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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ... *Feature By Various Sinners, 6:12 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment ...

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:24 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Race Day 1 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals + Video *Feature By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 7:35 AM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
Lack of wind delayed racing until the afternoon, the Open fleet return to shore with no races completed but the Green fleet manage to get their first race away. Race Day 1 of the NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland began with balmy summer conditions and absolutely no wind. ...

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 ...

Mistral Championship Regatta 2011, held 16th & 17th April 2011 *Feature By Katharine Davis, Tamaki Yacht Club, Auckland , 5:12 AM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT
High winds and rain did not deter 19 keen Mistral Crews from competing in the 2011 Class Championships held last weekend on the waters off Tamaki Yacht Club. Saturday's high winds knocked out a few likely challengers, but no one was able to catch Andrew Stone and Michel Ford who lifted the trophy for a fourth sucessive year. ...

2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals attended by 310 sailors at Wakatere *Feature By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 7:10 PM Wed 20 Apr 2011 GMT
310 sailors start racing today, Thursday, in the National Optimist Champs being hosted by Wakatere BC on Narrow Neck beach in Devonport, Auckland. The top five New Zealand sailors will be selected to represent their country at the 2011 World Championship to be held in Napier at the end of this year. ...

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... ...

PredictWind runs new technology aboard TVS *Feature By Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World, 11:21 AM Wed 20 Apr 2011 GMT
Thanks to a light weather forecast there is no talk of blitzing records in the 130 nautical mile Auckland to Tauranga yacht race starting Thursday 21 April. But the crew and their supporters will have plenty of time to play with their new toy – a live tracker complete with camera and weather instruments. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Top yachties turn out at Westlake Boys to celebrate Geoff Smale's life *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:28 AM Tue 19 Apr 2011 GMT
A group estimated at 800 friends and family turned out today to honour former sailor of the Year and Olympian, Geoff Smale, who was killed in a light aircraft accident in the top of the South Island on Saturday 9 April. Those attending the celebration of Smale's life included top sailors from the early and mid 1960's through to the current era including several America's Cup winners, current Am ...

Offshore Powerboats: Final countdown to Capital Thunder *Feature By Cathy Vercoe, 9:34 AM Tue 19 Apr 2011 GMT
The eighth and final round of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Series takes place on Saturday 23rd April on Wellington Harbour. Be prepared for some action packed racing, with plenty of spray and roaring engines with boats reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. This is a fantastic race for spectators as the boats race around the foreshore of Oriental Bay, skimming Poin ...

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.. ...

Waka Racing: Top Racing at the Young 88 Nationals *Feature By Waka Racing Media, Auckland , 5:58 AM Tue 19 Apr 2011 GMT
Waka Racing has just completed two days of highly competitive, action packed, and often wet racing. In what was the 2011 Young 88 New Zealand National Championships, where they finished a very creditable fourth place. ...

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. ...

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). ...

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. ...

Flash Gordon too slippery in Harken Young 88 Nationals *Feature By Zoe Hawkins, 10:50 AM Mon 18 Apr 2011 GMT
Just two weeks before twenty-year old William Tiller departs for the World Match Race Tour in Europe, he has skippered Flash Gordon to victory in the prestigious Harken Young 88 National Championships – one of the most coveted titles in New Zealand yacht racing ...

Doyle Stratis wins at Young 88 NZ Nationals + Results *Feature By Doyle Sails Media, 11:48 PM Sun 17 Apr 2011 GMT
Doyle Stratis sails completed a clean sweep of the NZ premier one-design classes this weekend with a first overall in the Young 88 2011Nationals. Flash Gordon with William Tyler, Richard Bouzaid and Mike Sanderson, managed a convincing win with four line wins, sailing in a range of conditions that tested both boat speed and tactics to the limit. ...

North Sails take NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge 2011 *Feature By Tom Macky, Auckland , 8:15 PM Sun 17 Apr 2011 GMT
The NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge 2011 was sailed in light North Easterly breeze on the 14th April. Many leading players in NZ's Marine Industry took this chance to show off their sailing skills and enjoy an afternoon's camaraderie on the water. Hall Spars and North Sails battled it out to the end at the front of the fleet with for the right to take the podium position. ...

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. ...

Emirates Team NZ: Light, shifty and unforgiving breeze costs lead *Feature By Emirates Team NZ, 4:57 AM Sun 17 Apr 2011 GMT
Conditions were light for Day 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series China regatta. The breeze across the race course never got above four knots and was very shifty, the complete antithesis of the previous day’s 30-knots gusts. ...

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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