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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup investment a smart move for New Zealand *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:02 AM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
On the back of the Emirates Team NZ funding and America's Cup challenge announcement there has been a lot of media comment, most of it negative on whether NZ Economic Development should be investing in the New Zealand team. During the week on Radio Live Emirates Team NZ CEO discussed the economic impact of the New Zealand investment, and the issues of this America's cup Challenge ...
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America's Cup: Can multihulls matchrace? You bet! Catch the Video! *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:53 PM Fri 29 Apr 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing have just posted a video showing a minute or so of the pre-start between two AC45's in moderate breezes. It gives us a first glimpse of what match racing could be like in wingsailed multihulls with their rapid acceleration and ability to spin on a dime. ...
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America's Cup: From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams *Feature By Tim Adair, Hauraki Gulf , 10:39 AM Thu 28 Apr 2011 GMT
From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams On a damp Wednesday morning on 27th April 2011, six excited young sailors – selected from the recent 2011 NZ Optimist Nationals – were lucky enough to be invited to crew on the AC45. To my surprise, skipper James (Jimmy) Spithill invited me to take the helm as we entered the Hauraki Gulf. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing release new capsize video *Feature By Oracle Racing Media, 9:23 AM Thu 28 Apr 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing who capsized their AC45 on the first day of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials have released a new video of the 'event', along with crew reactions to the free-fall. ...
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America's Cup: First impressions of Regatta and Media Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Event Media, 9:47 AM Wed 27 Apr 2011 GMT
Two days of testing in the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials have concluded. Conditions for both days have been quite different - with breezes at the top end of the scale on Tuesday and more moderate winds today, Wednesday. Today winds lightened from 16-17 kts at the start of the test round to 4-5kts at the end. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's first night out + Video *Feature By Hamish Hooper on board Camper, 11:04 AM Tue 26 Apr 2011 GMT
Hamish Hooper , on-board cameraman and writer for Camper, the first Volvo 70 launched for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, files this report on the yacht's first night at sea en route to Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand. ...
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America's Cup: First Test day pushes AC45's to the edge and beyond *Feature By America's Cup Media, 9:59 AM Tue 26 Apr 2011 GMT
On a day of testing the limits, ORACLE Racing capsized and Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a start mark. And that's just two of among dozens of near misses and thrills and spills. Not a bad way to start the week. Day 1 of the New Zealand test event showed the promise and potential of the upcoming America's Cup World Series as five AC45s braved gusty, blustery and variable conditions on the wa ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's James Spithill joins the Mile High Club *Feature By Sail-World.com Auckland NZ, 8:32 AM Tue 26 Apr 2011 GMT
The first day of the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials ended in spectacular fashion today as Oracle Racings's America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill, managed to go down the mine in their AC45. While the leap from the windward hull to the briny might be 'only' 26ft, we bet it looks a Mile High from up there. Courtesy of Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget we have the full sequence ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 7 *Feature By Oracle Racing Media, 11:46 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 25 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more. ...
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Images from Wakatere: Final Day of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:18 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the Final Day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet. ...
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2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 4 Report *Feature By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 8:35 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Leonard Takahashi-Fry holds onto the lead with one day to go in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, Isaac McHardie is a comfortable second and Nathaniel Deverell keeps hold of third, but there's one more day of racing to come and there's a strong group of sailors after one of the top five position to secure a place in the New Zealand team to compete in the World Championship in Napier later this y ...
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Brisbane to Gladstone - Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins on handicap *Feature By Ian Grant, , 6:30 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Brisbane to Gladstone - Former Queenslander Marcus Blackmore fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he steered the exciting TP52 Hooligan to victory in the 2011 QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone race. ...
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Consistency pays on Day 4 + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:28 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Racing has just concluded on the fourth day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and with all to sail for, the top sailors could afford, and made no mistakes. Series favourite Markus Sommerville sailing for the host Club, Wakatere, strung together two wins and a third to move up three places on the leaderboard. ...
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Images of Wakatere: Pleased to be ashore after a long day *Feature By Christine Hansen, 9:54 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
Photographer Christine Hansen took these images as the fleet in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals came ashore after a long day on Day 3 on the water off Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland. ...
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Images from Wakatere: Day 3 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:36 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
Against Doctor's orders, Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals and captured the action from the finish of Race 4 in one division of the Open Fleet and Race 5. ...
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Lighter seabreezes shuffle the top on Day 3 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Devonport, NZ , 5:10 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
The points table has had a shakeup on the third day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club on the city's North Shore. Due to light and inconsistent winds on the first day of racing, none of the three scheduled races were able to be sailed, but today four were completed allowing a discard to come into effect - helping some sailor's pointscores ...
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Optimist Nationals: Early starts hit Championship favourites + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Event Media, 11:44 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
The second day of racing has concluded in the Toyota Optimist Championships being sailed at Auckland's Narrow Neck beach, on the North Shore. Two Australian sailors are placed in the top three overall in the Open fleet. After all racing was lost yesterday in the Open Fleet due to non-existent or inconsistent wind, racing only got underway properly today with a moderate 8 - 10 knot sea breeze ...
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ... *Feature By Various Sinners, 6:12 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:24 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pick up Alinghi sponsor for campaign *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:46 PM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
New sponsors are hard to find in the America's Cup and it was to the surprise of many that Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton was able to announce coffee maker, Nespresso as the fifth premium level sponsor at the teams entry confirmation announcement yesterday. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., is a worldwide pioneer and reference for highest quality premium portioned coffee. ...
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on the state of the Kiwi Cup play + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:03 PM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton spoke with Sail-World's NZ Editor after the sponsorship announcement today. He reveals the contribution of the likes of Glenn Ashby; describes the Oracle Racing team as 'old'; discusses the merits of using cranes for launching AC72's says Emirates Team NZ do not have their complete set of sponsors in place yet ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confirms campaign, announces sponsors *Feature By Warren Douglas, 5:53 AM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it was challenging for the 34th America’s Cup to be sailed at San Francisco in 2013. Managing Director Grant Dalton said the team was now in a position to formally announce its campaign. 'We believe that we can mount a credible challenge which will have a very good chance of winning the America’s Cup. That’s our mission and that is the expectation ...
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Ocean highway man Casey Smith prepares for next Volvo Race *Feature By Tracey Johnstone, Mooloolaba, Australia , 2:55 AM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
Casey Smith is one of an amazing group of ocean sailors that has made the Volvo Ocean Race his own. Competing in this race on board Puma’s il mostro in 2008/09, Smith’s taste for the fast, furious and at times dangerous racing conditions of a Volvo Ocean Race has not been sated. ...
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Spice up your Olympic Sailing Regatta *Feature By Markus Schwendtner, Berlin , 7:02 PM Wed 20 Apr 2011 GMT
Tired of watching tiny white boats wiggling around the race course on 4 knots boat speeds in just under 2 hours ? Don't you think that spectators and media would expect a bit more action to stay on the shore or in front of the TV ? Then we might have something for you... ...
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Wingsailed Optimist rig unveiled for 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:25 AM Wed 20 Apr 2011 GMT
Members of the Oracle Racing America's Cup team have been busy ahead of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, due to get underway at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club which get underway tomorrow. Several members of the various America's Cup teams live in the Devonport area, and took the opportunity to develop a wingsail rig suitable for the Optimist. ...
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