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 23 Apr 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: April 23, 2013

Luna Rossa Swordfish passes through the leeward gate at the first race and goes port for the rounding at the ACWS in Naples Italy April 20, 2013.  Linda Wright©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for April 23, 2013

We are still working out the wrinkles in our newsletter system, hopefully these have passed, and we expect to resume normal service in there near future. We are unhooking the Sail-World servers from the farm, this week, and that will be the final (nervous) step in the transition to the Cloud.

Tomorrow, Oracle Team USA are due to launch their new AC72 on April 23 in San Francisco. On Monday she was wheeled out of the shed, and the wingsail erected. We have photos in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter of the new AC72 along with some shots from the right angles of the first boat to provide a point of comparison.

Oracle Team USA - second AC72 - San Francisco (USA)  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Over the weekend, Emirates Team NZ competed in the final edition of the America's Cup World Series in Naples. Overall most would hail the event a success, with crowds of 120,000 attending each day of the regatta - to put that in perspective that is double the capacity of Eden Park.

We have been running full coverage of the America's Cup World Series, Naples on www.sail-world.com, including Bob Fisher's excellent daily reports and with Linda Wright photographing exclusively for Sail-World.

Bob Fisher is interviewed by the Italian Media on his Birthday at the ACWS in Naples Italy April 20, 2013.   Linda Wright©

It is hard to tell at this stage if the event is sustainable - the accounts won't be made public - and it is still building an audience in most regions. TV revenues are not believed to be substantial at this stage either.

The corollary of course is with the 2007 America's Cup, which returned a substantial profit including a significant in the millions dollars to the top teams, and lesser amounts to the lower finishers.

The right time to judge the whole America's Cup event will be after it has finished. For sure the AC72's are the most spectacular boats ever seen racing - and the fact that they can race close to shore withing easy view of spectators will be a significant factor in determining spectator appeal, and leverage to sponsors.

Artemis Racing White - America's Cup World Series   Gilles Martin Raget ©

Right now the 34th America's Cup is a cake that smells very appetising , but is still in the oven, and yet to be iced.

In terms of official results, Emirates Team NZ didn't have a great regatta. They departed the Match Racing segment early after a collision with Luna Rossa, while rounding a mark. Some were surprised that Luna Rossa was allowed to get away with luffing at the last seconds, causing damage (in most definitions of the rules) and while Emirates Team NZ was in the wrong, in our view the Italians should also have picked up a penalty under RRS14, which requires a right of way boat to take avoiding action when it is clear the other boat is not keeping clear.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins the day with two bullets in Fleet Racing in Naples Italy at the ACWS April 20, 2013.  Linda Wright©

The incident, and subsequent penalty, also raised an interesting point, which is that if a boat is penalised (usually to the point where the other boat has to get clear ahead) then can the other (non-penalised boat) slow down, burn up time as they sail down the track and remove the opportunity for the penalised boat to catch up in the remaining portion of the race?

In the fleet racing, Emirates Team NZ ran hot and cold, with two wins on the Saturday being offset by two premature starts on the Friday, and being caught in irons just a minute before the start in the final race. The way bonus points are allocated, mean that the winner of the final race will essentially take the series.

A rough points calculation we did today, scoring the series on the normal low points system, had Oracle (Slingsby) winning by one point from Emirates Team NZ, with the weekend's winner Luna Rossa Swordfish finishing fifth, Luna Rossa Piranha (4th) taking third place and Ben Ainslie Racing finishing fourth.

That calculation puts a different perspective on the result. The point is that ACWS regatta doesn't have a lot of relevance to the 34th America's Cup.

Magnus Olsson celebrating - Ericsson 3 finish third boat into Cape Town on leg 1 of the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race.   Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

The untimely death of six times Volvo OR/Whitbread RTWR competitor Magnus Olsson (SWE) at the weekend, aged just 64 years has rocked many in the sailing world. He was a larger than life character who will be sorely missed. We have two tribute stories in this edition of Sail-World.com. Don't miss the 'Talk, Talk, Talk' video.

Another making us all aware of our mortality is New Zealand professional sailor, David Brooke, scion of one of New Zealand's great boatbuilding, design and sailing families. Currently with Artemis Racing ahead of the 2013 America's Cup, Brooke collapsed and had an emergency liver transplant in San Francisco.

David Brooke working as part of the launch team at the America's Cup World Series, Plymouth  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

His father Don, has kindly kept us updated as to David's situation, and we pass on his reports in this edition. Hopefully David is on the mend, but by all accounts it was a very close run thing. Our thoughts and prayers are of course with David and his family.

For the all the negative lines that come out of the America's Cup, it is great to see the competitive animosity set aside at time like these, and the family certainly appreciate the support they have received from Artemis Racing and the wider sailing family.

470 Class - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © G.Durand et JM Liot/DPPI/FFVoile

In Hyeres, the New Zealand Sailing Team have got underway to a good start in the fourth ISAF World Sailing Cup event, with Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox scoring two wins and a fifth to lead the 63boat Mens 470 fleet. Josh Junior is fourth overall in the Mens Finn. We will be updating each day on this regatta.

C-Tech(NZ) and Smeg (Aust.) battle during Race 7 of the JJ Giltinans  Frank Quealey

This ANZAC Weekend, 13 18ft skiffs will be sailing on Auckland Harbour - including four of the top Australian boats. This is the biggest and best 18ft fleet to be seen in Auckland for some time, and is testament to efforts that have gone in behind the scenes in New Zealand and elsewhere to get the class up to a new level. They will be the Curtain Raiser/Main Event (depending on your point of view) for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September, when the 18fters sail for the Nespresso Trophy.


Oracle Team USA Slingsby wins the Match Race on the last day of racing at the ACWS in Naples Italy April 21, 2013.  Linda Wright©
Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest sailing news from around New Zealand and the world.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Events Clothing, with Phil Robertson on the helm, passed Club Marine in a tacking duel off the Naval base - 2013 to win the NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge  Tom Macky

In the second fleet race Emirates Team New Zealand places 4th and Luna Rossa Swordfish 6th but for the day, Emirates Team New Zealand holds second place at the ACWS in Naples Italy April 18, 2013.   Linda Wright©




America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal new AC72 in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defending team in the 34th America's Cup have unveiled their second AC72 catamaran, and the boat that will most likely be the Defender in the America's Cup Regatta, to be sailed in September 2013. At first blush, the new AC72 appears to be a development of the design concept initiated with their first AC72, refined when that boat was modified after a capsize in October 2012... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: New Zealand lead Mens 470 after Day 1 in Hyeres
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres is underway with Day 1 of the six day regatta now drawing to a close in Hyeres, France. A solid team of kiwi campaigners are competing including 14 entries across six events including the Laser, Finn, 49er, 49erFX, Men's 470 and Nacra17. Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox in the Men's 470 class top the 63 strong fleet... [more]
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Steinlager 18ft Skiff ANZAC Regatta – starts this Thursday
Auckland Sailing Club,
Thirteen teams are to compete Thursday to Sunday this week in the Steinlager 18ft Skiff ANZAC Regatta sailed out of the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay. It is going to be a true Trans-Tasman affair with four quality Australian based teams joining the current New Zealand fleet on their home waters.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's David Brooke on the improve
Richard Gladwell,
The family of David Brooke (NZL), a veteran of several America's Cup campaigns and Volvo Ocean Races, have advised that he is recovering successfully after an emergency liver transplant last week, in San Francisco. In an email yesterday, his father Don Brooke thanked all those who had sent messages of support to the family. 'David has turned the corner today', Don Brooke wrote.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tributes flow for Magnus Olsson
Sail-World,
Two former Round the World race skippers, now heading America's Cup teams, Paul Cayard and Grant Dalton have paid tribute to Magnus Olsson (SWE), a six times Volvo OR and Whitbread Round the World race competitor, who died last week aged just 64 years.... [more]
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2013 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge won by Events Clothing
Tom Macky,
Events Clothing overhauled Club Marine to win the 2013 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge. After two years of drifters the 2013 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge was sailed this year in a good 10 to 15 knot south westerly. North Sails were after a third win in a row but Events Clothing had other ideas.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 23, 2013 - Bulls try hard
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 23, 2013 - Equity markets were flat again to open the new week with the bulls attempting to get the car back on the road. Liquidity still flows thick and fast from the Fed, BoJ and ECB fueling the bubble in equities, although signs of the commodity bubble deflation is upon us and is sending nervous jitters through equities investors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - winner takes all in Final Fleet Race
Richard Gladwell,
Racing at the Americas Cup World Series event in Naples wrapped up today with what organisers call 'Super Sunday' - a final fleet race that is worth triple points. That sets the scene for what is essentially a winner-takes-all last fleet race.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Super Sunday - America's Cup WS - Race Day 4
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 4 America's Cup World Series, Naples: 'Super Sunday' – the very term is destined to be inspirational, but it can also induce fear to a team that has dutifully logged a series of good results to appear at or near the top of the scoreboard. The reason is the heavily skewed points available for the one race on the final day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Final day action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
On the final day of racing at the America's Cup World Series Naples, photographer Carlo Borlenghi was present to capture this gallery of images, enjoy!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Magnus Olsson, Six times race veteran dies at 64
Volvo Ocean Race,
The world of sailing was in mourning on Saturday following the death of Sweden's Magnus Olsson at the age of 64. A tired Magnus Olsson on deck on Ericsson 3 during leg 8 from Galway to Marstrand. Gustav Morin/Ericsson 3/Volvo Ocean Race Olsson competed in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in six editions from 1985-86 to 2008-09, tasting victory with EF Language in 1997-98. He was named a Volvo Oc... [more]
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Fisher's View: Birthday - in Naples - America's Cup WS - Race Day 3
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 3 America's Cup World Series, Naples: As if by magic, as the time for the racing approached, the clouds rolled away and there was 13 knots of seabreeze – almost perfect. The first match was between Tom Slingsby with Oracle and Ben Ainslie in BAR swith another crew from that stable. The pre-start was quiet but Slingsby started to windward of Ainslie and took the advantage to lead at the... [more]
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AC World Series - New Zealand score back to back wins in fleet racing
Irene Corosu,
At the America's Cup World Series, Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand won today's fisticuffs on the Bay of Naples, but it was Oracle Team USA's Tom Slingsby who is on the verge of securing the season-long battle for the 2012-2013 America's Cup World Series Championship in Jimmy Spithill's No. 4 boat. See all today's video replay and highlights in this story.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams in Naples come together to show support
Sail-World,
The America's Cup teams competing in Naples, Italy have come together to pose in the photo above, to show their support for David Brooke (NZL) who is in the early stages of recovery from an emergency liver transplant, after the collapsed in San Francisco, last Thursday week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Happy Birthday, Fish - Images of bygone daze
Sail-World and Various Photographers,
The doyen of America's Cup media, Bob Fisher, celebrates his birthday again today. Here's a selection of images from Bob's Birthdays past (and many).... [more]
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Fisher's View: Poets in Naples - America's Cup WS - Race Day 2
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 2 America's Cup World Series, Naples: First up was the quarter-final match for Luna Rossa – Swordfish in the hands of Francesco Bruni and Dean Barker in ETNZ. It promised much, and delivered. Barker forced Bruni over early and after the Italian had taken his penalty, ETNZ led by five seconds at the first mark and held that to the leeward gate.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series, Naples - Smashing action on day 2 + Video
Irene Corosu,
On day two of the America's Cup World Series in Naples, there were strong performances by Oracle Team USA Slingsby and Energy Team along with a jarring collision between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge. Helmsman Tom Slingsby led Oracle Team USA into the top spot in the standings with finishes of 1-2 in today's two fleet races.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Watching the breeze die.' - America's Cup WS - Day 3
Bob Fisher,
Day 3 America's Cup World Series, Naples: Winds in Naples Bay have a reputation for being notoriously fickle. One old salt once expressed this graphically by altering an age-old instruction to 'See Naples and watch the breeze die.' And it did, during the races with patches of no more than four knots and huge shifts of up to 40 degrees.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwi Cup vet receives emergency liver transplant in SFO
Richard Gladwell,
A key member of Artemis Racing team and veteran of several America's Cup campaigns, David Brooke (NZL) has undergone an emergency liver transplant in a US hospital. His father Don Brooke told Sail-World, from San Francisco, that 'David is indeed very ill, and our whole family is here in support. '... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples, photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site to capture this gallery of images of the action during day one. Enjoy!... [more]
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America's Cup: Elvis leaves the Building
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ have folded up their tents and started the physical move to San Francisco, where they will be re-erected. A report on the team's website says that the base and boats have been packed into 70 40ft containers ready for shipment to San Francisco.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Wished for a Lay Day - America's Cup WS, Naples - Day 2
Bob Fisher,
Day 2 America's Cup World Series, Naples: There was a time, back when Olympic classes regattas were week-long affairs with one race a day, that Wednesdays were always lay days. Some of the sailors in the ACWS final regatta might have wished it were still the case, but all nine boats were out all afternoon for practice racing, just as they had been the previous day.... [more]
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Fisher's View: A gift horse in need - America's Cup WS, Naples - Day 1
Bob Fisher,
Day 1 America's Cup World Series, Naples: Today's media 'conference', for want of a better word, was a shining example of a gift horse in need. It was held in a building with bare walls and more echoes than enough – and the behavior of the 'media' not actually involved was appalling – they talked loudly and the photographers were among the worst. Interviewing a skipper was a painful operation.... [more]
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The America's Cup: Adding up the scorecard for New Zealand Inc
Grant Dalton,
Emirates Team NZ leaves soon to begin the battle for the 34th America's Cup, the team has attracted major sponsorship from offshore; top international brands that are happy to invest large sums of money and partner with a New Zealand sports team. Here Grant Dalton reflects on the 2013 challenge, the team's achievements in getting where it is today and its place in the New Zealand marine industry.... [more]
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