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 26 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 26 April 2010

Racing in the Womens Match Racing event on the opening day of Semaine Olympique Francais, Hyeres 2010  Guillaume Durand
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 26 April 2010.

We have an edition packed with all the New Zealand and international news thanks to some very timely reporting by Sail-World's network of correspondents.

The 18ft Skiffs wound up their four day ANZAC regatta, with 11 boats competing - three from Australia and eight from New Zealand. One of the legends in the class, John Winning (AUS) sailing Yandoo, was a clear winner of the series, with New Zealand crews in second and third places.

Staying with fast low flying yachts, the foiling Moths staged an ANZAC regatta off Takapuna aimed at getting more people into the class and showing off the new Assassin foiling moth. Andrew Brown reports in this issue.

John Winning (AUS) takes out the ANZAC skiffs - Day 3 Waitemata Harbour  Ross Whitburn

Further up the coasts at Marsden Cove the penultimate round in the NZ Offshore Powerboat Racing Championship was staged. In the stiff breeze there was plenty of opportunity for low flight from these awesome boats, and we feature a report and great images from Cathy Vercoe in this edition.

Mothers Wax got some serious air at Marsden Cove.  Cathy Vercoe

On the international scene, racing got away overnight at Hyeres, France in the Semaine Olympique Francais - part of the ISAF World Cup circuit. The opening day was dogged with light winds, however the Kiwis that did manage to race, got in some good placings. Of particular interest is the performance of the Womens Match Race crew really having their first outing against first division competition at this level. So far, so good, and they were unlucky not to come away winning all four matches. We have a report from the New Zealand crew in this issue, plus Jodie Bakewell-White's report from Yachting New Zealand, and other reports from the first day of racing.

Josh Tucker keeps the North Sails team amused - 2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge  Trish Macky

On Sunday, the New Zealand Marine Industry Challenge was staged in the MRX class, with many leading New Zealand marine companies competing, along with some of the top sailors associated with those companies. The event underlines the close relationship the the Marine Industry enjoys with the racing side of the sport, and the cross-application of technology that results, giving the industry an important point of difference with others in the world. We have a report and some great images from the event in this edition.

One of our top rating stories over the weekend was the use of Oracle products aboard BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17 in the 33rd America's Cup. Although we have run stories in this vein in the past, this story from Jeff Erikson, really spells out the relationship between on the on and off board systems used by the team. Very simply, the use of Oracle products enabled the team to datamine the huge amount of information that was being recorded, and work out what was a gain, and what was not; how close the settings currently used were to optimum; and how the team could compare their current performance with that on their first day of sailing.

USA-17 put Oracle technology to good use, in ringing the changes as she morphed from original French influenced design to the wavepiercing wingsailed yacht that outsailed the more conservative, Alinghi 5 in the 33rd America's Cup, Valencia  BMW Oracle Racing: Guilain Grenier

While the minds of some will numb, as the tsunamis of technophobia hit, any racing sailor, or coach, serious about improvement in performance needs to understand this process of analysis and the techniques involved. The days of just eyeballing performance have gone. What has replaced it is a method of analysis leading to an understanding of 'the numbers', which then gives the sailor/coach a much better feel for what the 'numbers' should be on the water - without necessarily having to see these during a race. In other words, the numbers can tune the sailing mind, much more quickly than traditional coaching methods with its endless talk, rationalising and verbalising of situations.

The 'wireless boat' is another very interesting concept, and one which is applicable to any size of boat, certainly in training, and probably in racing depending on systems used.

Garry Lock on Harken battled Touch of Gloss for the lead for most of the race - 2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge  Trish Macky

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Silver Sails reports from the Womens Match Racing at Hyeres
Silver Sails Media,
One of the New Zealand Women's Match-Racing crews report from SOF, Hyeres: Today was the first day of racing at the World Cup in Hyeres, France. From our World ranking we were seeded into Pool C. This meant Pool A and B raced before us and we raced late this afternoon. To our delight the sun joined us today..... however this bought flat, light and shifty conditions.... [more]
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Fourth and fifth races of Moffat Cup - Maree and Peter Sharp win title
Keith Salmon,
Maree and Peter Sharp sailing IA 22 (Idiosyncrasy) won the fourth and fifth races today at Northcote and Birkenhead Yacht Club confirming their first place overall. Grant Blewett sailing IA 69 (Gemini) confirmed his second place in the series. In skippering Idiosyncrasy to victory, Maree becomes the first women to win the Moffat Cup since it was first sailed in 1936.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Data Mining supports crew and BMW ORACLE Racing
Jeff Erickson,
BMW ORACLE Racing's victory in the America's Cup challenge was a lesson in sailing skill, as one of the world's most experienced crews reached speeds as fast as 30 knots. But if you listen to the crew in their postrace interviews, you'll notice that what they talk about is technology. 'The story of this race is in the technology,' says Ian Burns, design coordinator for BMW ORACLE Racing.... [more]
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2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge
Tom Macky,
The 2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge was sailed in an ideal 10 to 15 knot South Westerly breeze on the inner Waitemata. Leading Industry players took part in a closely contested race around Auckland harbour. The 80 sailors included guests Rod Davis, Cameron Dunn - and Pete Montgomery on the rail instead of on the microphone.... [more]
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Womens Match Racing at 42nd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères,
For the first time, the Women match racing event, the newest addition on the Olympic programme has been included in Hyères. On Sunday the Women Match racing teams competing on a short course did manage to complete 35 races in light and fluky conditions.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland has sailed into Cape Town, ending non-stop quest
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland has sailed into Cape Town for repairs to her auto-pilot, thus ending her quest to complete a non-stop unassisted circumnavigation.... [more]
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French Olympic Sailing Week - Josh Junior starts with a Laser bullet
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Only limited racing took place on day one at French Olympic Sailing Week which started overnight in Hyeres, France. Of the New Zealand entries, only the Laser sailors and women's match racers sailed, with the RS:X, Radial, 470 and Finn fleets either kept ashore or unable to complete any races. Winds were light and fluky with racing getting underway an hour and a half past the scheduled time of 110... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise – Racing starts in Hyeres
Anna, Team Tunnicliffe,
Racing started today at the Semaine Olympique Francaise here in Hyeres, France. It was a beautiful day in southern France with a light breeze all through the day.... [more]
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Waka Racing launch 2010 campaign and web site
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing is back and better than ever. With a new web site,, and a big off-season behind us, the tension is brewing for the start of our Europe campaign. It has not all been fun and games over the summer down under, with the team working hard on fitness and strength with a bit of sailing in between. Starting off the year with a second place at the Warren Jones youth regat... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Looking ahead to Match Race Germany
Mirsky Racing Team,
The 13th edition of Match Race Germany, Stage two of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), will be starting on May 19th and running through to May 24th.... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part Two
John Curnow,
In Part One of Foiling Moths – the developmental class, we saw how the newly crowned World Champion, Simon Payne has, in fact, had a 30-year love affair with Moths. This sharp witted 45-year-old does not see his age as a barrier to success, but rather an avenue of experience on which to draw, when undertaking great projects.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - San Francisco to Panama - Day five
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Spirit of Australia has won the race to the scoring gate, claiming three points as the first team to cross the gate just off the Mexican coast.... [more]
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NZ-USA Global Ocean Race team is revealed
GOR Media,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is pleased to take the covers off one of its anonymous entries. The team from New Zealand signed-up for the race in early February and will be skippered by Conrad Colman from Auckland who will be joined by co-skipper Ryan Finn from Louisiana, USA. The 26 year-old Kiwi comes to the GOR with a variety of experience... [more]
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Australia's Winning takes out 2010 ANZAC 18ft skiffs title
Australia's John Winning has taken the 2010 18ft skiff championships sailed on the Waitemata Harbour... [more]
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Light winds for ANZAC Moths at Takapuna
Andrew Brown,
Takapuna held its annual ANZAC weekend regatta, and the International Moths got out racing again. Saturday was a Southwest offshore breeze from 7 to 11 knots, so we were foiling nearly all the time, Sunday was an amazing autumn day, however with only a very light North East Breeze developing.... [more]
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2010 Newport to Ensenada - Party time for (almost) everybody
Rich Roberts,
Lorenzo Berho of Mexico finished first with Peligroso in the big boat Maxi class of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's 63rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race in the pre-dawn Saturday morning. Never mind that in Sunday's awards ceremony the trophy will go to Dick Compton, Jim Yabsley and Tom Parker, the owners of Taxi Dance... [more]
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Another knock-down for Jessica Watson
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson, on the home stretch of her non-stop unassisted circumnavigation, has had another knock-down as the first of several forecast systems pass. Jessica is roughly in line with Ceduna in South Australia and heading to round the most southerly tip of Tasmania. A Customs aircraft flew over just after the knock-down. What did they say? 'Don't forget to check-in on arrival Ms Watson.'... [more]
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Winning makes all the running in ANZAC 18ft skiffs
Richard Gladwell,
Veteran 18ft skiff skipper John Winning (AUS) sailing the latest in a long line of yachts named Yandoo has taken a commanding lead in the ANZAC 18ft skiff regatta. Sailing on the Waitemata in winds of 15-25kts Winning took a first and second place in the two races sailed.... [more]
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Big Kiwi team in Hyeres for World Cup event
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sixteen kiwi sailors are in Hyeres, France to represent New Zealand at 2010 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta for Olympic class sailors. Racing starts in France on Sunday 25th, and runs for six days with medal races and prize-giving planned for Friday 30th. Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères is the fourth of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Guadeloupe to Antigua race
Sue Pelling,
Despite the current flight disruption in Europe that has left many competitors struggling to reach Antigua Sailing Week, there were nine entries in today's Guadeloupe to Antigua Race.... [more]
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Sermaine Olympique Francaise – Finally in France and ready to race
Anna, Team Tunnicliffe,
The whole team finally arrived in France late last night, after five days of trying, for the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Initially our plan was to arrive on Monday of this week, so as to have a week of training with the Spanish and French teams.... [more]
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A Pitcairn sailing adventure in 2010
Pat Goldstiver,
It all started with a lady falling into a ditch. Her name is Chrissie and she is the partner of Paul who owns an elderly ketch called “Southern Cross” and the ditch she fell in just happened to be in Rikitea, the only town on Mangareva Island, the main island in the French Polynesian group called Gambier Islands, which are about as far away from Tahiti as you can get... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Race - Day 1 - Ragtime joins the slow start
Rich Roberts,
Ragtime, the legendary 44-year-old wooden wonder from Down Under now owned by Chris Welsh, showed up unannounced at the starting line hoping to add to its recent glory of handicap victories in the 2008 Los Angeles to Tahiti race and the Sydney-Hobart Race.... [more]
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