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 26 Jun 2012

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled.... [more]
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J class: Practice has started in Falmouth
All four J class yachts were out practising on Sunday off Falmouth. With a perfect 12 knots and sunny conditions the yachts were out for more than four hours practising starts, and perfecting their impressive spinnaker handling. Ranger, Lionheart and Rainbow are all using new dark North 3Di sails while Velsheda is using 3DL. The black sails make a stark contrast with the horizon.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 3 ACWS Newport - The Elephant is in the Room
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 3: While the attention should be on the completion of the 2011/2012 AC-45 World Series, much of the talk is of the AC-72s. It runs from the AC hierarchy right through to the sailors and the topics are wide and various, from whether the size of the boats will produce too heavy demands on the crews to the way in which the boats themselves are designed and structured.... [more]
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Cruising sailor in whale collision tells his story
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A long range cruising sailor on a 50ft Perry Cutter had to be rescued after being hit by a breaching whale off the coast of Mexico, on the final leg of his journey round the world. The collision damaged his steering and caused the boat to start sinking. Now he is home in Sacramento, California, ready to tell his amazing story of the freak incident and his survival... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - No single winner determined
Talbot Wilson,
In the Newport Bermuda Race, no single boat has emerged as the winner. This classic ocean race has five divisions and 16 classes. The 166 boats entered in 2012 raced for over 100 trophies including five major division trophies under the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) system, and one major prize for IRC that combines most boats in the St. David's and Gibbs Hill Divisions that choose to be dual scored... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images from Newport
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster is in Newport for the next round of the America's cup World Series and filed this second gallery of images of the teams practicing, in the traditonal home of the America's Cup. The event will be sailed off Fort Adams and not the traditional America's Cup course... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet contemplate tactics
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day ten of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. The teams are busy studying weather files and contemplating tactics once again, in a bid to find the fastest route to the finish line in Northern Ireland.... [more]
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Once every ten years - the Opsail tall ships spectacle
Sail-World Cruising,
If you love the sight of tall ships you'll not want to miss it - but it's almost over. Only once every 10 years, spectacular tall ships with billowing sails and multiple masts glide smoothly into harbours along the U.S. eastern seaboard, and there are only two opportunities left to see such an awe-inspiring sight as Opsail 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: Great to be back at Newport - Rod Davis
Rod Davis,
Rod Davis writes from Newport: As I look around at the teams involved in the ACWS there are only a handful of people that know, thus appreciate and value, the history of the Newport's long association with the old Mug. Like art or history, if you understand and place importance on it, it has meaning. If not, life goes on about the same.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Councillor denies receipt of instruction on Kiteboard
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council member for Area K, Ajay Balram, has denied that he received on instruction from the Yachting Association of India (YAI) or any other nation within Area K (India, Indonesia, Malayasia, Myanmar, Pakistan,Singapore, Sri lanka and Thailand)... [more]
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Dhows, a thing of the past - and the future.
Sail-World Cruising,
The dhow has been fixed in the Western imagination as a romantic Arabian seacraft of the past, but, apart from the fact that they are still used for the transport of goods even today, they are also undergoing a dramatic revival, among sailors in the UAE who don't want to lose their traditional past.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers try sailing at 34kts aboard Groupama
Volvo Ocean Race,
Chris Nicholson of Camper and Sanya's Mike Sanderson, along with Telefónica shore boss Horacio Carabelli, had the ride of a lifetime aboard record breaking trimaran Groupama 3. With around 20 knots of wind and some big seas off Lorient on Friday morning, Cammas gave the monohull sailors an exhilarating two hour taste of high speed multihull sailing, blasting along at up to 34 knots.... [more]
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Australian sailing legend Rolly Tasker sails away
The Sail-World Team,
West Australian Rolly Tasker, an Australian sailing legend, died at 2am this morning in Perth at the age of 86. Rolland 'Rolly' Tasker AM (21 March 1926 - 22 June 2012). He started sailing at age six and won Australia's first ever Olympic sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Kiteboarding makes it's Sailing World Cup debut
Markus Schwendtner,
Kieler-Woche hosted two Kiteboarding demonstrations in Kiel, Germany yesterday, Wednesday 20th June 2012. After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, earlier this year, the new sailing discipline made it's first appearance during this final event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel.... [more]
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