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 29 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 29 July 2010

34th America's Cup - TV Trials  Gilles Martin Raget
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 29 July 2010

There has been some interest in the trials, being conducted under the auspices of the America's Cup groups in Valencia, on improving TV coverage of the America's Cup. Outside of the professional circuits, there has been a tremendous growth, in the last couple of years of production of sailing video, most of it of dubious quality.

In this edition we have started the first of a series that will look at major sailing issues and events. Today we feature an interview with Paul France, who headed the TV New Zealand broadcast in Fremantle for the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton and America's Cups.

Those were heady days for New Zealand sailors, and New Zealand viewers, who saw their first America's Cup on TV and were hooked.

RNZYS win the Governor's Cup Balboa Yacht Club.  Mary Longpre

Paul France tells us, what does and does not, in his view, make good television. Paul has always been straight and honest and there's a lot of straight talking in this interview which makes for a very interesting read.

In other stories - we have a report on Schools Teams Racing in the Pacific Islands.

Winter sailing in a tropical lagoon - South Pacific Teams Racing 2010

  Cindy Adams-Vining

Top sailing photographer Daniel Forster presents a gallery from New York Yacht Club Race week - with a mix of sailing, storm and classic yacht images. Another great sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents his view of the Audi MedCup regatta in Barcelona.

We also have the final day's reports on the MedCup series, in this edition.

A young Kiwi match racing team have defended the Governor's Cup sailed at the Balboa Yacht Club. We have the daily reports from Full Metal Jacket Racing in this edition of Sail-World. Great work, guys!

Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona  Carlo Borlenghi ©

In Medemblik, Netherlands, several New Zealanders are contesting the European OK Championships, we have reports from the first two days in this edition, and will continue coverage on

Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Many thanks to those who have submitted stories and images for this edition. There's plenty of stories here that aren't covered by the mainstream media. Thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Six teams compete in South Pacific Teams regatta in Rarotonga
Ross Sutherland,
Nine lucky Kiwi teams sailors from around New Zealand were invited to take part in the South Pacific Teams regatta in Rarotonga during the middle of the winter holidays in July . Six teams raced in the 18 Sunbursts for the week long regatta and the local favorites from Rarotonga topped the round robin (12 wins)... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Leisure & Fishing show 2010 is just around the corner!
Christopher Cliffe,
Do you want to sell your quality marine and/or leisure products & services to a very large and vibrant Waikato market? The next eagerly anticipated Waikato Boat, Leisure & Fishing show 2010; a joint venture between the Marine Industry Association (MIA) and Mystery Creek Events Centre is just around the corner!.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Showing the America's Cup Story
Richard Gladwell,,
A lot of time and effort is being spent over the past few and coming weeks on what makes for good sailing television. The exercise is underway for both the Olympic sailing regatta and America's Cup. Currently there is a large amount of sailing video being broadcast and replayed. A small portion of it is very good. Most of it is average to dreadful. Technology seems to have overridden the basics.... [more]
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Mark your diaries with Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011
Lesley Haslar and Yachting Digest,
Lesley Haslar of Bay of Islands Sailing Week fame says that it's time for skippers and owners to advise crew of the dates for 2011. January 18 2011 is registration, with three great days of racing on January 19, 20, and 21. The event is in its ninth year. It started in 2003 with just 38 boats, and hopes to have 100 entries for 2011.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Barcelona - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
This gallery of photographs from the third round of the Audi MedCup, Barcelona is from world renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi. Enjoy!... [more]
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Images from New York Yacht Club Race Week presented by Rolex
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, presents a collection of images from the New York Yacht Club Race Week, presented by Rolex... [more]
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2010 Dragon Irish Championship - Perfect ending for Byrne
Irish Dragon Association,
The Dragon fleets of the North and South of Ireland have always sailed as one and this is not the first time that the Dragon Irish Championship has been sailed in Cultra.... [more]
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18ft Skiff German Grand Prix - Final day
Frank Quealey,
As predicted, the wind was light, very light for day three and it wasn't until 5pm before the teams could launch their boats.... [more]
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Serious Racer for Sale - Immaculate Lyons IRC 60
Immaculately maintained by her fastidious owner - Vanguard is now seriously on the market and represents a fantastic 'step on and go program'.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Fauconnier out to an early lead
La Solitaire du Figaro,
Karinne Fauconnier (Eric Bompard Cachemire) has taken the early lead in the first day's racing at La Solitaire du Figaro. The majority of the fleet has opted for a course midway and slightly closer to shore. Right now those positioned furthest offshore are enjoying slightly stonger breeze, but are distancing themselves from the direct route.... [more]
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RC 44 Valencia Cup - Artemis unscathed
Bernard Schopfer,
RC 44 Valencia Cup - Small jibs and loose boom vangs were the order of the day as the Cup got underway here in a pumping sea breeze that topped out at 20 knots.... [more]
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OK Dinghy European Championships - Leader change after day 2
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy European Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands - Day two produced a late finish after a complete change in conditions with very unstable offwind winds mixing up the results, with most of the leading contenders picking up a high score.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Final Day
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: The finals day dawned with little signs of wind, but after a short delay and an extra long tow up the coast the race committee eventually found some breeze to get the racing underway in 2 - 5kts. In our first race of the day Matty came out firing in the pre-start of this must w... [more]
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Volvo Musto Optimist British National and Open Championships day 1
Optimist British Nationals,
2010 Volvo Musto Optimist British National and Open Championships got off to a near perfect start. The day began with lots of sunshine and wind speeds of around 10 knots which meant all fleets managed to begin their races on time, and complete the scheduled three races each. 497 sailors from the 16 different countries taking part in the event.... [more]
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Longshot rides again!
Erik Simonson,
In 1993, at Bodega Bay, Russell Lon took his last ride on Longshot, his custom Ketterman built trifoiler, which had just been outfitted with new foil wings. She bolted out of the gate a blasted up to near 50 knots when the back stay parted and she 'blew up' scattering pieces about the harbor.... [more]
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Young Kiwis report after the 470 Worlds in Holland
Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies,
Young New Zealand 470 sailors, Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies report on the 470 World Championships in Netherlands: 'The last qualifying race unfortunately didn't eventuate with some extreme winds and waves to deal with. The race was scheduled for 10am and after a 1 hour delay we went out into some of the most extreme conditions we had experienced. There was 30 knots with gusts of up to 40 wi... [more]
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OK Dinghy Europeans - Terry Curtis leads after solid day on IJsselmeer
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy European Championships 2010 started Monday at Medemblik, Netherlands with two great races in a solid three to four with a few rain storms passing over providing some interesting wind shifts. With two third places, Terry Curtis (GBR) leads from Tim Goodbody (IRL) and Antoni Pawloski (POL).... [more]
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Australian sailing team unhappy over Weymouth Olympic fees
Duncan Mackay,
Australia's sailing team are upset over being charged more than £150,000 ($230,000) to prepare in Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympics and claim that several teams from around the world are complaining about the 'excessive' fees.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs German Grand Prix – Better conditions for day two
Frank Quealey,
German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Travemuende saw better conditions for day two than those experienced by teams on day one. Generally, the wind was around 14 knots, although there were some lighter and stronger wind periods and less wave problems for the scheduled three races.... [more]
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Local Hero commemorates Uffa Fox's amazing journey
Dougal Henshall/Bearfacemedia,
In 1930, Cowes yachtsman Uffa Fox sailed the 22mtre class yacht Vigilant the 1000miles from the Isle of Wight to Stockholm. In 2010, this trip is being re-enacted by Luke Yeates and his crew on the classic yaht Vixen, as they follow Uffa's track up into the Baltic. Once there they will compete in the Trosa Royal Palace Classic Yacht Regatta, before returning to the waters of the Solent.... [more]
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18ft Skiff German Grand Prix - Heavy weather takes its toll on fleet
Frank Quealey,
A steady 16-knot breeze, increasing to 18 knots, with gusts between 19-22 knots, made it essential for each team to use the small rig. Norbert Peter, skipper of German skiff Magic Marine, said: 'Going upwind was like riding a wild mustang and downwind a mixture of huge jumps and nosedives. Nearly everybody succeeded today in nosedives'.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth World Champion is USSDT's Erika Reineke
Marni Lane,
US Sailing Development Team member Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) continued her successful sailing streak this month by becoming the 2010 Laser Radial Youth World Champion today.... [more]
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Governor's Cup win to defending Champions from New Zealand
Nancy Mellon,
For the final day of one of the best Governor's Cups ever, it was another cool, overcast day with light, erratic breeze. In the semi-finals, the first team with two wins moved on to the Finals. The final races between last year's defending champion team from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron of William Tiller, Harry Thurston and Shaun Mason, and the almost unbeaten team of Chris Segerblom, Connor... [more]
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Audi MedCup - Team Artemis digs in for impressive win
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the final day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: 'The breeze was late to fill so we knew it would be just one race. We knew it was a 'who beats who' with Emirates Team New Zealand, as they were just one point behind us. It was for all the marbles.'... [more]
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Laser Radial World, Day 6 - Champions crowned
Sue Pelling,
Laser Radial World Youth Championship - After a highly charged day's racing on the Clyde in some of the trickiest conditions of the week, Giovanni Coccoluto (ITL) and Erika Reineke (USA) have been crowned the new Laser Radial World Youth Champions.... [more]
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America's Cup television trials conclude with bang
Tim Jeffery,
A strong sea breeze on the final day of the America's Cup television trials concluded what has widely been regarded as a highly successful evaluation. Over the past four days two high-performance monohulls and multihulls have been loaded with a plethora of cameras and microphones and put through match racing maneuvers to help find new camera angles and test surround sound format.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ retains overall lead after Barcelona
Warren Douglas,
Artemis has won the Camper MedCup regatta at Barcelona, with a two-point margin over Emirates Team New Zealand. Only one race of the two scheduled was sailed on the final day. Light conditions delayed the start until 2.47pm and there was no time for the second.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy celebrates two years
Carolyn Lashmar,
London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Open Weekend took place today, July 25, at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). 300 Optimist sailors took to the water to attempt the challenge of simultaneously tacking on a whistle.... [more]
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Letter from the Defenderland: How the America's Cup could be run
Dick Enersen,
Dick Enersen shares his perspective of the latest happening in the America's Cup world: 'I have written that it will be very difficult to conduct an old school America's Cup on San Francisco Bay and, frankly, nothing has changed on the Bay to alter that thought, since the tides still rip, container ships, tankers and ferries still come and go, and it's not as big, or as deep, as it looks.... [more]
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Governor's Cup 2010 - Day four and down to the final four
Nancy Mellon,
Governor's Cup 2010 - Day Four - Day four of racing brought another beautiful day for sailing in Southern California with sunshine and good wind. Don Becker, PRO, and the race committee started the races at 1130 and were finished with the double round robin early. They continued with the beginning of the semi-finals and the pairings for the final standings.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery images,
Everyone loves the elegant sight of a classic yacht under full sail and doing what she loves best. For those of you who weren't able to be there yourself, photographer Ingrid Abery has sent this gallery of images from the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta, on the Solent.... [more]
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Internet Images Rules for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Your say on media coverage of the Kiwi Medals.
Sail-World Readers,
Our editorial in Monday morning's newsletter about the poor media coverage of the Gold and Silver medals in the ISAF Youth Worlds, plus the Silver medal in the Womens 470 Worlds provoked quite a reaction from our readers.... [more]
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Audi MedCup - Barcelona - Cayard reports a tricky day for Artemis
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
Cayard reports: Another solid day for Artemis with scores of 1, 5, 1 on a very tricky day here in the Med. A light seabreeze filled in at noon and the first two races were sailed in 11-13 knots from the southeast. The first race went really well as we led from start to finish. We pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat on the last run... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Day 3
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: Third day of Gov's Cup. Today was a great day for racing with a consistent 10 knot sea breeze. We had a good day winning all of our races except two leaving us on 15 wins going into the final four races of the round robin. This puts us in second with the leader on 18 wins.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ under pressure to score second win
Warren Douglas and Sail-World,
Tomorrow will be a decisive day for Emirates Team NZ at the Camper MedCup regatta at Barcelona, as the New Zealand flagged professional sailing team tries to score their second series win of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more]
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