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Para World Sailing Championships - 29 nations set for Melbourne *Feature By Daniel Smith, Williamstown, Australia , 4:19 AM Wed 21 Oct 2015 GMT
Racing out of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown, a small suburb of Melbourne, competitors will be gunning for the final Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition with the stakes as high as they could possibly be. The 2.4mR will be the biggest fleet in Melbourne with 45 entries whilst the Two-Person Keelboat, the SKUD18, and the Three Person Keelboat, the Sonar, have 19 entries each. ...

Pontos Winches – Gorillas in the midst *Feature By John Curnow, , 6:22 AM Tue 20 Oct 2015 GMT
So, Dian Fossey was American and Pontos are French. Her gorillas were the stunning primates of the misty Rwandan jungle, and the latter’s are mechanical aids for running rigging. Hmmm. Not exactly parallel. Now after all that, you may think that this thread has nowhere at all to run. Fear not, however, for there are certainly gorillas in our midst. ...

AUS Etchells – Come all ye faithful. *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:04 AM Mon 19 Oct 2015 GMT
Yes. Joyful and triumphant… It appears as though all current and future entrants are the former and certainly everyone seems keen to find out just which crew is going to claim the latter! The title on offer is the Etchells Australian Championship and it runs from January 9 to 15, 2016. ...

LV ACWS 2015 Bermuda. Square pegs and round holes *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Hamilton, Bermuda , 10:36 AM Sat 17 Oct 2015 GMT
I have always been a bit leery of Practice Days – never quite sure whether they are for the benefit of the racing crews, the Race Officer, or the ever-observant media. This morning there was a press conference at which Jimmy Spiithill was enthusiastic and Ben Ainslie was polite. ...

470 Worlds - What to do when the wheels fall off - a Champions view *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:37 PM Wed 14 Oct 2015 GMT
Having hardly been off the podium since the London Olympics Gold Medallist Australia's Mat Belcher and his crew Will Ryan were hot favourites going into the 2015 470 World Championships on Haifa Bay Israel this week. ...

Bermuda, the Auld Mug and the realities of racing on Great Sound *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 4:00 PM Wed 14 Oct 2015 GMT
For many Cup fans, the decision to host the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda-rather than on the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s home waters of San Francisco Bay-came as a huge let-down, especially considering the dizzying heights that the Cup reached in 2013 during the nail-biting days of Oracle’s 8-1 comeback during the 34th America’s Cup. But what about the realities of racing on Bermuda's Great Sound? ...

Nationality rules and the America's Cup *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 3:00 PM Thu 8 Oct 2015 GMT
Given that the America’s Cup has always been a high-stakes game of international competition, multinational crews have become common, with some teams taking greater advantage of the Protocol’s weak nationality rules (for the ACWS, only one crewmember must hold a passport from the country whose flag is emblazoned on their wingsail) more than others. ...

QLD Etchells – High quality. Hot competition. Happy times. *Feature By John Curnow, , 4:11 AM Thu 8 Oct 2015 GMT
The quality of the weekend’s Queensland Etchells Championship was not only measured by those that showed up to race. There were former World and Australian Champions and Olympic Team Member, Jake Lilley, out on the water as testament to that. The yardstick for that quality was also evident in the sublime weather, terrific facilities of the Southport Yacht Club and the hot competition. ...

Aussies, Seppos and the Americas Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe & David Schmidt, , 3:17 PM Tue 6 Oct 2015 GMT
Given that the America’s Cup has always been a high-stakes game of international competition, multinational crews have become common, with some teams taking greater advantage of the Protocol’s weak nationality rules (for the ACWS, only one crewmember must hold a passport from the country whose flag is emblazoned on their wing sail) more than others. ...

Not the Official Release from the VOR Press Conference. *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Genoa, Italy , 6:37 PM Fri 2 Oct 2015 GMT
The latest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race finished in Gothenburg in the last week of June this year, and the Italian press (described as “knowledgeable” in a VOR press release) are asking Knut Frostad whether there will be an Italian entry on the next race? C’mon, guys, do you really think he has a yes/no answer to that? And there was someone asking about the possibility of a German entry... ...

VOR at Genoa Boat Show- SCA, Pretty in Pink *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Genoa, Italy , 7:58 AM Thu 1 Oct 2015 GMT
A change is as good as a rest, they say, and I don’t usually drive a VO65, so I guess it’s restful! It’s certainly pretty easy when there’s 12 knots of breeze, flat water, blue blue sky and some fabulous Italian sunshine. SCA and Team Vestas Wind are here on a promo tour, inviting on board corporate guests and (if you get your hand up in the air fast enough) a few refugees from the Media Room. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – The Future – Drones, OBR’s and more boats? *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:00 PM Tue 29 Sep 2015 GMT
Knut Frostad is moving from the pivotal CEO role to that of a consultant at the end of 2015. Sail-World interviewed him a few weeks ago and have so far published two parts of the extended interview with the CEO of eight years. ...

The Volvo Ocean Race, the Perfect Storm and saving the family silver *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 4:48 AM Tue 22 Sep 2015 GMT
At the skippers press conference the day before the start of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, the seven skippers were asked to put their hand up of they felt that had this race not been one design, they would not be sitting there. Every hand went up ...

Is Frostad heading for the America’s Cup? *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 11:06 AM Sun 20 Sep 2015 GMT
When Knut Frostad told the sailing world he was resigning as the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race event, after the most successful Round the World Race in recent times, although he had said it was family reason there was a lot of speculation on his plans going forward. ...

Comanche, an opinion piece by Bruce Kirby *Feature By, , 8:16 PM Tue 15 Sep 2015 GMT
Bruce Kirby, the designer of what is arguably the most successful boat in sailing history the Laser, there have been more than 210,000 built so far, is a man who calls what he believes to be a spade a spade. Here is his opinion on Jim and Kirsty Clarke’s supermaxi Comanche ...

America's Cup - ISAF and Cup Jury summonsed by California Court *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World .com, , 10:17 AM Wed 9 Sep 2015 GMT
The International Sailing Federation, the controlling body for world sailing, and the five individuals who made up the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup have been summonsed by a San Francisco Court, to answer a lawsuit. ...

America's Cup World Series Gothenburg analysis - what was learned? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 4:17 AM Sun 6 Sep 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand took a big step down their road to America’s Cup redemption with a pressure win on the final day of the America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg. It was a regatta of two halves with Oracle Team USA being absolutely dominant on the first day when stronger winds of 13-17kts resulted in the AC45’s foiling downwind at speeds of up to 25kts. ...

Foiling monohull Edmond de Rothschild has first sea trial off Lorient *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 10:48 PM Thu 3 Sep 2015 GMT
On Monday 24 August, weather forecaster reported a particularly active and deep low off Brittany, France. It was the first real test for the twin-foiled monohull, which carries a side hydrofoil, which is designed to partially lift the hull clear of the water, reducing drag and giving faster speeds (see video). ...

A Surprise Olympic campaign for America's Cup heavyweight *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 7:26 PM Thu 3 Sep 2015 GMT
Weymouth 2012 was for every Australian sailor there, a somewhat special regatta On a media RIB close to the action on the Nothe medal course, watching Tom Slingsby pounding the deck of his Laser with closed fist, with glistening eyes as the Qingdao monkey leapt from his back. The first Australian Gold medal of London 2012. ...

M.A.T.1180 – It’s all in a name… *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:05 PM Tue 1 Sep 2015 GMT
Yachts that are very inspiringly named Quest. Feature regattas like Hamilton Island Race Week, as well as iconic sailors such as Bob Steel and James MacPhail. Indeed there is a lot in name and all four of these aligned at the recent iteration of Hammo, just as if they were the proverbial planets. Now the results were ultimately as significant as the names, too! ...

More puzzling decision making from America's Cup organisers *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 3:42 PM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
Four minutes before today's scheduled America's Cup World Series Round 2 coverage start in Gothenburg, we found that the App software had been changed to prevent viewing on computers it had indeed been restricted to mobile devices. As a result we watched the racing on a 5.5 inch phablet ...

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ wins Race 4 and leads World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:53 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
A little more breeze for the start of Race 2 of Day 2, of the America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg, with three boats tied on the top of the points table, ahead of the start of the double points scoring race. The boats started on starboard before flipping onto port as one to head for the first mark. Artemis was not able to repeat their feat of the first race of the day - trailing the fleet. ...

America's Cup - Big day, big win for Artemis Racing in AC World series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
Light winds for the start of Race 1 of Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg Oracle Team USA started right on the line, but immediately had to do a penalty, as did Emirates Team NZ for sailing outside a boundary in the pre-start. Artemis Racing led around the first mark, with BAR last. ...

America's Cup - Oracle dominates Race 2 and takes lead in World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:54 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA made no race of it in Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg. The America's Cup Defender again led around every mark on the ten leg course, and won all 20 legs sailed in racing on Day 1, in an absolutely dominating display of sailing ...

America's Cup - Race 1 to Oracle Team USA in Gothenburg *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA got the jump at the start - picking the right line to the top mark and starting at pace to lead around Gate 1, opening the page on what was to be complete domination of the six boat fleet in the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg. ...

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