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Etchells Pre-Worlds - drama for Big Guns in first race *Feature By Tracey Johnstone, Event Media , 6:58 AM Sat 11 Feb 2012 GMT
Top title contenders in the Zhik National Championship, Brun and Bertrand, are in an unenviable position. With only eight races to the four-day event being held off Pittwater and with a fleet of exceptional sailing talent, breaking the line on a Black Flag start in the first race of the series is for John Bertrand, Vince Brun, Tom King and Mark Langford a costly mistake. ...

Global Ocean Race- Ross Field vents frustrations and looks at options *Feature By Ben Gladwell, 12:20 PM Fri 10 Feb 2012 GMT
Former winner of the Volvo Ocean race, Ross Field, is back in Auckland a week after having to withdraw from Leg 3, of the Global Ocean Race. Sail-World door stopped Field on his way to see medical specialists about the back and other injuries he sustained after the race leaders were forced to beat to windward for a week. He had just heard that race organisers had moved the mark. His reaction ..... ...

Sydney Yachts GTS 43 – Raising eyebrows on World stage *Feature By Richard Hammond, 5:32 AM Fri 10 Feb 2012 GMT
What to do you get when you combine the world-renowned Ker Yacht Design, with Australia’s Sydney Yachts, a team that have been building quality offshore boats for a long time. Well, the result is the Sydney Yachts GTS 43 and recently, it’s been raising some eyebrows, as it competes against some of the other hot new things out there in the marketplace. ...

No excuses. Get an ACR-ResQLink PLB with GPS *Feature By John Curnow, 9:44 PM Thu 9 Feb 2012 GMT
Since arriving on the scene, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) have had a significant impact on the offshore sailor’s kit and made the shore crew feel even more comfortable about waving the crew goodbye, as they embarked on yet another journey. ...

America's Cup- Major free to air US television deal imminent - Coutts *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:31 PM Thu 9 Feb 2012 GMT
In a media conference this morning, Russell Coutts revealed that a major broadcast deal was imminent for the USA. When pressed further Coutts said the deal was with one of the major US broadcasters and was a free to air package. ...

ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships - Australian team named *Feature By Craig Heydon, 11:26 PM Mon 6 Feb 2012 GMT
The 2012 Australian Youth Sailing Team that will contest the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships has now been announced by Yachting Australia. The team features a mix of seasoned campaigners and newcomers that are now set to race in Ireland this coming July. ...

Paralympic Sailing Competition NOR released *Feature By IFDS, 9:57 PM Mon 6 Feb 2012 GMT
The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race has now been released. The event is set to take place in Weymouth, Great Britain from Wednesday 22 August-Sunday 9 September. ...

What doesn't kill you makes you a better boatie *Feature By Mark Rothfield, Newcastle , 1:49 AM Fri 3 Feb 2012 GMT
Two boys went into the water one Australia Day many years ago and only one came out. The other drowned, as did a rescuer. An elderly relative of mine was the survivor. He subsequently got married and had five children who duly delivered eight grandchildren … the ripple effect. ...

America's Cup- Plenty of questions surface after Competitors' Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:15 AM Tue 31 Jan 2012 GMT
Regatta Director Iain Murray revealed after the Competitors Forum that changes were under consideration for the America's Cup including a change to a point for the day system, rather than per race; shorter courses of just 30 minutes; and possibly a place for the AC45's in the America's Cup regatta; plus the physical demands expected of the sailors and how that was shaping racing formats. ...

Festival of Sails - U.S. yachting photographer says it’s one of a kind *Feature 10:08 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012 GMT
Mary Longpre is an American West Coast yachting photographer from Newport Beach, California. For the past six years Mary has spent much of January ‘down under’, with Geelong’s Festival of Sails the key reason for her trip. Mary, a 1960’s Surfer Girl, was photographing for a major surfing magazine when she began sailing in 1978. In 1983 she built a 30 foot down wind flier named Valentine ...

Festival of Sails 2012 - First Saturday images *Feature By, 7:27 AM Sat 28 Jan 2012 GMT
Festival of Sails 2012 photographer Teri Dodds blistered her trigger finger today, capturing the action on Corio Bay. It might have been 34 degrees dockside but on Corio Bay, with a 10-15 knot southerly, the biggest decision was 30+ or 45+ sunscreen. ...

Images from Takapuna- Opening Ceremony 470 Junior Worlds *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:30 AM Fri 27 Jan 2012 GMT
The Opening Ceremony for the 470 Junior Worlds was held this evening at Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore. Major supporter of the event is the Auckland City Council and Mayor Len Brown attended and opened the regatta. The World Championship is the 14th held at Takapuna and which has a fleet of 33 crews from 13 countries. ...

Festival of Sails shore side entertainment images *Feature By Anna Parker, Sail-World, 12:18 AM Fri 27 Jan 2012 GMT
Those attending the 2012 Festival of Sails activities enjoyed shore side entertainment and photographer Teri Dodds was on hand to capture this gallery of photos of all the action. ...

Festival of Sails images from Teri Dodds *Feature By Anna Parker, Sail-World, 12:07 AM Fri 27 Jan 2012 GMT
The 2012 Festival of Sails spectators enjoyed stunning fireworks and shore side entertainment. Photographer Teri Dodds was on hand to capture these images. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Telefonica expected to lead at Mallaca waypoint *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:11 PM Thu 26 Jan 2012 GMT
The current overall leader in the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica (ESP) is expected to be in the lead at the first waypoint in the Mallaca Straits. They are expected to arrive at the point in the next two and a half days and are approximately 630nm away. ...

Festival of Sails - Australia Day tradition continues *Feature By, 6:29 AM Thu 26 Jan 2012 GMT
This morning at 0930 on Australia Day 2012, almost three hundred yachts set sail in a historic passage race from Williamstown on Melbourne’s Port Phillip to Geelong’s Corio Bay. ...

Festival of Sails - Images from Williamstown to Geelong race *Feature By, 6:05 AM Thu 26 Jan 2012 GMT
Victoria's Festival of Sails images from the Williamstown to Geelong Passage race on Australia Day 2012. ...

Injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd showing positive signs in Brisbane *Feature By Craig Heydon, 7:41 AM Mon 23 Jan 2012 GMT
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is showing more positive signs as she continues to recover from a head injury sustained during the Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. ...

Festival of Sails clean sweep for Victorian trio *Feature By Lisa Ratcliff, 9:11 PM Sun 22 Jan 2012 GMT
At the 2012 Festival of Sails, a trio of Royal Yacht Club of Victoria boats precisely executed a clean sweep of the Melbourne Premier Series on what was described as a magic summer's day on Port Philip. Rob Hanna’s rocket ship, the TP52 Shogun V, blitzed the IRC division A field in its debut Victorian regatta. ...

Festival of Sails - Day 2 Images from Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Williamstown , 7:50 AM Sun 22 Jan 2012 GMT
The Melbourne component of the Festival of Sails finished today. It was perfect conditions for sailing (and photographing)... Teri Dodds presents her images from the final day. ...

Festival Of Sails - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Williamstown , 7:48 AM Sat 21 Jan 2012 GMT
The Festival of Sails kicked off in Melbourne today with the Virgin Garden Organic Tea Premier Series... Teri Dodds presents her images from the day. For more news,results, images and information go to ...

America's Cup- An update from the Big Fella *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:57 AM Fri 20 Jan 2012 GMT
Getting out of bed at 6.00am to talk on the phone to a bunch of fully wired sailing journalists spread across three continents, probably isn’t the ideal start to a day. So it was no surprise that 'Big Fella', as Iain Murray is known in his native Australia, was talking in short sentences. Murray was back in Sydney, having taken a break from his role as Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup ...

Marine Photographers urged to use IPTC metadata to protect Copyright *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, Tetra-Media, 5:28 AM Fri 20 Jan 2012 GMT
There is a constant struggle to get sailing coverage in mainstream media, and the photo attribution issue does not aid that struggle. Media react badly – very badly – having published event-supplied images in good faith when they are sent legal letters or invoices (we have seen some doozys) or receive aggressive emails or phone calls from event photographers complaining that their images have eith ...

Positive day for injured sailor Tess Lloyd - 48 hours - very important *Feature By Craig Heydon, 5:53 AM Thu 19 Jan 2012 GMT
Injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd has had a very positive day as she continues her recovery following a collision during the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in Brisbane last week. Overnight her doctors made further progress and were able to pull right back the medication that had been controlling the coma with Tess reacting very positively. ...

America's Cup- Luna Rossa flies high on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour *Feature By Sail-World and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, 7:06 PM Wed 18 Jan 2012 GMT
The newest AC45 launched by the Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is becoming a familiar sight on the Auckland Harbour, as she works up to the first set of trial races alongside training partner, Emirates Team New Zealand. Both teams leave in March/April for the next round of the America's Cup World Series to be sailed in Naples, Italy in mid-April ...

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