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 20 Oct 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: October 20, 2013 - Tasman Record set

Team Australia (Sean Langman) arrives in Auckland after setting a new Trans-Tasman crossing record of 2days and 19 hours.  Richard Gladwell ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for October 20, 2013

We were on the water relatively early morning yesterday to catch the ,b>ORMA60 Team Australia arriving in Auckland, and setting a new, provisional record for the Sydney to Auckland Trans Tasman crossing of 2 days, 19 hrs 2 mins and 45 secs to civer the 1260nm course.

When skipper Sean Langman talked of doing the trip in under three days, prior to leaving Sydney, many thought he was being a little ambitious - a characteristic not unknown in those from the Western Island. However Langman and his crew more than delivered on their predictions.

Seeing Team Australia in the early morning light was an impressive experience, sailing at speeds we recorded of around 20kts, and occasionally flying her main hull, she seems to be very fast - aided by a big rig and massive Doyles mainsail.

Next Friday, Team Australia resumes their battle with her New Zealand counterpart, Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing. They have met previously, with the Australian having the better of the four encounters in Australian waters.

The race north in the PIC Coastal Classic promises to be an interesting one – with the two ORMA60's going head to head to try and beat each other and the race record of 5hr 41m 44s.

Man love - Team Australia finishes her Trans-Tasman record run  Richard Gladwell ©

In the monohulls the centre of interest will be Jim Delegat's Volvo 70 Giacomo, the former Groupama, winner of the last Volvo Ocean race, and whether she can reduce the monohull record of 6hr 43 m 32s set in 2009 by the supermaxi Alfa Romeo.

The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup has got off to a flying start for New Zealand crews, with 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie adding a win in the Womens 470 to their recent World Championship.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (centre) - 2014 ISAF World Cup, Qingdao October 2013  Yachting New Zealand

In the Mens event, Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox turned in their best result of the year with a third place in the overall results.

Thomas Saunders placed 8th in the Mens Laser, with Susannah Pyatt finishing 7th in the Wormens singlehander with Laura Lowther 17th overall in the same event.

Fleets were generally small in the regatta, staged for the first time at the 2008 Olympic venue of Qingdao. Racing was only held in five of the 10 Olympic events.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox - 2014 ISAF World Cup, Qingdao October 2013  Yachting New Zealand

The entry level was disappointing, with very few European sailors making the effort to travel to the first Asian World Cup venue.

It will be interesting to see how many Europeans make the trip south to the second round in Melbourne in early December. Historically the Europeans and Americans have only turned up at the Miami event, and then sailed the rest of the circuit which has conveniently been sailed in Europe.

With the 2014 World Cup reduced to just five regattas, two of which are in Europe, a rethink of the circuit is underway, as signaled earlier in Sail-World.

Saunders (NZL) Lima (POR) Laser - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao Day 5  ISAF ©

In short the European and American reluctance to travel is deplorable. Have they forgotten the dictates of the 2008 Olympic Commission which highlighted the dominance of the European countries in the Olympic fleets and the number of Olympic places they take? What is their plan to expand the sport beyond its current boundaries, if they won't travel to the so called developing counties and lift the profile of the sport in those regions?

Hopefully ISAF has the courage to address this issue, and take on the powerful EuroSAF lobby, which seems to have a myopic view of the future of the sport. Maybe it is time to bring in the regional system of Olympic Qualification outlined by the 2008 report.

2013 Moth World Championship Day 5  ThMartinez/Sea&Co ©

The International Moth Worlds have concluded in Hawaii, with the regatta being sailed in most un-Hawaii like conditions. New Zealand's Peter Burling did not have a good first half of this regatta, but improved in a big way in the latter half of the event to finish tenth overall.

We have plenty of reports and video of the Moth Worlds in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

Peter Burling (NZL) wins the Dash for Cash prize at the 2013 Int Moth Worlds.  Thierry Martinez/International Moth Class
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Richard Gladwell
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Loyal, the former supermaxi, Speedboat with Southern Spars rig and Norths sail inventory, in Auckland. Unfortuanetly she is not entered in the Cosatal Classic.  Richard Gladwell ©

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NZL Sailing Team: Gold and Bronze in first 2014 World Cup Regatta
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Both NZL Sailing Team crews competing at the opening regatta of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series for Olympic class sailors have medalled with Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie taking gold in the Women's 470. Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox secured bronze in the Men's 470.... [more]
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Support a sailor - and one of the sailing media - Riding for Cancer
Sail-World,
Help support one of the sailing media, Boating NZ's Ben Gladwell, on a Cancer Society fundraiser - any contribution is greatly appreciated. If you are a sailor and have competed in 18fters, the Fastnet, Auckland Noumea, Auckland to Fiji and many other races - please help a fellow competitor to help others. Or maybe you want to remember a friend or relative has suffered from cancer...... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Gulari Crowned 2013 Moth World Champion
Alan Block,
An early squall drenched the 80 competitors for the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship this morning as they prepared their flying carbon-fiber craft for the final day of racing. The rain and clouds brought with them an unfortunate side effect, cooling down Oahu's Ko?olau Mountains and shutting down the building thermal breeze that might have allowed a final day of rac... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 19, 2013 - Moving on
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 19, 2013 - Markets have moved on from the US Government shutdown and the Debt Ceiling crises and are digesting the effects and fallout.. The immediate impact is on economic data releases and on GDP growth. The shutdown is said to have negatively hit GDP growth and delayed and deferred economic data... [more]
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Mini Transat - Qualified to wait
Audrey Knight,
On Sunday 13 October, 84 skippers were set to cross the start line and race their tiny 21ft racers from Douarnenez in France to the stopover port of Puerto Celero in the Canaries in the 2013 Mini Transat race.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Victory for France + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
This morning, tired faces could be seen among every crew. Today was the last day of the 33rd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup. France was already known as the new champion yesterday. Switzerland, second, was six points ahead Team USA. The EPFL team must secure their place.... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Under assault on Kaneohe Bay + Video
Alan Block,
At the Moth World Championships, a surprisingly stable 6-10 knot Northerly breeze allowed for more ‘flight time' on Friday than anyone expected, as 80 competitors from 15 nations took to the waters of Kaneohe Bay, HI for the penultimate day of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Captivating finale plays out + Video
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered a captivating finale as the inaugural event in China and the first World Cup regatta of the 2013-14 series came to a close. A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the week and on the final day a south easterly 5-7 knot breeze with gusts up to 10 knots and a maximum current of 2.1 knots made reading the conditions key.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Lucky claims IRC Racer 0 Title
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC media,
The TP52 Lucky which travelled all the way from America to take part in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race has ensured she leaves with at least one piece of silverware, having won IRC Racing 0 Division on IRC handicap, pushing fellow TP52, OneSails Racing (which finished 1h 12m behind Bryon Ehrhart's boat) into second place on corrected time.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Teams try different tactics as fleet spreads out
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, various tactics are being played out and the fleet is becoming more widely spread with Great Britain and Derry~Londonderry~Doire heading further south, joining Invest Africa in the hope of finding more favorable winds.... [more]
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Team Australia: Big Bird's record flight to Auckland
Lisa Ratcliff,
When they passed between Auckland's North Head and the leading lights at Rangitoto Channel at 9:12:43NZT this morning, the six-man crew on the giant multihull from Sydney nicknamed ‘Big Bird' set a new world speed passage record from Sydney to Auckland.... [more]
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Images from Team Australia's finish at end of new record mark
Peter Idoine,
Peter Idoine was driving for the Sail-World photographer, this morning when Team Australia set the new record mark for the Sydney to Auckland crossing, of two days 17 hours. When not driving he fired off these images of the historic event.... [more]
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Team Australia sets record for Trans Tasman crossing
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60, Team Australia, skippered by Sean Langman, has set a new record for the Sydney-Auckland crossing of the Tasman Sea, when she crossed the finish line around 9.00am NZT. Sail-World was on the water to accompany Team Australia for her final few miles and will post more photos and reaction as soon as they are processed... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Intriguing penultimate day + Video
ISAF,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, the action will heat up on the final day with equations and what ifs running through sailors heads after an intriguing penultimate day of racing in Qingdao, China. Light winds and a strong current made racing a tricky affair for the six classes sailing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition venue.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Images from day 5
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this gallery of images from day five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. This first stop of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup is scheduled from 13-19 October.... [more]
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Moth World Championship: Competitors worried about racing
Alan Block,
Talk around Kaneohe Yacht Club's boat park this morning wasn't about which foils to use or which sails were best for today's racing. Instead, competitors at the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship were worried if they'd get any racing in at all in the final two remaining days of the regatta.... [more]
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Team Australia: Damaged foil and flying fish on record run
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia's skipper Sean Langman this morning revealed they have a damaged starboard foil after hitting something on the first afternoon of their Sydney to Auckland world sailing speed record crack. The damage may extend to the rudder; when they finally gybe and the other hull is out of the water the extent should be revealed.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Outstanding performance on day 4 + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
During day four of racing at the Student Yachting World Cup, the Switzerland team made an outstanding performance which put them in second place. The French team from Kedge BS kept the top place in the general ranking. The fourth day has been composed of four windward-leeward races with two laps each. The teams enjoyed a clear sky with a shining sun in Pornic.... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Day 3 highlight video
Alan Block,
Today's McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship Highlight Reel features the most exciting action yet from Kaneohe Bay. One boat destroyed, quite a few damaged, and amazing racing action as Detroit's Bora Gulari overhauls Aussie Nathan Outteridge for the lead.... [more]
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Andrew Murdoch wins windy North Island Finn Champs
David Hoogenboom,
Wow, back at work after a day off to recover from the Nth Island Finn Champs. What a great venue and well run regatta. The wind was right up there, but again the best sailors came through after some amazing races.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Day 4 action shots
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this selection of images from day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Sailors tested on day 4
ISAF,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, sailors' focus and fitness were tested on the day four as a teasing light southerly breeze played its way across the race tracks. Qingdao has showcased a whole host of conditions taking the 131 sailors from 24 nations from extreme big breeze to patient light wind tests.... [more]
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A family affair for Perth-bound Kiteracing champions
Janine Pittaway,
Spending time at the beach is a normal family activity for most, but the Bridge family from East Devon in England take it to a completely new level with a combination of six world championships for Kiteracing and numerous other awards and a world record to their name.... [more]
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Sprint to Auckland - Team Australia's half-way gone
Lisa Ratcliff,
Conditions have abated to steady for the weary Team Australia crew now past the half-way point of their Sydney to Auckland record bid.... [more]
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Moth World Championship: Day 2 - It's different sailing day + Video
Alan Block,
For the 2013 McConaghy + McDougall International Moth World Championship, light to non-existent breeze skunked the opening day, but Tuesday was a different story. After several general recalls and abandonments, the breeze filled in at a light-but-sailable six to nine knots of breeze from the East-Northeast, allowing for three races to open the event for the 80-boat fleet.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Close knit racing on day 3
ISAF,
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, exciting close knit racing was the dish of the day as racing ramped up. The cool front that brought strong winds the day prior passed through enabling racing to commence at 11:00 local time. Northerly breeze at 16 knots at the start time slowly dropped down to 14 knots allowing three races across all fleets to be completed.... [more]
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