Sail-World New Zealand- February 24, 2013

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C-Tech (NZL) - Race 7, JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2013, Sydney Harbour
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for February 24, 2013

The JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs has finished in Sydney Harbour, with two sensational days - the first when sailing was cancelled in Race 6, because of conditions that were considered over the top for sailing - an average of 27kts with gusts being recorded at 40kts.

Sure you can race 18fters in such conditions - but we bow to the judgement of officials on the water, who despite what the sailing rules say, do take the legal liability if there is a serious incident. Even if there is just an official investigation, the time, effort and worry involved, just isn't worth it. The sailors can walk away, the officials can't.

Today, the final Race 7 was sailed, in conditions that were still boisterous, but less so than on Saturday.

Eight boats elected not to race.

Gotta Love It 7 sailed a very controlled race, keeping the pressure on her rivals, winning the race from C-Tech of New Zealand, and took her fifth JJ Giltinan Trophy win.

We have coverage of Race 7 and the cancellation of Race 6.

On Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, the Harken International Youth series has been underway since Thursday.

In this edition of's newsletter we carry reports of the final three days, plus videos of each day's racing. The event was won by a crew from RNZYS. Great to see a womens crew reach the top four in the regatta. They were one of several womens crews competing in the regatta which attracted a fleet of 14 crews from four countries.

Over the same period Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has being running the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta, one of a number of events being staged in Wellington in February.

Top honours and centrepiece of the regatta, have gone to the two 52fters competing in the regatta - Kia Kaha and Georgia, with the latter top scoring.

We have reports and images from each day of the regatta.

Team Australia, sailing an ORMA 60 trimaran, (sdimilar to TeamVodafoneSailing) has just posted a Sydney to Hobart time of less than 30 hours, that is some 12 hours faster than the previous record held by the 100ft supermaxi Wild Oats XI. We have reports on this new record in this edition.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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