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 31 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 31 July 2010

NZL Sailing Team - New Zealand's National Sailing Team competing in Olympic event regattas  Yachting NZ
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 31 July 2010

The Skandia Go For Gold Regatta has got underway in Weymouth, England, with the Qualifying round for the Womens Match Racing having completed its first day.

We have the first reports from the NZL Sailing Team on the match racing event, together with a preview of the event which has attracted over 709 entries.

For this regatta, the last on the ISAF World Sailing Cup circuit, the NZL Sailing Team will have 32 sailors entered in all ten events on the card for the 2012 Olympics. This is one of the biggest teams we can remember, and the maybe the first for New Zealand in which we have competed in all ten Olympic events.

NZ Olympic Match Racing Team Qualification Day 1: Weymouth, 2010  Yachting NZ

NZL Sailing Team's lineup of talent is very impressive, and certainly the fortunes of the New Zealand's national sailing team will followed with great interest in this benchmark event.

This regatta is the first look at the venue for the 2012 Olympics, while most would expect there to be a reasonable strength of breeze, there are no certainties in sailing, and the venue has failed to deliver in the past.

Waka Racing, Day 2, Pornichet  Waka Racing

Weather crystal ball gazing aside the venue looks to be on track for a good Olympics, and without many of the logistics issues that were required at this stage of the cycle for the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao, China.

There is some frustration emerging from the America's Cup Challenger ranks, with newly appointed Team Origin Director, Grant Simmer making his views clear in an interview published in We have a commentary based on the interview in this edition.

BSR lead Waka Racing to top mark - Manu Minard Regatta, Grade 1, Pornichet, France  black sheep racing media

In Pornichet, France, two New Zealand Matchracing crews are competing in the ISAF Grade 1 regatta. We have reports from Black Sheep racing and Waka Racing in this edition. Both crews seem to have made the cut for the next round (French never was our strong point), so have a read for yourselves.

We will keep updating this regatta on

Wilcox leads Goodbody - OK Dinghy Europeans  Norbert Petraucsh

The European Championships for the OK Dinghy class have just concluded, several New Zealand sailors were competing in Medmblijk, Holland, and top New Zealand sailor and former World Champion, Greg Wilcox was second overall going into the final day. Full report on the event in this edition.

The eleven RC44 fleet arrives inside the Dársena after the practice day.  Ignacio Baixauli /RC44 Class

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.

We have changed our submission system so that you can load images and stories in the one frame. The change is a big improvement and we have been using it ourselves for story and image compilation - very simple. One of the features of the system is that you get an automated acknowledgment when the story is put online together with a link and advice as to which world regions the story has been posted.

Fleet with South Head Lighthouse - Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race  Andrea Francolini / Audi ©

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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Waka Racing report from Pornichet - Day 2
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from the ISAF Grade 1 regatta in Pornichet: Greetings Supporters and Friends Day 2 of the Grade 1 here in Pornichet was similar to the first with gentle breezes in the morning building to a choppy, strong sea breeze in the afternoon. We had all the hard work ahead of us after an average start yesterday. Luckily with the format the way it is,... [more]
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TeamOrigin takes issue with role of America's Cup Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Increasing disquiet in the established America's Cup community over the 34th America's Cup surfaced in an interview with the British America's Cup team, Team Origin, now directed by former Alinghi design boss, Grant Simmer (AUS). In the published in Simmer and team boss, Sir Keith Mills say they are not happy with the lack of response and role of the Challenger... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Large fleets set to Sail for Gold in Weymouth
NZL Sailing Team Media and Sail-World,
The NZL Sailing team report ahead of the Skandia Go for Gold Regatta at Weymouth, the 2012 Olympic sailing venue: A large team of New Zealand's Olympic class sailors are descending upon Weymouth, England in preparation for 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. A training camp at the venue for the New Zealand team precedes the regatta, with competition racing getting underway on August 9th and runnin... [more]
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OK Dinghy Europeans - Youth wins over experience
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy Europeans final day at Medemblik, Netherlands brought sunny skies and high temperatures, but more of the same shifty, tricky winds that have plagued the week. Bartosz Rakocy (POL) took the title with a fifth place in race nine, while Tim Goodbody (IRL) took second and Jorgen Lindardtsen (DEN) took third.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: First day racing in Weymouth for the Match Racers
NZ Olympic Match Racing Squad,
The NZL Sailing team report from the Womens Match Racing event, Qualification Round, at Weymouth, the 2012 Olympic sailing venue: There is a strong line up of competitors in this 12 team event, most of them are ranked in the World Top 20. Many of the higher ranked teams are using this as a warm up for Skandia Sail for Gold (SFG), the first real preview of conditions at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more]
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Viking 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Denmark - Big rigs, big sailing
Frank Quealey/Australian 18footers league,
Light winds on Day One of the Viking 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Sonderborg, Denmark saw all teams go for their big No. 1 rigs for the day's three races.... [more]
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Volvo Musto Optimist Nationals – Near perfect conditions on day three
International Optimist Class Association (UK),
49th Volvo Musto Optimist British National and Open Championships moved into the final straight in near perfect conditions which held up throughout the third day of racing on the 28th July at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Manly Sailing Club Icebreaker Regatta - 29 August 2010
Mike Pasco,
The regatta is open to all boats of the Laser, Laser Radial, and Laser 4.7, Farr 3.7, RSX & Bic Techno classes. Entries will be taken for age-group and Women's divisions within each class, e.g. Youth; Open; Women's Open; Masters. Each division with six or more entries will be scored separately for prizes.... [more]
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Jo Royle: the Plastiki experience at Sydney International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Tucked in a plastic pod, onboard a leaky boat called Plastiki with a crew of men for four months, Skipper Jo Royle has many stories to tell. But her main message is that we need to beat waste and change our attitudes to the use of one-life plastic.... [more]
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Cracker Day in Pornichet for Black Sheep Racing
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Black Sheep are back to business after a short break from sailing and each other, since our last event in Sweden. In these two weeks new world rankings have come out and we have moved up from 33rd to 25th. We assembled in Lorient, France on Monday 26th for some training against local PAM on the two days prior to the regatta, which is 2 hours down the road from Pornichet.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds - Hamlin and Zinn survive a destructive day in Denmark
Dansk Sejlunion,
The SAP 505 World Championships have started with a bang in Aarhus, Denmark with the breeze gusting up to 30 knots. Too much of a bang for many of the 126 teams who struggled to complete two gruelling opening heats in this toughest of regattas.... [more]
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Beau Geste 'claimed the prize it came for' in 2010 Mac Race
Kathlin F Sickel,,
The 102nd Chicago to Mackinac Race concluded Tuesday, July 27, 2010, as tradition dictates, with the party and awards ceremony in the Tea Garden of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Line honours went to the 80-foot Beau Geste for being the first of the 300-plus racing boats to cross the finish line. Karl Kwok, owner of the big sloop from Hong Kong, had made clear his intent to secure... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup fleet poised for fleet racing
MaxComm Communications,
RC44 Valencia Cup has seen competitors bashing about for two days in a match racing regatta held in winds of up-to 20 knots. Today is an off day. In sailor's parlance an off day is a practice day, which means the fleet took to the water this afternoon for a bit of practice ahead of the fleet racing portion of the regatta. Up to four races a day are planned Friday through Sunday.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The stage is set for UK round
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series has just two days to go before the start of the UK round at Cowes Week and Official Timekeeper, OMEGA, has announced it will present a Seamaster Planet Ocean Watch to the winning skipper: an added incentive to the nine teams battling it out on the Solent from 31 August – 5 July.... [more]
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Tornado World Championship to German team
Patricia Kirschner,
This is the first time in the Tornado history that a mixed team won a World title. The wind started light and remained so for the first race of the day. The Race Officer held the boats until the wind built before starting the second race.... [more]
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America's Cup Evaluation Trials website launched
Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing,
Following on the heels of Sunday's conclusion of four days of highly successful America's Cup media trials, a new web site has been launched – – where all the clips have been posted and comments are welcome.... [more]
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Harken Australia extend sponsorship of CYCA Youth Sailing Academy
Jennifer Crooks,
Harken Australia have extended their sponsorship of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy for a further two years. Harken Australia's sponsorship ensures the YSA fleet of 10 Elliott 6.0m boats have identical deckware so no boat has an advantage over the other.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Europeans Day 3 - Medemblik, Netherlands
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy Europens Day three - Bartosz Rakocy extends lead after another mixed day in Medemblik. After a second shifty offshore breeze day, Batozs Madrcoy continues to lead the OK Europeans in Medemblik, Netherlands.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Boisterous Match Racing
MaxComm Communication,
BMW Oracle had a chance to win the match racing, but fell short in its head-to-head match against Aqua. Once again, planing speeds of 16 to 18 knots were easily achieved in the afternoon when the sea breeze piped up to 20 knots.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Edmond de Rothschild Group back to business
Kate Jennings,
Extreme Sailing Series update: Two months after their victory in Sète, Yann Guichard and his crew aboard Edmond de Rothschild Group are back on the Isle of Wight to compete in the Extreme Sailing Series circuit for the second event of the season.... [more]
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RYA announces new Training Manager
Emma Slater / RYA,
RYA is delighted to announce that Richard Falk who joined the RYA in February this year as RYA Cruising Manager has now been appointed the new RYA Training Manager, following the retirement of James Stevens.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta - Roundup
Justin Chisholm,
British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 2010 ran from Sunday 18th July to Saturday 24th July and attracted an overall entry of fifty-nine boats.... [more]
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