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Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - a meteoric rise in the Olympic 49er *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:48 AM Wed 21 Dec 2011 GMT
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were today announced as part of the NZ Sailing Team for 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. They will sailing the Mens Skiff event, sailed in the 49er class. They teamed up after the 2008 Olympic regatta in Qingdao to learn the ropes in the 16ft twin trapeze, Olympic skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite, which debuted in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. ...

Perth 2011- Grandstand Sailing - the day that sailing changed *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 1:23 AM Mon 19 Dec 2011 GMT
The last four medal races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were conducted on the Bathers Beach course, in Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia and it was standing room only in the Grandstand. The crowd was right amongst the action. ...

NZL Sailing Team has four medal chances on final day of ISAF Worlds *Feature By Sail-World, 11:29 AM Sat 17 Dec 2011 GMT
The NZL Sailing Team will contest the medal races of four events on the final day of the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth. All told NZ sailors have made the medal races in six of the nine events contested, which is a very encouraging result going into the 2012 Olympics. The team has qualified for the Olympics in all nine events contested. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- In search of the pot of gold *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, 12:07 PM Fri 16 Dec 2011 GMT
They’re the most easterly boat in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – but Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson says his crew haven’t yet found the ‘pot of gold’ waiting for them on the other side of a weather front. A band of low pressure currently blocks the path east for all six teams, slowing their progress and keeping them at bay from the northerly winds ...

Television coverage of Olympic Sailing - a way forward *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 1:35 PM Thu 15 Dec 2011 GMT
There is no place for having power boats pulling wake in the middle of an Olympic sailing course, any more than there is for having cameraman on the field in a game of football, or driving in cars ahead of the athletes in the Olympic stadium. ...

New Zealand qualifies for 2012 Olympic place in Womens Match Racing *Feature By Sail-World, 9:01 AM Tue 13 Dec 2011 GMT
The New Zealand crew of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt have qualified New Zealand for the 2012 Olympics in the Womens Match Racing event, being sailed at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Fremantle. The young crew finished as sixth qualifier out of the eight to be chosen at the ISAF Worlds. ...

Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie’s Rule 69 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:18 AM Mon 12 Dec 2011 GMT
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play... ...

And they're off- Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup *Feature By King's Cup Event Media, Phuket , 1:10 PM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta. ...

Phuket King’s Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing *Feature By Phuket King's Cup media, 9:59 AM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer. ...

Kiteboarders making history at Phuket King’s Cup *Feature By Phuket King's Cup Media, 5:13 AM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics. This year the 25th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the largest sailing event in Asia, is including a kiteboarding division, which will be run with the cooperation of Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA). ...

Images of Torbay- Sir Peter Blake Regatta - 3 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:20 PM Sat 3 Dec 2011 GMT
This is the third of three galleries of images from first day of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta held at Torbay, on Auckland's North Shore. Over four hundred boats are competing in the events which is claimed to be the biggest two day regatta in the Southern Hemisphere ...

Images of Torbay- Sir Peter Blake Regatta - 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:18 PM Sat 3 Dec 2011 GMT
This is the second of three galleries of images from first day of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta held at Torbay, on Auckland's North Shore. Over four hundred boats are competing in the events which is claimed to be the biggest two day regatta in the Southern Hemisphere ...

Images of Torbay- Sir Peter Blake Regatta - 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:59 AM Sat 3 Dec 2011 GMT
This is the first of three galleries of images from first day of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta held at Torbay, on Auckland's North Shore. Over four hundred boats are competing in the events which is claimed to be the biggest two day regatta in the Southern Hemisphere ...

A Closer Look At The Sydney Yachts GTS43 *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 1:53 PM Wed 30 Nov 2011 GMT
'How do you beat that?' might be a fair question when contemplating the next generation successors to the hugely popular range of Sydney Yachts, best epitomised in the Sydney 38 (some 50 yachts race in Australia), the Sydney 32, and more recently to the CR range of custom and production cruiser racers. ...

Triple World Champion Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup 2011 *Feature By, 10:58 AM Sun 27 Nov 2011 GMT
British sailor Ian Williams, now a triple ISAF Match Racing World Champion, won the Monsoon Cup in 2007 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, the year he won the World Match Racing Tour for the first time. ...

Marine Photographers urged to use IPTC metadata to protect Copyright *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, Tetra-Media, 9:43 PM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
Sailing and boating clubs and events need to address the need for copyright protection of images taken by event photographers. This is not a new problem, but as the media world consumes more and more images, the problem of unattributed or incorrectly attributed images being supplied by clubs and events to media is growing. ...

WMRT Monsoon Cup - Ian Williams new ISAF Match Racing World Champion *Feature By, 10:49 AM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
The quarter-finals of this year's Monsoon Cup became the 2011 World Match Racing Tour Championship showdown when Tour leader and twice World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar (106 points) and second placed Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team (100 points), faced each other in a first to three wins playoff. ...

WMRT Monsoon Cup 2011 - Mirsky makes a shock exit on day 3 *Feature By, 10:59 AM Fri 25 Nov 2011 GMT
Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup 2011 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia was always going to be an interesting one with four highly regarded teams fighting to ensure they were in the top eight. As the day drew to a close along came the most important match of today. It was Mirsky versus Bruni and with both skippers on just five wins, the loser would miss the cut. ...

World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup 2011 *Feature By, 11:42 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Today presented crews with the toughest ever match racing conditions in the Monsoon Cup's history. The crews in the first flight were about to be released from the Pulau Duyong marina when a heavy line squall came through with driving rain from the north. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Puma effects fuel transfer at sea + Video and Images *Feature By Amory Ross, 8:54 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Puma Ocean Racing have completed a mid-sea fuel transfer that will allow them to reach land, the first phase of their logistical battle to stay in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'These are our new best friends,' Puma skipper Ken Read of the 257-metre cargo ship ZIM Monaco. This is the first stage in a complex logistical plan to get Puma back on the start line for Leg 2 on 11 December ...

Monsoon Cup 2011 – The Stage is Set *Feature By, 10:15 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011 GMT
The Monsoon Cup 2011 is the final and deciding round of the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Heavy monsoon weather bringing flooding rains to the eastern Malaysian coast. The rain stopped for the spectacular Opening Ceremony yesterday afternoon and there was no shortage of breeze for the Pro-Am conducted in the late afternoon. ...

Volvo Ocean Race- Self reliance a necessary option for Puma Racing *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:56 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011 GMT
The stricken Puma Racing, which dismasted around 2100nm from Cape Town, will emulate to some extent the same moves and route that the New Zealand crew did aboard Ceramco in the 1981-82 Whitbread Race. In a later report a complex plan has been put in place to send a ship the 1800nm from South Africa and extract Puma from the ocean and return with her to Cape Town. ...

America's Cup World Series San Diego Photo gallery by Chuck Lantz *Feature By Chuck Lantz, San Diego , 3:24 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011 GMT
America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego - Light winds, some fog and overcast condtions for fleet and match-race eliminations on Thursday and Friday in San Diego. A photo gallery by Chuck Lantz. ...

Fisher's View- 'Isn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King?' *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 3:05 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011 GMT
With owner Larry Ellison in the sixth-man seat aboard Oracle Racing 4, Jimmy Spithill and his crew turned on a strident performance to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in two straight races to go into the final of the ACWS Match Racing Championship. It wasn’t totally one-way traffic, but Spithill’s match racing ability provided him with an edge that Dean Barker did not seem able to match. ...

Perth 2011 Lasers – all Bent out of Shape *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:40 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011 GMT
Its just two weeks to Perth 2011, the largest fleet (in combination), the Laser Radial and Laser Standard will be sailing their 2011 World Championships and there is significant equipment issue looming. ...

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