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And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is... *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 2:58 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S. ...

Australian sailors set for Spanish Sailing World Cup event *Feature By Craig Heydon, 1:56 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Australian sailors are preparing for racing at the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup round of the Olympic year in Palma, Spain, including current world number ones Tom Slingsby, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page. ...

God must sail a Laser says Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron CEO *Feature By, 10:03 PM Mon 26 Mar 2012 GMT
On the final day of the Laser Masters Worlds 2012, spoke to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's CEO Paul Hughes. ...

BMW Auckland Cup- Light winds test fleet on Day 1 + Video *Feature By Ivor Wilkins, 8:07 AM Fri 23 Mar 2012 GMT
Light and shifty conditions tested competitors’ ability to find the breeze and coax boatspeed out of every lift in pressure in the opening day of the 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta today. 'The breeze was shifting up to 70° at times from 210° to 280°,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. 'The conditions were very difficult, but the fleet has been very good in t ...

Top fleet heading for Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 5:45 AM Fri 23 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens will run from 16 to 22 April 2012. Commodore Dom Grundy from the Corlette Point Sailing Club, the organizing authority feels that the importance of the event is now being recognised. We think that we will the hottest new boats in the country having their first major out of home town regatta here before facing the northern regattas. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:01 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012 GMT
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a ...

Laser World Masters Championships 2012 - Down to the wire *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 9:13 AM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
Today was the final day of racing for the 233 sailors from 19 nations at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Principal Race officer Kevin Wilson called an early start in the hope of sailing three races and completing a twelve race, two drop series. ...

Volvo Ocean Race fleet Pro Am wows Auckland *Feature By Jeni Bone, 3:43 AM Fri 16 Mar 2012 GMT
A brilliant, sultry day in the City of Sails saw thousands of tourists and locals head to the Viaduct marina for the Pro Am race day for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Jeni Bone marvels at her luck to be on board Camper Emirates Team NZ. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Onboard with Iker Martinez and Telefonica + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:01 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail-World was offered the very privileged position of racing with double Olympic medalist Iker Martinez, and the crew Telefonica, overall race leaders in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Here's a gallery of images from the day, together with an on-board video - so you can feel and hear what it is like to sail with a double Olympic medalist and double world champion. ...

Laser Worlds Masters Day 4 – we should have been here yesterday!! *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 9:56 AM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
On the morning of day 4 of competition at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012 there was driving rain, which quickly cleared. Out on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay it appeared to be a typical autumn day with a steady 10 knot breeze blowing. ...

Laser World Masters Championships - An oldie but a goodie *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships, 6:47 AM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
Surprisingly the oldest Laser in fleet has a hull number 135304; it’s being sailed by local sailor Peter Jenyns, who is competing in the Laser Radial Masters fleet. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Images from the Race Village *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:52 AM Tue 13 Mar 2012 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic ...

2012 Laser World Masters Championships day 3 - Getting serious *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 10:39 AM Tue 13 Mar 2012 GMT
Queensland turned on the sunshine for day 3 of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. Races 5 and 6 were sailed by some 233 sailors from 19 countries, across eight divisions. Chilean sailor Matias Del Solar continued his masterful display of sailing, scoring bullets in the two races sailed. ...

Laser World Masters Championships day 1 - Straight out of the Brochure *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 10:49 AM Sun 11 Mar 2012 GMT
The wind gods read the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s brochure and they dialled in perfect Laser breezes for the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. ...

2012 Laser World Masters preview - Hot fleets and breeze expected *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 1:04 AM Fri 9 Mar 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser World Masters Championships will be sailed from of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly (Queensland, Australia) on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. With many world champions amongst the 233 sailors competition is expected to be tight and titles hotly contested. ...

Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part II *Feature By John Curnow, 11:11 AM Thu 8 Mar 2012 GMT
This weekend, Matt Allen's new Farr 400 will debut at the Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta. In Part I, of this article, Dee Smith, who is the Project Consultant for the pretty purposeful Farr 400, explained in terrific detail, firstly the creation of the boat and then the strict class controls that will be applied to these vessels. Now in Part II, we get to hear what owner, Matt Allen, has to s ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Big ecomomic benefit and visitors confirmed for NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:02 PM Wed 7 Mar 2012 GMT
The benefits of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover to Auckland were spelled out by Rachael Dacy of Auckland Tourism and Economic Events. 'This event does means a lot to Auckland, injecting $30.3million into the Auckland economy.' ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Light winds or not for race finish? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:28 PM Tue 6 Mar 2012 GMT
Wednesday morning at 1000hrs, Sail-World ran a further prediction on the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, following a change in the situation which developed 12 hours earlier. Using up to four wind and weather feeds in the routing function of Predictwind?nid=0, there are two models facing the race navigators. ...

Wired crushes the Auckland keelboat fleet again *Feature By Sail-World, 12:00 PM Tue 6 Mar 2012 GMT
The Bakewell-White 52'Wired' underlined her current dominance of the Auckland keelboat fleet with another crushing performance in the Balokovic Cup race, sailed in late February. Rob Bassett and Brett Russell and their crew started the season with a clean sweep of the 120nm Coastal Classic taking line honours and a first on PHRF and IRC. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Saturday party, Sunday finish predicted for Leg 4 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:13 PM Mon 5 Mar 2012 GMT
The latest projection of the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race is being put at the early hours of Sunday morning. Ideal for the Auckland party set at the Viaduct harbour. The top three places would seem to be locked in, with Groupamaprojected to be first to finish, by both weather feeds used by PredictWind. She is variously four and six hours ahead of the second placed boat Puma ...

Sportsboats to star at Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 4:58 AM Mon 5 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail Port Stephens is one of Australia’s fastest growing regattas in one of Australia's prime regatta locations. The sixth annual event will run from April 16th through to 22nd. This year the Elliott 7 sports boat class, one of the most popular high performance trailable racers, will be sailing their Australian Championships as part of Sail Port Stephens 2012. ...

Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part I *Feature By John Curnow, 10:51 AM Sun 4 Mar 2012 GMT
Hull number 8 of the acclaimed Farr 400 was recently delivered to Australian yachting icon, Matt Allen ahead of the 2012 Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta this coming weekend. This is important, for Matt has been an active member of the Farr 40 clan, competes regularly in Asia and has his former Volvo 70 for serious ocean work, so his choices of weapon are always closely scrutinised. ...

FX- What the Sailors say about the Olympic Womens Skiff entry + Video *Feature By Ben Gladwell, 10:45 AM Sun 4 Mar 2012 GMT
In this video double Olympic representative, Jo Aleh, ISAF Youth World Gold medalist Martine Grael (BRA) and Olympic Bronze medalist Isabel Swan (BRA) give their impressions of the FX. And ISAF World Youth Silver medalist, Alex Maloney, and double ISAF Youth Representative in the Womens Singlehanded event, Molly Meech talk about transitioning to the new Event and their hopes for 2016 Olympics. ...

NSW Laser Class Training- Book Now! *Feature By Laura Baldwin, Sunshine, NSW , 6:29 AM Thu 1 Mar 2012 GMT
There are a few remaining opportunities to gain coaching input from Australia's Laser superstars. The dates and links to the online registration forms are below. What: NSW Laser Class Training Time: 10am-4pm (please be rigged by 10am ready for the briefing) ...

Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 2012, Race 7 another win for 7 - Video *Feature By Bob Killick, Sydney , 8:13 AM Mon 27 Feb 2012 GMT
The A team, with Jarvin, Babbage, and Newton brought the 'Red Rocket', Gotta Love it 7 home for their sixth bullet to complete their total domination of the 2012 JJ. ...

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