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America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
11:56 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other.
Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used ...
Hot Wired challenges all-comers at the Clash of the Cove *Feature
By Marsden Cove Media,
9:24 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011 GMT
Rob Bassett, well-known skipper of the highly successful Bakewell-White designed 52fter Wired, is throwing down the gauntlet to those who are ready for something different in sailboat racing.
Rob and his crew are heading to Marsden Cove to take part in a unique regatta on March 26 & 27, which he hopes will set a trend. Simply put, Rob says he is looking to encourage a much higher level of fun a ...
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery *Feature
9:16 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far. ...
America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand *Feature
By Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
2:12 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17 ...
Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market *Feature
By Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and Sail-World.com,
12:34 AM Wed 16 Mar 2011 GMT
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?'
Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.' ...
Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
8:46 AM Tue 15 Mar 2011 GMT
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail. ...
Australia's Wangi WonderKid's inspirational example *Feature
By Peter McIntosh, Gosford ,
7:49 AM Mon 14 Mar 2011 GMT
World 49er and Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge’s battle back from the brink of permanent disability to experience the pinnacle of sailing achievement with world titles is a gutsy and remarkable journey on many levels. ...
Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.' *Feature
By Nancy Knudsen,
10:38 AM Sat 12 Mar 2011 GMT
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition ...
Pacific Tsunami warning after Japan’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake *Feature
10:22 AM Fri 11 Mar 2011 GMT
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has issued a Tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean.
The Tsunami wave could be higher than some low lying Pacific Islands. ...
America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45 *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
7:22 PM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments. ...
Gladwell's Line: Aboard the AC45 + On-board Videos *Feature
By Richard Gladwell,
10:54 AM Wed 9 Mar 2011 GMT
As the sailing world waits for the first of the Class of 2013 to commission their AC45's, today was the turn for some media to step abroad and experience at first hand what wingsailed catamarans will be like in the America's Cup. ...
Images from Sydney Harbour: Day 3 of JJ Giltinan Trophy - Send it! *Feature
By Christophe Favreau,
7:23 PM Tue 8 Mar 2011 GMT
Top international photographer Christophe Favreau presents this spectacular gallery from Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney Harbour. Thanks to Trevor Barnabas for the driving and his wife Gael for having being so patient. ...
Sail-World Mailbag: Readers comments from the last week or so *Feature
By Sail-World Readers,
7:02 PM Tue 8 Mar 2011 GMT
Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'Bye 'Bye Birdie - Eagle exits *Feature
By Sail-World Archive,
1:00 PM Sun 6 Mar 2011 GMT
The Newport Harbour Yacht Club's Challenger Eagle fluttered rather than soared at the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Designed by Johan Valentijn and skippered by Rod Davis, the Challenger from California exited the 1987 America's cup before the Semi-Finals. TVNZ's Jane Dent goes behind the scenes to talk with her design and skipper and other crew. ...
Outside Images: Day 1 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta *Feature
By Tom Zinn, Outside Images,
10:52 AM Sun 6 Mar 2011 GMT
Top international photographer, Tom Zinn, from OutsideImages.com is at the 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta along with the equally talented Bob Greiser.
Here Tom Zinn presents some images from Day 1 of the biggest regatta in the Caribbean. ...
Wildwind Holiday - Wild Wind Action *Feature
9:28 PM Sat 5 Mar 2011 GMT
WildWind is well named as these photos show. Mornings do provide light wind learning opportunities but afternoons are for serious sailors. Check it out at www.wildwind.co.uk ...
America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7 *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
3:36 AM Fri 4 Mar 2011 GMT
TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers.
Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
3:13 AM Fri 4 Mar 2011 GMT
Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin.
Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time.
Here PJ Mo ...
McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark? *Feature
By John Curnow,
9:50 PM Thu 3 Mar 2011 GMT
Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely ...
America's Cup: New Racing Rules - 'Jimmy, You've got Mail' *Feature
9:01 AM Thu 3 Mar 2011 GMT
The Racing Rules for the 34th America’s Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing’s pinnacle event.
The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America’s Cup racing. ...
Images of the Round the North Island Race: Wellington stopover *Feature
By Images Genevieve Howard; Words: SSANZ,
12:37 PM Tue 1 Mar 2011 GMT
Wellington based photo-journalist Genevieve Howard captured these images of the Two Man Round North Island Race during their Wellington stopover. The first yacht, Cookson 50 Akatea, arrived in Wellington on Friday afternoon ahead of a vicious southerly front which pounded the rest of the fleet with 40 knot headwinds on Friday night. Many yachts took shelter in New Plymouth or the Marlborough Sound ...
Two Man Round North Island Race finishes Leg 2 with casualties *Feature
By SSANZ Media,
11:05 AM Tue 1 Mar 2011 GMT
Wow... what a leg. The great news is all the sailors made it back to dry land safe and sound. Chris Skinner was injured after been flung overboard in a knockdown. He has broken three lateral vertabrae and has been advised to do very little for the next eight weeks but he will recover (Luckily he was harnessed to the boat as the other scenario doesn't bear thinking about). ...
America's Cup: The Freo Files - Erle Williams on wintering over *Feature
By Sail-World Archives,
9:25 AM Fri 25 Feb 2011 GMT
Erle Williams is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing. A chip off the old block. Erle was a watch captain aboard Whitbread line honours winner at the age of just 22years old. Less than four years later he was bowman aboard KZ-7 in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Here he tells how the Kiwis under the baton of Michael Fay and whip of Laurent Esquier and friends... ...
Three boats yet to finish Leg 2 Round North Island Race *Feature
By Sarah Ell, SSANZ Media,
12:10 PM Thu 24 Feb 2011 GMT
A tough southerly, couple with a big swell from Cyclone Atu has created problems for some of the Two Man Round North Island Race fleet. A total of 15 yachts have withdrawn from the second leg. Akatea ghosted into Wellington Harbour to finish the second leg of the SSANZ Round North Island race well ahead of its competition, around 3pm Friday. There are now just three boats left to finish the second ...
Extreme 40's Oman - Dean Barker reports on Day 4 *Feature
By Dean Barker,
10:21 AM Thu 24 Feb 2011 GMT
Today was a great day for us on the water. We managed to win the first and last race of the day and had a 6,3,2,4,3,2 in between. This has elevated us up to 4th on the overall standings 18 points behind the leader, 11 points behind 2nd, and 7 behind 3rd. With 6 or 7 races still to go tomorrow and 11 points for a race win there is still plenty of potential to improve further with a strong day. ...