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An affordable route into foiling Moth sailing
by Mark Jardine
Model yachting supremo's Bladerider conversion On the surface you'd think Brad Gibson's as the least likely route into foiling Moth sailing, but he's has embraced it fully, and shown that entry into the class with a decent boat and modern control systems is far more accessible than you may think.
Posted on 14 Jul
Dremel: The Moth sailor's best friend
by Mark Jardine
One of the familiar sounds in the dinghy park One of the familiar sounds in the dinghy park at any International Moth event is the whirr of the battery-powered Dremel and then the grind of carbon.
Posted on 12 Jul
Ian Proctor centenary celebrated today
by David Henshall
A large part of the great golden generation of British small boat racing As the scorching sun continues to drive a bumper summer of sailing events, it is fitting that today, the 12th July, that we celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of the great architects of our sport.
Posted on 12 Jul
Super teams will make Am Cup Defence a big ask
by Richard Gladwell,
Richard Gladwell looks at the effect three Super Teams will have on NZ's America's Cup Defence A point missed by many critical of America's Cup-lite is that three well funded, well organised Challengers, or Super Teams are a much more formidable Defence proposition for Emirates Team New Zealand
Posted on 12 Jul
Am Cup: Three Super Teams - and more?
by Richard Gladwell,
There have always been two ways of looking at entry numbers in the America's Cup. Entries closed last Saturday for the 36th America's Cup, with Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announcing that just three teams had entered - the same three that had earlier and separately announced their Challenges.
Posted on 6 Jul
VOR: Should there have been a split route?
by Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race ended in a way as no other Volvo OR or Whitbread WTWR has done before Why finish the VOR in an area that was badly affected by Exclusion Zones and Traffic Separation Schemes? A look at Olympic Qualification - the first Qualifier starts this month. And where is the missing Am Cup video?
Posted on 3 Jul
Home Build International Moth Blog 6
by James Sainsbury
The invisible mainsheet system It has been a while... but now I have a rig that works with no visible kicker or mainsheet system. Yes, there are a few little tweaks to do to get a perfect closed foot onto the deck, but the system works and is as smooth as silk.
Posted on 24 Jun
The Triple Crown - what does it mean?
by Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race has become a whipping boy for those who claim it has lost its raison d'etre The 45,000nm round the world race has become a whipping boy for those who claim that it has lost its raison d'etre.
Posted on 19 Jun
Gladwell's Line - The Week in Review
by Richard Gladwell,
RNZYS accepts 4th Challenge..New superyacht facility gets green light..Shoebridge on Cup status Royal NZ Yacht Squadron accepts 4th Challenge..New superyacht facility gets green light..Shoebridge updates on the state of the Cup..Volvo OR under new management
Posted on 7 Jun
The most competitive 52 Super Series season yet?
by Mark Jardine,
We speak to Paul 'Flipper' Westlake of North Sails It's all go on the 52 Super Series with new boats, new teams and new technology. We spoke to Paul 'Flipper' Westlake of North Sails as the 2018 season gets underway to get his take on the development, the fleet and who his favourites are.
Posted on 25 May
Editorial: May 15 - Olympic schmozzle..AC Update
by Richard Gladwell,
Editorial -'s New Zealand e-magazine for May 15, 2018 We have been breaking significant stories on the Olympic Events and classes for Paris 2024 for the past few weeks. These stories have been consistently topping Sail-World's story rankings NZ and worldwide is an indication of the level of reader interes
Posted on 15 May
Please save our sport petition gaining momentum
by Ben Nicholls
Grassroots sailor urges World Sailing Executive to think again There has been a lot of noise around the selection of Classes for Paris 2024, but perhaps only those really dialled into the activities of World Sailing seemed to be following the process in any detail.
Posted on 4 May
Gladwell's Line: Brits march to a different drum
by Richard Gladwell,
Late last week Ben Ainslie announced that there had been a switch-out of their sponsors Last Friday, at the Prospect of Whitby, a Thameside pub dating back to 1520, Ben Ainslie announced that there had been a major change in the financial backing of the British America's Cup team. Richard Gladwell writes
Posted on 1 May
Nikki Henderson on skippering a Clipper Race boat
by David Schmidt
Sailing with style: A conversation the skipper of Visit Seattle Clipper I interviewed Nikki Henderson, skipper of Visit Seattle in the 2017/2018 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, to learn more about commanding a vessel in this demanding event.
Posted on 25 Apr
49er Champions on a mission
by Mark Jardine
We speak to Dylan Fletcher & Stu Bithell 2017 was a huge year for Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell. Winning the 49er Worlds was a milestone in their career. We spoke to them both to hear their plans, aspirations, how they came together as a team, and their relationship with Marlow Ropes.
Posted on 11 Apr
Home Build International Moth Blog 5
by James Sainsbury
It's all about the aesthetics! Or is it the statement? There are many moth sailors that take things just that little bit too seriously, but I'm always here to help balance things out.
Posted on 8 Apr
Gladwell's Line: Volvo OR rethink
by Richard Gladwell,
The attrition rate continues in the Volvo Ocean Race The attrition rate continues in the Volvo Ocean Race, with several boats experiencing issues over the past few days.
Posted on 4 Apr
Gladwell's Line: Married at First Sight
by Richard Gladwell,
TV reality show "Married at First Sight" could launch a Kiwi edition based on the Auld Mug antics Looking back at the last newsletter of November 27, it seems there has been little real progress in the past four months on the America's Cup bases.
Posted on 26 Mar
The Future of Sailing by Jonas Høgh-Christensen
by Jonas Høgh-Christensen
London 2012 Finn class silver medallist speaks out Tuesday marked the final day for classes, MNAs, regional groups and World Sailing's 'events committee working party' to hand in their suggestion for future events in Olympic sailing.
Posted on 22 Mar
Interview with Nacra 17 World Champion Ben Saxton
by Mark Jardine
On the Harken stand at the RYA Dinghy Show Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and, spoke to Nacra 17 World Champion Ben Saxton on the Harken stand at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018.
Posted on 8 Mar
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