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 24 Apr 2014
 


Sail-World New Zealand: April 24, 2014 - From Juniors to Olympics

2014 NZ Optimist National Champion, Scott McKenzie - Day 5, 2014 Toyota Optimist Championships, Manly SC  © Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com New Zealand for April 24, 2014

There's plenty of sailing action underway in New Zealand at present, with the long Easter break rolling into ANZAC Day, making an ideal opportunity to stage National Championships at the end of the 2014 sailing season.

Internationally, the NZL Sailing Team is competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (France), and is performing well at the mid-point of the regatta, with four NZ crews in the top five and the two Olympic medalists leading their classes.

We cover all these events both online and in this edition.

Two 2014 Worlds Team members, Lewis Anderson (81) and Kerensa Jennings (astern) - Day 5, 2014 Toyota Optimist Championships, Manly SC  © Richard Gladwell

The Toyota Optimist Nationals were an outstanding success - both from the numbers attending - over 270 spread across the Open and Green fleets, with sailors from five countries competing.

On the line were places for the NZ World team, but also the other international teams which the NZ Optimist Association get away each year, and which provide the feeder to the full gamut of NZ sailing programs. NZ Optimist Association have the excellent policy of not selecting the same sailors to go to each international event - thus ensuring that as many sailors as possible get international experience in a year.

Sam Bacon - Day 5, 2014 Toyota Optimist Championships, Manly SC  © Richard Gladwell

For the young sailors getting away to an international regatta, when you are under 15 years old is a great experience, and of course sets them up to go the next step up the ladder - either in the Optimist class, one of the other Junior classes, or into the Youth and High Performance classes, or RNZYS Youth Program. From there, the doors might open for a professional sailing career in the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup or other regattas - or working in the NZ marine industry as a career option.

As a venue, Manly - about 40 minutes north of Auckland, is a great option, with a big flat sandy beach, sheltered waters, and plenty of parking available. From an organisational perspective the feedback was all very positive. But what would you expect when you have an America's Cup PRO running the show ashore, and two outstanding PRO's and their race management teams on the water?

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Womens 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © Franck Socha / ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

From a competition perspective, the action was hot. Sure Kohimaramara YC's Scott McKenzie dominated the Open fleet from the first day, with a display of very mature regatta sailing, but behind him there was a lot of place swapping, and the pressure came on in the tail of the regatta.

Similarly in the Green Fleet, which attracted a fantastic fleet of 110 first year sailors - who are supposed to be part of the loving sailing experience - but inevitably the competitive juices kick in. Hopefully the young sailors will now know that part of the love of sailing comes from the personal challenge of competing against the elements, as well as the competitive challenge.

Hopefully they were well aware of the fact that just ten or so years ago, the same NZ Olympic medalists who are performing so well in Hyeres, were competing in the same Optimist, P-class and Starling National Championships.

Mike Sanderson's Stratis SL33 sailing in Auckland  © Will Calver - Ocean Photography

The AC72's may be a thing of the past in the America's Cup, but their influence on sailing has now extended into various multihull classes, with several now adopting the foiling technology. One of these is the SL33, manufactured in Europe, but which was selected by Emirates Team NZ for their America's Cup test platform.

Of the back of that program, a couple more SL33's were launched in Auckland - and went a step further to be fitted with lifting foils.

In this edition we feature a video by Will Calver of OceanPhotography.com, of Mike Sanderson's foiling SL33, Stratis, doing her thing in the Hauraki Gulf in some moderately boisterous conditions. It's a must see.

December 15 2013 18fter Auckland Championships   © Richard Gladwell

If you are around the Auckland Harbour this coming weekend, catch the action at the Stoke Beer 18ft Nationals. As usual with the 18's racing starts early afternoon, and the growing New Zealand fleet will be in action including the top NZ boats from the recent JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney.

After this regatta the team will pack up for intrenational regattas in San Francisco and Lake Garda, Italy - underlining the international growth of this class.

Advances in technology from the bleeding edge of the sport sometimes permeate the general sport - one of which is the need for long distance sailors to be able compete in the ultra-distance races and be increasingly self-sufficient in their power generation.

Paprec Virbac at speed with a Watt & Sea hydrogenerator on her transom  

In this edition we feature an update from Kiwi Yachting on the latest hydrogenerators from Watt & Sea. Although not developed specifically for competitive sailing, the generators are readily tested under the demanding conditions of short-handed racing, and along with that is the drive for the units to be as reliable as possible, generate as much power as possible and have minimum drag.

Flying Dutchman in action - the 2015 Worlds are coming Downunder  John Maguire
Remarkably the latest hydrogenators from Watt & Sea will be providing current at a boat speed of just 2kts, we feature the latest update on this technology in this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Mens Laser - Day 2, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © Franck Socha / ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Close quarter Nacra 17 action - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Day 3  © Franck Socha / ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

GBR, Nacra 17 - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Day 3  © Franck Socha / ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres




Toyota Optimist Nationals: McKenzie fends off competition on Final Day
Richard Gladwell, sail-World.com/nz,
Kohimaramara YC's Scott McKenzie did what he had to do on the final day of the 2014 Toyota Optimist National Championships, and sailed a steady but unspectacular final three races to only drop one point on the overnight leaderboard.... [more]
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New cruising hydrogenerator produces power at just 2kts of speed
Tristan Campbell,
The newest hydrogenerators from Watt & Sea are lighter, have better hydrodynamics, and are more resistant to corrosion. The Cruising 300 and 600 Models are now available in New Zealand from Kiwi Yachting. Like their predecessors, a propeller on a retractable stern leg sits on the yachts transom, turning water movement into power, with as little as 2 knots boat speed.... [more]
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Doyle's Mike Sanderson flying above the Hauraki Gulf on a foiling SL33
Sail-World.com/nz,
Former Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson, caught on video flying high in his foiling SL 33, Stratis. Conditions were described as very gusty and with good seas, making for challenging sailing, but Sanderson and his crew from Doyle Sail really put the foilin catamaran through her paces.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: NZL Sailing team leads in two classes at midpoint
Jodie Bakewell-White,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres has hit the mid way mark and many of the NZL Sailing Team continue to inch up the standings with Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading the charge both now holding the overall lead.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Tense gold fleet racing + Video
Daniel Smith, ISAF,
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, gold fleet racing got underway with tense competition across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events. With a full complement of races completed thus far the leader boards are shaping up nicely with fine margins between the world's top sailing talents.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 3 images by Franck Socha
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Franck Socha was out on the water to capture these images during day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 24, 2014 - RBNZ lifts OCR
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 24, 2014 - The turn around rally underway over the last week and a half, has stalled with some questionable economic data across the globe, testing confidence. The currency dropped back to 0.9280 and allowed upward pressure on the KIWI to stall. The NZD dipped to 0.8580 with the RBNZ to announce the latest rate decision this morning.... [more]
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Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
GBR Team Manager Stephen Park has led Great Britain's Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes – to unrivalled success on the world stage since 2001. Great Britain is now the most successful Olympic classes sailing nation and sailing has been one of the nation's consistently high performing sports at the past three Olympic Games.... [more]
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Sport NZ gives Lifetime Achievement Award to ISAF's Adrienne Greenwood
ISAF,
ISAF Vice President Adrienne Greenwood has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, held in Christchurch, New Zealand. Greenwood is a well-known figure within the sailing community. In addition to being involved with the sport at the grassroots coaching level, she has had a number of significant management and governance roles.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Stakes approach boiling point
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, temperatures have continued to build in the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup and as the barometer rises, the race stakes are approaching boiling point. Less than 10 miles now separates the top half of the leaderboard, and with the scoring gate now under 300 miles away, a drag race is well and truly on and is too close to call.... [more]
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2014 Stoke Beer 18ft Skiff National Championships – This ANZAC weekend
Auckland Sailing Club,
The 2014 Stoke Beer 18ft Skiff National Championships are being held this ANZAC weekend at the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay. Racing will be held straight out from the club with fantastic viewing from North Head and Okahu Bay wharf this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Racing starts at 1pm sharp with two windward leeward courses and one harbour race per day.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Solid results from NZL Sailing Team on Day 2, Hyeres
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The NZL Sailing Team continued their good form into Day 2 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Regatta where over 1100 Olympic class sailors from 59 nations are competing. New Zealand now has eight crews lying within the top seven places in their fleet including three boats within the top three.... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Thriller on Final Day in fresh breeze
Angus Haslett,
The 2014 Toyota National Optimist Championship final day was a real thriller on both open and green fleets. Sailors were once again treated to a great breeze. Peaking at 18 knots, it yet again tested the sailors strengths, particularly with the gusts and shifts coming thorough.... [more]
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Toyota NZ Optimist Nationals: Images from Day 5
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World NZ was on the water for Day 5 of the 2014 Toyota Optimist Nationals - here's a selection of images from the action in the Gold Fleet. A fleet of 270 boats competed in the regatta which drew crews from New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, USA and Britain.... [more]
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CRC NZ Masters title the Summer Series decider in Finns
Ray Hall,
Three days of great sailing treated a smaller than usual group of 11 Finn Sailors for the 2014 CRC NZ Finn Masters. New sailors and old boats along with the latest and greatest in Devoti's , masts and sails were on show as was the Oscar Flag for Free pumping in all races.... [more]
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49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Ben Remocker,
The 49erFX raced first in the 49er race area in a single fleet of 42 boats while the 49er class waited for the afternoon and raced in split fleets of 40 boats each. The 49er course area was left favoured most of the day, so teams sailing on that course had to start well and hold their lanes to get to the left side.... [more]
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World Cup Hyeres: NZL Sailing Team early leaders in the 49er and RS:X
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The final regatta of the 2013-14 season of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway with great conditions for day one of racing in Hyeres, France today. The NZL Sailing Team has made a solid start leading in both the 49er and the Women's RS:X, and lying second in the Women's 470.... [more]
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Medals for New Zealand at RYA Youth Championships at Weymouth, UK
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand has won a mass of medals at the RYA Youth National Championships Regatta which wrapped up on Friday 18th April in Weymouth. The regatta attracted a massive entry of 266 crews sailing five classes.... [more]
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America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Winging It by noted America's Cup writers Diane Swintal, Steven Tsuchiya, and Robert Kamins, is not your father's book on the America's Cup.This is not a coffee table book, but more a working primer on the 34th America's Cup, the events that led up to the Match, and the racing it self - summarized in both narrative and data formats.... [more]
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Progression Chart for the Apparent Wind Classes
Chris Mitchell,
A group of NZ Classes including individual administrators, sailmakers, coaches and top sailors in 12 footers, 18 footers, Farr 3.7, A Class, Paper Tigers and Moth have put together a two page progression chart for families, sailors, clubs to discuss and consider.... [more]
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