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 29 Apr 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 28 April 2010

Waiting for the wind - Semaine Olympique Francaise 2010  Jean-Marie Liot - SailingOne
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 April 2010.

Like a Grande Dame rising the morning after a gin too many, the America's Cup has pulled back the drapes on the yachting world. She now stands blinking in the bright sunlight of sailing events, not bedeviled by two and a half years of legal acrimony followed by the inebriation of two months' victory parades.

On 6 May, in Italy, a Press Conference will be held on the 34th America's Cup.

Quite what will be revealed at that event is the subject of speculation, by some media including Sail-World, which we run in this edition. The Press Conference will be not so notable for what is said, but more for what happens next.

Will the 20 odd America's Cup teams, that rocked up for the 33rd America's Cup when it was a multi challenger event be galvanised into action?

Team Yosemite Sam on their way to victory last year - Pied Piper Nationals  Kate Gilbert

Or, will the Fair Lady of sailing, say little, and go back for some more sleep, leaving the Volvo Ocean Races, World Match Racing Tours, Round the World and Trans-Oceanic Races and the rest of what has now become mainstream Grand Prix sailing, to get on with what they have done pretty well for the past three years?

The extract we have republished from www.AmericasCupView.blogspot.com is very relevant - but what else would you expect from an incisive Kiwi mind?

Bryony Shaw, RSX. The Princess Sofia Regatta,   Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

We'll give our thoughts before the 6 May, but more along the lines of the shape of the next event, rather than what makes good sailing television.

Right now, the Auld Mug needs an adrenalin shot, not a cup of strong black coffee.

In Hyeres, the New Zealand team is performing with difficultly in the light airs, of the fourth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup. The top Kiwis lie in sixth and seventh places overall in their fleets, but in the case of the 470 Women only two races have been possible in three days, which is hardly riveting stuff.

2010 Antigua Sailing Week – Day 3   Tim Wright

We are carrying daily reports from several teams on www.sail-world.com.

Make sure you catch the story about the top Canadian Laser sailor who was able to rescue a kiteboarder at 2:30 am after a three and a half hour water search in a coach boat. The kiteboarder had been in the water for seven hours when David found him.

You don't have to wait for an emergency to test your survival skills - try the Coastguard Boating Education Services module, in this newsletter, on kayaking safety and check your skills without getting your feet wet.

Top young Wellington sailor, Josh Porebski, receiving his certificate from Mayor Kerry Prendergast   

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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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Yachting receives Talent Development funding
RPNYC Events,
Yachting has been selected as one of the sports to receive talent development funding from the Wellington City Council over the next 12 months. The funding helps cover the cost of sport science input for our under 21 and women's match racing squads.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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Miracle Kiteboarder rescue in Mexico
John Bertrand and Keith Taylor,
David Wright, a top Canadian Laser sailor, who is training at the International Sailing Academy in La Cruz, Mexico, rescued a downed kiteboarder at 2:30 am today after a three and a half hour water search in Academy's coach boat. The kiteboarder had been in the water for seven hours when David found him.... [more]
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North Sails 2010 Pied Piper Nationals only a few days away
Kate Gilbert,
Two days of racing followed by a big night on the rums, it's that time of year again for the Pied Piper teams. This weekend Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC) is hosting the North Sails 2010 Pied Piper National Championships.... [more]
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Sailing champ Mark Kennedy creates unique bond with his kids
Ian Grant,
Sunshine Coast World Masters Games sailing champion Mark Kennedy has developed a unique family and sporting bond with his teenage children Mitchell (17) and Madison (15).... [more]
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America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement will be made in Rome, next week on arrangements for the 34th America's Cup. In a brief joint statement the Challenger, Club Nautico de Roma (ITA) and the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA) advised that the Press Conference would be held on 6 May 2010.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day eight
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'We are eagerly awaiting the return of Qingdao,' says Team Finland's Rob McInally. 'What have they managed to pull out of the hat? We have been having fairly good runs in regard to the rest of the fleet and all have seemed to slow of late, other than the relentless California, but what did Hannah do with the Dragon Wagon?'... [more]
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Former competitor joins the Clipper Ventures race management team
Velux 5 Oceans Media,
Clipper Ventures have confirmed Alan Nebauer as Assistant Race Director for the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11. The experienced yachtsman, who finished fourth in Class II in the 1994 BOC Challenge, will work closely with the Race Director, fellow Australian David Adams. Adams and Nebauer will be responsible for the organisation of all on water activities in the race, assuring safety at sea and a smooth ra... [more]
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America's Cup: The Myth of Monohulls
The multihulls we watched in America's Cup 33 were amazing, well, at least one of them. The boat that won. BMWOracle's trimaran USA. Now the yacht club that sponsored BMWOracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco (GGYV), with an assist from its challenger partner, Club Nautico di Roma (ITA), has apparently formulated the protocol for America's Cup 34, and will be announcing it soon.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 28 April 2010
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Snail pace in Hyères
Agence Effets Mer,
Every race counts in Hyères! The 2010 SOF Hyères – Toulon Provence Méditerranée, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing Wold Cup circuit, has reached its half way mark but the programme is well behind schedule with few races sailed in each class.... [more]
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2010 Antigua Sailing Week – Day 3 and the racing gets even better
Sue Pelling,
Three days into the regatta, the situation is really starting to hot up now in many of the fleets including Racing 1 where Tom and Dotty Hill's custom Reichel/Pugh 75 Titan 15 and Niklas Zennstrom's 72ft Judel Vrolijk-designed Ran, together with Austin Fragomen's, JV52 Interlodge, and Ron O'Hanley's Farr 50 Privateer are enjoying some of the closest racing... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise -European Champion moves into lead in Finn
Robert Deaves,
After the third day at the 2010 SOF Hyeres, the Finn class has sailed only two races out of a possible six due to extremely light winds and numerous cancelled races.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - First day of training on Katusha
Paul Cayard,
After a quick trip to Moscow on Sunday and Sochi yesterday, to work on a Russian Louis Vuitton Trophy event in 2011, I arrived in Austria late last night.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais -More lights airs and mixed results
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sailors waited for wind on day three of 2010 French Olympic Sailing Week on now in Hyeres, France. Racing got underway around 2pm local time and all the kiwis competing completed at least one race, while the women's match racers completed their round robin.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup - Ten teams and ten favourites ready to compete
MaxComm Communication,
The RC 44 Austria Cup will take place on April 29 – May 4. The level of the Tour is such that it is impossible to name a favourite.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise-Goodison and Shaw head the British charge
Paul Goodison and Bryony Shaw head the British charge at the half way stage of the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres (Tuesday 27 August), leading their respective Laser and RS:X windsurfing fleets.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation? Great options still available. Need crew accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week? We have some ideal options that are in a great location for Race Week. Prices range from only $500 per night. All include buggy and on island return valet transfers.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Day two
Sue Pelling,
Light to moderate winds from the east and scorching sunshine made for yet another sparkling day on the water for day two of Antigua Sailing Week (24- 30 April 2010).... [more]
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French Olympic Sailing Week – Aleh and Powrie open well
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
After a second day of light winds in Hyeres, France all fleets with kiwi representatives now have racing underway at 2010 French Olympic Sailing Week. The best placed of the twelve New Zealand entries are currently Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie in the Women's 470 event. In their opening race of the series the pair crossed the finish in second place... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Light conditions continue
Agence Effets Mer,
Light conditions prevailed again in Hyeres, forcing the sailors to wait ashore for a timid sea breeze. Racing started at 1400 for most classes except the Women Match Racing, which started earlier in order to try and complete their first round robin.... [more]
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GBR's Shaw takes the RS:X lead on another light day in Hyeres
Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw was the best British performance on another testing day of racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Monday (26 April).... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Zach Railey wins only race for Finns
Robert Deaves,
For the third time in a row, the Finns lost their opening race at a major regatta. After losing the opening day in both Miami and Palma, on Sunday it was the turn of the SOF Hyeres, the fourth leg of the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Massive Southern Ocean current discovered
A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race welcomes Volvo as co-sponsor
MaxComm Communication,
Volvo cars Switzerland supports match racing in Switzerland, and becomes a co-sponsor of the prestigious St.Moritz Match Race. Volvo also becomes the title-partner of the Volvo Match Race Zoug, a qualifying regatta that will give the opportunity to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St.Moritz Match Race.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day six
Clipper Ventures PLC,
With the scoring gate behind them, the next phase of the race from San Francisco to Panama is well underway and the teams are now focusing on the finish line at Panama. Qingdao was the third team to pass through the gate, collecting their first gate point of this contest, Spirit of Australia and Team Finland taking three and two points respectively.... [more]
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2010 AWA Gaastra/Tabou NZ Auckland Freestyle Windsurfing event
Bruce Spedding,
The Auckland Freestyle Champs is a comp designed to promote freestyle in the Auckland area and nationwide in a fun environment. This year the standby period is set for the whole month of May with Sat/Sun being possible competition days. Everyone is welcome and if a jibe is the most radical maneuver you can do, that's fine. You might get inspired by tricks that other riders perform.... [more]
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2010 Newport to Ensenada -The Prize giving and tribute to Kitty James
Rich Roberts,
At the start of Sunday's awards ceremony NOSA Commodore Doug Jones led the crowd in the sun swept courtyard of the Bahia Hotel in paying tribute to Kitty James before the distribution of exotic hardware started.... [more]
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2010 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Trans-Tasman rivalry
Ian Grant,
Australian crews will face up to another test of Trans-Tasman rivalry when the battle lines are drawn for the 2010 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Grand Prix IRC trophy later this year.... [more]
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