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Volvo Ocean Race - Walker has a target on his back- video interview *Feature By Rob Kothe Sail-World.com, , 7:09 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker has a target on his back going into the eighth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday. ...
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Team Vestas Wind - an amazing effort for the Blue Team *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 4:16 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Neil Cox the legendary Shore Manager for Team Vestas Wind was the ‘go to man’ who made the very late hull 7 entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race possible. It became a new race when after issuing a Mayday, the first words from Vestas Wind skipper, fellow Australian Chris Nicholson to his shore manager on a crackling long range radio were “We’re on a reef, we’re not getting off. We’re f****ed.” ...
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Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA looks towards their strengths *Feature By Jedda Murphy & Rob Kothe, , 11:07 AM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
This morning Sail-World interviewed British sailor Annie Lush, who was selected in 2013 to join Team SCA, based in Lanzarote, Canary Isles. While they were the first team to receive their Volvo 65, Lush says that there is no way to train for the offshore legs of the Volvo Ocean race but to do a Volvo Ocean Race, for instance south ocean driving experience can only gained in the south ocean ...
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Volvo Race - Vestas Wind from Pearshaped onwards - Nico interview *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 5:05 PM Tue 2 Jun 2015 GMT
Team Vestas Wind - a beautiful fit, a company totally devoted to wind power. Nico assembled a team and made it to the Alicante start line with just a few days to spare. The boat had a great start winning the offshore practice race. They as expected had a much more difficult time into Cape Town but were mid-fleet off Mauritius in Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi, when it all went pear shaped. ...
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Pantaenius Insurance – How good does it get? *Feature By John Curnow, , 8:55 AM Fri 29 May 2015 GMT
Insurance may not be the buzzword. There is not unobtanium for keels, spinach enhanced sails or hulls of cut diamond and vibranium fuel cells powering arc reactors to rave on about. No. It is numbers, facts, risk and documentation. Boring? No. Quite the contrary if you happen to have put your boat up on a reef or Hughie blows it off its mooring, smashes her through everything in sight... ...
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Sailboat Racing, Iditarod-Style—A look at the Race to Alaska *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 5:54 AM Fri 29 May 2015 GMT
When it comes to big adventures in small boats, it’s tough to beat the Race to Alaska, which starts in Port Townsend, Washington, and takes racers to Ketchikan, Alaska, by way of a stopover in Victoria, British Columbia. The race rules are straightforward and simple—get to Alaska, via any type of non-motorized craft, as fast as possible, via any route, as long as the journey is self-supported. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA’s fired up for short courses *Feature By Jedda Murphy, , 1:02 PM Tue 26 May 2015 GMT
Sail-World's Jedda Murphy was aboard Team SCA for the three practice races in Alicante, last October, this morning she talked to SCA skipper Sam Davies by Sat Phone as the Volvo fleet blasts towards Lisbon, now a day away. ...
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Big interest in new San Francisco America's Cup style series *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 12:33 AM Tue 26 May 2015 GMT
The new San Francisco Yacht Racing Cup, to be sailed in 'Super 12s” has attracted interest from 20 teams from 12 countries. The new regatta will be the richest in the sport, carrying a total prizemoney of $500,000, with $300,000 going to the winner, $150,000 to second and $50,000 to the third placegetter. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race – Major upset as fleet heads for Lisbon *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:05 PM Mon 25 May 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race – After a storming 24 hours by Team SCA, who once again have been Buffalo Girls, coming round the outside, the tail gunner in the six boat fleet is in fact, the overall race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, who had lost more miles on the leaders in recent skeds. ...
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Gladwell's Line - #LetsGetDalton *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 9:06 AM Mon 25 May 2015 GMT
Despite landing two major commercial sponsors, Emirates Team New Zealand continues to take a beating from local media as well as the other America's Cup teams. With Italian team Luna Rossa now out of the mix for the 35th America's Cup, the nine-times Challenger/Defender is alone, despite having more Cup campaigns to their credit than the other teams combined. ...
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Ian Gibbs, Admirals Cup champion dies at 87 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 10:41 AM Sun 17 May 2015 GMT
Ian Gibbs, one of New Zealand's top offshore owner/skippers, has died at the age of 87 years. In a 20 year period Gibbs, competed very actively and with considerable success in major international regattas in the offshore rating classes - principally in Half-Tonners, and then in Admirals Cup classes. He was the owner skipper of the top individual boat in the 1981 Admirals Cup. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race In Port Race - Newport, RI - Live and Replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 12:35 AM Sat 16 May 2015 GMT
Catch the live and replay coverage of the In Port Race in Newport RI, USA. Check the video link below to see the countdown for the live action and then the replay. ...
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America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ play catch-up *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 7:27 AM Wed 13 May 2015 GMT
Fresh on the back of the re-signing of naming rights sponsor, Emirates, three of Team New Zealand's sailing crew are headed off to Portsmouth, England, for test sailing in the one design foiling version of the AC45 wingsailed catamarans. ...
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America's Cup- Marking the 20th anniversary of Team NZ's win + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, , 5:47 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
May 14 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Team New Zealand's win in the 1995 America's Cup which became one of the milestone achievements in New Zealand sport. Bob Fisher, long time follower of the America's Cup and possibly the world’s most travelled yachting journalist, overviews Team New Zealand 5-0 victory over Team Stars and Stripes, NZ's Boating World magazine. ...
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America's Cup- Core Builders embraces the Composite Age - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 4:57 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
“We’ve had the stone age. We’ve had the metal age. Now we are starting the composites age,” says Tim Smyth, during a tour of Core Builders Composites in Warkworth. An evangelist for composite construction, Smyth believes the New Zealand marine industry is underselling its capability, and also does not think laterally about the type of projects in which it should be involved. ...
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America's Cup- Emirates signs on as naming rights sponsor with Team NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, , 3:51 AM Tue 12 May 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have announced the most significant commercial sponsorship yet in the 35th America's Cup with the confirmation today that the Emirati international airline has signed on again with the 30 year old America's Cup team. ...
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Rio 2016 Olympic Regatta - Offshore or Inshore? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 6:42 PM Wed 29 Apr 2015 GMT
Alastair Fox, head of competitions for ISAF, says that two sailing courses located just outside the bay in the open Atlantic – and a third being planned there – could be used for all races in the 2016 Olymppic Regatta at Rio de Janeiro. Three other courses have been planned inside the bay but may not be used. ...
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Heyres Besson and Riou take Nacra 17 honours *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 6:02 AM Sun 26 Apr 2015 GMT
French sailors Billy Besson and Marie Riou have been dominating the new Nacra 17 Olympic class in recent times. Here at Hyeres 2015 they only need to start in the medal race to take the Gold. . If they continue their current form they will be strong favourites to win the Nacra17 Olympic Gold medal at Rio 2016. Late in the interview Billy reveals one of the issues within the class. ...
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Sailing World Cup –Hyeres 2015 - Now all is right with the 49er World *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 1:14 PM Fri 24 Apr 2015 GMT
New Zealand’s Pete Burling and Blair Tuke have won every single 49er regatta they have entered since their 2012 London Silver medal result and that includes multiple world titles, World Cup regattas and the Rio test event. ...
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Sailing World Cup - Could this actually be an ISAF success story? *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 9:37 PM Thu 23 Apr 2015 GMT
Sail-World.com has often been critical of ISAF decision making and sadly it seem will have reasons to continue to be so, but frankly it does look like ISAF is gradually getting things right with the Sailing World Cup. ...
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Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Outteridge and Jensen are back + Interview *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy, , 6:30 PM Wed 22 Apr 2015 GMT
London 2012 49er Gold Medallists, Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Ian Jensen lead their Silver medal rivals, New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke after the first day of the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres. ...
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Cup Qualifier shift to Bermuda announced at Competitors Meeting *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 10:33 PM Fri 17 Apr 2015 GMT
In a statement published on the America's Cup website it is reported that the America’s Cup competitors have agreed the format for racing in 2017 with all racing taking place on the waters of the Great Sound in Bermuda, the home of the 2017 America’s Cup. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind - Nico says 'See you in Lisbon!' *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 4:49 PM Sun 12 Apr 2015 GMT
Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson talked to Sail-World.com, providing this update as the countdown to Lisbon clicks on for the Danish Volvo Ocean Race team pushes on in the repair process, as Nico and his crew work towards the the Portuguese start line. ...
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America's Cup- February ACEA email supports Kiwi claims on Qualifier *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 8:45 PM Fri 10 Apr 2015 GMT
An email received in mid-February from an America's Cup Events Authority spokesman confirms that the Qualifier Venue decision was made in mid-February, as required by then current version of the Protocol governing the conduct of the 35 America's Cup. ...
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America's Cup- An Open letter to ACEA - 'a disgrace to the event' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Lymington, UK , 8:21 PM Fri 10 Apr 2015 GMT
I cannot escape notice of what you are doing to the America’s Cup – it has been nothing short of a disgrace to the premier event in the sport of Sailing. You have abused it, misused it and reduced it to no more than an average regatta, losing on the way its prestige and at the same time driven away the most serious competitors. ...
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