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Noumea Race Day 7: Only five left to finish - Update @ 2230hrs *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:12 PM Thu 7 Jun 2012 GMT
Several yachts have finished the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race. Later this evening, there will be only four yachts left in the race. Early this morning, Akatea took third place to be second monohull into Noumea, after V5 finished late Thursday afternoon. Akatea was followed in an hour later by the TP52 Kia Kaha. Next home was Rikki who crossed the finish line in Noumea this afternoon ...
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard interviewed on Artemis wingsail break *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 1:04 PM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
The amazing factor of America’s Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can. ...
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Etchells – A lot of truth about this boat *Feature By ADCO Etchells Australiasian Media, 9:54 AM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
Heavy weather and king tides are about to hit Queensland’s Sunshine coast, but these tough conditions should ease in time for Friday morning’s start of the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Australian Etchells Class President Jake Gunther, the skipper of one of six Victorian boats, is heading 1980 kilometres north on the highways from Melbourne to Mooloolaba. ...
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:40 AM Tue 5 Jun 2012 GMT
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer. ...
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Neville 'Croaky' Crichton receives New Zealand Honour *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:32 PM Sun 3 Jun 2012 GMT
Champion yachtsman and businessman, Neville Crichton (67) has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. As well as being a top sailor and winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Crichton's business interests extend into the superyacht and automotive industries. ...
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NX Compass – an easy addition for digital heading information *Feature By Tristan Campbell, 6:59 AM Wed 30 May 2012 GMT
Nexus Marine has added the advantages of digital compass heading information to their successful NX line. The new transducer and display open up navigational features such as True Wind Direction and compatibility with auto pilots in the entry-level range known for its 'Easy System Expansion'. ...
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NZ Olympians second in Dutch round of ISAF World Cup *Feature By Sail-World, 1:13 AM Sun 27 May 2012 GMT
New Zealand 2012 Olympic representatives in the Mens Doublehander (470), Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, have finished second in the fifth round of the ISAF World Cup sailed in Medemblik, Holland. New Zealand crews competed in three other events in the regatta which is a build up for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in eary June, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic regatta venue of Weymouth ...
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The Brand is Zhik *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:38 PM Fri 25 May 2012 GMT
A little under 10 years ago, I first started seeing some sensationally cool sailing gear that was adorned with this fantastic Z. It certainly reminded me of Zorro slashing his moniker into all and sundry and apart from looking cool, the gear seemed to be very much fit for purpose. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 12:36 AM Fri 25 May 2012 GMT
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time. ...
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:14 PM Tue 22 May 2012 GMT
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice ...
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Venice - Big crowds for slow day in Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 8:10 PM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
Day 4: The ACWS has certainly captured the imagination of the Venetians. For Saturday's racing there were in excess of a thousand spectator boats (counted from helicopter-shot images) and over 100,000 spectators along the shoreline. The attendance in the AC Village was 14,500 and you can take it from me that that was probably understated - it was extremely crowded. ...
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 2 - Plastic bottles *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 7:01 AM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
In part one, we looked at plastic bags. We went through the numbers and quantified how much one million and one billion is in reality. Let's revisit that before we move onto Plastic water bottles. To count straight through from one to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days and it will take 32 years to count to one billion. You cannot count to one trillion in your lifetime. ...
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 6:36 AM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Venice - Light winds make for short courses *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 7:44 PM Sat 19 May 2012 GMT
Day 3: Lighter winds than previously and a shift from South-East to East halfway through the fleet racing caused the second of the races to be over eleven legs of a much smaller course - boats were lapped by the leaders - and there was a shake-up in the pecking order with teams having good and bad results. Luna Rossa - Swordfish, for example had a first and a last. Includes Video highlights. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS - Huge crowds on the Grand Canal, Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 8:00 PM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
Day 2: Includes Video highlights. It was a day for the huge crowds that gathered along the shores leading into the Grand Canal; short-course racing at its best and once more the defenders all but eclipsed while the French team led by Loick Peyron moved into a near commanding points lead after the day's two races, which were held in light south-easterly breezes of 5-7 knots. ...
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From tears to joy - Sydney GTS43 Walawala2 shines in Asian debut *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:36 AM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
After a sad end to the 2010 Kings Cup where Singapore based yachtsman Steve Manning lost his Beneteau 44.7 Walawala to the nature of a storm, which ended with his pride and joy being washed up on the beach and destroyed in Phuket Thailand. ...
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2016 Olympics: Venezuela splits in ISAF Windsurfing vote debacle *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:55 AM Mon 14 May 2012 GMT
The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy. In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation. ...
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Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:30 AM Sat 12 May 2012 GMT
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite. ...
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When skinny fittings aren't worth a brass razoo *Feature By Mark Rothfield, 9:14 AM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
I remember reading, following the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, that the finger of blame could be PowerPointed at a slick 'sales pitch' which took precedence over earnest engineering evaluation. [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Camper crosses Miami finish line in second *Feature By Stefano Blin, 12:17 AM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line in Miami earlier today, happy with their performance and the 25 points won for the second place. They completed the 4800-mile leg from Itajai in Brasil to Miami in Florida in 17days 2 hours 21 minutes and 24 seconds. ...
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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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