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 26 Apr 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 26 April 2011

A fixed camera in the tower at the 2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals, Wakatere Boating Club, helped bring the racing ashore  Christine Hansen
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 26 April 2011

Welcome to a bumper edition of Sail-World as we round up the racing that has occurred over the Easter Break.

Close to home, was the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, which is the biggest single class event held in New Zealand, with 310 entries from five of the eleven countries that make up the Oceania Sailing Federation.

It was a pretty tough regatta by adult standards, and hats off to the young sailors who fronted for this event, and had to fight the elements as much as their fellow competitors. The sight of Emirates Team NZ's CAMPER hunkered down and heading out past the Optimist fleet en route to Tauranga, and her Round NZ tour will not have been lost on the young sailors either.

The final day was as miserable as they come with an outgoing tide, fresh seabreeze, mist, and then rain - however wherever you looked the sailors always had a smile on their face - and from what we saw on the water the event was sailed in great spirit.

Leonard Takahashi-Fry winner of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Open Nationals, Wakatere Boating Club  Richard Gladwell

Full marks to the organisers for pushing through a full card of racing under testing conditions.

One innovation that worked very well was the use of a fixed telephoto camera ashore (in the old starting tower) which bought some excellent images ashore and allowed the supporters to follow the event inside a tent with a cup of coffee in hand.

We have daily reports, images and video from the series in this edition.

After an indifferent start, to the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres, the NZL Sailing Team fired up overnight and New Zealand sailors are in the top five in four events. To top off the day, NZL Sailing Team members won races in three events, and three sailors won races in the Mens Laser. However the points remain tight. We have reports on the first two days racing in this edition.

Sarah Winter (NZL199211) Laser Radial - Semaine Olympique Francais 2011  © G.Durand et JM Liot/DPPI/FFVoile

From Manly we have reports form the 3.7 Nationals, and excellent images sent through our online submission system.


On Thursday, Emirates Team NZ announced their commitment to the 34th America's Cup, which we have covered in this edition. Not directly announced was their 30 strong design team. We have picked up their profiles and background from the media information supplied and have done a backgrounder in this edition. Certainly the design team is impressive, and the team has been able to recruit some top talent in the multihull design, wingsail design and several who have a good understanding of how the overall package holds together.

Top US multihull deisgner, Pete Melvin, is one of the 30 designers contracted to Emirates Team NZ  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

To us, this was the story of the day, together with the fact that the team has been working together since mid October 2010.

Seeing the Volvo Ocean Race entry, out on the harbour, alongside the Team's AC45 underlines the strength of the organisation. To our eyes the investment from NZ Economic Development looked to be very modest, when balanced against the returns that can be realised, and have produced a handsome dividend in the past. It comes down to a question for New Zealand, as a country, as to whether we are prepared to invest in ourselves - generally the feedback seems to be very supportive.

Too many have their eyes shut and mouths open when making media comment on the America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand announce their participation in the 34th America's Cup and the signing of Nespresso as a sponsor  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Maybe they should look at the Core Builders Composites facility in Warkworth, or the many fine yards, manufacturers and suppliers to realise that the industry needs the shop window of the America's Cup and other major sailing events to understand how the industry and sport can work together for the financial betterment of New Zealand.

No other sport has this industrial infrastructure behind it.

Further, one of the key points of difference with the New Zealand marine industry compared to others overseas, that most who work in the industry in NZ are active on the water - which is reflected in their products and quality. Many of those who now lead the marine industry, cut their teeth in the America's Cup, Round the World Races and Olympic campaigns of the past - either as competitors, shore crew, or suppliers.

Two weeks of regatta management and media trials ahead of the 34ths America's Cup and America's Cup World Series gets underway in Auckland this week. we will be following these in coming issues of Sail-World and on our website www.sail-world.com

How many of these young sailors are headed for America's Cup and marine industry sailing careers?  Richard Gladwell

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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ISAF World Cup: More Ups than Downs for NZL Sailing Team at Hyeres
Richard Gladwell,
Racing continued overnight at Hyeres, France in the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup, in the 2011 Semaine Olympique Francais. New Zealand had a good day at Hyeres, leading one class, and scoring good race wins in two others, and are now occuppying top five places in four overall. Top performers were Sara Winther in the Laser Radial, Dan Slater in the Finn and Andy Maloney in the Mens Laser.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 7
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 25 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais day two new leaders
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The medium and shifty wind in the second day of racing in Hyères has brought new leaders in five classes at the Semaine Olympique Francais.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour world class skippers ready to battle
WMRT/Andy Green,
ISAF Match Racing World Tour will see an exciting mix of Tour Card Holders compete to be world champion. With three skippers - Johnie Berntsson, Phil Robertson and Damien Iehl – making their debuts as Tour Card Holders and experienced Tour sailors like Peter Gilmour and Ian Williams returning for another bite of the cherry, the 2011 season is all teed up to be an enthralling battle.... [more]
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Images from Wakatere: Final Day of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the Final Day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet.... [more]
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ...
Various Sinners,
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment... [more]
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Henry Gibbs wins the Green fleet at 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Event Media,
On the final day of racing at the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, the Green fleet sailed another two races in wet and windy conditions. Fortunately the bad weather which was forecast held off until the sailors were well ashore and preparing for their prize-giving, but the sailors did have a choppy sea and rain to contend with.... [more]
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Takahashi-Fry wins 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Sailed under overcast skies, which turned to constant rain for the final race, and a fresh onshore breeze, the 310 competitors had a tough final day for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals - the largest single class regatta ever held in New Zealand. The final race results have not yet been posted, however Takahashi-Fry had the contest sewn up with a race to sail, possibly more.... [more]
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Take a whole day for this year's Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
2011 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show,
The organiser of this year's Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is advising visitors to ensure they allow enough time to experience all of the attractions and activities that will be on display.... [more]
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Tom Ashley leads RS:X windsurfers after Day 1 at Hyeres
Zoe Hawkins,
New Zealand RS:X Boardsailor Tom Ashley leads racing after Day 1 of French Olympic Sailing Week, with other NZL Sailing Team members, including Jon-Paul Tobin, and our 470 duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, in the top ten after a solid start to one of the year's most important regattas. With 1100 sailors participating from 60 countries, and in the year before an Olympic Games, the Semaine Ol... [more]
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Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Championships close results
David Staley,
Just a few points separate the top places in all divisions of the Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships 2011 being held at Royal Perth Yacht Club today.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Ashley provides sole highlight at Hyeres
Richard Gladwell,
Racing has got underway in the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup, with the 2011 Semaine Olympique Francais opening in Hyeres, France. Overnight the first of the qualifying rounds were sailed in the 10 Olympic events and the three Paralympic classes, New Zealand crews generally got away to a flat start. Crews are placed in the top ten in only two classes.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day one honours
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Perfect conditions blessed the first day of competition in the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Images from Wakatere: Day 4 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for Day 4 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - Happy smiling faces
Fraglia Vela Riva-Ufficio Stampa,
With one day remaining of the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting, the sight here at Fraglia Vela Riva is of happy, smiling children with their little boats and sails... [more]
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2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 4 Report
Christine Hansen,
Leonard Takahashi-Fry holds onto the lead with one day to go in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, Isaac McHardie is a comfortable second and Nathaniel Deverell keeps hold of third, but there's one more day of racing to come and there's a strong group of sailors after one of the top five position to secure a place in the New Zealand team to compete in the World Championship in Napier later this y... [more]
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Crac-A-Jac wins in two-handed Auckland to Tauranga Race 2011
Margaret Dijkhuis,
Edwin Delaat ticks off yet another successful race with podium finish. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrion Youth Training Programme member proved to have for what it takes. 14-year old skipper/owner Edwin Delaat and crew member Steve Alloway (Yachtyakka) won this year's challenging Auckland to Tauranga race 2011 on PHRF in the two-handed division.... [more]
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3.7 Nationals Day 3: Champion's mast topples on final day
Chris Mitchell,
Yesterday Rhys Johnson (second) lost his mast and today Derek Scott not to be outdone lost his mast over the side too. Towed back to shore, fitted a new chainplate that he happened to have (!) and he made out to race 7 effectively saving his series.... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Consistency pays on Day 4 + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Racing has just concluded on the fourth day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and with all to sail for, the top sailors could afford, and made no mistakes. Series favourite Markus Sommerville sailing for the host Club, Wakatere, strung together two wins and a third to move up three places on the leaderboard.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Excitement rises
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Strong wind and rain plagued the day in Hyères for the last day of registration and equipment inspection for the Semaine Olympique Française.... [more]
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Images of Wakatere: Pleased to be ashore after a long day
Christine Hansen,
Photographer Christine Hansen took these images as the fleet in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals came ashore after a long day on Day 3 on the water off Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland.... [more]
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3.7 National Champs: A tricky second day at Manly
Chris Mitchell,
Conditions on Day 2 were very tricky, about 10 knots, but there were a lot of light patches and holes for the first two races, plus the sun came out. After lunch the breeze picked up a bit, but was still fairly light with the heavies starting to grumble about the flyweights being able to wire when they couldn't.... [more]
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2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 3 Report
Christine Hansen,
New Zealand has reclaimed the top positions at the end of racing on the third day of the National Championship. The Open fleet sailed four races today and are now half way through their series, and half way to final selection for one of the five places in the NZ Worlds team.... [more]
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Images from Wakatere: Day 3 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Against Doctor's orders, Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals and captured the action from the finish of Race 4 in one division of the Open Fleet and Race 5.... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Lighter seabreezes shuffle the top on Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
The points table has had a shakeup on the third day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club on the city's North Shore. Due to light and inconsistent winds on the first day of racing, none of the three scheduled races were able to be sailed, but today four were completed allowing a discard to come into effect - helping some sailor's pointscores... [more]
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Optimist Nationals: Early starts hit Championship favourites + Video
Richard Gladwell and Event Media,
The second day of racing has concluded in the Toyota Optimist Championships being sailed at Auckland's Narrow Neck beach, on the North Shore. Two Australian sailors are placed in the top three overall in the Open fleet. After all racing was lost yesterday in the Open Fleet due to non-existent or inconsistent wind, racing only got underway properly today with a moderate 8 - 10 knot sea breeze... [more]
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Scott leads 3.7 Nationals at Manly, after Day 1
chris Mitchell,
At the end of racing on the first day of the 3.7 Nationals at Manly, 30 minutes north of Auckland, Derek Scott was leading the competition with two wins ahead of Rhys Johnson in second. Various sailors held the lead not least John Elliott, but Derek seems to have superior speed. Conditions at Manly Sailing Club (Whangaparaoa) were superb, the wind was a NE of 15 knots... [more]
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2011 3.7 Nationals Day Day One
Chris Mitchell,
Good Friday April 22nd. At the end of racing today Derek Scott was leading the competition with two wins ahead of Rhys Johnson in second.... [more]
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Olympic Games Sailing. Keen to be there? Latest news
Mark Angell,
Keen to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing? Read on ...... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pick up Alinghi sponsor for campaign
Richard Gladwell,
New sponsors are hard to find in the America's Cup and it was to the surprise of many that Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton was able to announce coffee maker, Nespresso as the fifth premium level sponsor at the teams entry confirmation announcement yesterday. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., is a worldwide pioneer and reference for highest quality premium portioned coffee.... [more]
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Race Day 1 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals + Video
Christine Hansen,
Lack of wind delayed racing until the afternoon, the Open fleet return to shore with no races completed but the Green fleet manage to get their first race away. Race Day 1 of the NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland began with balmy summer conditions and absolutely no wind.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confirms campaign, announces sponsors
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it was challenging for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed at San Francisco in 2013. Managing Director Grant Dalton said the team was now in a position to formally announce its campaign. 'We believe that we can mount a credible challenge which will have a very good chance of winning the America's Cup. That's our mission and that is the expectation... [more]
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Mistral Championship Regatta 2011, held 16th & 17th April 2011
Katharine Davis,
High winds and rain did not deter 19 keen Mistral Crews from competing in the 2011 Class Championships held last weekend on the waters off Tamaki Yacht Club. Saturday's high winds knocked out a few likely challengers, but no one was able to catch Andrew Stone and Michel Ford who lifted the trophy for a fourth sucessive year.... [more]
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PredictWind runs new technology aboard TVS
Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World,
Thanks to a light weather forecast there is no talk of blitzing records in the 130 nautical mile Auckland to Tauranga yacht race starting Thursday 21 April. But the crew and their supporters will have plenty of time to play with their new toy – a live tracker complete with camera and weather instruments.... [more]
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Wingsailed Optimist rig unveiled for 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Members of the Oracle Racing America's Cup team have been busy ahead of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, due to get underway at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club which get underway tomorrow. Several members of the various America's Cup teams live in the Devonport area, and took the opportunity to develop a wingsail rig suitable for the Optimist.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize AC45 in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today confirmed that their AC45 had capsized in Auckland while training today. The one design wingsailed catamaran left the Viaduct Harbour just before 1000hrs this morning and returned soon after noon.... [more]
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