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Smartphone App solves common race management issues in Port Hacking By John Weidemier, Oatley , 12:19 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
RMYC Port Hacking Sailing Division has been using 'Race Logger', an Android App to assist in management of the club’s offshore racing programs. The club has a proud tradition for timely production of race results with Vice Captain, John Barter generally uploading the race result to the club’s website before members have returned to the clubhouse. ...
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LJ Hooker Lane Cove Upper Harbour Championship starts Saturday By Andrew Glassock, Longueville , 11:51 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 -15 LJ Hooker Lane Cove Upper Harbour Championship - Will it be a boat from up north – Belmont or Avalon or from down south St George or Wollongong? Will it be a boat from a 'west of the bridge club' – Drummoyne, Hunters Hill or Lane Cove or one from an eastern club – Northbridge, Middle Harbour, Vaucluse or Manly? ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, , 11:36 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video: You know when you try to stick two positive magnets together and regardless as to how close you get them they never touch? Well, the ITCZ is a bit like that. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:09 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
As reported earlier Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race would seem to have gone from being a tightly fought contest to being a procession to Cape Town. Even though only 40% of the course has been sailed, the distance between the boats are significant (other than the two lead boats) and look set to increase. ...
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2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo By WMRT, , 2:54 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category Three Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. ...
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J24 to represent Australia at next America's Cup? By Simon Grain, , 2:48 AM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
America’s Cup - Veteran yachting reporter Bert Stankler has been covering this explosive story. ‘When I first heard the story break that Australia would be competing for the Auld Mug in a J24 I was straight on the phone to Bob Oatley, he said the oversupply of wine worldwide has hit the bottom line of many wine producers, they needed to change their strategy. ...
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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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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo By Laurie Fullerton, , 8:11 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers opportunities for young people to have new experiences, coping with Hurricane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and some are now guests in homes without electricity. ...
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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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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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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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Sailors rate Sail Sandy 2014 a huge success! By Chris Furey, Sandringham , 2:39 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
With record entries, fresh breezes, superb facilities, friendly volunteers and quality race management, Sail Sandy 2014 has been rated the best ever by competing sailors. The morning of Saturday October 18th saw the Sandringham Yacht Club boatyard rapidly fill up with boats and excited sailors as they prepared for the racing that afternoon. ...
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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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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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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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Christmas comes early for Sailors with disAbilities By Mary Bickley, Sydney , 8:56 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Windcraft's MD Peter Hrones said he 'Felt like Father Christmas' this week as he handed over the keys of a brand new Hanse 345 yacht to raffle winner John Scott and a cheque for $174,550.37 to David Pescud the founder of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD). ...
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A Sailor's Dream Home: View after the Coastal Classic - Auction 22 Nov By Sail-World, , 8:48 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Imagine finishing the Coastal Classic and relaxing in your own waterfront home at Opua with your boat tugging gently on a deep-water mooring off the lawn. Built to an architect design in 2000, this north-facing waterfront Opua property is a short walk to the marina and boatyard. It is going to auction on November 22. View this Labour Weekend after the Coastal Classic. ...
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