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Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America’s Cup *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:24 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
As a youngster growing up on Australia’s east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America’s Cup scene. ...

Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale! *Feature By Marine, 6:36 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011 ...

America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:01 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team. ...

America's Cup: Top young Kiwi match racers sign up with China Team *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:03 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT
Two top New Zealand match racers have signed with the China Team, which is competing on the America's Cup World Series and has entered the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Phil Robertson and Garth Ellingham, who are both members of the Waka Racing Team, ranked tenth on the WMRT leaderboard for 2011. They will join China Team just in time for their participation in the upcoming China Cup reg ...

Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 1:31 AM Mon 17 Oct 2011 GMT
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth. ...

Rena Disaster brings competitive and recreational sailing to a halt *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:37 AM Thu 13 Oct 2011 GMT
The Rena Disaster has impacted on both centreboard and keelboat sailing in Tauranga. The disaster will have a significant effect on another of New Zealand's top sailing centres, with sailing also being badly disrupted in Christchurch after a multiplicity of earthquakes. Sailing outside the harbour is fraught due to half submerged containers floating towards the harbour entrance ...

America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:58 AM Wed 12 Oct 2011 GMT
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras ...

Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 8:44 PM Tue 11 Oct 2011 GMT
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore. ...

Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:35 AM Sun 9 Oct 2011 GMT
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight. ...

Predicted heavy winds could trigger container ship breakup *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:08 AM Sat 8 Oct 2011 GMT
Strong onshore winds are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Bay of Plenty coast where the container ship Rena lies stuck on Astrolabe Reef. At today's media conference several speakers alluded stronger winds being expected on Monday, but did not elaborate, instead pushing the line that oil recovery could start late Sunday (NZT) and could be completed before winds increase. ...

Time running out fast for oil recovery from stricken ship on NZ reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:02 AM Fri 7 Oct 2011 GMT
The spell of fortuitous weather that has blessed salvage recovery operations at the Astrolabe Reef are expected to end around midday Sunday, when the offshore wind swings to the east. According to a wind prognosis from America's Cup winning software from, the winds will change around noon on Sunday and will swing east. The wind change will produce much bigger waves ...

America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:32 PM Wed 5 Oct 2011 GMT
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect. ...

The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name? *Feature By Guy Nowell, Yachtstyle magazine, Hong Kong , 7:20 AM Sun 2 Oct 2011 GMT
Is it just me, or have the press releases and announcements surrounding sailing events and regattas been getting just that little bit more breathless lately? Shakespeare was probably right - 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' But what if the bottled rose water is being used to mask an odour less palatable? Or less exotic? ...

Global Ocean Race: Three leaders in three days + Start Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:15 AM Wed 28 Sep 2011 GMT
The Global Ocean Race has its third leader in three days as the six boat fleet head for Capetown, South Africa on the first leg of the round the world race. Current race leader is Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron) who at the 0600 UTC sked were 1.7nm ahead of Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field) ...

America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:07 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing ...

Global Ocean Race: Lead change already in the match race for Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:02 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The early leader in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems (Campbell and Ross Field) have lost their 10 nm lead in the round the world race. After looking set to ease away from the rest of the six boat fleet, Buckley Systems was the first to make the break north to stay in favourable winds and enjoyed a lead of almost 8nm over Campagne de France ...

Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 5:58 AM Tue 27 Sep 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...

Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems extends lead in race to Gibraltar *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:35 AM Mon 26 Sep 2011 GMT
At the 0600hrs position sked, the father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field led the Global Ocean Race by almost seven nm from Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron). In third place, within a few hundred metres of Campagne de France is Phesheya Racing (Nick Leggatt and Philippa Hutton-Squire). 12 hours later the Fields had changed course and extended their lead to 10nm. ...

Laser fleet sailing for Perth *Feature By PSA Media, 12:39 AM Mon 19 Sep 2011 GMT
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships being held between Saturday third and Sunday 18th December 2011, by the far the largest fleet in combination will be the Laser Radial and Laser Standard. The task of building the 275 brand new Lasers for the World Championships is reaching its final stage in the Performance Sailcraft (PSA) factory. ...

America's Cup World Series: Viewed from the Water - Match Racing Final *Feature By Ben Gladwell, Plymouth, England , 8:49 PM Sat 17 Sep 2011 GMT
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water for the final day of the Match Racing at the second round of the America's Cup World Series. he's his view of how the racing unfolded: The first races of the day were the second semi-final with Artemis Racing pitted against Team Korea. Artemis led the first race until the final top mark when they misjudged their layline and were forced to complete two mor ...

ZOKE Kiwi Match represent Oceania at Nations Cup *Feature By Logan Fraser, Sheboygan , 2:06 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
ZOKE Kiwi Match qualified to represent New Zealand by winning our National Qualifier in Auckland and then the Regional Final in Sydney last May. The event fits perfectly in our schedule so we were thrilled when we qualified and are proud to be here, representing our country and the Oceania region. ...

Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 1:28 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights. ...

Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:16 AM Thu 15 Sep 2011 GMT
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix ...

America's Cup: Coutts moves up, second Australian helmsman comes in *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 11:01 AM Mon 12 Sep 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing have announced that multiple World Champion and Australian double Olympic silver medalist Darren Bundock will be given the helm of their second boat, Oracle Racing Coutts. Bundock will com aboard for the third round of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Current helmsman Russell Coutts will stay onboard. It has not been announced who will move off the boat ...

Fisher's View: The Plymouth Cat and Pony Show pulls local fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 9:33 PM Sat 10 Sep 2011 GMT
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee. ...

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