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 27 Jun 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 27 June 2010

Adam Minoprio. Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour. Portimao, Portugal. 26 June 2010.   Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 27 June 2010

In the fourth event on the World Match Racing Tour, the Portiamo Portugal Match Cup, the current World Champions, BlackMatch Racing are taking it down to the wire.

After getting away to a perfect start, they had a horror of a second day and had their work cut out last night New Zealand time.

In this edition we have daily reports from the New Zealand World Champions on their roller coaster ride, along with the official reports. The Kiwis made some big calls last night...

Stay tuned to for more on this drama as it unfolds. Reports are coming through about noon, New Zealand time, and are posted soon afterwards.

Emirates Team NZ - 2010 Audi MedCup, Marseille  Francois Richard

Over the past few days the sailing world, or rather the America's Cup world has been digesting the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup, published last Thursday morning, NZT.

So far the feedback has been very favourable - given the current state of the play - Early Days in America's Cup parlance. We take a look at the implications of the document, such as it is, in this edition.

For those who always wanted to find out more about foiling Moths, now is your chance - or rather next weekend, Saturday 3 July at Takapuna Beach - there's an Open and Learn to Foil day. See the story in this edition.

The former NZ Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge.GBR 506 - RORC IRC National Championship  RORC/Paul Wyeth

And the day before, Friday 2 July, if you or anyone else you know has ever wanted to have a look around Sir Peter Blake's legendary Whitbread Round the World Racing Maxi, Lion New Zealand, now is your chance!

As part of The Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week 2010, Lion New Zealand will be holding an Open Day in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour from 12pm -2 pm this coming Friday 2nd July (also Red Socks Day).

Lion New Zealand, first home 25 years ago competing in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Entry is FREE!!!

Enter through the gate at the Explore NZ Kiosk opposite Cargo Bar (previously the Loaded Hog).

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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BlackMatch Racing -through to semis, but not without controversy
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the fourth event of the 2010 season, the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010: A dramatic turn of events today saw BlackMatch just scrape into the quarterfinals, before knocking the current World Tour leader Mathieu Richard out of the regatta, with a 3-1 victory that set us up with a spot in the final four.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup turns the corner forever
Richard Gladwell,
Having just been presented with the oldest and most prestigious trophy in sailing, BMW Oracle Racing team founder, Larry Ellison, promised the world's sailing media that the 34th America's Cup would be quite different from its predecessors. On Wednesday, 23 June 2010 Ellison delivered on that undertaking with the announcement of the draft Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland, the end of one dream but maybe on to the next...
Sail-World Cruising,
Sixteen-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland has finally been reunited with her brother Zac on Saturday on Reunion Island. Zac was substituting for her father, who has remained by his wife's side as she expects their eighth baby any time soon. On arrival in Reunion, she defended her family against criticism that she had been too young to try to sail around the world alone.... [more]
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RORC IRC National Championship - A different battle ground
Louay Habib,
RORC IRC National Championship day two report. The international RORC fleet had a very different battle ground. Getting the tactics right and trimming to erratic puffs of wind was akin to playing a game of three-dimensional chess for the competitors at the RORC IRC National Championship. By the end of the day, six races had been completed.... [more]
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Blind Match Racing Championships wins to Italy and Great Britain
David Staley,
Blind Match Racing Championships. The first IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championship was decided today on Lake Garda, Italy. It was Italy versus Great Britain for the final of the B2 classified sailors competing for an IFDS International Championship.... [more]
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Australia's Fastest Cow set to lead the herd
John Daffy,
With entries continuing to track ahead of schedule for a record fleet in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week regatta, the prettiest, fastest and most colourful cow in Australia soon will be sailing north in an effort to milk another prestigious trophy from the 21st annual regatta which runs from August 12 to 19.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup - YANMAR Racing into semi-finals
YANMAR Racing Media,
A smiling Cameron Dunn summed up the day for YANMAR Racing 'Seven races today, unbelievable - getting a bit much for us old fellas. Thierry Douillard and I are the babies of this team. We are 37, Yashuhiro Yagi and Kazuhiko Sofuku are both 39 and then there is the really old fella Peter Gilmour 50. But we sailed 6-1 so there is life in the old bones yet.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race wrap
John Rousmaniere,
The Media Editor for the Newport Bermuda Race website looks at the race conditions, lists tactics that worked, introduces some valuable people, and discusses editorial policy. Doing it right. 'That's the way it should work,' said a sailor who heard about one of these incidents of owner-stimulated reverse redress.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup - An epic day of match racing
Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Twenty five matches were raced today with wind speeds peaking at 15 knots for mouth watering match racing. Fireworks flew today when Bruni met Williams and every match was fought to the death. Bruni will be regretting his choice of left on the final beat as Williams' right hand strategy won the deciding match.... [more]
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Foiling Moth lessons at Takapuna next weekend, 3 July
Andrew Brown, Force Racing,
Force Racing's Andrew Brown brings us up to date with the latest in the foiling Moth scene: I have been sailing the Moth as much as possible, but this has not been so much approx three times a week, just getting comfy in the boat and getting my feelings for the boat, before testing some more equipment.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week - Lots of sailing before its settled
Rich Roberts,
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - Not much was settled as a wide variety of some 140 boats fought it out in 20 classes in the first two of seven races scheduled through Sunday.... [more]
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German Tornado Grand Prix 2010 - Summerwinds a dream on Lake Constance
Volker Goebner,
A dream for the German Tornado sailors. After a long period of cold weather and rain the summer was coming back to the Lake Constance. It couldn't be better. Light winds from West (up to 13 knots) made 8 races possible on the first two days. More than half of the planned 13 races are now sailed at Lindau Sailor's Club (LSC)... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2010 - Perfect conditions for Day 7
Kieler Woche Regatta,
Sail as much as you can was the motto for the fourteen international classes when perfect sailing conditions came back to Kiel after basically no racing the day before, when the only Folkeboot, Platu 25 and the J 24 classes managed to have one race... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing - terrible day at Portugal, but still in the hunt
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the fourth event of the 2010 season, the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010: A terrible day for BlackMatch Racing saw us lose all 4 races we were involved in, while our perfect scorecard very quickly evaporated into an extremely average one. Now with 4 wins and 4 losses we all of a sudden find ourselves with our backs up against the... [more]
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SLAM Kiwi Match – Take 2 Trapani
Logan Fraser,
It's take 2 for SLAM Kiwi Match as the team re-groups in Trapani, Sicily for the next event on the calendar, the Trapani Match Race Cup. A chance for the team to build on a solid start in La Rochelle and also a chance to convert our solid performances into a regatta win.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup: YANMAR Racing - Its all about Starts
YANMAR Racing Media,
Portugal Match Cup - Breeze aplenty for the Round Robin battles in this fourth event on the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships semi-finals sailed
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships were sailed today in four – six knots of southerly on Lake Garda. It is only at the top levels of this discipline for totally blind sailors that crews have the ability to closely engage with another boat. This is hardly surprising when they are judging the range and bearing of the marks and their opponent by audio cues alone.... [more]
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Britain's Ran takes Onion Patch Series with Newport Bermuda result
Talbot Wilson,
Ran was the individual winner of the Onion Patch Series in results posted today [Friday]. Niklas Zennstrom scored 2-1 in the New York YC Regatta, 10 in the Newport Bermuda Race. and 3-2 in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta for a total of 18 points and wins the Henry B. du Pont Trophy for the best scoring individual yacht participating in the series.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup - Leader takes a nose dive
Simone Felsberger,
Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Day three and a surprising turn of events for Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch crew. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar had another outstanding set of matches as did Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team)... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Wild ride during Atlantic crossing
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Race 09-10 fleet has had a lively 24 hours with some tough conditions for the crews on their final ocean crossing of this 35,000-mile race around the planet. The words of race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, at the pre-race crew briefing in Cape Breton Island, in which he warned against complacency have never rung truer.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Class40s take podium positions
Kate Jennings,
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race final positions have only been decided in the last miles off the South Devon Coast in what can only be described as the most frustrating yet challenging fight to the finish for the leading Class 40s in this hard fought battle.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing - still on top at Portimao Portugal Match Cup
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the fourth event of the 2010 season, the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010: Following a long day off the water waiting for the evening seabreeze to roll in, BlackMatch were only involved in one race and managed to take a win over the Russian Synergy Team, maintaining our unbeaten record here in Portugal.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup & South Coast Championship preview
Fiona Brown,
Dragon sailors from eight nations are gathering this weekend in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to prepare for the British Dragon South Coast Championship (27-29 June) and the Edinburgh Cup (30 June - 3 July). With 32 teams including boats from Russia, Portugal, Norway, Japan, Ireland, France and Australia entered we can expect another outstanding UK based Dragon event.... [more]
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Artemis Investment Management continues to support British sailing
Artemis Ocean Racing,
Artemis Investment Management today announced their continued support of British sailing in 2010 across all levels from grass roots to fully professional ocean racing. This new commitment establishes Artemis as one of the longest and most significant existing supporters of British sailing.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup: YANMAR Racing – onwards and upwards
YANMAR Racing Media,
World Match Racing Tour - Portugal Match Cup. A good result after a long day of waiting for YANMAR Racing Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing team of Cameron Dunn, Thierry Douillard, Yasuhiro Yaji and Kazuhiko Sofuku who today sailed just one race in this fourth event on the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing circuit.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup - Some surprise results on day two
Portugal Match Cup Day two and the wind again ruled the race course. Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing) lost both matches today, while Adam Minoprio (ETNZ/Blackmatch Racing) and Torvar Mirsky (MRT) sit at the top of the leaderboard, after winning their matches.... [more]
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World Blind Match Racing Championships - Day Three
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championships. - Another day of light winds on Lake Garda. The B2 classified sailors, competing for an IFDS International Championship, have completed their round robin and two matches today resolved the tie-break. Race officials plan to sail semi-finals tomorrow, ‘Ora' permitting.... [more]
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Essential Marine Radio knowledge required for all skippers and crew
Colin Preston,
About to again compete in the SSANZ two handed series recently conjured up the exhilarating memories of our 2008 bow burying kite ride to Gannet Rock in 30kt winds, as well as the ‘what ifs'. The ability to use the VHF radio if tragedy struck is a very real concern not only for the two of us, but also our friends and family, plus the other competitors and boats on the water if assistance is needed... [more]
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New Archambault M34 launched and sailing at La Rochelle
Brenna Pringle, Southern Spars,
Following months of design and development, the first Archambault M34 was launched and sailed last week in the seaside port of La Rochelle, France. This innovative Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for yachting's famous Tour De France a la Voile, starting in 2011, replacing the Farr 30 after 12 years on the circuit. A full regatta schedule and a transatlantic race a... [more]
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