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 19 Jan 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: January 19, 2013

The team at Cookson Boats with an AC72 in the background  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for January 19, 2013

Apologies for the delay in this edition of Sail-World's newsletter, which was deliberate, to include the latest coverage from Emirates Team NZ's unveiling of their AC72. There are five significant America's Cup features from New Zealand sources in this edition of Sail-World including two video interviews.

On Thursday morning the New Zealand media were allowed into the AC72 hangar in Halsey Street, with cameras, and were able to provide a very rare, view of an America's Cup Challenger at this critical stage of the campaign.

Yes, Emirates Team NZ did hold a similar session at Cooksons for the first AC72, but cameras were virtually banned, and the open session on Thursday morning was unprecedented, in our experience.

It's a tough job but someone has to do it, Grant Dalton being interviewed for prime time TV news - Emirates Team NZ - Media Day January 17, 2012  Richard Gladwell ©

In this edition we have video interviews, shot on location, with Technical Director Nick Holroyd and Managing Director, Grant Dalton. These are the only extended views you will get of life behind the hangar doors.

We were not allowed to shoot in the wingsail construction area. But it is a very spectacular sight - like being in a model aircraft wing construction facility, except the wings tower above you, as they sit on edge, without any external skins, so you can see all the carbon ribs.

Mike Drummond, involved with the design for three winning America's Cup teams  MIAA
We did an audio only interview with Grant Dalton and Nick Holroyd in this facility, where they elaborate on the sheer size of this program in terms of manhours and effort, and the direction it will take in the coming months with the second wingsail.

Also featured in this edition of Sail-World are two interviews with former Oracle Racing Technical Director, Mike Drummond - whose America's Cup involvement goes right back into 1987. He was involved in the design of Team New Zealand's boats for several America's Cup cycles, and more recently was Technical Director for Oracle Racing in their successful challenge for the America's Cup in 2010.

Mike is in an extremely good position to be able to comment on the design nuances of the current America's Cup class yachts, and also traverses the issues that led to the Oracle AC72 capsize in mid-October 2012, and the effect that incident will have on their program.

Some of his comments are surprising, but read in conjunction with those of Nick Holroyd and Grant Dalton, should give a good snapshot of the AC72 catamarans and the science behind these boats.

Yes, it is a little complicated trying to get your heads around the concepts with these boats, but we have tried to keep it as simple and basic as we can - even if you can only understand 30 or 50% of it, the rest will come to you in coming months, for sure. It's not that hard, believe us, and Physics was easily our worst subject at school (even worse that our Latin!).

Grant Dalton (left) and Nick Holroyd in front of the new AC72 - Emirates Team NZ - Media Day January 17, 2012  Sandra McGill

There is plenty of other local news in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, we are now getting some good coverage coming through from local sailing events, and will be looking to tune this up still further in the next couple of months.

Don't miss Rod Davis' experiences as he swaps the America's Cup coach boat for an OK Dinghy and makes his mark on the 50th OK Dinghy Nationals at Napier. The contrast between a professional sailing campaign and an OK Dinghy campaign are two completely different worlds - which Rod has now experienced. Remarkably, he last sailed a boat that could capsize, when he was 17 years old, and living in California. So this was a giant step for Rod, but maybe not for the sailing mankind.

The OK Dinghy is probably New Zealand's longest established class, and certainly the one with the most world titles. But it has a a great and fun racing fleet as Rod Davis found out  Miranda Powrie

There is a groundswell push in New Zealand to get more recreational sailing and racing underway, particularly in dinghies, as an antidote to the stream of professional and Olympic sailing which tends to dominate. Rod's story and revelations are a step into this brave new world.

Will Phillips winning race 5 - Musto Skiff Australian Championships 2013  Rick Steuart

Also in this edition is the announcement of the first stopover in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, and the confirmation of the second entry. We speculate what might come next, in terms of stopovers, and it would seem that Cape Town is likely to be by-passed. That being so it would seem that Auckland is very much on the agenda, unless the race goes to the East Coast of Australia, as the launch pad before heading for Cape Horn.

Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe  Alex Thomson Racing - copyright
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Tactician, Ray Davies, puts his electrical skills to good use working on the electronics fitout - Emirates Team NZ - Media Day January 17, 2012  Richard Gladwell ©

Grant Dalton (left) and Nick Holroyd in front of the new AC72 - Emirates Team NZ - Media Day January 17, 2012  Richard Gladwell ©




America's Cup: Inside the AC72 hangar with Grant Dalton + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'Two years ago, we were pretty well gone for all money. We were basically broke and trying to stay alive', says Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton, reflecting on the team's then dire situation, back in early 2011. 'We managed to get some good people on board, but they all knew that if we didn't have the money by April 2011, then we were gone. But it's moved a huge distance since then', he adds.... [more]
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Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals – this weekend!
John Little,
The Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals are on this weekend at the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay. Ten boats are competing in this 6 race series to be sailed on the Waitamata Harbour in clear view of Tamaki Drive, Devonport and North Head. The regatta proves to be a timely shake up for the fleet with the JJ Giltinan's in Sydney less than one month away.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Running out and speeding up + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) threw caution to the wind on Friday and forecast a relatively simple passage through the doldrums on his westerly course. 'I don't really see it being too much of a problem,' a relaxed Thomson told Vendee Globe TV.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Coach has an OK Busman's Holiday
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ Coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Rod Davis takes on the mighty NZ OK Dinghy fleet at the 50th National Championships, held at Napier in early January: 'A couple of months ago I bought an OK dinghy, New Zealand has a long history in OK's with Kiwi's winning nearly a dozen world championships in the last 40 years.... [more]
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America's Cup: Nick Holroyd on Emirates Team NZ's design gains + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'These boats have a long gestation', explains Nick Holroyd, Design Director for Emirates Team NZ. 'The designs for the tooling up at Cookson Boats, were delivered after just four or five days sailing in Boat 1.'... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 19, 2013 - Markets surge
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 19, 2013 - Markets surged today flooded with the cheap money the Fed has drowned the market in. The trigger was confidence rising in the housing market. Building Permits rose 6.3% and Housing Starts 12.1%! These are great numbers and in line with many expectations. Caution... [more]
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America's Cup: Ex-Oracle design chief looks at the Class of 2013
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World caught up with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup and asked his overall impression of the four designs currently working up towards the 2013 America's Cup regatta. 'From the design point of view there are three and a half groups,' he counters.... [more]
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47th Blackheart Hartley 16 Nationals 2013 New Plymouth
Monique Towers,
On day two of the 47th Blackheart Hartley 16 Nationals the weather didn't improve by much. The wind was an average of 20-25 knots with gusts of up to 30 knots and a swell of 2 metres. Only two races were completed today as damage was again a big factor of the day taking a few boats out of action!... [more]
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Plimmerton Boating Club to stage Noelex 22, Ross 780 Nationals
Sandra McGill,
The hosting right for the upcoming New Zealand Noelex 22 and Ross 780 Championships has been awarded to Plimmerton Boating Club, who boasts one of the most spectacular sites for national and international sailing events.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Wing is the Thing for Emirates Team NZ's next AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are on target to launch their second AC72 catamaran, around February 4, with their Challenger for the 34th America's Cup having her first sail on February 7. Doors at the teams base were thrown open for the New Zealand media today, showing the 72ft catamaran, with hulls in place, beams fitted and in an advanced state of preparation.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Alex Thomson crosses equator, Mike Golding gains
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) passed the last great mark of this edition, becoming the fourth skipper to cross the equator and enter into the North Atlantic in the small hours of Friday morning. Thomson crossed at 0255hrs UTC after 68 days 14 hours and 53 minutes of racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: First stopover and second team announced for 2014/15
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced the first stopover port and the second team to enter the 2014/15 edition of the race, which will be sailed in a one design fleet of Volvo 65ft yachts. The race will start in November 2014 from the Spanish port of Alicante, where the race is headquartered.... [more]
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Groupama sailing team update - New lease of life for Groupama 3
Vincent Borde,
The maxi-trimaran Groupama 3 will join the Banque Populaire team, after six years of good and faithful service at the hands of Franck Cammas and Groupama sailing team, where she will have a new lease of life.... [more]
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America's Cup: Designer Mike Drummond looks at foiling and pitchpoling
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World talks with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup. In this second part of the interview the issues of foiling and the trade-offs are discussed, along with the factors that led to the pitchpoling of Oracle's USA-17, and what is expected to be seen in the second generation of AC72 catamarans... [more]
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Celebrating 90 years for the M-Class at Auckland Anniversary Regatta
Meryl Brassel,
The M Class association with the support of Hyundai Motors New Zealand and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club are proud to announce the celebrations for the 90th anniversary of M-Class yacht racing. The 2012/13 season will mark 90 uninterrupted seasons of racing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour for the iconic M-Class, affectionately known as the ‘Emmy'. The season's first regatta is set for Aucklan... [more]
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NZ Laser Nationals: Day 1, Race 1 and tomorrow is another day
Nick Page,
It was a frustrating day for all at the first day of the Laser National Championships at Napier Sailing Club. The fleet of over 100 was on the water for the scheduled 1pm start but the wind spent the whole afternoon boxing the compass and constantly varying from nothing to 20+knots so only one race was completed for the Laser Open division... [more]
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Hartley 16 National: Holdts galore on Day 1
Wayne Holdt,
It was a windy start to the Hartley 16 Nationals in New Plymouth today with a steady 20 – 25 knots all day and a 3-4 metre swell just to make things interesting. There were 23 boats in total entered. Two races were held and the third one was abandoned due to the weather.... [more]
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New Zealand Paper Tiger Championships - War in calm Maraetai Beach
Rowdy Leatham,
The New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals 2013 is set to provide action-packed races in Maraetai Beach with the participation of over 50 boats and a number of elite sailors competing in five divisions from January 24 to 28.... [more]
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British Steel Challenge and Global Challenge at the London Boat Show
Barry Pickthall,
Over 200 people have signed up to attend a 20th anniversary reunion this Saturday for skippers and crew from Chay Blyth's 1992-93 ‘wrong way' round-the-world British Steel Challenge yacht race, plus the four subsequent Global Challenge races.... [more]
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Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Last chance to enter
Zoe Hawkins,
Approximately 500 boats are expected on Monday 28 January, and although late entries are accepted, organiser Joyce Talbot asks that entries are submitted before the late entry date (21 or 24 January depending on the event entered) wherever possible.... [more]
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America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 + Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have moved their second AC72 from the Cookson Boatbuilders yard in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore to the Hangar at the team base in Halsey Street. The hulls have been put in place, and beams will be fitted along with the rest of the infrastructure, after which the wingsail will be fitted.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Australian titles 2013 - Winning by a whisker
Chris Sutherland,
The Musto Performance Skiff Australian Championships has been action-packed throughout the week-long competition. In the end, Will Phillips claimed the title by tallying one more point ahead of runners-up Jon Newman and Tim Hill.... [more]
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Classic fleet comes together for two major regattas in Auckland
Zoe Wilde,
They do things a bit differently in the world of classic sailing and with two major regatta weekends nearing, including Auckland Anniversary Weekend activities in Mahurangi and Auckland in January, and Southern Trust Classic Yacht Regatta in February.... [more]
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Auckland Anniversary Regatta welcomes the return of Dragon Boats
Zoe Wilde,
Just like the city itself, Auckland Anniversary Regatta is a melting pot of cultural experiences, and the regatta is pleased to welcome the return of Dragon Boating. It's the Chinese year of the Water Dragon, and Dragon Boats will take to the water, for Auckland Anniversary Regatta, on Monday 28 January.... [more]
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Vasco Vascotto interview on the 2013 season for Azzurra + more
Gabriele Costa,
An interview with Vasco Vascotto on the 2013 season for the Tp52 Super Series, Audi Azzurra, Melges 32, Farr 40, America's Cup and Barcolana.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Nationals - Fantastic season-opener on Sydney Harbour
Beth Morley,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 officially kicked off on Sunday with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers cruising to a victory in Race 1. Gotta Love It 7 crossed the finish line after 19 seconds to place second while Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel landed third. Photo journalist Beth Morley provided some of the action in the swashbuckling opening race of the 18ft Skiff Nationals, including great shots... [more]
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Hydroptere team takes advantage of winter season
Thomas Lesage,
Following an eventful year and a first summer spent in the USA, the Hydroptere team of Alain Thébault is taking advantage of the winter season to fine-tune their technological and sports program. The partner search continues. In 2012, the winter was quickly over. Just sponsored by a French group, Hydroptere aimed to break the Transpacific Record between Los Angeles and Hawaii.... [more]
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