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Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing needs more sponsors like Vestas Wind *Feature By Rob Kothe and Richard Gladwell, , 9:43 AM Sun 7 Jun 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race is about to start Leg 8, with the fleet expanding to seven boats with the re-entry of Team Vestas Wind. And the their comeback is one of the remarkable stories of sailing. When Team Vestas Wind ran aground most observers felt that was the end of the journey for Vestas in yachting sponsorships, but they did not count on the determination of sponsors and team. ...

Etchells Australasians - Day 2 Images by Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba , 10:26 PM Sat 6 Jun 2015 GMT
Two races were completed for the Marinepool 19th Etchells Australasian Championship, conducted by Mooloolaba Yacht Club. The increase in breeze and swell was evident, much to the delight of Victorian photographer Teri Dodds who filed these images from her day on the water. ...

Volvo Ocean Race MAPFRE skipper Martinez not happy + Video interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 12:34 PM Fri 5 Jun 2015 GMT
The Spanish MAPFRE camp is not at all pleased with decisions coming from the International Jury. Unhappy with the apparent inconsistencies in penalties imposed after Traffic separation zone violations, skipper Iker Martinez says any rule that sees four out of six boats potentially before the Jury it probably means the rule needs simplifying. ...

Etchells Australasians - Day 1 images by Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Mooloolaba, Queensland , 11:18 AM Fri 5 Jun 2015 GMT
The sun was out for the start of the Marinepool Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2015 which started today off Mooloolaba in Queensland. . Conditions were light and shifty, with the occasional puff through the course, which was difficult for tacticians to read. Escaping her Victorian winter was photographer Teri Dodds who was on the water today and provides these images. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind impress *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 8:19 PM Thu 4 Jun 2015 GMT
The pointy end of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean race is here, there are five boats that could win this race, certainly that will need some bad results from the current leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, but with the fleet now back to seven boats and Team SCA likely to do better in the short ocean sprints anything could happen. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - SCA Navigator Libby Greenhalgh interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 10:27 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Team SCA's navigator Libby Greenhalgh has not been afraid to make some big calls and break away from the pack. SCA lead thru the fleet through the Gibraltar Straits after what Greenhalgh described as logical move to the Spanish coast and she has taken SCA around the outside for good gains on a number of occasions. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Walker has a target on his back- video interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 7:09 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker has a target on his back going into the eighth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday. ...

Team Vestas Wind - an amazing effort for the Blue Team *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 4:16 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Neil Cox the legendary Shore Manager for Team Vestas Wind was the ‘go to man’ who made the very late hull 7 entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race possible. It became a new race when after issuing a Mayday, the first words from Vestas Wind skipper, fellow Australian Chris Nicholson to his shore manager on a crackling long range radio were “We’re on a reef, we’re not getting off. We’re f****ed.” ...

Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA looks towards their strengths *Feature By Jedda Murphy & Rob Kothe, , 11:07 AM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
This morning Sail-World interviewed British sailor Annie Lush, who was selected in 2013 to join Team SCA, based in Lanzarote, Canary Isles. While they were the first team to receive their Volvo 65, Lush says that there is no way to train for the offshore legs of the Volvo Ocean race but to do a Volvo Ocean Race, for instance south ocean driving experience can only gained in the south ocean ...

Changes to Volvo leaderboard as Int Jury issues penalties in Lisbon *Feature By Richard Gladwell & Rob Kothe NZL, , 5:20 AM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
The ISAF-appointed independent international jury has heard four cases during the Lisbon stopover after alleged breaches of sailing rules during Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Reports were lodged by the Race Director against Dongfeng, Mapfre and Team SCA. Midrace in an onboard video Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker talked of the incidents along with navigator Simon Fisher ...

Volvo Race - Vestas Wind from Pearshaped onwards - Nico interview *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 5:05 PM Tue 2 Jun 2015 GMT
Team Vestas Wind - a beautiful fit, a company totally devoted to wind power. Nico assembled a team and made it to the Alicante start line with just a few days to spare. The boat had a great start winning the offshore practice race. They as expected had a much more difficult time into Cape Town but were mid-fleet off Mauritius in Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi, when it all went pear shaped. ...

Pantaenius Insurance – How good does it get? *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:55 AM Fri 29 May 2015 GMT
Insurance may not be the buzzword. There is not unobtanium for keels, spinach enhanced sails or hulls of cut diamond and vibranium fuel cells powering arc reactors to rave on about. No. It is numbers, facts, risk and documentation. Boring? No. Quite the contrary if you happen to have put your boat up on a reef or Hughie blows it off its mooring, smashes her through everything in sight... ...

Sailboat Racing, Iditarod-Style—A look at the Race to Alaska *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 5:54 AM Fri 29 May 2015 GMT
When it comes to big adventures in small boats, it’s tough to beat the Race to Alaska, which starts in Port Townsend, Washington, and takes racers to Ketchikan, Alaska, by way of a stopover in Victoria, British Columbia. The race rules are straightforward and simple—get to Alaska, via any type of non-motorized craft, as fast as possible, via any route, as long as the journey is self-supported. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA’s fired up for short courses *Feature By Jedda Murphy, , 5:42 AM Tue 26 May 2015 GMT
Sail-World's Jedda Murphy was aboard Team SCA for the three practice races in Alicante, last October, this morning she talked to SCA skipper Sam Davies by Sat Phone as the Volvo fleet blasts towards Lisbon, now a day away. ...

Big interest in new San Francisco America's Cup style series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:33 AM Tue 26 May 2015 GMT
The new San Francisco Yacht Racing Cup, to be sailed in 'Super 12s” has attracted interest from 20 teams from 12 countries. The new regatta will be the richest in the sport, carrying a total prizemoney of $500,000, with $300,000 going to the winner, $150,000 to second and $50,000 to the third placegetter. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – Major upset as fleet heads for Lisbon *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:05 PM Mon 25 May 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race – After a storming 24 hours by Team SCA, who once again have been Buffalo Girls, coming round the outside, the tail gunner in the six boat fleet is in fact, the overall race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, who had lost more miles on the leaders in recent skeds. ...

Gladwell's Line - #LetsGetDalton *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:06 AM Mon 25 May 2015 GMT
Despite landing two major commercial sponsors, Emirates Team New Zealand continues to take a beating from local media as well as the other America's Cup teams. With Italian team Luna Rossa now out of the mix for the 35th America's Cup, the nine-times Challenger/Defender is alone, despite having more Cup campaigns to their credit than the other teams combined. ...

Ian Gibbs, Admirals Cup champion dies at 87 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:41 AM Sun 17 May 2015 GMT
Ian Gibbs, one of New Zealand's top offshore owner/skippers, has died at the age of 87 years. In a 20 year period Gibbs, competed very actively and with considerable success in major international regattas in the offshore rating classes - principally in Half-Tonners, and then in Admirals Cup classes. He was the owner skipper of the top individual boat in the 1981 Admirals Cup. ...

Volvo Ocean Race In Port Race - Newport, RI - Live and Replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:35 AM Sat 16 May 2015 GMT
Catch the live and replay coverage of the In Port Race in Newport RI, USA. Check the video link below to see the countdown for the live action and then the replay. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ play catch-up *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 7:27 AM Wed 13 May 2015 GMT
Fresh on the back of the re-signing of naming rights sponsor, Emirates, three of Team New Zealand's sailing crew are headed off to Portsmouth, England, for test sailing in the one design foiling version of the AC45 wingsailed catamarans. ...

America's Cup- Marking the 20th anniversary of Team NZ's win + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 5:47 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
May 14 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Team New Zealand's win in the 1995 America's Cup which became one of the milestone achievements in New Zealand sport. Bob Fisher, long time follower of the America's Cup and possibly the world’s most travelled yachting journalist, overviews Team New Zealand 5-0 victory over Team Stars and Stripes, NZ's Boating World magazine. ...

America's Cup- Core Builders embraces the Composite Age - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 4:57 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
“We’ve had the stone age. We’ve had the metal age. Now we are starting the composites age,” says Tim Smyth, during a tour of Core Builders Composites in Warkworth. An evangelist for composite construction, Smyth believes the New Zealand marine industry is underselling its capability, and also does not think laterally about the type of projects in which it should be involved. ...

America's Cup- Emirates signs on as naming rights sponsor with Team NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 3:51 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have announced the most significant commercial sponsorship yet in the 35th America's Cup with the confirmation today that the Emirati international airline has signed on again with the 30 year old America's Cup team. ...

Queensland Etchells – Invasion *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:59 AM Wed 6 May 2015 GMT
The State of Is must have cast its spell wonderfully. There was a small, but none the less powerful contingent of Southerners that arrived to contest the recent Etchells Brisbane Fleet Championships. Early birds had to sit out the torrential rain, yet it almost seems as if Hughie, the God of Wind, was also keen to see this high-end sailing take place. ...

Rio 2016 Olympic Regatta - Offshore or Inshore? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 6:42 PM Wed 29 Apr 2015 GMT
Alastair Fox, head of competitions for ISAF, says that two sailing courses located just outside the bay in the open Atlantic – and a third being planned there – could be used for all races in the 2016 Olymppic Regatta at Rio de Janeiro. Three other courses have been planned inside the bay but may not be used. ...

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