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A Surprise Olympic campaign for America's Cup heavyweight *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 7:26 PM Thu 3 Sep 2015 GMT
Weymouth 2012 was for every Australian sailor there, a somewhat special regatta On a media RIB close to the action on the Nothe medal course, watching Tom Slingsby pounding the deck of his Laser with closed fist, with glistening eyes as the Qingdao monkey leapt from his back. The first Australian Gold medal of London 2012. ...

M.A.T.1180 – It’s all in a name… *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:05 PM Tue 1 Sep 2015 GMT
Yachts that are very inspiringly named Quest. Feature regattas like Hamilton Island Race Week, as well as iconic sailors such as Bob Steel and James MacPhail. Indeed there is a lot in name and all four of these aligned at the recent iteration of Hammo, just as if they were the proverbial planets. Now the results were ultimately as significant as the names, too! ...

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ wins Race 4 and leads World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:53 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
A little more breeze for the start of Race 2 of Day 2, of the America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg, with three boats tied on the top of the points table, ahead of the start of the double points scoring race. The boats started on starboard before flipping onto port as one to head for the first mark. Artemis was not able to repeat their feat of the first race of the day - trailing the fleet. ...

America's Cup - Big day, big win for Artemis Racing in AC World series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sun 30 Aug 2015 GMT
Light winds for the start of Race 1 of Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg Oracle Team USA started right on the line, but immediately had to do a penalty, as did Emirates Team NZ for sailing outside a boundary in the pre-start. Artemis Racing led around the first mark, with BAR last. ...

America's Cup - Oracle dominates Race 2 and takes lead in World Series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:54 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA made no race of it in Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg. The America's Cup Defender again led around every mark on the ten leg course, and won all 20 legs sailed in racing on Day 1, in an absolutely dominating display of sailing ...

America's Cup - Race 1 to Oracle Team USA in Gothenburg *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:09 AM Sat 29 Aug 2015 GMT
Oracle Team USA got the jump at the start - picking the right line to the top mark and starting at pace to lead around Gate 1, opening the page on what was to be complete domination of the six boat fleet in the America's Cup World Series Gothenburg. ...

Rio 2016 - 49er medalist hospitalised after Olympic Test event *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 8:32 AM Thu 27 Aug 2015 GMT
Bronze medal winning helmsman Erik Heil (GER) has been admitted to a German hospital following his return from the Pre-Olympic Test Regatta. Heil is suffering from severe inflammations on his legs and one hip. The inflammations started on the plane trip from Rio de Janerio, where the Pre-Olympic regatta finished last weekend and was hospitalized soon after getting off the plane. ...

Scheduled server maintenance - 23 September GMT+2 11pm onwards *Feature By, , 12:18 PM Sun 23 Aug 2015 GMT
Scheduled server maintenance - sites will be unavailable for some hours between 11pm and 7am GMT + 2 ...

Gladwell's Line - Playing Russian Roulette over Olympic Pollution *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 6:16 AM Sun 23 Aug 2015 GMT
With the 2016 Pre-Olympic Regatta completed, the International Sailing Federation and International Olympic Committee, along with the sailors and teams, have escaped relatively lightly from the pollution issues of Guanabara Bay. ...

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ gets AC45 and more from Luna Rossa *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 5:35 AM Thu 20 Aug 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand has come to an arrangement with former Challenger of Record Luna Rossa to use an AC45S (Surrogate) boat for testing and developing. The Italian boat will be used with a second AC45 the team are believed to have acquired from the former Australian team, and is in addition to the AC45F (One Design) used on the America's Cup World Series of events. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Crosbie Lorimer Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 12:05 PM Wed 19 Aug 2015 GMT
After many years of light breezes, this year's Race Week got off to a strong start with fresh trade winds on Day 1. Days 2 and 3 got progressively lighter, but after today's Lay Day, the breeze is forecast to return. Here are some of Crosbie's images from the first three days of sailing. ...

America's Cup - Constructed in Country almost wiped in new Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 2:08 AM Wed 19 Aug 2015 GMT
The latest version of the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup has been modified to effectively eliminate the fundamental requirement for the yachts to be constructed in the country of the Challenger or Defender. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 - Day 1 Racing VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 10:46 PM Sun 16 Aug 2015 GMT
Day 1 of this years regatta sent the fleet off in spectacular fashion with winds of 20 knots SSE. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 - On Board Wild Oats X VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 9:24 PM Sat 15 Aug 2015 GMT
Prior to the start of racing, Wild Oats X was taken through her paces skippered by Mark Richards who has just returned from the skippering Wild Oats XI in the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. ...

America's Cup - Jury Chairman speaks up on AC45 controversy - Part 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 8:41 AM Tue 11 Aug 2015 GMT
One of the memos produced in the Tienpont allegations case from Richard Slater to Matthew Mitchell is a suggested text to be emailed to Measurer Nick Nicholson. It lists four modifications to the BAR AC45. “Others in the team claimed they had assumed that the illegal changes were OK because in their view they must have been cleared by Richard,” Tillett explains ...

America's Cup - Jury Chairman speaks up on AC45 controversy - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 3:31 AM Tue 11 Aug 2015 GMT
Claims leveled over the past two years at the International Jury for the 2013 America’s Cup, and repeated in papers lodged in a Californian court on July 24, have prompted the Chairman of the Int Jury, David Tillett to open up on the still simmering controversy. ...

The Snail, Technology and Duty of Care *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 9:52 AM Sun 9 Aug 2015 GMT
Back in 1928 in Scotland, Mrs May Donoghue drank a bottle of Ginger Beer in a green bottle manufactured by Mr David Stevenson. Having drunk some of the contents of the bottle, she claimed that the remnants of a decomposing snail were found in her glass. Donoghue then contracted gastroenteritis and sued Stevenson for the serious sum then of 500 Pounds. ...

Is the US. on the way back in Olympic Sailing? *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 2:56 AM Sat 8 Aug 2015 GMT
The US was historically the best performing Olympic sailing team until the 1990's when the mantle tranferred to GBR, London 2012 was a low point for US. - who did not make the podium at all, now are they on their way back? ...

ISAF to independently test Rio water quality *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:44 PM Sun 2 Aug 2015 GMT
Congratulations to ISAF President Carlo Croce and new ISAF CEO Peter Sowrey for recognising that the health of Olympic sailors is perhaps more important than the desire of the Brazilian authorities to keep the Olympic coverage cameras in the iconic bay waters of Rio de Janerio. ...

Has the Auld Mug lost its shine? *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 4:02 PM Wed 29 Jul 2015 GMT
Let’s face it: Americans can be a tough audience to please. In short, you know that you have created something truly special when seemingly the entire country rallies behind an event, for example, the 34th America’s Cup, which took place in San Francisco in September of 2013. ...

Rio’s Olympic water problems - will the racing be fair? *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World, Seattle, WA , 11:50 PM Fri 17 Jul 2015 GMT
Hundreds of sailors from dozens of nations have spent the past three years of their lives (if not a lot longer) preparing for these Games, but the billion-dollar question remains: Will the racing be fair at Rio? ...

Gladwell's Line - Stacking the Cup game *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:00 AM Thu 16 Jul 2015 GMT
In a further move consistent with the 'Do as I say, not as I Do' strap line of the 35th America's Cup, organisers have announced the involvement of Gosling's Rums as Official Rum and Official Ginger Beer of the 35th America’s Cup. Few would see an issue with that in an island which has Dark and Stormy as its national drink. ...

Ocean records and Lending Club 2 *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 3:29 PM Wed 15 Jul 2015 GMT
A few weeks ago, I had the great fortune of joining Ryan Breymaier and the Lending Club 2 team for a hair-on-fire harbor cruise on San Francisco Bay that saw the numbers “39.51” flash across the speedo.As Lending Club 2 hurtled herself towards Alcatraz Island, I couldn’t help but fantasize about standing night watches en route to Hawaii, on pace to set a new record. ...

Live event coverage growing rapidly *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 8:31 AM Mon 13 Jul 2015 GMT
In recent years the amount of live coverage of major events has grown exponentially as technology advances have delivered major cost saving that brings live coverage into sensible sponsorship budgets. And applying this technology are some serious sailors. ...

Dan Slater reports on Day 6 of the 2015 Laser Worlds in Kingston *Feature By Dan Slater, The Water Shed, Kingston, Canada , 4:48 AM Thu 9 Jul 2015 GMT
Well done Nick Thompson, the man who has been second and third in the Laser Worlds on numerous occasions has finally prised the monkey off his back and won the 2015 Laser Worlds with a classy performance. Spent the afternoon measuring current and plotting the course area. Not much else to do. Tomorrow is a early start and the intention for 3 races before the thunder strorm and lightning ...

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