Outstanding performances from Kiwi crews in World Cup...Cup date controversy...Rolex Big-Boat series in Sydney

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Sail-World New Zealand: 21 December 2009

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh take the Gold Medal at Sail Melbourne in the Womens 470  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 21 December 2009

Our apologies if you have previously received this newsletter - it is a live test on issues we have been having with subscribers with xtra.co.nz addresses.

The flames of controversy continue to flicker around the America's Cup and also at the Louis Vuitton Trophy, with the story we broke on Saturday that the 33rd Match would revert to the best of three series starting on 8 February 2010, as ordered by the New York Supreme Court.

Today, we have no real change on that situation, despite talking to several sources internationally.

Our understanding is that the practical deadline for confirmation of live coverage is the end of this week. One of the issues being trying to cover an event which could span an area of 3000sq kms, be over 20 miles offshore - and with no-one with their hand up (maybe save for the City of valencia) to fund this exercise. While we all take armchair live television coverage for granted these days, it doesn't just happen, and is very expensive (much less so when ARL's graphics package is used).

Moving to the Louis Vuitton Trophy came the news in the weekend that BMW Oracle Racing have pulled out of the Auckland event. Our information is that this decision was made two weeks ago. At the Media Briefing, last Wednesday, Emirates Team NZ CEO named nine teams (including BMW Oracle Racing) , saying that he expected one of those to be out of the event. So maybe the unexpected was expected.

Rolex Trophy Series, Day 3 - Sat Dec 19 2009  Andrea Francolini ©

In this issue we feature two reports from New Zealand Olympic crews reporting on their Australian buildup regattas. One - Team Jolly took the Gold medal at Sail Melbourne, the first event in the ISAF World Cup. They also performed very well competing against the Men, and it was perhaps this performance that was their real highlight. The 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke took second place at sail Melbourne behind the current World Champions, and look set for an interesting World Championship in Bermuda in January 2010.

Rolex Trophy Series, Day 3 - Sat Dec 19 2009  Andrea Francolini ©

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Team Jolly Aussie 2009 Update: Sail Sydney and Sail Melbourne
Team Jolly Media,
New 470 Womens crew, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie reflect on the recently completed Sail Melbourne Open 470 event on Port Philip Bay, Melbourne: Time for the last update of 2009! It has been a rather busy year for us, and we have just finished competing in the Australian Sail Down Under series, which for us consisted of the Sail Sydney Regatta (SIRS) in the first week of December, and last week, the S... [more]
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Burling and Tuke report on Australia and look to the Bahama Worlds
Burling Media,
Top 49er crew Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report on Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney Regattas and look ahead to the Worlds in the Bahamas: On November 20th we joined Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen, the current 49er World champions, for a training camp in Sydney. Fantastic to be sailing with the world's best.... [more]
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Englishman dies in Phuket boating accident
Phuket Gazette,
An Englishman died on Saturday after the Hobie catamaran he was sailing in with two friends capsized off Koh Hei. Chalong police identified the deceased as UK national Kevin Corrigan, a retired former employee of AIG Insurance.... [more]
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Z Corp Dash for Cash - 2010 International Moth Australian Championship
Guy Skinner,
Slalom/Sprint series Monday 4 January 3:30-6:00pm South of Perth Yacht Club... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Race coverage goes mobile
Jennifer Crooks,
Yachting enthusiasts across Australia and New Zealand will this year have instant mobile access to the most comprehensive race result service in the history of the world renowned Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Platu 25 Sprint series final race day
Hamish Brown,
Last night the Platu 25 fleet headed out for the final night of the pre Christmas Sprint races. With a blustery 25-30 knot Sou west blowing the fleet set out across the harbour for the first 2 lap sprint race... [more]
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International Optimists Asian Championship
Langkawi, Malaysia,
International Optimists (IODA) Asian Championship full event reports. The event ran from December 12 to 20 in Langkawi, Malaysia. Apart from an OCS in race 10, Noppakao Poompat sailed flawlessly to continue her dominace of the fleet. After discards, she had an incredible 18 point lead over her closest rival.... [more]
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Launceston to Hobart - Secret Weapon in duel for line honours
Peter Campbell,
Hobart yacht owners Gary Smith and Geoff White will have a 'secret weapon' aboard their 45-footer, re-named The Fork in the Road in a bid to outsail rival owner Andrew Hunn in his 40-footer Mr Kite. The two yachts are again expected to duel for line honours in the L2H, with The Fork in the Road defending her line honours win last year.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating Series: Limit wins series – Living Doll the race
Di Pearson CYCA Media,
They judged the Shark Island start perfectly, were the third yacht heading out of Sydney Harbour and then Alan Brierty and his Limit crew mowed down the JV 72 RÁN, gybing inside her under spinnaker, with the finish line in sight, catching a nice puff to beat RÁN, and more importantly, Loki, their main adversary for the series.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Fast Track - an impossible dream for Etihad Stadium?
Jody O'Brien,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - dismasted nine days ago, on a delivery passage to Sydney. its been a roller coaster ride for the owner and crew of the former Sydney Hobart line honours winner Skandia Wild Thing now renamed Etihad Stadium. Project Start Line is on track for the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi with Grant Wharington and his crew pleased with their progress over the weekend to prepare the 98 f... [more]
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Pictures reveal Antarctic marine life in area of rapid climate change
British Antarctic Survey,
New photographs of ice fish, octopus, sea pigs, giant sea spiders, rare rays and beautiful basket stars that live in Antarctica's continental shelf seas are revealed this week by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). BAS photographer Peter Bucktrout took stunning images of an astonishingly rich and unusual variety of life from on and above the deep continental shelf.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Series pictures from Andrea Francolini
Rolex Trophy Rating Series pictures from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Passage Series – Alfa Romeo comes out firing
Di Pearson,
Neville Crichton and his Alfa Romeo crew made short work of Day 1 of the Rolex Trophy Passage Series. In what was ultimately a reaching race for the top half of the fleet, it was a comfortable offshore race sailed under a sunny sky on relatively flat seas.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating Series - Loki throws a spanner in the works
Di Pearson,
Rolex Trophy Rating Series - Stephen Ainsworth's Loki has thrown a spanner in the works of near-sistership Limit, owned by Alan Brierty, today taking control of the Rolex Trophy Rating Series. It was Loki's turn in the Passage Race. 'Conditions were changeable, but it was basically a reach in and a reach out for the first few boats.' - Stephen Ainsworth.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Swiss fail to back latest America's Cup moves
Richard Gladwell,
In the 'He ran, she ran' crazy world of the America's Cup, it seems that the deal to change the dates on the America's Cup and run with an extended regatta are no more, and that Societe Nautique de Geneve have backed away from undertakings given earlier today.... [more]
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UK maxi ICAP Leopard ready for ashes style battle with aussie defender
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media,
UK maxi ICAP Leopard will arrive in Sydney on Saturday 19 December, ready to race and hungry to beat the rest of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet to Hobart.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dates to move? Latest from Valencia
Leading Spanish website, www.valenciasailing.com updates on the latest moves in the 33rd America's Cup to change the dates and extend the series: 'Representatives from Alinghi and BMW Oracle held another meeting on Thursday afternoon, together with the Mayor of Valencia but also the President of the Valencia Region, a sign that the city and the region are eager to fully back the event. One of the... [more]
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Iconic maxi Lion New Zealand returns to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media,
Twenty-five years on from its line honours victory in the great Australian ocean classic, iconic Kiwi Whitbread maxi Lion New Zealand has returned to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Lion New Zealand was built in 1984 for Sir Peter Blake and was his entry in the 1985/86 Whitbread Round The World yacht race.... [more]
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Thank You, Roy - Lynn Fitzpatrick reflects
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
I was driving down the Long Beach Freeway when I heard the news that one of the greatest benefactors to sailing in the United States, Roy E. Disney, had passed away. Before I knew it I was in front of Gladstone's, practically a shrine to Disney's Pyewackets and their string of yachting victories. Numerous Pyewacket models decorate the bar and restaurant, which has become home to the Los Angeles... [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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