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America's Cup- A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:29 AM Wed 18 Jul 2012 GMT
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams. ...

Laser Radial Mens World Championship 2012 – Send some wind *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:52 PM Thu 12 Jul 2012 GMT
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, in Manly, Brisbane is once again the venue for a Laser Class World Championship, the third in the last four months. There are just 54 sailors from nine countries at 2012 Laser Radial Mens World Championship, which will run from July 11-17th – a disappointing roll up, blamed by most observers on the International Laser Class Association’s very regrettable tardine ...

2012 Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta NORs and online entry now open *Feature By Heaven Can Wait Media, 3:32 AM Mon 9 Jul 2012 GMT
The Notices of Race for the 2012 Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, for the Labour Day weekend on September 29-October 1 have now been issued – and this year’s regatta incorporates three events. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Sweet victory for Puma in final In-Port Race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:58 PM Sat 7 Jul 2012 GMT
The final act of the Volvo Ocean Race, and indeed the final race for the Volvo 70 class, was run out in the Discover Ireland InPort Race sailed off Galway, Ireland. Sailing in a moderate breeze and flat water, and infront of a gallery of 30,000 spectators, Camper led off the start line with gennakers set for the first leg of the 8nm course.. The fleet split into two groups, with Puma in the group ...

Gilmour talks about the current state of match racing at Stena Cup *Feature By Katie Nicoll, Marstrand , 3:54 AM Fri 6 Jul 2012 GMT
Sail-World interview with Peter Gilmour: Gilmour is now probably one of the most mature match racers still actively competing in the sport. He is a seven time winner of the Marstrand stop of the World Match Race Series. He has seen a lot in his many years of match racing and is excited about the new breed of sailors coming into the sport. Recently there has been a massive shift to younger people. ...

68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - NOR and Application for Entry online *Feature By Jennifer Crook, , 12:33 AM Thu 5 Jul 2012 GMT
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 68th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race’s naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and now invite Applications for Entry. ...

Beneteau Oceanis 45 - It’s a big wrap! (Part II) *Feature By John Curnow, 2:16 PM Tue 3 Jul 2012 GMT
In Part I, we got to look at some of the details about the European Sailboat of the Year, the new Beneteau Oceanis 45. Now, in Part II, we get to meet her owner and find out how this new vessel was the perfect match for his family’s requirements. ...

If Sailors are your audience – Advertise with Sail-World NOW!! *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 12:35 AM Tue 3 Jul 2012 GMT
Marine businesses have to advertise online. And preferably with us. It makes sense after all - to sell to sailors, you have to advertise where the sailors are!! Please email us on if you’d like to discuss any of these packages or call us on 02 4977 2116. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:31 AM Tue 3 Jul 2012 GMT
The Spanish/New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 0100UTC, in Galway, Ireland. Groupama (Franck Cammas) finished second behind Camper, assuring the French team of her overall win in the 39,000nm classic. ...

Laser Radial Youth Championships Day 4 - The battles continue *Feature By, 6:39 PM Mon 2 Jul 2012 GMT
Sailors from 19 countries are competing in the Laser Radials Youth World Championships 2012 being sailed out of Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. ...

Newport - Bermuda Race- Rambler's record ride - Onboard Video *Feature By Rambler crew, 11:12 PM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
Join the crew of the 90ft Rambler as they break the record for the Newport to Bermuda Race 2012. This on board video tells how it was onboard the mighty Rambler 90 USA 25555. See and hear their record breaking run as the team sent the boat through the Gulf Stream and down into Bermuda. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Being a Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Sailor *Feature By Lorraine MacIntosh, Burriana , 6:25 AM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
We can’t all be Franck Cammas or Chris Nicholsons and sail the high seas, but one can be in the race. Over 212,000 registrations for VORG show the appeal of going virtual. But beware; the hazards may not be 40 knot winds or 6 metre waves, but the addictive powers of virtual racing while one tries to live in a normal world. ...

Fisher's View- Day 3 ACWS Newport - The old and the new at Newport *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:22 PM Sat 30 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 3: I saw three Twelves come sailing by, on this Saturday in the morn. The America's Cup's heritage lives on in this nautical playground and the old warhorses of yesteryear - Intrepid, Heritage, Columbia and their likes - are sailing around in Narragansett Bay. Then there were eight AC-45s sailing by at a far more rapid rate trying to prove themselves in the 500-metre speed trials. ...

Laser Radial Youth Worlds 2012 day 2 - Not enough knots *Feature By Team, 10:02 AM Sat 30 Jun 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championships are underway at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly (Brisbane), Australia with sailors from 19 nations competing. ...

Laser Radial Youths World Championships Day 1 – Big spread in top 20 *Feature By Team, 10:10 PM Fri 29 Jun 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth Championships are underway at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly (Brisbane), Australia. On the water postcard conditions prevailed on day 1, with bright blue winter skies and a good breeze. ...

Fisher's View- Day 1 ACWS Newport - Barker's world turns upside down *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:49 PM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 1: Today had all the attributes of the Curate's egg - good in parts, but evil in others. Ask Dean Barker. He went up and down the ratings in the opening fleet race, which provided the seedings for the subsequent match racing, in the light and fickle morning breeze, and then dramatically and spectacularly capsized at the first mark in his opening match race. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- New Farr 65 one design announced for two races *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:16 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million. ...

Working with Classics in an Aramid Age - Part 2 of a look at 3Di *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:36 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Continuing the Sail-World's story on North Sails working with the classic J class yachts and 3Di: North’s production isn’t limited to the grey of 3Di. Often they will have four materials on the loft floor – 3Di, 3DL, Dacron and spinnaker nylon. 'The size of the sails being built has required some original thinking in terms of machinery, says Production Manager Matt Smeaton. ...

Fisher's View- Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races? *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:18 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930 ...

Beneteau Oceanis 45 - It’s a big wrap! *Feature By John Curnow, 7:09 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
2012 European sailboat of the year in the family cruiser category, eh? It's a big wrap for the Beneteau Oceanis 45, but it's also a fair one. ...

Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - the Wrap video *Feature By SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media, 5:25 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - this Wrap video shows just why this is a must do regatta. 90 crews enjoyed last years event. Have you entered for 2012? If you have- watch this now!! If you have not - watch this video now!! ...

America's Cup- Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:35 PM Sun 24 Jun 2012 GMT
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. ...

Sail Mooloolaba 2012 - A Better Day on the Water *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 11:15 AM Sun 24 Jun 2012 GMT
The first element for the week long Sail Mooloolaba, has come to a close for 2012. The Monohulls, Multihulls and Sports Boats completed their series today, and the wind that was absent yesterday came to the party today. A brisk southerly of 10 - 12 knots for the early start was ample time for the all fleets to notch up the series requirements. ...

Sail Mooloolaba 2012 ready to go *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 10:54 PM Fri 22 Jun 2012 GMT
It's a cool morning here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the commencement of Sail Mooloolaba 2012. Overcast conditions with 10 - 15 knots from the west, which may build to 20 knots later in the day may test some of the recently launched sports boats. Racing commences today for the week long regatta. ...

Australian sailing legend Rolly Tasker sails away *Feature By The Sail-World Team, 7:08 AM Fri 22 Jun 2012 GMT
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. ...

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