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Dave Robertson interviewed on 120nm kiteboard endurothon By Mike Scullin, Predictwind,
In late October Kiwi board sailing coach and kiteboarder, Dave Robertson attempted the 120nm Coastal Classic course, as part of the annual sailing drag race up the North Island coast from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Predictwind and Lancer sponsored Dave Robertson to help him realise the dream. Predictwind's Mike Scullin took the time to catch up with him for a quick interview ...
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Kiteboarder becomes first to successfully completes 120nm coastal race By Charles Winstone, Auckland ,
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ...
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Dave Robertson first to complete Coastal Classic on a Kite Board By Charles Winstone, Auckland ,
Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. A buzzing Robertson on the finish line said of his achievement, 'I’m stoked, it has been a 10 year dream in the making. Finally knocked it off which was awesome'. ...
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Follow Dave Robertson's Kiteboard of the Coastal Classic Route By Charles Winstone, Auckland ,
The weather forecast looks optimal for an attempt to Kiteboard the Coastal Classic Route from Auckland to Russell. The challenge will be taken on by Dave Robertson who is New Zealand’s most successful Kiteboard racer finishing ninth at the Kite Boarding World Championships and is a Yachting New Zealand board coach. ...
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New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind By Sail-World,
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas leads on paper, Team SCA ahead on the water By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
For the next week or so we expect the debate over who really leads the Volvo Ocean Race to continue. The womens crew of Team SCA, who were first to exit the Straits of Gibraltar (and were almost an hour ahead of the second boat Team Vestas Wind), still lead the race, and are 21 minutes ahead of the listed race leader. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Day 2 Mapfre takes over lead 50nm from Rock By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
With about 50nm to sail to reach the Straits of Gibraltar, Spain's Mapfre has taken over the front running and holds small lead of less than a mile over three other boats at 1840hrs UTC on Day 2. Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre led until midday, reaching Cabo de Gata in first place. At around 1200 local time the wind dropped. Team Alimedica was reported to be leading, at 1730hrs ...
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Volvo Ocean Race - Day 2: Team Vestas Wind leads the race for the Rock By Sail-World.com,
With about 130nm to sail to reach the Straits of Gibraltar, Denmark's Team Vestas Wind holds a useful 2-3nm lead over the remainder of the fleet at 1000hrs UTC on Day 2. Volvo Ocean Race reports: Team Vestas Wind emerged as narrow leaders when daylight broke on the Mediterranean after the first night of Leg 1 but the fleet were hot on their heels after a night of rain and wind changes. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Route options narrow, wind increases for Gibraltar By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
The latest forecast and route projections for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, show that winds are expected to increase, and route options have tightened. As predicted previously navigators are expected to sail a more direct route to Gibraltar. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Light to moderate winds expected to Gibraltar By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Light to moderate are predicted for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The conditions are expected to provide plenty of challenge for navigators and tacticians, with the Predictwind routing function showing two distinct course options. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...
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Predictwind and Iridium offer Sat Phone comms at Mobile Phone pricing By Sail-World,
Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. PredictWind have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ...
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SSANZ Safety at Sea Series NZ Spars & Rigging 60 - Y88 Race Report By Mike Leyland, Auckland ,
Last Saturday's race was an example of two handed one design racing at its best. Great weather, excellent fleet of twelve Young 88s, tactical course, difficult sail choices, lead changes and close competition all the way through the fleet. ...
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