| News for the Last 30 Days - New Zealand & the World
Follow Dave Robertson's Kiteboard of the Coastal Classic Route *Feature
By Charles Winstone, Auckland ,
11:12 AM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
The weather forecast looks optimal for an attempt to Kiteboard the Coastal Classic Route from Auckland to Russell. The challenge will be taken on by Dave Robertson who is New Zealand’s most successful Kiteboard racer finishing ninth at the Kite Boarding World Championships and is a Yachting New Zealand board coach. ...
NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Day 1 of the 2014 Optimist Worlds
By John Jennings, Argentina ,
5:06 AM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Team: John Jennings reports from the first day of the 2014 Optimist World Championships in Argentina: Well, its not every day you kick-off your first world championship, whether as a sailor or a parent. In this year’s team it’s a novel experience for all of us bar the McKenzies ...
Volvo Ocean Race: Chasing down the leaders on the last day to Fernando *Feature
By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, ,
4:29 AM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
As of the 2140UTC report on Day 10 of the first Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the placings on the water on the water had not changed during the day, but the distances between the boats had reduced. The two easternmost boats, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing continued to lead but is only 4nm ahead of Team Brunel with about 600nm to sail to the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha 220nm off the coast of Brazil. ...
Ben Ainslie Racing foiling on the Solent + Video *Feature
By Sarah Alexander, ,
9:47 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils. ...
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A day of rest for wave sailors
By Chris Yates, ,
9:02 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
The calm weather returned on day five of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam as the wave sailors recovered from yesterday’s punishing, but brilliant, conditions. After a chilly start, with the thermometer reading just five degrees celsius, the temperature soon rose with the appearance of the sun, making for another stunning autumn day. ...
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A day of reckoning for the fleet
By KPMS, ,
6:37 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Day five of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta. ...
Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery
By Agathe Armand, ,
5:58 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
A day and a night of uncertainty - later, the Doldrums will come to an end for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. By tomorrow morning, the fleet should be sailing safely in the southeasterly trade winds. So – who won this equatorial lottery? What was the best place to cross this convergence zone, where two hemispheres and two weather systems collide? ...
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums
By Dongfeng Race Team, ,
5:07 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Known for erratic light airs alternating with sudden gusts that can last a minute or an hour from the giant unstable vertical clouds, the Doldrums (aka more officially the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) are the unavoidable low-point of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race for the determined men on Dongfeng. ...
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ
By Amory Ross, ,
5:04 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Onboard Team Alvimedica. The synopsis is pretty straightforward: we are stuck in the Doldrums. Stuck, and stuck real good. All things considered, yesterday was actually pretty decent. We had a quick morning rainsquall that was able to power us south through the first line of ITCZ clouds already towering above our heads by 10AM. ...
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory
By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, ,
3:15 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie has emerged as the hot favourite to become the overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. However, at 16:00 CET, Artie was still 80 miles from the finish and the Mistral storm is still raging. In addition, there are several yachts behind Artie that could still claim the overall prize. ...
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA
By Sara Hastrieter, Team SCA, ,
3:14 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team SCA. Today I would like to share another perspective with you. Given the kind messages from Team SCA followers that we have been receiving onboard (thank you!), it would seem daily reports from our onboard reporter Miss Halloran and our onshore media crew have been doing a wonderful job of sharing our journey thus far. ...
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco
By KPMS, ,
3:03 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place from 15-18 October in San Francisco, USA. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds welcomed 19 international entrants - comprising teams from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. ...
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video
By RS:X Class, ,
2:20 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
After two days of intense racing at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, both fleets have completed a full schedule of six light-wind races, and they’ve earned their lay day! Very light and shifty winds were forecast for the day, and it was a nice surprise to see a seven knot side-off breeze fill in early from the North. ...
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas
By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, ,
1:56 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
There are 92 yachts still racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The expected frontal system arrived around Midnight last night at the northwest corner of the course. Reports of storm force winds and big seas have been received by the Race Committee and 25 yachts had officially retired from the race by 15:00 CET on Wednesday 22 October. ...
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 22, 2014 - European recession
By Collinson FX, ,
12:53 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
October 22, 2014: The Slipping USD did support the associated currencies, with the AUDUSD again testing 0.8800, while the KIWI awaits further carry trade. The NZDUSD looked to do gathering strength for another attempt at 0.8000, supported by attractive interest rate differentials, before taking a turn for the worst to trade 0.7935. ...
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature
By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, ,
11:36 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video: You know when you try to stick two positive magnets together and regardless as to how close you get them they never touch? Well, the ITCZ is a bit like that. ...
NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Worlds Days -1 and 0 *Feature
By John Jennings, ,
11:04 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Monday was effectively another day off for the sailors with a bit of down/leisure time at SOIVA. The boys room got a bit of attention from the mums whilst Kerensa’s study was disturbed. The sailors then headed down to CNSI for a bit of boat setup and fine tuning. They then hung around for the first dinner supplied as part of the regatta package. ...
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, ,
8:09 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
As reported earlier Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race would seem to have gone from being a tightly fought contest to being a procession to Cape Town.
Even though only 40% of the course has been sailed, the distance between the boats are significant (other than the two lead boats) and look set to increase. ...
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo
By WMRT, ,
2:54 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category Three Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. ...
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature
By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, ,
9:29 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts.
Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ...
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set
By Talbot Wilson, ,
8:59 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday. ...
The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - To the Trade Winds - Leg 1, Week 2 *Feature
By Mark Chisnell for B&G, ,
8:14 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Top Volvo Ocean Race correspondent and analyst, Mark Chisnell writes a regular report for B&G on the current race and trends he sees developing. Here's his analysis of Leg 1, Week 2 . It couldn’t last – all that tight inshore racing. The Atlantic Ocean is too big a place to roam around in a pack, and sooner or later something was going to create a split, it turned out to be a broken rudder ...
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo
By Laurie Fullerton, ,
8:11 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers opportunities for young people to have new experiences, coping with Hurricane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and some are now guests in homes without electricity. ...
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old
By Sailing Intelligence, ,
7:11 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. ...
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums
By Jonno Turner, ,
5:57 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ...
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