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NZL Sailing Team - Saunders to play catch-up on Laser's Final day NZL Sailing Team - Saunders to play catch-up on Laser's Final day Tom Saunders is aiming for a strong finish on the final day of the Laser world championships Tom Saunders is aiming for a strong finish on the final day of the Laser world championships in Croatia tonight (NZ time) and hopes he can sneak onto the podium. The 25-year-old is eighth with two races remaining but knows big changes can happen in Laser sailing, especially with 49 boats in gold fleet. by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 19 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis crash out in fickle Day 4 at Laser Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis crash out in fickle Day 4 at Laser Worlds A dying breeze turned racing at the Laser world championships in Croatia overnight (NZ time) A dying breeze turned racing at the Laser world championships in Croatia overnight (NZ time) into a bit of a lottery and neither Sam Meech nor Tom Saunders had the winning ticket. Meech finished 38th out of 49 boats in the only race possible on the first day of gold fleet racing and Saunders was 23rd by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 17 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Saunders and Meech in Top 10 - Laser Worlds Day 3 NZL Sailing Team - Saunders and Meech in Top 10 - Laser Worlds Day 3 Sam Meech continued his good form, collecting three second-placed finishes in the strong winds to sit in fourth Sam Meech continued his good form, collecting three second-placed finishes in the strong winds to sit in fourth, only two points behind Cypriot Pavlos Kontides, and he was joined in the top 10 by Tom Saunders, who is seventh after scoring a second, fourth and third places in his three races of the Qualifying Series. by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 17 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Meech sails a counter on Day 2 at the Laser Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Meech sails a counter on Day 2 at the Laser Worlds Only one race was possible at the Laser world championships in Croatia overnight Only one race was possible at the Laser world championships in Croatia overnight (NZ time) but it was enough time for Sam Meech to move up a position into second. The Olympic bronze medallist was second in his race and sits on seven points overall, behind Cypriot Pavlos Kontides who has won all three of his races. by Yachting NZ Posted on 16 Sep NZL Sailing Team- Meech makes strong start on Day 1 of Laser Worlds NZL Sailing Team- Meech makes strong start on Day 1 of Laser Worlds Sam Meech made a strong start to the Laser worlds in Split, winning one of his two races to sit in third overall Sam Meech made a strong start to the Laser world championships in Split overnight, winning one of his two races to sit in third overall. Extremely shifty conditions greeted the 147 competitors in Croatia, meaning big gains and losses could be made, so Meech was happy to emerge from the first day in a healthy position with a win and a fourth in his two races. by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 15 Sep Teamwork a key to Australia's Laser prosperity Teamwork a key to Australia's Laser prosperity Australian Laser class Coach Michael Blackburn credits a strong sense of camaraderie within national team for success. Australian Laser class Coach Michael Blackburn credits a strong sense of camaraderie within the national team for its enduring success. Australia will enter the Laser World Championship at Split, Croatia, this week seeking to extend its proud history in the class, which includes back-to-back Olympic Gold medals at the past two Games. by David Sygall - AST Posted on 14 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Meech looking for fast start at Laser world champs NZL Sailing Team - Meech looking for fast start at Laser world champs 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist, Sam Meech is set to make a strong showing in the 2017 Worlds for the Mens Laser 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist, Sam Meech is set to make a strong showing in the 2017 World Championships for the Mens Laser class which get underway in Split, Croatia, which start on Thursday night (NZ time). “If I sail well, I hope to have a shot at winning a medal,” said Meech, who last year became the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal in the Laser class when he collected bronze. by Yachting NZ Posted on 13 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis stage comeback for fourth at Nacra Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis stage comeback for fourth at Nacra Worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders mounted a stirring comeback on the final day of the Nacra world championships Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders mounted a stirring comeback on the final day of the Nacra world championships in France overnight (NZ time) but just fell short of picking up a medal. The Kiwi crew won the first two races of the day in the breeziest conditions of the regatta sailed in 15-23 knots but finished seventh in the top-10 medal race to finish fourth overall by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 11 Sep Nacra 17 Worlds - Brits set to take two medals going into Final Day Nacra 17 Worlds - Brits set to take two medals going into Final Day British Sailing Team’s Ben Saxton and Nacra newcomer Katie Dabson lead by just four points Title contenders at the Nacra 17 World Championships in La Grande Motte in the South of France may be relishing what is expected to be a big winds Sunday finale, a chance to show the newly foiling, flying Nacra 17 at its best and most exciting, but they had to deal with a penultimate day of light, fickle and patchy winds as a precursor. by Nacra 17 Worlds Media Posted on 10 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Rookie Kiwis 'give it some jandal' in Nacra Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Rookie Kiwis 'give it some jandal' in Nacra Worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders had a disappointing day at the Nacra 17 World Championships in France Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders had a disappointing day at the Nacra 17 World Championships in France overnight (NZ time). But Mackay and Wilkinson, a new Kiwi crew emerged as medal contenders. They have a simple gameplan. 'We're just going to give it some bloody jandal,' Wilkinson said. by Yachting NZ Posted on 10 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis flirt with lead on Day 4 at Nacra Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis flirt with lead on Day 4 at Nacra Worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders briefly led the Nacra 17 world championships in France overnight (NZ time) In a day of snakes and ladders, Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders briefly led the Nacra 17 world championships in France overnight (NZ time) before suffering a capsize and ending the day in sixth overall. The damage wasn't too significant, with many of the top teams struggling on the fourth day of racing in the light but choppy conditions, and Jones and Saunders are only 11 points off the lead. by Yachting NZ Posted on 8 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis close to medal after Day 3 at Nacra Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis close to medal after Day 3 at Nacra Worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are well placed to push for a podium finish as the racing enters the Finals. The real racing will begin tonight (NZ time) at the Nacra 17 world championships in France with the start of gold fleet racing and Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are well placed to push for a podium finish. The New Zealand combination are fourth after three days of qualifying, only 11 points behind the leaders Lin Ea Cenholt Christiansen and Christian Peter Lubeck of Denmark as the top 24 crews by Yachting NZ Posted on 7 Sep Nacra 17 Worlds - Danes lead into sharp end of regatta Nacra 17 Worlds - Danes lead into sharp end of regatta The top two crews at the Nacra 17 Worlds emerged from Race 7 of the Qualifying Series with their worst results yet The top two crews at the Nacra 17 World Championship both emerged from a challenging Race 7 of the Qualifying Series with their worst results yet. But, showing the hallmarks of potential champions, both regrouped and were immediately back into their stride during the subsequent two heats and so head into Friday and Saturday’s Finals with just a small cushion over the third placed team. by Ben Remocker, 49er.org|Sail-World NZ Posted on 7 Sep Gladwell's Line - Olympic Multihull needs to make courageous decisions Gladwell's Line - Olympic Multihull needs to make courageous decisions Interesting times at the Nacra 17 Worlds being staged in La Grande Motte, France In a speech after winning the Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Santiago Lange made an impassioned plea for caution to the class-fiddlers who had signalled their intention to upgrade the Nacra 17 to be a full foiler, rather than the Frankenfoiler that we had seen develop over the just concluded 2016 Olympic cycle. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 7 Sep Finn Gold Cup - Birthday on Balaton for Finn Legend Gerardo Seeliger Finn Gold Cup - Birthday on Balaton for Finn Legend Gerardo Seeliger Many sailors at the 2017 Finn Gold Cup are making new friends, meeting old friends, and telling stories of times past. Many sailors at the 2017 Finn Gold Cup are making new friends, meeting old friends, and telling stories of times past. There are plenty of connections linking the past and the present. Many of them involve the International Finn Association’s President of Honour, Gerardo Seeliger, from Spain by Robert Deaves Posted on 7 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis drop to fourth after Day 2 in Nacra 17 Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis drop to fourth after Day 2 in Nacra 17 Worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders endured a 'frustrating' day at the Nacra 17 world championships in La Grande Motte Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders endured a 'frustrating' day at the Nacra 17 world championships in La Grande Motte, France overnight (NZ time) which included broken gear but they did well to limit the damage and are in seventh place overall - but only one point off third place. by Yachting New Zealand and Sail-World Posted on 7 Sep Nacra 17 Worlds - Equipment issues settled by mid-regatta sailor vote Nacra 17 Worlds - Equipment issues settled by mid-regatta sailor vote The Nacra 17 class continues to deal with the speed wobbles associated with a fast start The Nacra 17 class continues to deal with the speed wobbles associated with a fast start with major changes to the class that are implemented across all competitors rather than taking a more measured and slower approach. With this fast-track approach, not surprisingly any shortcomings with the supplied gear become very public very quickly. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World/Nacra 17 Assoc Posted on 6 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Jones and Saunders make good start to Nacra worlds NZL Sailing Team - Jones and Saunders make good start to Nacra worlds Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders sit third after the opening day of the Nacra worlds in France Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders brushed aside a late decison to ban the use of a sail they had been mastering in training to sit third after the opening day of the Nacra world championships in France overnight (NZ time). The Nacra 17 class has gone through massive change in the last six months as they move into foiling and a decision to ban the use of gennakers upwind two days out from the start by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 5 Sep 470 U-20 Championship winners caught by surprise at Closing Ceremony 470 U-20 Championship winners caught by surprise at Closing Ceremony Courtney and Brianna Reynolds-Smith didn't realise until the closing ceremony for the U-23 470 Worlds According to their Facebook page, Courtney and Brianna Reynolds-Smith didn't realise until the closing ceremony of the 470 junior world championships in Japan at the weekend, that they had won the U-20 title. The 17-year-old twins who sail out of the Murrays Bay Sailing Club knew they had finished eighth overall in the under-23 regatta but had little idea they had won the under-20 division. by Yachting NZ and Sail-World Posted on 5 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Nacra 17 crew tries remote sailing approach NZL Sailing Team - Nacra 17 crew tries remote sailing approach It’s often said long distance relationships don’t work but Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders hope it will It’s often said long distance relationships don’t work but Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders hope it will be the ingredient that helps deliver them Olympic gold. The Nacra 17 crew, who finished fourth in Rio, have decided to put together another Olympic campaign. One of the main features of that sees Saunders live in France and Jones spend most of her time in New Zealand. by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 4 Sep Australian Sailing confirms Iain Murray joining in Performance role Australian Sailing confirms Iain Murray joining in Performance role Iain Murray AM will joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director, responsible for the Australian Sailing Team Highly respected and awarded sailor Iain Murray AM will joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director, responsible for the Australian Sailing Team and the supporting Performance programs. Widely recognised for his achievements, Iain’s experience from the 2008 Olympic Games, multiple World and Australian Championships and consecutive 18ft Skiff titles will serve the Team well. by Australian Sailing Posted on 4 Sep Iain Murray joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director Iain Murray joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director Iain Murray has been appointed to the role of Performance Director of Australian Sailing One of Australia's most accomplished sailors, Iain Murray has been appointed to the role of Performance Director of Australian Sailing according to a report on Fox Sport's website. No formal announcement had been made but that is expected on Monday. Murray will start on October 4. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 3 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Meech and Maloney win Bronze medal in 49erFX Worlds NZL Sailing Team - Meech and Maloney win Bronze medal in 49erFX Worlds Alex Maloney and Molly Meech will leave Porto 'pretty happy' after claiming bronze Alex Maloney and Molly Meech will leave Porto 'pretty happy' after claiming bronze at the 49erFX world championships overnight (NZ time) but already have their sights on climbing a couple more steps of the podium next year. The Olympic silver medallists started the day in second, five points behind eventual winners by Yachting NZ Posted on 3 Sep La Grande-Motte prepares to welcome first foiling Nacra 17 Worlds La Grande-Motte prepares to welcome first foiling Nacra 17 Worlds From September 2nd to 10th 60 crews representing 25 different nations will battle it out on the Bay of Aigues Mortes. From September 2nd to 10th 60 crews representing 25 different nations will battle it out on the Bay of Aigues Mortes. by Camille El Beze Posted on 2 Sep US Sailing seeks further investigation into Nacra injury cause US Sailing seeks further investigation into Nacra injury cause US Sailing has requested that World Sailing and the world body for the Nacra 17 class conduct further investigation The national body for Sailing in USA, US Sailing has requested that the world governing body World Sailing and the world body for the Nacra 17 class conduct further investigation into the incident last Wednesday in France when a US sailor Bora Gulari lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ Posted on 2 Sep 49er/49erFX Worlds - Big breeze too tough for Men; Women race on Day 5 49er/49erFX Worlds - Big breeze too tough for Men; Women race on Day 5 The Portuguese tradewinds were in full howl this morning over Matosinhos, Portugal as Day 5 dawned on the 49er/FX Worlds The Portuguese tradewinds were in full howl this morning over Matosinhos, Portugal as Day 5 dawned on the 2017 49er/FX World Championships. With the top 20 qualifiers advancing to the gold fleet semifinal round and the remainder battling for silver, only the teams who could keep their boats upright would avoid falling in the results. by 49er.org Posted on 2 Sep NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis slip to second in extreme conditions on Day 3 NZL Sailing Team - Kiwis slip to second in extreme conditions on Day 3 Cartwheels, capsizes and cancellations were the order of the day on the third day of racing Cartwheels, capsizes and cancellations were the order of the day on the third day of racing at the 49er and 49erFX worlds but Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are still in sight of a world title. No racing was possible in the 49er fleets as winds in excess of 30 knots and huge swells hit the coast off Porto but the 49erFX gold fleet managed four races before the conditions became too dangerous. by Yachting NZ and Sail-World.com/nz Posted on 1 Sep World Sailing Presidential update – August 2017 World Sailing Presidential update – August 2017 A World Sailing working group has been working on the development of a World Sailing Event Strategy document In just a few days' time, the World Sailing Board will convene in Madrid, Spain. The meeting comes at a timely point, with many important items on the agenda. by World Sailing Posted on 1 Sep 49er Worlds - Kiwi women extend lead on second day of racing 49er Worlds - Kiwi women extend lead on second day of racing Alex Maloney and Molly Meech enjoyed a near-flawless day in challenging conditions to extend their lead Alex Maloney and Molly Meech enjoyed a near-flawless day in challenging conditions to extend their lead at the 49erFX world championships in Porto overnight (NZ time). Olympic silver medallists won three of their four races and finished second in the other to hold a four-point lead over the Danish combination of Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen. by Yachting NZ/Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 31 Aug 49er/FX Worlds - Maloney and Meech take early lead - Day 3 49er/FX Worlds - Maloney and Meech take early lead - Day 3 Alex Maloney and Molly Meech brushed aside two days of waiting around to take an early lead at the 49er/49erFX worlds Alex Maloney and Molly Meech brushed aside two days of waiting around to take an early lead at the 49er and 49erFX world championships in Porto overnight (NZ time). Racing wasn't possible on the first two days of the world championships as fog and light winds hit the Portuguese coast. by Yachting NZ Posted on 30 Aug 49erFX Worlds – Fog, light winds kill first two days 49erFX Worlds – Fog, light winds kill first two days If the fleet loses Tuesday, the Worlds schedule will be compressed, with the Qualifying rounds extended into Thursday. They’re some of the fastest sailors ever to pull on a sheet, and while many of the 80 men’s and 57 women’s Olympic skiff sailing teams arrived here weeks ago to practice for the most important event on the calendar, the only challenge they’ve faced during the first two days has been boredom. by Club 49er and Nacra 17 Posted on 29 Aug Peter Conde to depart Australian Sailing Peter Conde to depart Australian Sailing Australian Sailing will farewell Performance Director Peter Conde after 13 years following his appointment Australian Sailing will farewell Performance Director Peter Conde after 13 years following his appointment as Director of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). by Jane Gordon Posted on 29 Aug 49er & 49erFX Worlds - A different worlds without Burling and Tuke 49er & 49erFX Worlds - A different worlds without Burling and Tuke The crew that have dominated the 49ers since 2012, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won't be competing in the 49er Worlds This year’s 49er world championships will be a little different to those of the recent past, not least of all because Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won’t win. Burling and Tuke have dominated the 49er class, winning four-straight world titles and last year’s Rio Olympics. In fact, they won every major regatta following the 2012 London Olympics and won gold in Rio by a whopping 43 points. by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 27 Aug 49er World Championship Preview 49er World Championship Preview Starting on Monday in Porto, Portugal, are we to see the changing of the guard in the 49er? Starting on Monday in Porto, Portugal, are we to see the changing of the guard in the 49er? In the Men's Division, there are plenty of new faces from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Croatia. Gold Medallists from Rio, NZL’s Pete Burling is sailing in the VOR with Brunel, and crewmate Blair Tuke is on board MAPFRE. by John Curnow, Sail-World.com Posted on 27 Aug Geelong wins bid to host 2022 Fireballs World Championship Geelong wins bid to host 2022 Fireballs World Championship The two person ‘off the beach’ racing series has only been held in Australia six times since its inception in 1966 The Fireball is an exciting 14ft long two person dinghy. It is a class very well supported around the world and in Australia. The class association embraces involvement from female, male, matured aged and youth sailors. by RGYC Posted on 22 Aug Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nomination period open Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nomination period open There are two categories - male and female - and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. World Sailing will draw up a shortlist of nominations with the highest and most inspirational achievers going on to become the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees. by World Sailing Posted on 21 Aug 470 Class Japan National Championships 2017 - Day 3 470 Class Japan National Championships 2017 - Day 3 113 boats went out for 10:00 warning signal, and after the second attempt with Yellow group, the weak north wind shaded. 113 boats went out for 10:00 warning signal, and after the second attempt with Yellow group, the weak north wind shaded. 10:45 AP H was up and all boats were towed back to the harbor. After 14:00, all boats went out again. by Aiko Saito Posted on 21 Aug Early peek at Tokyo for Aussie World beaters Early peek at Tokyo for Aussie World beaters World Champion sailors, Rio Olympic silver medalists Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan will get a precious taste of 2020 Games World Champion sailors, Rio Olympic silver medalists Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, will get a precious taste of the 2020 Games environment when they contest the 470 Class Japan Championships at Enoshima, starting on Friday. by David Sygall Posted on 17 Aug 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships - Day 4 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships - Day 4 Three races were completed today in each fleet, concluding the qualifying series for the 2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds Three races were completed today in each fleet, concluding the qualifying series for the 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Holland. by Katie Olsen Posted on 17 Aug Kiwi Nacra 17 crew want Worlds to proceed despite foil glitch Kiwi Nacra 17 crew want Worlds to proceed despite foil glitch Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders believe they are in good shape to win a medal at next month’s Nacra world championships Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders believe they are in good shape to win a medal at next month’s Nacra world championships, assuming they go ahead. The medal races at the sailing world championships test event in Aarhus – a warmup for next year’s combined world championships - were cancelled at the weekend after the new foiling Nacra 17s were recalled by Yachting New Zealand Posted on 16 Aug
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