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Briefings - 6 May 2009

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Lead Story

"Sailing is the Winner" - Ralph Roberts SPARC Lifetime Achievement

Image: David Gall/SPARC
Yachting New Zealand Board Director and well known yachtsman, Ralph Roberts (MBE and JP) has been awarded the highly prestigious SPARC Lifetime Achievement Award.
Roberts, whose involvement with yachting spans decades, was one of three leaders in sport presented the Award at a ceremony for the inaugural New Zealand Sport and Recreation Sector Awards in Hamilton last week. Other recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 were Lois Muir OBE DCNZM and Peter Fitzsimmons OBE.

Sir Wilson Whineray, who led the independent judging panel, said the award winners thoroughly deserved to be recognised by their peers in this way. ``These three individuals are passionate and dedicated New Zealanders who have made an enormous contribution as sportspeople and sports administrators,’’ Sir Wilson said.

Ralph himself is deservedly chuffed about being named. “I’m just staggered at the emails, and texts and messages I’ve had. The number of kids that have text me and just signed their first name – for an old man, it makes you feel happy,” says Roberts. “Everyone remarks how wonderful that sailing was amongst the inaugural recipients when there were only three. Sailing is the winner”

Roberts was President of the New Zealand Yachting Federation between 1986 and 1989 and was awarded the MBE for services to yachting and sport in 1993. He competed at the Olympic Games twice in 1960 (Rome in the Finn & Mexico in the Flying Dutchman) and 1968 and was reserve crew for Helmer Pedersen and Earle Wells in 1964. In 1984 Roberts was Sectional Manager of the New Zealand Olympic sailing team that won two gold medals and a bronze, and in 1992 he was Chef d’Mission for the New Zealand Olympic Team.

Roberts is an ISAF Council member representing area L, a member of the ISAF Review Board as well as ISAF’s Youth World Championship Sub-Committee. He is a past winner of numerous National Yachting titles, has been Commodore of the Takapuna Boating Club, is their current President and a Life Member and was a trustee (inaugural) of Habour Sports for 27 years. In Blind and Disabled sailing, Roberts was one of the team of people who has been working with Blind Sailing and the IFDS Worlds.

Ralph is married to Penny, has six children, six grand children and lives in Takapuna, Auckland. At the recent SPARC ceremony Awards were also presented to recognise excellence in innovation, leadership, events, project collaboration and commercial partnership. Yachting New Zealand’s Lion Foundation Sailing... Have a Go! Programme which provides young New Zealanders with the opportunity to try sailing was one of three finalists for the Innovation Award. Bowls New Zealand’s Mates in Bowls was announced the winner in this category. See for more


High Performance & International

Women’s Match-Racing Olympic Development Squad

Yachting New Zealand has announced a squad of nine female sailors selected to train for the Womens Match Racing discipline which debuts at the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth, England.

26 women came forward for selection and last weekend 24 of those who expressed an interest came under the scrutiny of selectors. Individual interviews were conducted with each of the women followed by a weekend of racing on Auckland Harbour, closely watched by Rod Davis, Laurie Jurie and Graeme Sutherland.

Those selected for the Olympic Development Squad are…

    • Samantha Osborne
    • Jess Smyth
    • Stephanie Hazard
    • Miranda Powrie
    • Raynor Smeal
    • Carla Holgate
    • Anna de Fluiter
    • Aimee Famularo
    • Jenna Hansen

“We went into this thinking we wanted two teams of three,” explains Rod Davis who is overseeing the Women’s Match Racing programme. “But over the weekend it became obvious that we could field three really strong teams, and we felt that at this stage we could include an extra team without incurring extra costs.”

“Laurie Jury and Graeme Sutherland will be responsible for the day to day coaching. The group will sail together three times a fortnight, with a more intensive two to three day clinic every six weeks or so.”

The New Zealand designed Elliot 6s have been chosen by ISAF as the Olympic boat providing the kiwi team, who are familiar with the boats already, with a head start.

“The RNZYS (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) are an integral part of this,” continues Davis. “We have ten Elliot 6s right here in Auckland, nowhere else in the world has this advantage. We have the talent, we have the coaches and we have the boats.”

Talented keelboat sailor Raynor Smeal was excited to be named in the Women’s Match-Racing Olympic Development Squad.
“I’m thrilled to be included,” says Smeal. “And I’m looking forward to working with the talented sailors in the Squad, as well as coaches Rod, Graeme and Laurie. I can’t wait to start training and having us all become better sailors and ultimately developing a medal winning team for 2012.”

Kiwis take BMW Sailing Cup World Title

New Zealand has won the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2009 sailed recently in Malcesine, Italy. The five man team of Graeme Sutherland, Roger Pagani, Josh Puckey, Sam Bell and Nick Bastow clinched the prestigious amateur title in an exciting finals series with a 3:2 victory over Team Italy.

“We are simply delighted to win this final, which was hard-fought right down to the last metre,” said skipper Graeme Sutherland. “We are very proud to have won this magnificent regatta and achieved our goal of taking the trophy outside Europe for the first time. We would like to congratulate the Italian crew, who pushed us all the way and were excellent hosts.”

New Zealand is the third nation to win the title after Germany (Valencia 2007) and Spain (Dubai 2008). Eight nations in total competed in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2009, the kiwi entries earning their place in the line up with a victory at the 2009 BMW Auckland Regatta sailed in February.

Two Young Kiwis finish in top eight at Sailing World Cup Regatta

Two young kiwis have finished in the top eight at the 2009 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta which was sailed recently in Hyeres, France. 20 year old James Sandall from Hawkes Bay finished 5th overall and 19 year old Josh Junior from Wellington finished 8th.

Sandall, who represents the Wairoa Yacht Club in Hawkes Bay, climbed up the leaderboard as the ISAF Grade 1 regatta progressed and stormed into the top ten on the penultimate day of racing earning a place in the medal race. Sailing off against some of the world’s best Laser sailors in the double points medal race Sandall was 6th across the line securing him 5th overall. His final point-score was equal to that of the German sailor who won the medal race and took 4th place overall on count back. This is by far Sandall’s best result in a top international regatta to date.

An 8th place for Josh Junior from Worser Bay Boating Club, Wellington is also an impressive result, bettering his 11th placing at the most recent of the European regattas, Princess Sofia Mapfre in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  Junior was lying 5th going into the medal race but was deemed across the start line early, which saw him slip to 8th overall.

“This is a really good result for both these guys at a top European regatta,” comments Jez Fanstone, Yachting New Zealand’s Olympic Programme Director. “To make the top ten and get the opportunity to start in the medal race is a great achievement and really puts them on a steep learning curve.”

WMR Invitation

The 2009 Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championships will be sailed in New York between 7th and 10th October this year. Host Club, Rochester Yacht Club (Rochester, New York) are keen to host a team from New Zealand.

“The event is in J-22s, with typically a team of four women,” explains Cory Sertl of Rochester Yacht Club. “Great racing, camaraderie, nice events off the water and Rolex sponsorship makes it a very special event.”

“We will provide housing in members’ homes and dinners are included within the entry fee. We have several excellent charter boats available and have partnered with three different sailmakers that are active in the class to ‘loan’ new or ‘one regatta old’ sails for use by foreign competitors who do not come from areas where there are J-22s, and wouldn’t already have their own sails.”
Any women interested in this opportunity should contact Cory by email to

Youth Sailing

YNZ National Youth Squad Update

The third of Yachting New Zealand’s National Youth Squad Clinics was conducted at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland’s North Shore over the weekend.

Despite cold and wet conditions forecast for the weekend, National Youth Squad members travelled from Wellington, Hawkes Bay, the Bay of Plenty and Northland to train together and receive coaching from YNZ Youth Coaches.

The YNZ National Youth Squad recognises talented youth aged sailors across the spectrum of Youth Sailing Disciplines, Single Handed, Double Handed & Windsurfing. YNZ also recognise sailors in the Youth Multihull event and for the first time has recognised youth aged sailors who show promise in Paralympic & IFDS disciplines.

Thanks to the efforts of our expert coaches, guest speakers and support staff the clinics conducted over the past three months have been a huge success. Not to forget the dedication of the sailors and parents who travelled great distances to be involved.

In the coming months the YNZ National Youth Squad members will continue to train towards their respective pinnacle events and will also work closely with the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in their preparation for the ISAF Youth World Championships.

Yachting New Zealand would like to thank the members and management of the Takapuna Boating Club, and the Wakatere Boating Club for the use of their facilities and support in running of the Clinics.

For more on Yachting New Zealand’s National Youth Squad and the sailors included click here.

St Johns Rotary CORK Scholarship

Yachting New Zealand is calling for applicants to the St Johns Rotary CORK Scholarship for 2009. More information on the scholarship and an application form can be viewed on the Yachting New Zealand website - click here. Applications should be received by Yachting New Zealand by the close of business on the Friday the 29th of May 2009.

The St Johns Rotary Trust each year supports a young New Zealand youth sailor to attend CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta, Kingston).  The Regatta is held in August each year, and sailors compete in both a youth and open regatta. These regattas are to be held from the 19th August 2009; further information including NOR is available on the regatta website.

Tauranga Boys wins National Secondary Schools Team Sailing Championship

Tim Short reports on the recent Secondary Schools Team Sailing Champs...
In a thrilling finish traditional rivals Mahurangi College took Tauranga Boys all the way to five races in a nail biting finish sailing in ideal team racing conditions on Lyttelton Harbour recently. Tauranga Boys High School came out on top.

The team consisted of Thomas Saunders, Ben Caundle, Luke Stevenson, Oliver Brown, Nicholas Gunn, Jeremy Gundry, Jacob Meesenburg and was coached by Richard Burling who says it was a victory for his approach of team empowerment. St Kentigerns College came third one race ahead of Kerikeri High School. In the girls division Napier Girls College took the title from Nelson Girls College. 

The fleet of 25 Teams set a new high standard of exciting, close tactical racing which made for excellent viewing and tough umpiring.  Over 300 races were sailed over the five days of the event.  A significant number of top junior fleet sailors took the opportunity to represent their school and to advance their tactical sailing skills. 

The top three schools have won the right to represent New Zealand at the Inter-Dominion which will be in Australia in October in the annual contest to choose the top Australasian School and top Team Sailing Country. 
Boys Final Results
1 Tauranga Boys  
2 Mahurangi College
3 St Kentigerns College
4 Kerikeri High School
Girls Final Results
1 Napier Girls College
2 Nelson Girls College
3 Christchurch Girls College
4 New Plymouth Girls College

See the regatta website for full details and commentary.

Local Sailing

PHRF Details Now Available Online

Yachting New Zealand has gone live with a new website feature which allows visitors to access measurement and race history details on any yacht with a current PHRF certificate. The website innovation provides racing owners and crew with greater integrity in the national handicapping system by promoting candour and transparency.

Go to and use the Boat Search and Handicap List under Keelboat to look up a boat by entering either its name or sail number to instantly view measurement details declared to Yachting New Zealand.  This report can also be used for revalidation purposes so that the owner does not have to re-enter all details but only those that are changed or need updating.

One more click – on Race History - and up pops a summary report of the boats performance in each race for the past 12 months.  This will detail the average performance over the last four, eight and twelve races so that anyone can see how the PHRF TCF is derived. By clicking the down arrow under each PHRF category you will see the names of the races.

PHRF is a national performance handicapping system for keelboats designed to facilitate open and fair competition between boats as much as possible. It is self regulating and depends on the spirit of sportsmanship for its success. For more information see the PHRF Frequently Asked Questions.

IRC and PHRF New Season

The New Zealand season for keelboat PHRF handicaps and IRC ratings is nearly over with current certificates expiring at the end of this month. Owners are encouraged to get in early for the new season with applications and revalidations for PHRF and IRC being accepted now.
See under Keelboat for more information on both PHRF and IRC.

2009 Auckland to Noumea

This year’s Offshore Race is now less than two months away with entries closing in just over a month. Royal Akarana Yacht Club is organising the 975 nautical mile race from Auckland to Noumea which has attracted entries from Australia and New Caledonia.

Corinthian and Cruising divisions will set sail from Auckland on Wednesday 24th June, while Premier and Multihull Divisions leave three days later on Saturday 27th June.
Visit RAYC for more information

Regional News: From Waikato/Thames

Yachting New Zealand NZCT Regional Support Officer, Kim Admore reports from Waikato/Thames…
Last month the Thames Sailing Club hosted the 2009 Waikato Thames Yachting Association Centreboard Regatta at Te Puru School. This is a fantastic venue where sailors can camp in the school grounds and there is a good beach which is suitable for launching at all tides.

The regatta was well supported by sailors from Ngaroto Sailing Club, Thames Sailing Club with a few from Hamilton Sailing Club. The Junior classes division was won by Coral Headey (TSC) and Adam Cameron from (HYC) a creditable second.

Lasers Fleet: Stuart Franshaw (PYC), Ross Wrenn (NSC), Arthur Giffiney (NSC)
1st Open Fleet; Colin Brocas (TSC), Linda Civil (NSC), John Elliot (HYC)
2nd Open Fleet; Tim Johnson (Mercury Bay Boating Club), Mathew Ward (NSC), Mitch Edwards (TSC)
Christine Headey and her team did a great job organizing this event and thanks to Ross Wrenn for doing the results.

We hope to see more sailors at this regional regatta next year.

Club News: Point Chevalier Sailing Club 90 not out

One of the oldest sailing clubs in the country and certainly one of the most friendly family Clubs too, the Point Chevalier Sailing Club has celebrated 90 years.

On April 5th the Club Champs (Cup Day) was held celebrating not only a good season but 90 of them. All the Life Members were invited and there was a big turn out. The club marked the occasion with screen printed felt pennants and all the juniors who sailed were given a pennant in addition to the winners and place-getters.

2009 Cup winners were:
Don Oliver - Sunburst
Tim Snedden - Zephyr
Chris Mitchell - Open Skiff
Sue Town - Laser 4.7
Patrick Moss - Laser

Conditions on the day were perfect, a lovely late summers day; blue skies and a warm light north easterly breeze. The Council recently re-sanded Point Chevalier beach just along from the club, and this has become very popular again as a result. The Course was skewed past the club house and beach. A lot of good sailing was done with a competitive fleet of Zephyrs sailing very closely and followed by an Open Fleet with competition at a number of different levels. 37 boats competed creating a fitting spectacle. The club has just finished its latest learn-to-sail course (they are run twice yearly) so the timing was great.

Huge thanks to Donna who provided all those attending with scones straight from the oven, and fresh cream. Next up the Club runs its winter series, the costs of this are modest and the series is open to all sailors who might like to consider sailing in the off season if there own club is closed. Pt Chevalier normally features flat water, strong SW breezes, triangular courses with reaching legs, rescues are easy and the upper harbour is not much bigger than good sized lake. Normally the Auckland Area Sea Scout troops also attend the winter series in sea scout cutters and sunbursts too. The car park can get pretty full, but “full is good”, and we try to find a place for everyone.The club website is:

Admin, Safety & Training

Have your say... Club Surveys & Levy Poll

The last issue of Briefings on April 22nd included an important reminder to all Yacht Clubs that we want your feedback on levy methodology.
Your Club shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to vote on this matter – and the Board of Yachting New Zealand has agreed to extend the voting deadline after a number of Yacht Clubs requested more time. Votes must be in to Yachting New Zealand by May 31st. Many thanks to those Yacht Clubs who have already responded, we will make the results available as soon as possible.

A large number of Club Survey’s remain outstanding also. The information collected from the Survey, conducted every two years, is crucial for Yachting New Zealand to report back to major funders and in applications for funding. Your feedback allows us to provide you with greater resources, and also to improve upon the services we provide.

If you have questions about the Levy Methodology vote or the Club Survey you can email Yachting New Zealand to 

Amendments to the YNZ Safety Regulations

The first amendments to YNZ Safety Regulations of Sailing 2009 – 2012 have been posted on the Yachting New Zealand website and came in to effect on May 1.

The changes include anchor requirements, GPS requirements, Advanced Sea Survival requirements and more.
The changes are available for download from Safety Regulations page of the website.
The full regulations are available for download from this page also.

Recent Appeal Decision

Another appeal has been lodged with Yachting New Zealand and resolved. Stemming from the Optimist fleet of the 2009 Auckland Sailing Championships, NZL4229 appealed a decision made by the Howick Sailing Club Protest Committee. This appeal presents important issues regarding misconduct and foul language in junior sailing. The full appeal decision, along with an archive of past appeals, can be found on the website here.

An appeal is an official request for review of a protest decision.  Essentially, when an appeal is lodged to YNZ, all parties to the original protest are invited to submit comments. These comments along with the appellant’s case are considered by a panel of International and National Judges, who in turn make a final ruling. The appeals process is further outlined in Appendix F of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
For more information regarding appeals, please contact

Maritime New Zealand

The Minister of Transport has now signed a new delegation under Section 444(2) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 allowing the YNZ CEO to determine if a New Zealand pleasure craft and its safety equipment and crew are adequate for an overseas voyage. This allows the CEO to sub delegate this authority to YNZ appointed inspectors and to carry out and require inspections and audits. The delegation extends to March 2014 and applies to Category 1 level inspections.

Do we have your Club’s Correct Contact Details?

Yachting New Zealand’s online Yacht Club and Class Association Directories are constantly accessed by the public for details on how to contact the appropriate person at your Club. It’s important to keep us up to date with any changes to ensure we’re promoting your Club to its best potential.

Check the
Club Directory here and the Class Association Directory here.

Providing up-to-date information for Yachting New Zealand also ensures your Club has a say when it comes to voting matters and AGM time. has a simple update form which can be downloaded from the Keep Us Updated webpage.

What’s On...

Next  Week...
North Shore Fresh Water Championship
Bucks Match Race Two

To ensure your up-coming events appear in Briefings What’s On remember to submit them to YNZ’s on-line calendar. Submit an Event.

Of Interest

Thank you from Barbara

Barbara Kendall sends a big thank you to her supporters during Dancing with the Stars…
“Thanks to all those that have voted and supported us over the last eight weeks. It has been a blast and a very fun journey with lots of ups and downs - but mostly ups!!!”

“It was the most awesome feeling to nail our last "freestyle" dance and get four 10's. We may not have won the big trophy but we had the time of our life dancing our hearts out on Tuesday night and for me it was the highlight of 12 weeks of full on training.”

“Hopefully we have raised a whole bunch of money for the upsidedowns education trust and now lots of kids with Down Syndrome will now get that specialist one on one education.”

“Jonny is now back to teaching at his Limelight studio in Albany and I am back to Olympic Committee work with my first forum for Oceania athletes in Vanuatu in May.”

Abstract – Creating a Social Media Strategy

By David Ross
Online Event Registration and Membership Management

Social media are a vital resource for promoting sporting events in the 21st Century.  When you’re creating your social media strategy, it helps to follow a step-by-step plan.  It begins by setting a handful of specific and manageable goals.  Then you must get to know your market.  What are the online habits of your target audience?  Once you know this, you can choose your “weapons” – which social media will give you the best access to your target group.  After deciding whether you should build your own site or leverage an existing one, develop a long-term commitment.  As you implement your marketing plan, look for ways to leverage technology to make your job easier.  Finally, keep the Four C’s (Content, Context, Connection and Community) in mind.   Read more… 



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News - USA and the World

Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils. ... [more]  

As of the 2140UTC report on Day 10 of the first Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the placings on the water on the water had not changed during the day, but the distances between the boats had reduced. The two easternmost boats, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing continued to lead but is only 4nm ahead of Team Brunel with about 600nm to sail to the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha 220nm off the coast of Brazil. ... [more]  

The calm weather returned on day five of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam as the wave sailors recovered from yesterday’s punishing, but brilliant, conditions. After a chilly start, with the thermometer reading just five degrees celsius, the temperature soon rose with the appearance of the sun, making for another stunning autumn day. ... [more]  

Day five of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta. ... [more]  

A day and a night of uncertainty - later, the Doldrums will come to an end for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. By tomorrow morning, the fleet should be sailing safely in the southeasterly trade winds. So – who won this equatorial lottery? What was the best place to cross this convergence zone, where two hemispheres and two weather systems collide? ... [more]  

Known for erratic light airs alternating with sudden gusts that can last a minute or an hour from the giant unstable vertical clouds, the Doldrums (aka more officially the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) are the unavoidable low-point of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race for the determined men on Dongfeng. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Onboard Team Alvimedica. The synopsis is pretty straightforward: we are stuck in the Doldrums. Stuck, and stuck real good. All things considered, yesterday was actually pretty decent. We had a quick morning rainsquall that was able to power us south through the first line of ITCZ clouds already towering above our heads by 10AM. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie has emerged as the hot favourite to become the overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. However, at 16:00 CET, Artie was still 80 miles from the finish and the Mistral storm is still raging. In addition, there are several yachts behind Artie that could still claim the overall prize. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team SCA. Today I would like to share another perspective with you. Given the kind messages from Team SCA followers that we have been receiving onboard (thank you!), it would seem daily reports from our onboard reporter Miss Halloran and our onshore media crew have been doing a wonderful job of sharing our journey thus far. ... [more]  

The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place from 15-18 October in San Francisco, USA. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds welcomed 19 international entrants - comprising teams from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. ... [more]  

After two days of intense racing at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, both fleets have completed a full schedule of six light-wind races, and they’ve earned their lay day! Very light and shifty winds were forecast for the day, and it was a nice surprise to see a seven knot side-off breeze fill in early from the North. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
There are 92 yachts still racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The expected frontal system arrived around Midnight last night at the northwest corner of the course. Reports of storm force winds and big seas have been received by the Race Committee and 25 yachts had officially retired from the race by 15:00 CET on Wednesday 22 October. ... [more]  

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Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell/
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video: You know when you try to stick two positive magnets together and regardless as to how close you get them they never touch? Well, the ITCZ is a bit like that. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature by Richard Gladwell,
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Student Yachting World Cup - After those days of sun and light air, the weather was upside-down with a cloudy sky threatening us of heavy shower at any time and a strong wind fluctuating from 15 knots to 25 knots! Two windward-leeward races took place today as the wind became far too heavy in the early afternoon. The 13th race began this morning: a second start occurred under black flag. ... [more]  

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category Three Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature by Richard Gladwell/
Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts. Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ... [more]  

In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday. ... [more]  

While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers opportunities for young people to have new experiences, coping with Hurricane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and some are now guests in homes without electricity. ... [more]  

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Groupe Beneteau today announced its sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Groupe Beneteau is the world's leading yacht builder, and will now become a significant presence in high-performance sailing with its support of both the US national sailing team and North America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ... [more]  

The Atlantic has proved to be a test for the VO65s in the Volvo Ocean Race and their teams as a battle of gybing down the west coast of Africa broke out, keeping all boats in a relatively tight-knit pack for much longer than expected. Having passed Morocco and the Canaries, we were drawn to the tricky-to-handle magnet of Cape Verde. ... [more]  

It’s the dawn of a complicated day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s face it: we’re not having a very good time on Dongfeng. We lost distance last night, and our leading position. The day got dull afterwards. Sailing straight ahead, with the spinnaker up, in light winds. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 10 onboard Team SCA. Two days, eight hours, thirty-four minutes, and ten seconds, nine seconds, eight, seven, six, five… over the last few days the clock has gotten louder and louder as it counts down to October 23rd at noon—the time when we cross the equator and the time when myself and six other sailors join the rest of our crew in King Neptune’s court. ... [more]  

For Pablo Arrarte Elorza, the Volvo Ocean Race is a tough challenge. Not as far as physical effort is concerned because this likeable Spaniard is a very strong guy. For Pablo, the race is mostly a culinary war of attrition because the food that the team has bought with it on the race does little to please his gourmet palate. ... [more]  

The 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds kicked off on October 20th in Clearwater, USA, and it was hard work from the start: in 5-6 kt of breeze, offshore to start the day and side-on to close it, pumping was in order for the 54 boys and 28 girls gathered here for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. ... [more]  

The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very happy to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 - 8. The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event's 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season. ... [more]  

After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race. The prevailing wind remains weak, but is expected to strengthen this afternoon coinciding with the arrival of bulk of the fleet t the Egadi Islands. ... [more]  

Last week the Volvo Ocean Race was all about VMG downwind sailing, with Dongfeng being the star performer. After DFRT took the lead, they shortly lost it again 36 hours later after hitting something in the water and losing their rudder. Two hours later they were up and running again with the spare in. Impressive stuff. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell/
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Igor Simicic's maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race. ... [more]  

Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind
Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board
Star Sailors League Finals - Torben Grael and Jorge Zarif join fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission
Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships
Farr 40 Worlds: Prizegiving images from the Final day in San Francisco
Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from the Final day in San Francisco *Feature
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night
34th Student Yachting World Cup 2014 - Second race day
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums *Feature   
Flying Dreams 'An Ocean Story': The Movie   
New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature   
Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge - Youngerman wins   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Santander team victorious   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waves continue to pound on day 2   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 *Feature   
RS:X Youth World Championships - All set for Clearwater action   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Slow road north   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Dongfeng Race Team - A risky call   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Escaping the shroud of Mount Etna   
Farr 40 Worlds: Day 4 Image and Video gallery *Feature   
Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leader gambles on Island windshadow   
2014 Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Final day video highlights   
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Plenty of time   
Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 2   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Massive swell on day 1   

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