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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. ...

Volvo Ocean Race MAPFRE skipper Martinez not happy + Video interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 11:34 AM Fri 5 Jun 2015 GMT
The Spanish MAPFRE camp is not at all pleased with decisions coming from the International Jury. Unhappy with the apparent inconsistencies in penalties imposed after Traffic separation zone violations, skipper Iker Martinez says any rule that sees four out of six boats potentially before the Jury it probably means the rule needs simplifying. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind impress *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 7:19 PM Thu 4 Jun 2015 GMT
The pointy end of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean race is here, there are five boats that could win this race, certainly that will need some bad results from the current leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, but with the fleet now back to seven boats and Team SCA likely to do better in the short ocean sprints anything could happen. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - SCA Navigator Libby Greenhalgh interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 9:27 PM Wed 3 Jun 2015 GMT
Team SCA's navigator Libby Greenhalgh has not been afraid to make some big calls and break away from the pack. SCA lead thru the fleet through the Gibraltar Straits after what Greenhalgh described as logical move to the Spanish coast and she has taken SCA around the outside for good gains on a number of occasions. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Walker has a target on his back- video interview *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 6:09 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. ...

Team Vestas Wind - an amazing effort for the Blue Team *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 3:16 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.” ...

Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA looks towards their strengths *Feature By Jedda Murphy & Rob Kothe, , 10:07 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 ...

Volvo Race - Vestas Wind from Pearshaped onwards - Nico interview *Feature By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 4:05 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. ...

Pantaenius Insurance – How good does it get? *Feature By John Curnow, , 7:55 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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