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 24 Jan 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: January 24, 2013

Light breezes open up the options - Wakeboarding behind the TP52, V5 - Day 2 Bay of Islands race week  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for January 24, 2013

Bay of Islands Sailing Week is well underway with the first two days racing concluded, and the final to come on Friday.

The breeze will pick up tomorrow according to Predictwind, and will, stay in from the east for the duration of the three day Auckland Anniversary weekend - according to current predictions.

So the final day of the Bay of Islands Sailing Week, is set for some very memorable sailing, in a great location. Just stunning.

Dolphins racing on Day 1 of the Bay of Islands Sailing Week  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

Emirates Team New Zealand is on the final stretch for the launch of their second AC72, which will take place in ten days time and the AC72 will be sailing in a fortnight. They released a video interview with skipper Dean Barker emphasizing that they are at the point where they can see the end of the runway for the 34th America's Cup, and currently have a big worklist to get through. See the story in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

That begs the question as to where the other teams are at - which is generally reckoned to be behind the Kiwis - and certainly so when the sailing days allowed for the first 30 day sailing period are counted.

Sports Boats racing on Day 2 of Bay of Islands Race Week  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

On Tuesday, the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) will be making a major announcement at 1030hrs. The smart money is that this is a Volvo Ocean Race stopover announcement for Auckland. If correct this is great news for Auckland and New Zealand, and cements a classic port for the Volvo Ocean Race, with hopefully a longer stopover than the truncated stay between Legs 4 and 5 from the last edition.

Like children waiting for Christmas, we will just have to be patient - and see if a Volvo stopover is in fact the big present under the Christmas Tree.

Either way we will bring you the details as soon as the announcement is made.

Luna Rossa has a look then takes off - NZ 29er National Championships 2013  John Adair

The action is shaping up for the second round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, in Miami. This is really the forerunner to the start of the European circuit later in 2013. In contrast to Melbourne, the numbers in the Windsurfer event (RS:X) have recovered somewhat, and many of the top competitors from the 2012 Olympics will be competing in Miami.

The event will also be the first showing for the new Mixed Multihull, with seven crews sailing the Nacra 17 catamaran. Plus several top crews have switched across to new Womens Olympic Skiff, the 49erFX - including 2008 Gold Medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).

Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe - now sailing without a canting keel, but still in third place.  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

In the Vendee Globe Race the leaders are expected to finish the singlehanded round the world classic this weekend. But a new twist developed on Tuesday, with the news that third place getter Jean-Pierre Dick, had broken his canting keel and the bulb had dropped off.

Initially Jean-Pierre Dick was expected to withdraw, but so far that decision has not been taken, and he is pushing onto the finish using just water ballast to provide stability, and leeboards to stop (obviously) leeway.

Historical skiff under full sail in the 2012 Australia Day Regatta  Peter Campbell

The carbon keel broke 2000nm from the finish and it is a big ask for Dick to be able to make it, however it is very much a matter of taking one day at a time, reeling off the miles as best you can.

Stay posted for developments in this saga.

Overall winner Pete Burling from NZ - 2013 Australian Moth Championship - video interview in this issue  Kingsley Forbes-Smith
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Underwater sailing - bet the AC72 can't do this and survive - 2013 NZ 29er National Championships   John Adair




Somerville and Simpson are NZ 29er National Champions
John Adair,
The NZ 29er Nationals 2013 have concluded with a comprehensive victory by Wakatere lads Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson. Over the past month the pair has also notched up wins at Sail Sydney and the Australian 29er Nationals. Three days of generally windy conditions ensured high drama, lots of spills and non-stop action... [more]
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America's Cup: Horsepower from Yamaha backs up AC72 on the water
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's sailing crew relies on the wind to win races. Raw horsepower is needed to back them up and make it possible for them to do their job. Since 1988 Yamaha engines have provided the power and that's how long Hugh Stewart has been looking after them.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Jean-Pierre Dick's dreams shattered with keel failure
Sail-World,
With a third place finish in the Vendée Globe apparently almost guaranteed, Jean-Pierre Dick's dreams for the Vendee Globe Race were shattered with an abrupt bang before midnight on Monday night as Virbac Paprec 3 lost her keel with just over 2,000 of the 28,000 mile race left.... [more]
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Laser Nationals Day 4 - Ideal conditions to finish at Napier
Nick Page,
Competitors enjoyed fine, sunny conditions with a 15 knot easterly for the final two races of the 2013 Laser Nationals held in Napier. With the exception of a wind shadow from a departing cruise liner briefly affecting the course for the Masters the breeze stayed true throughout both races with good waves for downwind sailing.... [more]
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Auckland Optimist Championships on at Wakatere this weekend
Sail-World,
The Auckland Optimist Championships will be sailed at Wakatere Boating Club, on Auckland's North Shore, this coming weekend 26 -28 Jan. Notice of Race and general info, results and entries are online... [more]
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Peter Burling on winning in Foiling Moths
Mark Heeley,
Winner of the Australian Open Moth Championship, Peter Burling (NZL) talks to Mark Heeley about the finer points of sailing a foiling International Moth, and touches on where his Olympic and America's Cup careers are headed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Time running out for Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker, talks about the task ahead, as the realisation hits home that 2013 is the year of the America's Cup. There is no next year. And for the longest running America's Cup team, the options are running out, with some hard decisions yet to be made.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 2: Two injuries despite light winds
Lesley Haslar,
Lesley Haslar reports on Day 2 of Bay of Islands Sailing Week: The morning began with barely 5 knots of wind, predicted to increase during the afternoon. Today has been full of activity. Most races delayed until just before noon with varying winds throughout the bay.... [more]
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Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals - Blustery sailing off Auckland
John Little,
The Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals held at the Auckland Sailing Club over the weekend of January 19-20, was sailed in blustery conditions. Saturday produced a stronger than predicted southwesterly of around 20-25 knots that caught a few of the 10 boat fleet off guard using their big rigs, including hot favourite and Auckland Champ C-tech.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 24, 2013 - AUD + KIWI up
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 24, 2013 - Equity markets consolidated the gains for January with little to interrupt the bull run of 5% in 2013. The AUD bounced back with the rise in markets to trade 1.0550 and the KIWI 0.8425. Economic data and Political developments will drive day to day moves.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Miami ready for international battle
ISAF World Cup,
The Miami leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is about to begin next week, pitting veterans and fast-rising sailors over a weeklong competition across different classes off Biscayne Bay in Miami from January 28 to February 2.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Hooligan defends IRC Australian Championship title
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2013 is being held in Geelong, Victoria, from 24th to 28th January. Marcus Blackmore's black-hulled TP52 Hooligan from Sydney is at the Festival of Sails to defend its Audi IRC Australian Championship title. Today's opening results left no doubt about the boat's slickness on flat water, or the gifted crew's ability to achieve back-to-back wins for the owner.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - World class sailors prepare for battle
Jake Fish,
An impressive collection of the greatest Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world will take their talents to Biscayne Bay in the second of four stops of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Racing at this world class 5-day regatta begins on Monday, January 28 and concludes Saturday, February 2. More than 300 sailors representing 35 countries are expected to participate.... [more]
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Brazil and Austria on top at 470, 49er and 49erFX North Americans
ISAF,
The top of the leader boards at the 470, 49er and 49erFX North American Championships saw two Austrian crews take the 470 Men's and Women's title and two Brazilian crews pick up the skiff honours.... [more]
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World Optimist Championships - Singapore first nation to sign-up
Elena Giolai,
The World Optimist Championship is set to take place from 15th-26th July at Fraglia Vela Riva and Singapore, top in the world in Optimist championships, has now become the first nation to sign up for the event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It's not over until it's over + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fleet leaders are expected to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. Please visit the website for regular updates. The current plan is that the first three boats crossing the finish line and making their way down the canal will receive LIVE coverage on the Vendée Globe web TV channel hosted by Daily Motion.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week, Day 1: Light winds steady up
Lesley Haslar,
Lesley Haslar reports on Day 1 of the Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Beautiful sunny morning – about 5 knots expected to get up to 10 knots later in the day. Seventy excited crews ‘ready to roll'. Start boats are primed to report back race results 'soon as' so the volunteers in the result hut can get the job done.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gabart takes the lead
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper François Gabart, onboard Macif, in his epistle last night to the race HQ explained that his journey through the centre of the Azores High was wrapped in a beautiful rainbow. The young pretender and race leader has elected to sail around the edge of the high, which should enable him to reach the northern ridge as quickly as possible and gather momentum once again... [more]
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Oceanbridge Sail Auckland: New faces appear in the Finn class
Sail-World,
Two-time Olympic representative in the Mens Laser class, Andrew Murdoch will make his debut in the Finn class in the Sail Oceanbridge Auckland Regatta being sailed in early February. Murdoch will line up against 23 year old Josh Junior and Junior's training partner in Wellington two-time OK Dinghy World Champion Karl Purdie. Both are relative newcomers to the Finn class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Iker Martinez splits from Italian Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
In a tightly worded statement on their website, Luna Rossa Challenge have announced the departure of one of their helmsmen, Iker Martinez from the team. Chris Draper who placed ninth in the last America's Cup World Series, is expected to assume the duties of principal helmsman, for the team's only AC72, with team boss, Max Sirena as backup.... [more]
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Etchells Tuesday Night Series: T'was the flight before Christmas
Alex Webster,
Flight 6 of the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season were sailed on Tuesday December 12, Alex Webster reports: If the events of Flight 6 evoke one word, that word is 'bugger'. But if they evoke any other word in addition to 'bugger', that word is 'tide'. Your correspondent was delighted to join Scotty 'Exocet' Kennedy for the penultimate flight before Chrimbo.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Fantastica takes lead on Day 1
Joy Dunigan,
Premiere Racing's 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week first day of racing got underway today. The eleven-strong Melges 32 fleet participating enjoyed two races on day one of the five-day series placing Italy's Lanfranco Cirillo helming Fantastica in the overall lead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Brazil scores a second stopover
Volvo Ocean Race,
Itajaí will once again be a Host Port for the Race in 2014-15 following the huge success of the stopover there in the last edition. Brazil will have two stops along the route for the 12th edition of the round-the-world race.... [more]
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Record fleets registered for Kiwi Cup – NZ Access Class Nationals
Tim Dempsey,
Just one week before NZ's Premier Olympic and Paralympic Class regatta, Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, the country's top disabled sailors will sail in a mixed fleet against bodied people to contest for the Access Class National Championships and Kiwi Cup.... [more]
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Moth Video- 'Bangin' the Corners Cup' extreme racing funny commentary
Sail-World,
Zhik, CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championship Day 2 - With temperatures over 40 degrees and wind gust in excess of 30 knots, championship racing was cancelled. But the top guns raced in the Bangin' the Corners Cup - here is the video - its extreme racing and a funny commentary.... [more]
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Paper Tiger Australian Nationals - Rose takes title in Adelaide
Neville Rowe,
Bruce Rose of Tasmania, sailing 'The Apprentice' took out the 43rd Paper Tiger National Championship at the Meningie Sailing Club on the waters of Lake Albert SA over the week of 29th December to 3rd January. Six races over the first three days saw positions change dramatically, shifty conditions and varying winds from four to fifteen knots tested even the best of skippers.... [more]
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