Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 4 December 2009
The Kiwis are on fire at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, and none more so than Phil Robertson and his crew aboard Waka Racing who lie in second place overall on the leaderboard having disposed of some big scalps yesterday.
This is the richest event on the World Match Racing Tour, and even on their results thus far, Waka Racing will go home with a bit more than pocket money.
Behind them, BlackMatch Racing are looking to cement their world 1 ranking for 2009 on the World Match Racing Tour. With Ben Ainslie (GBR) also in second overall, the more experienced Kiwi crew have some work ahead of them.
In this edition we feature reports from both teams, as they give their views of the action.
Certainly the action is great to follow live and the link is contained in this edition.
Although the weather is fairly blustery in Auckland at present, don't forget to catch some of the great local events this weekend including the UpTo26 Club Open day at Bayswater Marina on Sunday from 1030 to 1430hrs. There's also the 12ft skiffs racing on the Waitemata for their Auckland Championships starting today and running through to Sunday. Plus the Sir Peter Blake Regatta at Torbay. (Sorry, no publicity to hand on this event.)
If you are looking for the place to be over New Year, check out our story on Marsden Cove, they are putting on a free New Year's Eve concert in the marina with a great fireworks display. There will be Live bands including renowned Soul / Blues guitarist Billy TK Junior will be performing on a floating stage. It will be a great place to safely moor and enjoy the music.
Erik Simonson - 2009 Best of Sailing on San Fransisco Bay Eric Simonson
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Waka on fire and undefeated at Monsoon Cup, Day 2 Waka Racing, We have just come in off the water after one of team WAKA Racing's best days. Going in to todays racing we knew we had to pick our act up if we were going to make it into the next stage of this regatta and we did!... [more] Onsend this story
High Fives for Robertson and Ainslie but Williams in Trouble Rurrum, K. Terengganu, Team New Zealand WAKA Racing led by Phil Robertson and Ben Ainslie's Team Origin gave awesome displays by winning all their five races today to position themselves in a firmly for the quarter-finals berth.... [more] Onsend this story
Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta turns 170, Feb 1, 2010 Susan Robinson-Derus, On Monday, 1 February 2010, New Zealand's oldest sporting event, the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta will celebrate its 170th anniversary with a celebration of our maritime history and heritage on land and sea with a fleet of sail boats, classic yachts, tugboats and tall ship as well as two Australian contenders.... [more] Onsend this story
New Year's Eve concert at Marsden Cove marina plus fireworks display Sail-World.com, Marsden Cove is putting on a free New Year's Eve concert in the marina with a great fireworks display. Live bands including renowned Soul / Blues guitarist Billy TK Junior will be performing on a floating stage. It will be a great place to safely moor and enjoy the music.... [more] Onsend this story
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] Onsend this story
Awesome weekend of Skiff sailing ahead on Waitemata Hamish Hey, Hot on the heels of the Auckland Champs weekend with the 18's the nation's 12ft Skiffs will assemble on mass for the Interdominon Trials this weekend. Racing starts 1pm on Friday afternoon (4 Dec) and concludes on Sunday (6 Dec). With fresh easterlies and an outgoing tide on Friday afternoon there promises to be plenty of spectacular action for spectators along the Tamaki waterfront... [more] Onsend this story
The Best Of 2009 SF Regattas Imagery by Erik Simonson Erik Simonson, Revisit the 2009 sailing season with images by Erik Simonson of h2oshots.com from the largest ever Three Bridge Fiasco, South Tower Demons smack downs at the Crewed Lightship, The 1st ever Kiteboard Worlds, Some mighty mights in Optis, the excitement of the 505 Worlds and the glamour of the Big Boat Series to the spirits of the Great Pumpkin and everything in between! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!... [more] Onsend this story
Yachting NZ Briefings for 3 December 2009 Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch bounce back after shaky start, to lead Monsoon Cup BlackMatch Racing Media, Firstly we hope you all have had a chance to check out the live action on our website www.blackmatchracing.com and with the round robin resuming there is plenty more sailing to come. With on board cameraman, commentary from the legendary PJ Montgomery... [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
World Match Monsoon Cup – World Champion out, who else? Rob Kothe, Monsoon Cup 2009 Day 2 and after the monsoon drama of the first day, the toughest racing day so far in the history of the regatta, today a World Champion probably exits the event and another star is born.... [more] Onsend this story
Monsoon Cup images from racing on Day 2 Monsoon Cup, Enjoy theses images from today's racing at the Monsoon Cup. The world's best match racers are battling each other to win the Monsoon Cup, which is the final stage of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more] Onsend this story
25% off The Dark Blue Whos Who Book of Yacht Racing until 5th Dec . ., Do you have a customer, partner or VIP that would benefit from receiving a copy of the Who's Who of Yacht Racing? With 25% off the price of the DARK BLUE BOOK until the 5th of December, this book of key contacts is a great gift. The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some of yacht racing's most influential people in... [more] Onsend this story
Don't run into Ships - Find out all you need to know about AIS Basil Orr, CANANZ meeting will demonstrate AIS Watchmate system - 7:30pm Monday 14 December at Richmond Yacht Club. Jeff Robbins, the designer and manufacturer of the Watchmate AIS system will describe the AIS system and demonstrate the Watchmate. He has cruised the world on his own yacht.... [more] Onsend this story
Wild Oats XI declared ‘race ready' for 2009 Rolex Sydney - Hobart race Rob Mundle, Bob Oatley's 30.48 metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, which will this year face its strongest ever challenge for supremacy in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, has been declared ‘absolutely race ready' by skipper Mark Richards following an intense 24-hour sailing trial off Sydney.... [more] Onsend this story
Phuket King's Cup 2009 - 'shoot me, shoot me' part II Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The 'Lay Day' is, correctly, a reserve day to allow "catch up" on the race programme if necessary. Weary sailors think it's a day off, and the media barons welcome a break in the sequence of daily deadlines to get back on track too.... [more] Onsend this story
Phuket King's Cup 2009 - caught in the act Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Can't say 'captured on film' any longer, and the 'Kodak moment' is defunct, so I guess these are 'occasions recorded on a digital sensor' but that sounds rather cumbersome. Not all the photos get used in the press releases and stories, but they don't necessarily end up on the Press Room floor either (so to speak). So here's a bit of 'colour and movement, colour and movement, possums'...... [more] Onsend this story
Laying low on King's Cup Lay Day Tracey Johnstone, It's Lay Day at the Phuket King's Cup and the crews are talking about golf, shopping, massages and sleep after completing three of the five days racing in the international regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on Sail-World.com Sail-World.com, Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now, on Sail-World.com... [more] Onsend this story
Beau Geste sets a new Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup record International Maxi Association News, The Chinese maxi yacht Beau Geste crossed today the finishing line at Sint Maarten, concluding the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009 from Tenerife after 9 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds, which is the new record of the course.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup announces Revised Scoring System for 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, The ISAF Sailing World Cup today announced a revised scoring system for the 2009-2010 season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia later this month. The ISAF Sailing World Cup incorporates seven events across Australia, the USA, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain... [more] Onsend this story
2010 International Moth Worlds has a new title sponsor Bridgid Murphy, The Sportlifestyle company Puma continues their love of extreme sailing and signed on to be the title sponsor of the International Moth Worlds 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup heavyweights pit their wits at Phuket King's Cup Regatta Duncan Worthington, The 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta welcomes a record fleet of 111 boats this year, with 936 registered sailors taking part. Add to that the 19 dinghies that raced over the opening weekend and this is the biggest sailing fleet the Regatta has ever seen. Beijing Olympics aside, this is biggest fleet of racing keel boats Asia has ever seen.... [more] Onsend this story
Monsoon Cup images from Day One Monsoon Cup, Images from the Monsoon Cup. Day One was completed in testing conditions, with torrentail rain in the morning easing to showers and stopping at times in the afternoon.... [more] Onsend this story
Waka Racing reports on the Monsoon Cup - Day 1 Waka Racing, The name says it all, Monsoon Cup. Landing yesterday morning in Kuala Terengganu, the rain was evident. Land flooded and drains blocked meaning alot of current on the water. With over 24 hours of constant rain there was more than 4 knots of current running at the strongest point.... [more] Onsend this story
The Monsoon Cup 2009 - The Toughest Day at the Office Rob Kothe & Al Constable, The 2005 and 2008 Monsoon Cup champion Peter Gilmour summed up after day one of the Monsoon Cup. ‘It was tough, give no quarter and take no quarter, that's the way it was today. The start was super critical, for a short while the pin end worked. Then it was back to the boat end and head right, if you mucked it up boy you had a lot of work to do. But actually with plenty of wind it was a sensationa... [more] Onsend this story
Monsoon Cup World Tour finals live on BlackMatch Racing Website BlackMatch Racing Media, After a great preparation last week in Perth narrowly losing out 3-2 to Ben Ainslie in the semi final of the Australia Cup, we have arrived in Malaysia in good spirits with a very good shot at being crowned the 2009 World Match Racing Champions.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup savvy pays off for NZ team in Phuket King's Cup Tracey Johnstone, Chris Dickson, one of the most recognisable names in international yachting, again showed his brilliance on the race track, leading the small boat in the hot Racing division to convincing podium finishes in both of today's challenging races.... [more] Onsend this story
Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain Sail Bahrain media, Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foreign Office and the British and Bahrain Embassies for all their help and for bringing the matter to a swift conclusion and to the Iranian authorities for their understanding.... [more] Onsend this story
One week to go to the World Yacht Racing Forum MaxComm Communication, Impressive turnout of over 400 delegates expected at next week's second World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco, Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and the 1st International Superyacht Coatings Conference.... [more] Onsend this story
Mach 2 Moth up for grabs in charity auction Audi Victoria Week, A high tech Mach 2 yacht will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for international children's charity, Variety. The donated yacht is courtesy of McConaghy, which has signed on as a partner of Australia's largest sailing event, Audi Victoria Week.... [more] Onsend this story
CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran Richard Gladwell, CNN is reporting that Iranian news sources are reporting that the five British sailors captured a week ago have been released, by Iranian authorities. The release is believed to have taken place five or six hours ago, although the news is only just being announced.... [more] Onsend this story
Devine Countdown to International 14 World Championship Neil Patchett, More than 100 entries have been received for the CST Composites International 14 World Championship to be sailed on Sydney Harbour after Christmas.... [more] Onsend this story
Wild Thing Supermaxi checks in for a weigh and measure Jody O'Brien, There's an old saying that if you want a job done, give it to a busy person, and you wouldn't find anyone much busier this week than Victorian yachtsman & property developer, Grant Wharington. Wharington, who owns & skippers the supermaxi Wild Thing, has been working around the clock with his crew to get the boat ready for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart... [more] Onsend this story
SolOceans One-design attempt - Liz Wardley hits something SolOceans media, Around-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans - OceanoScientific® Campaign 2009-2010. Message from Liz Wardley this morning onboard the SolOceans One-design to Yvan Griboval (President of SailingOne), while she was at around 150 nautical miles South-West from Finistère (Brittany - France): 'It happened at around 0330 UT, I was sailing at 20 Knots with one reef in the main-sail and the staysail... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island finds the breeze Clipper Ventures Media, Hull & Humber leaves Cape Town and resumes racing. Out in the Southern Ocean the leaders are closing in on the scoring gate and it's a nail biting and frustrating time everyone, with Cape Breton Island going fast and Team Finland struck by whale in the boat's stern area... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy World Match Racing Tour Media, The 2010 Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia. A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward 9 skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year.... [more] Onsend this story
Inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia 2009 and more to come Extreme Sailing Series Asia, Extreme Sailing Series Asia - The Best of 2009 and More to Come in 2010... For the planned six events in 2010, four countries are already confirmed, with events taking place in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Venue announcements will be made over the coming months, but it can be confirmed today that the final round of the Extreme Sailing Series 2010 will take place in the region of Andalucia, S... [more] Onsend this story
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