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 30 Sep 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 30 September 2010

Britain's star sailors may be having their last shot an Olympipcs in 2012  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 30 September 2010

A few of sailing's sacred cows look set to be put up for slaughter next month in Athens at the ISAF Annual Meeting.

In this edition of Sail-World we background the changes that have been proposed by both the ISAF Olympic Commission and the all-powerful inner sanctum, the Executive Committee.

The scale of change proposed is so wide sweeping that the vested interest groups will find the measures impossible to thwart by their well practiced means.

The New Zealand designed PlanetSolar leaves Monaco  .. .

There will be several outcomes which will have wide impact on the sport in New Zealand, with only three classes having reasonable assurance of being on the start line in Brazil in 2016. The rest will at best be subject to an Evaluation Trial.

In the America's Cup the pace of their evaluation continues steadily, with the announcement of terms by the San Francisco authorities, including a commitment to an event fee of USD270million.

Murrays Bay venue for the 2010 WinChamps  Brian Haybittle

Meanwhile in UK the sailing media is beating the retreat for TeamOrigin, as their Olympic sailors seem poised to concentrate on a home Olympics in 2012, rather then an away game in 2013 for the America's Cup.

Steven Bond's Ozi Opt competition on Sail-World is coming down to the wire, he is counting NZL as an Ozi state - and the seventh state is winning!! Click here to make sure you get your entry in, and win a boat for your club, too!

Grand Epoque fleet at the Start line - Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Wellington Spirit win NZ Youth Match Racing National Championships
RPNYC Events,
The Wellington Spirit Yacht Racing team, consisting of Josh Junior, Matthew Steven and Chris Jones, have been crowned the 2010 New Zealand Youth Match Racing National Champions. Junior and team sailed a flawless regatta winning every match they sailed over the past four days to take out the title on Wellington Harbour.... [more]
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Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November
Richad Gladwell,
The Olympic shakeup by the International Sailing Federation looks set to continue at its Annual Conference in just over a month's time in Athens. Proposals from the Olympic Commission centre around the process by which Olympic Events are selected and recommend the extension of the change period from four years to six.... [more]
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New Volvo Ocean Race measurers given a head-start on the race
Riath Al-Samarrai, Volvo OR,
Shaun Ritson knows what to expect. He's been around the yard too many times not to. 'I reckon I'll be on a collision course with all of them at some stage,' he says. 'Can't avoid that.' He's given up on predicting the outcomes to yacht races, having worked two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and a further two America's Cups. Each time, he has seen good teams fail and weaker teams excel and he... [more]
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Winter Champs: Summer season warm up starts under blue skies
Zoe Hawkins,
The pleasant spring conditions of the last few days were welcomed by young sailors preparing for the Stack Interiors Winter Champs, particularly those who have travelled from earthquake-stricken Canterbury to take part. The Murrays Bay Sailing Club sailing regatta, and its unique coaching warm up event, gets ‘bigger and better' every year as young sailors benefit from training with top New Zealan... [more]
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Official Game set to be another winner for the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The extremely popular online game will be back for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Over 220,000 players participated in the game during the course of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race, with prizes being given on every leg. The overall race winner was Dutch player Powerof7, whose hard work won him a Volvo C30. Sign up for the beta edition.... [more]
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HSBC Premier Coastal Classic - Split Enz to defend record honour
HSBC Premier Coastal Classic,
HSBC Premier Coastal Classic - Split Enz to defend record honour - And it will have to be, because racing for the first time ever is Simon Hull's giant Orma 60, TeamVodafoneSailing, which aims to be the first boat ever to break the six hour barrier, to beat Split Enz's standing record for multihulls of 7 hours and 20 minutes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Bid for San Francisco needs $270M in sponsorships
Eric Young, San Jose Business Journal,
Supporters of San Francisco's bid to host the next America's Cup pledged to raise $270 million in sponsorship to cover the costs of the regatta if the event is held on the bay. Under a term sheet submitted to the city's Board of Supervisors this week, bid backers said they expect to raise that amount after holding conversations with Bay Area-based corporations... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 29 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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Turanor Planet Solar on her way
Dima Ivanov,
The 31m solar powered, carbon fibre wavepiercer catamaran 'Turanor Planet Solar', designed by New Zealand's Auckland-based LOMOcean Design, departed Monaco this Monday on the first leg of a world tour intended to highlight sustainable energy.... [more]
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WMRT - Macgregor competes for bragging rights over her mentor
World Match Racing Tour,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - Newly crowned ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week.... [more]
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29er Harken Grand Prix at Thorpe Bay
GBR 29er Class Association,
29er Harken Grand Prix event brought 23 sailors to Thorpe Bay Yacht Club to conduct what will certainly be remembered as the adrenaline rush of the year. Wind readings for the first day were up to 20-25 knots, with one of the locals convinced that it was blowing a force 7 on the other side of the river.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Worth the wait
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Another day in Saint-Tropez that required patience from competitors and the race committee alike. In the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, there was not a breath of wind to start, then at 1pm someone hit the wind switch and an easterly breeze filled in.... [more]
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WSSR Ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the RORC.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany - Flipping the vibe on day 5
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany and despite the lack of competition late in the afternoon head judge, Duncan Coombs organised a light wind freestyle exhibition allowing the sailors to wow the crowds with a technical display of tow-in-styling.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship 2010 set to start
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Championship - Preparations are well underway in Porto Rotondo for the 11th edition. Racing in the event begins tomorrow and will continue through Sunday October 3rd. The ten participating crews are currently completing registration, sail measurement and weight controls as well as fitting in some practice on the regatta course prior to the start of competition.... [more]
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Australians nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Craig Heydon,
Australians nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Australian 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Laser sailor Tom Slingsby are finalists in the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award with the winner to be announced on November 9, 2010, in Athens, Greece. Belcher, from the Gold Coast, and Page, from Sydney's Northern Beaches, were nominated following their stellar year.... [more]
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Goss joins forces with title sponsor for latest solo campaign
Legendary British sailor Pete Goss MBE has joined forces with title sponsor DMS to tell the world it is time to PACK IT IN! He is launching his latest solo campaign with a serious environmental message. Using boat graphics the like of which have never been seen before in ocean racing, Pete and DMS have pledged to the world of plastic packaging that it is time to PACK IT IN!... [more]
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Ed Wright nominated for 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award
Robert Deaves,
Ed Wright nominated for 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award - Following the Finn Class' nomination of current World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) for the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sail of the Year Award, ISAF official announced on Tuesday 28 September that Wright has been accepted as one of the nominees going forward for the final awards ceremony.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A gentle breeze for the Classics
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Though generous earlier in the day for the Modern class with about 6-8 knots, the wind was not cooperative by midday for the first start – and the first race of the week – for the Tradition class yachts, dropping to 2-3 knots on the Golfe de St Tropez.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Day 4
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Windsurfing's longstanding legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the racecourse in the light winds off Westerland today to start the week ahead of his archrival, Antoine Albeau!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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Aussies nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2010
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The Australian 470 sailing team of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page has been nominated for the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - The Nominees
Regatta News and Sail-World,
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds - Top Ten in photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Top ten finishers at the Melges 32 Worlds. Photos by Chuck Lantz... [more]
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US Sailing names Jack Gierhart executive director
Jake Fish,
US Sailing, the National Governing Body o f the sport, has named Jack Gierhart its acting executive director. Gierhart has served as the associate executive director of US Sailing since November of 2009. He was the organization's marketing director from 2002 to 2005. He succeeds Charlie Leighton who plans to retire in October from the position he held since 2005.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez kicks off
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The grande finale of the yachting season – certainly for the classic yachts that all summer-long prowl the Mediterranean in search of competition and camaraderie – began today. Close to 300 yachts filled the Vieux Port and nearby marinas for the weeklong ‘don't miss' stop on the yachting circuit.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Control opens for business
Volvo Ocean Race,
Last week Volvo Ocean Race opened its new Race Control, a high-tech hub inspired by the NASA control centre, which will be the nerve-centre of the race when it starts next year. It is the most advanced race control room ever built for a yacht race.... [more]
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Chris Schmid images from day 5 of the Audi Medcup, Cagliari
Chris Schmid images,
Chris Schmid presents this gallery of images from Day 5 of the Audi Medcup, Cagliari.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: TeamOrigin end on a high note in Sardinia
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
The notorious Mistral blew the Audi MedCup off its Sardinian track on Saturday, but not before a boisterous finale saw Britain's Team Origin bring the curtain down on a high note and Emirates Team New Zealand, with back-to-back championship wins, confirm its place as the world's top sailing outfit.... [more]
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