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Volvo Ocean Race: Cyclone Pam set to give fleet a torrid farewell By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 9:44 AM Mon 9 Mar 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet look set to have an interesting opening to the start of Leg 5 from Auckland on Sunday. The wind forecasts from Predictwind show winds gusting in to 30knots in the Waitemata Harbour around the start time for the race. ...

U.S. 49er sailors - A date with destiny By, , 8:05 AM Mon 9 Mar 2015 GMT
You get the immediate sense when you meet the crew of D&D Racing, they are on a mission and won't be distracted by the pitfalls and shortcomings of recent US lack of success in Olympic Sailing in general and the 49er class in particular ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Report released into Team Vestas Wind grounding By, , 6:06 AM Mon 9 Mar 2015 GMT
An independent report into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race was released today. It included a set of recommendations aimed at improving safety at sea for the entire offshore racing community. In particular, it has suggested improving navigational charts and other on board software to avoid similar incidents in the future. ...

2015 St Maarten Heineken Regatta - Phaedo³, last day racing images By Jesús Renedo, , 4:48 AM Mon 9 Mar 2015 GMT
Photographer Jesús Renedo captured these shots of MOD 70 Phaedo³ at 2015 St Maarten Heineken Regatta. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica bring in the Heavy Metal for Leg 5 By NZL, , 8:26 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The USA and Turkish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Alvimedica have announced that six times Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Stu Bannatyne will join the crew for Leg 5 into the Southern Ocean. The New Zealander, who has won the round the world race three times, will start preparing with the crew tomorrow ahead of the Leg 5 start from Auckland on March 15. ...

VIC Etchells – Time for starting practice By John Curnow, , 5:25 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
No one really knew, but clearly the crews were after some repetition methodology when the 1100hrs start arrived for today’s races at the 2015 Etchells Victorian State Championship. Too keen, as it would turn out, for the result was a General Recall, with a good number over before the gun. Time for the Committee to also get yet more practice as they reset the start to be able to go again. ...

Barcelona World Race – Neutrogena closes their circle By Barcelona World Race Media, , 5:18 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Barcelona World Race – Two more round Cape Horn. Dreams realised for We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton. Neutrogena crosses outbound wake, closes circle. Renault Captur less than 600 miles to Cape Horn ...

Bacardi sailing week – Winners collect silverware after a great day 6 By Icarus Sailing Media, , 3:57 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The last day of racing for the 88th Bacardi Cup and the sixth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank brought us a little change in the weather with overcast skies and scattered showers ...

35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – More thrilling action on day 2 By St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, , 2:16 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The second day of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta produced more thrilling action for the international fleet of yachts racing in gorgeous conditions off St.Maarten. All classes, but the Lottery Class, had at least two races today. ...

18ft Skiffs Club Champs: Thurlow Fisher have end to end win in Race 10 By Frank Quealey, , 10:58 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship – The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas capitalised on a brilliant start to lead all the way for a convincing victory in Race 10 on Sydney Harbour today. ...

St Maarten Heineken Regatta - Big wind on Day 2 By Rachel Jaspersen, , 9:58 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
In the St Maarten Heineken Regatta reinforced trade winds kicked in again this morning with 20+ knots of breeze on the starting line just outside Cole Bay, enough to launch Gunboat 62 Elvis to victory twice. New York-based owner Jason Carroll held on for an overall victory in the first race and a slim handicap win in the second race despite several major gear issues resulting from the big wind ...

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – Exceptional conditions, worthy winners By, , 8:38 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean concluded in style on Saturday seven March following four terrific days of sailing in the British Virgin Islands ...

Bacardi Cup - Final results announced By Cayard Sailing, , 8:18 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Lars Grael won the final race and his second Bacardi Cup in a row. Lars’s success is even more remarkable as he is an amputee, missing his right leg. He is a model of resilience. Young Jorge Zarif with Bruno Prada crewing put in a good performance to finish second in the regatta with Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl finishing third. ...

2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Temperature is rising on Day 2 By St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, , 6:42 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The second day of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta produced more thrilling action for the international fleet of yachts racing in gorgeous conditions off St.Maarten. All classes, but the Lottery Class, had at least two races today. In comparison to last two days, a breeze of about 20 knots was more of a comfort zone but the racing was no less spectacular with close racing right through the fleet. ...

Barcelona World Race - One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton returns By Barcelona World Race, , 5:20 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton has crossed the longitude of Cape Horn (67º 17' 35 W) at 03:01 UTC (04:01 in Barcelona, 00:01 in Chile). Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa have spent 66 days, 15 hours and 01 minutes racing since the start in Barcelona on 31st December 2014. ...

2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Day 2, MOD 70 Phaedo³ images By Jesús Renedo, , 4:59 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Photographer Jesús Renedo captured these shots of MOD 70 Phaedo³ at 2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta from Day 2. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Rob Salthouse compares VO70 with new one design VO65 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 4:02 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 ...

2015 Farr 40 Midwinter Championship – Day 4 By Farr 40 Class Association, , 3:44 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Alberto Rossi and his crew aboard Enfant Terrible have ended each day of racing at Farr 40 Midwinter Championship on the top of the scoreboard. In a class where consistency is key, Enfant proved day after day to be the most consistent competitors in the class. The Italian crew raced a beautiful regatta against some very serious competition, and now they will head into rest of the Farr 40 circuit ...

2015 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Victors claim spoils By Jill Campbell, , 3:04 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean drew to a close today with a fourth day of picture perfect sailing for the 21 participating yachts. Overall winners of the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Nautor's Swan in collaboration with Rolex, were Swan 80 Selene in Class A and Swan 53 Music in Class B. ...

Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters By Jenny Barchfield, , 2:56 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Monsta's view of the Class of 2014-15 By Mark O'Brien, San Francisco, USA , 2:31 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
New Zealand based caricaturist, Mark O'Brien, compiled this gallery of the competitors in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Mark has drawn many sailing events including the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups from 2000 and Volvo Ocean Races. ...

Barcelona World Race - We Are Water leaves Cape Horn behind By Barcelona World Race, , 2:07 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
We Are Water, sailed by Bruno and Willy Garcia, crossed the longitude of Cape Horn (67º 17' 35 W) at 22:06 UTC (23:06 in Barcelona, 19:06 in Chile). Their elapsed time since the start in Barcelona on 31st December 2014 is 66 days, 10 hours and 06 minutes. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: New support approach to 'Human Edition' + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 12:16 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, , 9:26 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 ...

VIC Etchells – Hospitable just not inviting… By John Curnow, , 4:58 PM Sat 7 Mar 2015 GMT
From the outset, the cool and grey day did not inspire. However, the warmth and genuine welcome showed by the whole of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) was both invigorating and motivating. Once the day was done, there was just the one residual feeling that you became present to and on reflection, you found it to be envy. ...

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