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 01 Sep 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 1 September 2011

2011 Optimist Worlds - Napier New Zealand  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 1 September 2011

New Zealand's Waka Racing have got off to a slow start in the first day of the World Match Racing Tour being sailed at the picturesque St Moritz on Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland. Helmed by Phil Robertson, Waka Racing lie in 9th place overall in the 12 crew fleet.

We have a report on the first day's racing in this edition of Sail-World, along with a video preview of the regatta from Waka Racing.

The World Match Racing Tour has launched a new e-zine or digital online magazine. We have links in this newsletter so you can get your copy. It contains a mix of text, images and video. Don't miss the story in the use of catamarans in match racing where several of the experienced hands in the America's Cup and Match Racing scene comment on the what they have seen in the first round of the America's Cup World Series.

Ian Williams in imperious form during qualifying at St Moritz Match Race  Loris von Siebenthal/St Moritz Match Race

As Brad Butterworth notes the real test will be whether catamarans are used in the 35th America's Cup. Download the e-zine - it's free - and read the full story for yourself and catch the rest of the match racing news and some excellent videos.

The next round of the America's Cup World Series gets underway in just nine and a bit days. We have a brief introduction in the this edition, plus a video. As yet there is no announcement of a new skipper for the China Team, although there have been some developments with former helmsman, Mitch Booth.

Wind Warrior Regatta - North Sails is on this Friday 2 September at 3.30pm  

Don't forget North Sails are staging their Wind Warrior Regatta tomorrow, Friday afternoon, 2 September. There's details in this edition of Sail-World. Usually they get 40 competitors for this event, which is sailed in the NW corner of the Viaduct Harbour. So even if you aren't competing - get down to the Viaduct and have a look at some the rock-stars of the sailing scene do battle on a level playing field. Entry details are in this edition.

From San Francisco we have a report from the NZ Techno Windsurfer team - submitted using our online story and image submission system - see the links at the bottom of this editorial.

Plymouth, venue for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, the teams are based in the Brittany ferry terminal at the top of the shot.  Americas Cup Media

We clicked over a significant milestone with the story and image submission system, today with the receipt of our 500th story from our New Zealand reporting 'network'. This facility is a great opportunity for clubs, sailors and events to get their name, activities and sponsors up in lights in the largest single sports website in New Zealand.

We had another very good month for readership last month, just short of our July record - and once again came within an ace of reaching the 500,000 visits mark worldwide. About 200,000 unique visitors open a story on Sail-World each month, and we estimate that about double that number of visitors read the headlines and story introductions on the front page each month.

Grand Prix Beaulieu-sur-Mer Decision 35 - Training day  Chris Schmid / Eyemage Media Schmid - Copyright

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
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North Sails Wind Warrior Regatta on this Friday at the Viaduct
Sail-World,
The North Sails Wind Warrior Regatta will take pace in the in the newly developed Viaduct Harbour, this Friday second of September. Racing will start at 4pm with practice from 3.30 and will conclude with the Prize giving at about 5.30 at the new Jack Tar Bar in Wynyard Quarter.... [more]
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Waka Racing reporting from St Moritz, Switzerland
Waka Racing,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing, led by Phil Robertson, report before the sixth stage of the World Match Race Tour - St Moritz Match Race. 'Stunning, is probably going to be the most used word this week. It describes St Moritz, Switzerland to a tee.'... [more]
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The Blurr is third winner at 2011 Elliott 5.9 Series at Marsden Cove
Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
A small but quality 6-boat fleet of Elliott 5.9's contested the 2011 Marsden Cove leg of the 2011 Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series hosted by Onerahi Yacht Club over the weekend of 27-28 August. A few last minute withdrawals meant fleet numbers were down on expectations for the regatta however the racing was as close as usual.... [more]
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NZ Techno Windsurfers get valuable experience at San Francisco Worlds
Anthea Dunning,
Last month a group of seven New Zealand junior windsurfers travelled to San Francisco to compete in the Techno293 World Championships along with Kate Ellingham as coach. Their skill level ranged from current and former National Champions to relative beginners on the Techno but all of the sailors had a common aim of learning from the large fleet racing.... [more]
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Euro City Napier signs up to support 2011 Optimist Worlds
Sail-World,
Euro City Napier, Hawke's Bay's home of Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda is now helping to drive 2011 Optimist World Championships forward, with extensive backing and support. The OptiWorlds, to be hosted by Napier Sailing Club in December and January this year, will be attended by at least 200 young sailors from around the world, and many people from within the local community.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten days to go until start of World Series, Plymouth
Richard Gladwell,
With just over a week to go until the first day of racing in Plymouth round of the America's Cup World Series, preparations are proceeding at pace. Several teams are expected to take their first sail on Thursday 1 September, as they practice ahead of the first day of racing on September 10.... [more]
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Mobility Cup 2011 day 2 racing
John Kernaghan,
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races Wednesday to consolidate her lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup... [more]
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Teams battle it out at ISAF Team Racing Worlds
ISAF,
The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Schull, Ireland, with twenty teams battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and the USA are all in the Irish Village for the Championship and locals greeted them on Sunday in traditional manner with a parade of nations.... [more]
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Get your new free digital magazine from World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has launched a new, free, digital multimedia magazine devoted solely to the discipline of match racing. Click on the link to view the e-zine, called Match Racing 360°, which is a digest of match racing events from all round the world, and of all grades from world-status to club level. The new quarterly interactive e-zine is free.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 4 - Championship racing gets underway
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds got underway with full championship racing in Schull Harbour on Wednesday as twelve international sailing teams contest the event and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in perfect conditions with a strong easterly breeze, which gradually swung southeast , allowing for a full round robin... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Ideal day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Looking at the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which did not offer up much in the way of wind, PRO Hank Stuart decided to get in as many races as he could on day two. And that he did with a total of five well-run races.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Williams and Berntsson take joint lead
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session, winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain' Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview
Cailah Leask,
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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ISAF announces Race Officials clothing partnership with Atlantis
Sail-World,
The International Sailing Federation has announced that Atlantis WeatherGear has been selected as the ISAF Race Officials Clothing Supplier. The partnership will see Atlantis supplying ISAF's race official team with a range of clothing and accessories for the next four years.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Battle for remaining podium positions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After Gold Coast Australia's commanding victory in Race 2 into Rio, the battle for the remaining podium positions is being fiercely contested. The teams at the front of the fleet have been pushing to make up every extra mile as they close in on Rio de Janeiro's iconic harbour.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race Stage 2 - Gold Coast Australia victorious
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In a highly tactical contest between the teams racing the ten 68-foot yachts, the crew of Gold Coast Australia emerged victorious. The pivotal moment in their first transatlantic race was their decision to take a route directly through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier
Sail-World,
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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ISAF accepting bids for 2013 Women's Match Racing World Championships
Liz Baylis,
The deadline for bids to host the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is Thursday, 1 September 2011. The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds has been held every year since 1999 with the most recent event in 2010 being hosted by the New York Yacht Club in the USA. For 2011 the champion will be decided at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship–Team Maclaren update
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship is currently underway. Team Maclaren reports on the first day of racing. We completed five races today and finished with a score line of 1, 10, 2, 8, and 7 to leave us in fourth overall. We headed out to the race course around 8:45am and started on time at 10am. The conditions this morning were 10-12kts and semi steady breeze... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Setting the pace
Jan Harley,
US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) got underway in earnest. Four winners in five races, along with a tight mix of competitors finishing second and third in individual races, has resulted in a tight battle at the top of the scoreboard.... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association announces 45 Founding Members
Tamsin Edenbrow, APSA,
The Founding Members of APSA come from 14 countries across the world, from Fiji to Japan, from Australia to the United Kingdom. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association is to promote the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community both as the world's 'most exciting cruising destination' and as a superyacht construction, refit and services location.... [more]
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Ferry has its day in court: New Zealand sailboat skipper fined
Maritime New Zealand,
A New Zealand skipper is convicted and fined for ignoring basic safety rules for the avoidance of collisions at sea. The skipper will have to pay over NZ$5,000 for his deliberate act.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 3
Brian Carlin,
The ISAF Team Worlds have now completed the third day which witnessed the teams hit the water for the final day of practice and the official opening. Tomorrow, Wednesday will see the first official day's racing.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup set for September 5 in Porto Cervo
KPMS,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with partner Rolex, has returned for its 22nd edition in Porto Cervo. The esteemed regatta will take place from 5th to 10th September with 46 of the world's largest and most competitive maxi racing yachts expected to do battle on the waters off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - A disappointing season for Mathieu Richard
World Match Racing Tour,
St Moritz Match Race - Mathieu Richard believes his chances of winning the Match Racing World Championship 2011 have all but disappeared and is now citing a third ‘King of the Mountains' title as the boost he needs to realise his new goal of an overall podium finish. On the eve of the race Richard and his French Match Racing Team find themselves in a very different situation to last season... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 3 – Challenging conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - With sunshine and 10knts of breeze blowing offshore, the Race Officer, Jon Gorringe was able to set an exciting short course with windward marks straight off the beach satisfying the demands of the growing spectator interest during the bank holiday weekend. And there was plenty to race for.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet closes in on Rio
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After conceding some gains in recent position reports, the crew of Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to be powered up again and surfing down the Brazilian coast towards Rio. Skipper Hewson reports that his crew achieved 'fantastic speeds' in 'beautiful conditions' overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind Gold Coast Australia as she... [more]
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Navigating A Blue 'Silk Road' - China Team CEO at Cascais
BeiBei Song,
It's apparent that of all the projects in a diverse portfolio of investments ranging from information technology, renewable energy, and health care, to real estate, consumer products and entertainment, he is most proud of China Team, contending for the 34th America's Cup. Behind that pride, though, is a passion for the sea and a pursuit much larger, deeper and more personal... [more]
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