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A-Cat NZ Nationals: Olympic Silver medalists take top three places *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Takapuna Beach , 9:51 AM Sat 8 Feb 2014 GMT
Newly signed Emirates Team NZ sailor, Peter Burling, has won the New Zealand A-Class National Championship sailed off Takapuna Beach today. The current World 49er Champion, and winner of the recent Red Bull Youth America's Cup beat seven time world champion, Glenn Ashby (AUS) , who is also a team mate at Emirates Team NZ. ...

America's Cup: Defender names design team nucleus ahead of new Rule *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:57 AM Fri 7 Feb 2014 GMT
The America’s Cup Defenders, Oracle Team USA, have announced an 18 strong design team nucleus ahead of the 35th America's Cup. The team includes two designers poached from Emirates Team NZ - both are US nationals, in turn, two NZ designers with the US team for the 2013 America's Cup campaign are not amongst those listed today. ...

Top Yachting Official recognised in Australia Day Honours List *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Auckland, NZ , 10:36 AM Mon 27 Jan 2014 GMT
One of the world's leading sailing administrators, David Tillett, has been recognised in the Australian Honours List. He has been made a Member of the Award of Australia. As a competitor, Tillett had early sailing success winning the World Cadet Championship. But it is as a yachting administrator that the Adelaide based lawyer has made his mark on the sport. ...

America's Cup: Oracle and Emirates Team NZ lose designers to Artemis *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:50 AM Sun 26 Jan 2014 GMT
Artemis Racing has announced that it has signed two designers from Oracle Team USA Emirates Team New Zealand. They will join two returning members of the team. Michel Kermarec has been lured from Oracle Team USA and similarly Thiha 'Winnie' Win from Emirates Team NZ, they will join returning designers Adam May and Nico Rousselon, as the team prepares for a possible America's Cup bid. ...

Nabuka - reborn Tassie trawler seeks new owner *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 5:04 AM Thu 23 Jan 2014 GMT
A labour of love rather than a money making project is how owner Barney Steven describes his unique 36-foot Tassie Cray Fishing Boat, NABUKA of Launceston. ...

The OD gets set for the Garmin 2014 Etchells NSW Championship *Feature By John Curnow, , 3:37 AM Wed 22 Jan 2014 GMT
At a time when many a class would be lucky to have 20 entries for a Nationals, the Etchells already have that number for their next event. Yes, the Etchells once again prove that they are THE One Design keelboat. To be sailed out of the charming Gosford Sailing Club, the Garmin 2014 Etchells NSW Championship will once more provide for close racing and a plethora of sailing talent to be on display. ...

Sail-World expands in Europe *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 6:59 PM Sun 19 Jan 2014 GMT, the World's largest sailing news network is expanding again, with five new marine sites soon to be launched in Europe, Sail-World publisher Rob Kothe announced in Copenhagen today. ...

America's Cup: Challenger discussions no push-over this time *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, NZ , 1:08 AM Wed 15 Jan 2014 GMT
Freed from the constraints of the so-called 'Dalton Amendment' which was controversially introduced mid-term into the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton was back to his usual blunt self at Tuesday's media conference. ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ hooks up second Kiwi talent stream *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 2:53 AM Tue 14 Jan 2014 GMT
At a media conference at their Auckland base, this morning (NZT), Emirates Team NZ have announced the signing of 2013 49er World and European Champions and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. The significance of the announcement was the new, informal relationship between Emirates Team NZ and the sports national body, Yachting NZ, which has been lacking for many years. ...

Is it WoM or some other virus with Pantaenius Insurance? *Feature By John Curnow, , 6:06 AM Mon 6 Jan 2014 GMT
Honestly, what does one really mean by that? Well, quite simply, is it Word of Mouth or its Digital Age cousin, viral marketing, that has seen Pantaenius not only grow, but also begin to make a significant impact in Asia Pacific waters? No doubt, the all-risk policy, agreed fixed value, new for old replacement and wear and tear clauses have had a major play in the whole equation. ...

ASBA Nationals 2014 - On the Downhill Run!! *Feature By Darren Spence, , 2:52 AM Sun 5 Jan 2014 GMT
Day three of racing at the ASBA Sports Boat National Titles was a 'breeze on' day. With four races scheduled and four races complete to date, day three is the make or break day. Cream rising to the top day? In the end only three races where completed with the Fremantle Doctor putting his feet up early for the weekend and reaching 27 – 30 knots by mid afternoon. ...

ASBA Nationals 2014 - We all love a Passage Race. *Feature By Darren Spence, , 8:03 AM Sat 4 Jan 2014 GMT
Day two of the Australian Sports Boat Association National Titles was set aside for the traditional passage race. Always a challenge and sometimes the thorn in many a good champagne. 2014′s race was no different. ...

Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 6:20 PM Fri 3 Jan 2014 GMT
In sport whether its athletics, rowing or surfing, elimination series are run with heats, quarter finals, semis and finals. So when non sailors read about heats in sailing, they reasonably expect they are part of an elimination series. But in sailing that is not the case … some classes and sailors use the word Heat when they mean Race. ...

Sports Boats Take Over Fremantle. *Feature By Darren Spence, , 1:45 AM Fri 3 Jan 2014 GMT
The seventh Australian Sports Boat Association National Titles (ASBA) came to life yesterday with three races, of the ten race series, sailed from the Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC). PRO and local Sports Boat sailor, Mark Robershaw, got the fleet away as the Fremantle Doctor started it's rounds in 11-13 knots. The line honours title was always Crank's (Brett Whitbread) to lose ...

Nacra 17: ISAF's experiment gets big tick from top crew *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 11:52 AM Wed 1 Jan 2014 GMT
The Nacra 17 is enjoying a stellar rise amongst the sailing and multihull community, both because of its design pedigree from US design team of Melvin and Morelli, and the fact that mixed gender crews are offering a new dimension to Olympic sailing. The great experiment has worked. ...

America's Cup: Russell Coutts on the 34th and 35th America's Cups *Feature By Sail-World, , 3:02 AM Wed 1 Jan 2014 GMT
After their win in the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts was interviewed by leading NZ sports broadcaster, Murray Deaker. Deaker's career was punctuated with many incidents. One of those was his founding of the Black Heart campaign. Ten years later the two adversaries met by accident, and this interview broadcast, first broadcast in his weekly TV show, was the result. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Rounding Tasman Island -Got a Few Hours To Spare? *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 2:35 PM Tue 31 Dec 2013 GMT
It’s hard to imagine how Hobart was ever discovered by sea, really. There are two dimensions of the city’s sea defences – neither has anything to do with the military - that have seemed to make Hobart an elusive chimera to many a seafarer over the decades and centuries. ...

Sports Boats set for Nationals in Fremantle *Feature By Darren Spence, , 5:17 AM Mon 30 Dec 2013 GMT
It's finally rolled around - 2014 Australian Sports Boat Association National Titles in Fremantle, Western Australia. Can't wait. A fleet of twenty boats is set to line up for the seventh ASBA National Titles being conducted by the Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC) from Thursday the second of January. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tattersall's Cup Presentation Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 4:49 AM Mon 30 Dec 2013 GMT
Daryl Hodgkinson's Cookson 50, Victoire was this morning declared the overall winner on handicap of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Daryl Hodgkinson was handed the Tattersall's Cup during a dockside ceremony late this morning. Here are some images of the presentation by Crosbie Lorimer. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Victoire is victorious for overall honours *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, NZ , 9:45 PM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
The Cookson 50 Victoire, skippered by Darryl Hodgkinson, is the overall winner on ratings in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. It is not the first time the Cookson 50 has been on the winners podium in the blue water classic. She placed second overall in in 2010 under ORC1 in the 2010 edition, sailing as Jazz, for her British owner, Chris Bull. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Images of Day 4's Finishers by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 10:05 AM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
One minute the wind was blowing dogs off chains, the next the chains were hanging heavily on listless canines. It was a typical Derwent River sou'westerly. Amongst those finishing today, and captured in these images by Crosbie Lorimer, were Zefiro, Pretty Fly III, Veloce, Celestial, Brindabella, Primitive Cool and Kerumba. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Youth America's Cup winners just metres apart *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 3:56 AM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
New Zealand’s Sailor of the Year winners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, were almost inseparable at the finish of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart, despite being on different boats – one almost twice the size of the other. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart -Wedgetail dismasted – two with rudder problems *Feature By Bruce Montgomery, , 9:28 PM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
The expected south-westerly gale off the Tasmanian south-east coast and in Bass Strait this morning has impacted the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Perpetual Loyal Arrival, Video and Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 5:31 PM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
Every so often in the sailing photography business you are lucky enough to enjoy an experience that you know you will remember for many years, and this evening was just one such occasion. With Wild Oats XI barely berthed for an hour having taken Line Honours, it was back on the media boat to catch Perpetual Loyal’s arrival. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Southerly change expected to hit at midnight *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 12:32 AM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
The long predicted southerly change for the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart race is expected to hit all areas around 11.00pm Saturday night. Until then the fleet will experience hard running conditions of 20-30kts from the north, slowly switching to the NW, before quickly clocking around to a south westerly direction. ...

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