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 06 Jun 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: June 6, 2013 - Records and Wild Rides

2013 Loro Piana Superyacht regatta Porto Cervo day 1 - Nilaya  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for June 6, 2013

The race from Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji is all but over, with the first multihull and first monohull finishing about 20 hours apart.

Still at sea, and racing hard are two competitors - each making 7kts, according to the Yellowbrick tracker, with about 300nm left to sail.

The ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing chopped a couple of hours off her race record, but had a slow trip by her standards.

Some idea of what it is like to be sailing a 60ft trimaran in a confused sea between two major weather systems can be gleaned from this Facebook extract from TVS, otherwise known as the Bouncy Castle.

Simon Hull (centre) skippers TeamVodafoneSailing at the start Auckland - Fiji Race 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

It has been a busy night and am. We have been on the wind pretty much since 6pm last night. It is blowing 25-30kts NW at the mo.

The sea state is building and has really slowed us down. We have three reefs and the little jib up.

Twinkle Toes Potter had a whoopsie and has tweaked his back and is now confined to his bunk.

We are trying to keep the ride in the red ambulance smooth, but he is groaning a bit!!

The boys reckon his groaning is quieter than his snoring - so we're onto a winner:)

Forgot to add that Harry tried to exit through the emergency hatch while changing his socks last night.
Punched a hole in the window, t'was a bit wet downstairs until the grown ups fixed the hole!

A bit rough for boiling the water, so coffee will have to wait.


V5 skipper David Nathan with Blair Tuke behind - Start, Auckland - Fiji Race 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

From the first monohull, V5, we hear they have had the ride of their lives for the last two days - reaching in winds of 35kts and surfing at speeds of up to 30kts.

We are told the video is pretty incredible. Stay tuned.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's online newsletter we have full coverage of the race, with a couple of reports each day, being posted online at www.sail-world.com/nz

Two yachts retired - one being unable to charge her electronics, and the other Outrageous Fortune after a man overboard incident.

Again we have the details, as we know them, in this newsletter.

Sir Ben Ainslie on his way to breaking the Round the Island Record by over 15 minutes (2hrs 52 mins 15 secs) onboard J.P. Morgan BAR AC45.   onEdition ©

In England, the renowned Round the Island Race has been sailed. This year's was particularly poignant coming the day after the funeral service for Artemis Racing crewman, Andrew Simpson, at Sherborne Castle in nearby Dorset. The plan had been for Sir Ben Ainslie to race his AC45, emblazoned with the logos of his sponsor JP Morgan Asset Management, who are also the title sponsor of the Round the Island Race.

After the fatal capsize of Artemis Racing's AC72, Ainslie, a close friend of Simpson was rather dividend about proceeding with the race, the day after the funeral, but decided that it was the right thing to do, and set a new race record in the wingsailed 45ft catamaran.

In this edition we have reports and images of the classic race, together with a tribute from Ben Anslie, a winner of five Olympic medals , to his close friend, a winner of Olympic Gold and Silver medals in the Star keelboat.

Emirates Team New Zealand, AC72, NZL5 practicing in San Francisco.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

In San Francisco, the America's Cup teams are in various stages of recovery after the Artemis capsize.

On the water three of the teams are sailing, along with Artemis Racing venturing out in a foiling AC45 catamaran.

There is no announced date for Artemis Racing to launch their AC72 catamaran. Whether they have a new wingsail available again is a matter kept within the team.

By any timeline, the Challenger of Record will be hard pressed to be on the startline for the opening of the America's Cup Regatta in a month - when the teams were due to line up in a fleet race.

Behind closed doors the discussion between the teams continue, with apparently little agreement on the sticking points of race schedule, changes to the class rules and other Protocol changes - save for those directly involving safety. But even on that front, some of the teams claim that what is required is their standard practice, or is just rule making to cover a situation they have already covered, and been practicing for several months.

Artemis Racing in the AC45 - June 2013  Artemis Racing

Our information from various sources is that the disputed matters will go the to Jury for either a full Hearing or Mediation.

The fact the the premier trophy in the sport could be in a situation where a month from the regatta, the number of races and racing schedule are still being worked out is bizarre, to say the least.

Sail-World is monitoring the situation and may have more to say online in a day or so.

The Collective Spirit approach the race finish today at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.  onEdition ©

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Jake Weeks prepares for the start - 2013 Brass Monkey  Ben Morrison
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Matambu approach the race finish today at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.  onEdition ©

Emirates Team New Zealand practice and testing with the AC72, NZL5 in San francisco. 5/6/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©




Auckland Fiji Race: First racing monohull finishes in Fiji
Richard Gladwell and Zoe Hawkins,
The Alan Andrews designed TP52 V5, skippered by David Nathan, crossed the finish line off resort of Musket Cove, at noon today. After a quiet start her crew reported they had a fast ride to Fiji, enjoying superb sailing conditions, particularly over the past 24 hours.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Day 1 in Busan
ISAF,
On day one of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2013, following a postponement due to lack of wind, Tamara Echegoyen of Spain swept her opponents away in Busan, Korea. With five wins and no losses at all, the gold medallist from the London 2012 Olympics clearly showed that she is still to be reckoned with, 'We had a fine day out there today, with my team doing an excellent job.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race: TeamVodafoneSailing slices two hours off record
Zoe Hawkins and Richard Gladwell,
TeamVodafoneSailing has finished the Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji Ocean Race in a new best time of 101 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. The trimaran, owned and skippered by Simon Hull, crossed the finish line in Fiji at 1905hrs today, after 1,150 nautical miles of sailing.... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: Man overboard incident reduces fleet to four
Richard Gladwell,
The racing fleet in the Auckland to Fiji race is down to just four boats with withdrawal mid-afternoon of Outrageous Fortune. The RNZYS website reported that 'at 1447hrs Outrageous Fortune contacted Maritime Radio to advise they were retiring from the race following an incident.' Maritime New Zealand confirmed to Sail-World this morning that a crewman had been lost overboard, and retrieved... [more]
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Wilcox finishes second in OK Dinghy Nordic Championships
Bob Smith,
The European summer season got going in the weekend with an impressive 70 boat fleet at the Nordic Championships sailed at Herslev Strand Sejlklub on 1 & 2 June, won by Sweden's Thomas Hanson-Mild with NZ's ambassador to European OK sailing, Greg Wilcox, pulling out an impressive second place.... [more]
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America's Cup: Clouds on the Bay - what to expect in San Francisco
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand's meteorologist Roger ‘Clouds' Badham, gives an outstanding overview of the course and conditions, to be expected on San Francisco Bay. San Francisco Bay is one of the most challenging places to sail there is, and that's just on any normal boat let alone an AC72.... [more]
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Int'l Flying Dutchman Worlds - Kramer and Geelkerken victorious
Zsofia Csanda (As Amended by ISAF),
The Flying Dutchman World Championship has come to a close in Balatonföldvár, Hungary with Dutch sailors Enno Kramer and Aad Geelkerken taking the title. The penultimate race was sailed in shifty winds as Kramer and Geelkerken took the race win to secure the World Championship in style.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 6, 2013 - AUD crashes, KIWI down
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 6, 2013 - The AUD was not immune to this risk-off trade and the currency crashed towards 0.9500 dragging the KIWI back to 0.7950. T... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA AC72's MOB incident no drill - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The incident in which America's Cup skipper, Jimmy Spithill, fell off Oracle Team USA's AC72 was not a safety drill. Video now released by the team shows Spithill returning to take the helm of the AC72 during a gybe, catching hold of the wheel, but missing his footing and falling over the side.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing again in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Beleaguered America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing is back on the water on San Francisco Bay, after their fatal training incident over three weeks ago. The team is sailing a foil equipped AC45, restarting their sailing program while their second AC72 is prepared for sailing.... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: Injury confirmed assisting MOB crew recovery
Sail-World,
Almost 18 hours after the incident, race organisers have this morning confirmed that a crew member was lost overboard from one of the competitors in the 2013 Auckland to Fiji Race. Rough conditions have affected all competitors in the race, a side effect from two nearby severe weather systems. The confused seas being more of an issue than the winds.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race: Triple reef as headwinds slow leaders' progress
Zoe Hawkins and Richard Gladwell,
Strong headwinds and building seas have slowed progress for the race leaders on Day 4 of the Auckland Fiji race. The leaders are now well past the halfway mark, and the first of the cruisers, Vision is expected to arrive in Fiji tomorrow.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Dalton updates from San Francisco
Sailracing Magazine,
In the latest podcast episode from Sail Racing magazine, editor Justin Chisholm catches up with Emirates Team NZ MD, Grant Dalton who updates on the state of readiness of his squad and explains why he has been impressed by what he has seen of Oracle Team USA's second generation AC72.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Ready to race in Busan
ISAF,
The 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing Championship is set to take place from 4-9 June in Busan, Korea, with nine skippers ready to race. Set to be held out of Dongbaek Park, Haeundae Beach in Busan, London 2012 Women's Match Racing gold medallist Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) will be the favourite to add a World title to her Olympic gold.... [more]
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New Performance Coach Program for Australian sailing coaches
Craig Heydon,
Australia's next group of gold medal winning and World Championship coaches have been developing their skills at a special course in Sydney. The group of coaches, drawn from State and Paralympic programs, are undertaking the first Performance Coach Program, held at the National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Outstanding High Definition Video series of AC72 action
John Navas,
Five high definition videos of Am-Cam America's Cup action from San Francisco and each around eight minutes long. Features all the Challengers and Defenders, with excellent camera work, and editing.... [more]
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Images from the 2013 Round the Island Race, Cowes Isle of Wight
onEdition,
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the... [more]
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Team Alpari FX: Third in Korea, second on Tour
Team Alpari FX (formerly Blackmatch),
At the end of a rollercoaster week, Team Alpari FX finished up in Korea with a respectable 3rd position, winning out over Ian Williams in the petit final to secure 2nd position on the overall Tour Points Table. After a convincing quarterfinal win over the Waka Racing boys, it was our turn to be on the wrong end of a severe beating,... [more]
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Ainslie: Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
Sail-world.com,
British sailing great, Sir Ben Ainslie writes in The Daily Telegraph on after the funeral service for his close friend, Andrew Simpson, killed in San Francisco as a result of an AC72 break up, during a training session.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team prepares for the future
Craig Heydon,
With the re-signing of an existing supplier, and the addition of a new one,the Australian Sailing Team is ensuring that its crews will have access to the best equipment available.... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: Equilibrium withdraws heads back to New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
From information on the Yellowbrick tracker on the RNZYS, indications are that one of the boats in the 2013 Auckland Fiji Race has withdrawn and is heading for Auckland. Information on the tracker shows that the Marten 55 Equilibrium headed west for a time, before turning and headed south at a speed of 7.10 kts.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race: Day 3 - Life aboard the Bouncy Castle
Zoe Hawkins,
The Auckland to Fiji Race is in its third day as the fleet head for the finish at Musket Cove, and are around the halfway point of the race. Leading the fleet is the ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing, as they tack back across the Great Circle route to Fiji.... [more]
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Korea Match Cup - Reigning champion maintains strong start
Nicolle Bloomfield,
At Korea match Cup, Ian Williams, reigning Match Racing World Champion, has secured fourth place to maintain his strong start to the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour for Team GAC Pindar.... [more]
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Etchells Australasian Winter titles - World Champions set for battle
Etchells Australasian Winter Championships Media,
The Australasian Etchells Winter Championship which will be sailed off Mooloolaba from June 6-9th 2013 is shaping up to be one of the toughest in its 17 year history... [more]
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Korea Match Cup - Richard wins again + video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The victory at Korea Match Cup has been once again claimed by Mathieu Ricahrd - after beating Taylor Canfield 2-0 in the Final. Attributing his win to great team work and mental resilience, Richard and his French team mates on GEFCO Match Racing Team looked very at home today on the KM36 keelboats racing in light to moderate breezes under bright blue skies.... [more]
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