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Sail-World New Zealand: 20 March 2010

Three trophies are on the line at the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy regatta - plus an O'pen Bic yacht  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 20 March 2010.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy lit up in descending gloom of the Auckland evening, yesterday, as Emirates Team New Zealand wrested the narrowest of wins from the Italian Azzurra team, to stay alive in the regatta.

Earlier in the day, Kiwi hopes plummeted when Dean Barker and his crew were turned inside out by the Italians, with a comfortable lead being reversed through the Italians finding a wind shift and better pressure at a critical moment on the second beat - the same as Paul Cayard and friends aboard Artemis had done to TeamOrigin the day before.

Catch Bob Fisher's commentary of yesterday's thrilling semi-final race, in this edition.

Today the semi-finals will be concluded, the petit Finals will be staged, and the finals will commence, with the finals being completed on Sunday. racing is expected to be delayed due to light winds.

Emirates Team NZ squeaks across the finish line in the Louis Vuitton Trophy semifinal.  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

If you are staying inside the race racing will be live on TV from noon to 4.00pm. There will be full coverage on Sail-World of all racing - click on the links to see Sail.TV's coverage (same as the live TVNZ broadcast). You can also see the new web browser version of Virtual Eye - which provides you with an outstanding analysis tool to follow the race live, back up on any action you missed, and then review the keypoints after the race - all under the control of your own hand!

Our apologies that the Sail.TV coverage was not running on Sail-World yesterday, due to a technical situation that was not of our making. We have been assured that the coverage will be running for the remainder of the regatta.

Artemis (SWE) versus Mascalzone Latino (ITA), semi-finals. Auckland, New Zealand, March 19th 2010. Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland (8-21 March 2010)   Sander van der Borch / Artemis ©

Today, on the Viaduct Basin, the finals of the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy will be sailed. Forty of the best under-15 sailors from Auckland's yacht clubs have been qualifying for the positions in the final. The overall winner will take ownership of an O'pen Bic yacht, worth $8000, as well as the honour of sailing on board one of the Emirates Team New Zealand yachts as 18th man in the Louis Vuitton Trophy final. And there are three trophies (overall, top boy and girl) on the line - which are not perpetual trophies - but for the winners to keep as a reminder of the regatta.

In the Atlantic, Groupama 3 is poised to win the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet, by a sailing vessel. We will carry the latest news of the finish off Ushant on Sail-World.

Artemis (SWE) versus Mascalzone Latino (ITA), semi-finals. Auckland, New Zealand, March 19th 2010. Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland (8-21 March 2010)   Sander van der Borch / Artemis ©

In Wellington, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club have announced a campaign to win the World Match Racing title by a group of young sailors, who will be supported by the club. We have the announcement in this issue.

Don't forget to ensure that your events receives proper coverage by using 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.

O'pen Bic dinghies racing in the qualifying round of the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy,O'pen Bic dinghies racing in the qualifying round of the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy  Richard Gladwell

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Richard Gladwell
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Fisher's View: One second to first
Bob Fisher,
The tension was massive from the moment the two boats entered the starting area – it was all on for Dean Barker and the Emirates Team New Zealand crew. They were one down in the best-of-three semi-final, clinging on to their hopes of repeating their success a little over a year ago when they beat Alinghi in the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup. The pressure was on the local team... [more]
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An up and down day for Artemis in Louis Vuitton Trophy
Paul Cayard,
We sailed a best 2 out of 3 against Mascalzone Latino today., in the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. They got the first one, we got the second one and they got the third one. All the races were very tightly contested and it was quite a battle. The wind was down in velocity today, mostly in the 10-15 knots range. It was still shifty and tricky as ever with the breeze coming off the l... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: America's Cup Challenger first to reach Finals
Mascalzone Latino Audi Media,
The Latin Rascals were the stars of a remarkable performance, reacting to the comeback of the opposing helmsman who evened the match in the second race. In the last race Gavin Brady masterfully won the start, leaving the Swedish outside the committee boat and inflicting them with a penalty.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ reverses America's Cup result
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has won its second semi-final match against Azzurra, completing a penalty turn right on the finish line and winning by 2 sec. Carrying the penalty incurred in the pre-start, Dean Barker and his crew led all the way to the finish, but with the penalty turn still to be done.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - One vital match left for Azzurra
Azzurra Team,
Team Azzurra of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda completed their first day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy semifinals ending with an even score. Both matches Azzurra sailed today against Dean Barker of Emirates Team New Zealand were incredibly close and full of suspense, from the aggressive circling of the pre-starts, to the penalties inflicted first by the Kiwis then by the Italians, to the amazing one... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Images from today's racing featuring Artemis
Sander van der Borch images,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of images from Artemis and Mascalzone Latino Audi Team racing today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland.... [more]
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Kiwi World Champions selected to lead Wellington Spirit
RPNYC Media,
World champion Wellington sailors Matthew Seven and Josh Junior have been selected by the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club to lead the Wellington Spirit Yacht Racing Team's campaign to win the World Match Racing Championship.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Heart stopping finish earns ETNZ another life
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Emirates Team New Zealand came within one second of elimination from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta today. For its last two races, Artemis carried a distinguished 18th man. John Bertrand, the Aussie skipper who in 1983 lifted the America's Cup from the clutches of the New York Yacht Club, rode on the stern of the Swedish boat.... [more]
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Team RHKYC, skippered by Gavin Brady, in Congressional Cup 2010
RHKYC Media,
Gavin Brady will again be representing the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) when he competes in the 2010 Congressional Cup, hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club from 23 to 27 March. Gavin has previously won 4 Congressional Cups, including the race in 2006 when he represented RHKYC.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta rings in the changes for 2010
Duncan Worthington, Phuket King's Cup Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's largest keelboat regatta and arguably the most popular with over 2,000 people attending each year. Now entering it's 24 years, the Organising Committee continue to innovate and develop the Regatta with the aim to provide the same high standard each year, with a few new twists.... [more]
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Congressional Cup 2010: The Catalina 37s still going strong
Rich Roberts,
The 46th Congressional Cup scheduled next Tuesday through Saturday will be sailed on Catalina 37s, but that's nothing new. They've been sailed in the United States' only Grade 1 Open match racing event for 20 years, and that doesn't seem about to change.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Semi Finals produce surprises and tight racing
Richard Gladwell,
With two races complete in the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, there has been plenty of action on the water and a few surprises.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club has appointed a new CEO
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com from NOAA inf,
The Board of Southport Yacht Club has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.... [more]
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Paul Cayard on Louis Vuitton Trophy-Auckland: We knocked out the Brits
Paul Cayard,
We were on hold for two hours as the winds were absent at 1000 this morning. The race committee informed the competitors that the best of three quarter final was reduced to sudden death as there would not be time to run 6 matches which would have been required had both quarter final matches gone the full three races. At 1330, conditions were acceptable and the heat was on....win and go forward...l... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island consolidates
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Cape Breton Island has consolidated her lead and is making gains on the chasing pack and is extending her lead. Team Finland is making good progress towards southern tip of Japan and the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 and the Pendulum effect
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 carries on its rapid progress towards the finish line and substantially increases its lead over the reference time. Groupama's Race HQ moves this Thursday evening in Brest to prepare the arrival of the giant trimaran which should see the Brittany coast on Saturday.... [more]
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ISAF Chief warns yachts against the Gulf of Aden
Nancy Knudsen,
In a quick response to Sail-World Cruising's story of the 20 yachts which last week successfully transited the pirate riddled Gulf of Aden, an ISAF Chief has warned that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has forecast that piracy is expected to worsen, with an increasing involvement of the feared Islamist terrorist faction the Al Shabab.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Young sailors meet with America's Cup heroes
Peter Rusch and Suzanne McFadden,
America's Cup winner, Jimmy Spithill, along with other team members who are in Auckland this week, met with the next generation of potential Cup sailors on Thursday afternoon, when the team held a Q+A and poster signing session for the kids who have been sailing in the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy regatta.... [more]
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Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World and on Virtual Eye
Richard Gladwell,
In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World is offering live coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The live TV coverage featured on Sail-World will consist of a mix of Virtual Eye graphics and video from a range of cameras and positions, together with outstanding commentary.... [more]
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TeamOrigin falls to Artemis and drops out of Louis Vuitton Trophy
Leslie Greenhalgh,
Day 10 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta was crunch time for two more of the eight teams. The second Elimination Round would normally see the two pairs that had advanced from yesterday race best of three series, with the teams that won two races advancing to the semi finals on Saturday.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Azzurra advance to semi-finals
Azzurra Team,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Team Azzurra of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda won their match against the Franco-German team All4One. Francesco Bruni, skipper and helmsman of Azzurra, gave a superb display of strength in a great match sailed in a strong breeze of 20-22 knots – at the limit of what the America's Cup boats used in this event can handle and conditions in which so far the crew of Azzu... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Emirates Team NZ to take on their Nice nemesis
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand will race against Azzurra (Italy) tomorrow in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta. Artemis (Sweden) will go up against Mascalzone Latino (Italy) in the other semi-final.... [more]
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Brits have a new goal after early shower in Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
It's not exactly all over for TEAMORIGIN on Auckland waters, now they're out of contention for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Tomorrow, they head back out on the harbour to sail their shiny new Transpac 52 yacht, for the start of another phase in their campaign. Mike Sanderson, managing director of TEAMORIGIN and on runners in the race crew, said the team were 'utterly disappointed' to be eliminated be... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Artemis versus TeamOrigin images
Sail-World.com and Sander van der Borch images,
Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of Artemis and TeamOrigin images from the Elimination Round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series being sailed in Auckland, New Zealand... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Two more teams eliminated
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
The Swedish team Artemis and the Italian Azzurra squad both won thrilling matches on Thursday at the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Auckland, to advance to the semi-finals and dispatch their opponents out of the regatta. Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio told the competitors in the morning that he'd institute a single-race policy if he couldn't start racing by midday.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Probably the best race so far . . .
Bob Fisher,
With the threat of elimination, TeamOrigin and Artemis pulled out the most exciting race of the regatta. The advantage swung between the boats, first to the British and then to the Swedish team. Wind shifts and variable current added to the strategies while match racing tactics were seen in profusion, particularly on the first lap.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin makes early exit
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Artemis dispatched TeamOrigin from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in the sudden death elimination race sailed on the Waitemata this afternoon. The reality is that was a match that the British team should not have lost, and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory just short of rounding the windward mark for the second time.... [more]
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Exhibition - l'Hydroptère, ambassador of the flying sailing boats
l'Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère. The dream is not new. Make a boat fly over the seas is a target that many sailors would have loved to achieve. l'Hydroptère is obviously not the only craft to be able to free herself from Archimedes thrust. Other pioneers before Alain Thébault built prototypes capable of 'flying' over the sea.... [more]
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The Latest Sail-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000
www.sail-world.com,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 ahead of the front
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is beginning the final sprint in a steady yet disturbed SW'ly wind. The current aim for Franck Cammas and his nine crew is to seek to position themselves ahead of a cold front, which should push them all the way to the finish off Ushant.... [more]
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