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 16 Sep 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 September 2010

Scott Disley and Paul Eldrid's hot new Bakewell-White 37 “General Lee”, set to make her WA Offshore debut this Saturday.  YWA Offshore Committee Various
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 September 2010

The announcement on Monday night of the Year, Boat and Protocol has dominated the sailing news, coupled with the news that for the first time a multihull will be used in a multi challenger, mutual consent match.

In this edition we bring you some of the reaction to this announcement, however we will be publishing a full America's Cup newsletter with all the stories we have run, on Friday.

We had not intended to do this, but the reaction has been rather unexpected and we have some great material.

There will be one spin-off for New Zealand, which is the fact that the AC45 yachts will be constructed in a new facility in Warkworth.

AC45 male mould under construction - BMW Oracle Racing building facility - Warkworth  Richard Gladwell

Today we had an impromptu tour, and were blown away with both what is already installed and what is planned. We break this story in today's edition of Sail-World.

The New Zealand Womens Match Team, part of the NZL sailing Team have turned in a best yet performance in finishing second in the Buddy Melges Challenge. Like many regattas of this type, it is not so much where you finish, but who you beat, and the NZL Sailing Team took some big scalps. We have their report in this edition.

Partial view of the "Volvo Ocean Race Control Room". The data and images on the screen are obviously, from the previous race but the countdown clock is real. A little more than 400 days are left until the start of the 2011-12 race. Alicante, 15 September 2010

The Volvo Ocean race opened their new Race Management Facility in Alicante, Spain overnight. Courtesy of we have a first look at what will be the mothership of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Polka Dot Girls - Northland SeaFood Festival.  Marsden Cove

While the weather doesn't look too promising this weekend, don't let that stop you from heading to the Northland Seafood Festival at Marsden Cove - see the details by clicking here.

PredictWind show the fastest way around the race track for your boat. Simply enter you polar and click "Go" - SSANZ 100 miler  SSANZ miler

Sailors in the SSANZ Two-Handed Triple Series will have wind by the bagfull this Saturday. Jon Bilher of has provided a special forecast and fastest course for the event, which you can pick up by clicking here

We've been running a three part series on the international media teleconference given by BMW Oracle CEO, Russell Coutts on Tuesday morning at 0300hrs NZT. We were privileged to be one of a dozen intrenational sailing journalists invited to participate and we bring you one of the three transcripts in this edition. The other two can be found on and will be included in the America's Cup newsletter.

Finn Gold Cup - Stern camera - image of the future.  Robert Deaves /IFA

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.

Phil Horrocks - KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark  © John Carter / PWA

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Final of Buddy Melges Challenge

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: The NZL Women's Match Racing Team finished 2nd at the Buddy Melges Challenge!! Blue skies and 8 knots of breeze greeted the competitors for the final day of the Buddy Melges Challenge. Raynor Smeal, Samantha Osborne and Susannah Pyatt from the NZL Sailing Team went into the semi finals ranked 1st and therefo... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race inaugurates brand new HQ in Alicante,
A brand new era started yesterday with the official inauguration of the Volvo Ocean Race headquarters. Although it was a purely symbolic act, the premiere round-the-world race now has a new 'home' at the Spanish city, and what a spectacular home it is.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - America's Cup Decisions
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the America's Cup situation... [more]
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Northland Seafood Festival: Party's on at Marsden Cove this weekend
Paul Shanahan and Sail-World,
If you enjoy great local wines, seafood, music and love the idea a fun - filled day out with friends to celebrate the arrival of spring, Northland's Seafood Festival at Marsden Cove on this Saturday September 18 will be just the ticket. Make up a party and book your tickets before they sell out.... [more]
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Bumper fleet for WA Offshore Season opener
Laurie Flynne,
The re-structure of WA offshore sailing is set to pay dividends with a huge roll-up for this Saturday's season opener, the 42nm George Law Foundation Race. The race takes Archambault Offshore Series competitors around Rottnest & Carnac Islands. The Sailing Products Coastal Cup and Double-Handed fleets do a shorter course inside the islands. Forty six yachts are set to hit the start line.... [more]
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America's Cup: First images of the AC45 construction at Warkworth
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing look to be set to put the sleepy north Auckland town of Warkworth on the technology map with the establishment of a new hi-tech boatbuilding facility that will employ between 50-70 people. The new facility to be known as Core Composites is off to a flying start with the production of the new America's Cup 45 class of catamaran, but will be supplying to other boat builders and... [more]
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PredictWind showing the fastest course for the SSANZ 100 mile Race
Jon Bilger,
PredictWind is showing a wind forecast of 20-25knots westerlies for this weekends 100mile race of the SSANZ 2 handed series. The online weather routing shows the first leg to Little Barrier will be a reach in 20-25knot Westerlies, which will make for a quick start to the race....... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup media builds upon past success
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup media builds upon past success - Every year the media output from the Class and the demands made on the media increases. Likewise the exposure for the Class and for the sport spirals upwards, but is largely unquantifiable in real terms. Twenty years ago a regatta was lucky if it got an end of week write up in the yachting press.... [more]
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World Speed Sailing record - Routaboul fastest lady
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Sophie Routaboul increased the best peak speed ever recorded by a lady on Monday 6th September, to just shy of 50 knots.... [more]
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Tornado European Championships day 1
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado European Championships. The race team gave the sailors three races packed with action, there were over 20 capsizes during the day but with no breakages.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2010 - Event preview
Michael Levitt,
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2010 - In one week, the world's most talented women match racers will descend upon Newport, Rhode Island and the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court Clubhouse for their world championship. And though the discipline of match racing is relatively new in women's sailing, this group is already bringing action-packed, top level racing to each event.... [more]
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KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark day 3 - Brutal
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup lives up to its name on the third day of competition delivering down the line perfection for the double elimination!... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship on hold
Laser Masters Worlds,
It was 1230hrs when the race committee decided that the best option for the day was to postpone racing for the day.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 confirmed - bigger, better and now global!
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series is set to expand as OC Events, creator of the award-winning circuit now in its fourth season, confirm a worldwide 2011 series. The expansion is part of a new five-year vision for the professional sailing circuit that has changed the way sailing is seen, becoming one of the hottest properties in the sport.... [more]
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Etchells World Championships - It's not the boat - it's the plan
John Curnow,
Etchells World Championships update: Jake Gunther, the Melbourne Fleet Captain, usually sails his Etchells called, The Boat. I got a chance to speak with Jake recently and listen to how the Etchells World Championships in Ireland and a very tidy fifth place came about for him.... [more]
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Simrad 100 attracts over 160 entries plus good breeze!
Cameron Thorpe,
Finally a forecast to look forward to in the SSANZ B&G Simrad series. After virtually no wind for the first two races of the series the weather gods are currently promising to come to the party! Even though most of the fleet have been ruled out of contention for the overall series results but withdrawing from previous races current forecasts suggests the final race will be too much fun to miss !... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 15 September 2010
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Etchells World Champions: Taking on the world – with intent!
Andrew Palfrey,
The planning behind John, Tom and myself winning the 2010 Etchells Worlds in Howth, Ireland had its beginnings during the campaign for the previous year's Worlds in Melbourne. Ben Ainslie joined John and me for that campaign. Ben's sailing pedigree is unmatched worldwide and to sail next to him in the Etchells and hang out with him ashore was a very positive and memorable experience.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards - Finalists announced as tickets go on sale
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards with the winners announced at the gala event to be held on Friday 15 October at the Deckhouse in Woolwich. The 2010 Australian Yachting Awards recognises outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing over the period of 1 August 2009 to 15 August 2010.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Italian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
Frank Quealey,
Germany's Friedrich Renner and his Eurolink team took out the Italian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix on Lake Iseo, Lovere, Italy while Denmark's Flemming Clausen and his Original Chia team won their second consecutive European Grand Prix Trophy series.... [more]
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Carlo Borlenghi images from the Rolex Swan Cup
Carlo Borleghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from the Rolex Swan Cup.... [more]
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US Sailing President Gary Jobson talks - where to from here? Part 1
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Gary Jobson interview part one - But all is far from doom and gloom: day-glow green shoots abound with the Cup, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has been on a roll recently, and while we're still looking at an alphabet soup of rating rules, US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing in the States, is looking strong.... [more]
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‘Celestial Navigation' course at the Stardome Observatory
Gina Dellabarca,
Learn to navigate using only the stars and sun! 'Celestial Navigation' evenings are held in the Stardome Planetarium on the last Tuesday of every month. Starts at 8pm and runs for two hours $25 per person To make a booking or for further information: ph 09 624 1246 / More info: [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts talks with the International Media - 1
Richard Gladwell,
After the announcement of the Year, Boat and Protocol for the 2013 America's Cup, in Valencia, BMW Oracle Racing's CEO answered questions from an international media panel via a teleconference. Following is the first of a three part, slightly edited transcript of the teleconference moderated by BMW Oracle Racing's Tim Jeffery:... [more]
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The America's Cup 12 Metre Reunion - Legends are in town for the event
Jan Harley,
The America's Cup 12 metre reunion - Legends are in town for the event - From September 16-19, Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) on-the-water clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island, will welcome several hundred of sailing's 12 Metre fraternity, including 29 members of the 1977 Swedish syndicate Sverige, as they walk down memory lane.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cool response from New Zealand Media to the Hot Cat
Various Media,
The New Zealand media were fairly guarded in their comments on the America's Cup announcement in Valencia, on Monday night (NZT), taking their lead from a very cool response from Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton The item was not the lead on the TV sports news on either channel, with both featuring interviews with Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton. TVNZ also interviewed ETNZ skipper De... [more]
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