Dean Barker and Grant Dalton (TV3)
Dean Barker

Auckland to host Volvo Ocean Race again

Tue 29 Jan 1

The city will host 15-day stopovers in 2015 and 2018.

Big is best for luxury yachts

Fri 18 Dec 1

Auckland carbon spar design company Southern Spars was today rigging the latest 58-metre Kokomo with the world’s second biggest carbon fibre mast, at 75 metres tall.

But the company says it’s working on an even bigger mast (83m tall) for an undisclosed party in Europe. Even still, it won’t quite beat the world’s largest, at 88m.

In the trend towards creating the biggest, fastest luxury racing yacht, Auckland’s marine industry has been busy.

Boat show hopes for biggest marine event since America's Cup

Thu 17 Dec

The marine industry is hoping for its biggest event since the America’s Cup next year, with the culmination of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series and the Auckland International Boat Show.

Marine Industry Association executive director Peter Busfield said Louis Vuitton racing yachts, crews, support boats, patrol boats and visiting super yachts in the Viaduct Harbour would add a whole new dimension to the boat show.

Ten countries are expected to compete in the regatta and the first round robin runs for the duration of the show, from March 11 to 14.

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