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Kiwi, Ryan Amlehn Wins the Laser 4.7 Under 16 World Championship 2010 By Linda Tushingham, Auckland , 9:18 AM Wed 14 Apr 2010
Congratulations from N Z Sail go to Ryan Amlehn from Nelson Yacht Club, South Island who is now the World Champion under 16 in Laser 4.7 On the last day of racing he won the first race by about 100 metres, and in the second race he was coming fourth through the gate and climbed back to second at the end. ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ join Camper for the Volvo Ocean Race By Emirates Team NZ, 10:50 AM Tue 13 Apr 2010
Camper, the Spanish-based international footwear manufacturer, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma. ...[more]

Mid Tasman Match Race for Solo Sailors By Lindsay Wright, 9:23 AM Tue 13 Apr 2010
The ultimate challenge for the two Queenslanders was to be the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba. 'We figured it’d sort the boys from the girls,' Hill joked. But yesterday, after seven days of hard out singlehanded yacht racing in a variety of weather conditions, the two old foes were coasting along in light air about 20 metres apart with about 400km lef ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean race media conference - Full Audio By Richard Gladwell, 8:23 AM Tue 13 Apr 2010
Full, unedited audio from this morning's media conference staged by Emirates Team NZ at their base in Auckland. Includes details of the operational side of the Volvo Ocean Race entry under the Camper sponsorship. Who they are considering and have missed out on for crew. Designer conformed as Botin, on an exclusive basis. Thoughts on Alinghi also entering the Volvo Ocean Race and more ...[more]

Andrew Wills takes win in Etchells Nationals ahead of world champion By Richard Gladwell, 10:18 PM Mon 12 Apr 2010
Former World Etchells Champion, Andrew Wills crewed by Anatole Masfen and Matt Kelway, retained their overnight points lead to win the combined Etchells New Zealand and Auckland Championships at the weekend. 'The class enjoyed some of the closest racing we have had for years at this year’s 2010 Nationals,' Wills told Sail-World. 'It is a testament to the resurgence the class has recently expe ...[more]

First yacht finishes - Tasman Race Record stands unbroken By Lindsay Wright, 8:31 PM Sun 11 Apr 2010
When Bruce Arms sailed his 14m catamaran, Big Wave Rider, from Queensland to New Plymouth in six days and five hours, taking almost four hours off the existing 24 year old solo Tasman yacht race record, some people thought he had it sewn up. Arms, who lives aboard with wide Suzanne, built the five tonne yacht in time for the 2007 singlehanded Tasman race .. ...[more]

Sails set for Pacific endeavour By Debra Douglas, 6:55 PM Sun 11 Apr 2010
A sight not seen for hundreds of years greeted boaties on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, when four traditional vaka sailed in an inner harbour regatta. The skippers of the double-hulled, 13-tonne, 22m-long vaka were fine-tuning their vessels in readiness for a voyage across the Pacific. The fleet will sail from Auckland on Wednesday April 14th (weather permitting) to French Polynesia, ...[more]

BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 4: Deja vu By BlackMatch Racing, 8:56 AM Sun 11 Apr 2010
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: Today was the quarterfinal stage of Match Race France and for two of the top qualifying teams it was the curse of choosing your opponent that saw upsets and fight backs deciding the final four. A brilliant display of light airs sailing ...[more]

Light winds tear up form book in New Zealand Etchells Nationals By Richard Gladwell, , 10:25 PM Sat 10 Apr 2010
The tricky racecourse on the inner Waitemata Harbour, showed little respect for the formbook on the opening day of the New Zealand Etchells National Championships. Sailed in light winds, only three races were possible out of the five scheduled - and they were sailed in winds of around 5kts from the NE. The direction meant that the course was heavily influenced by the towering Rangitoto Island ...[more]

Nelson sailor wins Laser 4.7 World Championship By Event Media, 9:25 PM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Nelson's Ryan Amlehn has won the Laser 4.7 class 2010 Under 16 world champion at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattya, Thailand. After 12 races there was only 1 point between Ryan and Mark Spearman. ...[more]

World Champions battle in Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals at Akarana By Richard Gladwell, 8:20 AM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Defending champion Alistair Gair will be battling with 10 other crews at this weekend's Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals and Auckland Championships being sailed off Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Up to five races per day will be sailed in the Saturday and Sunday with the courses being located between Mechanics Bay and Rangitoto Island on the inner Waitemata harbour. ...[more]

BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 3 Cruise to Quarterfinals By BlackMatch Racing, 8:16 AM Sat 10 Apr 2010
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: A cruise? Well perhaps it wasn't a quite a cruise but the BlackMatch team have qualified for the quarterfinals in a respectable third position at the Match Race France event, in Marseille. Rounding out the day with 7 wins and 4 losses after completing the round robin ...[more]

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]

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