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52 Super Series 2015 - Azzurra takes first sail in waters off Valencia By Azzurra Sailing Team, , 10:43 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - GMT
In preparation for the 52 Super Series 2015, the new Azzurra has taken her first sail in the waters off Valencia ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Départ canon pour Dongfeng Race Team By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:20 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - GMT
En Nouvelle-Zélande, c’est à 9h00 du matin que la flotte s’est élancée pour le départ de cette 5ème étape (21h00 en France). A l’heure où certains partaient au bureau, c’est vers un autre turbin s’élançaient les concurrents de la Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 18 - What's the Fed's fancy? By Collinson FX, , 9:06 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Mar 18 - Equity markets drifted lower overnight due to positive economic data triggering speculation that the Fed may move towards interest rate rises. The AUD continued to look inhibited, trading just above 0.7600, while the NZD was testing 0.7300 on the downside. All eyes remain on the Fed's rate decision tonight! ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Intense first hours out of Auckland By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:15 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - 11 hours after leaving the City of Sails, the fleet is grouped within ten nautical miles. The first four boats, Team Alvimedica, Dongfeng Race Team, Team Brunel and MAPFRE are in less than 2nm from each other. ... [more]

Day Skipper now available Online By Joanne Glassford, Auckland , 6:13 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Coastguard Boating Education’s most popular introductory course that focuses on essential boating safety knowledge relevant to all boaties has been developed into an online version. Day Skipper has a strong reputation amongst boaties and water safety advocates. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Alizés, face nord By Barcelona World Race, , 4:50 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - GMT
C’est l’une des spécificités de la Barcelona World Race: la remontée vers le détroit de Gibraltar ne laisse pas d’autre possibilité aux équipages engagés que de s’engager vers l’anticyclone des Açores, et de subir un régime de près serré dans les alizés. Impossible de contourner l’anticyclone par l’ouest avant de rejoindre les rives de la vieille Europe ... [more]

Superband and super sailing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 By Rob Mundle, , 2:54 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
As the entry list for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 continues to grow at an inspiring rate, the organisers have already excelled when it comes to the party scene, and the launch of the regatta. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 5 start – A wild race across the Southern Ocean By Team Brunel - Robbert-Jan Metselaar, , 2:49 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race – After a three day delay due to the tropical cyclone Pam, Auckland saw the start of the fifth leg at 20.00 UTC Tuesday evening. At that point the race village had already been taken down because of the high wind. ... [more]

Lack of southern ocean experience adds to pressure on Caudrelier By Dongfeng Race Team, , 2:30 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
'I’m heading into the Southern Ocean with two sailors onboard that have never sailed in more than 30 knots of wind, of course it’s added pressure.' – Charles Caudrelier feels the pressure as he leads his determined men in to the Southern Ocean, only three of which have passed the iconic Cape Horn before. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - To the finish. And beyond By Barcelona World Race, , 2:12 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - GMT
Cheminées Poujoulat, Barcelona World Race leaders, are expected to make their tack towards the Mediterannean this evening, albeit still with about 1100 miles to sail to Gibraltar. Current routing has them into the Med on 22nd March. The final stage to Barcelona should take around two and a half to three days which, everything remaining equal, would see Swiss-French duo finishing aroun March 25th ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Start of Leg 5, Auckland By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 1:50 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Sail-World.com NZL's editor, Richard Gladwell was on the water for the start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Auckland, starting at 0900hrs local time. Here are more images of the start. ... [more]

US Sailing’s revamped Olympic Development Program gets underway By Will Ricketson, , 1:48 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
Following an unprecedented $5 million donation by the AmericaOne Foundation, US Sailing has begun implementing a new-look Olympic Development Program (ODP), guided by its Project Pipeline strategic initiative. Starting in March 2015, promising American youth sailors will begin to receive world-class coaching support from the program in high-performance classes. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: The Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Walking the Dock By Nic Douglass, , 12:30 AM Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ 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. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 5 starts in near-drifter By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 11:48 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
After a delay of almost three days due to the passing of Cyclone Pam, the six boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet got underway in light winds for the start of Leg 5 to Brazil. Auckland was largely by-passed by Cyclone Pam which created devastation in the Pacific Islands, with the latest death toll being put at 24 souls, a count which is expected to rise. ... [more]

James Spithill to be giving Q&A session at 2015 Pittwater Sail Expo By Stephen Collopy, Sydney , 5:49 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Meet 2 X America’s Cup winner and Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year for 2014, James Spithill at a Q&A session during the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo. ... [more]

2015 Manly Yacht Club Women’s Challenge - Record fleet By Ivana Gattegno, manly , 5:18 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
A record fleet has already entered the MYC Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge 2015. Sailed over two days, Saturday 21st of March for Lasers and junior classes. Open to Optis, PJ,MJ Flying 11. ... [more]

Burma Boating campaigns to bring medical care to Myanmar’s islands By Eva Lupprian / Burma Boating, , 2:40 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - GMT
Yacht charter operator Burma Boating is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help set up medical care in Myanmar’s remote Mergui Archipelago. The 800 islands in the country’s far south have little infrastructure, for some islands visiting yachts are the only connection to the outside world ... [more]

2015 Rites of Spring - More images by pressure-drop.us By Pressure-drop.us, , 2:18 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
2015 Rites of Spring - More images by pressure-drop.us ... [more]

2015 Rites of Spring - Images by Pressure-drop.us By Pressure-drop.us, , 1:45 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
2015 Rites of Spring - A short narrative - Images by Pressure-drop.us ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - L’appel du Sud By Volvo Ocean Race, , 1:29 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015 - Jean-Luc Nélias, navigateur à bord de MAPFRE, résume la situation : « C’est l’étape la plus froide, la plus engagée, la plus sauvage, avec du vent fort, de la mer froide, des grosses vagues ». ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - 第五赛段周三起航 气旋影响仍不容忽视 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 12:52 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World Asia GMT
2014-15沃尔沃环球帆船赛第五赛段的比赛将于北京时间3月18日4时从新西兰奥克兰开始。六支船队将踏上九个赛段中最长的一段,接受狂风、巨浪、寒冷和潮湿的考验,绕过南美洲大陆最南端的合恩角,完成6,776海里的行程并最终抵达巴西的伊塔加。 ... [more]

2015 Rites of Spring - A short narrative By Pressure-drop.us, , 12:35 PM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
2015 Rites of Spring - The Oakland Yacht Club's annual early season shorthanded started off with boats milling about the Bezerkeley Flats hoping the anticipated die off of easterlies would transition to some form of westerly, but after some delay, the RC sent the crew off on courses which were sailable, and the Flats were enjoying at least some semblance of northerlies. ... [more]

Largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water By Sarah Griffiths for Mailonline, , 11:37 AM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
The largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water, according to Australian scientists. Until recently, the 74-mile-long (120km) Totten Glacier was thought to be surrounded by cold waters and therefore very stable and unlikely to shrink. ... [more]

XCAT World Series - Fazza determined to make amends By Karien Jonckheere, , 11:33 AM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Powerboat-World GMT
XCAT World Series - Having left Fujairah in disappointment after a fire in their engine brought a premature end to the opening round of the season, the Fazza duo of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi are determined to make amends in round two in Dubai this weekend ... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 17 - US Interest rate decision? By Collinson FX, , 11:02 AM Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Mar 17 - Australian New Vehicle Sales jumped 2.9%, as the currency clawed back to 0.7640, boosted by a flagging reserve. The KIWI also booked gains, moving back to 0.7370, reflecting USD weakness rather than any domestic positives. The NZD currently trades 0.6960 and 0.4965 against the EUR and GBP, little changed from yesterday. ... [more]

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