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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics *Feature By Bruce Kendall, 11:15 AM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, and multiple World Windsurfing Champion, Bruce Kendall writes on the topic of whether Kiteboarding is too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Events Regatta. I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have ...

America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado *Feature By America's Cup Media and Sail-World, 10:36 AM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Testing continued in Auckland for the second week of the America's Cup Regatta Management and Media Trials under cloudy skies, torrential rain and moderate, if gusty winds - including a nearby tornado. The Race Committee ran fleet races today and for the first time, China Team was a full participant. ...

Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:11 PM Mon 2 May 2011 GMT
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing’s most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America’s Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events ...

Sail Port Stephens 2011 gets rave reviews *Feature By Sail Port Stephens Media, 5:49 AM Mon 2 May 2011 GMT
The fastest growing regatta in Australia, Sail Port Stephens, is obviously a regatta whose time has come. It certainly played to rave reviews. ...

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 entries open *Feature By MMABRW Media, 2:30 AM Mon 2 May 2011 GMT
Entries have already begun to flow in for the 22nd Annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, which will be conducted on the waters of Pioneer Bay and the Whitsunday Passage from 11th to 18th August 2011. The very first entry came within an hour of the 2011 website Go button being pressed; it came from Gary McCarthy and Tracey Johnstone from Mooloolaba. ...

America's Cup: The week that Was - Video from the Regatta Trials *Feature By Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media, 8:54 AM Sun 1 May 2011 GMT
Catch this summary, in video, of the first week of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials. ...

America's Cup: Sit in on the Remote Umpiring System + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:46 PM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
Sail-World sat in on the final day of testing for the remote umpiring system to be used for the America's Cup World series and America's Cup itself in the new multihull competition. Developed to avoid the need for umpires to be chasing the competitors at speeds of up to 35 knots and making decisions, the on screen system effectively slows down the action and enables very accurate calls to be made ...

Fishing writers needed – now - freelance opportunity *Feature By Rob Kothe, Publisher, TetraMedia, 8:39 PM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
A ground floor opportunity, for specialist fishing writers in the Asia Pacific, who want to increase their profile into today’s media. The largest online marine publication in the world, with a monthly readership of 220,000 is launching its first venture into the sport of fishing. ...

America's Cup: Stan Honey on TV and Umpiring systems for AC45's *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:57 AM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with Stan Honey, one of the key players behind the development of the remote umpiring systems and television systems intended for the America's Cup World Series and then the America's Cup itself. ...

America's Cup: Competitors Forum Media Conference + Video + Full Audio *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:16 AM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
Another Competitors Forum was held in Auckland today. Sail-World understands it was attended by 14 of the 15 teams entered, with about eight in physical attendance and others participating by phone in. Following the Forum, designed to allow the Challengers and Defender to discuss issues and concepts relating to the the 34th America's Cup, a Media Conference was held in the America's Cup Regatta ...

America's Cup: The Kids are all right - Opti sailors taste the AC45 *Feature By Gilles Martin-Raget, 4:23 AM Sat 30 Apr 2011 GMT
After the Toyota National Optimist Championships concluded in Auckland, New Zealand on Easter Monday, the five sailors in the New Zealand team were invited out for a sail on Oracle racing's AC45. A good picture speaks a thousand words, but the looks on these young sailor's faces speak volumes. Does it get any better than this when you are a kid? ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

America's Cup: Oracle Racing's James Spithill joins the Mile High Club *Feature By 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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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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