'We're learning the limits of our boat' - titanic trimaran arrives in Auckland ahead of Coastal Classic

Competitors racing in the coastal classic later this week may be a little intimidated by the arrival of the Beau Geste trimaran, as the beast of a boat docked in Auckland.

At 70-feet, the trimaran is one of just seven like it in the world, and is targeting a triumph at the Auckland to Russell race beginning on Friday.

The new crew today hit the water, hoping to get the hang of things in time.

"We're learning the limits of the boat and our limits," crew manager and former America's Cup sailor Gavin Brady told 1 NEWS.

"We were off Devonport doing 35-40 knots down the harbour, don't know what the harbourmaster thought of that - but we basically got caught in a gust of wind and had nowhere to go."

Grinder Guy Endean echoed the statements of his crew manager, explaining what it's like to sail the MOD70, solely designed to break records.

"It's full on, just like the cat - but the main difference would be we're in the water so you feel like you're going a lot quicker."

The crew will spend the rest of the week in Auckland practicing, before coming up against fellow trimaran Frank Racing - containing none other than Kiwi nemesis Jimmy Spithill - when the Coastal Classic begins on Friday.

The 70-foot monster is one of seven in the world, in NZ for this week's dash to Russell. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: The stinging series of punches that saw Anthony Joshua leave Povetkin on the canvas

With blood streaming out of his busted nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble once more in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing's new superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.

Like 17 months ago when he was knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko in the same venue, Joshua was looking vulnerable. And just like that career-defining night, he came through.

Joshua slowly picked off a tiring Povetkin and delivered a brutal finish in the seventh round to retain his WBA, IBF, and WBO belt.

The end was emphatic, and trademark Joshua. A left hook left Povetkin open and Joshua followed through with a straight right that sent the challenger to the canvas. Povetkin had his head through the ropes at one point but he managed to get to his feet, only for Joshua to pile in with a flurry of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the fight with 1:01 left in the round.

"There is a lot of pressure, the whole country is rooting for me," said Joshua, whose phenomenal pulling power has seen him attract almost 400,000 spectators to his last five fights. "The energy in here spurs you on and you do feel that pressure, I'm not going to lie."

Joshua's record moved to 22-0, with 21 wins coming inside the distance. He is booked to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next bout, and the plan is for the opponent to be either WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Asked in the ring who his preferred opponent would be, Joshua said: "My No. 1 would be Wilder, let's not talk about a No. 2 or 3."

The world heavyweight champion dispatched the Russian challenger at London’s Wembley Stadium. Source: SKY

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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu breaks several national records at weightlifting meet

Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu has broken several national records at a weightlifting meet today.

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records.

Her records today were:

Snatch: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 96kg

C&J: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 111kg

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 200kg (which she then broke minutes later)

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 207kg

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records. Source: 1 NEWS


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Anthony Joshua delivers seventh round knockout, defends world titles against Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has kept his status as the biggest name in world boxing, defeating Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium this morning with a seventh round knockout.

Coming into the fight with his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles on the line, Joshua began brightly against 39-year old Povetkin, landing some early blows in the opening round, before Povetkin began to rattle the undefeated Brit with some shots of his own.

Joshua was then rattled towards the end of the first round, as Povetkin landed a blow to the nose to draw blood from his opponent.

Povetkin attempted to capitalise on his early success, and started to try and control the fight at the start of the third round, most notably with his left hook stopping Joshua find any sort of rhythm.

However, Joshua was able to inflict some damage of his own, cutting Povetkin above the left eye with a stinging uppercut.

It was in the sixth round though that the fight truly came to life, with both fighters seeming to exchange blows at will.

Joshua stamped his authority in the seventh, knocking Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh, before finishing the fight with a volley of blows as the officials bought the bout to an end.

Joshua will now almost certainly line up a bout with American and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, looking to add the final heavyweight world title to his collection.

 Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin Source: Getty