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Perth 2011 - And now to land the fish!! *Feature By Rob Kothe & Team, 10:45 PM Tue 15 Nov 2011 GMT
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses. ...

Sail-World Latest Australian Newsletter -Volvo, Sail Melbourne, AC45’s *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 4:37 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
Perth 2011 is looming large, just a few weeks away. Australian crews did extraordinarily well at the first of the 2012 World Cup series, Sail Melbourne but now the action cranks up as the focus moves west. This coming weekend there will be 470 and 49er Australian Championships on the Perth 2011 courses. ...

Fisher's View- ACWS, San Diego- Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 3:14 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America’s Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board. ...

Fisher's View- ACWS, San Diego- 'It never rains in California?' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 4:22 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
'It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators. ...

America's Cup World Series- Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video *Feature By ACM, 4:06 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011 GMT
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego ...

Volvo Legends- Great Britain II - Her builder's story *Feature By Derek Kelsall, 10:42 AM Sat 12 Nov 2011 GMT
The ketch rigged Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race which started in September 1973. Derek Kelsall was the builder of the 78ft maxi designed by Alan Gurney and skippered by Chay Blyth writes to give his perspective of how the foam sandwich ketch was constructed. She went on to compete in five round the world races: ...

Volvo Ocean Race- The Riddle of the Routes + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:52 PM Fri 11 Nov 2011 GMT
Less than a week into the Volvo Ocean Race, the classic is proving to be what everyone expected and more. Yes, there was the first night shenanigans, which have too often marred the start of Round the World races of various types out of the Med and Europe. While those incidents took some of the edge off the competition, the race on the water is proving to be what many expected. ...

Perth 2011 - Not always happy families on Olympic class sailing scene *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 9:12 AM Fri 11 Nov 2011 GMT
For the last five years a not very secret project has been aiming to deliver a better more durable Laser sail. The final prototypes have been tested for more than 18 months, they’ve passed with flying colours, its reported that the World Council unanimously voted for a routine equipment change a long time ago but the project is now very much stalled. ...

Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Sail-World, 9:14 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Groupama’s decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west ...

RQYS - Regatta and Sailing Manager position available *Feature By RQYS media, 4:36 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Queensland’s leading yacht club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Australia, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to fill the fulltime role of Regatta and Sailing Manager. ...

Perth 2011 - Australia’s next Sailing Golden Girls? *Feature By Rob Kothe, 2:15 AM Tue 8 Nov 2011 GMT
In Olympic sailing history, there have been two sets of Australian Womens Gold medal performances. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both came in the 470 dinghy class in which super-coach Victor Kovalenko guided teams to victory. ...

Perth 2011 - US Women’s 470 – Maxwell and Farrar ‘In the Passing Lane’ *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, 2:47 AM Mon 7 Nov 2011 GMT
The US Women’s 470 team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar are in the passing lane and aiming for the Olympics. The journey has been long and filled with great destinations, major decisions and success. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Abu Dhabi hold media conference in Alicante *Feature By Sail-World, 10:58 AM Sun 6 Nov 2011 GMT
Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi, the Volvo 70 dismasted in the the opening hours of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has just appeared in a media conference in Alicante to update on their situation with their broken spar, which is in three pieces. ...

Festival of Sails - Big changes, NOR, and online entry *Feature By AI Constable, 10:40 PM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
The name has changed on many occasions since 1844 but, the Australia Day Regatta in Geelong has continuously been sailed for the past one hundred and sixty-eight years. In 1997, the Geelong Waterfront Festival and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s historic Australia Day Regatta became the Festival of Sail. ...

America's Cup- Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:10 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland,NZ , 4:45 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour. The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing. ...

America's Cup- Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:39 AM Wed 2 Nov 2011 GMT
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement. ...

Kirby responds - ISAF and Laser World Council now with major Headache *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:39 AM Wed 2 Nov 2011 GMT
This week the Laser Class President Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announced that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change the class rules, they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. The response from Bruce Kirby, was forthright ...

Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 12:46 AM Mon 31 Oct 2011 GMT
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers’ says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews. ...

US champion flies in for Sydney Etchells Worlds 2012 qualifier *Feature By Peter Campbell, 4:14 AM Sun 30 Oct 2011 GMT
Jud Smith showed his helming skills sailing with the Sydney International Etchells class fleet racing yesterday on Sydney Harbour. Smith has long been one of the leading Etchells skippers in the world, with multiple wins in the North American championships going back 21 years and a win in the World championship in Fremantle, WA, in 2006, also finishing third in 1994 and second in 1996. ...

Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:46 AM Sun 30 Oct 2011 GMT
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after a vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. ...

US SAILING Inquiry into CYC Race to Mackinac capsize and fatalities *Feature By C. Hawley, J. Rousmaniere, R. Naranjo & S.McCurdy, 8:57 PM Sat 29 Oct 2011 GMT
The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac experienced two tragic deaths and now an inquiry into the fatalities has been released. The inquiry was conducted by a review panel which was appointed by US Sailing on July 28, 2011. Sailing is a remarkably safe sport in large part because of the caring of its close-knit community. ...

Gosford to Lord Howe Race- Freshening nor’easter forecast *Feature By Peter Campbell, 5:35 AM Fri 28 Oct 2011 GMT
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast freshening north-easterly sea breezes for tomorrow’s start of the Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. The Bureau forecast, giving at the race briefing at Gosford Sailing Club last night, is for 10-20 knot north to north-easterly winds on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday. ...

Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben? *Feature By Rob Kothe, 11:35 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, 2:14 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 ...

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