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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations *Feature By ISAF, 8:20 PM Fri 20 Apr 2012 GMT
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women’s Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition. ...

FX continues development after Womens Olympic Skiff Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:43 AM Thu 19 Apr 2012 GMT
Development is continuing on the FX by Mackay Boats, even though the report from the Evaluation Committee for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull is yet to be publicly released. Two top womens crews, one from Australia, and the other from New Zealand, have been working on a two boat training, tuning and development program all week in Auckland. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary- 19 April - Kiwi dollar falls *Feature By Collinson FX, 9:07 PM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
Collinson FX market Commentary: 19 April 2012 - AUD retreated back to 1.0350 and the KIWI 0.8150 after a 9.9% fall in Dairy Prices. ...

America's Cup- Three teams to train in New Zealand in AC72's in 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:25 PM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
Three America's Cup teams will be sailing the giant AC72 catamarans in New Zealand during the summer of 2012/2013. America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing today confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks around Auckland, that they would be sailing their giant AC72 class catamarans off the northern New Zealand coast. They will join the Italian Luna Rossa team and the Emirates Team New Zealand ...

America's Cup- Second challenger withdraws, leaves substantial debt *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:19 AM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
A second challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Green Comm, based in Spain, has announced it has withdrawn from the 34th America's Cup. The team has left America's Cup organisers with a substantial debt at the time of the withdrawal following a collision in one of the America's Cup World Series events. That debt had not been paid when the team withdrew on 10 April ...

Dave Shaw dominates 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger Internationals *Feature By Rowdy Leatham, McCrae , 7:28 AM Mon 16 Apr 2012 GMT
Dave Shaw dominated the 2012 Maersk Line International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships held over Easter weekend (5th – 9th April) with a near perfect scorecard. Five race wins and a third place left Shaw (Nelson, NZ) 18 points ahead of second placed Bryan Anderson (Australia) with Scott Barker (Wellington, NZ) sailing a strong regatta to finish third overall. ...

Fisher's View- Day 5 Luna Rossa thrill their America's Cup home fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 8:13 PM Sun 15 Apr 2012 GMT
Day 5: It dropped a little and rained hard as the boats came up to the line. ETNZ were blocked out at the committee boat by LR- Swordfish while Luna Rossa - Piranha took it from the leeward ahead of Oracle Racing - Bundock to lead by five seconds at the turn and 12 seconds clear of China Team with Luna Rossa - Swordfish a further seven seconds later Includes full replay video of Final Day ...

Why multihull king Glenn Ashby is going Mothing *Feature By, Melbourne , 3:14 AM Sun 15 Apr 2012 GMT
'As a full development class, along with the A Class the Moth class is into pushing the boundaries of rigs and sails, physics, hydrodynamics and design, well into the future. All these attributes have led me to make this decision to purchase a Mach2 (as well as a bit of a push from the boys!!) and take on something that is a bit outside the square for my sailing. ...

ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans *Feature By Marine, 7:22 PM Sat 14 Apr 2012 GMT
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA’s to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development ...

Fisher's View- America's Cup - Racing cancelled on Day 4 + Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 12:19 PM Sat 14 Apr 2012 GMT
Day four . . . there is no day four. Preservation of the boats overrode all other considerations; the difficulty in retrieving the boats after racing posed the greatest, and seemingly insurmountable, problem. The entrance to the dock area faced the wind and the waves which had built on the swell, and it was perceived that the conditions would worsen and prevent boats safely docking. ...

Fisher's View- America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 9:18 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3 ...

Glenn Ashby trades two hulls for one *Feature By Leigh Dunstan, Melbourne , 8:37 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
In the midst of the latest round of the AC45’s in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth. ...

Dean's Diary- Two wins on Day 2 in a more moderate Naples *Feature By Dean Barker, Naples, Italy , 9:57 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012 GMT
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was a very good day for us out on the waterin Naples. In a stark contrast to yesterdays conditions, today we raced in much flatter water and a steady 8-12 knots. ...

Fisher's View- Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 8:08 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012 GMT
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings. ...

The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956 *Feature By ISAF, , 1:46 PM Wed 11 Apr 2012 GMT
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Broken rudder masks hull split for Team Sanya *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:17 AM Wed 11 Apr 2012 GMT
Team Sanya skipper, Mike Sanderson revealed to, today that a significant crack was found in the hull of the Volvo 70 Team Sanya, when she was pulled out of the water to be shipped to Miami. 'As it turned out we were very fortunate to have come back to the dock,' Sanderson told 'When we hauled the boat we found a 1.5metre crack in the bottom. ...

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 – Enter online NOW!! *Feature By Magnetic Island Race Week, 2:27 AM Tue 10 Apr 2012 GMT
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, from August 30th to September 4th 2012 on the sheltered waters around Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Notice of Race online now, online entry is live!! ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Telefonica sailing 10kts faster and chew up Puma *Feature By Sail-World, 7:57 PM Thu 5 Apr 2012 GMT
At 1900 GMT, Puma was 320 nm from the final waypoint on this leg at Florianópolis, some 30 miles south of Itajaí and 41.10 nm ahead of Telefónica. According to Volvo Ocean Race the leg winner is expected to cross the finish at 1600 GMT tomorrow. Telefonica have clawed back from a 400 nm deficit after suspending racing on March 31 for 17 hours to repair structural damage. ...

America's Cup- Energy Team signs up with Oracle Racing for an AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:02 AM Thu 5 Apr 2012 GMT
Energy Team (FRA) have announced they have concluded a licence agreement with Oracle Racing to purchase a base-line AC72 design package, The move is a strong indicator that the team will become a full-blown Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, and they say they will become the fifth team intending to build an AC72. ...

London 2012 Olympic sailing's unrivalled coverage *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 9:24 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy, along with some highly regarded photographic contributors will all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World Olympic coverage. ...

And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is... *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 2:58 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012 GMT
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:01 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012 GMT
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a ...

Volvo Ocean Race; It's Game Face On Again *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Auckland , 9:41 PM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
After a sunny early morning start, cloud cover and a building nor-easter is setting the prologue for today's Leg 5 start. In all of the press conferences over the last couple of days the skippers have been very respectful of each other and of the challenges of this next leg; one that is starting with a full upwind workover in nasty seas before reaching the classic ...

Laser World Masters Championships 2012 - Down to the wire *Feature By Laser World Masters Championships media, 8:13 AM Sat 17 Mar 2012 GMT
Today was the final day of racing for the 233 sailors from 19 nations at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Principal Race officer Kevin Wilson called an early start in the hope of sailing three races and completing a twelve race, two drop series. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Onboard with Iker Martinez and Telefonica + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:01 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012 GMT
Sail-World was offered the very privileged position of racing with double Olympic medalist Iker Martinez, and the crew Telefonica, overall race leaders in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Here's a gallery of images from the day, together with an on-board video - so you can feel and hear what it is like to sail with a double Olympic medalist and double world champion. ...

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