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Sail-World New Zealand: December 9, 2012

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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for December 9, 2012

The New Zealand crew of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have written one of the opening lines in the Olympic history of the 49erFX, with their win in the first ISAF World Cup regatta in which the class has competed.

Since being selected last May as an Event for the 2016 Olympics, the 49erFX has staged significant acceptance around the world, becoming established in 21 countries by November.

Maloney and Meech were one of the crews used to develop the new 49erFX, and have had more time in the new Olympic Womens skiff than most, however they were up against some of the top Australian Women sailors, and having got to the front of the fleet, their task is to hold that position until 2016.

Alex Maloney & Molly Meech (NZ) / 49erFX class
Oceania Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013
  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Also off to a good start was the Mixed Multihull crew of Gemma Jones and Luke Stevenson, placing fourth in the Viper class. The Viper ran a close second to the Nacra 17 which was selected for the new Mixed Multihull event in the 2016 Olympics. But as it is already an established class, many crews have jumped into the Viper to get an edge for when the Nacra 17 becomes available.

One of these was 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion in the Tornado class, Darren Bundock (AUS) and Carolijn Brouwer (BEL), also a top Olympic competitor in the 470, Laser Radial and Tornado classes. Not unsurprisingly they gave the rest of the fleet a sailing lesson, winning eight of the ten races and finishing second in the other two. But fourth is a very creditable place, in what was one of the most competive fleets at the regatta.

Kiteboard podium (L-R) Adam Vance (Can)3rd; Florian Gruber (GER) 1st; Torrin Bright (NZ) 2nd Oceania Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2012   Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Another top performer was Torrin Bright finishing second overall in the Mens Kiteboard, being sailed for the first time at an ISAF World Cup. The Mens event attracted a big field, just two competitors competed in the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X), and there was no event for the Womens Windsurfer - a reflection on the indecision that permeated the International Sailing Federation for six months, until the RS:X was reinstated as an Olympic event just a month ago.

We have reports on the racing from Sail Melbourne in this edition of Sail-World.com's newletter

Phil Robertson wins his semi final match against Ian Williams during the 2012 Monsoon Cup. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.   Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©

In the Monsoon Cup, being sailed in Malaysia, New Zealand's Phil Robertson has finished second in a closely fought final which went to five matches, before the Waka Racing crew lost to fast rising star Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands. With the series at locked at 2-2 Robertson looked to have the final vital start locked up, but lost the advantage right in the final seconds, allowing Canfield to take the lead off the line, and they were never headed. Canfield's lead was reduced to ten seconds at one point, and it seemed that Robertson might be able to break through from astern, but Canfield showed his class and eased away.

The Monsoon Cup was the final in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Robertson and the Waka Racing crew's performance was sufficient to lift them into third place for the year - a very creditable performance.

Gilmour vs. Gimour (Peter nearest the camera, son David in the other boat)   SubZero Images/Monsoon Cup

The Monsoon Cup marked the final WMRT match racing regatta for Australia's Peter Gilmour. Doesn't seem like it was that long ago when we competed against a young Peter Gilmour in the 1982 Soling Worlds in Fremantle. Then, he was marked to be come one of the stars of Australian and World sailing. And 30 years on, Gilmour has certainly achieved all he promised to be, and more. Most importantly he has sailed very hard, but fair, and leaves the WMRT circuit with the respect of the sailing world for a great career, which hopefully is a long way from being over.

Emirates Team New Zealand training with the team's first AC72 in bigger seas on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

On Friday, Emirates Team NZ clocked up their 28th day of sailing in their first AC72. They now have just two days left of their 30, and are expected to burn those off sometime this week.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing at speed showing the beatifully twisted wingsail   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
As most will be only too well aware, Auckland was hit by a tornado on Thursday while both AC72's were out sailing.

The winds were reported by the team to be around 26kts, and Emirates Team NZ took the opportunity to really push their AC72, given the time they have left on the clock.

In this edition we have a video from the day - which is very impressive - showing footage of the AC72 sailing in excess of 40 kts, plus a photo gallery from Chris Cameron.

The last shot in the gallery, is one we have blown up - showing a closer view of the twist the ETNZ AC72 is carrying in her wingsail - which is truly impressive - along with the smoothness of the twist - given that it is done by a series of flaps which are worked independently but in unison. The wingsail on Emirates Team NZ is a very impressive piece of engineering and design, indeed, as is the whole boat.

The key point in the video is the way that the AC72 drops her bow into the waves occasionally, but always the daggerboard/hydrofoil does the work and lifts the bow back out almost immediately. None of the will she? Won't she? That we have seen with Oracle Team USA.

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

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Recognise this boat? Phuket King's Cup 2012. Switchblade.  © Guy Nowell/Phuket King's Cup

Phuket King's Cup 2012. Ruby Tuesday.  © Guy Nowell/Phuket King's Cup




Events Clothing monster sale on until Monday at Royal Akarana YC
Richard Gladwell,
Events Clothing will be holding a Monster Sale this weekend and Monday at Royal Akarana Yacht Club, with up to 80% off some items. 10,000 items must go including Wet Weather Gear, Polo's, Jackets, Shorts, Tee's, Accessories and more available for one weekend only. Great for Christmas Presents or treat yourself. There are some outstanding bargains to be had.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's caught on the edge of tornado + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland was hit by a tornado yesterday (Thursday) with devastating damage and the loss of three lives. Both America's Cup Challengers were out training in the Hauraki Gulf at the time and were on the fringes of the violent weather system. Winds just west of the team's bases were recorded at 50kts gusting 60kts for a brief period, further down the harbour it was 30kts gusting 40kts.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: New Zealand crew takes top spot in new Olympic event
Sail-World,
New Zealand's crew of Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have become the first crew to win an ISAF World Sailing Cup event in the new Womens Olympic Skiff, the 49erFX. The New Zealand crew, who sailed the 49erFX extensively as a test crew, were competing against a fleet of seven other boats, including Australian Olympic Silver medalist Olivia Price... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ galloping across the Gulf
Chris Cameron,
More images from America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's sailing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, in winds that the teams put at round 26-28kts, and with a respectable sea state. A tornado hit Auckland while the AC72's of Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa were out training. They were able to avoid the worst of it on the Gulf, but even so took the opportunity to clock speeds in excess of 40kts.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne: A big day for the Invited classes
John Curnow,
There was lots of racing for the invited classes and big winds to match the big day on Saturday for the final session of Sail Melbourne. The Men's Gold fleet of top ten Kiteboarders had a repecharge system to work through in the morning. Ultimately, Canada's Adam Vance and Turkey's Salih Cakir met the top pair of Florian Gruber and Torrin Bright in the final.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 7, 2012 - NZD breaks 83c mark
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 7, 2012 - Markets remained steady despite deteriorating conditions in Europe. The ECB left rates unchanged but President Draghi offered bleak prospects with growth contracting by 0.6%. The AUD held 1.0470 and the KIWI gathered strength to break above 0.8300 despite a freak tornado terrorising Auckland.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Banque Populaire skipper cashes in on the lead + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after 28 days of relentlessly intense racing since leaving Les Sables d'Olonne on Saturday 10th November, the leading pack remains tightly compacted. More than 8,000 miles or over one third of the theoretical course of 24,032 miles has been completed.... [more]
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AEG 18ft Skiffs 3-Bouys Challenge 2012 - Strong winds postpone finale
Frank Quealey,
The final race of the AEG 18ft Skiffs 3-Bouys Challenge was postponed to another day after strong southerly squalls prevailed throughout the day on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro
Sail-World,
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Victory for Canfield after dramatic final + Video
Leigh Ireland,
At the Monsoon Cup, the most coveted event on the AWMRT, wildcard entry Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands has claimed victory following the sudden death final defeat of Kiwi Phil Robertson. Ian Williams, who claimed his record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship in the Quarter Final, had to settle for third place after defeating Peter Gilmour in the Petit Final.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Slashing the deficit and climbing the leaderboard
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after making his lone break to pass the Crozet ice gate at its westerly point, Armel Le Cléac'h has been out on his own for three days. The Banque Populaire skipper is now reaping a dividend for his astute choice, racing in a steady NNW'ly wind towards to the next control gate.... [more]
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Etchells Tuesday Night Series: Flight 5 View from the Sidelines
Alex Webster,
Flight 5 of the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season were sailed on Tuesday December 5, Alex Webster reports Sadly I was unable to observe Flight 5, but it affords me an opportunity to take a closer look at the results, provide a few statistics and, in the time honoured fashion of sporting reportage, make things up.... [more]
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Best of the best crowned 2012 champions: Phuket King's Cup 2012
AsianYachting MultiMedia,
Ten to twelve knots from the East North East greeted sailors on the last day of racing. The IRC and Multihull's were sent on a long windward/leeward course and Premier Cruisers one windward/leeward before setting off with the Cruising Classes on a passage race around nearby islands.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Winds blow strong for Medal Races at Sail Melbourne
John Curnow,
It had been blowing from the South at various angles and strengths all week, so it seemed only appropriate that for the Gold Medal race day, Melbourne should turn on the hot Northerlies. For the afternoon it would be between 18 to 26 knots with the occasional gust hitting about 30.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Day 5 – New waves of superstars take center stage
John Curnow,
Sail Melbourne 2012 witnessed the emergence of new generation of sailing superstars throughout the weeklong event as men's Laser Radial kingpin Mark Spearman leads a youth movement heading into the final day of the first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Port Philip.... [more]
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Gilmour Day at Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Terengganu Malaysia. Four times ISAF World Match Racing Champion and dual Monsoon Cup winner Australia's Peter Gilmour finished atop the qualifying round leader board yesterday and chose his son David sailing in his first World Match Racing Tour event and the lowest ranked qualifier as his quarter final opponent.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Record equalling victory for Ian Williams
Leigh Ireland,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Ian Williams won a record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship after beating his arch rival Bjorn Hansen in the Quarter- Final.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Light and variable day 5 on Port Phillip Bay
John Curnow,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne, given that it was classic light and variable conditions with 5-10 knots from the Nor'east before racing began, through to the Sou'east, Race Management did well to get as much racing in on Friday on Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: AEG 3-Buoys Challenge series – Pure Blonde guns for title
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiffs: AEG 3-Bouys Challenge series has finally come to its final race as pace-setter Pure Blonde and its skipper Tom Clout go all out for the crown on Sunday off Sydney Harbour. Clout's 18ft Skiff team collected 28 points after seven races, giving them a five-point advantage over Asko Appliances (33 points) going into the finale.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Invited classes finally in full-blast on day 5
John Curnow,
Sail Melbourne 2012 finally saw full-throttle action in the invited classes as contenders in International Cadets, Optimist, and OK Dinghies took the spotlight in the fourth day of sailing competition in the first leg of ISAF Sailing World Cup on Port Philip. The International Cadets sailors are looking to get some morale-booster before their National Championship kicks off on Dec. 22 and the Worl... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2012 - Will there be a fairy tale Gilmour finale?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This week Australia's Peter Gilmour, the four times ISAF World Match Racing champion announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The current Monsoon Cup now reaching the final stages of the qualifying series will in fact be his last event.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Sunny, mild and light replaces the fury in Melbourne
John Curnow,
Early in the morning the wind was blowing 15 knots out of the South and by 1600hrs, it was just less than half that and coming from the East. The sun also returned and pushed the temperature back to a more pleasant 20 degrees Celsius. Sail Melbourne certainly has had a mix of weather for which the host city is famous.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Le Cléac'h nears Crozet with rivals in pursuit + Video
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h has been successful in holding his most direct, optimum course towards the second ice security gate, Crozet, and should be able to pass its west mark before diving south early this morning. Behind him his close rivals are already further south and sailing two knots faster in slightly stronger breeze.... [more]
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12' Skiff NSW State titles at Woolahra, Lane Cove and Abbotsford
Ben Faulkner,
The 12' skiffs competed in the NSW State titles last weekend and will compete again next weekend. The series was held at Woolahra Sailing Club last Saturday and Sunday; and will be held at Lane Cove and Abbotsford Sailing clubs the next weekend. The NSW State championships also act as the selection series for the Australian team to compete against New Zealand, in the 12' Skiff Interdominion Champi... [more]
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