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America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:35 AM Thu 12 May 2011 GMT
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time. ...
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NZL 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke latest news *Feature By Peter Burling Blair Tuke, Tauranga , 6:11 AM Thu 12 May 2011 GMT
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report from their 2012 Olympic campaign in the HP Skiff (49er): We had our last 49er sail in NZ yesterday before we head to Europe this Monday 16th May. It was a rather windy and wet, gusting at times over 30 knots - even getting the boat up the ramp at Akarana was tricky with the huge waves but all good experience. ...
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Images of Hyeres: NZL Sailing Team in the Medal Race *Feature By Georgia Schofield, 9:51 AM Tue 10 May 2011 GMT
NZL Yachting Trust New Zealand Youth Team member, Georgia Schofield competed in the recent ISAF World Cup round in Hyeres and was on the water for the Medal races, involving NZL Sailing Team members in the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X), Mens Singlehander (Laser), Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial), Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Fnn) and Mens Doublehander (470). These are her images of the day: ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER sails on 2000-mile qualifier + Video *Feature By Emirates Team NZ media, 9:15 AM Tue 10 May 2011 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race yacht CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand sailed this morning from Lyttelton on a 2000-nautical mile voyage to qualify for the Volvo Ocean Race. Wrapping up successful shakedown voyage off the east coast on New Zealand, which included visits and public open days at five ports, the 70ft yacht and crew of 11 are now in 'race mode'. ...
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Pied Piper Intergalactic Race Report *Feature By Max Hawkes, Auckland , 6:03 AM Tue 10 May 2011 GMT
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club Race Management had a tough job on their hands getting 6 races done on a day where the breeze couldn’t decide if it was Arthur or Martha. After each race the start line and Top marks had to be reset in order to get a true windward leeward race done and RO Peter Stewart and his team served up a Gold medal winning performance getting all six starts away with minimum delay ...
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PCSC Autumn Series Day - 1 Hobie Fleet 46 Visits *Feature By Chris Mitchell, Point Chevalier , 6:08 AM Mon 9 May 2011 GMT
May 8th, 10am start at Pt Chev was first race of the Point Chevalier Autumn Series. The Hobie Fleet 46 guys led by Zane Bloomfield made a visit along with their honorary Nacra members. Sea Scouts were present plus a good mix of club members including Sunbursts, Lasers, 3.7 and Javelin. ...
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:30 AM Mon 9 May 2011 GMT
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information. ...
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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote *Feature By www.sail-world.com, 5:21 PM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
Extracts from Andy Rice’s latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.' ...
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America's Cup: Over and Out from Auckland *Feature By America's Cup Media and Gilles Martin-Raget, 9:37 AM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
With the conclusion of the America's Cup test sessions in Auckland, most teams are in pack-up mode, heading for Europe. The weekend in Auckland has been devoted to dis-assembling the AC45s and their wings, and fitting them into shipping containers for the move from Auckland. Plus Artemis Racing give their thoughts on video on the AC 45 and the lessons learned in Auckland ...
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Half Yearly meeting - a Multihull perspective *Feature By Paul Pascoe, St Petersburg, Russia , 8:25 AM Sun 8 May 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation is a funny beast, and no more so than when the boats are selected every four years to represent sailing at the Olympic Games. When it comes to making these decisions, you have no friends, strange bedfellows frequently arise and knives in the back are not unknown. ...
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:00 AM Sat 7 May 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher. ...
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2016 Olympics: Sailors of the World - Hang your heads and weep! *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:40 PM Fri 6 May 2011 GMT
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday. ...
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America's Cup: Challengers reduce to 14 teams + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:14 AM Fri 6 May 2011 GMT
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World this morning that one of the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club had been declined. When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March 2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be kept confidential, and two of those were listed as ...
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Forceracing reports on NZ Optimist Nationals and coaching clinics *Feature By Andrew Brown www.forceracing.com, 12:09 PM Thu 5 May 2011 GMT
Forceracing's Andrew Brown updates on the NZ Optimist Nationals, coaching at Kohimaramara, J Sails performance and the NZ Youth team. The NZL Optimist Nationals finished on Easter Monday at Wakatere Boating Club with 310 entries over the open and green fleet. The Opti Nationals is a hard event with a one day teams racing event held and then the main event being scheduled over five days. ...
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:33 AM Thu 5 May 2011 GMT
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it. ...
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Waka Racing: Welcome onboard KZ Race Furlers as new sponsor *Feature By Waka Racing Media, Calpe , 6:10 AM Thu 5 May 2011 GMT
Waka Racing is proud to announce a new sponsor ahead of the upcoming World Match Race Tour. We welcome and thank KZ Race Furlers for coming onboard to support our team ahead of what is going to be a big year for us. ...
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Response to Bruce Kendall on Kiteboarding and the Olympics *Feature By Markus Schwendtner, Berlin , 11:45 PM Wed 4 May 2011 GMT
Markus Schwendtner of the International Kiteboarding Association rsponds to double Olympic Windsurfing medalist and windsurfing world champion, Bruce Kendall's comments yesterady in Sail-World. He writes: Bruce Kendall reflected on Kiteboarding being too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Sailing Regatta. ...
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:53 AM Wed 4 May 2011 GMT
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER's tour of New Zealand continues *Feature By Emirates Team NZ media, 8:40 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
The Emirates Team NZ campaigned Volvo 70 CAMPER, is continuing her tour of New Zealand, and is currently en route from Wellington to Dunedin: CAMPER is on its way from Wellington to Dunedin and the crew is enjoying a good north-easterly breeze. Progress down the coast has been fast. The yacht is ahead of schedule, although the breeze is expected to soften and progress will slow. ...
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Images of the Waitemata: America's Cup Media Trials - Fleet Racing *Feature By Gilles Martin-Raget, 8:24 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Racing resumed yesterday in the America's Cup Media Trials staged on the outer Waitemata Harbour. Fresh winds and rain were the order of the day, and Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget took these great images of the action: ...
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail *Feature By George Bekris, 12:46 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday. ...
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Sydney Yachts GTS43 build update and images May 2011 *Feature By Sydney Yachts, 12:09 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Built to satisfy the demands of today's discerning sailors, the Sydney Yachts GTS43 presents a marriage between impressive design and construction techniques to deliver a yacht that is light yet strong, easy to sail yet seriously fast, competitive, stylish yet functional, and above all else, seaworthy ...
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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics *Feature By Bruce Kendall, 11:15 AM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, and multiple World Windsurfing Champion, Bruce Kendall writes on the topic of whether Kiteboarding is too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Events Regatta. I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have ...
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America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado *Feature By America's Cup Media and Sail-World, 10:36 AM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT
Testing continued in Auckland for the second week of the America's Cup Regatta Management and Media Trials under cloudy skies, torrential rain and moderate, if gusty winds - including a nearby tornado. The Race Committee ran fleet races today and for the first time, China Team was a full participant. ...
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Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:11 PM Mon 2 May 2011 GMT
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing’s most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America’s Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events ...
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