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 09 Oct 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: October 9, 2013 - Multihulls on the Menu

2013 Stack Interiors Winter Championships - Murray's Bay  John Adair
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for October 9, 2013

Even though the 34th America's Cup now past tense, interest will be high in two major multihull events in New Zealand over the next few months.

Later in October, the 2013 PIC Coastal Classic fleet will make its traditional dash north from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands.

The major focus of the 119nm drag race is always on the race record will again fall.

In the 2013 event that emphasis will shift to the Battle of the Sixties – the two ORMA 60's TeamVodfoneSailing (Simon Hull) and Team Australia (Sean Langman) will have their first contest in New Zealand waters. Previous contests on the other side of the Tasman have gone the way of the Australians with Langman scoring four wins, to the New Zealanders single win.

In the monohulls – and maybe giving the ORMA60's a run for their money will be Giacomo, formerly the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama and now campaigned by winemaker, Jim Delegat.

Sean Langman's ORMA60 Team Australia   Andrea Francolini

In the last encounter between a Volvo 70 and an ORMA60, it was a close-run affair with TeamVodafoneSailing squeaking home just 30 minutes ahead of Camper in the 2011 Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji Race after 1100nm of hard racing.

Currently there are 122 boats entered in the monohull divisions with a further 20 entries in the Multihull divisions.

In February 2014, Takapuna Boating Club will host its 12th World Championship when the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds will be sailed off Auckland's North Shore.

To date there are 46 entries from 10 nations – which is a creditable list for a world championship for this class in New Zealand – with the class here, having a long-standing history extending back into the 1960's.

Peter Burling sailing the NZL Sailing Team entry - Red Bull Youth America's Cup - August 28, 2013  John Navas ©

Leading the entry list from New Zealand are two of the country's top young sailors, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. The two are the 2012 Olympic Silver Medalists in the 49er class, and also the current World Champions. Both have won world titles in other classes – with Burling being a 420 World Champion, and Tuke a world champion in the singlehanded Splash class.

Many of the big names from the class are currently missing – including Emirates Team NZ wingsail trimmer Glen Ashby who has won seven world championships in the 18ft catamaran.

In the past, the A-Class Worlds have attracted many of the leading America's Cup sailors, including Jimmy Spithill. Dean Barker competed in the 2009 Australian Nationals in the class – making a quick transition from the IACC America's Cuppers to the singlehanded catamaran.

GC32s showcased at Extreme Sailing Series in Nice  © Christophe Launay

The class also attracts many of the top designers, with New Zealand's Mike Drummond – formerly Oracle Racing's Technical Director, and one of Emirates Team NZ's lead designer, Pete Melvin (USA) is a double world champion.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have a preview of the World Championship, and will follow up in subsequent editions and on our website www.sail-world.com/nz

This week also marks the one year milestone from the start of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, which will again stop over in Auckland.

Team SCA new Volvo 65 "pull down" test in Southampton docks.  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Currently only two entries have been confirmed, however organisers and other commentators in Europe are confident of at least seven entries – an increase on the previous edition and may go to more.

2013 Laser Radial World Championship Prizegiving  Rizhao Laser Worlds
We are carrying an update on the status of the event in this newsletter.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Ben Ainslie was coaching Bermuda's Opti skippers at the Ben Ainslie Racing Team (BART) sailing clinic.   © Talbot Wilson / Argo Group Gold Cup


Minoprio attackes Ferrarse and puts a penalty on him in the Group 1, stage 1 Qualifying round-robin at the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 5 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Hamilton BERMUDA.   © Talbot Wilson / Argo Group Gold Cup




A-Class Catamaran Worlds attract Red Bull Youth AC winners
Sail-World,
After the yachting world watched the multi-hull action unfolding on San Francisco Bay recently, New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate the class which has now bred some of the talented sailors who took part in the America's Cup last month. The A-Class Catamaran World Championships will be sailed off Takapuna Beach from 5 – 16 February, 2014.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: New faces, new boats and the Battle of the Sixties
Zoe Hawklns,
One of the themes to come out of this year's entry list in the PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, is new entrants to the fleet setting out to achieve great things. But we aren't talking about the newest, most high tech or grand prix yachts.... [more]
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Wellington Ocean Sports Coastal Medic Course
Matt Wood,
Wellington Ocean Sports will be running a Coastal Medic course over the weekend of 16 and 17 November. This course offers participants the qualifications of Coastguard Boating Education Service Marine Medic (Coastal), NZQA units 6400, 6401, 6402 and Maritime New Zealand commercial first aid. It should be a prerequisite for anyone involved in ocean sports... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 9, 2013 - Markets transfixed
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 9, 2013 - Markets are transfixed with the Government shutdown and the Debt Ceiling impasse. This is a growing crises and will impact on global economies. This happened a couple of years ago and resulted in a big hit to global markets led by equities. The US had their credit rating downgraded, despite the aversion of default. It appears that both sides ar... [more]
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Light winds test sailors at Stack Interiors Winter Champs
Zoe Hawkins,
It was a Winter Champs like no other in recent years: Beautiful sunshine, flat seas and light breezes graced the racecourse between Rangitoto and Murrays Bay in Auckland's North Shore for the sailors competing in the event that traditionally marks the divide between winter and summer sailing in Auckland.... [more]
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Fun times at inaugural Weta New South Wales Championship
Miranda Powrie,
Chris Kitchen from Weta Marine in New Zealand was at first skeptical when Issac, his 12 year old super helm declared 'we will go around the top mark, blast downwind, then when we turn round the bottom mark we will have dolphins on the bow', but sure enough there were four dolphins cruising off the bow of his Weta!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: One year out from race start
Volvo Ocean Race,
There is exactly one year to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on 4 October 2014 in Alicante. It's going to be a groundbreaking edition in more ways than one, as the race's CEO Knut Frostad explains. 'Building a whole fleet was always going to be a challenge when developing a new class, but we have seven boats in construction now' - Knut Frostad... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Battle of Britain peps up
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Two British crews hold the highest scores after day one of racing in Bermuda at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in what race pundits believe could turn into a clash of the Anglo-Saxon match racing titans.... [more]
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Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit
Talbot Wilson,
The Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit is set to take place at during Argo Group Gold Cup on Thursday 10th October 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the company of sailing stars from the America's Cup and the Agro Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying day images from Bermuda
Sail-World.com,
Enjoy this selection of images from Qualifying day at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GC32s showcased in Nice
Sailing Intelligence,
A new chapter began for the GC32s last week when they joined the Extreme Sailing Series for the penultimate Act of the Land Rover-backed 2013 stadium sailing catamaran circuit in Nice, France. While the main attraction remains the Extreme 40 catamaran racing, the Series events are slowly evolving into mini sailing festivals, with multiple attractions, rather than just one.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Victory for Tina Mihelic
Laser International,
The Laser Radial Women's World Championship 2013 in South China came to a close yesterday with two light-wind races. Tina Mihelic CRO managed to protect her overall lead with the race ranks seven and three against the final attacks of her immediate opponent Tuula Tenkanen FIN finishing one and two.... [more]
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49er duo of Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison part ways
Lindsey Bell,
British Olympic sailing duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have called it quits on their 12-year 49er partnership and their bid for a third Olympic Games medal attempt together at Rio 2016.... [more]
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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Awards to be hosted by WYRF
MaxComm Communication,
The world's best yacht racing photographs of 2013 will once more be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Gothenburg, from 10th to 11th December. The prize for the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image' was first awarded in 2009.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Action shots by Chuck Lantz (Part 1)
Anna Parker / Chuck Lantz,
Enjoy the first of a two gallery series of photos by San Francisco Sail-World photographer Chuck Lantz from the Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Johnny Heineken
ISAF,
Johnny Heineken has taken Kiteboard Course Racing to a new level and established himself as the man to beat. The only problem is, no one has been able to achieve that over the nomination period as Heineken holds a perfect record.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Erika Heineken
ISAF,
It was a case of sister like brother at the 2012 IKA Course Racing World Championship in Cagliari, Italy as Erika Heineken reveled in her first World Championship success with brother Johnny.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailor of the Year Nominees - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie
ISAF,
London 2012 Women's 470 Olympic champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) - affectionately known as Team Jolly - announced their Rio 2016 intentions early in 2013 and success followed thereafter. Making their comeback on home waters at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in February 2013 they seamlessly got back into their stride and way of thinking.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Ready to lead the charge + Video
ISAF,
Competition at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao will get underway in one week with the 2013 World Champions in the Laser Radial and Women's 470 ready to lead the charge. The inaugural event gets going on Monday 14 October through to the Medal Races on Saturday 19 October with 149 sailors from 23 nations making the journey to the venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds - Images and Video from the final day
John Navas,
John Navas was again on the water for the final day of the Melges 24 Worlds, being organised by the San Francisco Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in still and video images.... [more]
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Sail-World.com rockets to new record
Brendan Maxwell,
We're pleased to be able to announce that Sail-World.com broke existing readership records in September, with visits to the site topping a massive 1.2 million for the month. This is almost double the previous record of 650,000 set in September 2012, off the back of the Weymouth Olympics.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - The Wave, Muscat crowned champions!
Extreme Sailing Series,
At the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 Nice, presented by Land Rover, The Wave, Muscat were crowned champions, after sailing a near faultless regatta. The team, representing the Sultanate of Oman, has led the Act since the first race and haven't looked back since.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour Portugal - Down to the wire + Video
RC44 Championship Tour,
RC44 Championship Tour - Racing went down to the wire in Portugal, the closest RC44 event for many seasons. Five boats were in contention for the top spot going into the final day of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup 35 - Challengers of Record first press conference
Sail-World,
An extended ABC (Australia's National broadcasters) press conference with Bob and Sandy Oatley, provides a window into the 35th Americas Cup from the Challenger of Record's perspective.... [more]
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Tornado World Championship - Plenty of chances to win or lose
Roland Gaebler,
At the Tornado World Championship, we had one of the best sailing conditions ever. 10 races with winds between six and 25 knots. Every race day had its own tactical challenge with plenty of chances to win or lose a race. On the first three days the racing was also combined with big waves, which creates high jumps on the Tornadoes... [more]
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