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New sailing speed records...'bad anchoring' kills three...fitting out a new cruising boat...flares - only the best...pirate murder, body now found...and much more | 02/04/2009
Latest pirate attacks, Madagascar and Thailand...how to learn to sail when you don't have time to get your feet wet...Moko the dolpin, rudder theft and whale rescuer...lots of prizes this week...and much more | 26/03/2009
Sailing for the Devil...largest ARC Europe fleet prepares...new catamaran models out...fitting out the new cruising boat... piracy waning as Yemenis join the fight...and much more | 19/03/2009
Yacht Club bulldozed in midnight raid...coast guard ponders cost of rescue of boat with no EPIRB...Lazy Jacks or Dutchman? the Dutchman argument...rallies rallies rallies... and much more... | 12/03/2009
Channel 16, the worlds strangest yacht club, pirates and more | 05/03/2009
40 days disabled in the Atlantic, the desperate bid to save the boat...sailor's life endangered by chatting on Channel 16...Recipes from 'the squiggly line'...the perfect yacht for reclusive royals...and much more | 26/02/2009
How to get a boat loan in a tough economy...Jeppesen C-map upgrade...unmanned drone traps Somali pirates...three solo circumnavigators have a casual lunch...and much more | 19/02/2009
Europe's award winning yachts, categorised by their use...ice sailing...Captain Calamity of New Zealand...vertical yachts...new generation generators - coming soon...and much more | 12/02/2009
Scarier than Somali pirates - the ocean gyres...yachtsman murder arrest...where oh where shall I keep my yacht...242 on doomed sailing trip...and much more | 05/02/2009
Anatomy of a rescue...world's largest yacht - will it ever be finished?...Sailor's shooting death in Antigua...8 tips for sailing in coral waters...letter from the Indies...and much more | 29/01/2009
Inspiring story of seamanship...debris danger in English Channel...Piracy Doubled...dismasting of Side by Side...and much more... | 22/01/2009
Pirates drowned with money...How's your anchoring etiquette?...Vendee Globe musings...No land for 1000 days...Secret life for Lord Nelson?... and much more | 15/01/2009
Selecting the right dinghy...how's your anchoring etiquette?...the Chinese - before Columbus?...garbage soup - the North Pacific Gyre... and much more... | 08/01/2009
Searching for Nirvana in 2009 | 01/01/2009
Where are all the cruising sailors at Christmas? | 24/12/2008
new yacht hijacking off Somalia...around the Americas - high adventure with a mission...yachtsman's death reasons...Belize - destination to pine for...and much more | 18/12/2008
Cloud Nine in the North West Passage...ice sailing speed...Francis Joyon French Sailor of the Year...Ten Mainsail Tips for Short-handed Cruisers...MOB invention...and much more | 11/12/2008
Rogue Waves - they're not myths...Roman Abramovich' Final Pirate Solution... sailing mast hit by aircraft...no alcohol for sailors in UK?...and much more... | 04/12/2008
Enjoying the Storm... Teen solo circumnavigators-Zac and Mike...two survive on raft for three nights...behind the pirate lines...and much more... | 27/11/2008
No-one with any brains ever stayed on a yacht for an hour more than necessary -who said that?...New Kid on the Block, the RAYA anchor...AMVER gives awards after 25 years of rescues...and much more... | 20/11/2008
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News - New Zealand & the World

The 2014 PIC Coastal Classic will be marked for the fresh sailing conditions and the breaking of the multihull record by TeamVodafoneSailing. Bay of Islands photographer, Steve Western was on hand to catch the action on the finish line as the first boats finished in daylight, at Russell, along with foiling kiteboarder David Robertson. ... [more]  

Photographer, Peter Idoine, was on the water for the start of the 2014 PIC Coastal Classic and kindly provided this gallery of images from the start and chase through the Rangitoto Channel ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Heading for the speedway to Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Volvo Ocean race fleet are now all around the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha, and have continued down the Brazilian coast. Currently the first three yachts, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind are all travelling at 17kts, as they travel around the St Helena High. ... [more]  

Join the crew of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing as they slash 20 minutes off their previous record for the PIC Coastal Classic on Friday. The Coastal Classic is a 119nm course from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Originally conceived as a drag race between multihulls and monohulls ... [more]  

Day four at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, and the sound of the day was that of racers whooping and hollering past the race committee boats (two imposing 44-ft power catamarans provided by event sponsor MarineMax) in a breeze that high-wind specialists had been waiting for all week. ... [more]  

The prize giving ceremony for the Rolex Middle Sea Race was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, one of Valletta's most historic venues. Honoured guests included: The Minister of Tourism; The Hon Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis. ... [more]  

2014 Optimist World Championship - The first stage of the OptiWorlds Argentina 2014 schedule has finished today. The fleet was divided in three equal parts: the first third is gold, the second one is silver and the last fleet is bronze. This individual regatta continues next Tuesday. ... [more]  

2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the race to the Equator late on Thursday and were in good shape to make the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as their six rivals were still playing catch-up despite finally escaping the Doldrums. ... [more]  

After more than 17 years with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Jerome has decided to pursue other professional challenges. ... [more]  

2014 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Stamina and determination were key factors for the competitors racing in day two of the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup today. The 14 international guests and 26 young Bermudians finished five races on Bermuda’s Great Sound. This is a test of endurance for any sailor especially young ones. ... [more]  

With less than a day left to reach the turning mark at Fernando de Nonoha, 220nm off the coast of Brazil, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has retained the lead she built in the Doldrums. She is unlikely to be headed, although the second boat on the water, Team Brunel is projected to be less than an hour behind at Fernando ... [more]  

One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats. The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson. ... [more]  

The seventh day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the light winds continue, despite a promising forecast for today. In the late afternoon a few of the sailors took part in a tow-in training session as there is scope to run a tow-in contest tomorrow, with the forecast looking glassy. ... [more]  

Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders pass Fernando and head for Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Volvo Ocean Race Control reports that the lead boats in the 40,000nm race have rounded, or rather passed, the turning point off Fernando de Noronha. They are now proceeding down the Brazilian coast, to round the back of the South Atlantic high pressure zone , and have what is expected to be a fast ride to the Leg 1 finish in Cape Town. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Keeping a good watch by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea. ... [more]  

There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach. ... [more]  

October 24, 2014: Cost of living is on the rise so this inflation number is a sad reflection of the impact of the RBNZ monetary policy. The brakes were put on too soon and too hard! The KIWI is under attack from their Central Bank but interest rate differentials remain supportive. The NZD held 0.7820, while the AUD/USD traded 0.8750 ... [more]  

John Jennings reports from the 2014 Optimist Worlds, in Argentina for the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team: Barely any breeze to greet the sailors down at CNSI. No AP flag but the sailors were all held ashore. Kerensa certainly didn’t look a picture of health and the medical staff actually suggested she not race but even Kerensa wasn’t having that let alone dad’s opinion o the subject. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term. ... [more]  

The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude. ... [more]  

The Tauranga Boat Expo has proven a popular attraction for marine enthusiasts outside the main centres. This year, Lancer has chosen to join the show as part of their tour introducing the market to Sea Blade as well as their other exciting products. ... [more]  

Safer Boating Week ended Friday, but with the start of Labour weekend here, there’s no better time to check your boat is safe and prepared to get out on the water over summer. Coinciding with Labour Weekend, new Auckland Council Navigation bylaws also come into effect from Saturday. ... [more]  

Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it. ... [more]  

RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today. ... [more]  

'Mange Mieux Bouge Plus' and her crew (one of whom was the only woman in the race - Lauren Hautier) have won again! Handicap winner in 2012, they have played a repeat performance to win the 2014 Groupama Race. Such a worthy result is a just reward for a crew who got the best performance out of their yacht, in relation to its characteristics (measurements, type of sails, age, displacement, etc.). ... [more]  

PIC Coastal Classic: More images from the start *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Second image gallery from the start of the 2014 PIC Coastal Classic ... [more]  

PIC Coastal Classic: TeamVodafoneSailing smashes course record *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic. ... [more]  

PIC Coastal Classic: Images from the start *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Image gallery from the start of the 2014 PIC Coastal Classic ... [more]  

Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. ... [more]  

The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that. ... [more]  

The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears. ... [more]  

With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Airbus and Oracle Team USA forge technology partnership
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Another dramatic day
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie confirmed as overall winner
Argo Group Gold Cup - Near perfect start for GAC Pindar
Volvo Ocean Race - A nightmare for sailors
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 23, 2014 - Inflation dips
Groupama Race 2014 - 3 days 18 hours 54 min and 6 sec - It's great!
A Sailor's Dream Home: View after the Coastal Classic - Auction 22 Nov *Feature
Follow Dave Robertson's Kiteboard of the Coastal Classic Route *Feature
The 2014 Severne Starboard Aloha Classic is coming...
PIC Coastal Classic: Multihull record under threat, others safe *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Artie's heroic return
NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Day 1 of the 2014 Optimist Worlds
Argo Group Gold Cup - Slender lead for Marek Stanczyk
Ben Ainslie Racing foiling on the Solent + Video *Feature
METS names DAME Award nominees
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A day of rest for wave sailors
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A day of reckoning for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory   
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA   
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco   
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas   
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 22, 2014 - European recession   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature   
NZL Yachting Trust Optimists: Worlds Days -1 and 0 *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature   
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo   
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature   
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set   
The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - To the Trade Winds - Leg 1, Week 2 *Feature   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo   
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old   
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing   


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