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Sail-World New Zealand- March 22, 2013

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Training starts off the beach with a simple reach - Waterwise March 21, 2013 © Richard Gladwell www.richardgladwell.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for March 22, 2013

The Auckland Regatta gets underway today off Eastern Beach, with a big fleet of 80 boats expected.

On the current weather prognosis winds are expected to be light, we'll be covering the event each day on Sail-World.com

On Tuesday, a tornado didn't quite hit the Emirates Team NZ bas, but the gusty wind got close - giving the team a major scare as the wingsail broke free in 30knot winds and crashed against the base walls for several minutes before it was bought under control.


Later on Tuesday afternoon, Sail-World was at the base for the presentation of Olympic Pins to many of the past and present (2012) Olympic team. The atmosphere was rather subdued, but with the wingsail going back in the AC72 Thursday morning, the campaign would seem to be back on track with a few lessons learned.

An incident of this type has always been on the cards. It is a very difficult task to 'fly' the 40 metre wingsail over the platform before the rigging can be secured, and maybe the only surprising thing is that it hasn't happened before.


Meanwhile in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA seem to have gone up several gears with an official video published, backing up what has been viewed on Am-Cam. It shows long and steady flight with some great on board footage. The story is featured in this edition.


On Thursday morning Sail-World stopped by a Waterwise clas as it got underway at one of the North Shore clubs. We feature an image gallery of the day, along with a small commentary on Waterwise. For a program that puts 6,000 school age kids through a six day program, Waterwise does and excellent job of getting new sailors into the sport, but too often it doesn't receive the support or recognition it deserves from clubs.


As mentioned many former Olympic sailors were presented with their Olympic Pins on Tueday afternoon, by the NZ Olympic Committee. Once they have competed for New Zealand every Olympic competitor is given a sequential number - so far over 1200 athletes have represented New Zealand - all the way back to 1935, when New Zealand competitors were part of the Australian team. We have images of the occasion in this edition of Sail-World.com


After that event, we shot some of the racing in the penultimate day of theEtchells evening serie. Although the light was soft and fading, the racing was close, and we present a gallery of images in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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