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Top Kiwi Laser sailor just avoids being on downed airliner By Sail-World, , 7:08 PM Fri 18 Jul 2014
Top New Zealand Laser sailor Michael Bullot was very fortunate to avoid being aboard the ill-fated MH17 airliner, shot down over the Ukraine today. Bullot has stepped up his 2016 Olympic campaign, and had achieved some useful placings on the international circuit including a sixth at Kieler Woche, Germany. ...[more]

French 420s: Waste timber, lifejackets, Glad wrap and Dumpster diving By Rob Burn, , 4:31 PM Fri 18 Jul 2014
Rob Burn reports from the final day of the French 420 Nationals: Waste timber, lifejackets, Glad wrap and Dumpster diving..... Or how to build a roof rack to carry a 420 dinghy on a Fiat van when your transport turns to custard and your have 11 hours drive ahead of you. ...[more]

420 Nationals - France: Day 3 - A view from the Orange Roughy By Rob Burn, , 9:53 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014
Things Kiwi in Ouistreham, Harakeke flax in the beautiful seafront gardens, Cabbage trees, our Flag flying in the main streets, walking past a fishing boat daily called 'Tangaroa' the mythical Maori god of the sea, other called 'Yakka', more good old Kiwi slang, us Kiwis have somehow made our mark here. ...[more]

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Worlds team: Kiwi 29ers back into 3rd By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 8:58 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014
The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was back in action today in Tavira, Portugal for Day 3 of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. It was a good day for New Zealand’s 29er skiff pair of Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie who have regained third place on the leader-board after some excellent performances today. ...[more]

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team: Long, tough Day 2 at ISAF Youth Worlds By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 8:51 PM Wed 16 Jul 2014
It was a long, tough day for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in Tavira, Portugal on day two of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. Light winds meant all fleets were kept ashore until late in the day with racing not getting underway until after 4pm when a steady breeze allowed for competition. The last of the sailors didn’t get off the water until 9pm. ...[more]

420 Nationals - France: Grey skies, Grey warships, Black Flags.... By Rob Burn, , 8:24 PM Wed 16 Jul 2014
The two NZL 420 crews in Ouistreham, Normandy, have one of those days that is best forgotten. The day started very cloudy and not that warm for Summer, the small French Warship was pretty impressive as it navigated the Harbour locks as the 420 fleet was about to launch but on the course, the two races that were held for each flight were marred by many Black Flag Disqualifications. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: Gold medalists have Muppet Moment in Medal race By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 5:53 AM Wed 16 Jul 2014
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have taken the bronze medal at the 2014 Women’s 470 Open European Championships which wrapped up in Athens, Greece today. Going into today’s final medal race, worth double points, laying second overall and assured of a podium finish an uncharacteristic mistake at the first mark rounding sealed their fate and the golden girls have to settle for bronze. ...[more]

Red Bull 49erFX: Bouncing back after a slow start in Europeans By Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, , 1:55 PM Tue 15 Jul 2014
Red Bull 49erFX team of Molly Meech and Alex Maloney report on their second tour in Europe and the just concluded European Championships. After starting slowly, we bounced back a little more each day, kept our heads up, started each day with a positive mindset, and came home with a medal. ...[more]

French National 420 Championships: Action underway off Ouistreham By Rob Burn, , 6:47 AM Tue 15 Jul 2014
Happy Bastille Day! To the roar of jets, low flying large transport craft and helicopters flying past, the French National 420 Championships got underway just off Ouistreham beach, known as 'Sword Beach', 70 years ago with the Normandy D Day landings in 1944. ...[more]

AON launch 18 Foot Skiff this Saturday - your invitation! By Sail-World, , 8:29 PM Mon 14 Jul 2014
Join the AON Racing boys this Saturday from 4:30pm after the winter series at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for the official launch of Aon Racing. Aon Racing will be putting on food and refreshments after a good day out on the water for all that would like to join. ...[more]

Late surge gives Retro the Opua E5.9 Traveler Series event for 2014 By NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn Media, Bay of Islands , 8:03 PM Mon 14 Jul 2014
Sixteen boats contested the 2014 Opua round of the Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series - hosted by the always welcoming Opua Cruising Club. The event was generously sponsored by North Sails, with input from both the Auckland loft and the recently-opened local North Sails loft operated by Roger Hall. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: Gold and Bronze in Helsinki; Aleh holds 3rd in 470 By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 6:11 AM Mon 14 Jul 2014
Kiwis have won gold and bronze at the 2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships in Helsinki repeating their 2013 performance.In Athens the 2014 Men’s and Women’s 470 European Championships progresses towards the business end; Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are lying third with two days of racing remaining. ...[more]

Images from Day 5 - European 49er Championships at Helsinki By Sail-World, , 7:34 AM Sun 13 Jul 2014
Photographer Mick Anderson was on hand to capture these images of the NZL Sailing Team and others in action on day 5 of the 49er and 49erFX European Championships being sailed in Helsinki, Finland. New Zealand leads both the Means and Womens fleets with current World Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke dominating the Mens 49er fleet. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: NZL leads 49er and FX ahead of Final; Podium in 470W By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 7:01 AM Sun 13 Jul 2014
New Zealand is well placed to collect medals at the 49er and 49erFX European Championship in Helsinki with both Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, and Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech leading going into the final day of the regatta. At the 470 European Championships in Athens Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have climbed into third place after Day 3 of racing. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: Aleh take early lead; 49erFX excel in the breeze By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 8:58 AM Fri 11 Jul 2014
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are leading at the 2014 Women’s 470 European Championships which got underway today in Athens. Meanwhile, in Helsinki at the 49er and 49erFX European Champs Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (pictured) knocked out three great races to lift their overall rank, and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke returned a couple of bullets in exhilarating conditions. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: Nacra 17 into Euro Gold fleet; Too light for skiffs By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 6:25 AM Thu 10 Jul 2014
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were the only NZL Sailing Team sailors to hit the water for racing today at the 2014 European Champs for the Olympic Nacra 17 multihull in La Grande Motte. Light winds postponed and then cancelled racing in Helsinki at the 2014 49er and 49erFX European Champs. ...[more]

Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue By Sail-World, , 1:42 PM Wed 9 Jul 2014
.The three sailors plucked from the J/111 Django have reached shore after their dramatic rescue on nightfall yesterday. Just 170nm from the NZ coast the yacht broke its rudder shaft, in 50kts winds and 5metre seas. The crew made a Mayday call which was picked up by the New Zealand based Rescue Co-Ordination Centre who tasked, two vessels to divert about 90nm to the location of the yacht. ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: 49er, FX and Nacra Racing underway for Europeans By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 7:13 AM Wed 9 Jul 2014
Racing is underway at the European Championships for the Olympic 49er and 49erFX skiffs (in Helsinki) and also for the Olympic Nacra 17 multihull (in La Grande Motte). Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sailed three races on the opening day in Helsinki. Conditions were 7-12 knots on the courses for the men’s racing, building later for the women in the FX rigged skiffs who raced second. ...[more]

Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:25 PM Tue 8 Jul 2014
Updated to include images from the rescue and two interviews. Earlier, Maritime NZ have confirmed that the J/111 Django was abandoned off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand late Tuesday afternoon and the three crew taken aboard a Navy patrol vessel. The yacht was returning from the ANZ Fiji Race, when she experienced strong easterly winds about 170nm off the coast of the North Island. ...[more]

Red Bull 49erFX: This is why we do what we do best By Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, , 11:32 AM Tue 8 Jul 2014
This is why we come to Europe. 50 boats, from almost as many different countries around the world, on the same racecourse. At home, a tactical or boat-handling mistake might cost a place or two - here it is more like 10. This big fleet racing experience is critical to our build up to the Olympics in Rio 2016. ...[more]

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