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Sail-World New Zealand: 1 November 2009

A big thank you from Francisco Lardies and Finn Drummond   Gianni Tomazzoni
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 1 November 2009

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who supported Frankie Lardies and Finn Drummond in their quest to win the Believe Scholarship from Toyota New Zealand. Although they were behind at the start of the final week, Drummong and Lardies were able to pull through and win by about 100 votes in the contest, which ended at midnight on Saturday.

Their win gives the two young sailors $3,000 towards their campaign in the Olympic 470.

Our thanks to everyone who helped.

Hans La Cour Andersen : Start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race.   TEAM ABN AMRO/Jon Nash

On Saturday (NZT), the Decisions started flowing from the New York Supreme Court, covering four motions. Essentially it was a good day for the Challenger, Golden Gate YC getting most of their views accepted by the Court, including the major point of rudders being excluded from the Load Water Line calculations.

Justice Shirley Kornreich did spring a major surprise calling for another hearing on Wednesday (Eastern Time), where three experts to be appointed by the Challenger and Defender will be required to answer five questions put to them by Kornreich.

China Cup International Regatta. Regatta Hong Kong to ShenZhen
  Carlo Borlenghi ©

A great idea, but one which may be a little harder to work through in the time available, as we consider in a commentary in this issue.

We also have the Decisions that were handed down.

No announcement yet on the next venue, we expect that later in the week.

All dressed up and nowhere to go - BOR 90 goes sailing at San Diego  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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420 and 470 fans - a big thank you from Drummond and Lardies
470 and 420 sailors Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies who won silver at the 420 World Championships in Italy in August and are now in the Olympic class 470, have won the Believe Scholarship from Toyota New Zealand, worth $3,000.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup Jury may be flawed
Richard Gladwell,
The move to appoint a panel of technical experts by Justice Shirley Kornreich, to help her resolve five technical questions relating to the 33rd America's Cup might not be the great idea it seems on first blush. The simple reason being that finding the technical experts, who fit her criteria may be a little more difficult, let alone get briefed and into her Court Room on 60 Centre Street,... [more]
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The Hauraki Trifecta Teams Race - around Waiheke - 14 November 2009
Basil Orr,
The most strategic race this year for teams of 3 yachts. Open to members of any Yachting NZ affiliated yacht club. It is run by RNZYS, with cash prizes, including a substantial prize for any team gaining a 1-2-3 finish under PHRF handicap. Teams must comprise three different design yachts, with two rounding Waiheke one way, and one the other. Start at Westhaven 10:00 on Saturday 14 November.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: Modified BOR90 has her first sail + video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing took their America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 out for her first sail after around five weeks of modifications were undertaken in the builder's shed in San Diego. The major changes which are confirmed in these photos include a new mast (with a hard wing believed to be on its way); the centreboard has been removed, as has the main rudder;... [more]
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The Star Class....in Australasia
Andrew (Dog) Palfrey,
Why is the Star is so enduring in it's popularity? After all, the design and the class celebrates in one-hundred year old milestone in 2011. It remains an Olympic class and is regarded by many as the best one-design keel-boat to race, as the following quotes attest. Hamish Pepper (Feb. 09) when asked the proudest moment of his sporting career: 'Probably winning the Star worlds in 2006'.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: Modified BOR90 has her first sail - 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing took their America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 out for her first sail after around five weeks of modifications were undertaken in the builder's shed in San Diego. The major changes which are confirmed in these photos include a new mast (with a hard wing believed to be on its way); the centreboard has been removed, as has the main rudder;... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship Race 1
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs - Club Championship, Race 1 - The fleet took a battering in the conditions with only ten teams managing to complete the course. Current NSW champions John Harris, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris handled the conditions superbly to bring their skiff Rag & Famish Hotel home a 2m13s winner from Sponsor Wanted, crewed by Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas.... [more]
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Eight Bells ... Hans La Cour Andersen
Martin Tasker,
Passionate sailor, cameraman, editor, technician, producer, director, author, linguist, musician, loving husband and father...Hans La Cour has finally lost his long and typically courageous battle with cancer. The 54 year old Danish Kiwi covered virtually every major international regatta and to many he was the ultimate renaissance man.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta images from Carlo Borlenghi
Sail-World.com and Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from the China Cup International Regatta from renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race- Getting used to light breeze
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 - Although light, the wind has backed around more to the north so on the whole the teams can make better progress directly towards the finish line, or the scoring gate which, at current speeds is three or four days' racing away.... [more]
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Latest America's Cup court rulings might not bode well for Alinghi
Eric Sharp, Free Press Sports Writer,
After months of circling and jabbing, America's BMW-Oracle sailing team landed some legal body blows this week that bode ill for the Swiss Alinghi team's efforts to avoid racing for the America's Cup at Valencia, Spain, on Feb. 8. The latest ruling came Friday afternoon, when New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said that the rudders ...... [more]
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Whale rams and sinks racing yacht near San Diego. All crew rescued
Chuck Lantz,
The 40' J-120 'J-World' (ex-'Crosswave') was sunk by a whale while racing 200 miles off the coast near San Diego, California. The boat was competing in the 'Baja Ha Ha' race from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.... [more]
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Statement: Russell Coutts, Skipper & CEO BMW ORACLE Racing
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Our position that rudders should not be included in the Load Water-Line has been supported by the New York Supreme Court. We welcome this decision. We also totally support the Court's initiative to resolve the remaining issues with input from experts who are previous America's Cup jurors and able to bring their experience to bear on sailing and technical matters.... [more]
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Images from the Melges 24 World Championship
Sail-World.com and Leighton O'Connor images,
Images from photographer Leighton O'Connor from the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis 2009 Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - The bets are placed
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The bets have been placed and now it remains to be seen which of the tactical gambles will pay off as the ten teams competing in Clipper 09-10 race from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.... [more]
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New York Supreme Court appoints its own America's Cup Jury
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich has empanelled her own International Jury to consider key questions on the 33rd Match for the America's Cup. In a second batch of rulings issued today, she has invited the Challenger and Defender to nominate one technical expert, who must also have sat on an America's Cup Jury to advise the Court on five key technical questions.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Golding back in Le Havre
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
Transat Jacques Vabre update. Arriving in Le Havre last night for the final build up to his sixth consecutive participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race British skipper Mike Golding is relishing his imminent return to racing on the Open 60 which will be known as 'Mike Golding Yacht Racing'.... [more]
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New location for Events Clothing in Auckland
Kate Gordon,
Leading supplier of superyacht uniform, marine and corporate clothing, Events Clothing has a new home in Auckland, New Zealand. Events Clothing has moved into new premises in the suburb of St Lukes, a short ten minute drive from the city's marine hub at Viaduct Harbour, says director Owen Rutter.... [more]
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America's Cup: Supreme Court decisions just announced in New York
Richard Gladwell,
The Decisions of the New York Supreme Court have been announced in response to several Motions pleace before the Court, and heard on 27 October. The decisions confirm rather than elaborate on the verbal decisions handed down from the Bench. All were handwritten by Justice Shirley Kornreich and stated that they were as determined in Court and referred to the general Transcript of that hearing.... [more]
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The 2009 Kalia Cup in Tonga won by 'Never Us'
Trevor Joyce,
If you think the 2009 Kalia Cup sounds like a race you'd be right, but it's not. It's really what holidaying sailors call it when they go cruising through the glorious bays and anchorages of Vava'u in Tonga. The annual 2009 Kalia Cup went off again under clear skies and the balmiest of weather.... [more]
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Dutch Court orders teen sailor: Finish school first!
Nancy Knudsen,
14-year-old Laura Dekker has been barred from departing on her planned circumnavigation until July next year by the Dutch court that has again put her under the guardianship of child protection authorities.... [more]
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Interview with Bruce Kirby – the designer of the Laser - Part One
Rob Kothe Sail-World.com,
Canadian Bruce Kirby designed the Laser in 1969, in collaboration with industrial designer and boat builder Ian Bruce. 50 years on the numbers of Laser built is closing on 200,000 Now 80 years old Bruce Kirby lives in Connecticut -we did an in depth interview with him to discover the real story about the Laser – what was the design brief, was the first sketch on an napkin in a restaurant?... [more]
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Bay of Islands - latest news and entry information
Lesley for Bay of Islands Sailing Week,
It's getting c-l-o-s-e-r. Festive Season first – Bay of Islands Sailing Week second. Entries are already on our website. Air Calin has forwarded copies of their Gourmet Guide for New Zealand Travellers 'Taste – New Caledonia' - yummy french recipes for the first two entries. Jim Farmer's new Georgia IRC 52 was the first – which is where he wants to stay throughout the Regatta...... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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That's no dolphin!!! Sailing an 18 foot skiff around Lake Macquarie
Greg Patterson,
SkiffSail, one of two 18 foot skiffs sailing in this year's Heaven Can Wait race, competing in the One Lap Dash, certainly had an eventful time of it.... [more]
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No real progress in America's Cup venue debacle
Richard Gladwell,
Following the verbal Decision given by Justice Shirley Kornreich in the New York Supreme Court, on Tuesday, it would seem that little real progress has been made in terms of 'what happens next' in the America's Cup saga, now in its third year. Sources spoken to by Sail-World, today, indicated that they were awaiting the written Decision from Justice Shirley Kornreich before ...... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Season finale
RC 44 Cup,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the final showdown of the season. Ten RC44 teams will take place, as the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the season's most important regatta: four titles will be awarded at the end of the regatta and the points count double.... [more]
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RYA and UKSA form new British Keelboat Academy
Ellie Williamson,
The future looks bright for Britain's up and coming young keelboat sailors, with the RYA and UKSA today announcing their new ‘British Keelboat Academy'. The new programme combines the former RYA Keelboat programme and UKSA's GBR Yacht Racing Academy giving those involved access to the expertise and facilities of both organisations.... [more]
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Sailrocket World Speed Record Sailing attempt - 52 knots and the wall?
Sail-World.com and Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket Team have been in Walvis Bay Namibia on their fourth and final attempt to break the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. 'Soon we will be packing up Vestas Sailrocket for the last time on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. Yesterday I felt pretty choked up at the end of our last run. We topped 50 knots for two of yesterdays three runs despite average winds of only 22... [more]
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