Volvo Ocean Race drama and record online audiences

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 20 Mar 2012

Volvo Ocean Race drama and record online audiences

Its interesting to look back at times like this, when there is right now some close examination of just what people say and write and photograph.

Our origins are mainstream print journalism, where you could not be lose lipped because the facts mattered and we'd like to think we've retained that ethic in the faster moving Internet world.

We've been online for 15 years, from the days of dial up and for the last 10 years we've been saying sailors are voting with their mouses and moving online.

When you look at our Volvo coverage, you'd have to the think the print vote is almost over!

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Our scene is news and facts, our network news is updated 24x7 by a world-wide team of news editors, in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK. is visited by over two million unique readers annually.

Our strong growth continues with iPad and iPhone access beyond 30% and other smart phones and tablets pushing the total mobile use towards 50% - just one more reason while serious new advertisers are appearing on Sail-World every few days.

Our viewing audience's time on the sites is commonly 3-4 times longer than other sailing sites, because of our significant feature article content and the high level of video and image content.

And this is the year that images online will be of the same quality as high end magazines, just 2-3 months earlier!!!

With the VOR, the Olympics and the America's Cup – this will be our biggest year.

Matias del Solar gliding to a convincing win in Race 10  Laser Masters Worlds Media 2012

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Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi shelters in Hauraki Gulf
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has issued a statement saying that they will delay their restart of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race to avoid potentially boat-breaking conditions in the South Pacific. The statement says that Ian Walker's team set sail again from Auckland at midday local time (2300 UTC), just 12 hours after returning to the port to repair structural damage to their yacht Azzam.... [more]
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NCYC and LMYC Combined Ocean Series - Plenty of breeze
Richard Howard,
NCYC and LMYC Combined Ocean Series dished out some solid ocean sailing over the weekend off Newcastle. With yachts meeting off Redhead on the Saturday morning and racing on a 25 nautical mile windward leeward course off Newcastle's beaches some fast downwind runs and bouncy beats were the order of the day.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team 2012 - London and beyond
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 Australian Sailing Team features 20 athletes competing in eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes. The European season begins this week with sailors competing in the RS:X World Championship and Finn European Championships.... [more]
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The Cone of Silence - McConaghy MC38 for Sydney to Southport
Blue Robinson &,
The MC38 is changing the way people think about accessible and affordable high performance inshore sailing says mcConaghy International. Now, it is time to take this concept to a new level - and light up the offshore fleet. Sydney owner Jamie Neill on board Cone of Silence will take on the offshore fleet in Sydney to Southport race.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Alice Burton Memorial Trophy Video
Bob Killick,
18 footer Yandoo was too solid, for the rest in the Alice Burton Memorial Trophy, in Sunday's gusty Southerly 3 Buoy Handicap. Next Sunday 25th, is a scratch and the final race of the 18ft League's 2011-12 season.... [more]
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2012 Combined High School Notice of Race is now available
Melissa Yeomans,
The Notice of Race is now available for the 2012 Combined High Schools/ Australian Secondary Schools Sailing Championship to be held on the 10th April to 14th April 2012 at Belmont 16' Sailing Club... [more]
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The Business powered by Easy Tiger Racing run out of roar
Lulu Roseman,
The Business, powered by Easy Tiger Racing with Skipper Chris Way and Tactician Steve McConaghy have finished in equal fifth place in the 2012 Melges 32 Australian Championship. The day's final race saw gusts up to 25 knots and there was plenty of carnage on the racecourse with capsizes aplenty and kites being blown out left right and centre.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's repairs complete and restarts Leg 5
Volvo Ocean Race reports that Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have left Auckland to rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race fleet after completing repairs to their yacht Azzam around 12 hours earlier than expected. The Abu Dhabi shore team worked through the night to fix structural damage in the bow of Azzam – and just 12 hours after arriving back in Auckland the sailors were headed back out to sea.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull + Video,
From 17-25 March 2012, Multihull evaluations for Women's Skiff and Mixed he 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet splits but regroups in punishing first night
The Volvo Ocean race fleet has split into, two - or three if you include Abu Dhabi now under repair back in Auckland. The bulk of the fleet have headed north marginally led by Camper as they sail into winds of more than 37 knot winds and six metre seas on the brutal opening night of Leg 5 that has already forced Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing back to port with damage.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Abu Dhabi hoping for a 24 hour stopover + video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are hopeful of resuming racing in Leg 5 within the next 24 hours after arriving back in Abu Dhabi to repair damage to their yacht Azzam. Ian Walker and his crew made the decision to return to the City of Sails five-and-a-half hours into the 6,700 nautical mile leg to Itajaí in Brazil when a bulkhead in the bow of their yacht Azzam, securing a crucial heavy weather heads... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Battle continues with mighty Pacific
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are reflecting on their last two weeks at sea, as the battle with the mighty Pacific continues. 'To all the mothers following the race, or doing the race, the Geraldton Western Australia crew wishes you a peaceful Mother's day,' skipper Juan Coetzer starts his 0600 report to the Race Office.... [more]
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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet hits the tough stuff
Paul Todd,
Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, flew over the the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they hit heavy weather at the start of Leg 5, exiting the Hauraki Gulf - and captured the return of Abu Dhabi to Auckland... [more]
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Tasmanian Dragon State Championships - Nick Rogers dominates
Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian Dragon State Championship was dominated by Nick Rogers, the ten times Australasian champion in the International Dragon class, winning five of the eight races sailed over the weekend. Sailing with his winning Prince Philip Cup crew of Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows in Karabos IX, Rogers had four straight wins on Saturday, yesterday scoring a fifth win.... [more]
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Combined Offshore Series - Solid ocean sailing off Newcastle
Richard Howard,
NCYC and LMYC Combined Offshore Series dished out some solid ocean sailing over the weekend off Newcastle. Great for the sailors... Not so good for the surfers! With a front making its way through Sydney on Saturday morning LMYC and NCYC's weekend of Combined Ocean Pointscore racing was looking like being a real offshore affair.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Alice Burton Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs Alice Burton Memorial Trophy was held today, Sunday 18 March, off Sydney Harbour. The skill of three of the most experienced 18ft Skiff sailors was on show as John 'Woody' Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson tamed the 25-knot Southerly wind to bring Yandoo home a winner of the Alice Burton Memorial Trophy race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 start images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Leg 5 start images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi suspend racing, return to Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Volvo Ocean Race reports that Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, suspended racing and headed back to Auckland after suffering damage to the bulkhead on their racing yacht shortly after the start of Leg 5 to Itajaí, Brazil. 'Abu Dhabi have confirmed that they have suspended racing and are returning to Auckland,' the team said in a statement. 'There is a problem with the bulkhead.'... [more]
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Camper values are sailing values, Dalia Saliamonas
Jeni Bone,
Self-described 'official brain washer' for the Spanish and now global brand Camper, Dalia Saliamonas – marketing director and head of special projects – has been with Camper 26 years, starting as international sales manager, 'seeding' the brand around the world, and moving in to special projects.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - In-Port race and stopover images by Greg Mulvaney
Greg Mulvaney images,
Photographer Greg Mulvaney sends this gallery from The Volvo Ocean Race Auckland In-Port race and stopover.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Inport Race, Auckland
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman, provided this gallery of images from the InPort Race, sailed in Auckland as part of the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopover... [more]
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Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo -the place to be next weekend!
Damian Devine/Sail-World Cruising,
It's normally a relaxed place, Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, otherwise known affectionately as 'The Alfreds', but next weekend the gracious lawns and marine vista will explode with activity as the inaugural Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo takes over the Club. Dates and times: 24 & 25 March between 10am and 5pm.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper win golden points from hometown InPort Race
Richard Gladwell,
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson, described their end to end win in the Auckland Inport Race, as a dream result for the team. Nicholson led his crew of 11 sailors to an end to end win in the sprint event, which counted for five points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race images
Andrea Francolini,
Andrea Francolini images of the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race in Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]
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Combined Clubs Harbour Post-Christmas Race Series on the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Combined Clubs Harbour Post-Christmas Race Series on the Derwent has not only seen Saturday fleet numbers up by a third, but has produced exceptionally close competition across all groups. With just one race day left, on Saturday, 31 March, the post-Christmas Harbour Series will go right down to the line in every group following today's racing.... [more]
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Ocean Point Score double to Farren-Price
Di Pearson,
Julian Farren-Price has won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS) under both IRC and PHS categories.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper take Auckland In-Port race
A great start off the line saw Camper dominate the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, as the headed towards the wall of the commercial port, riding the wall to the very last moment before tacking onto to make the crucial first cross over Puma.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championships 2012 - Down to the wire
Laser World Masters Championships media,
Today was the final day of racing for the 233 sailors from 19 nations at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Principal Race officer Kevin Wilson called an early start in the hope of sailing three races and completing a twelve race, two drop series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Photographer Andrea Francolini is dockside in Auckland (NZ) at the Volvo Ocean Race village and sends these images from this morning's preparations.... [more]
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Images of Volvo Ocean Race: Sails Sunshine and Colour.
Paul Gilbert,
Sails Sunshine and Colour were the feature on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Friday, and wind? well, not so much ! Lunchtime office workers were treated to riot of colour albeit moving at glacial speed, as the Volvo fleet used a harbour race with guests aboard to start pre race checks on gear and systems.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of the 'Ams' in the Auckland Pro-Am
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the Pro-Am race of the Volvo Ocean Race, Auckland Stopover. The Pro-Am race was the second event four days of racing planned for Auckland. Here are images of the guest sailors aboard the five Volvo racers who competed in the two race, and delayed event. Regardless of the sailing, we're all sure that they had the time of their lives,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Images: Skippers Media Conference - Auckland
Photographers Richard Gladwell and Howard Wright were at the final Skippers' Media Conference at the Viaduct Media Centre late Friday afternoon, and provided these images.... [more]
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