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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]

O Canada has long slow Tauranga Race - two handed on an Open 60 By Dan Slater, 8:29 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
Dan Slater reports from the Open 60 O Canada having her first shakedown, after a major refit, in the Auckland Tauranga Race. He sailed two handed with Ed Smyth ...[more]

Aussie wins 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger International Championship By Nickolas Radovanovic, Napier , 5:52 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
After three days of racing in light conditions at the 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships, in Napier, and with only one more race scheduled tomorrow, it is safe say that the team trophy is New Zealand's. However, once again an Australian, Ian Marcovitch from New South Wales, will be taking home the individual title. ...[more]

3.7 Class NZ Championships: Third time, lucky and a new Champion By Chris Mitchell, Papamoa , 4:50 PM Sun 4 Apr 2010
The third day of the 3-7 Class National Championship hosted by Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club was a huge one with the minimum of five races all held on the one day to decide the contest. ...[more]

Silver for Ashley and Bronze for Bullot at Princess Sofia in Spain By Jodie Bakewell-White, 6:09 AM Sat 3 Apr 2010
It’s silver for Tom Ashley and Bronze for Michael Bullot at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta now over in Palma de Majorca, Spain. The podium places were decided in the medal races just sailed in Majorca. Three more NZL Sailing Team members recorded top ten finishes at this event with Andrew Murdoch sixth and Josh Junior tenth ...[more]

Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea? By Peter Idoine, 6:31 PM Fri 2 Apr 2010
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk ...[more]

29er National Championships 2010, 49er Champs and 18ft Skiff Regatta By Fiona Balch, 6:51 AM Fri 2 Apr 2010
Auckland Sailing Club Commodore Graham Catley and Phil Airey worked with outgoing President 29er Association Ross Whitburn to put together a Thrills and Spills regatta on the Waitemata last week, 26-28th March Twelve 29ers entered the National Championships which were convincingly won by Alex Moloney and Sam Bullock; who will represent New Zealand in the ISF Youth Worlds July 2010 in Turkey. ...[more]

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