Testing times during the 18ft skiff racing on the Waitemata Paul Gilbert/aquapx.com
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 24 November 2009
Plenty of video in this edition. There's a must see of BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90, sailing in San Diego - maybe yesterday or earlier in the week. There are some great sequences of the supertri flying a hull in relatively light wind speeds. Make sure you keep an eye each day on Fox5 in San Diego for the live webcam - which has been running some tremendous sequences as BOR90 pirouettes on San Diego Bay.
The ability of the 115ft trimaran to literally turn on a dime is quite remarkable - recalling that famous quote of Muhammad Ali 'floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee'.
We've also put together a compilation of video from the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race featuring 2009 Yachting NZ Sailors of the Year, Brad Jackson and Stuart Bannatyne. The story also includes the audio of Brad Jackson's laconic interview reflecting on his thoughts while helming at over 30kts on the way to set the first of two world sailing records by Ericsson 4.
AYRE Challenge presents its firm intention to take part in the next 3 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. From left Ana Kringe (mayor of Denia), Knut Frostad (Volvo Ocean Race CEO), Arantxa Vallés (General Director of the Sociedad Gestora para la Imagen Estratégica y Promocional de la Comunitat Valenciana) and Pedro Perelló (AYRE Challenge CEO). Denia, 23 November 2009. Pedro Martinez
While the America's Cup Challenger has been stealing the headlines around the world, the same cannot be said for the coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in New Zealand, typified by the coverage in the NZ Herald yesterday of just four column inches on an inside sport page, when Emirates Team NZ finished second in the final. You could have hidden the coverage under a mobile phone.
Has the longest standing America's Cup team lost its local fan base? Other print media also made do with the same NZPA report.
ONE Sport had a great show for 90 minutes on Sunday - covering right up to the final day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Finals.
We have been providing daily coverage of the LVT in Sail-World, and in this edition have featured a video wrap up of clips from the regatta from the team at BTS who have done a good job with a mix of interviews and overboard action. You can also review the racing action from the the Virtual Eye team by going to www.Youtube.com and doing a search on virtualeyesailing.
The former America's Cup Challenger, Ayre Challenge has announced their new Volvo Ocean Race program covering the next three editions of the VOR. While the America's Cup languishes in the New York Courtrooms, and there is little talk of what will happen for 34AC, more professional sailing teams are expected to move to other theatres - rather than sit around, and eventually die in the waiting room.
The 18fter revival continues in Auckland with the Auckland Championships concluding over the weekend. Just 1pt separated the top two crews over the three day regatta. We feature a report from Scott Kennedy in this issue plus images of most of the fleet thanks to Greg Fenwick.
Maersk Line competing in the 2009 Auckland 18ft Skiff Champs on Sunday. Greg Fenwick
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Yamaha win 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs Scott kennedy, A tight contest was sailed on Auckland Harbour, with Team Yamaha (Scott Kennedy) edging out JF Hillebrand (Phil Airey) by 1 point to win the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs. After a great start to the regatta last Sunday, the 2009 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs resumed on Auckland Harbour on Saturday 21st November with a 15 – 20knot Westerly breeze facing the competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
First Yachting Australia Roadshow in Queensland this week Craig Heydon, The first Yachting Australia Roadshow for Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron this Wednesday, 25 November to inform and educate the various groups of a range of new initiatives being implemented.... [more] Onsend this story
The Best of BTS: Video from the Louis Vuitton Trophy at Nice BTS Broadcasting, Keith Brash & Matt Carkeek of BTS Broadcast have been producing some tremendous video from the Louis Vuitton Trophy at Nice. You can catch the full video playlist at www.btsbroadcast.com Here we present some of their video clips from the last few days.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup video: BMW Oracle Racing hull flying + meet the Wingnuts BMW Oracle Racing, Outstanding video of BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger BOR90 hull flying on San Diego Bay during testing in flat water and a six to seven knot breeze... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe reports on her US Match Racing Championship Anna Tunnicliffe, Yesterday wrapped up the final day of the USMRC which was won, in a very tight final, by Bill Hardesty from the Chicago Match Race Center. Bill won the finals against Dave Perry 3-2 in a heavily contested five-race series. We won our knockout series for 7th/8th places, against 2007 National Champion, Brian Angel, 2-0, to finish 7th overall.... [more] Onsend this story
Transat Jacques Vabre: Safran and Groupe Bel in stealth mode Safran Sailing Team, Since 1100 hrs this morning, Safran and Groupe Bel have switched to stealth mode. They had one final card left to play with the finish still expected in the middle of the night between midnight and 0400 hrs CET (2300 hrs - 0300 hrs GMT).... [more] Onsend this story
Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 in Cape Town for at least a week +video Groupama News, Structural analysis of the damage and observations made on site by composite specialists, confirm that it will indeed take a week's work before Groupama 3 can head out to sea again, bound for Brest, for a new stand-by period set to begin on 1st January 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
AYRE Challenge moves from America's Cup to Volvo Ocean Race project Ayre Challenge media, AYRE Challenge presented today in Denia its project to take part in the next three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, all of which will start in the Spanish port of Alicante. The presentation of this 10-year-long project and milestone in Spanish yacht racing took place in Denia, a city that has strong ties with AYRE Challenge.... [more] Onsend this story
Goodison named British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year James Eaves, Skandia Team GBR Awards have been held with Laser star Paul Goodison collecting the top prize of the evening. Nick Dempsey was voted as the most ‘Gold Driven' of the team, chosen for his focus and determination in bouncing back from his fourth place in Beijing last year to claim the World Championship title in home waters in September.... [more] Onsend this story
Extreme Sailing Series Asia has a new leader OC Events and Sail-World.com, Extreme Sailing Series Asia - With four wins in five races, the European Extreme Sailing Series Champion skipper Pete Cumming on Masirah was pleased with their performance today. The final day of racing will take place tomorrow from 2pm followed by a prize giving in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 7pm.... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Melbourne first leg of 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup Sam Watson, The 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to start on 14 December and Melbourne is bracing itself to welcome one of the world's most prestigious sailing events.... [more] Onsend this story
BOR90 sailing on San Diego Bay - See her live, now! Sail-World, BOR 90 is sailing in San Diego Bay today as there is very little wind outside. Click on the link and you can watch it live on the Fox 5 San Diego Webcam... [more] Onsend this story
Great racing in Auckland Finn Champs at Pt Chevalier SC Alan Dawson, The Auckland Finn champs were sailed at Pt Chev SC over the weekend with nine boats entered. OOD Don Oliver and his crew of helpers set great and true courses which made this regatta an excellent advent. Both days saw the races sailed in a true westerly breeze between 10<>15 knots and increasing to 20 plus on Sunday. What a great sailing venue with good sailing water... [more] Onsend this story
YNZ Sailors of the Year - Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson - Fast times! Sail-World, Following is a series of video clips from Ericsson 4, mainly of the fast times, recalling the achievements of watch captains Brad Jackson and Stuart Bannatyne, who were awarded the 2009 Sailor of the Year trophy by Yachting NZ, and also in recognition of their three wins in successive Volvo Ocean races. Hear the audio from Brad Jackson about what he is thinking about on the helm when hitting 30kts... [more] Onsend this story
Groupama 3 in Cape Town for repairs Cammas-Groupama 3, Groupama 3 has arrived in Cape Town for repairs to begin to reinforce the aft beams. After the gales which Groupama 3 had to avoid just after suffering damage, followed by the tradewinds fuelled by the Saint Helena High, which propelled her along towards Cape Town at over twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men had to be towed in the last few miles as the engine had been left behind on leaving Bre... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 3 images Sail-World.com, Images from the 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 3 on Sydney Harbour. Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas scored their third successive win in Thurlow Fisher-City to lead Gotta Love It 7 on 8 points and Asko Appliances on 16 points.... [more] Onsend this story
World Sailing Speed Record Council ratifies l'Hydroptère's Mile WSSR, The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of a new Nautical Mile World Record for Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère.... [more] Onsend this story
Tony Hambrook of Alloy Yachts wins ISS Leadership Award Jeni Bone, The International Superyacht Society's Annual Leadership Award honours an individual or company whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed to the growth of the superyacht community worldwide. For 2009, the award has been presented to Tony Hambrook of Alloy Yachts International.... [more] Onsend this story
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