Dynex the wonder rope...SOF Hyeres wraps up...New America's Cup thinking

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 01 May 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 1 May 2010

2008 Olympic Gold medalist, (GBR) Laser, Paul Goodison, winner - Hyeres Olympic Sailing Week 2010  Richard Langdon
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 1 May 2010.

The fourth event in the ISAF World Cup has finished in Hyeres, France, with New Zealand crews finishing out of the medals. Light winds plagued the fleets, however someone still has to win the medals and this time it wasn't the Kiwis. Two New Zealand crews made the medal races, meaning that in the other five events the New Zealand crews finished in double figures. Mens windsurfer, Tom Ashley did not compete in this regatta. The next event on the World Cup circuit is the Delta Lloyd in Medemblik (the former Spa regatta) starting on 26 May.

We have coverage both from the New Zealand and international perspective in this edition.

Laser Fleet - 2010 Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères, France  Guillaume Durand

On our infrequent tours of supermaxis and the like, we are fascinated to see the use of a light grey rope used to secure the high load bearing parts of these yacht's standing and running rigging. In this edition of Sail-World we look at how the Dynex product evolved - developed by an Icelandic fishing gear supplier, and supplied in New Zealand by Hampidjan, as an excellent alternative to wire rope.

Neville Crichton's supermaxi Alfa Romeo makes extensive use of Dynex where a lightweight, very strong and flexible rope is required.  Richard Gladwell

Most spliced Dynex products are supplied by top rigging companies, and its use is fast moving down the sailing food chain into small keelboats, and in fact any use where flexible wire rope would have been the standard option. Dynex is also used for standing rigging, and is supplied with either a protective covering, or as it comes off the reel. It is a revolutionary and quite amazing product for all sailors, racing or cruising.

The Volvo Ocean Race has stepped up another cog with the announcement by Puma Racing of their core sailing and shore team. Several New Zealanders are listed and we have the details in this edition.

il mostro is craned back into the water in Alicante, Spain.  Volvo Ocean Race ©

We have updated our earlier America's Cup story, trying to read the tealeaves ahead of the announcement in Rome, on 6 May, of what is now expected to be the timelines and procedure for the consultative process, which will be a forerunner to the Protocol and opening of the entry window for the 34th America's Cup. That probably points to a Match date in 2014, venue will likely be San Francisco, as the mood seems to favour a home stadium option. Boat - probably a monohull in the 70ft-80ft range. The devil will be in the detail, and that will be very complex and some quite dramatic changes in the event are expected to come from the consultation process - given the basic parameters we've mentioned, and the implications of those.

Tom Ehman (Jan 2005): “If this event were happening every other year.... "  Richard Gladwell
A 2014 date means another four years before the 34th Match. Back in 2005, we conducted an interview with BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman, as part of an update for the process ahead of the 32nd America's Cup to take place in 2007. In the latter half of the interview Ehman expressed some personal thinking as to how the America's Cup could be shaped, if there was no change in boat. That program has a lot, lot more hurry about it, than what is currently on the table - and points to the need to allow the America's Cup to continue to evolve without the inordinate wait between regattas, and lack of a high-interest gap filler, leading into the main event.

We've published the second part of that 2005 interview in this edition of Sail-World - it certainly a different approach for the America's Cup, or indeed any major, big budget, sailing event operating on a regular cycle.

Aqua Cameron Appleton (NZL)/Chris Blake (CAN)BMW Oracle Racing I Russell Coutts (NZL)/Larry Ellison (USA)
  GEPA / Ralph Martin Fisher / RC 44

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Hampidjan's Dynex - The Icelandic Rope that Roared
Richard Gladwell,
What started out as piece of fishing kit in the freezing cold Icelandic fishing grounds, aboard boats built for functionality and seaworthiness, now graces the decks and rigging of supermaxis and racing yachts as they sail and race the glamorous regatta circuits of the world.... [more]
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America's Cup: Should we be playing the Short Game?
Richard Gladwell,
Back in January 2005, things were a little different from what they are now. Alinghi had won the 31st America's Cup, in Auckland, and was preparing to defend. The recession was on no-one's radar. CNEV definitely wasn't operational. And, it was a time when all was sweetness and light on the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 3
FMJ Racing,
FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 3: Today we had one race left in the round robin against Eugeney Neugodnikov and his Synergy Racing Team ranked 15th in the world. Calpe Bay put on another superb day with a perfect 8 to 10 knot breeze for match racing. We went into our match knowing the winner would come out 10th.... [more]
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Ellison steers BMW ORACLE Racing to win the RC 44 Austria Cup
MaxComm Communications,
Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison's team just made it against Cameron Appleton's Team Aqua. Both teams won seven races out of nine; however the American team won the direct confrontation. Paul Cayard and his team Katusha finish third.... [more]
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France and GBR dominate 2010 SOF in Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
2010 SOF Medal races, in Heyres, just as was the whole week were sailed in light and shifty winds. The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup tested the nerves of sailors and race committee. Concentration was one of the main key to success.... [more]
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America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week - Updated
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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French Olympic Sailing Week concludes - two top six for NZL
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sara Winther has finished fifth, and Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have finished sixth at 2010 French Olympic Sailing Week which wrapped up overnight after six days of competition in Hyeres, France. The final day of the regatta, like the previous five, tested sailors with light and shifty winds. Only the top ten medal races were sailed, and the remaining New Zealand sailors' final positions were d... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Golden treble for British sailors
Britain's sailors scored a golden hat-trick on finals day at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, with Bryony Shaw, Paul Brotherton, Mark Asquith, and Paul Goodison all sealing victory on Friday (30 April).... [more]
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Sailing gold medalist Webb reveals her latest challenge
Sailing double Olympic gold medalist Sarah Webb is to combine a 2012 campaign with a new challenge, having today confirmed that she is expecting her first baby this autumn. Webb – the two-time gold medal-winning crew of ‘three blondes' Yngling fame – and husband Adam Gosling have announced their news, with the baby due in early October.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day ten
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Some of the abiding and treasured memories many crew have taken away from their experiences on all seven editions of the Clipper Race, are of their encounters with wildlife in the vast expanses of the oceans. This stage, through the waters of the Pacific, is providing a wonderfully rich variety of species. All of the teams have been reporting sightings today as they race along the Mexican coas... [more]
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Puma announces core team for Volvo Ocean Race
Puma Racing Media,
Today Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The team departs Alicante, Spain today to bring il mostro, PUMA Ocean Racing's boat that secured a second place finish in the last Volvo Ocean Race, back to Newport, Rhode Island where the team will immediately start training for the next race. il mostro will serve... [more]
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Yachting Australia announces Structure Review headed by Malcolm Speed
Yachting Australia,
In a major development for sailing in Australia, Yachting Australia will review its organisational structure in order to strengthen the future of the sport in this country.... [more]
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FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 2
FMJ Racing,
FMJ Racing report from Spain - Day 2: With the wind settling in early from the gradient southerly direction racing got underway on time. The breeze built to a steady 10 to 12 knots giving us perfect match racing conditions. Out of our 8 races today we lead around the top and bottom mark in 5 however we were only able to hold our lead in one, with a couple of finishes decided on the finish line.... [more]
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Two Kiwis crack top seven on penultimate day at SOF, Hyeres
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
With just one day of racing to go at 2010 French Olympic Sailing Week, New Zealand crews are in the top seven in both the Laser Radial and the Women's 470 events. Sara Winther retains fifth in the Radial fleet, while Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have shot up the board into seventh in the double-hander.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise-Leaders keep position to go to medal races
Effets Mer Media,
The conditions didn't improve on the penultimate day of the 42nd Semaine Olympique Française, in Hyères. The fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup has been marked by light winds, which is unusual for the Hyères event, which is renowned for providing mixed conditions.... [more]
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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race - Final Leg, final cape and home beckons
OC Events,
For the crew on board Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' the departure from the penultimate stopover in Singapore, proved a poignant moment as they set out on the final leg to cover the final 3,200 miles (5,900km) of this new Indian Ocean Five Capes Race course.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – A picture perfect day
Paul Cayard,
It was a picture perfect day on Lake Traunsee today, one to remember I think as the forecast for the weekend is not so nice. Today was clear blue skies and a nice 8-12 knots breeze filled in on the south part of the lake at 1130 so racing got underway right on time.... [more]
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Mini Tonners to join 2010 Vice Admiral's Cup Fleet
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
The sixth edition of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's ever popular Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta, supported by Musto, Boat Sales International and North Sails, will take place on the Solent from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2010.... [more]
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Kohler Power Trophy up for grabs at Big Boat Race
Cathy Vercoe,
Auckland's waterfront will resound with the sound of throbbing V8s and roaring big block engines on Saturday the 8th May when big production boats from all parts of Auckland assemble on the water by the Hilton Hotel to compete in the inaugural Kohler Power Big Boat Race.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week, Day 4 - Sojana breaks her own record
Sue Pelling,
Sojana, Peter Harrison's 115ft Farr superyacht, has broken her own record in today's 80-mile Round Redonda Race by 45 minutes, with a time of 7 hours, 9 minutes and 58 seconds.... [more]
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2010 Semaine Olympique Française - The longest day on the water
Effets Mer,
>It was close to 9PM when the 49ers came back to shore. Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith (GBR) keep a ten points lead on the fleet despite a place of 25 collected on the last Gold fleet race. The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères counts 20 years since Brotherton's first appearance in Hyères in 1990 in the 470 class.... [more]
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French Olympic Sailing Week – Two races for all, Winther up into fifth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sailors were on the water well into the evening to catch up on racing lost over previous days at day four of French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France. 'The racing committees in Hyères have been hard at work today trying to maximise racing in all classes. The wind has been capricious again, light and shifty, dying then starting again,' states today's event report. All the kiwis sailed a... [more]
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World Smallest PLB (EPIRB) available from e-marineworld
Robin Reiger,
Sailing and Motor Boating are thrilling sports which brings pleasure to millions around the world. Whether you are heading across your local lake, or sailing across the Ocean you should be carrying a Fast Find. Keep the Fast Find with you at all times, in a pocket or pouch. You and your fellow crew members will have peace of mind of knowing that if something happens to you, or to the boat, you can... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - French sailing stars meet
Extreme Sailing Series,
The biggest French multihull sailing champions will meet once again in the five-round 2010 Extreme Sailing Series. Loick Peyron, holder of the most multihull championship titles, Yann Guichard, a favourite for the forthcoming Route de Rhum, and Franck Cammas, who convincingly won the Jules Verne Trophy just one month ago, will meet on the water for the first time this year on 27 May at the first e... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit returns to Portugal for the fourth year
Audi MedCup Circuit,
The most hard-fought and closely matched circuit featuring the cutting edge TP52 and GP42 Series will compete between the 11th and 16th of May, for the Portugal Trophy at the first Audi MedCup Circuit of 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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