Kiwis aim for Medals at Princess Sofia...3.7's ride rough at Evans Bay...Volvo Ocean Race comes to Auckland

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Sail-World New Zealand: 2 April 2010

Is it a bird or a plane? Cropped close up of satellite (?) hitting Tasman Sea   Peter Idoine
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 2 April 2010.

The Princess Sophia Trophy Regatta now shifts into the Medal Race phase. The New Zealand Sailing Team have done well to get medal options going in three events with four crews involved - all in the top five before the medal race.

We've previewed the wind direction and strength for the regatta at Palma, using

We will carry details of the medal racing on with several reports and image galleries in this issue.

There is a lot of racing on in New Zealand this Easter break, with several classes submitting reports to Sail-World via the submission system, or email, or on their websites. Several have not, and while we have tried our best to scratch around and try to find out what has happened, we gave up, and conceded defeat in the end.

For those racing, or cruising, courtesy of PredictWind, we have included a five day forecast for the Easter break, covering Auckland and the upper half of the North Island. If you want to see more, then go to and get your free 30 day trial, plus enter Sail-World's competition to win one of ten professional edition subscriptions.

Womens Match Racing in the Princess Sofia Trophy in the Elliott 6, with spars by Southern Spars and sails by North Sails  Nico Martinez ©

The big announcement we alluded to in the last newsletter was indeed the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland, which has added one of the classic legs back into the race, and has taken the race back into one of the ports with a long tradition in Round the World racing. New Zealand fans need no educating on what the Whitbread and now the Volvo Ocean Races are all about, and February 2012 should be another spectacular month for sailing, in Auckland.

What is not clear, is how many entries there will be. There is a lot of activity going on beneath the surface. Rumour control has it that there will be 8-10 boats. However the unknown is how many of those yachts from the previous edition, will come back for another crack under the aegis of a new or revitalised team.

The Hon. John Banks, Mayor of Auckland, Peter Lester and the Hon. Maurice Williamson deputising for the Minister of Economic Development at the Auckland Volvo announcement  Richard Gladwell

With the 34th America's Cup dates seeming to slide out to 2014, the door seems to be opening for professional sailing teams and sailors to be able to fit in a Volvo Ocean Race to keep the sponsor interest up and the team together before turning to the America's Cup - wherever and whenever that might be. Somehow another three or four years on a diet of TP52 racing, sandwiched between Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas, doesn't really cut it for many fans.

In this issue we have some shots of what could be a satellite breaking up before it hits the Tasman Sea. Others have it that it was a trick of the light with jet vapour trails. What do you think? If the former hopefully it missed competitors in the Fitzroy Yachts Trans Tasman Race, of which we have a story and images from the start, in this edition.

Definitely out of control at Evans Bay - 3.7 Nationals Day 1  Farr 3.7

Week after week, we receive more and more news as event publicity officers and media realise that their news matters to us. We are also amazed at how some major events, often with substantial sponsorship, fail to produce any reports or images on a daily basis as the events take place. And then compound their error, by producing a late report, or nothing at all, at the regatta end.

If your event PR person is not yet sending news and images to, please gently point out the submit banner on the top of the news on every single page on our site.

2010 Fitzroy Yachts Trans Tasman Race gets underway off New Plymouth  Lindsay Wright

Can't think when we last received a complaint that started with 'How come we don't see any news about our ....' because the solution is in your hands. We had over 190,000 readers in February, do your event sponsors not want to be in front of that audience?

You can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news by Clicking Here. Have a read of our contribution guidelines - if you suffer from writer's block - we've got the pointers to quickly get you through.

Australian Nicky Souter against France's Claire Leroy in Spain - Nico Martinez - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  Nico Martinez ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea
Peter Idoine,
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk, with good visi... [more]
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3.7 Nationals: Flagged it away for first day in Evans Bay
Chris Mitchell,
The first day of racing for 3-7 Class National Championship being hosted by the Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club were postponed and eventually cancelled with winds in excess of 35 knots. Conditions out on the race course were very choppy and difficult. The clouds were scooting across the sky all morning during measurement and after measurement wind at ground level steadily built.... [more]
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2010 Swires Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships
Nickolas Radovanovic,
Day one of the 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, was raced in fine and variable light conditions. The New Zealand team is dominating after today's two races but it's Australian Ian Marcovitch, with two wins, who leads in the individual standings from Auckland's two-time NZ Champion, Mark Bell, and local young talent, Hayden Percy.... [more]
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Easter Forecasts and win $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
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!! Read here the forecasts for the upper half of the North Island for the Easter Break... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre images by Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon images and,
Photographer Richard Langdon presents this gallery of images from the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre... [more]
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Finn Focus at Palma - Gaspic takes narrow lead into medal race
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. Changeable and shifting winds plagued the fleets on the final qualification day with the Finns only managing two more races. Regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) struggled across the finish line in 12th place to lose his overall lead for the first time. And things only got worse for him in race seven. He finished the day in fourth place overall.... [more]
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Excitement guaranteed for the Medal Races at the Sofia Mapfre
Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía,
Another day of changing winds in the bay of Palma decided the top 10 sailors that will sail the medal race. Sailors were faced again with difficult weather conditions in the bay of Palma. NW conditions, 8 to 12 knots, and many wind shifts put all competitors to the test.... [more]
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Optimist Nationals start Friday at Mercury Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Racing gets underway in the 2010 Toyota Optimist Championships on Friday 2 April. The event is being staged at Mercury Bay Boating Club, Whitianga There is a Twitter feed running on the regatta website... [more]
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29er National Championships 2010, 49er Champs and 18ft Skiff Regatta
Fiona Balch,
Auckland Sailing Club Commodore Graham Catley and Phil Airey worked with outgoing President 29er Association Ross Whitburn to put together a Thrills and Spills regatta on the Waitemata last week, 26-28th March Twelve 29ers entered the National Championships which were convincingly won by Alex Moloney and Sam Bullock; who will represent New Zealand in the ISF Youth Worlds July 2010 in Turkey.... [more]
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G3 unsurprisingly takes line honours in Auckland Tauranga Yacht race
Richard Gladwell,
The Orma60, G3 (Simon Hull) was first to finish the Auckland Tauranga race when she crossed the finish line off the Tauranga Yacht Club just before midnight. 51 yachts started the event at 10.00am on Friday off the Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron. The race has been sailed in light airs and 13 have already withdrawn.... [more]
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TeamOrigin sailors on the Solent for RORC Easter Regatta
What a difference a few weeks can make – just over 10 days ago, TeamOrigin were racing in the warm and sunny waters of the Hauraki Gulf for the Louis Vuitton Auckland regatta and yesterday the team were to be found on the High Street of Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK – battling against the driving rain and 40 knot winds!... [more]
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Princess Sofia Trophy: Four kiwis in medal contention – one race to go
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Four NZL Sailing Team representatives have made the top ten cut and will sail in tomorrow's medal races at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regattanow reaching it's conclusion in Palma de Majorca, Spain. All four who have qualified for the double points medal race sail off are lying in the top five of their fleet.... [more]
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Dream start for 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge today
Lindsay Wright,
Taranaki looks like turning on a dream start for the 13 skippers sailing the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge tomorrow. The yachts are due to cross the start line at Port Taranaki at 1pm, sail around a buoy placed off the wind wand and begin the 1300nm (2400 km) course towards Mooloolaba and forecasters are predicting 10 – 15 knot south easterly winds for the start.... [more]
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Oldest attempt to sail Round the World,
Yachting journalist Bob Fisher and circumnavigator Sir Robin Knox-Johnston have announced their plan to attempt to be the oldest combined age to sail round the world.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Finn class - Closing in on Trujillo
Robert Deaves,
Rafa Trujillo (ESP) remains at the top of the Finn fleet after three intense races were completed on Wednesday at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. The first race, with great sailing conditions up to 15 knots was won by Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Paoletti Michele (ITA) sailed well to place second, with another good finish for regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) in third.... [more]
Share this story - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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NZers steady in the changing breezes of Princess Sofia Trophy at Palma
Neus Jordi and Richard Gladwell,
The weather conditions divided the day in two halves. The morning began with NW wind, 15 knots and at around 2 pm, the wind dropped and all classes were postponed. The fleet could race again in the afternoon with W wind, 8 knots. An outstanding day in Laser Mens for Javier Hernández who has climbed up to the top of the class standings. The New Zealand Olympic squad had a reasonably good day.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing named as Best Team on the World Match Racing Tour
Robert Wallace and WMRT,
New Zealand's BlackMatch Racing has become the inaugural winner of the Best Team Award within the World Match Racing Tour, with its young skipper Adam Minoprio describing the competition as 'the closest and toughest sailing tour.' The first winners of awards made in eight categories were announced today by the World Match racing Tour.... [more]
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Mahurangi Memories - The Ngatira Story
Bud Nalder, North Sails Classic,
The largest collection of classic yachts in New Zealand gather each year in late January at Mahurangi for their annual regatta. It is a marvellous spectacle and those that have not attended this coming together of NZ's yachting heritage, should ear mark it for next year. This year saw frantic efforts to rig the newly restored 1904 Bailey designed gaff cutter Ngatira in time for the regatta.... [more]
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Auckland, the City of Sails, to host Volvo Ocean Race for eighth time
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Auckland, New Zealand, is back in the Volvo Ocean Race after a gap of 10 years. The city, which has fielded some of the world's best sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, last hosted the event in 2001-02. It will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish in Itaj... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race announcement: Live from Auckland + full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is coming to you live from the Viaduct Basin ahead of the announcement of the Auckland stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. We hope to present a live commentary on what is happening.... [more]
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Sail Timer now for iPhone, iPod or iPad AND with a waterproof bag
Sail-World Cruising,
The SailTimer app - a quick and simple way to get your Tacking Time to Destination - from iTunes can now be used on the new iPad tablets, in addition to iPhone and iPod, and currently comes at a marked-down price of US$3.99. Ordinary GPS units do not account for the fact that sailboats zig-zag, when calculating ETA. The SailTimer app does, and can also show you the optimal tacking angles.... [more]
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Images from Day 3 of the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez provides this gallery of images from the third day of racing in the big breeze (30kts plus) at the princess Sofia Regatta, in Palma Mallorjca, ESP... [more]
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Ashley moves to share lead after Day 3 of Princess Sofia Trophy
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
After two days of light winds the bay of Palma turned on winds gusting up to 30 knots on day three of Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain. Racing was postponed for all fleets until a start was possible mid afternoon for the RS:X Men and Women, while the single-handed and double-handed dinghies didn't race at all today.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club to host America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion
Michael Levitt,
New York Yacht Club Commodore David K. Elwell Jr. announced today that the club will host a new event this summer, the America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion, September 16th to 19th at Harbour Court, NYYC's on-the-water clubhouse in Newport. During the 12 Metre era (1958-1987), over 83 12 Metre teams competed as contenders or defenders for the 10 America's Cup matches... [more]
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America's Cup: Nitro's Wingsail Trimming Primer - Part 2
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell interviewed Noel (Nitro) Drennan, on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show. In this second part of a two part story, we look at the what happened on the first leg of that now-famous first race; jibs and gennikers with wingsails; trimming without engines instead of grinders; and what it is like to go back to Version 5 America's cuppers... [more]
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Canadian Open 60 to compete in Auckland Tauranga race - two handed!
Two former 49er sailors, Ed Smyth and Dan Slater, will be sailing the Open 60, O Canada, two handed in the Auckland Tauranga race starting on Thursday. Formerly known as Spirit of Canada, she now has a new owner and has been given a birthday under the eye of Allan West and Dan Slater. See video ...... [more]
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Royal Akarana's Southern 60 concludes at Kawau Island YC
Kevin Robertson,
The Southern 600 series concluded last weekend at Kawau Island with the Brin Wilson Memorial race. This three race long distance series has proved very popular with all the competitors and next year promises to be much bigger. The 300 mile Round White Island race was the first of the three races in the series followed by the 90 mile Balokovic Cup and ending with the... [more]
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