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News for the Last 7 Days - New Zealand & the World

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 19 - Oil resumes slippery slide By Collinson FX, , 12:14 AM Fri 19 Dec 2014 GMT
December 19, 2014: Oil prices resumed downward momentum, testing new lows, pushing energy costs lower. NZ GDP numbers met expectations with the last quarter rising 1% to 3.2% annually. Modifications to the methodology of growth calculation cast a shadow over the numbers but the economy looks healthy compared to most. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:20 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Images from Mauritius as the Team Vestas Wind recovery crew prepare to depart for the Cargados Carajos Shoals, over 200nm away. The team have acquired some salvage equipment and will live aboard a chartered boat and attempt to float the boat over the reef and into the lagoon. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:48 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
The skipper of Mapfre, Iker Martinez will leave the Campos managed Volvo Ocean Race entry for the third Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team cites a conflict between Martinez's Olympic commitments in the Nacra 17 and the Volvo Ocean Race, as the reason for the departure which the team says was a planned move. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:06 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) has flown back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago. ...
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America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:09 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
The America's Cup Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams registered for the 2017 America’s Cup, has appointed Iain Murray as Regatta Director. The appointment was tipped a month ago in Sail-World.com. Under the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, the appointment has to be approved by the majority of the competitors. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet By Marina Thomas, , 3:26 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: The intention to enter the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the 71st edition has just been confirmed by Clipper Race organisers. The RSHYR will form part of the biennial Clipper Race series for a second time. The round-the-world fleet created much interest in 2013 as amateur sailors from over 40 different nationalities competed as part of their 40,000 mile circumnavigation. ...
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Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show By Sail-World, , 12:38 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 34th. Sailing news in sixty seconds-ish (2:46). Sail Sydney: Josh McKnight (Moth, 9:43), Tom Spithill (Moth, 12:45), Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (FX, 15:24) Tom Burton (Laser, 23:20) James Wierzbowski (Extreme 40's, 32:08) and much more ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 18 - Brent Oil boost for markets By Collinson FX, , 12:25 PM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
December 18, 2014: Oil(Brent) rebounded to $63 overnight pushing energy stocks higher and boosting equity markets. The NZD Currently trades 0.6207 and 0.4925 against the EUR and GBP, down slightly on yesterdays levels. The NZDAUD has been trading in a wide volatile range in the last 24 hours sitting 0.9440 this morning, down from a high of 0.9490. ...
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The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - Mark Chisnell reviews Leg 2, Week 4 By Mark Chisnell for B&G, , 11:38 AM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Top Volvo Ocean Race correspondent, navigator and sailing analyst, Mark Chisnell writes a regular report for B&G on the current race and trends he sees developing. Today, he reviews the fourth week of action in Leg 2. He writes: Leg 2 is finished, but the overall race has never looked more open. After almost 12,000 miles of ocean racing, we have a three-way tie for the overall lead. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:59 AM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
Final part of a three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson tell what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. ...
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Int'l 14 World Championships - Defending champion expects tight racing By Tracey Johnstone, , 5:42 AM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 International 14 World Championship - Four-time World Champion, Britain’s Archie Massey, expects racing in the titles at Geelong, Australia, will be tight. ...
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Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 12:29 AM Thu 18 Dec 2014 GMT
A successful medal haul for the Australian Sailing Team (AST) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne with five gold, five silver and three bronze in the Olympic class program, plus two gold and one bronze in the Paralympic fleet. Hear what the sailors had to say about their performance, along with some great video footage of the week's racing on Port Phillip. ...
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Etchells: Valsheda takes pre-Xmas Series in Auckland By Etchells NZ media, , 10:58 PM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Inclement weather has brought the pre-Christmas series to a close, with 7 of 8 scheduled flights raced. However, the results show that victory for Valsheda II (950) was a virtual certainty, notwithstanding the early bath. Al Gair and crew sailed an impressive series, taking first or second place in every flight, bar one (when Al was absent). ...
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Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity By Sail-World, , 10:12 PM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place in 60 countries around the world, on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible £366,391.95 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The race was held in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, the Olympic gold medal sailor who died in May 2013. ...
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Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart By Nic Douglass, Sydney , 11:34 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Perpetual Loyal is no stranger to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Winning line honours in 2011, they have continued to be a contender, especially in heavier breezes. ...
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New yard site for Yachting Developments By Ellie Brade, , 10:37 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
From 1 December 2014, Yachting Developments has relocated to a new, larger yard site, conveniently positioned next door to its former Hobsonville facility. With teams across all disciplines, including new build, refit and restoration, engineering, design and upholstery, the new site offers increased space with a large office space to complement the modern 50m building shed. ...
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ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out By John Curnow, , 10:36 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
In a lot of ways, it was kind of befitting that the best conditions of the last day of the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, were saved for the Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race. Apart from highlighting them in glorious sunshine, like Huey’s own spotlights, it also brought into frame that were only two girls 470 crews in attendance for the regatta. ...
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Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched By Robert Deaves, , 10:35 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
The website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, has been launched. The Finn class is eagerly anticipating a return to Takapuna Boating Club for what will be only the second Finn World Championship to be held in New Zealand. It will have been 35 years since Cam Lewis (USA) beat John Bertrand (USA) in a thrilling final race showdown in 1980, to take the Gold Cup. ...
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 17 - Oil continues to tank *Feature By Collinson FX, , 10:30 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
December 17, 2014: The AUDUSD held 0.8200 but is under extreme internal and external pressures. The KIWI booked gains and look set to test 0.7800 looking more attractive to investors than it's Trans-Tasman cousin. The NZD currently trades 0.6218 and 0.4922 against the EUR and GBP. ...
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Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:56 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Looking for a great Christmas present which you can buy with a few mouse clicks? Bob Fisher's books on the Round the World races, Farr 40's and the definitive America's Cup two volume set are still available, along with other titles from South Atlantic Publishing. ...
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Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African By Julia Wall-Clarke, , 8:32 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
In January Nqoba, from Durban, will embark on his Yachtmaster qualification and will have none other than legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to ever sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968-69, as his mentor as he takes the first steps to realise his dream of circumnavigating the globe at the helm of a Clipper 70. ...
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IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away! By Kathy Large, , 7:26 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
IFDS 2014 Worlds: But as you reflect back on the year, we hope you will agree that week of competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia set a new standard for disabled sailing. It was the largest world regatta yet with 18 SKUD-18 teams, 14 Sonar teams and 49 2.4mR competitors and the largest number of countries participating. There were some challenging days finding enough wind to race. ...
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TeamVodafoneSailing enjoys a busy spring season By Stuart MacKinven, Auckland , 6:49 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Stuart MacKinven, boat captain of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing reports on their exploits since getting the red flying multihull back on the water, after breaking their wingmast: Since getting the red bus back together after yet another dismasting. Let's not dwell on that :-) ...
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McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event By Di Pearson, , 4:46 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
The 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik ‘Mothapolooza’ which promises a potential head-to-head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors. ...
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2015 Auckland to Wellington Race: Expression of interest required By Suellen Hurling, , 4:22 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Auckland to Wellington Race - Royal Akarana Yacht Club in conjunction with Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club are considering hosting the 2015 Auckland to Wellington Race. There is a gap in the larger offshore racing calendar in 2015, with RAYC choosing to have a year off from international racing. ANZ Sail Fiji will return in 2016. ...
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