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470 Spring Cup Overall + video *Feature By 470 Internationale, 1:47 AM Tue 19 Apr 2011 GMT
The final day of the 470 Spring Cup 2011 in France on Sunday 17 April saw a rollercoaster of position changes. ...
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand *Feature By Connexion PR, South Melbourne , 10:52 PM Mon 18 Apr 2011 GMT
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world’s busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit’ spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit’ commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous). ...
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus *Feature By Dean Barker, Qingdao, China , 9:27 PM Mon 18 Apr 2011 GMT
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa. ...
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Extreme Sailing: America's Cup rivals fight for Qingdao title *Feature By Sail-World, 5:43 AM Sun 17 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team NZ, although having lost their overall lead going into the fourth day of the Extreme Sailing series in Qingdao, China, have put up a valiant stand to try to achieve a series victory. The forecasted stronger winds did not eventuate and instead the temperatures at the 2008 Olympic sailing venue are cold and with 4-6kt winds. ...
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Port Stephens sets Sail with major event *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 9:32 PM Sat 16 Apr 2011 GMT
Tourism and Sailing events have proven to be a great combination Australia wide. It’s no accident that the peaks in tourist numbers in a whole range of well known tourist locations coincide with major sailing regattas. ...
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Images of Qingdao: Heading down the mine on Day 3 *Feature By Extreme Sailing, 5:31 AM Sat 16 Apr 2011 GMT
It was a day collisions and capsizes on the Extreme Sailing course inside the seawall at Qingdao, China, venue for the so-called light air Olympics in 2008. Here's a galley of images of the day's action ...
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45 starters for the 46th OK Dinghy Interdominion Championship *Feature By Daen Dorazio, Melbourne , 9:05 PM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
2011 sees the resurgence of the OK Dinghy Interdominion Championship, with 45 Australian and New Zealand competitors lining up at Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 3: Carnage, Capsizes and Collisions + Video *Feature By Extreme Sailing Series, 3:27 PM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
Never in four years of the Extreme Sailing Series has there been so much drama in one day. In almost unprecedented conditions here in Qingdao, the public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium’ racing, first witnessing a major collision between The Wave, Muscat (Oman) and Oman Air (Oman) at the first downwind mark of the first race, and four dramatic capsizes. ...
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NSW IRC Championship images day 1 from Sail Port Stephens 2011 *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 11:06 AM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
The NSW IRC Championship is being sailed as part of Sail Port Stephens 2011. Today's racing was offshore and in strong conditions. Hooligan, Marcus Blackmore's TP52 won day 1. ...
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SB3 Australian Championship race 1 images - Sail Port Stephens 2011 *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 5:25 AM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
The SB3 Nationals got underway today as part of Sail Port Stephens 2011. This gallery of images is from race 1. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao: High drama on Day 2 + Video *Feature By Extreme Sailing Series, 6:54 PM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
There was four and a half hours of high-drama on the second day of the Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China. Six 'open water' races were raced today outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. The breeze was a up and down but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their hulls ...
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Emirates Team NZ: CAMPER shows her colours on the Waitemata + Video *Feature By Warren Douglas, 6:43 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
CAMPER the Emirates Team New Zealand’s VO70 yacht for the Volvo Ocean Race went for her maiden sail on Auckland Harbour today. The yacht left the team’s base at Viaduct Harbour in the early afternoon. The sea was calm, the wind a soft breeze – ideal conditions for a maiden sail with the sailing crew of 11 and the 12 designers, engineers and systems experts on board ...
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Laser designer and Int 14 sailor pays tribute to Geoff Smale *Feature By Bruce Kirby, 5:03 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Canadian sailor and designer Bruce Kirby,better known as the designer of the highly successful Laser class was one of those who competed on the 1958 Prince of Wales Cup, along with Geoff Smale who died last weekend in a light aircraft accident. Here he pays tribute to his old friend ...
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Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ lead after first day of racing *Feature By Warren Douglas, 4:33 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand appear to have converted well to the world of multihull sailing and lead the China regatta of the Extreme 40 Series after the first day’s racing Six races were held outside the breakwater at Qingdao in a 10-15 easterly. At the end of the day, with a finishes of fifth ,4th, fourth, first, second and fifth and a total of 49 points, Barker has a slender two-point lead ...
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Sail Port Stephens Commodore's Cup - Images from Day 3 *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 12:29 PM Wed 13 Apr 2011 GMT
Another bright blue day at Australia's fastest growing regatta. Here is a selection of images. There are lots more on the event website's 2011 photogallery. ...
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Sail Port Stephens Commodore's Cup Three Islands Race – Best ever? *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 9:14 AM Tue 12 Apr 2011 GMT
Commodore's Cup Day 2 – Straight out of the Brochure today Postcard autumn weather, gusty westerly 15-20 knots, blazing blue skies and a wonderful course. Quite long parts of the course were romping beam reaching legs favouring waterline length and the leaders quickly sorted by size. ...
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America's Cup: AC45 high speed wipeout video's and images *Feature By Oracle Racing and Sail-World, 9:24 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Last week, Oracle Racing were out training on the Hauraki Gulf in strong-to-high winds between 25 and 35 knots with a sea running. They were sailing off the wind under North Head when a strong puff hit. The leeward bow dug in the water and the trampoline was nearly engulfed before control was regained, before the distribution of buoyancy in the hull allowed the bow to pop out and avert calamity. ...
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Oracle Racing News: Edition 5 - Team Korea enters; High speed wipeouts *Feature By Oracle Racing Media, 9:12 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Edition 5 of the Oracle Racing newsletter with an introduction to Team Korea, and two videos of AC45 wipe-outs while training in the Hauraki Gulf., plus more... ...
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Geoff Smale: Sailor, Sailing Scientist and Sailing Engineer *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:15 AM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Geoff Smale, who died in a light aircraft accident on Saturday was one of New Zealand's most intelligent sailors combining that rare mix of engineering ability, original thinking and great sailing ability. He did not start sailing until relatively late in life at the age of 21 years, and first rose to fame with a win in the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1958 sailed off Cowes Isle of Wig ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper VOR70 makes journey to the sea + Video *Feature By Warren Douglas, 11:18 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand’s new round-the-world race yacht CAMPER has arrived in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. She left the builder’s yard in Auckland at 4.30am Sunday; just a year after project was announced. ...
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Olympic yachtsman found dead in plane + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:27 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
One of New Zealand's top sailors - 1968 Olympic representative and 1958 Price of Wales Trophy winner, Geoff Smale, has been found dead in the cockpit of his crashed microlight. He was en route from Auckland to Ashburton. It is reported that an Airforce Iroquois helicopter found the wreckage, on Mount Duppa in the Bryant Range, about 20km north east of Nelson, around 2pm today, the Rescue Coordinat ...
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Hood Sails Australia chosen for Round Australia durability *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 7:53 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
Just a few days before the Sydney to Hobart race and there's drama everywhere. Last minute emergencies at every level. And suddenly you need a new sail ... Hood Sails Australia to the rescue. Now its a sail for Round Australia. ...
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Kiteboards take heart from new Medal Events created by IOC *Feature By IKA, 11:07 AM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay. ...
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Audi Sydney Newcastle race overnight standout *Feature By Di Pearson, 11:11 PM Fri 8 Apr 2011 GMT
Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race fleet struggled in the extremely light conditions overnight. The Radford 12, Greg Zyner’s Copernicus, has taken the overall lead of the race under IRC. Copernicus’ overnight performance finds her just east of Port Stephens this morning. Loki still leads on line honours. ...
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World Champions duel at Sail Port Stephens *Feature By Sail Port Stephens media, 7:51 AM Fri 8 Apr 2011 GMT
Two high profile Australian sailors Glen Bourke and Nathan Outteridge, with ten World titles under their belts between them, are amongst the favourites for the 2011 SB3 Australian Championship to be sailed Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April, as part of Sail Port Stephens 2011. ...
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