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Can Australia be a threat in the Finn Class?? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 12:12 PM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000 onwards, Australia´s prospects are looking up. It now has a three man Finn squad and there is the possibility of a 2012 Olympic Gold medallist switching to Finns. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, 11:28 AM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. ...

More question and answer time with marine insurance giant, Pantaenius *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 11:45 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
Going back not that far at all, we first had to ask a question to discover that Pantaenius was not a missing musketeer, but rather, one of the world’s largest sail and motor yacht insurers. Shortly thereafter, the question would become how well do you know your marine insurance cover? ...

ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:58 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
Australia´s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races. ...

World Sailing Cup Palma 2013 - Stellar start for Australian 470 Men *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:06 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
In the heaviest weather in which they have sailed as a combination London 2012 470 Gold Medallist Matt Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan twice took the gun in both of the first two split fleet races of the 44 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta, here in Palma, Mallorca today. ...

ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 2 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown , 8:54 PM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) National Titles at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria completed a busy schedule of four races on Day 2 after only completing one race on Day 1. The breeze was patchy throughout the day and never exceeded 12-14 knts in the biggest puffs. The series has now reached the half way point with five of ten races completed. ...

ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 1 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 6:10 AM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association National (ASBA) Titles at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria got underway on Friday with two races scheduled. Out good friend Huey, had different ideas though providing just enough of the good stuff to complete one of these. ...

America's Cup- AC72 ride aboard Oracle Team USA to be auctioned *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:11 PM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
Two America's Cup and winners of multiple World Championships, now Paralympians, have joined forces to in a campaign to win a Gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics. To raise finance for their campaign in the three man Sonar class, two of the adversaries in the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, Sir Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton will speak at a dinner in Auckland where a ride on an AC72 will be auctioned ...

Sports Boats and Royal’s *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 10:03 AM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
What do you call a National Title fleet made up of boats from all Australian States, varying in size from six to eight metres long, up to 3.5 metres wide and from 250kgs – 900kgs in weight that do 6+ knots upwind and over 20 knots downwind? ...

New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:22 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing. ...

Sail Townsville adds new dimension to Queensland regatta *Feature By Jeni Bone, 10:54 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
The inaugural 2013 Sail Townsville festival, 24 August to 3 September, is aimed squarely at promoting the lifestyle attributes and sailing assets of this idyllic North Queensland destination, with organisers teaming up with Yachting Queensland to ensure optimal scope and appeal. ...

Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 11:30 AM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance. ...

America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 4:14 PM Tue 12 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America´s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II. ...

America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 4:07 PM Mon 11 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already. ...

America's Cup- AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:32 PM Fri 8 Mar 2013 GMT
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action ...

Junior sailing – Onwards and upwards on Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 7:30 PM Wed 6 Mar 2013 GMT
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will run for the sixth time from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013. Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW, the event is having a strong impact on the local sailing scene. ...

Put us on your Android *Feature By The Team, 6:07 PM Tue 5 Mar 2013 GMT
Recently Sail-World provided instructions on how to add icons to our bookmarked websites onto the Iphone and Ipad home screens. Now we would like to extend this information by adding to our how to list. Here is how to add icons to Android mobiles. ...

Why annoy Media, if you want their help? Don't use PDF for e-PR *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:36 PM Tue 5 Mar 2013 GMT
Why annoy the Media, if you want their help? Do NOT use PDF's for Electronic Press Releases. When events, clubs and organisations send out media releases, it’s presumably because they want media publications to use their content. ...

'Discover Sailing' Case Study- Albury Wodonga Yacht Club *Feature By Michelle Kearney, YA/Sail-World Cruising, 12:54 AM Sun 3 Mar 2013 GMT
It was a significant challenge, which they met by committing to new ideas and new sailing programs. Albury Wodonga Yacht Club, based at Lake Hume, had been through a number of years of sustained record low lake levels, which saw a dwindling membership and poor numbers of regular sailors. ...

Zippier takes out the Sports Boats NSW State Titles *Feature By Darren Spence, , 12:22 AM Mon 25 Feb 2013 GMT
The 2013 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) NSW Titles have been run and won over the RMYC Toronto course with Sydney boat Zippier (Andrew Waugh) getting its name on the perpetual trophy and also collecting the winning Gill jacket in Division One. ...
[more] goes multilingual *Feature By Jeni Bone, 10:09 PM Mon 18 Feb 2013 GMT is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries. ...

Farr 40 NSW State Championship 2013 Video Reports *Feature By Lisa Ratcliff, Sydney, Australia , 7:13 AM Mon 18 Feb 2013 GMT
Farr 40 Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Championship 2013 was contested on the weekend on Sydney Harbour. Here are the video reports. The class’ national series, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy, will get underway this Thursday with a twilight invitational race & run through to Sunday afternoon. It is the final event of the 2012/13 Farr 40 Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Championship. ...

Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and world-wide exposure *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:19 PM Sun 17 Feb 2013 GMT
In less than two weeks the world’s largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London’s Alexandra Palace. On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience. But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet. ...

JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Will Iain Murray´s latest wrinkle win? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 2:27 PM Sat 16 Feb 2013 GMT
Iain Murray, the Big fella arrived on the 18 footer scene in the mid 1970´s as a skinny 17 year old, with Color 7, he won six JJ Giltinan Trophy´s in a row from 1977 onwards, after making major changes to the 1976 design of his boat which revolutionised the 18 footer scene. ...

Ladies Day at the Club Marine Series. *Feature By John Curnow, , 11:36 AM Sat 16 Feb 2013 GMT
It was hot, bright, sunny and very cheery too on Melbourne’s Port Phillip today. Of itself, that would seem to be a perfect reason to be Ladies Day, but in actual fact there were more women sailing on the 130 vessels in the Club Marine Series today than previously. Perhaps this was so because the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series starts tomorrow with the Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy. ...

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