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Volvo Ocean Race – Should Lawyers be banned and Multihulls *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 12:14 PM Thu 8 Oct 2015 GMT
Knut Frostad, the outgoing CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), was a dual Olympian who then sailed in four VORs. He has some strong views on sailing, lawyers and sportsmanship.Part IV of the Sail-World interview series continues. ...

Aussies, Seppos and the Americas Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe & David Schmidt, , 3:17 PM Tue 6 Oct 2015 GMT
Given that the America’s Cup has always been a high-stakes game of international competition, multinational crews have become common, with some teams taking greater advantage of the Protocol’s weak nationality rules (for the ACWS, only one crewmember must hold a passport from the country whose flag is emblazoned on their wing sail) more than others. ...

Not the Official Release from the VOR Press Conference. *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Genoa, Italy , 6:37 PM Fri 2 Oct 2015 GMT
The latest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race finished in Gothenburg in the last week of June this year, and the Italian press (described as “knowledgeable” in a VOR press release) are asking Knut Frostad whether there will be an Italian entry on the next race? C’mon, guys, do you really think he has a yes/no answer to that? And there was someone asking about the possibility of a German entry... ...

VOR at Genoa Boat Show- SCA, Pretty in Pink *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Genoa, Italy , 7:58 AM Thu 1 Oct 2015 GMT
A change is as good as a rest, they say, and I don’t usually drive a VO65, so I guess it’s restful! It’s certainly pretty easy when there’s 12 knots of breeze, flat water, blue blue sky and some fabulous Italian sunshine. SCA and Team Vestas Wind are here on a promo tour, inviting on board corporate guests and (if you get your hand up in the air fast enough) a few refugees from the Media Room. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – The Future – Drones, OBR’s and more boats? *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:00 PM Tue 29 Sep 2015 GMT
Knut Frostad is moving from the pivotal CEO role to that of a consultant at the end of 2015. Sail-World interviewed him a few weeks ago and have so far published two parts of the extended interview with the CEO of eight years. ...

The Volvo Ocean Race, the Perfect Storm and saving the family silver *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 4:48 AM Tue 22 Sep 2015 GMT
At the skippers press conference the day before the start of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, the seven skippers were asked to put their hand up of they felt that had this race not been one design, they would not be sitting there. Every hand went up ...

Comanche, an opinion piece by Bruce Kirby *Feature By, , 8:16 PM Tue 15 Sep 2015 GMT
Bruce Kirby, the designer of what is arguably the most successful boat in sailing history the Laser, there have been more than 210,000 built so far, is a man who calls what he believes to be a spade a spade. Here is his opinion on Jim and Kirsty Clarke’s supermaxi Comanche ...

America's Cup - ISAF and Cup Jury summonsed by California Court *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World .com, , 10:17 AM Wed 9 Sep 2015 GMT
The International Sailing Federation, the controlling body for world sailing, and the five individuals who made up the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup have been summonsed by a San Francisco Court, to answer a lawsuit. ...

America's Cup World Series Gothenburg analysis - what was learned? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 4:17 AM Sun 6 Sep 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand took a big step down their road to America’s Cup redemption with a pressure win on the final day of the America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg. It was a regatta of two halves with Oracle Team USA being absolutely dominant on the first day when stronger winds of 13-17kts resulted in the AC45’s foiling downwind at speeds of up to 25kts. ...

Foiling monohull Edmond de Rothschild has first sea trial off Lorient *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 10:48 PM Thu 3 Sep 2015 GMT
On Monday 24 August, weather forecaster reported a particularly active and deep low off Brittany, France. It was the first real test for the twin-foiled monohull, which carries a side hydrofoil, which is designed to partially lift the hull clear of the water, reducing drag and giving faster speeds (see video). ...

A Surprise Olympic campaign for America's Cup heavyweight *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 7:26 PM Thu 3 Sep 2015 GMT
Weymouth 2012 was for every Australian sailor there, a somewhat special regatta On a media RIB close to the action on the Nothe medal course, watching Tom Slingsby pounding the deck of his Laser with closed fist, with glistening eyes as the Qingdao monkey leapt from his back. The first Australian Gold medal of London 2012. ...

M.A.T.1180 – It’s all in a name… *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:05 PM Tue 1 Sep 2015 GMT
Yachts that are very inspiringly named Quest. Feature regattas like Hamilton Island Race Week, as well as iconic sailors such as Bob Steel and James MacPhail. Indeed there is a lot in name and all four of these aligned at the recent iteration of Hammo, just as if they were the proverbial planets. Now the results were ultimately as significant as the names, too! ...

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ wins Race 4 and leads World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:53 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
A little more breeze for the start of Race 2 of Day 2, of the America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg, with three boats tied on the top of the points table, ahead of the start of the double points scoring race. The boats started on starboard before flipping onto port as one to head for the first mark. Artemis was not able to repeat their feat of the first race of the day - trailing the fleet. ...

America's Cup - Big day, big win for Artemis Racing in AC World series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
Light winds for the start of Race 1 of Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg Oracle Team USA started right on the line, but immediately had to do a penalty, as did Emirates Team NZ for sailing outside a boundary in the pre-start. Artemis Racing led around the first mark, with BAR last. ...

America's Cup - Oracle dominates Race 2 and takes lead in World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:54 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA made no race of it in Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg. The America's Cup Defender again led around every mark on the ten leg course, and won all 20 legs sailed in racing on Day 1, in an absolutely dominating display of sailing ...

America's Cup - Race 1 to Oracle Team USA in Gothenburg *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA got the jump at the start - picking the right line to the top mark and starting at pace to lead around Gate 1, opening the page on what was to be complete domination of the six boat fleet in the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg. ...

Rio 2016 - 49er medalist hospitalised after Olympic Test event *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 8:32 AM Thu 27 Aug 2015 GMT
Bronze medal winning helmsman Erik Heil (GER) has been admitted to a German hospital following his return from the Pre-Olympic Test Regatta. Heil is suffering from severe inflammations on his legs and one hip. The inflammations started on the plane trip from Rio de Janerio, where the Pre-Olympic regatta finished last weekend and was hospitalized soon after getting off the plane. ...

Scheduled server maintenance - 23 September GMT+2 11pm onwards *Feature By, , 12:18 PM Sun 23 Aug 2015 GMT
Scheduled server maintenance - sites will be unavailable for some hours between 11pm and 7am GMT + 2 ...

Gladwell's Line - Playing Russian Roulette over Olympic Pollution *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 6:16 AM Sun 23 Aug 2015 GMT
With the 2016 Pre-Olympic Regatta completed, the International Sailing Federation and International Olympic Committee, along with the sailors and teams, have escaped relatively lightly from the pollution issues of Guanabara Bay. ...

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ gets AC45 and more from Luna Rossa *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 5:35 AM Thu 20 Aug 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand has come to an arrangement with former Challenger of Record Luna Rossa to use an AC45S (Surrogate) boat for testing and developing. The Italian boat will be used with a second AC45 the team are believed to have acquired from the former Australian team, and is in addition to the AC45F (One Design) used on the America's Cup World Series of events. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Crosbie Lorimer Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 12:05 PM Wed 19 Aug 2015 GMT
After many years of light breezes, this year's Race Week got off to a strong start with fresh trade winds on Day 1. Days 2 and 3 got progressively lighter, but after today's Lay Day, the breeze is forecast to return. Here are some of Crosbie's images from the first three days of sailing. ...

America's Cup - Constructed in Country almost wiped in new Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 2:08 AM Wed 19 Aug 2015 GMT
The latest version of the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup has been modified to effectively eliminate the fundamental requirement for the yachts to be constructed in the country of the Challenger or Defender. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 - Day 1 Racing VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 10:46 PM Sun 16 Aug 2015 GMT
Day 1 of this years regatta sent the fleet off in spectacular fashion with winds of 20 knots SSE. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 - On Board Wild Oats X VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 9:24 PM Sat 15 Aug 2015 GMT
Prior to the start of racing, Wild Oats X was taken through her paces skippered by Mark Richards who has just returned from the skippering Wild Oats XI in the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. ...

America's Cup - Jury Chairman speaks up on AC45 controversy - Part 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 8:41 AM Tue 11 Aug 2015 GMT
One of the memos produced in the Tienpont allegations case from Richard Slater to Matthew Mitchell is a suggested text to be emailed to Measurer Nick Nicholson. It lists four modifications to the BAR AC45. “Others in the team claimed they had assumed that the illegal changes were OK because in their view they must have been cleared by Richard,” Tillett explains ...

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