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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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... ...

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. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize AC45 in Auckland *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Devonport, NZ , 5:28 AM Wed 20 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand today confirmed that their AC45 had capsized in Auckland while training today. The one design wingsailed catamaran left the Viaduct Harbour just before 1000hrs this morning and returned soon after noon. ...

America's Cup: Ehman, Trouble, Reggio and more at 'Cup Chat' *Feature By Michelle Slade, San Francisco, USA , 8:20 AM Tue 19 Apr 2011 GMT
If there’s one subject that America’s Cup aficionados agree on, it’s that the event is all about its personalities. Thursday night’s shindig at the Golden Gate Yacht Club brought the point home in more ways than one under the guise of a US Sailing Speaker series program called 'Cup Chat'. Event pros Hartmann studios transformed the GGYC into a pseudo TV studio Letterman style.. ...

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. ...

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). ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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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