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Newsletter Archive
Chandler saga over, another begins...Aussie ocean rescue...Seven Seas U - seamanship education online...Laura Dekker to the Cape Verde...win an Opti for the kids...and much more... | 18/11/2010
Now four cruising sailors in Somali pirates' hands...DIY boat sharing...Seawind's rise and rise...Family of four drift for 6 days in Pacific...blame the rain on El Nina...and much more | 11/11/2010
Should Jessica Watson's Pink Lady end up in a West Australian Maritime Museum?...three British sailors thought to be kidnapped...win $5000 with an innovative lifejacket...beta test graphic weather on your smartphone...and much more... | 04/11/2010
What rights do Customs have to board your boat?...can you recognise drowning? It's not what you think...Paul and Rachel Chandler one year as captives...41 Clubs combine for 'Try Sailing Day'...Channel 16 block can endanger life...and much more... | 28/10/2010
Yachties in drug haul...trimaran circles the Arctic in one season...new Hanse yacht...Australian Yachting Awards...do you check your stopper knots?... and much more... | 21/10/2010
Jesse Martin off to sail again...skipper lost in freak accident...Singapore sings up a rally event...Wooden Boat Festivals are on...Russian adventure sailor's boat in pirate attack...and much more... | 14/10/2010
What makes a solo sailor?...J111 reviewed...Sailing season beginnings...cruising tales - Greenland, Norway and Sicily...Somali pirate incident...satphone evaluation...and much more... | 07/10/2010
Kiwi sails the Northwest Passage solo in 12 days...Classic Wooden Boat Show coming up...suddenly alone- would you know what to do? Webinar/seminar...flotilla sailing in Croatia...and much more... | 30/09/2010
Cyber attacks on sailing sites...specialist First Aid for sailors at the CYC...the amazing 'unbeaching of Donna Lange's yacht...anchor etiquette...see the latest in catamarans...and much more... | 23/09/2010
Why the narrow band of winners in Australian Yachting Awards?...unmanned yacht crossing the Atlantic...cruising sailors invited for piracy input...Dehler nominated - profiled... and much more... | 16/09/2010
Two rescued yachties on a slow boat to China...new law to demand payment for rescues...the Beaufort Scale - what does it mean to you?...ice choked North West Passage...and much more... | 06/08/2009
All the news about what to do and see at Sydney International Boat Show...European Yachts of the Year finalists announced...Jesse Martin's film release...final iPhone as a sailing gadget article...browse the stories... | 30/07/2009
Yachts burn on Pittwater...iPhone as a sailing gadget Part 3...Sydney Boat Show featured...Around Australia Rally with 70 registrations so far... | 23/07/2009
Around Australia Rally 2011...Zac Sunderland, youngest solo round world sailor - and the rest...iPhone and more sailing uses...win a free marina berth...what would you do if caught anchored with a tsunami warning...and much more... | 16/07/2009
Around Australia Rally announced...world best small sailing gadget, the iPhone...Line 7 Sale...Pete Goss arrives Sydney...New single rescue organisation for NSW...and much more... | 09/07/2009
Skipper relives fatal yacht voyage...calling all photographers...new boats - Bavaria profiled and new Jeanneau at Sydney Boat Show...one-armed sailor discovered safe...teen circumnavigator update...and much more | 02/07/2009
Mooloolaba Yacht Club evicted...135 yachts gather in Darwin...Whitsunday Seawind Regatta...mystery yacht found floating...folding bikes - don't go cruising without one... and much more... | 25/06/2009
Dent to Dunk Rally...another mast climbing death - how are YOUR procedures...Whale collision ends dream...setting a second anchor...sailing with Balvenie in Turkey...and much more... | 18/06/2009
missing sailors found: 'We didn't know...' product recall... neat trick to balance your mast...new yacht club for Hamilton...mystery deaths of cruising sailors...Letter from the Indies with the Treleavens...and much more... | 11/06/2009
Watch that sailor - but don't copy... young Keppel Bay sailors rescue dolphin...four months jail for firearms on yacht...Australia to fight Somali pirates...news of the Darwin to Indonsia rally...and much more | 04/06/2009
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News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race – The fleet has its foot to the floor, ears pinned back and heads down racing as fast as they can to Cape Horn after separating from the ice limit ... [more]  

Scott Dickson and his Dickson Racing Team beat Dustin Durant’s Long Beach Match Racing team Saturday winning Stage Two of Long Beach Yacht Club’s Congressional Cup Club Sail-Off. Dickson and his team’s next stop will be at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 1 2015 Congressional Cup, May 13-17, now part of the World Match Racing Tour. ... [more]  

So, the powers that control the meteorological conditions at regattas decided, rightfully, that they had achieved near perfection on the opening day, and maybe because that they decided that the behavior at the subsequent party was exemplary, to tweak it and in doing so, made it close to perfect. They had reduced the top end of the wind range to 20 knots maximum and eliminated the broaching and c ... [more]  

Mike Holt and Carl Smit put the hammer down on day one of the SAP 505 World Championships to nail the first two races in sunny Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ... [more]  

Since 0700 UTC this morning, the average boat speeds of the fleet have been from 17 to 19.5 knots. Team Brunel, Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have been the fastest and with the same speed: 19.5 knots. ... [more]  

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet, battered but unbroken as they battle through the Southern Ocean, face the toughest 48 hours of the nine-month marathon as they approach Cape Horn on Monday. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Call to Alvimedica - Two days out from Cape Horn *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
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. ... [more]  

The World Wakeboard Association is on the cusp of another breakthrough season, which will include another successful season of the Malibu WWA Rider Experience. The Malibu WWA Rider Experience is the leader in both amateur competition and giving riders deeper education on how the sport works. ... [more]  

A prominent Atlantic Canadian company is the 2015 title sponsor for the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race. Steele Auto Group is based in Halifax and owns 17 dealerships in the region. ... [more]  

Over 1,200 sailors from 65 countries are in Palma de Mallorca to compete in the 46th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar. This international regatta has become a regular feature for worldwide sailors who will race in the 10 Olympic events, the Formula Kite, the Dragon and the 2.4 Paralympic class, from the 28th of March until the fourth of April in the beautiful bay of Palma. ... [more]  

One of the innovations of the 46th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar is the addition of Kiteboarding. For IKA CEO, Markus Schwendtner this represents an important step towards the inclusion of Kiteboarding as an Olympic discipline in 2020. ... [more]  

Head-torches on, Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson were working another late night in the boat park, on the eve of the SAP 505 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ... [more]  

The Newport Ocean Racing Association, hosts of annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race, proudly confirmed this week that the Los Angeles Times will be a three-year presenting sponsor for the illustrious, historical race. N2E is not only a sailboat race; it has through the years become an epic event for the sailing community and local residents. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Home waters by Barcelona World Race
Neutrogena, sailed by Barcelona's Guillermo Altadill and Chilean co-skipper José Munoz, should return into Mediterranean this evening. Once more One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton are defying expectations and sailing quicker upwind than their rivals, 150 miles to their west, We Are Water. Current routeings have the two Catalan IMOCA 60's only hours apart at Gibraltar, too close to call right now. ... [more]  

Looking at the tracker right now it reminds me of the 1979 Atari Super Breakout game. The top five boats have been up and down all day, gybing along the ice limit as they head southeast. You see them sailing downwind on port tack doing 18 to 20 knots of speed on average. ... [more]  

If racing sailors could choose . . . it would be for consistent wind of 20-22 knots, sunshine and courses that are not of the repeated windward/leeward variety and occasional natural hazards. Those attending the St. Thomas International Regatta had exactly that today. The natural hazards struck hard with some – beach catamarans upside down are difficult to right ... [more]  

Latest update from the Team Vestas Wind rebuild in Bergamo, Italy In this behind-the-scenes episode, Neil Cox and Tom Kiff update us on progress from Persico Marine in Italy. The hull is ready and the deck has been reconstructed ... [more]  

The Transat 2016 – The iconic sea-faring City of Plymouth (UK), known as Britain’s Ocean City, has won the bid to host the start of the next edition, ensuring that The Transat, the successor for professional sailors to the original solo race across the North Atlantic that was born as the OSTAR in 1960, will start from its historic ‘home’ of Plymouth on Sunday, May 8, 2016 ... [more]  

With less than a week until the 33rd Garda Optimist Meeting over 800 participants have already pre-registered. After an absence of 25 years, South Africa returns represented by Alex Falcon. The Guinness World Record event will be preceded by the first Country Cup Meeting a regatta competed by nations. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – As with most exclusion zones tactically, the fleet wants to be the other side of it, but they are put there for the good of the fleet and safety of the sailors ... [more]  

The America's Cup boiled over with a split between two of the senior teams in the 35th America's Cup, and the commercial and marketing arm of the Cup Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. The series of plays was triggered by a statement from the Luna Rossa Challenge that they would consider withdrawing from the 35th America's Cup if there was a change to the class announced nine months previously ... [more]  

When Sperry Charleston Race Week gets under way next month (April 16-19), there will a lot at stake for most of the competitors. And for the sailors competing in the Melges 20 fleet, even more will be on the line. The officers of the Audi Melges 20 Class have chosen to stage their 2015 national championship regatta as part of the event. ... [more]  

The US Sailing Team Sperry and US Sailing Development Team will be present in force at the 46th Trofeo Princesa Sofía (March 28-April 4, 2015), one of the most enduring and prestigious Olympic-class regattas in the world. The event is held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a venue with a rich sailing history, and this year approximately 1,000 sailors from over 50 nations are expected to compete. ... [more]  

This morning was a special sunrise for me. It has been a hard few days, full of emotion, stress, adrenaline. As skipper it is hard to find the balance between pushing the boat and crew, but making sure we stay safe and keep our boat in one piece. ... [more]  

While the Barcelona World Race winners Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have been granted the best Spring weather the Catalan capital can muster for them to find their land legs after 84 racing days, the final 230 miles to Gibraltar for second placed Neutrogena look like being relatively straightforwards. ... [more]  

Another sleepless night for most of the fleet. As the girls on Team SCA had no choice but to take a less-is-more approach to navigate the ice limit, the rest of the fleet has been caught up in a gybing battle the whole way between the ice limits #7 and #8. ... [more]  

The Challenger of Record, long time America's Cup competitor, Luna Rossa have threatened to withdraw from the America's Cup if the mooted Protocol change to a smaller boat is implemented. Emirates Team NZ, via social media, have supported the Italian stand against the boat change. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - The ice limit coordinates, as decided by Race Control, have been dictating the action in the last eight hours. The first five boats are now short-gybing up a virtual coastline to within just 300 metres. ... [more]  

The 2015 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is all dressed up and ready to strut her stuff. We have submitted our application to Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas program, the world's only certification system for water based events. ... [more]  

In partnership with the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), the International Melges 32 Class Association is excited to announce a three-part Winter Series in 2015/16. Each event will be hosted by LYC and based out of the expansive Bahia Mar Marina and Hotel. Combining warm weather, a world-class racing venue that can provide just about every condition, and first class hospitality with easy logistics. ... [more]  

Video from all the boats from Day 6 and 7 of Leg 5 in the Volvo Ocean Race as the boats skirt the ice zone. Features fast sailing footage from all the boats, plus the on-board video of Team SCA's Chinese Gybe on Monday night. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Boat shrink mooted to reduce campaign costs by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
America's Cup organisers have issued a media release following a competitors conference believed to have been held last Monday. The thrust of the release is to focus on the recurring theme of reducing costs by using a smaller boat for the event. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race’s fleet passed over Point Nemo* on Wednesday – the furthest from land you can get when at sea– on the day that a new ice limit was introduced by organisers to keep the boats clear of a large iceberg that was drifting towards the path of the fleet. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Victory for renowned Swiss-French duo
Barcelona World Race - Winners, first reactions
Volvo Ocean Race - The fight to Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race - Final Miles for Cheminées Poujoulat
Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat slowed by the light winds
Alinghi will compete in the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Volvo Ocean Race – Finding Point Nemo
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind's rebuild progresses at Persico
Rio100 wins Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas on debut
Rio Olympics 2016 - US Sailing and Development Team rosters announced
Volvo Ocean Race: Boat Blogs - A wild Southern Ocean shake-up + Video
Barcelona World Race - The longest day
Volvo Ocean Race - Whether the Weather again
Yacht Racing Forum announces a new concept and new format
Volvo Ocean Race: Video of Mapfre's Chinese Gybe in Southern Ocean
2015 SSS Corinthian Regatta - Images by pressure-drop.us
2015 Antigua Sailing Week - just a month away
Edgartown Race Weekend - 2015 calendar announced
Sunfish US National Championship- Ecuador’s Martinetti dominates again
SAP 505 Worlds headed for South Africa’s 'Windy City'
Alinghi joins the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour   
Volvo Ocean Race: A wild night in the Southern Ocean + Video   
Etchells West Coast Series - Vince Brun wins first installment   
Volvo Ocean Race: Deploying the Buoy   
Volvo Ocean Race: Stu Bannatyne reports from a warm Southern Ocean   
Volvo Ocean Race - The fleet gybes and heads east again   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Two shows and 90 minutes from everywhere   
America's Cup: AC72 - Luna Rossa Catamaran images by Carlo Borlenghi   
2015 Saint Barth Bucket Regatta - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Barcelona World Race - Final weather hurdles for Cheminees Poujoulat   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leaving Auckland and catching Pam - Onboard Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - The fleet commits to southern routing   
Dinghy Academy goes from strength to strength - Part two   
Rio 2016 Games - Australian Sailing Team embarks on road to selection   
St Barths Bucket Regatta 2015 - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery   
Volvo Ocean Race – Sunshine and wind as fleet heads for Horn   
Volvo Ocean Race - Better safe than sorry   
Volvo Ocean Race - Another good day for Team Brunel   
Barcelona World Race - Leaders back in the Med -The final 500 miles   
Volvo Ocean Race - A failed attempt at a comeback   


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