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 10 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 10 April 2010

Big fella deep in thought - BlackMatch on Day 3 of France Match Race - World Match Racing Tour 2010  Blackmatch
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 10 April 2010.

The greatest free show in New Zealand gets underway today - 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

Don't forget about the tours running of the Waterways themselves - giving you, or your family, 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

We're hoping to bring you coverage of both days of the event, each evening - so stay tuned.

Puma runs through the back of a wave - 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race ©

There is plenty of racing on this weekend, we preview some it in this issue, and hope to bring you reports in our issues next week.

Next edition of sail-World will be out on Tuesday lunchtime - another significant announcement for New Zealand yachting is expected that morning.

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.

Ballast tanks and pumps: O Canada - Open 60, Auckland April 2010  Richard Gladwell
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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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Head winds foil Solo Tasman fleet
Lindsay Wright,
Fickle weather patterns in the Tasman Sea look set to foil Bruce Arm's bid to break the New Plymouth to Mooloolaba solo yacht race record. Last night he was 580 km from Mooloolaba but sailing at only eight knots on a course that will take him in south of the finish line. To beat the record, set by Bullfrog Sunblock in 1986, he will have to arrive before 9:50pm today... [more]
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World Champions battle in Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals at Akarana
Richard Gladwell,
Defending champion Alistair Gair will be battling with 10 other crews at this weekend's Waiwera Water Etchells Nationals and Auckland Championships being sailed off Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Up to five races per day will be sailed in the Saturday and Sunday with the courses being located between Mechanics Bay and Rangitoto Island on the inner Waitemata harbour.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 3 Cruise to Quarterfinals
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: A cruise? Well perhaps it wasn't a quite a cruise but the BlackMatch team have qualified for the quarterfinals in a respectable third position at the Match Race France event, in Marseille. Rounding out the day with 7 wins and 4 losses after completing the round robin... [more]
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BMW ORACLE Racing Brings America's Cup to Strictly Sail Pacific
Wanda Kenton Smith,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team, winners of the America's Cup in February, will bring the oldest trophy in international sport to the Strictly Sail Pacific sail boat show on its opening day, Thursday, April 15, 2010. The America's Cup will be on display at the West Coast's largest all-sail show at the East Bay's Jack London Square from noon until 6 pm.... [more]
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Riviera Officially Withdrawn from Sale
Stephen Milne,
Over the past six months a number of domestic and international parties have been in discussions with the Receivers and Managers regarding the possible purchase of Riviera. After extensive consideration, the secured debt holders have elected to formerly withdraw the business from the sale process electing over the medium term to continue to rebuild the business.... [more]
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The 28th Edition of the Lake Garda meeting comes to an end
Elena Giolai,
Welcome to Riva Del Garda and the 28th edition of Optimist Youth Regatta. This is a Guinness world record holding event, being the most numerous Youth Optimist Regatta in the world.... [more]
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O Canada - Images of an Open 60 above and below decks
Richard Gladwell,
Two of New Zealand's Olympic skiff sailors, Dan Slater and Ed Smyth are crewing aboard the refitted Open 60, O Canada. They will sail her two handed in the upcoming Auckland Fiji Race. Sail-World's camera had a look above and below decks on this rather cramped shorthanded racing yacht.... [more]
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Vale Ken Lusty: New Zealand marine industry stalwart
Mike Rose PR,
Ken Lusty, a stalwart of the New Zealand marine industry, died at his home in Stillwater on Tuesday evening. He was one of the few to excel in both marine sports: yachting and powerboat racing, and then went on to found the country's largest marine distribution company and was also instrumental in the establishment of a strong marine industry association.... [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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Perfect conditions treat Napier Sea Scout Easter Regatta
Roger Cook,
Napier provided perfect racing conditions at Easter for the Lower North Island Sea Scout Regatta. Ninety sailors from five Sea Scout troops raced in two age groups, >15 and <15. Porirua's Ngati Toa and Wellington's Britannia won the Cutter and Sunburst divisions, respectively. The regatta show-cased the close relationship between Sea Scouts and yachting talent development in Wellington.... [more]
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Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Appendix Problems Force Mike Perham to Withdraw
PPL Ltd,
18-year old Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world, has been forced to withdraw from participating on the Talisker Bounty Boat voyage, a 6-week re-enactment of Captain William Bligh's remarkable 4,000 mile voyage in an open boat following the infamous mutiny on HMS Bounty 221 years ago.... [more]
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Light winds plague Optimist Nationals at Whitianga
Rose Mannering,
Jayvee Buchanan from Charteris Bay Yacht Club manouvered his way through swell and tide to claim the NZ National Optimist sailing title at Whitianga from April 1 – 6. A big rolling sea and scant breeze made for a slow start to the 2010 Toyota Optimist Nationals; by the end of Day 2 only one race had been sailed.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - victory closer as the pink lines converge
Nancy Knudsen,
While round-the-world teen solo sailor Jessica Watson has been having a few down days and rough weather, the thought of passing under south west tip of Australia will doubtless be enough to sustain her for the 'home run' back to Sydney.... [more]
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Australia nearly in sight for Jessica Watson
Jeni Bone,
Solo teen sailor, Jessica Watson is expected to enter Australian waters within the next week. On her most recent video blog, Jessica has been reflecting on her huge achievement.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing reports on Match Race France - Day 2
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: With three flights to sit out before we were due to race today, we spent a long time watching the breeze fill in and then die again as the race committee struggled to get races away in the fickle conditions. It wasn't until 5pm that we hit the water, and not until after 7pm... [more]
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Bar Day to prepare boaties for safe crossings
Don Scandrett,
Boaties who cross either the Manukau Harbour or Raglan Harbour bars are being invited to attend a Coastguard organized Bar Awareness Day on Sunday April 18. Coastguard units from Manukau, Waiuku and Raglan will be running the Bar Day to not only help boaties to better understand just how dangerous crossing harbour bars can be but to also highlight how important it is that they prepare whenever... [more]
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Puma enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Puma announced today that it will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after finishing second overall in the 2008-09 race, which ended in June 2009. The PUMA Ocean Racing team will once again be under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Helms Challenge the Bay of Marseille
World Match Tour,
Day Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) in Marseille has produced a range of results that has highlighted not only match racing experience but also local knowledge as top running variables that can make or break a professional sailing series.... [more]
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Slow day at Match Race France for MR - still sitting with a scorecard
Kyle Langford,
A long day in Southern France saw only five flights completed on day two of Match Race France. MRT spent the day watching the fleet slowly drift around the racetrack, waiting for their turn to get out on the water.... [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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