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America's Cup- Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:26 AM Thu 26 Feb 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature By Steve Rosenberg, , 8:58 AM Wed 25 Feb 2015 GMT
Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world. ...

Geelong boat Phoenix wins Sydney 38 National Title *Feature By Teri Dodds, Pittwater, Australia , 11:05 PM Sun 22 Feb 2015 GMT
It was one of those nail biting finishes, but eventually results came through and the team onboard Phoenix were rewarded for their long campaign with the National title win. In the final race, Old School took the win, with Phoenix crossing the line in eighth, frantic calculations were done on each of the boats. Phoenix pipped them my a mere one point. ...

America's Cup- Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up - Video *Feature By John Navas, San Francisco, USA , 6:44 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA is enjoying a final sailing session on San Francisco bay the waters of their club, Golden Gate Yacht Club. Today she hooked up with Artemis Racing who have been training out of their base in Alameda. ...

Gladwell's Line- America's Cup skipper coup denied by Burling *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 1:06 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
The man at the heart of the focus of the Emirates Team New Zealand skipper brouhaha, Peter Burling, said in an interview a few days before the media frenzy, that no decision had been made, and that he expected that the fastest skipper would be at the helm of Emirates Team NZ's AC62 in the 2017 America's Cup. ...

America's Cup- Qualifers Venue and Format Decision not announced *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 6:13 AM Mon 16 Feb 2015 GMT
The requirement in the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup for Qualifiers venue to be announced on February 15, has not been met and is now deferred for a fortnight. A telephone conference is believed to have been held on Sunday between the six teams to discuss the options for the Venue for the Qualifier Series and other matters. ...

A critical time for Olympic and Paralympic sailing *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team, , 10:46 PM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
While the rights and wrongs of the IFDS submission to IPC are being debated, what is clear is the IFDS submission did not persuade the Paralympic Games decision makers that Sailing deserved a place in Tokyo 2020. ...

Club Marine Series – Swimming in it *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:51 PM Sat 14 Feb 2015 GMT
After a long hiatus for the busy Christmas period, there was many a joyous crew out on Melbourne’s Port Phillip today. Literally, they were swimming in it. As you can see from the pics, some were even doing so very creatively. Providing there even is such a thing… Anyway, a high temperature and non-existent breeze conspired for the Answering Pennant to be hoisted, not flown... ...

2020 Summer Paralympics - A damming critique of Sailing's submission *Feature By Laura Hale, , 1:26 PM Mon 9 Feb 2015 GMT
The 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2020. Craig Spence, the IPC’s Communication and Media Director, wrote a detailed response as to why sailing was eliminated from the 2020 Summer Paralympics program. Its a RED alert for sailing. Read and weep!!! ...

NSW Etchells- Cheers Michael! *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:32 PM Sun 8 Feb 2015 GMT
The 2015 Etchells NSW State Championship has been won in quite emphatic style by, The Hole Way. Cameron Miles, David Sampson and Grant Crowle collected wins in both races of this final day of racing to firstly leap into the top spot, and then cement their overall triumph. So it is in memoriam to Cameron and Grant’s late friend, Michael Hole, that the crew dedicate this championship. ...

NSW Etchells- Can congestion. Go for separation! *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:45 PM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
Friday was all about the congestion in and also amongst the fleet racing in the 2015 Etchells NSW State Championship. The arrival today of sunshine and a decent Nor’easter saw congestion almost give way to a little separation amongst them. What it also brought out was all manner of pleasure and tourism craft, and that absolutely made sure that the congestion was now part of Sydney Harbour ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Will Oxley - Part 2 - Dongfeng and post Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 12:41 PM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
The stopover in Sanya at the end of Leg 3 was a chance for Team Alvimedica navigator, Will Oxley to reflect on the leg just sailed, and the Volvo Ocean Race so far, which was covered in Part 1. In this second part he talks about some of the issues that navigators face, what has changed for the navigators since the Team Vestas Wind incident, and why Dongfeng is the leading the race so far. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - The Race within the Race *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 1:07 AM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
Before the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 started CEO Knut Frostad said he hoped that the crews would be the focus of this race. Now it seems the experiences of the Team Vestas Wind crew through the crash and rebuild of their badly damaged boat and it’s hoped for re-entry in the race could very much be THE story of this 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. ...

NSW Etchells- Out of the boat! *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:58 PM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli is the launching pad for the 2015 title clash. For day one of the campaign, Sydney Harbour decided to offer Sou’easters, which constantly varied in both direction and pressure, thereby necessitating that your eyes were always out of the boat to observe said changes. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Will Oxley on the Race so far - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:51 AM Fri 6 Feb 2015 GMT
The stopover in Sanya at the end of Leg 3 was a chance for Team Alvimedica navigator, Will Oxley to reflect on the leg just sailed, and the Volvo Ocean Race so far. 'Long periods of quite boring sailing interspersed with some quite important tactical periods where it became quite interesting,' is how Oxley, now on his third Volvo Ocean Race, describes the Leg. ...

NSW Etchells- One better… *Feature By John Curnow, , 4:48 AM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
Their intention had been ultra clear. The crew of Yandoo XX were going to go one better in the 2015 iteration of the Milson Silver Goblets Regatta. On Saturday, January 31, a couple of bullets (first places) ensured that Jeanne-Claude Strong, Nev Wittey, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey did secure the prized win in the famous twilight regatta, which is hosted annually by the RSYS in Kirribilli. ...

NSW Etchells- Fill the Goblet because you can’t sink the Cup… *Feature By John Curnow, , 11:48 PM Thu 29 Jan 2015 GMT
Now it would have been easy to fill a goblet on Tuesday with the rain that was blanketing Sydney Harbour. However, our reference is to the Milson Goblets being run each night this week and then concluding on Saturday with three more races. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli is hosting both the Milson Goblets, and then next week the Etchells NSW State Championship, too. ...

2015 Finn Australian Championship – Everything old is new again? *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:58 AM Wed 28 Jan 2015 GMT
Could well be. Case in point, the Finn. It’s been around since 1952, still has Olympic status and this is currently in concrete until the 2020 Games. Outside of those circles (Boom. Boom. Basil Brush), it is often thought of as the craft for yachting’s elder statesmen, for not only is it a heavyweight boat in itself (116kg), but it has also been designed to suit sailors from 80 to 120kg ...

Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad says Caudrelier proving them wrong *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 4:30 PM Mon 26 Jan 2015 GMT
40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ...

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - The big casino *Feature By Gonzalo Infante, , 5:56 AM Mon 19 Jan 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - The Malacca and Singapore Straits are a big talking point of this leg - and not without reason. These narrow and busy passages have all the ingredients to make them extremely difficult places to race sail boats. ...

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 ...

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