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America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:00 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The City of Alameda has made a late play for the Venue hosting for the 35th America's Cup, with the release of a letter from the Mayor, Marie Gilmore. The letter appears to be an initiative from the City's America's Cup Committee, formed in the run-up to the 34th America's Cup to maximise benefits of that event for the City and Alameda district. ...
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:39 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The Joint Statement issued on Friday, by four European America's Cup teams, appears to indicate a change of stance in relations between the Defender and Challengers. Most obvious absence was that of long-standing Challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, otherwise all would have been sweetness and light. ...
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Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:16 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
Last weekend's withdrawal of the Challenger of Record from the 35th America's Cup was a delicate piece of timing. If matters play out as expected then the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa is expected to be installed as the new Challenger of Record in early August. ...
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America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 10:28 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
Hamilton Island Yacht Club CEO, Iain Murray told Sail-World that the decision to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup was only made in the last 48 hours. 'This challenge has grown to the point where the gap between the commercial side and the competitive costs' are out of HIYC’s comfort zone ...
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Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 7:36 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
US based Satellite telephone company Iridium Communications failed to give New Zealand rescuers details of a dramatic final message from a missing yacht Nina until the US State Department intervened, a detailed review of the search effort has revealed. ...
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VOR 2014-15: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Ian Walker has done the math *Feature By Sail-World.com, , 3:34 PM Tue 15 Jul 2014 GMT
Changes in the nature of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 have as expected moved the race from a technical boat design competition to an emphasis on sailing ability. British Volvo Ocean Race veteran 44 year Ian Walker is very happy with the change. ...
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Rio cleaning up its act in the lead up to Olympic sailing test event *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 5:27 AM Sun 13 Jul 2014 GMT
As the football World Cup wraps up in Brazil, Brazil's President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority . The next fixture on the calendar for Rio is Aquece Rio, the first of the sailing test events, to be held 2 to 9 August, 10 Olympic classes will compete of Marina da Gloria, an area notorious for accumulating rubbish on its foreshores and its foul-smelling water. ...
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America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:01 AM Fri 11 Jul 2014 GMT
Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, has taken the initiative and called a meeting of potential Challengers for the 35th America’s Cup, ahead of the close of entries in less than a month’s time. The meeting will be a face to face meeting with about seven Challenger teams attending plus the Defender, Oracle Team USA. ...
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Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature By Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz, , 9:44 AM Tue 8 Jul 2014 GMT
After being based in Australia since 2008, the Bakewell-White 30m Supermaxi 'Lahana' (nee Konica Minolta, nee Zana) has returned to New Zealand for what the designer called 'a major refit'. Renamed 'Rio', her new US owners wanted a boat that would be able to have a serious crack at the Barn Door Trophy in the Transpac Race, which runs from Los Angeles to Hawaii. ...
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Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 10:03 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
The key boat buying demographic, the 40 to 65 age group, has embraced online media enthusiastically, with video, imagery and major feature stories providing much more information and entertainment than ever before. More and more people are choosing large-screen smartphones (phablets) over seven to eight-inch tablets says the key industry data group, the International Data Corporation (IDC). ...
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Gladwell's Line: Team New Zealand remains in the Cup game despite ... *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 3:48 AM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Taking a different tack, on Wednesday afternoon, Emirates Team New Zealand announced that they were still in the America's Cup game. Different because this announcement came in the form of a media release only, and there was little said publicly by the team. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confident to mount Cup Challenge *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:35 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner has announced that the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. He says the team has secured sufficient private and sponsorship funding to proceed to the next stage without needing Government funding during this period. ...
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America's Cup: Director and backer says that Team NZ have the funds *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:36 AM Sat 21 Jun 2014 GMT
Sir Stephen Tindall, a member of the new Board of Team Zealand told Newstalk ZB on Saturday, that the team had the funds for another six months, without further Government support. 'We were facing closure a week ago,' said Tindall. 'But some of us have put out hand on our pockets, and we now have enough money to get us through to the end of the year.' ...
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America's Cup: Coutts repeats offer of second AC62 for Challengers *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:46 PM Wed 18 Jun 2014 GMT
Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts, has repeated the offer of a second AC62 for the Challengers in the 35th America's Cup, removing a major criticism of the Protocol surrounding the event. Coutts' offer followed a comment made by Oracle Team USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill in the course of a radio interview broadcast a week ago in NZ. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates confirm discussions over Team NZ naming rights *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:16 PM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
Team New Zealand have confirmed reports appearing in several New Zealand media on Tuesday that Emirates Airlines are working closely with the team to renew their naming rights sponsorship. A news report on TV3 on Tuesday claimed that a trigger point for the airline, which has been a long-time sponsor of the team, was the exposure they received from the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ...
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America's Cup: Can the Venue be other than the waters of the Defender? *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:45 AM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
With the America's Cup venue now being bid to ports other than that of the Defending club, some wonder whether this practice is within the spirit, if not the letter, of the Deed of Gift which governs the 162 year old trophy. The issue was raised in 1988 when the San Diego YC was looking at Defence options against the Mercury Bay Boating Club's 'Big Boat' Challenge ...
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Gladwell's Line: Media crunch in the America's Cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:20 AM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
The America's Cup has dominated the sporting and general media, in New Zealand at least, for the past week, polarising fans and others. Team New Zealand scored an own goal, with a media conference at its base in the Viaduct harbour, Auckland, last Friday, Black Friday, which resulted in a lot of skewed and sensational reporting. ...
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand gets more traction than the All Blacks *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:18 AM Mon 16 Jun 2014 GMT
The pulling power of the Team New Zealand brand was demonstrated once again on Sunday, with a story on the America's Cup team taking the lead spot on the front page of a major Sunday newspaper. What was even more powerful was that the story about the team's much reported media conference on Friday afternoon, was up against a controversial win by the All Blacks over the touring English Rugby tea ...
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America's Cup: Team NZ fine with two venues despite cost + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:02 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is receptive to the concept of having to sail the America's Cup Selection Series at two venues, despite the additional costs. After the team's media conference on Friday, Dalton was asked if he would rather have all the Challengers sailing at the Match venue instead of the split venues, as proposed by the new Protocol - if there are more than four Challengers ...
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Emirates Team NZ: America's Cup quite winnable under new Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:02 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
On Friday, Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team to publicly respond to the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup. The Team surprisingly revealed that after an analysis of the Protocol and the changes that had already been made, or signalled, that the document was reasonable and the Cup considered to be quite winnable by the team. ...
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ANZ Fiji race: Fifties finish in torrential rain *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ , 11:32 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Three of the five 50fters finished the ANZ Fiji race early Friday morning having sailed the last stages of the race in heavy rain that at times cut visibility to less than 200metres. First home in the dark was the David Nathan skippered V5 which finished at: 04:50am, followed over an hour later by the Bakewell-White 52, Wired (Rob Bassett) with Vamos and(Connel McLaren) around 30 mins later. ...
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America's Cup: Dalton reports good progress with sponsors + Full Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 4:57 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Exclusive: Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton reported that good progress had been made with sponsors, and that many of the other barriers in the way of a campaign for the 35th America's Cup had been marginalised. Dalton said the team had delivered on the NZ Govt's requirements as a precursor to committing to a package of a similar magnitude to its investment in the 2013 America's Cup. ...
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ANZ Fiji Race: Three boat match race set to go down to the wire *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:32 AM Thu 12 Jun 2014 GMT
S-W Exclusive:The three 50fters which are leading the final stages of the ANZ Fiji race look set to finish in darkness Friday morning, if the wind holds. The sixth day of the 1100nm race has been a game of Cat and Mouse, as one boat makes a break and the others either elect to cover or make a break themselves. ...
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America's Cup: Coutts eliminates San Francisco as 2017 venue *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:07 PM Wed 11 Jun 2014 GMT
It has been confirmed by the San Francisco Chronicle that Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts has eliminated San Francisco as a venue for the 35th America's Cup. The move was signaled earlier in the week, to the anguish of many, but that has apparently been ignored in the pursuit of the best commercial deal for the event. ...
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ANZ Fiji race: Beau Geste first home in Denarau, Giacomo finishes *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:47 AM Wed 11 Jun 2014 GMT
Beau Geste, the Botin 80 owned by Hong Kong yachtsman, Karl Kwok, and skippered by Gavin Brady has taken line honours in the ANZ Fiji race. She crossed the finish line around 1130hrs NZT ...
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