Sail NZ America's Cuppers, berthed in Downtown Auckland by the "Big Boat" Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 1st April 2009
As announced last Friday we have some great news on the contest front, with a new competition toWin a Laser, click on the link, or see the entry details button on the top right hand corner of the Sail-World website.
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Giorgio Poggi - Italian Finn fleet met in Punta Ala, Tuscany Tosca Zambra
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Graham Catley, North Sail's Hayden Whitburn and Riley Dean in full flight on the Waitemata harbour, training for the ANZAC regatta
There's plenty of news from New Zealand and international sailing scene in this issue, including two stories from Gisborne and Worser Bay that were submitted via our link from the Sail-World home page or you can send your news and images directly to Sail-World by clicking here
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Catch the long interview with Geoff Stagg, one of the icons of the New Zealand sailing scene who headed for the USA in 1981 to start a long business relationship with two other Kiwis, Bruce Farr and Russell Bowler. In this interview with Jim Bolland Geoff Stagg looks back on the last 30 years and what lies ahead in the next decade. Geoff doesn't know how to pull he punches - and this interview is in that same inimitable style.
Whitianga Festival of Speed - 4 and 5 April 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed
You don't often get something for free these days, but this weekend you can get some outstanding entertainment at the Whitianga Festival of Speed. Paul Shanahan and his team have put together a great programme featuring powerboats, car and airchraft racing plus aerobatic stunt teams spanning Saturday and Sunday. We have re-run the story from Monday's edition, but check the website for the latest news. We hope to have an updated program on Friday. While you are there check out the Whitianga Waterways development by Hopper Developments.
Oh, and despite what you might read elsewhere, there was No Decision on the America's Cup Appeal this morning.
Australian and NZ 18ft Skiffs to do battle in ANZAC Regatta Andrew Fenwick, ANZAC weekend promises to bring some added excitement to the Waitemata Harbour for young and old. 18ft skiffs will be making an appearance over the weekend in the annual 4 day regatta. The ANZAC Regatta has been fiercely contested between Trans-Tasman crews for the last 2 years and will be hosted by the Auckland Sailing Club from Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th April.... [more]
Images of the Waitemata: Sail NZ's America's Cupper experience Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, The sight of two America's Cup class yachts sailing seven days a week have become a familair sight for many of those who live around the edge of the Waitemata harbour. Sail-World joined the guest crew last weekend for a match racing session in light airs on the Waitemata.... [more]
Glorious day at Worser Bay raises funds for junior sailing Worser Bay Media, The Worser Bay Boating Club hosted its annual Hebtro Trophy fundraising regatta on Sunday. Competition for the Trophy was hard fought with the eventual winner, The Guarantee skippered by celebrity Jon Bilger, taking the lead in the last leg of the race.... [more]
Geoff Stagg Interview: The Last 30 years and the Next Ten Jim Bolland, One of the hard men of New Zealand sailing, Geoff Stagg was associated with Farr Yacht Design from late 1981, eventually becoming President of Farr International. In June 2005 he completed the purchase of Farr International, which is now known as Stagg Yachts Inc., based in Annapolis MD. USA. Jim Bolland of 'A Brush with Sail' interviews Stagg covering his views and experiences... [more]
Festival of Speed in Whitianga Kate Gordon, Kiwis at wide open throttle at Whitianga. Boats, cars and ‘planes will be there, including the contestants in the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore championships.... [more]
CT Sailbattens provide reliability during Volvo Ocean Race Lara Cooper, CT Sailbattens are once again proving their strength and success in the extreme conditions provided by every leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Surviving the toughest racing challenges faced by professional sailors CT Sailbattens are proving extremely reliable as a product and are used on every VOR70 in the 37,000nm race around the world.... [more]
Roger Hall wins a breezy 2009 New Zealand Finn Nationals David Hoogenboom, The week of the 2009 New Zealand Finn Nationals held at Lyttelton from 9-13 March 2009 will be remembered for extreme forecasts, extreme weather and great hospitality by the hosts Naval Point Club and the local Finn sailors. Each day the forecast was for 30+ knots building to 40 and each day all scheduled racing was completed on-schedule on-time and before the forecast weather hit.... [more]
Whitianga Festival of Speed gets underway this Friday Sail-World.com and Whitianga FOS, Destination Mercury Bay in conjunction with Events Whitianga have confirmed dates for a Festival of speed next weekend April 4 & 5 2009. Fast boats, cars, motorcycles and aircraft will all be part of the action. It is hoped to have many of the participants arrive on the evening of Friday April 3. Getting to Whitianga will be part of the fun and many may use the travel aspect of the event... [more]
Gisborne YC Wins East Coast Inter-Club Champs Tim Sandall, The Port of Napier East Coast Class & Inter-club Championships concluded in Gisborne on the 14/15 - 1st Gisborne YC, 2nd Wairoa YC and 3rd Napier Sailing Club.... [more]
Ben Ainslie in line up for Match Race Germany Event media, Ainslie will challenge 11 high calibre teams at Match Race Germany to a duel. Amongst them will be the world number 1 ISAF ranked match racer Sebastien Col (FRA) of French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge.... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet focus on Brazil finish Oliver Dewar, Any available breeze for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet off the coast of Brazil is proving entirely democratic, although immensely cruel, after 38 days at sea for the four teams. With a new ETA of around midday GMT on Thursday (02/04), time is endless for the entire fleet.... [more]
Light winds for the third week of Raymarine Warsash Spring Series Flavia Bateson, Light wind conditions dominated the third week of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on Sunday 29 March 2009. The calm that enveloped the Solent overnight remained until after midday when a trickle of south-westerly breeze filtered in towards the entrance to Southampton Water where the sportsboat classes were waiting patiently... [more]
Goodison takes his second Laser World and European qualifier Event media, Paul Goodison took his second World and European qualifier last weekend, winning the first two races at the Highcliffe event. Goodison was again chased home by Mark Powell, with James Gray taking third. In the Radial event, Steve Cockerill survived a black flag in race 1, to take two second places and the overall victory... [more]
Women's Match Racing confirmed for last three events of ISAF World Cup ISAF Media, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today that the Women's Match Racing events and new Elliott 6m equipment have been confirmed for the final events of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Elliott 6m will make its debut on the world stage this June during event six of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup at Kieler Woche in Germany... [more]
Vestas Sailrocket World Speed Sailing Record attempt - two more runs Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket World Speed Sailing Record attempt. 'We finally got in two runs yesterday in pretty mild conditions. 'This still enabled us to hit just over 40 knots and average 38.8 for the 500 course.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium for 2009 MaxComm Communications, Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium to run parallel to this year's Forum, 9-10 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.... [more]
First SolOceans race delayed until 2011 Pauline Morvan, SailingOne and the sponsors from the private and public sectors of the SolOceans* - the first round-the-world single-handed race on equal footing raced on 16-metre high tech monohulls - have officialised this morning the postponement of the start of the first edition initially scheduled on 25 October 2009 until 23 October 2011.... [more]
A windy day in Punta Ala - Italian Finn sailors go for a blast Tosca Zambra, Over last weekend the Italian Finn fleet met in Punta Ala, Tuscany for the opening event of its Coppa Italia 2009 series. However on the Saturday, racing was abandoned because the northerly wind was too strong at 30-35 knots. But that's just perfect for Finn sailing so some of the younger sailors went out for a blast... [more]
Volvo - Puma shore team pushing to get boat back in the water Volvo Ocean Race media, Puma shore boss Neil Cox is aiming to get il mostro back on the water by Wednesday, a turnaround he hopes will give the team sufficient preparation time for Saturday's in-port race. Puma arrived in Rio de Janeiro in third position on Friday morning, but, despite sailing a gruelling 12,300-nautical mile course, carried no major damage.... [more]
World ARC finishes in the Caribbean's St Lucia Peta Stuart Hunt, It was a case of 'follow my leader' as the World ARC fleet gathered together for one last time for the journey from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay, St . Lucia, for the official finish of World ARC 2008/09. Having cruised up through the southern Caribbean to rendezvous at St.Lucia's Marigot Bay last week, the final 10 nautical miles of their 23,000nm round the world voyage were covered in a spirit of fe... [more]
NOT April 1st Story- 'No wash' zone penalty now $5,500 Sail-World Cruising, The rules for boating speed and safety are about to be enforced with stiff new penalities in New South Wales, including an increase in the penalty for violating a 'no wash' zone from $40 to a staggering $5,500, with the 'on-the-spot' fine for creating a wash set at $250.... [more]
Can you run a campaign like this in a Magazine? Not in a Million years Jeni Bone, To celebrate the 2009-2010 season, Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online interactive competition. Chris Caldecoat, CEO of PSA said this morning he is ecstatic with the response so far. 'We could not get the amazing response we are having from the Sail-World online competition from any sailing magazine advertising campaig... [more]
Light breeze to the end of leg 3 for Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet Oliver Dewar, For Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer, the progress north at below five knots was a tortuous end to the 7,500 mile Leg 3. In the 1820 GMT position poll today (30/03), Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme are 250 miles north of Kleinjans, approximately 180 miles off the Brazilian coast and 346 miles from the finish line in Ilhabela.... [more]
Telefonica Blue requests Redress over 'Terrain Closure' in Volvo OR Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Telefonica Blue has filed a Request for Redress with the Race Committee over two incidents that occurred at the start of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica's claim is that the start area was set in water that was too shallow for the VOR70's to navigate safely.... [more]
A windy day in Punta Ala - Finn sailors go for a blast Tosca Zambra, Over last weekend the Italian Finn fleet met in Punta Ala, Tuscany for the opening event of its Coppa Italia 2009 series. However on the Saturday, racing was abandoned because the northerly wind was too strong at 30-35 knots. But that's just perfect for Finn sailing so some of the younger sailors went out for a blast... [more]
France takes Double at ISAF Nations Cup ISAF Media, Skippers Damien Iehl and Claire Leroy led the French teams to victory at Porto Alegre, Brazil as they won the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup in both Open and Women's divisions.... [more]
Lucy Macgregor off to flying start to 2012 campaign Karenza Morton, Lucy Macgregor continued to consolidate her place amongst the World's top Women's match racers looking ahead to London 2012 as she claimed an impressive second place at the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Brazil.... [more]
International Rolex Regatta images from Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, Ingrid Abery captured the action at the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club, USVI... [more]
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