Big freight bill kills top 18fter...Cup crew takes Young 88's...Thunder at Marsden Cove this weekend

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 21 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 April 2010

Container at the Hublot Palma Vela 2010  Nico Martinez ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 April 2010.

The next round of the Offshore Powerboat Championships takes place at Marsden Cove this Saturday, with a full day of action planned before the Main Event gets underway at 3.00pm.

We have the program in this edition of Sail-World, and while you are in the winterless North, make sure you check out the unique opportunity at Marsden Cove to have a section of your own, with a jetty at the bottom of the garden. Sounds like Paradise? It could yours!

Plenty of speed and action at Marsden Cove, this weekend, 24 April  Marsden Cove

Still waters run deep in several areas of the professional sailing scene, with the announcement that Alinghi helmsman, Ed Baird (USA), will be helming for the Prada team who are set to make their re-entry onto the America's Cup scene after a three year absence. Also making a return is BMW Oracle Racing, after their America's Cup win. No mention of anything definite from Alinghi, however we understand they have several projects under consideration.

A separate story in the Daily Telegraph (UK) reports: 'Five teams have now entered the (Volvo Ocean Race) race with Spanish team Telefonica poised to announce their campaign and 2007 America's Cup winners Alinghi, a crew from Abu Dhabi and two more contenders all believed to be preparing entries.' By our maths that is a fleet of 10, but it is not known if any of the boats from the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be lining up on start start line in Alicant, Spain, on Saturday 5 November 2011 for the 6500nm first leg to Cape Town.

The full Volvo Ocean Race Schedule - with no points gates - is announced  Volvo Ocean Race ©

But still there is no real news on the 34th America's Cup which the Independent's yachting correspondent Stuart Alexander describes as having 'all the pace of a bus in an inner city rush hour, but the interest among challengers is picking up considerably.'

Closer to home we have the story of the big shipping bill handed to the defending champion in the ANZAC skiff regatta to be sailed on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour starting this Thursday. Currently the invoice sits at close to $5,000 after a ship to Australia was diverted due to bio security reasons - and it all unraveled from there.

One of the NZ Womens Match Racing teams has been working up in Chicago ahead of SOF, Hyeres - but will they get there?  

The Icelandic eruption is beginning to have its effect felt on the sailing regattas in Europe. Last week, Palma Vela concluded, and most were able to get away OK, as it was outside the affected area. But life might not be quite so simple for those heading into regattas further north, with the Semaine Olympique Francais getting underway in Hyeres on 24 April. The ISAF Mid-Year Meeting close to Budapest, Hungary on 6-9 May could also be affected. We have several stories in this edition which make reference to the effect the volcanic cloud, and its accompanying airspace shutdown, is having.

Don't miss the first installment of a two part story on the foiling Moths, featuring the current World Champion, Simon Payne.

Alruth squeaks around the mark with the spinnaker set - AHSSA Historical 18s Anzac Regatta, Brisbane  Mark Graveson

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Powerboat action resumes at Marsden Cove, this weekend 24 April
Richard Gladwell,
The Marsden Cove Offshore Powerboat race will be staged at Marsden Cove this Saturday, 24 April. As always there is a full programme organised around the race start at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 April.... [more]
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America's Cup racers take out Harken Young 88 National Champs
Zoe Hawkins,
What do professional America's Cup sailors do on a weekend off? They go yacht racing, of course, in the eleventh Harken Young 88 National Championships. A contingent of sailors from Emirates Team New Zealand, helmed by Jeremy Lomas, won the Young 88 National Championships organised by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and sailed off Auckland this weekend.... [more]
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Silver Sails reports from Chicago
Silver Sails Media,
One of the New Zealand Women's Match-Racing crews report: We've finished a four day training clinic (E6m) with three American female teams at the Chicago Match Race Centre. We were able to train each of the four days. The locals told us that we couldn't be luckier with the weather however, we thought that if it got any colder the snow would definitely fall... [more]
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Top 18ft Skiff crew set to miss ANZAC regatta and cop big freight bill
Dave Healy,
Chris Skinner and his crew on Bassett Plumbing & Drainage are looking like they may miss the opportunity to defend their ANZAC regatta title due to being given a hefty shipping bill this week, which will likely need to be paid for the boat to be released. In order to better prepare themselves for the JJ Giltinan Championship in February, Bassett Plumping & Drainage shipped..... [more]
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Prada signal America's Cup involvement, Alinghi helmsman hired
Stuart Alexander,
Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month. Racing under the name Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli, a three-time America's Cup campaigner and chairman of the Prada group, has asked the American Ed Baird to skipper the Louis Vuitton crew... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part One
John Curnow,
Simon Payne is the new 2010 Moth World Champion. He loves the fact that the class is all about development and is equally clear about just how much of the winning factor with a foiling Moth, is purely mental. Strap in and come for a blast, as he takes us through his life and the interesting things he has to say, from his observations after some 30 years of sailing.... [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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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Schedule announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.... [more]
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World Champion still leads OK Dinghy World Ranking List
Robert Deaves,
Following the end of the Southern Hemisphere season there have been sweeping changes to the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking List. This issue of the ranking list includes the Australian and New Zealand Nationals, the Interdominion Championships and the World Championships held in Wellington in February.... [more]
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Volvcanic Ash Clouds and Air travel -Paul Cayard reporting from Lisbon
Paul Cayard,
A few more airports in Europe are open today than yesterday, mostly in the South; Northern Europe still closed. Luckily, I tacked to the Southwest! My original route was through Frankfurt, which is a no go zone.... [more]
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A busy year ahead for Britain's Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
It was an amazing spectacle, the boats were incredible feats of design and engineering and it was a fascinating learning experience seeing some of the technology involved up close. As a competition BMW Oracle's use of the 'wing' technology meant it was something of a mismatch but it was just such a relief to finally see the event staged and now we can start looking forward to what BMW Oracle...... [more]
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BMW ORACLE Racing returns to competition this month
Jane Eagleson,
BMW ORACLE Racing will return to competitive sailing at the end of the month following its win in the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia in February. First on the agenda is the RC 44 Austria Cup, the second regatta on the 2010 RC 44 Championship Tour where BMW ORACLE Racing will be represented by two boats.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht race - Team Finland in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
It was an early morning arrival in to San Francisco for Team Finland, and although the sun had yet to rise, the crew were treated to a warm welcome by a crowd of family members and fellow crew. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race sailed under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at the end of an eventful North Pacific race having left Qingdao, China, two weeks after the rest... [more]
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Vendée – St. Petersburg - At the heart of the 2010 France-Russia Year
Liliane Fretté Communication,
In the end there will be nine crews lining up at the start of the first edition of the Vendée – St. Petersburg, as the former Crêpes Whaou! 2 will also be taking part. Nine crews in all are taking part in this completely new sporting event, a symbol of the desire of the 2010 France - Russia Year to go much further than simply developing a friendly relationship between the two nations.... [more]
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UK RS Grand Prix - Winds of change bring unpredictable results
Debbie Darling,
Anyone sailing this weekend had full on summer weather, not that the water temperature had cottoned on to the general meteorological bonhomie. Very light winds all weekend, with big holes and massive shifts made it all rather difficult and exceptionally hard for the poor old Race Officer.... [more]
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America's Cup wind system predicts ash cloud to remain until weekend
Richard Gladwell,
An analysis undertaken by Sail-World using the the wind prediction software PredictWind in conjunction with the Expedition Lite package shows that the continuing Icelandic volcanic ash cloud will probably remain over Europe until the weekend.... [more]
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Late surprises in the last and best day of races in the bay of Palma
Eva Dallo,
In a nice breeze of from SW which increased to 12 knots, and an airplane free sky, the Hublot PalmaVela regatta held the last races of its seventh edition. All the fleets were on the water today, with Maxis and TP 52's running their coastal races in the charlie area. In the TP52 class Artemis was the predictable winner, but Cristabella managed second, whereas Magic Carpet 2 won the also magic... [more]
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Canadians win Silver Star Championship in a PStar
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) have won the 2010 Star Western Hemisphere Championship held in Nassau, Bahamas. The Canadians dominated in Montagu Bay's heavy winds and frothy seas during the early races in the series. Their sixth place finish in Saturday's fifth race in light air clinched the series, yet they sailed the final race, because, as Clarke said, 'We need the practice.'... [more]
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Images of Palma Vela: Day 4 - Artemis takes overall honours
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch provides this gallery from the final day of TP52 racing at Palma Vela, and reports: 'Artemis scored a 2nd and third place to win the TP52 class overall.'... [more]
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Historical 18s return to Brisbane for Anzac Regatta
Mark Graveson,
Seven of the magnificent Historical 18ft Skiffs are packed up, set to make their way to Brisbane for this weekend's Anzac Regatta. Many of the Sydney boats are travelling only with a skeleton crew, and the Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club is looking for sailors to make up the numbers. For some of the bigger boats like Britannia and Tangalooma, crews of 8-12 people are not uncommon!... [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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2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds Results Australia, USA,USA
Giles Pearman,
The sailing conditions off the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic lived up to expectations as the Farr 40 fleet finished up a five-race series for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds. Ten boats and teams from four countries – United States, Italy, Australia, and Germany – are in the Caribbean to tune up for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which will run from April 21 – 24, 2010.... [more]
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Volcanos- Planes, trains and automobiles!
Paul Cayard,
I could never explain well enough what the situation is like over here in Europe for anyone who wants to travel somewhere or get a hotel room.... [more]
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Oysteer BVI regatta - Oysters shine in sparkling downwind conditions
Barry Pickthall,
Slick spinnaker work carried Chris and Susan Shea's Oyster 72 'Magrathea' to the fore of the fleet in the third race of the Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta on Friday. Making the most of classic 20-knot tradewind conditions, the 'Magrathea' crew were first to hoist, and after surviving a tricky luff from Richard Smith's Oyster 655 'Sotto Vento', soon powered into the lead on what became...... [more]
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Great Veterans Race - Fidelis wins double
Jennifer Crooks,
Nigel Stoke's Fidelis from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has won the Great Veteran's Race double, taking line and handicap honours and collecting the Windward Trophy for a fourth time. This classic Knud Reimers designed 75sqm yacht, built in 1964 and lovingly maintained by Stoke, sailed today's race with an international crew.... [more]
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TP52 Palma Vela – Paul Cayard reports
Paul Cayard,
A decent sea breeze filled in today around 1400 and two races were held in 8-9 knots from the southwest. The wind was more shifty and the race course more open than the usual, 'must go left' Palma.... [more]
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Zephyr North Island and Auckland Champs won by Kelcey Gager
Tony Miller,
Fresh Sou westers provided exciting sailing for the Zephyr North Island and Auckland Champs held over three days at Manly Sailing Club Friday 16. Sat 17 and Sunday 18 April.... [more]
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Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta ends on a high note
Barry Pickthall,
The Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta ended on a high note back at Nanny Cay with today's Class winners in the Pantaenius Cup race also securing the overall honours. Chris and Susan Shea sailed a masterful race on their Oyster 72 'Magrathea' to save their time over class 1 rivals, Mariusz Koper's Oyster 72 'Katharsis II' and Stuart Smith and Barry Cooper's Oyster 82 'Oceana' , while David and Tamsin... [more]
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Images of Palma Vela: Day 3 - Close racing again as Matador moves up
Sander van der Borch and Eva Dallo,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch provides this gallery from the third day of TP52 racing at Palma Vela, and reports: 'Not much sun and wind today in Palm, but the racing was again very close. Artemis scored a second and a third.... [more]
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Barker wins three, four tossed out, on first day of Young 88 Nationals
Cathy Vercoe,,
The first day of the NZ Young 88 Nationals dawned fine but still as the predicted 10 - 15 knots of breeze took a while to eventuate. Crews worked hard to chase the fingers of breeze up the course and the first race was won by the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron's Youth Development Squad on Sister Moonshine who started well and worked hard to maintain their lead. With some of New Zealand's best sailors, in... [more]
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