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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. ...

Gladwell's Line - #LetsGetDalton *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

Ian Gibbs, Admirals Cup champion dies at 87 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

Volvo Ocean Race In Port Race - Newport, RI - Live and Replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ play catch-up *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

America's Cup- Marking the 20th anniversary of Team NZ's win + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ 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. ...

America's Cup- Core Builders embraces the Composite Age - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

America's Cup- Emirates signs on as naming rights sponsor with Team NZ *Feature By Richard Gladwell/ 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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 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. ...

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. ...

Cup Qualifier shift to Bermuda announced at Competitors Meeting *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 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. ...

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, 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. ...

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 ...

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