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Team Oman Air up their game Team Oman Air up their game In preparation for must-win Sydney showdown A precious two-point lead at the top of the table, backed up by a winning habit and extra training, has boosted confidence levels ahead of Team Oman Air's final push for the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series title. by Oman Sail Posted today at 2:22 pm Connecting Team Bridge Connecting Team Bridge At the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne Consider the logistics of three teenage boys of varying ages all playing the same equipment heavy sport. Now imagine the coordination required for the Bridge family of kiters currently in Australia for an extended southern hemisphere tour. by Kate Lathouras Posted today at 2:09 pm Chance for RNZYS Performance Programme Chance for RNZYS Performance Programme To prove itself in the Extreme Sailing Series™ RNZYS Youth Training Program Graduate and recent WMRT tour card recipient Chris Steele will be joined by a crew from the RNZYS' newly formed Performance Programme (PP) for this week's Extreme Sailing Series™ Act in Sydney. by Andrew Delves Posted today at 1:19 pm 2017 America's Cup Tickets 2017 America's Cup Tickets Going on sale on 9th December Tickets for the 35th America's Cup, taking place in Bermuda from May 26th until June 27th 2017, will go on sale at www.americascup.com from Friday 9th December. A full range of tickets will be available with options to suit every need. by America's Cup Posted today at 10:25 am Video interviews from the Sailing World Cup Final Video interviews from the Sailing World Cup Final Talking to two very different successful coaches I took the opportunity today on the first official day of racing at the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne to talk to two coaches about how they are preparing their sailors. by Nic Douglass Posted today at 9:54 am Blithfield Barrel Series round 2 Blithfield Barrel Series round 2 Crisp conditions in a cold North Easterly The second round of the Barrel series took place on Sunday. Crisp conditions were the order of the day, a cold north easterly blowing diagonally across the lake. It looked deceptively calm from the clubhouse shore! by Chris Martin Posted today at 8:25 am Sailing World Cup Final at Melbourne day 1 Sailing World Cup Final at Melbourne day 1 No separating leading sailors There was no separating the leading sailors in the Laser and Laser Radial at the Sailing World Cup Final presented by Land Rover, with ties at the top in both fleets. by Daniel Smith, World Sailing Posted today at 8:06 am Exeter excel at Bristol's Brew Exeter excel at Bristol's Brew 18 teams race at Chew Valley Lake Bristol Brew, the annual team racing event hosted by the University of Bristol Sailing Club, was held on Chew Valley Lake over the weekend of 3rd-4th December. by Phoebe Scott Posted today at 7:29 am Phantoms at Burghfield Phantoms at Burghfield Southern Travellers Series finale The final event of the Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Area Series took place at Burghfield Sailing Club on 3rd December. The event was originally scheduled for the end of October. by Chris Shelton Posted today at 7:27 am MS Amlin International Moth Regatta day 1 MS Amlin International Moth Regatta day 1 Fitzpatrick takes early lead Irishman Rory Fitzpatrick holds the early lead at the 2nd annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. by Sean McNeill Posted today at 6:26 am 8th Vendée Globe day 30 8th Vendée Globe day 30 Leeuwin record for leader Le Cléac'h At 0930 UTC this morning (Monday), while he was sailing 600 miles west of the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Sébastien Josse contacted his shore team to inform them that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild. by Andi Robertson Posted on 5 Dec Dun Laoghaire Fireball Frostbite Series 1 Round 5 Dun Laoghaire Fireball Frostbite Series 1 Round 5 Olympians join the fray While the forecast on XCWeather had looked good from the late part of Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning, the reality on the water was that it didn't deliver. Instead of a healthy 14 – 19 knots of South-Easterly, we got less. by Cormac Bradley Posted on 5 Dec Lymington Town Winter Dinghy Series race 9 Lymington Town Winter Dinghy Series race 9 Only the hardy ventured out Only the hardy ventured out to take part in race 9 of the winter series. A strong cold easterly wind blowing against the incoming flood tide produced difficult conditions for the competitors, with many retiring after one lap for lunch. by John Cooper Posted on 5 Dec Grab a last minute gift from the Finn shop Grab a last minute gift from the Finn shop Calendars, books, clothing and even half models Calendars, books, clothing and even half models are available from the Finn Class Association this December. Purchase online. by Finn Class Association Posted on 5 Dec San Fernando Race 40th Anniversary preview San Fernando Race 40th Anniversary preview 480nm from Hong Kong to the Philippines The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has issued the Notice of Race and online registration is now open for the 2017 San Fernando Race which will start in Hong Kong on 12 April, 2017. This will be the 40th anniversary of the iconic San Fernando race. by RHKYC Media Posted on 5 Dec Sixty years to the day Sixty years to the day Looking back at the Melbourne Olympic Games On 5 December 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games sailing competition drew to a close with some tense final races across the five classes. by Daniel Smith, World Sailing Posted on 5 Dec Double header in Western Australia Double header in Western Australia Adds to 2017 WMRT Calendar Following the announcement of the WMRT Match Cup Australia in Perth last week, the World Match Racing Tour has revealed two more events in Australia in the first two months of 2017. by World Match Racing Tour Posted on 5 Dec Kyle Stoneham wins Send It Series Kyle Stoneham wins Send It Series At the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda Even though racing was cancelled for today due to strong winds, some of the competitors went sailing in Hamilton Harbour, so we decided to run some speed trials. by Beau Outteridge Posted on 5 Dec America's Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Regatta America's Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Regatta To be held 20-26 June 2017 in Bermuda The Hobie Wave is a catamaran just right for the young sailors of the America's Cup Endeavour Programme. Hobie has provided Waves for the use of school-aged kids in Bermuda, New York, Chicago, and Toulon. by David Brookes Posted on 5 Dec Race length draws keen skippers Race length draws keen skippers To the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race Two skippers drawn by the longer distance of January's first-ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race have marked the January 2, 2017 start date and are busy preparing crews and their steeds for the first offshore event of the New Year. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted on 4 Dec Olympic medallists head to Victoria Olympic medallists head to Victoria For SWC Melbourne 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne begins this week, with several Olympic medallists heading to the southern state to compete in the final Sailing World Cup event for 2016. by Megan McKay Posted on 4 Dec Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing Down to the wire in thrilling final The finals of this year's Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing went to the wire with the BSC team of Bruce Huber & James Meaning beating the RVYC team of Mark & Jo Downer by the narrowest of margins by Mike Samuelson Posted on 4 Dec Carlos Aguilar Match Race overall Carlos Aguilar Match Race overall Groeneveld beat Roble to win St. Thomas event On St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Olympic match racing star Renée Groeneveld and her Dutch team of Annemieke Bes, Lobke Berkhout and Mijke Lievens, won their first WIM Series event ever. by WIM Series Posted on 4 Dec 8th Vendée Globe day 29 8th Vendée Globe day 29 Mainsail back up, Jérémie Beyou back racing At 1900 UTC yesterday evening, Jérémie Beyou alerted everyone that there had been damage on Maître CoQ. While sailing in thirty knots of wind, the mainsail suddenly came down. by Andi Robertson Posted on 4 Dec Laser Europa Cup at Monaco overall Laser Europa Cup at Monaco overall Italian Marco Gallo wins on an action-packed final day A stiff easterly blowing up to 20 knots greeted the 230 sailors from 11 nationalities divided into five categories on the third and last day of the Monaco Europa Cup, more than fulfilling everyone's expectations. by Isabelle Andrieux Posted on 4 Dec Australian Yachting Championships preview Australian Yachting Championships preview Coming to Sydney in March 2017 Australian Sailing's premier keelboat event heads to Sydney in 2017 with the Australian Yachting Championship to be held from March 23 to March 26. by Jane Gordon, Australian Sailing Posted on 4 Dec Phuket King's Cup Regatta Opening Ceremony Phuket King's Cup Regatta Opening Ceremony One of the most prestigious sporting events in Asia The Phuket King's Cup Regatta Under Royal Patronage, one of the most prestigious international sporting events in Asia, formally opens its 30th Anniversary at Kata Beach Resort and Spa, Phuket, Thailand. by Tanyaporn Kanchanahoti Posted on 4 Dec Christmas Ball and Prize Giving Christmas Ball and Prize Giving At Clwb Hwlio Pwllheli Sailing Club 100 members and their guests attended the ball held in the Deck restaurant at Plas Heli, the iconic Welsh national sailing events centre and were treated to an excellent Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. by Mark Thompson Posted on 4 Dec Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 5 Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 5 A hardy group forego the Autumn International Rugby With forty knot gale force easterly winds at Prawle Point a number of the regular sailors in the Salcombe Yacht Club Winter series elected for the relative comfort of the England Australia Autumn International. by David Greening Posted on 4 Dec Grenadian welcome for Maserati Grenadian welcome for Maserati In the RORC Transatlantic Race The Italian MOD70, Maserati has finished the RORC Transatlantic Race; Phaedo3 has been declared the winner of the Multihull Trophy and Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard is on the hunt for the monohull record. by Louay Habib Posted on 4 Dec Arthur's Dead - the new book by Thomas Jobling Arthur's Dead - the new book by Thomas Jobling A dramatic story with gripping sea scenes The County Antrim based yachtsman turned novelist, Thomas Jobling has just launched his newist book - ARTHUR'S DEAD. Another work of maritime fiction, this time he has eased his unique writing style away from competitive sailing. by Thomas Jobling Posted on 4 Dec Melges 24 Worlds at Miami overall Melges 24 Worlds at Miami overall Embarr team crowned champions As a result of an amazing Championship, with all results of the series, apart from one, within the top five, the Irish team of Embarr IRL829 (2-75/DNS) have been crowned 2016 Melges 24 World Champions. by Piret Salmistu Posted on 4 Dec Laser Europa Cup at Monaco day 1 Laser Europa Cup at Monaco day 1 Light winds for the 228 sailors The first day of racing did not disappoint the 228 entrants competing in the Monaco Europa Cup. The Laser Standard fleet opened the proceedings in a five-knot easterly, with a starting line favoured at the Committee end. by Isabelle Andrieux Posted on 4 Dec 18ft Skiff Yandoo Trophy 18ft Skiff Yandoo Trophy Ward, Marshall and West win their first race James Ward, Phil Marshall and Harry West won their first 18ft Skiff race today on Sydney Harbour when they brought Triple M home a clear winner of the Australian 18 Footer League's Yandoo Trophy. by Frank Quealey Posted on 4 Dec Carlos Aguilar Match Race day 3 Carlos Aguilar Match Race day 3 Groeneveld & Roble leading their semis 2 – 0 Saturday of the 5th and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, offered some really exciting racing. Within arm's reach of the Charlotte Amalie shoreline, the world-class crews threw around their boats in breathtaking manoeuvres. by WIM Series Posted on 4 Dec Sir Peter Blake Regatta overall Sir Peter Blake Regatta overall Sean Herbert wins in Torbay The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta has wrapped up for another year, finishing off with an outstanding day on the water. by Suellen Hurling Posted on 4 Dec
New Rules Books Out NowThe Olympics have gone and that means one thing to the racing sailor – we'll be playing to a new set of rules in January! Yes, on 1st January 2017 the new Racing Rules of Sailing come into force.Sailing stars go Bahamas Sloop racing... and sink!A perfect day in Nassau, Bahamas, off the beautiful Montagu Bay, where the Best of the Best Regatta took place today with traditional sloops racing and Bahamian junior sailing running their 2016 finals.Speed Thrills. Pain Kills.We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. One brand, Zhik®, was the first to develop a range of lightweight, low profile, flexible and waterproof padding in a purpose built wetsuit to help protect the sailors from damage.Yachtsman's and Crewman's Travel InsuranceWe spoke to Robert Stevens, Managing Director at Topsail Insurance, about two of their key products; Yachtsman's Travel Insurance and Crewman's Travel Insurance, designed especially for employed crew working on board yachts, motorboats and superyachts.Looking back at Wildwind ex-staff member Stew EdgeIt's often said that it's the Wildwind staff that make our holidays so enjoyable… and we have been lucky enough to have employed some truly wonderful individuals. One of our favourites is Stew Edge.The Spinlock Aero ProWe spoke with Ash Holmes of Spinlock about the Aero Pro, which is their new buoyancy aid and draws on much of their work with the British America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR, and their previous WING buoyancy aid.Fynn Sterrit and James Peters join Team Allen24 year old skiff racer George Hand will be joining Team Allen and using the British Manufacturer's hardware as well as competing under the team banner in the J70 class.Sailing with a LegendPaul Blowers sailed with John Bertrand and, together with Ben Lamb, they won the 2016 Etchells World Championship which was sailed from Cowes in September. We talked to Paul to find out how he got to know John and what it was like to sail with him.P&B/Winner Optimist team 2017 selectedThe team for the 2017 P&B/Winner team has been chosen. This prestigious team takes some of the top sailors from the UK Optimist scene to form the Winner team for 2017.Henri Lloyd developments for 2017We spoke to Craig Prest, Creative Director at Henri Lloyd, about the latest technical marine clothing and ranges that they're developing.Choose a FREE Christmas Gift!Choose from a pair of Trident gloves, a Trident neck tube or the RYA Handy Guide Racing Rule Book on orders over £75 whilst stocks last at TridentUK.From Cockerill to Rooster part 2We spoke to Steve Cockerill, the founder of Rooster Sailing, about how he first started sailing, where it led him, his career and how he started in business for himself and created the Rooster Sailing brand.