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America's Cup- February ACEA email supports Kiwi claims on Qualifier *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

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. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Lifting the lid off the Southern Ocean dogfight *Feature By Louay Habib, , 12:36 PM Thu 9 Apr 2015 GMT
Full video record of the highlights of Leg 5 Volvo Ocean race including the historic live coverage of Cape Horn rounding On the morning of March 18, 2015, 66 sailors started leg five, 6776 nautical miles from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil and it would be a safe bet that all of them were nervous and many a little scared. ...

Gladwell's Line- April Fooled *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:45 PM Sat 4 Apr 2015 GMT
Wednesday was April 1, in New Zealand and March 31 in the slower time zones of USA and Europe. The various media releases came thick and fast. April 1 and its Eve are traditionally a time for some rather bizarre releases as various elements of the sailing media publish stories design to fool the reader, at least for a paragraph or two. Traditionally too, there is a lot of licence allowed ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Team SCA - first for over a decade to round the Horn *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:02 PM Tue 31 Mar 2015 GMT
Within the next 24 hours, God willing, Team SCA will become the first women's crew to round Cape Horn in almost 15 years. Sail-World spoke to 2012 British Olympic representative Annie Lush a few minutes ago. She says they have had snow and plenty of hail in the last 24 hours, and the Chill factor on deck is minus five degrees ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Call to Alvimedica - Two days out from Cape Horn *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:02 PM Sat 28 Mar 2015 GMT
Team Alvimedica watch captain, Ryan Houston says the Southern Ocean Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has had racing as close as you would expect in a Coastal Race. All the top group are within sight of each other, and there have been some close passing maneuvers with the boats sailing at 25-30kts. Includes two on board videos. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- The Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Walking the Dock *Feature By Nic Douglass, , 1:30 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Nic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl - did a 'dock walk' with photographer/videographer Jen Edney, before the sailors headed off on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race following a four day delay. Very interesting atmosphere with no crowds, just the sailors and their focus on the Southern Ocean. ...

Volvo Ocean Race; Auckland Stopover - In-Port Race - Video *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 1:15 PM Mon 16 Mar 2015 GMT
With the start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race being postponed due to Cyclone Pam’s predicted course heading straight down the east coast of New Zealand, the In-Port Race was held on schedule in glorious sunshine belying the ominous weather that was forecast to arrive in the following days. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Kaenon Interviews - Team SCA - Lush and Barkow *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 5:10 AM Sat 14 Mar 2015 GMT's NZ Editor Richard Gladwell spoke with Team SCA's Annie Lush (GBR) and Sally Barkow (USA) in the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. This long, unedited interview traversed a lot of ground from the start of the program to the end of Leg 4. Both wear prescription Kaenons, which they describe as a 'life-changing experience' as well as providing eye-protection. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Knut Frostad on the Cyclone and other matters Volvo *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 8:30 PM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad is passionate about this event, late Friday afternoon he provided this up date on on the situation with the impending arrival of Cyclone Pam, the options, and consequences of a later start. Having got that out of the way, he then covered a lot more on the Volvo Ocean Race ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Southern Spars rise to the Volvo Challenge *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 8:26 PM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
With a quarter of a century of involvement in Round the World racing, it was an obvious move for Volvo Ocean Race organisers to go to Southern Spars for the one design, supplied Volvo 65 class. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Stu Bannatyne thoughts on the Southern Ocean - Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 12:19 PM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
New Zealand Round the World sailor, Stu Bannatyne has been bought into the crew of Team Alvimedica for Leg 5 through the Southern Ocean.He talks about his involvement with the team; Issues in the Southern Ocean; The Volvo 70 compared to the Volvo 65; How hard boats can be pushed in the Southern Ocean; and Comparisons between the earlier boats and round the world races in which he has competed ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Will Oxley on the Cyclone, AIS and more - Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 11:12 AM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
Oxley discusses the closeness of racing on Leg 4; Whether there is an over-use of AIS as a tactical tool in the race; How reliable is course routing; How he thinks Cyclone Pam will work over the race and the conditions expected; and his thoughts on Navigation training and the best way to lift your competency ...

Volvo Ocean 65s – One-design to the last millimetre *Feature By Keith Taylor, , 9:06 AM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Ask Knut Frostad if the absolutely identical one-design Volvo Ocean 65-footers are the right boat for the round-the-world marathon? The answer is an emphatically positive yes! ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Rob Salthouse compares VO70 with new one design VO65 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 5:02 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Veteran Round the World sailor, Rob Salthouse addressed a large group at the North Sails Auckland Loft, on the new Volvo65 one design used for the Volvo Ocean Race. He outlined the differences between the VO70 and the new VO65 one design, which features a canting keep pin angled at 6 degrees which creates an interesting ride when surfing ...

Volvo Ocean Race- New support approach to 'Human Edition' + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 1:16 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The egalitarian approach to the new Volvo Ocean Race has extended to more than just the adoption of a one design by Farr Yacht Design, and construction by a consortium of builders. The between leg servicing is now run a by a Shore Team headed by Australian Nick Bice, a two race veteran of the 40,000nm around the world classic. Bice runs the Volvo Ocean Race’s equivalent of Pit-Lane. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- The bunching of the fleet - should we stop the boat? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 10:26 PM Sat 7 Mar 2015 GMT
In the new Volvo Ocean Race, no boat has won more than one In Port race, further underlining the evenness of the one design Volvo 65. The margins are contracting too, with the now-six boat fleet finishing inside six hours at the end of Leg 4 - 5200nm of intense racing. At the skippers media conference following Leg 4, two factors were identified – the one design and AIS ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 11:48 AM Sun 1 Mar 2015 GMT
The finish was more like that of a short 100nm race around the Hauraki Gulf. Instead, the first three boats to cross the finish line at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived mid-evening. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 11:25 PM Thu 26 Feb 2015 GMT
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 11:06 PM Thu 26 Feb 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 1:08 PM Thu 26 Feb 2015 GMT
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:26 AM Thu 26 Feb 2015 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature By Steve Rosenberg, , 8:58 AM Wed 25 Feb 2015 GMT
Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world. ...

America's Cup- Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up - Video *Feature By John Navas, San Francisco, USA , 6:44 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA is enjoying a final sailing session on San Francisco bay the waters of their club, Golden Gate Yacht Club. Today she hooked up with Artemis Racing who have been training out of their base in Alameda. ...

Gladwell's Line- America's Cup skipper coup denied by Burling *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 1:06 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
The man at the heart of the focus of the Emirates Team New Zealand skipper brouhaha, Peter Burling, said in an interview a few days before the media frenzy, that no decision had been made, and that he expected that the fastest skipper would be at the helm of Emirates Team NZ's AC62 in the 2017 America's Cup. ...

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