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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 ...

Changes ahead for World Sailing - Interview with new ISAF CEO. *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 10:38 AM Mon 6 Jul 2015 GMT
Last week ISAF announced the appointment of a new CEO, Peter Sowrey. He is not a long time ISAF face, as his predecessor Jerome Pels was, little is known of him in the wider sailing world. ...

Volvo Race - Oceans Seminar taking a stance against ocean pollution *Feature By Ian Thomson, Gothenburg , 5:37 PM Tue 30 Jun 2015 GMT
Yachting has a close relationship with the ocean and in this edition of the race, in the leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, they passed through the Malacca Straits. Every skipper and several of the crew expressed their concern of the rising issue of debris in the ocean, in particular, plastic. A fantastic short film was created and can be seen below. Bouwe Bekking sums it up when he says ‘It’s not funny ...

The quest for a new Quest ends up flat on the mat… *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:05 AM Mon 29 Jun 2015 GMT
Bob Steel is effectively synonymous with sailing in Australia. The cherries atop the list of accolades for the man are Yachtsman of the Year and twice he has hoisted the Tattersall’s Cup aloft just after Christmas. The first was in the very pretty Nelson Marek 49 and then again with the Farr-penned TP52. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – A grandstand finish *Feature By Ian Thomson, , 5:07 PM Sat 27 Jun 2015 GMT
If the Volvo Ocean Race organisers wanted a grandstand finish to what has been the closest of racing events in history, then they certainly got it with today’s Inmarsat In-Port Race on the narrow channels of Gothenburg. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Knut Frostad on lessons learned *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:57 AM Fri 26 Jun 2015 GMT
With the offshore program completed but an inshore race in Gothenburg still to be sailed, Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad who is very passionate about the event is very much looking forward to the next race. ...

Expectations Obliterated- 39.51 knots aboard Lending Club 2 *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle, WA , 3:56 PM Thu 25 Jun 2015 GMT
After having spent my career writing about sailing, I thought that I’d seen it all: Volvo Open 70s, super maxis, mini maxis, IMOCA 60s, and high-performance skiffs. But then I received an email from Nicola Breymaier, inviting me to join her husband, Ryan Breymaier, in San Francisco aboard the 105-foot trimaran, Lending Club 2 (ex Banque Populaire VII). I immediately booked my travel. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - The Hunting of Team Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 2:45 AM Mon 22 Jun 2015 GMT
The Turkish/USA flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race is being slowly but surely hunted down by the trailing pack of Mapfre, Team Brunel and Donfeng. At 0350UTC, Alvimedica had her lead chopped back to just 3 miles from the 26nm lead she enjoyed at the end of Stage 1 of Leg 9 ...

Volvo Ocean race - Alvimedica slowly spending their lead + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 10:13 AM Sun 21 Jun 2015 GMT
Almost 24 hours after the start of Stage 2 of leg 9, from The Hague to Gothenburg, Sweden, Team Alvimedica first stage leader had had her lead of 26nm at the finish of Stage 1, chopped to just 10nm at 1150UTC on Sunday morning. See Dongfeng launch their drone in the video which also has the crew of Vestas Wind wondering why Simeon is so popular and much more ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Which side of the Channel do we go - Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:32 PM Fri 19 Jun 2015 GMT
The first stage of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean race from Lorient to The Hague was largely won or lost around the Exclusion Zone set in the English Channel. The fleet had the option to pass up the English Coastal side, or stay on the French side. Step on board the competitors and hear their thoughts as to which side they were going to take and why - and how it worked out for them. ...

America's Cup - Team NZ rebuilds from just four in sailing team *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 11:28 PM Mon 15 Jun 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand are on a crew search and selection ahead of the first regatta in the America's Cup World Series, to be staged in Plymouth. UK in July. The teams website lists just four sailors following the departure of grinders Winston Macfarlane, Derek Saward, and bowman/trimmer Jeremy Lomas. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - And now to the final Podium Battle *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 3:47 PM Mon 15 Jun 2015 GMT
Seven boats, 960 nautical miles , with a pit stop and after eight months of sailing and 38,000 miles there are still four boats fighting for two podium places – who will join Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on the Volvo Ocean Racing 2014-15 podium? ...

Sports Boat Winter Nationals title to Sherring *Feature By Darren Spence, Mooloolaba , 9:46 PM Sun 14 Jun 2015 GMT
The third Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Winter Nationals, conducted by Mooloolaba Yacht Club, had it all on the weather.The conditions went from huge seas, breeze and rain on day one, sunshine, swell and steady breeze on day two and then overcast and light air on the final day. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Now to keep the mast in the boat and learn the rap *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:10 PM Sat 13 Jun 2015 GMT
Dockside in Lorient Abu Dhabi Racing skipper Ian Walker reminded everyone that he and his crew have not yet quite won the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. ...

Three Team New Zealand members depart *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 8:06 PM Wed 10 Jun 2015 GMT
Three members of Team New Zealand have left in the last week as the America's Cup Challenger continues to restructure and re-shape ahead of the 35th Match in Bermuda. Key of these are long-time Chief Designer, Nick Holroyd, who joined the team in 1997 for the 2000 America's Cup Defence in Auckland and remained with the team through the rebuild in 2003 ...

Technology revolutionises Offshore coverage, Volvo heads to Finnistere *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 12:08 PM Mon 8 Jun 2015 GMT
Technology continues to advance, look at this amazing mid-ocean drone shot from Dongfeng, of Eric Peron aloft repairing a spreader tear. Up to now helicopters have been needed for aerial shots. The use of drones is going to revolutionise coverage of all kinds of racing, whether its regattas or long ocean races, well outside helicopter range. ...

Sailing With Wings - A mini-documentary by Oliver Hartas + Others *Feature By Oliver Hartas, , 9:07 PM Sun 7 Jun 2015 GMT
Three videos featuring a mix of historic Flying 18fter video with the current state of the epitomised by the foiling Moth, the first is a mini-documentary featuring a mix of historic Flying 18fter and contemporary sailing video. Plus a highlights reel from the 2014 18ft skiff season, and a similar compilation from the 2015 Moth Worlds ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing needs more sponsors like Vestas Wind *Feature By Rob Kothe and Richard Gladwell, , 8:43 AM Sun 7 Jun 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race is about to start Leg 8, with the fleet expanding to seven boats with the re-entry of Team Vestas Wind. And the their comeback is one of the remarkable stories of sailing. When Team Vestas Wind ran aground most observers felt that was the end of the journey for Vestas in yachting sponsorships, but they did not count on the determination of sponsors and team. ...

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