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 04 Feb 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 4 February 2012

Gold Medalists and new World 470 Junior Champions, Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti (ITA) - 2012 470 Junior Worlds applaud after the playing of the Italian national anthem  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 4 February 2012

High drama in the Global Ocean Race, with two of the five competitors pulling out of the leg and are headed for Auckland.

Buckley Systems sailed by Ross and Campbell Field, wiped out, causing damage to their mast head instruments, which in turn rendered the autopilots ineffective. Further, Ross Field suffered a heavy fall in the incident and is in considerable pain. On that basis, they made the decision to head back for Auckland, and should be here within a week.

A second competitor, Campagne de France, also pulled out in the face of strong headwinds, deeming it too dangerous to continue.

Ross Field is critical of race organiser's decision to route the competitors to a northern waypoint, and believes that decision set them up to be smacked by the Pacific storm, while a more southerly route would have seem them on a much more comfortable course and still with five boats in the race.

We have Ross Field's report in this edition of sail-World.com

Ross Field below on Buckley Systems  Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images

The 470 Junior Worlds concluded in Auckland yesterday under leaden skies and a moderate breeze - conditions which have prevailed for much of the regatta.

The event will not go down as one of New Zealand's sailing success stories - with only one crew stepping up on the winners' podium. Congratulations to Finn Drummond and James Turner for their silver medal in the Open and Mens division - having sailed together for just three weeks prior to the event.

James Turner and Finn Drummond took the Silver medal in the 2012 World Junior 470 Championships  Richard Gladwell

The World Championship - which was dominated by the Italian crew of Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti, with eight back to back wins. Normally this event would attract an entry of 80-100 boats, when held in Europe, instead of just the 31 that entered in Auckland, but having 13 countries in NZ is a very good spread.

Takapuna Boating Club, with Event Director and Commodore, Evelyn Johnson, did their usual sterling job of organising the regatta - which is the club's 15th World Championship, going back to the early 1970's.

Womens Medalists: Left - Silver - Annika Bochmann Elisabeth Panuschka (GER); Centre - Gold - Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters (NED); Right - Bronze Anna Burnet, Flora Stewart (GBR) - February 3, 2012 470 Junior Worlds  Richard Gladwell

Many of the competitors move onto the Sail Auckland Regatta which gets underway today, on Auckland Harbour.

The Volvo Ocean Race is expected to end within the next 12 hours, and barring a major incident will be won by the Spanish entry Telefonica, giving her a third leg win in the series and extending her lead.

We will have full coverage on www.sail-world.com

Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa wait for the wind off Takapuna  Richard Gladwell

The Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa AC45's are becoming a familiar sight on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour - often featuring the extended wingsail - which makes the old foil look quite squat by comparison.

We have the first images of the two AC45's sailing together in this edition and expect more in the coming weeks.

At Sail-World, we have to tread a fine balance between the mix of international news which outside of America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and major sailing events don't really make it into the mainstream sports media. Sometimes on Sail-World, the local sailing news gets pushed off the main page very quickly.

Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti (ITA)- 2012 470 Junior World Champions  Richard Gladwell

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For those submitting stories via our submission system, you will now get a double exposure in two sites - the main Sail-World site and on the Kiwi News site - which will have a longer viewing life and be much easier to just follow the New Zealand news over a period of time.

Rob Salthouse and Chris Nicholson grind hard as they put a reef in the mainsail as Stu Bannatyne drives onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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America's Cup: Plenty of questions surface after Competitors' Forum
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray revealed after the Competitors Forum that changes were under consideration for the America's Cup including a change to a point for the day system, rather than per race; shorter courses of just 30 minutes; and possibly a place for the AC45's in the America's Cup regatta; plus the physical demands expected of the sailors and how that was shaping racing formats.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italy and Netherlands win Mens and Womens titles
Christine Hansen,
The 2012 470 Junior Worlds hosted by Auckland City's Takapuna Boating Club, and sailed on the Waitemata Harbour came to a close today. Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of Netherlands held onto their top position and became the Women's Junior World Champions. In the Mixed/Men's fleet the Italian crew Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti cemented their dominance of the regatta... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: A Soldier's course to Sanya
Sail-World,
With just over 100nm to sail to the finish line in Sanya, China, Telefonica looks set to take her third ocean leg win. According to the routing options from PredictWind, at 1900hrs UTC on 3 February, the Iker Martinex skippered Spainish entry, just has to sail the direct course to the finish, and should be able to average 15-17kts for the remaining distance.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 - Intense drama for two Class40s
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - There has been intense drama in Leg 3 as two of the Class40s, Buckley Systems and Campagne de France, have turned west and are currently heading for Auckland, New Zealand, while the three remaining boats, Cessna Citation, Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing continue into strong, Pacific Ocean headwinds in the Roaring Forties.... [more]
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Women's Match Race Country Qualifier - Tight competition
WIMRA,
Women's Match Race International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta - The pressure is on as three of the nine women's match racing teams competing to qualify their country for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will be eliminated at the end of the first round robin and the top six will move on to the next stage.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – Hard fought final
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – Young New Zealand skipper Josh Junior has taken the Regatta, beating local Perth sailor David Gilmour 3 – 1 in a tense and hard fought final. This self-effacing young man stepped ashore with a smile as wide as Cook Straight, heaping praise upon his crew.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems damaged and heading for Auckland
Ivor Wilkins,
After crashing off a monstrous wave in the Southern Ocean, Global Ocean Race leaders Ross and Campbell Field of Team Buckley Systems have suffered damage to their yacht and are heading back to New Zealand. For the past 24 hours, the yacht has been smashing into in storm force winds and huge seas south east of the Chatham Islands.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Tack Fest to China
Camper Media,
For the past 24 hours Camper has been tacking up the Vietnamese coast avoiding hundreds of fishing boats, debris and uncharted marks and islands. For navigator Will Oxley the final tack away from Vietnam coast came with a huge amount of relief: 'With poor quality charting, multitudes of unlit fishing vessels and miles of nets, not to mention shallow wrecks from the war, the potential for disa... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Day 6 - Light winds get lighter
Christine Hansen,
At Takapuna Boating Club the 2012 470 Junior World Championship day began very quietly with no wind, no sun and a light drizzle of warm rain. Sailors left the shore around 11am when there was a hint of a breeze and by midday the first attempt at eleventh race of the twelve race series was underway.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis: Working with/against the old team
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach, Rod Davis describes what it is like working with Luna Rossa and coaching against his old team: A change is like a holiday. We are back to training for racing, a week off from testing and development work on our SL33s and working through ideas for the new boat. I must say, it is very nice to be back in AC45 mode and doing ' real' coaching again.... [more]
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Sunburst Nationals at Wakatere : Wellington's Linton wins
Nigel Price,
The final race of the seven race series at the 2012 Sunburst Nationals, sailed at Wakatere Boating Club, was run on Monday 30th January, and doubled as an Anniversary Day Regatta official race. The nominal start time delayed to 11.00 am to allow the Anniversary Day Regatta Tug Boat Race to go by, as this went through the course area.... [more]
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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence... [more]
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America's Cup: Unique compilation of Decisions now available
Sail-World,
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. There have been thirty-three matches for its possession since 1851, and no challenger was successful until 1983. By 2007 the Cup had only changed hands four times. Disputes around the thirty-third match generated judicial and arbitral decisions that will be influential in all areas of international sporting law.... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Challengers announced
Roland Gaebler,
ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Today ISAF has named the Multihulls who will compete at the evaluation trials in Santander, Spain during 17th to 25th March 2012.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Gilmour top of leaderboard
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Local skipper David Gilmour and his crew have taken sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard winning all but one of their races. 'It's been pretty good,' commented Gilmour at the end of the day, 'in some of the races we sailed as well as we wanted to, and everything has gone to plan, we won all our races but one so we're pretty happy about it.'... [more]
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ISAF announce entrants for 2016 equipment evaluation
ISAF,
Olympic equipment evaluation for 2016 - Following the request for proposals, ISAF are pleased to announce that they have received entrants for six Women's Skiff and seven Mixed Multihulls and wish to invite them all to the evaluation event in Santander, Spain in March.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italy and Netherlands lead despite stumbles
NZ 470 Assoc and Sail-World,
Ten races have been completed a the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, sailed out of Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland City's North Shore. Top Italian crew, Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti, continued their winning ways, and the consistency of Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of the Netherlands kept the women's crew just clear of their rivals.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Tough day on the water
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Sydney sailors head the leaderboard at the end of the day one with Jordan Reece and David Chapman both undefeated after a tough day on the water. Jordan Reece, who came into the event as the top ranked skipper, has six wins on the scoreboard, while David Chapman scored five.... [more]
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Olympic representatives shine at New Zealand National Laser Champs.
Edmund Tam,
The New Zealand 2012 Laser Olympic representatives, Andrew Murdoch and Sara Winther, confirmed their class by winning their respective divisions at the Laser National Championships held in Worser Bay Wellington. Both sailors continued from where they left off after successes at the recent ISAF World Championships in Perth.... [more]
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Local sailor wins Europe Dinghy Global Veteran Cup in Bay of Islands
Andy Greager,
Bringing the Global Veteran Cup to New Zealand has renewed local interest in the International Europe Dinghy Class which since its days as Olympic single-handed dinghy for women has been sailed mostly on the South Island. The First Global Veteran Cup that was held outside Europe attracted a mixed fleet of 17 Veterans representing four countries and three continents. As usual, the hosting team was... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italian crew notch another two wins
Kristine Lederis,
Four days of racing have now been completed at the 470 Junior World Championships at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore, and two more days of full racing remain before Friday's medal races for the top ten boats in each fleet. The Italian duo of Simon Sivitz Kosuta and Jas Farneti are leaps and bounds ahead in the Men's fleet, winning every race except the very first. The pair of t... [more]
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Swiss Olympic team training - Video by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international sailing photographer Juerg Kaufmann compiled this stunning video of the Swiss Olympic Sailing team during their training sessions, ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Known for his varied approach to all forms of visual media, this video combines some spectacular images together with stunning video and still image techniques. Not to be missed.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Blasting down the back straight
Richard Gladwell,
The final reach to the finish line is always a great piece of action for sailing photographers - none more so than today in the 470 Junior World Championships off Takapuna Beach, Auckland City. Sail-World's camera caught the front end of the fleet on the final charge to the finish line in a beautiful Takapuna seabreeze.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italians continue to dominate
Christine Hansen,
Italian sailing duo Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti continue to dominate at the 2012 470 Junior Worlds, hosted by Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland City, New Zealand. Sailed on the inner Hauraki Gulf, off picturesque Takapuna Beach and Rangitoto Island, a varied set of summer, and not so-summer conditions prevailed.... [more]
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