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Follow Dave Robertson's Kiteboard of the Coastal Classic Route By Charles Winstone, Auckland , 10:12 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014
The weather forecast looks optimal for an attempt to Kiteboard the Coastal Classic Route from Auckland to Russell. The challenge will be taken on by Dave Robertson who is New Zealand’s most successful Kiteboard racer finishing ninth at the Kite Boarding World Championships and is a Yachting New Zealand board coach. ...[more]


New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind By Sail-World, , 9:28 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas leads on paper, Team SCA ahead on the water By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 5:55 AM Tue 14 Oct 2014
For the next week or so we expect the debate over who really leads the Volvo Ocean Race to continue. The womens crew of Team SCA, who were first to exit the Straits of Gibraltar (and were almost an hour ahead of the second boat Team Vestas Wind), still lead the race, and are 21 minutes ahead of the listed race leader. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Day 2 Mapfre takes over lead 50nm from Rock By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:35 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014
With about 50nm to sail to reach the Straits of Gibraltar, Spain's Mapfre has taken over the front running and holds small lead of less than a mile over three other boats at 1840hrs UTC on Day 2. Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre led until midday, reaching Cabo de Gata in first place. At around 1200 local time the wind dropped. Team Alimedica was reported to be leading, at 1730hrs ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Day 2: Team Vestas Wind leads the race for the Rock By Sail-World.com, , 10:42 PM Sun 12 Oct 2014
With about 130nm to sail to reach the Straits of Gibraltar, Denmark's Team Vestas Wind holds a useful 2-3nm lead over the remainder of the fleet at 1000hrs UTC on Day 2. Volvo Ocean Race reports: Team Vestas Wind emerged as narrow leaders when daylight broke on the Mediterranean after the first night of Leg 1 but the fleet were hot on their heels after a night of rain and wind changes. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Route options narrow, wind increases for Gibraltar By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:44 PM Sat 11 Oct 2014
The latest forecast and route projections for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, show that winds are expected to increase, and route options have tightened. As predicted previously navigators are expected to sail a more direct route to Gibraltar. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Light to moderate winds expected to Gibraltar By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:25 PM Fri 10 Oct 2014
Light to moderate are predicted for the opening stanzas of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The conditions are expected to provide plenty of challenge for navigators and tacticians, with the Predictwind routing function showing two distinct course options. One recommends heading further out into the centre of the Mediterranean, before straightening up and then coming int ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:43 AM Mon 29 Sep 2014
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ...[more]


America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue By Sail-World.com, , 9:53 AM Sat 27 Sep 2014
Writing on his Facebook page on the 12 month anniversary of Oracle Team USA's win in the 34th America's Cup, then team CEO, Russell Coutts cites seven reasons why the US team were successful in their Defence of the trophy. ...[more]


Predictwind and Iridium offer Sat Phone comms at Mobile Phone pricing By Sail-World, , 6:54 PM Wed 24 Sep 2014
Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. PredictWind have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ...[more]


SSANZ Safety at Sea Series NZ Spars & Rigging 60 - Y88 Race Report By Mike Leyland, Auckland , 10:11 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014
Last Saturday's race was an example of two handed one design racing at its best. Great weather, excellent fleet of twelve Young 88s, tactical course, difficult sail choices, lead changes and close competition all the way through the fleet. ...[more]


SSANZ Safety at Sea NZ Spars and Rigging 60 is big boat benefit By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:02 AM Mon 11 Aug 2014
Saturday's SSANZ Safety at Sea NZ Spars and Rigging 60, for two-handed crews, was sailed largely without incident, in moderate southerly breezes and cold temperatures. The fleet started in a 15kts SE breeze, gusting to 20kts, as they passed Passage Rock at the bottom end of Waiheke the wind swung South, staying at the same strength, but easing later in the afternoon. ...[more]


America's Cup: Former Artemis crew member says danger is being ignored By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:18 AM Sat 9 Aug 2014
Former Artemis Racing and Team New Zealand tactician, Terry Hutchinson, speaks frankly with Alexa Lyons of Maxim magazine on the 2007 and 2013 America's Cups, and his views of the way the Cup is headed, particularly with the new wingsailed foiling catamarans. ...[more]


Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:09 PM Fri 25 Jul 2014
The Departure Planning tool from PredictWind can save huge amounts of time planning and give you more hours sailing. It does this by looking at four different departure dates that are separated by 24 hours, and assessing the weather to pick the best day to leave for a particular journey ...[more]


PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it! By Sail-World.com, , 1:47 PM Thu 17 Jul 2014
With PredictWind’s Weather Routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. We give you a three step navigation explanation with diagrams - and you are ready to go to plot your favorite cruising route, avoiding rough seas and high winds, or try being a Volvo Ocean Race navigator ...[more]


Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts By Sail-World, , 9:52 PM Tue 24 Jun 2014
As part of the PredictWind forecast site and app redesign Predictwind have increased the features to which the free accounts have access. All Free accounts have been extended to a full seven day forecast. Now the seven day forecast is the standard across all PredictWind packages. ...[more]


ANZ Fiji Race: Course record looks safe By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 12:23 AM Sat 7 Jun 2014
The race record held by the supermaxi Konica Minolta of 3 days 10 hours looks to be safe in the 2014 edition of the ANZ sponsored Auckland to Denarau, Fiji race that starts on Saturday. Two areas of high pressure off the east coast of New Zealand will be a major influence on the race, according to the routing done for several type of boats, using www.predictwind.com ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:04 AM Tue 27 May 2014
Over the past three weeks, two NZ designers and engineers, Neil Wilkinson (Oracle Team USA) and Andy Kensington (Emirates Team NZ) have been on a lecture tour as part of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ's centenary, sponsored by Beca. Here are some additional images not included in the video in the original Sail-World story ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets By Richard Gladwell, , 7:56 PM Fri 23 May 2014
For the past few weeks two designers from Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand have been giving an almost two hour presentation in various venues around New Zealand, on engineering and design aspects of the 34th America's Cup. Here we present a summary of the presentation, along with the full video, showing a lot of never before seen material ...[more]


America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act' By Bob Fisher, Bournemouth Coroners Court , 5:22 AM Thu 22 May 2014
The cause of death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson was summarily dismissed by the Deputy Coroner for the County of Dorset, Mr. Richard Middleton, today in a brief hearing of sixteen minutes. The Coroner, in a prepared statement, from which he read, announced: 'This is a final hearing', leaving the five family members and ten journalists, no doubt that the matter was closed. ...[more]


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