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Sail-World New Zealand: 13th April 2009

Long serving New Zealand sailor, Andrew "Meat" Taylor aboard PUMA Racing  Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 13th April 2009

Hoping you enjoyed your Easter break, either on the water or relaxing at home.

Did you give yourself an Easter treat, and have a test drive of the 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.

In Palma, Spain, Michael Bullot was the top performer for at the Princess Sofia Trophy for New Zealand in the Laser class taking the silver medal from a field of 134 competitors. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, there have been some good performances from other young New Zealand sailors at the regatta, kicking off their 2012 Olympic programmes.

Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) at the start of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston

  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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.

Off the Record has all the latest on the America's Cup scene.  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

No real developments in the America's Cup, we are keeping in touch with our contacts around the world, and have pulled together the various snippets of information in a story entitled Off the Record', maybe it will be the start of a regular series.

Oscar Rorvik and James Parsons finishing first and second in race 11.   Event Media

We have reports from the Optimist Nationals in Worser Bay which are at an very interesting and historic point right now. And in Gisborne, the Sanders Cup, one of the oldest trophies in New Zealand sailing, has been contested. We have reports, images and results in this issue.

And with the start of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, we have the latest reports plus image galleries from the start of the Leg in this spectacular venue.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Top GBR Laser sailor Nick Thompson talks about his Olympic aims
Justin Chisholm,
Twenty two year old British Laser sailor Nick Thompson was understudy to Gold Medal winner Paul Goodison at the last Olympics in China. After his back to back World Cup victories Thompson's sights are now firmly set on representing Britain at the next games in 2012. Justin Chisholm spoke with Thompson . . .... [more]

Rosebud/Team DYT sets new record in Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race
Dana Paxton,
In a fitting re-birth of the venerable Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race, Roger Sturgeon's STP65 Rosebud/Team DYT (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) crossed the finish line just before 10 p.m. on April 10, to break the 35-year-old race record set in 1974 by Ralph Ryder's C&C 66 Phantom and set a new standard for the modern running of this event.... [more]

New venue for penultimate round of NZ offshore
Kate Gordon,
NZ offshore competitors delighted with new venue for championships. With the race circuit set just a few hundred metres out from the marina, competitors will go past nearby One Tree Point and up into Whangarei Harbour, offering excellent viewing of the race for spectators.... [more]

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