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Volvo Ocean Race: Big breezes as Leg 5 draws to a close + Video By Sail-World.com NZL, , 9:06 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race is expected to finish in two and a half days on April 6, UTC Race leader is Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) who is 5nm ahead of Mapfre with Team Alvimedica three miles further back. The front bunch is now sailing in more breeze after a day of calm breezes. They now have big breeze, with 25 knots of wind speed and gusts of 30 knots. ... [more]

VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge - Fairy Tale for Esmie By Louay Habib, , 6:22 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - GMT
The second Annual VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge took place off Nanny Cay on Thursday 2nd April as part of the BVI Spring Regatta's Maritime Heritage Day. The sloops date back over 100 years and this year's event had two noteworthy participants; His Excellency, John S. Duncan OBE, Governor of the British Virgin Islands and Sjoerd Koster, President VP Bank (BVI). ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Back in the North By Barcelona World Race, , 5:02 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - GMT
Spirit of Hungary crossed the Equator back into the Northern Hemisphere at 1553hrs UTC this afternoon. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman have taken 92 days 03 hrs 53 mins since the start on December 31st to return into Spirit of Hungary's 'home' hemisphere. They cross five day and ten hours behind Renault Captur. ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Back in the North By Barcelona World Race, , 5:02 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - GMT
Spirit of Hungary crossed the Equator back into the Northern Hemisphere at 1553hrs UTC this afternoon. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman have taken 92 days 03 hrs 53 mins since the start on December 31st to return into Spirit of Hungary's 'home' hemisphere. They cross five day and ten hours behind Renault Captur. ... [more]

Energa Group announced as title sponsor of Sopot Match Race By World Match Racing Tour, , 4:33 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - Sail-World UK GMT
One of Poland’s largest energy companies, Energa Group, was announced this week as title sponsor of the Sopot Match Race, which will take place from the 29th July to 1st August 2015. The Energa Sopot Match Race is one of the seven world championship events on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2015/16 season. ... [more]

2015 SAP 505 World Championships - Now the podium battle By Sailing Intelligence, , 4:06 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - GMT
Mike Holt and Carl Smit have won the SAP 505 World Championships with a day to spare, after another dominant day on Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Now the focus will switch to podium places. ... [more]

Trofeo Sofia Iberostar - Giles Scott applies pressure on fourth day By Robert Deaves, , 3:31 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - GMT
However bad the conditions are or whatever the racing throws at the sailors the same names always seem to rise to the top. And that’s exactly what happened in the Finn fleet on the fourth day at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Iberostar in Palma. Giles Scott (GBR) is back in his normal place, at the top of the leaderboard in front of the 73 other Finns. ... [more]

38th NSW Tasar Championships – Longbottom and Kristi leading the race By Nic Douglass, Sydney , 3:07 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
38th NSW Tasar Championships – Rick Longbottom and Kristi Ruus-Atkinson on Navy Sailing lead the Championships after dominating a tricky race track on day one. ... [more]

Sail Training Vessel Danmark coming to the Caribbean By Jan Roosens, , 2:11 AM Friday 03 Apr 2015 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
The Caribbean Sail Training Foundation announced today that one of their member vessels, the full rigged Tall ship Danmark, will visit the Caribbean Islands of Grenada on April 26th 2015 and St.Maarten-St.Martin on May 4th, 2015. ... [more]

America's Cup: Commercial Commissioner comments on Luna Rossa By Sail-World, , 10:59 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
The America’s Cup is disappointed to learn that Luna Rossa intends to withdraw its challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Backing off a little By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:48 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
The fleet has survived the kicking they got last night, only to wake up to a much calmer picture. The issue was an extremely strong wind set against an opposite current flow of two knots. This kicked up a short aggressive wave that definitely claimed the title of potentially boat breaking conditions. ... [more]

America's Cup: Luna Rossa stays true to principles and withdraws By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 7:46 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World NZ GMT
To the surprise of no-one, the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa, has announced that they are withdrawing from the 35th America's Cup after the Class Rule was changed on March 31, 2015. The Italians had issued a statement four days previously stating that they would undertake such an action if the Class Rule was switched without the agreement of all competitors. ... [more]

2015 APC Logistics Brisbane to Gladstone Multhull Race - Start video By Chris Dewar, Queensland , 7:35 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World AUS GMT
This morning at 1120 the Multihull Yachts in the APC Logistics Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race started. It was a close start which was too close for the starter to call. ... [more]

A look ahead - Two new forward-looking sonar systems By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, , 6:30 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
While the rigors and competitive pressures of the Volvo Ocean Race are far different than the average coastal or bluewater cruise, the simple fact remains that a head-on collision with a rock, a submerged container or a whale shark are sober-minded concerns. Fortunately, today’s state-of-the-art marine-electronics technology can help keep your vessel and your crew safe, provided your speed is low ... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía – US Sailing Team Sperry led by Finn and Radial By Will Ricketson, , 6:16 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World USA GMT
After three days of racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía, where over 1,200 of the world's best sailors have gathered to compete, the US Sailing Team Sperry is led on the leaderboard by athletes competing in the Laser Radial and Finn classes. ... [more]

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta – SMYCR raises 1660 dollars for Sea Rescue By St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, , 5:55 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
During the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the St. Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation (SMYCRF) has raised 1660 dollars for the St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation (SSRF) ... [more]

Princess Sofia Trophy – More images by Richard Langdon By Richard Langdon, , 5:39 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Princess Sofia Trophy – Images highlights by Richard Langdon ... [more]

RYA Youth Nationals 2015 - WPNSA joins forces with SunSense By WPNSA, , 5:37 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is joining forces with SunSense, the number one sunscreen in pharmacy (UK and Australia), to promote sun protection at the upcoming 2015 RYA Youth Nationals. This is the premier event in the UK youth sailing calendar and will be hosted by the WPNSA for a second consecutive year. ... [more]

Princess Sofia Trophy – Images highlights by Richard Langdon By Richard Langdon, , 5:21 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Princess Sofia Trophy 2015 – Images highlights by Richard Langdon ... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Le dernier carré By Barcelona World Race, , 5:18 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Barcelona World Race - Tous dans l’hémisphère nord… Après le passage de l’équateur par Nandor Fa et Conrad Colman à bord de Spirit of Hungary, tous les équipages se retrouvent la tête à l’endroit en route pour le dernier tronçon de course jusqu’à Barcelone. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - El Atlántico Sur, un infierno de más de 50 nudos By Volvo Ocean Race, , 5:13 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - Como infierno ha descrito el reportero del MAPFRE, Fran Vignale, las condiciones de 50 nudos en las que han navegado en las últimas horas. 'Las puertas comienzan a desencajarse [...] te mueves a gatas por el barco', explica. Aún así, el equipo español continúa aferrado a la tercera posición, y a sólo 12 millas del líder. Se espera que crucen la meta entre el domingo y el lunes. ... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofia - British 470 sailors pushing for win By Trofeo Princesa Sofia, , 5:08 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Trofeo Princesa Sofia - “There is no reason why we couldn’t win, it is totally feasible”, insure British 470 sailors Luke Patience and Elliot Willis, who have teamed up only a year ago, have been around the 470 scene for over a decade. ... [more]

Gitana Team - Top flight sailing By Kate Jennings, , 4:51 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Whilst a number of their competitors will make their official return to the racetrack this Easter weekend during the traditional Spi Ouest France opener, the members of Gitana Team will have to wait a few more weeks before they can feel the adrenaline of competition coursing through their veins once more. Indeed, their sailing season will kick off with the Tour de Belle-Ile on 9 May 2015. ... [more]

Royal Easter Show - Transport for NSW is ‘Best in Show’ By Transport for NSW, , 4:37 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - GMT
Royal Easter Show - Move over giant pumpkin and prized heifer – Transport for NSW is this year’s ‘Best in Show’ at the Royal Easter Show. ... [more]

Mini Transat 2015 - Solo sailor Lizzy Foreman keeps British hopes high By Hudson Wight / Lizzy Racing, , 2:56 PM Thursday 02 Apr 2015 - Sail-World UK GMT
British hopes will be riding high with Lizzy on her first-ever Mini Transat Race, starting September 19th, 2015 ... [more]

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