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 15 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 April 2010

One of the 34 kayaks to be won at the show  Mike Rose
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 April 2010.

Plenty of local news in this edition. many thanks to all our contributors.

We have updates from the Fitzroy Tasman Solo Race, with Lindsay Wright providing superb daily reports. The mid-fleeters are crossing the line off Mooloolaba, while the tailenders have a way to go.

Solo racing is not really about who finishes first - but the personal challenges involved - and they are all different no matter where you are in the fleet. Lindsay has all the stories...

Yachting NZ have a competition underway to name two new Elliott 6's that have been purchased for use by the Womens Match Racing squad as they build up to the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. Come up with a good name, or two, and you could win a new sailing jacket. Details of how to enter in this issue.

You can help the Devonport Yacht Club interior renovations by supporting their Mayday sale this weekend.  

And while you are in the winning frame of mind, see what is on offer the the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show on May 13-16. You 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. Each package consists of a 3.2m Viking Nemo kayak, a De Luxe seat, a standard paddle and a Hutchwilco multi-fit buoyancy vest and has a total retail value of just under $1200!

Also up for grabs at this year's show will be a fabulous 8-day trip for two to Tonga, staying in the idyllic Hakula Lodge and fishing the magnificent tropical waters of stunning Vava'u.

Womens Match Racing in the Princess Sofia Trophy in the Elliott 6, think of a name for the YNZ boats and win a jacket  Nico Martinez ©

There's only one catch - you have got to go to the Show to win! So get the dates in your diary - and check out the show online at

Oh, and there are always some great bargains to be had at the Show - so take your credit cards.

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18fters racing off Auckland Sailing Club - 14 crews will contest the ANZAC regatta  

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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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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Secondary School Team Sailing Championships underway at Lake Taupo
Kirsty Laws,
A record 238 sailors representing 38 schools are contesting the largest ever Secondary Schools Team Sailing Championships at Lake Taupo. Current leaders in the A fleet are Kerikeri High School, under the guidance of veteran coach Derry Godbert, with Tauranga Boys College (winners for the last 3 years) and Westlake Boys High School close behind.... [more]
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18 teams to contest Club Marine National Keel Boat Championship
Mark Overington,
Up to 18 teams will hit the water to contest the prestigious Club Marine National Keelboat Championship title starting April 29th. Royal Akarana Yacht Club will host the event which runs over four days with the winner to be decided on May 2nd.... [more]
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Ayton and Clark to campaign a 470 for London Olympics 2012
Ayton, one of the ‘three blondes' who sailed to victory in the Yngling class at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games, will aim to become the first British woman to win three successive Olympic gold medals when she returns to competitive action, ten months after giving birth to her first child.... [more]
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Jessica Watson's mainsail ripped in storm
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson's mainsail is reported ripped in several places as she has just endured the worst storm of her voyage so far... [more]
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New York Barcelona Challenge - Estrella Damm still leading W Hotel
W Hotels continues to be successful at eating small, hard won miles from the lead of Estrella Damm and on the stretch for home to Barcelona, may provide Pachi Rivero, Toño Piris and Peter Becker with a tactical opportunity or a chance to use their strengths in light to moderate airs to nail victory in the first New York to Barcelona record challenge.... [more]
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Devonport yacht Club: Mayday Mayday Sale Sale
Mike Strong,
Devonport Yacht Club is staging a Mayday Sale for bargain hunters, drop by and have a great day out for the whole family! enjoy the fun with Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Sausage Sizzle, Huge garage sale, books, Heaps of Jewellery, Ornaments, toys, marine section, plants, DVD's and other great events. Fundraising for the Devonport Yacht Club building renovations... [more]
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Audi confirms three year sponsorship of Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
Luxury German carmaker, Audi, has confirmed its support of Australia's premier keelboat regatta for another three years, bringing its title sponsorship of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to six years and its involvement in the event to seven. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is scheduled to take place from 20-28 August, 2010 and now in its 27th year... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour: Minoprio still confident after Round 1 upset
Robert Wallace,
New Zealand's Black Match Racing Team, skippered by Adam Minoprio, is still confident of being on the podium by the end of the 10-event World Match Racing Tour despite being surprisingly knocked out early in the first event's quarter-finals last weekend. But defending champion Minoprio is in no doubt that the going is tougher this year.... [more]
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42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères – 1012 registered sailors
Agence Effets Mer,
The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères (SOF) will begin on the 24th of April in Hyeres, and organisers are ready to welcome the 1012 sailors that have registered. The sailors, from no less than 58 different countries, will be taking part in the fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup, which will run until the 30th of April.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Follow the Yellowbrick boat
Tim Kelly,
Clipper Ventures have engaged Yellowbrick to provide the worldwide tracking system for the competitors in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. Every boat in the fleet will carry a Yellowbrick Adventure Tracker, a well-proven, self-contained, fully-automatic satellite tracking device.... [more]
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Big fleet for Maersk/Ronstan/North Sails 18 ft skiff ANZAC Regatta
Graham Catley,
The fourth Maersk/Ronstan/North Sails 18 ft skiff ANZAC regatta will be sailed out of the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay, from April 22-25. Four boats from Australia will be competing along with 10 boats from NZ giving a solid fleet of 14 boats. NZ will be privileged to host, one of the Australian competitors, Yandoo sailed by John Winning (Woody).... [more]
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Yachting NZ: Name the Elliott 6's and win a NZL Sailing Team jacket!
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Two new women's match racing Elliott 6 yachts are due to arrive in the country and Yachting New Zealand is asking for your help to name them. Entry is open to any member of a Yachting New Zealand affiliated yacht club. A christening is planned for early in June and we are asking for submissions to name the new arrivals with a SLAM NZL Sailing jacket for the winning entry.... [more]
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Apriori leads Tasman yacht race pack Into Mooloolaba
Lindsay Wright,
Trevor Hill sailed his 11.6m Farr designed Apriori across the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge finish line at Mooloolaba at midnight (NZST) yesterday to take the first monohull home title. Despite breaking his mainsail boom about 35km from the finish, Hill stormed across the line under jury rig, his hands held aloft in triumph. The 2400km race had been a testing time for the young Brisban... [more]
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British Virgin Islands regatta - Oysters shine on opening
Barry Pickthall,
Two crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 'Kathlarsis II' and John McTigue's Oyster 56 'Blue Dreams' produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday.... [more]
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John Derbyshire proudly picks up his OBE for services to sport
RYA Performance Director and Racing Manager John Derbyshire picked up his OBE for services to sport from the Queen, (Tuesday 13 April) in an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle. The 54-year-old from Emsworth began working with the RYA as a coach in 1984, attending the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games as coach to the single-handed classes.... [more]
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Kiwi, Ryan Amlehn Wins the Laser 4.7 Under 16 World Championship 2010
Linda Tushingham,
Congratulations from N Z Sail go to Ryan Amlehn from Nelson Yacht Club, South Island who is now the World Champion under 16 in Laser 4.7 On the last day of racing he won the first race by about 100 metres, and in the second race he was coming fourth through the gate and climbed back to second at the end.... [more]
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Jessica Watson past her last Cape, Abby heads for Africa
Nancy Knudsen,
The 16-year-olds sail on. Jessica Watson has passed under the last great Cape of her circumnavigation and Abby Sunderland heads for her second one. While passing Cape Leeuwin on the south west tip of Australia puts Jessica on the home run, those with even a little sailing experience will know that the 'home run' may not be an easy run, for a few reasons.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - UK venue confirmed for 2010
OC Events,
One of Europe's most iconic sailing venues will welcome back the Extreme Sailing Series this summer for the second leg of the five-event circuit.... [more]
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Solo Tasman race - Broken boom slows first solo Tasman monohull
Lindsay Wright,
Apriori, the 11.6m Farr designed yacht, skippered by Trevor Hill, was scheduled to cross the finish of the solo Tasman yacht race at Mooloolaba at midnight last night but, about 17 miles from home, the mainsail boom broke. 'It went with a hell of a bang,' he said, 'the broken boom was flailing around all over the place.'... [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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Online advertising- fastest and cheapest way to reach marine audiences
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Around the world more sailors, boaters and marine industry readers obtain their news information online than in all the yachting and marine industry magazines combined. Event organisers and Clubs, brokers, agents, manufacturers, and suppliers should look at allocating significant promotional and advertising budgets to on-line marine media.... [more]
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