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 06 Mar 2014
 


Sail-World New Zealand: March 6, 2014 - Focus on Sydney

Team Australia Lines up against Oracle team USA - Sydney - Thursday, March 6, 2014  © Andrea Francolini Photography
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for March 6, 2014

Sydney Harbour is the focus of world sailing attention at present, with the launch of Team Australia's AC45, and as the JJ Giltinan Trophy seems close to being decided.

Today, Val Oatley, performed the christening honours on Hamilton Island Yacht Club's AC45 - which marks the Challenger of Record's first foray into the America's Cup. We carry the story, video and images of the event and the team's first sail.

Having had their sailing ranks pillaged by teams competing in the 34th America's Cup, Team Australia, as the HIYC team is known, has had to start from scratch – drawing in a range of talent, mainly from Olympic classes and 18ft skiff ranks.

It is a big of an experiment, but there aren't too many options, after the Australians who sailed for other teams decided to stay put - offshore.

Val Oatley - Team Australia launch - Sydney - Thursday, March 6, 2014  © Andrea Francolini Photography

Today Matt Belcher, and Olympic Gold Medalist in the 470 class was named as helmsman for the tune up series against Defender, Oracle Team USA. He will oppose compatriot and Gold medalist in the Laser class at the 2012 Olympics, Tom Slingsby 9AUS)

The series will give the Australians their first taste of wingsailed catamaran sailing, and even though the next America's Cup is three and a half years away, given their lack of America's Cup experience in the sailing team, Team Australia will need all the practice they can get.

Time will tell if the Aussies can step up the mark and go head to head with the teams returning from the 34th America's Cup.

Team Australia launch - Sydney - Thursday, March 6, 2014  © Andrea Francolini Photography

Already Luna Rossa are back in the harness, with a new base being built in Italy and a major sponsorship renewal has been announced for the Italians – who learned the lesson of being a late starter in the 2013 America's Cup.

The other head turning event on Sydney Harbour is the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs.

The question now is whether the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 can win another title – making it six on the trot for skipper Seve Jarvin, or whether one of the other top boats can get between her and the most prized trophy in 18ft skiff sailing.

Sydney City Marine battles with her big rig - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014  Australian 18 Footers League ©

With a 12th placing on her scorecard, Gotta Love It 7 cannot take risks, and knows that the standard in the top half of the fleet is very high indeed. It is just not possible to get clear air, and blast through to the head of the fleet.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature all the replays from the last two day's racing, including interviews ashore with the top crews of the day.

In an extended video today, 18fter TV commentator, Mark Heeley, talks with two of the iconic sailors of the class – who are dueling it out for the Masters Trophy.

There's some great lines in there as Howie Hamlin (USA) and John Winning (AUS) swap their views of 18ft skiff careers that span decades.

C-Tech and 7 side by side down the first run - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014  Australian 18 Footers League ©

Winning quipped that in previous times you would be upset to finish outside the top five, but that doesn't apply in the class now. Even a top half of the fleet finish is regarded as a fairly good result – as you know that behind you there were the boats who were in the top finishers the previous day.

This regatta has a very high quality fleet with 34 boats from six countries competing – most of whom have had a sniff of the front of the fleet action at least once so far in the regatta.

Essentially anyone can pull one out of the bag – including the top two boats today, who admitted that they only got the favoured shift just after the start of today's race, by virtue of the fact that another competitor tacked close underneath forcing them to tack away and pick up the glamour wind shift which got them into the very top at the first mark – and that was virtually the race.

The leaders on the second run to obelisk - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014, Race 5  Australian 18 Footers League ©

We are covering the JJ's live on Sail-World. The feed goes up just before the race start time – which will be 6.00pm NZT on Saturday and 5.00pm on Sunday.

Check out how the New Zealand sailors fare – with C-Tech and Yamaha having taken a first and second in Race 4.

Yamaha repeated the stunt again today, coming in with a very good angle on the finish line to take fourth place as the top end of the fleet played roulette in the final 100 metres of the race.

Wingsail up - Team Australia launch - Sydney - Thursday, March 6, 2014  © Andrea Francolini Photography
Stay tuned.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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America's Cup: Team Australia gets back in the ring
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.nz/com,
Video and images from the Team Australia launch of their AC45 launch and first sail in Sydney. On Thursday morning the Challenger of Record's AC45 was christened by Val Oatley, Bob Oatley's wife. Later that afternoon, she joined the America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA, for a work out on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 makes it four wins from five
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Race 5 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy started at 3.08pm today, Thursday. Gotta Love It 7 scored another convincing win. Here's how the race unfolded in words and with full video replays from before the race, the race itself and interviews ashore, including one great one with Howie Hamlin (USA) and John Winning (AUS).... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 on target for another series win
Frank Quealey,
Seve Jarvin moved a step closer to equaling the legendry Iain Murray's record when he steered Gotta Love It 7 to victory in today's Race 5 of the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by Sydney City Marine, on Sydney Harbour. Jarvin is set to win jis sixth title as a skipper if Gotta Love It 7 can close out this regatta on the weekend. Once again the team had to come from behind...... [more]
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Good fleet for 2014 Noelex 25 Champs at Nelson
Nikki Johnson,
Sunny Nelson and the Tasman Bay Cruising Club provided an outstanding venue for the 2014 Noelex 25 National Championships from the 14-16 February. Fourteen boats competed in the regatta with eight boats travelling from the North Island.... [more]
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NZ Multihull Yacht Club announces changes to Coastal Classic
Greg Roake,
PIC Insurance Brokers 2014 Coastal Classic: The Multihull Yacht Club has been listening to the concerns on the web regarding time limits for smaller boats in the Coastal Classic. At this month's committee the following changes were approved and will apply to the 2014 race.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: March 6, 2014 - good news from Oz
Collinson FX,
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Royal Port Nic Wellington Teams 1st and 2nd at CentrePort Champs
Roger Cook,
Adam Middleton, Michael Cook and William Eastman sailing for Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club have convincingly won the 2014 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championships. Over four days of racing the team dropped only one match in a dominant all round performance across a range of conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel sailing and training in Lanzarote.
Sander van der Borsch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borsch provided this gallery of images of Volvo Ocean Race entrant, Team Brunel sailing and training in Lanzarote. He reports that everything is going according to the planning and the team already has done some really nice sailing,... [more]
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52 Super Series US Championship opening day
52 Super Series,
After the opening day of the 52 US Championship, the second regatta of the 2014 US 52 Super Series, posting a race win and a third place from two light wind races off Miami's South Beach Quantum Racing earned themselves an overall lead of one single point.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup 2014 - Day 3 Lars Grael continued on top
Cayard Sailing,
Tough day on the race course for Rodney and I, definitely our worst race of the season. We were too conservative on the starting line and we did not seem to have enough speed to dig our way out of the traffic.... [more]
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2014 52 Super Series - Azzurra begins with a victory
Azzurra,
2014 52 Super Series - A bullet and a fourth place for Azzurra on the opening day of the 52 US Championship, held in Miami until Sunday, March 9th. The competitive level of the 52 Super Series has never been as high as in this season.... [more]
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America's Cup: Belcher named as Team Australia helmsman for AC45
Sail-World,
Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) has today set sail on its four-year Australian Challenge for the 35th America's Cup in 2017, with the announcement of Olympic Gold Medallist and ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year, Mathew Belcher as its skipper and the christening of Team Australia's AC45 catamaran.... [more]
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Eric Twiname Trust approaching remarkable milestone
Matt Carter,
The Eric Twiname Trust, a charity foundation set up in honour of the late Eric Twiname is about to reach a remarkable milestone by the end of this year – the provision of funding totalling £1m to youth sailing projects in the United Kingdom since the Trust's formation in 1980.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with all guns firing for RHKYC Nations' Cup
RHKYC,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston 'can think of few greater honours' than to present the Vic Locke Memorial Trophy' to the winner of the 2014 GREAT Nations' Cup after racing this Saturday 8 March. RHKYC Past Commodore Vic Locke, who sadly passed away in November 2013, was a great fan of this particular event and Sir Robin will present the award 'in honour of my good friend'... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Strong winds return
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the wind has strengthened overnight and the teams are back to beating into 35 to 40 knots of wind, with four yachts clear of the notorious Taiwan Strait. Sail plans have become conservative with storm sails hoisted and three reefs in the main with conditions rough because of the short, choppy seas the Strait is known for.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championships 2014 - A huge success
Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia,
After one and a half years in the planning, and with a 38 year legacy to uphold, Hobie Cat® Australasia has successfully held the world's largest Hobie 16 World Championships in Jervis Bay, NSW Australia... [more]
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52 Super Series US Championship – Practice race overall
52 Super Series,
52 Super Series US Championship is being held in Miami, Florida, from 5th to 9th March 2014. Reigning 52 Super Series champions Quantum Racing may have had the upper hand in Key West in January when they won the first regatta of the US 52 Super Series but today's official practice race prior to Wednesday's start of the Miami regatta highlighted that this second event may be open for the taking.<... [more]
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WA Laser titles - Matthew Wearne rises to the challenge
Rick Steuart,
Perfect sailing weather greeted the 109 strong fleet of sailors as they began the three days of sailing on the Swan River in Perth WA.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan: Gotta Love It 7 strikes back to take Race 4
Frank Quealey,
The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage grabbed the lead back in the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by Sydney City Marine, with a marvelous win in Race 4 on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 gives a sailing lesson in Race 4
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Race 4 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy began almost on time at 3.00pm today, Wednesday. The breeze was initially a 16kt seabreeze, with some sailing with big rigs and others with small rigs. A building southerly storm over the City had some influence in the race, dampening the breeze, but the fleet finished before the storm hit with 40kt gusts. Plus full replay videos... [more]
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HRH The Princess Royal to attend 2014 RYA Youth National Championships
Matt Carter,
Great Britain's top Youth sailing talent will have the chance to showcase their skills in front of a Royal audience after confirmation that HRH The Princess Royal will be attending the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships.... [more]
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