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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - All in readiness *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne, Australia , 11:42 PM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Very exciting times dockside here at host club Sandringham Yacht Club, as the crews prepare for the inaugural TP52s Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds provides these pre-event images, before heading out onto Port Phillip to check out the action. ...

The gun fires at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup *Feature By John Curnow, 11:11 PM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Racing begins today at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne for the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. However, it very much all got underway last night at the opening cocktail party. Based on the success of that and positive comments revolving around the both the regatta format and the host club, this is set to be a really great three days of high-end yacht racing. ...

America's Cup- Oracle Team USA foils again in San Francisco *Feature By Sail-World, 7:44 AM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Oracle Team USA's rebuilt AC72, USA-17, has sailed for two days in San Francisco, and the team have released some images and video showing her in foiling mode. Some changes have clearly been made to the boat - most obvious being removal of the former steering system, now replaced with a wheel, the same as Emirates Team NZ. ...

America's Cup- Nick Holroyd looks at AC72 design concepts and rivals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:42 AM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealands's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd talks about the changes that have been made to the latest AC72 for the team, and gives his thoughts on what is being seen of the teams now sailing in San Francisco. This video features many still images to illustrate the design nuances of the AC72, and in many ways this video is a primer on AC72 design thinking and concepts. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ's Kevin Shoebridge looks shoreside *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:23 AM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
In past America's Cups, the shore and support crews have been very much an unseen force. But in the 34th America's Cup - while they are still largely unseen - the dependence of the team on their skills and dedication has never been more crucial. In this video interview, on the occasion on Emirates Team NZ's christening of their second AC72 catamaran, Chief Operating Officer for the team, Kevin ...

America's Cup- Dean Barker talks about the sailing side of NZA *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:12 PM Tue 5 Feb 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand's skipper, Dean Barker discussed the sailing issues and program with the teams new AC72, New Zealand Aotearoa. Surprisingly he reveals that the team only have 13 sailors, and that they will be announcing a 'First Eleven' from that group. For most teams that would not even be a viable reserve bench. Who is the backup skipper? ...

Southern Cross Cup – a new TP52 game begins *Feature By John Curnow, 7:43 AM Tue 5 Feb 2013 GMT
From Friday, February 8, something not quite seen in Australia before will take place. It is a new Grand Prix if you will, and fittingly the first round of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup is to take place in the home of the Formula One GP, Melbourne. ...

America's Cup- Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch in Auckland *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:38 AM Mon 4 Feb 2013 GMT
Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch of their second AC72 in Auckland. These images of the boat and gear show a lot of the refinements which have been done from the first design, mainly in the area of platform fairing and drag reduction. The boat features smaller foils and slightly altered hull shape from its predecessor ...

Winter at the Club Marine Series. *Feature By John Curnow, 10:21 AM Sat 2 Feb 2013 GMT
Last time I checked, The Club Marine Series on Melbourne’s Port Phillip was a Summer event. Just confirming, you see, as the forecast for Saturday February 2 was looking decidedly grim with just 19 degrees on offer and a cool Southerly blowing through briskly that only penguins could love. ...

Club Marine Series -Round Four images from Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne, Australia , 9:02 AM Sat 2 Feb 2013 GMT
Teri Dodds was back on the water covering Round Four of the Club Marine Series 2012/2013 in Melbourne. Fresh from Festival of Sails last weekend, she focused her lens on the Division two and three fleets which had their colourful spinnakers flying in the brisk 20 knot southerly under blue summer skies. A great day to go sailing! ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Auckland confirmed as a stopover for two editions *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:44 PM Mon 28 Jan 2013 GMT
Auckland has been confirmed as a stopover for two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The announcement was made at a media function attended by Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean race organisation, the Mayor of Auckland and representatives from Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. The NZD$5.5million event fee has been funded jointly by Auckland Council and the NZ Government. ...

Festival of Sails 2013 - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Geelong, Australia , 7:01 AM Mon 28 Jan 2013 GMT
The Festival of Sails has come to a close for 2013, with many highlights from a very busy five days of sailing and shoreside entertainment. Teri Dodds shares a few images from this great regatta, which was held on the waters in and out of Corio Bay, in Geelong, Australia. ...

Audi IRC Australian Championship (Festival of Sails) – The Business *Feature By John Curnow, 11:47 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
The business of determining winners and conducting race management is complete at the Audi IRC Australian Championships. Part of Victoria’s Festival of Sails at Geelong, the whole regatta has been blessed with good winds, sunshine, festivities and laughter, much to the delight of event management. ...

Festival of Sails 2013 - Sydney 38 images from Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Geelong, Australia , 9:53 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
Official photographer for the Festival of Sails 2013, Teri Dodds spent some time on the Sydney 38 course and shares these images with you. ...

Festival of Sails – Business End *Feature By John Curnow, 5:53 AM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
It’s Sunday at the Festival of Sails and that means it is time for the business of determining the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Champions. ...

Festival of Sails – Weed killer *Feature By John Curnow, 9:28 AM Sat 26 Jan 2013 GMT
The largest fleet at the Festival of Sails is the combined Cruising category at around 150 vessels. They looked amazing and as the sun made some valiant attempts to make an appearance at lunchtime, it added even more spectacle to the grand event. ...

Festival of Sails 2013 - ASBA Sports Boats – No rest for the wicked *Feature By Darren Spence, 7:28 AM Sat 26 Jan 2013 GMT
Day three of the Sports Boat event at the Festival of Sails was always going to be the make or break day for the fleet. Three windward leeward races back to back and no room for error. There is no more evidence than this series that consistency across the wind range will plant you at the top of the fleet regardless of design, weight and characteristic of your boat. ...

Festival of Sails - Melbourne to Geelong passage race images *Feature By Alex McKinnon, , 7:41 PM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
Photographer Alex McKinnon was on site at the Festival of Sails in Geelong to capture this gallery of images during the Melbourne to Geelong passage race. ...

Festival of Sails – The wheel that turned *Feature By John Curnow, 9:10 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
And then yes, it turned once more, with a touch of feeling, too! Yes it was blowing hard this morning in Geelong and Melbourne as well. 40 knots worth, actually. It was enough to postpone the start of the annual passage race from Melbourne to Geelong until 1145hrs. Down at Geelong, the Audi IRC Australian Championship fleet got away on their long race under gloomy skies and something like 15knots ...

Festival of Sails - ASBA Sports Boats – Day 2 *Feature By Darren Spence, 7:29 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
Everything that Day one was, day two was the opposite. After a delayed start, the Sports Boat fleet set off on their passage race in the outer harbour in steady 10knt breeze. This was short lived with the next weather front arriving about 15 minutes into race, sending gusts of over 25knts across the course. This was when the fun really began. ...

F18 top guns ready for take off in national championships *Feature By Mark Rothfield, Mannering Park , 6:11 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
A squadron of F18s will do battle on Lake Macquarie over the Australia Day long weekend, as the top guns of catamaran sailing contest the 2013 Australian Formula 18 National Championships. With revolutionary wave-piercing hulls, twin trapezes, a high aspect square-top mainsail, asymmetric spinnaker, plus carbon-fibre centreboards and rudders, the flying F18s can reach speeds of over 25 knots ...

Festival of Sails 2013 - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Geelong, Australia , 10:15 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
Official photographer for the Festival of Sails 2013, Teri Dodds was on the water covering the Sports Boats, SB20 and Melges 24 courses today. She shares these images with you from a light but very warm day on the race course, which took place on Corio Bay, in Geelong. ...

IRC National Championship at the Festival of Sails – Deep Purple *Feature By John Curnow, 6:55 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
You know – smoke on the water. As a direct result of the bushfires raging across a lot of Southeastern Australia, smoke and that real BBQ flavour permeated just about everything as we sat in Geelong waiting for racing to begin. ...

Festival of Sails - ASBA Sports Boats – Day 1 *Feature By Darren Spence, , 6:39 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
It was a hot day in Geelong today for the first two races in the Festival of Sails for the Sports Boat fleet, in more ways than one. Racing got away on time in 5-7 knts of breeze which stayed at this strength all day and a great fleet of 16 boats from all around the country. The contest for line honours was always going to be between Kiss (Greg Scherwinski), Vivace (Noel Leigh-Smith) ...

Sports Boats and the Festival of Sails – where it all began *Feature By Darren Spence, 5:50 AM Tue 22 Jan 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) is celebrating five years of racing under the SMS Rating System this week at the Festival of Sails in Geelong. The first ASBA National Titles where held at Geelong Race Week in 2008 after a hectic 2 days of measuring boats and sails in conjunction with the first Australian Melges 24 Titles. ...

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