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 28 Aug 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 28 August 2010

Artemis - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race   Rick Tomlinson ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 August 2010

Once again there is plenty of sailing action from around the world in this edition.

In the SevenStar Round Britain race we are seeing a pursuit race develop between two Volvo 70's Groupama and Telefonica with 500nm left to sail. A new race record looks to be on the cards.

In our last newsletter we noted that the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain would be a make or break event for TeamOrigin. With two days left in the event the British are performing well and consistently and have put their mark on the regatta, but maybe too late to make a big impact on the overall series pointscore.

At Hamilton Island Race Week there are several New Zealand yachts competing. The Sail-World team in Australia have been covering the regatta and we feature their reports in this edition.

Day 4 18ft skiffs San Francisco   Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us

In San Francisco, three New Zealand 18fter crews have been racing in an international regatta, which concluded today. Rich Roberts reports in this issue along with images from Erik Simonson and Chris Ray.

In New York, the Little America's Cup or as it now, the International C-Class Catamaran Championship is well underway with the match racing phase now underway between the Defending Champion from Canada, and the Australian duo, James Spithill and Glenn Ashby. The event got of to a spectacular start with the top US Challenger Aethon dropping her wingsail in a freak incident, two minutes into the first race.

We have daily reports and images of the racing and that incident, in this issue.

2010 Little America's Cup in Newport, RI  George Bekris

We're pleased to be able to say that the auction for the super-image from the start of Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup, signed by Russell Coutts and Harold Bennett went off well, and we understand that the image may be framed and re-auctioned for a very worthy yachting cause.

Don't miss Russell Coutts extended interview with TVNZ's Martin Tasker on how Coutts' sees the next America's Cup shaping up.

2010, Racing on Day 1 of the Knickerbocker Cup, New York  Waka Racing

There's plenty of action from the match racing scene in this edition with two teams competing in the Knickerbocker Cup in New York. We are covering all these stories on a daily basis on our website, www.sail-world.com

Next week the NZL Sailing Team comprising New Zealand's top Olympic sailors and aspirants for the 2012 Olympic Team will be competing in four world championships. We will be carrying the results and reports daily on www.sail-world.com - stay tuned.

Aethon - USA 104: Steve Clark Oliver Moore Little America's Cup 2010 - Day 1
  Daniel Forster

At Sail-World, 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.

Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand in the prestart of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010.   Valenciasailing.com

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Images from Newport: Little America's Cup - the Flying C's
George Bekris,
Photographer George Bekris was on the water for the Little America's Cup being contested in Newport RI, and submitted this stunning image gallery of the racing.... [more]
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NZ Sailing Team: Olympic Class Worlds Preview - RS:X, Finn & Laser
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
NZL Sailing Team will be contesting four Olympic class World Championship Regattas simultaneously at three different venues over the coming week, each featuring some of New Zealand's hottest talent. The 2010 Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco, the 2010 Laser World Championships in Great Britain and the 2010 RS:X Men's and Women's RS:X World Championships in Denmark are all soon to get underway.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week (or Two) that Was
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on a couple of issues from the past week, or so commenting on the Byte and Youth sailing, Fiery Cross and OK Dinghies... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for the taking
Louay Habib,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Groupama were 335 miles form the finish. Last night, Groupama and Teléfonica Azul made short work of the west coast of Ireland, hurtling along the rugged coastline at full speed. Groupama gybed east just before midnight, to cross the Irish Sea.... [more]
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Loki crowned the new Audi IRC Australian champion
Di Pearson,
In the closest ever finish in the four year history of the Audi IRC Australian Championship, Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel Pugh 63 Loki and Harvey Milne's Archambault 32 Aroona went-blow-for-blow in the fourth and final event at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to decide the winner, and this afternoon, Ainsworth received Australia's richest prize in sailing.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - All ready in San Francisco
Robert Deaves,
The 2010 Finn Gold Cup is about to get underway in San Francisco. The focus is turning to the senior championship after the conclusion of the highly successful Junior Finn World Championship for the Silver Cup last Tuesday.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Clear Air wins again
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 – The Grand Prix handicap fleet winners at Hamilton Island tend to be the very well raced boat that happens to have a size/speed gap that gives it the cleanest air.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Knickerbocker Cup - Day 2
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on Day 2 of the Knickerbocker Cup: Another patchy and very shifty breeze greeted us on the second day of the Knickerbocker Cup. In our six races today we won 4 and lost 2 leaving us on 7 wins at the completion of the round robin. This qualified us 4th equal meaning we are going to be racing Anna Tunnicliffe in the quarter finals which we are... [more]
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Waka Racing: Foot to the floor in the Knickerbocker Cup
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: Today was the first day of the Knickerbocker Cup and it was good one for us! The breeze was in and the sun was shinning. The race committee was on fire completing 13 flights and so were we ending the day with 7 wins – 1 loss to be leading th regatta after day 1.... [more]
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Video Images from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us,
Erik Simonson presents a photo image video of all the action from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1... [more]
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NZL's Phil Robertson maintains lead at Day 2 of the Knickerbocker Cup
Andrea Watson,
Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) has maintained his lead through day 2 at the Knickerbocker Cup, winning a tie breaker with Eugeniy Neugodnikov, Synergy (RUS), 9-2. Bill Hardesty, LineHonors.com (USA) is a close third, followed by Anna Tunnicliffe, Gus (USA). By the end of the Full Round Robin, 8 teams advanced to the quarter finals, in a first to win three knock out.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Cayard reflects on Artemis' Day 3 Audi MedCup - Cartagena
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
Artemis skipper, Paul Cayard (USA) reflects on Day 3 of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain: A long day in the heat today. It was 44C (which is about 107F) 10 miles North of here today. We had a light seabreeze...enough to get three races in. It is 1930 and we are heading back to the hotel. The Brits on TeamOrigin are on fire so far here with all their finishes in the top three.... [more]
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18Ft Skiffs: Coxon wins on stormy day in San Francisco
Rich Roberts,
The Australian arrived a stranger in town but made himself right at home with the familiarly frisky winds and tides and fog and even an unfamiliar mid-regatta heat wave to win the ninth annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club Thursday.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: All tied up after first day of match racing
New York Yacht Club,
The match-racing portion of the International C-Class Catamaran Championship began today between Canaan, sailed by the defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, of Canada, and Alpha, Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, of Australia.... [more]
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Aethon Wing Destroyed; Americans Out of International C Class Catamara
Barby MacGowan,
The C-Class Catamaran Aethon capsized after the start of Race 1 of the International C Class Catamaran Championship (long nicknamed the 'Little America's Cup') and her wing was destroyed. The team hit a patch of turbulence left by a freighter for which they were not prepared and were unable to react in time. Crew Oliver Moore lost his footing and was washed off the boat with the mainsh... [more]
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New Zealand German connection in the Europe Dinghy
Andy Greager,
German-born New Zealand Europe Class Champion Antje Muller is taking on the veterans at their Global Cup on Lake Duemmer in Germany. For over 20 years, mature sailors from all kinds of countries have been meeting in late August for good racing in pleasant social surrounds. With an age limit of 30 years or older for ladies, and 35 plus for the gents, the International Europe Dinghy Global Veteran C... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ struggle in light and tricky day
ValenciaSailing was invited on Friday in Cartagena, for the third day of racing for the TP52 fleet. It was long, tricky and very hot. Emirates Team New Zealand struggled in the light winds in the first two races, finishing fifth and fourth, but managed to make an incredible comeback in the second beat of the last race to cross the finish line third.... [more]
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2010 RS:X World Championship - New technology to be trialled
Dansk Sejlunion,
New technology to be trialled at the RS X World Championship - While all the RS:Xes at the championships will be fitted with GPS tracking units, provided by Danish company TracTrac, allowing each competitor to be followed around the race track in real time online, so the organisers intend to revolutionise the live video streaming to run in conjunction with both the tracking and live commentary.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island 2010 Lindeman Island Race – the final curtain
Rob Kothe Sail-World.com,
Today in the Grand Prix fleet, Stephen Ainsworth's Gordon Maguire helmed Reichel Pugh 63 Loki has the series wrapped up. However the fight for second and third places is far from over.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Slow, but steady, advance ....
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has moved up to second on the leader board after three days of the Audi MedCup Cartagena regatta, sailed in Spain. Three races were held today. The breeze, as forecast, was light and shifty, struggling to reach 10 knots... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2010 - Ingrid Abery's images day 5
British photographer Ingrid Abery is on the water at the 2010 Howth Etchells Worlds and here is a selection of images from the second last day of the Championships.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Waka Racing in the lead
Andrea Watson,
Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL), with crew Garth Ellingham, James Williamson and Sam Bell are in the lead on Day One at the 28th Knickerbocker Cup.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - In hot pursuit
Louay Habib and Allie Smith,
At 13:00 BST, Iker Martinez's Teléfonica Azul were in hot pursuit of their prey, Franck Cammas' Groupama.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Skippers confirmed
The skipper line up for the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships is confirmed. Relative newcomer to the women's match racing circuit after making the transition from the Yngling, Renee Groeneveld (NED) will be making her Women's Worlds debut in 2010. Groeneveld won her first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta at Skandia Sail for Gold in 2009 and followed this with a win Palma this year,... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Knickerbocker Cup
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Knickerbocker Cup: Racing started today at the Knickerbocker Cup, sailed out of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in New York. A gusty 4 to 8 knot breeze held for all five of our races, making sailing to the pressure key with noticeable changes in speed occurring when in slightly different wind strengths.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts - extended interview
Martin Tasker,
BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts talks with TVNZ's sailing reporter, Martin Tasker about how the US America's Cup Defender see the 34th America's Cup shaping up in a 21 minute interview recorded last Wednesday.... [more]
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Images from the LittleAC: US Challenger's wingsail demolished
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand to catch the action in the Little AC (aka the Little America's Cup) as the US challenger, Aethon's wing sail was demolished just a few minutes into the opening race of the 2010 event.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: No wind, no racing on MedCup Day 2 at Cartagena
Warren Douglas,
The sea breeze failed to take hold and racing was abandoned on the second day of the Audi MedCup Cartagena regatta. For a while conditions had looked hopeful, and the fleet went to the race area. Then as the yachts assembled, the 6-7 knots of breeze fell away and never again looked like filling in and settling.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Eating up the miles
Allie Smith,
Round Britain and Ireland Race is well under-way and what an adventure the team at home are having watching their two teams, Saiing Logic and Visit Malta Puma. After seven years of running Sailing Logic with Philippe Falle, not much phases us - we believe we most probably have seen everything, done everything and quite possibly fixed everything!... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Live video
Chris Love,
This year's edition of the Knickerbocker Cup Match Race, hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, NY, USA, will be broadcast live on the internet by Sailgroove.org... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Olympians and World Champions gather
RS:X Worlds,
Denmark next week hosts the RS:X World Championships, to be held in Kerteminde. At the end of year two of the Olympic cycle leading up to London 2012, so the top contenders in both the Men's and Women's RS:X classes are ramping up their campaigns and all, from past World Champions to five of the Beijing medalists will be taking to the water in Denmark.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour St. Moritz Match Cup - Defending Champ ready
Defending World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing team are looking to put their nearest rivals to the sword at the St. Moritz Match Cup next week as the business end of the Tour gets underway.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Crash and burn on San Francisco Bay
Rich Roberts,
Before the day was over the 18s' seventh race of the week would be cut short as boats flipped over like in a slapstick film, and then the ensuing Bridge to Bridge Race from the Golden Gate to the Oakland Bay suffered similar catastrophe.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Andrea Francolini aerial images
Andrea Francolini was out, or should we say up, amongst the fleet fleet again today at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Enjoy today's images.... [more]
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International C-Class Catamaran Championship - Ashby and Spithill lead
Michael Levitt,
The nor'easter departed New England today – more or less – and is off to ruin Canada for a couple of days. Wednesday's racing took place near Half Way Rock, north of the Pell Bridge, to minimize the remnants of the seas and breeze from the northeast.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Good start on a tricky race track
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has made a promising start to the Audi MedCup regatta at Cartagena, Spain, finishing the day with a fourth and second place in the two races sailed. NZL 380 has six points at the end of the first day, behind TeamOrigin (GBR) on four (third and first) and Matador (ARG) on five (first and fourth).... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Groupama rounds
Louay Habib,
Almost exactly two days into the race Franck Cammas' Volvo Open 70, Groupama, was the first yacht to round Muckle Flugga at 1400 BST. Artemis Ocean Racing is going well and 48 hours into the race they are second overall under IRC behind Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens.... [more]
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Etchells World Championships - Bertrand's master class
Graham Smith,
Etchells World Championships, Howarth Yacht Club, Ireland. Day 3. Lack of wind early in the day forced an hour's postponement and although light 7-8 knot easterlies prevailed for the duration of the two hour race, it was more than adequate for the 41-boat fleet.... [more]
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New Zealand Yachting Awards Nominations due next week
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The deadline for Yachting Excellence Awards nominations is fast approaching with nominations due to Yachting New Zealand on or before September 1st 2010. Late nominations may be accepted for performances which take place after the nomination deadline and before the Awards ceremony in November.... [more]
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A perfect third racing day at the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship
Victoria Crowder,
Toronto delivered perfect late summer sailing conditions for the third day of racing at the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championships – the 8 Metres showed both their true beauty and strength! With two metre swells and 15 knots of easterly breeze, the sailors raced two nearly 10 mile races today. ' It was a hard day of sailing but a lot of fun', says Rob Roy, North American 8 Metre Class President.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dogfight for Muckle Flugga
Louay Habib,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race currently sees Groupama in pole position. The web site tracker has them nearer to the finish than Telefónica Azul.... [more]
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Aethon Wing at Little America's Cup, August 22-28 off Newport
Barby MacGowan,
This week, the new wing for the C Class catamaran Aethon was revealed, trialed, and withdrawn. 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 in the Litt... [more]
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