Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 March 2010.
This evening young sailors have a unique opportunity to both meet the youngest winner of the America's Cup, Jimmy Spithill, and get close to sailing's oldest and most prestigious trophy.
A two hour function will be held at the Voyager National Maritime Museum in downtown Auckland. It is open to all young sailors (aged between 8-18 years) and is FREE.
Capacity of the room is about 250 people – so it will be first in etc. The event is being held in Voyager's Maritime Room between 5pm-7pm. Places are limited please call Gina at Voyager on 09 373 0811 to confirm your attendance. However everyone will get a signed poster from Jimmy Spithill and the BMW Oracle Racing team members who will also be present.
Some of us were very fortunate to sit-in on these sessions conducted by BMW Oracle Racing – they are very slick, and are an experience you will remember for many years. You learn heaps as well. So forget the homework and get along to the Maritime Museum at 5.00pm.
Don't forget to check the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth programme application story in this issue - your chance to start on the same ladder that has produced many of New Zealand's top match racers and professional sailors.
Yes, this issue is dominated by new of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, however it is the main game in town at present - and on the world sailing scene. Next week it will be over.
Many of the world's top photographers are working at the regatta and Auckland has turned on near Fremantle conditions over the past few days - with strong winds and bright sunshine providing an ideal platform for them to do what they do best.
We're pleased to be able to present the best of their images in this edition. And, top sailing journalist Bob Fisher, presents his always entertaining views on the on and off the water action.
The television on SailTV, has been great - superb coverage and hard to believe that it is all streaming via the internet. For those with iPhones you can watch the replays on www.sail.tv/mobile/
And for those of you who have been in awe of the wingsail aboard BMW Oracle Racing, which took six months to design and build, we trust you enjoy this image by Sander van der Borsch of Nature's wingsail which has taken thousands of years to develop.
In the story from Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing, on their incident packed match with TeamOrigin, we have analysed the three penalty incidents using ARL's Virtual Eye graphics, to produce images of the key points and rules.
Louis Vuitton Trophy, Elimination Round 1, TEAMORIGIN vs ALL4ONE, TEAMORIGIN heads to victory. Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN
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Fisher's View: Close...too close for comfort. Bob Fisher, Contacts, loss of control, shouting, more shouting and more flags than you see at a Coronation. That was some helluva race – the one between Artemis and TeamOrigin. It had promised to be a cracker and lived up to the promise, because there was so much at stake. An early error saw TeamOrigin penalised and a split tack start gave Artemis the right hand side... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Young NZ sailors - opportunity to meet Jimmy Spithill Richard Gladwell, BMW Oracle Racing have advised that a special function will be held at the Special Function Room upstairs at the Voyager Maritime Museum, downtown Auckland, where young sailors can meet America's Cup winning skipper, Jimmy Spithill and get a free poster of USA-17 signed by the winning helmsman. The America's Cup will also be on display at the event, which starts at 5.00pm on Thursday.... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Laddies who lunch Bob Fisher, There is an upside to counteract the general downside feeling that goes with postponed races – the opportunity to do what so many women do on a regular basis; and do lunch. In the Viaduct Basin in Auckland, the temptation is constant and while the opportunities to indulge have been there a-plenty, the postponements have not coincided properly with the luncheon hour... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Christophe Favreau's view of Day 8 Christophe Favreau, Christophe Favreau was on the water for Day 9 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and presents this gallery of images.... [more] Share this story
Azzurra loses to Artemis but advances to next round in Louis Vuitton Azzurra Media, Today the eight teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland sailed the first elimination round. Team Azzurra of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda lost their match against the Swedes of Artemis but thanks to the particular race format used for this event the all-Italian team was able to advance to the second elimination round scheduled for tomorrow.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Mascalzone Latino Audi Team in semifinals Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, With today's victory against the French of Aleph, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team proceeds directly to the semifinals together with the leader of the series, the home-team of ETNZ. Team Synergy and Aleph are out of the series, while the other four teams will battle it out against each other in the best of three races. For the Rascals it will be a well deserved day off,... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: A seriously cool slide show - Artemis Racing Sander van der Borch /Artemis, Sander van der Borch, assigned to Artemis Racing presents a magnificent slide show of race images and backdrops from the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.... [more] Share this story
Another good win for Artemis in the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Auckland Paul Cayard, Another good win for Artemis today over the Italians on Azzurra. No wild excitment like yesterday against the Brits, just steady control of the race, abeit in the upper wind range. In fact we were on hold for 45 minutes as the wind had built to 25 knots at our scheduled start time. It came down to 20 knots and we were underway. It was still a race in which I felt keeping it simple would pay of... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Emirates Team NZ through to the semis Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealandand Mascalzone Latino have gone through to the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta. ETNZ beat Synergy by 15 seconds to earn their ticket through to the semi-final; Mascalzone Latino beat Aleph by 59sec.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin take an impressive and important race victory Leslie Greenhalgh, TEAMORIGIN took an impressive and important race victory against the French/German ALL4ONE team to guarantee their place in the next round tomorrow. Elimination Round One kicked off today, the eighth day of racing in this exciting and hotly contested Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta. The competition has been intense and the next two days will be critical for all teams, including TEAMORIGIN.... [more] Share this story
Top match racing crew win BMW Auckland Regatta Emily Flynn, Thanks to all boats who competed in the BMW Auckland Regatta 2010. There were three days of intense, challenging and close racing. Congratulations to Phil Robertson who won the New Zealand BMW Sailing Cup. Phil and his crew of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell, Logan Fraser and Brad Farrand progress to the BMW World Sailing Cup to be sailed in Auckland later this month.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Elimination time! Down to six teams Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Auckland's harbour lived up to its name today. Waitemata means 'sparkling waters' and whitecaps dappled the course in mostly bright sunshine and gusty, shifty southerly winds that ranged from 15 knots to 30 knots. Top seed Emirates Team New Zealand and second-ranked Mascalzone Latino Audi from Italy each won their races and went through to the semi-finals to be saile... [more] Share this story
RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme – Can you handle it? Sara Tucker, Applications are now open for the 2010/2011 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. This prestigious sailing programme started in 1987 and has far exceeded expectations producing many sailing champions, now it's your opportunity to join!... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Elimination Round: Artemis defeats Azzurra images Sail-World.com/Sander van der Borch images, Artemis won the first race in the Elimination Round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland. Our thanks to Sander van der Borch for these images.... [more] Share this story
5th Commodores Forum - Insights into hosting commercial sailing events Cailah Leask, Yacht club operators across the world congregated at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Western Australia, to hold their fifth Commodores Forum to meet and share their experience and views.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 breaks even Cammas-Groupama, Jules Verne Trophy - On the 44th day at sea, Groupama 3 has made up the ground on Orange 2 very quickly. Amassing a lead of up to 620 miles (6th day) and a 492 mile deficit (40th day) off Brazil, Groupama 3's progress has often been thwarted by rather unfavourable weather.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland leaves Qindgao for San Francisco Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: Team Finland has left the Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao and has begun her race to San Francisco where she will join the rest of the Clipper 09-10 fleet. At 0900 GMT the leading yacht, Cape Breton Island, had approximately 50 miles to run to the Scoring Gate, with Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Uniquely Singapore in hot pursuit.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Artemis images from Sander van der Borch Sander van der Borch images, Photographer Sander van der Borch presents these images from Artemis Racing on Day 7 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland. In the first race Artemis almost lost mastman David Brooke over the side when the jib sheet got caught underneath his legs. See Sander's sequence below.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland: A day of mixed results for Azzurra Team Azzurra, Team Azzurra conquered one victory and suffered one loss. In the first match the Italian skipper Francesco Bruni took a comfortable win against the French of Aleph. Then came the much awaited duel between Azzurra and the other Italians of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team led by New Zealand skipper Gavin Brady, who defeated Bruni by a narrow 13 second margin.... [more] Share this story
Andrew Campbell on Bacardi Cup: Big breeze, we placed 13th overall Andrew Campbell, Chris Rogers and I set the boat up for big breeze and got our angles sorted out but were quickly nulified by a 20 degree swing to the left right as the gun went off. We flopped onto port tack and essentially fetched the windward mark some 2 miles later.... [more] Share this story
Artemis Racing: Cayard rates quality of Louis Vuitton Day 7 contest Paul Cayard, Artemis Media & ARL media, Paul Cayard, skipper of Artemis Racing reviews the racing from Day 7, with the help of some graphics from Animation Research Ltd's Virtual Eye: We had a great day today on Artemis. Things really went our way and it was very satisfying. First, we had a good tussle against ALL4ONE. Our second match of the day, ranks right up there with some of the all time races I have had in 20 years of racing i... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - A free team-building exercise! Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vutiion Trophy Auckland - Packed with protest flags, incidents and flogging sails at three marks of a four-leg course, this close-fought duel went ultimately to Artemis and her helmsman Terry Hutchinson on a series of umpire calls. Asked to explain all that happened, Cayard simply said: 'We should have had to pay for that (team building), but luckily the Brits paid for it for us!'... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin drops two, needs to win tomorrow Leslie Greenhalgh, TEAMORIGIN concedes two important matches at the end of the Round Robin phase of the Louis Vuitton Trophy leaving them in sixth ranked place and therefore they are set to sail against third ranked place ALL4ONE in tomorrow's Elimination Round One. Mike Sanderson, Team Director, rounded up the day, 'What a day, amazingly close racing but not our day... [more] Share this story
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