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 11 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 11 July 2010

Joshua McKenzie-Brown sailing at the 2010 IFDS Worlds in the 2.4metre event, at Medemblijk  Helen McKenzie
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 11 July 2010

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have backed up their Silver medal won at ISAF World Cup, sailed in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, with a top ten place at the European 49er Championships, sailed in Poland.

They finished 17th in the 2010 World Championships sailed in the Bahamas in early January, so it is a good gain, for a crew who are in just their second year of competition in the Olympic skiff.

In this edition we have reports from Peter Burling and Blair Tuke as they trace their regatta from a difficult first day through to the medal race.

Not so good, thus far in the Womens Laser Radial Worlds being sailed in Largs, Scotland - where the two NZ competitors are in the top third of the fleet. After two days of sailing they have turned in some good results, but there is a lot of work ahead of them in the 114 boat fleet. We have a preview from Sara Winther in this edition.

Testing conditions in the 2010 49er European Championships, Poland  Fried Elliott ©

We also have two reports from young Paralympic sailor, Joshua MacKenzie-Brown who is competing in the 2.4Mtr class at the IFDS Worlds in Medemblik. Joshua is the first New Zealander to compete in this singlehanded class at this level. Currently he is mid-fleet, and on a big learning curve at this level.

For those who enjoy yachts from yesteryear, we have three stories of interest - there is another gallery from La Rochelle of the schooner Atlantic, courtesy of Pierre Alain Varreon, Her superb paint work is by New Zealander, Tony Smith. Pierre also flicked the family camera over to another classic Kialoa IV also berthed in La Rochelle. And from the Netherlands we have images and a short report on the launching of the sixth J-class, Lionheart to a design which was tank tested but never built. Two further J-class are under construction and expected to be sailing for the J Class Regatta series in 2012 in England.

Alex Maloney and Sam Bullock from New Zealand competing in the 29er class on day 1 of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey
  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds gets underway today in Istanbul, Turkey today. We have reports and an image gallery from the Practice Race of the regatta. We will be carrying daily reports on each day during the regatta.

Two teams of young New Zealand sailors have been competing in the Optimist class Asian Championships in Thailand and the European Championships in Poland. We have reports from both regattas in this edition.

Lionheart - the sixth J-class to be launched  J Class Association JCA

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The Opening Ceremony at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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NZL Sailing Team: Strong result in 49er, Kiwis slide in Laser Radials
Richard Gladwell,
The NZL Sailing Team 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have performed credibly in the 2010 European Championships, being sailed in Poland. After four races sailed in the Womens Radial Worlds in Largs, the New Zealanders slid down the results table.... [more]
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470 Worlds 2010 - Britain's Asher and Willis aim for third title
Lindsey Bell,
Only three men's crews have ever managed a hat-trick of World Championship titles in sailing's 470 class, and Britain's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis will aim to extend that list when they take to the waters of The Hague this week for the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships (12-18 July).... [more]
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GBR crews take gold and bronze at 49er Europeans
Paul Weyth,
Draper and Greenhalgh seal European title; bronze for Morrison and Rhodes. Britain's 49er sailors proved a dominant force at the European Championship which concluded in Poland on Saturday (10 July), with Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh clinching the title and bronze going to teammates Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes.... [more]
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Joshua McKenzie-Brown reports from the IFDS Worlds - Day 2
Joshua McKenzie-Brown,
Joshua McKenzie-Brown reports from Day 2 of the the IFDS Worlds where the young New Zealander is competing in the 2.4mtr class: Another two races were completed today in extremely light and shifty winds. Race 1 I didn't get such a good start but I got clear air for the first beat. I was looking to be in a good position... [more]
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UK Moth Nationals - Trading places on day three
James Phare,
After a brief postponement however the fleet launched and racing was soon underway on the penultimate day of the UK Moth Nationals. In the final race of the day the wind again put the skills of the race team to the test by shifting more to the south and significantly building to 15+ knots.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe - Lessons learned at Laser Radial Worlds
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Laser Radial World Championships, Largs Scotland. Anna Tunnicliffe reports her progress on a day she would probably rather forget. Instead of whining during this blog about how I didn't do well and had bad luck, which today, I created, I decided to share the mental debrief that I had with myself on the way in from the course.... [more]
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Optimist Asian Championship - Final Day
The Race Committee was able to get in three races today. The first two races were in 6 to 7 knot winds and were again hampered by the strong tidal current. The RC brought the course inshore as far as possible but it was still very challenging. For the third race the wind increased to 8 to 9 knots which made all the difference for the current to be less of a factor. The results at the top were ve... [more]
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship declared open
The 40th anniversary edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was officially declared open at a lively and colourful but unseasonably wet and windy Istanbul last night.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championships day two - Full on Easterly
Laser Radial Worlds,
Laser Radial World Championships competitors were delivered a testing measure of its notoriously difficult offshore, easterly breeze. In the Men's fleet Poland's Marcin Rudawski, the reigning world champion, was on impressive form.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Women's winner decided
World Match Racing Tour event this week ran in conjunction with the ‘Women's Stena Match Cup Sweden'. Ten female crews have been racing in boats that will be used in the 2012 Games. The entry of women's match racing to the Olympic competition has already increased the profile of this sport and the ISAF World Match Racing Tour has welcomed paralleling the men's racing with the women for Stage 5.... [more]
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49er European Championship win to Draper and Greenhalgh
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 49er European Championship for 2010 in Gdynia, Poland was secured by Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh in a Baltic breeze of 10 knots. With a 6-point lead into the medal race, the duo was forced to the wrong side after the start but managed to climb back and round the weather mark fourth. With a 4-lap course, they slowly worked through the fleet to finish third in the race and earn the title.... [more]
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Images from La Rochelle: Kialoa IV
Pierre Alain Varreon,
Pierre Alain Varreon presents a second gallery of images from La Rochelle, France, this time of Jim Kilroy's magnificent maxi Kialoa IV. She was the penultimate in the Kialoa lineage and competed against Condor of Bermuda (Bob Bell).... [more]
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Joshua McKenzie-Brown reports from the IFDS Worlds - Day 1
Joshua McKenzie-Brown,
Joshua McKenzie-Brown reports from the IFDS Worlds where the young New Zealander is competing in the 2.4mtr class: The IFDS Worlds are the first qualifying round for country selection for Paralympic sailing at Weymouth 2012. I am competing in the 2.4m class, which is the single-person keelboat for the Paralympics.... [more]
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Optimist European Championship - No wind, racing over
Optimist European Championship. The European Championship is over. Unfortunately the wind didn't help much on the last couple of days and sailors and organisers had to be content with the results of the seven races completed over the first four days.... [more]
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Optimist Asian Championship - Back to fleet racing
Today the Asian Championship went back to the scheduled fleet racing after the two days of team racing. The wind conditions did not look very promising as the fleet left the shore.... [more]
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Match Racing - ‘Sometimes you are the hammer and sometimes the nail'
YANMAR Racing Media,
Australian YANMAR Racing's Peter Gilmour came to the Stena Match Cup Sweden, an event the Australian America's Cup skipper had won seven times, off the back of a win at the Portugal Match Cup.... [more]
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RS:X European Championships 2010- Zubari and Alabau win
Rory Ramsden,
The Medal Races wrapped up the action at the RS:X European Championships in Sopot, Poland today with Shahar Zubari (ISR) and Marina Alabau (ESP) both retaining their titles. First out onto the windward Leeward course was the mens fleet. After an excellent series, the defending champion Shahar Zubari (ISR) just had to sail conservatively and not finish at the back of the fleet to take the title.... [more]
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Burling and Tuke report on Day 5 - 2010 49er Europeans Gold Fleet
Compiled by Richard Burling,
NZL Sailing Team members, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling report from the 49er Europeans in Gdynia, Poland: The sailors arrived at the Gdynia Yacht Club to a perfectly still day. After a few hour under postponement a very light breeze filled in, just enough to start racing. Nearly all of the 25 Gold fleet sailors struggled for consistency in the challenging conditions – with the Race Officer managing... [more]
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Lionheart - J Class yacht now on the water
Titch Blachford,
Lionheart is based on a Ranger design (77F Model) which was tank tested in 1936 but never built. Design work from the original hull lines was completed by Andre Hoek Naval Architects, with construction of the aluminium hull by the now famous Bloemsma Shipyard. She was then moved by barge to Claasen Jachtbouw BV... [more]
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Laser Radial World 2010 Championship - Day one freezing in Scotland,
Laura Baldwin is the best placed Australian in 17th position after a ninth in race one and a 14th in race two. Baldwin, who represented Great Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and is now a part of the Australian Sailing Development Squad, is on 23 points, just nine off the top ten and now we know why she migrated to Australia.... [more]
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Mixed day for Kiwi sailors in 49er Europeans and Laser Radial Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand sailors had a mixed time over night in two major Championships being sailed in Olympic classes at Polish and Scottish venues. Sailing in Poland in the 49er class, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke climbed into ninth overall - sufficient to make the cut for the ten place medal race, however there are still two races to be sailed before this cut is finally made... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Flying start gets underway from Cork, Ireland
Heather Ewing,
The second last race of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. At 1700 local time (1600 GMT) the cannon fired from the Royal Cork Yacht Club's start line at Weaver's Point near Crosshaven at the mouth of Cork Harbour to set the teams on their way in the 550-mile race to Ijmuiden, Holland.... [more]
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F18 Worlds 2010: Olivier Backes, Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) World Champions,
F18 Worlds 2010 - Olivier Backes and Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) new World Champions The official results are STILL not posted. But there are some images... [more]
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2010 PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix – Day Four
Paul Griffiths,
Pozo champion Victor Fernandez claims victory in the men's fleet in an epic double elimination showdown to add a fourth trophy to his cabinet, whilst Daida Ruano Moreno takes home her twelfth consecutive women's title!... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Bouwmeester and Tunnicliffe share the honours
Laser Worlds Press,
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Olympic gold medallist, proved she has lost nothing from her speed and guile for her break this season from the Laser Radial class as she returned to a first and second place from the first two races of the Laser Radial World Championships which opened today on the Clyde estuary off Largs in Scotland.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden has a celebrity sparkle
Lars-Ola Nordqvist,
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Stars from across Sweden have flocked to Marstrand to join the World Class Skippers competing at Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), for a celebrity race that forms part of the packed programme. The Audi-boat won the race with the alpine national team members Maria Pietilä Holmner and Hans Olsson together with Torvar Mirsky.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championship: 125+ boats of 10 countries set to compete
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The Real Club de Regatas de Alicante (RCRA) presented officially the Platu 25 World Championship that will take place in Alicante from the 18th to the 24th of July 2010. Everything is ready in order to welcome this very high level sailing competition, which will convert Alicante into an International sailing centre.... [more]
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49er European Championship - Shuffling of places in finals
Jerelyn Biehl,
49er European Championship competitors saw a challenging day of racing on the 49er course as the fleet struggled in winds of less than seven knots on Gdansk Bay. Finding stable wind to hold racing was the challenge for the Race Committee but they managed to complete three races in gold, two in bronze and none in the silver fleet.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Remaining runners and riders for Semi Finals
Stena Match Cup Sweden's third day kicked off with mind games as the quarter finals started with a first to three points scenario taking care of semi finals runner and riders selection for Stage five of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Barcelona awaits!
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit sailors are set to take part in a race that they have wanted for many years, a race in Barcelona; Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona, to be exact. There is a great mood of anticipation as the TP52 Series and GP42 Series crews count down the days to the event.... [more]
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RC 44 Class -New boats, teams and events -The Class is in great shape!
MaxComm Communications,
RC 44 Class is pleased to announce the arrival of two new top level teams, who will join the Championship Tour before the end of the year.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championships - 600 competitors from 58 countries
Charlie Rowney,
Laser Radial World Championships is being hosted in Largs from Thursday and hundreds of the world's top sailors have been welcomed to North Ayrshire for the start of the event; the biggest championships ever staged in Scotland, in which almost 600 competitors from 58 different countries will compete.... [more]
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Burling and Tuke report on Day 3 & 4 - 2010 49er Europeans Gold Fleet
Compiled by Richard Burling,
NZL Sailing Team members, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling report from the 49er Europeans in Gdynia, Poland: Peter and Blair report a shifty offshore breeze gusting up to 18 knots with huge losses and gains to be made with the ever-changing pressure and direction of the wind. They qualified 14th to comfortably make the gold fleet... [more]
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New Zealand Report from IFDS worlds practice race
Tim Dempsey,
Practice day today, a chance to test our boat after many hours spent in the boat park, getting the yacht out of its bubble wrap and into racing shape.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championships - Sara Winther reports from Scotland
Sara Winther,
New Zealand's top ranked Laser Radial sailor is in Largs Scotland preparing for day one of the 2010 Championships. She reports: Laser Radial World Championships is almost upon us, I've been here in Largs, Scotland for three weeks now. At the 2009 World Championships in Japan I finished 12th and am looking to move up the scoreboard this event.... [more]
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Optimists Asian Championships – Team Racing Finals
The rest day at the Asian Championships had to be used for the carried over team racing. It was an early start to make the most of the midday winds. The unexpected northerly wind was pushing against the current which made for challenging course setting especially for 10 minute team race courses.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Delta Lloyd Men's and Women's preview
James Boyd,
Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles - 40 nations will compete for the Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles. Looking to defend their World Championship title will be Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. Currently number six in the ISAF rankings, these Croatian sailors have had a good season so far, podiuming in four of the six regattas they have competed in.... [more]
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Coast Guard corrects report re Newport Bermuda Race
John Rousmaniere,
U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue has corrected a posting on its online rescue report, On Scene, that identified a boat that was dismasted and abandoned in the Atlantic on June 15 as a participant in the Newport Bermuda Race.... [more]
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470 Men's World Championship preview - Atop the Rankings
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
ISAF World Cup Champion in the Men's 470 Class, Australia's Mat Belcher, has competed in 11 ranking regattas. The Australian team has podiumed in seven of the eleven regattas and has never fallen out of the top six places.... [more]
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South Pacific Women's Teams Racing
Brian Case,
Victoria have taken over 6 sailors, (5 from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, one form Royal Yacht Club of Victoria). Teams racing commenced today with the annual women's teams race, with Victoria finishing a credible second. Tomorrow will see the start of the fierce competition between the local legends of Aititaki, New Zealand, South Australia and surrounding Islands. Racing will consist of up to... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe - gearing for Laser Radial World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Laser Radial Worlds 2010 report from British born US sailor Anna Tunicliffe - Scotland has lived up to everything everyone has told me. The scenery is amazingly beautiful, but it rains frequently. The water is quite cold, but the wind provides fantastic sailing. I have been here in Largs for the last week and a half, training to get ready for the 2010 Laser Radial World Championships.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds start Friday - keeping the powder dry
Laser Worlds,
Laser Radial World Championships - After nearly a week of blustery Scottish winds, many of the competitors preparing for tomorrow's start elected to rest, to sail only briefly or to participate in only part of today's official practice race.... [more]
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49er European Championship 2010 - Brits heat up to take top two spots
Jerelyn Biehl,
49er European Championship, Gdynia, Poland - British teams Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes and Chris Draper with Peter Greenhalgh turned up the speed for the first day of the finals. Sailing 4 races, both teams reveled in the building breeze which started light and built to a strong 16 knots moving them into the top two positions.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 – Top sailors arrive in Medemblik
Sandra Dijksman,
Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 is to be hosted in Medemblik this year and by now the worlds top disabled sailors have arrived at the Regatta Center. Boats are being measured, competitors qualified and some teams are already practicing the races.... [more]
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