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 25 Aug 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: August 25, 2012

2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, Lake Garda, Day 5, Bora Gulari (USA5), and Scott Babbage (AUS3)  Th Martinez
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for August 25, 2012

For the past two days we have gained a glimpse of how the 34th America's Cup could shape up next year in San Francisco, as the AC45's have been competing in the America's Cup World Series.

After five of the 11 teams had capsized during practice, the scene was set for some serious carnage - which happily has not eventuated.

The racing, short as it is, makes for interesting viewing. The Jury is still out as to whether watching one multihull trail another around a match racing course, is any more exciting than watching two monohulls do the same. We won't really have the answer to that question until the AC72's line up.

Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa - America's Cup World Series 2012-13  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

As we have said many times before, right now we are comparing the spectacle of a 45ft multihull with memories of the grandeur of 75ft monohull. And if we were comparing a 45 ft multihull with a 45 ft monohull, right now, the multihulls would be way further up the excitement meter. How the AC72's transfer onto the screen, of course remains to be seen.

The racing is being shown line on Sky Channel 16, in NZ, starting at 0900 each morning (see schedule story in this edition) - so you have a chance to judge for yourself.

Emirates Team NZ has struggled in San Francisco, first with their capsize, and then with some very ordinary starts which have cost them dearly as the 11 boat fleet tries to squeeze around the first mark - a short reach from the finish. The lack of sailing time in the AC45's - due to their focus on the AC72, has hit them hard. Before making judgement on any team, pencil in the fact that several of these teams have been running dual AC45 programs, have two boats in this series, and have been training in the venue for up to a month. Others have been there less than a week in single boat programs.

Mass start - San Francisco, America's Cup World Series, Day 2  Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi ©

To our eyes the short reach - while spectacular, ruins the race, as it is virtually over in the first rounding, and there is no opportunity to really recover, except by taking advantage of the errors of your competitor.

But again, judge for yourself.

We have the world's top sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, reporting from San Francisco for Sail-World, along with great images from some of the world's top photographers, and the reports from the teams themselves.

Rod Davis, long time America's Cup sailor, double Olympic medalist, and now top sailing coach - provides his predictions as to how the teams will perform. It is early days yet, but he would seem to have got some of it right - and time will tell as to how the game unfolds for the remainder.

Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker has also been providing a daily comment during the Practice for Nexus and Kiwi Yachting - catch his comments in this edition.

Hooligan (ETNZ's former TP52) starts - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2102  Dale Lorimer

Aside from the America's Cup World Series, we have updates and images from the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, where TeamVodafoneSailing is up against her Australian rival in the battle of the ORMA60's. Several top New Zealand offshore racers are taking on the Australians in the South Pacific Trophy - sailing's equivalent of the Bledisloe Cup, which is also being contested this weekend.

On Lake Garda, the International Moth World Championships are being staged in one of the world's top sailing venues. There is a strong editorial team in Garda - producing great images, reports and video of the event, which you can see in this edition of www.sail-world.com's newsletter or catch online at www.sail-world.com/nz

Team Korea has put together a cross-sport sponsor partnership - America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Racing Day 3  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

On the local scene we look forward to the Auckland On the Water Boat Show, at the end of September.

There's a report on the upcoming Central Region Interclub Championship, to be staged in Wellington in the MRX fleet.

2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, Lake Garda, Day 5, Joe Turner(AUS2) capsizing front of John Harris (AUS6) at top mark.  Th Martinez
Late Friday, we had news of a new sponsorship announcement from Team Korea for the 34th America's Cu. It is a partnership between the America's Cup team and a British professional football club. We hope to have an update next week.

There's also the first shots of Artemis Racing's AC72 being unloaded in San Francisco, and her design team have taken a different approach from Emirate Team New Zealand, the only other AC72 really seen to date

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Russell Coutts in action, Oracle Team USA. San Francisco - America's Cup World Series Day 2  Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi ©

Artemis Racing unload their AC72 in San Francisco  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©




Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS San Francisco - Home team scores big time
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: As is the established pattern of ACWS racing, the day opened with two quarter-final matches in which both Luna Rossa teams made their exit. Luna Rossa-Swordfish, skippered by Paul Campbell-James was comprehensively beaten by Terry Hutchinson with the Artemis Racing-White team... [more]
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Rod Davis: What's coming down the track in San Francisco?
Rod Davis,
Professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis gives his expectations of the first AC-45 regatta to be sailed in San Francisco. If the Practice Days are anything to go by – expect carnage. Lots of it. Nose-diving cats and damaged wings make great viewing - so there will be a Show. For most of the racing, the tide will be in... [more]
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September's Auckland On Water Boat Show perfect for boating fans
Marine NZ,
The late September running of the Auckland On Water Boat Show offers a perfect lead-in to summer boating activities for boating enthusiasts of all persuasions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea announces seven figure football partnership
Sail-World,
Team Korea America's Cup challenger has joined the Barclays Premier League by partnering with Northern English side Sunderland AFC in a seven figure deal that sees the two teams working together to offer sponsors and partners exposure and a fan following on a global basis. Korean football star striker Ji Dong Won plays for Sunderland and so already cements a strong link between the Black Cats a... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing's AC72 unload in San Francisco
Sander van der Borsch,
The second AC72 to be unveiled was shown off today in San Francisco, when Artemis Racing unloaded their AC72. She will now await the arrival of her wingsail before undergoing sea trials in USA.... [more]
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America's Cup: World Series to be broadcast live in New Zealand
Sail-World,
Television New Zealand has confirmed the broadcast plan relating to the America's Cup World Series round about to get underway in San Francisco. Full coverage of each day's live racing will be available via tvnzondemand.co.nz following broadcast, including America's Cup Uncovered, the weekly magazine show.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Day 5 images by Thierry Martinez
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez was on hand for day 5 of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships in Campione del Garda (ITA) to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Prix d' Elegance overall
Rob Mundle,
Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - A crowded refugee boat; a crewless high performance ocean racing yacht that conjured thoughts of the abandoned ship, Marie Celeste; and a yacht where the crew was being flogged in a manner not dissimilar to what occurs on the pages of runaway international bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship - New leader
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Audi IRC Australian Championship Class A has a new leader. Geoff Ross' chartered TP52, Yendys, is three points behind Black Jack after today's two windward/leeward races.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA on top
Lisa Ramsperger,
America's Cup World Series first stop in the 2012-13 season is currently underway in San Francisco, Calif where Oracle Team USA made the first impression count with a pair of wins in the first two fleet races in front of a home town crowd. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew opened with a win in the match racing quarterfinals, and followed with a first-place finish in the second fleet race.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds day 5 - Babbage and McKnight excel + Video
Pierre Orphanidis,
On day five of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, sparring partners Scott Babbage and Joshua McKnight excelled in the fabulous conditions on Lake Garda. Babbage scored two bullets in the day's three races and now leads the final series, followed by McKnight. Joe Turner's aspirations for a world title come to an abrupt end due to an unfortunate crash at the first weather mark of the first race.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup preview
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup is set to take place from the 27th August to the 1st September. The world's fastest sailors will grace the idyllic shores of Alacati with their presence when the men hit the race course just one month after their last event in Fuerteventura, whilst the women will be recommencing battle with one another for the first time since Korea.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 7 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 7 images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 2 action from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Team Australia stranded
Lisa Ratcliff,
On the penultimate day of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week this morning's gloomy forecast gave way to a glorious day of Whitsunday racing at its best as wet weather gear was packed away.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS San Francisco - Short sharp early Matches
Bob Fisher,
Day 2: The opening day of the ACWS for 2012/2013 on the 161st anniversary of the race around the Isle of Wight that started the competition that we now know as the America's Cup, was one of very short match races on San Francisco Bay. Three matches - first to two wins - were held and the projected time for each was 13 minutes.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 24, 2012 - Doubting the Polies
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: August 24, 2012 - Markets began to doubt the determination of European leaders to act to solve the debt/deficit crises engulfing EU states. There has been major statements of support from political leaders and the ECB President. The summit between Merkel and Hollande in Berlin left markets with no real practical solutions.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA leads the way
Jane Eagleson,
The America's Cup World Series San Francisco continued Thursday with the home team, Oracle Team USA, putting on a show for their fans. Conditions were good for racing, with winds in the 12- to 16-knot range.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Day 4 images by Thierry Martinez
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez was on hand for day 4 of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships in Campione del Garda (ITA) to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - South Pacific Trophy contest
Stephanie Hobbs,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day six and there is an ever-present rivalry simmering away. The contest is on for the South Pacific Trophy, and three boat teams from New Zealand and Australia are going head-to-head.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Action on the bay
Jane Eagleson,
The America's Cup World Series opened in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon. It was a good day for Luna Rossa. Both Max Sirena's Swordfish and Chris Draper's Piranha crews won their matches 2-0.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - Barker downplays capsize in San Francisco
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Today was the official practice day for this event in SF. Plan was for two match races and then some fleet race starts and race. Unfortunately for us it was a short day after capsizing in our first race against Artemis.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS in San Francisco on standby
Stéphanie André,
Deprived of a favourable weather window over the short term for her bid to break the Transpacific record (Los Angeles - Honolulu), 'Hydroptère DCNS crew left their base in Long Beach to continue training in San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Capsize images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Emirates Team New Zealand and China Team capsize images from top international photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day -1 ACWS San Francisco - Coutts on the ACWS
Bob Fisher,
Day -1: Russell Coutts was holding nothing back when he talked with a small media group the day before the America's Cup World Series 2012/2013 began. He was unreserved when asked about the relative merits of Match and Fleet racing: 'I think the guys who made the Deed of Gift, and changed the event from a fleet race to a match race, [if they were still about] would think the move was a pity.'... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsizes in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ has capsized in San Francisco during a Practice Session ahead of the start of the America's Cup World Series. The incident is the fourth capsize from teams ahead of the regatta, which is the first real test of racing high powered wingsailed catamarans in the venue for the 34th America's Cup. The New Zealand team was the second team to capsize today during the Official Practice.... [more]
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