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08 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 5 April 2010

O Canada, Open 60 - 2010 Auckland Tauranga Race  Dan Slater
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 5 April 2010.

New Zealand's great summer continued unabated over the long weekend. Hope you had the opportunity to get away and enjoy it, before the welcome rain started.

You can treat yourself to a second break, this coming weekend at 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. 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!

Sail-World welcomes a new advertiser Dynex, the flexible 'rope' so often seen on top racing yachts for any use that requires a rope with a strength greater than steel, but with a weight that is a fraction of its flexible wire equivalent, which is much easier on delicate sails - and with none of the sprags so often associated with wire rope.

Mark Bell, Bob Preston & Hayden Percy in race six, day three. - 2010 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships  Nickolas Radovanovic

Dynex products are supplied by Hampidjan NZ Ltd, a Nelson based company and you can check out their products, Dynex75® and Dynex Dux® which are revolutionary products manufactured from Dyneema fibres, by clicking here.

NZ Rigging also has an interesting announcement coming up - more later this week.

Speculation continues around the Volvo Ocean Race, following last week's announcement of the Auckland stopover. There has been some interesting developments on the sponsorship front. There is some talk of a New Zealand entry; European sources have confirmed that as many of the yachts, as possible from the previous edition, would be involved; and several new yachts are on the drawing board.

Tom Ashley, Silver medalist, RS:X Mens, Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma  Nico Martinez ©

The delay in the America's Cup to 2014 is too long for many sailors and teams, and our contacts say that there is some real interest from top sailors and teams in the round the world event. Certainly the performance of new Round the World Record holder Franck Cammas (FRA) and his Groupama team will be one of the benchmarks of the event. One of the designers from North Sails NZ loft, will be working with the Groupama team - see the story in this edition.

There has been plenty happening in New Zealand over the Easter break and we cover a lot of ground in this issue, thanks to the help of a lot of correspondents using Sail-World's submission facility.

'Big Wave Rider - 2010 SoloTasman start'   Lindsay Wright

Starting at the top, we have the Javelin Nationals sailed in the Bay of Islands, and won by a female skipper for the first time. Congratulations to Antje Muller and Craig Gilberd on their win in a very close contest.

From New Plymouth we have reports and images from the start of the Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman race, thanks to Lindsay Wright, who has done a superb job. Take a look at the website for the event www.solo-tasman.co.nz which is just great - complete with its own yacht tracker. Already the leaders are well on their way.

2010 3.7 National Champions, Andrew Brown (Forceracing) Day 3, 2010 3.7 Nationals, Evans Bay, Wellington  Evans Bay YMBC

From Wellington we have coverage of the 3.7 National Championships, again another great effort by Chris Mitchell and friends, plus the Evans Bay club who have another very innovative website, with plenty of great images. The new National Champion, Andrew Brown also writes his personal account of the regatta - which was forced into sailing five races into one day - in the usual Wellington conditions. You don't have to be a local - but it does help!

From Napier, we have coverage of the Paper Tiger International - won by an Australian, but with the Kiwis taking the Main Event - the teams prize. We are still looking forward to the receipt of the esteemed Stuart Alexander's report (yachting correspondent for The Independent (UK)), who is convalescing in Napier after his accident before the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Michael Bullot, Bronze medalist, Laser Mens, Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma  Nico Martinez ©

And from Tauranga, Dan Slater and Ed Smyth have provided some great reports, images and video of their race from Auckland to Tauranga, sailing two handed in the Open 60 O Canada, in which they will also be competing in the Auckland Fiji race - again two handed.

In Palma, Spain, New Zealand sailors have won Silver and Bronze medals. We have the story on the final day of the regatta - many thanks to Jodie Bakewell-White of Yachting NZ, who was up in the the early hours to get her stories and images in.

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

Espada,GBR 50, - Quarter Tonner, racing with an all female crew, in temperatures of around 3C in the RORC Easter Challenge.   Royal Ocean Racing Club - RORC ©

Or, you can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news yourself 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.

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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