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 28 Oct 2010
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 28 October 2010

Andrew Clarke and Michael Cate on Clamp Products celebrating another good race by finishing upside down - HARKEN Labour Weekend Regatta 2010  Rosie Reid
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 October 2010

It's the start of the silly season again.

No it's not Christmas, not quite.

The International Sailing Federation Conference is due to get underway in Athens, Greece in a week. At this stage of the Olympic cycle the agenda should be relatively quiet. However this year the ISAF will have to decide whether it is going to back its Olympic Commission, which has conducted a wide-ranging review of the sport, and recommended some very significant and deep seated changes.

As we have noted before implementing those changes will involve shooting a number of sacred cows.

The other option for the ISAF is to do what they usually do at a time of change, which us to stick with what they already have - but just give it a new name. Having change, while it all remains the same, is the objective of this particular political game.

Start of the 31st Rolex Middle Sea Race from the Upper Barrakka Gardens  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Such gutlessness won't do the job prescribed by the ISAF's Olympic Commission. In this edition we run a couple of reports from classes and individuals on the subject, and we expect more of the same over the next few days.

Just bear in mind that any case put forward by an Olympic class, was deemed sufficiently weak by them to be not worth putting to the ISAF's Olympic Commission when they called for submissions on the draft report in May. Yes, amazingly none of the current Olympic classes responded to the ISAF invitation at that time.

Jaru, John Ripard & Andrew Calascione, 31st Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Its a time of great change in the America's Cup, too. In our last edition we ran an interview with Regatta Director Iain Murray. In this edition we have an interview with America's Cup Event Authority Chairman, Richard Worth. It's a long story but sets out his thoughts as to how the America's Cup can be improved and lifted to the point and beyond that achieved by his previous charge, the UEFA Cup football organisation.

Razali Mansor assists during a spinnaker drop at the Asian Match Racing Championships. Razali is crewing for Reuben Corbett - Asian Match Racing Championships 2010  Subzero Images -Monsoon Cup ©

On the racing scene, New Zealanders are competing in Matchracing events in Korea, we have daily reports from the crews who give you their first hand account of the day's racing. We're getting an excellent response to the story and image loading facility on Sail-World's home page, and almost all the local content in this edition comes through direct submission.

Thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Harken Regatta: Sun and sea breeze for sailors in the Bay of Islands
Barbara Caley,
Summer has reached the Bay of Islands this weekend and provided for fantastic sailing in sea breezes and sunshine for five centreboard fleets at the annual HARKEN Labour weekend regatta.... [more]
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P and Starling North Island Championship 2010 - Day 2
Kevin Hayton,
P-class: Isaac McHardie clinched the regatta with one race to spare with his fourth win. Taylor Balogh of Naval Point getting to grips with the conditions followed his third. Starling: Oscar Rorvik completed an outstanding day winning the sixth race and the contest without having to sail the last race tomorrow... [more]
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Bakewell-White superboat General Lee smashes Geraldton Record
Bernie Kaaks,
Despite her customary solid start, General Lee found herself back in fifth place around the second mark near Fremantle Harbour, behind the 50 foot brigade which included Knee Deep, Sled and City of Fremantle (Optimus Prime). It was not until the fleet rounded Rottnest Island and was able to set spinnakers that General Lee started to show its full potential.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 1 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Today was Day 1 of the Women's International Match Racing Championship in Korea. We had lots of different conditions, which kept us on our toes. As the race committee puts it, 'We had shifts between 95 and 350....' To complicate things even more we had 4-25 knots, so the five of us had heaps on.... [more]
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Waka Racing report from Asian Match Race Championships - Day 1
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Asian Match Racing Qualifiers Day 1 : Today was our first day back racing in Malaysia in nearly a year. We are competing in Kuala Terengganu, defending our Asian Match Race title that doubles as the Monsoon Cup Qualifer. Unlike last year the conditions were a steady breeze in sunny blue skies but by the end of the day an all too familiar black cloud rolled in, which... [more]
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America's Cup: Richard Worth explains the New Media Deal
Richard Gladwell,
Last Friday, Richard Worth, newly appointed to the role of Chairman, Management Board America's Cup Event Authority, was on stage at the Briefing for Prospective Competitors for the 34th America's Cup.The meeting took place in Paris and was the first chance for many of the prospective teams to hear from first hand Worth, and Regatta Director Iain Murray.... [more]
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Opinion: Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. There is no doubt that the Olympic Commission has done an outstanding job by firing the first bullets on some of ISAFs holy cows, however there is still a huge risk that the final decision makers inside ISAF fail half way up the hill.... [more]
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Finn - outstanding display of sailing skills and athleticism
Robert Deaves - IFA,
Based largely on the Olympic Commission report, the ISAF Executive has since published two submissions which outline an exciting new future for the selection and decision making process for Olympic sailing events and equipment. The Finn is positioning itself to be part of that future.... [more]
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Busan Cup Women's Match Race - Day 1
WIMRA,
Very exciting first day in Busan for the third edition of the Busan Cup Women's Match Race. Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio (USA) and his team including WIMRA Asia Representative, Junko Takano (JPN) worked hard and ran 10 flights of races for the 12 teams.... [more]
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Gilmour Junior in Asian Qualifiers Semi finals ahead of Monsoon Cup
Sail-World.com,
There are already two Australian Teams in the final round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup. There is total prize money of AUD$475,000 in this final event and in the next few hours we will discover if Peter Gilmour's Yanmar Racing and Torvar Mirsky's MRT will be joined by Gilmour Junior - David Gilmour.... [more]
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Australia tops ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has a new world number one with Australian Women's Match Racing Team skipper Nicky Souter jumping to the top of the latest Women's Match Racing world ranking list. Souter's rise to the top of the Women's Match Racing rankings sees Australia jump to the top of the overall Olympic class number one rankings list with three out of the 10 number one crews hailing from Au... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Aussie gets lucky on USA TP52 boat that won
Lulu Roseman,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - The USA TP52 Lucky has won the Rolex Middle Sea Race with a little help from a man from downunder.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - Pre-World action
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - Two-time Tour De France a la Voile winner Courrier Dunkerque sent a statement to the fleet today and Monday with a dominant victory in the 5-race pre-worlds series in conditions that ranged from 30-knot thunderstorms to sunny, 5-knot zephyrs.... [more]
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America's Cup Questionnaire: Checking in at the 1,000 response mark
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. Here we take another look at the responses, now there are 1,000 submitted, and the margin of error is much less than when we had the first 200 responses.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Sakamoto flies the flag for Japan
Asian Match Racing Championship media,
Asian Match Racing Championship - Wataku Sakamoto (JPN) Team Siesta is guaranteed a top four finish in the Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) as Mother Nature wrecked havoc on the third day of the event at the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - 27 October 2010
ISAF,
World Match Racing Tour - The top three skippers on the open rankings remain the same with this ranking release, with Adam Minoprio (NZL) holding off the advances of Ben Ainslie. The real action is in the women's rankings where Nicky Souter (AUS) returns to the 1 position ahead of 2010 World Champion Lucy MacGregor (GBR).... [more]
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Route du Rhum - A Kiwi flying solo
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - Conrad Colman is on a solo course in every sense. From a nation where the currency of sailing success is Olympic medals, Whitbread/Volvo wins, America's Cup triumphs, Colman, 26, is pushing ever further into the world of solo and short handed ocean racing.... [more]
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Live at the Islands - Concerts for Conservation
Jackie Sanders,
Take some stunning island locations, add New Zealand's top musicians, mix in some great conservation causes, garnish with sun and serve up one amazing kiwi summer experience.... The spectacular Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands and Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf are the settings this summer for a series of seven concerts for conservation. The stellar line up includes this year's Best So... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet take on biggest challenge yet: the Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
The competition - and the weather - is really starting to hot up as the Velux 5 Ocean fleet press south towards the Equator. After ten days of sailing which have seen the fleet encounter a host of weather conditions from frustrating, light breeze to strong winds and high seas, the five ocean racers have their biggest challenge of the leg so far ahead of them: the Doldrums.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Down to the wire in Malta
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race update, Wednesday October 27th: If you have any interest in peering at a yacht tracker incessantly, you would have surely been following the track of the J/122 Artie in the Rolex Middle Sea Race last night.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: We're doing 36kts..We've got no steering..Video
Volvo Ocean Rce Media,
There are just 367 sleeps left until the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race. When a TV show is made, pure necessity dictates that only a fraction of the footage is actually broadcast. Over the coming months we'd like to bring you some of these extraordinary moments in a new video series called 'Volvo Ocean Race Redux'.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 27 October 2010
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: All4One joins six other teams for Dubai
All4One,
After finishing the Audi MedCup circuit with three podium places in five events, the next and final sailing stage in 2010 for ALL4ONE will be the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai from 12 to 27 of November. This regatta will show once again top-level competition and spectacular duels between worlds best teams racing in pairs of supplied even America's Cup Class boats. The entry list gathers the top te... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Feeling lucky?
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - The group of boats that arrived at the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour this afternoon spent most of the 606 miles within reach of each other, and how they made some key tactical decisions along the way would make or break their results. Leading the pack was E1, followed two hours later by Wild Joe, Lucky, Pace, and Cantankerous all within a half hour of each other.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - 470 star joins for Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: We are here to compete in the Women's International Match Racing Championship in K30's with a team of five. We are feeling strong and grunty ready to tackle the cold and windy conditions that are on the forecast for the week.... [more]
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More images from Bay of Islands: Harken Labour Weekend Regatta
Rosie Reid,
Rosie Reid presents a second gallery of images from the annual Harken Labour weekend regatta,which was contested by variety of classes ranging from single handed skiffs to Splashes, and from Mistrals to Javelins.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Passage at Pantelleria Island images
Sail-World & Carlo Borlenghi mages,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Passage at Pantelleria Island. Images from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peyron brothers set to join forces for French Challenge
Agence Mer et Media,
After studying the matter for several months and following various discussions, the French sailors Loïck and Bruno Peyron are getting together in an attempt to unite the leading figures from French multihull sailing. This new challenge is being set up with the goal of bringing the America's Cup, which will be raced on multihulls in 2013... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Challenging conditions for all
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, Tuesday 26 October update: The island of Malta was raked with heavy rain and lightning storms for the second morning running. The accompanying turbulent wind and rain were hardly a welcome for Alegre as they reached the South Comino channel, and eventually crossed the line in Marsamxett Harbour at 0800, in third place on the water.... [more]
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Gilmour suffers first defeats as Malaysians come to the fore in AMRC
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour is one win away from reaching the Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) semi-finals, but his perfect record was crushed in stunning fashion by Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing and his all-Malaysian crew at the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa today.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Race day one
RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, Day one update: After a short postponement the fleet were called out into a building breeze which quickly settled in at 230 degrees. Three track-back full on planing races later and all returned ashore tired but happy. Some more so than others!... [more]
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Belcher/Page 470 Team announce Belcher & Page Dream Raffle
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The Belcher & Page London Challenge 2012, Audi, Hamilton Island and Sunsail are proud to announce the Belcher & Page Dream Raffle. The Dream Raffle grand prizes include: a choice of an Audi for a fortnight; 5 nights at qualia, Hamilton Island's luxury resort and Sunsail 7-night bareboat charter in the South Pacific.... [more]
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Images from Bay of Islands: Harken Labour Weekend Regatta
Rosie Reid,
Rosie Reid presents a gallery of images from the annual Harken Labour weekend regatta,which was contsted by variety of classes ranging from single handed skiffs to Splashes, and from Mistrals to Javelins.... [more]
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Waka Racing report from Asian Match Race Championships
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Asian Match Racing Qualifiers Day 1 : Today was our first day back racing in Malaysia in nearly a year. We are competing in Kuala Terengganu, defending our Asian Match Race title that doubles as the Monsoon Cup Qualifer. Unlike last year the conditions were a steady breeze in sunny blue skies but by the end of the day an all too familiar black cloud rolled in, which... [more]
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Busan Cup Women's International Match Race skippers confirmed
WIMRA Press Office,
3rd Busan Cup Women's International Match Race - Twelve teams from eleven countries will be competing this coming week in the third Busan Cup Women's International Match Race in Busan, South Korea. In addition to being an ISAF Grade 1 event with valuable ranking points on the line, with USD 100,000 in prize money, the competitors will be battling for cash to help fund their match racing campaigns.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2
KPMS,
Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Qualifying Session 1
Asian Match Racing Media,
Reuben Corbett opened his account with a solid win over Peter Nicholas from Royal Freshwater YC in Perth. Sailing with an all Malaysian crew, Corbett led from start to finish and the crew work was exemplary.... [more]
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P and Starling North Island Championship 2010 - Final day
Kevin Hayton,
The final day of the 2010 P and Starling North Island Championship was sailed in a light 5-9knts sea breeze, at Napier. In the P-class, just to run salt in the wounds when he didn't need to sail, Isaac McHardie of Hamilton/Tauranga sailed away to his fifth win in a very convincing manner. While in the Starlings, Mahia Pepper was buried in the mid fleet... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - One week until applications for entry close
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - One week until applications for entry close - So far a fleet of 79 has been nominated for the 66th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and organisers are anticipating a final fleet of between 90 and 100 yachts will take to the stage that is Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, December 26, for the great race south.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Mick Scully Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Press and his crew sailed consistently throughout the race in a southerly wind which varied between 10-18 knots. There was plenty of drama at the mark with at least three skiffs capsizing. Next Sunday will be the first big test for the fleet when the Australian 18 Footers League stages Race 1 of its Club Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - RS:X youth gathering
RS:X Class,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – 76 yachts on start line
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, the 31st edition of the event began today in Malta. The canons of the Saluting Battery were ablaze signalling each of the five starts. An impressive fleet of 76 yachts – just two shy of the record of 78 in 2008 – was off today from the start line between the Saluting Battery mast and a Rolex mark off Fort St. Angelo.... [more]
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