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Sail-World New Zealand: 11 March 2009

Ericsson 3 with a 300 mile lead over the fleet, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 11 March 2009

Late yesterday afternoon, the latest TP52, Artemis, was launched at the Emirates Team New Zealand base in the presence of a small gathering of supporters, suppliers and crew. As we mentioned on Monday she will be working up with a second TP52 from Emirates Team New Zealand.

You can see the latest pictures of both yachts by clicking here

It is a rare chance to see and compare this state of the race boat art and compare the different approach from two designers. The stern sections are of particular interest to anyone who follows yacht design.

Artemis is weighed prior to her launching a at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.  Richard Gladwell

In the Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson 3 has extended her lead, as the yachts check out the Ice Gate, which is located at just 45degrees south - about the same latitude as Omaru. From there they dive south to Cape Horn.

On the subject of southern climes, we have a a report and pictures of Dunedin's Festival Regatta, which had some rather interesting weather to say the least, and a very healthy turnout.

29er's racing on Otago Harbour during the Dunedin Festival Regatta  Martin Balch

On the international scene we have a report and some great photos from top international photographer Juerg Knaufmann, taken at the Ski-Yachting regatta hosted by the Swiss resort of Gstaad, and the Gstaad Yacht Club. The shots are of model yachts using an underwater camera - and are quite stunning. Click here to see more.

Ski-Yachting regatta, using model yachts at Gstaad Yacht Club (SUI)  © Juerg Kaufmann

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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TP52, Artemis, is launched in Auckland - Images
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The second of two TP52's was launched in Auckland this evening adjacent to the Emirates Team New Zealand base and with the Louis Vuitton Cup winner's own TP 52 in the dock alongside. The Judel & Vrolijk TransPac 52 is the third for owner Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) and was built by Cookson Boats - the tenth TP52 to be built by the Glenfield yard.... [more]

Societe Nautique de Geneve wins prestigious Ski-Yachting in Gstaad
Event Media,
Special guests Bruno Trouble and Jochen Schuemann, and competitors from 19 teams, from 10 clubs representing six countries, enjoyed perfect snow, sun, wind and a great friendly atmosphere of the Ski-Yachting regatta, which was first held 10 years ago in the Swiss resort of Gstaad, where the Gstaad Yacht Club is based.... [more]

Large fleet contests Port Otago Dunedin Festival Regatta
Martin Balch,
The largest fleet for many years, 69 yachts, ranging from the tiny Opti's through to keelers faced the starter's signals on Dunedin's Otago harbour at the weekend. The new regatta formula introduced by The Otago yachting Association for their annual regatta proved most successful judging by competitors comments and the large turnout a the prizegiving.... [more]

Fiona Kidd Announced As Chairman Of ISAF Women's Forum
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today that Fiona Kidd of Canada is the Chairman of the ISAF Women's Forum for 2009-2012 and women's representative on the ISAF Council.... [more]

It's official – online media is now where it's at
Media Services,
In the US and Australia, internet media is overtaking all forms of traditional media for reader loyalty and time spent consuming.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Dominican Republic
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their photo-tales of cruising Caribbean seas in their yacht Cape Finnisterre: The Dominican Republic (DR) port entry is a bureaucratic nightmare and quite expensive. Every port requires reentry and with our timeframe it limits the choices. We also have a short window of good weather and decide to make the most of that opportunity. Our sail of 250nm... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds: Ground Hog day - no wind
Skip Lissiman,
Skip Lissiman reports from the Audi Etchells World Championship, being sailed on Port Phillip. 'All Etchells seem to go the same speed in this light breeze – or close to it – so makes it very hard to pass. If you miss a wind shift or are on the wrong side of a shift you are guaranteed to be deep in the pack of 86 boats.'... [more]

Skipper Bouwe Bekking on Telefonica Blue's predicament
Bouwe Bekking media,
What is going through the minds of Bouwe Bekking and his Telefonica Blue team right now? Bekking and his comrades find themselves faced with sailing the second half of the race - including the potentially brutal Cape Horn - with a broken forestay, a crack in the mast and a mainsail that might prove more useful in the galley should anything need a sieve.... [more]

Macgregor is first RYA Olympic Classes Women's Match Racing qualifier
Karenza Morton,
Lucy Macgregor carried on from where she left off following her recent Miami medal joy by claiming victory at the first RYA Olympic Classes Women's Match Racing qualifier at Queen Mary SC last weekend. Macgregor, racing with Ally Martin, Kate Macgregor, Jody Slater and Sue Monson sealed overall victory... [more]

Wilson only second American ever to finish Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe,
Crossing the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 12h43min19sec GMT, Rich Wilson has completed the 28 590.2, miles Vendée Globe solo non stop round the world race in ninth place. Wilson, the race's senior skipper at 58 years old, has stuck rigidly to his watchwords of safety and conservatism, showing huge determination to complete the course as the pinnacle of a sailing career.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Ericsson 3 extends lead heading to second ice gate
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race. Magnus Olsson/SWE and his team are fully focussed on driving Ericsson 3 hard through the grey/green Southern Ocean, straight towards the western end of the second ice gate at lattitude 45 degrees south. The leading trio, Ericsson 3, Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) and PUMA (Kenny Read/USA) are rattling east-southeast, set up to cross the gate at the western end.... [more]

Childerley bounces back but Bertrand leads Audi Etchells Worlds
Di Pearson /,
Still a lot of sailing to do, but Australia's John Bertrand tightened the screw another turn in race 3 of the Etchells Worlds. Leading from the start, Bertrand held off the strong challenges of Chris Busch (USA), Stuart Childerley (GBR) and Jud Smith (USA)... [more]

Nick Craig and Tobytastic Lewis take RS400 Gul Winter Championships

Once again Leigh and Lowton SC welcomed the RS400 fleet back for their Gul Winter Championships. Leigh del Garda as it is fondly known didn't fail to deliver the Garda breeze, and the spectator entertainment was high. Nick Craig and Tobytastic Lewis won the first five races before their rudder decided to retire early duting the final race... [more]

Italians Boggi and LaPorte Win Day Two at Star Bacardi Cup
Event media,
The Italian team of Lucio Boggi and crew Manuele La Porta led at the start and played cat and mouse with three-time Bacardi Cup champion Peter Wright and crew Nathan Quist of the USA through most of the 10.5 mile race on Biscayne Bay. Peter Bromby and Magnus Liljedhal, both Olympians and Bacardi Cup champions, slid into second place on the run to the finish... [more]

Ian Williams bid to secure third World Match Racing title
Kate Brewer,
Britain's reigning double World Match Racing Champion, Ian Williams and his Bahrain Team Pindar crew today begin the defence of their World Match Racing Champion title. Williams is looking to enter the record books again, as he sets his sights on another tour victory and an unprecedented third consecutive World Match Racing title.... [more]

Images from San Francisco - 1
Erik Simonson, h2o,
Images from the St Francis YC Spring Regatta and the Golden Gate YC Mid Winter Race 5... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet faces complex demanding conditions
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet has been on a continuous starboard gybe in south-westerly breeze. In the latest 0620 GMT position poll, Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme continue to lead the fleet, holding the northern position on Beluga Racer with the Chilean team on Desafio Cabo de Hornos and the British duo of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli south of the German boat.... [more]

Melges 32 images from the Acura Miami Grand Prix
Melges 32 Class Association media,
Melges 32 images from the recent Acura Miami Grand Prix. Pieter Taselaar on USA-169 Bliksem delivered an impressive performance to take the title of 2009 ACURA Melges 32 Miami Grand Prix Champion... [more]

Audi Etchell Worlds - a study in black and white
The 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds. Australian Yachting photographer Andrea Francolini has had a number of black and white photographic exhibitions, outside of sailing.... [more]

Bertrand wins Audi Etchells Worlds Race 3
Rob Kothe,
Australian ace John Bertrand, led at the top mark from Pittwater sailor Mark Doyle, third was 2001,2002 world champion Stuart Childerley (GBR), Tim Patton (BER), Jud Smith, 2006 World Champion, Chris Busch (USA)and Graeme Taylor (AUS)... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds Day 2 start delayed due to light winds
Day 2 racing at the Audi Etchells World Championship being sailed on Port Phillip, Melbourne, has been delayed due to very light winds.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Eventful time on Telefonica Blue
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news from Telefonica Blue and Ericsson 4 sailing Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue has a near miss with a whale and discovered a small crack in their mast, while on Ericsson 4 Jule Salter muses over the difference in oceans. Read on ....... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma blasting along at 20 knots in dense fog
Rick Deppe,
Puma's Rick Deppe: 'Not much going on here today, we are just blasting along at 20 knots in the dense fog that has been with us for days now. '... [more]

Audi Etchells World Championship images Day 1
Andrea Francolini images,
Day 1 images from Andrea Francolini of the Audi Etchells Worlds, being sailed on Port Phillip, Melbourne... [more]

New J-class launched by Royal Huisman
J-Class Association,
Hanuman, the replica new build of Endeavour II, was launched over the weekend at the Royal Huisman yard in The Netherlands. Designed by Dykstra and Partners, and with an interior by Pieter Beeldsnijder; she made a dramatic appearance as she was lowered into the water yesterday... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma MCM Rick Deppe - At last we are off!
Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from onboard Puma, racing towards Cape Horn in the Volvo Ocean Race, leg 5 to Rio.... [more]

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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2009 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour

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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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