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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Commission report a thunderbolt for the sport By Richard Gladwell, 8:50 AM Thu 13 May 2010
The report of the International Sailing Federation's Olympic Commission, presented last weekend to the ISAF Events Committee and Council, is a thunderbolt that should not be ignored by the sport. ...[more]

Plenty of reward from practice day in Cascais for Emirates Team NZ By Warren Douglas, 8:03 AM Wed 12 May 2010
Emirates Team New Zealand got a good feel for the testing conditions and strong opposition in the practice race of the Cascais regatta, the first event of the 2010 Audi MedCup circuit. The defending TP52 series champions, Emirates Team New Zealand led for most of the race, eventually finishing second to British boat Cristabella in the tricky shifting breezes, which fluctuated between 11 and 14 ...[more]

Barbara Kendall retires from Olympic competition By Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, 8:02 AM Mon 10 May 2010
Barbara Kendall is retiring from Olympic competition after a wind surfing career spanning close to a quarter century and encompassing multiple Olympic and World Championship medals. Now 42 years of age, Barbara is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished athletes and a recognised role model. ...[more]

ISAF Mid Year Meeting considers America's Cup, Olympics and Tracking By Richard Gladwell, 7:06 PM Sun 9 May 2010
The Council of the International Sailing Federation has been meeting for the past two days in Budapest, Hungary. The key topics under consideration at this Mid-Year Meeting include future Olympic strategy, America's Cup and Tracking systems. Olympic Commission Chairman, Phil Jones (AUS) has made a presentation to the Council on the changes the new Commission believe should be made ...[more]

Bennett to relive the 33rd America's Cup at RNZYS luncheon By RNZYS Media and Sail-World, 9:58 PM Mon 3 May 2010
After many months of back and forth court action, BMW Oracle Racing, the American challenger, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match back in February in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet. ...[more]

FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 1 By FMJ Racing, 10:32 PM Thu 29 Apr 2010
FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 1: Day one started early this morning with a run, followed by chocolate biscuits for breakfast. With a scheduled start at 11 the wind did not play ball, racing eventually got underway at around 1. With the breeze around 10-12kts our first match saw us up against Damien Iehl world number 5. ...[more]

French Olympic Sailing Week – Two races for all, Winther up into fifth By Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, 8:15 AM Thu 29 Apr 2010
Sailors were on the water well into the evening to catch up on racing lost over previous days at day four of French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France. 'The racing committees in Hyères have been hard at work today trying to maximise racing in all classes. The wind has been capricious again, light and shifty, dying then starting again,' states today’s event report. All the kiwis sailed a ...[more]

French Olympic Sailing Week - Josh Junior starts with a Laser bullet By Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, 6:54 AM Mon 26 Apr 2010
Only limited racing took place on day one at French Olympic Sailing Week which started overnight in Hyeres, France. Of the New Zealand entries, only the Laser sailors and women’s match racers sailed, with the RS:X, Radial, 470 and Finn fleets either kept ashore or unable to complete any races. Winds were light and fluky with racing getting underway an hour and a half past the scheduled time of 110 ...[more]

NZ-USA Global Ocean Race team is revealed By GOR Media, 9:04 PM Sun 25 Apr 2010
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is pleased to take the covers off one of its anonymous entries. The team from New Zealand signed-up for the race in early February and will be skippered by Conrad Colman from Auckland who will be joined by co-skipper Ryan Finn from Louisiana, USA. The 26 year-old Kiwi comes to the GOR with a variety of experience ...[more]

Waka Racing launch 2010 campaign and web site By Waka Racing Media, 7:26 PM Sun 25 Apr 2010
Waka Racing is back and better than ever. With a new web site, www.wakaracing.com, and a big off-season behind us, the tension is brewing for the start of our Europe campaign. It has not all been fun and games over the summer down under, with the team working hard on fitness and strength with a bit of sailing in between. Starting off the year with a second place at the Warren Jones youth regat ...[more]

Light winds for ANZAC Moths at Takapuna By Andrew Brown, Northshore , 3:00 PM Sun 25 Apr 2010
Takapuna held its annual ANZAC weekend regatta, and the International Moths got out racing again. Saturday was a Southwest offshore breeze from 7 to 11 knots, so we were foiling nearly all the time, Sunday was an amazing autumn day, however with only a very light North East Breeze developing. ...[more]

Big Kiwi team in Hyeres for World Cup event By Jodie Bakewell-White, 5:47 PM Sat 24 Apr 2010
Sixteen kiwi sailors are in Hyeres, France to represent New Zealand at 2010 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta for Olympic class sailors. Racing starts in France on Sunday 25th, and runs for six days with medal races and prize-giving planned for Friday 30th. Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères is the fourth of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ's Volvo campaign - a three week wonder? By Richard Gladwell, 11:06 PM Fri 23 Apr 2010
In the secretive underworld of the America’s Cup, the Deep Throat's say: 'if you want to find out the truth, follow the money'. To understand Emirates Team New Zealand’s fledgling Volvo Ocean Race campaign, maybe the phrase should be altered to say 'follow the dates' rather than the money. In just three weeks, Emirates Team New Zealand would have us believe that they have put together a Vol ...[more]

Eight year legal saga comes to an end for US boardsailor By TVNZ News, 6:17 PM Wed 21 Apr 2010
American boardsailor Kimberly Birkenfeld has lost her nearly eight-year bid to get $15 million damages from Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall and Yachting New Zealand. Once the United States' top female boardsailor, Birkenfeld suffered severe brain and spinal injuries in 2002 when her windsurfer collided with a Yachting New Zealand-owned motorboat driven by Kendall in Greece. ...[more]

JP Tobin and friends take on the Anaconda Adventure + wild RS:X video By Sail-World and Anaconda Adventure, 5:27 PM Wed 21 Apr 2010
Do you live for a good weekend… for the opportunity to escape the shackles of everyday life, to get some fresh air, mix with some mates, tackle a challenge and enjoy an adventure? If this sounds like you then welcome to your nirvana. Top boardsailer, JP Tobin will be in one team entered for the inaugural Anaconda Adventure Race which will be contested in Waihi this Saturday 1 May. ...[more]

RPNYC seeks to restore Clyde Quay Harbour on Wellington's waterfront By RPNYC Events, Wellington , 11:12 AM Wed 21 Apr 2010
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club plans to increase public access to Wellington's harbour and restore Clyde Quay as the 'jewel in the crown' of the city's waterfront. ...[more]

Top 18ft Skiff crew set to miss ANZAC regatta and cop big freight bill By Dave Healy, 7:36 PM Tue 20 Apr 2010
Chris Skinner and his crew on Bassett Plumbing & Drainage are looking like they may miss the opportunity to defend their ANZAC regatta title due to being given a hefty shipping bill this week, which will likely need to be paid for the boat to be released. In order to better prepare themselves for the JJ Giltinan Championship in February, Bassett Plumping & Drainage shipped.. ...[more]

Barker wins three, four tossed out, on first day of Young 88 Nationals By Cathy Vercoe, LuvMyBoat.com, 6:50 AM Sun 18 Apr 2010
The first day of the NZ Young 88 Nationals dawned fine but still as the predicted 10 - 15 knots of breeze took a while to eventuate. Crews worked hard to chase the fingers of breeze up the course and the first race was won by the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron's Youth Development Squad on Sister Moonshine who started well and worked hard to maintain their lead. With some of New Zealand's best sailors, in ...[more]

Kerikeri High School win School Team Sailing Nationals By Kirsty Laws, Warkworth , 8:55 PM Fri 16 Apr 2010
Kerikeri High School has won the National Secondary School Team Sailing Championships ahead of Tauranga Boys College, after a final day disrupted by strong southerly winds. The two teams had dominated the A fleet throughout the regatta. Napier Girls High School, the top seeded girls' team, retained their position throughout the event and won the girls final series, with New Plymouth Girls second. ...[more]

Twenty crews face off in the Harken Young 88 Nationals, this weekend By Zoe Hawkins, 8:51 AM Fri 16 Apr 2010
When the Young 88 fleet gathers for its annual national championship event, you can guarantee a fleet packed with sailors who are not only amongst the best in the country, but the very best in the world. Twenty boats will contest the Harken Young 88 National Championships taking place this weekend, 17-18 April in Auckland. The winning skipper and crew will be considered one of the very best sail ...[more]

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