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Rex Sellers named Member of New Zealand Order of Merit By Zoe Hawkinns, Yachting NZ, , 9:49 AM Thu 31 Dec 2009
Double Olympic medallist Rex Sellers has been recognised in the New Years Honours List for his services to New Zealand Yachting. Sellers was today named one of New Zealand’s greatest contributors and highest achievers, when he was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. ...[more]

Double Olympic medalist recognised with New Zealand Honour By Richard Gladwell, 7:42 AM Thu 31 Dec 2009
One of the icons of New Zealand sailing, Rex Sellers, has been named in the New Year's Honours published today. He will be invested as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Sellers is best known as the winner of an Olympic Gold medal in 1984 and a silver medal in Pusan, Korea in 1988, both crewed by Chris Timms. ...[more]

New Zealand yacht leads Rolex Sydney Hobart by over a mile +Video By Richard Gladwell, 5:30 PM Sat 26 Dec 2009
New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) is leading the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race by over a mile at the latest schedule at 1700hrs, four hours into the 605 mile offshore classic. After a sail setting error at the start, Alfa Romeo recovered well to position herself to leeward of the three leading yachts as they neared the exclusion zone , before exiting Sydney Heads. ...[more]

Classic small boat display at the Great Manly Art Show 28th December By Gus Gager, Whangaparaoa , 4:15 PM Mon 21 Dec 2009
For the first time in 25 years, at the Great Manly Art Show, on Manly Beach at Whangaparaoa, the art show will feature paintings, the local pipe band performing plus the display of small boats. ...[more]

Burling and Tuke report on Australia and look to the Bahama Worlds By Burling Media, 10:21 AM Mon 21 Dec 2009
Top 49er crew Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report on Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney Regattas and look ahead to the Worlds in the Bahamas: On November 20th we joined Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen, the current 49er World champions, for a training camp in Sydney. Fantastic to be sailing with the world’s best. ...[more]

Team Jolly Aussie 2009 Update: Sail Sydney and Sail Melbourne By Team Jolly Media, 9:43 AM Mon 21 Dec 2009
New 470 Womens crew, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie reflect on the recently completed Sail Melbourne Open 470 event on Port Philip Bay, Melbourne: Time for the last update of 2009! It has been a rather busy year for us, and we have just finished competing in the Australian Sail Down Under series, which for us consisted of the Sail Sydney Regatta (SIRS) in the first week of December, and last week, the S ...[more]

BlackMatch to feature on TV Special at 2.00pm today on ONE By BlackMatch Racing, 7:29 AM Sun 20 Dec 2009
For all Kiwi sailing enthusiasts and BlackMatch supporters, there is a one hour television special on the Monsoon Cup today. TVNZ are featuring highlights of the final World Tour Event which saw BlackMatch beat Ben Ainslie 3 nil in the final and take out the World Match Racing Title for 2009. ...[more]

Splash Worlds attract entries from 11 countries to Takapuna By Zoe Hawkins, 9:14 PM Fri 18 Dec 2009
On Saturday 2 January, nearly 80 young sailors from 11 countries will take over Takapuna Beach with multi-coloured sailing dinghies and seek to prove on the racecourse that they have what it takes to be the best in the world. The sailors are competing in the week-long Splash World Sailing Championships – a prestigious international event for single handed (solo) dinghy youth sailors. ...[more]

Ten mussel farms approved for the South Island By www.stuff.co.nz, 2:59 PM Fri 18 Dec 2009
A huge, open-sea 'experimental' mussel farm off the coast of Canterbury has been given the green light. The Ministry of Fisheries yesterday announced approval for 10 marine farms in the South Island, including the 2695-hectare Pegasus Bay mussel farm 14 kilometres offshore from Woodend. Approval has also been given for a 424ha mussel farm in Clifford Bay on Marlborough's east coast, 700 metres ...[more]

Drummond and Lardies report from the 470's in Sail Melbourne By Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardes, 1:24 PM Fri 18 Dec 2009
Top young 470 crew, Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies report from Sail Melbourne regatta: We are now entering our 4th day of competition at Sail Melbourne in Australia. We are racing out of Sandringham yacht club on Port Phillip Bay. While we have been here we have experience every condition available from one day of 39 degrees, to much colder temperatures, light winds and heavy winds. ...[more]

Kiwi Skud 18 Team report on Day Four from Sail Melbourne By Robert Hielkema, Auckland , 1:14 PM Fri 18 Dec 2009
Kiwi Skud 18 Team Tim Dempsey and Pauline Eitjes report from Sail Melbourne: 'Today was a nice contrast from day three; sailing in temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius is something we need some more practise in. It caused a couple of brain fades in the form of missed wind shifts. We did a lot of learning and were confident that we had a lot to build on for day four. ...[more]

Liz Wardley has dismasted By SolOceans Media, 10:37 PM Thu 17 Dec 2009
This morning at dawn, in a Force 7 wind with gusts and a stormy sea, Liz Wardley aboard the SolOceans One-design suffered two knock downs due to successive failures of the NKE autopilot. The SolOceans One-design has dismasted 158 miles west of Madeira and 619 miles south west of Lisbon (Portugal). Liz Wardley is not hurt and there is no damage to the SolOceans One-design. ...[more]

Josh McKenzie-Brown reports on Day 1 Sail Melbourne Regatta By Joshua McKenzie-Brown, Melbourne , 8:46 AM Tue 15 Dec 2009
Josh McKenzie-Brown (18) reports from Day 1 of the Sail Melbourne regatta being sailed on Port Philip Bay. Sail Melbourne is the first round in the 2010 ISAF World Cup circuit. John is competing in the 2.4Mtr singlehanded class with the objective of representing New Zealand in the 2012 Paralympics at Weymouth. ...[more]

Big rigs mistake helps Jackson Electrical take NZ 18ft skiff title By 18ft Skiff Association, 9:14 PM Sun 13 Dec 2009
Jackson Electrical sailed by Chris Skinner, Luke Gower and Dave Healy are the 2009 NZ 18ft skiff Champions following a consistent series in difficult conditions, in which they won half the races and didn't finish outside the top three in any races. ...[more]

NZ Marine hosts Kiwi Kawau Challenge for superyachts By Kate Gordon, Auckland , 7:03 PM Sun 13 Dec 2009
The New Zealand Marine Export Group Inc. (NZ Marine) is inviting superyachts – both sail and motor – to participate in a one-off race and social event as part of the build-up to the Louis Vuitton World Series in Auckland in March 2010. ...[more]

Marine farms to grab cruising grounds - last day to make submissions By Richard Gladwell, 6:40 PM Sun 13 Dec 2009
The National Government seems to be hell-bent on the rapid expansion of aquaculture in the coastal marine area with little consultation. The target set by the National Government is for the value of the aquaculture industry to quadruple to be a billion dollars a year. Essentially that means that the current area of cruising grounds taken for aquaculture will quadruple. ...[more]

New Zealanders make podium in five events at Sail Sydney Regatta By Zoe Hawkins, 8:25 PM Thu 10 Dec 2009
230 entrants participated in Sail Sydney, including a large international contingent keen to amass points towards their Olympic campaigns for London 2012. Sailors from 22 countries completed in the event including entries have come from: Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Chile, Spain, Singapore, Greece, Canada, Japan, Finland, Hungary, Switzerland, Norway, India, Korea, Norway, Croatia, Poland and ...[more]

Drummond and Lardies report from Sail-Sydney By Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardes, 8:07 PM Thu 10 Dec 2009
Top young 470 crew, Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies report from the recently concluded Sail Sydney regatta: The last two days of competition at Sail Sydney gave us a variety of conditions. We have learned lots from our first international regatta. On day three we had two races in a light building seabreeze. The first race got away in 5 knots. We had good speed and got away to a good start and ...[more]

18ft skiff re-engage for the Nationals this weekend By Scott Kennedy, Auckland , 6:51 PM Thu 10 Dec 2009
The NZ 18ft Skiff Nationals are to be raced on Auckland Harbour this weekend, 12th - 13th December. An exciting fleet will be assembled on the water with 8 boats expected to race for the National Title. After a strong start to the season, all boats are sailing fast and in with a chance to win! ...[more]

Why do we Drown? How to increase your chances of survival By Basil Orr, Auckland , 4:27 PM Thu 10 Dec 2009
Drowning is caused by cold shock - gasp reflex or heart attack, muscle strength loss, or eventually hypothermia. Professor Michael Tipton from University of Portsmouth, UK spoke to 500 yachtsmen and marine emergency crews at RNZYS on 24 November 2009, with an entertaining address well supported with photos, videos and charts. ...[more]

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