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 05 Sep 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 05 September 2010

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Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 5 September 2010

Firstly a Happy Father's Day to all our readers who qualify!

And secondly, our commiserations to the people of Christchurch, both on the earthquake and having to cope with the aftermath. Such events transcend sailing news.

The NZL Sailing Team has continued it charge on the World Championship sailing circuit, finishing out of the medals in the RS:X Mens event, in Denmark; and with four sailors in the top 11 in the Mens Laser Worlds, at Hayling Island, England.

Joshua Junior and Andrew Murdoch,NZL - Laser World Championships  Paul Wyeth / RYA

In the Lasers particularly, it has been a very up and down ride for the top sailors, and we have the reports and some images in this edition.

In St Moritz, BlackMatch Racing are sitting on fourth place with the quarterfinals yet to be complete. We have the latest updates from the team and the Tour in this edition. Stay tuned to for the latest updates.

As mentioned previously, the America's Cup Defender and Challenger are due to release the details of the Boat and Protocol in a media event in Valencia on Monday 13 September. In this edition we take a long look at the options and what is driving the decisions. In our view there is really only one choice - whether or not Golden Gate Yacht Club and Club Nautico di Roma see it that way is another matter.

Dan Slater - Finn Gold Cup  Robert Deaves /IFA

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Team GAC Pindar beats Mirsky Racing Team. St Moritz Match Race 2010. World Match Racing Tour. St Moritz, Switzerland. 3rd September 2010.   Ian Roman/WMRT

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Richard Gladwell
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup 70: A boat for a Cup or Circus?
Richard Gladwell,
On Monday 13 September the boat for the 34th America's Cup is due to be announced, along with the Protocol for that Series. Both decisions will be signed off between the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, and their Challenger, Club Nautico di Roma - and the die will be cast for first multi challenger America's Cup to be sailed in seven years.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Out of medals in RS:X, four in top 11 in Lasers
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
A World Championship medal in 2010 has eluded both Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin finishing sixth and eighth respectively at the RS:X Men's World Championships just concluded in Kerteminde, Denmark.... [more]
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WMRT: A Touch of Luck Defines Day 4 of The St. Moritz Match Race
WMRT Media,
On a frustrating day for the World Match Racing Tour as six teams battled to reach the semi-finals of the St. Moritz Match Race, perhaps the biggest fight was off the water between the gradient northerly wind and the thermally induced southerly, which left the racecourse peppered with monumental wind shifts, holes and gusts.... [more]
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Laser Worlds 2010 - Slingsby's double wins have him on track for title
Lindsey Bell,
Laser Worlds 2010 - Tom Slingsby's two strong wins today bring the Australian's third Laser world title in four years within reach.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Shaw looks forward
Lindsey Bell,
RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - She may have missed out on the podium spots by the narrowest of margins, but Beijing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw drew huge confidence from her best ever World Championship finish as the event came to a close in Kerteminde, Denmark, on Saturday (4 September).... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Kerteminde rollercoaster ride
Dansk Sejlunion,
RS:X World Championships - Rollercoaster ride was the best description of today's two final races in Kerteminde, Denmark with victory going to Poland's Piotr Myszka in the Men's class and to Blancha Manchon from Spain in the Women.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Team GAC Pindar progress to semi-finals
Kate Brewer,
World Match Racing Tour - Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar crew have got off to a flying start at the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland, winning the round robin stage of the competition and progressing directly to the semi-finals.... [more]
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Dan Slater: Reports from the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco - Day 4/5
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 4 and 5 of racing in the 2010 Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco: Well this hasn't been the World Championships I would have liked but I have managed to turn it round a bit. In the last 4 races I have had a 9th , 11th, 13th and 12th. All those races I have had good starts but not quite as quick as some of the big boys.... [more]
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Knud Olsen, father of the OK Dinghy, dies
UK OK Association,
The British OK Association have advised of the death of class designer, Knud Olson at the age of 90. His son writes: As son of the designer Knud Olsen I hereby announce: The OK dinghy designer Knud Olsen quietly passed away in his hometown Bandholm yesterday (aug. 31.) at the age of 90.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - The pressure cooker penultimate day
Laser Worlds,
Laser World Championships - It's the penultimate day and in both senses the pressure is building nicely. Out on Hayling Bay there was already 13-14kts of ESE'ly breeze and the promise of some brisk gusts by afternoon.... [more]
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Racing Hots up on Day 2 of Australian Youth Match Racing Championships
Shane Smith,
After the completion of the first Round Robin for the Australian Youth Match Racing Championships, Tasmanian Skipper Elliot Noye and his crew are at the top of the table after a perfect score card today. The team from Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania finished the day with 8-1 score sheet. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Jordan Reece in second (7-2) and the CYCA team lead by Jay Griffin is in third...... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Wright extends
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup race nine was sailed in 16-20 knots with the right again proving popular with most of the fleet. Race ten turned into a thrilling display of endurance and power as the wind whipped up a confused sea and the downwind became an adrenaline fuelled fun ride.... [more]
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Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week day 1 start images
Magnetic Island Race Week,
Images from Day 1 at Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the America's Cup situation... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing: More on than the early settlers!
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report from St Moritz, Switzerland: It would be fair to say that we are developing some what of a reputation for just scraping through into the final stages of World Tour Events and today was by no means an exception, as we grabbed the last remaining quarterfinal position in our final race of the day.... [more]
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OC Group merges with Thirdpole to create a leading global sports group
OC Group,
OC Group - British company OC Group and mainland Europe based ThirdPole have been acquired in a non-cash deal that will bring together their competences into a global leading sports marketing and events company. The two brands will remain, OC continuing to specialise in professional sailing teams and events, and ThirdPole which is a new and expanding force in Outdoor Events ranging from running, c... [more]
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World Match Racing: Mountains of Suspense at the St. Moritz Match Race
WMRT Media,
St. Moritz, Switzerland - 3 September 2010 – The tension was palpable deep in the Swiss Alps at the St. Moritz Match Race today as the final push to qualify for the quarter-finals reached fever pitch. While three teams were assured of their place, a further six started the day virtually tied on points, preparing to fight tooth-and-nail for the remaining four places and a chance to have a crack at... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - A game of two halves
Louay Habib,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - It has been over 24 hours since any yacht, competing finished. However a goal rush is expected for the second half, with three boats expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning and the majority accounted for by Sunday.... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Medal racers decided on high scoring day
Dansk Sejlunion,
Light shifting winds at the RS:X World Championships allowed just one shortened race to be held in both the Men and Women's Gold fleets today in Kerteminde, Denmark, the competition watched by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Today's results finalised the top 10 for the Men and Women's medal races tomorrow and in the difficult conditions several sailors dropped out of the running.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Tom Ashley chases a medal in Denmark
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
NZL Sailing Team's Tom Ashley is in the hunt for a World Championship medal with the RS:X Men's title up for grabs in one final medal race to be sailed in Kerteminde, Denmark tonight. Lying fourth after a hard fought five days of racing so far, Ashley is within reach of the podium.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preparations underway
Jill Campbell,
Preparations for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup which will take place in Porto Cervo from fifth to 11th September are in full swing. Throughout this inaugural edition of the Mini Maxi Worlds technical controls will be rigorous and each of the vessels must undergo weighing and measurement.... [more]
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470 Open European Championships - Greek teams on the move
Andy Rice,
It was light, medium, strong all at the same time, depending on where you were on the race course, as the breeze poured over the top of the high-rise flats on the Asian side of Istanbul. Massive wind shifts meant no one could ever consider themselves safe.... [more]
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Laser Worlds Day 5: Black flags - Slingsby survives, Goodison down
Lindsay Bell,
Tom Slingsby may have emerged from an emotionally bruising first pair of high octane Finals races at the Laser World Championships off Hayling Island, with his overall lead all but intact, but the world title winner from 2007 and 2008 is left with no further margin for error after he was caught out as one of the many black flag transgressors at the first start of day.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Spartan out of shed and in water
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - She was once known as Saga Insurance, grey hulled and light blue decked, the yacht which took Sir Robin Knox-Johnston round the world at the age of 67 in the last Velux 5 Oceans. But yesterday the famous Eco 60 emerged from the boatshed as Spartan, bright, bold and with a new lease of life following a major refit before being craned into the water.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Finals showdown, perfect conditions
Laser Worlds,
Laser World Championships - Another day to order as they reach the Finals stage and the Junior Worlds resume racing today.... [more]
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Cowes Week 1851 Cup - What a spectacular success!
Leslie Greenhalgh,
Cowes Week is already one of the world's largest and most successful sailing regattas, bringing together around 1,000 race boats and 10,000 competitors as well as attracting 100,000 spectators during the week but the addition of The 1851 Cup event this year brought the spectacle of sailing to an all time high!... [more]
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Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week-Shunning cold, sailing to the sun
Beth Roberts,
It is not only the sea birds and whales that migrate north for the winter, for the past three years Dr Rosie Collahan and David James have eluded the cold of Melbourne, sailing their yacht Ingenue up the coast to sunny Queensland.... [more]
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Laser World Championship images from Hayling Island
Suellen Hurling images,
The latest images from the Laser World Championships at Hayling Island from Suellen Hurling.... [more]
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470 European Championships - Leaders put the hammer down
Luissa Smith,
Istanbul produced sun, wind and waves for a spectacular day three of the event. With the discard now coming into play, the British move to the front of the men's fleet and the Italians have become the leading ladies.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Battle for supremacy
Robert Deaves,
Rafa Trujillo (ESP) who scored 1-2 and Ed Wright (GBR) who scored 2-5 increased their lead over the rest of the fleet. Race seven got underway under black flag on the third attempt and again turned into a drag race to the right.... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup - La Burra wins the third act in Switzerland
Sabrina Bonaiti,
'La Burra', the Austrian boat helmed by Thomas Laherstorfer, conquered the highest step of the podium during the third act of the Alpen Cup that took place in Brunnen, Switzerland, last week end. The second place is for 'Damaris' helmed by Guenther Prummer, followed by 'Aramis' of the 'Swiss Sail Art Team', with the brothers Sigrist on board.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Into the business end of four Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Between the two regattas being staged in Denmark and Great Britain, New Zealand has six sailors placed within the top eight in their fleet all in with a shot at the podium as both regattas move into the business end of competition. Dogged international rivals are also sailing well and this means the kiwi team have the challenge to up their game from here to stand on the podium.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing: Reporting from St Moritz - Still in the hunt!
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report from St Moritz, Switzerland: Day two of the St Moritz Match Race saw us involved in only 3 matches and we could only manage a single victory over the local team, skippered by Jerome Clerc. We suffered at the hands of two French teams today losing out to veteran Betrand Pace and the ever consistent Damien Iehl.... [more]
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Record Nominations for Australian Yachting Awards
Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia,
Nominations for the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards have closed with a record number of nominations received and the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Sydney on 15 October... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Slingsby extends heading into final phase
Lindsey Bell,
Laser World Championships - Overall leader Tom Slingsby carries forward his consistent momentum into the critical six race Finals phase buoyed by his fourth race win and a fifth from the last day of Qualifying heats in Hayling Bay off Hayling Island.... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Olympic legend flies into the lead
Dansk Sejlunion,
RS:X World Championships - Showing that experience pays in this class, so today veteran windsurfer and quadruple Olympic medallist Alessandra Sensini from Italy pulled into the lead at Kerteminde, Denmark.... [more]
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