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Sail-World New Zealand- November 22, 2012

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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win . ..
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for November 19, 2012

In this edition of Sail-World we feature the first of a two-part story run in parallel with the launch of the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win.

The book traces the story of five yachts by the name of Kialoa, all skippered by Jim Kilroy and takes us to one of the great times in offshore racing - a period spanning several decades when 70 and 80ft maxi yachts, along with their larger than life owner/skippers roamed the waters of the Earth.

This was in the pre-professional and early professional era, where the crews were largely amateur, or certainly plied their trade for reasons of lifestyle rather than monetary reward.

It was a different period in attitude, and one which gave root to the professional sport as we know it today. Probably even more importantly many of the people who got their breaks in the maxi yachts, stayed with the yachting industry, and took it onto the level at which is today - both in the marine and racing industries.

Others, like Peter Allison, the author of Sail-World's review took the lessons learned, from his boat, crew and skipper, and took those ashore into the world of business.

In this story we have been able to assemble a compilation of the formal book review, a perspective on the Kialoas and Jim Kilroy, along with some video taken aboard, plus a full gallery of images showing the boats and crew.

Tomorrow we will follow up with a second story, which will cover the first race of the 1977 Southern Cross Cup off Sydney, when there was a collision between Kialoa and her great rival Windward Passage. Two crew were thrown into the water and the damage was substantial.

In the style of the book, tomorrow we will feature the extract from Andy Rose, tactician aboard Kialoa, and from Peter Allison who was in Adventure Land, as the middle of the boat was affectionately known.

The America's Cup continues apace, even with the Defender in the rebuilder's shed. In this edition of Sail-World we have some video from Emirates Team NZ, as their Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Chris Nicholson checked out the AC72 last Wednesday morning.

We have a report on Luna Rossa's launching accident on Friday morning when they damaged their wingsail while it was on the crane and one crew member suffered a broken leg.

We also have images from Artemis Racing's second sail, in San Francisco, this shows the dagger boards being used which are quite different from anything seen to date.

America's Cup Discovered, is all about AC72's with reports from the teams, including Martin Tasker's excellent report that first aired on TVNZ's Close Up. In the same video there's also an interview with Oracle Team USA's Russell Coutts commenting on the team's training accident on October 16, and the ramifications for the team.

The Vendee Globe, single handed around the world race, has continued despite a rising attrition rate - with currently just 14 of the 20 entries remaining in the race, and two of those are sailing wounded, one with keel hydraulic issues, and the other with a sail wrapped around the top of her mast - and no outside assistance allowed.

We have daily reports covering all the action at the front of the fleet and the drama behind.

In Namiba, South Africa, the British based world sailing record team, Vestas Sailrocket has set a new world sailing speed record mark (ratified at this stage) of 59kts - a jump of four kts on the previous mark, set on a Kiteboard. We have reports and photos in this edition of's newsletter.

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by!clicking_here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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