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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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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. ...
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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.. ...
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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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