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PredictWind shows building breeze for Day 6 of Airlie Beach Race Week By Nathan May, Auckland , 8:52 AM Thu 20 Aug 2009
With the final day of racing expected to kick off at 0940hrs on the Pioneer Bay course the winds should stick around for another great day of racing. Today’s forecast shows SE Trade Winds building from 7Knts up to around 16Knts at its peak. ...[more]

PredictWind’s Forecast for Day Four of Airlie Beach Race Week By Nathan May, Auckland , 9:03 AM Tue 18 Aug 2009
Today looks to be an exciting day of sailing with winds looking to fill in from the Southeast throughout the day. Racing is scheduled to start at 1025hrs where the inshore forecast is showing SE winds at 4-9Knts. The Wind Speed Graph below shows the inshore (blue lines) and offshore winds (orange lines) increasing as the day progresses. ...[more]

PredictWind makes it easy for Airlie Beach & Hamilton Island Race Week By Nathan May, Auckland , 4:05 PM Fri 14 Aug 2009
PredictWind has made it easy for out-of-towners to get a localised forecast for Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks. Here we have been able to generate a four-day forecast for the Arlie Beach Race Week with out having to leave the office. ...[more]

Light winds predicted for the start of Airlie Beach Race Week By Nathan May, Auckland , 8:58 AM Fri 14 Aug 2009
With the first race for the 2009 Airlie Beach Race Week due to start in less than two hours. PredictWind.com is predicting light winds for race one. The light winds should make for an interesting but slow start. ...[more]

Strong winds stop racing in Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds on Day 2 By Richard Gladwell, 5:16 AM Mon 13 Jul 2009
Strong winds prevented racing in all classes on Day 2 of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil today. Winds of over 35kts were caused by a stationary front ahead of a deepening trough of low pressure. ...[more]

Strong winds expected to hit the Upper North Island over the weekend By Richard Gladwell, 9:03 PM Fri 10 Jul 2009
Strong winds are predicted for the upper half of the North Island this weekend, with winds of up to 50kts expected in the Waitemata Harbour, rising to 70kts in the afternoon from the south east. Following are the official forecasts together with the maps courtesy of PredictWind ...[more]

Dan Slater: Low and slow was the story in the Finn Gold Cup By Dan Slater, 7:04 AM Fri 10 Jul 2009
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 4 of racing in the 2009 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark: Low and slow was the story of my day today. The breeze was 17-22 knots with what has now become standard 20 degree wind shifts. Race 1 I had a really bad start and managed to get in phase with the wind shifts early in the beat and I rounded the first mark 4th. Down the run I struggled ...[more]

Dan Slater: A mixed day in very mixed conditions in Finn Gold Cup By Dan Slater, 1:16 PM Thu 9 Jul 2009
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 3 of racing in the 2009 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark: A mixed day in very mixed conditions. Today the breeze was between 5-15 knots and shifted 90 degrees and back which made racing really difficult . Race 1 went really well ...[more]

Dan Slater: Not a bad day at the office in the Finn Gold Cup By Dan Slater, 9:16 AM Wed 8 Jul 2009
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 2 of racing in the 2009 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark: 'Not a bad day at the office today in very tricky conditions the breeze started in race 1 at about 8 knots and quickly built to 14-15 knots during the race. I had a nice start and was able to go where I wanted but I put myself a little to much in the middle and a big right hand shift ...[more]

Only four yachts finished in Noumea Race By , 8:51 PM Sat 4 Jul 2009
Four yachts have finished the Auckland to Noumea race, over a week after the 975nm race started. As well as taking line honours, it would seem that Limit (Alan Brierty) (AUS) will take first prixe in all the major divisions ...[more]

Limit first home to Noumea but on tenterhooks for major trophies By Tash Paget, 2:39 PM Thu 2 Jul 2009
Limit crossed the finish line this morning, in 25+ degree’s but very light winds. V5 was 100 miles behind at this morning’s radio sched, with the rest of the fleet around 100 miles further back. ...[more]

Limit expected to be first home in Auckland Noumea race By Richard Gladwell, 9:23 PM Wed 1 Jul 2009
The Australian entry, Limit (Alan Brierty) is expected to finish the Auckland Noumea soon after sunrise on Thursday morning. Second home will be the Alan Andrews designed TP52, V5 (Simon Hull), with a major tussle behind for third place. ...[more]

Lighter winds forecast for final approach to Noumea. By Tash Paget, 6:58 PM Tue 30 Jun 2009
Royal Akarana Yacht Club's Tash Paget reports from the Auckland - Noumea race finish at Noumea: 'The breeze and conditions are now much more favourable for the fleet as they get closer to the pacific islands. Good weather and tail winds are expected for the rest of the race, so the sailors and boats will have a good chance to dry out before they reach the finish, ...[more]

Winds ease at Cape Reinga and Noumea Race gets back on track By Richard Gladwell and RAYC Media, 10:22 PM Mon 29 Jun 2009
Racing has resumed in the Auckland to Noumea race after very testing weather conditions which forced three yachts to retire, and several others to suspend racing. The wind is turning west, with winds in the vicinity of approx 25 - 30 knots. Lagoon Ozone reports that they have had occasional gusts up to 40 knots, however tells us that the winds are now easing ...[more]

Ribs broken in stormy Noumea Race - fleet reduced to 10 yachts By Richard Gladwell and RAYC Media, 12:47 PM Mon 29 Jun 2009
The 13 strong fleet in the Auckland to Noumea race have been hit hard by strong winds as they reached North Cape, during the night, with 30kt+ knot winds and big seas being encountered. Bare Essentials was the first to seek shelter yesterday afternoon, under the Karikari Peninsula, followed by Bird on the Wing who sailed into Mangonui Harbour. Both intend to continue racing. ...[more]

Mast falls in stormy night in Auckland Noumea race By Richard Gladwell, 7:33 AM Mon 29 Jun 2009
One yacht has been dismasted and many of the fleet are sheltering in a storm that has hit the Auckland to Noumea race fleet overnight. Overnight, conditions at Cape Reinga were recorded gusts of up 52kts with an increasing trend, before recording was suspended at 0300hrs ...[more]

Strong winds and heavy rain lash Auckland Noumea Race - fleet shelters By Sail-World and RAYC, 9:21 PM Sun 28 Jun 2009
With heavy rains forecast for the far north, the 13 boats in the Auckland to Noumea Race fleet are expected to get very wet as they continued racing north. Limit and V5 are off the top of the North Island now, with Limit reporting 30 knot wind’s. Lagoon Ozone, a little further back in the fleet are reporting 40 knot winds. ...[more]

Images and video of Noumea fleet at Rangitoto Island By Colin Preston, Auckland , 12:01 PM Sun 28 Jun 2009
Out of the fog the Auckland to Noumea boats appeared then disappeared. Some of the RNZYS winter series fleet got a glimpse of the boats as they passed by near Rangitoto lighthouse doing genaker peels and gybes while searching for the fickle breeze in the dense Auckland fog. Limit and V5 appeared first side by side but Limit had to gybe away to avoid us, with V5 passing within meters from our bow ...[more]

Strong headwinds hit Noumea race fleet off Cape Reinga By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, 9:02 AM Sun 28 Jun 2009
The Australian yacht Limit (Alan Brierty) is leading the Auckland Noumea fleet into strong headwinds off cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand. Winds in the area have peaked at 37kts and are easing slightly, but an advancing area of low pressure will be centred off the western side of the Cape around 0100hrs tomorrow morning 30 June. ...[more]

Images from the start of the 2009 Auckland to Noumea Race By Richard Gladwell and Royal Akarana YC, 10:40 PM Sat 27 Jun 2009
Images from the start of the Auckland to Noumea Race 27 June 2009 ...[more]

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