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Etchells Pre-Worlds - drama for Big Guns in first race *Feature By Tracey Johnstone, Event Media , 6:58 AM Sat 11 Feb 2012 GMT
Top title contenders in the Zhik National Championship, Brun and Bertrand, are in an unenviable position. With only eight races to the four-day event being held off Pittwater and with a fleet of exceptional sailing talent, breaking the line on a Black Flag start in the first race of the series is for John Bertrand, Vince Brun, Tom King and Mark Langford a costly mistake. ...

Global Ocean Race- Ross Field vents frustrations and looks at options *Feature By Ben Gladwell, 12:20 PM Fri 10 Feb 2012 GMT
Former winner of the Volvo Ocean race, Ross Field, is back in Auckland a week after having to withdraw from Leg 3, of the Global Ocean Race. Sail-World door stopped Field on his way to see medical specialists about the back and other injuries he sustained after the race leaders were forced to beat to windward for a week. He had just heard that race organisers had moved the mark. His reaction ..... ...

Sydney Yachts GTS 43 – Raising eyebrows on World stage *Feature By Richard Hammond, 5:32 AM Fri 10 Feb 2012 GMT
What to do you get when you combine the world-renowned Ker Yacht Design, with Australia’s Sydney Yachts, a team that have been building quality offshore boats for a long time. Well, the result is the Sydney Yachts GTS 43 and recently, it’s been raising some eyebrows, as it competes against some of the other hot new things out there in the marketplace. ...

America's Cup- Major free to air US television deal imminent - Coutts *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:31 PM Thu 9 Feb 2012 GMT
In a media conference this morning, Russell Coutts revealed that a major broadcast deal was imminent for the USA. When pressed further Coutts said the deal was with one of the major US broadcasters and was a free to air package. ...

Paralympic Sailing Competition NOR released *Feature By IFDS, 9:57 PM Mon 6 Feb 2012 GMT
The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race has now been released. The event is set to take place in Weymouth, Great Britain from Wednesday 22 August-Sunday 9 September. ...

America's Cup- Plenty of questions surface after Competitors' Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:15 AM Tue 31 Jan 2012 GMT
Regatta Director Iain Murray revealed after the Competitors Forum that changes were under consideration for the America's Cup including a change to a point for the day system, rather than per race; shorter courses of just 30 minutes; and possibly a place for the AC45's in the America's Cup regatta; plus the physical demands expected of the sailors and how that was shaping racing formats. ...

Images from Takapuna- Opening Ceremony 470 Junior Worlds *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:30 AM Fri 27 Jan 2012 GMT
The Opening Ceremony for the 470 Junior Worlds was held this evening at Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore. Major supporter of the event is the Auckland City Council and Mayor Len Brown attended and opened the regatta. The World Championship is the 14th held at Takapuna and which has a fleet of 33 crews from 13 countries. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Telefonica expected to lead at Mallaca waypoint *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:11 PM Thu 26 Jan 2012 GMT
The current overall leader in the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica (ESP) is expected to be in the lead at the first waypoint in the Mallaca Straits. They are expected to arrive at the point in the next two and a half days and are approximately 630nm away. ...

America's Cup- An update from the Big Fella *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:57 AM Fri 20 Jan 2012 GMT
Getting out of bed at 6.00am to talk on the phone to a bunch of fully wired sailing journalists spread across three continents, probably isn’t the ideal start to a day. So it was no surprise that 'Big Fella', as Iain Murray is known in his native Australia, was talking in short sentences. Murray was back in Sydney, having taken a break from his role as Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup ...

Positive day for injured sailor Tess Lloyd - 48 hours - very important *Feature By Craig Heydon, 5:53 AM Thu 19 Jan 2012 GMT
Injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd has had a very positive day as she continues her recovery following a collision during the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in Brisbane last week. Overnight her doctors made further progress and were able to pull right back the medication that had been controlling the coma with Tess reacting very positively. ...

America's Cup- Luna Rossa flies high on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour *Feature By Sail-World and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, 7:06 PM Wed 18 Jan 2012 GMT
The newest AC45 launched by the Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is becoming a familiar sight on the Auckland Harbour, as she works up to the first set of trial races alongside training partner, Emirates Team New Zealand. Both teams leave in March/April for the next round of the America's Cup World Series to be sailed in Naples, Italy in mid-April ...

Images of Stack Interiors Tauranga Cup - Murrays Bay *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:34 AM Tue 17 Jan 2012 GMT
Sail-World's camera was on the water for the final day of the Stack Interior's Tauranga Cup sailed in the iconic P-class, which has played a vital part in the development of New Zealand sailors who have gone on to achieve in many aspects of the sport from design, to the Olympics, America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and ISAF Youth Worlds. ...

Solo sailing teen Laura Dekker did not 'tear down' her Dutch flag *Feature By Nancy Knudsen, 11:11 AM Mon 16 Jan 2012 GMT
When 16-year-old Laura Dekker sails Guppy into the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten in about eight days to become the youngest ever circumnavigating sailor, she will be flying, not a Dutch flag, but the flag of New Zealand. However mainstream media reports that she had recently 'torn down' the Dutch flag are not true. ...

America's Cup- Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland + Video *Feature By Richard and Ben Gladwell, Auckland, NZ , 3:42 AM Mon 16 Jan 2012 GMT
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy. ...

Look out for Lily – China’s Laser Radial champion will bounce back *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 9:51 PM Sat 14 Jan 2012 GMT
At the recent Perth 2011 Laser Radial World Championships, one of the sailors who did not perform as well as expected was Lijia Xu (Lily) who finished 25th, but the 24 year old Chinese sailor has talent to burn and is working hard for the coming European season. We talked to Lily after Perth 2011. ...

Propeller Guards – Must have for sailing club and school boats *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 11:29 PM Thu 12 Jan 2012 GMT
‘I’ve spent my life in around powerboats, but as a parent, you really worry. The kids are being taught to capsize boats and they love being in the water. You starting thinking to yourself, just one little mistake of the coach or support boat driver believing he is doing the right thing by reversing in or coming in close to a kid and a that kid not anticipating, ends up ...' ...

Downwind trapezing on the A Class Cat - The Drum *Feature By, 1:03 AM Wed 11 Jan 2012 GMT
The new boats don’t seem to pay a huge penalty if you trapeze. With the curve boards the faster you go the more they lift so the more the boat unweights. You are sailing faster but because the boat has got slightly less wetted surface area your apparent (wind angle) goes forward and you end up sailing in roughly the same depth as what you do when you are sitting in, or very close to it anyway. ...

Sail-World Facebook format - Have your Say!! *Feature By The Sail-World Team, 8:53 PM Tue 10 Jan 2012 GMT is the largest sailing news network in the world. Around the world each day on, we publish up to fifty stories; but, because the site uses geo-location, (meaning that it knows where you are), we only deliver U.S. interest stories to U.S. based audiences and UK interest stories to UK readers for example and as such, most of us only see about 20 new stories each day ...

Gladwell's Line- Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:24 AM Tue 10 Jan 2012 GMT
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012 ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ has a partial victory on Voting Rights *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:54 AM Mon 9 Jan 2012 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's question put to the International Jury has been answered with a favourable response. Before Christmas, CEO Grant Dalton traversed his thoughts on the situation where so-called 'second tier' teams, who really would be competing only in the America's Cup World Series in AC45's, were allowed to have a vote on the America's Cup Regatta itself - even though they weren't entered. ...

A-Cats and multihull development *Feature By A-Cat Nationals media, 8:50 PM Sat 7 Jan 2012 GMT
‘The A Class is great for really honing your skills for sailing on the bigger multihulls. Everything happens at double speed on the A Class compared to what happens on an bigger boat, so learning the do’s and don’ts and what you can get away with and what you can’t is absolutely applicable to boats like the extreme 40’s, AC45’s and bigger multihulls going forward into the America’s Cup. ...

A-Cat Australians - High drama in last race *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media, 7:10 AM Sat 7 Jan 2012 GMT
The final day of the Championships was another postcard day on Lake Macquarie, NSW. Blue sky and a light 10-12 knot sea breeze greeted competitors for the last race in the 2012 Australian Championships with the minor placings to be decided in another race of 'champions'. ...

A-Cat Championships- Best fleet ever says The King *Feature By John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media, 8:54 AM Fri 6 Jan 2012 GMT
Glenn Ashby, seven times A Class Catamaran World Champion, has won the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships. ...

James Spithill sailing A-Cats in Australia talks Made for TV sailing *Feature By A Class Catamaran Australian Championships, 4:32 AM Tue 3 Jan 2012 GMT
James Spithill was one of the first AC sailors to get into the A-Cats. 'Trapezing downwind is what you now do in this class and yesterday I had four swims trying to figure it out. Tom (Slingsby) had five swims. JK (John Kostecki) didn’t even attempt it and Dirk (de Rider) won’t attempt it. It’s just fun.' ...

Australian A-Cat Nationals 2012 – Ashby fires the warning cannon *Feature By Australian A Class Championships media, 9:12 AM Mon 2 Jan 2012 GMT
The last A Class Catamaran race Glenn Ashby sailed on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, was when he won the 2009 World Championship. Today he fired a warning canon in the practice race for what will certainly be one of Australia’s most competitively fought National titles, the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships. ...

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