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Sail-World New Zealand: 16 October 2009

Cutaway view of the new Harken35.2STA See reviews of all models in this innovative range.  Harken
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 October 2009

We have hit a quiet spot on the racing scene at present, however not for long with the Rolex Middle Sea Race starting in Malta in the weekend, and the HSBC Coastal Classic starting in New Zealand a week later.

In this issue we have more previews of both races, both will have some serious action at the front of the fleet with supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Alfa Romeo chasing the respective race records.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted a very high quality fleet including mini-maxis Beau Geste, Luna Rossa and Rosebud.

In New Zealand the Coastal Classic has attracted the usual coterie of multi hulls and keelboats for the mad dash north. In this issue we feature the form guide to the event.

We have several technology related stories in this issue, with a new winch being released by Harken, as described by Sailing World magazine as the outstanding product of the recent Annapolis US Sail Boat Show.

Taeping at the start of the 2008 race, by Richard Gladwell - HSBC Coastal Classic  Richard Gladwell

Southern Spars reveal a couple of interesting pieces of technology with their EC6 Hybrid rigging which incredibly can be used across the range from dinghies/foiling Moths through to J-class. And on the topic of foiling Moths there is also a story the carbon rigs used in these flying machines - where five of the top ten placegetters in the recent foiling Moth Worlds used Southern Spars.

Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid rigging product runs across the whole range from Moths to J-class  Southern Spars

Controversy and the America's Cup never seem to be too far removed, and in this issue the situation is no different.

We have a very long story on the Australia II winged keel controversy, with noted America's Cup historian John Rousmaniere outlining his experience with the investigation he conducted for the America's Cup Hall of Fame prior to Ben Lexcen's induction. Rousmaniere also comments briefly on the current controversy instigated by the team involved at the Netherlands Ship Basin. John Rousmaniere is one of the great writers of the sport and America's Cup in particular, and this is a quality piece of writing - best read over a long cup of coffee or with a glass of wine close at hand.

Societe Nautique de Geneve have responded to the Golden Gate Yacht Club submissions over the security and suitability of the venue at Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. We have that response in this issue, along with their wad of affidavits in support of the venue.

Alfa Romeo - will she set the record in the HSBC Coastal Classic?  

And in breaking news, we have the first legal starshell in the threatened breech of fiduciary duty action against Societe Nautique de Geneve, regarding the Swiss club's role as Trustee of the America's Cup by the Challenger, Golden Gate YC.

More to come on this over the weekend, no doubt. And yes, there is a strong New Zealand connection to this, we believe. Oddly enough this route could be the fastest way out of the current chaos.

Francisco Lardies and Finn Drummond (NZL 52550) - International 420 Class World Championship - they need your help  Gianni Tomazzoni

At Sail-World, we are always happy to help people who help themselves. In this issue we have a short feature on two young sailors, silver medalists at this year's World 420 Open Championships, who need your support. No you don't have to give money, just click your mouse a couple of times, and help them to win a substantial cash grant from Toyota. Feel like doing your bit to help a couple of promising young Kiwi sailors? Click here-now

"Mr Foiling Moth" Rohan Veal flew with a Southern Spars rig at the 2009 Int Moth Worlds  Sean Trew (Pacific Fog) ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Gladwell's Line: New America's Cup legal slugfest signaled by GGYC
Richard Gladwell,
The two year plus legal saga, otherwise known as the 33rd America's Cup, took a new turn today with the release of a letter from the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club saying that they were considering filing a new complaint with the New York Supreme Court. This concerns an alleged breech of fiduciary duty, by the Defender and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]
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Harken Radial Winches break through to the next level in winch design
Sailing-World and Harken,
Prestigious US sailing magazine 'Sailing World' rated the new Harken winch design as the most innovative product launched at the Annapolis US Sail Boat Show: 'Hands down, the most exciting new gear to debut in Annapolis is Harken's Radial winch. In addition to unveiling a range of hydraulic equipment, an electric furler, and some new apparel and accessories, the company introduced a completely new... [more]
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Southern's Foiling Moth rig explained
Brenna Pringle,
During the recent CST Moth Worlds held in Oregon, Southern Spars new rig design was put to the test. Results are in, and 10 of the top 20 competitors were using Southern Spars kit. So what makes up the Southern Moth rig?... [more]
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Looking for more 'bums on gunnels' then Canterbury has the answer
Geoff Wright,
For more than 10 years Canterbury Sailing Ltd has been introducing Canterbury kids to sailing. The success of this scheme is reflected in the numbers, well over 3000 in the 2008/9 seasons from over 60 primary and intermediate schools, and the value placed on it by teachers. These numbers are growing each year, in the 2009/10 season figures are expected to reach 4000.... [more]
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Coastal Classic Form guide - Can the supermaxi win?
Zoe Hawkins,
Coastal Classic - Giant-slayers have a good chance of keeping the Labour Weekend race win local. Back in 1996, Split Enz set the record for the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic race from Auckland to Russell; 7 hours 20 minutes and 51 seconds.... [more]
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Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid has it covered from Foilers to J-class
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars' Composite Rigging department has been hard at work developing an innovative EC6 superyacht rigging solution. Following a cautious and calculated process, an exhaustive R&D programme has been carried out including full sized fatigue testing. The result? EC6 Hybrid.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Series - New team announced
Stephanie Nadin,
A new era has come, a new top level sailing team is born, gathering its members under the name of ALL4ONE. That's no imagination any more as another French-German connection is turning a vision to reality.... [more]
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Yachting NZ announces new Official Clothing Supplier
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Yachting New Zealand is delighted to announce a new partnership with SLAM Advanced Technology Sportswear which will see the New Zealand Sailing Team performing to their peak and looking their best in SLAM's high performance garments. SLAM is a company that is world renowned for their innovative and extensive development in technology of fabrics and designs, making them the perfect choice as Yach... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Roma 2 leads the way
Event media,
GP42 Global Championship - The change in today's performances was due mostly to the change in conditions: the first race of the day featured a brisk 16 knots, the most seen yet here in Lanzarote, and the seasoned players from the Audi MedCup were able to break free on the upwind legs with just enough margin to get to the front and stay in front of the pack after the 1.8-mile windward legs set by r... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - ICAP Leopard's quest for historic treble
Pitch PR,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade, will once again take centre stage this weekend as she competes in the prestigious Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World race - Light winds defeat California
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland is another day and a few hundred miles closer to Rio de Janeiro and it can't come soon enough for the crew onboard. They know this race is not in the bag yet though - the final stage of this race is hotting up and the leading five yachts are getting closer as each hour goes by.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Two's Company
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted its share of characters over the years and more often than not in the double-handed division.... [more]
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SNG and Ras Al Khaimah file against America's Cup venue challenge
Alinghi Media,
Societe Nautique de geneve, the defending America's Cup yacht club has filed its opposition brief regarding BMW Oracle's latest legal challenge (the seventh from the American team; this time against the venue). The papers state the absolute legitimacy for Ras Al Khaimah to be the venue as per the Order and Judgement of 7 April 2009... [more]
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Australia II - John Rousmaniere reflects on that winged keel
John Rousmaniere,
The issue of who designed Australia II has come to the forefront once again (and more angrily than ever, it seems). It last arose four years ago when I wrote an article for the American magazine Sailing World titled 'Who Designed Australia II?' The story was stimulated by a particular question by a particular group, the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee.... [more]
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World Masters Games - Sailing gets underway
Event media,
World Masters Games. After two days of postponements due to inclement weather competition finally got underway yesterday in the Tasar class at Woollahra Sailing Club.... [more]
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One free click will help young 470 sailors on novel fundraising scheme
Frankie Lardies and Finn Drummond won silver at the 420 World Championships in Italy in August. The pair, now in the Olympic class 470, are chasing sponsorship from Toyota, and a simple on line vote from you could help them secure the support. All they need is one mouse click from you. Please help.... [more]
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US Olympic Sailing Program to host Training Camps
US Sailing Media,
The US Olympic Sailing Program will host two training camps for members of the US Sailing Teams – Under 18 and Under 23 and other talented youth sailors who are on an Olympic track in the Laser, Laser Radial, 29er or International 420 classes... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds - British sailors aiming for glory
Tanya Denton,
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships. Paralympic classes prepare to do battle in Athens. Buoyed by their recent podium performances at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, and in the overall ISAF Sailing World Cup series, British crews in the three Paralympic class boats are determined to continue their winning ways along the road to 2012.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2010 – it's more than just a show!
RYA Press Office,
An Essential date for your diary, if you're a dedicated dinghy sailor or taking your first tentative steps in to the dinghy sailing world then a visit to the world's only show designed exclusively for dinghy sailing is a must, the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2010... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Consistency wins the day
Event Media,
GP42 . Through a great display of consistency not yet seen in this year's racing, Jose MarĂ­a van der Ploeg's (ESP) Turismo Madrid (ESP) has taken the early lead after three races in today's Day One of the 2009 GP42 Global Championship.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - The Beast is back!
Paul Larsen,
Update from the Vestas Sailrocket team. After a big crash like the last one we need to spend some time just dialling the boat back in and making sure it is calibrated. This generally involves getting the steering system in sync with the foil alignment. We have a system of jigs and lasers to get it within fractions of a degree on land.... [more]
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Ullman Sails Australia welcomes Bull Sails
Liz Haines,
Ullman Sails is very pleased to announce that prominent Melbourne Sailmaker, Tony Bull of 'Bull Sails' in Geelong, formerly Quantum Sails, has joined the Ullman Sails team. Tony has over 30 years sail making experience and has decided to take a change in direction by joining the fast growing Ullman Sails team in Australia.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
Event media,
2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race - 23 yachts took part in a 15 nautical-mile warm-up race. For a variety of reasons, not least of them the weather, this short race proved a good shakedown ahead of the main-event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race:
Clipper Event media,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Race 2, Day 23 report. It hasn't been a trouble free night for Team Finland's skipper and crew. A snap shackle (a small stainless steel shackle with a quick release mechanism) that was being used to attach one of the lines controlling the spinnaker failed, causing the end of the spinnaker to fly free and flog behind the mainsail. 'No drama really,' says Eero.... [more]
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2009 Championship of Champions: Top one-design sailors vie for trophy
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's 2009 Championship of Champions - All of the competitors have qualified for this event by winning a National and/or North American Championship in a one-design class. The championship will be raced in Lightnings on Carlyle Lake, October 15-17.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia announced
OC Events,
The first year of the Asian series will include events in Hong Kong, Singapore and Oman with the possibility of a fourth venue to be confirmed, and with a plan to grow this to a six-event series by 2011/12. Bids have already been received for the future series from a number of other venues across Asia.... [more]
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World Masters Games - Prince Frederik Tasared
Chris Clarke,
2009 Worlds Masters Games- Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik (DEN) was left cold and wet when he was forced to abandon sailing not once, but twice on Wednesday as stormy weather wreaked havoc with the sailing at Rose Bay.... [more]
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Andrew Campbell - An interesting week of Firsts
Andrew Campbell,
Andrew Campbell reports on his experiences this week. 'This past week has been quite a week of sailing. Wins are hard to come by at Grade 1 events. Take them when you can get them. We took three critical wins against Col, Hansen, and Marinho that made the difference in getting into the second round of the event.... [more]
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Could Outteridge be ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year?
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Nathan Outteridge has been nominated for the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Outteridge has had an incredible 12 months, winning all three 49er regattas he has competed in with new crew Iain Jensen, including the 49er World Championship and two ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas.... [more]
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International Yacht Restoration School to host lecture series
Cybthia Goss,
International Yacht Restoration School. On five Tuesday nights from October to mid-December, experts will give lecture-goers a look at a series of magnificent yachts and the people behind them.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Many changes and challenges
The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which this year starts on Saturday, 17 October, has witnessed many changes and challenges over its forty-one year history and 2009 is no exception.... [more]
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Ocean Watch - going the wrong way in a Gulf Stream gale
Herb McCormick and Mark Schrader/Sail-World,
There's nothing like sitting in a warm room reading about someone else's experience in a bad ocean with a contrary gale. Last May Ocean Watch, expedition ship of the Around the Americas Expedition, set out from Seattle to circumnavigation the Americas. Having completed the North West Passage they are on their way to the Horn, but read here their tales of sailing for Cape Hatteras... [more]
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America's Cup: USA emerges from building shed much modified
Sail-World and BMW Oracle Racing,
Following three weeks of modifications, the BOR 90 emerged today from the boatbuilding tent at the team base in San Diego. The latest iteration of the giant trimaran the team will use to challenge for the 33rd America's Cup boasts new features which will be worked up on shore, before the boat hits the water for more testing near the end of the month.... [more]
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