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 31 Aug 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 31 August 2010

2010 Finn Gold Cup Day 1 - Finn World Championships   Erik Simonson ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 31 August 2010

There has been a monsoon bucket of sailing success for New Zealand sailors over the past couple of days.

First up Emirates Team New Zealand continued their winning ways in the Cartagena round of the Audi MedCup, running out to a lead of nine points over second placed TeamOrigin, and extending their lead in the trophy, in which they are the defending champions.

As we noted before the event, this was a make or break regatta for TeamOrigin and they rose to the occasion, and while they will have been disappointed with the gear failure on the last day, there were plenty of good times, and the Brits definitely stepped up a gear or three.

NZL Sailing Team, the sailing equivalent of the All Blacks, got off to a cracking start in the Olympic class World Championships which are on this week, leading two of the four events after the first and second days. We have full reports in this edition and will continue to update during the week on

Conditions came alive on the Bay of Kerteminde, Denmark - RS:X World Championship  Vincenzio Baglione

In New York, Waka Racing have taken out the Knickerbocker Cup ahead of some of some of the big names of the US match racing scene, including some of their top Olympic Womens match racing crews. Three New Zealand crews competed, we have daily reports from Waka Racing and Full Metal Jacket (4th) in this edition.

In this edition we feature an outstanding report from young New Zealand sailor Elise Beavis who represented New Zealand at the Youth Olympic games, staged in Singapore. It is not often that you get someone so young able to write so well, and hopefully Elise has a great future ahead of her on the water, as well as the keyboard.

Yachts anchored at picturesque Rakino Island over Christmas. An application to have a mooring in the most popular anchorage on the island was denied on Appeal.  Richard Gladwell

Another big win, but this time for cruising sailors with the announcement from the Environment Court, that the Auckland Yacht and Boating Association have won the Appeal on the Woody Bay (Rakino) mooring case. This is the second case that AYBA have won on Appeal in the Environment Court against the Auckland Regional Council who seem to take the view that they can cock a snoot at planning requirements, if they see fit, and don't have to adhere to their own management plans or previous Environment Court Decisions. While the issue of a single mooring in a picturesque bay may not seem to be worth the many days in Hearings, the point is that these issues are just the tip of an iceberg - if one goes through, many others are queuing up to follow. And there is no point in trying to stem that tide once it is flooding.

Waka Racing on their way to winning the Knickerbocker Cup  Waka Racing

For those of us who have cruised in the Hauraki Gulf for many years it is a vital place. And thanks to the sort of courageous action that has been taken by AYBA, has managed to remain in much the same state for many decades. Auckland is very fortunate to have ready access to pristine cruising grounds so close to the city. Once you have slipped out of the sight of the ubiquitous Sky Tower, you are in another world. And long may it remain that way.

So many thanks to those who few who stood on their hind legs to take on the ARC, to win yet another battle in the never ending war. And shame on those in the ARC who just don't seem to get it.

Today is the last day of August. The day that Golden Gate Yacht Club and Club Nautico di Roma pledged to have the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup announced. We are sure that they will meet this undertaking. We know that a lot of hard work went into the document, in Auckland last week and that there will be more changes in the days to come.

Emirates Team New Zealand on on the final day of the Trofeo Caja Mediterraneo Region de Murcia, Audi medCup regatta. 29/8/2010  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In this edition we look at the first of a series looking at the decisions that will be made on the Protocol, the Boat, the Venue, and the Holy Shrine of Television which seems to be ministering to a shrinking parish.

We will update you on when the Protocol is published.

Close finish between Birgit Harder and Antje Muller (NZL) in Race 4 - International Europe Class Global Veteran Cup 2010  Tom Oberlies

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Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2010  George Bekris

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Laser and Finn Worlds: New Zealand leads in Lasers
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Mike Bullot mastered Hayling Island's tidal current and light breeze with ease on the opening day of the 2010 Laser World Championship. He started the regatta with a win and followed it up with a second place. Bullot now tops the leader board after Day 1, with a second New Zealander in the top ten overall.... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Two at the top for NZL Sailing Team
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
After day two at the RS:X World Championships NZL Sailing Team's Tom Ashley tops the leader board with a second NZL Sailing Team member Jon-Paul Tobin close behind in second place, having had a stellar day on the water. Host venue, Kerteminde, Denmark produced first-rate conditions for competition with 15-23 knots of breeze swinging from onshore through to the left going on to blow off the beach... [more]
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Laser World Championships Day 1 - Bullot puts field on notice
Laser Worlds,
Laser World Championships. Racing Day 1 broke the pattern of blustery winds and intermittent rain which have prevailed through pre-championships training phase, replaced absolutely on cue by bluebird skies, summer sunshine and light to moderate mainly northerly breezes.... [more]
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Youth Olympics Singapore - a competitor's view
Elise Beavis,
Elise Beavis represented New Zealand in the Girls Byte class at the recent Youth Olympics in Singapore and placed 11th in a fleet of 26 from the same number of nations. Jack Collinson represented New Zealand in the Boys Byte placing 15th in a fleet of 26. Sadly there were no NZ representative in the Boys and Girls Tech 293 windsurfing event. Here's Elise's report:... [more]
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Waka Racing: Final Day at Knickerbocker Cup
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: The final day dawned on us in New York and we were all a little cautious as what to expect. The forecast was dim with little wind forecasted and for us that was a very bad thing. After our disappointing loss yesterday in the first race of the Semi the equation was simple WE HAD TO RACE.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 2014 America's Cup - the Backdrop to the Decisions
Richard Gladwell,
With revised America's Cup Protocol due out mid-next week, and the decision on the boat for the 34th America's Cup due a month later it seems that the arrangements for the 2014 regatta are slowly coming into focus. The Protocol itself is not a biggie. It is a living document, and will be amended and tweaked right up to the time that the America's Cup is sailed.... [more]
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Images from San Francisco: Images from Day 1
David Wells,
David Wells presents a gallery of images from Day 1 of the Finn Gold Cup, being held in San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Finn Worlds start in San Francisco Bay in blustery breeze
David Wells,
Day 1 of the Finn World Championships (aka the Gold Cup) kicked off today in a blustery, but blue skied, San Francisco Bay. Sailing out of the Olympic Circle near Berkeley, California the 87 competitors were greeted with 17-20 knots of wind and San Francisco Bay's infamous voodoo chop in full swing. Two races were held on course B (a windward leeward first lap featuring a triangle for lap 2 wi... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Sniff of champagne for China and New Zealand
Dansk Sejlunion,
RS:X World Championship - In stark contrast to yesterday's marginal winds, so conditions came alive on the Bay of Kerteminde, Denmark, for day two with 20 knot winds and brilliant sunshine. China dominated the first day of sailing the the Womens event, while New Zealand holds the top two positions in the Mens event... [more]
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Flying Fifteen Europeans: Steve Goacher and Phil Evans retain title
UK Flying Fifteen Association,
An Atlantic size depression fell on the chasing crews as gale force winds meant no racing on the final day of the Flying Fiftenn Europeans in La Rochelle. Friday and the final day of the Championships came with two stings in the tail. Firstly the sore heads and lack of sleep from the Regatta Dinner the night before (some arrived at the club in their pyjamas) and secondly a weather forecast for... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: an impressive crew on the Maxi Banque Populaire V
Maxi Banque Populaire V,
Jules Verne Trophy - After seven weeks of hard work for a complete check up, the Maxi Banque Populaire V is now all set for the start of the term! The skipper, Pascal Bidegorry, is pleased to announce his crew list and welcomes three highly experienced sailors on board, enriching its existing strong core team for their attempt on the trophy.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - The clock is ticking
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - At 1500 BST the wind across the racecourse had gone to the northeast and patchy with large areas of no wind at all.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland records smashed by Volvo Open 70s
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Volvo Open 70, Groupama, claimed both the race win and course record yesterday (Sunday 29 August 2010) when she crossed the line at 10.26.55 (GMT). Teléfonica Azul claimed second place just over fours hours later at 15:38:09 (GMT), also well inside the old course record.... [more]
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Waka Racing: Day 3 at Knickerbocker Cup
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: Today the Knickerbocker Cup started well with a continuation of the nice Match Racing conditions we had been enjoying all week. We went out on the water on match point only needing to win one race to beat Dave Perry (who knocked us out of last years Knickerboccker Cup).... [more]
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Phil Robertson wins the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup
Andrea Watson,
Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) and his crew of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell and James Williamson, have won the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup and win an automatic entry into the Argo Gold Cup, one of the stops on the World Match Racing Tour. Manhasset Bay Commodore and Knickerbocker Cup PRO, Sue Miller, and Ted Weisberg, Manhasset Bay YC member and a Director of both the Match Racing Association (MRA) an... [more]
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Josh Cook and team take out 2010 Winter Match Racing Championships
Matt Steven,
The Winter Match Racing Programme sailors concluded their winter training on the weekend of the 28 and 29 August, with a Grade 5 match racing regatta held out of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. The plan to do a round robin semis and final looked promising with 15 knots expected each day however this did not come to fruition.... [more]
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Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2010 images from George Bekris
George Bekris images,
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2010 images from photographer George Bekris.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win to Waka Racing
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup and East Coast Trifecta Award winners announced - As predicted, the wind conditions on Sunday on Manhasset Bay were dismal. One match early morning between Robertson and Tiller was pivotal for Robertson. He had lost his match against countryman William Tiller, Full Metal Jacket Racing, (NZL) on Saturday and needed the wind to fill in enough to complete at least one more match.... [more]
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Audi MedCup - Not a good day for Artemis
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from onboars Artemis at the last day of racing at the Audi MedCup regatta at Cartagena. 'The conditions were perfect for this final day; 15 knot Easterly breeze, blue skies, moderate swell and the temperature was down to a manageable 30C.... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Early lead to Poland
Dansk Sejlunion,
The class act of the day in the Blue fleet was Poland's Piotr Myszka, leading the Men's regatta overall having scored a 2-1 today. The Pole is followed by Zubari with Beijing Gold medallist Tom Ashley third after posting a 1-5.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: RS:X Worlds get underway in Denmark
Jodie Bakewell-White, RS:X Media,
It was a long day on the water for sailors at the 2010 RS:X World Championships where racing began Sunday (local time) last night in Kerteminde, Denmark. Tom Ashley is in third place and Jon-Paul Tobin in ninth at this early stage in the six day series. The women's fleet never left the beach.... [more]
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Auckland Y&B Association win Woody Bay Appeal Decision
Richard Brown and Sail-World,
Moorings or not for sailors? New Zealand's Auckland Yachting and Boating Association (AYBA) wins Environment Court appeal against the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) decision to allow a mooring in Woody Bay in nearby Rakino Island. The Environment court has delivered its decision in favour of the AYBAs appeal against the ARCs decision to allow the mooring.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: NZL380 wins at Cartagena
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand won the Audi MedCup regatta at Cartagena after three races on the final day. The team finished a comfortable 10 points ahead of Matador (Argentina) and 21.5 points ahead of third placed TeamOrigin.... [more]
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Groupama sets new record for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 - Volvo Open 70, Groupama, crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line today at 11.26.55 (BST) to claim line honours and take both the race and course records.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Just seconds the difference
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - The closest divisional battle was within IRC Passage 2 where Harvey Milne's Archambault 31 Aroona from Sydney and the Matthew Owen skippered BH36 Local Hero, racing with a majority ACT crew, fought tooth and nail for seven days over nine races to finish a point apart.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup day 3 - Protests and photo finishes
Andrea Watson,
Day 3 at the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup was a day filled with protest flags, aggressive racing and some photo finishes. The Tiller-Tunnicliffe matches were one for the record books. With one match abandoned because of a 90 degree wind shift, and Tiller's red flag which was denied, the stage was set.. The first two matches had Tiller and Tunnicliffe at 1-1.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: Images from the final day
Christophe Launay,
Christophe Launay presents this gallery of images from the final day of the Little America's Cup sailed at Newport under the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. The Canadian Defender, Cannaan successfuly retained the trophy from Australia's James Spithill and Glenn Ashby.... [more]
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Puma Ocean Racing to build boat near Training Base
Bridgid Murphy,
Puma Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (Newport, USA), is proud to announce that New England Boatworks Inc. has been contracted to build PUMA's new Volvo 70 for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011 -2012.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds - Final day of semi finals
Paul Pascoe,
The final day's racing in the semi-finals started with a wait for wind in the morning, with most people of the opinion that we were in for another day similar to yesterday with no wind all day. The wind picked up and two subsequent races were sailed in perfect 14 - 16 knots of steady breeze and flat water.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Kiwis flying in the breeze to lead
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Back-to-back wins in today's rich diet of one windward-leeward race followed by an exciting 20 miles coastal race sees Emirates Team New Zealand seize the overall lead of the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta for the TP52 Series.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: C Class Cats - Canadians successful
New York Yacht Club,
Canadians Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, the defenders of the International C-Class Catamaran Trophy – sailed at the NYYC's Harbour Court -- won the first match race today with Canaan; they beat Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill on Alpha by about five minutes in light winds.... [more]
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