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Sail-World New Zealand: 05 January 2010

2010 Splash Worlds - Day 2, Takapuna, NZL  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 5 January 2010.

The 2010 Splash Worlds are well underway off Takapuna Beach, with fresh offshore breezes making for some exciting sailing.

Currently the New Zealand sailors are performing well with two in the top three overall. However there are a few surprises in the fleet, and certainly the Splash class is allowing a new group of younger sailors to get good racing in an international class, before stepping up to the next level.

In this edition we have reports and images from the first two days of racing.

More action on the America's Cup front, with the calling of another meeting between the Challenger and Defender, this time to be staged in Singapore on 12 January 2010. We have a report on the discussion points for the meeting and some new correspondence which tends to indicate that the gap between the two clubs is as great as ever.

2010 Splash Worlds - Day 2, Takapuna, NZL  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

We have also featured a very complex piece on the Construction in Country issue, which the parties would seem to have one last opportunity to resolve themselves, before the job is done for them by the International Jury or the New York Supreme Court. In that circumstance, one or both teams could be disqualified, depending on the stance taken - particularly by the New York Supreme Court - which will be more concerned with correctness in law, than an equitable outcome for sailing.

Both Challenger and Defender have arrived in Valencia. Alinghi 5 was the first to arrive, followed soon after by BOR90, we have events covered in this issue with images, reports and a video.

Alinghi exhibition at the Leman Museum in Nyon  JPJ-Sail-World

In this issue we have an exclusive from the Alinghi 5 Exhibition at the Leman Museum in Nyon on Lake Geneva. It is an interesting expose of the Alinghi 5 technology. Sail-World's Swiss based correspondent took the time to travel to the exhibition and had some on and off the record discussions with the Alinghi 5 team members present. As our corespondent is also an accomplished multihull sailor his reading between the lines of the technology is very incisive.

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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There's plenty of local sailing action coming up, with the Paper Tigers, P-class, Starlings and 12ft Skiff Interdominions getting underway in the next week -see the full list at www.yachtingnz.org.nz

Alinghi arrives in Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup (Spain).  Alinghi Team

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2010 49er Worlds, Day 2, Grand Bahama Island  Fried Elliott

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Tough Sledding for Canada at 49er/29er World Championships
Sail-World Canada,
The 2010 49er/29er World Championships began yesterday in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. Canada is well represented in the 49er class with Gordon Cook & Hunter Lowden, Billy Gooderham & Ian Hogan, Matt Dubreucq & Trevor Parekh, and Jonathan Ladha & Daniel Inkpen.... [more]
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CYA Staff Re-organization
Sail-World Canada,
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Jessica Watson (and others) update - no heater and no main
Nancy Knudsen,
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Successful operational launch of Marine Rescue NSW
NSW Governemnt Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay has joined with Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan to congratulate the board, management, staff and volunteers of Marine Rescue NSW following their successful operational launch on New Year's Day. 'I would like to offer my personal congratulations and appreciation to all those involved and wish Marine Rescue NSW much success in its operations.... [more]
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Proposed lifejacket rules - have your say Now! before January 8
NSW Government,
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29er World Championship - Danes hang onto the lead
At the 29er Worlds beng sailed at Grand Bahama Island, Oscar Haumann and Klaus Holtug of Denmark managed a bullet and a third today in challenging conditions.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team pair aiming to win Australian 470 title
Craig Heydon,
Australian Sailing Team crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page will be aiming for their fourth and eighth Australian 470 Championship titles respectively when the 2010 regatta begins at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club on Thursday 7 January.... [more]
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Free nights in the Whitsundays - Sunsail summer bonus
Kim Silcock,
It's not often you get something for nothing but the world's largest sailing holiday company is giving away free nights! If you fancy sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands for a few days or a week, now is the time, as Sunsail Sailing Holidays is giving away bonus nights for Whitsunday departures between January 9 and March 31... [more]
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Earthrace hit by Japanese Whalers
A space age 78 foot trimaran, the round the world speed powerboat record holder and latterly a New Zealand protest ship is said to have been severely damaged by a Japanese vessel as clashes over Japan's whaling activities in Antarctic waters continue to escalate.... [more]
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Richard Bennett clicks with the Sydney Hobart Race
Peter Campbell,
When award-winning Tasmanian photographer Richard Bennett flew out of Hobart's Cambridge airport early on the morning of 28 December 2009 he was on his way to cover the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the 35th consecutive year... [more]
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