Emirates Team New Zealand, race two of the Audi MedCup regatta in Marseille, France. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 June 2010
Plenty of overseas sailing news in this edition.
The second round of the Audi MedCup has started in Marseilles, with the official Practice being cancelled. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand got away to a slow start on the opening day, in the light and patchy airs.
Latest news for the second day is that there is more light air, racing has already been under postponement and is expected to start at 1530pm local time.
We will be carrying all the latest news on this event on our website www.sail-world.com You can watch the racing live via the SailTV viewer on the site.
Battle Stations! Day 2 at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Cowes Richard Hampson
Off Cowes, Isle of Wight, 35 Quarter Tonners have lined up for the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup.
These yachts are some of the legends of sailing, and have now generally been beautifully restored by owners keen to have a small yacht that will provide excellent racing, yet isn't a one design.
A special feature this year has been the appearance of Roy Dickson, a very familiar sight on the Waitemata Harbour, and one of the crew of 45 South which won the Quarter Ton Cup for New Zealand in Deauville (FRA) in 1975 - a win which launched the career of designer Bruce Farr, and created the Farr 727 class. New Zealand won again in 1976, in the Whiting design, Magic Bus, and failed to get a boat away for the defence due to lack of funds in 1977. The top boat that year was Black Fun designed by Laurie Davidson. Yes, that is three top boats in three successive years, from three different NZ designers.
So the Quarter Ton class has a special place in NZ yachting history, and it is great to see Roy Dickson and his crew make the effort to get to Cowes, and sail again.
Roy gave the speech at the annual dinner for the class and regatta, pointing out that he was breaking three of his personal rules in being in Cowes: 1) That you should never go back. 2) That you should never sail on a boat whose length in feet is less than your age - and at 78 years he acknowledges he is more than 60% out on this one. And finally 3) That he never makes speeches!
Well done Roy! Rules are made to be broken!
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MedCup: Emirates Team NZ start Round 2 on the back foot Emirates Team New Zealand, Emirates Team New Zealand had a disappointing opening day to the Audi Med Cup regatta. After winning the 2009 series championship and the first regatta of the 2010 season, commentators were boosting the team as favourites for the Marseilles Trophy. But, in a fleet studded with winners, no team can afford a day off their game.... [more] Share this story
Qingdao Match Cup added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour WMRT, Qingdao Match Cup has been added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Qingdao Match Cup will be utilising 10 brand new Beneteau First 40 yachts to be delivered in mid July and the event will have as the new standard a total prize pool of USD$500,000.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - A fighting chance on the rade? Audi MedCup Marseille, Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy regatta... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day a stunner Fiona Brown, Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day. Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. Nine races in conditions that tested the competitors to the max... [more] Share this story
SLAM Kiwi Match – Summer in Europe Logan Fraser, Planes, trains, buses and cars, but finally SLAM Kiwi Match has made it to La Rochelle in France for our first regatta of the season.... [more] Share this story
Celebrating 20 years of the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta John Curnow, The twentieth Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) on Melbourne's Port Phillip, was the perfect time to recognise the efforts of the event's Founder, Gai Clough. At a packed presentation night on Monday, June 14, she received the AWKR 20th Anniversary Special Achievement Award.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup race - Esimit Europa 2 takes line honours KPMS, Giraglia Rolex Cup race. At 11h05m09s CEST Igor Simcic's Maxi Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line of the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup race, to take line honours in the 58th edition of the 241 nautical-mile race from St. Tropez to San Remo... [more] Share this story
Beau Geste sets Bermuda Ocean Race mark Bill Wagner, Hometown Annapolis, Skipper Karl Kwok took his magnificent new boat Beau Geste to the USA this summer to capture line honours and set course records in two Bermuda races. It's one down and one to go for the Farr-designed 80-foot racing machine. Beau Geste has destroyed the Annapolis-to-Bermuda record and now will set her sights on the Newport-to-Bermuda Record.... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from Paul Wyeth Sail-World.com/Paul Wyeth images, Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from photographer Paul Wyeth.... [more] Share this story
Quantum Racing ahead on day 1 of Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy races Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day one. As 2008 champions Quantum Racing rekindled their winning mojo with back to back wins in Races 2 and 3 to lead the regatta at the end of the first day, the reigning champions came off the water in ninth of ten and 2007 circuit winners in tenth.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 leads around Giraglia Rock KPMS, Giraglia Rolex Cup - The wind increased during the afternoon and a top group accelarated with 20 knots toward the rock with Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2, the former Alfa Romeo in the lead, followed by Shockwave, Container and Alegre.... [more] Share this story
Audi Medcup: TeamOrigin problems continue Stuart Alexander, New regime, new boat, new track, old problems for the star-studded TeamOrigin competing in Europe's champions' league of sailing, the Audi MedCup. The Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed TP52 has a new keel bulb after the wings, which adorned the boat when making its debut in Portugal last month, were banned. The team director, Mike Sanderson, has been replaced by the Australian Grant Simmer as his... [more] Share this story
Zwitserleven Dutch Open - Rough start, swimming and a record challenge Diana Bogaards, Zwitserleven Dutch Open (Catamarans) - many sailors spent a lot of time swimming instead of sailing. The northeasterly wind increased to over 20 knots with high waves off the Texel beach. Today two teams challenged the TNG Round Texel Record. Currently Herbert Dercksen (NED) and Mark Bulkeley (GBR) hold the record.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: All on as Champions trail after Opening Races Audi MedCup Media, It was a day of sharply contrasting fortunes for past and present Audi MedCup Champions on the Rade Sud today, as the second event on the 2010 Audi MedCup circuit, the Marseille Trophy, opened with three races - which proved a very different test to last month's breezy curtain raiser in Cascais, Portugal. Iberdrola won the GP42 Series Practice Race.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup - More images by Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi, Giraglia Rolex Cup - More images of the day's action from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Racers arrive at Lerwick Andy Sinclair, Shetland Round Britain and Ireland competitors will soon be able to enjoy 48 hours R and R. The first sailors to venture on to dry land and arrive at Lerwick were Will Claxton and Matt Gill in their trimaran Paradox.... [more] Share this story
Nacra International Championship – Champions crowned at 2010 event Diana Bogaards, Nacra 2010 International Championship crowned its new champions on Wednesday 16th June. The final two races were sailed in wild conditions off the Texel beach in the Netherlands, which caused lots of capsizes and an exciting battle for the remaining competitors.... [more] Share this story
SailTV: Audi MedCup - Live and Replay Sail-World, See live and replay coverage of the second round of the Audi MedCup at Marseilles. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the third event on the World Match Race tour, Korea Match Cup is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - Getting under way... again! Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup dock and out on the rade Sud where the Marseille Trophy is poised to start with three races for the TP52 Series fleet and the practice race for the GP42 Series, it is a clearer morning.... [more] Share this story
Images of Coutts Half Ton Cup - a good blow and a good time had by all Richard Hampson, Images from the blustery second day of the Coutts Half Ton Cup being sailed at Cowes, Isle of Wight, by Richard Hampson. Check our his site www.yacht-pics.com including his gallery from the 2010 America's Cup at Valencia... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 - Day 2: Anchor Challenge snatches lead Fiona Brown, Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought some of the most challenging conditions the Solent can deliver. With a rapidly shifting and gusting wind from the North East quarter fluctuating in strength from single figures up towards 20 knots, plus a strong spring tide which changed direction in the middle of racing the 35 competing boats had thei... [more] Share this story
Captain William Bligh did it - and so did they! Des Ryan, A four-man attempt to recreate Captain William Bligh's epic 3,700-mile open boat voyage succeeded today as the replica Bounty Boat arrived into Kupang from Tonga after a seven week voyage.... [more] Share this story
OAM to Richard Nossiter, first Aussie Circumnavigator Sail-World Cruising, In 1935 a father and his two sons set off from Sydney harbour in ‘Sirius', on a two year odyssey to sail around the world. They were the first Australians to venture from our shores and circumnavigate the globe in a yacht. This historic voyage is recognised by the awarding of The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division to the only surviving member of the crew.... [more] Share this story
Nacra 2010 International Championship day two - Capsize! Diana Bogaards, Nacra 2010 International Championship day 2 was sailed in challenging conditions. Not everybody had the guts to fight today's circumstances. Almost half of the Infusion fleet raced and in the other classes only a few teams turned up. They prefered to save their equipment and energy for the big battle on Saturday; the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2010.... [more] Share this story
Laser Europeans - Ryan Palk achieves best result to date Ian Grant, Laser skipper Ryan Palk achieved a career best result in the open European championship. This was a remarkable result considering this was only his second regatta racing against many high profile skippers who have already represented their countries in the Olympic arena.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Practice race cancelled - all on tomorrow Audi MedCup Media, The official practice race for the second round of the TP52 Series at the Marseille Trophy had to be cancelled today, falling foul of the stormy, wet conditions and the unsettled breezes. The forecast for tomorrow is more promising, when three races for the TP52 are planned with the first starts due at 13:30hrs while the five GP42's are scheduled for their Practice Race.... [more] Share this story
Royal Yachting Association goes rally cruising Barry Pickthall, There are many reasons for the exploding popularity of rallies world-wide, and for experienced rally participants, the 'safety in numbers' reason is relatively minor - but it can be major if it's your first venture on the high seas! Here the Royal Yachting Association tells of their successful rally for those just entering the world of the long range cruising sailor:... [more] Share this story
Half Ton Royal Temple Commodore's Cup 2010 19-21st Aug Paul Woodward, Entries coming in for The first Half Ton Royal Temple Commodore's Cup. The Half Ton Class Europe, in association with the Royal Temple Yacht Club and Ramsgate Week, is extremely proud to announce a new regatta format exclusively reserved for the former IOR-half tonners. 2 Belgium, 1 French & 1 British Teams entered totaling 12 ½ tonners already.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Almost a spectator sport Talbot Wilson, The Newport Bermuda Race began on June 18th in Newport and will finish in Bermuda 635 miles later, this classic ocean race is almost a spectator sport.... [more] Share this story
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race – Just over 200 miles to go Andy Sinclair, Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 (SRBI) lead competitors, sponsored by Shetland Islands Council, are now half way in to the third leg of the 2,000 mile voyage.... [more] Share this story
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