.A.E preview By Nigel Quilter, , 3:52 AM Wednesday 03 Dec 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
2014 Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - The climax to the highly successful and competitive first season of the ‘new look’ ClassOne World Powerboat Championship combining C1 catamarans and V1 monohulls will decide the outcome of World titles in both categories. ... [more]

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