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 02 Dec 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: December 2, 2012

No longer required. Artemis Racing's former skipper, Terr Hutchinson on the first sailing day of the AC72 of Artemis Racing  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for December 2, 2012

Some interesting developments on the America's Cup scene over the past few days.

Most significant is the 'letting go' of Terry Hutchinson, a very experienced professional sailor, and skipper of Artemis Racing. He been with the team since its inception. Although the team's fleet racing events have been less than stellar, (along with a few other supposed top teams), they made the semi-finals of both the match racing events in the America's World Series in San Francisco this year. So that would point to deeper issues in the team.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's Newsletter we look at the situation in a little more depth than the team's media release.

Red Bull Youth America's Cup - US teams testing - San Francisco (USA)  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

By any measure, Artemis Racing have had their setbacks, and now look to have realised that they are running out of time, and really have to get people on board of the likes of Loick Peyron, who joined initially in a training capacity only. Our gut feeling is that Peyron has told the team bosses, they aren't going to make it, going the way they are, and hence the reshuffle.

Bottom line we believe this is a gain for Artemis Racing.

Over the past week, the protests have been flying - mostly generated by Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa. This morning we sat down and pulled it all together and have the protests themselves and the implications explained - as best we can speculate - given the prohibition on the teams conducting protests in public.

Luna Rossa joins the AC72 foiling club  Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

The spying protestations have been well publicised, but it has always been part and parcel of the America's Cup, however there is a difference between information gathering and performance assessment and disrupting a team's legitimate trialling. The switching of venues for the America's Cup World Series, has also been rattling around for some time. Initially many were suspicious that America's Cup Regatta Management were pandering to the behest of the Defender and Challenger of Record. But after ACRM's actions in the last protest, over the way AC72's were to be measured, few could seriously accuse ACRM of being anything other than neutral and independent of the teams.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa practice racing in the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have the announcement of the development of all carbon fibre Laser masts and booms, by a Northland company working closely with Kilwell Fibretube. The advantages of the spars (although not licenced Laser product) is that the days are over of staggering to your boat with a rigged mast and sail attached. The light weight carbon spar by CSpar is aimed at people who do not want to compete in top level championship racing, where they can't be used, but who do want to enjoy their sailing and have FUN!.

Obviously the strength of carbon spars means the days of straightening aluminium Laser spars are gone, and the new spars should have an unlimited life. The sails also seem to set a lot better on the even bending spar, too.

All carbon spar being demonstrated on the Laser along with a Rooster sail. Both are aimed at reducing cost for the Club racer   Richard Gladwell ©

The concept of using unlicenced gear is not new. Rooster Sails have been around for some time, and it was an obvious development to produce the carbon spars for use in the Laser class.

Tony and Matthew Smith are behind the project. Tony is a multiple World Champion in the Int Contender class and is one of the few people in sailing who can claim to have won a world title using a boat they built, made the sails and spars and raced themselves. He has been a professional dinghy builder, mast maker and sail maker, as well as being an appendage construction specialist for the Prada America's Cup Team in the IACC era. Matthew Smith has Whitbread and America's Cup experience before moving into mast construction and rigging. His new spar building and rigging facility is in Whangarei, where the carbon Laser masts will be put together using tube supplied by Kilwell Fibretube.

Not much in it - Grand final match up, Steele vs Rooklyn - 2012 Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship  www.SailPix.com.au

Kilwell are one of those NZ companies who fly under the radar of most. But they have developed very high quality carbon fibre tube product in various sizes, and will sell as much or as little as a customer wishes to buy. They have led the market into the place where it needed to go with carbon - being a cost effective high quality product. Kilwell tubes are used to build masts and spars for several Olympic classes including the new Olympic Womens skiff the 49erFX.

Below Decks on Kiwi Spirit - sea trials November 2012  George Bekris ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Kenwood at speed downwind - Sydney harbour 18ft skiffs  Frank Quealey


Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©




America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew
Richard Gladwell,
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron.... [more]
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Carbon Laser mast for club and fun sailors available now
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand based spar and rigging company has announced the development of the world's first production carbon Laser mast, aimed at the recreational sailor and as a training spar. 'In developing these sections, while cost remains a factor it has been achieved without losing the real benefits of carbon spars,' says spar designer Tony Smith... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch
Richard Gladwell,
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media... [more]
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NZ Olympic 49er medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke update
Richard Burling,
Peter Burling and Balir Tuke, Silver medalists at the 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Skiff (49er) report: We have now both been back in NZ for nearly a month and are looking forward to this weekend's Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay. We'll have our Olympic boat set up and plan to give a lucky junior competitor a high speed sail.... [more]
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Musto Intl. Youth Match Racing Championship title to Steele and crew
Jennifer Crooks,
After four days of fierce competition at the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Chris Steele and his crew of Stewart Dodson and Rawiri Geddes, representing Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have emerged victorious.... [more]
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Almost 120 Optimists compete in North Islands at Taupo
NZIODA,
The Optimist North Islands were recently hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club, Nov 16-18, and were held in very challenging conditions including a wide range of wind strengths and cold temperatures throughout. The open fleet had 119 sailors from across 14 NZ Clubs and 5 Australian Clubs. Nick Egnot- Johnson from Murrays Bay Sailing Club sailed consistently finishing 6 points ahead... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 30, 2012 - EUR Markets quiet
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 30, 2012 - Markets were relatively quiet with no major developments from Europe or in negotiations over the Fiscal Cliff. House Leader Boehner has commented that Obama must get serious and that there was no substantial progress. It is political posturing from leaders and no real desire to act.... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing - Leaderboard unchanged
Jennifer Crooks,
Following three days of competition, the leaderboard of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship remains unchanged: Chris Steele (RNZYS), Ashlen Rooklyn (CYCA), Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) and Harry Price (CYCA). Sydney turned on her picturesque summer's best with a sunny 26 degrees and moderate east north easterly to north east breezes – a stark comparison to yesterday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe waiting game ensues
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) is holding onto to his lead as he picks his way through the light winds, near the ridge, northwest of the anticyclone of St. Helena. But, coming from a more southerly aspect, his pursuers are starting to accelerate ahead of the front of the depression that has been brewing in the west, near Argentina.... [more]
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America's Cup: Day 2 of racing in Auckland for Luna Ross and Emirates
Sail-World,
Two America's Cup Challengers, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ were on the Hauraki Gulf for their second day of racing. Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the action... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton reflects on the first 24 days sailing
Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand's MD, Grant Dalton, who also crews on the AC72 has confirmed that the boat which has done 24 days sailing, will be used as a spare boat only for the team. It is believed that the boat will be taken out of commission around mid-December, and parts of it will be transferred to the teams new boat due for launch in early February.... [more]
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Etchells Tuesday Night Series: Flight 4 Sanderson joins the fleet
Alex Webster,
Flight 4 of the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season were sailed on Tuesday November 27, Fleet Captain Alex Webster reports: After last week's fluky conditions, Flight 4 of the Tuesday Night Series was eagerly anticipated and well-attended by a spirited fleet, which included season-newcomer Mike Sanderson at the helm of Affinity (17).... [more]
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Kiwi Spirit: Oldest solo non-stop circumnavigation - tour the boat
Sail-World,
Dr Stanley Paris is attempting to sail a Farr designed yacht around the world, and become the oldest person to circumnavigated the globe under sail non-stop and unassisted.His boat is named Kiwi Spirit. He will attempt to break the record of Dodge Morgan, who in 1986 at age 58, achieved the same feat. Paris will be 76 when he sets forth on November 30, 2013 from Florida. See onboard video tour... [more]
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New F18 Capricorn bursts onto scene at New South Wales State Titles
Sail-World.com,
The F18 New South Wales State Titles, hosted by Kurnell Catamaran Club, were held on Botany Bay over the weekend of third and 4th November. The new Capricorn F18 catamaran is the hottest F18 design on the world multihull scene. The Capricorn F18 is the newest design from the pen of the Hobie Wildcat catamaran designer Dr. Martin Fischer, and is built in Australia by Performance Sailcraft Australia... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Blown away... the over 65 knot run + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket project leader and pilot, discussed the latest - including the 65+ knot run on Walvis Bay: So let's get this down here before I start forgetting stuff...Last Saturday looked like it was going to be a strong day from the moment it popped onto the long range Windguru forecast.... [more]
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Tuna dies at the age of 94
US Sailing and ISAF,
One of the great characters of sailing Arthur J. 'Tuna' Wullschleger died Sunday, November 25, at the age of 94 years. Tuna was a key figure as well in the America's Cup where he participated in several New York Yacht Club Defender syndicates in the 70's and on into the 80's where he led their America II Syndicate to Perth Australia in an attempt to win back the America's Cup from the Australians... [more]
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Sir Peter Blake Regatta attracts ORMA 60 and Whitbread Maxi
Sail-World,
The 2012 edition of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta will be sailed at Torbay Sailing Club this weekend December 1-2. Held off Waiake Beach, Torbay since 2002, this regatta has grown to be a major event on the small boat sailing calendar and around 400 sailors are expected to participate in the 2012 edition this coming weekend.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Regatta Ramblings No 4
Lesley Haslar,
>Latest edition of the Bay of Islands Sailing Week News Thursday is Theme Night sponsored by Southern Spars. Masks And Music – ‘now I wonder who that is'? – masks that won't get in the way of eating Southern Spars yummy free finger food, while partaking in an ale, wine or two. (There's music all three nights after racing.)... [more]
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Napier Sailing Club stage prelude to Laser Nationals
Michael Shields,
The Laser North Island Championship was sailed at the Napier Sailing Club with the Club's Summer Regatta. The regatta is a prelude to the Laser National Championships which will be organized by the Napier Sailing Club and sailed in Hawke Bay from the 16th to the 20th January 2013.... [more]
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2013 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta -- 16 titles up for grabs
Zoe Hawkins,
The 2013 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta is expected to be bigger than ever. Boats of different shapes and sizes will gather at the scenic harbour of New Zealand's most prominent metropolis to spend a day of entertaining, but competitive, racing in celebration of the City's birthday.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - 49erFX to debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup
ISAF,
In only five days' time, Melbourne will welcome the Olympic sailing world for the first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2012-2013 series. The 49erFX will be seen on the world stage for the first time at a major international regatta and with seven entries, five from Australia, one from Norway and one from New Zealand, it marks the start of the road to Rio.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Minoprio, Alpari Racing Team ready for battle
Leigh Ireland,
2012 Monsoon Cup wildcard Adam Minoprio has confirmed that he will lead the newly-formed Alpari Racing Team at the closing event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour next month, and expects his team to be back to their Championship-winning best, seven years after their first outing in Malaysia.... [more]
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2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
IPC,
The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before and attracted their biggest ever international audience according to new figures published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).... [more]
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Ben Ainslie announces retirement from Olympic sailing for Cup bid
Lucy Harwood – Ben Ainslie Racing,
Ben Ainslie has now announced his retirement from Olympic sailing. At London 2012, Ainslie cemented his spot in sporting history by securing his fourth consecutive gold medal, it was the culmination of an Olympic career spanning 16 years. The final gold medal also entered Ainslie into the history books making the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.... [more]
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