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 08 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 9 July 2010

Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZBlackMatch Racing - Stena Match Cup Sweden  Loris von Siebenthal
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 9 July 2010

News in Thursday evening (NZT) is that all other US venues have been excused from further consideration.

The move is a little hard to read but from sources outside the official reports, it seems that at least two European venues are still under consideration.

Quite why that is the case is something of a mystery, aside from maybe being a negotiating ploy to maintain the action and get very firm commitments from City Hall, in San Francisco.

It seems incredible that having won the America's Cup, that European options would be seriously in the mix, when Golden Gate Yacht Club is entitled to sail it in their home waters, in front of a home crowd, and in a venue that seems to have breeze on demand.

San Francisco is the only US venue left in the 34th Venus Consideration Stakes  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

For New Zealand's perspective the date is probably more important than the venue. The Kiwis came within an ace of winning the 32nd Cup in Valencia under difficult conditions. However the possibility of a 2013 Match date does run a little close with the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race - despite the two Volvo OR and America's Cup programs being separately managed, with only the design team shared.

We have more images of the replica schooner Atlantic, being commissioned in La Rochelle. It seems incredible that her record, could have stood for 75 years. Her construction is also faithfully recorded on her website, which is a very interesting browse.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - 49er European Championships, Poland  

We only have scant reports from the 49er Europeans in Poland, however it would seem that the New Zealand crew are just outside the top ten after three days of racing. We'll post any updates as they come to hand on We'll also be updating on the latest from the World Match Racing Tour in Sweden.

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The beautiful replica schooner Atlantic being fitted out in la Rochelle, July 2010  Pierre Alain Varreon

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America's Cup: San Francisco named as sole US venue option
Richard Gladwell,
Larry Ellison's hometown, San Francisco, has been named as the sole US Defence venue option for the 34th America's Cup by the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. In a just released statement, Golden Gate YC syas that the West Coast city 'has put forward a strong, wellrounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America's Cup match.'... [more]
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Images of Atlantic: Charlie Barr's Atlantic record holder
Compiled by Richard Gladwell,,
Pierre Alain Varreon presents more images of Atlantic schooner, the three masted replica of the 1905 Atlantic record holder with Charlie Barr. The record lasted for 75 years until 1980 when Eric Tabarly crushed it with Paul Ricard the foiled trimaran.... [more]
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F18 Worlds 2010 Still plenty of racing says Ashby,
Triple F18 World Champion Glen Ashby is back up the fleet after the first three races in the finals of the Erguy F18 Worlds, but he thinks his former F18 partner Darren Bundock will take this title.... [more]
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Optimist European Championship - Tricky wind conditions
Optimist European Championship. Tricky wind conditions made it a difficult day for racing, not only for the sailors but also for the Race Committee. Races started in the afternoon in 12 knots of wind which gradually dropped to 3-4 knots. Due at least in part to the diffgicult conditions, places keep changing in the top ten of both the boy and girl rankings.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Women's Quarter Finalists decided
Match Cup Sweden,
Match Cup Sweden Flight reports for July 7th 2010... [more]
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RS:X European Windsurfing Championships - Shuffling the pack
RS:X Europeans Blog,
RS:X European Windsurfing Championships Day 5. Smiling faces all round. BUT only two races for each group. Racing in her first RS:X Europeans since the 2008 Games, the legend that is Alessandra Sensini [ITA] is in fourth ready to pounce on any mistakes.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for July 2010 released
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 7 July 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 18 August 2010 up to and including Skandia Sail for Gold in Britain, Laser Radial Women World Championship in Great Britain and the 470 World Chamionships in Netherlands.... [more]
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F18 World Championships – Images from Day three in Erguy, France
Philippe Guegan & Sail-World,
F18 World Championship 2010 is currently under-way in Erguy, France. This is the 10th anniversary of the championship, which is why it has returned to its birthplace. Philippe Guegan has taken some excellent images for you to enjoy.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère's European tour - The adventure continues
l'Hydroptère's European tour - The first part of the European programme ended this weekend when l'Hydroptère came back to Lorient after a trip of a little more than one month. Our main objectives in 2010 were to make people discover the trimaran and to sail in the open sea. Missions accomplished during this first step!... [more]
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Westward Cup Regatta – Mariette averages nine knots around 38nm course
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup Regatta - Taking into consideration their immense proportions, a large crowd of spectators in Cowes, were thrilled at the sight of an incredibly close-run finish between the Big Class yachts racing at the inaugural Westward Cup Regatta taking pride of place on Solent waters this week.... [more]
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US Sailing 2012 U.S. Olympic Team New selection methods
Marni Lane,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing in the 10 events selected for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, set for July 27- August 12, 2012. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Tormenting moments at Marstrand
World Match Racing Tour contenders have now settled into daily winds of 12 – 15 knots running the length of the fjord and unbroken sunlight. Stena Match Cup Sweden's race course looks as though God himself modeled it on a match racing amphitheatre and has provided the best conditions yet experienced on this year's Tour calendar.... [more]
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Tour de France á la Voile - Oman Sail Renaissance comes back
Louay Habib,
Tour de Voile á la France 2010. -Oman Sail Renaissance back up to fifth. The first big offshore for the Tour was the 200 mile, Dieppe to Pleneuf-Val-Andre, around the Cherbourg peninsular. Conditions were light to moderate and there was plenty of rock hopping up the shore, to get out of the tide which at times was running at six knots.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11: Legendary French yacht to participate
Sarah Hames,
Respectons La Terre has already completed five round-the-world voyages – and now the legendary French yacht is to embark on her sixth circumnavigation of the globe in the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Images from the start of the Pacific Cup
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of presents an image galley from the start of the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 7 July 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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Extreme 40 World Championship countdown begins
Emily Caroe,
Extreme 40 World Championship - The stunning bay of Portorož on the Adriatic Coast will be centre stage for the Extreme 40 teams lining up for the inaugural race. Hosted by The Ocean Racing Club, the teams will be put through their paces over six days of Olympic style fleet races, starting at the world-renowned Kempinski Palace Hotel.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Krystal Weir prepares for her return
Craig Heydon,
Laser Radial World Championship - Weir had two years away from the class as she represented Australia in the Yngling class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and then tried her hand in the RS:X class throughout 2009 and has so far had a strong return to the Laser Radial class.... [more]
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Newport to Bermuda Race – Jim Madden tells all about the race
Talbot Wilson,
Newport to Bermuda Race was an exciting and challenging event. For most of the fleet, the 635 miles was a fetch / beat through winds varying from 'triple 0s' to gusts well over 30 knots. Other than a Code 0, very few boats saw spinnakers.... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Inaugural Euro Cup 2010
Fritz Selb,
Musto Skiffs Euro Cup 2010 update: Brunnen was at its best - brilliant weather, time of onset of thermal-wind and a super panorama provided a good sailor mood. With the onset of wind we have expired. He has also been properly enforced then with 3-4 Bft, when we arrived at the starting vessel.... [more]
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49er European Championship - Austria takes the lead
Jerelyn Biehl/Sail-World,
On day 2, rain and shifty winds were standard on both 49er courses. PRO Atanosios Papantonio described wind oscillations of 40 degrees during the day with the velocity ranging from 12-20 knots. Nico delle Karth and Nikolaus Leopold Resch of Austria take the lead after 4-3-2-1... [more]
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Optimist Asian Championship - Singapore on top
Optimist Class Association,
Optimist Asian Championship Pattaya, Thailand. Today the fleet left the shore with expectations of good winds and exciting racing after the difficulties of yesterday. The first race started and was sailed in a good steady wind... [more]
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Optimist European Championships - Launching in 20 knots
Optimist Class association,
Optimist European Championship, Kamien-Pomorski Poland. Day 5 report.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing: A single win at the Stena Match Cup Sweden
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the fourth event of the 2010 season, the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010: After a roller coaster week of 'ups and downs', BlackMatch managed to put a horrible semi final series defeat behind them to take down Ian Williams in the petit final and clinch third position at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup.... [more]
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Burling and Tuke report on Day 2 of the 2010 49er Europeans
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling report from the 49er Europeans in Gdynia, Poland: We got off to a rather shaky start – to be 39th out of 84 after the first 3 races on day 1. (race scores 25,16,15) Beautiful day weather wise, temp up around 30degrees and wind all below 7 knots. But we couldn't get on the correct side of a wind shift all day. There were plenty of Black flag... [more]
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Johno Fullerton,
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey. Preview. There will be a record attendance at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 with 344 sailors representing 63 nations. Racing is held across eight events, which use four classes of dinghy and one windsurfer. World champions will be identified for each event for both Boy's and Girl's.... [more]
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YANMAR Racing in dangerous waters at Stena Match Cup Sweden
YANMAR Racing media,
Having won this event seven times before, Australia's Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing Team came to the Stena Match Cup Sweden starting amongst the favourites, after winning the fourth event on the ISAF 2010 World Match Racing Tour, the Portugal Match Cup, last week.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Women's Round Robin lead to Skudina
Match Cup Sweden,
Match Cup Sweden - Women's Round Robin day two. July 6 Flight reports and results. Spectators on the cliffs of Marstrand saw one of the most exiting finishes yet in the third flight when Ekatarina Skudina managed to beat Lotte Meldegard-Pedersen with the smallest margin possible.... [more]
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