Kiwi sparmaker taken over...BlackMatch in France...Norths power Vakas

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Sail-World New Zealand: 8 April 2010

Doriean Family Appeal  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 8 April 2010.

The greatest free show in New Zealand is on this weekend - the Whitianga Festival of Speed - being staged, naturally enough, at Whitianga Waterways.

In this edition we have the full details of the event, but check with the website

The program is constantly being refined, but there is an event for everyone - from a round of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship, to fast launch racing, helicopter versus car, powerboat and jetski.

There are also tours running of the Waterways themselves - a unique chance to view these waterside properties from their best side - the waterfront. The tours are conducted from the quiet of an eco-steamer and give you an opportunity to see how the concept of having your boat at the bottom of your garden can really work. There are some great deals going for the Whitianga Festival of Speed - which can be stretched for a little while beyond. So make the most of this opportunity.

All you need to know is here

Waterfront viewing at the Whitianga Festival of Speed Waterways Tours  Whitianga Festival of Speed

The international sailing world was stunned on Tuesday by the news of the sudden death of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and widely agreed as one of the nicest guys of the offshore scene, died on Tuesday after an accident in the Caribbean. Unfortunately Spike had no life insurance, and his many friends are banding together to raise funds for his wife and young family. We have the ways on how you can help in this issue.

We, at Sail-World are more than willing to help publicise any fundraising event held for Peter's family. Please drop us a line, if you have an event for him.

Bruce Arms at the start of the Fitzroy yachts 2010 Tasman Solo Yacht Race  Lindsay Wright

In New Zealand, we have to report the sad passing of Ken Lusty (64) one of the marine industry's larger than life characters. Ken was lucky to recover from a serious health issue 10 years ago, and his last decade was lived at full volume. Our condolences to his family, many friends and colleagues in the marine industry.

We have some excellent coverage of the Fitzroy Yachts Solo Trans Tasman Race, with the race record seriously under threat. Read Lindsay Wright's excellent daily updates in this issue. As with all solo races the characters and challenges in the van of the fleet are just as intriguing as the battles up front - and Lindsay captures it all.

Trish Lewis 2010 Trans Tasman Yacht Race  Lindsay Wright

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Nigel Mannering, Jayvee Buchanan (top NZer) and Ralph Roberts at the 2010 NZ Optimist Nationals   Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Going to the Whitianga Festival of Speed this weekend - Read this!
Just three days to go until the Festival of Speed – have you booked your accommodation yet? If not, please visit and click on accommodation tag. Here's all you need to know about attending the Whitianga Festival of Speed this weekend... [more]
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Iconic Auckland sparmaker taken over by NZ Rigging
Cris Brodie and Sail-World,
After forty years in business iconic sparmaker Fostermasts, has been purchased by NZ Rigging. The Fostermasts name will continue with NZ Rigging, being a brand in its own right with many products familiar to those in the marine industry, they were also the importers of Profurl furling systems and NZ Rigging will continue to support this product.... [more]
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Spike Doriean Family Appeal
Barby McGowan,
The international sailing world was stunned on Tuesday April 6 2010 by the news of the sudden death of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of knowing. Spike is survived by his wife Nicki and two young children, Jemima aged 5 and Fox aged 3. It is for his young family that we are appealing for you... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing reports on Match Race France - Day 1
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first day of the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: Racing got underway today in very light and shifty conditions but by the afternoon a strong, cold north westerly had built, providing some exciting action late into the evening.... [more]
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Catamaran in 36 year Tasman Solo Race Record cliffhanger
Lindsay Wright,
Somewhere, about 800km south east of Mooloolaba, Bruce Arms must have his fingers firmly crossed. Arms, in his 14m catamaran Big Wave Rider, needs to reach the finish line of the 2010 Solo Tasman Challenge by about 9:50 pm on Saturday to break the race record of six days, eight hours and 50 minutes set in 1986.... [more]
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Vakas to voyage to Hawaii powered by North Sails
Zoe Hawkins,
In 2009 seven double-hulled canoes, or Waka, were built in Auckland, destined for special projects in the Pacific Islands culminating in a marathon voyage to Hawaii. The boats, which utilise a combination of traditional flax sails, and modern sails including gennakers built by North Sails, have made their mark in some very important ways.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - 7 April 2010
ISAF (UK) Ltd,
Great Britain and New Zealand top the tables in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Kiwi World Champion Adam Minoprio remains top in the Open Rankings whilst Lucy Macgregor (GBR) has bounced back to number one in the Women's.... [more]
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Enter -Sail-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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The RC 44 Championship Tour heads for the summits
MaxComm Communication,
The now traditional and much anticipated RC 44 Austria Cup, will take place in four weeks on the stunning Lake Traunsee. Several sailors will make their come back on the circuit following the America's Cup, including James Spithill, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison.... [more]
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Solo Tasman Race yacht heads For Lord Howe after heavy air beating
Lindsay Wright,
Australian sailor Rick Morgan is heading to Lord Howe to solve 'some issues' with his yacht Dream Lover after several days pounding by heavy weather in mid Tasman. Speaking by satellite phone, Morgan would not be drawn on the nature of his difficulties but an earlier e-mail from his daughter to the race organizers said that: 'he's been getting an absolute flogging with the weather ....... [more]
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The Pacific's Challenge - Four Vaka to journey the Islands
Debra Douglas,
For the first time ever four traditional vaka will assemble in the Waitemata Harbour to make a stand for the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday April 11th four vaka will sail in Te Kumete O Te Moana Nui, a regatta in the Waitemata Harbour, and then leave Auckland on Wednesday April 14th for a Pacific Ocean Voyage to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.... [more]
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Peter ‘Spike' Doriean dead -Rambler crew sails in his honour,
The international sailing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death yesterday of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of sailing with. His Rambler crew have decided to sail... [more]
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Offshore Powerboats set to rampage at the Whitianga Festival of Speed
Cathy Vercoe,
Fast and furious racing can be expected again from the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats as they compete in the scenic but challenging waters of Mercury Bay during the 2010 Whitianga Festival of Speed being held this coming weekend. Last year's race saw boats flying over a two metre swell, providing plenty of excitement and entertainment for the spectators along the foreshore. Last year... [more]
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Match Race France - A Big Challenge - A Great Field
YANMAR Racing Media,
The first event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour; Match Race France, will start in Marseille tomorrow morning and the only multi-season winner on the circuit, Australian Peter Gilmour, has labeled this event as ‘challenging' for his YANMAR Racing team.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Announces Newest Skipper
Tim Kelly,
Australian yachtsman Garry Golding has become the latest sailor to sign up for the world's oldest solo sailing challenge – the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Dave Larsen appointed Rayglass General Manager
Mike Rose,
In a move that reflects Rayglass Boats' continuing growth, both in New Zealand and overseas, sales and marketing manager Dave Larsen has been appointed as the company's General Manager. Rayglass CEO Tony Hembrow says the company is now of a size that warrants a General Manager. 'We now have several different divisions, all doing extremely well and we need someone to coordinate that growth.'... [more]
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34 kayaks and a trip to Tonga up for grabs at Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Mike Rose,
Visitors to this year's Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland on May 13-16 will have the chance to win a huge selection of prizes including a $1000 kayak package every hour, a $7600 trip for two to Tonga and rides in one of the world's fastest jet boats! A $1000 Viking kayak package will be drawn every hour from 12 noon until the show closes on each of the four days... [more]
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WMRT - Innovating and pushing the boundaries of TV production
Top European website writes of innovative developments planned for the TV coverage of the World Match Racing Tour, this year: 'At the end of the day, match racing is a one-on-one battle, a gladiatorial-type of encounter between two sailors, two teams and the philosophy is to tell the story of the characters beyond narrating the simple story of the race.'... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta - Day Three: End Game,
Once again, it was a picture perfect day in the British Virgin Islands for the last day of racing of the BVI Spring Regatta, with sun and wind all day long. There were a number of battles out on the race course, which were fought to the very end, providing plenty of action on the SOL, Norman and LIME One Design Race areas.... [more]
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