Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 2 December 2009
In this edition we are breaking the story of Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO, Grant Dalton confirming that he is in discussions with the Spanish telco, Telefonica, about an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race.
No official announcement has yet been made, and the shape of that involvement is not disclosed. In this edition we discuss a couple of options, and are strongly led to believe that Dalton will not be severing his ties with the America's Cup racing team.
We are also carrying a story from yesterday on the seizure of a VOR60, Sail Bahrain who ventured 500metres into Iranian waters. From news reports the crew are safe and are being treated well, at this stage. Significantly the scene of the boarding is about 60 miles away from the coast of Ras al-Khaimah proposed venue for the 2010 America's Cup and about which concerns on this very type of incident were raised by the US Challenger and dismissed by regatta organisers.
Waka Racing to leeward of TeamOrigin's Ben Ainslie at the 2009 Australia Cup, Perth
We have several items of local news including an update on the Fitzroy Yachts Trans Tasman Race; the arrival of an Open 60, destined to have a serious crack at the local racing scene and she is entered in the Round Australia race; Waka Racing report on their forays into the international match racing circuit; Salthouse Marine is moving to the water; and the OK's have concluded another Pre-Worlds selection event in the build up to the World Championships in Wellington in 2010.
BMW Oracle Racing's BOR90 is hauled out in San Diego for the last time before being shipped to Valencia. BMW Oracle Racing Team Blog
The America's Cup continues to percolate with a breakage aboard Alinghi 5 during sailing trials in a seaway off Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) plus there is a video from skipper Brad Butterworth on the Americas's Cup Defender, plus some very cool sailing footage. In San Diego, BMW Oracle Racing have hauled BOR90 for shipping to Valencia, plus a few modifications beforehand. We are also featuring an interview with Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - who is the mainsail trimmer on board the BOR 90 he explains to Peter Rusch of BMWOracleRacings blogsite what it is like to switch from soft to hardsails.
And if you are looking for Christmas gifts, don't forget to check out the J-Class calendar in this edition.
Sail-World's focus shifts to the Monsoon Cup being sailed in Malaysia. Sail-World has editors at the venue, and will be following the fortunes of BlackMatch Racing who will be keen to retain their world 1 ranking for 2009, and a second New Zealand crew, Waka Racing who are on the up, and are poised to break into the top echelon of the match racing scene. The regatta is again being sailed in a fleet of Bakewell-White designs - custom built for the event.
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Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race Richard Gladwell, Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton has confirmed to Sail-World that he has been in discussion with Spanish telco Telefonica regarding an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Dalton would not disclose the specifics of his involvement, saying: 'It is no secret of my desire to be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race and yes I have spoken to Telefonica. There is no commitment at this stage..... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge - November News Lindsay Wright, The 11th singlehanded transTasman yacht arce from Port Taranaki (New Plymouth) to Mooloolaba, Queensland sets sail on 4th April 2010. there are 23 entries, including seven Australians and two women, the biggest fleet ever.... [more] Onsend this story
J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present Titch Blachford, Capture some of the original 1930s J Class magic, along with fleet news and photography in the brand new desktop J Class calendar for 2010. Taking a month each, the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour are all featured, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger and Hanuman. There are further photographs and information on J Class yachts currently in bui... [more] Onsend this story
Free PC for Christmas with Seatrack software Lisa Mylchreest, Here is the best offer Sail-World has been able to find this week for Christmas - you can forget the hassle of installing software, drivers, charts and security systems when you want new navigations software. Seatrack Cruiser packages come ‘Ready-to-Go' Packages with all equipment pre-installed, and, before Christmas, the packages include a FREE NETBOOK PC.... [more] Onsend this story
King's Cup day two came down to finding a 'get out of jail' card Tracey Johnstone, Racing in day two of the 23rd Phuket King's Cup got off to a clean start with the fleet of 111 boats across 11 divisions revelling in the light air and flat sea. But it eventually came down to a matter of finding the get out of goal card for many of the yachts in today's racing as continuing light winds and strong coastal currents played havoc with the results of many of the mid-fleets... [more] Onsend this story
Cheese on trimming an America's Cup wingsail Peter Rusch, Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - is the mainsail trimmer on board BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR 90. Just an enormous wing sail. A veteran of three round the world races, he has previously been with AmericaOne and BMW Oracle Racing in the America's Cup. We caught up with him over the weekend following the final testing session in San Diego.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Alinghi suffers breakage testing in a seaway + video Alinghi Media, Alinghi 5 is being lifted out of the water this evening in Ras Al Khaimah after suffering a minor breakage while sailing today in an unusually big sea state in the Arabian Gulf. The giant catamaran will be checked over and repaired ready for more training in the coming days.... [more] Onsend this story
Waka Racing reports on Asia Match Racing and Australia Cup waka, The Waka Racing team has been extremely busy over the last three weeks. Firstly was the Asian Match Racing Championship in Malaysia where we won with extraordinary style by not dropping a race. This also doubled up as the qualifier for the Monsoon Cup which is the last World Match Racing Tour event of the year.... [more] Onsend this story
New Zealand Open 60 will aim at Round Australia Race Zoe hawkins, One of the world's most successful record beating sailing machines has arrived in Auckland. The Open 60 now named Team G3, and formerly known as Geant is one of a breed of Open 60 trimarans built to excel at one thing: sailing fast. Measuring 18m (60 foot) in length and 18m (60 foot) wide, with a mast height of 30m (100 feet), the Open 60 was imported by New Zealand sailor Simon Hu... [more] Onsend this story
Purdie takes second OK title at Napier worlds selection round Ben Morrison, The 2009 East Coast Champs represented the fourth regatta in this season's OK ranking and NZ team selection series, and the final chance for competitors to rack up some points before the New Zealand National Championships are held in late January, just before the Worlds begins on 4 February.... [more] Onsend this story
Salthouse Marine – moves closer to the water salthouse marine, As the year comes to a close, Salthouse Marine is undertaking the mammoth task of moving factory. Their new facility on the Concourse in Auckland places them at the water's edge... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour - All at stake at the Monsoon Cup Rob Kothe & Al Constable, The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the nine stage 2009 World Match Racing Tour will commence on the Pulau Duyong Basin course in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow and the stage is set for an epic battle.... [more] Onsend this story
Sanyo Maris withdraws from Rolex Sydney Hobart Rolex Sydney Hobart Media/Sail-World, Sanyo Maris along with J Steel Yeah Baby have withdrawn their applications to enter the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more] Onsend this story
Kiwi skippered Volvo60 seized by Iranians off America's Cup venue Richard Gladwell, Five crew members of a VOR60 have been captured and detained by Iran after their yacht strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial waters late last week. The yacht, the Kingdom of Bahrain, was sailing from Dubai, UAE, and strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial near the island of Sirri, 45nm off the coast of United Arab Emirates. She was on a voyage from Bahrain to Dubai, and was in the vicini... [more] Onsend this story
King's Cup race day two with early leaders ready for battle Tracey Johnstone, Race day two in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup and the record international fleet are in for a stronger breeze day as they tackle the stunning sailing conditions close to the island coast. Cruiser/Racer Race Officer, Ross Chisholm, said with “quite a nice breeze out there already” he is looking to send these fleets out around the south islands. Racing division RO and Principle Race Officer Jerry Ro... [more] Onsend this story
Masterful tacticians sail ahead on Day Two of the Phuket King's Cup Event Media, Sailing the Phuket King's Cup Regatta has proved to be a challenge for all classes on Day Two of Asia's most popular regatta. Strong currents and variable wind conditions were an advantage for the most experienced skippers only. The day two race is sponsored Kata Group Resorts Thailand.... [more] Onsend this story
Phuket wind shifts and strong current challenges first day King's Cup Tracey Johnstone, In the first day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup, it was Hong Kong's Neil Pryde and his Hi-Fi crew that finally earned overall Racing division handicap honours after a disastrous second race start and then a brilliant recovery. In other divisions there were some great results as some defending champions held their ground while other fell over under the pressure of stiff competition.... [more] Onsend this story
Blue Water Rally yacht sinks - cruisers to the rescue Des Ryan, A British flagged yacht just about to participate in the renowned Blue Water Round World Cruising Rally has sunk, with its crew being rescued in remote waters by fellow cruising sailors.... [more] Onsend this story
Fantastic finale for the Sea Dubai Sailing Team RC 44 Gold Cup Dubai Sea Dubai Sailing Team, Sea Dubai kept the best till last and proved what they can do and how well they can do it today. It was promising from the start; the wind came in early sending a great buzz around the event village and down to the dock. The piece de resistance was the last race; on home ground the home team raced a superb race that left the rest of the fleet standing.... [more] Onsend this story
Paul Cayard on Katusha's overall performance Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Paul Cayard, For the last race, we had a good start, actually all of our starts were good all week and that is a credit to Bob Little and Morgan Gutenkunst. We were battling away in 5th most of the race and then we passed Aqua down the final run to finish 4th in the last one. It was not our best regatta that is for sure. We made a lot of mistakes and had more than the normal amount of things go against us. So... [more] Onsend this story
Nearly $23,000 to charities following 2009 HCW 24-hour yacht race HCW Event Media, On Monday November 30, at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto, members of the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour yacht race organising committee handed over cheques totalling nearly $23,000 to charities supported by this year's event.... [more] Onsend this story
Wild Thing Supermaxi ready for her new longer keel Jody O'Brien, The preparation of the supermaxi Wild Thing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart steps up a gear on Monday morning at 8am with the new 7 metre keel ready to go into the boat. The 98 foot hull will be lifted out of the water by two 50 tonne cranes at Westgate Ports in the Docklands in Melbourne and delicately lowered onto the new keel, with the boat to be then carefully re-launched into the water by the cr... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky on fire going into Monsoon 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] Onsend this story
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] Onsend this story
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