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Musto 2015 Etchells Australian Championship – Highlander *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:42 PM Fri 16 Jan 2015 GMT
‘There can be only one!’ Indeed McLeod, and the Musto 2015 Etchells Australian Champion is Triad – John ‘JB’ Bertrand AM, Billy Browne and Jake Newman. Well done! Alas it is not the first, but more like the eighth time that JB has won the crown. Some have been with this particular crew and on other occasions, it has been with other luminaries, such as Andrew Palfrey and Grant Simmer. ...

Musto 2015 Etchells Australian Championship – Six shot… *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:38 PM Thu 15 Jan 2015 GMT
Just like a fully loaded revolver cartridge. However, and with another day to run, there is the chance of two more bullets. That would make it more akin to a clip from a Glock in the end. So for some crews and with a packed top six, you can bet they are all waiting for the gun to fire tomorrow. ...

McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Burling - 'Just a standard Mach 2' *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:23 AM Thu 15 Jan 2015 GMT
With a hat-trick of wins on the penultimate day of the 2015 McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds, Peter Burling decimated the 80 strong Gold Fleet, and few would bet against him finishing the job on Friday. Despite his success, the points system used for the regatta has kept his great rival in the Olympic skiff event, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) very much in the viewfinder, and the 2012 Olympic Gold med ...

Musto 2015 Etchells Australian Championship – Racing this time! *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:33 PM Wed 14 Jan 2015 GMT
It was the catch cry of the late racecaller, Bill Collins. He was best known as ‘The Accurate One’ and was a TV pioneer as well. However, it is the way he began each call with that line and the slow start on the ‘Ra’ part of racing before speeding up over the remainder of the line, and indeed the race itself, that is just so memorable. ...

2015 Etchells Australian Championship – A girl called Prudence… *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:28 AM Tue 13 Jan 2015 GMT
And with an Aunt named Sage it would seem. Yes. These two terrific ladies are very much part of the scene at the Musto 2015 Etchells Australian Championship. Indeed it is a wonderful thing that they are fully paid up members of the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS), for the judicious use of them has meant that all boats and sailors are in good shape this evening as a 30+knot Southerly ...

2015 Etchells Australian Championship – Crouch. Bind. Set *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:17 PM Mon 12 Jan 2015 GMT
They are of course the instructions from a Rugby Union Referee when the forward packs lock horns for the scrum. Effectively, the sheer weight of sailing talent on offer out of the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS) this week is a lot like that, albeit that there would indeed be multiple scrums going on. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Ian Walker grilled by Pakistani Navy - Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 11:03 PM Tue 6 Jan 2015 GMT
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker, got interrogated by the Pakistani Navy, as the Volvo Ocean Racer passed by Pakistani territorial waters. On Board Reporter, Matt Knighton, caught the exchange on video ...

ASBA Sports Boats Take to the Harbour *Feature By Darren Spence, , 11:13 AM Tue 6 Jan 2015 GMT
Like kids in a candy store, sailors from around the country will be taking to Sydney Harbour over the coming four days for their 2015 National Titles. Being conducted from the Cruising Yacht of Australia (CYCA), the eighth ASBA National Titles has produced one of the largest fleets in arguably the most photogenic location. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind reveal more detail of program *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:59 PM Mon 5 Jan 2015 GMT
Last Friday, when it became known that Team Vestas Wind had made a decision to rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race, the team and primary sponsors, Vestas Wind and Powerhouse called an international media conference in Abu Dhabi, with a series of invited international sailing media online. ...
[more] - Contributors Guidelines *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 12:09 PM Mon 5 Jan 2015 GMT
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers ...

Is your Publicity Officer ready to send news to Sail-World? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 10:03 AM Mon 5 Jan 2015 GMT
Each year we have been receiving some great reports from a whole range of Nationals... If your club, association or race committee would like to publicise or report on an event, especially its National titles, stories, pictures and or results can be uploaded via our Contributors System at the top right of the site. ...

Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 8:01 PM Sun 4 Jan 2015 GMT
In sport whether its athletics, rowing or surfing, elimination series are run with heats, quarter finals, semis and finals. So when non sailors read about heats in sailing, they reasonably expect they are part of an elimination series. But in sailing that is not the case … some classes and sailors use the word Heat when they mean Race. ...

OK. Time for the dinghies to hit the water *Feature By Alex McKinnon, , 12:33 PM Thu 1 Jan 2015 GMT
Photographer Alex McKinnon hit the waters of Port Phillip to get out with the OK Dinghies for their 2014 World Championships. After being blown out for two days, Melbourne's Port Phiilip then asked everyone to hang around for quite some time to ensure that 4 knots from nearly everywhere could indeed build to 20 knots from the Sou'west. The sun came to play, as well. Cool, huh?! ...

Building the bridge from Optimist to Laser and beyond – with Byte C1 *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 3:05 PM Wed 31 Dec 2014 GMT
‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A wild edition + Video *Feature By Regattanews, , 9:51 AM Tue 30 Dec 2014 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Completing the legendary 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart race course in 3 days, 7 hours, 4 minutes and 43 seconds, Wild Rose arrived in Hobart on Monday evening, finishing with a corrected time that proved insurmountable for the yachts drifting through an abating breeze to Hobart. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tattersall's Cup Presentation *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 7:37 AM Tue 30 Dec 2014 GMT
The crew of Wild Rose was presented with the George Adams Tattersall's Cup as overall winners under the IRC handicap in a dockside presentation here in Hobart this afternoon. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Action on Handicap Winning Wild Rose VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 3:05 AM Tue 30 Dec 2014 GMT
Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose has just been confirmed as the winner of the Tattersall’s Cup for overall handicap on IRC. The win is all the more remarkable when you hear - and see - what the crew had to do yesterday simply to finish the race, much less win. ...

Sydney Hobart – Has Hicko won or is result knocked into a Cocked Hat? *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 7:10 PM Mon 29 Dec 2014 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 - Right now however the Club House leader is Roger Hickman, who has sailed Wild Rose, the very first Wild Oats to what seems like an impressive result. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Hats Off Tasmania For The Huge Crowds *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 9:37 AM Mon 29 Dec 2014 GMT
Ken Read, skipper of Jim Clark's super maxi Comanche, has been amazed at the level of interest shown by Australians in sailing and particularly in this race. When he first arrived in Sydney with Comanche, Read was clearly very envious of the crowds that turn up for this race every year ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Views of the Crews-Wild Oats XI & Comanche VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 9:07 AM Mon 29 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line 49 minutes ahead of Comanche in the most anticipated battle of the supermaxis. Crosbie Lorimer spoke to some of the crew from both boats to get their take on the race and the duel between the two front runners. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tough Stuff Down the Tassie Coast *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 3:02 AM Mon 29 Dec 2014 GMT
By nine a.m. this morning (Monday) ten boats were finished, amongst them several of the 50 footers arriving in a group just before 8am. The consistent theme amongst all those we interviewed was the strength of wind late yesterday on the run down the Tasmanian coast. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI and Comanche Finish Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 1:20 PM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
The Comanche and Wild Oats XI teams were equally gracious in victory and defeat on the dockside in Hobart today. It had been a close fought battle and while Comanche had reeled Wild Oats XI back in overnight to within 9nm , there simply wasn't enough air to power up the American boat in the run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images of Wild Oats XI Finish by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 8:05 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 1:52 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ...

Sydney-Hobart: First, Second and Third! *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:32 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ...

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