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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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). ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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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Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ leave Qingdao carnage in their wake *Feature By Warren Douglas, 12:03 AM Sat 16 Apr 2011 GMT
Four yachts capsized and a major collision occurred as winds gusted to 30 knots on Day 3 of the Extreme 40 Series at Qingdao, China. Emirates Team New Zealand came through the day unscathed and retained the overall lead, extending to 134 points with second-placed Alinghi on 127. ...
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45 starters for the 46th OK Dinghy Interdominion Championship *Feature By Daen Dorazio, Melbourne , 9:05 PM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
2011 sees the resurgence of the OK Dinghy Interdominion Championship, with 45 Australian and New Zealand competitors lining up at Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 3: Carnage, Capsizes and Collisions + Video *Feature By Extreme Sailing Series, 3:27 PM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
Never in four years of the Extreme Sailing Series has there been so much drama in one day. In almost unprecedented conditions here in Qingdao, the public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium’ racing, first witnessing a major collision between The Wave, Muscat (Oman) and Oman Air (Oman) at the first downwind mark of the first race, and four dramatic capsizes. ...
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470 Spring Cup 2011 New Zealand leads on day one *Feature By 470 Internationale, 2:24 PM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
Another great opener to an event for New Zealand's Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders as they launch their first day of racing at the 470 Spring Cup 2011 in France with a 2,1 result to lead the fleet going into day two. ...
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European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Circuit 2011 *Feature By Frank Quealey, 8:00 AM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Circuit 2011 tour will start in Móló, on lake Balaton. Hungary, 12-15 May. Two weeks after that the next European event will take place in Sonderborg. After this the fleet will move to Travemünde in Germany then onto the final in Switzerland on lake Lucerne. ...
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Light winds for SR26 Nationals *Feature By Event Media, 12:24 AM Fri 15 Apr 2011 GMT
Conditions were light and shifty for the 2011 SR26 National Champs held form BBYC on the ninth and 10th of April, Yet Teresa and her team of helpers managed to squeeze in 8 tight races over the two days to deliver a great regatta for all involved. ...
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Emirates Team NZ: Lead saved by video referee in Qingdao after Day 2 *Feature By Emirates Team NZ media, 11:20 PM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand emerged from the second day of the Extreme Sailing series with its overall lead intact. When racing finished for the day it looked like the Austrian team Red Bull had snatched the lead after Dean Barker had been recalled at the start, for being over the line. ...
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Ben Ainslie's hard work pays off in the Finn *Feature By Ben Ainslie, 11:08 PM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Princesa Sofia Trophy, Ben Ainslie speaks on the Trophy event, Finn racing and how all of his hard work is starting to pay off. ...
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Harken Young 88 National Champs 2011: Weekend Warriors vs World’s Best *Feature By Mike Leyland, Auckland , 7:12 PM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
The national gathering of the Young 88 Fleet will once again see the regular Y88 sailors take on the professionals to see if time in the boat can prevail over global experience. The Young 88 Nationals consistently attract a fleet of over twenty of New Zealand’s most popular one design keel boat. With 22 high quality entries to date, 2011 will be no exception. ...
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao: High drama on Day 2 + Video *Feature By Extreme Sailing Series, 6:54 PM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
There was four and a half hours of high-drama on the second day of the Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China. Six 'open water' races were raced today outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. The breeze was a up and down but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their hulls ...
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Camper with Emirates Team NZ first sail in Hauraki Gulf + Video *Feature By Camper, 9:51 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Chris Nicholson took Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand for its first sail in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand. Camper is the first Volvo Open 70 that has been launched for the Race ...
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