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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 7 *Feature By Oracle Racing Media, 11:46 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 25 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more. ...
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Takahashi-Fry leads five stong NZ Optimist Worlds Team *Feature By Event Media, 9:27 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
The Open fleet Championship, at the Toyota Optimist Nationals has been won by Aucklander 13 year old Leonard Takahashi-Fry of Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Leonard drew ahead of his competitors by sailing a very consistent series, with only one race outside the top ten placings. ...
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Images from Wakatere: Final Day of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:18 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the Final Day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet. ...
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Henry Gibbs wins the Green fleet at 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Event Media, 11:02 AM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
On the final day of racing at the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, the Green fleet sailed another two races in wet and windy conditions. Fortunately the bad weather which was forecast held off until the sailors were well ashore and preparing for their prize-giving, but the sailors did have a choppy sea and rain to contend with. ...
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Takahashi-Fry wins 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:07 AM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
Sailed under overcast skies, which turned to constant rain for the final race, and a fresh onshore breeze, the 310 competitors had a tough final day for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals - the largest single class regatta ever held in New Zealand. The final race results have not yet been posted, however Takahashi-Fry had the contest sewn up with a race to sail, possibly more. ...
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Take a whole day for this year's Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show *Feature By 2011 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, 12:25 AM Mon 25 Apr 2011 GMT
The organiser of this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is advising visitors to ensure they allow enough time to experience all of the attractions and activities that will be on display. ...
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Tom Ashley leads RS:X windsurfers after Day 1 at Hyeres *Feature By Zoe Hawkins, 10:26 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
New Zealand RS:X Boardsailor Tom Ashley leads racing after Day 1 of French Olympic Sailing Week, with other NZL Sailing Team members, including Jon-Paul Tobin, and our 470 duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, in the top ten after a solid start to one of the year's most important regattas. With 1100 sailors participating from 60 countries, and in the year before an Olympic Games, the Semaine Ol ...
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ISAF World Cup: Ashley provides sole highlight at Hyeres *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:05 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Racing has got underway in the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup, with the 2011 Semaine Olympique Francais opening in Hyeres, France. Overnight the first of the qualifying rounds were sailed in the 10 Olympic events and the three Paralympic classes, New Zealand crews generally got away to a flat start. Crews are placed in the top ten in only two classes. ...
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Images from Wakatere: Day 4 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:52 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for Day 4 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet. ...
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2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 4 Report *Feature By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 8:35 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Leonard Takahashi-Fry holds onto the lead with one day to go in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, Isaac McHardie is a comfortable second and Nathaniel Deverell keeps hold of third, but there's one more day of racing to come and there's a strong group of sailors after one of the top five position to secure a place in the New Zealand team to compete in the World Championship in Napier later this y ...
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Crac-A-Jac wins in two-handed Auckland to Tauranga Race 2011 *Feature By Margaret Dijkhuis, Auckland , 6:10 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Edwin Delaat ticks off yet another successful race with podium finish. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrion Youth Training Programme member proved to have for what it takes. 14-year old skipper/owner Edwin Delaat and crew member Steve Alloway (Yachtyakka) won this year's challenging Auckland to Tauranga race 2011 on PHRF in the two-handed division. ...
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3.7 Nationals Day 3: Champion's mast topples on final day *Feature By Chris Mitchell, Point Chevalier , 6:00 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Yesterday Rhys Johnson (second) lost his mast and today Derek Scott not to be outdone lost his mast over the side too. Towed back to shore, fitted a new chainplate that he happened to have (!) and he made out to race 7 effectively saving his series. ...
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Consistency pays on Day 4 + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:28 AM Sun 24 Apr 2011 GMT
Racing has just concluded on the fourth day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and with all to sail for, the top sailors could afford, and made no mistakes. Series favourite Markus Sommerville sailing for the host Club, Wakatere, strung together two wins and a third to move up three places on the leaderboard. ...
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Images of Wakatere: Pleased to be ashore after a long day *Feature By Christine Hansen, 9:54 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
Photographer Christine Hansen took these images as the fleet in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals came ashore after a long day on Day 3 on the water off Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland. ...
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3.7 National Champs: A tricky second day at Manly *Feature By Chris Mitchell, Point Chevalier , 8:26 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
Conditions on Day 2 were very tricky, about 10 knots, but there were a lot of light patches and holes for the first two races, plus the sun came out. After lunch the breeze picked up a bit, but was still fairly light with the heavies starting to grumble about the flyweights being able to wire when they couldn't. ...
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2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 3 Report *Feature By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 6:31 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
New Zealand has reclaimed the top positions at the end of racing on the third day of the National Championship. The Open fleet sailed four races today and are now half way through their series, and half way to final selection for one of the five places in the NZ Worlds team. ...
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Images from Wakatere: Day 3 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:36 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
Against Doctor's orders, Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals and captured the action from the finish of Race 4 in one division of the Open Fleet and Race 5. ...
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Lighter seabreezes shuffle the top on Day 3 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Devonport, NZ , 5:10 AM Sat 23 Apr 2011 GMT
The points table has had a shakeup on the third day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club on the city's North Shore. Due to light and inconsistent winds on the first day of racing, none of the three scheduled races were able to be sailed, but today four were completed allowing a discard to come into effect - helping some sailor's pointscores ...
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Optimist Nationals: Early starts hit Championship favourites + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Event Media, 11:44 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
The second day of racing has concluded in the Toyota Optimist Championships being sailed at Auckland's Narrow Neck beach, on the North Shore. Two Australian sailors are placed in the top three overall in the Open fleet. After all racing was lost yesterday in the Open Fleet due to non-existent or inconsistent wind, racing only got underway properly today with a moderate 8 - 10 knot sea breeze ...
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Scott leads 3.7 Nationals at Manly, after Day 1 *Feature By chris Mitchell, Point Chevalier , 7:39 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011 GMT
At the end of racing on the first day of the 3.7 Nationals at Manly, 30 minutes north of Auckland, Derek Scott was leading the competition with two wins ahead of Rhys Johnson in second. Various sailors held the lead not least John Elliott, but Derek seems to have superior speed. Conditions at Manly Sailing Club (Whangaparaoa) were superb, the wind was a NE of 15 knots ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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