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 08 Mar 2013

If you are were an online news editor an you were receiving 30+ press releases a day, which ones would you pay attention to? Probably those that were easiest to post to your news website, right? We get some pretty weird s**t through the mailbox, believe me! The worst ones are pdf documents accompanied by a breathless “look what a beautiful press release I have sent you!”

Sorry, no dice. Have you ever tried to extract the text from a pdf and paste it into another text field? The formatting screws up. Really.

So if your Club had a really five star event on the water last weekend, and if you think that your title sponsor might like a bit of exposure – just send us plain text email with a couple of jpg attachments, the same day as the event. Not a pdf, and two weeks later. Or even better, upload it through the 'News Events & Pics' button on the home page of

We look forward to hearing from you!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Match Race Thailand Open National 2013 - Dramatic Finale
Chris Dando,
Match Race Thailand Open National 2013. After a frantic overnight repair session by Kevin Scotts to get all boats and sails back in order, the racing started in a good breeze of March 3 with some troubling looking cloud brewing over the land.... [more]
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That's a wrap! - superyacht shrink wrapping, a first in Thailand
Yacht Solutions Ltd,
Shrink wrapping is the almost perfect way of protecting your boat in winter, but in Asia it has always been done on comparatively small boats. That is changing fast. In Bangkok, Yacht Solutions has just finished erecting and shrink wrapping scaffolding over s/y Douce France - a 42m metre catamaran for the purpose of a refit.... [more]
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Why annoy Media, if you want their help? Don't use PDF for e-PR
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Why annoy the Media, if you want their help? Do NOT use PDF's for Electronic Press Releases. When events, clubs and organisations send out media releases, it's presumably because they want media publications to use their content.... [more]
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Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013 - Azzurra still in contention
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013. A third and a fifth place are not enough for Azzurra to hold on to her leadership of the TP52 Worlds. The Italian boat trails Ran, helmed by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, by one point. Racing in Miami runs until Saturday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying high in the Hauraki Gulf - Four Am-Cam videos
Four Am-Cam videos from the Hauraki Gulf, of Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ race training. Features some expert commentary from a 5 year old fan.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Cardiff named host port for 2017-18 edition
Jon Bramley, Volvo Ocean Race,
For the first time in over ten years, the Volvo Ocean Race will return to the United Kingdom when Cardiff hosts a stopover in the 13th edition in 2017-18 – a move that will see the world's premier round-the-world sailing race visit Wales for the first time ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: Some surprises in unofficial race calendar publication
Jack Griffin of has published a new version of the schedule of events and race times and durations for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup regattas. It is based on information that has previously been released and is not official. Race durations and start times are shown for those planning to travel to San Francisco or watch from home.... [more]
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Know these seven danger nautical chart symbols!
John Jamieson,
Could you glance at your chart or plotter and identify--in just seconds--the seven vital danger symbols that could rip a hole in your hull, damage your keel, bend a propeller shaft, mangle a propeller, or cause you to go aground?... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Assessing Clipper 70 performance
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is set to get underway this summer. Commissioning is now well underway on the new Clipper 70 yachts which are continuing to arrive into the UK over the next few months ahead of the race.... [more]
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Put us on your Android
The Team,
Recently Sail-World provided instructions on how to add icons to our bookmarked websites onto the Iphone and Ipad home screens. Now we would like to extend this information by adding to our how to list. Here is how to add icons to Android mobiles.... [more]
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Ericsson Inter-School Sailing Festival 2013, organised by RHKYC
RHKYC Media,
Ericsson, the world's leading provider of communications technology and services, is delighted to be on board as Title Sponsor of the 11th installment of the Inter-School Sailing Festival, an annual event organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. 24 teams comprising over 180 young sailors from local and international schools in Hong Kong and Macau will be competing in 120 races over the weeken... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Impressive cast of skippers named
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour has now revealed the names of the eight professional match racing skippers chosen to compete on the 2013 Tour in a bid to be crowned 2013 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Four-time Tour Champion and British sailor Ian Williams returns to defend his title for a fifth time under the familiar colours of his GAC Pindar team.... [more]
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A new sailing challenge soon - over the Pole
John Vidal, Guardian/Sail-World Cruising,
Soon there is likely to be a new sailing challenge for the adventure-minded sailor. 'Soon' is, of course, relative. If calculations are correct by two university researchers, ships will be able to sail directly over the pole by the middle of the century and that means yachts as well.... [more]
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Sail Mandurah in March – It's a winner!
Sail Mandurah in March Media,
Huey remained kind and merciful, delivering a 15-20 knot westerly with a corresponding long-fetch sea state (and no rain) for the final day of the first ever Sail Mandurah in March. Principal Race Officer Ross Davidson sent all the fleets on the identical Regatta Triangle course, with the yachts making a colourful sight as they crossed tacks and gybes across Comet Bay.... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Kokkalanis and Shaw on top after day 2
Mariana Peccicacco (As Amended by ISAF),
Day two of racing at the 2013 RS:X World Championship held in Buzios, Brazil sees Bryony Shaw (GBR) leading the women's fleet and Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) at the top in the men's fleet. The wind of 15knots from the east allowed the race committee to do three races scheduled, with an average duration of 30 minutes each.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Duqm Oman joins, North Sails partners
Extreme Sailing Series,
The first Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is set to get underway on March 5th and the home nation invitational team for Act 1, Muscat, can finally be unveiled. Team Duqm Oman, with a crew including some of the kingpins of Extreme 40 sailing, will make it eight teams in the starting blocks completing a full-grid of Extreme 40s.... [more]
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