Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 21 December 2009
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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.
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.
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Swan Transatlantic Challenge 2009 - Tie at the top Nauter Swan Racing Office, Swan 70 Stay Calm owned by Stuart Robinson, and Swan 48 Amoress 2 owned by Mats Gustafsson, have victoriously finished the 2,700 nautical mile race from Las Palmas to St Lucia winning the 2009 Swan Transatlantic Challenge in a tie... [more] Onsend this story
RORC announce change to class bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup J2 Communications, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup which runs from the 15 to 21st August. The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110. The rating bands for classes 2 and 3 remain unchanged.... [more] Onsend this story
Australia strikes first blow in 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup Dave Knapman - ISAF, Australian sailors won five gold medals as the host nation led the way at Sail Melbourne, first event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.... [more] Onsend this story
Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull Regatta announced St.Maarten-St.Martin media, Public Relations and Special Events company 'WIE' ( West Indies Events ) announced today that they are organizing the first ever Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull Regatta this coming February 27th 2010 in St.Maarten / St.Martin.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart: Will it be Supermaxi or Sunfish? Rob Kothe, Over the years sailors have stood and looked at the half model board of the handicap winners of the Sydney Hobart race, going back some 64 years. The very noticeable thing is that rudders and keels continue to shrink in width and depth while getting longer and thinner.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - In Raptures about Rapture Sail-World.com, She's 100 foot long and one of super super maxis heading south to Hobart, but she is not one of those stripped down racing machines. She is a cruiser-racer cruiser... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Challenger initiates Construction Origin issue Richard Gladwell, The much expected Constructed in Country discussion has kicked off in the ongoing saga of the 33rd America's Cup. The issue harks back to the 19th century Deed of Gift which requires that the vessel be 'constructed in the country to which the Challenging Club belongs'. It has not really been determined if the same rule applies to the Defending club, and it is believed that the Defender has... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart Line Honour battle drives new sail developments Media Services, North Sails CEO Michael Coxon (Cocko) has been campaigning with Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo's for some years but his Sydney team have built the sails for both Alfa and its strong rival, Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, the four times Hobart winner. Just a few days before the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, 'Cocko' provides this insight into the Supermaxi scene.... [more] Onsend this story
Key Biscayne Yacht Club hosted third event of the 1st US Winter O'pen Florencia Barletta, Following the previous updates of this exciting new series, on December 6th, Key Biscayne Yacht Club hosted the third event of the 1st Winter O'pen Bic Series of the 2009/10 Florida season.... [more] Onsend this story
Race for Rolex Sydney to Hobart Tattersall's Cup is wide open Jim Gale/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team, Geoff Ross, the skipper of the Reichel/Pugh 55 Yendys and outright winner of the race in 1999 reckons that not even Nostradamus could predict the winner of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart... [more] Onsend this story
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