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Giant Killing 'Little Blue Maxi' is tearing up the town!
10:18 PM Sat 28 Nov 2009
Following her giant killing performance in the Fremantle to Geraldton Yacht Race and more recently IRC dominance in the Coventry Reef race, the Bakewell-White designed 11m Alfresco has set the bar talk alight in Western Australia where the hot little twilight racer has been dubbed the 'Little Blue Maxi'. ...[more]
2009 Turangi OK International Open at Stump Bay, Taupo
5:27 AM Fri 27 Nov 2009
The OK Dinghy Turangi International Open, known traditionally as the 'Turangi Worlds', was held over 21 & 22 November at Turangi Yacht Club, Stump Bay, Lake Taupo. With the 2010 Worlds now just over 2 months away, this year we had a record 30 entries all looking to stake a claim to a spot in the NZ team, as well as chasing the coveted Golden Trout. ...[more]
Former Optimist Champions enter 2010 Splash Worlds at Takapuna
By Jonathan Masters, Auckland ,
5:12 AM Thu 26 Nov 2009
The 2010 World Splash Championships are being held at Takapuna on January 2-8, 2010. Takapuna Boating Club are the event organisers and Grant Cunningham is running a very tight ship at the helm backed up by a team of very competent organisers and volunteers. ...[more]
Yamaha win 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs
By Scott kennedy,
8:20 PM Tue 24 Nov 2009
A tight contest was sailed on Auckland Harbour, with Team Yamaha (Scott Kennedy) edging out JF Hillebrand (Phil Airey) by 1 point to win the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs.
After a great start to the regatta last Sunday, the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs resumed on Auckland Harbour on Saturday 21st November with a 15 – 20knot Westerly breeze facing the competitors. ...[more]
Great racing in Auckland Finn Champs at Pt Chevalier SC
By Alan Dawson,
9:31 PM Mon 23 Nov 2009
The Auckland Finn champs were sailed at Pt Chev SC over the weekend with nine boats entered. OOD Don Oliver and his crew of helpers set great and true courses which made this regatta an excellent advent. Both days saw the races sailed in a true westerly breeze between 10 >15 knots and increasing to 20 plus on Sunday. What a great sailing venue with good sailing water ...[more]
YNZ Sailors of the Year - Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson - Fast times!
7:42 PM Mon 23 Nov 2009
Following is a series of video clips from Ericsson 4, mainly of the fast times, recalling the achievements of watch captains Brad Jackson and Stuart Bannatyne, who were awarded the 2009 Sailor of the Year trophy by Yachting NZ, and also in recognition of their three wins in successive Volvo Ocean races. Hear the audio from Brad Jackson about what he is thinking about on the helm when hitting 30kts ...[more]
Consultation on proposal for mandatory wearing of lifejackets
By Basil Orr, Auckland ,
6:37 PM Sun 22 Nov 2009
Maritime NZ consultation proposes wearing of lifejackets be mandatory on boats less than 6m unless the skipper approves removal. ...[more]
Crew members alert for massed growlers heading for NZ
By Merco Press, South Atlantic ,
4:17 PM Sat 21 Nov 2009
NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research oceanographer Mike Williams said four icebergs up to 250m in length had been spotted by fishermen about 80km northwest of the Auckland Islands, 400 to 500km off the coast of New Zealand. Satellite imagery showed the icebergs, were now tracking northeast towards the South Island at about 1 to 2km an hour, Mr Williams said. ...[more]
18ft Skiffs stage their Auckland Championships this weekend
By Paul Gilbert, Auckland. ,
3:35 PM Sat 21 Nov 2009
Good breezes and the odd dunking are order of the day on Aucklands Waitemata harbour for the second day in the Auckland 18ft Skiff Championships ...[more]
'Stewart 34' the story of where top America's Cup sailors began
By George Backhus, Auckland ,
6:34 AM Sat 21 Nov 2009
If you have ever wondered how sailors from a small country in a remote corner of the world came to successfully challenge and defend the America’s Cup, here is the story. If you want to know how NZ yachtsmen like Brad Butterworth, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson developed skills that propelled them into the America’s Cup and the world’s grand prix yacht racing arena... ...[more]
Ericsson 4 watchcaptains win New Zealand Sailor of the Year
By Yachting NZ Media,
9:38 PM Fri 20 Nov 2009
Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne, watch captains on Ericsson 4, the outstanding winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, have been jointly named Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year, at the 2009 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards. Jackson and Bannatyne, two of the world’s most experienced and successful ocean racers, are now in an elite group of three, as the only sailors to have won the famo ...[more]
Yachting Excellence Awards to be presented tonight at RNZYS
By Yachting New Zealand Media,
8:07 PM Thu 19 Nov 2009
Finalists and winners in the 2009 Yachting Excellence Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron tonight in Auckland, Friday 20 November. The Yachting Excellence Awards are an occasion which recognises not only the best performers in our sport, but also the tireless, hardworking volunteers who make it all possible ...[more]
Ian Neely appointed to Yachting NZ Youth role
By Yachting NZ Media, ,
7:54 PM Thu 19 Nov 2009
Yachting New Zealand has announced that coach and coach facilitator Ian Neely has now been appointed to the role of Youth Head Coach & Manager, taking over from Marty Watson. ...[more]
BlackMatch Racing claim Bragging Rights on 2009 season
By BlackMatch Racing Media,
7:26 PM Thu 19 Nov 2009
Check out this video review of BlackMatch Racing's 2009 season which see them as World 1 ranked matchracing team. Wasn't so long ago that this crew were running in the Lion Foundation's Youth Training Scheme conducted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and yet to step up onto the first rung of the international matchracing ladder. ...[more]
Gair wins New Zealand Etchells Nationals from Australian crew
By Scott Kennedy,
6:10 PM Thu 19 Nov 2009
Alastair Gair and crew of Andrew Wills, Rhys Johnson and Derek Scott held off a strong challenge from the Australian crew of Jake Gunther, John Collingwood and Russell Tyson, to win the 2009 Etchells National Championships on Saturday and Sunday. Third placing went to Anatole Masfen, Matt Kelway and Troy Tindall. ...[more]
Silver Sails reflect on the Telecom NZ Match Racing Nationals
By Silver sails Racing Media,
9:25 PM Tue 17 Nov 2009
Silver Sails Racing (Samantha Osborne, Jenna Hansen, and Raynor Smeal) reflect on the just concluded Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships ...[more]
Successful 2009 Flying Fifteen North Islands held in Northland
By Antje Muller, Bay of Islands ,
8:10 AM Tue 17 Nov 2009
A fleet of thirteen Flying Fifteens made for a great show of sails at the 2009 Flying Fifteen North Island Championships held at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club at Waitangi. ...[more]
Jury wins Telecom New Zealand Match Racing
By RNZYS Media,
9:24 PM Sun 15 Nov 2009
Laurie Jury has won the 2009 Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships, beating Reuben Corbett 3 – 1 in the first to win three races finals.
Jury won the first race convincingly by 36s but Corbett bounced back in Race Two to gain a penalty on Jury. ...[more]
18ft Skiff Auckland Champs - tight racing in winds up to 25kts
By Scott Kennedy, Auckland ,
6:18 PM Sun 15 Nov 2009
One point separates the top three boats in the 18ft skiff Auckland Champs which got underway with the fleet leaving the ramp, hoisting the number 2 small rigs. Two races were sailed in a NW breeze, building to 25knots by the end of the day. Race one was sailed in a puffy 10 - 15 knot NW breeze. Yamaha were over the line early, being called back. The fleet were close around the track with numerous ...[more]
Telecom NZ Match Racing Championships - Finalists decided
By RNZYS Media,
10:49 PM Sat 14 Nov 2009
After Round Robin Two was completed this morning Graeme Sutherland still held the top spot with 17 points overall, and choose to sail fourth placed Reuben Corbett.
Chris Dickson moved into third place, and this left him to sail second placed Laurie Jury. ...[more]
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