Southern Spars clean up in Hobart Race...Win PredictWind...Swiss seek America's Cup talks

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Sail-World New Zealand: 02 January 2010

Brett and Rex Sellers (NZL) Tornado Worlds 2008  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 2 January 2010, our first for the New Year, and new decade

The recognition of double Olympic medalist Rex Sellars in this year's New Year's Honours is long overdue.

Sellers, along with crew, Chris Timms came together as a new combination for the 1984 Olympics, winning a Gold medal, and then backing up with a Silver medal in 1988 and then with a fourth place in the following Olympics. Sadly Chris Timms is no longer with us, however both achieved significantly after their Olympic success. Timms in composites engineering. Sellers went onto become President of Yachting NZ as well has contributing significantly by coaching at all levels.

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Part of the 75 competitors from 11 countries at the 2010 Splash Worlds Opening ceremony  

In our last edition we made a small but very significant typo with the Weta designed by New Zealanders Roger and Chris Kitchen which won the prestigious Dinghy of the Year award from Sailing World magazine. You can see the partial review by clicking here. We have the correct name and links now, and are looking forward to our test sail of this exciting craft.

A chilly Valencia awats the start of the 33rd America's cup  BMW Oracle Racing ©

There's plenty of sailing action coming up, with the 2010 Splash Worlds starting off Takapuna tomorrow. With the Paper Tigers, P-class, Starlings and 12ft Skiff Interdominions getting underway in the next week -see the full list at

Wild Oats XI - leeward gets underway in the Coffs Harbour race.  Damian Devine

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart
David Glen,
The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! 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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Swiss seek more talks on America's Cup issues
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, sent a letter to Golden Gate Yacht Club representatives on 31 December 2009, inviting the American Challenger to a meeting with David Tillett, the Chairman of the 33rd America's Cup International Jury, to discuss various topics raised by both teams.... [more]
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‘Invincible' Invincible King of the Derwent 2010 – again!
Peter Campbell,
Bellerive Yacht Club member Harold Clark today began yet another decade of winning harbour races in Hobart. Invincible won the 2010 Sargisons Jewellers King of the Derwent Race. Invincible also won the AMS division from two Victorian yachts, Ingenue (Rosie Colahan) and Godzilla (Tom Fowler), again by more than six minutes on corrected time.... [more]
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Jessica Watson's boss plans to sail beside her at Cape Horn - and wave
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As Australian 16-year-old solo sailor Jessica Watson was celebrating after passing through her first Southern Ocean gale successfully, she received the news that her old boss is flying to South America with the intention of sailing around the Horn, and, hopefully being able to get close enough to wave to her.... [more]
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Skype - key communication tool for Marine Industry and Offshore Racing
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Wild Oats XI leads Etihad Stadium in 29th Pittwater Coffs Harbour race
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Day after Christmas for the last 65 years, a large percentage of the Australian offshore racing fleet has turned right out of Sydney and headed south to Hobart. The Day after New Year, for the last 28 years the balance has turned left out of Sydney's Broken Bay and headed north. While the southern journey is 628 nautical miles, the northern one is just 226 miles and many of sailors in that... [more]
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Contenders return to their Spiritual Home
Ian Grant,
Brisbane sailor Bob Miller changed the excitement level of international dinghy sailing almost 45 years ago when he drew the crude lines of the Contender dinghy on a piece of plywood in a hot galvanised iron clad Brisbane riverfront boat shed.... [more]
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Upload your own Event and Class Sailing News Now!!,
If your Nationals are running and there is no report on Sail-World, email or call your Publicity Person now with this information.!!! Sailors are used to reading the sailing news of today, online. It might be the B14's, the Sabots, J-24's, Etchells, 505's, Fireballs, Hartley TS16's, Mirrors, NS14's, - All these classes post reports via the Sail-World Upload system.... [more]
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100-footer to contest King of the Derwent Race
Peter Campbell,
The 100-footer Investec Loyal is expected to head a fleet of up to 80 yachts in tomorrow's Sargisons King of the Derwent, Hobart's annual spectacle of sail.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart prizes presented
Di Pearson,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race came to a close today when the prizes were presented to all the winners of the 628 nautical mile race at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, in Sandy Point, Hobart.... [more]
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Hobart Supermaxis to threaten Pittwater to Coffs Harbour record
Damian Devine,
Two Sydney Hobart supermaxi line honours winner Bob Oatey's 100ft ‘Wild Oats XI' skippered by Mark Richards and Grant Wharrington's 98ft ‘Etihad Stadium' are expected to attack the race record, when a spectacular fleet of 50 yachts starts in the first ocean race of the new decade starting tomorrow, the 2010 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Offshore race at 1pm, off Broken Bay.... [more]
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An interview with designer Guillaume Verdier
Vendee Globe,
Safran and Groupe Bel, both designed by Guillaume Verdier/VPLP, finished first and second in the highly competitive field of IMOCA Open 60's in the recent Transat Jacques Vabre... [more]
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John Derbyshire picks up OBE for services to sport
Lindsey Bell,
RYA Performance Director and Racing Manager John Derbyshire has had his outstanding services to sport recognised in the 2010 New Year Honours list, released earlier today.... [more]
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Two True – she's won the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Di Pearson,
Andrew Saies' new boat Two True this afternoon became just the fourth South Australian yacht to win the Rolex Sydney Yacht Race overall, but the win did not come without a long wait and plenty of angst. In relation to Two True, the International Jury dismissed the protest against the boat relating to an incident in Sydney Harbour after the start.... [more]
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Rex Sellers named Member of New Zealand Order of Merit
Zoe Hawkinns, Yachting NZ,
Double Olympic medallist Rex Sellers has been recognised in the New Years Honours List for his services to New Zealand Yachting. Sellers was today named one of New Zealand's greatest contributors and highest achievers, when he was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.... [more]
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NZ Laser support program offers integrity and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Since March this year has been at the forefront online in New Zealand supplying high quality sales and support for Laser class boats and equipment.... [more]
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ORC 2010 Rules and Regulations now available
ORC International and ORC Club rating rules, IMS measurement rules, GP Class rules, and ORC Championship Rules now available, VPP documentation available soon.... [more]
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Double Olympic medalist recognised with New Zealand Honour
Richard Gladwell,
One of the icons of New Zealand sailing, Rex Sellers, has been named in the New Year's Honours published today. He will be invested as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Sellers is best known as the winner of an Olympic Gold medal in 1984 and a silver medal in Pusan, Korea in 1988, both crewed by Chris Timms.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race - Protests to decide overall winner
Peter Campbell,
Protest hearings tomorrow will almost certainly decide the winner of the prestigious Tattersalls Cup for first placed yacht overall under IRC ratings in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Whatever the outcome, the winner will be the smallest overall winner of the 628 nautical mile ocean classic since the 30-footer Zeus II won in 1981.... [more]
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International 14 Teams Racing - Win to Australia
Neil Patchett,
Australia today won the International 14 class Teams Racing event at Manly on Sydney Harbour. The Teams Racing was held in near perfect conditions.... [more]
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International 14 World Championship day one
Neil Patchett,
Teams racing is under way at the CST Composites International 14 World Championship on Sydney Harbour. Australia, Germany and Great Britain all put in strong performances throughout the day held in a 12-18kt sou'easter.... [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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