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Sail-World New Zealand: 16th April 2009

Welcome to Wellington! Young sailors have plenty on their hands in the 2009 Optimist Championships in Worser Bay.  Chris Coad
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 16th April 2009

There was a flurry of mail yesterday into the various America's Cup postboxes. Some it was old, some new, some undelivered.

In this issue we have another in our Off the Record series, looking at the letters that have been sent, and anything that is new in them.

For those who enjoy the intrigue of the America's Cup, they are a good read.

For those more interested in what is going to happen next there is the offer of a Meeting - yet to be accepted.

There's more on who is hiring boatbuilders, an intriguing re-work of America's Cup history, and the latest on the Louis Vuitton Series. Click here to read it all. If only we could name the sources of some of this information - but that is the way the game is being played at this stage.

BMW ORACLE Racing training with Emirates Team New Zealand on two BMW ORACLE Racing boats provided to the event. What's Bruno Trouble up to in Valencia, this week?  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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.

Over Easter and on Tuesday, several National Championships concluded in New Zealand as the summer sailing season winds down.

In this issue we have reports from the 3.7 Nationals in Bay of Islands, plus plenty of images of this Bruce Farr designed singlehander which is still going strong, and attracting new sailors.

Rhys Johnston winner of the 2009 3.7 Class National Championship, bay of Islands  Jarrod Cook

In less tropical climes, the Optimist Nationals concluded at Worser Bay in Wellington. The almost 250 competitors from five countries (New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, New Caledonia and Singapore) experienced the full range of conditions that Wellington can offer. History was made at the regatta - the medal podium was dominated by girls, and two Australian sailors finished in the top six overall.

Again we have reports and images, along with links to a lot more information in this issue.

Welcome to Wellington! Young sailors have plenty on their hands in the 2009 Optimist Championships in Worser Bay.  Chris Coad

Don't forget to make your entry in Sail-World's 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.

And there's the latest on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, as they head for the gate off Fernando. We also have the latest ISAF Rankings - extended to show the top 25 sailors/crews in each of the Olympic classes - although NZL sailors are not ranked in the top three in any class, Kiwi sailors are in the top ten in the world in six of the nine events, and ranked 11th in another. While Yachting cops a bagging from some - how many NZ Olympic sports could point to this level of ranking in almost 80% of their full card of Olympic events? None.

Champagne, chilled, of course, and a bevy of pretty girls. Why couldn't the America's Cup be like this???  Powerboat P1

And on the water safety front, click here to see the TV3 report on the collision between a launch and trimaran yesterday. Fortunately all concerned were rescued and are safe. However it could have been a very different story - which we will follow in Sail-World.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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America's Cup - Off the Record - 15 April: Postman's Knock
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since the Appeal Court Decision of 2 April has come from various sources close to the America's Cup action, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis. The situation as we hear it today runs something like this... [more]

Johnson wins 3.7 Nationals Bay of Islands - Report and Images
Chris Mitchell and John Elliott,
Rhys Johnston won the 3.7 Nationals at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club over Easter with a clear points advantage. In second place was Derek Scott, defending champion, and in third place was Ben de Fluiter. Lance O'Connell won the Veterans prize, and, Katie de Lange both the Ladies and the U-21 prizes.... [more]

Taylor burns them off at the 2009 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Optimist Media and Sail-World,
Taylor Burn (Queen Charlotte) has won the 2009 Toyota Optimist National Championships, without winning a race. He won by a margin of eight points over Naomi Mannering (Napier) with Erica Dawson (Murrays Bay) in third. Two Australian sailors finished in the top six - easily the Lucky Country's best international result, and a sign that Australia will be a force to be reckoned with in the Worlds... [more]

Marsden Cove is 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]

Volvo Race - Delta Lloyd's had a glamour day, making big gains
volvo media,
Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking - Delta Lloyd had a glamour day, and some way, somehow made big gains - he lamented. They are only five miles east of us, having missed all the bad clouds. There has been so much lane hopping and driving under the influence among the fleet that sooner or later there is going to be a tap on the shoulder from the local traffic cops.... [more]

Sailing history to come alive in Portofino in May
The Portofino Rolex Trophy is a new regatta that will be celebrating its inaugural edition this year in one of Italy's most iconic port villages. Open to the 23-Metre, 12M and 8M classes, the Portofino Rolex Trophy is an invitation-only regatta, from 7 - 10 May, for a series of races dedicated to the 'barca d'epoca,' vessels that have helped make sailing history, namely the classic yachts... [more]

Ericsson 4 pushing Telefonica Blue for Volvo Ocean race Leg 6 lead
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson 4 is onto the stern of Telefónica Blue in the battle for the fleet lead on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Spanish boat has held the lead since Sunday morning, but overall race leader Ericsson 4, skippered by Brazilian Torben Grael, has steadily closed the gap. In the past 24 hours Ericsson 4 has halved its deficit to eight nautical miles at the 1307 GMT position report.... [more]

New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta the longest running in America
Barby MacGowan,
When it comes to maintaining tradition in the sport of sailing, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) has it down to a science. This spring, from June 12-14, the New York Yacht Club 155th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex (www.nyyc.org/155annual/) will deliver the next chapter of the longest-running regatta in America.... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 April 2009
The leading sailors and top nations all appear to consolidate their positions in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 15 April 2009.However these rankings include a number of crews who retired after the Beijing Olympics or sailors who have not raced in their classes since that time.... [more]

National Marine Safety Committee 'Summit Down Under' goes ahead

The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC), is forging ahead with the Summit Down Under on 22 May. The one-day workshop to be held on Friday 22 May 2009 at the Gold Coast International Hotel will focus on developments in recreational boating safety both locally and internationally.... [more]

Just four weeks left until season opener of 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Five regattas on the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit means that each single regatta this season is more important, leaving less opportunity for crews to learn, change and optimise on the race course. Just four weeks are left until the start of the season.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The Champagne goes flat
Volvo media,
Now thoroughly into the south easterly trade winds, the Volvo fleet should be enjoying a fast transition to the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, 700 nm to the north, but instead, the trade winds are not living up to their reputation. In fact, champagne sailing this most certainly is not... [more]

Musto get on board with Skandia Team GBR
Musto, manufacturers of technical sailing clothing, has been appointed official performance clothing partner to Skandia Team GBR for the next four years. Musto will be supplying the entire Skandia Team GBR squad, totalling some 70 sailors, with a selection of technical and shore-side clothing and equipment... [more]

Genny Tulloch wins 2009 Rolex Women's Match
Dana Paxton,
Genny Tulloch (Tiburon, Calif.) and her team won the 2009 Rolex Women's Match, hosted April 9-12 by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.). A total of 10 teams competed in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 match-racing regatta.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma in a drag race to Fernando scoring gate
Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from onboard Puma, racing Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Rio to Boston USA. Ken Read reports on a furry, long eared animal superstition that affected (?) their race yesterday.... [more]

Gemmell Sails wins 74th Australian 12ft Skiff Championships
Skiff Ed,
Gemmell Sails, Murray Press and Ben Gemmell, wrapped up the Australian Championships on Monday 13th April.... [more]

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]

Volvo Race - Telefónica Blue extends, Green Dragon hangs on
Volvo media,
For once, the seven-strong Volvo fleet is heading straight towards the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha at speeds that feel fast. Telefónica Blue has pulled out a healthy lead of 13 nautical miles, but tracking her is Delta Lloyd in second place and Green Dragon who are furthest east in seventh place... [more]

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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New Zealand Sailing
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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