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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 12:55 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions, how they are panning out for some and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 12:55 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race saw the five 100 foot super maxis up against each other for the first time. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Perpetual Loyal forced to retire with hull damage *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:42 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart- Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:35 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:59 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Race Start Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 11:30 AM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
One of the largest fleets in many years started the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today in a building southerly and in bright sunshine. There seemed to be some mind games going on amongst the super maxis during the pre race dry runs as each in turn put in a single reef in the 30 minutes before the start. Possibly there was some tossing of the coin as to whether it was ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 12:06 PM Thu 25 Dec 2014 GMT
In the media scrum for interviews with the skippers and owners of the five super maxis that followed a short press conference at the CYCA on Christmas Eve, anyone from outside the yachting scene might not have noticed one of the world’s finest sailors and circumnavigators standing quietly to one side chatting with Iain Murray and Steve Jarvin ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature By John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney , 8:48 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ...
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For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 8:01 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Santa’s elves started on January 7th 2014 building a set of shiny new Sail-World.com websites and just minutes before Christmas morning in one of Santa’s first touch downs Auckland New Zealand , TetraMedia General Manager Jedda Murphy flicked the switch on the dedicated TetraMeda servers in Frankfurt Germany to take almost all our world-wide audience to the new Sail-World sites. ...
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Sydney-Hobart- Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature By John Curnow, , 4:42 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ...
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Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature By David Schmidt, , 3:56 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race- Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:06 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:07 PM Tue 23 Dec 2014 GMT
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ...
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