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 16 May 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 16 May 2011

Camper nears the Three Kings to the north of New Zealand on her 2000nm qualifying voyage  Emirates Team NZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 May 2011

Volvo Ocean Race news takes centrestage in this edition with the launching in Lorient, France of the third Volvo Ocean race entry, Groupama.

Off the top of the North Island, Camper, campaigned by Emirates Team NZ continues her 2000nm qualifying voyage for the Volvo Ocean Race.

As previously reported, the second Volvo Ocean Racer, Puma, was launched recently on the east coast of the USA.

While the numbers in the fleet may not be reaching the numbers of those of yesteryear - the quality of the fleet is stellar.

Just look at the three campaigns above - the first, Groupama, are the top trans-oceanic sailing team in the world, with the world record for a circumnavigation of the planet.

Groupama Sailing Team puts their new Volvo Open 70, Groupama 4, in the water at their base in Lorient.   Volvo Ocean Race ©

Emirates Team New Zealand are the top monohull sailing team in the world, with wins in America's Cup, two Audi MedCup wins in the TP52's, plus Louis Vuitton Trophy wins and more recently in the Extreme 40s. Plus the team have a wealth of experience in Round the World racing.

Puma, led by top US sailor, Ken Read, were the second placegetter in the last Volvo Ocean Race in what was, by their admission, as rushed campaign. So they are a good benchmark with a wealth of VOR70 sailing experience, which the other two teams lack, as teams - notwithstanding that there are some outstanding individual Volvo sailors aboard the boats.

So it will be a fascinating race - even just amongst the three teams we have mentioned.

We have reports in this edition from the World Match Racing scene - from the Nations Cup and the first round of the World Match Racing Tour, Match Race France.

NZ's Laurie Jury - One ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final 2011   Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography - Copyright

On the back of the International Sailing Federation announcements last weekend on the Olympic Events for 2016, we have three stories on the developments that flow from that decision. Womens International Match Racing Director looks at where womens match racing is headed after the 2012 Olympics. The current world Tornado champions look at the impact of the Mixed Multihull on the catamaran scene. And there's a new contender on the Womens HP Skiff scene - although quite why any manufacturer would participate in an ISAF Evaluation Trial after the newly selected Womens Keelboat was ditched before it had even made one Olympic regatta.

We might live in a throw-away society, but that is ridiculous, and ignores the costs of all participants in the Evaluation trial, and the additional costs of the selected boat/manufacturer in bringing their one-design up to the ISAF requirements for Olympic competition.

Alice Arutkin - PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011  © John Carter / PWA

No more news on the America's Cup Challenger of Record withdrawal, save for some trying to claim the situation is not unprecedented. That might be marginally correct in one situation, 1974 when the Royal Thames were left to run the Challenger Series after not having a boat. But that is a long time ago - before the advent of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the notion that in the current circumstance that it is an option for a teamless Italian Club to be the Challenger of Record, and have the right of veto in matters of the Protocol is just bizarre.

Shamrock V, J class, Portofino Rolex Trophy  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 1992-1995 situation where there was a Challenger of Record Committee, may be an option as previously discussed. However or the Event organisers, or the Club itself, to have now run for now three days without so much as a public word, is curious, to say the least.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boatshow is over for another year. We hope to have a report in a future issue. However despite all the economic gloom, by all reports the show was a resounding success, with people deciding that it is time to start spending and all the standholders we spoke to reported excellent sales, and were most encouraged about the economic situation ahead, for the marine industry.

Chris Stanmore-Major gets underway onboard Spartan, on the final leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans Race  onEdition ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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www.sail-world.com,
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Volvo Ocean Race: 2000 Miles - Hamish's Blog - Day 6
On board Emirates Team NZ,
Latest report from aboard Camper, Emirates Team NZ's entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race who are on their 2000nm qualifier sailing in around New Zealand for the round the world classic. Today cooking and food are top of the agenda:... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Groupama becomes third Volvo 70 launched for race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama Sailing Team's new Volvo Open 70 was launched this afternoon in Lorient, France. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.' said skipper Franck Cammas. 'We are now done with sketches; the boat is here in front of us,' said the team's shore crew manager, Australian Ben Wright. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.'... [more]
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Australia and New Zealand into Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan
Pam Scrivenor,
Australia and New Zealand have secured a place at the Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan. In the Women's final Olivia Price and her team of Nina Curtis, Sophie Lahey and Rayshele Martin represented Australia and took on Olivia Powrie (NZL).... [more]
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Waka Racing reports from Match Race France
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand Matchracing team, Waka Racing reports from Day 3 of the Match Race France, the first event of the World Match Race Tour 2011: So today was very unfortunate for us. We lost our race against Bruni (ITA), and finished in a three way tie for eighth on five wins.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup update from Cayard Sailing
Paul Cayard,
One race here in Austria on the final day for the RC44 fleet. It was a rainy and cold day....temperature about 10c. It hailed at one point.... [more]
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TP52 Azzurra to be officially named by Princess Zahra Aga Khan
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Monday 16th May will be an important day for the team which represents the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), as the official naming ceremony of the new TP52 Azzurra takes place. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the Board of Directors of the YCCS, will be present to act as godmother.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Team Aqua closes
Jessica Gray,
Team Aqua closed the gap on Oracle Racing today with another great show of consistent sailing. With an early start planned for the 13 RC44 teams, they were greeted by a three hour delay. But when the AP finally came down, it proved to be some of the best conditions of the week.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championships 2011 preview
Katie Ashworth,
Zhik SB3 World Championships 2011 begins on Monday 16th May and runs until Friday 20th May hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. 103 entries represent 14 nations. 2 fleets will compete in 2 days of qualifying races, before splitting into Gold and Silver Fleets for the finals races. 14 races are scheduled for the Championships.... [more]
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Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 day two
Vivienne Masters,
Albeau and Arrighetti storm to an early event lead following an action packed second day of competition in Korea. Capitalizing on a promising forecast for the duration of the event's second day, the race committee wasted no time in summoning both fleets to the water to battle it out over two race eliminations.... [more]
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The Fastnet Race - Mini style
Scott Cavanough,
Race number 2 for Skippy and her crew in the 2011 Classe Mini season. The UK Mini Fastnet starts today.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs introduce 3-Buoys Challenge
Frank Quealey,
The series of five races, which will be known as the '3-Buoys Challenge'. It will commence on October 16, one week after the season opener, and continue each Sunday until November 13. The '3-Buoys Challenge' will have a continuous pointscore applying throughout the series and there will be no discard.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 5 underway after close start
Velux 5 Oceans,
The four solo skippers today showed just how fired up they are for the climax of the round the world race, all crossing the ocean sprint five start line within seconds of each other. It was more like a scene from a dinghy regatta as they jostled for position in the starting area.... [more]
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New Olympic sailing discipline born for mixed sailing
Roland Gaebler,
It´s now time to get the races and championships ready for the new Olympic sailing discipline for mixed sailing.... [more]
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International Moths at Parkstone
International Moth Class,
25 Moths arrived at the second Moth Grand Prix event of the year at Parkstone YC. New foil designs and new boats were being used for the first time and some new, and old, faces to the fleet had been putting in some serious sailing hours and clocking up some outrageous speeds.... [more]
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Match Race France to Damien Iehl
World Match Racing Tour,
Damien Iehl and the French Team had a perfect start to the 2011 World Match Racing Tour season, defeating Bertrand Pace and Aleph Sailing Team in an all French Final.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan - Top seeds advance
Vivienne Masters,
PWA World Cup Ulsan day 1. A leisurely opening day, where in typically taunting South Korean conditions, four heats were completed. Greeted with wall to wall blue skies and winds gusting up to 25 knots, the first heats of race elimination one were given a brief flavor of what's in store for them over the coming days.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - An unstable Lake Traunsee
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard updates us on the unstable weather and shuffling positions on Lake Traunsee for the RC44 Austria Cup.... [more]
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Match Race France live coverage launched by World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race France in Marseille sees World Match Racing Tour and television production partners Redhanded TV launch three new IPTV initiatives at the season opener this week... [more]
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Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show finishes Sunday - Show Guide download here
Hutchwilco Boat Show Media,
Today, Sunday is your final chance to see the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. Before you go, download the show guide to plan your visit before you arrive. You can find the people and products you need to see and then take a look at the rest.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images captured at today's final of the ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania.... [more]
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Pete Goss to take on Gore -Tex Arctic Challenge
Carswell Gould,
Pete Goss will venture into the realm of offshore powerboating this summer when he takes part in a major RIB expedition.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final Oceania day two
Pam Scrivenor,
Tight racing conditions at the CYCA had both umpires and the race committee busy during day two of the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final Oceania. Japanese sailor Maiko Sato and team turned out make large improvements during the race day.... [more]
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Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011 day 3
Elena Giolai,
Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011. Tomorrow is a decisive day before the medal race. The top ten of each category will race against each other with double points at stake and no discarding.... [more]
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Aussie Gold Medallists Parkinson and Stowell aim for 470 Olympic berth
Craig Heydon,
Tessa Parkinson and Belinda Stowell are two of Australia's most successful female sailors and they have now teamed up to earn a shot at the Gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Sailors gear up for RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series finale
RYA,
The last event of the 2011 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series will be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club (14-15 May) where the UK's top Olympic hopefuls will battle for an event victory.... [more]
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