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Sail-World New Zealand: 16 December 2009

Press Conference at the Auckland Town Hall to announce the Auckland Festival of sail. Attended by RNZYS Commodore Scott Colebrook, Auckland Mayor John Banks, and Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 December 2009

Submissions close in and hour on the National Government's proposals to encourage a fourfold increase in the value of aquaculture industry by 2025, equating to a fourfold increase by seafarming of our present coastal cruising grounds.

You can make a difference by lodging a submission against these proposals, and tell them to get their hands off our coastlines - it will probably be the last chance you will ever get.

This morning the Auckland City mayor, John Banks announced a one month Festival of Sail for Auckland. Three events will take place including a new match racing series, and details were announced of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.

We have all the details in this issue and will cover the Volvo Race stopover on the website in a separate story.

From New York this morning comes the news that the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has come down, once again on the side of the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club, on both the question of the measurement rules, specifically rudders in the determination of Load Waterline length, and also the venue - which must be Valencia.

BMW ORACLE Racing - Wing loading on to "Ocean Lady" ready for shipping to Valencia  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In a later release, Societe Nautique de Geneve confirmed that the 33rd match will take place on 8 February 2010 in Valencia.

That should bring an end to the two year America's Cup Legal saga. All legal avenues would now seem to be exhausted. Yet to come is the Breach of Fiduciary Duty charge leveled against SNG as Trustee of the America's Cup. Next phase in that game is at the end of January. Suffice to say SNG is not quite as black as they are painted in this regard. More more of that later in Sail-World - it is an issue we have been researching for a month or so.

More importantly is the fact that the Louis Vuitton Trophy to be sailed in Auckland should be the first regatta in the 34th America's Cup cycle - and that will create huge interest in the event and the fortunes of the teams.

Hakes Marine staff almost at the end of another successful project. - Launch of Haspa Hamburg  Adrian Rumney

Sail Melbourne is underway on Port Philip Bay. As the first event on the ISAF World Cup circuit, the event seems to have failed to fire. The fleets are stacked with Australian sailors, and internationals looking for World Cup points. In the light of what was announced in Auckland today, one wonders how long this regatta will retain its World Cup status, or if it is time for it to move across the Tasman and become part of the Festival of Sail.

Some fresh thinking will be required by Kiwis and ISAF to achieve this transition, but it would seem to be long overdue. The problem being the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta at the end of January 2010, which is killing the Down Under event.

Kiwi Skud 18 team crossing the finish line at Sail Melbourne - Sail Melbourne Kiwi Skud 18 team  Rob Hielkema

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.

Variety of boats on the ramp at Pt Chevalier SC- PCSC Junior Programme  Craig Whitehead

Several of the stories appearing in this edition have been submitted via our online submission facility. You can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news by Clicking Here - all copy will be published, please include a photo or three with a side over 1280px wide. There's a new big icon on the home page of to make it even easier for you. You will now be automatically informed when your submission has been posted and which regions it has been posted to - a great way to get exposure for your club, class, event, program or campaign.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Trifecta of international regattas for Auckland's Festival of Sail
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland Mayor John Banks announced today the Auckland Festival of Sail — three major international regattas to be held on the Waitemata Harbour in March 2010. The three major intrenational sailing regattas will be held in conjunction with the Auckland International Boat Show The events will bring together leading professional international match racing skippers and teams and top-ranked amateur... [more]
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America's Cup: BMW Oracle Racing leaves San Diego bound for Valencia
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team has departed San Diego for Valencia, Spain, in preparation for February's 33rd America's Cup Match. The cargo ship Oceanlady left the Port of San Diego early on Tuesday afternoon and turned south. It will pass through the Panama Canal before heading across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. The trip to Valencia will take approximately three weeks, d... [more]
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52' Haspa Hamburg launched in Wellington
Adrian Rumney,
Tuesday saw the launch in Wellington of the latest build by Hakes Marine, a Judel Vrolijk designed 52' race yacht. Haspa Hamburg is the 14th 'Hamburg' of the Hamburgischer Verien Seefart (HVS) a Hamburg based club that has a focus on giving young sailors the opportunity to learn and exercise offshore sailing and the first of the club's boats to also carry the name of sponsor Haspa Bank.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum: Read the wraap up wrap up and see the Videos
MaxComm Communication,
See the videos as the World Yacht Racing Forum brings light on future of the America's Cup. Last week's World Yacht Racing Forum America's Cup session brought clear answers from both Alinghi and BMW ORACLE Racing. Publically united for the first time since two years, Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth agreed on several key elements.... [more]
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More Optimist Sailing Options on the City Side
Chris Mitchell,
The Pt Chevalier Sailing Club will be running a junior sailing programme for children aged 9 yrs and above in Term 1, 2010. The Club has had a great Junior Programme in term 4 and is happy to expand this a little bit further next year... [more]
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Kiwi Skud 18 Team report on Day Two from Sail Melbourne
Robert Hielkema,
The Kiwi Skud 18 Team (Tim Dempsey and Pauline Eitjes) report on Day Two from Sail Melbourne: Sail Melbourne is the first regatta in the 2010 ISAF World Cup series. There are 13 nations competing in this Asia Pacific round. Our boat park is sourounded by 49ers, Lasers, 2.4s, Laser Radials, 470's, Laser 4.7's, Finns, various board sailors and of course Skud 18's... [more]
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America's Cup: Appeal decision announced on Rules and Venue
Richard Gladwell,
In a not unexpected decision, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has declined to uphold the Appeal lodged by SNG in respect of the Venue and Rules issues. Accordingly the Match will take place in Valencia on 8 February 2010.... [more]
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Etihad Stadium supermaxi mast on its way
Etihad Stadium Media,
The replacement mast for Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium Supermaxi has been secured and paid for, then cut in half for ease of transport, and 50% of the cargo plane puzzle has been solved ... now it's just a case of hurry up but wait, until the mast arrives in Australia... [more]
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Josh McKenzie-Brown reports on Day 2 Sail Melbourne Regatta
Joshua McKenzie-Brown,
Sail Melbourne Day 2 in the 2.4 Class: Today was much lighter than yesterday with around 5 knots in the first race and 7-8 knots in the second, with relatively flat seas. Race 1 was a disaster. I started too far back from the line and struggled up the first beat. The first downwind I gained a little on the people ahead and consolidated this gain on the next upwind... [more]
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Sponsors announced for Auckland International Boat Show 2010
Marine Industry Association NZ,
Auckland International Boat Show is delighted to announce the official sponsors and partners to the event, 10-14 March 2010.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race 4 Finish line in sight for some teams
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: Race 4, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. Day 23 report. Everything is still to play for in Race 4 and despite extending their lead over the Australian team to 14 nautical miles, the crew on board Team Finland is not foolish enough to assume that line honours will be theirs.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup
World Match Racing Tour,
The Monsoon Cup will be airing on Sky Channel 433 in the UK and Ireland tonight Tuesday 15/12/09 at 23.00hrs. It will then be repeated on Sky Channel 437 at 23.00hrs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge; Crichton Takes Two Wins in One Race
Crosbie Lorimer,
Tenacity and patience are clearly characteristics on which Neville Crichton, owner and skipper of the 100 foot supermaxi Alfa Romeo , places great value Alfa Romeo shadowed Wild Oats XI for most of the race, staying close enough to pounce should the Wild Oats crew make even the smallest mistake. Crichton and crew were duly rewarded at the last top mark when the Wild Oats spinnaker formed a w... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Day 2 - Top crews move further ahead
Sail Melbourne media,
Sail Melbourne Day 2. What a difference a day makes. After the strong breeze and heavy seas of day one, today was a completely different picture at Sail Melbourne with light winds and very little swell dictating play.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Alfa Romeo puts the brakes on Wild Oats
Lisa Ratcliff,
Neville Crichton's 100 foot Alfa Romeo has sounded the warning bell for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart, capitalising on a costly mistake aboard Wild Oats XI to take a resounding victory in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.... [more]
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SP and High Modulus combine after Gurit acquisition
Hannah Keddie,
SP, the marine business of Gurit – supplier to the race boat, superyacht and high-performance custom, production and workboat sector – has acquired its composite engineering and materials competitor High Modulus and will now operate under the new brand name, SP/HighModulus.... [more]
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Liz Wardley is off again on SolOceans to New Zealand
SolOceans Media,
Around-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans. Since her departure from the Bay of Concarneau on Saturday 12 December at 1.00pm (1200 UT), Liz Wardley (Skipper Sojasun) has quickly crossed the Bay of Biscay. Thanks to a NE 15-30 knot wind, she kept a steady rhythm onboard the SolOceans One-design.... [more]
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18 ft Skiffs Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy pictures,
18ft Skiffs Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy was sailed on Sunday 13th December 2009 on Sydney Harbour. Thurlow Fisher-City crewed by newly crowned NSW champions Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas was a comfortable winner.... [more]
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Etihad Stadium faces its own challenge on SOLAS Big Boat Day
Jody O'Brien,
Whilst their competitors line up for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour today, the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi crew have got their own action happening on both sides of the ditch to get their boat to the start line on Boxing Day.... [more]
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ICAP Leopard's attempt at prestigious treble
Henry Foster,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is about to land in Australia. Whilst ICAP Leopard will be hoping for more moderate conditions than those of the '98 race, Slade and his crew will still be eyeing the forecasts and praying for a stiff breeze.... [more]
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Josh McKenzie-Brown reports on Day 1 Sail Melbourne Regatta
Joshua McKenzie-Brown,
Josh McKenzie-Brown (18) reports from Day 1 of the Sail Melbourne regatta being sailed on Port Philip Bay. Sail Melbourne is the first round in the 2010 ISAF World Cup circuit. John is competing in the 2.4Mtr singlehanded class with the objective of representing New Zealand in the 2012 Paralympics at Weymouth.... [more]
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Fourteen top Singapore Youth Sailors experience Life at the Extreme
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia. In Singapore fourteen young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world's best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. It wasn't just fun for the youth sailors, the opportunity to take the stars of the future out sailing was also a treat for the professional crews.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup - Sail Melbourne Day 1
Sail Melbourne media,
Day one of racing at the 2009 Sail Melbourne regatta is complete with a strong breeze and big waves providing perfect racing conditions for the opening round of the 2009/2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Canada's Michael Leigh leads the Laser Class, Page Raily (USA) leaders Laser Radials and Australia's Page and Belcher the M470... [more]
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McConaghy built Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats & ICAP Leopard to battle it out
John Curnow,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Showdown - With at least six 100 foot Super Maxi's competing for Line Honours, the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is likely to become one of the most historic ever. However the real race and the one everyone is talking about, is the battle between the three 'winningest' Supermaxis the world has ever seen - Alfa Romeo II, ICAP Leopard III and Wild Oats XI.... [more]
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The NZ 12ft Skiff fleet name their 12 boat team to take on Australia
Hamish Hey,
The NZ Team to contest the Don Brooke Memorial at the Barfoot and Thomson 50th 12ft Skiff Inter-Dominions has been named. A fleet of 16 boats contested the selection trials with some tight racing on the inner Waitemata Harbour out of the Auckland Sailing Club last weekend.... [more]
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OceansWatch sailors help clean-up Tonga
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch members on the Ha'apai group of islands in Tonga contributed to the success of an enormous cleanup event in October organized by the New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines. In this major effort to clean their coastlines, Ha'apai Islands have provided a blue print for other like communities around the World.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe reports on her trip to Perth, Western Australia
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports on her trip to Perth, Western Australia. So, Perth is a city of about 1.6 million people located as far away from America as is possible. It is on the west coast of Australia, and is a four and a half hour flight from Sydney. I knew it was a good distance across Australia, but I didn't quite realize that it was that wide.... [more]
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New Year's Eve concert at Marsden Cove marina plus fireworks display,
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]
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