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 10 Aug 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 10 August 2010

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie(NZL) in action in the 470 W class on day 1 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.  onEdition ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 10 August 2010

The Skandia Sail For Gold regatta got underway overnight (NZT) in Weymouth, England.

In this edition we bring you the best coverage that we can, with the limited information available. Sadly the event media in Weymouth don't seem to appreciate that there are another 974 sailors at the event plus Ben Ainslie (GBR), great sailor that he is.

New Zealand got away to a good start in the event, which is a preview for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and lead in two of the ten classes.

In this edition we have reports on the day's sailing from two competitors, plus Yachting New Zealand, and reports from other sources.

We will be updating on the regatta, which is the major single event for the Olympic classes this year, on our website www.sail-world.com each day during the week.

Stay tuned for all the coverage of this major international event - which can only improve.

We will also be running a daily weather preview from PredictWind each night (NZT) before the racing starts.

The Star class fleet in action on day 1 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

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Sylvain Moussilmani - Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010  © John Carter / PWA

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Dan Slater: Interesting times on Day 1 Finn at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 1 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Its been a while since I raced the Finn but since the Europeans in May I have done quite a bit of Finn sailing. The last 2 weeks I have been here In Weymouth in the UK the Venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing regatta with the rest of the NZL Sailing team. We h... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: Day 1 Skandia Sail For Gold
onedition presents a gallery of images from Day 1 of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta from Weymouth, England... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Stellar start in final World Cup round at Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Star duo Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk, and Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch have had a dream start at 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England where racing got underway overnight for New Zealand's Olympic class sailors. The other kiwi to feature in the top ten standings is Dan Slater lying eighth in the Finn who started the series with a 2nd place in the opening race.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup racing begins at final round in England
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup final round racing is underway with a number of Australian crews having a strong opening day at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010 in Weymouth, England.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Finn Focus in Weymouth day one
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - A first and a second for Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn fleet on day one in Weymouth gives him a clear lead over team mate Thomas Le Breton (FRA) in second and European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third, after most of the fleet had a very mixed day.... [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 the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth. Hello everybody, Today was race day...... we were first up....literally. We raced in perfect conditions - 8 knots breeze and sunshine.... [more]
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America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - Sailing's 'Royalty' reunite
Jan Harley,
America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - The members of sailing's royal court include any veteran of the storied 12 Metre era racing that stretched from 1958 to 1987. With 80 teams competing as contenders or defenders, there is a cadre of sailors whose involvement in the Cup – as skipper, crew, afterguard, designer, builder, syndicate member, race manager or press – has earned them admittance.... [more]
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Techno 293 U.S. National Championships Record turnout
Nevin Sayre,
The Techno 293 U.S. National Championship crowned new champions after three days of ideal conditions at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Thirty-four competitors traveled from as far as Mexico, USVI, Canada, California, and Florida to compete in Under 19, U17, U15, and U13 age groups. Video from the first day of competition can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHyrp4Gl6GQ... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Ainslie happy with opening of his comeback
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - British sailing legend Ben Ainslie blew the cobwebs off his Finn dinghy on the opening day at Weymouth and Portland on Monday (9 August) where he's competing in the Olympic Class for the first time since clinching Beijing gold two years ago.... [more]
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Stars star for NZL Sailing team on Opening Day of Olympic preview
Richard Gladwell,
Two NZL sailing team crews lie at the top of the points table in their respective classes after the opening day of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta. Star class crew, Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk have got off to a flying start at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, as did Andrew Murdoch in the Mens Laser event, scoring a first and second place in the split fleet, to also lie at the top of the point... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro - Start of Leg three, fast track to Kinsale
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Solitaire du Figaro skippers, of which there are 44, left Brest today for a 349 miles long route bound for Kinsale. The start was hampered by the bulk of the fleet clustering the pin end of the line, causing individual recalls and several protest flags to be raised. Leaving the goulet de Brest prove to be as hard as expected with collisions, penalty turns and a boat actually hitting the rocks.... [more]
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Cowes Week – Simply Impressive!
Longtze European Tour,
Impressive this Cowes Week with its 8000-odd participants who battle it out under the umbrella of an exemplary organisation! Impressive also the Longtze Premier! With 25 knots of solid wind, the 'Dragon's Sons' surged along at nearly 20 knots under spinnaker in the Solent: the first Longtze rounds on the other side of the channel did not go unnoticed...... [more]
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Young88 owner moves up a one-design class
Zoe Hawkins,
Stefan Goldwater is focused on his next sailing challenge: the former owner of the Young 88 ‘Panama Jack' arrived at Harbor Springs in Michigan in Late July to collect his new boat ‘Tirade'. With his New Zealand crew – Andrew Wills (tactics), Alastair Gair (mainsheet), Jono Rankin (upwind trimmer), Jason Herbert (downwind rimmer), Derek Scott (pit) Pete Walters (mast), and Matt Kelway (bow), th... [more]
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PredictWind: Good breeze for opening of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting a healthy seabreeze for the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more]
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NZ 420 Girls- Reflections on the Worlds at Haifa
Vicky Francis,
The New Zealand 420 Girls crew of Erica Dawson and Vicky Francis give a overview of their six week trip overseas including competition at the 2010 Worlds in Israel: We have just come back from the 420 worlds in Haifa, Israel where we finished a relatively disappointing 32nd over all. The highlight of the regatta was in the qualifying series where we had exceptional speed above 15knots and in the 6... [more]
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Lewmar's new Evo Winch range - the latest and greatest winch!! - Video
Lewmar's New Evo Winch Range,
Lewmar Evo Winch Range - Have a look at Lewmar's new Evo winch range. Offshore yachtswoman Lia Ditton explains some of the Evo's neat features in a short informative video.... [more]
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North Sails 3Di - The How and Why
Rob Kothe Sail-World.com,
During the lead up to the 32nd Americas Cup, the Swiss Alinghi team hoisted sails on their boat so unique, that it had tongues wagging and people speculating as to just what were those unique, solid black looking sails with no apparent Mylar film.... [more]
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Moth European Championships 2010 preview
Sandra Mudronja,
Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships - The Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships will start in 10 days on Silvaplana Lake, in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Team Tunicliffe ready to go
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Tomorrow, we, Team Tunnicliffe, will begin racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, the final leg of the ISAF World Cup.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Culmination of ISAF Sailing World Cup
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is a few hours away, titles will be won and lost on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. Can Skandia Team GBR defend their title?... [more]
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OK Dinghy International - Kiwi gear dominates Europeans
Robert Deaves,
Kiwi OK Dinghy sailors are always keen to tell everyone that they are the best sailors in the world and perhaps they are not far wrong. A look at the top 20 in the world ranking reveals no fewer than 11 Kiwis, but a glance at the gear list for the top finishers at the European Championships also reveals a higher than average propensity for Europeans to use Kiwi originated or designed gear.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2010 day 2 - No Blow No Go
Fiona Brown,
Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today in Tallinn, Estonia. Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team.... [more]
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Crew management is no different to running a business
Tracey Johnstone,
Regattas mean bringing together a diverse group of personalities, asking them to work well within a competitive environment and often also staying in the saying in shared accommodation. On water the pressure is on to perform as a team. On land the frustrations from the race track can continue into the beer tent and then into the crew accommodation. Just how does a boat owner... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011 News
Lesley Haslar,
Bay of Islands Race Week 2011 NOR will be available on the appropriate web page by the end of August – enter on-line – or continue to use the mailing option. Andrew Turner has the website running like a well oiled clock.... [more]
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Burling Tuke report in ahead of the Skandia Go for Gold regatta
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling report from the Skandia Go for Gold Regatta at the 2012 Olympic venue, Weymouth: Hi, We are in currently in Weymouth - for the final World Cup event of the year. Our couple of weeks off after the 49er Europeans was fun and relaxing. We have had a good eight days training and are now looking forward to racing against the world's best.... [more]
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Cowes Week - RS Elite class goes down to the wire
Cowes Week,
Cowes Week - With the first four overall from the recent Elite national championship competing this week, as well as several previous RS Elite Cowes Week winners, competition has been exceptionally high.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day 8 - Daily Roundup
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week concluded with another day of brisk, but shifty, winds that gave competitors exciting racing across the 25 classes competing today.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro: the decision from the Jury alters scoreboard
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The Jury met today in Brest to discuss the protest against Yann Eli├Ęs, who was forced to use his engine during the first leg to get off after going aground. The sailor was given a two hours penalty and as a consequence he falls from second to 19th place. Following the decision involving the skipper of Generali Europ Assistance the top part of the scoreboard has changed.... [more]
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GBR sailing manager Park hails ‘exciting' home World Cup regatta
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
British Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park is confident his charges will put up a tough challenge on the waters of Weymouth and Portland when the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway on Monday (9 August).... [more]
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NSW Youth Match Racing Championship – Perfect scorecard for Griffin
Jennifer Crooks,
Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship saw Jay Griffin and his crew of Ted Hackney and Will Parker, representing the host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia finish the first day of the event with a perfect scorecard of nine wins.... [more]
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