Thunder at Marsden Cove today...Flying skiffs and Moths at ANZAC weekend...Emirates TNZ name Volvo skipper

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 24 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 April 2010

Doosan is the current leader of the Superboat Class and will be competing at Marsden Cove today.  Cathy Vercoe
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 24 April 2010.

The next round of the Offshore Powerboat Championships takes place at Marsden Cove today, 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, today, 24 April starting at 1100am  Marsden Cove

Another high-speed event on this weekend is the ANZAC 18ft skiff series with 11 crews competing including three from Australia. Being sailed on the Waitemata harbour, three Australian crews are competing. The regatta started on Thursday, we have images and results in this edition.

Up the coast at Takapuna, the foiling Moths make a reappearance in New Zealand, this is not so much a racing event, but geared more at getting new sailors into the exciting singlehander, some of the name sailors in New Zealand are making the transition to the foiling Moth. So if you want to find out more, get to Takapuna and look for the action. Full details again, in this edition.

Anzac Skiffs - Day 1  Ross Whitburn

Emirates Team New Zealand's Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper, to another step down its fast tracked program on Thursday afternoon, with the announcement of Australian Chris Nicholson as skipper, and young Kiwi match racer, Adam Minoprio as one of three under 30 crew.

We have the audio of the media conference in this edition, plus the official announcement.

Emirates Team New Zealand would have us believe that this whole effort came together in just three weeks, which if correct is absolutely remarkable. In this edition we have gone back and looked over some interviews, announcements and other comment, plus the information/rumour that gets fed through from international sources.

We do have some information, from offshore, that they were in the market a little earlier than the end of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, but certainly from what we can see there has been a remarkable sequence of events.

Kevin Shoebridge, Chris Nicholson and Adam Minoprio at the Camper/ETNZ skipper announcement  Richard Gladwell

The entry of established professional teams with their own bases, design, engineering, support and sailing teams has added a new level of interest to the next Volvo Ocean Race - and with Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama and the expected announcement by Alinghi - the event has definitely lifted to a new level.

But as we note in the story, Emirates Team New Zealand is the only professional sailing team to be running entries in five different grand prix sailing events - and that is a truly remarkable effort in itself - let alone the level of success the team enjoys at this level of competition.

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Alex Thomson's new Hugo Boss Open 60 as the yacht is launched from slipway at Green Marine, Southampton
  Lloyd Images

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Thunder at Marsden Cove – Racing spectacle from NZ's top powerboats
Cathy Vercoe,
The New Zealand Offshore Powerboats compete this weekend for the Stace Hopper Memorial Cup at Marsden Cove. Stace, the son of Leigh and Gwen Hopper of Hopper Property Developments, was the key project manager in the development of the Marsden Cove Marina Waterways, and was killed recently in an aircraft accident. He was an avid motorsport competitor, in both cars and boats and was involved with th... [more]
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Nicholson and Minoprio named for Camper/ETNZ Volvo crew + Audio
Richard Gladwell and ETNZ Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand has appointed Olympic and round-the- world yachtsman Chris Nicholson to skipper Camper's entry in the 20 11-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Also at the announcement at Emirates Team New Zealand's Auckland base was World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio, who was named as part of the crew.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ's Volvo campaign - a three week wonder?
Richard Gladwell,
In the secretive underworld of the America's Cup, the Deep Throat's say: 'if you want to find out the truth, follow the money'. To understand Emirates Team New Zealand's fledgling Volvo Ocean Race campaign, maybe the phrase should be altered to say 'follow the dates' rather than the money. In just three weeks, Emirates Team New Zealand would have us believe that they have put together a Vol... [more]
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Images from Day 2: ANZAC 18ft skiff regatta
Ross Whitburn,
Images from Day 2 of the ANZAC 18ft skiff regatta sailed on Waitemata harbour.... [more]
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JP Tobin and friends take on the Anaconda Adventure + wild RS:X video
Sail-World and Anaconda Adventure,
Do you live for a good weekend... for the opportunity to escape the shackles of everyday life, to get some fresh air, mix with some mates, tackle a challenge and enjoy an adventure? If this sounds like you then welcome to your nirvana. Top boardsailer, JP Tobin will be in one team entered for the inaugural Anaconda Adventure Race which will be contested in Waihi this Saturday 1 May.... [more]
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Foiling Moths back racing in New Zealand at ANZAC Regatta, Takapuna
Andrew Brown,
Over ANZAC weekend the International Moths will commence racing again in New Zealand, racing at the ANZAC Regatta at Takapuna Boating Club. On Saturday morning at 10am the more experienced sailors in the fleet will be talking with the moth sailors just starting out in the class and also all potential as well and will share their go fast tricks to help accelerate the NZ fleet's learning curve.... [more]
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Wellington Spirit selects team to defend national title
RPNYC Events,
The Wellington Spirit yacht racing team has announced a five person squad to defend Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club's national keelboat champion's status in Auckland at the end of April.... [more]
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An Epic Tale - Andrew Palfrey's journey to the UK from Spain
Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey,
Professional sailor and coach and raconteur Australia's Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey tells a great story- grab a coffee and enjoy this... Currently moving across the European continent, dealing with the volcanic ash interruptions to air travel. Have been reflecting on how I got into this 'sitchie'. One thing I have is time. So I started jotting down some thoughts.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française – World cup heats up in Hyeres
Agence Effets Mer,
The Semaine Olympique Française (SOF), fourth event in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC), is set to start Sunday with most of the world's best sailors competing for the title and points for their SWC score.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series – Final venue confirmed
OC Events,
OC Events has today announced the final venue on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Kiel, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany will play host to the dynamic circuit for the third year running (26th -29th August) with the action, once again, being played out just metres from the shoreline.... [more]
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Women's match racing to see its busiest year yet
The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) 2010 calendar is underway and women's match racing is traversing the globe. With nearly 80 events on the WIMRA calendar, the organization is increasing events at an astonishing rate with less than a dozen events at its inception in 1996... [more]
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HRH The Duke of Kent visits RNLI headquarters in Poole
Laura Fennimore, RNLI,
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) headquarters in Poole on Thursday 22 April. The visit included a trip on an experimental lifeboat, a tour of the charity's boatyard, and a talk about the development of the next class of all-weather lifeboat.... [more]
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Radical modification to Alex Thompson's IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss
brandRapport Arena,
The latest incarnation of the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was given a brief airing on Friday as it was transferred from the Green Marine shed at Spitfire Quay, Southampton to Alex Thomson Racing's base in Gosport.... [more]
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Valencia confirmed as fourth venue of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Valencia confirmed as fourth venue of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 The iconic sailing venue, home of the America's Cup 2007 and 2010, will host the fourth stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010.... [more]
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Images from Day 1 of the ANZAC 18ft Skiff Championships
Richard Gladwell,
Images from Day 1 of the ANZAC 18ft Skiff Championships... [more]
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470 Spring Cup, Marseilles - Belcher and stand-in Ryan (AUS) win event
470 Class Association / ISAF,
Putting in a stunning performance was Mat Belcher and ‘stand-in' crew Will Ryan (AUS). Apart from an OCS in race three, they raced a great event with mainly top ten finishes to win by three points overall.... [more]
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ISAF release World Sailing Rankings for 21 April 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 21 April 2010 have been released.... [more]
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Long Beach Yacht Club - Match racin' in the Bay
Rick Roberts / Long Beach Yacht Club,
Long Beach Yacht Club's Friday Night Match Racin' in the Bay is scheduled for Friday, April 30 at 5:00pm.... [more]
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NEW ZEALANDER Jessica Watson to be the youngest ever circumnavigator?
Nancy Knudsen,
There's a bit of a war going on in the South Pacific that looks as though it could get serious. Now that 16-year-old Jessica Watson is getting closer and closer to the end of her circumnavigation, a voyage that will make her - for a little while anyway - the youngest ever non-stop unassisted circumnavigator, New Zealand is claiming she is really a New Zealander!... [more]
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Datchet On-the-Water Show - K1 single-handed keelboat
K1 Sailing,
There will be a chance to try the exciting new K1 single-handed keelboat at the Datchet ‘On-the-Water' Show this weekend, 24th-25th April.... [more]
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Ten teams line up for Louis Vuitton Trophy in Italy
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy is coming to Sardinia in May, with 10 elite sailing teams set to race for two weeks on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea off La Maddalena. With just one month to go before racing begins on May 22nd, the host team, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, is eager to extend a warm welcome to teams, sponsors and guests alike.... [more]
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Eight year legal saga comes to an end for US boardsailor
TVNZ News,
American boardsailor Kimberly Birkenfeld has lost her nearly eight-year bid to get $15 million damages from Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall and Yachting New Zealand. Once the United States' top female boardsailor, Birkenfeld suffered severe brain and spinal injuries in 2002 when her windsurfer collided with a Yachting New Zealand-owned motorboat driven by Kendall in Greece.... [more]
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63rd Newport-Ensenada starts this at noon Friday April 23, 2010
Rich Roberts,
Seven of last year's nine winners of major awards in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will return to the starting line off Balboa Pier for the 63rd annual classic Friday, April 23, 2010, at noon.... [more]
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Locals face tough challenge in Bermuda International invitational race
Talbot Wilson,
Bermuda's one-design keelboat and dinghy fleets issued invitations for the 2010 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributors of Bacardi® rum, and now face tough group of international competitors for the 2010 Race Week coming to Bermuda April 24th-30th.... [more]
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