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Sail-World New Zealand- April 11, 2013

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Circa 22nd April 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston with champagne aboard his 32ft yacht SUHAILI off Falmouth, England after becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe. Bill Rowntree - PPL © http://www.pplmedia.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for April 11, 2013

We're pleased to able to report that Sail-World's transition to the Cloud is almost complete, one of the final phases of which has been to convert our newsletter system. This letter is a re-send of what was sent yesterday after a corruption resulted in many subscribers not receiving the newsletter. Our apologies for any duplications. We have updated some of the items.

Just in is the announcement that Oracle Team USA will launch their new AC72 on April 23 in San Francisco - a month before the arrival of Emirates Team NZ, who will be the last Challenger to arrive in San Francisco.

The main feature in this edition is a two-part interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer.

Yes, he's the same Grant Simmer that competed in the 1972 Cherub Worlds in New Zealand, then at just 26 years old was the navigator on board Australia II, winning the first of his three America's Cups. Now in his ninth America's Cup, Simmer, the former mechanical engineer is with Oracle Team USA, who he joined after the evaporation of the GBR Team Origin in 2011.


In the two part interview Simmer is very honest about some of the issues that the Defender has faced, and seems to be very confident that the Defenders can get back on top of the game by the time of the 34th Match in September.

In other America's Cup news, we cover the final sail of Emirates Team New Zealand, unfortunately we only have the team supplied reports and images of this milestone event.


In San Francisco, Artemis Racing have, today, released a video of their AC45 foiling in a very stable manner, save for one near cartwheel, which is also recorded. Whether they have been able to transfer this form to their AC72 remains to be seen. Their second SAC72 is due for launch in late May and is expected to be a true foiler. However as we note in the interview with Grant Simmer, time is fast running out in this America's cycle.

Luna Rossa are virtually out of Auckland. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature an extract from an interview by top European website, vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis, with their skipper Max Sirena, who certainly doesn't hold back on what he thinks of certain aspects of the America's Cup.


Today we broke the story of the estranged relationship between the European manufacturers of the worlds biggest one design class and its designer.

Bruce Kirby outlines the actions he has taken, which are to require the International Sailing Federation to stop issuing building plaques to the European builders, and without waiting for the outcome of Court action to decide who owns the Laser name he has renamed his design the Torch (after his first Int 14ft skiff).

Effectively Kirby has hit system reset on a bunch of issues that threatened to take the class down, and now it is being re-booted, and production of the Torch is about to restart. Quite where the International Laser Class Association sits in all of this is a little unclear, but in reality they have little option but to run with the New Deal.


The New Zealand Sailing Team has performed well at the third round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup in Palma, winning three medals in two classes, having competed in only six of the ten Olympic class events.
We have reports and images in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

The full route for the Volvo Ocean Race has been announced. The latest and final stopover to be announced is Lorient, France. While some may disagree with the format of the race which has shifted a long way from its original concept of being a round the world sailing adventure, to being close to a round the world sailing rally, with a variety of long and short course racing. It is what it is, and the race seems to be ahead of where it was in previous editions.


The course also has a more solid feel to it with some new destinations mixed with some of the cornerstones of the old course. The key will be the negotiation of the second leg into and out of Abu Dhabi, avoiding the security issues of the previous edition, and have the boats racing for the complete leg.

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest sailing news from around New Zealand and the world.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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