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Sail-World New Zealand: 5 April 2010

O Canada, Open 60 - 2010 Auckland Tauranga Race  Dan Slater
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 5 April 2010.

New Zealand's great summer continued unabated over the long weekend. Hope you had the opportunity to get away and enjoy it, before the welcome rain started.

You can treat yourself to a second break, this coming weekend at the Whitianga Festival of Speed which gets underway on 10 and 11 April. It's the best free show in New Zealand - with almost too much on the program. Check out the website www.whitiangafos.com - there's still plenty of time to get your accommodation booked, or make plans to do a day trip. Check out the great property deals at Whitianga Waterways while you are in town!

Sail-World welcomes a new advertiser Dynex, the flexible 'rope' so often seen on top racing yachts for any use that requires a rope with a strength greater than steel, but with a weight that is a fraction of its flexible wire equivalent, which is much easier on delicate sails - and with none of the sprags so often associated with wire rope.

Mark Bell, Bob Preston & Hayden Percy in race six, day three. - 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships  Nickolas Radovanovic

Dynex products are supplied by Hampidjan NZ Ltd, a Nelson based company and you can check out their products, Dynex75® and Dynex Dux® which are revolutionary products manufactured from Dyneema fibres, by clicking here.

NZ Rigging also has an interesting announcement coming up - more later this week.

Speculation continues around the Volvo Ocean Race, following last week's announcement of the Auckland stopover. There has been some interesting developments on the sponsorship front. There is some talk of a New Zealand entry; European sources have confirmed that as many of the yachts, as possible from the previous edition, would be involved; and several new yachts are on the drawing board.

Tom Ashley, Silver medalist, RS:X Mens, Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma  Nico Martinez ©

The delay in the America's Cup to 2014 is too long for many sailors and teams, and our contacts say that there is some real interest from top sailors and teams in the round the world event. Certainly the performance of new Round the World Record holder Franck Cammas (FRA) and his Groupama team will be one of the benchmarks of the event. One of the designers from North Sails NZ loft, will be working with the Groupama team - see the story in this edition.

There has been plenty happening in New Zealand over the Easter break and we cover a lot of ground in this issue, thanks to the help of a lot of correspondents using Sail-World's submission facility.

'Big Wave Rider - 2010 SoloTasman start'   Lindsay Wright

Starting at the top, we have the Javelin Nationals sailed in the Bay of Islands, and won by a female skipper for the first time. Congratulations to Antje Muller and Craig Gilberd on their win in a very close contest.

From New Plymouth we have reports and images from the start of the Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman race, thanks to Lindsay Wright, who has done a superb job. Take a look at the website for the event www.solo-tasman.co.nz which is just great - complete with its own yacht tracker. Already the leaders are well on their way.

2010 3.7 National Champions, Andrew Brown (Forceracing) Day 3, 2010 3.7 Nationals, Evans Bay, Wellington  Evans Bay YMBC

From Wellington we have coverage of the 3.7 National Championships, again another great effort by Chris Mitchell and friends, plus the Evans Bay club who have another very innovative website, with plenty of great images. The new National Champion, Andrew Brown also writes his personal account of the regatta - which was forced into sailing five races into one day - in the usual Wellington conditions. You don't have to be a local - but it does help!

From Napier, we have coverage of the Paper Tiger International - won by an Australian, but with the Kiwis taking the Main Event - the teams prize. We are still looking forward to the receipt of the esteemed Stuart Alexander's report (yachting correspondent for The Independent (UK)), who is convalescing in Napier after his accident before the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Michael Bullot, Bronze medalist, Laser Mens, Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma  Nico Martinez ©

And from Tauranga, Dan Slater and Ed Smyth have provided some great reports, images and video of their race from Auckland to Tauranga, sailing two handed in the Open 60 O Canada, in which they will also be competing in the Auckland Fiji race - again two handed.

In Palma, Spain, New Zealand sailors have won Silver and Bronze medals. We have the story on the final day of the regatta - many thanks to Jodie Bakewell-White of Yachting NZ, who was up in the the early hours to get her stories and images in.

If your event PR person is not yet sending news and images to Sail-World.com, please gently point out the submit banner on the top of the news on every single page on our site.

Espada,GBR 50, - Quarter Tonner, racing with an all female crew, in temperatures of around 3C in the RORC Easter Challenge.   Royal Ocean Racing Club - RORC ©

Or, you can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news yourself by Clicking Here. Have a read of our contribution guidelines - if you suffer from writer's block - we've got the pointers to quickly get you through.

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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Silver for Ashley and Bronze for Bullot at Princess Sofia in Spain
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It's silver for Tom Ashley and Bronze for Michael Bullot at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta now over in Palma de Majorca, Spain. The podium places were decided in the medal races just sailed in Majorca. Three more NZL Sailing Team members recorded top ten finishes at this event with Andrew Murdoch sixth and Josh Junior tenth... [more]
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North Sails NZ's Gautier Sergent signs with Groupama
Zoe Hawkins,
It was while he was in Galway working with Team Delta during the Volvo Ocean Race just gone that Auckland-based but French-born sail designer Gautier Sergent met a contingent from the well respected Groupama team. Gautier will spend around 80% of his time working with Groupama, and the balance on special projects for North Sails in New Zealand.... [more]
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Solo Tasman race skippers get slow send off
Lindsay Wright,
The 13 skippers competing in the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge had a slow start from New Plymouth yesterday. Thousands of spectators thronged the foreshore as lack of wind left several of the fleet becalmed and others were forced to start their motors to avoid being set on the harbour breakwaters.... [more]
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Andrew Brown describes the winning of the 3.7 National Championships
Andrew Brown,
New 3.7 National Champion Andrew Brown describes the final day of the 2010 3.7 National Championships held at Evans Bay, Wellington: After no racing on Days 1 and 2, it left Day 3 to do five races without a drop race to get the series in! We started at 9am sharp in a northerly breeze of 15kts gusting to 18kts. This breeze was dying through the morning.... [more]
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2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships
Nickolas Radovanovic,
Only one race was scheduled for day four of the Swire Shipping 2010 Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships, in Napier. Conditions were more challenging today, though still relatively light, as the breeze and sea varied markedly throughout the course and the race.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta images from Ingrid Abery
Sail-World.com,
Photogrpaher Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from day two of the BVI Spring Regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Queen of Sydney Harbour 2010 is Elizabeth Walsh
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18 Footers Queen of the Harbour for 2010 is Elizabeth Walsh, who teamed with Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton in Gotta Love It 7 to win the coveted title on Sydney Harbour last Sunday.... [more]
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The America's Cup is coming to Anacortes Saturday, April 10
Deborah Bach,
Saturday, April 10, the Anacortes will finally get to bask in its share of the spotlight, when the winning BMW Oracle team brings the America's Cup trophy to town for a public celebration. After all, the stunning trimaran that set a new standard in sailing was built within a stone's throw of the commercial shipyards and oil refinery that define this town's shoreline... [more]
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First Female Champion in the NZ Javelin Skiff Nationals
David Brown,
The Bay of Islands Yacht Club hosted the 2010 Javelin Nationals sailing the contest in the waters off Waitangi. Eleven Javelins competed in the class for the national championships including two brand new boats that were launched earlier in the season. Numbers were down on last year due to some clashes in sailing calendars and injuries to crewmen off several boats.... [more]
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12ft Skiff National Championships - Garde wraps up the Series
Skiff Ed,
With another day of perfect results, Garde (Brett Hobson, Alex Johnson) has won the DB Schenker 12ft Skiff National championships... [more]
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Overseas competitors dominate first four days of NZ Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Eight countries are represented by 196 sailors competing in the Toyota Optimist Nationals, being staged at Mercury Bay, Whitianga on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular, New Zealand, 50nm east of Auckland in straight line. After seven races have been sailed in the regatta which is being dominated by Jayvee Buchanan (Charteris Bay, Christchurch and Murrays Bay, Auckland) who has won five... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing looks forward to 2010 - plus Video
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the upcoming season and report on some new developments since their win in the 2009 World Match Racing Championships: '2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same five crew, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title.... [more]
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Minoprio gets ready for start of World Match Racing Tour 2010
Bob Wallace,
New Zealand skipper Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch racing crew start the defence of their World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) title this coming week with Match Race France running from April 6-11 at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge in Marseille. Minoprio is mindful of the 'wild cards'. As a young skipper himself, the ISAF Match Racing World Champion 2009 appreciates the power of the WMRT for international mat... [more]
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Images from Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre by Claire Matches
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Claire Matches has sent these action images the recent Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre.... [more]
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Images from the Tauranga Race - Fleet start and O Canada
Dan Slater,
The crew of the Open 60, O Canada, provided these images from the start of the 2010 Auckland Tauranga race... [more]
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O Canada has long slow Tauranga Race - two handed on an Open 60
Dan Slater,
Dan Slater reports from the Open 60 O Canada having her first shakedown, after a major refit, in the Auckland Tauranga Race. He sailed two handed with Ed Smyth... [more]
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Aussie wins 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger International Championship
Nickolas Radovanovic,
After three days of racing in light conditions at the 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships, in Napier, and with only one more race scheduled tomorrow, it is safe say that the team trophy is New Zealand's. However, once again an Australian, Ian Marcovitch from New South Wales, will be taking home the individual title.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour 2010 - YANMAR Racing aims for the top
YANMAR Racing Media,
While Adam Minoprio and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew skipped away with his Monsoon Cup double points victory to take the 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Championship, the group behind were close and the ten event 2010 championship is wide open.... [more]
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3.7 Class NZ Championships: Third time, lucky and a new Champion
Chris Mitchell,
The third day of the 3-7 Class National Championship hosted by Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club was a huge one with the minimum of five races all held on the one day to decide the contest.... [more]
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Australians dominate results on Day 2 at Laser 4.7 World Youth Champs
Pru Bennett,
Team coach, Traks Gordon could not have been happier with the results of members of the Australian Laser 4.7 Team. 'It feels like we have been here forever and it could be easy to think the end is near however the reality is we are only on day 2 of points. There is a lot of sailing remaining and we must remain focused and disciplined.'... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - A change of pace
Louay Habib,
RORC Easter Challenge - After yesterday's lively weather, the Solent seemed almost benign, as a southeasterly breeze of about 10-15 knots welcomed the competitors to the starting area, just east of the Brambles Bank.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Singapore finish, California and escorts make progress
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Qindgao to Singapore. Easter Saturday has dawned bright and cold in San Francisco. Uniquely Singapore has crossed the finish line and the team is now making best speed towards the iconic span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cold beers that await them at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.... [more]
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Second time unlucky at 3.7 Nationals, Evans Bay
Chris Mitchell,
The second day of racing for 3-7 Class National Championship being hosted by the Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club were postponed and eventually cancelled with winds in excess of 30 knots.... [more]
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Forceracing: Farr 3.7's greeted by the wind in Wellington!
Andrew Brown,
Andrew Brown (ForceRacing) reports from the 2010 3.7 Nationals at Evans Bay, Wellington: Friday was the start of the regatta, and the boat passed through measuring with flying colours, I then made sure the boat was prepared for racing. The postponement flag quickly went up as soon as the committee boat was out there - as they were recording gusts of 40 knots, with the wind steady at 25.... [more]
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2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships
Nickolas Radovanovic,
Day two of the 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships, in Napier, was raced in light conditions, similar to day one. Three races were sailed today and consistency is paying off for the frontrunners. New Zealand has the team trophy virtually in its grasp but Ian Marcovitch's form in these conditions has him in a strong position in the individual standings.... [more]
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Images from Palma: Final day by Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon,
Top international photographer, Richard Langdon (GBR) was at the Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma and provided this gallery of images from the final day in which Britain and France won five medals each.... [more]
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Princess Sofia: France and Great Britain win five medals each in Palma
Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía,
France and Great Britain led the new edition of the Sofia Mapfre with five medals for each country. Besides, the French returned home with two golds, one in 470 men and the other in 49er. Spain and The Netherlands also won four medals.... [more]
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