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Sail-World New Zealand: 4 August 2010

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Skipper Ian Walker leads Green Dragon away from the Blasket Islands west of Ireland in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race  David Kneale/VOR
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 August 2010

In this edition we conclude the second part of the series looking at sailing and television and our discussion with Paul France, producer of the New Zealand coverage of the 1987 Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Fremantle.

In today's commentary, we look at how sailing can maybe pull itself out of the rut that it seems to be in for broadcasting of the Olympic sailing regatta. Last place is not where anyone wants to be in TV viewing statistics, and something different clearly needs to happen.

Paul France gives his ideas in this edition.

Off Cowes, another round of America's Cup style racing is about to get underway with the 1851 Cup being contested between Britain's TeamOrigin, and BMW Oracle Racing against the backdrop of the Cowes Week Regatta.

Chris Bake and crew Cameron Appleton, Jeff Brock, Matt Cassidy, Andrew Estcourt, Ben Graham, Nigel King, Rome Kirby and Chris Noble celebrate their victory. - RC 44 Valencia Cup  Ignacio Baixauli /RC44 Class

We preview the racing in this edition and will be continuing the coverage each day on

The Volvo Ocean Race received some welcome, if overdue news, with the announcement of the skipper of the Abu Dhabi team which will be a joint effort with a top British skipper. We have the details in this edition.

The Wave - Extreme Sailing Series Cowes  Julie Royer

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Gladwell's Line: Lifting the the Olympic Sailing Television Game
Richard Gladwell,
The recent Olympic Commission Report for the International Sailing Federation painted a very unflattering picture of the televised side of the Sailing Olympics. The short story is that sailing is the least popular televised sport and fifth to seventh most expensive to produce. So how would TV Producer, Paul France, cover the Olympic regatta – given these unflattering and unsustainable statistics?... [more]
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race - Nice guys finish last
Lisa Ratcliff, CYCA Event Media,
The arrival of Tony Purkiss and his five Newcastle and Lake Macquarie mates on the Swanson 36 Mister Christian has signalled the end of the 25th Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.... [more]
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Cowes Week images from Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson images,
Photographer Rick Tomlinson presents this gallery of images from Cowes Week for your enjoyment.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes Week - Ecover has tough day on the water
Lucy Harwood,
Cowes Week Exreme 40 2010 - The battle for the overall lead continues Oman Sail The Wave, Muscat had another solid performance today and continue to dominate the leaderboard. But the fight for second and third remains close between Ecover, Oman Sail Masirah and Groupe Edmond Rothschild with just one point separating the three teams.... [more]
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Cowes Week Daily Round Up - Day 3
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week day three had sales of coffee soar in the morning, while competitors waited on shore for a sea breeze to fill in.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing squares off against Team Origin in 1851 Cup
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing - Two of sailing's youngest, most talented skippers – Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie – square off this week in The 1851 Cup, a one-off match racing regatta between America's Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing and TeamOrigin of the U.K.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro fleet ready for leg 2 start in Gijón
Carla Anselmi,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The 45 solo sailors make final preparations, attend the official prize giving for the first leg from Le Havre to Gijón and skipper briefing to embark on tomorrows' start of the second leg; 418 miles from Gijón in Northern Spain to Brest in Finisterre.... [more]
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Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Spectacular September in Sardinia
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is preparing for an extremely busy September as entries for two of the Club's traditional Rolex-sponsored events continue to arrive and preparations for the inaugural Oyster Regatta in Sardinia continue.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans hits silver screen in Hollywood blockbuster
Velux 5 Oceans Press Office,
The Velux 5 Oceans has hit the big screen with a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster based around sailing. The race, dubbed The Ultimate Solo Challenge, was chosen to be the round-the-world yacht race central to the film Charlie St Cloud, starring teen heartthrob Zac Efron, released in US cinemas on July 30.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - Nominations invited
2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing is now inviting nominations. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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Even Keel Challenge, Cowes Week - Come on down to the parade today!
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Even Keel Project is inviting everyone in Cowes today to ‘come on down' to Cowes Parade at 5.30pm to cheer on the finalists in the inaugural Artemis Even Keel Challenge Pro-Am Series at Cowes Week.... [more]
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Kiwi top guns at Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week
Race Week Media,
21st Meridien Marina's Airlie Beach Race Week's Grand Prix division is the IRC Racing Division and the racing will be ‘full on' this year, as Regatta Director and former Kiwi sailor Denis Thompson explains.... [more]
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Cowes Week images from Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson images,
Photographer Rick Tomlinson presents this gallery of images from Cowes Week day 2.... [more]
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Double Olympic medallist to skipper Abu Dhabi's VOR campaign
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing,
Two-time Olympic medallist, Ian Walker of Great Britain, has taken the helm as skipper for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race title pursuit, as the emirate's newest sporting outfit readies for the 'Everest of Sailing'. Appointed by the team's backer, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Walker will lead an 11-strong crew in one of the world's toughest, most extreme sporting challeng... [more]
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International Laser sailors competing in Oz -PSA Summer Transport Deal
Trevor Griffiths,
With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia freight offer will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi to enter team in Volvo 2011
Stuart Alexander, The Independent,
A $25m tie-up between Britain and the Middle East is expected to be unveiled today as the oil rich emirate of Abu Dhabi adds international yacht racing to its Formula 1 sports portfolio.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Crash at Cowes Week 2010
Julie Royer,
Extreme Sailing Series At Cowes Week 2010 - In race 11 (the fourth inshore race of today), approaching the windward mark Yann Guichard's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild hit Franck Cammas' Groupama 40 wiping out both rudders, leaving Groupama with no steerage whatsoever.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2010 round up - day 2
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Cowes Week 2010 - The regatta's second day saw ideal racing conditions, with the early-morning Force 3-4 breeze from the west-south-west building gradually to give 17-20 knots by mid afternoon.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2010 - New sports boat fleet makes splash
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Cowes Week - The introduction of the seven-strong Longtze fleet at Cowes Week this year has created a bit of a stir. This new 6.8m dinghy/keelboat is highly noticeable by its interesting retro 505-style lines particularly the rolled top deck. The square top, bright coloured 20.6sq m mainsail is also a big giveaway.... [more]
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RC 44 Valencia Cup
Paul Cayard,
RC 44 Valencia Cup ended with two great races in 12-15 knots of wind on another perfectly sunny day.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Team Aqua rules
Bernard Schopfer,
Chris Bake's Team Aqua pulled an enviable treble by winning the match racing, fleet racing and overall championship at the RC44 Valencia Cup.... [more]
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Black Sheep Match Racing report on the Semi Finals from Pornichet
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Young New Zealand Match Racing team, Black Sheep Match Racing, report from the ISAF Grade 1 regatta sailed in Pornichet, France: First up on the schedule this morning were semi finals where both pairs resumed battle after concluding yesterday all tied up at one a piece. Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) beat Alvaro Marinho (POR) 3-1 while we beat our intense rival Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS)... [more]
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America's Cup to visit Cowes with BMW Oracle Racing
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
America's Cup, the iconic trophy returns to Cowes, England, when the recent Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing takes on TeamOrigin during the annual Cowes Week regatta. The public is invited to view the 'Auld Mug', which will be on display for four days beginning Tuesday, Aug 3.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Barcelona Camper Regatta images from Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Audi MedCup Barcelona - Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy images from photographer Chris Schmid.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - two great days of fleet racing
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from onboard Katusha at the RC44 Valencia Cup.... [more]
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Viking 18ft Skiffs Grand Prix wrap
Frank Quealey,
Viking 18ft Grand Prix at Sonderborg, Denmark. On Day 2, the forecast was SW wind from 16-20 knots and gusting to 24 knots, and all teams had no alternative but to go with their No. 2 rigs.... [more]
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Black Sheep Match Racing - Quarters and Semi-Finals start at Pornichet
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Young New Zealand Match Racing team, Black Sheep Match Racing, report from the ISAF Grade 1 regatta sailed in Pornichet, France: Another long day on the water with a directionally steady but significantly patchy breeze tested the patience of many. It was a day of minimal tacks, sailing to the pressure and finding a good lane rather than keeping it tight.... [more]
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2010 Monsoon Cup expected to generate 30% return on investment
Santhia Panjanadan,,
The annual Monsoon Cup match racing regatta held in Terengganu, the second largest international sports event in Malaysia, is set to chalk up a 30 per cent increase on its returns on investment for event, media and brand value this year compared with MYR539 million achieved last year.... [more]
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420 Class Open World & Ladies Championships - Finals Series
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 Class Open World and Ladies Championships - Two of the four Final Series days' racing are now completed.... [more]
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Teen sailor Laura Dekker - sailing with Dad to the start line
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker has announced she will sail away from the Netherlands on Wednesday, sailing with her father to Portugal, from where she will start her solo sail around the world. She has announced no date for her solo start, but it is expected to be within the next couple of weeks after she has completed some test sailing.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Kiwis make semi finals in Weymouth
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: Our toughest race in the round robin was against the Australian team (Spithill). The 'Aussie vs Kiwi' races are renowned for their high intensity and close finishes.... however the kiwis took this one a little smoother than usual.... [more]
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America's Cup teams begin final buildup to 1851 Cup event in Cowes
Team Origin Media and Sail-World,
With just three days to go to the start of the 1851 Cup on Tuesday 3rd August, preparations are in full swing as the rest of Cowes Week starts today, Saturday 31st July. Yesterday a mixed crew from both competing teams took USA-87, newly branded as TeamOrigin ‘Racing with Jaguar', out for a shakedown sail in the middle of the Solent.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes -Ecover hold second overall after day one
Lucy Harwood,
Extreme Sailing Series Cowes, Day One has shown that the competition is going to be tough on the waters of the Solent. A great performance by Ecover today over five short course races and one long distance race see them placed second overall.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2010 - Day one images by Rick Tomlinson,
Cowes Week 2010 - Day one images by Rick Tomlinson. Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events.... [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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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes Week Day 3 - Guichard fights back
Julie Royer,
Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week - Day Three saw less wind but no less action on the water as the nine teams competing in the UK round of the five-stop circuit battled for every point and every place on the race course. The sailors were pushing all the time with some very aggressive tactics resulting in a general recall in race 15.... [more]
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