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Can Australia be a threat in the Finn Class?? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 12:12 PM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000 onwards, Australia´s prospects are looking up. It now has a three man Finn squad and there is the possibility of a 2012 Olympic Gold medallist switching to Finns. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, 11:28 AM Tue 2 Apr 2013 GMT
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. ...

ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:58 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
Australia´s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races. ...

World Sailing Cup Palma 2013 - Stellar start for Australian 470 Men *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:06 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013 GMT
In the heaviest weather in which they have sailed as a combination London 2012 470 Gold Medallist Matt Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan twice took the gun in both of the first two split fleet races of the 44 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta, here in Palma, Mallorca today. ...

ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 2 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown , 8:54 PM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) National Titles at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria completed a busy schedule of four races on Day 2 after only completing one race on Day 1. The breeze was patchy throughout the day and never exceeded 12-14 knts in the biggest puffs. The series has now reached the half way point with five of ten races completed. ...

ASBA Sports Boat Nationals – Day 1 *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 6:10 AM Sat 30 Mar 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association National (ASBA) Titles at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria got underway on Friday with two races scheduled. Out good friend Huey, had different ideas though providing just enough of the good stuff to complete one of these. ...

America's Cup- AC72 ride aboard Oracle Team USA to be auctioned *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:11 PM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
Two America's Cup and winners of multiple World Championships, now Paralympians, have joined forces to in a campaign to win a Gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics. To raise finance for their campaign in the three man Sonar class, two of the adversaries in the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, Sir Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton will speak at a dinner in Auckland where a ride on an AC72 will be auctioned ...

Doyle Sails New Zealand win their largest ever superyacht order *Feature By DoyleSails, 12:01 PM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
Doyle Sailmakers have announced that they have secured their largest order to date and will supply a complete sail inventory for the upcoming 60m performance sloop under construction at Perini Navi. The upwind inventory will be constructed of Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous superyachts. ...

Sports Boats and Royal’s *Feature By Darren Spence, Williamstown, Melbourne , 10:03 AM Thu 28 Mar 2013 GMT
What do you call a National Title fleet made up of boats from all Australian States, varying in size from six to eight metres long, up to 3.5 metres wide and from 250kgs – 900kgs in weight that do 6+ knots upwind and over 20 knots downwind? ...

New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:22 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing. ...

Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 11:30 AM Sat 16 Mar 2013 GMT
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance. ...

America's Cup- Larry Ellison checks out Oracle Team USA's AC72 *Feature By Sail-World, 11:33 AM Thu 14 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle Team USA's Larry Ellison took time out to visit Pier 80 with members of the shore and sailing crew, and get aboard the AC72. Team photographer Guilain Grenier was on hand to catch the occasion. ...

America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 4:14 PM Tue 12 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America´s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II. ...

America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1) *Feature By Rob Kothe, 4:07 PM Mon 11 Mar 2013 GMT
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already. ...

OKI 24 hour Race- Action on the Airodock *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:31 PM Sun 10 Mar 2013 GMT
Although the action on the water might have been a little quiet at times, the Lancer Airodock certainly got a work out - both as a swimming platform, and for the crew changes on the competing Lasers. Sail-World's camera caught some of the action an hour or so before the race end. ...

America's Cup- AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:32 PM Fri 8 Mar 2013 GMT
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action ...

Put us on your Android *Feature By The Team, 6:07 PM Tue 5 Mar 2013 GMT
Recently Sail-World provided instructions on how to add icons to our bookmarked websites onto the Iphone and Ipad home screens. Now we would like to extend this information by adding to our how to list. Here is how to add icons to Android mobiles. ...

Why annoy Media, if you want their help? Don't use PDF for e-PR *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:36 PM Tue 5 Mar 2013 GMT
Why annoy the Media, if you want their help? Do NOT use PDF's for Electronic Press Releases. When events, clubs and organisations send out media releases, it’s presumably because they want media publications to use their content. ...

Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and world-wide exposure *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:19 PM Sun 17 Feb 2013 GMT
In less than two weeks the world’s largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London’s Alexandra Palace. On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience. But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet. ...

JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Will Iain Murray´s latest wrinkle win? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 2:27 PM Sat 16 Feb 2013 GMT
Iain Murray, the Big fella arrived on the 18 footer scene in the mid 1970´s as a skinny 17 year old, with Color 7, he won six JJ Giltinan Trophy´s in a row from 1977 onwards, after making major changes to the 1976 design of his boat which revolutionised the 18 footer scene. ...

Yamaha provides 25 years of reliable power for Emirates Team NZ *Feature By Mike Rose, 3:47 AM Thu 14 Feb 2013 GMT
Yamaha has, for 25 years, provided the powerful, reliable chase boat engines that have supported New Zealand America’s Cup campaigns. For all of those years, Yamaha’s vastly experienced technical manager, Hugh Stewart, has ensured that all of those engines run flawlessly. ...

America's Cup- On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:24 AM Tue 12 Feb 2013 GMT
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. Here's the second gallery of images of the 72ft catamran sailing for the frist time in a light seabreeeze of less than 8kts. ...

America's Cup- A good first day on the Hauraki Gulf for new AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:16 AM Tue 12 Feb 2013 GMT
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. ...

America's Cup- Oracle Team USA foils again in San Francisco *Feature By Sail-World, 8:44 AM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Oracle Team USA's rebuilt AC72, USA-17, has sailed for two days in San Francisco, and the team have released some images and video showing her in foiling mode. Some changes have clearly been made to the boat - most obvious being removal of the former steering system, now replaced with a wheel, the same as Emirates Team NZ. ...

America's Cup- Nick Holroyd looks at AC72 design concepts and rivals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:42 AM Thu 7 Feb 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealands's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd talks about the changes that have been made to the latest AC72 for the team, and gives his thoughts on what is being seen of the teams now sailing in San Francisco. This video features many still images to illustrate the design nuances of the AC72, and in many ways this video is a primer on AC72 design thinking and concepts. ...

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