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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Are these the Serious Handicap Contenders? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:51 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
Former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen, one of Australia's toughest offshore yacht racing campaigners is preparing to sail in his 23rd Sydney Hobart race. He believes that if the current forecast comes to fruition that only a small number of the 77 boat fleet, the bigger boats in the race will be in a position to take the overall handicap victory in this year’s Sydney to Hobart Race as the faster boa ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Lead-Up Images by Dale Lorimer *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 6:14 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
Dale Lorimer has been busy following many of the lead-up events to this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Here is a selection of her images. Photo of the week was undoubtedly the image of Bob Oatley's smart new walking stick; made of carbon fibre by McConaghy Yachts, it sports a model of Wild Oats XI for a handle! ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Christmas cheer *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 4:20 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
Santa Claus and his Christmas cheer arrived at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to spread happiness amongst the four international crews competing in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. And they needed some cheer for it was a pretty dreary day in old Sydney town, as the thunder bellowed and the rains rolled in, often with more than a decent vigour. ...

Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Christmas is just the day before Boxing Day *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 6:59 PM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
For thousands of Australia's offshore sailors, Christmas Day is really just the day before Boxing Day, and for every year since 1945, that has been the day that the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon's dockside pictures *Feature By Alex McKinnon, Sydney , 6:13 AM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon was out and about on the quay at the CYCA to capture the day's dockside action. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – conjecture is the current winner *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 3:15 AM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
Indeed, conjecture itself really does appear to be on target for both Line Honours and the Overall Winner at present. One thing that has settled down a little in to recognisable pattern is the weather. Boxing Day should be the favoured Southerly start with the accordant spinnakers. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - it's your choice *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 5:25 AM Sun 23 Dec 2012 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There has been a sailor’s adage that’s been around forever when it comes to this race, and that is that you go out early and come in late. And no, it is not talking about Christmas night celebrations, either. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The Weather Gate *Feature By John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney , 11:31 PM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
In order to win this iconic ocean race, 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. ...

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is like Neapolitan Icecream *Feature By John Curnow and the Sail-World Team, 3:52 PM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
Yes. In a lot of ways, this classic of ocean races can be likened to a tub of Australia's famous Peters Neapolitan ice cream. You get three flavours inside the one experience, you see. There’s the start to the turning mark of South Head, the run down to Tasman Island and then the reset to get across Storm Bay and ultimately, up the Derwent River. And that all makes for Chocolate, Strawberry an ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Like Father - like Son – saltwater in their DNA *Feature By Jim Gale, , 8:16 AM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
There aren’t many people who have done more than 25 Hobarts, yet in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, there are three sailors who have not only passed the quarter century milestone, but are fast closing in on the records of their remarkable fathers. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race dockside images by Alex McKinnon *Feature By Alex McKinnon, Sydney , 6:37 AM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
Photographer, Alex McKinnon, has been dockside talking with competitors and capturing the action from Saturday, December 22, 2012. From sailors to bears, BBQs to sail repairs, it’s all here. ...

Latest yacht from Bakewell-White for Japanese owner *Feature By Sail-World, 8:53 AM Thu 20 Dec 2012 GMT
Last week the latest yacht from the board of Bakewell-White Yacht Design emerged from the shed at Southern Ocean in Tauranga, New Zealand. She was commissioned by a Japanese owner. Named 'Kagirohi' which is Japanese for ‘sky before the dawn’ the boat is destined to serve as an adventure training yacht around the waters of Japan. ...

RS200 – for when it’s all too much *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney, Australia , 6:15 AM Wed 19 Dec 2012 GMT
The thought of sailing a quick dinghy is certainly appealing and enthralling. For some, the idea of wings and traps, combined with a twitchiness and nervousness at low speed resembling that of a cornered mouse, ends up being more than enough to quickly extinguish such exuberant ideas as just a rush of blood to the head. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:34 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat. ...

America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:32 PM Wed 12 Dec 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it? ...

Gilmour Day at Monsoon Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 4:41 AM Sat 8 Dec 2012 GMT
Terengganu Malaysia. Four times ISAF World Match Racing Champion and dual Monsoon Cup winner Australia’s Peter Gilmour finished atop the qualifying round leader board yesterday and chose his son David sailing in his first World Match Racing Tour event and the lowest ranked qualifier as his quarter final opponent. ...

ISAF World Match Racing Championship 2012 – Gutsy move or mistake? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:48 AM Sat 8 Dec 2012 GMT
This event would decide the 2012 ISAF World Match Racing Champion with the series leaders the 2011 World Champion Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) and Swede Bjorn Hansen (Mekonomen Sailing) just a few points apart. (104.25 and 102 respectively, with 38 points available for the Monsoon Cup winner) Hansen who finished second after the qualifying round was expected to chose the second lowest quali ...

Monsoon Cup 2012 - Will there be a fairy tale Gilmour finale? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 1:11 AM Fri 7 Dec 2012 GMT
This week Australia’s Peter Gilmour, the four times ISAF World Match Racing champion announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The current Monsoon Cup now reaching the final stages of the qualifying series will in fact be his last event. ...

Phuket King’s Cup stepping up to the next level *Feature By Rob Kothe, 12:47 AM Wed 5 Dec 2012 GMT
The Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year. ...

Phuket King’s Cup 2012 – What is old is new again!! *Feature By Rob Kothe, 7:47 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
One of Australia’s sailing gurus is spearheading a surprising new campaign to win another Phuket King’s Cup with one of the Asia Pacific best known racing campaigners. And Day One at the 2012 Phuket King's Cup showed they are very much on a winner. Michael Spies, a former dual 18 foot skiff World Champion (1993, 1995), first sailed south in the Sydney to Hobart at age 17 back in …. ...

Cloudy skies overwhelm first day of Sail Melbourne *Feature By John Curnow / Sail Melbourne Media, Melbourne, Australia , 4:42 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
The opening salvo of ISAF Sailing World Cup proves to be challenging for the competitors as organizers expect shifting wind patterns and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Participants in the Men’s and Women’s RSX Windsurfers plunged into the water Monday morning before the much awaited 49er and Women’s 49FX races on Course B. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Road to Rio starts at Sail Melbourne *Feature By Craig Heydon, Melbourne, Australia , 7:35 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012 GMT
After pulling off perhaps the most successful Olympic stint in years, Australian sailors are about to start another long and weary journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Monday’s opening regatta of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup at Port Philipp Bay. ...

America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:08 PM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media ...

Huff and Bluster at the Club Marine Series *Feature By John Curnow, Melbourne , 11:14 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
The last event on Port Phillip before Sail Melbourne takes over, was Round Three of the 2012/13 Club Marine Series. It is the last one before the holiday period and the Race Management team set three races for Division Zero, two for Div1 and one for each of Div2 and 3. ...

America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:32 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012 GMT
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron. ...

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