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ANZ Fiji Race: Three boat match race set to go down to the wire *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 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. ...

America's Cup: Coutts eliminates San Francisco as 2017 venue *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 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. ...

ANZ Fiji race: Beau Geste first home in Denarau, Giacomo finishes *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 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 ...

America's Cup: Ainslie expected to announce top Fi designer signing *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:27 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
Sir Ben Ainslie is expected to announce the assistance of Adrian Newey, the greatest Formula One designer of his generation, to help him win the 35th America's Cup for Great Britain. English website Sportsmail reports that Newey is expected to have a hand in designing the new AC62 for as part of a new deal with Red Bull Technology ...

ANZ Fiji race: A big bash for most of the fleet *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:47 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The bash continues for most of the fleet in the ANZ Fiji race. The two race leaders managed to sidestep the head wind being experienced in the peloton of the fleet, with the race leader Beau Geste 328nm from the finish at Port Denarau. ...

America's Cup: Two-Boat, or not Two-boat? Coutts asks the questions *Feature By Sail-World, , 7:54 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
After the cacophony of outrage, mainly from his native New Zealand, where everyone has an opinion on the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts puts a few questions to the fans. Five really hard questions to answer for anyone listening to one sided NZ media: ...

ANZ Fiji Race: A tale of two fleets - the easy way and the hard way *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 12:10 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
With the fleet in its third night at sea, the course routing shows the two leading boats having a relatively easy course to the finish at Port Denarau. The race leader, Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) has 452nm left to sail. She is the most easterly boat in the fleet. On her port side is the Volvo 70 Giacomo (Jim Delegat), shown as being 474nm from the finish line. ...

America's Cup: Protocol changes rung ahead of Entry window opening *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:04 AM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The Defender of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA has announced a series of changes to the Protocol for the next event. The changes are said to be issued, as a result, of constructive feedback on the rules from prospective teams, prompting Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record, and the Defender, Oracle Team USA to issue agreed amendments to the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cu ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Top 52fter pulls out after sustaining damage *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 2:09 AM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race has reduced further with the withdrawal of one of the TP52's due to minor damage. Kia Kaha (Chris Hornell) advised organisers that she had 'sustained minor damage to the boat and will be returning to Opua.' All on board are safe and expected to be in the Bay of Island late today. ...

America's Cup: Team New Zealand fighting to stay in the Cup game *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:14 PM Sun 8 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's CEO, Grant Dalton, responded to taunts made on the NZ TV breakfast shows on Friday in an hour long radio interview on NewstalkZB. Dalton said on Sunday that the team's omission from an Oracle promotional video was a deliberate ploy. 'We're not going to blow smoke up Oracle's ass', was his retort. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: America's Cup skippers and Olympians in battle to win *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:24 AM Sun 8 Jun 2014 GMT
The now 18 boat fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race are settling into a second night at sea, with two races happening within the main event. At the head of the fleet two America's Cup helmsmen are battling for the race lead with Gavin Brady on the Botin 80, Beau Geste holing a 20nm lead over the Chris Dickson skippered Volvo 70 Giacomo. ...

ANZ Fiji race: Images from the battle of the maxis *Feature By Richard Gladwell:, , 9:34 PM Sat 7 Jun 2014 GMT
The two biggest boats in the ANZ Fiji race, Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) enjoyed a mini-match race across the Waitemata harbour, after the start of the ANZ Fiji race, before the Botin 80, Beau Geste stretched her legs and started to ease away from the Volvo Ocean Race winner. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Beau Geste off to a fast start *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 5:49 AM Sat 7 Jun 2014 GMT
Karl Kwok's Beau Geste got away to a fast start in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race, and a few hours into the race had established a handy lead over Giacomo (Jim Delgat), with V5 leading the 50fters. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Course record looks safe *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Auckland, New Zealand , 2:23 PM Fri 6 Jun 2014 GMT
The race record held by the supermaxi Konica Minolta of 3 days 10 hours looks to be safe in the 2014 edition of the ANZ sponsored Auckland to Denarau, Fiji race that starts on Saturday. Two areas of high pressure off the east coast of New Zealand will be a major influence on the race, according to the routing done for several type of boats, using ...

America's Cup: War of words erupts between Oracle and Team NZ on TV *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, NZ , 8:53 PM Thu 5 Jun 2014 GMT
Two protagonists from the Defender and Challenger teams at the last America's Cup went head to head on New Zealand breakfast television this morning. Updated with all three video clips. ...

The beginning, middle and end from Racer X Marine *Feature By John Curnow, , 9:24 AM Wed 4 Jun 2014 GMT
The points on a spectrum provide for definition. This means we can quickly determine where things lie and make assessments based on that. The dynamic organisation, Racer X Marine, has been happy to assist us in this process. Our beginning, middle and end are to be about volume, fun and cool. All in that order, too! ...

America's Cup: New Protocol represents a substantial shift in rules *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Takapuna, NZ , 9:28 PM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
While the official release notes many of the high level features of the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, a quick reading of the lengthy document which will govern the 2017 regatta reveals substantial change from the preceding event. The entry fee has been set at $2million, payable in two installments, as well an additional Performance Bond of $1million is required. ...

America's Cup - Breaking News Protocol released for 35th edition + Vid *Feature By, , 5:09 PM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
Today, the Protocol was released, which defines the rules, format and commercial regulations for the 35th America’s Cup. Entries open on June 9th and close August 8th, 2014, giving prospective teams two months to enter. 'We’re going to have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure.' So says Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill as he assesses the competition for the 35th America’s Cup. ...

Valentin Mankin: 'I deal with sailing around the clock and I am happy' *Feature By Eugenia Bakunova,, Russia , 12:03 AM Tue 3 Jun 2014 GMT
Valentin Mankin, the Soviet sailing legend, athlete, who won three Olympic Gold medals in three different classes, died on June 1, in Italy. In this interview he covers his sailing career, and gives an insight into a sailing life behind the then Iron Curtain, together with his reasons for moving to Italy and his thoughts on Western approaches to sailing. ...

Only sailor to win Olympic Gold medals in three classes dies at 75 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:51 AM Mon 2 Jun 2014 GMT
The only sailor to win three Olympic Gold medals in three different classes has died in Viareggio, Italy. All told he won four Olympic medals. Born in 1938, Valentin Mankin was initially from Kiev before emigrating to Italy in 1988 where he worked as a yachting coach. ...

America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:56 AM Fri 23 May 2014 GMT
For the past few weeks two designers from Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand have been giving an almost two hour presentation in various venues around New Zealand, on engineering and design aspects of the 34th America's Cup. Here we present a summary of the presentation, along with the full video, showing a lot of never before seen material ...

America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Bournemouth Coroners Court , 7:22 PM Wed 21 May 2014 GMT
The cause of death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson was summarily dismissed by the Deputy Coroner for the County of Dorset, Mr. Richard Middleton, today in a brief hearing of sixteen minutes. The Coroner, in a prepared statement, from which he read, announced: 'This is a final hearing', leaving the five family members and ten journalists, no doubt that the matter was closed. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 21, 2014 - OZ plunges bigtime *Feature By Collinson FX, , 3:26 PM Wed 21 May 2014 GMT
Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 21, 2014 - Equities tumbled overnight, not because of any economic data releases, but on sentiment. The OZ plunged a big figure, to 0.9250 and remains vulnerable, improving the environment for the trade exposed sector. The KIWI was not immune to all the cross Tasman activity and slipped back below 0.8600. ...

US Coast Guard resume search for Cheeki Rafiki life raft and sailors *Feature By Rob Kothe,, , 1:01 PM Tue 20 May 2014 GMT
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the search for the four missing crew from the 40ft Cheeki Rafiki is to be resumed. The search was initiated after a request was made by the UK government. ...

Gladwell's Line: Has the America's Cup lost its way? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:57 AM Sun 18 May 2014 GMT
The America's Cup has taken another curious turn, with the news out late in the week that the America's Cup Event Authority had approached Bermuda to stage the 35th America's Cup. That would move the regatta out of USA, and arguably sailed in Britain, as the tiny island is a British Overseas Territory. ...

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