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Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben? *Feature By Rob Kothe, 10:35 PM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne ...

Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:14 AM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence ...

Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 11:56 PM Tue 25 Oct 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...

McConaghy's MC38 on the water - a cause for further excitement *Feature By John Curnow, 4:21 AM Tue 25 Oct 2011 GMT
Around 10 months ago, we had some serious cause for excitement when the MC38 from McConaghy went from drawings to moulds. At the time, we thought that the boat would do to one design keelboat racing what the Mach 2 had done to foiling Moths. ...

Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:43 PM Sun 23 Oct 2011 GMT
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze. ...

Tony Bouzaid: Images from a rich Sailing Life *Feature By Bouzaid Family Collection, 9:40 PM Fri 21 Oct 2011 GMT
Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland last weekend. His service will be held on Tuesday in Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Here courtesy of the Bouzaid family we present some images from Tony's sailing life ...

Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America’s Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 6:24 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
As a youngster growing up on Australia’s east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America’s Cup scene. ...

Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale! *Feature By Marine, 5:36 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011 ...

America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:01 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team. ...

America's Cup: Top young Kiwi match racers sign up with China Team *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:03 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
Two top New Zealand match racers have signed with the China Team, which is competing on the America's Cup World Series and has entered the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Phil Robertson and Garth Ellingham, who are both members of the Waka Racing Team, ranked tenth on the WMRT leaderboard for 2011. They will join China Team just in time for their participation in the upcoming China Cup reg ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Roper out to Lasso *Feature By Lisa Ratcliff, 3:08 AM Wed 19 Oct 2011 GMT
For as long as she can remember, young Tasmanian Laura Roper has watched the spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart finish, soaking up the excitement of Australia’s preeminent yachting event as the fleet docked in Hobart and the weary sailors finally climbed out of their pungent wet weather gear. ...

Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 12:31 AM Mon 17 Oct 2011 GMT
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth. ...

Gilmour versus Gilmour on the World Match Racing Tour? *Feature By Monsoon Cup Media, 9:29 AM Fri 14 Oct 2011 GMT
Might the sailing world be seeing history unfold as 20 year old West Australian match racer David Gilmour edges closer to a possible Monsoon Cup berth? ...

America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:58 AM Wed 12 Oct 2011 GMT
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras ...

Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 7:44 PM Tue 11 Oct 2011 GMT
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore. ...

Heaven Can Wait 2011 virtual race: Still time to win!! *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 2:28 AM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT
Although the on-water edition of the Heaven Can Wait 2011 charity yacht race ended on Sunday a week ago -- much to the relief of cold, rain-soaked and weary competitors -- fundraising for the 'virtual' race is continuing apace. ...

North Sails Australia merges with North Sails Melbourne Loft *Feature By North Sails, 2:06 AM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT
Managing Director of North Sails Australia, Michael Coxon, and the principal of Melbourne’s North Sails loft, veteran yachtsman Ross Lloyd, have jointly announced the merger of the Melbourne operations into North Sails Australia and the signing of Noel 'Nitro' Drennan. ...

Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:35 AM Sun 9 Oct 2011 GMT
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight. ...

Time running out fast for oil recovery from stricken ship on NZ reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:02 AM Fri 7 Oct 2011 GMT
The spell of fortuitous weather that has blessed salvage recovery operations at the Astrolabe Reef are expected to end around midday Sunday, when the offshore wind swings to the east. According to a wind prognosis from America's Cup winning software from, the winds will change around noon on Sunday and will swing east. The wind change will produce much bigger waves ...

America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:32 PM Wed 5 Oct 2011 GMT
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect. ...

The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name? *Feature By Guy Nowell, Yachtstyle magazine, Hong Kong , 6:20 AM Sun 2 Oct 2011 GMT
Is it just me, or have the press releases and announcements surrounding sailing events and regattas been getting just that little bit more breathless lately? Shakespeare was probably right - 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' But what if the bottled rose water is being used to mask an odour less palatable? Or less exotic? ...

Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Race – The Dash *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 1:27 PM Sat 1 Oct 2011 GMT
Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical mile race this afternoon. The most surprising starts were from 2011 Moth World Champion and One Lap Dash record holder Nathan Outteridge and another of Australia’s top Moth sailors Scott Babbage who were both caught on the wrong side of the line. ...

Global Ocean Race: Three leaders in three days + Start Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:15 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
The Global Ocean Race has its third leader in three days as the six boat fleet head for Capetown, South Africa on the first leg of the round the world race. Current race leader is Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron) who at the 0600 UTC sked were 1.7nm ahead of Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field) ...

Heaven can Wait Virtual Race heads to $19k *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 12:46 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
A serious battle at the front of the fleet in the 2011 Heaven Can Wait virtual race, with Granny Jen still in the lead but the bunch is closer behind and closing - the combined pool is rapidly heading towards $19k. Last year the event raised money for the NSW Cancer Council and Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie;it raised more that $40,000. ...

America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:07 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing ...

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