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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 ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart – Its a cruel race says the winner *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team, 11:42 PM Fri 30 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 overall handicap winner Stephen Ainsworth first sailed his own yacht in the 1998 Hobart race. A tough initiation but things have improved since then, as Stephen explains to ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Loki wins Tattersalls Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 8:46 PM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
Stephen Ainsworth’s Reichel Pugh 63 Loki will today be declared the Overall Handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Second in Division 1 and second overall will be Michael Hiatt’s Farr 55 Living Doll and third place will go to 42 Sydney Hobart veteran Syd Fischer’s modified TP52Ragamuffin. Ragamuffin will also be the ORCi handicap overall Sydney Hobart winner. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 ORCi versus IRC as handicap rule *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:34 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 – tomorrow the handicap winner for this year’s race will probably be decided. The overall IRC handicap rating winner will receive the prestigious Tattersalls Cup and there will be IRC results for 72 boats across four divisions. At the same time, there will be another set of handicap results for yachts sailing under the ORCi handicap rating, 38 boats in three divisions. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Loyal’s victory secret revealed *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 6:01 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
Talking with Loyal’s boat captain and crew boss Peter 'Billy' Merrington aboard the boat, moments after the International Jury dismissed the protest and I’m asking Billy what were the winning moves. He starts to explain that it was a year’s worth of planning to make sure that they had the right skills for each phase of the race. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart images of Line Honours Trophy presentation *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer images, Hobart, Tasmania , 5:46 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
With the protest dismissed early this afternoon, the ceberations for the Loyal team can begin. Owner Anthony Bell was presented with J H Illingworth Trophy on the dockside podium at 2.30 this afternoon. Crosbie Lorimer was there to capture the moment. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Race Commitee v Investec Loyal - Facts Found *Feature By Sail-World, 3:55 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Race Commitee v Investec Loyal - Facts Found - the official document from the International Jury ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race- Loyal Investec decision announced + Video *Feature By Sail-World, 2:59 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011 GMT
An emotional Anthony Bell, skipper of Investec Loyal, has just announced the decision of the International Jury to a media gathering at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart- Investec Loyal wins line honours but is protested *Feature By Sail-World, 9:19 AM Wed 28 Dec 2011 GMT
This story is being updated regularly with the latest developments from Hobart. Investec Loyal, the Greg Elliott designed supermaxi has been first to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, beating the race favorite, Wild Oats XI by less than a mile. The yachts finished in the Derwent in a fading breeze necessitating Investec Loyal to indulge in a gybing duel to stay between Wild Oats and the finish ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - The joys of a High Pressure system *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 3:40 AM Wed 28 Dec 2011 GMT
It's been a beautiful, clear and warm morning here in Hobart with a steady northerly wind holding up the event flags that surround a very empty Kings Pier Marina and Constitution Dock. A group of kayakers are taking advantage of the space amongst the berths and the quiet atmosphere of expectation that currently prevails. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 Wild Oats XI retakes lead *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:17 PM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011. Just 12 hours after losing the lead in the 67th annual blue water classic, Bob Oatley’s 100 foot super maxi Wild Oats XI has challenged Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal in an successful attempt to retake the lead just on 8am this morning. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Investec Loyal clings to slender lead *Feature By, 7:12 PM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
Just before 5am Adrienne Cahalan, navigator from Wild Oats XI reported ‘We are watching Loyal closely; we are in light (northerly) breeze heading straight at Tasman Island. Our plan is to handle the shifts are best we can and find a passing lane.’ ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Loyal takes lead from Wild Oats XI *Feature By, 9:54 AM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011. Investec Loyal has taken the lead from Wild Oats XI. Wider on the course, away from the east coast of Tasmania in stronger wind, Investec Loyal has snatch the lead from the five times Sydney to Hobart line honours winner. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats and Loyal, Let the Games Begin *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 9:34 AM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
They said as much would happen and here we are. For the last few days all the top tacticians, navigators and weather folk have been saying that the second half of this year’s race is going to be very tricky, with some unusually light and unpredictable winds all the way down the Tasmanian East Coast for at least a couple of days. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Can Loyal sail through Wild Oats XI tonight? *Feature By, 7:50 AM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011. Wild Oats XI's Ian 'Fresh' Burns talks about the lurking Investec Loyal, likely to keep Wild Oats XI honest as the two race leaders approach the Tasmanian coast. ...

Melbourne's Tassie Trio Races set south *Feature By Teri Dodds / John Curnow, Melbourne , 5:36 AM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
The ORCV's Tassie Trio set of Offshore Races got away cleanly from the Portsea Pier at 10.00am today, December 27. The combined fleet of 38 starters, set off in patchy 10 - 12 knots from the SE, which softened as they reached the turning mark off Queenscliff. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart – Should Tracking output be delayed? *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:58 AM Tue 27 Dec 2011 GMT
While tracking allows everyone ashore to follow the race, do you think it should be off the Internet menu for the racing fleet, or perhaps even delayed? If the Volvo Ocean Race and the Transpac provide delayed tracking only, giving tacticians and crews back the chance to gamble... should the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race organisers, the CYCA now be looking seriously at taking that same path? ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart storm front images by Peter Andrews *Feature By, 11:33 PM Mon 26 Dec 2011 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Yachting Photographer Peter Andrews shares images of the storm front. Enjoy! ...

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