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Sails set for Pacific endeavour By Debra Douglas, 6:55 PM Sun 11 Apr 2010
A sight not seen for hundreds of years greeted boaties on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, when four traditional vaka sailed in an inner harbour regatta. The skippers of the double-hulled, 13-tonne, 22m-long vaka were fine-tuning their vessels in readiness for a voyage across the Pacific. The fleet will sail from Auckland on Wednesday April 14th (weather permitting) to French Polynesia, ...[more]


BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 4: Deja vu By BlackMatch Racing, 8:56 AM Sun 11 Apr 2010
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: Today was the quarterfinal stage of Match Race France and for two of the top qualifying teams it was the curse of choosing your opponent that saw upsets and fight backs deciding the final four. A brilliant display of light airs sailing ...[more]


Light winds tear up form book in New Zealand Etchells Nationals By Richard Gladwell, , 10:25 PM Sat 10 Apr 2010
The tricky racecourse on the inner Waitemata Harbour, showed little respect for the formbook on the opening day of the New Zealand Etchells National Championships. Sailed in light winds, only three races were possible out of the five scheduled - and they were sailed in winds of around 5kts from the NE. The direction meant that the course was heavily influenced by the towering Rangitoto Island ...[more]


Nelson sailor wins Laser 4.7 World Championship By Event Media, 9:25 PM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Nelson's Ryan Amlehn has won the Laser 4.7 class 2010 Under 16 world champion at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattya, Thailand. After 12 races there was only 1 point between Ryan and Mark Spearman. ...[more]


World Champions battle in Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals at Akarana By Richard Gladwell, 8:20 AM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Defending champion Alistair Gair will be battling with 10 other crews at this weekend's Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals and Auckland Championships being sailed off Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Up to five races per day will be sailed in the Saturday and Sunday with the courses being located between Mechanics Bay and Rangitoto Island on the inner Waitemata harbour. ...[more]


BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 3 Cruise to Quarterfinals By BlackMatch Racing, 8:16 AM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: A cruise? Well perhaps it wasn't a quite a cruise but the BlackMatch team have qualified for the quarterfinals in a respectable third position at the Match Race France event, in Marseille. Rounding out the day with 7 wins and 4 losses after completing the round robin ...[more]


Perfect conditions treat Napier Sea Scout Easter Regatta By Roger Cook, Porirua , 4:31 AM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Napier provided perfect racing conditions at Easter for the Lower North Island Sea Scout Regatta. Ninety sailors from five Sea Scout troops raced in two age groups, >15 and 15. Porirua's Ngati Toa and Wellington's Britannia won the Cutter and Sunburst divisions, respectively. The regatta show-cased the close relationship between Sea Scouts and yachting talent development in Wellington. ...[more]


O Canada - Images of an Open 60 above and below decks By Richard Gladwell, 11:19 PM Fri 9 Apr 2010
Two of New Zealand's Olympic skiff sailors, Dan Slater and Ed Smyth are crewing aboard the refitted Open 60, O Canada. They will sail her two handed in the upcoming Auckland Fiji Race. Sail-World's camera had a look above and below decks on this rather cramped shorthanded racing yacht. ...[more]


Light winds plague Optimist Nationals at Whitianga By Rose Mannering, 8:57 PM Fri 9 Apr 2010
Jayvee Buchanan from Charteris Bay Yacht Club manouvered his way through swell and tide to claim the NZ National Optimist sailing title at Whitianga from April 1 – 6. A big rolling sea and scant breeze made for a slow start to the 2010 Toyota Optimist Nationals; by the end of Day 2 only one race had been sailed. ...[more]


Head winds foil Solo Tasman fleet By Lindsay Wright, 8:42 PM Fri 9 Apr 2010
Fickle weather patterns in the Tasman Sea look set to foil Bruce Arm’s bid to break the New Plymouth to Mooloolaba solo yacht race record. Last night he was 580 km from Mooloolaba but sailing at only eight knots on a course that will take him in south of the finish line. To beat the record, set by Bullfrog Sunblock in 1986, he will have to arrive before 9:50pm today ...[more]


Vale Ken Lusty: New Zealand marine industry stalwart By Mike Rose PR, 1:56 PM Fri 9 Apr 2010
Ken Lusty, a stalwart of the New Zealand marine industry, died at his home in Stillwater on Tuesday evening. He was one of the few to excel in both marine sports: yachting and powerboat racing, and then went on to found the country’s largest marine distribution company and was also instrumental in the establishment of a strong marine industry association. ...[more]


Bar Day to prepare boaties for safe crossings By Don Scandrett, 11:08 AM Fri 9 Apr 2010
Boaties who cross either the Manukau Harbour or Raglan Harbour bars are being invited to attend a Coastguard organized Bar Awareness Day on Sunday April 18. Coastguard units from Manukau, Waiuku and Raglan will be running the Bar Day to not only help boaties to better understand just how dangerous crossing harbour bars can be but to also highlight how important it is that they prepare whenever ...[more]


Catamaran in 36 year Tasman Solo Race Record cliffhanger By Lindsay Wright, 7:57 PM Thu 8 Apr 2010
Somewhere, about 800km south east of Mooloolaba, Bruce Arms must have his fingers firmly crossed. Arms, in his 14m catamaran Big Wave Rider, needs to reach the finish line of the 2010 Solo Tasman Challenge by about 9:50 pm on Saturday to break the race record of six days, eight hours and 50 minutes set in 1986. ...[more]


Solo Tasman Race yacht heads For Lord Howe after heavy air beating By Lindsay Wright, 10:27 PM Wed 7 Apr 2010
Australian sailor Rick Morgan is heading to Lord Howe to solve 'some issues' with his yacht Dream Lover after several days pounding by heavy weather in mid Tasman. Speaking by satellite phone, Morgan would not be drawn on the nature of his difficulties but an earlier e-mail from his daughter to the race organizers said that: 'he’s been getting an absolute flogging with the weather .... ...[more]


The Pacific's Challenge - Four Vaka to journey the Islands By Debra Douglas, 9:43 PM Wed 7 Apr 2010
For the first time ever four traditional vaka will assemble in the Waitemata Harbour to make a stand for the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday April 11th four vaka will sail in Te Kumete O Te Moana Nui, a regatta in the Waitemata Harbour, and then leave Auckland on Wednesday April 14th for a Pacific Ocean Voyage to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. ...[more]


Heavy weather batters Solo Tasman fleet By Lindsay Wright, 8:55 PM Tue 6 Apr 2010
Four metre seas and gale force winds yesterday pounded the 12 skippers sailing the Fitzroy Yachts sponsored solo Tasman challenge yacht race to Mooloolaba. Bruce Arms, leading the fleet in Big Wave Rider reported that he was down to four reefs in the mainsail and had no other sail area up, to help his catamaran cope with the conditions. ...[more]


Solo Tasman race skippers get slow send off By Lindsay Wright, 8:23 PM Mon 5 Apr 2010
The 13 skippers competing in the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge had a slow start from New Plymouth yesterday. Thousands of spectators thronged the foreshore as lack of wind left several of the fleet becalmed and others were forced to start their motors to avoid being set on the harbour breakwaters. ...[more]


BlackMatch Racing looks forward to 2010 - plus Video By BlackMatch Racing, 9:55 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the upcoming season and report on some new developments since their win in the 2009 World Match Racing Championships: '2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same five crew, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title. ...[more]


Minoprio midpack in Match Race France after Day 2 By Bob Wallace, 9:41 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
New Zealand skipper Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch racing crew have started the defence of their World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) title with Match Race France running from April 6-11 at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge in Marseille. Defending champion skipper Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing team from New Zealand are in the middle of the pack after Day 2 two at Match Race France, the opening event o ...[more]


Images from the Tauranga Race - Fleet start and O Canada By Dan Slater, 9:04 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
The crew of the Open 60, O Canada, provided these images from the start of the 2010 Auckland Tauranga race ...[more]


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