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 13 Sep 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 September 2010

Sailing aboard the J class, Ranger (J5). Final race of the Rolex Maxi Worlds in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.   Chris Cameron
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 September 2010

Great news for Kiwis from the match racing circuits over the weekend.

Like the All Black over Australia game on Saturday night, Blackmatch Racing also pulled the rug out from under the Australians, in Denmark, taking out the Danish Open in a come from behind win, in the final race of the series.

We have reports and images on the event in this edition, including report from Blackmatch themselves. Skipper Adam Minoprio sums up the final race: 'That was the best match race we've been in. We looked to be up against it when the scores were 2-2 and we were trailing but I'm really pleased that we had the skill to stay in there and catch them. The result is so important for us as we were lying third coming into the Danish Open. Now we can look forward to Bermuda and try and close the gap more on (Tour Leader) Matthieu Richard.'

A second New Zealand match racing team, Full Metal Jacket Racing were also competing in the regatta, but the young team were eliminated before the semi-finals. We have their viewpoint on the regatta in this edition.

In USA, the NZL Sailing Team crew for the Olympic Womens Match Racing event are leading midway through the regatta, with some very good crews in their wake.

We have reports from the team in this edition, and will be continuing coverage over the final stages of the regatta.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing winner of the Danish Open 2010, Bornholm, Denmark. World Match Racing Tour. photo:   Loris von Siebenthal

Top international sailing photographer, Chris Cameron has been at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup regatta in Puerto Cervo, Sardinia, and has been filing some great images from the event. Overnight he was lucky enough to be invited to sail aboard the J-class yacht Ranger, and we share his images of that experience with you in this edition.

Tonight, New Zealand time, the announcement of the Year, Boat and Protocol to be used for the 34th America's Cup will be announced in Valencia, Spain, by Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger, Club Nautico di Roma. Sail-World will be running all night, (NZT) to bring you details of the announcement and their implications, coverage of the announcement itself, and then a media teleconference with BMW Oracle Racing's CEO, Russell Coutts.

Sailing aboard the J class, Ranger (J5). Final race of the Rolex Maxi Worlds in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.   Chris Cameron

The venue will be announced later in the year, however the Year announced tonight should give us some clues as to the options.

After the announcement proceedings have wrapped up, tonight, Sail-World will produce a one-off America's Cup newsletter summarising the day and build-up stories that have been run over the past week or two, so you can step back and see it all in context. We'll be updating the developing story, tomorrow, Tuesday on Technology willing, you should have full coverage when you wake up in the morning.

BMW Oracle Racing's base, Valencia - venue for the announcement of the Protocol, Boat and Year for the 34th America's Cup  Richard Gladwell

In the final chapter to the buildup, we have run the commentary from the very well connected Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for the UK newspaper, the Independent. Stuart always has his finger on the pulse of the America's Cup, as well as other major sailing events and players, and this story is a must read.

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.

Ainslie vs Hansen. Danish Open 2010, Bornholm, Denmark. World Match Racing Tour.   Loris von Siebenthal

Thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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World Match Racing Tour Danish Open - Minoprio wins race of his life
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour - Reigning Champion Adam Minoprio ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing declared his victory over close friend and fierce rival Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team in the final of the Danish Open as one of the best of his life. With the score tied at 2-2 in the first to 3 point series, Minoprio trailed Mirsky in the final match but battled back for the most dramatic victory of his career.... [more]
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Images from Maxi Cup: Chris Cameron aboard the J-class Ranger
Chris Cameron,

Top international photographer Chris Cameron was on hand at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and sends this magnificent gallery of some of the biggest yachts on the planet in fresh breezes.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing: World Championship hopes well back on track
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report from Danish Open World Match Racing: Today we managed to get the single win needed against Francesco Bruni to take out the semi final 3 nil, before going on to win a gruelling Final against a rampant Torvar Mirsky 3-2, to become the 2010 Danish Open Champions.... [more]
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RYA launches the hugely popular Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers
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Stuart Alexander: Coutts to unveil future of America's Cup
Stuart Alexander,
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Newport Bucket Regatta 2010 images from George Bekris
George Bekris images,
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America's Cup Video: High Definition clip of USA-17 at Valencia
Adam Docker,
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends: Destruction derby
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad Day 3 of Buddy Melges Challenge

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: We had a big day on and off the water today, after getting to the club at 7.30am for breakfast and to rig, we were postponed ashore until 11am due to the last of a front that brought no wind and some extreme fog. The fog cleared enough and the breeze increased to race at about 11.30am. The conditions were li... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing: Two nil up in semi finals of Danish Open
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report from Danish Open World Match Racing: Needing two wins from our three remaining matches this morning to qualify for the semi finals, we came out firing and won all 3 to claim the top qualifying position for the semi finals. We had three action packed wins against Torvar Mirsky, Bjorn Hansen and Ben Ainslie, with our match against Ben b... [more]
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ORCi Worlds,
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Laser Worlds Masters at Hayling Island
Laser Worlds,
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World Match Racing Tour - Early exit for Ainslie and Gilmour
Audrey Lakai,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Norse Gods align for the winners
Jill Campbell,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Finale
Jill Campbell,
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Danish Open - Day 2
FMJ Racing,
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BlackMatch Racing: Well on track at Danish Open
BlackMatch Racing,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Crunch time
Jill Campbell,
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PWA/Paul Griffiths,
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Velux 5 Oceans,
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Fiona Brown,
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad Day 1 of Buddy Melges Challenge

The latest update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Race day 1 kicked off early with light dying breezes. The cold temperatures continued causing the sea breeze to struggle, resulting in our later races being sailed in pretty much no wind.... Our pool was able to complete all its scheduled races. We came out firing with four wins and one loss.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Light winds, 3-1, first day
Anna Tunnicliffe,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 first applications received
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 Notice of Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had received its first five applications for entry. Nicholas Bartels' newly acquired Cookson 50 Terra Firma from Victoria was the first entry.... [more]
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Andrew Dowley,
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