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Sydney Hobart Race – Is there a Yiddish Sailing Manual? *Feature By John Curnow, , 4:21 PM Mon 30 Nov 2015 GMT
Honestly, I have no idea. Let alone if there are ones in Spanish, German or Mandarin. I expect so, and would fumble my way through all of those, in about the same order as that list is written. Declining degrees of accuracy are a given. No doubt they would cover off parts of the boat and sails, trimming, helming, weather and so on. ...

RMSIR 2015 – a new name on the Raja Muda Cup *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Langkawi, Malaysia , 9:41 AM Sun 29 Nov 2015 GMT
There’s a new name to be engraved on the magnificent Raja Muda Cup – Windsikher. After eight days, 280nm, three passage races, four parties and five windward-leeward races, Sarab Jeet Singh and his crew raised the Raja Muda Cup aloft. It was a popular victory, and a well-deserved one. ...

Para World Championships 2015 - Day 1 Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Williamstown, Australia , 11:03 AM Sat 28 Nov 2015 GMT
Glorious conditions to kick off the start of the Para World Championships in Melbourne, Australia today. Teri Dodds was on the water and share these images from day one of racing. ...

Sydney Hobart Race – the 628nm Windward/Leeward (Pt I) *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:18 AM Sat 28 Nov 2015 GMT
First and foremost, it is nothing like 628 nautical miles. You’d be happy if your overall track was in the low 700s, but none the less, the windward/leeward part is true enough. Whilst the Sydney Hobart Race may look like a passage race from A to B, invariably it almost takes the guise of a laid course. If you’re having a particularly bad time, the kite gear may even stay clipped to the rail ...

Rio Olympic pollution – Coke with that!! *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 1:20 PM Tue 24 Nov 2015 GMT
The 49er and 49er FX World Championships have just been completed in the far from pristine waters of San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Vomiting, diarrhoea and fevers were the norm and if the experience of the 49ers fleet was to be duplicated in Rio, then the results of the Olympic regatta might be seriously affected. ...

Southern Ocean and the Clipper fleet *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 6:15 AM Fri 20 Nov 2015 GMT
The past few weeks have been interesting ones in the lives of the professional skippers and amateur crewmembers who are participating in Leg Three of the Clipper Round the World Race, which takes the fleet of 12 identical Tony Castro-designed 70-footers from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Western Australia—a distance of 5,575 miles that encompassing a proud swath of the storied Southern Ocean ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Jonah Lomu on board Abu Dhabi OR + RWC tries Video *Feature By Sail-World/com NZL, , 9:26 PM Wed 18 Nov 2015 GMT
New Zealand is celebrating the life of All Black great Jonah Lomu - a man who gave so much and expected so little. He was an onboard guest on Abu Dhabi during the Auckland Stopover of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Here's the video of that day on March 14, 2015 and the Rugby World Cup video compilation of all his RWC tries ...

Vodafone32 - the GC32 one design is unveiled in Auckland *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:32 AM Fri 13 Nov 2015 GMT
The first GC32 foiling catamaran in the Southern Hemisphere was unveiled in Auckland this afternoon. Sail-World was there to have a close look at the 32ft one design catamaran - the same design that will be used in the Extreme Sailing Series. ...

Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge - the retrospective -Part III *Feature By, , 1:34 PM Sun 8 Nov 2015 GMT
Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan’s nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery. ...

Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge - a retrospective Part II *Feature By, , 1:14 PM Mon 2 Nov 2015 GMT
Five years ago Sail-World talked to an unbelieveably talented young duo 49er and Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge and his mate Tom Slingsby, three times Laser World Champion and 2010 Etchells World Champion Here is part II of our interview series with them. ...

The Transat Jacque Vabre’s history of attrition *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World North America, Seattle, WA , 3:58 PM Wed 28 Oct 2015 GMT
Look at our latest news from the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) race, which is currently carrying a fleet of Class 40s, IMOCA 60s, Multi 50s, and ‘Ultims’ (maxi trimarans) 5,450 miles from Le Harve, France to Itajai, Brazil, and you immediately notice two things. ...

A look at the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World, Seattle, WA , 5:06 PM Tue 27 Oct 2015 GMT
While there’s no disguising late October’s march into the beginning of November-and with it the end of daylight savings-the great news for fans of offshore racing is that this past weekend marked the start of the 5,400-mile Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV), which will take 42 double-handed teams back down the coffee route from Le Harve, France to Itajai, Brazil. ...

Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – From the beginning- Part One *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 1:12 PM Sun 25 Oct 2015 GMT
In 2010 Sail-World did a joint interview with two Australian sailors, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge, then on the cusp of greater things. Today we republish the first part of a three part interview series with them both. ...

The Clipper Round the World Race - a perspective *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World North America, Seattle, WA , 4:02 PM Fri 23 Oct 2015 GMT
While around-the-world ocean racing is typically the province of highly skilled, professional sailors who usually already have several “laps” under their belts by the time the starting guns fire, there is one big and important exception to this stereotype: The Clipper Round the World Race. ...

World Sailing needs more than a Coat of Paint *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 5:48 PM Thu 22 Oct 2015 GMT
Phil Jones, the former CEO of Yachting Australia and now the CEO of Athletics Australia long believed that ISAF needed to improve its decision making and long term planning processes and that many of the deficiences in these areas really hurt our sport. ...

America's Cup - Who cares about the starving sailing fans? Not ACEA *Feature By Rob Kothe & Richard Gladwell, , 7:25 AM Wed 21 Oct 2015 GMT
By our count the America's Cup World Series have sailed more Practice Race days than they have sailed actual race days. Who else is silly enough to schedule a two-day regatta, and expecting to get the full card of racing away? ...

Para World Sailing Championships - 29 nations set for Melbourne *Feature By Daniel Smith, Williamstown, Australia , 4:19 AM Wed 21 Oct 2015 GMT
Racing out of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown, a small suburb of Melbourne, competitors will be gunning for the final Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition with the stakes as high as they could possibly be. The 2.4mR will be the biggest fleet in Melbourne with 45 entries whilst the Two-Person Keelboat, the SKUD18, and the Three Person Keelboat, the Sonar, have 19 entries each. ...

LV ACWS 2015 Bermuda. Square pegs and round holes *Feature By Guy Nowell,, Hamilton, Bermuda , 10:36 AM Sat 17 Oct 2015 GMT
I have always been a bit leery of Practice Days – never quite sure whether they are for the benefit of the racing crews, the Race Officer, or the ever-observant media. This morning there was a press conference at which Jimmy Spiithill was enthusiastic and Ben Ainslie was polite. ...

470 Worlds - What to do when the wheels fall off - a Champions view *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:37 PM Wed 14 Oct 2015 GMT
Having hardly been off the podium since the London Olympics Gold Medallist Australia's Mat Belcher and his crew Will Ryan were hot favourites going into the 2015 470 World Championships on Haifa Bay Israel this week. ...

Bermuda, the Auld Mug and the realities of racing on Great Sound *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 4:00 PM Wed 14 Oct 2015 GMT
For many Cup fans, the decision to host the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda-rather than on the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s home waters of San Francisco Bay-came as a huge let-down, especially considering the dizzying heights that the Cup reached in 2013 during the nail-biting days of Oracle’s 8-1 comeback during the 34th America’s Cup. But what about the realities of racing on Bermuda's Great Sound? ...

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 ...

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