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 25 Sep 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 25 September 2011

Dahees in the lead - Dubai Traditional 22ft Sailing Dhow Race 23rd September 2011  © DIMC
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 September 2011

The Global Ocean Race gets underway in Palma, Spain as we write. Six two man crews will contest the 30,000nm race which sailed the traditional round the world route with just four stopovers in Cape Town, Wellington, Punta del Este and Charleston (USA) before finishing back in Mallorca, Spain.

New Zealand father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field sailing Buckley Systems Ltd, must stand a grand chance of winning the race which is in its second edition.

In this edition we have another report from BSL - this one from the night before the start of the event.

Campbell Field below decks on BSL - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Global Ocean Race

Elsewhere in Spain, Alicante to be precise, the six teams entered in the Volvo Ocean Race have also begun assembling ahead of the start on 5 November. Team Sanya (Mike Sanderson) has already arrived, and Groupama (Franck Cammas) is on her way, as is Camper (Chris Nicholson). We have reports on the build up in this issue.

In the last edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we carried the release by the International Sailing Federation of the specification for Evaluations Trials for the new Mixed Multihull class and also the Womens High Performance skiff - both will be used in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Emotional farewell as Groupama head south - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yvan Zedda ©

Tornado class President and current World Champion Roland Gaebler has identified what he believes are a number of flaws in the specification, and sets these out in this edition. We have added some other information that was passed to us. It would seem that this class is off to a very flawed start.

The Extreme Sailing Series gets under way again on Wednesday, in Nice. There will be 11 teams, competing four past and present America's Cup teams.

Emirates Team NZ will be competing, this time with Dean Barker back on the helm. We name the crews in this edition.

Smeg on Sydney Harbour - Sydney 18ft Skiffs  Ali Chapman - copyright

We expect to have some very good coverage of this event, without the nonsense of blocked video content that the America's Cup World Series have adopted.

On that subject, we have as yet had no response to some questions put to the America's Cup Events Authority concerning the blocked vide clips in New Zealand. We hope to have more this coming week.

Certainly for New Zealand sailing fans, who have been able to follow the America's Cup for over 25 years, the events of last week came as a real kick in the guts, and a betrayal of the Kiwi fans by event organisers who had promised that the 34th America's Cup would be a big step up on what has gone before.

Peter Vinton - Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Open 2011  Gair Matthews

The effect of the video block of some Youtube coverage was underlined by an email received today: America's Cup Commentary General Request - I would love to see a piece by Richard Gladwell with his evaluations of the teams, boats, race courses, etc based on the events in Cascais and Plymouth. Of most interest would be his commentary on the teams.

We'd love to be able to accede to this request, unfortunately - because of the actions of ACEA - we can't see the event live, or in full replay, in New Zealand and can't comment. Our apologies, but we aren't the ones who should be apologising. New Zealand sailing fans deserve much, much better than this.

Monaco Yacht Show 2011  Carlo Borlenghi ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Global Ocean Race: T'was the night before the start - BSL Report
Campbell Field,
Boat all done today, loaded some final stores, a quick dive to clean the bottom, then off to El Corte Ingles for a quick shop for a family dinner tonight. So, sitting in our apartment looking at last minute weather (will be no chance tomorrow) – Ross & Jan have just arrived and making sandwiches for tomorrow, roast chicken in the oven,... [more]
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ISAF mixed multihull evaluation rules - serious flaws identified
Roland Gaebler,
Roland Gaebler (GER) Tornado class President and current World Champion (sailing in an Open Championship with a mixed crew), has launched following the issuance of a specification by the International Sailing Federation for the Mixed Multihull evaluation trials.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 22ft Sailing Dhow Race
DIMC,
The Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Race was a fast and closely fought race, which was organized by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) in Mina Seyahi. Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al Marzouoqi skippering Dahees rounded the first mark in the lead.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Season start only two weeks away
Frank Quealey,
With the start of the Sydney 18ft Skiff Season only two weeks away, it might be a good time to take a quick look back at some of the racing we saw on Sydney Harbour last season. A few of Ali Chapman's images remind us of the action from 2010-2011 and what we may also expect again in the 2011-2012 Season.... [more]
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Laser Class – Contracts signed and designer Bruce Kirby is back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change, calling it a disaster. Now Kirby has taken back design rights.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2011 Weather could deliver Race Record
Heaven Can Wait media,
Six days out from the 2011 Heaven Can Wait regatta, being sailed on Lake Macquarie, on the October Long Weekend Saturday, sailors off the water, with an East Coast low pounding the NSW coastline are are beginning to look at the weather ahead.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race set to begin in less the 24 hours
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 is set to begin in less the twenty-four hours and there is a general atmosphere of calm amongst the boats moored stern-to at the GOR Race Village in Palma, Mallorca, as the six teams make final preparations for Leg 1 which will lead them to Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 1 winds a no show
PWA,
The first day of the PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam got off to a gentle start as competitors were witnessed chilling in the sunshine, tweaking their equipment and enjoying the pumping tunes from the resident DJ. Golden sun beamed down over the event site for the opening day of competition, providing the perfect conditions for the masses of spectators to sit and relax on the beach... [more]
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Global Ocean Race – Teams make final preparations
Oliver Dewar,
With under 24 hours until the start of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), there is a general atmosphere of calm around the boats moored stern-to at the GOR Race Village in Palma, Mallorca, as the six teams make final preparations for Leg 1 to Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Gold Coast Australia continue to lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Gold Coast Australia managed to hold Visit Finland at bay overnight as the Australian team's decision to head south began to reap its rewards. 'Gold Coast Australia is now set up in position for the final 600-mile run into Cape Town and is heading east with good speed,' skipper, Richard Hewson, said.... [more]
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Classic and Vintage Dinghies Open at Hunts SC
Nessa Weedon-Jones,
Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Open - Something old, something new-ish, something borrowed... A healthy turnout of 24 boats from all wings of the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association braved the elements at Saturday's end of season Open. Eighteen different classes were represented.... [more]
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Loki smashes Bird Island race record - takes handicap win
Di Pearson,
Showing she will a strong contender for the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart race, Stephen Ainsworth's Loki has smashed Brindabella's 15 year-old race record in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Bird Island Race in the early hours of this morning, making it a fourth record for the Sydney thoroughbred, which perfected the race by taking the trifecta – line honours, the record and the overall win.... [more]
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King of Spain visits Monaco Yacht Show images
Carlo Borlenghi,
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, visited the newly restored 15 meter Class Hispania at the Monaco Yacht Club with Bernard d'Alessandri during the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi shares with us images of his visit.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam fleet prepares for battle
PWA,
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam fleet are getting registrations taken care of today and the event site is heating up as the stars of the PWA descend on Westerland beach in preparation for nine intense days of super grand slam action.... [more]
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D35 Vulcain Trophy update from Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard updates us on the very last regatta of the 2011 D35 season which started on Thursday in Antibes: At the end of Friday the fleet has raced four races, all of them in very light winds. In the second race of Thursday we started in five knots of wind and finished in two knots of wind.... [more]
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Eurosaf European Youth Open Championship day 1
John Friend,
The Eurosaf Match Racing, European Youth Open Championship has now completed the first day of competition in Marsala, Sicily and the weather has been very kind with sunshine and wind, enabling twelve flights of first round-robin to be completed, despite a wait for the wind in the morning.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 4 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day four images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series moves to Nice for Act 7 - Preview + Videos
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - It was The Wave, Muscat skippered by Leigh McMillan who claimed victory at Act six in Trapani, Sicily last weekend, making it two wins in a row for the Omani team, after an intense and close final day. The team on board Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, skippered by Pierre Pennec, restored their confidence after a grueling Act five in Cowes, UK to finish in second place overall... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Ocean Sprint underway
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland is gaining ground on Gold Coast Australia, taking 20 miles out of their lead in the last 24 hours, as they approach the closing stages of race three from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. Olly Osborne and his team on Visit Finland are now just 41 miles behind Gold Coast Australia... [more]
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Images of San Francisco: Pursuit flies 42 year old extra
Tom Zinn, Outside Images.com,
Top sailing photographer, Tom Zinn was aboard Pursuit, a 1929 M class sloop, as she sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on a Sunday race in mid September. Ron has owned the boat since 1961 and this is only the second time the spinnaker has been up since the 1969 Transpac.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Lance Adams will campaign a new Soto 40
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi Med Cup Circuit 2011 - From the flurry of visiting potential Soto 40 owners who visited the final event of the series, Lance Adams from the South East of England is one of the first to confirm he has ordered a new boat for next season, which he hopes to take delivery of before the end of this year.... [more]
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Eurosaf Open Youth Match Racing Championship preview
Elena Giolai,
Eurosaf Open Youth Match Racing Championship was officially launched last night, 22nd September 2011. The 12 teams participating represent 11 nations: two Italian teams in addition to teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and the United States.... [more]
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Australian Multihull Championships - Trilogy crew set a new standard
Ian Grant,
Australian Multihull Championships - Keith Glover and his Trilogy crew set a new standard when they claimed the series trophy with six wins from six races. They had claimed the championship after scoring a comfortable win in race five on Thursday however both Keith Glover and his principal crew mate Ben Kelly believed they had a point to prove.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama heads for Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The pontoons in Lorient were crammed with spectators as Groupama sailing team waved goodbye to their French home for the last time for nine months. More than a hundred fans, VIP guests and shore crew packed the dock as Groupama 4's lines were cast off and she set sail for Alicante, start port of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team opens new National Training Centre in Sydney
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has today official opened its new National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. It is designed to provide Australian sailors with all the necessary resources as they continue their quest for Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya arrive in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Mike Sanderson's crew, who used the trip from the UK as their 2,000 mile qualifying sail, are the second of the entries to arrive in Alicante for the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts on October 29. 'This was our Volvo Ocean Race qualification trip but we have also been able to put the boat and the crew through its paces on the way.'... [more]
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ISAF request proposals for Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull
ISAF,
ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012. Full details on the venue and dates will be announced nearer the time.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12: Nico Budel joins fleet in Palma
Oliver Dewar,
Nico Budel, the sixth entry in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), sailed his 2007 Akilaria Class40, Sec. Hayai, into the Marina de Mallorca in Palma after the 72 year-old yachtsman and his co-skipper, 56 year-old Ruud van Rijsewijk, took two weeks to sail from the yacht's homeport of Scheveningen on the Dutch coast.... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix D'Antibes images by Christophe Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix D'Antibes, France (Decision 35) images from photographer Christophe Schmid.... [more]
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Breaking News: Laser Class – Contracts signed and Kirby is back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change, calling it a disaster. Now Kirby has taken back design rights.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam preview
PWA,
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam will get underway on September 23 and the tension is rising on the island of Sylt as the greatest windsurfing event on the planet and the dramatic conclusion to the 2011 slalom, wave and freestyle competition season draws ever closer.... [more]
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Latest New Shaw 650 launches in Pattaya, Thailand
Kip Beck,
Just launched, this uniquely Asian Shaw 650 to be raced by an all girls crew in future. The eye catching pink colour and graphics pay homage to that famed Japanese cat which has a huge following in Thailand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper arrives to a christening in Palma
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race CAMPER's unmistakable bright red livery turned more than a few heads as she sailed into her home port of Palma for the first time yesterday. The team will now enjoy a few days of downtime before making the short trip from Mallorca to Alicante next week ahead of the first In-Port Race on October 29.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship Day 3 and still on top
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 World Championship has now completed the third day of competition which delivered two more races under pristine conditions. Lots of sunshine, hot temps and just enough breeze enabled John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti to stay at the top of the chart. Seven points back, Italy's Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica is seated in second overall and Yukihiro Ishida's Yasha Samurai is third.... [more]
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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - Light conditions test crews
Carla Anselmi,
Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - The light easterly wind test the crews, and especially the tacticians' ability on day three. The race committee was forced to wait until the early afternoon hours to fire the start signal for the classic yachts. Veering from south-westerly to easterly the wind has decidedly died down on the Bay of Cannes, only seven or eight knots for the start.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 3 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day three images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First boats start Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The crew of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital had an unexpected rendezvous with HMS Edinburgh overnight in a fitting location close to Edinburgh, the world's most remote settlement, in the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. The team representing the Scottish capital was paid a visit by the Type 42 Destroyer, currently patrolling the South Atlantic, at around 0100 UTC... [more]
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