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Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy *Feature By Byte Class Association, 4:08 AM Tue 8 May 2012 GMT
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce. ...
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified? *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 10:26 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you: ...
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China’s Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:58 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The top performing Women’s Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings. ...
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:17 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race ...
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:41 PM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn ...
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MarineBusiness-World.com Pavilion underway at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show *Feature By Jeni Bone, 2:50 AM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
Construction of the main pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is now well underway, just 19 days out from the start of the show, 24-27 May. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 4 May 2012 - KIWI plunges, AUD soft *Feature By Collinson FX, 10:36 PM Thu 3 May 2012 GMT
Collinson FX market Commentary: 4 May 2012 - Markets fell overnight with the the ECB keeping rates unchanged at 1%. In the US negative sentiment shifted from Europe. The KIWI plunged to test the key 0.8000 level. The AUD showed continuing signs of weakness, 1.0250, with all the political fallout and the all important budget coming in the next few days. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead *Feature By Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race, 8:00 PM Wed 2 May 2012 GMT
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com?nid=0, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of 50 minutes over Puma Ocean Racing, with overall race leader Telefonica just 10 minutes behind the US flagged entry. ...
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Southern Spars rigged Soto 30 is coming! *Feature By Southern Spars, 10:26 AM Wed 2 May 2012 GMT
The mast is one of the most important components of the Soto 30, and is being manufactured by Southern Spars. This spar package design has been optimized from the onset with input from the designer, boat builder and sail makers – this translates into a high performance spar package that is engineered and manufactured for seamless, optimal interface with the boat and the sail package. ...
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:07 AM Sat 28 Apr 2012 GMT
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties. ...
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW *Feature By Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media, 10:55 PM Fri 27 Apr 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July ...
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America's Cup: AC72 regatta offered to New Zealand for summer of 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:42 PM Thu 26 Apr 2012 GMT
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, told Sail-World.com this morning that his organisation had offered to stage an informal series between the three America's Cup teams that would be sailing AC72's in New Zealand, next summer. 'We have offered to go to New Zealand and provide a three day series', he told an international media conference this morning. ...
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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations *Feature By ISAF, 9:20 PM Fri 20 Apr 2012 GMT
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women’s Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition. ...
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FX continues development after Womens Olympic Skiff Trials *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:43 AM Thu 19 Apr 2012 GMT
Development is continuing on the FX by Mackay Boats, even though the report from the Evaluation Committee for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull is yet to be publicly released. Two top womens crews, one from Australia, and the other from New Zealand, have been working on a two boat training, tuning and development program all week in Auckland. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 19 April - Kiwi dollar falls *Feature By Collinson FX, 10:07 PM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
Collinson FX market Commentary: 19 April 2012 - AUD retreated back to 1.0350 and the KIWI 0.8150 after a 9.9% fall in Dairy Prices. ...
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America's Cup: Three teams to train in New Zealand in AC72's in 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:25 PM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
Three America's Cup teams will be sailing the giant AC72 catamarans in New Zealand during the summer of 2012/2013. America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing today confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks around Auckland, that they would be sailing their giant AC72 class catamarans off the northern New Zealand coast. They will join the Italian Luna Rossa team and the Emirates Team New Zealand ...
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America's Cup: Second challenger withdraws, leaves substantial debt *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:19 AM Wed 18 Apr 2012 GMT
A second challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Green Comm, based in Spain, has announced it has withdrawn from the 34th America's Cup. The team has left America's Cup organisers with a substantial debt at the time of the withdrawal following a collision in one of the America's Cup World Series events. That debt had not been paid when the team withdrew on 10 April ...
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Dave Shaw dominates 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger Internationals *Feature By Rowdy Leatham, McCrae , 8:28 AM Mon 16 Apr 2012 GMT
Dave Shaw dominated the 2012 Maersk Line International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships held over Easter weekend (5th – 9th April) with a near perfect scorecard. Five race wins and a third place left Shaw (Nelson, NZ) 18 points ahead of second placed Bryan Anderson (Australia) with Scott Barker (Wellington, NZ) sailing a strong regatta to finish third overall. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 5 Luna Rossa thrill their America's Cup home fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 9:13 PM Sun 15 Apr 2012 GMT
Day 5: It dropped a little and rained hard as the boats came up to the line. ETNZ were blocked out at the committee boat by LR- Swordfish while Luna Rossa - Piranha took it from the leeward ahead of Oracle Racing - Bundock to lead by five seconds at the turn and 12 seconds clear of China Team with Luna Rossa - Swordfish a further seven seconds later Includes full replay video of Final Day ...
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Why multihull king Glenn Ashby is going Mothing *Feature By www.sail-world.com, Melbourne , 4:14 AM Sun 15 Apr 2012 GMT
'As a full development class, along with the A Class the Moth class is into pushing the boundaries of rigs and sails, physics, hydrodynamics and design, well into the future. All these attributes have led me to make this decision to purchase a Mach2 (as well as a bit of a push from the boys!!) and take on something that is a bit outside the square for my sailing. ...
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans *Feature By Marine Business-World.com, 8:22 PM Sat 14 Apr 2012 GMT
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA’s to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development ...
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Racing cancelled on Day 4 + Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 1:19 PM Sat 14 Apr 2012 GMT
Day four . . . there is no day four. Preservation of the boats overrode all other considerations; the difficulty in retrieving the boats after racing posed the greatest, and seemingly insurmountable, problem. The entrance to the dock area faced the wind and the waves which had built on the swell, and it was perceived that the conditions would worsen and prevent boats safely docking. ...
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 10:18 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3 ...
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Glenn Ashby trades two hulls for one *Feature By Leigh Dunstan, Melbourne , 9:37 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012 GMT
In the midst of the latest round of the AC45’s in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth. ...
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Dean's Diary: Two wins on Day 2 in a more moderate Naples *Feature By Dean Barker, Naples, Italy , 10:57 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012 GMT
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was a very good day for us out on the waterin Naples. In a stark contrast to yesterdays conditions, today we raced in much flatter water and a steady 8-12 knots. ...
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