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Building the bridge from Optimist to Laser and beyond – with Byte C1 By Rob Kothe, , 2:05 PM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]

BIC Techno 293 One design class - 2014 Season highlights video By Patrik Pollak, , 1:31 PM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - GMT
BIC Techno 293 One design class 2014 - 100s of competitions from all continents, 1000s of participants around the world. Lot of fun, new adventures, new places, new friends. Another successful year for BIC Techno 293 One design class. Season highlights video here. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - Weather Forecast 31-Dec-2014 By Barcelona World Race, , 1:17 PM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: Very light conditions are expected on the start line. Some puffs of lingering NWíly, mixed with a new, light and patchy S/SWíly filling up the coast through the afternoon four-eight knots. Eventually the SWíly will fill off Barcelona five-nine knots. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - Ready to race: skippers bid farewell By Barcelona World Race., , 1:01 PM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - GMT
There was scarcely enough wind to lift the flags but the warm morning sunshine offered an idyllic setting as the crowds build under the watchful eye of the Christopher Columbus statue. Bubbly and openly nervous round the world rookie Jorg Riechers of Germany and his quiet, focused French co-skipper Seb Audigane were first to leave on Renault Captur. ... [more]

OK Dinghy World Championship - Artemis sailors shine after first races By Robert Deaves, , 12:13 PM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
OK Dinghy World Championship: Following a long day of waiting for the breeze, the fleet at the 2014 OK Dinghy World Championship at Black Rock YC in Melbourne, Australia was finally rewarded by two great races in a rapidly building sea breeze. Matt Stechmann (NZL) leads overall after winning the first race. Matt Coutts (NZL) is in second while defending champion Roger Blasse (AUS) is in third. ... [more]

Cockburn Sound Regatta - Final day overall By Bernie Kaaks, Perth , 11:04 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
In perfect sailing conditions the Cockburn Sound Regatta finished with all classes sailing around the buoys in Mangles Bay in full view of a gallery of invited guests on the TCYC balcony. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 31 - It's all Greek By Collinson FX, , 8:55 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
December 31, 2014: The AUD managed to book gains, boosted by a jump in Iron Ore prices, while the KIWI managed to break above 0.7800! Happy New Year and although markets are open on Friday (except NZ) expectations are low! ... [more]

Sabre Australian Championship - Challenging conditions on Day 1 By Mark Soulsby, Adelaide , 8:06 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
2014 - 15 Sabre Australian Championship - The 87 boat Sabre Fleet finally got their Nationals underway today, with the winds moderating back to a manageable 10-15 knots from the south west. A large wind chop and stirred up seaweed was left on the course area due to the strong winds the previous day, which made for challenging conditions for the sailors. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - Sun and sons shine on light winds start By Barcelona World Race, , 7:59 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: The British-Spanish duo made the best of the very light winds, setting up with speed at the gun, to eke out a small lead to the turning mark, 1.5 miles away from the line. With 23,450 miles to sail, of course the early advantage to the British-Spanish duo might only appear to be psychological. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Time to redress By Jon Bramley, , 4:00 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - GMT
Team Alvimedica have won their claim for redress after they diverted course to sail to the assistance of the grounded Team Vestas Wind in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]

Rose Bowl Regatta - Fair weather due By Rich Roberts, , 3:19 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
For the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta some chill, rain and prospects of the coldest Rose Parade in its 125 years on New Year's Day haven't heralded fair sailing in midweek, but forecasts call for a sunny shirtsleeve weekend for the nation's best young sailors at Long Beach this weekend. ... [more]

Lexus King of the Derwent - Alive heads strong fleet By Peter Campbell, , 2:56 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Hobart’s iconic yacht race, the Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent to be sailed on Friday, 2 January is expected to attract a fleet of more than 50 yachts headed by the powerful Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive. ... [more]

Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race - James Spithill joins By Lisa Ratcliff, , 2:32 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Race fleet of 28 setting off from the entrance to Broken Bay at 1pm this Friday January 2, 2015, can expect a straightforward race north with the Bureau of Meteorology’s long range outlook indicating dry weather and classic summer sea breezes. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Winning is what we are here for By Alex Thomson Racing, , 1:48 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
In the 2014 -15 Barcelona World Race the start gun fired today at 13.00. Alex Thomson and his co-Skipper Pepe Ribes will sail Hugo Boss an IMOCA 60 racing yacht 26,000 Nautical Miles, non-stop, unassisted around the globe. ... [more]

Tornado World Championship - Day 1 overall By Andrew Dowley, , 1:16 AM Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The first day of the ISAF Tornado World Championships and Global Mixed Championships in Perth, Western Australia, got underway on Tuesday the 30th December. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Mode d’emploi + Video By Barcelona World Race Media, , 4:38 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - Le coup de canon de la Barcelona World Race sera donné mercredi 31 décembre, à 13 heures, au large de la Plaça del Mar, par le Maire de la cité catalane, Xavier Trias. Les huit monocoques 60 pieds devraient faire leurs adieux à la terre dans peu de vent dans les premières heures d’un périple qui devrait durer près de trois mois. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Last hours on land for race skippers + Video By Barcelona World Race Media, , 4:10 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - GMT
Barcelona World Race 2014-15: For the organised duos – those who have had upwards of a year to prepare and know their boats intuitively – there was family time, long lunches, siestas and time to peruse the latest weather files with their consultant of choice (there is no outside routing allowed once the race has started). ... [more]

Icarus Sailing Media and Magic Marine continue partnership + Video By Icarus Sailing Media, , 3:17 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - GMT
The two globally reputed companies first collaborated in 2013, with Magic Marine providing their range of sailing apparel to Icarus Sailing Media. In 2014, Icarus Sailing Media has covered 51 events in 15 nations across every continent of the world. ... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Day 4 images by Carlo Borlenghi By Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi, , 1:21 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 Day 4 images provided by top international photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Crew change onboard Dongfeng By Dongfeng Race Team, , 1:09 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World Asia GMT
For the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 Dongfeng Race Team announce new crew line-up, a new fourth Chinese sailor, addition of an under 30 solo sailor, and a replacement OBR for next leg. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica granted Redress for Leg 2 By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:05 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
After a Hearing by the International Jury for the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Alvimedica has had her points adjusted for Leg 2. For going to the assistance of Team Vestas Wind, after she became wrecked on a reef in late November, Team Alvimedica has had their points for the Leg reduced by 1pt to four points under the low points score system. ... [more]

The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - Navigators Prize winner for Leg 2 By Mark Chisnell for B&G, , 12:50 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
The B&G Navigators’ Prize is presented to the Navigator who has made the most effective use of meteorological, oceanographic and geographical information to gain distance on the majority of the fleet, as voted for by the Navigators themselves. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: A little luck goes a long way for Vestas Wind By GCaptain.com, , 12:44 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
In a joint venture between Subtech and Svitzer a team was mobilized from South Africa under a Bimco Wreckhire to refloat and recover, intact, the remains of the 'Vestas Wind' from the Cargados Carajos Shoal. The main objective being to salvage the deck intact to install in a new boat to be built, as that was the one item that would not be ready in time to make re-entry into the race possible. ... [more]

NZ 420 sailors compete in Fremantle By Angus Haslett, Fremantle , 12:10 PM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
A team of four 420's has made the trip across to Fremantle for the Australian 420 Nationals, a six day regatta, 29th Dec - 3rd Jan and then the Australian Youth Championship a five day regatta running from Jan 6th to Jan 10th. Most of the sailors arrived before Christmas and spent a few days setting their boats up and getting some time on the water getting into the swing of things in Fremantle. ... [more]

B14 Worlds: Melbourne cool change sends boats and bits flying By Jane Moffat, , 11:39 AM Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
B14 Worlds Principal Race Officer Peter Merritt was half way through his information session and highlighting the importance of the sign off and sign on procedure for safety as Melbourne 'experiences rapid changes in the weather'. As if on cue a 30 knot westerly came hurtling up Port Phillip Bay sending bits of kit and anything not tied down flying. ... [more]

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