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 03 Oct 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 3 October 2010

2010 WinCham - Murrays Bay   James Munro
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 3 October 2010

As noted in our last editorial, the British America's Cup team, TeamOrigin, has decided not to enter the 34th America's Cup after campaigning on the major sailing circuits for three years.

In this edition we carry the announcement from TeamOrigin, plus a second interview with team principal Sir Keith Mills, who is rather forthright with his comments on the arrangements for the 34th America's Cup.

Quite where this leaves other Challengers remains to be seen.

There has been some reaction from Australia and USA to our story on the changes in the wind for the Olympic classes, regatta and indeed whole dinghy sailing side of the sport from learn to sail upwards. We have started a mailbag on the topic, and are always pleased to hear more.

TeamOrigin in big seas 1851 Cup Regatta. Day 3. Around the Island.  Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN

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!

2010 WinCham - Murrays Bay  James Munro

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America's Cup: Sir Keith Mills reflects on the TeamOrigin withdrawal
Richard Gladwell,
British America's Cup team principal, Sir Keith Mills had given an extensive interview with Yachting World's Matthew Sheahan covering the reason behind the cessation of action to Challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Entries open for the event on 1 November 2010 closing in the first quarter of 2011. TeamOrigin was formed after the 32nd America's Cup and was a leading participant amongst challen... [more]
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Images from the Winter Championships at Murrays Bay Sailing Club.
James Munro,
Images from the Winter Championships being sailed at Murrays Bay Sailing Club.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait – Doing it tough
Heaven Can Wait media,
A torturous and challenging night for the 24 hour Heaven Can Wait race fleet. Howver, the challenge was on for the slower boats in the 24 hour Heaven Can Wait race. The first lap took seven hours for the tail gunners after which they began a very long night.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham-on-Crouch - National 12 Champs lead
Sue Pelling,
Racing, over short-sharp, windward/leeward courses, at the mouth of the River Roach a couple of miles down stream from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, kept the fleet on its toes throughout the day and the level of competition – with national champions from 30 of the most popular dinghy racing classes represented – was, not surprisingly, extremely high.... [more]
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D-One Gold Cup, Valencia - new leader
Michele Tognozzi,
Second day at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup with another two great races on the board in Valencia. Tomorrow is going to be a make or break day with two races scheduled, and the second one carrying double points and non-discardable.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany - Day 8 spectacle
The gusty offshore breeze once again proved tough for the world's top ranked racers to tame, but with the help of a few caddies, and some patience from the race crew, everyone had a fair chance of choosing the right gear to match the conditions they were dealt.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Simon Gundry on the Mast falling down parties
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
‘It seems like a lifetime ago', says Ceramco New Zealand's crewmember Simon Gundry. ‘Almost 30 years ago to be exact, since we were sailing down the Atlantic on the first leg of the 1981-82 Whitbread .‘Twelve New Zealanders off to conquer the world on this epic adventure, as it was in those days and I remember the moment now, as clearly as if it happened yesterday...... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A fitting finale
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez and a fitting finale for the last day of racing. Leading their classes in the Tradition division going into today's final race – and tied for the Rolex Trophy – were Graham Walker's NYYC 40 Rowdy in the Epoque (Classic) Marconi 1, and Yves-Marie Morault's 12 metre, Ikra in Grands Classiques.... [more]
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South African Hobie Tiger National Championships at Mossel Bay
Kirsten Veenstra,
South African Hobie Tiger National Championships from seventh – 9th August was held at Mossel Bay, and although it turned out that not too much sailing was done, the weekend was an eventful one, thoroughly enjoyed by all.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has some fun in La Rochelle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad proves he still has a sense of humour amid the pressure of preparing for the Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait - Moth flies as Champion smashes Lake Macquarie record
Heaven Can Wait Media,
Lake Macquarie sailor, Nathan Outteridge showed by smashing the Heaven Can Wait race record, for the 29 nautical mile race around the lake this afternoon.... [more]
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Ainslie and TeamOrigin looking for Argo Group Gold Cup repeat
Colin Thompson - The Bermuda Sun,
Triple Olympic gold medalists and ISAF World Sailor of the Year Ben Ainslie hopes Hamilton Harbour will once again prove to be fertile ground for TeamOrigin.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy day 1 - Big winds disrupt proceedings
Sue Pelling,
Big winds sweeping across the country this afternoon disrupted proceedings at the Calltracks-sponsored opening day of the 50th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham-on-Crouch on the east coast. With winds exceeding 30 knots in the gusts, Race Officer Kim Allen and team made the wise decision to postpone the first race of the eight-race champion-of-champions series.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2010 launched in Valencia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship 2010 edition was officially launched at the Edificio Veles e Vents in Valencia today. The World's will take place on the America's Cup waters off the city between the fifth and ninth of October.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt - Dunkerbeck tames the tricky conditions
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
The legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne, Mystic) stamped his authority on the PWA's fastest fleet today to win every single race by a convincing margin (apart from one minor semi-final where he allowed Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) to sneak his way through.... [more]
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US Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year 2010 - Accepting nominations
Jake Fish,
Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year 2010 - US Sailing members can play their part by submitting a nomination for the top American sailors of 2010. US Sailing is now accepting nominations which recognize one male and one female sailor for their outstanding individual achievements on-the-water at national and/or international events during the calendar year.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Stunning day on the Bay of Pampelonne
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - After a day ‘off', on Friday it was back to fleet racing for the 289 boats here this year. Les Voiles is unique in the diversity of the fleet; for this 12th edition there are 101 boats in the Tradition division, 165 in the Modern division, 11 in the Wally division, and 12 in the Tofinu division.... [more]
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Hungary and Croatia take first day of D-One's in Valencia,
Perfect sailing in Valencia for the first two races of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One. Winners of the day are Hungarian Zsombor Berecz and Croatian Ivan Gaspic. Thirty-one helmsmen from 14 nations entered the event.Perfect sailing in Valencia for the first two races of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One. Winners of the day are Hungarian Zsombor Berecz and Croatian Ivan Gaspic.... [more]
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Brit's Golden Team turn their back on America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
TeamOrigin, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, have announced that it will not be challenging for the next America's Cup scheduled for 2013. Over the next couple of months TeamOrigin will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Sunrise practice for locals
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup crews representing Bermuda on their home waters next week were up early again today for a sunrise practice. Blythe Walker is the reigning Bermuda National Match Racing champion and Lance Fraser, the young challenger sailing in his first Argo Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Live and breathe the thrilling action
WMRT Media,
World Match Racing Tour, Argo Group Gold Cup: The one-on-one battles, heated rivalries and twists of fate which embody the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) will be played out on the waters of Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda next week at the Argo Group Gold Cup where the introduction of a mobile website and live blog with audio feed promise to bring the action closer to fans than ever before.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Minoprio ups the pressure on Richard
Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing has stepped up the pressure on series leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Richard will have cause for concern with Minoprio's young Kiwi team having launched a devastating end of season run last year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Legends: Wings clipped but still racing
Volvo Ocean Race,
In part two of Ceramco New Zealand's spectacular dismasting during leg one of the Whitbread 1981-82, skipper Peter Blake has called his crew together to discuss the options. ‘Our best solution was to continue on to Cape Town by the downwind route, around the back (to the west) of the South Atlantic high-pressure systems, making as much speed as possible and have everything waiting for us to replac... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Thorpe Bay
Daniel Henderson,
20 Musto Skiffs arrived at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club for what promised to be a pretty full on first day. Race 2 was followed as soon as possible after race one, however being one the same race course as the 49ers, b14's and 29er's it meant some waiting around in-between races was necessary for the race committee to get ready and for the tail enders of the fleets to finish.... [more]
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Tornado European Championships - Interview with the Champions
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado European Championships - After their third victory in a row we interviewed Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Back to the roots
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - On a fall day in 1981, skipper Jean Laurain had stopped in St Tropez after extended cruising in the Mediterranean. There, Laurain met an American, Dick Jayson who was cruising on his Swan 44. After talking about the merits of their boats, soon a race, and a bet, was on. The stakes were simple: the loser would buy dinner for the winner at the legendary Club 55.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère in Saint-Tropez
l'Hydroptère for now three weeks, has landed on the shores of the Cote d'Azur, where she performs the last leg of her 2010 European loop. Since Monday, she has been sailing close to the classic regattas of the 'Voiles de Saint-Tropez'.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Publication of the AC72 rule
Iain Murray,
34th America's Cup - Following feedback from several prospective Challengers, ACRM has asked the rule drafting group to issue a second draft of the AC72 Rule and delay the publication of the definitive version until the 15th October 2010.... [more]
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High stakes Route du Rhum for New Zealand's Conrad Colman
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - In 2009, Conrad Colman's first taste of solo offshore sailing was a Mini 6.50 campaign, but the 26 year-old Kiwi soon identified GOR as an opportunity to fulfill his dream of racing around the world. Colman officially entered the GOR last autumn and will be competing in the 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale at the end of October on his chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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