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Sail-World New Zealand: 28 December 2009

Neville Crichton with Trophy and Medallion - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009  Crosbie Lorimer
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 December 2009

It has been an incredible finish for the New Zealand sailing year, with Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo taking line and possibly overall honours in the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. That effort comes on the heels of Adam Minoprio and the Blackmatch crew taking the ISAF World Matchracing Championship and finishing on top of the rankings in mid-December.

Then came the great news that the!Weka designed by New Zealanders Roger and Chris Kitchen have won the prestigious Dinghy of the Year award from Sailing World magazine. You can see the partial review by clicking here

Alfa Romeo's effort in the Rolex Sydney Hobart has got sailing back on the front of the sports and general news pages> This was a superb effort from Neville Crichton and his crew who have a very professional approach to their campaigns, and it will always take an extremely competent crew plus a lot of good luck to head off Crichton and his team.

A jubilant Neville Crichton meets the press dockside - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009  Crosbie Lorimer

No-one was up to this task in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Who knows where and when we will see another match up with the three top supermaxis in the world, representing three different countries, and each with such outstanding competitive records?

Alfa Romeo north of the Iron Pot - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009  Crosbie Lorimer

We'll continue to have the latest updates from the Rolex Sydney Hobart race on and in our special Rolex Sydney Hobart newsletters with each edition being sent to going to 85,000 unique subscribers.

In this edition of Sail-World we are featuring an updated story on the re-creation of Nimble, Des Townson's Q-class which has been built under the tutelage of Robert Brooke, and she looks superb - both in lines and finish.

Replica of Nimble, top NZ points scorer in the 1956 12ft skiff Interdominion   

Don't forget to make your entry in the PredictWind sweepstake where 10 professional subscriptions will be won by Sail-World readers. Predictwind is used my many of the world's top sailors and had won the last two America's Cups. This is a great opportunity to pick up a subscription worth $999. Enter on the top of the website or off the banner in this newsletter.

And if you are looking for the place to be this New Year's Eve, then celebrate the end of the year and the decade at the free fireworks display and concert at Marsden Cove.Full details in this edition along with some spectacular photos of the flooding of waterways at their Pauanui development. Sections are available, and according to the latest real estate reports a boom in coastal property sales is about to occur, so check the deals at Whitianga Waterways, Pauanui and Marsden Cove.

Over 370 Wetas have been built - this one is sailing in Qingdao, China.   SailWeta Jeppe Mortensen

In this edition we have the latest development in the Constructed in Country issue, first raised by America's Cup Challenger, Golden gate Yacht Club, just prior to Christmas, and still unresolved or at all clear, with just six weeks to run before the first race of the 33rd America's Cup.

Alinghi 5 sailing in Ras al-Khaimah with sails claimed to have been constructed in USA.  Guido Trombetta/Team Alinghi

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.

Many thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Alfa Romeo gets gun in 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
After sailing a near perfect tactical race in extremely difficult conditions, with extremes from a testing 25-knot southerly, with a bumpy seaway through the first night, to a calm in the notoriously rough and windy Bass Strait, Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was first to finish in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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Your chance to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
In mid June 2010, ten Sail-World readers will have won a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: More Images of Winners Dockside from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some more of Crosbie Lorimer's images of the Alfa Romeo win as she berthed in Hobart, where the skipper and crew were handed the trophy and medallions. Wild Oats XI arrived a little over two hours later. Owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards were gracious in defeat and Bob Oatley vowed they would be back next year.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gets the cannon in Rolex Sydney Hobart
Peter Campbell,
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$180mill of coastal property made in a day at Marsden Cove and Pauanui
December 21. 2009 was a big day for New Zealand's biggest private coastal land developer. With the opening of two new stages; one at Marsden Cove and the other at Pauanui Waterways, Hopper Developments have released around $180 Million worth of new residential coastal property onto the New Zealand market.... [more]
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Meeting called to resolve America's Cup construction issue
Richard Gladwell and GGYC Media,
America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club has initiated further moves on the Constructed in Country issue after the passing of its five day deadline set on 22 December. On 22 December GGYC notified The America's Cup defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, requesting a response to claims that it's America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5 had sails constructed using the 3DL process, manufactured at No... [more]
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Sydney Hobart; Images of Alfa Romeo Finish by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the line at 10.02pm. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's photos os Alfa Romeo sailing uop the Derwent River as dusk turned to darkness and moonlight.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo uses new product to preserve hull weight and design shape
The name Alfa Romeo evokes sensuous lines, One of the major concern on any race boat is unnecessary weight. Any excess weight will create performance penalties that de?ne the difference between victory and defeat. When it was time to redo the anti-foul paint from Alfa Romeo's hull, the requirement is that 36 kg of old Anti-Foul needs to be removed, and precisely 36 kg be put on again.... [more]
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New Year's Eve concert at Marsden Cove marina plus fireworks display,
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Launceston to Hobart - Three leading yachts neck and neck
Peter Campbell,
Launceston to Hobart - The lead has changed three times since the 35 boat fleet set sail from Beauty Point on the Tamar River yesterday. The Derwent Sailing Club's yacht tracker, at 7.30pm placed The Fork in Road four nautical miles south-west of Maria Island.... [more]
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Classic 12fter Nimble to celebrate 50 years of Interdominion racing
Neil Kennedy,
In association with the Auckland Sailing Club who are hosting the 50th edition of this event, the Chairman of Trustees of the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School Robert Brooke has led the construction of a replica of Nimble Q8 the leading points scorer in the New Zealand team that competed in the inaugural event held on Sydney Harbour in 1957... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - One more hurdle
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race leader Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo leading over the final miles to the finish of the 628 nautical mile classic and with a healthy 17nm advantage over nearest rival Wild Oats XI faced a final hurdle -- a strong sou'-wester that will give his weary crew a final hard upwind workout. Through another day of stop-start sailing, Alfa retained the race lead she has held since... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Alfa Romeo jumps in the Battle of the Supermaxis
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand Supermaxi, Alfa Romeo has scored another overnight jump on her immediate rivals in the 65 Rolex Sydney Hobart race. The Neville Crichton skippered 100fter has worked out a lead of over 30nm over ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade, GBR). Hear PJ Montgomery's interviews with Jim Gale from the Race Centre and from Alastair Moore aboard Lion NZ... [more]
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PredictWind's latest Sydney to Hobart Forecast. An exciting 48 Hours!
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Stop Start all the way to Hobart
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Alfa Romeo in box seat rival skipper concedes, big test looms this eve
Jim Gale,
Mike Slade, the skipper of the British maxi ICAP Leopard concedes that Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo may have opened the winning lead in the dash for line honours in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gains in Rolex Sydney Hobart Battle of the Supermaxis
Richard Gladwell,
Neville Crichton and friends have stretched their lead in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart to six mile over Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR), and ten miles ahead of the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats. The New Zealand supermaxi is now almost an hour ahead of the four times rac e winner, Wild Oats, owned by Bob Oatley.... [more]
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New Zealand leading supermaxi donnybrook in Rolex Sydney Hobart +Video
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) continues to lead the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, ahead of Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR). Alfa Romeo is five miles ahead of Wild Oats (AUS). As expected the race is developing into real donnybrook between the three top supermaxis in the world, from three nations.... [more]
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Limit retires from 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart with rigging failure,
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More Sydney Hobart start images from Andrea Francolini & Andrea Francolini,
More images from the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race start from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Kurt Arrigo and Daniel Forster,
Top yachting photographers Daniel Forster and Kurt Arrigo provided these images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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New Zealand yacht leads Rolex Sydney Hobart by over a mile +Video
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) is leading the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race by over a mile at the latest schedule at 1700hrs, four hours into the 605 mile offshore classic. After a sail setting error at the start, Alfa Romeo recovered well to position herself to leeward of the three leading yachts as they neared the exclusion zone , before exiting Sydney Heads.... [more]
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Sponsorship: Sailing could take a tip from tennis
Jeni Bone,
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