350km in a Weta...JP54 explored in Auckland...Breeze features in BMW Sailing World Cup...What's on this weekend

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Sail-World New Zealand: 25 March 2010

Rough weather on the Waitemata for the match racing section of the BMW Sailing Cup Final  Ivor Wilkins
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 March 2010.

New Zealand continues to lead the BMW World Sailing Cup, being sailed in Auckland, with teams from seven countries competing.

So far competitors have enjoyed some real Kiwi hospitality, with strong breezes being the order of the day. Now it is down to the Semi-Finals and Finals in the Match Racing section of the event.

We have full coverage in this edition, with great reports and images from Ivor Wilkins. Check www.sail-world.com tonight for the latest update.

In this edition, we have two stories on the Whitianga Festival of Speed which gets underway on 10 and 11 April. It's the best free show in New Zealand - with almost too much on the program. You can see photos of last year's event in this edition, or check out the website www.whitiangafos.com - there's still plenty of time to get your accommodation booked, or make plans to do a day trip. Check out the great property deals at Whitianga Waterways while you are in town!

Hitting a big one, 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed  Whitianga Festival of Speed

The Weta is one of those designs, which like the Laser and Windsurfer, has evolved into uses way beyond what their designer intended. In this edition, we have the story and images of a 350km voyage by a Weta down the North Queensland coast - not a bad feat for a yacht, originally designed by Roger Kitchen, as a way of getting more kids involved in sailing!

At the Auckland International Boat Show, Roger told us of his latest project - aimed at the performance end of sailing. The project sounded rather radical to our ears - however after seeing the Weta, we know that Roger delivers a lot more than he says - so we will be watching that particular space with a lot of interest. www.wetamarine.com is the place to follow developments with this amazing boat - voted as Sailing World's Boat of the Year for 2009.

Weta sails 350km from Townsville to Cairns  David Meade

There are two major sailing fundraising events on in New Zealand this coming weekend. The OKI 24 Hour Race is being sailed on North Shore City's Lake Pupuke, starting Saturday with an Optimist 6 hour event, then the OKI 24 Hour Race itself, with a sub-class in the 24 event for Youth sailors in the Laser 4.7 - full details in this edition. All funds raised through sponsorship go to the Murray's Bay Boating Club's junior and youth program. The MBBC has been the development club for many of New Zealand's top sailors at Olympic and America's Cup level for many years and the funding for these programs have largely come from the 24 Hour Race. There's still time to get an entry together if you have not already done so - details in this edition.

Le Mans start OKI 24 Hour Race  Joanna Cobb

In Wellington, the Hebtro Trophy is being sailed out of the Worser Bay Boating Club. Sailed in keelboats, with junior sailors as crew, this race features a sailing celebrity each year. For 2010 Hamish Pepper, an Olympic representative in the Star and Laser classes will be competing> He is also the only New Zealander (along with his then crew of Carl Williams) to win a Star class World Championship and did so in their rookie year in the class - in fact scooping three major titles in the class that year - 2006. We have details of the Hebtro Trophy in this edition, along with images from the 2009 event.

Worser Bay Boating Club - Hebtro Trophy Race 2008  

Entries close on Friday for the Auckland to Tauranga Race - an event that can trace its roots back to before the Second World War. Unfortunately the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club's website www.yacht.org.nz has been attacked by hackers. It seemed to be OK when we looked this morning - aside from a couple of rather obvious signatures, however we are carrying links to the Notice of Race and Entry Form in this edition.

Jean-Pierre Dick aboard the revolving nav station and galley aboard the JP54 in Auckland  Richard Gladwell

After the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, we took the opportunity to have a quick look at the JP54 - a very interesting fast cruising yacht which is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick - one of the top sailors in the ORMA60 class. She combines much of the design thinking from that fast short handed class, but with a stunning interior - including a revolving saloon floor and canting keel. Like all good designs this one looks deceptively simple - and JP assured us that it all works as well as it looks. He was like a kid with a new toy - all made in New Zealand!

We have two photostories in this edition - one above and the other below decks. They were our to rating stories on www.sail-world.com on Monday and Tuesday.

Over the last couple of days, announcements have been made in South America and USA of two more stopovers in the Volvo Ocean Race.

As can be seen in the graphic, there is one big gap in the map - or are organisers going to treat the competitors to another 12300nm leg as in the previous edition of the Round the World event?

2011 Volvo Ocean Race - Interim port route  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Obvious places to schedule a stop are New Zealand, Fiji or Australia - which would still leave a leg of around 7000nm to the next port of Itajai in Brazil. Whether there is a full stopover, or just a Wellington February 2006 style pitstop remains to be seen.

Information from European sources, who are closer to the action than we, expect there to be 8-10 entries in the race.

No more information from the America's Cup - save that the announcement promised, on the very broad parameters for the event, originally due to be released by the end of March will probably be made after Easter. And for those still with a taste for America's Cup Legal - the final scene in that too long running litigation is believed to be close to final resolution. Again we will carry details when, and if, the deal is finally done.

Berntsson (SWE) all alone at 5-0 after Day 1 - Congressional Cup 2010:   Rich Roberts ©

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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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Whitianga Festival of Speed: Big Boat race - Two for McGill??
Paul Shanahan,
Was Bruce McGill a one show wonder or will he be able to uphold Riviera's reputation and repeat the 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed big boat race win? The word around the docks is that he is quietly shivering in his sea boots, knowing the competition may have got his measure this time.... [more]
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Survival conditions for Day 3 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010
Ivor Wilkins,
The wind gods in Auckland, New Zealand continued to raise the challenge for the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 today, with winds gusting over 30 knots testing their skills to the limit. Today saw the beginning of the match race section of the regatta, starting with the teams who placed fourth to seventh in the fleet racing competing in a sudden death... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Above decks a one sided yacht!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. There are many innovative feature above deck - and a revolving galley and navigation station below.... [more]
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OKI 24 Hour Race 2010 - Enter now! + Video
Joanna Cobb,
The annual OKI 24 Hour endurance event for 2010 is on this weekend 27-28 March 2pm-2pm at Lake Pupuke, Sylvan Park North Shore City, organised by the Murrays Bay Sailing Club. The exciting event is sailed in Lasers, with a Le Mans start. Crews are required to sail non-stop in rotating shifts for 24 hours. The winner is the team with the most laps after 24 hours. Fantastic travel prizes!... [more]
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Aussie Weta sailors complete 350km voyage off North Queensland coast
David Meade,
A couple of Aussie Weta sailors have recently completed a 350 plus kilometre journey from Townsville to Cairns. 'The voyage to Cairns was a complete success, had a great time and boat performed without issue. Weather was a bit light and lots of direct tail winds (got quite inventive with paddles as spinnaker poles...and playing with the shape of the main) and lots of time at 3 to 5 knots boat speed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Miami added to stop over ports
Volvo Ocean Race,
Miami, Florida, will host the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The race village will be located at Bicentennial Park, on the Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Downtown Miami. It is a 29-acre, open park which is suited for major events and has been used in the past for shows such as the Cirque Du Soleil.... [more]
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Clipper Leg 7 Qingdao to San Francisco – Fuel transfer to California
Zoe Williamson,
Uniquely Singapore has caught up with the US entry and the crew have begun the task of transferring fuel. The plan is to use several of the Clipper 68s as refuelling vessels for California to ensure they have enough to get them to San Francisco safely, more than 1,800 miles away.... [more]
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New Website and Media Co-ordinator joins Secretariat of ISAF
ISAF Media Unit,
Johno Fullerton (GBR) joins ISAF's Marketing and Media department to replace News Editor David Knapman who leaves ISAF on 26 March. Johno will have key responsibilities for delivering ISAF's news and press service and the ISAF website www.sailing.org.... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'.... [more]
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Download for Notice of Race for Auckland to Tauranga Race
Ross Sheerin,
Newsflash received from Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club: The Website of the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club has been hacked (keel hauling for the Turkish so and so's responsible would be too kind...). Consequently prospective entrants into the Auckland to Tauranga Race will not be able to download the NOR and entry form until the site is restored.... [more]
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World Champion to compete in Hebtro Trophy race on Sunday
Mandy Burt,
The Worser Bay Boating Club is hosting its annual Hebtro Trophy celebrity yacht race on Sunday 28 March. Commodore Andrew Paterson said that 'the aim of the day is to raise funds for junior sailing, and in doing so, to have great fun day for all involved'.... [more]
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RC 44 Class aims to create an American circuit
Bernard Schopfer,
The RC 44 Class Association announces today its project to expand to North America. Following three successful editions of the RC 44 Championship Tour in Central Europe and the Middle-East, the Class plans to develop a North American circuit. An RC 44 will be displayed in Newport (RI) this spring, allowing potential owners to test-sail the boat.... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed to continue despite tragedy
Paul Shanahan,
The Whitianga Festival of Speed is on track to be the biggest thrill seeking weekend on the New Zealand events calendar, despite the tragic death of Stace Hopper, scion of the Festival's major sponsor, Hopper Developments Limited.... [more]
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Congressional Cup 2010: Berntsson (SWE) all alone at 5-0 after Day 1
Rich Roberts,
The Long Beach breeze would seldom be called fickle, but it took a freak turn Tuesday that settled a battle of unbeatens and left defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden in first place after Day 1 of the 46th Congressional Cup. Late in the fourth of five flights, the wind shifted 70 degrees to northwest directly out of downtown Long Beach and dropped from a peak of 16 knots to 3, sending Ber... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Makes It's Debut at this year's OKI 24 Hour Challenge
NZ Sail,
The OKI 24 Hour Challenge is a competition for Laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club in Auckland and is taking place this weekend. This competition is the clubs main fund raiser with the proceeds going towards the coaching of our young sailors. This year the Laser 4.7 is making its debut as the class has significantly grown recently.... [more]
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Strong interest in new RS100 - book in for a test sail
Performance Sailcraft (Australasia),
It certainly appears this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, has what it takes to be successful Down Under. Please give us your feedback and book in for a test sail!... [more]
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2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race South American stopover announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: he cityof ItajaĆ­, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the race. The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, ItajaĆ­ will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore again.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune,
'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more]
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Clipper California reports being rolled in major Pacific storm
Zoe Williamson,
Having been alerted to a problem on California after they activated their EPIRB yesterday afternoon a clearer picture of the team's dismasting is now beginning to emerge.... [more]
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NZ leads after Day 1 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010
Event Media,
The opening day of the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 saw the seven competing teams complete four windward-leeward fleet races, with the local Team New Zealand crew holding a 3pt lead over Team Italy. Racing on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand took place in brisk northwesterly winds of 15-17 knots. After a morning practice session, the racing got away on time at 1pm... [more]
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