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Sail-World New Zealand: 30 November 2009

Mirsky leading Ainslie in the Final - Sunseeker Australia Cup  Sail-World.com /AUS ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 30 November 2009

The Sunseeker Australia Cup has concluded in Perth with a win for Torvar Mirsky (AUS) with Ben Ainslie (GBR) second. We have reports on the weekend's racing in this edition. Now the crews head off for the Monsoon Cup, the final round in the World Match Racing Tour for 2009, and the one carrying the biggest purse on the circuit.

We have daily reports from BlackMatch Racing in this edition, and will carry further updates on www.sail-world.com as they come to hand.

There's plenty of local news in this edition, with all contributions coming via our direct submission system, which is working well, and is a great opportunity to get publicity for your club, class or event.

Minoprio and Ainslie in their semi final - Sunseeker Australia Cup  Sail-World.com /AUS ©

In this edition we have stories from the Paper Tigers in Ngaroto, great to see they had such a large entry. The Upto26 Club is having an open day at Baywaster next weekend. Racing in this size of yacht, notably the Quarter Ton class is becoming increasing popular overseas, and the fleets are building in New Zealand, too.

Half Moon Bay and Howick Rotary Club are looking for assistance to stage their charity regatta, if you can help the contact details are in this edition.

Mark Bell of Auckland on his way to winning the Paper Tiger Lake Ngaroto Regatta  Ross Wrenn

Bakewell-White Yacht Design has scored a top performance, with a recent line honours win by a 36fter Alfresco, in the 280nm Fremantle to Geraldton. The smallest boat in division one showed the way home to the 50ft fleet. Hitting speeds in excess of 28kts Alfresco was ahead of the Volvo60 race record at the three-quarter race distance. See the full story in this edition.

18ft Skiffs racing in the NSW Championship   Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

On the America's Cup scene, BMW Oracle Racing have announced they are shutting up shop in San Diego and shipping BOR90 to Valencia. Meanwhile in Ras al-Khaimah, Alinghi has emerged from the boatbuilding shop, with a longer sprit. In this edition, designer Grant Simmer explains why.

And staying with sailing in the UAE, Auckland sailor Tim Snedden has been mixing it in the RC44 class stepping in to helm on Artemis during the owner-driver phase of the Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup. Catch the reports in this edition.

Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup 2009  © Raffaello Bastiani / RC44 Class Association

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Mirsky beats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Ian Percy and his Team Origin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0... [more]
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Giant Killing 'Little Blue Maxi' is tearing up the town!

Following her giant killing performance in the Fremantle to Geraldton Yacht Race and more recently IRC dominance in the Coventry Reef race, the Bakewell-White designed 11m Alfresco has set the bar talk alight in Western Australia where the hot little twilight racer has been dubbed the 'Little Blue Maxi'.... [more]
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New Zealand Laser 4.7 Class sailors had first ever coaching weekend
Linda Tushingham,
Last weekend the Laser 4.7 Class had its first ever coaching weekend, held at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. The coach was Sara Winther who is the top New Zealand Womens Radial Sailor.... [more]
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Big turnout of Paper Tigers for Lake Ngaroto Grand Prix round
mark bell,
A good turnout of 23 Paper Tiger catamarans from all over the North Island descended on Lake Ngaroto just north of Te Awamutu for round two of the North Island Grand Prix series.... [more]
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Help celebrate the 10 year anniversary at the Upto26Club Open Day
Lynn Shrewsbury,
The Upto26Club is a club devoted to those who sail in yachts up to 26 foot in length and who love the joys, challenges, and adventure offered by small yacht sailing. The club is having an Open Day at Aucklands Bayswater Marina on Sunday 6th December from 10.30am to 2.30pm. All owners and those interested in small boats are welcome to attend.... [more]
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Zhik 49er Australian Championship comes down to the last few metres
Margaret Jensen,
49er Australian Championship day 2 afternoon racing saw a depleted fleet with two teams opting out of the strong conditions... [more]
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Support worthy charities , network with customers, suppliers and staff
Andy Wilgermein,
Sponsors have fun for the day , with their customers, suppliers and or staff. Breakfast , lunch,dinner and refreshments are supplied from a one off charge for the event. Since the yachts are provided free by the generosity of the boat owners/skippers, the cost to the sponsor is real value for money and they know it all goes to a worthy cause. What better way to support your community.... [more]
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Foundation 36 - Specifically designed for match racing
Event Media,
The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht, used in this week's Australia Cup, was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation now trading as Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts and the designer Brett Bakewell-White.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Coxon and crew take fourth win
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 4. Today's race was sailed in dreadful conditions which made things extremely difficult for all competitors. Collisions, near collisions and a capsize featured at the windward mark and the leaders sped off under spinnaker.... [more]
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The Excitement gets bigger as Terengganu braces for the Monsoon Cup
Pulau Duyong is bracing itself to welcome the best 12 teams on the World Match Racing Tour to the finale leg event – the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Northwesterly breezes, ranging from 5-15 knots and carrying a dusty haze flicked right and left on Day 2 of the SSORC. The IRC fleet raced offshore on the Manly Circle and the Passage fleet had a fast shy reach down the harbour before heading south through the Heads.... [more]
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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Team Katusha's Day 4 at the office in the RC 44 Gold Cup Dubai
Paul Cayard,
A decent day for Katusha today. Actually apart from one incident, it was a great day, we assumed Cereef were going to the other mark. So we went behind them and toward the mark Just then they gybed just to leeward of us. We were instantly overlapped on the inside with no way to get out.... [more]
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Sea Dubai Sailing Team reports on their RC44 Gold Cup Dubai Day 4
Sea Dubai Sailing Team,
Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. The first race was alright for Sea Dubai but the runner in the second race broke so they couldn't power up and spent the downwind leg fixing it, then given a red flag as the judge deemed them too have tacked too close to Puerto Calero... [more]
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Sail Brisbane final day cut short by strong winds
Yachting Australia Media,
Strong winds have brought about an early finish to the 2009 Sail Brisbane regatta with a number of classes decided in the day's one and only race. The northerly wind of 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots, and heavy swell, made life difficult for the more than 160 competitors who took part in the opening round of the 2009 Sail Down Under series.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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NZ Yachts in receivership, but still servicing refits
Jeni Bone,
New Zealand Yachts has gone into receivership, but will continue to trade, according to receiver and manager Paul Sills, of Auckland law firm Hornabrook Macdonald.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship images from Andrea Francolini
Fun, serious racing and a little mayhem out on Sydney Harbour on day two of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC).... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour form continues ahead of Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
After the Round Robin series in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup, the precursor to the Monsoon Cup, the top three skippers on the World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Adam Minoprio (Black Match Racing Team), Australia's Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) and Great Britain's Ian Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar) are atop the leaderboard.... [more]
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Southern Ocean Icebergs continue their march north
Australian Antarctic Division,
Hundreds of icebergs are spread over a large area around Macquarie Island drifting towards New Zealand. It is very rare to see icebergs from Macquarie Island (54.5 S 158.8 E).... [more]
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South Orkneys Marine Protected Area
British Antarctic Survey,
UK proposal for the designation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering a large area of the Southern Ocean in the British Antarctic Territory, south of the South Orkney Islands was successful at the recent annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Casey on track in the Finn Class
Ian Grant,
Brendan Casey kept his Olympic Finn class campaign on track when he convincingly won the seventh and eighth heats of the Yachting Queensland International Sail Brisbane championship series on a bumpy Waterloo Bay yesterday.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team defeats Azzurra at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team elected to race Louis Vuitton champions Team Azzurra, helmed by Italian Francesco Bruni in the quarter finals of the Sunseeker Australia Cup... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger packs up and head for Valencia + Video
Chairmain Productions,
BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman turns his hand to video productions with two clips from the early sessions and final day of BOR90 sailing with her wingsail on San Diego before being packed up to be shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup in early February 2010.... [more]
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BlackMatch progress to Quarter Final stage of Sunseeker Australia Cup
BlackMatch Racing Media,
Three races were all that were needed for us to secure our spot in the Semi Final of the Sunseeker Australia Cup, as we won three hotly contested matches on the trot against Frenchman Mathieu Richard. The other semi finalists are Ben Ainslie who defeated fellow Kiwi Phil Robertson 3-1,... [more]
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Match Racing Drama at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Al Constable,
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 – under starter's orders
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Practice Race on Registration Day – PRO Jerry Rollin says that the practice is really for the benefit of the RO team, not the sailors, but that's just him being modest. There wasn't a great deal of breeze out there today, but plenty of sunshine and blue water. Phuket dressed up to impress.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Flying start to fleet racing for Sea Dubai
Sharon Allison,
Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup, day three and a noteworthy start for Team Sea Dubai. Too eager on the start of the second race, Sea Dubai crossed the line too early having to dip below the start mark as a penalty but they caught up well and finished fifth behind Organika.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Tough battle for Match Racing Guns
Al Constable,
After topping the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice, France Italy's Francesco Bruni and his Azzurra team flew into Perth West Australia as one of the favourites for the Sunseeker Australia Cup, the precursor event for the 2009 Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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World Champion in shock upset in Sunseeker Australia Cup Quarters
Al Constable,
Racing moved above the Narrows Bridge, where the Swan River edges past the Perth CBD, for the second set of Quarter Finals in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup on Day 3 of the series being sailed out of Royal Perth Yacht Club... [more]
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Zhik 49er Australian Championship 2009-10 - Lead shared after day one
Margaret Jensen,
Warm conditions and shifty breezes marked the first day of racing for the Zhik 49er Australian Championship today at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie. Equal in first place with seven points after four races are Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Quarter Finals day
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Sunseeker Australia Cup Day 3 started with a brisk morning breeze and some even brisker morning racing in the first quarter final flights. The first pairing on the water was 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader Adam Minoprio from New Zealand sailing against France's Mathieu Richard.... [more]
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Dubai Muscat Offshore Sailing Race video from onboard Majan
Louay Habib,
Dubai Muscat Offshore Sailing Race video has been produced by Majan's media crew member Mark Covell.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Not an easy day for fleet racing
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Today was the start of the fleet races. There were too many ups and downs to go through it all. Obviously, we did not sail great so we hope to improve on that tomorrow. Artemis had a good day.... [more]
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Team Finland skipper change in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race
Zoe Willliamson,
Eero Lehtinen, skipper of Team Finland in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has resigned for family reasons. Southampton based skipper Rob McInally will replace him. Despite his personal difficulties, Eero has shown he is a consummate professional, once again leading his team to the front of the fleet as the boats battle across the Southern Ocean towards the finish at Geraldton-Greenoug... [more]
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John Rousmaniere looks at America's Cup waterline measurement
John Rousmaniere,
Noted America's Cup historian, and correspondent, John Rousmaniere comments on the predilection of America's Cup designers to get around the various measurement rules, and in particular the measurement of Load Waterline Length, which has a particular and current significance.... [more]
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BlackMatch make strong start at Sunseeker Australia Cup
BlackMatch Racing Media,
After a seven year hiatus, the prestigious Australia Cup is back and BlackMatch Racing have the privilege to be here competing in an event with an awesome history. Past winners include Peter Gilmour, Rod Davis, Dean Barker and John Betrand, the latter who then went on to win the America's Cup for Australia the following year.... [more]
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RYA becomes the first ISAF accredited National Training Programme
The International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) new training and development programme passed a major landmark today with the accreditation of its first National Training Programme, the RYA's dinghy training in Great Britain.... [more]
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Musto Youth Match Racing Championship - New Zealand all the way
Jennifer Crooks,
Josh Junior and his crew of Matthew Steven and Chris Jones, representing Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, have won the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship in convincing style... [more]
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Sail Brisbane Day 2 - Casey leads the Finn class
Craig Heydon,
Day two of the 2009 Sail Brisbane took place in ideal sailing conditions resulting in some great racing with a number of class leaders consolidating their leads while there was also plenty of movements throughout the fleets.... [more]
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Anatomy of a Rescue - and why EPIRB's are vital for sailing boats
John Bell/Sail-World Cruising,
This description of an unavoidable incident at sea and its aftermath is a copybook account of how modern rescues should work - but the story could have been very different if there had not been an EPIRB on board. They were a team of two sail instructors and three students, but the students didn' t know the lessons they were about to learn - the hard way.... [more]
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Sea Dubai's day at the RC44 Gold Cup, Day 2
Sea Dubai Sailing Team,
The first teams out were Sea Dubai and Artemis, both boats suffered breakages but Sea Dubai won victory over Artemis giving the team a good boost. Between the next flight Kazuhiko Sofuku, the Sea Dubai bowman had to go up the mast to make repairs but spirits were high.... [more]
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Ainslie takes revenge, Bruni out of Australia Cup

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Photo FINIsh - a unique book celebrates 60 years of Finn sailing
Robert Deaves,
Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of 'Photo FINNish - 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written by some of the biggest names in sailing.... [more]
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North Sails signs up as official Race Partner for Global Ocean Race
Global Ocean Sailing Ventures Media,
In an innovative move, North Sails will also be designing a new generation of downwind sails that will be specifically for the Global Ocean Race – the GOR Code 5 and the GOR Code 3.... [more]
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