Devastated Kiwis lament cup ‘choke’

Devastated fans of Team New Zealand react as they watch racing in the America's Cup in Auckland. Photo: AFP

Despondent New Zealanders reluctantly confronted the dreaded ‘choker’ tag on Thursday after losing the America’s Cup to one of sport’s most stunning comebacks.

Thursday, 26 September, 2013, 2:10pm

Oracle force winners-take-all finale in America’s Cup

Oracle Team USA celebrates after beating Emirates Team New Zealand in America's Cup race 18. Photo: AFP

The longest America’s Cup in history will come down to two 72-foot, space-age catamarans making a final, dramatic sprint around San Francisco Bay, on a five-leg course framed by the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

25 Sep 2013 - 11:33am

Luna Rossa cruises to win over Artemis

Luna Rossa Team Italy on the race course against Artemis Racing Team Sweden during the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-final race two on the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California. Photo: EPA

Italy’s Luna Rossa breezed to a second straight victory over Sweden’s Artemis Racing Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Luna Rossa completed the 15.4-nautical-mile course on San Francisco Bay in a time of 54 minutes, 26 seconds, finishing just over two minutes ahead of Artemis.

8 Aug 2013 - 11:27am

One dead after America’s Cup boat capsizes

Andrew Simpson. Photo: Reuters

British double Olympic sailing medalist Andrew Simpson died on Thursday when a 72-foot catamaran of Swedish team Artemis capsized during America’s Cup training on San Francisco Bay, officials said.

11 May 2013 - 4:31am

Hong Kong still beats China as yachting hub, elite boat builder CRN says

Hong Kong has a culture of yachting and has a concentration of billionaires.

Yacht owners may have to wait for up to two years before securing berths for their boats in Hong Kong, but yacht maker CRN still prefers the city over other fast-developing mainland marinas as its base in the East.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Wild Oats XI wins Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race in record time

Wild Oats XI about to cross the finishing line yesterday. Photo: AP

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI smashed its own record time by nearly 17 minutes in Australia's Sydney to Hobart ocean yacht race yesterday, taking line honours ahead of Ragamuffin-Loyal.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

Controversy hits Sydney to Hobart yacht race as Wind Thing banned

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI heads south shortly after leaving Sydney Harbour at the start of the annual 628-nautical-mile race down the southeast coast of Australia. Photo: AFP

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race got off to a controversial start yesterday with fancied supermaxi Wild Thing ruled out at the last minute due to paperwork issues.

27 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Making waves

The founder and president of yachtmaker Wally, Luca Bassani Antivari.

The boating world is starting to realise its environmental impact. Richard Lord talks to three builders making advances in yacht design that are both green and glam.

1 Sep 2012 - 1:06am

World at their fleet

It's a toy show for China's ultra-rich, with offerings that vary from fine art to luxury villas, cars and private jets. But it is the superyachts that steal the spotlight, marrying new wealth with Sanya's aspirations to become the Chinese Riviera.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Full speed ahead for marina's development

Xiamen is poised to become home to one of China's most dynamic marinas, joining Qingdao and Sanya in the growing yacht and luxury boating industry. Manufacturers and brokers from around the world are setting up operations to take advantage of a new market, and the Chinese themselves are moving quickly to capitalise as well.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lack of berths leaves boaters high and dry

With 733 kilometres of coastline and more than 250 islands to explore, Hong Kong should be a paradise for boaters. But the city's marinas are jammed to capacity and a lack of mooring space makes it impossible for most in the city to enjoy sailing or sea-fishing.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Strangled at berth

A yacht crisis has hit Hong Kong: marinas are packed to capacity - there is a waiting list of at least two years for a berth at any of the territory's eight marinas; and costs are shooting through the exosphere.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

No economy class on sleek super-yacht

One of the world's biggest and most opulent super-yachts, whose deck is regularly peppered with the rich and famous, is docked at the Gold Coast in Tuen Mun.

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was spotted on the vessel with family and friends this summer in Majorca, Spain, while Hollywood leading man Leonardo DiCaprio has been reported cruising around Australia in it.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Life on the ocean wave

China's coastal areas are moving swiftly to take advantage of a growing class of wealthy elite whose taste for the high life is driving the development of new industries.

One major growth industry revolves around the yacht and marina lifestyle, which includes the buying and selling of luxury yachts, docking and servicing, races, and international networking exhibitions.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Living the dream

Olivier Decamps has enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle in the yachting industry during the past three decades

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am