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 12 Apr 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: April 11, 2013

Circa 22nd April 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston with champagne aboard his 32ft yacht SUHAILI off Falmouth, England after becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe.  Bill Rowntree - PPL ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for April 11, 2013

We're pleased to able to report that Sail-World's transition to the Cloud is almost complete, one of the final phases of which has been to convert our newsletter system. This letter is a re-send of what was sent yesterday after a corruption resulted in many subscribers not receiving the newsletter. Our apologies for any duplications. We have updated some of the items.

Just in is the announcement that Oracle Team USA will launch their new AC72 on April 23 in San Francisco - a month before the arrival of Emirates Team NZ, who will be the last Challenger to arrive in San Francisco.

The main feature in this edition is a two-part interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer.

Yes, he's the same Grant Simmer that competed in the 1972 Cherub Worlds in New Zealand, then at just 26 years old was the navigator on board Australia II, winning the first of his three America's Cups. Now in his ninth America's Cup, Simmer, the former mechanical engineer is with Oracle Team USA, who he joined after the evaporation of the GBR Team Origin in 2011.

Oracle Team USA - March 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

In the two part interview Simmer is very honest about some of the issues that the Defender has faced, and seems to be very confident that the Defenders can get back on top of the game by the time of the 34th Match in September.

In other America's Cup news, we cover the final sail of Emirates Team New Zealand, unfortunately we only have the team supplied reports and images of this milestone event.

America's Cup - Artemis Racing foiling on their AC45 in San Francisco  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing have, today, released a video of their AC45 foiling in a very stable manner, save for one near cartwheel, which is also recorded. Whether they have been able to transfer this form to their AC72 remains to be seen. Their second SAC72 is due for launch in late May and is expected to be a true foiler. However as we note in the interview with Grant Simmer, time is fast running out in this America's cycle.

Luna Rossa are virtually out of Auckland. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature an extract from an interview by top European website, vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis, with their skipper Max Sirena, who certainly doesn't hold back on what he thinks of certain aspects of the America's Cup.

Sailing Central will again feature at the 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show  Hutchwilco

Today we broke the story of the estranged relationship between the European manufacturers of the worlds biggest one design class and its designer.

Bruce Kirby outlines the actions he has taken, which are to require the International Sailing Federation to stop issuing building plaques to the European builders, and without waiting for the outcome of Court action to decide who owns the Laser name he has renamed his design the Torch (after his first Int 14ft skiff).

Effectively Kirby has hit system reset on a bunch of issues that threatened to take the class down, and now it is being re-booted, and production of the Torch is about to restart. Quite where the International Laser Class Association sits in all of this is a little unclear, but in reality they have little option but to run with the New Deal.

Napier Sailing Club's Olivia Mackay (17) and Abby Goodwin (15) are the first females to win the 420 National Championships - 2013 420 Nationals, Takapuna  Richard Gladwell ©

The New Zealand Sailing Team has performed well at the third round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup in Palma, winning three medals in two classes, having competed in only six of the ten Olympic class events.
We have reports and images in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

The full route for the Volvo Ocean Race has been announced. The latest and final stopover to be announced is Lorient, France. While some may disagree with the format of the race which has shifted a long way from its original concept of being a round the world sailing adventure, to being close to a round the world sailing rally, with a variety of long and short course racing. It is what it is, and the race seems to be ahead of where it was in previous editions.

Controlling spinnakers "upwind" wasn't easy - 49th Congressional Cup Day 1  Rich Roberts ©

The course also has a more solid feel to it with some new destinations mixed with some of the cornerstones of the old course. The key will be the negotiation of the second leg into and out of Abu Dhabi, avoiding the security issues of the previous edition, and have the boats racing for the complete leg.

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest sailing news from around New Zealand and the world.

Ben Ainslie Racing - America's Cup World Series  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Emirates Team New Zealand chase boat loaded on a flat rack for shipping.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma  © Victor Kovalenko




America's Cup: Oracle boss says Kiwis favourites - for the moment
Richard Gladwell,
With just over 20 weeks left on the clock until the start of the 34th America's Cup, Grant Simmer, COO of Defender Oracle Team USA, is playing the usual psychological games, picking challenger Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup. Emirates Team NZ is the favorite. I would say that they are the favorites to win the Cup, at the moment... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Hauraki Gulf as Emirates Team NZ ends
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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Shaw dominates Paper Tiger International event again
Rowdy Leatham,
Dave Shaw has dominated the 2013 Swire Shipping International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships held over Easter weekend (28 March – 1st April) in a repeat of the 2012 event. Four race wins on day one set up Shaw, before a second and a ninth place (after an impressive cartwheel down the first reach) on the final day left Shaw (Nelson, NZ) 3 points ahead of second placed Bryan Anderson (Austr... [more]
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Harken Young 88 Nationals attract top Pro-Am talent
Mike Leyland,
The calibre of the owner drivers in the 2013 Young 88 fleet is enough to put the heat on the most seasoned professionals. Members of Emirates Team New Zealand have entered several times and prevailed over the last few years but this year the cat is amongst the pigeons and their desire for a serious one design competition has been foiled by other commitments.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We will keep learning, even in the Match' - Simmer
Richard Gladwell,
Part 2 of the interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer, whose experience spans nine America's Cup campaigns, including three wins in 1983, 2003 and 2007. Simmer picks up the story, revealing that the launch date for Oracle Team USA's second AC72 will be prior to the end of April, and elaborates on the program through to the end of the America's Cup Match.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 12, 2013 - KIWI gains more
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 12, 2013 - US equities continued to break new ground with the DOW approaching an unprecedented 15,000! The inexorable rise is unabated with the Bulls in total control of equities and related risk assets. The KIWI booked even greater gains, surging to record levels, hitting 0.8625 as major currencies wither in the face of liquidity explosions.... [more]
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The Kirby Torch - Latest news after Laser lawsuit
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Canadian Bruce Kirby designed a 'car-topper' in 1969. It was launched as a Laser in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story.... [more]
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Extreme 40s in Singapore - throw the dice
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series has begun in Singapore under the gaze of the towering downtown city skyline where the Extreme Sailing Series Race Village is nestled in the heart of this bustling city. Marina Bay reservoir will provide a temporary residence for the eight Extreme 40s for the next three days of Stadium Racing, and if today's racing is anything to go by, Act 2 could be anyone... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Ian Williams clear of the field after day 2
Rich Roberts,
The 49th Congressional Cup is now underway and after the conclusion on day two, it's certainly no surprise that Great Britain's Ian Williams, the top-ranked match racer in the world and winner of the last two Congressional Cups, is clear of the field, but should he be making it look so easy?... [more]
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Something for everyone at 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
Mike Rose PR,
The 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show has been designed to cater for everyone, from those seriously looking to buy a new boat, motor or accessory to those simply curious about boating, fishing or diving.... [more]
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Historic photos of first solo circumnavigation saved for posterity
PPL Media,
A 3,000-strong archive of pictures, taken during Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's pioneering solo non-stop round the world voyage in 1968/9, has been discovered and saved for posterity by specialist photo library PPL. The pictures cover Knox-Johnston's entry in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in1968/9 when Robin was one of nine starters attempting to become the first to sail alone non stop around... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing release video on AC45 foiling
Sail-World,
The Swedish America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have released a video showing their AC45 verysuccessfully foiling on san Francisco bay. Features comment from Nathan Outteridge and Adam May.... [more]
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Kiwi youth sailors win UK Youth Nationals in 29er + Video
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand's Markus Sommerville and Jack Simpson have won the 29er division at the 2013 RYA Youth National Championships which wrapped up on April 5th in Largs, Scotland. The victory bodes well for Markus and Jack, both Wakatere Boating Club sailors, who have been selected to represent New Zealand in the 29er at the 2013 ISAF Sailing Youth World Championships on in July in Cyprus... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa's Max Sirena reviews their time in Auckland
vsail.info,
Pierre Orphanidis of leading European sailing website vsail.info spoke with Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena, with the Italian team's AC72 yacht scheduled to arrive in San Francisco in a week and the sailing team preparing in Naples for the final America's Cup World Series event, Max Sirena gave us an update on the latest developments at Luna Rossa:... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts packing for San Francisco
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have started the pack out of their base in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. 31 containers holding everything from office furniture and tent structures to hydraulics and engineering workshops will leave the base this week alone.... [more]
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America's Cup: Image gallery - Oracle Team USA training in San Fran
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Team USA have been putting in the training time in San Francisco getting the wrinkles out of Oracle Team USA 17, as their rebuilt AC72 is known, and ahead of the launch of their second AC72 later this month. Also featured is an interview from the America's Cup UnCut series with wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Final day video interviews
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre drew to a close in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday 6th April 2013. Following are video interviews with Italy's Flavia Tartaglini, Netherlands Mandy Mulder and Thijs Visser, New Zelands Andy Maloney and Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race : Full route for 2014/15 race is announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The French city of Lorient will return as the penultimate stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for the 12th edition in 2014-15, completing a route that will test the world's best professional sailors to the limit in a race around the world lasting almost nine months and 40,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - SCA reveal quintet for all-female team
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race. British pair Sam Davies and Annie Lush, Australians Sophie Ciszek and Liz Wardley and Carolijn Brouwer of the Netherlands are the first sailors selected by Team SCA to be part of the all-female team for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – Laser Medal Race images
The Sail-World.com Team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images from the Medal Race action that took place in the Laser Standard class.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – 49er FX Medal Race images
The Sail-World.com Team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images from the Medal Race action that took place in the 49er FX class. Enjoy!... [more]
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America's Cup: Hall of Famer dies in San Diego at 95
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Hall of Fame member, Jack Sutphen, passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego on March 24, at the age of 95 years. Best known as a key part of the trial horse crew for Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaigns, Sutphen's relationship with Conner had its genesis in 1974, when he was replaced by Conner as tactician aboard the 12 metre Courageous.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Three medals for New Zealand in Palma
Jodie Bakewell-White and Sail-World,
New Zealand sailors have won three medals at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – the first of the major European World Cup Regattas. New Zealand sailors won the Gold medals in the Mens singlehanded Laser class (Andy Maloney) , a second NZ sailor, Sam Meech won the Bronze medal in the same event. In the new Olympic Womens twin trapeze skiff, the 49erFX, Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech won the Silver m... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Fantastic action comes to a close in Palma
Neus Jordi,
The 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre has delivered great racing conditions and a real test coming into the new Olympic quadrennial. It was interesting to test here a new scoring system and format, and despite mixed opinions, the regatta has deserving winners in all classes and most of the regatta leaders conserved their yellow jersey after their medal races.... [more]
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Guo Chuan becomes first Chinese solo non-stop circumnavigator
Xinhua,
China's Guo Chuan is celebrating with his world record in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 5, 2013. Guo sailed back home on Friday morning to become the first Chinese to successfully circumnavigate the globe singlehanded. Aboard his Class40 yacht, 48-year-old Guo travelled about 21,600 nautical miles in 138 days before he returned to his hometown of Qingdao... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Blasse takes the title in Pattaya
Robert Deaves,
At the 2013 Singha OK Dinghy World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has taken the title after placing second in the only race sailed on the final day. Nick Craig (GBR) took the silver while Mike Williams (AUS) took the bronze. The final race was won by defending champion Andre Budzien (GER).... [more]
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