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Chandler saga over, another begins...Aussie ocean rescue...Seven Seas U - seamanship education online...Laura Dekker to the Cape Verde...win an Opti for the kids...and much more... | 18/11/2010
Now four cruising sailors in Somali pirates' hands...DIY boat sharing...Seawind's rise and rise...Family of four drift for 6 days in Pacific...blame the rain on El Nina...and much more | 11/11/2010
Should Jessica Watson's Pink Lady end up in a West Australian Maritime Museum?...three British sailors thought to be kidnapped...win $5000 with an innovative lifejacket...beta test graphic weather on your smartphone...and much more... | 04/11/2010
What rights do Customs have to board your boat?...can you recognise drowning? It's not what you think...Paul and Rachel Chandler one year as captives...41 Clubs combine for 'Try Sailing Day'...Channel 16 block can endanger life...and much more... | 28/10/2010
Yachties in drug haul...trimaran circles the Arctic in one season...new Hanse yacht...Australian Yachting Awards...do you check your stopper knots?... and much more... | 21/10/2010
Jesse Martin off to sail again...skipper lost in freak accident...Singapore sings up a rally event...Wooden Boat Festivals are on...Russian adventure sailor's boat in pirate attack...and much more... | 14/10/2010
What makes a solo sailor?...J111 reviewed...Sailing season beginnings...cruising tales - Greenland, Norway and Sicily...Somali pirate incident...satphone evaluation...and much more... | 07/10/2010
Kiwi sails the Northwest Passage solo in 12 days...Classic Wooden Boat Show coming up...suddenly alone- would you know what to do? Webinar/seminar...flotilla sailing in Croatia...and much more... | 30/09/2010
Cyber attacks on sailing sites...specialist First Aid for sailors at the CYC...the amazing 'unbeaching of Donna Lange's yacht...anchor etiquette...see the latest in catamarans...and much more... | 23/09/2010
Why the narrow band of winners in Australian Yachting Awards?...unmanned yacht crossing the Atlantic...cruising sailors invited for piracy input...Dehler nominated - profiled... and much more... | 16/09/2010
Two rescued yachties on a slow boat to China...new law to demand payment for rescues...the Beaufort Scale - what does it mean to you?...ice choked North West Passage...and much more... | 06/08/2009
All the news about what to do and see at Sydney International Boat Show...European Yachts of the Year finalists announced...Jesse Martin's film release...final iPhone as a sailing gadget article...browse the stories... | 30/07/2009
Yachts burn on Pittwater...iPhone as a sailing gadget Part 3...Sydney Boat Show featured...Around Australia Rally with 70 registrations so far... | 23/07/2009
Around Australia Rally 2011...Zac Sunderland, youngest solo round world sailor - and the rest...iPhone and more sailing uses...win a free marina berth...what would you do if caught anchored with a tsunami warning...and much more... | 16/07/2009
Around Australia Rally announced...world best small sailing gadget, the iPhone...Line 7 Sale...Pete Goss arrives Sydney...New single rescue organisation for NSW...and much more... | 09/07/2009
Skipper relives fatal yacht voyage...calling all photographers...new boats - Bavaria profiled and new Jeanneau at Sydney Boat Show...one-armed sailor discovered safe...teen circumnavigator update...and much more | 02/07/2009
Mooloolaba Yacht Club evicted...135 yachts gather in Darwin...Whitsunday Seawind Regatta...mystery yacht found floating...folding bikes - don't go cruising without one... and much more... | 25/06/2009
Dent to Dunk Rally...another mast climbing death - how are YOUR procedures...Whale collision ends dream...setting a second anchor...sailing with Balvenie in Turkey...and much more... | 18/06/2009
missing sailors found: 'We didn't know...' product recall... neat trick to balance your mast...new yacht club for Hamilton...mystery deaths of cruising sailors...Letter from the Indies with the Treleavens...and much more... | 11/06/2009
Watch that sailor - but don't copy... young Keppel Bay sailors rescue dolphin...four months jail for firearms on yacht...Australia to fight Somali pirates...news of the Darwin to Indonsia rally...and much more | 04/06/2009
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News - New Zealand & the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Call to Alvimedica - Two days out from Cape Horn *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Team Alvimedica watch captain, Ryan Houston says the Southern Ocean Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has had racing as close as you would expect in a Coastal Race. All the top group are within sight of each other, and there have been some close passing maneuvers with the boats sailing at 25-30kts. The fleet is expected to be hit with a series of fronts with winds gusting to 45-50kts. ... [more]  

If racing sailors could choose . . . it would be for consistent wind of 20-22 knots, sunshine and courses that are not of the repeated windward/leeward variety and occasional natural hazards. Those attending the St. Thomas International Regatta had exactly that today. The natural hazards struck hard with some – beach catamarans upside down are difficult to right ... [more]  

Over 1,200 sailors from 65 countries are in Palma de Mallorca to compete in the 46th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar. This international regatta has become a regular feature for worldwide sailors who will race in the 10 Olympic events, the Formula Kite, the Dragon and the 2.4 Paralympic class, from the 28th of March until the fourth of April in the beautiful bay of Palma. ... [more]  

The AUD slipped back to 0.7825, while the KIWI dropped below 0.7600, still well supported by interest rate differentials and a weak Dollar. Economic data interpretations and the impact this will have on Central Bank perceived actions will continue to drive equities, bonds and currencies! ... [more]  

Latest update from the Team Vestas Wind rebuild in Bergamo, Italy In this behind-the-scenes episode, Neil Cox and Tom Kiff update us on progress from Persico Marine in Italy. The hull is ready and the deck has been reconstructed ... [more]  

It is still incredible to see that after that over 3500nm sailed, the distance between the second placed boat, Mapfre, and the fifth placed team, Abu Dhabi is only 1.9nm. After Dongfeng caught the best shift in town to take the lead yesterday, the chasing fleet are reporting their frustrations at being passed so easily. ... [more]  

The America's Cup boiled over with a split between two of the senior teams in the 35th America's Cup, and the commercial and marketing arm of the Cup Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. The series of plays was triggered by a statement from the Luna Rossa Challenge that they would consider withdrawing from the 35th America's Cup if there was a change to the class announced nine months previously ... [more]  

Another sleepless night for most of the fleet. As the girls on Team SCA had no choice but to take a less-is-more approach to navigate the ice limit, the rest of the fleet has been caught up in a gybing battle the whole way between the ice limits #7 and #8. ... [more]  

The Challenger of Record, long time America's Cup competitor, Luna Rossa have threatened to withdraw from the America's Cup if the mooted Protocol change to a smaller boat is implemented. Emirates Team NZ, via social media, have supported the Italian stand against the boat change. ... [more]  

The KIWI traded around 0.7580, while the AUD drifted back to 0.7830, with support from interest rate differentials and a Dollar retracement. Central Banks will continue to dominate with economic data release influencing speculation on action. Growth is not likely to surprise on the upside and inflation will certify this direction. ... [more]  

The ice limit coordinates, as decided by Race Control, have been dictating the action in the last eight hours of Day 7, Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The first five boats are now short-gybing up a virtual coastline to within just 300 metres of the virtual boundary which they are not permitted to cross without penalty. ... [more]  

Video from all the boats from Day 6 and 7 of Leg 5 in the Volvo Ocean Race as the boats skirt the ice zone. Features fast sailing footage from all the boats, plus the on-board video of Team SCA's Chinese Gybe on Monday night. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Boat shrink mooted to reduce campaign costs by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
America's Cup organisers have issued a media release following a competitors conference believed to have been held last Monday. The thrust of the release is to focus on the recurring theme of reducing costs by using a smaller boat for the event. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race’s fleet passed over Point Nemo* on Wednesday – the furthest from land you can get when at sea– on the day that a new ice limit was introduced by organisers to keep the boats clear of a large iceberg that was drifting towards the path of the fleet. ... [more]  

The vastly experienced duo, Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Jean Le Cam (FRA) have won the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 and set the reference time for the two crew round the world race: 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 23,321.76 miles of the theoretical course. ... [more]  

It was just at sunset, in the end, when Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam broke the finish line off Barcelona's iconic W-Hotel to complete their victory in the Barcelona World Race. They punched the air with delight as the gun sounded after 84 days and 5 hours of racing, a joyous release of elation and relief. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Despite the fleet being separated by 80nm it all comes down to the new front forming in the next 12 hours which will power the boats on to Cape Horn. Mapfre, as the southernmost boat, has the most wind as they head directly to the ice limit. ... [more]  

Top Volvo Ocean Race correspondent, navigator and sailing analyst, Mark Chisnell writes a regular report for B&G on the current race and trends he sees developing. ... [more]  

The Fed will not raise rates, with little growth and low inflation, with the inability to service the massive debt accumulated through endless deficits. The weak Dollar was reflected in the commodity currencies, with the AUD trading 0.7850, while the KIWI remained bid around 0.7630. ... [more]  

The rebuild of the VO65 Team Vestas Wind is progressing well at the Persico Marine facility to Bergamo, Italy. So far the the VO65 is on track to rejoin the race fleet during the Lisbon Stopover, taking the fleet back up to seven boats. ... [more]  

The Bakewell-White supermaxi 'RIO100' has taken Line Honours in the 800nm 2015 Newport Beach (Calif. USA) to Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) International Yacht Race. Manouch Mosheyadi and his team won on debut in their home waters. ... [more]  

After a wild day in the Southern Ocean, the On Board Reporters filed these stories and images of Chinese Gybes, broken gear, staying safe, and plenty of fast sailing in 30-35kts winds. 'In 24 hours we got it all. The most spectacular sailing you can imagine and a total wipe out with shredded sails, broken bits and pieces and a boat in a complete mess as a consequence.' ... [more]  

On board video of Mapfre doing a Chinese Gybe in the Southern Ocean. According to crew member Rob Greenhalgh the Spanish entry nose-dived off a wave and went into a crash - Chinese gybe. Also features video from below decks and video from Team Brunel sailing at 26kts in the Southern Ocean ... [more]  

The Dollar is also collateral damage, with the EUR rising to 1.0940, while the GBP trade 1.4940. Commodity currencies also booked big gains with the AUD rising to 0.7870, while the KIWI surged to 0.7650! The NZD Dollar is extremely attractive, as economic conditions are marginally less benign, while interest rate differentials provide massive incentive ... [more]  

Alinghi joins the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour by Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
After winning both the Vulcain Trophy (Lake Geneva) on its Decision 35 and the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series (global), Alinghi is proud to announce that it will compete in the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. The team will also again race on Lake Geneva on the D35 circuit. ... [more]  

Four of the six Volvo Ocean Race boats suffered big hits as the Southern Ocean gave the fleet its roughest ride of the race in 12 dramatic hours. Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR), Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) and Mapfre (Iker Martínez/ESP) did Chinese gybes* Includes Video of the Mapfre Chinese Gybe, and Brunel sailing at speed ... [more]  

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has taken some time out from the thrilling Leg 5 racing through the Southern Ocean to assist with an important environmental project. As planned, all six boats dropped buoys laden with scientific equipment – or ‘drifters' – to help collect oceanic data from one of the most remote areas of the world. ... [more]  

New recruit to Team Alvimedica, Stu Bannatyne reports on his eighth foray into the Southern Ocean, on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is good to be back! The leg so far has not disappointed in terms of delivering some exhilarating downwind sailing. After a quick chat with navigator Will it sounds like there is plenty more to come yet, too. ... [more]  

An amazing amalgamation of my 41st show's content from on the ground in Auckland for the Auckland Volvo Ocean Race stopover, and my adventures back in Sydney this week. Only just to call it show 41 & 42 with 90 minutes of sailing action! From ocean racing, to Olympics to the AC this show has it all; Burling, Walker, Spithill, Page and Chappo to name a few... ... [more]  

>Photographer Carlo Borlenghi provided these images of the AC72 “Luna Rossa” catamaran, from the 34th America's Cup, now on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo Da Vinci” of Milan. ... [more]  

Many of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet commented on the picturesque departure from Auckland as the fleet left the outer Hauraki Gulf and its islands and landmarks. In this video shot from onboard Team Brunel, we see the fleet leave Auckland and then get an inside view of the battering taken as the fleet caught Cyclone Pam. ... [more]  

Not only is the Dinghy Academy serving as a fantastic training base to a number of established sailors, it is also acting as a staging post for young sailors taking their first steps in the Finn, somewhere they can learn the ropes, get the best advice, and plan a campaign of substance and direction. ... [more]  

Nelson Yacht Club hosted the 2015 New Zealand South Island O’pen Cup (unofficial). NYC held the O’pen BIC class event alongside the Laser 4.7’s, and with a steady 7-11kts blowing through conditions were just right for this small but competitive bunch of youngsters. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – Sunshine and wind as fleet heads for Horn
Doyle Sails chosen as sailmaker for new superyacht in build at YDL
Volvo Ocean Race - Another good day for Team Brunel
2015 Jollyboat Nationals: Neeleys win title at Manly
Barcelona World Race - Leaders back in the Med -The final 500 miles
Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 20 - Oil price lifts
Big turnout protesting against secret Harbour steal by port company
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel ups the pace
2015 18ft Skiff Australians: Gotta Love it 7 wins on Waterloo Bay
Jack Tar Regatta: Mayhem plays catch up on Day 2
What motivates a Clipper Round the World Race sailor?
Barcelona World Race - Enjoying the moment
Volvo Ocean Race: Icebergs force course change to keep fleet clear
Volvo Ocean Race - If you want to get a-head get a hat!!
Volvo Ocean Race - “It’s one hell of a baptism”
Jack Tar Regatta: V5 takes Day 1 honours in Division A
Big seas for Day 1 of the 2015 Jollyboat National Championship
2015 18ft Skiff Australian Championship – Day 2
Etchells: Post Christmas Series - Flight 8 - Feng Shui takes the day
2015 18ft Skiffs Australian Championships - Day 1
Barcelona World Race - Sunday afternoon in the Med?   
Barcelona World Race - The entire fleet in the Atlantic   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind gets back into action - 1 + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet sets up for the high-pressure system   
Barcelona World Race - Spare a thought for.....   
New Bakewell-White YD37 has first sail in Auckland   
America's Cup and Olympic champions make stand against Harbour Steal   
Volvo Ocean Race: The fleet cross the dateline in 30kt winds + Video   
Dinghy Academy Finn sailors enjoy great conditions for Valencia Open   
America's Cup: Oracle Racing's boat released from judicial custody   
Vanuatu relief efforts – How you can help   
Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 19 - Oil drops below $43 barrel   
The IDEC Sport trimaran sold to the Chinese sailor Guo Chuan   
Airlie Beach Race Week 2015’s onshore program is to receive a makeover   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel and Team Alvimedica are pushing harder   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet finds Cyclone Pam's leftovers on Day 2   
H2O Sports Academy hosts a training camp for Oceanic Laser Teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre early leader as fleet clears New Zealand   
Mighty River 12 Foot Skiff Nationals: Big fleet beat Pam at Taupo   
2015 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - in Brisbane   


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