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Sail-World New Zealand: 11 October 2009

BlackMatch Racing: "big fella happy to be in the final" of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda  World Match Racing Tour ©
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 11 October 2009

After a week in which many parts of New Zealand had heavy snowfalls, this weekend, for Auckland at least, was one out of the box.

For several Auckland dinghy clubs, today was Opening Day, and many took the opportunity to forget about the recession, and travails of life, to get out on the water or meet up with old sailing friends. Or both.

In this issue we catch one Opening Day, at North Shore's Wakatere Boating Club, and share scenes that were probably common in many sailing places around New Zealand today.

Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009  Richard Gladwell

We also have several reports and images, in this issue, from around the New Zealand sailing scene, including teams racing at Algies Bay, the upcoming Harken regatta in Bay of Islands at Labour weekend, and the Secondary Schools Interdominions sailed in Brisbane.

And don't miss our catch of the day story from two 420 sailors out for quite training sail on Saturday.

Logan Dunning-Beck and James Turner, with the one that didn't get away.  Anthea Dunning

New Zealand's third biggest boat show, the Northland Boat Show takes place in early November. Mark 7 & 8 November in your diary to visit Marsden Cove, and check out the latest on the marine scene. One of the features of this show, unlike others, is that you can actually take the boats on show out for a test drive. So its the ideal opportunity to make that buying decision, now that interest rates are low. There's still some space left for Exhibitors click here for a registration form.

Team racing at Algies Bay  

In Bermuda, the BlackMatch Racing team, have wriggled their way to the finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup. They will come up against Team Origin, led by triple Olympic Gold medalist, Ben Ainslie. We have reports from the event, plus the story in Blackmatch Racing's own words in this issue.

PriceWaterhouse Coopers seen here at AHIRC 2008, she was tragically wrecked in the early hours of Saturday morning.   Crosbie Lorimer

Tragedy off the new South Wales coast around 0300hrs on Saturday morning with the loss of two of Australia's top offshore sailors in the Flinders Island Race. We have several reports on the incident, as it unfolded, and the aftermath. At this stage the cause of the disaster is not clear - and probably will not be so until the coronial inquiry is concluded.

Our condolences to the families of those lost, and to the Australian sailing community.

Sail-World has announced the launch of another new site - Sail-World Canada - which is being operated by the publishers of three Canadian yachting and marine industry magazines. See the full story in this edition.

Test your safety knowledge in Coastguard Education's online test in this edition. Although it's aimed at kayakers, it is also very relevant to general boating safety and better to get your thinking sorted out now, than when you have to make some quick decisions when faced with the real situation.

Also in this issue, we are announcing the latest Sail-World contest, this one for free berthing at Meriden Marinas.

Georgia Racing's hull was built in the same moulds as the ETNZ TP 52, but has raised topsides and a bigger cabin area.  Nigel Price

Many of the stories and images in this edition were submitted through our direct contributor's facility. You can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news by Clicking Here - all copy will be published, please include a photo or three with a side over 1200px long. There's a new big icon on the home page of to make it even easier for you.

Many thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Australia's Flinders Island Race Tragedy –waiting for official enquiry,
The Australian sailing community is numb today and will stay that way for a long while. More because the conditions just before 3am on Saturday morning amongst the Five Islands off Port Kembla were so unlike those of Bass Strait 1998... [more]
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Images of a traditional Opening Day
Richard Gladwell,
For many New Zealand sailing clubs, October marks the opening of the summer sailing season. Sail-World's camera was down at Wakatere Boating Club today to take in the Opening Day of one of New Zealand's top dinghy sailing clubs which started in 1926 as a sailing canoe club.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy sailed on Sydney harbour
Frank Quealey,
The 2009-2010 18ft Skiff Racing Season began today when the Australian 18 Footers League staged the traditional Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour. The breeze was extremely fickle at the start and the fleet was quickly split into two groups. Gotta Love It 7, Asko Appliances , Project Racing , Pure Blonde, Kinder Caring, Coldwell Banker New Homes and Boatmate tacked early... [more]
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Fishing and Dinghy Sailing can go together; check out the evidence!
Anthea Dunning,
Two young 420 sailors have an interesting fishing story to share after training off Murrays Bay in the weekend. However on Saturday they were able to combine their sailing with a spot of fortuitous fish gathering when out training off Murrays Bay. The boys spotted a commotion on the surface and sailed over to see a large John Dory flapping in the water with a small flounder stuck in its mouth.... [more]
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Rolex Int'l Women's Keelboat Championship: Tunnicliffe wins title
Media Pro Int'l,
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her team of Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.), Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) have won US Sailings's 2009 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. 'We wanted to win this event for a while and finally we've done it. We're super psyched!' said Tunnicliffe... [more]
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Sail-World expands in North America with marine magazine alliance
Jeni Bone,,
The largest online marine news network in the world, Australia's TetraMedia Marine Group, publishers of, and has announced a strategic alliance with a major North American magazine publisher.... [more]
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Images of Georgia Racing
Nigel Price,
Nigel Price presents a short gallery of images of Georgia Racing showing the rig and hull detail of the new ILC52... [more]
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BlackMatch to face Ben Ainslie, in Argo Group Gold Cup Final
BlackMatch Racing Media,
It felt like a case of deja vu Korea Match Cup today as Mathieu Richard came storming back to win 2 races and level up our quarterfinal match up, however we kept cool heads this time having learnt the hard way and managed to take the deciding race and progress through to the semi finals. The semi final was not such a close affair and we convincingly won three matches on the trot against Switzerlan... [more]
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Gold Cup showdown - Minoprio back on top of World Tour rankings
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup - Racing had been delayed Saturday morning until 10:00AM waiting for the breeze to fill in sufficiently for racing to start. In their first match of the morning, Flight 3 of the quarter-final, Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Team Origin took their first two losses.... [more]
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Endeavour Trophy opening day
Sue Pelling,
Endeavour Trophy opening day - Lark representatives lead a closely fought series. In fairly lively conditions in the first race of the day, reigning champions Nick Craig and Toby Lewis representing the Enterprise class demonstrated their expert downwind skills on the first run and moved into the lead after a fairly average first beat and won the race... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Variable weather means lots of sail changes
Event media,
It has been a mixed bag of weather over the past 24-hours for the teams competing in Clipper 09-10 as they pass through the area of lights winds famously referred to as the Doldrums.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Protest changes leaderboard positions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship. A frustrating attempt at a coastal race in very unsettled wind conditions was abandoned after seven miles and one hour and ten minutes of often heart-stopping racing. For the record it was Quantum Racing, the current world champions, who stayed just one step ahead of both the small changes and the very big wind shifts to earn a lead of more than one minute during today's... [more]
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Sydney maxi yacht tragedy - Saturday afternoon update from CYCA
Jennifer Crooks,
This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point, announcing that the owner/skipper of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Short and crew member Sally Gordon had perished when the 24.4 metre yacht hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet at approximately 0255 hours this morning.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition now available at Coastguard Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Ecover damaged as BT wins the day
Event media,
iShares Cup regatta in Almeria, day 1, Mike Golding's Ecover suffered serious damage to both hull and transom in a collision with LUNA.... [more]
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Two die in sailing wreck of former New Zealand maxi yacht
Anna Rushworth, NZ Herald,
Rotorua-educated millionaire Neville Crichton sold his 24.4m yacht Shockwave to his close friend of 10 years, Andrew Short; today he is grieving the loss of that mate, 'Shorty', one of Australia's best-known yachtsmen. 'The sea is very unforgiving, and if you make any sort of mistake out there you pay for it very dearly,' Crichton told the Herald on Sunday.... [more]
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Match Point for BlackMatch Racing in Quarterfinals Day 4
BlackMatch Racing Media,
The morning started off on the dock for BlackMatch, as we kept a close eye on the repechage series that would decide the remaining two places in the quarterfinal. After a morning of very shifty conditions, Torvar Mirsky and local sailor Blyth Walker eventually won their way through over some stiff competition and the final 8 were decided.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Yacht Club Harken Labour Weekend Regatta 2009
Antje Muller,
The Bay of Islands Yacht Club is extending a warm invitation to all Senior Centreboard and Catamaran Class Sailors to come to the balmy Bay of Islands for some fun sailing. On Saturday 24th October one Harbour Course Race is scheduled with a mass start at 1pm so that sailors coming up on boats of the Coastal Classic can take part - or take a discard. Sunday and Monday will be course racing.... [more]
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Koru Knitwear 2009 NZ Girls Spring Regatta
Mike Wright,
Report - Day One. Secondary school teams from around the country, are at Algies Bay, for combined regatta, which includes the first interdom Girls competiion between Australia and New Zealand, with Morton Bay College representing Australia and Napier Girls High representing New Zealand. The event includes the first Koru Knitwear 2009 NZ Girls Teams racing championships.... [more]
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Tasmania's Hutchins School top team at Interdominion sailing series
Peter Campbell,
The sailing team from The Hutchins School in Hobart has won the prestigious individual schools trophy at the Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Challenge, sailed this past week at Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Andrew Short and Sally Gordon drowned in Flinders Islet Race,
NSW Police released the names of two sailors who died in a boating accident off the New South Wales South Coast. Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point and Andrew Short, 48, from The Spit were unconscious when they were pulled from the sea and could not be revived.... [more]
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Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test
Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more]
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Buying, selling or exhibiting? Don't miss the Northland Boat Show!
Sail-World media,
Buying or selling a boat ? Or do you want to Exhibit at this popular show? Don't miss the Northland Boat Show Nov. 7 & 8 2009. The Northland Boat Show at Marsden Cove Boat Show just continues to grow in popularity with every year it is staged. Marine industry sources say the Northland Boat Show now rates as one of the top three boat shows in New Zealand... [more]
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PriceWaterHouseCoopers hits rocks in Flinders Islet Race, two dead
Di Pearson CYCA media, amended by,
At approximately 0255 hours this morning, a red flare was sighted from a yacht competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) 92 nautical-miles Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 20.00 hours.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Local favourite leads
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships - Local favourites Bribón lead. After making a strong start double Olympic Star class medallist, tactician Ross MacDonald along with navigator Marcel van Triest (NED) read the shifting breeze at the top end of the first beat precisely, calling a good layline which allowed them to ease away around the windward mark ahead of Matador (ARG) which over-stood slightly.... [more]
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Volvo Open 70 Rule and Notice of Race revealed
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The new look Volvo Open 70 Rule, published today along with the Notice of Race, confirm changes set to enhance the fleet racing in the 11th Volvo Ocean Race, which will start from its new home base of Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011.... [more]
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New Zealand Wins: Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Champions
Suellen Hurling,
After three long days of racing the teams representing New Zealand edged out the Australians to win the 2009 Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Championship.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 8 October 2009
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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ISAF President Göran Petersson elected as IOC Member
Göran Petersson, President of the International Sailing Federation, has today been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee.... [more]
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BlackMatch Argo Group Gold Cup action Day 3
BlackMatch Racing Media,
Teams were held ashore for two hours this morning as the remainder of a nasty weather system passed over Bermuda, but when racing finally got underway it was well worth the wait and 6 of the 8 quarterfinalists were decided. We managed to qualify directly for the quarterfinals with 4 wins and 3 losses,... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket flip video and images - Back in a week after repairs
Paul Larsen - Vestas Sailrocket,
Latest news from Paul Larsen, regarding Vestas Sailrocket. 'We are making great inroads into the long repair list and I feel that today will be the day that we 'break the back' of that list. Long, late nights can knock days of certain jobs.'... [more]
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Peter Gilmour interview - '97 win was most challenging
Bermuda Sun's Colin Thompson,
Colin Thompson from the Bermuda Sun, conducted this interview with Australia's Peter Gilmour, a four-time World Match Racing Tour champion as well as a three-time Argo Group Gold Cup winner.... [more]
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Transat J V: Interview with Safran's Guillemot/Caudrelier Benac
Safran Sailing Team,
With one month to go to the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which begins on 8th November the Safran duo of Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier Benac talk about their preparation and the distinctive features of this race between Le Havre and Costa Rica and answer a few questions... [more]
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Letters fly over America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A terse exchange of letters has taken place over the designated America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. Today, Marcus Young of Golden Gate YC responded to an earlier note from Societe Nautique de Geneve, and a subsequent rejection by Dr Khater Massaad of Ras al-Khaimah of an accepted the invitation to visit San Diego and discuss the venue with the Challenger.... [more]
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