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Groupe Beneteau named sponsor of US Sailing Team and ISAF World Cup By US Sailing, , 4:13 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Groupe Beneteau today announced its sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Groupe Beneteau, the parent company of Jeanneau and Beneteau sailing yachts and Lagoon catamarans, is the world’s leading yacht builder, and will now become a significant presence in high-performance sailing with its support of both the US national sailing team ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:29 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts. Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ...
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set By Talbot Wilson, , 8:59 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday. ...
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DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old By Sailing Intelligence, , 7:11 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. ...
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Les Voiles de St Barth - Sixth edition set for Saint Barthélemy By Kirsten Ferguson, , 6:59 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
From April 13-18 2015, Saint Barthélemy will play host to the sixth edition of Les Voiles de St Barth. No fewer than 80 boats and 1,000 sailors are expected to compete at the event, which has been a not-to-be-missed competitive gathering since its creation back in 2010, and for very good reason. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums By Jonno Turner, , 5:57 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video By Team Vestas Wind, , 5:43 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The Atlantic has proved to be a test for the VO65s in the Volvo Ocean Race and their teams as a battle of gybing down the west coast of Africa broke out, keeping all boats in a relatively tight-knit pack for much longer than expected. Having passed Morocco and the Canaries, we were drawn to the tricky-to-handle magnet of Cape Verde. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team By Dongfeng Race Team, , 5:06 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
It’s the dawn of a complicated day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s face it: we’re not having a very good time on Dongfeng. We lost distance last night, and our leading position. The day got dull afterwards. Sailing straight ahead, with the spinnaker up, in light winds. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing By Corinna Halloran, , 4:51 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 10 onboard Team SCA. Two days, eight hours, thirty-four minutes, and ten seconds, nine seconds, eight, seven, six, five… over the last few days the clock has gotten louder and louder as it counts down to October 23rd at noon—the time when we cross the equator and the time when myself and six other sailors join the rest of our crew in King Neptune’s court. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza By Team Brunel, , 4:41 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
For Pablo Arrarte Elorza, the Volvo Ocean Race is a tough challenge. Not as far as physical effort is concerned because this likeable Spaniard is a very strong guy. For Pablo, the race is mostly a culinary war of attrition because the food that the team has bought with it on the race does little to please his gourmet palate. ...
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Wales to host 2015 Optimist European Championships By Karenza Morton, Pwllheli , 4:33 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Wales, Great Britain will welcome the Olympic sailing stars of the future when it hosts the prestigious Optimist European Championship 2015 next July. Around 250 of the World’s top young sailors from over 45 countries will travel to Pwllheli in North Wales for what is always one of the most fiercely contested events on the international junior racing calendar. ...
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RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video By Jerome S., , 4:17 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds kicked off on October 20th in Clearwater, USA, and it was hard work from the start: in 5-6 kt of breeze, offshore to start the day and side-on to close it, pumping was in order for the 54 boys and 28 girls gathered here for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. ...
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - NoR released, entries open for 2015 By St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, , 2:33 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very happy to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 - 8. The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event's 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season. ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet By KPMS, , 2:24 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race. The prevailing wind remains weak, but is expected to strengthen this afternoon coinciding with the arrival of bulk of the fleet t the Egadi Islands. ...
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Cowes Etchells winter series reduced to one day By Rob Goddard, , 2:15 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The Cowes Etchells winter series was reduced to just one day, Sunday 19th October, Saturday the 18th had a horrid forecast so racing was cancelled on the Friday night, but for the few who did venture out onto the bramble bank on the Saturday sailing the conditions were not ideal, in fact rather strange with 20 degree jib backing wind-shifts, the racing was unlikely to have been great. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies By Henry Bomby, , 12:33 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Last week the Volvo Ocean Race was all about VMG downwind sailing, with Dongfeng being the star performer. After DFRT took the lead, they shortly lost it again 36 hours later after hitting something in the water and losing their rudder. Two hours later they were up and running again with the spare in. Impressive stuff. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, , 11:25 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. ...
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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, , 11:22 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Igor Simicic's maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race. ...
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Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video By SYWoC Press Office, , 10:45 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Italy won two races (windward-leeward race (ninth race) and coastal race (11th race), Switzerland won the second race of the day (10th race) and Ireland the last one (12th race). A lot of tactics was required to make best use of the little wind. The first race (windward-leeward race, 0,8nm) started at four knots. A second start under black flag happened. ...
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New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind By Sail-World, , 10:28 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:46 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The battle continues for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, with the front running being taken up by different competitors on a regular basis. With the first boats about to enter the Doldrums, anything can happen - with the outcome being decided by navigational skill and experience, rather than being resolved on a computer. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:44 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race has lifted intensity again on Day 9 with the fleet spread across 100nm of ocean and charging in a line for the turning point of Fernando de Noronha, 220nm off the Brazilian coast. ...
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La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3 By Chris Yates, , 8:05 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
As expected the third day of the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam proved to be a quiet affair with very light winds throughout the day. After a chilly and overcast start, the sun eventually broke through to produce another beautiful afternoon in La Torche. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook By Anderson Reggio, Team Alvimedica, , 6:47 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The first eight days of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race have been filled with more excitement and tighter racing than anyone could have anticipated. Up until Saturday morning, Leg One has left the fleet with few tactical options and therefore has kept everyone tightly packed as one unit of seven boats. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video By Jonno Turner, , 6:14 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sun’s out. It’s warm – not too hot, but warm enough for just a tee shirt. Ian Walker is stood at the helm of his Emirati boat, generous Atlantic trade winds whistling past his ears. 'We’re going straight through,' he claims, confidently. 'What Doldrums? - they’re going to say. Azzam isn’t even going to slow down.' ...
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