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 13 Feb 2013

First outing for second Kiwi AC72, 18 footers, Vendee and SW toolbar

Team tender to starboard, Oracle spy boat to port - Emirates Team NZ - AC72 Aotearoa February 12, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©
Another big start to the week as Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the first sail of Emirates Team NZ's second generation AC72. We have lots of pix and a full report from RG.

Features in these images include the non-appearance of the centre pod around the main load strut, designed to put an endplate on the wing sail and tidy up airflow beneath the platform.

The bows look narrower than in the first AC72 - reducing drag, but also meaning that the team is more confident of the foils doing the work in a bear way or pressured downwind situation to avoid a pitch pole.

Looking very log drag - Emirates Team NZ - AC72 Aotearoa February 12, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

Drama for one of the strongest 18 foot skiff World Champion crews, just a week before the JJ Giltinan 2013, their Gotta Love it 7, was just about totalled in a very hard weekend capsize. The class builder Brett Van Munster, who is also a skipper in the 18s fleet, was immediately on hand to survey the damage with Seve Jarvin and his team are working round the clock to have 7 on the startline next weekend.

Gotta Love It 7 repairing damage before Sunday's opener of JJ Giltinan Championship 2013  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Tail gunners close on Vendee finish. Tanguy De LaMotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to arrive on the weekend and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21. This is the most compact spread in the race's 24-year history.

Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Coeur  Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Coeur

In 2008-9 there was a 42 day spread to winner to last boat home. In the 2003-2004 it's was 38 days; in 2000-01, 64 days; in 1996-97 34 days; in 1992-93, 43 days; and in 1989-90 53 days. This time it looks like the gap is just 25 days.

And now to the news.. you need to check the www.sail-world.com for some breaking news, just being posted as we send this newsletter out.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Sail-world.com expands customised toolbar for serious sailors
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Sail-World.com the largest sailing marine news network in the world has an extra-ordinary amount of sailing content, currently 106,000 stories, with images and result stretching back 16 years. This is easily the largest sailing database in the world. For serious sailors there is an Australian customized Sail-World toolbar.... [more]
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Farr 40 NSW State Title action fast approaching
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Australian Farr 40 class will gather in Sydney this weekend for the penultimate event of their 2012-2013 season, the Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Title, February 15 - 17. Traditionally keelboat racing has been conducted outside Sydney Heads due to harbour congestion.... [more]
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18 footers - J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 - Defending the crown
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - The J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 is about to get underway and the crew of Gotta Love It 7 team are tapping all possible options to get them ready for their title defense starting on Sunday.... [more]
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Thurlow Fisher Lawyers emphatic performance
Bob Killick,
JJ Giltinan 2013 - Thurlow Fisher Lawyers emphatic performance in last Sunday's final scratch race prior to the main event of the 18 footer racing season, will see Michael Coxon, Dave O'Connor and Trent Barnabas firm into Seve Jarvin's Gotta Luv it 7, the defending champions from 2011and 12, to equal favourites... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation Options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Battle for Brisbane to Gladstone record on the horizon
Ian Grant,
Sixty Five years ago Brisbane Businessman George Pickers set a trailblazing course into Australian ocean racing history when he steered his former Sydney Harbour racing yacht Hoana to win line honours in the inaugural Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race's 24-year history
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, with Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) forecast to arrive on the morning of Sunday February 17 and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21, this is due to be the closest in the race's 24-year history.... [more]
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SA State Optimist Championships - Alex Higgins makes it three in a row
Emma Short,
Largs Bay provided an excellent venue for the SA Optimist State Championships which were held in conjunction with the third YSA Tri Series. Wayne Thompson President of YSA, acting as Race Officer for the weekend, ran 12 races ably assisted by the Largs volunteers. The State Optimist Association were very impressed with the professional level of organisation put into running this event by Largs Bay... [more]
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Gold Coast to Brisbane Great Race 2013 - A Weta point of view
Miranda Powrie,
The Great Race, a 20 mile distance race from Southport Yacht Club in the Gold Coast to Weirman creek near Brisbane was favoured with the addition of three Wetas this year. A popular local multi race for off the beach cats and dinghies it weaves up the channels of the broadwater and across Morton Bay, making for some tricky and tactical sailing, with a lot of sandbanks to avoid!... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: A late opportunity opens for Kiwi crew
36 Below Racing,
This week there was some fantastic news presented to a talented group of young New Zealanders, regarding a sailing opportunity to participate at a world stage event. An 11th hour invitation from the Youth America's Cup organisers was made to bring the 36 Below Racing team to the qualifying trials being held at the San Francisco venue beginning 18 February 2013.... [more]
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Beneteau Bugle 2013 set for March 24th
Cheryl Stanton,
Vicsail is happy to announce the 2013 Beneteau Bugle will be held on March 24th 2013 at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia. We look forward to another great year of racing and fun... [more]
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America's Cup: On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. Here's the second gallery of images of the 72ft catamran sailing for the frist time in a light seabreeeze of less than 8kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: A good first day on the Hauraki Gulf for new AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta - Helly Hansen to back up 2013 event
Matt McGrath,
The Sydney Harbour Regatta continued their strong partnership with gear-maker Helly Hansen, which once again signed as major sponsor for the 2013 event. Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, March 9-10 2013, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest, competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. The event attracts many of Australia's most prestigious racing yachts and a range of popular intern... [more]
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America's Cup: First day of sailing for Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013... [more]
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Newcastle to Port Stephens Race 2013 - Entries keep on rolling
Richard Howard,
The Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race 2013, which will be held on 14 April 2013, has already hit 10 entries with still more than two months to go before race day.... [more]
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New Zealand's 18' Skiff Team for the J.J. Giltinan Trophy
John Little,
Seven New Zealand 18' skiffs are to take on the J.J. Giltinan Trophy starting this Saturday in Double Bay, Sydney. The J.J.'s has such prestige that it is known as the unofficial 18' skiff worlds and is sailed on the Australian based fleet's home waters. The regatta is contested from the 15-24th of February with an international fleet of 30 boats.... [more]
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175th Royal Hobart Regatta underway on the River Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Innovative changes have seen a much stronger participation in sailing at the 175th Royal Hobart Regatta, with close to eighty keelboats and dinghy classes competing today on the River Derwent. While yacht racing was once a major part of this historic event, along with races between Tasmanian trading ketches, support for sailing had dwindled in recent years.... [more]
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Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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NSW Water Police reveal new Naiads for their Marine Command
The NSW Police Marine Area Command has taken delivery of their three new Naiad 9.5m vessels, built by Naiad's east coast licensee, Yamba Welding and Engineering. The boats are 9.5m stepped hull, with a hardtop cabin, forward racking windows and foam fenders.... [more]
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Cherubs brave strong conditions in Round 3 of NSW State Championships
Rolf Lunsmann,
Defending Champions Kris Fay and Morgan Frew from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club put themselves in a commanding position in the NSW Cherub State Championships will skilful sailing in testing condition at Round 3 of the event.... [more]
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NSW ACT 9er Championship 2013 - Thrilling finale at Wangi Sailing Club
David Price,
The Zhik NSW ACT 9ers State Championship 2013 opened the final round of racing with scores tight in all three class categories. At the end of the day, Jim Colley, Haylee Outteridge and Dave Gilmour collected enough points to win their respective classes.... [more]
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Lorenz siblings happily on a gaining tack
Ian Grant,
Klaus Lorenz has personally developed a strong bond with his young team of tropical water sailors. Five members of his current squad qualified to contest the open fleet Australian championship in Tasmania with his star pupil and younger sister Eva braving the cold and windy test of tactical racing over the Derwent SC courses to finish with her career best eighth overall in the 130 dinghy fleet.... [more]
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