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Sail-World New Zealand: 27 March 2010

Phil Robertson (NZL) - Day 4 BMW Sailing Cup - World Final 2010  Ivor Wilkins
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 27 March 2010.

Peace in our time?

The warring parties in the 33rd America's Cup have signed an agreement agreeing to cease all litigation, transfer the properties associated with he America's Cup, and have paved the way for the organisation of the 34th America's Cup to get properly get underway.

We have the key points of the settlement in this edition, along with some comment on related matters.

And so ends almost three years of litigation and argument which has not bought credit to any party, and which has caused significant damage to the profile of the sport.

While some believe that time must be taken to get the Cup 'right' our view is slightly different - and that seven years between multi challenger America's Cups is too long, and that the target year for the 34th Match should be 2012.

Paul Cayard, President of WSTA  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

In this edition we feature interviews from Diane Swintal with Paul Cayard (Aretmis) and Francesco Bruni (Azzurra). They are differing views, with all due respect to Paul Cayard, we are with Francesco Bruni's thinking.

A few from southern latitudes are scratching their heads over the next port announcement on the Volvo Ocean Race. Earlier this week Itajai and Miami were announced as the seventh and eight stopover ports. Neither have an associated boat announced for the race.

Out out of the blue, on Friday (NZT) the NZ Government announced that it was putting up money for a Volvo Ocean Race stopover, with the comment that the Auckland City Council would be making a contribution. Whether there is a competitive bid process underway, or whether Auckland has been allocated the stopover, remains to be seen. However given the fact that the Volvo Ocean Race organisation have undertaken to have the course announced by 31 March, there are not too many sleeps left.

Gavin Brady (NZL) and Francesco Bruni (ITA) - 46th Congressional Cup 2010  Rich Roberts ©

New Zealand has successfully defended the BMW Sailing Cup winning the world final on Thursday, becoming the first country in the history of the event to do so. Our congratulations to Phil Robertson and his crew on this significant achievement. We have Ivor Wilikins' outstanding reports and images in this edition.

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Day 4 BMW Sailing Cup - World Final 2010  Ivor Wilkins

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America's Cup Legal settlement unshackles the next Match
Richard Gladwell,
All litigation in the 33rd America's Cup has been discontinued, following an acceptance of an agreement announced between the four parties today. The dropping of the litigation will allow the formal handover of the various properties associated with the America's Cup and which are held by the Defender... [more]
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America's Cup: Talking with Azzurra's Franceso Bruni - Looking Ahead
Diane Swintal for CupInfo,
A year ago, Francesco Bruni came to the Congressional Cup as a last minute replacement following a successful debut at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with Damiani Italia. But with the future uncertain for Cup employment, his main focus at the time was the Joe Fly Farr 40 program.... [more]
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Paul Cayard talks about possible America's Cup 34 plans
Diane Swintal for CupInfo,
Paul Cayard, America's Cup sailor and President of the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA), spoke to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night at Ullman Sails in Costa Mesa, CA, talking about his sailing career and his recent past at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland.... [more]
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Solo sailor starts transTasman race with record crossing
Lindsay Wright,
Waitara boatbuilder and sailor, Bruce Arms, has thrown down the gauntlet early for his fellow skippers in the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge singlehanded yacht race from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba. Arms is hot favourite to take line honours in the 15 boat fleet and laid his claim by completing a 6 days and 5 hours delivery trip from Southport to New Plymouth this week.... [more]
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NZ Government announces funding for Volvo Ocean Race stopover
beehive.govt.nz and Sail-World.com,
The New Zealand Government seems to have finally realised that there is a bidding, or rather stopover announcement process underway for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Eight venues have already been announced in the nine leg race. Today the NZ Government announced that it was kicking in with NZD1.5million (UKP750,000) for a stopover in Auckland.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Brady leads Bruni, Berntsson, Hardesty in sailoffs
Rich Roberts,
Brady (NZL), with 15 wins and 3 losses in the double round robin, picked first-time Con Cup skipper Bill Hardesty (USA) (11-7) as his opening opponent in the best-of-three sailoffs, but the other match between Italy's Francesco Bruni, on a 10-race win streak at 14-4, and defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, also 14-4, stands to be just as lively, if not more so.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island prepares for the worst
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: California escort duty has proved trickier than anticipated. Just over 24 hours since handing over California escort duties to Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt is stretching her legs once more and has made some good progress towards San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup legal settlement reached over 33rd Match
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
An agreement has been reached with the previous America's Cup Trustee, Societe Nautique de Genève, that all outstanding litigation in the New York courts concerning the recent 33rd Match will be dropped by both sides. This includes GGYC's Breach of Fiduciary Duty ('BFD') claim against SNG, as well as all other claims over the design and construction of yachts Alinghi 5and USA.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Impressive world class line-up
Neus Jordi and Sail-World.com,
41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will welcome around 680 boats and 1,000 sailors from 40 nations in the bay of Palma. The ISAF Sailing World Cup arrives in Europe following the events in Melbourne in December and Miami in January.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield buys yacht to compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges,
Canada's most experienced round the world yachtsman can today announce the purchase of a yacht to race in the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek Hatfield and Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges has bought the Eco 60 yacht Great America III (formerly Solidaires) from veteran American solo sailor Rich Wilson.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Semi finalists decided
Rich Roberts,
Francesco Bruni's sailing world turned in the 46th Congressional Cup Thursday when the Azzurra team skipper from Italy swept five races to join defending champion Johnie Berntsson and four-time winner Gavin Brady in Saturday's semifinals, as Bill Hardesty of San Diego slipped into position to claim the fourth slot.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Brady "keeping on the toes"
Gavin Brady,
After two days of racing at the Congressional Cup we have won 9 races and lost 1 race. We are sailing a double round robin sailing each team two times. After the rounds the top 4 go into the semi finals which will be the first to win two races.... [more]
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2010 Australian-AIS Sailing team announced-surprises for 2012 Olympics
Craig Heydon,
Australia's top Olympic class sailors continue their campaigns towards Gold medals in 2012 with the announcement of the 2010 Australian/AIS Sailing Team.... [more]
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Sailing with the Treleavens: USA 'Welcome' after sailing from Cuba
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Australian sailors Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their sailing tales of the Caribbean. Our last stories from them detailed their many and varied experiences sailing the coastlines of Cuba. Now read what happened when they arrived in the good USA:... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Another low approaches the fleet
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Quindgao to San Francisco Day 24. Crews are tightening their belts as another serious low pressure system approaches the fleet. Team Finland has picked up pace after a frustrating 24 hours of headwinds.... [more]
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Kiwi world champion Sam Harvey wins NZ title on Sea-Doo
Kate Gordon,
World champion Sam Harvey added another title to his CV when he won the open class at the 2010 Woodbine Marine Sea-Doo® BRP New Zealand Jet Sport Nationals run on Rotorua's Blue Lakes earlier this month.... [more]
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Team New Zealand defends BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010
Ivor Wilkins,
New Zealand became the first nation to successfully win back to back titles in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final when a young crew led by Phil Robertson swept to victory on their home waters in Auckland today. In winning the prestigious amateur regatta in a field of seven nations, Robertson and his crew successfully defended the title won in Italy last year by another New Zealand crew... [more]
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2010 Congressional Cup Day 2 - Unsettled business
Rich Roberts,
A jolt of intensity, a runaway mark and some unsettled business in the jury room left the 46th Congressional Cup in overnight anxiety after competition lurched through Day 2 Wednesday. The problem developed when, in a brisk building breeze, the windward mark broke loose from its ground tackle.... [more]
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OKI 24 Hour Race sets sail this weekend
Chris Thorley,
The OKI 24 Hour Race which gets underway this weekend at Lake Pupuke will be officially opened by North Shore mayor Andrew Williams and closed by internationally renowned commentator Peter Montgomery. Murrays Bay Sailing Club Rear Commodore, Sean McDonald, said while the race is a serious endurance event, it is also a lot of fun for both participants and spectators.... [more]
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