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America's Cup: A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:29 AM Wed 18 Jul 2012 GMT
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams. ...
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2012 Olympics: A New Zealand team Form Guide for Weymouth *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:00 AM Sat 14 Jul 2012 GMT
New Zealand will be represented in nine of the 10 Olympic sailing events at Weymouth. Using a base of results from the 2010, 2011, 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold (SS4G) regattas, plus the 2011 Olympic Test event all sailed at Weymouth, plus the 2011 Worlds in Perth, the top New Zealand crew is Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in the Womens Two Hander (470). ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sweet victory for Puma in final In-Port Race *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:58 PM Sat 7 Jul 2012 GMT
The final act of the Volvo Ocean Race, and indeed the final race for the Volvo 70 class, was run out in the Discover Ireland InPort Race sailed off Galway, Ireland. Sailing in a moderate breeze and flat water, and infront of a gallery of 30,000 spectators, Camper led off the start line with gennakers set for the first leg of the 8nm course.. The fleet split into two groups, with Puma in the group ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:31 AM Tue 3 Jul 2012 GMT
The Spanish/New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 0100UTC, in Galway, Ireland. Groupama (Franck Cammas) finished second behind Camper, assuring the French team of her overall win in the 39,000nm classic. ...
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Newport - Bermuda Race: Rambler's record ride - Onboard Video *Feature By Rambler crew, 11:12 PM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
Join the crew of the 90ft Rambler as they break the record for the Newport to Bermuda Race 2012. This on board video tells how it was onboard the mighty Rambler 90 USA 25555. See and hear their record breaking run as the team sent the boat through the Gulf Stream and down into Bermuda. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Being a Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Sailor *Feature By Lorraine MacIntosh, Burriana , 6:25 AM Sun 1 Jul 2012 GMT
We can’t all be Franck Cammas or Chris Nicholsons and sail the high seas, but one can be in the race. Over 212,000 registrations for VORG show the appeal of going virtual. But beware; the hazards may not be 40 knot winds or 6 metre waves, but the addictive powers of virtual racing while one tries to live in a normal world. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Newport - The old and the new at Newport *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:22 PM Sat 30 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 3: I saw three Twelves come sailing by, on this Saturday in the morn. The America's Cup's heritage lives on in this nautical playground and the old warhorses of yesteryear - Intrepid, Heritage, Columbia and their likes - are sailing around in Narragansett Bay. Then there were eight AC-45s sailing by at a far more rapid rate trying to prove themselves in the 500-metre speed trials. ...
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Laser Radial Youths World Championships Day 1 – Big spread in top 20 *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, 10:10 PM Fri 29 Jun 2012 GMT
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth Championships are underway at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly (Brisbane), Australia. On the water postcard conditions prevailed on day 1, with bright blue winter skies and a good breeze. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS Newport - Barker's world turns upside down *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:49 PM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Day 1: Today had all the attributes of the Curate's egg - good in parts, but evil in others. Ask Dean Barker. He went up and down the ratings in the opening fleet race, which provided the seedings for the subsequent match racing, in the light and fickle morning breeze, and then dramatically and spectacularly capsized at the first mark in his opening match race. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:16 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million. ...
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Working with Classics in an Aramid Age - Part 2 of a look at 3Di *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:36 AM Thu 28 Jun 2012 GMT
Continuing the Sail-World's story on North Sails working with the classic J class yachts and 3Di: North’s production isn’t limited to the grey of 3Di. Often they will have four materials on the loft floor – 3Di, 3DL, Dacron and spinnaker nylon. 'The size of the sails being built has required some original thinking in terms of machinery, says Production Manager Matt Smeaton. ...
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Fisher's View: Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races? *Feature By Bob Fisher, Newport, RI, USA , 10:18 PM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930 ...
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Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - the Wrap video *Feature By SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media, 5:25 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012 GMT
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - this Wrap video shows just why this is a must do regatta. 90 crews enjoyed last years event. Have you entered for 2012? If you have- watch this now!! If you have not - watch this video now!! ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:35 PM Sun 24 Jun 2012 GMT
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled. ...
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:28 PM Wed 20 Jun 2012 GMT
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system. ...
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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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