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New Bakewell-White YD37 has first sail in Auckland By NZL, , 8:50 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Auckland owners, Andrew and Atka Reid have launched the new YD37, built by Yachting Developments and designed by Bakewell-White Yacht Design. Named Anarchy, she had her first sail on Auckland harbour, yesterday. Construction is carbon foam composite by Yachting Developments who are marketing the boat as a semi production one design. Sails by Doyles and deck gear from Harken. ...

America's Cup and Olympic champions make stand against Harbour Steal By Richard Gladwell, NZL, auckland , 8:44 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Prominent business leaders, sailors, architects, musicians and art figures have signed an open letter demanding that Ports of Auckland 'stop stealing our harbour' for two massive wharf extensions. Lady Pippa Blake, Chris Dickson and Sir Stephen Tindall are among those to sign the letter ahead of a protest at Queens Wharf on Sunday. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: The fleet cross the dateline in 30kt winds + Video By NZL + Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:30 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race’s six-strong fleet have all crossed the international dateline and are now in the western hemisphere in their 40,000nm lap of the planet. The conditions after passing New Zealand’s East Cape, were hardly conducive to comfortable sailing – 30 knots of wind (56 kilometres per hour) and a much heightened sea state. ...

Dinghy Academy Finn sailors enjoy great conditions for Valencia Open By International Finn Association, , 3:41 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
The Dinghy Academy in Valencia was established in 2013 by 2000 Olympic Finn silver medalist Luca Devoti as a way to develop the skills of aspiring Olympians in a group training environment. It receives a range of funding including support from the International Finn Association through its development programme, FIDeS, which aims to support specific sailors from developing nations. ...

America's Cup: Oracle Racing's boat released from judicial custody By, , 2:51 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
In the latest chapter of a dramatic legal battle over the America's Cup AC45 '4 Oracle Team USA', a federal judge has ordered the arrested AC45 released from judicial custody after hearing arguments from both sides yesterday. ...

Vanuatu relief efforts – How you can help By Sue Richards, , 1:07 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Tropical Cyclone Pam roared through the East Solomons and Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone during March 13th/14th. Winds are estimated to have reached 250kmph with gusts peaking at around 320kmph, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the Islands. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 19 - Oil drops below $43 barrel By Collinson FX, , 11:44 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Mar 19 - Oil dropped below $43/barrel reflecting contracting global demand for commodities. The associated currencies reacted accordingly, with the AUD breaking above 0.7700, while the KIWI moved above 0.7430. Monetary Policy and Central banks will continue to drive markets with little prospect of rate rises in developed markets. ...

The IDEC Sport trimaran sold to the Chinese sailor Guo Chuan By Mer et Media, , 10:52 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
A new chapter opens for Francis Joyon with the sale of his legendary trimaran, aboard which he smashed the major solo records, including the round the world record, for which he set a new time of 57 days ...

Airlie Beach Race Week 2015’s onshore program is to receive a makeover By Di Pearson, , 9:19 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Airlie Beach Race Week 2015’s onshore program is to receive a makeover, while the racing program will remain as sound as ever, according to Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore, Bernie van’t Hof ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel and Team Alvimedica are pushing harder By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:02 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
On Day 2 of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, there have been nasty conditions in the last 12 hours: 30 knots of breeze in five–six metre waves (16.4–19.7 feet). That has led to a fast ride for the fleet with average speeds between 18 and 21 knots of average speeda fast ride for the fleet with average speeds between 18 and 21 knots of average speed. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet finds Cyclone Pam's leftovers on Day 2 By Richard Gladwell/ NZL, , 4:15 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are striking out into the South Pacific Ocean and have encountered big seas left over from Cyclone Pam. At latest report there were no reports of damage, as the one design Volvo 65 gets a thorough work-out. ...

H2O Sports Academy hosts a training camp for Oceanic Laser Teams By H2O Sports Academy Australia, Lake Macquarie, NSW , 2:16 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
International Sailing Training Centre, the H2O Sports Academy Australia hosted a two week training camp for two Oceanic Laser Teams this month. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre early leader as fleet clears New Zealand By Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:38 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Iker Martínez (ESP) returned to the helm of Mapfre to take the first day lead as the closely packed fleet headed out of New Zealand on Wednesday, having been delayed three days by Cyclone Pam. It is still very early days for the 6,776-nautical mile (nm) Leg 5, the toughest of the race, which is not expected to be concluded until around April 7 in Itajaí, south-east Brazil. Plus the latest from ...

Mighty River 12 Foot Skiff Nationals: Big fleet beat Pam at Taupo By Tim Bartlett, , 4:45 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
The 2015 12' skiff Nationals were held during the Mighty River Power Regatta on Lake Taupo. Fourteen skiffs faced the starter in light big rig conditions on Saturday and the Race Officer wisely ran five races in case Cyclone Pam turned up to play on Sunday. ...

2015 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - in Brisbane By Miles Ruge, Brisbane , 3:59 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
The stage is set for a thrilling weekend of competition sailing on Waterloo Bay, Manly, when the Australian 18 Footers League return to Brisbane for the first time in 20 years to contest the Australian Championships. ...

High Performance Yacht Design: A big knowledge and networking success By NZ Keith Taylor, , 12:12 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Attendees from around the world at the fifth High Performance Yacht Design (HPYD5) conference last week enjoyed a busy schedule of technical papers, networking with fellow specialists, visiting world-leading hi-tech companies and making the most of a unique opportunity to observe close up the local stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...

52 Super Series 2015 - Azzurra takes first sail in waters off Valencia By Azzurra Sailing Team, , 10:43 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
In preparation for the 52 Super Series 2015, the new Azzurra has taken her first sail in the waters off Valencia ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Mar 18 - What's the Fed's fancy? By Collinson FX, , 9:06 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Mar 18 - Equity markets drifted lower overnight due to positive economic data triggering speculation that the Fed may move towards interest rate rises. The AUD continued to look inhibited, trading just above 0.7600, while the NZD was testing 0.7300 on the downside. All eyes remain on the Fed's rate decision tonight! ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Intense first hours out of Auckland By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:15 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race - 11 hours after leaving the City of Sails, the fleet is grouped within ten nautical miles. The first four boats, Team Alvimedica, Dongfeng Race Team, Team Brunel and MAPFRE are in less than 2nm from each other. ...

Day Skipper now available Online By Joanne Glassford, Auckland , 6:13 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Coastguard Boating Education’s most popular introductory course that focuses on essential boating safety knowledge relevant to all boaties has been developed into an online version. Day Skipper has a strong reputation amongst boaties and water safety advocates. ...

Superband and super sailing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 By Rob Mundle, , 2:54 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
As the entry list for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 continues to grow at an inspiring rate, the organisers have already excelled when it comes to the party scene, and the launch of the regatta. ...

Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 5 start – A wild race across the Southern Ocean By Team Brunel - Robbert-Jan Metselaar, , 2:49 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race – After a three day delay due to the tropical cyclone Pam, Auckland saw the start of the fifth leg at 20.00 UTC Tuesday evening. At that point the race village had already been taken down because of the high wind. ...

Lack of southern ocean experience adds to pressure on Caudrelier By Dongfeng Race Team, , 2:30 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
'I’m heading into the Southern Ocean with two sailors onboard that have never sailed in more than 30 knots of wind, of course it’s added pressure.' – Charles Caudrelier feels the pressure as he leads his determined men in to the Southern Ocean, only three of which have passed the iconic Cape Horn before. ...

Barcelona World Race - To the finish. And beyond By Barcelona World Race, , 2:12 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Cheminées Poujoulat, Barcelona World Race leaders, are expected to make their tack towards the Mediterannean this evening, albeit still with about 1100 miles to sail to Gibraltar. Current routing has them into the Med on 22nd March. The final stage to Barcelona should take around two and a half to three days which, everything remaining equal, would see Swiss-French duo finishing aroun March 25th ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Start of Leg 5, Auckland By Richard Gladwell, NZL, , 1:50 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT NZL's editor, Richard Gladwell was on the water for the start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Auckland, starting at 0900hrs local time. Here are more images of the start. ...

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