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Sail-World New Zealand: 8th April 2009

'Waitangi' greats another day in a racing career dating from 1894 on the Mahurangi Harbour. - web site launch  Paul Gilbert
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 8th April 2009

We all know that still rivers run deep, and so it is with the silence on the America's Cupscene, after the Appeal Court announcement last Friday.

No-one has been saying too much, and today in an interview with Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Event Director, Bruno Trouble, we can reveal why.

The ball is firmly in Alinghi's and Ernest Bertarelli's court over the shape of the 33rd America's Cup. If he elects to run with a Multihull Match, then there will be some good outcomes for the other teams, who will then be free agents.

Part of the 40 strong Mistral 50th Jubilee fleet  Dave Woods

And, if he decides to accept the offer from BMW Oracle Racing for a Multi-Challenger event, then another set of opportunities go on the table, which could see the America's Cup into even more of a sporting spectacle than it is already> Well, leading up to July 2007, anyway.

We also have the doyen of sailing journalists, Bob Fisher, give his views on what should happen for the next America's Cup.

There was no racing for most classes on the third day of the Princess Sofia Trophy  Nico Martinez

In Palma, the Princess Sofia Trophy is underway. Sort of. Two day's racing has been undertaken, with the third lost to light winds. This is the third event in the ISAF World Cup, and a vital starting point for the new Olympic campaigns.

You can get started in your Olympic campaign for free by entering Sail-World's new competition to Win a Laser, click on the link, or see the entry details button on the top right hand corner of the Sail-World website.

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Just the start of something bigger and better?  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

While you are giving yourself a treat, Sail-World readers can test drive the new BMW 3 Series. To see the outstanding new features of the latest BMW click on the banner above and download the walk-through. It might take a minute or two for the download, but well worth it. And, once downloaded, can be replayed again and again to see both models, by just clicking on the banner. You can book a test drive or find your nearest dealer there, as well.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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New Series likely to be set up Inside or Outside America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Bruno Trouble: 'We would love to continue and organize a few Louis Vuitton Series type regattas, either outside or as a complement to the America's Cup circuit.' He recognizes that such a move might not be on the Alinghi and America's Cup Management's shopping list, and that the success of such series is dependent on the resolve of the other challenger teams and new Challenger of Record.... [more]

Forty contest the 50th Jubilee Championships for Mistral class
Katharine Sampson,
The Mistral class 50th Jubilee Championships was held over the weekend 4th & 5th April. Forty of the beautiful, Des Townson designed centreboarders took to the waters off Tamaki Yacht Club, Bastion Point, Auckland. Six triangle,windward-leeward races were held over two days of glorious sunshine in winds of between 10 and 15 knots with Andrew Stone and Mitchell Ford (TYC) being crowned Mistral... [more]

Fisher's View: America's Cup – Way To Go
Bob Fisher,
Recriminations offer solace only to those who make them. Progress is made by those with vision. The clouds of war are rolling away, or at least there is a break in the sky, so that the America's Cup problems should shortly be resolved. Both Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison have publicly stated that their primary wish is for a multi-challenger event as soon as possible.... [more]

Yachting NZ: Laser Sailors show promise at major European regatta
Zoe Hawkins,
There was no racing overnight for the New Zealand team at the Princesa Sofia in Palma. Here is the Yachting NZ report covering the racing so far: Four Kiwi sailors are making their mark at Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy in Palma, Spain, the third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, and the first major event on the New Zealand high performance programme since the Beijing Olympics.... [more]

Kiwis show the way to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009
Rob Mundle,
Famous New Zealand ocean racing yachtsman Jim Farmer has already claimed a first for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week by being the first to enter the celebrated regatta, this year between 21-29 August.... [more]

Bullot improves at Princess Sofia Mapfre Trophy
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Michael Bullot has improved to lie in ninth position after two days of racing in the Princess Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event of the ISAF World Cup. The racing was held in a 14 kt sea breeze providing ideal sailing conditions in the nine Olympic classes on the Bay of Palma.... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sibello brothers claim fourth win in 49er's
Corinne McKenzie,
The Sibello brothers of Italy claimed today their fourth win in the 49er and remain undefeated since the start of the regatta. The British team of John Pink and Rick Peacock moved into second overall after scoring two points in their 6th race sailed on Monday. There are the first, out of four British teams among the top eight... [more]

Bouwe Bekking on Telefonica Blue's China to Rio Volvo OR Leg 5
Bouwe Bekking,
Bouwe Bekking may be enjoying the fact that his Telefonica Blue won the in-port race this past weekend in Rio de Janeiro. However his mind is already on the next big thing: next Saturday, April 11, the Dutch skipper and his ten crewmates on board the Spanish blue VO70 will leave the carioca city for Boston, USA on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09.... [more]

Only 49er race on day 3 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup
Lindsey Bell,
Poor conditions halted the third day of racing for all but the 49er class at the Palma leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Tuesday. After long delays, just one race proved possible late in the day for the 49er class – but it was worth the wait for Skandia Team GBR's crews of Dave Evans-Simon Hiscocks and Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign, who finished second and third respectively... [more]

Sailing...Have a Go! named finalist in national awards programme
Yachting NZ Media,
In its first three years Yachting New Zealand's Sailing...Have a Go! program, with its distinctive trailers, colourful boats and friendly coaches, has helped approximately 9,000 children experience the sport that we know and love. Now, for its success in breaking new ground, it has been named as a finalist in the innovation category of the prestigious SPARC Sport & Recreation Sector Awards 2009.... [more]

2009 BVI Spring Regatta images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Vincitore took the top spot in Racing A of the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta and Ingrid Abery was onboard to capture the crew work and excitement of racing.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Open for Entries
Key Partners,
Having celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the first Rolex Middle Sea Race last year with another record-breaking international fleet, the Royal Malta Yacht Club might be forgiven for taking things easier this year. Not a bit of it. 2009 marks the thirtieth race in the forty-one year history of the 606 nautical mile course... [more]

Spithill into final of Harken Women's Match Racing Regatta
Jennifer Crooks,
Katie Spithill continued her dominance to book a place in the final of the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta today. Racing got underway today at 10:15 in a 12-15 knot southerly breeze with two flights needing to be sailed for the completion of round robin two.... [more]

Thousands of reasons why Classes, Clubs and Events upload news and pix
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Over the last three years the number of Classes and Clubs posting their own news, (which we edit) via our Sail-World news and image upload system has been growing exponentially. In March 2009 our team published 937 stories, of which we wrote more than 300 ourselves, but another 250 came from Classes, Clubs and events, the rest were international- many of those too came in via news... [more]

Wins for Boyd (USA) and Trujillo (ESP) on day 2 of Palma series
Robert Deaves,
Wins for Bryan Boyd of the USA and Rafael Trujillo of Spain, on day two in the Finn class at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, shuffled the leaderboard somewhat as the sailors enjoyed near perfect sailing conditions in the seabreeze off Mallorca... [more]

ValenciaSailing: BMW Oracle start training in Valencia on Extreme 40's,
As the portents point increasingly towards a Deed of Gift Match, for the 33rd America's Cup in multihulls. report on the latest developments: 'Unless Alinghi and BMW Oracle reach an agreement towards the celebration of a multi-challenger conventional America's Cup, one could say that the starting gun of the 33rd America's Cup was fired early this afternoon in Valencia... [more]

Online traffic audits will make advertising decisions easier
Brendan Maxwell,
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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta images
Andrea Francolini images,
At the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta Katie Spithill and her team led the competition. Andrea Francolini was in his usual 'fine form' and captured the action out on Sydney Harbour.... [more]

Three new TP52's to compete on 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
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Internet 101 - Hits are not people
Rob Kothe,
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Auckland misses out as GFC hits Kiwi offshore championships
Bob Wonders,
Final round of NZ Rayglass Offshore titles has change of venue. Presumably, the global financial crisis has hit the country's largest city, as the decision by the NZOPA follows Auckland City Council informing the association it did not have the budget to support the event.... [more]

ValenciaSailing: BMW Oracle start training in Valencia on Extreme 40's,
As the portents point increasingly towards a Deed of Gift Match, for the 33rd America's Cup in multihulls. report on the latest developments: 'Unless Alinghi and BMW Oracle reach an agreement towards the celebration of a multi-challenger conventional America's Cup, one could say that the starting gun of the 33rd America's Cup was fired early this afternoon in Valencia.... [more]

Anna Tunnicliffe: A Comeback Day
Anna Tunnicliffe,
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Europe class at Palma: 'Today was day one of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta and for me it was a day of comebacks. After some difficult first legs, I came back to finish 9th and 10th in the two races. In race one, I had a terrible start and had to do a lot of tacks to get out into a clear lane....... [more]

Spithill leads Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta
Jennifer Crooks,
Katie Spithill and her team of Olivia Price, Laura Baldwin and Rayshele Martin have sailed a day with no losses on the board in the second day of competition at the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta.... [more]

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