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 26 May 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 25 May 2012

Bruce Kendall answers US Sailing's reasoning for opting for the Kiteboard at the 2012 Olympics.  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 May 2012

Auckland, and indeed the sailing world, got its first peek at the new AC72 America's Cup catamarans with the shifting of the first wingsail sections from Core Builders Composites in Warkworth to the Port of Auckland.

From there the wingsails will head for San Francisco ahead of the launch of Oracle Racing's AC72, expected in July.

For America's Cup rules buffs, construction of the wingsails is permitted outside the country of the club of the team. However the boats themselves must be built in the challenger/defender country.

Southern Spars are building wingsails for both Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa in their facility in Avondale. Artemis Racing already have their first wingsail in action aboard their ORMA60 trimaran off Valencia, Spain.

Oracle Racing's wingsail sections head for the Port of Auckland - May 25,2012  Richard Gladwell

The Volvo Ocean Race has tightened over the last day, as the boats which looked to have made race winning breaks have had to head north to avoid a patch of light winds. The effect has been for boats like Camper which yesterday was at the rear of the fleet to move into a stronger position. However on the water it is like watching a ball-runner jinking his way through an opposition backline, as the wind strengths and angles constantly change - and not just in the present time, but several days out.

Sail-World media team - Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show  MarineBusiness-World.com .

To be honest we can't believe what we are seeing with Predictwind, using its routing function which had the boats all finishing within the same hour in one projection we ran. But that has been the case for the last couple of days, and are quite at variance with the official results. Long story short is that it is all very close. We have the latest projections in this edition and we'll be updating as best we can on www.sail-world.com

A rare North Atlantic sunset highlights Michi Müller and Kelvin Harrap on deck. Onboard Puma Ocean Racing during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

The debate over Windsurfing versus Kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympics continues. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have the response from double Olympic medallist Bruce Kendall to the explnation from US sailing as to why their three votes went the way of the Kites.

Quite where this one is headed is anyone's guess at this juncture. Certainly New Zealand has a significant stake in the outcome, both in terms of existing investment in development programs and equipment, and the fact that since the 1992 Olympics all of New Zealand's Olympic medals have been won in Windsurfing events.

Fierce battle for the ladies in RS:X - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2012  Sander van der Borch ©

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- l'Hydroptere speed trialling in France  Francis Demange
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Remember the good times? John Cutler (left) Bronze medalist; Bruce Kendall Gold medalist; , Chris Timms and Rex Sellers Silver medalists at the 1988 Olympics, Pusan, Korea.  




America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA
Richard Gladwell,
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time.... [more]
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Double Olympic medallist responds to US Sailing
Bruce Kendall,
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist, Bruce Kendall (NZL) responds to the US Sailing's reasoning as to why the US national sailing body chose to vote for the Kiteboard as an event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. Earlier this month, at its Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy, the ISAF Council voted by a margin of 19 votes to 17 to replace the Windsurfer with the Kiteboard... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months
Richard Gladwell,
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - When the Sailing gives way for the Show
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from Venice, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Super Sunday ended up not being quite so super for us in Venice. The fleet was confronted with a 1-4 knot breeze which certainly did not help create much of a spectacle.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders set to zigzag to Lisbon
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
In a reshuffle of the leaderboard overnight, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) lost the lead to Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 0100 GMT on Friday, Abu Dhabi took pole position when it became clear that the northerly course would pay as the six-boat fleet picked its way through the minefield of high pressure. Waiting on the other side is some exciting downwind... [more]
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Response to US Sailing statement on inclusion of kiteboarding in 2016

It seems US Sailing didn't have all the information before casting three votes for kitesurf course racing at the expense of windsurf racing for the 2016 Olympics. A more careful evaluation questions Dean Brenner's explanation for the U.S. votes at the ISAF Council.... [more]
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A Swiss challenge to the Little America's Cup in 2013
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Today, the group behind the Hydroptère.ch announced three new projects, one of them being a challenge to the Little America's Cup to take place in Falmouth, UK during the summer of 2013. This competition is raced on Class-C catamarans with wings. Interestingly, it will take place a couple of weeks before the final of the America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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Eurosaf European Sailing Cup - New event for Olympic Classes
John Friend,
Eurosaf European Sailing Cup, a new event for Olympic Classes, is to commence in 2013. Eurosaf, in association with the organisers of Garda Olympic Week, Italy; Delta Lloyd Regatta, The Netherlands; Sail for Gold, United Kingdom; Kieler Woche, Germany and Semaine Olympique Française, France, have signed a joint Statement of Intent and agreed the Rules and Regulations to create the new series... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase – Windsurfing's most challenging contest + Video
Vivienne Masters,
Red Bull Storm Chase – Ever dreamt of windsurfing in a prestigious contest side-by-side with the world's best windsurfers in the planet's toughest conditions? Stop daydreaming and register now! Red Bull Storm Chase is returning and offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete against the Top Guns of wavesailing.... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012: The Countdown is on for TeamVodafone
Zoe Hawkins,
Eight days out from the Sail Noumea race, if the nine crew of TeamVodafoneSailing could have anything they wanted, it would probably be to set a sub two day race record. But they are coy about their chances. 'The boat is capable of doing 500 nautical miles a day in ideal conditions, and the race is 975nm long,' says Skipper Simon Hull.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro claws back
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Whatttaleg eh? Just when things look to be settled, just when places and positions look to be secured for a little while, you have a day like yesterday that turns everything on its head.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Crews challenged on day 3
Craig Heydon,
At the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, light winds challenged crews on day three but the lack of breeze couldn't slow down Australia's Paralympic Games bound Sonar crew with Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm and Jonathan Harris continuing their march up the leader board, moving to second overall.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 25 May 2012 - ANZAC Banks unconvincing
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 25 May 2012 - Equity markets weakened again overnight with news from Asia and China failing to inspire confidence. In Europe the EU Summit confirmed Greece as a member of the EURO and endorsed a growth platform. NZ interest rates should have been lower earlier to stimulate economic growth. Similarly across the Tasman as Banks try to expand margins with higher rates... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: North or East? That is the Question.
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica extended their Leg 7 advantage to nine nautical miles on Thursday, as a pair of high pressure systems threatened to create a north-south split in the fleet. However at 1300 UTC both Telefónica and second placed Groupama were being closed down by rapidly charging third and fourth placed Abu Dhabi and Puma, 18 and 21 nautical miles (nm) behind respectively. Fi... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany – Difficult first day
Leigh Ireland,
Match Race Germany first qualifying session kicked off in Langenargen, Germany today. Phil Robertson and new Tour Card Holder Pierre-Antoine Morvan made the most of a difficult day's racing posting three wins from three. Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team joins the Tour in 2012 with an ISAF World Match Race Ranking of third and a previous second place finish at the St. Moritz Match Race in 2... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s head deep into North Atlantic
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet are on the fifth day of racing from Charleston. The Class40s are out of the Gulf Stream and heading deeper into the North Atlantic led by Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation holding an eight mile lead over Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo on Financial Crisis in second place... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Ocean Sprint point to Singapore
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to focus their efforts on winning podium positions into New York. Singapore, which is currently in seventh place has completed the 120 mile Ocean Sprint in 12H 45M 28S winning the team one crucial point, subject to the Race Committee verifying the result.... [more]
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Kiwimatch Sailing Team - Match Race Germany
Kiwimatch Sailing Team Media,
Kiwimatch Sailing Team descend on the small, lakeside village of Langenargen this week for the first event on the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Match Race Germany. Nestled on the shores of Lake Constance, with the Swiss Alps as a back-drop help make this a spectacular location to open the World Tour.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Kiwis to defend South Pacific Trophy
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - Having won the South Pacific Trophy team event in convincing fashion two years ago, the New Zealanders are returning as defenders this year with all guns blazing.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show images Day 1
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show images Day 1... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2012 Day 1
Jeni Bone,
This year's SCIBS features a world of powerboats, trailerable to superyachts. With 325 exhibitors – 50 of them brand new to the boat show – there are more than 70 world and Australian launches.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lesson learned for Puma skipper + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, day three. Skipper Ken Read reports from on board Puma's Mar Mostro: North American sailing has taught me something this past week. The Miami experience was bitter sweet for sure. Great to be back in the States, sad to leave 'home' at the end and head back out to sea.... [more]
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ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials - US Sailing Statement
Jake Fish,
ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials – US Sailing has provided the following Statement on Kiteboarding vs. Windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games; as prepared by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: Every four years, sifficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community frustrated... [more]
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l'Hydroptere heads for US in quest for new offshore speed record marks
Thomas Lesage,
l'Hydroptère DCNS, the French¨ flying trimaran¨ of Alain Thébault, has just completed her last trials off the La Ciotat (France)coast and is ready to leave for Los Angeles where she will attempt her first offshore record. Under the watchful eyes of their technical team l'Hydroptere made several runs, sailing between 20 and 45 knots according to the angles to the wind.... [more]
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Search for Coaching Director at top NZ club
Gun Caundle,
It is a proud moment when a yacht club can boast an Olympic team member. It is a prestigious moment when a club can boast two Olympic team members, as can Kerikeri Cruising Club and Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. There are seven sailing clubs being represented by the twelve sailors in the 2012 New Zealand Olympic Team.... [more]
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The Brand is Zhik!
John Curnow,
A little under 10 years ago, I first started seeing some sensationally cool sailing gear that was adorned with this fantastic Z. It certainly reminded me of Zorro slashing his moniker into all and sundry and apart from looking cool, the gear seemed to be very much fit for purpose.... [more]
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