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 13 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 April 2010

Emirates Team New Zealand announce their participation in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.   Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 April 2010.

The big news that we alluded to late last week, is the announcement this morning of Emirates Team New Zealand being appointed as the sailing team for Camper, the fifth announced entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.

The announcement was first made in Palma, Spain, where the four generation family shoemaking firm is headquartered, and repeated at the Emirates Team New Zealand base, this morning at 8.30am

While the deal had been known for a week or so, the detail has not - which was revealed this morning.

We have full coverage in this edition, including today's full audio of the Emirates Team New Zealand media briefing.

In this edition we take a look at why the America's Cup teams are being wooed by the Volvo Ocean Race. Today it was revealed that the double America's Cup winner, Alinghi will most likely be joining the Volvo Ocean race ranks - although it is not known whether this will be in their own right, or as the sailing team for UAE port Abu Dhabi.

Certainly if Alinghi do come in, then that will give the Volvo Ocean race a real edge that it has lacked to date - winners of four of the last five America's Cups, plus the current Round the World record holders in Groupama. That's real pedigree.

Smiles all round as Kevin Shoebridge and Grant Dalton face the media,   Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©

While there have been some great teams in the Whitbread and Volvo OR in bygone days, entry of the likes of Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi and Groupama, plus as a benchmark, the runner up from the 2008/09 edition - PUMA Racing, the Volvo Ocean Race will set a new level in professional sailing.

With substantially reduced budgets below that of an America's Cup campaign plus guaranteed frequency (there could well be two VOR's sailed before the 34th America's Cup) - the Volvo Ocean Race looks set to lift off - but teams are effectively being limited to 12 - given the port facilities required.

Staying with trans-oceanic racing, don't miss Lindsay Wright's fine reports on the Fitzroy Solo Tasman Race. The record may not have been broken, but the challenges for the sailors are substantial. Now they are match racing in mid-Tasman!

Andrew Wills and crew on their way to winning the 2010 NZ National Championships in the Etchells Class  Richard Gladwell

Congratulations to North Sails' Andrew Wills and crew on taking the 2010 NZ Etchell Nationals over the weekend, adding to his Brisbane win a fortnight earlier.

We have all the action from the Whitianga Festival of Speed last weekend. Over 30,000n people turned out for the event staged at Whitianga Waterways. If you're keen for more, the next offshore powerboat racing event is on at Marsden Cove in a couple of weeks.

The Bakewell-White designed Dossan in front of the 15,000 strong crowd - 2010 Whitianga Festival of Speed  Cathy Vercoe

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Puma runs through the back of a wave - 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race. They'll be back for 2011/12  Volvo Ocean Race ©

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Emirates Team NZ join Camper for the Volvo Ocean Race
Emirates Team NZ,
Camper, the Spanish-based international footwear manufacturer, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma.... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed a Roaring Success
Cathy Vercoe,
Whitianga turned on a fantastic weekend for the Festival of Speed as the town roared into life with spectacular displays of powerboats, cars, planes, offroad vehicles, bikes and, believe it or not lawnmowers! The town resounded with the sound of roaring engines, throbbing V8s and the smell of high octane fuel.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race beckons America's Cup teams
Richard Gladwell,
Today's joint announcement, in New Zealand and Spain, is maybe the first of several from established America's Cup teams entering the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Two things have caused substantial America's Cup teams to jump the Volvo fence.... [more]
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Mid Tasman Match Race for Solo Sailors
Lindsay Wright,
The ultimate challenge for the two Queenslanders was to be the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba. 'We figured it'd sort the boys from the girls,' Hill joked. But yesterday, after seven days of hard out singlehanded yacht racing in a variety of weather conditions, the two old foes were coasting along in light air about 20 metres apart with about 400km lef... [more]
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Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's - High speeds, high stress, high stakes
If any small measure or additional motivation was required for the two teams on the Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's, it was injected early this morning... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean race media conference - Full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Full, unedited audio from this morning's media conference staged by Emirates Team NZ at their base in Auckland. Includes details of the operational side of the Volvo Ocean Race entry under the Camper sponsorship. Who they are considering and have missed out on for crew. Designer conformed as Botin, on an exclusive basis. Thoughts on Alinghi also entering the Volvo Ocean Race and more... [more]
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Audi Med Cup - Lining up off Valencia
Audi Medcup Circuit,
The 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA), pairing up with one of this year's hot debutant teams Luna Rossa (ITA) who are due to race at the first regatta of the season, the Portugal Trophy in Cascais (May 11-16), are currently training off Valencia in perfect conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup team confirmed as entry in Volvo Ocean Race +Video
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Camper, the Spanish-based inter-national footwear brand, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma. Features video from the announcement in Plama and also TVNZ's Dalton interview... [more]
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Andrew Wills takes win in Etchells Nationals ahead of world champion
Richard Gladwell,
Former World Etchells Champion, Andrew Wills crewed by Anatole Masfen and Matt Kelway, retained their overnight points lead to win the combined Etchells New Zealand and Auckland Championships at the weekend. 'The class enjoyed some of the closest racing we have had for years at this year's 2010 Nationals,' Wills told Sail-World. 'It is a testament to the resurgence the class has recently expe... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - We'll be back!
Mer & Média Agency,
François Tolède, Luc Poupon, and all of the team behind the organisation of the Voiles de Saint-Barth, knew that it would be something of a challenge to convince yachtsmen and racers from around the world to include this race in the West Indies on their race calendar.... [more]
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Peter Spike Doriean - the Friendship Ambassador
John Curnow,,
The second time you met Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, you were greeted by a big smile and you felt as though you had known this guy for ages. Such was the nature of Spike, that he endeared himself to so many souls during his 38 years.... [more]
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Seven sailors, missing two months, sail into Coquimbo, Chile
Nancy Knudsen,
Seven sailors, missing on the sailing yacht the SS Columbia for nearly two months in the eastern Pacific, have turned up in Coquimbo. This includes the skipper Boguslaw 'Bob' Norwid and his wife, and their five student sailors - Canadian woman, Josee Chabot, an Australian Mitchell Westlake and three others.... [more]
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Match Race France ISAF World Match Racing Tour Stage 1 Final results
WMRT- amended by,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) full results. The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the nine remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team will again be racing.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Finals Days -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the semi-finals and finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour. Racing is underway early. Ben Ainslie has chosen Paolo Cian as his opponent, they will be the first race, followed by Mathieu Richard and Francesco Bruni.... [more]
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First yacht finishes - Tasman Race Record stands unbroken
Lindsay Wright,
When Bruce Arms sailed his 14m catamaran, Big Wave Rider, from Queensland to New Plymouth in six days and five hours, taking almost four hours off the existing 24 year old solo Tasman yacht race record, some people thought he had it sewn up. Arms, who lives aboard with wide Suzanne, built the five tonne yacht in time for the 2007 singlehanded Tasman race ..... [more]
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Sails set for Pacific endeavour
Debra Douglas,
A sight not seen for hundreds of years greeted boaties on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, when four traditional vaka sailed in an inner harbour regatta. The skippers of the double-hulled, 13-tonne, 22m-long vaka were fine-tuning their vessels in readiness for a voyage across the Pacific. The fleet will sail from Auckland on Wednesday April 14th (weather permitting) to French Polynesia,... [more]
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Spectacular Power Boat racing in Whitianga Festival of Speed
Cathy Vercoe,
Whitianga turned on a fantastic day for the NZ Offshore Powerboats when they raced in Mercury Bay as part of the Whitianga Festival of Speed. The Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship was held in near perfect conditions with light winds, brilliant sunshine and a gentle one metre swell.... [more]
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Record fleet for NSW Optimist Championships
Warwick Crossman,
With the amazing growth of the Optimist class in NSW it seems that every event becomes bigger and better than the previous one, but even the most Optimistic supporters of the class were surprised when more than 70 boats swarmed at Northbridge Sailing Club recently for the largest and arguably the most competitive Optimist regatta in NSW to date.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Images from Day 2, big blow, fast racing,
Day 2 of the Charleston Race Week 2010 was much the same as Day 1, it blew 25 knots , big swells and fast racing, here are just a few of the images from Day 2.... [more]
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The Roaring 40s - Red Bull capsize - Video
The Red Bulletin/Sail-World,com,
Extreme 40's - are well named - super fast with an occasional spectacular wipeout- this is not new vision but if you have no seen it before -this Red Bull wipe-out is a must watch... [more]
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Shotover Jet sets sights on Formula 1 motor racing
Southern PR,
New Zealand's Shotover Jet has announced its intention to pit itself against the world's best by endeavouring to enter a team in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.... [more]
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New York - Barcelona Sailing Record - Day 3 and still at maximum power
NY-BCN Sailing Record,
407 miles south of St Pierre, Newfoundland the two Open 60's Estrella Damm and W-Hotels are still fast reaching, racing to stay ahead of the weather front.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing Match Race France - Day 4: Deja vu
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the first event of the 2010 season, the Match Race France: Today was the quarterfinal stage of Match Race France and for two of the top qualifying teams it was the curse of choosing your opponent that saw upsets and fight backs deciding the final four. A brilliant display of light airs sailing... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Champion knocked out of Match Race France
WMRT media,
Today's final results were a surprise to the competitors and WMRT fans, the first round of matches did not divulge any secrets on future scores. For the majority of the day, four matches stood with a score of 2-1 when it was still very much anyone's series to be won.... [more]
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Light winds tear up form book in New Zealand Etchells Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
The tricky racecourse on the inner Waitemata Harbour, showed little respect for the formbook on the opening day of the New Zealand Etchells National Championships. Sailed in light winds, only three races were possible out of the five scheduled - and they were sailed in winds of around 5kts from the NE. The direction meant that the course was heavily influenced by the towering Rangitoto Island... [more]
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Nelson sailor wins Laser 4.7 World Championship
Event Media,
Nelson's Ryan Amlehn has won the Laser 4.7 class 2010 Under 16 world champion at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattya, Thailand. After 12 races there was only 1 point between Ryan and Mark Spearman.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Quarter Finals -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the quarter finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Day 1 images when the big breeze kicked in,
Charleston Race Week 2010 - Day 1 - it blew a big breeze and the adrenaline kicked and left bruised bodies and broken gear all over the fleet. Here is a small selection of images of the action.... [more]
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Sailling boat knockdown caught on Video - this could happen to you
Kym Pasqualini,
The founder of The Sail Through Cancer Foundation, Dick Drechsler, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, battled serious waves that nearly turned their Catalina 470 sailboat upside down while crossing an extremely shallow bar to get into the estuary of San Blas, on the western coast of Mexico.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010: A third day with lively conditions
SeaClear Communications,
'Whatever you do, don't change anything. It's perfect!' The American, Ken Read, tactician on board the maxi Rambler delighted to be the skipper in the Puma Ocean Racing project in the next Volvo Ocean Race, heaped praise on the Voiles de Saint-Barth, at the end of the third day of racing. A day marked once again by the presence of sunshine, a strong breeze and some wonderfully choppy seas.... [more]
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