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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]

G3 unsurprisingly takes line honours in Auckland Tauranga Yacht race By Richard Gladwell, 6:23 AM Fri 2 Apr 2010
The Orma60, G3 (Simon Hull) was first to finish the Auckland Tauranga race when she crossed the finish line off the Tauranga Yacht Club just before midnight. 51 yachts started the event at 10.00am on Friday off the Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron. The race has been sailed in light airs and 13 have already withdrawn. ...[more]

TeamOrigin sailors on the Solent for RORC Easter Regatta By les, 6:15 AM Fri 2 Apr 2010
What a difference a few weeks can make – just over 10 days ago, TeamOrigin were racing in the warm and sunny waters of the Hauraki Gulf for the Louis Vuitton Auckland regatta and yesterday the team were to be found on the High Street of Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK – battling against the driving rain and 40 knot winds! ...[more]

Dream start for 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge today By Lindsay Wright, 5:25 AM Fri 2 Apr 2010
Taranaki looks like turning on a dream start for the 13 skippers sailing the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge tomorrow. The yachts are due to cross the start line at Port Taranaki at 1pm, sail around a buoy placed off the wind wand and begin the 1300nm (2400 km) course towards Mooloolaba and forecasters are predicting 10 – 15 knot south easterly winds for the start. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Speculation rife on Auckland stopover By Richard Gladwell, 8:13 AM Wed 31 Mar 2010
Speculation is rife around the Auckland waterfront, on the expected announcement of the final stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race. Media have been invited to a function today where it is expected that some announcement will be made on the back of the statement from the Minister of Economic Development, Gerry Brownlee, last Friday that the Governement would be contributing NZD1.5 million to the stopov ...[more]

Canadian Open 60 to compete in Auckland Tauranga race - two handed! By Sail-World, 5:25 PM Tue 30 Mar 2010
Two former 49er sailors, Ed Smyth and Dan Slater, will be sailing the Open 60, O Canada, two handed in the Auckland Tauranga race starting on Thursday. Formerly known as Spirit of Canada, she now has a new owner and has been given a birthday under the eye of Allan West and Dan Slater. See video ... ...[more]

Images from Palma: Princess Sofia Trophy - Day 2 By Nico Martinez, 9:13 AM Tue 30 Mar 2010
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez presents a gallery from the second day of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta being sailed in Palma, Spain - the third leg of the ISAF World Sailing Cup ...[more]

Princess Sofia Trophy: Finns start racing, mixed Day 2 for Kiwis By Event Media and Sail-World, 7:23 AM Tue 30 Mar 2010
After 'a difficult day' and with the help of the wind, Spanish sailor Rafa Trujillo takes the lead of the Finn class overall standings with a second and third place in the two races sailed today, on Day 2 of the Princess Sofia Trophy. 'There are top level sailors with very equal level' said Trujillo after beating his rivals. The Spanish sailor was happy with his regular performance and said his go ...[more]

Challenging conditions produce mixed results on Day 1 in Palma By Neus Jordi/ISAF, Palma, ESP , 5:02 AM Tue 30 Mar 2010
The 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía MAPFRE kicked off today with light and unstable winds producing mixed results for competitors on the Bay of Palma for regatta three of the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup season. The overall results show some familiar names in the top five in most classes but there are some surprises. A clear example is found in the 470 men, with 93 boats divided in two groups ...[more]

Maritime NZ defends decision to call off search early By TVNZ.co.nz, 9:30 PM Mon 29 Mar 2010
Maritime New Zealand has defended its decision to call off the search for missing yachtie Paul Van Rensburg after three days. Van Rensburg had not been seen since March 12 when he left Tauranga on his yacht, Tafadzwa. His yacht was finally found by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion on a training flight, about 110km west of the Chatham Islands, shortly before 2.00pm on Sunday ...[more]

Princess Sofia Regatta kicks off in Palma, Spain By Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, 9:55 AM Mon 29 Mar 2010
Racing is underway for members of the NZL Sailing Team competing at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain, the opener on the 2010 Olympic class European circuit. Light and unstable winds, in the order of 6-8 knots, prevailed across the race courses on Day one. Tom Ashley has made a strong start in the Men’s RS:X board sailing sitting in third place overall after ...[more]

Kiwis Olympic sailors off to good start in Spanish World Cup regatta By Richard Gladwell, 9:21 AM Mon 29 Mar 2010
New Zealand sailors have generally got off to a good start in the Princess Sofia Trophy, the regatta is sailed from Palma on the island of Mallorca, off the Spanish coast offshore from Valencia and Alicante. The regatta marks the international return of Tom Ashley, 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in the RS:X Mens event. Ashley scored a sixth and second in the two races sailed ...[more]

Dog only aboard missing yacht found off Chatham Islands By www.stuff.co.nz, 8:01 AM Mon 29 Mar 2010
Missing man Paul van Rensburg has not been found on his yacht, drifting off the Chatham Islands, but his dog has been recovered alive. The 40-year-old South African went missing after leaving Tauranga for Gisborne on March 12 with his dog, Juanita. He was reported missing four days later and his 11-metre steel-hulled yacht, Tafadzwa, was spotted by an Air Force P3 Orion 110km west of the isl ...[more]

Heavy seas prevent boarding of missing New Zealand yacht By Richard Gladwell, 7:32 PM Sun 28 Mar 2010
A fishing vessel in the vicinity had diverted to the yacht but heavy seas meant it was too dangerous to try to board it. 'The skipper of the fishing vessel has told RCCNZ he used a loud hailer to try and attract the attention of anyone on board but received no response,' Lunt says. ...[more]

Kiwi and Canadian Laser sailors take OKI 24 Hour Race By Richard Gladwell, 8:55 AM Sun 28 Mar 2010
New Zealander Jason Geale and top Canadian Laser sailor, Michael Leigh won the OKI 24 Hour race sailed on North Shore's Lake Pupuke over the weekend. The completed 94 laps of the windward leeward course, one lap ahead of Aaron Hume-Merry and Blair McLay. Third placed overall crew were Chris Steele (a former World Optimist champion) and Thomas Saunders, who also took the prize for top Youth crew. ...[more]

Solo sailor starts transTasman race with record crossing By Lindsay Wright, 8:03 PM Sat 27 Mar 2010
Waitara boatbuilder and sailor, Bruce Arms, has thrown down the gauntlet early for his fellow skippers in the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge singlehanded yacht race from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba. Arms is hot favourite to take line honours in the 15 boat fleet and laid his claim by completing a 6 days and 5 hours delivery trip from Southport to New Plymouth this week. ...[more]

Team New Zealand defends BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 By Ivor Wilkins, 6:49 PM Thu 25 Mar 2010
New Zealand became the first nation to successfully win back to back titles in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final when a young crew led by Phil Robertson swept to victory on their home waters in Auckland today. In winning the prestigious amateur regatta in a field of seven nations, Robertson and his crew successfully defended the title won in Italy last year by another New Zealand crew ...[more]

OKI 24 Hour Race sets sail this weekend By Chris Thorley, Auckland , 4:35 PM Thu 25 Mar 2010
The OKI 24 Hour Race which gets underway this weekend at Lake Pupuke will be officially opened by North Shore mayor Andrew Williams and closed by internationally renowned commentator Peter Montgomery. Murrays Bay Sailing Club Rear Commodore, Sean McDonald, said while the race is a serious endurance event, it is also a lot of fun for both participants and spectators. ...[more]

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