MedCup in the bag...General Lee roars...America's Cup goss...Worlds win for Kiwi Master

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 23 Sep 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 23 September 2010

The line up Melges 32 Worlds 2010 - there 's a Kiwi crew in there, somewhere  Chris Ray ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 23 September 2010

Firstly our apologies for the slightly intermittent service during the attacks by hackers on Sail-World (and around 10,000 other websites around the world) over the past couple of days. Unfortunately such antics are the downside of the web world. Most of the damage was behind the scenes. Our technical team did a Herculean job to rectify and keep the site afloat.

Take a bow, Daryl!

Emirates Team New Zealand report that the maths have worked their way, by the end of the second day in the Audi MedCup series, and they have won the trophy for the second time.

That will obviously not be enough for what is arguably the best professional sailing team in the world, and with three days left in the regatta, they will have the stops pulled out to win their final series.

The NZL Sailing Team, competing in the Womens Match Racing Worlds, in New York, has their work cut out to make the final eight. They report in this issue ahead of tomorrow's repechage.

Bribon and Audi A1 crash - Audi MedCup Circuit  Sander van der Borch ©

And in San Francisco, the Stefan Goldwater skippered New Zealand crew including North Sails Andrew Wills is lying second overall in the highly competitive Melges 32 Worlds. A great effort and we have the reports and images in this edition.

Bribon and Audi A1 crash - Audi MedCup Circuit  Sander van der Borch ©

From in from Western Australia, don't miss the great story on the Bakewell-White designed General Lee - reported to have been clocked at a top speed of 32kts. She is blowing the locals away, and in just a few short months this little boat is proving to be one of the legends of sailing.

The hot new Bakewell-White 37 "General Lee" blasts out to Rottnest Island. - George Law Foundation Ocean Race  Bernie Kaaks

There's a bit happening under the surface of the America's Cup. As usual Stuart Alexander has his fingers on the key players' pulses and reports in The Independent. We have the extract and links in this edition.

Emirates Team New Zealand ,Race 4 on Day 2 of the Trophy of Sardinia, Audi MedCup 2010. Cagliari Sardinia.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Finally, and by no means least, make sure you check out the report and images from the America's Cup Hall of Fame induction when five New Zealanders were inducted into the hallowed hall of the America's Cup, along with one of the real icons of the event. There's some extracts and links to the speeches from two of the New Zealanders - with some very laconic story lines.

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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Western Australian Offshore Race Officer requests faster RIB
Laurie Flynne,
The spectacular WA Offshore debut of Paul Eldrid and Scott Disley's hot new Bakewell-White 37 'General Lee' in Saturday's season opener, the 42nm George Law Foundation Race, led Race Officer Trevor Milton to request a faster RIB for future offshore races. 'We just couldn't keep up when The General cracked their kite', lamented Trevor after the race.... [more]
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America's Cup Stars shine at Hall of Fame Induction
Jan Harley,
17th America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted six new members – Simon Daubney, Warwick Fleury, Murray Jones, Dean Phipps, Mike Drummond (all of New Zealand) and Halsey Herreshoff (of Bristol, R.I.) – into the Hall of Fame. Master of Ceremonies Gary Jobson brought Cup legends Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts and Malin Burnham to the stage to introduce the inductees... [more]
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Kiwi 40FC Class40 BT Boats first yacht is launched in Auckland
Oliver Dewar,
Kiwi 40FC Class40 was launched on Tuesday morning New Zealand-time, at Pier 21 in Auckland. The brainchild of Lapo Ancillotti and Francesco Piva of BT Boats, the latest Class40 design is the result of a collaboration between Farr Yacht Design and Cookson Boats and the forthcoming sea trials will be closely followed by Class40 sailors.... [more]
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Laser Masters: New Zealand's Scott Leith takes Masters World title
Yachting NZ,
New Zealand has a new World Champion in Laser Masters sailing after Scott Leith took out the Radial Apprentice Masters Division with a day to spare. The 2010 Laser Masters World Championships, which includes seven separate age determined divisions sailing in both standard rig and radial rig Lasers, has just concluded at Hayling Island, Great Britain. Scott Leith was racing in the Radial rig amo... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ sews up Audi MedCup for 2010
Warren Douglas,
The maths are on Emirates Team New Zealand's side... With three days to race in the Audi MedCup Cagliari regatta the team has the 2010 season championship wrapped up. The arithmetic shows that with five races to go at Cagliari, the team has a lead of 51.5 points over Quantum Racing.... [more]
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Audi Medcup - Images from the Bribon and Audi A1 crash
Sander van der Borch,
Audi MedCup Circuit, Bribon and Audi A1 crash images. The following is a sequence of images from the crash between Bribon and Audi A1. The final race of the day was marred by a first beat collision between Audi A1 powered by All4ONE and Bribon. The Franco-German team lost control in the final, painful seconds....... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Australian 60fter, Limit, enters 2010 Coastal Classic
Wilde Media,
Just one month from race day, the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic entry list for 2010 is showing all the characteristics of a typical Kiwi race fleet. From high-tech front runners like the Aussie Reichel-Pugh 63 Limit and the Orma 60 TeamVodafoneSailing, to modern classics like the Elliot designed Pork Chop, the old school Davidson 42, Mr Roosevelt,... [more]
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Blackmatch Racing's Adam Minoprio holds top spot in ISAF WMRT rankings
Blackmatch Racing,
With the latest ISAF World Rankings coming out yesterday, BlackMatch Skipper Adam Minoprio was again 1 , signaling over a year at the top, as the Worlds Highest Ranked Skipper. Following an emphatic victory in BlackMatches latest World Tour Event in Denmark and a third the week before in St Moritz, Adam was able to yet again hold off challenges from the 2 ranked Ben Ainslie and the current Worl... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy - Unfortunate collision
It was enough to take both Bribon and Audi A1 out of the third and final race on day two in Cagliari. Meanwhile a great start by skipper and helm Ben Ainslie, hitting the line with pace and accuracy enabled them to stay in the top third all the way around race three and take second place in front of Emirates Team New Zealand and behind Matador.... [more]
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Strong line up for New Zealand Youth Match Racing National Champs
RPNYC Events,
Preparations are complete for the 2010 New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championships with close racing guaranteed. The racing yachts have been equalised, the race committee boat Bloody Mary is back on the water, the volunteers are lined up, the umpire boats are fueled ... all that is left now is to welcome the competitors and to let the racing begin.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy - Matador strikes
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Matador's consistency keeps them five points clear of Synergy going into tomorrow's coastal race which carries a 1.5 points multiplier. In the second race it was Synergy's tactician Rod Dawson (NZL) who read the first beat best.... [more]
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Groupama Race 2010 - A crazy finish
Stephan Herby,
Groupama Race 2010 update: Four boats are passing the Uitoé Pass. ODM.NC is leading. Hundreds of meters behind is Province Nord and just after Team New-Zealand and Mumm. The wind blows 10-15 knts South East. While inside the lagoon, a new regatta starts. It looks like a match racing. The scenario is just incredible after 1500 km racing and the different options they had.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 2 of the Worlds

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Team NZL have just come off the water from day two at the Womans Match Racing Worlds. Today the competitors were greeted with a 20 knot southerly. Since most of the fleet are used to sailing three up in the Elliot 6ms, this sturred things up a bit and tested the fleet around the course.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds 2010 -Worlds get off to a bang on picture perfect day
Chris Ray,
Melges 32 Worlds got underway with a bang on San Francisco Bay. The wind came on and the sun shone Three races later, a load of tired sailors made their way back to the St Francis Yacht Club, looking forward to three more great days of racing to determine who will be the third Melges World title holder.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Race World Championship day 2
New York Yacht Club,
For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins.... [more]
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An afternoon with Jason Ker
Blue Robinson,
An afternoon with Jason Ker - Rob introduced Ker to the gathering of interested parties, and the Valencia based designer stood to elaborate on the Ker 40. Now Jason is a pretty quiet talker - so everyone in the room leaned forward to hear him speak, and after about a minute you just knew this was one smart guy.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta images by Max Ranchi... [more]
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International 14 European Championships Quiberon - Gilbert and McGrane
Mark Tait,
International 14 European Championships. Having been proceeded by two days of torrential rain, day 1's racing was held in fantastic conditions, sunny and 15 knots, with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane again stamping their authority on the fleet.... [more]
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2.4mR Class World Championship - Great racing despite weather and 2.4mR Worlds,
2.4mR Class World Championship 2010 began on 19th September in Hoorn, Holland. Day one saw wet weather with temperatures struggling to reach 12 degrees as people arrived in droves for a practice race, which was planned for day two.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Dhows for Last Waltz in Dubai this November
Louis Vuitton Trophy Media,
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airline, the top international sailing teams in the world will face-off in Dubai in November to contest the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Racing is scheduled to start on November 14th on the waters of the Arabian Gulf, off the spectacular Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), and will continue through November... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 1 of the Worlds

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Today was a stunning day at Newport. There was plenty of sunshine and a great variety of breeze. Sailors competed in light conditions this morning which died after race one. The committee were able to finish the 3 remaining races in a solid sea breeze, of 15 knots, this afternoon. Today NZL won 2 races... [more]
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TP52's and Brits face up to a future after the America's Cup Protocol
Stuart Alexander,
One of the world's top sailing writers, Stuart Alexander, Yachting Correspondent for the The Independent (UK), looks at the future for the TP52 class and Audi MedCup: The tectonic plates which support grand prix yacht racing can be heard groaning and shifting in the heat of Mediterranean Spain. Change is in the wind and part of its future was revealed, after months of uncertainty, when the prot... [more]
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Cyber – attacks with fake antivirus message repelled by Marine sites
As the Internet becomes the entertainment news and commercial focus worldwide, attempts by cyber-criminal groups continue to disrupt business.... [more]
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Audi Medcup: Artemis good start, not so good finish
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
Today was the first day of the Audi Med Cup - Cagliari. Three races were held in 8-18 knots for the fleet of ten TP52s. Onboard Artemis our first and second races were good with a 3,6 and we were second overall at that point. Then a bad start and going the wrong way on the first windward leg of the third race put us way behind the fleet. We fought back to battle on the last run with Bribon and... [more]
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TeamOrigin: Challenging conditions on Day 1 in Cagliari MedCup
The first day of racing here at the Audi Med Cup Cagliari threw a variety of conditions at the sailing teams today. The forecast models were not at all certain what they could promise on the race course and that was evident in the changing and shifty conditions that were experienced with the wind swinging up to 30 degrees by the last race. The committee had to move the marks on virtually eve... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Images and results
Chuck Lantz,
Rolex Big Boat Series 2010. More fog and light winds on the final day of the 2010 edition on San Francisco bay. The following are images of the class winners, taken by Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ have difficult bur rewarding racing
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand is leading the fleet after the first day of the Audi MedCup regatta, at Cagliari, Sardinia. NZL 380 finished eighth, second and first in the three races sailed to sit on 11 points, equal with the French-German entry Audi A1, but leading on count back.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta - Bounceability
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit - Emirates Team New Zealand bounced back from an opening race eighth to lead the Region of Sardinia Regatta.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Going live on the Gulf of Cagliari
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit village today saw an overcast morning, on the dockside in the centre of the port of Cagliari, and while there is a light SE'ly breeze around, the predictions are that the day's biggest conflict may be between contrary breezes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - Trapani plays host to penultimate round
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series' penultimate leg will be hosted at the beautiful, medieval port of Trapani, on the western coast of Sicily in just a few days time. Seven teams will line up on 23 September including local hero Gabriele Bruni with his ‘wildcard' entry Trapani the Sailing Seacily.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Erik Simonson images from day three
Erik Simonson images,
Photographer Erik Simonson presents this gallery of images from day three of the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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