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 10 Mar 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: March 10, 2013

March 8, 2013 ETNZLR (11) - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for March 10, 2013

On Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature a three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.

All these were shot from the seawall off Takapuna, which offered a remarkable vantage point for America's Cup fans, who could scarcely believe what they were seeing.

Luna Ross on the bear away before the pre-start - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

As one fan commented, with a semi-dazed look as he walked past, 'it's been a summer and a half'. Sure has.

The video shot, with a regular camera using a big lens in video mode, takes in the short pre-start which is quite different from the usual that we have seen in monohulled America's Cup sailing.

The short first reach is quite spectacular, as the boats accelerate and try and get the best line for the turning mark. At that point they become foil-borne for the ride downwind.

This is a new type of racing with distances between the boats often being quite large in terms of visible distance, but quite close in terms of time between the competitors.

Flying on the reach heading for the turning mark - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

It was hard to tell the differences upwind, from the two sessions that we saw, but the beat back to Auckland went to Luna Rossa, with Emirates Team New Zealand being clearly dominant on all the other legs. While Luna Rossa was trailing Emirates Team New Zealand, the difference was not great, unless the NZers had taken their foot off the speed pedal once safely in front.

The differences between the boats looked to be small but all running the NZers way and added up to a significant advantage. Luna Rossa certainly looked fast but not as refined as Emirates Team NZ, would be our summary of the two sessions, if really one can tell too much at all.

Emirates Team NZ ventures inside the 200 metre buoy line - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

As a spectacle the racing impressed tremendously, by being close to shore. At a distance, it lost a lot, even though being able to be viewed through binoculars, but the shoreside racing, just a couple of hundred metres off the beach, was jaw dropping.

Underway not to far away from Takapuna Beach, on Auckland's Lake Pupuke, the OKI 24-hour Race is underway. This event has taken a number of different forms over the years, but is now limited to 40 Lasers, with two crew swapping throughput the 24 hour period.

If you are down at the Lake, take the opportunity to check out the Lancer Airdock, which is being used for transfer of the crews.

OKI 24hr race begins 2013  Murrays Bay Sailing Club

In recent years an Optimist event lasting six hours has been added. This year there are singlehanded crews racing for the first time.

Significantly the function of the event is to raise finds for Murrays Bay Sailing Club's junior development program, two products of which skipper Dean Barker and tactician, Ray Davies, now feature on Emirates Team NZ's AC72.

P-class fleet lined up at the Hamilton Yacht Club 75th Jubilee  

If you have sailed at Hamilton Yacht Club over the years, you will be interested in signing up for the club's 75th Jubilee, with the links contained in a story in this edition of Sail-World. Certainly it was different world sailing some impressive boats on the lake - including 12ft skiffs. The registration list is open to view, and contains some very notable names in New Zealand sailing. Sail-World has received many photos from the era and will be featuring these in the coming days on www.sail-world.com

Harken RNZYS Schools Championship - Western Mailing - St Kentigerns; 2 Watts & Hughes - HIBS  Amber Roberts

Off the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the Harken Schools Championship is being sailed this weekend, in the Elliott 7 fleet. Ten crews are competing with Hutt International leading after the first day.

Brzo - 2013 Elliott 5.9 Nationals  Suellen Hurling

One of the predecessor classes the current Elliott 7 fleet, in fact the boat that started what is now the RNZYS Lion Foundation program was the Elliott 5.9. The class is still going strong and will be hosting its 30th anniversary with the Nationals at the club where it all started - Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. We feature a look back at the still popular class, in this edition.

Flying the sponsors "flag" - Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Champs  Craig Edwards

And from the South Island, we are carrying a report from another long-standing New Zealand class, the Young 88's who conducted the Young 88 South Island Championships on Lyttelton Harbour in early March. See the report and images in this edition.

Lancer Airodock in good use at the at OKI 24hr Race   Colin Preston
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Luna Rossa gybed a few seconds after this image - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

A classic 18ft skiff crew on Yendys knuckle down to the task - Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013   © Andrea Francolini / MHYC




America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - AC72s at Takapuna Beach - Practice Race
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, on March 8. This video picks the boats up from before the start, follows through a short prestart sequence, then than takes in the first reach, the mark rounding and then the first downwind leg until Emirates Team New Zealand gybed off... [more]
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OKI 24-hr: Hat Trick for Wakatere Sailing Club in the OPT 6-HR Event
Danielle Wright,
Fine conditions and a good breeze marked the beginning of the 2013 OKI 24-hour sailing race, with James Sandall in boat number 25 taking the lead after the first lap. Olympian Susannah Pyatt, racing in the solo division, was in fourth place on the second lap and is set to race through the night with a 2pm finish on Sunday 10 March.... [more]
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Classic Vos skiff to be part of Wynard Quarter Heritage experience
Alan Sefton,
One of the oldest known boats built by Percy Vos, renowned wooden boat builder of days gone by, has been gifted to the city to become part of the heritage experience that is to being developed in the Wynyard Quarter by Waterfront Auckland. The beautifully preserved 16ft 'utility skiff' was built by the iconic Hamer Street yard of P. Vos Ltd in 1925, for Napier surveyor Guy Rochfort.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - First reach and Downwind
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star class completed two races on Biscayne Bay where a northeast breeze of 8-11 knots was accompanied by a light chop. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer, while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.... [more]
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NZMYC Boat Show - Viaduct Harbour Free Admission - Sunday 17th March
David Smith,
he NZMYC Boat Show is free admission to the public and is run on a volunteer basis, a gold coin donation is always welcome. Just by turning up members of the public could be in to win $150 worth of resin.... [more]
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First at the Victorian Etchells Championship
John Curnow,
Right up front, let's just get it done first and out of the way. It was definitely champagne sailing today. Yes. Hot temperatures, flat water, mild and warm breezes of enough consistency to race, yet with enough flicks to allow for the astute sailor to do well.... [more]
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Hutt International Boys School lead on Day 1 of RNZYS Harken series
Amber Roberts,
George Gautrey and his crew of Callum Pritchard, Dan McDowall and Jono Francis representing Hutt International Boys School from Heretaunga in Upper Hutt, take the lead on day one of the Harken Schools Regatta. With a total of 11 points overall the H.I.B.S Boys had an impressive 4 wins and 2 second places after a fantastic day on the water. Gautrey commented 'It was a very good day; we started off... [more]
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History to repeat at the 2013 NZ Elliott 5.9 Nationals
Elliott 5.9 Class Association,
2013 is a notable year for the Elliott 5.9 fleet as 30 years will have passed since the first three boats made such an impact at the 100-strong 1983 NZ Trailer Yacht National Regatta sailed out of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. The event is supported by PICMarine Insurance Brokers and Doyle Sail makers.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rán Racing lead into the Miami final
52 series,
Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rounding off a long day on the sun drenched waters off Miami's South Beach with their fourth race win from seven starts, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing lead the regatta by four clear points going in to Saturday, the final racing day.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 Practice racing off Takapuna Beach
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action... [more]
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Entries sought for 47th Governor's Cup
Nancy Mellon,
The oldest junior match racing championship, the Governor's Cup, will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The Governor's Cup has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions around the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Victory and defeat in Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.... [more]
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Finn Pictorial - Valencia shows off the best recent conditions
Robert Deaves,
After the announcement of the joint venture between the Finn Class and the Dinghy Academy, Valencia has been showing off some of its best conditions for the assembled Finn sailors in recent months. Top Finn sailor Vasiliy Zbogar (SLO) commented, 'Valencia is one of the best places in the world to train. We have always had good wind and weather.'... [more]
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Bloomfield retains title in Knight Frank Y88 South Island Champs
Craig Edwards,
Defending champion Milton Bloomfield dominated at the Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Championship sailed on Lyttelton Harbour on second and third of March. Bloomfield, sailing Akaroa yacht Shibbeen (Humphrey Rolleston), won 4 of the 6 races to take the title for the third successive year.... [more]
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Ten teams line up for RNZYS Harken Teams Regatta 2013
Amber Roberts,
Ten teams of talented youth sailors from schools around New Zealand are descending on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for this weekend's Harken Schools Regatta. This event was established in 2007 by the then RNZYS Youth Committee as a great way to showcase the Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme amongst school age sailors in the wider Auckland Region.... [more]
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The proudest day of Sir Ben Ainslie's life + Video
Lucy Harwood – Ben Ainslie Racing,
Today was, in the words of the newly knighted Sir Ben Ainslie, CBE, 'the proudest day of my life'. Ben's knighthood commemorates the culmination of over 20 years dedicated to the Olympics and the pursuit of gold. At London 2012 after securing his fourth gold medal Sir Ben Ainslie became the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, with four golds and one silver in total from five Olympic Games.... [more]
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Murray's Bay SC's Oki 24-Hour Race to be sailed Saturday and Sunday
Danielle Wright,
The North Shore's beloved OKI 24-Hour Race will this year be from 2pm Saturday March 9 until 2pm Sunday March 10. Sailors will once again be racing on Lake Pupuke with a Le Mans-style start, as they have done since the race began in 1967. There will also be a solo division, which means some sailors will sail through the night in a test of extreme endurance. There will also be a sub-youth catego... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Start ahead, stay ahead, finish first
Extreme Sailing Series,
If yesterday's Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 racing was all about the new talent, today's was about experience with the established teams using their knowledge of the short stadium style race courses to make the most of the light winds in Muscat, Oman.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championship - Dempsey makes history in Búzios
Mariana Peccicacco/Velassessoria,
The 2013 RS:X Windsurfing World Championship winners in Búzios, Brazil have now been decided. Despite the good weather, the sailors had to wait for almost an hour to do the medal race. It was about 13h (1600GMT) when the race committee started the men's race.... [more]
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Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
Robert Deaves,
The Finn class is very excited to announce a co-operation agreement with the Dinghy Academy in Valencia to fund and train aspiring Olympians from developing Finn nations. The class has committed to part fund the training of four sailors at the Dinghy Academy in 2013, with the intention this will continue through to 2016.... [more]
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