Alvah Simon - Island of the Damned

Alvah Simon

Alvah is humbled by a visit to a disused leper colony.

Alvah Simon - Prepare To Welcome Boarders

Alvah Simon

Alvah explains the modern incarnation of a brotherhood designed to help mariners far from home.

Alvah Simon's Blog:

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Alvah talks about his long time friends Lin and Larry Pardey.

Alvah Simon - The Samoan Way

Alvah Simon

Alvah gets into island life.

Alvah Simon - Those Clever Kiwis

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Alvah highlights some touches of Kiwi brilliance that have contributed to our safety at sea.

Alvah Simon - The Amazing Astrolabe

Alvah Simon

Alvah Simon explores Fiji's amazing Astrolabe Reef.

Grant Dalton unleashes, Oracle were 'cheating'

Grant Dalton


Discovery of illegal alterations to Oracle boats draws an angry response from Team New Zealand boss.

Luna Rossa face Team New Zealand in final

Louis Vuitton Cup racing between Artemis and Luna Rossa.

Artemis's America's Cup campaign ends in disastrous fashion leaving Luna Rossa to face Team NZ in the Louis Vuitton Cup final.

NZ yachties add world title to Olympic gold

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh.

New Zealand sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have added the world title to their Olympic 470 success.

Alvah Simon - A blast from the past

Alvah Simon

Alvah explores the roots of his fascination with multihulls.

Barker stands down as Team NZ rotate crew

America's Cup


Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker relinquished the wheel to Glenn Ashby today as the Kiwis put in another impressive solo effort.

Louis Vuitton saves on America's Cup series

Team New Zealand

Louis Vuitton is paying the America's Cup US$3 million less than originally agreed to sponsor the challenger trials for sailing's marquee regatta because only three teams are entered.

Team New Zealand to open challenger series

Emirates Team New Zealand


Team New Zealand will start their America's Cup challenger series before their protest against "safety recommendations" is heard.

This is not a drill

Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune's lesson in how quickly situations can get out of control.

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America's Cup practice sailing put on hold


Sailing has been suspended for a review of boats amid growing concerns over safety.

Alvah Simon - A family affair

Alvah Simon

The restoration story of the 103 year old, 97 foot long ship, built from a single tree.

Alvah Simon - Admiral of the Ocean Sea

Alvah Simon

Alvah Simon takes a look back at the life of one of the world's greatest ocean adverturers.

Sailors have near-perfect first day in France

New Zealand men's 470 sailors Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox have enjoyed a near-perfect day in light winds in France.

Kiwi sailors hope to edge up rankings in France


FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ News

New Zealand are hoping to edge up the rankings at the season-ending ISAF World Cup sailing regatta in Hyeres, France, starting Monday.

Team New Zealand make strong start in Naples

Team New Zealand


Team New Zealand made a strong start to the opening day of the last America’s Cup world series event in Naples, recording a win and fourth in fleet racing.

Italy's Luna Rossa upping anchor in Auckland

Luna Rossa


Italian America’s Cup syndicate Luna Rossa are upping anchor from Auckland to head to San Francisco.

James Spithill lets fly over big budget claims

James Spithill


Oracle skipper James Spithill has attacked Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton over funding claims.

Alvah Simon's blog - On Assignment

Alvah Simon didn't have to be asked twice to explore Whangaroa Harbor and the neighboring Cavalli Islands.

The Drowning Season

New Zealand's worst maritime disaster has sparked a new documentary on the evolution of the humble lifejacket.

Mercedes-Benz powers fastest electric boat

Cigarette Racing AMG Electric Drive Concept powerboat and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive.

Mercedes-Benz technology has been used to create the world's fastest and powerful electric driven powerboat.

Alvah Simon - A spectacle of sail

Alvah Simon gets his first taste of the Tall Ships and Classic regatta in the Bay of Islands. And loves every minute of it.

Offshore powerboats descend on Tauranga


Race two of the NZ Offshore Powerboat series will take place this weekend in Tauranga.

Tobin's clean sweep all in preparation

JP Tobin

JP Tobin tuned up for next month's windsurfing world championships with a clean sweep of the RS:X 9.5 class at the Sail Auckland regatta.

Dalton coy over Coutts' dismissal of Team NZ

Team New Zealand


Team New Zealand's boss isn't biting on suggestions by his rival, Sir Russell Coutts, that the Kiwis won't make the America's Cup final.

Team NZ launch second new catamaran

Team New Zealand

Team New Zealand launched their second America's Cup catamaran in Auckland today though high winds prevented it being put in the water.

Alvah Simon - Small Is Beautiful

Annie Hill

Annie Hill lives by the mantra, go small, go now.

Fairview in by a hair's bredth


If the first round of competition in the NZ Offshore Powerboat championship is anything to go by, the series win is going to come down to the wire.

Auckland to host Volvo Ocean Race again

Volvo Ocean Race

Auckland will again host sailing's greatest adventure after winning selection as a host port in the Volvo Ocean Race for the next two series.

Youngster pips veteran in tight A-Class races


Christchurch's Murray Philpott has lost count of how many A-Class national sailing championships he's won.

Andrew Murdoch gains an appetite for Finns


Andrew Murdoch had every excuse to tuck in during the festive season - the two-time Olympic sailor is changing tack for Rio 2016 and he needs to pile on the pounds.

Alvah Simon: Tending Towards Disorder

Alvah Simon

Whoever coined the phrase "Don't sweat the small stuff" has never owned a boat.

NYC America's Cup World Series ditched



America's Cup officials have dropped plans for a warmup regatta on the Hudson River in New York in the spring.

Capsize not cat-astrophic


Oracle Team USA was the first team to capsize their AC72, and for a time it seemed that they were down and out, yet experts still feel that they are the pick of the bunch.

New designs with new technology

Pioneer 39

Kiwi designers are making the most of technological advancements to aid with the progression of their designs.

Alvah Simon: Sages of the Sea

Alvah Simon

Alvah shares a couple of gems of knowledge that he has collected during a lifetime spent at sea.

Mods likely for Sydney to Hobart yacht

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Technical modifications are on the horizon for Ray Haslar’s Sydney to Hobart yacht Rikki after it performed below expectations during its debut.

Wild Oats sets Sydney-Hobart race record

Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI leads the 2012 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Sydney to Hobart race history was written when the Mark Richards-skippered Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line in record time.

Wild Oats XI on record Sydney to Hobart pace

Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI after the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Sydney.

Wild Oats XI capitalised on freshening northerly winds to extend her lead and reach race-record pace in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Wild Oats XI in hunt for record

Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI after the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Sydney.

Wild Oat XI made a blistering start to the Sydney to Hobart race but the yacht's navigator refuses to talk up chances of a race record.

Powering on with Team New Zealand

Team New Zealand


Team New Zealand is getting set to change America's Cup boats and talks of concerns their early testing success could come at a cost.

Between a Rocna and a hard place

Pete Smith

Meet the man behind Cavalier yachts and Rocna anchors.

One rescued from Team Vodafone boat


MARYKE PENMAN - © Fairfax NZ News

The Coastguard rescued a Team Vodafone sailor after she suffered a suspected broken arm.

Gold medalists confirm status quo for Rio

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie


Olympic sailing gold medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have spiked speculation they would switch to the 49er FX class, confirming they still believed they had unfinished business in 470 dinghy.

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