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Monsoon Cup 2012 - Will there be a fairy tale Gilmour finale? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 1:11 AM Fri 7 Dec 2012 GMT
This week Australia’s Peter Gilmour, the four times ISAF World Match Racing champion announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The current Monsoon Cup now reaching the final stages of the qualifying series will in fact be his last event. ...
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Phuket King’s Cup stepping up to the next level *Feature By Rob Kothe, 12:47 AM Wed 5 Dec 2012 GMT
The Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year. ...
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Phuket King’s Cup 2012 – What is old is new again!! *Feature By Rob Kothe, 7:47 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
One of Australia’s sailing gurus is spearheading a surprising new campaign to win another Phuket King’s Cup with one of the Asia Pacific best known racing campaigners. And Day One at the 2012 Phuket King's Cup showed they are very much on a winner. Michael Spies, a former dual 18 foot skiff World Champion (1993, 1995), first sailed south in the Sydney to Hobart at age 17 back in …. ...
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Cloudy skies overwhelm first day of Sail Melbourne *Feature By John Curnow / Sail Melbourne Media, Melbourne, Australia , 4:42 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
The opening salvo of ISAF Sailing World Cup proves to be challenging for the competitors as organizers expect shifting wind patterns and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Participants in the Men’s and Women’s RSX Windsurfers plunged into the water Monday morning before the much awaited 49er and Women’s 49FX races on Course B. ...
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Road to Rio starts at Sail Melbourne *Feature By Craig Heydon, Melbourne, Australia , 7:35 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012 GMT
After pulling off perhaps the most successful Olympic stint in years, Australian sailors are about to start another long and weary journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Monday’s opening regatta of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup at Port Philipp Bay. ...
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America's Cup- Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:08 PM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media ...
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Huff and Bluster at the Club Marine Series *Feature By John Curnow, Melbourne , 11:14 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
The last event on Port Phillip before Sail Melbourne takes over, was Round Three of the 2012/13 Club Marine Series. It is the last one before the holiday period and the Race Management team set three races for Division Zero, two for Div1 and one for each of Div2 and 3. ...
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America's Cup- Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:32 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron. ...
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Australian Sports Boat Calendar 2013 *Feature By Darren Spence, 2:33 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012 GMT
Introducing the Australian Sports Boat Association 2013 Calendar. One of the most important tasks the committee of ASBA undertake is to organise, manage and promote events for its members and the Sports Boat fleet around the country. There are many great regattas’ that Sports Boat participate in and more still starting up which want to include a division for Sports Boats. ...
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America's Cup- November 2012 Review - 43.6 knots! But who is counting? *Feature 9:16 PM Thu 29 Nov 2012 GMT
Following is the November 2012 review from Sail-World's fourth America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup, which focusses on the action, developments and off the field play in the AC72 catamarans. Personal highlight this month on the America's Cup scene had to be the three hour sail on board Emirates Team NZ's AC 72. ...
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America's Cup- Jury deflects Artemis claim over error on daggerboards *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:04 AM Sun 25 Nov 2012 GMT
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing, have lost an appeal to the International Jury over their earlier foil measurement decision. On October 7, the International Jury ruled on an application from Emirates Team New Zealand, that the Measurement Committee had erred in their interpretation of a Class Rule governing the AC72 catamarans to be used in the America's Cup ...
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Lipton Cup Regatta - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne , 11:52 AM Sat 17 Nov 2012 GMT
The Lipton Cup Regatta got underway today on Port Phillip Bay, in Victoria. Though all scheduled races were completed, the breeze stayed away, but is promised for tomorrow's passage race. Victorian Sailing Teri Dodds was on the water today, and shares these images. ...
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An awesome day for the Club Marine Series. *Feature By John Curnow, 2:44 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012 GMT
Saturday, November 10, 2012 was the second round of the Club Marine Series on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. It was the stuff that sailing brochures are made of. Wind, together with lashings sunshine, but maybe just a little more warmth would have indeed made it perfect. No problem, however. We'll take it. ...
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Club Marine Series Round 2 - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne , 11:08 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012 GMT
Melbourne was bathed in sunshine today and so too were the crews sailing in Round 2, of the Club Marine Series. Racing started in light airs but as the day progressed so did the breeze, ending in 12-15 knot from the south. Victorian sailing photographer Teri Dodds was out today and shares these images. ...
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F18 the Hot new Capricorn (Part II) *Feature By John Curnow, 10:29 PM Sun 4 Nov 2012 GMT
In Part One, we saw how Martin Fischer and Chris Caldecoat had set out to build a better mousetrap for the F18 cat class. Not only was the it perfect pairing of talents, but the result would seem to be pretty perfect, too - Speed, strength and agility. Now just like the larger of their feline counterparts, these are somewhat mandatory prerequisites for a high speed, twin-hulled sailing machine. ...
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F18 - the Hot new Capricorn (Part I) *Feature By John Curnow, 10:27 PM Sun 4 Nov 2012 GMT
Every now and then a racing boat comes along that has success written all over it. Such is the new F18 Capricorn catamaran, Designed by multihull expert Dr Martin Fischer and built by an Australian marine company with a long long pedigree, Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA). ...
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Young gun Kiwi board sailors about to take on New Caledonians *Feature By Brian Haybittle, 12:11 AM Thu 1 Nov 2012 GMT
Five junior NZ Sailors are in Noumea, New Caledonia training and about to compete in the New Caledonia Youth Windsurf racing Competition. They are racing on Bic Techno T293 one design race boards. All are enjoying the warm waters of Baie de Santa-Marie. For over five years young windsurfers have visited here to race Technos. NZ Olympians have all done some winter training here over the years. ...
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Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:48 PM Tue 30 Oct 2012 GMT
Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of Kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event. ...
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The Byte CII moves towards Youth Olympics 2014 *Feature By John Curnow, 11:46 PM Sun 28 Oct 2012 GMT
Ordinarily, you would not get too fussed by 80. However, in regards to Canadian Ian Bruce and the single handed Byte CII dinghy, there’s more than enough reason to get a tad inspired. ...
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Gladwell's Line- Oracle's options to get back into the Game *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:43 AM Sun 28 Oct 2012 GMT
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72. ...
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Gladwell's Line- Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:36 AM Thu 25 Oct 2012 GMT
Have just got back from the Luna Rosa Media Conference held ahead of the launch, in Auckland, tomorrow evening. Speaking were team head Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena. Mr Bertelli spoke in Italian and worked through an interpreter, so it lacked some of the flow, but he was very forthcoming in his answers. However he looked like a cat that had just spotted the cream. ...
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Australia's first Vision 46 launched in Adelaide *Feature By Jenni Dickson, Bavaria Australia, 8:03 AM Wed 24 Oct 2012 GMT
Australia’s first Vision 46 was launched during the weekend in Adelaide with a great reception, and BBQ lunch hosted by Graeme Haese. The curiosity was too much for some who had been stalking the docks from Friday to get the first glimpse. Proud owner Jack Didyk now has his fourth Bavaria and is thrilled with the design features, space and practicality of Bavaria’s new flagship. ...
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PANTAENIUS Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance opens office in Australia *Feature By Media Services, 4:59 AM Mon 22 Oct 2012 GMT
James MacPhail is the Managing Director of the new Pantaenius office in Sydney. He’s not just a businessman but also a passionate yachtsman with strong market knowledge in the Australian yachting scene. This is why he knows what yacht owners expect from their insurance. ...
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Club Marine Series 2012/2013 - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Williamstown , 7:10 AM Sat 20 Oct 2012 GMT
The opening race for the Club Marine Series was held today in Melbourne. Teri Dodds was out on the water and she shares these images from today. ...
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it’s a Supercat! (Pt. II) *Feature By John Curnow, 1:53 AM Fri 19 Oct 2012 GMT
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world’s economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va… ...
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