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North Sails at work on late Volvo Ocean Race entry By Zoe Hawkins, 1:41 PM Thu 18 Sep 2008
When Chieftain Racing made a last minute call to enter the Volvo Ocean Race starting on 11 October 2008 in Alicante, Spain, they called on the considerable Volvo Ocean Racing expertise of North Sails’ designer Gautier Sergent. Gautier was not only the designer behind Brasil 1’s sails in the last VOR, but he also had a hand in designing the new rule, so he knew what was required ...[more]


ASB Finn 2008: The eve of the Games By Dan Slater, 11:31 AM Sat 9 Aug 2008
Dan Slater reports on the ASB Finn 2008 campaign on the eve of the first race in the 2008 Olympic Regatta: Well tomorrow is really what the last four years has all been about and its exciting that it has finally come round. I have had a great build up and everything has been great. The boat feels good and looks good I feel good... ...[more]


Audio: Dan Slater previews first race of Olympics By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 8:49 PM Fri 8 Aug 2008
NZ Olympic Finn representative, Dan Slater previews the first race of the Olympic Regatta, covering the conditions over the past week, who he believes his main opposition will be in the Finn class and reveals some of the secret developments that have been achieved by North sails and Southern Spars. ...[more]


North Sails NZ - the year in review -1 By Zoe Hawkins - North Sails New Zealand, Auckland , 5:00 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Over the past 12 months there has been plenty of action emanating from North Sails loft in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. In the first of a two part series we feature some of the projects in which they have been involved - including Dan Slater's Finn campaign for Qingdao, Bay of Islands Sailing Week, Hugo Boss, Mediterranean Cup, RC44s, Kiwis at Opti Worlds and more. ...[more]


NZL Team reports Day 5 Optimist Worlds in Cesme By Peter Dawson, 1:15 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Peter Dawson reports on the fortunes of the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team competing on Day 5 at the 2008 Optimist Worlds in Cesme, Turkey: 'After two discussions between coaches and jury who did not see eye to eye over last nights decision by the jury to abandon the last 2 flights of the day, the sailors were back on the race course to resail Race 10b and10b. ...[more]


Optimist Worlds Report , Day 3 – NZ top qualifier By Peter Dawson, 6:50 AM Sun 20 Jul 2008
The boats were held ashore for light winds and the first race got underway at 1:50pm. Race 6 Flight 1 – Logan and Andrew: At the start of the race we had 5 knots with a slight sea. There was a right favoured track and Andrew and Logan both came in from the left. Logan was 19th at the top and Andrew was 49th. At the finish Logan was 18th and Andrew was 46th. ...[more]


NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team - Worlds- Day 2 By Peter Dawson, 8:58 AM Sat 19 Jul 2008
The breeze was 15 knots and steady with a short chop. There was a delayed start for an hour because the race committee decided it was a bit shifty (20-30 degrees) to send the sailors out. ...[more]


ASB Finn: 'Weed is still a massive problem' By Dan Slater, 6:13 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Dan Slater reports from the ASB Finn campaign building up to the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao. 'The weed is still a massive problem and the last two days it has got lots worse. This has made racing and testing really difficult and almost unfair. On one ½ mile beat today I had to clear the rudder and centerboard 6 times. Some patches are up to 25m long on the course area. ' ...[more]


NZL Optimist team - Day 1 Worlds Report from Cesme By Peter Dawson, 6:07 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Day 1 of the Worlds finally arrived after a few days acclimatization and training. Practice Race yesterday was the usual shambles so no further report on that. Racing got underway on time at midday. There are three flights for each race, 250 entries so about 84 boats on a start line ...[more]


Andrew Brown reports on the 2008 Moth Worlds By Andrew Brown, Force Racing, 7:37 AM Sun 13 Jul 2008
The Moth Worlds 20008 ended up being two days of racing after five days of no racing. On Thursday four races were held with two in the morning then two after a lunch break. With 99 boats on the startline the start was a huge part of the race and in the first race I had a shocker, getting into irons out of a tack and then having to catch up the rest of the race. ...[more]


Moth at last - Racing on Worlds Day 5 By Alexandra Harris, 5:08 AM Fri 11 Jul 2008
After four days of howling winds, the 99 boat 2008 Moth World Championship fleet raced today in Weymouth UK. Thierry Martinez was on the water for today's four races. Here are a few of his images. ...[more]


Speedboat takes advantage of Southern Technology By Richard Gladwell, Offshore Yachting magazine, 9:32 PM Wed 9 Jul 2008
Soaring an impressive forty six metres above the Viaduct Basin in downtown Auckland, Speedboat’s rig represents the new leading edge in spar and rigging technology. Constructed a few metres away in Southern Spar’s factory in nearby Pakenham Street, the state of the art carbon spar is stepped aboard the most powerful racing yacht in the world. ...[more]


BMW ORACLE's new sail design program underway By Jane Eagleson, 8:53 PM Thu 26 Jun 2008
BMW ORACL,E Racing's sail design and production team are now well underway in developing the huge new sails required for the 33rd America's Cup. The sail design team is headed by BMW ORACLE Racing sail trimmer Ross Halcrow (NZL), and includes designers Laurent Delage (FRA), Robert Hook (AUS), and Juan Meseguer (ESP). ...[more]


Devil in the detail for Speedboat’s sails By Zoe Hawkins - North Sails New Zealand, auckland , 4:23 PM Sun 15 Jun 2008
Speedboat is the name of the latest 30m canting keeled racing sloop to make a challenge for speed records and offshore titles. Launched in Auckland this April the boat is described as more like a giant version of the Volvo Ocean Race winning ABN Amro than your stock-standard supermaxi. ...[more]


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