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Self-draining Optimist trainer, the SailQube, available at NB Sailspor By NB Sailsports, Somersby , 3:09 PM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - GMT
SailQube, is the newest, fastest and coolest polyethylene dinghy, designed by Jo Richards! Project managed by product development manager Glen Truswell. The boat is multi-functional, it is an ideal practice boat for young sailors because of its indestructible and unsinkable material. ... [more]

Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada By Greg Nicoll, , 2:47 PM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
On a really clear day, from my homeport of the Port Credit Yacht Club, you can just see Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of the most popular cruising destinations in Canada. The trip to Niagara takes about an hour by car or about five hours under sail, most of the time. ... [more]

The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising By Kathy Mak, , 2:30 PM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ... [more]

A little bit of everything at the Swedish Weta Nationals 2014 By Leif Goldkuhl, Hjälmaren Lake , 12:33 PM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - GMT
There was calm winds, there was gales, Western winds, easterly winds and southern winds. Bright sunshine and cloudburst. We experienced all of this and even some more stuff, during day one of the Weta championships. The second day was slightly less thrilling but nevertheless really exciting sailing. ... [more]

Supreme Boating Safety Award - Waikato Regional Council wins By Joanne Glassford, Auckland , 12:20 PM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - GMT
Coastguard Boating Education hosted New Zealand’s first-ever Boating Safety Conference at the Voyager Maritime NZ Museum. The highlight of the conference was the Awards Dinner where the organisation and its stakeholders took great pleasure in celebrating and recognising achievement in the promotion of boating safety. This year’s Boating Safety Award was presented to the Waikato Regional Council ... [more]

Images of the Waitemata: RNZYS Club Marine Winter Series By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:32 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Images from Saturday's race in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Club Marine Winter Series. The breeze didn't give much change out of 25kts, it was raining and bleak. Small wonder that many elected to stay on the marina ... [more]

2014 Rowing Worlds: Stroke of success for NZ in non-Olympic events By Rowing NZ, , 9:55 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - GMT
New Zealand rowers have claimed a golden double and two world best time records at the 2014 world rowing championships in Amsterdam, with the squad also set up for more glory over the final two days of competition. New Zealand’s women’s four and the men’s coxed pair of coxswain Caleb Shepherd and rowers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray both won Gold in convincing fashion ... [more]

Magnetic Island Race Week: multihull earns honours from monhulls By Tracey Johnstone, Magnetic Island , 7:39 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
A combination of perfect racing conditions, no mistakes, great boat speed and a focus on a goal was all that was needed for the multihull Fantasia to take on the biggest of the monohulls and win. ... [more]

Death by Dinghy By Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio, , 4:14 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Aus GMT
Having operated adventure training organisations - trained staff and dealt with incidents, on land and water for more than thirty years - I've seen that the simple, the routine and the mundane are the most likely places to have problems. When embarking on a great adventure, stepping into the unknown or preparing for rough weather, we take precautions, wear safety equipment etc. ... [more]

'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time By Scripps iInstitute, , 3:31 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ... [more]

Coast Guard searching for two boaters near St. Petersburg By Coast Guard, , 2:54 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
The Coast Guard is searching for two people aboard a 27-foot 1976 Almond Hunter sailing vessel near St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday. ... [more]

2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 4 -the Mean Streak By Rich Roberts, , 2:11 AM Saturday 30 Aug 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Skip McCormack spoke for all competitors after Friday's fourth day of the 13th annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis YC. ... [more]

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 3 images by Stefano Gattini By Sail-World.com, , 9:19 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
Photographer Stefano Gattini was on deck for day three of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship to capture these images. ... [more]

PWA Alacati World Cup - Frustrating start to day 4 By Chris Yates, , 8:46 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
The early part of day four turned out to be a hugely frustrating affair as variable winds, in terms of both strength and direction, wreaked havoc with the start of the racing at the Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup. However, over the duration of the afternoon the wind slowly stabilised to provide the most exciting racing of the week in winds of 15-28 knots. ... [more]

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion By International Audi Melges 20 Class Association, , 8:35 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
The third day of racing on beautiful Lake Garda produced premium conditions and spectacular competition at the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship once more. Three additional races were completed with second place overall Achille Onorato's Mascalzone Latino Jr. closing the gap on regatta leader, American John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti ahead by five points. ... [more]

Girl power all set for Nottingham powerboat racing action By Chris Davies, Powerboat GP, , 7:18 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
Building on the success of the last two years of international powerboat racing championship events, Powerboat GP has once again organised a mouth watering prospect for circuit race fans in the shape of the GT15 and GT30 European Championships, the final round of the F4S World Championships, along with the OSY400 European Championships. ... [more]

Inner Spring Regatta - Good numbers and good times to be had By Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, , 7:11 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
The 2014 EnviroPacific Service Inner Spring Regatta to be held this coming weekend is shaping up to be better than ever! With 21 entries received and crews representing seven yachts clubs from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Sydney plenty of battles on the water will no doubt be match with loads of comradery at NCYC which will host a competitors BBQ on Saturday evening. ... [more]

20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act By NOAA Fisheries, , 7:09 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
NOAA announced on August 27th that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. ... [more]

Irish Laser National Championships - Day 1 at Ballyholme By Irish Sailing Associaton, , 6:37 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
At the Irish Laser National Championships, the three fleets woke up on a beautiful sunny day at Ballyholme Yacht Club knowing that the wind was to fill in over the afternoon but no-one was sure by how much. ... [more]

Viper 640 North American Championship heads west By Ed Padin, , 5:16 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
For the first time in the Viper 640 Class’s history, the North American championship will be contested on the west coast. Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, the 2014 NAs will feature 40 boats with teams from seven states, as well as three Canadian and two Australian teams. 'We’re thrilled to bring the North Americans to a very deserving venue' said Class President Peter Beardsley. ... [more]

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Action shots by Max Ranchi By Sail-World.com, , 2:35 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
Photographer Max Ranchi was on site at the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship to capture these images during races seven and eight. ... [more]

Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub By Stephen Chen, , 2:04 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
China has edged a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours. New technology has made it easier for a submarine, or torpedo, to travel at extremely high speeds underwater. Turns out there is a high speed sailing application. It has nothing to do with cruising whatsoever, its just an interesting read. ... [more]

5 Oceans - First solo race around the world with equal chances By 5 Oceans, , 1:48 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, President of Clipper Ventures who organised the 5 Oceans, confirmed that the ninth edition in 2014-15 will welcome not only the successful Eco 60 Class, which has shown its durability during the 2010-11 race, but will also welcome the SolOceans One Design Class. ... [more]

Lorient Horta Solo - Gahinet in starting blocks on Safran-Guy Cotten By Safran Sailing Team, , 1:00 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - GMT
On Saturday, September 6, the skipper of the Figaro Safran-Guy Cotten will start the final race of the season, the Lorient Horta Solo. This race is a round trip (2,260 miles in total) between Lorient and the island of Faial in the Azores. It is a straightforward route, but a strategic race, for which Gahinet has prepared keenly. ... [more]

Cowes to Torquay Race 2014 - Intense activity in preparation By Geoff Davies, , 12:10 PM Friday 29 Aug 2014 - Powerboat-World GMT
With the 2014 Cowes Torquay Race now just a few days away the teams are working tirelessly, many burning the midnight oil, to ensure boats and crews are up to the rigours of the World’s Toughest Offshore Powerboat Race. ... [more]

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