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 07 May 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 7 May 2010

All smiles in Rome - 34rd America's Cup First Press Conference - Russell Coutts and Vincenzo Onorato  BMW Oracle Racing: Guilain Grenier
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 7 May 2010.

The first media conference for the 34th America's Cup was staged in the Sala Exedra in Rome's Musei Capitolini, surrounded by some of Italy's most precious treasures. Russell Coutts representing the defending Golden Gate Yacht
Club and Vincenzo Onorato on behalf of the Challenger of Record, mapped out the future of the America's Cup.

It's a future of consultation and collaboration.

The timeline has been set. The first designer meeting is in Valencia in two weeks, the whole deal is due to be wrapped up by Christmas and the entries close a month later.

But it's really up to the Challengers to make the first moves.

We have full coverage in this edition, including the details of the event as it unfolded live last night, New Zealand time.

We're also running full image galleries and analysis on the the announcement, and direction being taken by the Defender and Challenger.

34rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - First Press Conference  BMW Oracle Racing: Guilain Grenier

Also in this issue we have Bob Fisher's comments on the Jennifer Watson PR debacle - which has detracted from her great effort in sailing 18,000 or 23,000 nautical miles solo and non-stop around the world. Whether or not you agree with teenagers taking off on circumnavigations, is another matter. It's a free world, and it's a lot better than seeing them go off to war. Now is the time to celebrate her achievement, and not pick over the errors of her PR team.

The TEAMORIGIN TP52, built by salthouse Boatbuilders will debut at the Audi MedCup next week.  Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN

Sail-World is pleased to welcome aboard the team at Salthouse Boatbuilders, in whose Greenhithe yard we spent many a cold winter working on the family yacht. Since their beginnings in 1965 Salthouse Boatbuilders have built every manner of craft from traditional wooden yachts and launches to the composite racers. The latest of their progeny, the TP52 TEAMORIGIN will make her debut in the Audi MedCup in Cascais, Portugal, next week - continuing an association with the British America's Cup team and Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson. In this edition we feature a profile on Salthouse Boatbuilders - with some great images of their creations - a must read!

The Bakewell-White 36, General Lee is launched in Auckland this morning.  

Another yacht that has been attracting a lot of online attention is General Lee - built for two West Australian owners. Designed by Bakewell-White Yacht_ Design, she is a Cat 1 version of their earlier Alfesco. At 36ft she must be one of the smallest yachts to use a grinding pedestal! The twin wheels are also another practical deference to the big-boat background of her owners. In this edition we feature a photo gallery of General Lee. Her spars and rigging were by NZ Rigging.

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Richard Gladwell
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TEAMORGIN continues tradition with Salthouse Boatbuilders
Richard Gladwell,
When the Audi MedCup fleet crosses the start line for the first event Cascais, Portugal, next week, most eyes will be on the performance of TEAMORIGIN. The new TP52, helmed by triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, was launched from the Salthouse Boatbuilders yard in Auckland in March, during the 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy. TEAM ORIGIN is the first venture into the white hot TP52 circuit... [more]
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Images: New Bakewell-White 36, General Lee is launched in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
The Bakewell-White designed 36fter, General Lee, was launched in Auckland early this morning. Sail-World's camera arrived soon after the splash and brings you these images of her launch... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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America's Cup Media Conference - Rome - Live commentary
Richard Gladwell,
The first media conference has concluded for the 34th America's Cup in Rome. The key points are set out below, in a second story we have the official release issued a few minutes after the Press Conference in Sala Exedra in Rome's Musei Capitolini. Russell Coutts did most of the talking and was always careful not to make any comment that could be construed as a decision made on a particular point.... [more]
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Bakewell-White 36, General Lee to be launched in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
A new Bakewell-White 36, General Lee, has i8s due to be launched at Westhaven tomorrow. Designed for offshore racing, and Cat 1, she is owned by two West Australian sailors, Paul Eldrid, who runs Evolution Sails in Perth, and Scott Disley. General Lee has spars and rigging from NZ Rigging.... [more]
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Action aplenty at North Sails Pied Piper Nationals Championships
Kate Gilbert,
The 2010 North Sails Pied Piper Nationals were held by Buckland's Beach Yacht Club on the second and third of May, 2010. 14 boats entered the regatta which took place in the waters off St Heliers Beach.... [more]
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OceansWatch Project Lead Boats Head for the Islands
Rachel Ward,
OceansWatch's project lead-boats, Moksha and Magic Roundabout, set sail from Opua, New Zealand on Monday 5th May. The yachts are first bound for Port Vila, Vanuatu where they will begin their six month expeditions to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG). They will be working alongside coastal communities providing marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods guidance.... [more]
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Groupama unveils its strategy for the Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama - Cammas,
Groupama and its team, revealed the reasons behind their commitment to the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the purchase of Ericsson 4, winner of the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama Team can boast an excellent platform for training and analysis. Rechristened Groupama 70, the Koujoumdjian design is performing an increasing number of sail trials offshore of Lorient in B... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Stefan Goldwater and team take National Keel Boat Championship Title!
Mark Overington,
The 2010 Club Marine NZ Keelboat Championships concluded with Stefan Goldwater and his team of Alistair Gair, Jason Herbert, Derek Scott and G (Matt Kelway), taking the title comfortably ahead of Simon Dickey and crew in second place and Reuben Corbett and crew third overall.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 – Record entries expected
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
This year's Coutts Quarter Ton Cup hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 June 2010, is expected to attract a record entry along with some exciting new members of the fleet. Boats will be based in Cowes Yacht Haven for the event, which has been timed to enable visiting teams to stay on in Cowes for the J P Morgan Round the Island Race on Saturday 19 June.... [more]
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America's Cup – Press conference in Rome - Images - Part four
Carlo Borlengh & Sail-World,
Part four: The first Press Conference for the 34th America's Cup press conference was held in Rome. Russell Coutts (Defender - BMW ORACLE Racing) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger of record Mascalzone Latino) presented plans for the 34th America's Cup, following are scenes from that presentation and of those who attended.... [more]
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America's Cup – Press conference in Rome - Images - Part three
Carlo Borlengh & Sail-World,
Part three: Part two: The first Press Conference for the 34th America's Cup press conference was held in Rome. Russell Coutts (Defender - BMW ORACLE Racing) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger of record Mascalzone Latino) presented plans for the 34th America's Cup, following are scenes from that presentation and of those who attended.... [more]
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America's Cup – Press conference in Rome - Images - Part two
Carlo Borlengh & Sail-World,
Part two: The first Press Conference for the 34th America's Cup press conference was held in Rome. Russell Coutts (Defender - BMW ORACLE Racing) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger of record Mascalzone Latino) presented plans for the 34th America's Cup, following are scenes from that presentation and of those who attended.... [more]
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America's Cup – Press conference in Rome - Images - Part one
Carlo Borlengh & Sail-World,
Part one: The first Press Conference for the 34th America's Cup press conference was held in Rome. Russell Coutts (Defender - BMW ORACLE Racing) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger of record Mascalzone Latino) presented plans for the 34th America's Cup, following are scenes from that presentation and of those who attended.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 16
Clipper Ventures PLC,
A common theme on this leg has been the extremely localised weather conditions and the varying effect they have had on individual team performances. However, last night all the teams shared the experience of some of the most prolonged and heavy squalls they have had to deal with since racing out of the Humber last September.... [more]
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America's Cup expected to be re-energised by collaboration process
America's Cup Media,
The oldest trophy in international sport is expected to be re-energised by unprecedented collaboration between the Defender and the Challengers, an assembly of dignitaries and media were told today at the first media conference staged for the 34th America's Cup, in Rome. The group was addressed by Russell Coutts, of the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing and Vicenzo Onorato of... [more]
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US Sailing interview with BMW Oracle Racing Team's John Kostecki
Jake Fish,
US Sailing was fortunate to catch up with BMW Oracle Racing Team Tactician John Kostecki. Read on to hear what John had to say about his sailing achievements.... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender and Challenger of Record to reveal plans today
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing the holders of the America's Cup have advised that Russell Coutts and Vincenzo Onorato, representing the Defender and Challenger of Record respectively, will reveal details of the 34th America's Cup Match during a press conference in Rome on Thursday 6th May. The pair will usher in a new era of cooperation and consultation between teams... [more]
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ValenciaSailing talks to Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race
Leading European sailing website, www.valenciasailing.com have published an outstanding interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. ValenciaSailing don't pull any punches in this session and cover the state of entries; why the Billionaires aren't in the event; whether Alinghi will enter the race and much more:... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup - Everything set to go!
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Every thing is ready in Attersee for the first leg of the Platu 25 Alpen Cup, starting next Saturday. After the success in 2009, the interest for the Alpen Cup - the circuit on the Alpine Lakes of Austria, Switzerland and Italy - is growing, and it's attracting more and more Platu 25 crews.... [more]
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Ten teams front for Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddalena, Sardinia
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The best sailors in the world will be in Italy later this month as Sardinia prepares to host 10 top sailing teams at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena from 22nd May through 6th June. Three Italian entries, including the host Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, Azzurra and Luna Rossa will be battling with teams such as the Defender of the America's Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing... [more]
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World speed record holder l'Hydroptere relaunched in Lorient.
Guilain Grenier,
l'Hydroptere has been relaunched in Lorient (FRA,56) at Eric Tabarly Sailing City ahead of her European offshore sailing campaign this year.... [more]
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Second's out for PUMA's Ken Read in Volvo Ocean Race + Video (x2)
Cameron Kelleher,
'The goal is to build a team not only of great sailors but of friends. I think people perform better when they enjoy what they do...' For a man with more medals in his locker than a green beret, having to settle for the second step of the podium at the end of a gruelling 2008-09 race was unfamiliar territory for Ken Read. Read's PUMA Ocean Racing finished behind Torben Grael's Ericsson 4... [more]
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