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Solo sailing teen Laura Dekker did not 'tear down' her Dutch flag *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 12:11 PM Mon 16 Jan 2012 GMT
When 16-year-old Laura Dekker sails Guppy into the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten in about eight days to become the youngest ever circumnavigating sailor, she will be flying, not a Dutch flag, but the flag of New Zealand. However mainstream media reports that she had recently 'torn down' the Dutch flag are not true. ...

America's Cup- Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland + Video *Feature By Richard and Ben Gladwell, Auckland, NZ , 4:42 AM Mon 16 Jan 2012 GMT
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy. ...

Simon McKeon – Multihull sailor and Australian of the Year (Part 1) *Feature By Team, , 6:34 AM Sun 15 Jan 2012 GMT
Simon McKeon was helmsman of the successful Australian syndicate between 1985 and 1996, sailing for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, more commonly known as the 'Little Americas Cup’. McKeon became the Australian of the Year in January 2011. ...

Look out for Lily – China’s Laser Radial champion will bounce back *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:51 PM Sat 14 Jan 2012 GMT
At the recent Perth 2011 Laser Radial World Championships, one of the sailors who did not perform as well as expected was Lijia Xu (Lily) who finished 25th, but the 24 year old Chinese sailor has talent to burn and is working hard for the coming European season. We talked to Lily after Perth 2011. ...

Propeller Guards – Must have for sailing club and school boats *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 12:29 AM Fri 13 Jan 2012 GMT
‘I’ve spent my life in around powerboats, but as a parent, you really worry. The kids are being taught to capsize boats and they love being in the water. You starting thinking to yourself, just one little mistake of the coach or support boat driver believing he is doing the right thing by reversing in or coming in close to a kid and a that kid not anticipating, ends up ...' ...

Downwind trapezing on the A Class Cat - The Drum *Feature By, 2:03 AM Wed 11 Jan 2012 GMT
The new boats don’t seem to pay a huge penalty if you trapeze. With the curve boards the faster you go the more they lift so the more the boat unweights. You are sailing faster but because the boat has got slightly less wetted surface area your apparent (wind angle) goes forward and you end up sailing in roughly the same depth as what you do when you are sitting in, or very close to it anyway. ...

Sail-World Facebook format - Have your Say!! *Feature By The Sail-World Team, 9:53 PM Tue 10 Jan 2012 GMT is the largest sailing news network in the world. Around the world each day on, we publish up to fifty stories; but, because the site uses geo-location, (meaning that it knows where you are), we only deliver U.S. interest stories to U.S. based audiences and UK interest stories to UK readers for example and as such, most of us only see about 20 new stories each day ...

Gladwell's Line- Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:24 AM Tue 10 Jan 2012 GMT
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012 ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Nicho on the lessons thus far for Camper *Feature By Chris Nicholson, Abu Dhabi , 12:28 PM Mon 9 Jan 2012 GMT
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reviews what has been learned so far in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, and what needs to be done to close the gap on race leader, Telefonica, but also keep their margin on the rest of the fleet. He explains why 'moding' is so important, and how the crews suggest and test potential changes before trying these in the race itself. Clearly the old days of 'try it and see ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ has a partial victory on Voting Rights *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:54 AM Mon 9 Jan 2012 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's question put to the International Jury has been answered with a favourable response. Before Christmas, CEO Grant Dalton traversed his thoughts on the situation where so-called 'second tier' teams, who really would be competing only in the America's Cup World Series in AC45's, were allowed to have a vote on the America's Cup Regatta itself - even though they weren't entered. ...

Did you know it was an Australian GME PLB that raised Rambler alarm? *Feature By Matthew Heap, 3:09 AM Mon 9 Jan 2012 GMT
The US-registered maxi, Rambler 100, with a crew of 21, had just passed the Fastnet Rock at around 6.30pm on August 15th when disaster struck. In relatively calm but foggy conditions, Rambler’s keel snapped, causing it to capsize within 15 seconds, throwing the entire crew overboard. Did you know that tragedy, was however prevented in the 2011 race by an Australian made GME PLB? ...

Australian prisoners detained on Japanese whaler in Australian waters *Feature By Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 12:37 AM Sun 8 Jan 2012 GMT
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society assisted Forest Rescue Australia early this morning in a detailed and daring move to get onboard the Shonan Maru Number 2 in the waters off Bunbury, Western Australia. Geoffrey Owen Tuxworth (47) of Perth, Simon Peterffy (44) of Bunbury and Glen Pendlebury (27) of Fremantle, all from Forest Rescue came by boat from shore to intercept the Shonan Maru Number 2 ...

A-Cats and multihull development *Feature By A-Cat Nationals media, 9:50 PM Sat 7 Jan 2012 GMT
‘The A Class is great for really honing your skills for sailing on the bigger multihulls. Everything happens at double speed on the A Class compared to what happens on an bigger boat, so learning the do’s and don’ts and what you can get away with and what you can’t is absolutely applicable to boats like the extreme 40’s, AC45’s and bigger multihulls going forward into the America’s Cup. ...

A-Cat Australians - High drama in last race *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media, 8:10 AM Sat 7 Jan 2012 GMT
The final day of the Championships was another postcard day on Lake Macquarie, NSW. Blue sky and a light 10-12 knot sea breeze greeted competitors for the last race in the 2012 Australian Championships with the minor placings to be decided in another race of 'champions'. ...

A-Cat Championships- Best fleet ever says The King *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media, 9:54 AM Fri 6 Jan 2012 GMT
Glenn Ashby, seven times A Class Catamaran World Champion, has won the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships. ...

A-Cat Australians - Champions clash *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media, 11:28 AM Thu 5 Jan 2012 GMT
The first race of day 3 at the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships hosted by the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club was delayed until 2pm. By then the east south easterly had lifted to six knots and Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke had reached 300 runs ...

A-Cat Australians - Flying at the front *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Championships Media, 11:19 AM Wed 4 Jan 2012 GMT
Race 3 of the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships started in a light, seven knot easterly after two general recalls, under a black flag. Tom Slingsby was first to the top mark, ahead of James Spithill, Nathan Outteridge, Bob Baier then Darren Bundock and Brad Collett. ...

A-Cat King starts Australian Championships with two bullets *Feature By Australian A Class Championships media, 11:02 AM Tue 3 Jan 2012 GMT
Postcard conditions today on Lake Macquarie, NSW for the start of the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships. ‘The conditions were straight out of the A-Cat brochure. Just watching Glenn motoring downwind is worth the event entry price!’ Ian Johnson, A Class President. ...

James Spithill sailing A-Cats in Australia talks Made for TV sailing *Feature By A Class Catamaran Australian Championships, 5:32 AM Tue 3 Jan 2012 GMT
James Spithill was one of the first AC sailors to get into the A-Cats. 'Trapezing downwind is what you now do in this class and yesterday I had four swims trying to figure it out. Tom (Slingsby) had five swims. JK (John Kostecki) didn’t even attempt it and Dirk (de Rider) won’t attempt it. It’s just fun.' ...

Festival of Sails 2012 - A new ‘Gun’ in town *Feature By Festival of Sails Media, 1:00 AM Tue 3 Jan 2012 GMT
With the Sydney Hobart, Melbourne and Launceston Hobart races behind them, Australian sailors are looking ahead to Victoria’s Festival of Sails which starts at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown on Saturday January 21 and finishes in Geelong on Sunday 29 January 2012. ...

Australian A-Cat Nationals 2012 – Ashby fires the warning cannon *Feature By Australian A Class Championships media, 10:12 AM Mon 2 Jan 2012 GMT
The last A Class Catamaran race Glenn Ashby sailed on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, was when he won the 2009 World Championship. Today he fired a warning canon in the practice race for what will certainly be one of Australia’s most competitively fought National titles, the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart- Post Race Protests - is there another way? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:28 PM Sun 1 Jan 2012 GMT
There have been two Race Committee Protests against the Line Honours winners dismissed in two years, putting a dampener on celebrations. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Sailing Instructions are an accident looking for a place to happen say many observers. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ/Luna Rossa deal gets a tick from Jury *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:47 AM Sun 1 Jan 2012 GMT
The International Jury has answered the first of a two stage challenge to the joint development and training agreement between the two America's Cup teams, Emirates Team New Zealand and the new Italian Challenger Luna Rossa. ...

America's Cup- Ian Taylor recognised for VirtualEye development *Feature By Sail-World, 10:54 PM Sat 31 Dec 2011 GMT
The lion behind the development of America's Cup graphics technology has been made a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Zealand New Years Honours, announced yesterday. What is now known as VirtualEye was initially created by three people with no sailing experience ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Dockside prizegiving images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 9:01 AM Sat 31 Dec 2011 GMT
On a warm Saturday morning in Hobart the George Adams Tattersalls Cup was handed to crew members of Stephen Ainsworth's Loki as the overall handicap winner. Battle flags were also handed to the winners of all divisions on corrected time. The official prize giving will be held at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania at 11am tomorrow. Crosbie Lorimer's final images from Hobart were of today's pr ...

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