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Sail-World New Zealand: 28 December 2009

Neville Crichton with Trophy and Medallion - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009  Crosbie Lorimer
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 December 2009

It has been an incredible finish for the New Zealand sailing year, with Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo taking line and possibly overall honours in the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. That effort comes on the heels of Adam Minoprio and the Blackmatch crew taking the ISAF World Matchracing Championship and finishing on top of the rankings in mid-December.

Then came the great news that the ww.wekamarine.com!Weka designed by New Zealanders Roger and Chris Kitchen have won the prestigious Dinghy of the Year award from Sailing World magazine. You can see the partial review by clicking here

Alfa Romeo's effort in the Rolex Sydney Hobart has got sailing back on the front of the sports and general news pages> This was a superb effort from Neville Crichton and his crew who have a very professional approach to their campaigns, and it will always take an extremely competent crew plus a lot of good luck to head off Crichton and his team.

A jubilant Neville Crichton meets the press dockside - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009  Crosbie Lorimer

No-one was up to this task in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Who knows where and when we will see another match up with the three top supermaxis in the world, representing three different countries, and each with such outstanding competitive records?

Alfa Romeo crosses the finish line to be first home in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

We'll continue to have the latest updates from the Rolex Sydney Hobart race on www.sail-world.com and in our special Rolex Sydney Hobart newsletters with each edition being sent to going to 85,000 unique subscribers.

In this edition of Sail-World we are featuring an updated story on the re-creation of Nimble, Des Townson's Q-class which has been built under the tutelage of Robert Brooke, and she looks superb - both in lines and finish.

Replica of Nimble, top NZ points scorer in the 1956 12ft skiff Interdominion   

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And if you are looking for the place to be this New Year's Eve, then celebrate the end of the year and the decade at the free fireworks display and concert at Marsden Cove.Full details in this edition along with some spectacular photos of the flooding of waterways at their Pauanui development. Sections are available, and according to the latest real estate reports a boom in coastal property sales is about to occur, so check the deals at Whitianga Waterways, Pauanui and Marsden Cove.

Over 370 Wetas have been built - this one is sailing in Qingdao, China.   SailWeta Jeppe Mortensen

In this edition we have the latest development in the Constructed in Country issue, first raised by America's Cup Challenger, Golden gate Yacht Club, just prior to Christmas, and still unresolved or at all clear, with just six weeks to run before the first race of the 33rd America's Cup.

Alinghi 5 sailing in Ras al-Khaimah with sails claimed to have been constructed in USA.  Guido Trombetta/Team Alinghi

Several of the stories appearing in this edition have been submitted via our online submission facility. You can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news by Clicking Here - all copy will be published, please include a photo or three with a side over 1280px wide. There's a new big icon on the home page of www.sail-world.com to make it even easier for you. You will now be automatically informed when your submission has been posted and which regions it has been posted to - a great way to get exposure for your club, class, event, program or campaign.

Many thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Richard Gladwell,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart pre-race favourite RÁN waits for her fate
Jim Gale, Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
RÁN's handicap aspirations took a huge knock in the middle of Bass Strait, a patch of dead air so big there was no way round it. 'That hurt us a lot,' Zennstrom said.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 'celebrity boat' arrives in Hobart
Greg Peart/Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart,
Six yachts have now completed the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race including Investec LOYAL, dubbed 'the celebrity boat' which left Sydney Harbour Saturday afternoon with a bunch of sports stars and sailors, and arrived with a tight team of yachties who can all talk the talk and walk the walk - albeit a little wobbly after nearly three days at sea... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart classic yachts of the past chase modern glory
Bruce Montgomery/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media,
The overall race lead, which is determined by constantly correcting a boat's elapsed time to take into account its size relative to the rest of the fleet, is shuffling between some great names including Simon Kurts' Love & War, Martin Power's Bacardi and Mike Freebairn's Ray White Spirit of Koomooloo, which has sailed to Hobart in the past under the names of Ragamuffin and Margaret Rintoul ll.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 line honours podium fills
Jim Gale,
The 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race line honours podium filled this morning when Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI and Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard finished in second and third positions. Wild Oats' Mark Richards was gracious in defeat. '... we never got a look in really. .... They got out first and put 30 miles on us before we knew what had happened.'... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Images of More Finishers in Hobart
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. Investec Loyal arrived mid morning with her elite sportmen/novice sailors looking in good form. The entire crew got stuck into meat pies on their arrival, after a lengthy and frustrating motor around in the river with problems lowering their mainsail. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran arrived shortly after, spending some time trying to amnoeuvre into a suitable berth in the high winds that... [more]
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Test sailing the new Scandinavian Cruiser 20 in Xiamen, China
Nis Peter Lorentzen,
I have now been sailing the Scandinavian Cruiser 20 for two warm and sunny days with light wind of 5-10 knots in Xiamen, China. The water and air temperature was around 25C (80F). I wish sailing could be like this every day! So how does she sail?... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Dockside arrival images
Sail-World.com and Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht images by Andrea Francolini of the Hobart arrivals of Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Skipper's prayers may be answered
Ian Grant,
Brisbane Yacht Broker Mike Freebairn entered a bold challenge to secure a career best result in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race when dawn broke over the Tasman Sea this morning.... [more]
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Meeting called to resolve America's Cup construction issue
Richard Gladwell and GGYC Media,
America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club has initiated further moves on the Constructed in Country issue after the passing of its five day deadline set on 22 December. On 22 December GGYC notified The America's Cup defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, requesting a response to claims that it's America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5 had sails constructed using the 3DL process, manufactured at No... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gets gun in 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
KPMS,
After sailing a near perfect tactical race in extremely difficult conditions, with extremes from a testing 25-knot southerly, with a bumpy seaway through the first night, to a calm in the notoriously rough and windy Bass Strait, Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was first to finish in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI crosses finish line
Bruce Montgomery/ Rolex Sydney Hobart,
Sydney Hobart update - Wild Oats XI has arrived in Alfa Romeo's wake. Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from NSW crossed the Castray Esplanade finish line at 12.05 am, two hours behind Alfa Romeo and 16 hours outside her own 2005 race record.... [more]
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