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Third time lucky for Team Vodafone in Auckland to Tauranga race? By Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club, 5:42 AM Thu 29 Mar 2012
Team Vodafone has confirmed their entry to the International Paints Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race on this coming Easter weekend. Uncooperative weather during the last two years races has foiled their attempts at bettering the existing record of 9 Hours 35 minutes set by the maxi Zana in 2005. They are looking forward to the third time being the charm. ...[more]

Strong New Zealand Team head to Maersk Paper Tiger Internationals By Rowdy Leatham, New Plymouth , 3:03 AM Thu 29 Mar 2012
A strong New Zealand Paper Tiger Team leaves the country this weekend headed for the 2012 Maersk Line International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships, which will be held over Easter (5th – 9th April). The venue is McCrae Yacht Club, southeast of Melbourne, on Port Phillip Bay. McCrae is familiar to many Paper Tiger sailors from both Australia and New Zealand, and has a strong history of running ...[more]

BMW Auckland Cup: A boisterous and spectacular final day + Video By Ivor Wilkins, 6:39 AM Mon 26 Mar 2012
The 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta wrapped up in spectacular fashion today with yachts battling a stiff 30-knot south westerly wind that had the big multihulls smoking, saw one catamaran capsize and several yachts broach wildly under spinnaker. The blustery conditions ensured that the fleet had been well tested in all conditions ...[more]

2012 Round NZ Race: From start to finish By Aston Garrett, 9:18 PM Sat 24 Mar 2012
The 2012 Round New Zealand Race started on 25th of February, 22 years after the inaugural Berocca Round New Zealand Two Handed Yacht Race. After more than 6 months of preparations, with a significant investment getting the boats ready, SSANZ were pleased to see all 10 entrants made it to the start line. ...[more]

BMW Auckland Regatta: Champagne racing conditions on Day 2 + Video By Ivor Wilkins, 8:22 PM Sat 24 Mar 2012
After the light, shifty conditions of the opening day, the BMW Auckland Regatta fleet was treated to champagne racing conditions today with steady northerly breezes in the 15-18 knot range. 'The wind was remarkably steady all day,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. ...[more]

BMW Auckland Cup: Light winds test fleet on Day 1 + Video By Ivor Wilkins, 6:07 PM Fri 23 Mar 2012
Light and shifty conditions tested competitors’ ability to find the breeze and coax boatspeed out of every lift in pressure in the opening day of the 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta today. 'The breeze was shifting up to 70° at times from 210° to 280°,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. 'The conditions were very difficult, but the fleet has been very good in t ...[more]

2012 BMW Auckland Regatta gearing up for big battles By Ivor Wilkins, 9:08 PM Thu 22 Mar 2012
The 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta will see a number of boats new to the New Zealand fleet competing in a range of divisions. With 85 yachts across 12 divisions, this is the largest fleet competing in what has become New Zealand’s premier regatta. For the out and out speed merchants, interest will focus on the Open Multihull Division, where Team Vodafone Sailing is expected to set the pace. ...[more]

Wetas go Volvo chasing By Miranda Powrie, 8:48 PM Thu 22 Mar 2012
Miranda Powrie reports on the Volvo chasing day, or two - with the Inport Race and the Leg 5 start by the Auckland Weta fleet: Both days we had 20 gusting 30 ESE with big choppy seas, but the Weta's all behaved well with only two capsizes. David did a stealth capsize, getting it back up before anyone saw him ...[more]

Targeting 30 boats for 30 years of Young 88 Nationals By Mike Leyland, Auckland , 1:30 PM Thu 22 Mar 2012
The highly anticipated national gathering of the Young 88 Fleet will again see the class regulars battle it out against some of the world’s best on the race course to claim one of New Zealand’s biggest keel boat prizes and to celebrate 30 successful years. The owners association have set themselves an ambitious goal to get 30 boats on the start line on April 14/15 2012 to mark t ...[more]

ISAF Olympic Womens Skiff Trials move into their fourth day By Sail-World, 8:04 PM Tue 20 Mar 2012
The trials being conducted at Santander, Spain for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull are now in their fourth day, having got underway on 17 March. The first two days were marred by not enough wind, or too much. ...[more]

Want to try a Musto Skiff? Head for Royal Akarana By RAYC News, 6:52 PM Tue 20 Mar 2012
Royal Akarana YC has two demonstrator Musto Performance Skiff (MPS) boats available for competent sailors that would like to have a go. There is an increasing number of skiffs sailed at RAYC and there are 6 single handed skiffs that are regularly sailed and raced at the weekends (four MPS and two RS 700). ...[more]

Two Man Round New Zealand Race: Leg 3 finishes By Aston Garrett, 6:28 AM Mon 19 Mar 2012
Truxton finished first over the line in Napier today at 1006hs on Saturday morning, placing first in PHRF also. Team Surreal came in second over the line finishing first in IRC. The next two boats are expected to finish late this evening. Only eight boats remain in the race. ...[more]

Leander Trophy -R class Nationals: To Foil or not to Foil By Aaron Jeffries, Christchurch , 4:18 AM Mon 19 Mar 2012
The 62nd Leander R class National Championships were staged on Lyttelton Harbour in Christchurch, in early March. This year’s event was marked by two major factors - decidedly average weather and the continuing development of the hydro foiling boats. The weather aside, the hydrofoils have seen a distinct splitting of the fleet, with 3 of this year’s fleet committing to the foils while the rest ...[more]

Two Handed Round NZ Race: Stewart Island Stopover By Aston Garrett, 6:01 AM Fri 16 Mar 2012
The Stewart Island stopover lived up to it's reputation of being the highlight of the race so far with the locals turning out enforce with their warmth and hospitality to make all the competitors feel at home within the community. ...[more]

Two Handed Round NZ Race: Expedition Coppelia leads on Day 2 of Leg 3 By Aston Garrett, 3:53 AM Fri 16 Mar 2012
All boats making good progress north in moderate breeze overnight. The fleet has closed in and Expedition Coppelia is currently leading the fleet for the first time in the race. Surreal is close behind in second place and Sunstone bringing up the rear is first in IRC. ...[more]

Kiwis going well at half way mark of Laser Master Worlds By Kristine Lederis, Auckland , 2:39 PM Wed 14 Mar 2012
After three days of racing in Sunny Queensland, several kiwis are proving their form at the Laser World Masters. Championships. New Zealanders are in the top six of every Laser Standard or Laser Radial division. NZ is not represented in the smaller Laser 4.7 fleet, but spread amongst the other divisions is 22 Kiwi sailors from all around the country. ...[more]

Splash Nationals Bay of Islands: Age limit change for Splash Class By Neil Deverell, Waitangi , 6:34 PM Tue 13 Mar 2012
If your teenage son or daughter has left home and you find your Splash sailing dinghy is still sitting in the garage maybe it’s your turn to give it a go The Splash class has opened the age limit to older sailors in the hope of building numbers in National and international events ...[more]

Harken Schools Regatta 2012 Champions St.Kentigern College By Sara Tucker, Auckland , 9:17 PM Mon 12 Mar 2012
What a difference a drop makes! In a nail biting finish to the Harken Schools Fleet Racing Regatta, between the two St.Kentigern College and KeriKeri High Schools teams, the final results were a tie for first place and only 1 point difference between the top six crews. Michelle Tait and her crew of Jake Tyndall, Jess Allen & Joseph Kearney were the winners on countback and the 2012 Harken ...[more]

2012 Sanders Cup: Closely contested challenge fought out in Taupo By David Brown, Lake Taupo , 9:06 PM Mon 12 Mar 2012
The Sanders Cup holds a special place New Zealand Yachting History. It is the oldest trophy sailed for in New Zealand under it's original inception. It is the only remaining senior interprovincial challenge competition still sailed for today. Since the inaugural races in 1921 it has been sailed for every year with the exception of 1942-45. ...[more]

Competition fierce at 2012 Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Champs By Craig Edwards, Christchurch , 8:45 PM Mon 12 Mar 2012
As the start signal sounded for the final of the seven race series three boats were still in the running to take out this year’s Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship. The event sailed on Akaroa Harbour provided a range of challenging conditions and a closely fought contest. ...[more]

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