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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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
Camper with Emirates Team NZ first sail in Hauraki Gulf + Video *Feature
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 ...
Emirates Team NZ: CAMPER shows her colours on the Waitemata + Video *Feature
By Warren Douglas,
6:43 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
CAMPER the Emirates Team New Zealand’s VO70 yacht for the Volvo Ocean Race went for her maiden sail on Auckland Harbour today. The yacht left the team’s base at Viaduct Harbour in the early afternoon. The sea was calm, the wind a soft breeze – ideal conditions for a maiden sail with the sailing crew of 11 and the 12 designers, engineers and systems experts on board ...
Laser designer and Int 14 sailor pays tribute to Geoff Smale *Feature
By Bruce Kirby,
5:03 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Canadian sailor and designer Bruce Kirby,better known as the designer of the highly successful Laser class was one of those who competed on the 1958 Prince of Wales Cup, along with Geoff Smale who died last weekend in a light aircraft accident. Here he pays tribute to his old friend ...
Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ lead after first day of racing *Feature
By Warren Douglas,
4:33 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand appear to have converted well to the world of multihull sailing and lead the China regatta of the Extreme 40 Series after the first day’s racing
Six races were held outside the breakwater at Qingdao in a 10-15 easterly. At the end of the day, with a finishes of fifth ,4th, fourth, first, second and fifth and a total of 49 points, Barker has a slender two-point lead ...
Waka Racing: Young 88 National Champs this Weekend *Feature
By Garth Ellingham, Auckland ,
4:25 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Rick Hackett, General Manager of leading edge marine hardware company KZ Marine has kindly offered Waka Racing the use of his Young 88 for the National Championships this weekend. The event is being run by the RNZYS, April 16-17. It will be sailed off the East Coast Bays area and is New Zealand’s largest, most competitive one-design keel boat class. ...
Slam Dunk wins first regatta in 2011 E5.9 Traveller Series *Feature
By NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn Media, Auckland ,
4:20 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
Slam Dunk (Cameron Horne, Auckland) won the final two races to win the 2011 E5.9 Auckland Champs, the first event in the 2011 E5.9 North Island Traveller Series. ...
Zoke Kiwi Match Wins Qatar Match Race *Feature
By Logan Fraser, Auckland ,
4:17 AM Thu 14 Apr 2011 GMT
A successful start to the season continued for Zoke Kiwi Match with a regatta win in Qatar, following our Nation’s Cup Qualifier victory. The Doha Sailing Club were excellent hosts and ran a brilliant regatta for the 14 teams that competed in the Qatar Match Race. ...
Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 day 1 to Emirates Team New Zealand *Feature
By Extreme Sailing Series,
11:57 PM Wed 13 Apr 2011 GMT
Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao, China Act 2 of the 2011 global series is underway. Six races were staged today on the outside of the breakwater in a good easterly breeze between 10-15 knots and the ‘open water’ courses, still close enough for the spectators to follow each race unfold. ...
Sail Port Stephens Commodore's Cup - Images from Day 3 *Feature
By Sail Port Stephens Media,
12:29 PM Wed 13 Apr 2011 GMT
Another bright blue day at Australia's fastest growing regatta. Here is a selection of images. There are lots more on the event website's 2011 photogallery. ...
America's Cup: AC45 high speed wipeout video's and images *Feature
By Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
9:24 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Last week, Oracle Racing were out training on the Hauraki Gulf in strong-to-high winds between 25 and 35 knots with a sea running. They were sailing off the wind under North Head when a strong puff hit. The leeward bow dug in the water and the trampoline was nearly engulfed before control was regained, before the distribution of buoyancy in the hull allowed the bow to pop out and avert calamity. ...
Oracle Racing News: Edition 5 - Team Korea enters; High speed wipeouts *Feature
By Oracle Racing Media,
9:12 PM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Edition 5 of the Oracle Racing newsletter with an introduction to Team Korea, and two videos of AC45 wipe-outs while training in the Hauraki Gulf., plus more... ...
Top NZ windsurfer takes on the Xterra NZ at Blue Lake *Feature
By JP Tobin,
11:10 AM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Top NZ windsurfer, JP Tobin sat out the recent Princess Sofia Trophy regatta in Palma, instead contesting the Xterra NZ event staged at the Blue Lake, Rotorua, before heading back into the windsurfing circuit in Europe and UK.
He reports: ...
Doyle Sails congratulate winners of Farr 1020 Nationals *Feature
By Doyle Sails Media,
9:50 AM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Doyle Sails would like to congratulate the winners of this weekend’s NZ Farr 1020 Nationals: Phil Yuill’s 'Max Headroom' for line victory in the series and Michael Lanigan’s 'Share Delight' for overall handicap victory. Congratulations also to 'Shockran' helmed by Joe Brownlee which finishing a close second in both categories after the five race series. ...
Geoff Smale: Sailor, Sailing Scientist and Sailing Engineer *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
4:15 AM Mon 11 Apr 2011 GMT
Geoff Smale, who died in a light aircraft accident on Saturday was one of New Zealand's most intelligent sailors combining that rare mix of engineering ability, original thinking and great sailing ability.
He did not start sailing until relatively late in life at the age of 21 years, and first rose to fame with a win in the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1958 sailed off Cowes Isle of Wig ...
Volvo Ocean Race: Camper VOR70 makes journey to the sea + Video *Feature
By Warren Douglas,
11:18 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand’s new round-the-world race yacht CAMPER has arrived in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.
She left the builder’s yard in Auckland at 4.30am Sunday; just a year after project was announced. ...
Olympic yachtsman found dead in plane + Video *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
10:27 PM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
One of New Zealand's top sailors - 1968 Olympic representative and 1958 Price of Wales Trophy winner, Geoff Smale, has been found dead in the cockpit of his crashed microlight. He was en route from Auckland to Ashburton. It is reported that an Airforce Iroquois helicopter found the wreckage, on Mount Duppa in the Bryant Range, about 20km north east of Nelson, around 2pm today, the Rescue Coordinat ...
Dan Slater - Leather medal at ISAF Palma World Cup - Finn class *Feature
By Dan Slater,
11:39 AM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater, reports from the ISAF Palma World Cup event in the Finn class: Today we sailed the medal race in 8-10 knots and although I could gain third place overall I needed to get five boats between the Frenchman and myself. I rounded the first mark in 5th one place behind the Frenchman who I needed to beat. Down the first run not much changed ...
Kiteboards take heart from new Medal Events created by IOC *Feature
11:07 AM Sun 10 Apr 2011 GMT
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay. ...
NZL Sailing Team: Two World Cup Golds and a Silver for Kiwis + Video *Feature
By Jodie Bakewell-White and Sail-World,
8:27 PM Sat 9 Apr 2011 GMT
New Zealand crews have performed outstandingly at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma, Spain taking two Gold medals and a Silver.
Other crews also performed well with Sam Meech and Dan Slater taking fourth place in the Laser and Finn class respectively. ...
Powerboats Thunder Under the Bridge *Feature
By Cathy Vercoe,
12:28 PM Sat 9 Apr 2011 GMT
The penultimate race of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series took place on Auckland Harbour today with everyone keen to get out on the course and show the Auckland crowds what they were made of. With so many teams racing on home turf there was a great turnout with crowds lining the foreshore, cheering for their favourite team. ...