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Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race *Feature By Sail-World, 9:14 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Groupama’s decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west ...

RQYS - Regatta and Sailing Manager position available *Feature By RQYS media, 4:36 AM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
Queensland’s leading yacht club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Australia, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to fill the fulltime role of Regatta and Sailing Manager. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Abu Dhabi hold media conference in Alicante *Feature By Sail-World, 10:58 AM Sun 6 Nov 2011 GMT
Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi, the Volvo 70 dismasted in the the opening hours of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has just appeared in a media conference in Alicante to update on their situation with their broken spar, which is in three pieces. ...

America's Cup- Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:10 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland,NZ , 4:45 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour. The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing. ...

America's Cup- Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:39 AM Wed 2 Nov 2011 GMT
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement. ...

Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 12:46 AM Mon 31 Oct 2011 GMT
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers’ says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews. ...

Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 3:46 AM Sun 30 Oct 2011 GMT
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after a vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. ...

US SAILING Inquiry into CYC Race to Mackinac capsize and fatalities *Feature By C. Hawley, J. Rousmaniere, R. Naranjo & S.McCurdy, 8:57 PM Sat 29 Oct 2011 GMT
The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac experienced two tragic deaths and now an inquiry into the fatalities has been released. The inquiry was conducted by a review panel which was appointed by US Sailing on July 28, 2011. Sailing is a remarkably safe sport in large part because of the caring of its close-knit community. ...

Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben? *Feature By Rob Kothe, 11:35 PM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne ...

Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:14 AM Thu 27 Oct 2011 GMT
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence ...

Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 12:56 AM Wed 26 Oct 2011 GMT
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience. ...

McConaghy's MC38 on the water - a cause for further excitement *Feature By John Curnow, 5:21 AM Tue 25 Oct 2011 GMT
Around 10 months ago, we had some serious cause for excitement when the MC38 from McConaghy went from drawings to moulds. At the time, we thought that the boat would do to one design keelboat racing what the Mach 2 had done to foiling Moths. ...

Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:00 PM Sun 23 Oct 2011 GMT
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain. ...

Tony Bouzaid- Images from a rich Sailing Life *Feature By Bouzaid Family Collection, 10:40 PM Fri 21 Oct 2011 GMT
Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland last weekend. His service will be held on Tuesday in Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Here courtesy of the Bouzaid family we present some images from Tony's sailing life ...

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. ...

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