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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]

Download for Notice of Race for Auckland to Tauranga Race By Ross Sheerin, 9:53 PM Wed 24 Mar 2010
Newsflash received from Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club: /b> The Website of the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club has been hacked (keel hauling for the Turkish so and so's responsible would be too kind...). Consequently prospective entrants into the Auckland to Tauranga Race will not be able to download the NOR and entry form until the site is restored. ...[more]

World Champion to compete in Hebtro Trophy race on Sunday By Mandy Burt, 9:11 PM Wed 24 Mar 2010
The Worser Bay Boating Club is hosting its annual Hebtro Trophy celebrity yacht race on Sunday 28 March. Commodore Andrew Paterson said that 'the aim of the day is to raise funds for junior sailing, and in doing so, to have great fun day for all involved’. ...[more]

Survival conditions for Day 3 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 By Ivor Wilkins, 3:26 PM Wed 24 Mar 2010
The wind gods in Auckland, New Zealand continued to raise the challenge for the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 today, with winds gusting over 30 knots testing their skills to the limit. Today saw the beginning of the match race section of the regatta, starting with the teams who placed fourth to seventh in the fleet racing competing in a sudden death ...[more]

Laser 4.7 Makes It's Debut at this year's OKI 24 Hour Challenge By NZ Sail, Auckland , 1:11 PM Wed 24 Mar 2010
The OKI 24 Hour Challenge is a competition for Laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club in Auckland and is taking place this weekend. This competition is the clubs main fund raiser with the proceeds going towards the coaching of our young sailors. This year the Laser 4.7 is making its debut as the class has significantly grown recently. ...[more]

Strong winds test skills on Day 2 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final By Ivor Wilkins, 9:57 PM Tue 23 Mar 2010
Strong, gusty winds blowing over 20 knots saw the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 having to use all their boat handling skills to keep control today. The second day of the competition in Auckland, New Zealand produced varied conditions, starting with light, fickle breezes and ending in a howling wind, with spinnakers straining ...[more]

OKI 24 Hour Race 2010 - Enter now! + Video By Joanna Cobb, Auckland , 10:43 AM Tue 23 Mar 2010
The annual OKI 24 Hour endurance event for 2010 is on this weekend 27-28 March 2pm-2pm at Lake Pupuke, Sylvan Park North Shore City, organised by the Murrays Bay Sailing Club. The exciting event is sailed in Lasers, with a Le Mans start. Crews are required to sail non-stop in rotating shifts for 24 hours. The winner is the team with the most laps after 24 hours. Fantastic travel prizes! ...[more]

A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior! By Richard Gladwell, 10:35 AM Tue 23 Mar 2010
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'. ...[more]

NZ leads after Day 1 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 By Event Media, 9:23 PM Mon 22 Mar 2010
The opening day of the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 saw the seven competing teams complete four windward-leeward fleet races, with the local Team New Zealand crew holding a 3pt lead over Team Italy. Racing on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand took place in brisk northwesterly winds of 15-17 knots. After a morning practice session, the racing got away on time at 1pm ...[more]

Top match racing crew win BMW Auckland Regatta By Emily Flynn, 7:10 PM Wed 17 Mar 2010
Thanks to all boats who competed in the BMW Auckland Regatta 2010. There were three days of intense, challenging and close racing. Congratulations to Phil Robertson who won the New Zealand BMW Sailing Cup. Phil and his crew of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell, Logan Fraser and Brad Farrand progress to the BMW World Sailing Cup to be sailed in Auckland later this month. ...[more]

RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme – Can you handle it? By Sara Tucker, 6:30 PM Wed 17 Mar 2010
Applications are now open for the 2010/2011 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. This prestigious sailing programme started in 1987 and has far exceeded expectations producing many sailing champions, now it’s your opportunity to join! ...[more]

Waka Racing win NZ feeder series for BMW World Cup By Waka Racing, 9:45 PM Mon 15 Mar 2010
Waka Racing has just won the New Zealand BMW Sailing Cup in outstanding form. After comfortably winning the fleet racing series they proceeded to win the Match racing series in blistering fashion.They now have the right to represent New Zealand at the BMW Sailing Cup World Final. ...[more]

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