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2015 New Zealand South Island O’pen Cup: Capsize proves costly By Ryan Spring, Nelson Yacht Club , 8:07 PM Mon 23 Mar 2015
Nelson Yacht Club hosted the 2015 New Zealand South Island O’pen Cup (unofficial). NYC held the O’pen BIC class event alongside the Laser 4.7’s, and with a steady 7-11kts blowing through conditions were just right for this small but competitive bunch of youngsters. ...[more]

Jack Tar Regatta: Mayhem plays catch up on Day 2 By RNZYS Media, , 8:06 PM Sun 22 Mar 2015
Auckland turned on champagne sailing conditions today for the conclusion of the 2015 Jack Tar Auckland regatta, which saw 68 yachts racing in nine divisions and across four courses on the Waitemata Harbour. ...[more]

Jack Tar Regatta: V5 takes Day 1 honours in Division A By RNZYS Media, , 8:43 PM Sat 21 Mar 2015
The 2015 Jack Tar Auckland Regatta got off to a boisterous start with powerful tides making for lumpy conditions as 68 yachts in nine divisions competed for the honours in the city’s biggest keelboat event. Sprinkled across the highly competitive fleet were several notable ‘rock stars’ including Peter Burling, multiple 49er world champion, and America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth. ...[more]

Etchells: Post Christmas Series - Flight 8 - Feng Shui takes the day By Etchells NZ media, , 6:58 AM Sat 21 Mar 2015
In Race 1 Captain Pete (716) charged out of the blocks from the Committee boat end and had a very solid lead by the top mark in some very shifty conditions, leaving everyone else to play catch up. In winds ranging from 10 - 20 knots, Captain Pete (716) took first place, followed by Feng Shui (1348) and Affinity (1059). ...[more]

America's Cup and Olympic champions make stand against Harbour Steal By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, auckland , 7:44 AM Fri 20 Mar 2015
Prominent business leaders, sailors, architects, musicians and art figures have signed an open letter demanding that Ports of Auckland 'stop stealing our harbour' for two massive wharf extensions. Lady Pippa Blake, Chris Dickson and Sir Stephen Tindall are among those to sign the letter ahead of a protest at Queens Wharf on Sunday. ...[more]

Mighty River 12 Foot Skiff Nationals: Big fleet beat Pam at Taupo By Tim Bartlett, , 3:45 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015
The 2015 12' skiff Nationals were held during the Mighty River Power Regatta on Lake Taupo. Fourteen skiffs faced the starter in light big rig conditions on Saturday and the Race Officer wisely ran five races in case Cyclone Pam turned up to play on Sunday. ...[more]

Crusader wins RPNYC Triangle Race By Isla McKechnie, Waiheke Island , 6:15 PM Tue 17 Mar 2015
The Greg Elliott 35ft E35SuperSport design Crusader has won the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC) Central Triangle Fully Crewed Race 2015. The yacht took overall line honours, and the series win on both PHRF and IRC. ...[more]

Javelins enjoying tight racing on Lake Taupo By Antje Muller, , 9:30 PM Sun 15 Mar 2015
With a Cyclone warning hanging ominously over this weekend’s sailing, it was a pleasant surprise for the fleet to have two days of excellent racing at the Mighty River Power Regatta. Shifty and patchy wind conditions and a joint start with the 12ft Skiff fleet made for plenty of place changes between the first three, keeping the sailors on their toes. ...[more]

Gulf Harbour to host Marauder 8.4 Class Champs in mid April By Yvonne McGill, Auckland , 7:02 AM Sun 15 Mar 2015
Gulf Harbour Yacht Club will host the Marauder 8.4 Class Championship will be held the 18th and 19th April. The event will be sailed in the waters south of the Whangaparoa Peninsula. A large fleet of the popular Alan Wright designed 8.4metre yachts are entered for the weekend competition. ...[more]

OKI 24hr Sailing Race: Maloney and Heiner win the toughest yet By Andrew Charlesworth, , 6:04 PM Fri 13 Mar 2015
Many are calling this year’s regatta the toughest in the 30 year history of running the OKI 24hr race. With winds consistently 20 to 30 knots throughout the entire 24 hours and squally rain showers in the middle of the night, there were a number of masts broken and sails ripped – making this year’s event one for the history books. ...[more]

RPNYC Central Triangle Leg 1: Crusader takes line honours on Leg 1 By Elliott Marine, Akaroa , 4:22 PM Mon 9 Mar 2015
Elliott 35ss Crusader took line honours in the first leg of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club Central Triangle Leg 1 from Wellington to Akaroa started in fresh winds at 1400 hrs on Friday. Encountering constant 45-50 knot winds for around 6 hours Crusader held their own against the larger yachts and eventually managed to pull away from the fleet. ...[more]

Knight Frank South Island Young 88's end in dramatic style By Sam Jones, Lyttelton , 4:39 AM Mon 9 Mar 2015
A bottom mark collision between Flying Machine (Craig Edwards) and Legacy II (Colin Lock) was a dramatic end to an exciting final day’s racing in the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship. With a strong south west on Lyttelton Harbour, gusting up to 38 knots, racing was soon abandoned for the day. The port starboard gybe incident left Flying Machine crippled with a broken backstay. ...[more]

One Ton Revisited: Fitting finalé and a look to the next time By Alan Sefton, , 8:56 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015
The inaugural One Ton Revisited event came to a hard-fought climax yesterday with winds of more than 30 knots in the Hauraki Gulf. The S&S 36 Rainbow II had sewn up victory on IRC corrected time by winning the double point long race on Thursday. But she left no doubt as to the form boat of the five-race series with a second in points-and-a-half, 25-mile finale ...[more]

One small step for Rainbow, one giant leap for New Zealand sailing By Volvo Ocean Race Media, , 5:04 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015
July 20, 1969. It was a day for making history. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. But as all eyes were cast up toward the sky, there was also history being made on the sea. In Heligoland, Germany, Rainbow II, skippered by young Kiwi Chris Bouzaid, stormed to victory in the One Ton Cup, up until that point dominated by European nations. ...[more]

3.7Nationals underway in Bay of Islands in strong breezes By Chris Mitchell, , 10:51 PM Sat 7 Mar 2015
The 3.7 Class National Championship started today at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, Waitangi with 23 entrants. The racing started in the afternoon with a building breeze. Kim Admore reported the first race was in 22 knots and the second race built up to 31 knots. Rescue boats were kept busy with several breakages. ...[more]

One Ton Cup Revisited: Rainbow II scores emphatic series win By Alan Sefton, , 6:39 PM Sat 7 Mar 2015
Rainbow II finished the inaugural One Ton Revisited series in style with a second in the points-and-a-half final race on IRC corrected time, to complete a 2/1/1/1/2 series. Rainbow had already wrapped up the contest with victory in the double points long race yesterday. Today’s result only emphasized her all-round pedigree and class. ...[more]

Flying Fifteen Nationals: Goodmanson and Rowlands win on home waters By Graeme Robinson, , 7:26 PM Fri 6 Mar 2015
Aaron Goodmanson and Alister Rowlands sailing 'Ffortune' regained their title at the Winters Family Flying Fifteen National Championships sailed on their home waters in Lyttelton Harbour and consolidated their place as the most successful New Zealand crew in the Class history. ...[more]

One Ton Cup Revisited: History repeats for the champion Rainbow II By Alan Sefton, , 7:55 PM Thu 5 Mar 2015
In 1969, the S&S 36, skippered then, as now, by Chris Bouzaid, won four straight to win the coveted One Ton Cup off the North Sea island of Heligoland. Fast forward, and today she nailed a 2/1/1/1 series to guarantee victory on overall points even though there is still the 1.5-points race finale scheduled for Saturday. ...[more]

Bay of Islands to host 3.7 Class NZ National Championship By Chris Mitchell, Bay of Islands , 1:03 PM Thu 5 Mar 2015
The 3.7 Class National Championship is to be held March 7-9 at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club at Waitangi in Northland. Over 21 yachts are expected to enter. The defending champion is Derek Snow of Wakatere. ...[more]

Editorial: Volvo OR arrives..Rainbow II wins again..NZ sailing roundup By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, , 9:39 AM Thu 5 Mar 2015
Editorial from Sail-World.com’s New Zealand e-magazine for March 4, 2015: On Saturday evening Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race came to a remarkable end, with the three leading boats arriving within six minutes of each other - that's after three weeks of very intense racing. New Zealand is still coming to grips with the new Volvo Ocean Race. No New Zealand boat. One design fleet. ...[more]

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