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Emirates Team New Zealand place well in TP52 Practice race at Alicante By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Spain , 5:43 AM Wed 13 May 2009
Emirates Team New Zealand had their first hit out overnight in the Audi Med Cup, competing in the practice race. The New Zealand based team sailing a new Botin Carkeek design won the start of the race, cleanly with a well timed and executed collaboration between helm Dean Barker (NZL), navigator Kevin Hall (USA) and tactician Ray Davies (NZL). ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ pleased with early work up in Alicante By MedCup Media and Sail-World, 10:04 AM Mon 11 May 2009
Emirates Team New Zealand have arrived in Alicante, Spain, ready for the start of the first round in the 2009 Audi MedCup. A second Cookson built TP52, Artemis, sailing for Sweden will also compete in the nine event series. Both NZ built TP52's are carrying rigs from Southern Spars and sails by North Sails NZ. ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ overcomes TP52 measurement issue ahead of MedCup By Richard Gladwell, 12:44 PM Fri 8 May 2009
Emirates Team New Zealand have overcome a measurement issue on their new TP52, and will leave Valencia for Alicante, Spain on Saturday, local time. The measurement discrepancy was found by Emirates Team New Zealand as the yacht was being dismantled before leaving Auckland. ...[more]

Triple 888 and Panama Jack take Young 88 National titles By Zoe Hawkins, 8:05 PM Mon 20 Apr 2009
North Sails cemented its claim at the top end of the Young 88 fleet during this weekend’s national champs. With 27 boats entered in the championship event for New Zealand’s most popular one-design keelboat class, racing was always destined to be competitive to the extreme, with winners rewarded for their ability to capitalise on a great start with superior boat speed in all legs of the race. ...[more]

North Sails NZ help Team Ceeref excel on RC44 circuit By Zoe Hawkins, 8:10 AM Fri 6 Mar 2009
A new A1 sail crafted by the team at North Sails Auckland was one reason for Team Ceeref's clean sweep of victories in the match race component of the Puerto Calero RC44 Cup, raced in light airs at the end of February. Cameron Appleton and Team Aqua finished second, and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing third. ...[more]

Vintage beauties await new sails from North Sails NZ By Zoe Hawkins, 10:24 PM Mon 16 Feb 2009
Ranger is a product of the 1930s depression era, yet sports the most advanced sailing systems of her time, when the difficult business climate made any decision to build a new boat in which to challenge for the America’s Cup seem extravagant. However the project went ahead despite the controversy, and Ranger was launched on 11 May 1937, by Harold Vanderbilt in response to Sir Tom Sopwith’s plans t ...[more]

Hectic times despite recession for North Sails NZ By Zoe Hawkins, 8:50 AM Wed 11 Feb 2009
Fresh from completing 17 gennakers to be used in the first run of every race in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the next six weeks are non-stop for the North Sails team in the Auckland loft. ...[more]

North Sails Fast Course: Mainsail Trim By North Sails NZ, 9:07 PM Tue 16 Dec 2008
By nature, a mainsail is the most durable and flexible sail in any inventory. It has to cover an incredible wind range, which means stretching into almost every shape possible. While the mainsail provides a good bit of power, it also has a lot to do with the boat's directional control. ...[more]

North Sails Tuning guides: How do sails work? By Paul Bogataj, North sails, 7:08 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
North Sails' Paul Bogataj provides a technical explanation of how sails work. 'Sails are wings that use the wind to generate a force to move a boat. The following explanation of how this occurs can help understand how to maximize the performance achieved from sails.' ...[more]

North Sails NZ - A wealth of experience By Zoe Hawkins, 12:13 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Zoe Hawkins profiles the background and talents of North Sails New Zealand team including Andrew Wills, Richard Bicknell, Jim Maloney, Paul Murray and Josh Tucker. ...[more]

North Sails NZ recover sails for Hugo Boss By Zoe Hawkins, 5:48 AM Tue 11 Nov 2008
When Vendee Globe hopeful Alex Thomson was hit by a fishing boat just three weeks out from the start of the Vendee Globe, his boat’s hull suffered massive damage, and the rig, which was snapped in two, was cut free and sent overboard, the North Sails mainsail going with it. North Sails New Zealand and North Sails France put an emergency plan into action to help get Alex to the startline. ...[more]

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]

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