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Final Report BIC Techno Oceania's and RS:X Nationals By Brian Haybittle, polarkiwis@xtra.co.nz , 4:58 PM Tue 21 Feb 2012
February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light for running events. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting courses. The boards again took to the water after lunch and only managed one short race in each class before the wind dropped. Even though the wind was onshore it proved to be very shifty. ...[more]

OKI 24 Hour Race: Luna Rossa against Emirates Team NZ By Danielle Wright, 9:59 PM Sat 18 Feb 2012
A Luna Rossa team and an Emirates NZ Team will be part of the Legends Race with Hamish Pepper (a NZ representative at the last Olympics) and Andrew Murdoch (an NZ representative for this year’s Olympics) being the boat to beat. Other sailors include Ray Davies, an ex-top Laser sailor and former Murray’s Bay Sailing Club member ...[more]

Day 2 Techno Windsurfing National Champs By Brian Haybittle, polarkiwis@xtra.co.nz , 7:38 PM Sat 18 Feb 2012
Day 2's racing was delayed due to lack of wind. Many of the competitors took time out to relax, play guitar, have a swim or kick the soccer ball around. While we waited we even managed to get the RS:X and Techno AGM underway. A great committee was elected and much talk of introducing an RS:X traveller series somehow tied up with the successful Techno Kendal Cup Series. ...[more]

Less than six months to the start of Sail Noumea 2012 By Suellen Hurling, Okahu Bay , 6:08 PM Thu 16 Feb 2012
With just over 100 days until the Auckland start of Sail Noumea the countdown has well and truly begun and now is the time for crews intending to race to ramp up preparations. There are over 60 New Zealand registrations of interest ranging from premier offshore race boats to cruising crews planning their South Pacific Adventure. ...[more]

Wellington Spirit taste success in Australia at Warren Jones Regatta By Wellington Spirit Media, Perth, Sydney , 6:08 PM Thu 16 Feb 2012
Wellington Spirit Sailing Team have just arrived back home after a successful trip to compete across the ditch in Australia. The team, consisting of sailors all from the wider Wellington Region first competed in the Grade 3 Warren Jones Regatta sailed from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth. ...[more]

35th Panmure Lagoon SC RSA Regatta won by Pupuke Laser sailor By Chantal Grass, Auckland , 6:07 PM Thu 16 Feb 2012
The 2012 RSA Regatta will be in its 35th year and has its origins with the Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA Club, who generously provided in March 1977 the RSA Laser Trophy. The Trophy escaped largely unscathed an arson to the PLSC club premises in October 2007 and continues to remain a unique trophy won by few and coveted by many. ...[more]

Millennium Cup: Inshore courses ensure spectacular superyacht views By Sail-World, 10:33 PM Wed 15 Feb 2012
Members of the public, even those on shore, will this year be able to enjoy close-up views of an impressive fleet of luxury superyachts as they compete in the 2012 NZ Millennium Cup on February 16-18. Racing on the three days of this prestigious event will take place close to shore, in the Waitemata Harbour and inner Hauraki Gulf. ...[more]

Dean Stanley on plans to revitalise Wellington waterfront By ., 11:53 AM Wed 15 Feb 2012
Dean Stanley CEO of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club RPNYC, chats with Global Ocean Race's Josh Hall about plans to re-develop the waterfront area surrounding the RPNYC. ...[more]

Search continues for missing sailor in Bay of Plenty By Sail-World, 10:50 AM Wed 15 Feb 2012
Maritime Services NZ reports that an aerial, land and on water search is continuing in the Bay of Plenty for missing yachtsman Richard Rusbatch. He has now been missing for over 24 hours. The search for Mr Rusbatch, 56, began around 9am yesterday, after a member of the public reported his unmanned 38 foot, single-masted yacht, the Honfleur circling about 11 nautical miles east of Mayor Island. ...[more]

Chris Steele wins Harken Youth International Match Racing By Melanie Benton, 8:23 PM Tue 14 Feb 2012
After a gruelling day on the water with shifty, light winds the last two flights of Round Robin Two were finally completed at 1530hrs this afternoon. The Race Committee then decided that in order to have the semi-final races completed in the best conditions they would have to move to the Northern side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. ...[more]

Wellington Optis get perfect sailing conditions at Worser Bay By Wayne Holdt, New Plymouth , 5:47 AM Tue 14 Feb 2012
The Wellington Optimist Champs continues to grow in numbers with 44 boats racing in both open and green fleets over the two day regatta sailed at Worser Bay Boating Club. Optis from Queen Charlotte joined sailors from most Wgtn clubs in near perfect sailing conditions to complete the six race series. ...[more]

Steele holds lead in Harken Youth International Match Racing By Melanie Benton, 10:55 PM Mon 13 Feb 2012
Chris Steele from the RNZYS has maintained his lead on the leader board, winning 4 races today from 5 matches. With a total of 14 wins overall he is only one point clear of Jordan Reece and two clear of David Hazard and Tim Coltman. The Trans-Tasman rivalries are really beginning to show on the leader board but there are yet two final Flights of Round Robin Two to be sailed. ...[more]

OKI 24-hr Race attracts Olympic and America’s Cup sailors By Danielle Wright, 10:11 PM Mon 13 Feb 2012
The North Shore’s beloved OKI 24-Hour Race begins more than a month early this year on Saturday, February 18, meaning more international sailing stars will be competing for the winners’ podium, one that has been shared by the likes of Dean Barker. Chris Dickson and Russell Coutts since the race began in 1967. ...[more]

driPhone Windsurfing NZ National Slalom competition in Dunedin By Bruce Spedding, Dunedin , 8:48 PM Mon 13 Feb 2012
The driPhone Windsurfing NZ National Slalom competition was held on Dunedin Harbour. The National Slalom event again delivered strong winds and high speed action (and carnage) with 26 rounds counted (117 races) over four days with one round cancelled made for a great event ...[more]

Big Fleet contests Annual Finn Event - CRC Finn Masters By Ray Hall, Auckland , 5:36 PM Mon 13 Feb 2012
18 Finns and great sailing conditions greeted the competitors at the 2012 CRC Waiuku Finn Masters on the weekend. Entrants came from Auckland, Christchurch, New Plymouth and Thames for this annual regatta which always provides tight and keen racing combined with an excellent social atmosphere. Day 1 saw 4 races in SW breezes of 10-12knts. It was clear the standard in the fleet continues to impr ...[more]

Harken Youth International: Steele takes the lead into Round Robin 2 By Melanie Benton, 7:35 PM Sun 12 Feb 2012
Former World Optimist Champion, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has moved up the leader board, winning all of his five matches today. With a total of ten wins overall he is one point clear of Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Jordan Reece, who also posted an impressive five wins from five matches today. ...[more]

Coltman leads Day 1 of Harken International Youth Match Racing By Sara Tucker, Auckland , 8:10 PM Sat 11 Feb 2012
Tim Coltman representing the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club leads Day 1 with six wins out of his six races. Coltman commented on his day 'Yes, it was good on the score sheet but we had some very close racing against the Auckland boys and CYCA team.' ...[more]

Images of the Waitemata: Southern Trust Classic Yachts Regatta By Colin Preston, 10:05 AM Sat 11 Feb 2012
Sail-World's Colin Preston was on hand yetserday evening to catch the J-class Endeavour being loaded aboard a yacht transporter, and took in some of the classic yacht fleet in the Viaduct Harbour for the Southern Trust Classic Yachts Regatta ...[more]

Sail Auckland 2012: Light airs plague racing on final day By Kristine Lederis, 8:50 PM Tue 7 Feb 2012
The final day of Sail Auckland 2012 was plagued by light winds and extremely shifty conditions. There were no races completed today in the 470, 420, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn, so final results in those divisions are the ones that remain from yesterday. The RS:X, SKUD 18 and 2.4mR were the lucky three classes to finish both of their races as scheduled, and the 29er and 49er skiffs had just one ...[more]

Sail Auckland 2012's Penultimate race day By Kristine Lederis, Auckland , 1:46 AM Tue 7 Feb 2012
Just one day remains for Sail Auckland 2012, New Zealand’s premier Olympic and Paralympic class regatta. Today saw slightly lighter winds and choppy water on most courses due to the influx of Waitangi Day holiday goers enjoying some time on the Waitemata Harbour. ...[more]

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