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Storm drives Virgin Money on Atlantic quest By Alex Mills, 5:16 AM Fri 24 Oct 2008
Richard Branson and the Team Origin crew have been going for just over 24 hours and the first signs of fatigue are starting to show. In preparation for the rough conditions forecast, the crew onboard Virgin Money has tried to get as much rest as possible before the predicted winds of up to 50kts hit their decks ...[more]

Virgin Money chases Atlantic Record By Event Media, USA , 1:47 AM Thu 23 Oct 2008
The 99ft monohull maxi-yacht Virgin Money set sail Wednesday morning on its Cross-Atlantic Challenge. Richard Branson, his children and the Team Origin crew, which includes Mike Sanderson as co-skipper and triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie, aim to break the world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, currently set at 6 days 17 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ announce TP52 build and campaign By Richard Gladwell, 7:01 AM Wed 1 Oct 2008
Emirates Team New Zealand today announced their new TP52 at a media function in Auckland. The new yacht as announced previously will be built by Cookson Boats on Auckland's North Shore, and has been under construction for two weeks. The spars will be built by Southern Spars and the sails by North Sails New Zealand. ...[more]

Day 1 of Nations Cup Qualifier - AUS and NZL By RNZYS Media, 12:16 PM Fri 26 Sep 2008
After a morning practice session comprising a mixed round-robin at the request of the competitors, racing got underway at 1.30 this afternoon in absolutely sparkling conditions but with a shifty light south-westerly breeze that ranged from 8 – 13 knots. Racing was made challenging for sailors and the race management personnel alike. ...[more]

North Sails feature in Winter Series and Simrad By Zoe Hawkins, 7:59 PM Thu 25 Sep 2008
North Sails NZ congratulates its customers for topping the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron winter series. Jagged Edge – the modified SR26 owned by Josh Tucker – has won the double- line and PHRF, in the shorthaul division 2 of the B&G Simrad Two-Handed Series. Racing against the Ross 930s, E7.9s and E9s they took a comprehensive victory to defy the odds as one of the smallest boats in the division. J ...[more]

Norths Sails secure top five at Hamilton By Zoe Hawkins, 3:57 PM Wed 24 Sep 2008
Being amongst 14 grand prix boats charging off the startline was a great feeling for Norths’ NZ Marketing Director, Andrew Wills. 'It was pretty scary too as the masts lean over to windward huge amounts when the canters luff on the line,' he says. North Sails secured the top five spots at the end of racing ...[more]

Speedboat renamed ‘Virgin Money’ - aims for record By Zoe Hawkins, 8:12 PM Sun 21 Sep 2008
Speedboat has been renamed Virgin Money and is looking to set a new Transatlantic record, with Sir Richard Branson, Mike Sanderson, Alex Jackson and a crew of 20 onboard. The Cookson built supermaxi was rigged Southern Spars and has a full inventory of sails from North Sails’ Auckland loft. She has now been sign written and branded in Virgin Money’s distinctive red and white livery. ...[more]

North Sails at work on late Volvo Ocean Race entry By Zoe Hawkins, 1:41 PM Thu 18 Sep 2008
When Chieftain Racing made a last minute call to enter the Volvo Ocean Race starting on 11 October 2008 in Alicante, Spain, they called on the considerable Volvo Ocean Racing expertise of North Sails’ designer Gautier Sergent. Gautier was not only the designer behind Brasil 1’s sails in the last VOR, but he also had a hand in designing the new rule, so he knew what was required ...[more]

ASB Finn 2008: The eve of the Games By Dan Slater, 11:31 AM Sat 9 Aug 2008
Dan Slater reports on the ASB Finn 2008 campaign on the eve of the first race in the 2008 Olympic Regatta: Well tomorrow is really what the last four years has all been about and its exciting that it has finally come round. I have had a great build up and everything has been great. The boat feels good and looks good I feel good... ...[more]

Audio: Dan Slater previews first race of Olympics By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 8:49 PM Fri 8 Aug 2008
NZ Olympic Finn representative, Dan Slater previews the first race of the Olympic Regatta, covering the conditions over the past week, who he believes his main opposition will be in the Finn class and reveals some of the secret developments that have been achieved by North sails and Southern Spars. ...[more]

North Sails NZ - the year in review -1 By Zoe Hawkins - North Sails New Zealand, Auckland , 5:00 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Over the past 12 months there has been plenty of action emanating from North Sails loft in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. In the first of a two part series we feature some of the projects in which they have been involved - including Dan Slater's Finn campaign for Qingdao, Bay of Islands Sailing Week, Hugo Boss, Mediterranean Cup, RC44s, Kiwis at Opti Worlds and more. ...[more]

NZL Team reports Day 5 Optimist Worlds in Cesme By Peter Dawson, 1:15 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Peter Dawson reports on the fortunes of the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team competing on Day 5 at the 2008 Optimist Worlds in Cesme, Turkey: 'After two discussions between coaches and jury who did not see eye to eye over last nights decision by the jury to abandon the last 2 flights of the day, the sailors were back on the race course to resail Race 10b and10b. ...[more]

Optimist Worlds Report , Day 3 – NZ top qualifier By Peter Dawson, 6:50 AM Sun 20 Jul 2008
The boats were held ashore for light winds and the first race got underway at 1:50pm. Race 6 Flight 1 – Logan and Andrew: At the start of the race we had 5 knots with a slight sea. There was a right favoured track and Andrew and Logan both came in from the left. Logan was 19th at the top and Andrew was 49th. At the finish Logan was 18th and Andrew was 46th. ...[more]

NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team - Worlds- Day 2 By Peter Dawson, 8:58 AM Sat 19 Jul 2008
The breeze was 15 knots and steady with a short chop. There was a delayed start for an hour because the race committee decided it was a bit shifty (20-30 degrees) to send the sailors out. ...[more]

ASB Finn: 'Weed is still a massive problem' By Dan Slater, 6:13 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Dan Slater reports from the ASB Finn campaign building up to the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao. 'The weed is still a massive problem and the last two days it has got lots worse. This has made racing and testing really difficult and almost unfair. On one ½ mile beat today I had to clear the rudder and centerboard 6 times. Some patches are up to 25m long on the course area. ' ...[more]

NZL Optimist team - Day 1 Worlds Report from Cesme By Peter Dawson, 6:07 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Day 1 of the Worlds finally arrived after a few days acclimatization and training. Practice Race yesterday was the usual shambles so no further report on that. Racing got underway on time at midday. There are three flights for each race, 250 entries so about 84 boats on a start line ...[more]

BMW ORACLE's new sail design program underway By Jane Eagleson, 8:53 PM Thu 26 Jun 2008
BMW ORACL,E Racing's sail design and production team are now well underway in developing the huge new sails required for the 33rd America's Cup. The sail design team is headed by BMW ORACLE Racing sail trimmer Ross Halcrow (NZL), and includes designers Laurent Delage (FRA), Robert Hook (AUS), and Juan Meseguer (ESP). ...[more]

Devil in the detail for Speedboat’s sails By Zoe Hawkins - North Sails New Zealand, auckland , 4:23 PM Sun 15 Jun 2008
Speedboat is the name of the latest 30m canting keeled racing sloop to make a challenge for speed records and offshore titles. Launched in Auckland this April the boat is described as more like a giant version of the Volvo Ocean Race winning ABN Amro than your stock-standard supermaxi. ...[more]

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