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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Is it time for a Living Doll? *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 11:42 PM Fri 23 Dec 2011 GMT
One of prettiest boats racing south to Hobart is Michael Hiatt’s Cookson built Farr 55 Living Doll. But she is not just a dolly bird; she is a serious Sydney Hobart contender. She impressed with a strong win in this year’s Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Michael Hiatt has been working towards a podium result in Hobart. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Lucky or good? *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 8:20 PM Fri 23 Dec 2011 GMT
Geelong sailor Rob Hanna is racing south in his seventh Hobart, with his TP52 Shogun, in one of the strongest IRC Division 1. ‘This race is fairly unique. You can sail the hell out of it and put yourself in a good position and still get dorked. ...

Geoff Cropley bets on Lahana's upgraded super maxi *Feature By Steven Sun, CYCA , 4:43 AM Fri 23 Dec 2011 GMT
Geoff Cropley, trimmer of Lahana, bets on their post facelift super maxi at the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia, on 23 December 2011 ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - its all about timing *Feature By Rob Kothe, 6:59 AM Thu 22 Dec 2011 GMT
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent. ...

ISAF Worlds Video Gallery - Week 2 - 49er, RS-X, 470 and Match Racing *Feature By Sail-World Editor@Large, 9:11 AM Wed 21 Dec 2011 GMT
Sail-World has compiled a video gallery of the 30 minute highlights package produced each day of the ISAF Sailing World Championships by the ISAF production team. Welcome to Week 2 covering the racing and Medal Races for the 49er, Womens Match Racing, Womens 470, Mens RS:X ...

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - a meteoric rise in the Olympic 49er *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:48 AM Wed 21 Dec 2011 GMT
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were today announced as part of the NZ Sailing Team for 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. They will sailing the Mens Skiff event, sailed in the 49er class. They teamed up after the 2008 Olympic regatta in Qingdao to learn the ropes in the 16ft twin trapeze, Olympic skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite, which debuted in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. ...

Melges 24 Nationals at Victoria’s Festival of Sails *Feature By Festival of Sails Media, 4:10 AM Tue 20 Dec 2011 GMT
The high performance Melges 24 sports boats will be for the first time sailing their Australian championships on Corio Bay Geelong, Victoria during the 2012 Festival of Sails. ...

Perth 2011- Grandstand Sailing - the day that sailing changed *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 1:23 AM Mon 19 Dec 2011 GMT
The last four medal races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were conducted on the Bathers Beach course, in Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia and it was standing room only in the Grandstand. The crowd was right amongst the action. ...

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies on fire *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 10:53 AM Sat 17 Dec 2011 GMT
At Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships two Aussie crews have one hand on world championship trophies after their on water performances today. ...

Australian Women’s Match Racing crews battle towards Olympics *Feature By Rob Kothe & the team, 1:24 AM Fri 16 Dec 2011 GMT
Two Australian crews are now set to continue their battle for Olympic selection for another six months. Dockside Nicky skipper Souter spoke to ‘Fifth at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - we are happy with that. To qualify the country and to make baseline Olympic performance and to also re-qualify for the Australian Sailing Team is great. ...

Perth 2011 - Triple Laser World Champion enjoys Grandstand view *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team, 10:33 PM Thu 15 Dec 2011 GMT
This Sunday Tom Slingsby, Triple Laser World Champion and 2010 World Sailor of the Year is aiming to take his fourth Laser World Championship at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, as part of his journey to the London 2012 Olympics. ...

Television coverage of Olympic Sailing - a way forward *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 1:35 PM Thu 15 Dec 2011 GMT
There is no place for having power boats pulling wake in the middle of an Olympic sailing course, any more than there is for having cameraman on the field in a game of football, or driving in cars ahead of the athletes in the Olympic stadium. ...

USA's Genny Tulloch called Doctor at Perth 2011 Women’s Match Racing *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, 9:59 AM Wed 14 Dec 2011 GMT
Genny Tulloch, skipper of the second USA Women’s Match Racing team called for the ‘Fremantle Doctor’, but the doctor was not doing house calls. ...

Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie’s Rule 69 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:18 AM Mon 12 Dec 2011 GMT
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play... ...

Australian World Champions set Gold Medal platform for London 2012 *Feature By Rob Kothe, 1:18 AM Mon 12 Dec 2011 GMT
Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page became the 2011 470 Mens World Champions on Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Page’s first comment was ‘Winning the world championship in Perth is a great step towards Weymouth.' ...

Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part II) *Feature By John Curnow, 12:33 AM Sun 11 Dec 2011 GMT
In Part One, we investigated the furious 50s and why they need to be watched closely in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will be the 67th race down South. Now another former TP52 out there will be Rob Hanna’s 2007, blue Judel-Vrolijk penned vessel. ...

Passionate Persistence – Annie Lush GBR Women’s Match Racer *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, Perth , 5:55 AM Sat 10 Dec 2011 GMT
Britain’s three-woman team of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor show passionate persistence as they compete at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ...

Phuket King’s Cup – Asia’s leading regatta gets better and better *Feature By Phuket King’s Cup media, 11:07 AM Fri 9 Dec 2011 GMT
The Phuket King's Cup 2011 is the biggest yet and certainly has one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled in the event's 25 year history. While in its early years the winning skippers tended to be British, New Zealand and Australian expatriates some of the key classes are now being dominated by Asian sailors. ...

Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part I) *Feature By John Curnow, 12:13 AM Fri 9 Dec 2011 GMT
Once upon a time, the term Pocket was applied to things like Battleships and Maxi racing yachts. You could even say it suited to the venerable Jumbo of the skies, the 747, with its SP derivation early on in its model cycle. The underlying principle for all of these variations on a theme is the same. ...

Phuket King’s Cup – Gasson recalls the early days *Feature By Phulet King's Cup media, 11:08 AM Thu 8 Dec 2011 GMT
Only three sailors over the last 25 years hold the distinction of winning the Racing Division of the Phuket King’s Cup four times. Bill Gasson is one of them. A founding member of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and Phuket King’s Cup Committee President in 1992 and 1993, Gasson has not sailed the event for several years but has returned for the event’s 25th edition. ...

Sydney GTS 43 update at the 25th Phuket King’s Cup in Thailand *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 10:35 AM Thu 8 Dec 2011 GMT
Steve Manning’s brand new Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 had literally just been unwrapped before making the 500nm trip from Singapore to Phuket for the 2011 Phuket King’s Cup. A very happy owner Steve Manning commented ‘I am really, really pleased, it has exceeded my wildest expectations.' ...

And they're off- Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup *Feature By King's Cup Event Media, Phuket , 1:10 PM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta. ...

Phuket King’s Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing *Feature By Phuket King's Cup media, 9:59 AM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer. ...

Two match racing crews fight to qualify Australia for London 2012 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 8:08 AM Tue 6 Dec 2011 GMT
Australian Womens Match racing skipper Nicky Souter explained ‘We have had a Squad Rotation program within the Australian Match Racing teams. It's had its good moments and it’s had its challenging moments. It was really good in the beginning of the match racing program as we were rotating crews around a lot to try and find out what combination could achieve the best results.' ...

Zach Railey – US Finn sailing like a shark in Perth *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, Perth , 4:30 PM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has a shark on their side and he’s chasing down the competition. Zach Railey – 2008 Silver Medalist and ISAF #5 Ranked Finn sailor is heating up the competition at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia. ...

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