Aussies clean up BOI Sail Week...America's Cup spats escalate...Sneddon take Zephyr title

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Sail-World New Zealand: 25 January 2010

Another day at the office for Tim Sneddon - ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals  Murray de Lues
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 January 2010.

Bay of Islands Sail Week has concluded with the Australian entry Limit showing the 87 strong field a clean pair of heels. We have full reports and images in this edition

In Timaru, the National Laser Championships got underway for one day and then stalled. There is not a lot available in terms of report and no images, however we are carrying what we can find in this issue.

The Zephyr Nationals have concluded in Tauranga, with some very good racing. Murray de Lues has been providing some great reports and images of the racing. The series gave well-known keelboat sailor and long-time Zephyr stalwart, Tim Sneddon his first national title in the class, with Olympic coach, Grant Beck in second place.

Murray Sargisson - ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals  Murray de Lues

With just two weeks left to run on the clock before the start of the 33rd America's Cup, both teams are still trialling off Valencia.

USA-17 was out in 22kt winds the day before yesterday, not sure what speed she clocked, but we have a few images in this edition.

The war of words and Court actions continues, in this edition we have the latest state of the play.

USA-17 hits the high notes in Valencia  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Reality is that this event is headed for oblivion unless the fundamental issue of origin of construction is sorted out before the Match starts. Sorting out an interpretation of the Deed of Gift and then applying it retrospectively is a complete nonsense.

There has been much comment over the Media Conference given by BMW Oracle CEO, Russell Coutts. In this issue we have the full transcript of that event - to save readers having to listen to the audio in its entirety. Some of latter parts of it have been edited out along with some of the more inane and repetitive questioning.

Alinghi 5 sailing in Valencia  George Johns/Alinghi

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G3 a VPLP 18.3 metre trimaran owned by Simon Hull takes line honours in the multihull division on day one of the Bay of Islands Regatta.  Cathy Vercoe

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Champions crowned in ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals
Murray de Lues,
The ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr National champions were crowned in beautiful sunny Tauranga, today. Tim Sneddon RNZYS easily won his first Zephyr Nationals, also claiming the 50-59 age group title. In the overall championship Team NZ weather guru Grant Beck was runner up and Craig Moss 3rd.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2010 has perfect conditions
Lesley Haslar,
Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2010 experienced saw pretty much perfect weather throughout the Regatta with 10 – 25 knots daily. The final count of eighty seven boats contested in nine to ten races over the three days, skippers agreeing 'it's been great racing but pretty hard work. We were always looking forward to that ‘cool one' back at the tent'. Passage Divisions enjoyed one long race each day, u... [more]
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America's Cup: USA-17 hits the fast lane in Valencia
Peter Rusch BMW Oracle Racing,
Once at sea, the plan was for some upwind work, and that's exactly what they did. With the wind hitting 22 knots, it was a day to see what the USA, and it's wing sail, could do.'The wing, upwind, is a beautiful thing,' said main trimmer Dirk de Ridder (NED) after sailing. 'It's so much easier to trim. Everything gets easier when it's windier as the whole head just lays off.... [more]
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Don't Miss The Boat! – Enter BoatGearDirect NOW!!
Jay Pettifer,
With hundreds of entries into our T-Shirt slogan competition from not just Australia, but from around the globe, the entries are rounding up fast. This online competition is a great opportunity for someone out there to become a ‘legend' at their local yacht or fishing club.... [more]
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Moth Victorian Championship - Mach 2 Moths vying for the lead
Vanessa Dudley,
Mach 2 Moth designer Andrew McDougall has climbed to the top of the leaderboard in the McConaghy – KA Sails International Moth Victorian Championship at Audi Victoria Week with three strong results today, but he is tied on points with fellow Mach 2 sailor Lochlin Byrne.... [more]
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Joey Allen joins BMW Oracle Racing in run up to the America's Cup
Peter Rusch and Sail-World,
One of the icons of New Zealand sailing, Joey Allen has joined BMW Oracle Racing as a crew coach, just weeks before the start of the 33rd America's Cup. BMW Oracle Racings blogmeister, Peter Rusch writes: 'The wind eased to near calm conditions later in the afternoon on Thursday sailing session, but sailing team coach Joey Allen (NZL) was still pumped up coming off the water. Another day at the... [more]
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Images of Valencia: Alinghi training and Media Day
Alinghi Media,
George Johns and Luca Botta of Alinghi present these images of Alinghi training off Valencia and also from the Media Day held last week in Valencia... [more]
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A cold day and no racing on Day 2 of NZ Laser Nationals

There was no racing at the Laser Nationals today due to a wide variety of testing conditions. Initially there was no wind. However a southerly front rolled through with wind speeds up to 35 knots and the temperature dropped to 11.5 degrees.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - Race 3 Surprise winner
Frank Quealey - Australian 18Footers League,
Western Australian representative Grant Rollerson caused a major shock when he skippered SLAM to victory in Race 3 of the SP HighModulus Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. It was the first win by a Western Australian entry in an Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.... [more]
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ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals Day 3
Murray de Lues,
Perfect conditions prevailed for Day 3 of the ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals on what was to be the deciding day. Tim Sneddon has an almost unbeatable lead to win his first Zephyr Nationals, despite again getting confused in which direction to take marks. He lost Race 7 by passing the finish line on the wrong side, gifting Grant 'Bionic Knees' Beck his second win of the series.... [more]
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BMW Oracle USA 17 vs Alinghi 5 - Comparison Chart
Saild Blog,
Now that we're only a few breaths away from the 33rd Americas Cup Saild thought that having looked at the skippers they could get out the tape measures and look at the stats of the two most advanced sailing yachts ever built.... [more]
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Laser Nationals get underway as Young Guns make their mark
The first day of the Laser Nationals saw a promising start with strong south westerly's. Unfortunately they died out over the day which made navigating the swell with chop difficult in the last race. With most of the interest on the Open event and the clash between top ranked Michael Bullot against the 2008 Olympic representative, Andrew Murdoch, returning from a 12 month plus time-out period... [more]
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ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals Day 2
Murray de Lues,
In fresh conditions that were definitely not a zephyr, two very spectacular races were held in Tauranga. Again course configuration issues plagued the leaders. A number of skippers still thought they were match racing and set themselves up for a starboard rounding of the bottom mark. In the mess that followed they both capsized and lost a lot of places.... [more]
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International Moth Victorian Championships - First race confusion
Vanessa Dudley,
Strong winds and confusion over the location of the course area reduced the size of the fleet at the start of the McConaghy – KA Sails International Moth Victorian Championships at Audi Victoria Week today.... [more]
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Living Doll claims line honours in Audi Victoria Week Passage Race
Di Pearson,
Three hundred and thirty five boats faced the starter's gun at 9.30am this morning in the 34.3 nautical mile Audi Victoria Week Passage Race from Williamstown to Geelong, with Victorian yachtsman Michael Hiatt and his Farr 55 Living Doll getting away quickly from mid line, leaving the rest of the monohull fleet behind for the entire race to take line honours.... [more]
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335 Boat start at Australia's Audi Victoria Week,
335 boats started this morning in the 34 nautical mile Williamstown to Geelong race. This is the 165th annual Royal Geelong Yacht Club regatta, now called Audi Victoria Week. A selection of images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger responds to Swiss assertions, Match on hold?
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has, not unexpectedly, refuted the claims made by the Defender of the Americas Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, in the Swiss club's response filed in the New York Supreme Court on Friday. The depth and disparity between the parties on the issue could put the proposed Match for 8 February 2010 on hold, until this fundamental issue is resolved.... [more]
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Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson - Star World Champions
Ellie Williamson,
Beijing gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have scooped the World title after a thrilling final race climax to the Star World Championship Regatta held in Rio de Janeiro, which came to an end today (21 January).... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week comes to a perfect finish
Roger McMillan and Lesley Haslar,
The Bay of Islands Sailing Week has come to a perfect finish of three days of superb competition, with 10 – 25 knot breezes, a Beach Party to remember , skillful tactics on the water and loads of laughter. In IRC, Limit finished on 10 points, three ahead of Georgia with Wired (30) in third. On general handicap the two 52s were nowhere to be seen.... [more]
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Alinghi ups ante in America's Cup origin of construction dispute
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have upped the stakes in the simmering Constructed in Country dispute, to the point where both teams could now be ineligible to compete in the 33rd Match for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Tall ships and classic invitation race 2010, Russell Boating Club
Paul Gilbert,
'Social sailing at its bes't is the secret of the ever popular Tall Ships and Classic Invitation Race, sailed in the picturesque Bay of Islands. This year with pleasant light breezes, the good company and boats, spread out across the stunning Bay of Islands course to finish up at the Russell Boating Club's prize giving and Hangi.... [more]
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Great sailing on first day of ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals
Murray de Lues,
Excellent conditions greet sailors for day 1 of the ANZ Private Bank 2010 Zephyr Nationals at Tauranga. For the first time in the class history they started a race under a black flag. A general recall with most of the 38 fleet over at the start of the invitation race made Race Officer Bill Whitiskie grab the black flag. No one even close to the line got the race underway in ideal conditions. Resul... [more]
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Foncia signs with Michel Desjoyeaux through to 2014
Team Foncia,
Having been involved for 10 years in sponsoring sailing, Foncia has renewed its commitment with Michel Desjoyeaux through to 2014. The next four years will be devoted to the launch of two innovative and ambitious projects: 1) the construction of a new 60-foot Imoca to participate in the Route du Rhum and the Barcelona World Race, and 2) entering the 2011 Multi One Design 70 circuit... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2010: National pride at stake for world's best sailors
Media Pro Int'l,
The world's best Olympic and Paralympic sailors are counting down the days to US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, the second of seven stops of the 2009-2010 International Sailing Federation (ISAF)Sailing World Cup and this year's first showcase for the major talents looking to represent their countries at the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Weymouth, England.... [more]
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Images from Valencia: USA-17 and Alinghi 5 line up for the first time
Alinghi and BMW Oracle Media,
The two protagonists in the 33rd America's Cup lined up off Valencia yesterday, here are the first images of that encounter. Unfortunately the wind failed to arrive, and the hook-up was in name only. However this was the first chance to see the two giant multihulls side by side. BMW Oracle Racing now have more sponsors on the wingsail... [more]
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When you build one of something, it needs to be perfect
ATL Composites,
Specialising in luxury yacht interiors, Marxcraft Pty Ltd, was established by Will Marx in January 2001, and has grown from a small three man operation to a current team of 18 full-time marine specialists who are focused on achieving one common goal – quality in everything they do and everything they produce.... [more]
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Rayglass-backed NZ Offshore Powerboat series fires up in Taupo
Kate Gordon,
On Sunday 31 January, the spectacular sights and sounds of a big field of offshore powerboats at full speed will delight the thousands of people visiting Lake Taupo during Auckland anniversary weekend. The offshore powerboat race is a traditional highlight of the Taupo summer holiday season, according to Cary Gleeson, president of the NZ Offshore Powerboat Association (NZOPA).... [more]
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Burling and Tuke report from the just completed 49er North Americans
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report on the recently completed 49er Worlds in Grand Bahamas, where the made the Gold fleet:Hi from Miami - where Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have just had an encouraging win at the 49er North Americans... [more]
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Key West 2010 - the big picture emerges
Jeanne Kleene,
It is three days into a five-day regatta – normally the time when the contenders are separated from the pretenders.... [more]
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ISAF publishes Qualification System for Perth 2011
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the qualification system for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the principal qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Fourth Classic Yacht Symposium registration is now open
Herreshoff Marine Museum,
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) announce opening of registration for the 2010 Classic Yacht Symposium to be held Friday through Sunday, April 9-11, 2008, in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 to leave Lorient bound for Brest
Franck Cammas - Groupama 3,
At first light tomorrow morning, Thursday, the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 will be leaving her home port of Lorient bound for Brest. From here she will set off on her latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy as soon as a favourable weather window presents itself.... [more]
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Alinghi countdown to the 33rd America's Cup and claim USA is French
Alinghi Media,
With less than three weeks to the first race of the America's Cup, Alinghi held an open day at its base in Valencia for international media to come and learn about the racing and what to expect just 19 days from now. Too much wind prevented Alinghi 5 from sailing, but it gave people a chance to have a closer look at the boat.... [more]
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