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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it’s a Supercat! (Pt. II) *Feature By John Curnow, 1:53 AM Fri 19 Oct 2012 GMT
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world’s economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va… ...

Rio 2016- It's time to take action *Feature By Rory Ramsden, 8:52 PM Wed 17 Oct 2012 GMT
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Conference is almost upon us so I thought I'd utilize this opportunity just to reiterate the principle reasons why MNAs and Council members should vote for windsurfing and in particular the RS:X Class. Here are five good reasons why you should vote to include windsurfing in the Olympic sailing programme for Rio 2016. ...

America's Cup - High Drama *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:34 AM Wed 17 Oct 2012 GMT
As we write this we are watching two screens. On one, a webcam is tracking Emirates Team NZ's ASC72 as she puts in yet another training session on the Hauraki Gulf sailing in winds that are averaging 25kts gusting 35kts. And on the other, in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA's AC72 has capsized, and has drifted out into the Pacific Ocean. ...

TeamVodafoneSailing Ozzie tour video- Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island *Feature By Stuart MacKinven, 3:02 AM Sat 13 Oct 2012 GMT
The Orma 60 TeamVodafoneSailing completed a circuit on the east coast of Australia, sailing in the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Regattas. Here are two videos featuring plenty of on-board footage from the racing. TeamVodafoneSailing is a line honours favorite for the 2012 Coastal Classic starting on Friday. ...

America's Cup- Significant win for Emirates Team NZ in Jury Room *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:42 AM Tue 9 Oct 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have been handed a small but very significant victory by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. In a decision dated October 7, 2012, the Jury has ruled on an application lodged by the New Zealand team on September 24, 2012, which queried a Public Interpretation given by the Measurement Committee. Features a 50ec video of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 foiling ...

America's Cup- Spithill cartwheels World Series style in Race 1 *Feature By Sail-World, San Francisco, USA , 5:51 AM Sun 7 Oct 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA's James Spithill performed a spectacular pitch-pole when in second place rounding the first mark in the first fleet race of Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series, causing the competitors advancing rapidly from astern to scatter. ...

Fisher's View- Day 3 - Ainslie sparkles in America's Cup World Series *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 2:38 AM Sat 6 Oct 2012 GMT
Day 3 MR Semis and Fleetracing: Much of the talk around the bases has been not so much of the AC-45s as of the 'real' America's Cup boats, the AC-72s. The performance of the Emirates Team New Zealand 72, seen around the world on video, has drawn gasps of astonishment, particularly when seen foil-borne at close to 40 knots. ...

Fisher's View- Day 2 - Ainslie's day in America's Cup World Series *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 2:44 AM Fri 5 Oct 2012 GMT
Day 2 MR Semis and Fleetracing: The day belonged to Ben Ainslie Racing with a first and a third, while second place, five points back, is Outteridge, then Coutts on the same points and Spithill with one less, but one point ahead of Barker on ETNZ. Hutchinson's second place in the later race combined with his tenth in the first puts him sixth overall. ...

Rod Davis- When mind games become the battle field for a championship *Feature By Rod Davis, 8:25 AM Tue 25 Sep 2012 GMT
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, has been in the coach boat for the Audi Azzurra Sailing team in the final round of the TP52 Super Series, sailed out of Valencia, Spain. I would love to tell you, I engineered one of the great comeback victories in years, but I didn’t. I was part of it .. ...

America's Cup- Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:05 AM Fri 14 Sep 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet. ...

Rod Davis- Back to the Future - Have we progressed since 1988? *Feature By Rod Davis, 4:32 AM Wed 29 Aug 2012 GMT
While sitting in LA Airport waiting for the plane home, professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis penned these insights on the 1988 America's Cup, and asks if we really progressed in 2012? 'Sometimes when you get beat, you are hurting so much you can't see or appreciate the effort and magic of the other team. ' ...

Busfield Marine appoints new sales manager, launches new website *Feature By Mike Rose, 9:38 PM Tue 28 Aug 2012 GMT
Busfield Marine Brokers, one of Auckland’s leading brokerages, specialising in new and used yachts and launches and the New Zealand agents for the popular Bavaria range of cruising yachts, has appointed experienced yacht broker and marine industry identity, Christine Bird to be their new sales manager. ...

Fisher's View- Day 5 ACWS San Francisco - Seriously speedy Sunday *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 9:57 PM Sun 26 Aug 2012 GMT
Day 5: It had to be singularly appropriate that the two home teams, Oracle Team USA - Spithill and Oracle Team USA - Coutts met in the final of the match racing on the Bay. It provided a preview for the next twelve months when they will work up for the defence of the America's Cup in the 72-footers, the first of which is scheduled to take to the water this week. ...

Rod Davis- Rethinking the Current Tactics *Feature By Rod Davis, 11:48 AM Sun 26 Aug 2012 GMT
Professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis gives his insights on the effect of current on catamarans, and the new tactics, in San Francisco. We are always learning in this new Cat world. You have to think a bit more laterally when comes to racing high-speed boats like cats, particularly in current. ...

Fisher's View- Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day *Feature By Bob Fisher, San Francisco, USA , 1:39 AM Sun 26 Aug 2012 GMT
Day 4: Saturday was Spithill day on San Francisco Bay. The Oracle Team USA skipper won his match race semi-final and then placed second in the first of the fleet races before demonstrating total control in the second race to win by over a minute. He praised his local tactician, John Kostecki, for his contribution to the team's success: ' 'JK' knows the best way to go and I listen to him.' ...

America's Cup- Crash Coutts was here + Video *Feature By Christophe Favreau, 9:04 PM Sat 25 Aug 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA's Russell 'Crash' Coutts lived up to his moniker, bestowed after he T-boned a committee boat, in his very first match racing event.In the start of the first race, he tried the windward start tactic which had worked well for him in the first fleet races yesterday - except he was a little too obvious. Christophe Favreau caught all the action at the windward end, plus two videos ...

America's Cup- Bob Fisher checks out the Oracle Team USA's AC 72 *Feature By Bob Fisher, 8:39 PM Sat 25 Aug 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA's boatbuilders almost certainly had other comments as Russell Coutts' AC45 the damage kept them busy all night in order to have their leader back in the competition the next day. Those boatbuilders already have their hands full completing the first of the Oracle AC72s that is due to be unveiled on Tuesday. ...

Australia's Seawind Catamarans in voluntary administration *Feature By MarineBusiness-World, 7:54 AM Tue 21 Aug 2012 GMT
The Australian arm of Seawind Catamarans, including Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd was placed into voluntary administration as of the 17th of August, 2012. ...

Compulsory Viewing - The funniest sailing video ever!! *Feature By Team, 3:11 PM Sun 19 Aug 2012 GMT
A piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent. This is the must watch!! ...

Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 - Sports boats images *Feature By Teri Dodds images, Airlie Beach, Queensland , 11:16 PM Sat 11 Aug 2012 GMT
The sports boats fleet always provide some action on the water for Teri Dodds camera and this was apparent at the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. Here are some of her images. ...

London Olympics- All Done but for the Partying *Feature By Mark Chisnell, Weymouth, England , 6:33 PM Sat 11 Aug 2012 GMT
It was the last day and school was almost out. All the lessons had been cancelled, except for twelve girls from the lower fourth who'd been made to stay and do extra lines... And so, while everyone else partied, the Women's Match Racers finally finished what they had started two weeks earlier. It was finals day, on the final day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Spain wins Gold in the Women’s Match Racing *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 3:09 PM Sat 11 Aug 2012 GMT
In a nail-biting best-of-five match-racing series that went boiled down to the last run of the last race, the Spanish-flagged Women’s Match Racing team of Tamara Dominguez, Sofia Puga and Angela Menendez captured Gold, leaving the 'Speedy Sheilas' team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) to settle for Silver. In the petite finals, Finland beat-out Russia to bring home Bronze. ...

London Olympics 2012—Overview of the Women’s Match Racing medal race *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 9:48 AM Sat 11 Aug 2012 GMT
Count on today to be a fascinating day of sailing here at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK. The Women’s Match Racing (WMR) event’s Gold and Silver medal races are scheduled to take place today on the spectator-friendly Nothe course in a best-of-three showdown between the 'Speedy Sheilas' (AUS) and the also-quick Spanish-flagged team. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Medal day for the 470s *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 11:11 PM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition: Was there any doubt that Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell would attack the Australian pairing of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page? It was an all-too-obviously pre-planned strategy by the British crew, one that had the influence of Ben Ainslie stamped all over it. ...

London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jed Kennedy, 8:05 PM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Malcolm Page, the Beijing and now London 2012 Olympic winner and Mat Belcher, the 2012 Gold Medal skipper, were in an expansive mood when they came ashore. Malcolm was first to talk. ...

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