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 04 May 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 May 2010

Downwind on Race 2- RC 44 Austria Cup 2010  Nico Martinez ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 4 May 2010.

Further to our story in the last edition on what might come out of the meeting scheduled for 6 May in Rome on the America's Cup 34 process, we have featured a commentary piece on how we see the event shaping up along with the issue build up regattas and supporting events.

Whether we are on the mark or not, is irrelevant, the point of the commentary is that the options, aside form the basic choice of boat, venue and timing are not simple. There also needs to be a process put in place to give some continuity to the America's Cup, rather than the stop start approach which has prevailed since 2007.

The British Team Origin have announced that a match racing event will be held between themselves and BMW Oracle Racing replicating, in a modern way, the events that took place off the Isle of Wight in 1851.

29er action in the 2010 Elvstrom Regatta, San Francisco - imagine an America's Cup in this sort of breeze, every day?  Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com

Two ACC yachts will be shipped in from Valencia for the event, of which we have details in this issue.

New Zealand resident, Principal Race Officer, for the 33rd America's Cup, Harold Bennett will be interviewed by Peter Montgomery at a luncheon to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at the end of May.

We have details of the event in this issue, along with some photos, which have not been published previously. They show Alinghi indulging in some spectacular pitching as she headed into the left over swell three hours or more before the race eventually started.

SLAM Kiwi Match have their sights set on a World Match Racing Tour card  

Another Kiwi match racing crew, Kiwi Match, is launching their bid to obtain a card on the World Match Racing Tour. We have their story in this edition.

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Alinghi prancing out of a big swell three hours before the start of Race 2 of the 33rd America's Cup, Valencia  Richard Gladwell

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Bennett to relive the 33rd America's Cup at RNZYS luncheon
RNZYS Media and Sail-World,
After many months of back and forth court action, BMW Oracle Racing, the American challenger, won the 33rd America's Cup Match back in February in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet.... [more]
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SLAM Kiwi Match Begin 2010 Campaign
Logan Fraser,
Kiwi Match, a New Zealand match racing team with the support of SLAM, are about to embark on their 2010 campaign. Beginning with the Korea Match Cup qualifier on the 6th May the team is planning on competing in several national and international regattas throughout the year.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34th America's Cup - Just do it!
Richard Gladwell,
The Media Conference next week in Rome is now expected to set 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 70... [more]
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British Super-Maxi in New York for attempt on Transatlantic record
Alex Mills,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is this week berthed in New York's bustling financial district as she prepares to launch her assault upon the west-to-east monohull transatlantic sailing record in the coming weeks.... [more]
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America's Cup teams to race at Cowes week 2010
Michelle Warner,
The 1851 Cup will bring together some of the world's greatest sailors at the world's largest sailing regatta and re-ignite and build interest in match racing in large yachts in British waters again.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – No wind brings RC 44 Championships to a halt
MaxComm Communication,
Lake Traunsee remained as flat as a mirror today, reflecting a grey and stationary sky. The sailors stayed on land all day, waiting for some wind. However Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio had no other choice than to call the day off at 3:30 PM.... [more]
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The Association of Big Class classic sailing yachts is founded
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The owners and captains of the Big Class classic sailing yachts Cambria, Mariette, and Eleonora (founding Members) met on 26th March 2010 and agreed to found the Big Class Association (BCA). This Association has resulted from discussions held over recent years amongst the owners and captains of the large classic sailing yachts... [more]
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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - Jürg Kaufmann exhibits in Cannes
Soazig Gueho,
For the past three years, the official poster of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai has been chosen through a competitive selection process. Painters and photographers from all over the world have submitted their pieces to a jury.... [more]
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2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - No stopping Bliksem
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The anticipated duel between Lalli and Taselaar continued as Bliksem stretched the right side of the first downwind leg, while Lalli sailed his own race and did not allow Taselaar to dictate his moves. Lalli took the lead at the first rounding, in front of Taselaar.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010 - another day, another breeze.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There is one race on the card outstanding for the IRC Racing class since race 1 was abandoned on Saturday in the aftermath of the ‘2 vs 7' continental error. RO Jerry Rollin took a straw poll over the radio, but one boat demurred so the ‘re-sail' is deferred until tomorrow. Maybe.... [more]
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The 2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA stars entertain the masses
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Following head judge Duncan Coombe's dawn patrol; the hoards of spectators were treated to another full day of hanging out in the sun with the PWA's stars.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta, bobbing around with the Oppies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
On the way back from the Big Boats' race course today we stopped off at the Oppie race area. Amazing. Dozens – no, hundreds! 129 to be exact – of little boats bobbing about all over the place, all heading in different directions, and all being helmed by small sailors in a markedly nonchalant manner.... [more]
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Images from Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta - San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us,
The Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta includes Finn, 29er, Laser, and Laser Radial classes in conjunction with the Formula Windsurfers. Conditions for Saturday were a bit late in arriving so the fleet had been held on shore while the Olympic class dinghies' went at it.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 13
Clipper Ventures PLC,
The challenges of keeping the boats going in the heat and lack of wind become more mental than physical as it requires every ounce of concentration during your time on watch to spot the slightest of breezes ruffling the surface of the ocean, and to be ready to use it to generate any degree of forward momentum for your team.... [more]
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America's Cup: TEAMORIGIN and BMW ORACLE Racing to sail at Cowes
Team Origin Media,
Britain's America's Cup team, TEAMORIGIN, is to race the US team BMW ORACLE Racing during Cowes Week (starts 31st July 2010) for a new trophy -The 1851 Cup. Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of TEAMORIGIN, has invited the America's Cup holders, BMW ORACLE Racing, to Cowes this summer to compete in a match race tournament that will involve a race clockwise around the Island over the historic orig... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him. In fact, technically speaking, she has not even been 'around the w... [more]
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Spectacular Racing For St FYC 2010 Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta
David Wells www.waterhound.com,
The St Francis Yacht Clup 2010 Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta was sailed in spectacular weather on SF Bay this weekend. Warm winds, at times gusting to 30mph, blessed Olympic Class Dinghies and Formula Windsurfers for two straight days.... [more]
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San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup - the wrap
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'It was a difficult weekend because we rarely have a southerly on sunny days and we had it both days. The only way to win is with outstanding crew work and that's what we have.'... [more]
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Krystal Weir jumps back into the Laser Radial for London
Design 120,
At the end of 2008, I announced at Sandringham Yacht Clubs 'Meet the Olympians' function that I would be campaigning towards Gold in London 2012 in the Laser Radial. I have decided that it is time to jump back into the boat and begin campaigning.... [more]
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Six countries in 24 hours - More planes, ferries and automobiles
Once there I met a driver to take me to Jackie's family's hometown of Krefeld in western Germany. After a quick shower and freshen up I picked up the car and started my way across into Holland, Belgium and France to Calais where I got onto a ferry back to England, just 12 hours after I was first here.... [more]
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Elvstrom Zellerbach regatta – Day 1
Steve Bodner,
Day one of the Elevstrom/Zellerbach regatta at St Francis saw the formula fleet waiting ashore as the dinghies made their way around the double windward leeward course in the light breeze.... [more]
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Moored sailor sparks massive Coastguard search
Maritime Coastguard Agency/Sail-World,
In a call that echoes the sentiments of Coastguards round the world, an officer of the Thames Coastguard has pleaded with all sailors to set out with a working VHF, navigation equipment, up-to-date charts, flares and life saving equipment... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team joins the Sail Racing Test Team
Mirsky Racing Team/Sail Racing,
Sail Racing International have recently formed a partnership with professional match racing team, Mirsky Racing Team. Americas Cup is at the forefront of the team's sight. 'Its great to be associated with such a strong brand as Sail Racing, they have realized the future direction of sailing and are one step head of the competition in terms of design, fashion and quality.'... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup - Roller-coaster day for Sea Dubai
Dubai International Marine Club,
With one win and three losses the team finished fifth in the match race, taking five valuable points. First up against Americas Cup winning skipper James Spithill, Sea Dubai started well with better boat speed extending their lead towards the windward mark only to lose it when RC44 Challenger blocked them in at the coast to take the lead.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team Tunnicliffe win silver
Anna Tunnicliffe,
We finished the Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta with a silver medal. We lost the finals to Silke Hahlbrock from Germany one-three. However, coming out of the finals in second, moved us up to first in the overall ISAF World Cup rankings.... [more]
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Land Ho! Plastiki Makes 1st Landfall!
The Plastiki has reached its first stop off after 39 days at sea! Having travelled from San Francisco, covering 3600 nautical miles, the crew are overjoyed to reach dry land, not to mention excited for the chance to sleep in a real bed that doesn't rock and roll all night!... [more]
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Alameda City courting America's Cup
Sam Felsing, Alameda Sun,
Next month, major decisions regarding the future of the next America's Cup race should be settled. Though the location of the future race is unlikely to be revealed, the cities of Alameda and San Francisco hope the decisions will help their efforts to secure the sailing challenge for the Bay Area.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - - Croatia's Finns one and two in Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
True to form this week, the start of the medal races was delayed to allow time for the wind to build and stabilise. Two breezes were again fighting each other with windless patches meandering all over the course as the left breeze would phase in, followed by the right breeze.... [more]
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Former ISAF match racing Champion, Ian Williams starts 2010 Campaign
WMRT Media,
Ian Williams, Great Britain's first ever ISAF Match Racing World Champion, will start his 2010 Tour Campaign at stage two, Match Race Germany.... [more]
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2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA interviews Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo
Vivienne Masters,
The competitors were greeted with a relaxing first day on tour, giving them the opportunity to prepare their gear and acclimatize to the Austrian lakeside lifestyle. A total of 46 sailors registered their intention to compete, including the current world champion, Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic, North),... [more]
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