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470 Junior Worlds: Italians continue to dominate By Christine Hansen, 6:42 PM Mon 30 Jan 2012
Italian sailing duo Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti continue to dominate at the 2012 470 Junior Worlds, hosted by Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland City, New Zealand. Sailed on the inner Hauraki Gulf, off picturesque Takapuna Beach and Rangitoto Island, a varied set of summer, and not so-summer conditions prevailed. ...[more]

Global Ocean Race: Southern Ocean and Cape Horn lie ahead for Fields By Ivor Wilkins, 6:57 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012
With more than 6,000 miles of the planet’s most hostile ocean ahead of them, the Global Ocean Racing fleet left Wellington in unusually benign conditions today. Despite its daunting reputation for storm force winds and massive waves, overall race leaders Ross and Campbell Field of Team Buckley Systems were looking forward to the Southern Ocean blast to Cape Horn. ...[more]

Sunburst Nationals 2012 : Day 1 - Three wins for Wellington crew By Nigel Price, Wakatere Boating Club , 5:43 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012
The first day of the Sunburst 2012 Nationals has been dominated by Wellington Sailmaker Brett Linton, sailing with daughter Alice, who won the three races convincingly. Sailing conditions have been good with a gusty southwesterly wind up to about 20 knots in the Rangitoto Channel race area off Narrow Neck beach in Auckland. ...[more]

45th annual Waitangi to Whangaroa yacht race By Wayne Henderson, Bay of Islands , 5:32 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012
All focus has been on the weather of late in anticipation of favorable seas and breezes for the 45th annual Waitangi to Whangaroa yacht race organized by the Bay Of Islands Yacht Club. The day dawned overcast but promising and competitors gathered to enjoy a breakfast fit for a round the world race crew at the clubrooms giving them a good start to the day. ...[more]

470 Junior Worlds: Images from Day 2 By Richard Gladwell, 4:19 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012
Images from the second day of the 470 Junior World Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland City. The conditions were fresh, testing the crews in the furthest offshore areas of the course. Sailors from 13 countries, aged under 22 years are competing for the World title in Open and Mens, and Womens events. ...[more]

470 Junior Worlds: Italy and Netherlands cement their lead on Day 2 By Richard Gladwell + NZ 470 Assoc, 1:15 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012
The Italian crew of Simon Kosuta and Jas Farneti have finished at the top of the leaderboard after two days racing in the 470 Junior World Championships being sailed off Takapuna, Auckland City. Conditions for the racing were bleak, despite it being the height of the New Zealand summer, with cold offshore breezes, and leaden skies. ...[more]

Australian brothers lead after long first day for 470 Junior Worlds By Sail-World, 4:47 AM Sun 29 Jan 2012
The fleet were on the water for around five hours for just two races on Day 1 of the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, hosted at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. The races were sailed today with the 10 women's crews and 23 men's crews sailing as one fleet, scored separately things are very tight at the top, especially in the Open fleet. ...[more]

Images from Takapuna: 470 Junior Worlds, Day 1 - Fast rides By Richard Gladwell, 8:38 PM Sat 28 Jan 2012
The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze, and generally overcast, and cold conditions. There was plenty of action and good rides in the 12-20kts winds ...[more]

470 Junior World Championship preview By International 470 Class Association, 5:17 AM Sat 28 Jan 2012
470 Junior World Championship - Teams from 13 nations and four continents have gathered in New Zealand ready to do battle for the 470 Junior Men/Mixed and Junior Women World Championship titles. The Pre-Worlds Regatta has been an initial indicator of form and included New Zealand’s 470 Olympic representatives who were impressively beaten by the junior team of Matthew and Robert Crawford (AUS). ...[more]

Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 4 - Racing concludes + Video By Lesley Haslar, 10:16 PM Fri 27 Jan 2012
The racing on this 10th anniversary of Bay of Islands Sailing Week has come to a close. Today was another great day for competitors, a little cloudy but still a reasonable breeze - NW 12-15 knots. Visiting Aussie Judge Stephen Merrington is full of compliments about ‘this Kiwi regatta’ - 'it’s very similar to Airlie Beach. The new tent setup is perfect, it feels really tropical. ...[more]

Images from Takapuna: Opening Ceremony 470 Junior Worlds By Richard Gladwell, 8:30 PM Fri 27 Jan 2012
The Opening Ceremony for the 470 Junior Worlds was held this evening at Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore. Major supporter of the event is the Auckland City Council and Mayor Len Brown attended and opened the regatta. The World Championship is the 14th held at Takapuna and which has a fleet of 33 crews from 13 countries. ...[more]

Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 3 - Beach Party at Roberton Island By Lesley Haslar, 6:40 PM Thu 26 Jan 2012
There was zero wind at the scheduled start of 1030 hrs for Day 3 of Bay of Islands Sailing Week. Little puffs frustrated the boats as they watched for an expected notice of delay. Gerry Martin (Race Officer) waited patiently (about one and a half hours), when sure enough the local sea breeeze kicked in. ...[more]

Images of Takapuna: Measuring 2012 World 470 Youth Championships By Richard Gladwell, 6:15 PM Thu 26 Jan 2012
Today was the final day of measuring for the 2012 World Youth 470 Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. The 33 competitors from 13 countries were completing measurement today and preparing for the Practice race tomorrow afternoon - weather permitting. A short, sharp front is due to pass through the race area tomorrow from noon through the afternoon. ...[more]

470 Junior Worlds get underway at Takapuna on Saturday By Kristine Lederis, 7:09 AM Thu 26 Jan 2012
Takapuna Boating Club is about to host their fourteenth world championship event: The 2012 470 Junior World Championships begin on 26th January 2012. With the Pre-worlds event finished, this popular sailing club on Auckland’s North Shore is ready for the main event to start. ...[more]

Oceanbridge Anniversary Day Regatta salutes maritime heritage By Event media, 6:04 AM Thu 26 Jan 2012
The Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta is the oldest sporting event in the country, open to all sailors in different classes of craft from the professional workboat skipper, a sea scout, an all out racer waiting to gun the engines in the Harbour Blast, a youngster in his first dinghy or an enthusiast who has spent thousands of hours restoring one of the great kauri- hulled classic sailin ...[more]

Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 2 - Another great day + Video By Lesley Haslar, 10:26 PM Wed 25 Jan 2012
Another beautiful day in paradise. All divisions got their first races away before noon with winds fluctuating between 4 and 9 knots SSW. David Nathan on V5 is thoroughly enjoying the regatta - today winning their share of line honours. ...[more]

Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 1 - You should have been here + Video By Lesley Haslar, 8:10 PM Tue 24 Jan 2012
Bay of Island's Sailing Week 2012, Day 1 was blessed with a clear blue sky, a south easterly at 10 knots, and sixty eager crews ready to take on the world. At pin end Division One Race One, V5 stepped out with both Wired and M1 Snapping at her heels. As the first major race for Kia Kaha, she showed a conservative stance at the start. ...[more]

2012 New Zealand National Laser Championship – Update after Day 2 By Edmund Tam, Wellington , 4:13 AM Mon 23 Jan 2012
On Day 1 of the New Zealand Laser National Championships competitors were greeted with a light and lingering southerly breeze and a forecasted northerly change. This resulted in a delay while the light southerly died away and immediately made way for spectacular Wellington day with the sun shining and an enjoyable but challenging northerly of 18 to 22 knots and a building sea state. ...[more]

Forceracing: J Sails have 16 of top 20 in 2011 Optimist Worlds By Andrew Brown, 8:13 AM Sun 22 Jan 2012
J Sails did it once again at the 2011 Optimist Worlds Worlds having 16 sails in the top 20!!! This included placings first through fourth. This included a full set for the Singapore team, the top country and Peru (2nd country) both using J’s and also the fifth country being the kiwis! ...[more]

Light winds for Calibre Sails 2012 Hartley TS 16 Nationals By Mike Wright, Parua Bay, Whangarei , 8:30 PM Sat 21 Jan 2012
The Hartely TS 16 Nationals were held at Parua Bay, in Whangarei with 20 boats racing. The weather was light variable breezes and has proved to be great racing conditions, forcing the sailors to be continually reassessing the best options with one side favoured one leg and the next the other side pays. ...[more]

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