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 07 Aug 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 7 August 2011

AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - Racing Day 1  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 7 August 2011

Overnight three major sailing events got underway in earnest.

In Cascais, Portugal the much vaunted opening of the America's Cup World series got underway, with three races being sailed - eventually.

Racing got underway in the fog and with light winds, before being abandoned. Then more breeze cracked in. Conditions did not show AC45 racing at it best, however had monohulls been used, there probably would have been no racing at all. For those who were asleep, there is unfortunately no replay coverage available as yet. Please check on www.sail-world.com, and we'll advise if this situation changes. Television New Zealand has the rights for the America's Cup, and World Series, and will be screening some racing - so those with recorders will be able to watch the full coverage, if live sailing doesn't suit.

49er fleet in action - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  Thom Touw ©

Bob Fisher was blown away with the event in Cascais - from his viewpoint aboard Artemis Racing. We have his unique perspective on the day, and the Practice Day in this edition of Sail-World.

In Weymouth, England, the Pre-Olympics are now fully underway. New Zealand crews are performing moderately well, with some probably lower down the fleet than expected. We have Yachting NZ's reports in this edition, plus overseas coverage, and will be updating on www.sail-world.com during the week.

Extreme 40's - Cowes, Day 1  Ben Gladwell

Further up the coast in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the Extreme 40's are underway. Again conditions were light during the day, but cracked in later on.

While Emirates Team NZ are carrying all before them in Cascais, it is not quite so 'easy' in Cowes and the team have it all before them. But to be fair this is the normal starting position for Emirates Team NZ on the opening day of an Extreme Sailing regatta, and they seem to rise to the occasion. Sail-World has a photographer in Cowes, Ben Gladwell, and we have his images in this edition of Sail-World. Given his racing commitments in Cowes Week, are hopeful of more each day during the week.

Team GAC Pindar, skippered by Nick Moloney (AUS) Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 2011  Lloyd Images ©

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Good sailing!

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Fisher's View: In the Shotgun Seat on Artemis Racing - AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
Where did we finish? Who won? Don't know, and frankly, don't care. I was in Nirvana as the sixth man aboard Artemis. It may have been grey, drizzly even, but as far as I was concerned the sun shone in all its glory and I beamed back in pleasure (and it was only a boat race!) as five men in front of me went about their business in a manner that would shock the faint of heart.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: In the serious money in two events at Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Andrew Murdoch has opened the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta with a strong start to lie second overall after day one for the Laser fleet. The Laser Radial, both 470 and RS:X fleets were on the water last night all sailing two races apiece in moderate and shifty, but sunny conditions. 'The breeze ranged between 8 to 15 knots,' reports Jez Fanstone, Team Director, 'with quite big s... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Green Comm encouraged by their opening
Pierre Orphanidis,
Green Comm Racing, the 34th America's Cup challenger from Spain, started its two-year long campaign with a very promising opening day in Cascais. After a slow start in the two first races, Vasilij Zbogar and his crew pushed the race-mode button in the third one and managed to measure up against the world's top teams.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Battle Stations at Cowes
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and onto a RIB to provide this gallery of images from the Extreme 40 racing.... [more]
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Ainslie takes Finn lead at Weymouth and Portand International Regatta
Robert Deaves,
The first Finn race started in seven-eight knots with the fleet spreading out more or less evenly over the course area of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011. In the second race, eventually started under black flag, Ainslie won the pin end and dominated the race to lead at each and every mark.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ on top in Cascais, but struggles in Cowes
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has finished the first day of fleet racing at Cascais on top of the leader board. Three races were held and the team's consistency in difficult sailing conditions produced a third and two second placings, enough to give Dean Barker 26 points, one more than the Swedish entry Artemis.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Opening Day of the World Series, Cascai
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on the water for the first day of racing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal. The day got underway with heavy fog and light winds, one race was started and then abandoned just after the fleet had rounded the first mark. After a delay the breeze moved in, and three races were sailed.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Kiwis prevail in the zephyrs and fog
ACWS,
America's Cup World Series - Cascais and on day 1 the wing-sailed AC45 catamarans proved competitive racing was possible in winds as light as three knots. For the less experienced teams, the lighter conditions allowed them to focus less on crew work and more on tactics, which translated into a tight leaderboard at the end of the day.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Friday at Cascais - Kiwis throw down the gauntlet
Bob Fisher,
Top international yachting writer, Bob Fisher, is in Cascais for the opening round of the America's Cup World Series. He gives his view of the Practice Race: There were few surprises – the teams that had put in the most practice with their boats since they were first launched appeared at the top of the race results, which is as it should be..... [more]
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ACWS and Extreme Sailing Series day 1 for Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing was the first team to put a point on the scoreboard winning the first race at the inaugural America's Cup World Series event. Today was also the first day of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Cowes with winds up to 20 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Kiwis prevail in the zephyrs and fog
ACWS,
America's Cup World Series - Cascais and on day 1 the wing-sailed AC45 catamarans proved competitive racing was possible in winds as light as three knots. For the less experienced teams, the lighter conditions allowed them to focus less on crew work and more on tactics, which translated into a tight leaderboard at the end of the day.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - 49er, Finn And Stars
ISAF,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has now witnessed Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann (GER) lead the 49er fleet after the first three races despite Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen notching up two race wins . The Germans end day one on ten points and have a one point lead after the Australians finished ninth in race three... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Big breeze provides action aplenty at Cowes
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its first day of racing. The breeze increased to 20 knots by late afternoon, and the crowds were treated to four races on the first of seven days of Extreme 40 racing – the final race being a small taste of what is to come over the next couple of days when the wind forecasted to be even stronger.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week day 1 off to a flying start
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its first day of competition. The fleet dealt perfect sailing conditions, and light breezes in the morning which gradually built to a steady 15 knots by the end of the day. Short tacking against a light west-south-west wind and a building adverse tide meant getting close inshore could result in big gains.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Racing has great first day
Oracle Racing,
America's Cup World Series - Amid conditions normally considered too light for racing, the powerful and versatile AC45s enjoyed good racing in the preliminary rounds of the first-ever ACWS event. Skipper Russell Coutts and crew placed 4-3-5 for 21 points while James Spithill's crew won two of the three races for 20 points, six points behind winner Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya shows off stunning new look race boat
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - Today, Mike Sanderson, CEO and Skipper of Team Sanya, the Chinese entry in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, stood proudly alongside his team members on this important day for the team and showed off their new look race boat to the world. In an unprecedented short period of time of just one and a half months, this new entry in the race has managed to recruit a world class team... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Three wins in Cascais Practice Round
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Boston, USA on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Today was the official practice racing before we get into the first weekend of this event. It is really a chance for both competitors and organisers to streamline their systems and get used to the new formats... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: A difficult day at the Pre-Olympics, Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Andrew Murdoch has opened the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta with a strong start to lie second overall after day one for the Laser fleet. The Laser Radial, both 470 and RS:X fleets were on the water last night all sailing two races apiece in moderate and shifty, but sunny conditions. 'The breeze ranged between 8 to 15 knots,' reports Jez Fanstone, Team Director, 'with quite big s... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ set the pace at Cascais, and tunes-up at Cowes
Warren Douglas,
Nine AC45 yachts from eight teams lined up for three short fleet races, in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal. As skipper Dean Barker commented, the day counted for nothing, except to provide an excellent opportunity to check in with the opposition before the first regatta of the build-up to the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Early mark set
ISAF,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, an Olympic Test Event, is currently underway in the UK. On the first day of 470 sailing, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) set an early marker for the women after they recorded double bullets. In race one the girls finished ten seconds ahead of China's Wang Xiao and Huang Xufeng but in race two the Brits blew the field away... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 Cowes all set for action
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is prepared to deliver and will witness the top pro sailing talent from 15 nations in a fleet of 12 Extreme 40s take to the waters with plenty of breeze which will be fit for perfect adrenalin-fuelled Stadium sailing. Act 5 is set to begin Saturday 6th August and the Extreme 40s will, once again be one of the headline acts of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the Olympic Test Event, capturing the action. Enjoy... [more]
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America's Cup: Camper joins Emirates Team New Zealand for Cup
Camper,
Camper, the family-owned shoe company based in Mallorca, has today confirmed that it will join Emirates Team New Zealand as a sponsor of their campaign. A year ago Camper joined forces with Emirates Team New Zealand to compete in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race and the Spanish company's involvement with sailing stretches back to 1990s, when it sponsored the One Ton Cup.... [more]
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TVNZ Named NZ Broadcast Partner for the America's Cup World Series
Sail-World,
Television New Zealand has been named as the TV broadcaster in New Zealand for the America's Cup World Series, which will be carried live on TV One, beginning with the final fleet race in Cascais, Portugal on August 14. In addition, TVNZ will carry America's Cup World Series highlights as well as show America's Cup Uncovered, the official weekly magazine program on its website.... [more]
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America's Cup: Opening Media Conference - Cascais - Full Video
Sail-World,
Nine sailing teams are making their final preparations in Cascais, Portugal ahead of the opening weekend of the 34th America's Cup. The teams include seven Challengers from six countries, plus two teams from the America's Cup Defender Oracle Racing. See the video in this story for the opening media conference at Cascais.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Reporting in from Cascais ahead of the start of the ACWS
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Boston, USA on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Sailing with Dean Barker are Adam Beashel (AUS), James Dagg (NZL) and Richard Meacham (NZL).... [more]
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Pre-Olympics: Windurfers lead off in Weymouth Test Event
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Racing started over night for kiwi windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta – the official London Test Event for sailing competition one year out from the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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NZL 49er update from the Olympic test event, Weymouth, UK
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke update on their progress in the 49er class and what lies ahead this week in the Olympic Test event at Weymouth, England. We are in Weymouth for the pre-Olympics, a test regatta exactly one year before the Olympics start. Light winds and warmish temperatures so far since arriving last week, has been a nice change from the cold, windy trai... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 3 - RS:X begins
ISAF,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta's third day witnessed the start of the Men and Women's RS:X. Brit Nick Dempsey and Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) are locked at three points apiece after they each recorded a bullet and second place finish.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 to be broadcast live from Cowes
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Complementing its global TV six-part series and programming platform, and the live TV coverage at each of the four previous worldwide Acts, the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 from Cowes will also be broadcast live.... [more]
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