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 23 Aug 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 23 August 2010

The image as USA-17 enters the starting box - Race 1 33rd America's Cup, to be signed by Russell Coutts and Harold Bennett  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 23 August 2010

The America's Cup has dominated the sailing news over the past few days, triggered by a news item indicating that the 34th America's Cup would be sailed away from the country of the Defender, USA, and in multihulls.

What caught the attention was the comment that it would be held in La Maddalena, Italy - venue of the latest edition of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and one deemed by many to lack the necessary infrastructure to stage an America's Cup.

In this edition we have a couple of audio clips from Newstalk ZB interviews conducted on Friday and Sunday with Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts.

Today week, the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup will be published, and four weeks later the boat will be named. At the same time a deadline will pass for San Francisco to make a formal undertaking that it will be able to have the facilities in place for a Match in 2014. That does not mean a letter of good intention, but one of definite undertaking.

To say the situation is complicated is an understatement, and we hope to have more on this issue later in the week. However this is an evolving story and not one that can be definitively snap-shot at a particular point in time. What looks certain today will have changed by tomorrow. That is what the America's Cup has always been and will hopefully always be.

Spectators at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010  Andrea Francolini ©

Staying with the America's Cup for a moment, two of the key players, Russell Coutts, now a four time winner of the trophy and CEO of BMW Oracle Racing and Principal Race Officer for the 33rd America's Cup have agreed to sign the large image, of the signature moment of the event, put up for auction by Sail-World. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to charity as part of the Many Miles for Mary run from Auckland to Wellington, four person - six day run, which concluded in Wellington on Saturday afternoon.

To bid on this auction and have the opportunity to bid on this unique memento click here. Auction closes on 26 August 2010

Lahana, the Bakewell-White supermaxi - Hamilton Island Race 2010  Andrea Francolini ©

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Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Coutts and Bennett to sign the Signature moment of 33rd America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,'s America's Cup Editor took a sequence of images of what is now regarded as the signature moment of the 33rd America's Cup as USA-17 flew two hulls before attacking the Swiss Defender. This image is offered for auction - in a large size print of 1200mm by 850mm, gloss finish (smaller size if requested in these proportions).... [more]
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Waka Racing: Knot the finish we were hoping for...
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from the Baltic Match Tour: Today was the last day of the Baltic Match Tour, finishing in Helsinki. Unfortunately for us it was an unhappy end for us just missing out on the top 4 on count back. Going into our last 3 races we knew if won 2 out of 3 we would be safely through into the Semis.... [more]
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SLAM Kiwi Match – Detroit Cup
Logan Fraser,
Stage two of SLAM Kiwi Match's American tour kicks off this week as the team rolls into Detroit for the Detroit Cup. Hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club this is the third annual running of this grade 2 event. Raced on the Detroit river in the heart of the city right in front of the yacht club, this is sure to be another first class event run by a truly hospitable and friendly club.... [more]
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Young New Zealand Laser sailor wins at CORK Regatta
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
2010 recipient of the Yachting New Zealand CORK Rotary Scholarship, Nic Croft, has just won the Laser Radial class at CORK International Regatta. The young New Zealander, from Manly Sailing Club, took out the class with a five point leading margin from his nearest competitor in the fleet which totalled close to 170 Laser Radials.... [more]
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America's Cup Audio: Peter Montgomery talks with Russell Coutts
Richard Gladwell,
This morning, Sunday, top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery talked with Russell Coutts on the top rating Sportsworld show on Newstalk ZB. After a few days of rumour surrounding the 34th America's Cup options, BMW Oracle racing CEO, Russell Coutts attempted to set the record straight.... [more]
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NZL 49er - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke end of season update
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Now coming up two years into our NZL 49er Olympic campaign, we are starting to get amongst the world's top 49er sailors. Our progress has been steady, with many important lessons learned and some good laughs along the way. Blair Tuke is back in NZ while Peter Burling is staying a few extra days in Switzerland to sail in the Foiling Moth... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Fleet gets shortened course
Crosbie Lorimer,
With little evidence of any breeze across the racing area the Race Officers have moved the IRC and Grand Prix Fleet to the Eastern Starting Area... [more]
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NZ innovation of superyacht heli-deck
General Marine Services NZ,
Engineers from internationally-renowned General Marine Services have created a innovative and stylish new heli-deck for a visiting superyacht.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Lack of wind puts Dent in Long Race
Crosbie Lorimer,
With a clear dawn and a touch of tropical humidity in the air, Day 3 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 has brought a shortened course.... [more]
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America's Cup Audio: Tony Veitch talks with Grant Dalton
Richard Gladwell,
After a rumour filled Friday with reports circulating in the New Zealand media that the key decisions had already been made in the 34th America's Cup, Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch, talked with Emirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton on the team's current focus and reaction to the current America's cup revelations.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race - Change of course
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 1700. Cowes, Isle of Wight: At today's Skipper's Briefing, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announced a dramatic change to the race.... [more]
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International Moth Europeans - Overall
Sandra Mudronja,
Two superb races finished a splendid week today, with Bora Gulari winning the first one and Nathan Outteridge the second one. Nathan Outteridge explains his day: 'I was not very good in the first race. I was winning, but I made a mistake on a tack and Bora and Simon took advantage of it and overtook me.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta -Aussies, Kiwis and Yanks fire up 18s
Rich Roberts,
18ft Skiff International Regatta begins on Sunday. Australia was their birthplace but San Francisco is a pilgrimage for the 18-foot skiffs that test some of the world's most talented and bravest sailors. They'll be competing in the ninth annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta starting Sunday, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Perfect day for Luke Lawrence!
Corinne Mckenzie,
Finn Silver Cup's second day saw two victories for Miami sailor Luke Laurence, who now takes the lead of the event. Josip Olujic (CRO) conserves his second place while Australian sailor Oliver Tweddell gains two places to third overall.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Day two images from Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Finn Silver Cup - Day two images from Erik Simonson... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Crosbie Lorimer's Photos Days 1 and 2
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are a selection of Crosbie Lorimer's photos from Days 1 and 2 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010. [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 - Loki's winning way
Lisa Ratcliff,
Loki's winning fortunes are unchanged at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with a perfect series scorecard of three IRC wins from three starts after day two of racing. Today the IRC Grand Prix division raced two windward/leewards races on the Eastern start area to the south of the Fitzalan Passage in a 10-12 knot sou'east breeze and on a lumpy seaway.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds presents this gallery of images from today's action on day 2 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - All fired up in San Francisco
Rich Roberts,
Australia was their birthplace but San Francisco is a pilgrimage for the 18-foot skiffs. John Winning Sr., a longtime winner on the world circuit, has been spreading the word for years. This year New Zealand will be represented for the first time by three boats.... [more]
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Moth Europeans - Simon Payne new European Champion
Moth Europeans,
The British Simon Payne is the European Champion before the two Swiss sailors Arnaud Psarofaghis and Matthias Renker. Australia's Nathan Outteridge takes the event win.... [more]
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Moth Europeans win to Nathan Outteridge
Moth Europeans,
Australia's Nathan Outteridge takes the event win. The British Simon Payne is the European Champion before the two Swiss sailors Arnaud Psarofaghis and Matthias Renker... [more]
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470 Junior European Championships - Close for bronze
Luissa Smith,
470 Junior European Championships - Just 10 metres decided who would win the bronze medal, and who would win leather. Leather, a kind way of saying ‘nothing', the dreaded fourth place for which there is no room on the podium.... [more]
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Oman Air Round Britain and Ireland record
Into the Blue,
Oman Air continues to make good progress heading north towards the Shetland Isles. Skipper Sidney Gavignet is preparing to head into a big low pressure system which will see him tackle forecasted gusts of over 40 knots. It is a fine balance for Sidney in order to push hard and maintain a good boat-speed, whilst knowing when to back off and be conservative to keep the boat safe.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Paine leads
Corrine Mckenzie,
With a second and a third, South Californian Caleb Paine takes a narrow lead in the first day of the Finn Silver Cup. The European Junior champion and the current World champion are the obvious favourites for the title but newcomers like young German Lennart Luttkus, winner of the first race could also create the surprise.... [more]
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Fleet off the grid at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week media,
Lang Walker's uber-sized super yacht Kokomo turned plenty of heads at the start of the Molle Islands Race in Dent Passage... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images from Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Photographer Andrea Francolini presents this gallery of images from day 1 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 gets underway
Lisa Ratcliff,
With their votes cast at the Hamilton Island polling booth this morning, competitors in the 27th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week cast lines and set off to determine their own outcomes in Australia's premier offshore regatta, which began today with the traditional Molle Islands Race.... [more]
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Dutch Teen starts her circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker departed the port of Portimao in Portugal Saturday 21st August to commence her two year solo circumnavigation on her Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch called Guppy. She had been relishing the sunnier and warmer weather in Portugal while preparing her boat in company with her father for her sail south... [more]
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OK Youth & Junior Championship, West Oxford SC
Adrian Walker,
OK Youth & Junior Championship Race 1 got underway with Richard Burton, one of the home sailors taking the lead from the start. Midway through the race, the wind dropped off, allowing Sam 'Half Pint' Blocksidge to take the lead. Places changed constantly for the next lap, but Half Pint managed to hold his lead to the end.... [more]
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Moth Europeans - All tied up
Sandra Mudronja,
Syz & Co Moth Europeans' ranking is still open with the suspense unbearable. The conditions are fantastic on the lake and the competitors sail their boat to the extreme, at speeds regularly exceeding 25 knots!... [more]
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Etchells Worlds - Tim Patton takes on champion sailors
Colin Thompson,
Etchells World Championships will include Bermuda Sailing Association president Tim Patton among the star-studded crew in north County Dublin, Ireland next week.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Cartagena, ready for action
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit, Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy. The Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy was presented today at the Cartagena Town Hall. The scheduled racing starts next Tuesday, but the Public Village opens tomorrow (Saturday) on the dockside of Cartagena, offering free access to all of the excitement and information which supports the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - ICAP Leopard to challenge record
Alex Mills,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will begin at 14:00 local time on Monday 23rd August and ICAP Leopard, the record breaking British 100ft supermaxi will take up the challenge ICAP Leopard, owned by Helical Bar plc. Chief Executive Mike Slade, will look to break the current RORC race record of seven days, four hours, 29 minutes and 40 seconds set by IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing in 2006... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race – Artemis Ocean Racing to compete
Artemis Ocean Racing,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starting on Monday, 23rd August. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the IMOCA 60 ‘Artemis Ocean Racing' will be competing in the event. The 1,802-nautical mile race departs the Royal Yacht Squadron start line (Cowes,UK) at 1400 BST, racing clockwise around Britain and Ireland.... [more]
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18's on the Bay restrospective - Erik Simonson images
Erik Simonson,
18ft Skiff images from photographer Erik Simonson - [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Alcatraz start for Practice race
Corinne Mckenzie,
Finn Silver Cup today saw sailing in the world renowned San Francisco Bay become a reality for the Junior Finn sailors, competing today in the practice race for the Junior Finn World Championship or Jorg Bruder Silver Cup. Alcatraz provided a dramatic background for the starting line along with the Golden Gate Bridge aligned with the top mark.... [more]
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470 Junior European Championships - Lucky escape
Luissa Smith,
470 Junior European Championships - Germans make a lucky escape today - Too late, they realised that they had sailed a long way above the start line with just five minutes to the start gun. They set spinnakers to try and get back to start in time, but with the current pushing them back upwind, returning to the line seemed to take an eternity.... [more]
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29erXX Downhill Skiff Cross - Glitzy Girls gear-up
Jerelyn Biehl,
Glitzy Girls gear-up for Downhill Skiff Cross - Golden girl Marit Bouwmeester winner of Skandia's Sail for Gold in Laser Radials, and Beijing Silver medallist in the Yngling Merel Witteveen will be sailing with reigning 29er and 29erXX European Champion Annemiek Bekkering to represent Team Netherlands.... [more]
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Aethon Wing at Little America's Cup, statement from Steve Clark
Barby MacGowan,
Aethon, the new wing for the C Class catamaran was revealed, trialed, and withdrawn this week. Control system problems caused damage to the wing's airfoil surfaces. These were too extensive to be repaired and tested before the start of the International C Class Catamaran Championship on August 22. The team has therefore decided to scratch the entry of Cogito, and use her wing on Aethon.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland - Oman Air to attempt single-handed record
Lucy Harwood,
Round Britain and Ireland - Sidney Gavignet, skipper of the Arabian 100 trimaran Oman Air, crossed the start line off the Lizard Point, Cornwall UK at 17:55:08 GMT today (19/08/10). The current single-handed record for the 1,785 nautical mile lap of Britain and Ireland stands at 6 days 6 hours 40 minutes and 31 seconds... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2010 - Valencia to host in October
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship 2010 will be hosted by Valencia from 5 to 9 October. The regatta fleet will be based from the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and will compete in up to 10 races, including a Coastal Race. The organisers expect around 10 teams to fight for the world champions title.... [more]
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