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Sail-World New Zealand: 16 March 2010

The America's Cup goes on display in Auckland  
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 March 2010.

Emirates Team New Zealand have emerged a clear winner from the Qualifying Round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Behind them is a logjam on the points table. In this edition we are carrying reports and images from the regatta, along with what happens next in the regatta.

Assuming the Qualifying Round is completed tonight, two teams will drop out of the regatta. Two more will sit out the next phase. Read the full story in the Emirates Team NZ report to catch the detail.

The America's Cup has arrived back in New Zealand, we expect to have some coverage later tonight (NZT).

In the Atlantic, Groupama 3 is closing the gap in the Jules Verne Trophy attempt and at the latest report is currently just 72nm astern of the required mark.

Mascalzone Latino Audi and Aleph racing in Auckland harbour.   Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com

America's Cup news remains the top rating stories in Sail-World. Today we have posted a sequence of video taken at the start, from the Committee Boat end of the line - it is spectacular - much more so than the version screened on TV.

And on the subject of great video, don't miss the Rata Road Regatta story, where one of new Zealand's sailing legends makes a grovelling apology. Yes, it's a tear jerker.

Slipstream sailed by Waka Racing have taken the NZ position in the BMW World Sailing Cup  

The interviews we have published with Jimmy Spithill, skipper of BMW Oracle Racing, have been another top rating story over the last couple of days, and are now joined with the first part of the interview with Noel 'Nitro' Drennan sail trimmer aboard USA-17. We've updated the interview with more images, including a shot of the wrist PDA, which was vital part of the 'wireless boat' concept used by USA-17 and which was adapted to a number of very cool devices, all new to sailing.

ETNZ drops the spinnaker pole with the bowman attached which made for some exciting moments. Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland - New Zealand.  Bob Greiser /Outsideimages.co.nz

We've also got plenty of local news including the finals of the NZ series for the BMW World Sailing Cup and Olympic hopefuls updating on their forthcoming European campaigns. Catch the great story and photos from Wellington, as a freak storm hits the Corporate Race fleet. For Wellingtonians it was surely just a gentle zephyr, but for those outside the windy city, it would have been Battle Stations!

A gentle breeze hits the RPNYC Business House Yacht Race   Chris Coad

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Sheet loads on BMW Oracle Racing were reduced from 26 tonnes with the soft sail to three tonnes with the wingsail  

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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America's Cup arrives in New Zealand on Tuesday 16 March
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
The America's Cup trophy is returning to New Zealand, where it will be on display for public viewing during the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Auckland. The Cup, which was won one month ago by the American team BMW ORACLE Racing, has been residing in its new home at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. It is scheduled to arrive in Auckland on Tuesday, March 16th.... [more]
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Rata Road Regatta - Simon Gundry repents + Video
Scott Macindoe,
Saturday, 6 March saw the 15th edition of the venerable Rata Road Regatta sailed off North Shore's Cheltenham Beach. Confined to 'locals' the event is one of the mostly keenly contested regatta in New Zealand carrying gold plated bragging rights the next 12 months.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - BUSTED!
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture this sequence as Artemis (SWE) dropped their spinnaker pole in the water on the hoist at the first mark in their Round Robin match against Azzurra (ITA)... [more]
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America's Cup: New, stunning, video posted of Race 1 start
Richard Gladwell,
At the Auckland International Boat Show, Sail-World ran all the video we had of the 33rd America's Cup. One 20 minute section of the start of Race 1 was guaranteed to stop the crowds and pack them around the big screen. Having been on the water, and later seen the broadcast, we don't believe that the broadcast did justice to that opening stanza of the 33rd America's Cup. However Sailing Anarchy... [more]
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Fisher's View: The best seat in the house!
Bob Fisher,
Imagine sitting behind Jason Button in his McLaren as he laps the Bahrain circuit during this weekend's Formula 1 Grand Prix; it's the same as being behind Ben Ainslie as 18th man on TeamOrigin in a match with Bertrand Pace and the Aleph team. Maybe the corners don't come up at more than 300 kph, but it sure as hell feels like it.... [more]
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America's Cup: Nitro's Wingsail Trimming Primer
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell interviewed Noel (Nitro) Drennan, on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show. In this first part of a two part story, we look at the trimming differences between the soft and wing sails; how the trimmers would get USA up and hull flying;plus how Drennan made the transition from being a sailmaker at Norths into the professional sailing world... [more]
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Business House Yacht Race 2010 encounters windy weather
RPNYC Events,
The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club held its annual Sailing Academy fundraising Business House Yacht Race on Friday 12 March. 10 businesses had entered teams and were spread across 13 boats in a pursuit race with first group away at 2.30pm. The day started well with perfect starts for all boats in great conditions. The majority of the race was completely before the southerly hit.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education: PWC and Powerboat handling at Boat Show
CBES Media,
Coastguard Boating Education will provide handling demonstrations using a 'Sea-Doo' PWC / Jet Ski and Powerboat Handling at the Auckland International Boat Show this year. A qualified RYA instructor will manoeuvre the Personal Water Craft through a course on the Viaduct Harbour and demonstrate handling techniques, safe righting and boarding procedures.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peter Montgomery talks with James Spithill
Peter Montgomery,
Top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, caught up with winning America's Cup skipper, James Spithill in at the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Spithill has become only the second Australian skipper to win the America's Cup - the first used a winged keel, the second a wingsail.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show opens for business
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland International Boat Show opened for the trade today at 4.00pm. Tomorrow is the first of four days when the Boat Show opens to the public at 10.00am and closes at 6.00pm. Sail-World's camera went for a walk around part of the show today.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ on top after Qualifying Round
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has finished top qualifier in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta with a six win, one loss record in the round robin. In today's final race in the round robin, Emirates Team New Zealand beat Synergy by a minute. The race committee's mission on Tuesday was to get seven races away to catch up on the three lost yesterday because of the wind.... [more]
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Ultimate Ride Team to Jet-ski from London to Auckland
Angela Jones,
Adventurer, pilot and author, Jeremy Burfoot, is set to lead a group of New Zealanders in an attempt to break the world personal watercraft record by riding from London to Sydney to Auckland. The 32,000 km epic journey, The Ultimate Ride, sets off from London in August to boost awareness of healthy living, cancer prevention and to raise funds for cancer research.... [more]
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Winther off to Europe for World Cups
Sara Winther,
Top New Zealand Laser radial sailor Sara Winther reports on her upcoming European regatta program where she will compete in the upcoming World Cup Regattas. Another summer season is coming to an end and final preparations are being done to leave for Europe on Wednesday. It is once again time to go and test my skills against the rest of the world, and I am for sure looking forward to the battle.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Green light for Groupama 3
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is powering back into contention in relation to her virtual rival Orange 2. The Doldrums was virtually non-existent last night, though Franck Cammas had been rather wary of approaching the zone at dusk. There will nevertheless be a ridge of high pressure to negotiate from Tuesday evening, before joining up with a low which will bring with it SW'ly breezes...... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts - the Full Monty
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Rumour control has been out of control over the past few days, as comments made by BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, have been taken out of context, or given an unintended spin - creating some unwarranted headlines. On Wednesday, Coutts talked with Radio Sport's Peter Montgomery, and we can now present the full and unedited version of that interview.... [more]
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Second for Osborne and crew in Women's Match Regatta
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The New Zealand Women's Match-Racing team of Samantha Osborne, Raynor Smeal and Keryn Henderson have finished in second place at the 2010 Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta in Sydney, Australia. The kiwis won their semi-final against Olivia Price and crew who were sailing on home waters, by 2-0, and went on to face another Sydney team led by Lucinda Whitty... [more]
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Waka Racing win NZ feeder series for BMW World Cup
Waka Racing,
Waka Racing has just won the New Zealand BMW Sailing Cup in outstanding form. After comfortably winning the fleet racing series they proceeded to win the Match racing series in blistering fashion.They now have the right to represent New Zealand at the BMW Sailing Cup World Final.... [more]
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A quick update from Team Jolly
Team Jolly Media,
Just a quick update about what we have been up to the past few months, and what we are doing next, as we are about to fly out to Europe for our first big regattas of the season. We have spent the NZ summer at home, training hard, and competing in the NZ circuit, including the Sail Auckland regatta, where we sailed a great event and managed to beat all the guys and win overall, which was great fun!... [more]
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Abu Dhabi marks Middle East Volvo Ocean Race Debut
Volvo Ocean Race,
An agreement signed in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, today will see the Arabian Gulf's emerging marine leisure hub become a host port for the 2010-12 race.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy – PredictWind Forecast - Day Eight
Jon Bilger,
PredictWind.com is forecasting SW 8knots increasing to 15knots in the afternoon for day seven of Louis Vuitton Series. Long Term Outlook is for moderate Southwesterlies Wednesay: SW12 increasing to 20knots by late afternoon Thursday: SE15 decreasing to E 5-10knots Friday: SE5 decreasing to 15knots... [more]
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Black clouds alter Louis Vuitton Trophy complexion
Louis Vuitton WSTA,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Strong and gusty sou-west winds forced a cancellation to the day's competition but not before previously unbeaten Emirates went down in defeat to France's seventh-placed Aleph. Four teams crowding the top of the points table were slated to square off today.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - action images from the Waitemata Harbour
Cathy Vercoe,
Cathy Vercoe of Luvmyboat.com presents this gallery of images from Day 3's racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy on the Waitemata harbour.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy series leader downed in upset
Warren Douglas,
The French team Aleph was having the best of their race against Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday when ETNZ's gennaker ripped in the left corner on the first down-wind leg. Dean Barker and crew finished the run under jib. They gained some ground on the second beat but ran out of runway on the downwind leg to the finish. Aleph finished 36 sec ahead.... [more]
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Swiss manager tries to deflate amazing U.S. win
Eric Sharpe, The Free Press,
And in the 2 1/2 years of legal squabbling that led to the event, he implied more than once that Larry Ellison, billionaire owner of the American BMW-Oracle team, was less of a sailor and sportsman because Ellison turned over the steering duties to a professional from Australia, Jimmy Spithill... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 in deficit at the final marker
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - For Groupama 3 the final marker before the finish off the Créac'h lighthouse, the equator was traversed this Sunday at 11h 04' 53' UTC, after 41 days 21 hours 09 minutes at sea. Full of energy for the ascent, the crew of Groupama 3 is still just as concentrated in this final phase between the switch of hemispheres and the island of Ushant some 3,350 miles ahead.... [more]
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OceansWatch wants volunteer yachties for South Pacific whale project
Sail-World Cruising,
Are you longing for a sailing adventure and would love to be involved in a worthy cause? OceansWatch, the organisation of sailors who are dedicated to assisting scientific ocean research projects reach remote areas, is looking for enthusiastic yachties, skippers with yachts and those who wish to crew, wanting to participate in a whale research project in Niue between August and September 2010... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin in four way tie with two days to run
Leslie Greenhalgh,
TEAMORIGIN won their race today against the Russian Synergy team in an exciting race that was close until the Russians experienced a spinnaker drop problem leaving Ben Ainslie and the British team to take a comfortable win. In the other races today, the all-French derby between ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) and Aleph (FRA) led to a win for ALL4ONE giving them a solid 3 wins and 2 losses so far.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - its tough at the top - more Auckland action
Keith Taylor,
Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand went unbeaten, while Paul Cayard and Artemis lost a vital match on a penalty call in an action-packed day of racing during the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland.... [more]
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Whitty wins Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta
Jennifer Crooks,
Lucinda Whitty, representing Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and her crew of Stacey Jackson and Nina Curtis, have won the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta in convincing style with three straight wins in the Grand Final... [more]
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