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Sail-World New Zealand: 25 October 2009

New Zealand's Mark Kennedy sailing Coldwell Banker New Homes  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 October 2009

There's a bit of everything in this edition.

We have a couple of America's Cup commentaries, including an Open Letter from Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth.

There's some images of the revamped BOR90, plus a bit of speculation as to the changes we are expecting to see when she is trialling next week.

The Coastal Classic is over for another year - we have a couple of video clips of news reports on the race.

The 29er class is having a good resurgence in New Zealand - we have their latest newsletter detailing new owners and who owns what boat in the fleet.

BOR90 is hoisted into position ready for final fit-out in San Diego  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In USA, outstanding yachting commentator, Gary Jogson, has been elected President of US Sailing, and top navigator, Stan Honey has been put on their Board.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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29er Association Newsletter - October 2009
Fiona Balch,
The New Zealand 29er Association reports six new 29er owners, with a total of 22 boats now being in New Zealand. There's a report on the Winter Champs, and notice of the 29er Nationals in March plus the details of other local events plus Australian regattas.... [more]
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Commentary: Alinghi Team continues its America's Cup shenanigans
Eric Sharp, Detriot Free Press,
Long-time America's Cup journalist Eric Sharp opines on the current state of the America's Cup in the Detroit Free Press: In its self-serving efforts to defend the America's Cup, the Swiss Alinghi Team has achieved the remarkable feat of pushing the world's most prestigious sailing regatta and oldest team event toward irrelevancy. That's because Louis Vuitton, the up-up-upscale French fashion h... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing gets ready for a return to the water
BMW Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team is putting the final touches on the latest modifications to its trimaran, the BOR 90, before it returns to the water to resume testing ahead of the 33rd America's Cup Match. John Kostecki (USA) is the team's tactician and he's excited by the prospect of returning to the water next week as the team continues its preparations for the February Match.... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat - Yet another storm for the fleet
Oliver Dewar,
As the first transatlantic race exclusively for Class40 yachts, the inaugural La Solidaire du Chocolat double-handed race is turning into a gruelling, 5,000 mile marathon for the teams involved. After a deceptively benign start off St. Nazaire in a very light north-easterly breeze, the second night at sea was brutal with a fast-moving cold front sweeping through the fleet delivering gusts of 50 kn... [more]
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Coastal Classic Video: Coastal Classic Start - ONE Sport
ONE Sport,
Supermaxi Alfa Romeo smashed the Coastal Classic Race Record by 37 minutes. ONE Sport featured this video of the start of the race.... [more]
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Coastal Classic Video: Kite surfer competes in Coastal Classic - TV3
Louis Tapper checks the conditions and walks away down the beach shoulders shrugged. He faces his first hurdle already - there's not enough wind. But Louis doesn't have time to waste and two hours later he decides to brave Auckland's changeable conditions.... [more]
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Open letter from Brad Butterworth on America's Cup reform
Brad Butterworth,
Some have been calling for a rewrite of the America's Cup Deed of Gift, offering the Defender their own vision for the sailing competition. These shrill calls have been common before every match in recent times, usually from those with no record of success in the Cup. Claims of imminent death of America's Cup competition have always proven to be greatly exaggerated.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Delonghi takes the Mick Scully Trophy
Frank Quealy,
With six of the fleet still missing due to their delayed return from the San Francisco regatta, the Australian 18 Footers League decided to reverse the scheduled events for today and next Sunday. As a result of that decision, the Mick Scully Trophy 3-buoys race was sailed today on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Will it all come together? and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team, who are running out of time on their final attempt at breaking the World Sailing Speed record... [more]
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Gary Jobson elected President of US Sailing at Annual General Meeting
Jake Fish,
At US Sailing's Annual General Meeting, Gary Jobson was elected by the new board of directors as the next president of the sport's national governing body... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race prizegiving concludes 2009 race and KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race prize giving is always emotional and is held in the majestic Sacra Infermeria, which dates back to 1574 and was originally built by the Knights of St John as a hospital to care for its sick and injured.... [more]
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Product of the week: The trickle-charger for sailing boats
Lisa Mylchreest,
Last week we brought you a solar panel which can trickle feed your battery while you are not on the boat. This week we bring you one that is a little more expensive, but ideal for sailing boats.... [more]
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US Sailing presents Esteemed Awards at Annual General Meeting
Jake Fish,
Friday night was special for several key contributors to the sport of sailing at US Sailing's Annual General Meeting Awards Dinner. Head coach of the US Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, Betsy Alison, was awarded the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy award for her outstanding contribution to sailors with disabilities.... [more]
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Rolex Osprey Cup, Day 2 - Tunnicliffe up 15-0 and Anna Tunnicliffe,
2009 Rolex Osprey Cup. Anna Tunnicliffe and team, consisting of Deb Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer, and Liz Bower, are leading the event after the completion of 15 races over two days.... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat Fleet heads west and La Solidaire du Chocolat,
La Solidaire du Chocolat is a Transatlantic double-handed race, the first exclusively for the Class 40 yachts. The race commenced on October 18th from Nantes-St Nazarie and will finish in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. 24 teams started the race, representing entrants from ten countries.... [more]
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U.S. Multihull Championship - Exciting conclusion and Jake Fish,
US Sailing's 2009 U.S. Multihull Championship (USMC) came to an exciting conclusion on Thursday. Many positions were not decided until the final race of the series. Principal Race Officer, Fairlie Brinkley, and Beach Captain, Robbie Daniel, kept things moving at a brisk pace out on the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater Beach.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Completing the race Double-Handed
Rolex Middle Sea Race. Two admirable feats of seamanship ended in Marsamxett Harbour in the early hours of Friday morning. The last two yachts completed the 606 nautical mile course. Double-handed. Short-handed racing is as much about the preparation and the mind-set, as it is about the execution.... [more]
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