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 06 Oct 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 6 October 2010

Nick Blackman, Black Match Racing. Argo Group Gold Cup 2010. Hamilton, Bermuda. 4 October 2010. Photo: Subzero Images/WMRT  Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 October 2010

There's plenty going on in the sailing world at the moment!

On Tuesday Sail-World paid another visit to Core Composites in Warkworth, and in this issue we update you with three stories on the construction of the new America's Cup one design class - the AC45, the first of which is scheduled for launch in February 2011.

As we have noted in the story, it is a very rare privilege to be allowed into an America's Cup boat building facility. Normally camera toting media people are shot on sight - however because there are no secrets in this project, we (and you) were given a free reign.

Kerikeri vs Tauranga - Interdominion Schools Team Sailing Championships  Kirsty Laws t.short@iconz.co.nz

Three New Zealand crews are competing in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, and we are pleased to be able to present reports from both crews on the first day of racing.

For Blackmatch Racing, this is the regatta in which they must make a move on series leader Matthieu Richard. They seem to have done this, aided by Richard's indifferent form.

We will keep updating this story as it unfolds on www.sail-world.com

Sailing at French Bay Yacht Club   Matt Hall-Smith

There's an eye witness account of the hearing today in San Francisco, as to whether the City would get behind the hosting of the 34th America's Cup. It was too good an opportunity for at least one of the 'Supervisors' to stake out a claim opposing the bid - and his antics caught the headlines, before the 'Supe' had to bail and pick up thekids. Only in America!

The 2010 J/80 World Championship, hosted by Sail Newport and Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI.
Race day 1 outside in big waves and 20 knts.
  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

From Algies Bay we have a report on the Interdominion Teams Racing. And further south a belated (our fault) report on the Stack Interiors WinCham series off Murrays Bay which attracted a great fleet of 273 boats. And don't miss the story on the sailing revival at French Bay!

Mark Turner, Tim Smythe and the sail building team at Core Composites - AC45 construction 5 October 2010  Richard Gladwell

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!

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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Fine weather and fun at Stack Interiors Winter Champs
Zoe Wilde,
Competing with near-perfect weather for attention at the 2010 Winter Champs, sponsored by Stack Interiors, was a massive fleet of 273 boats, including more than 100 tiny Optimists, five mighty 18ft Skiffs, and a myriad of traditional youth classes and Olympic hopefuls. 273 boats and more than 300 sailors took part in the Stack Interiors Winter Champs off Murrays Bay on the North Shore of Auckland... [more]
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Blackmatch Racing: A solid start in Paradise
Blackmatch Racing,
Today was the opening day of racing at the Argo Group Gold Cup and with 2 wins from our two races to kick off our regatta, the team is off to a good start. This is the penultimate event on the World Tour and with a host of legendary past winners that include Kiwi's Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson... [more]
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Images of the America's Cup: Constructing AC 45's in seven easy steps
Richard Gladwell,
Due to the secrecy under which most racing yachts are now constructed, media and cameras are not usually allowed into a building facility - however at Core Composites new construction facility in Warkworth, there are no secrets on the AC45 design and we have an all too rare chance to follow the action... [more]
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Waka Racing report from Day 1 of the Bermuda Gold Cup
Waka Racing report from the Bermuda Gold Cup: Today was the first day of the World Match Race Tour Bermuda Gold Cup.Where we have just come in off the water with 2 wins and 1 loss score on the score card. This event has a brutal format with 24 teams split into 3 groups, with each group completing a round robin. The top 2 finishers go directly through to the top 8 and third and fourth getting a s... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutkowski signs title sponsorship deal
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has signed a title sponsorship deal.... [more]
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New Zealand Win Interdominion Team Sailing Championships at Algies Bay
Kirsty Laws,
New Zealand decisively won the three-day Interdominion School Team Sailing Championships from Australia at Algies Bay today. The top three school teams each from Australia and New Zealand completed five round robins in a full three days of racing, in mostly light conditions. New Zealand dominated throughout the event, also winning the Trans-Tasman trophy for top country.... [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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America's Cup: Wingsails under construction at Warkworth
Richard Gladwell,
One of the features of the new AC45 yacht, designed as a trainer racer for the 34th America's Cup, is the wingsail. At the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, a mould is being built to produce the wingsails for the new one design. Looking remarkably like something out of a model plane construction kit, the main spar male mould is being is being construc... [more]
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Images from the first day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
Top international photographer Paul Todd (Outside Images) presents this gallery of images from the first day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com,
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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West Auckland yacht club open day - a friendly option
Zoe Hawkns,
Like mucking around with boats? French Bay Yacht Club in Titirangi is recruiting! Founded in 1956 and for decades was a central meeting point for the French Bay community. Now a group of hard working volunteers and keen sailors are seeing the iconic French Bay Yacht Club enter a renaissance period.... [more]
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San Francisco Supes approve America's Cup bid in stormy hearing
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed by a 9-2 vote Item 39 on the official agenda: the resolution endorsing the City's formal term sheet for hosting America's Cup 34 and supporting efforts to bring the AC34 to San Francisco. The term sheet acts as a detailed letter of intent. The city now officially has a formal bid in play once it is transmitted to BMW Oracle Racing, backed by a... [more]
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J80 World Championships - Ferocious Northeaster blitzes fleet on day 1
J/80 Worlds,
The start of the 2010 J/80 Worlds promised to be an epic day. With breezes on the course area in the 60-75 degree direction blowing 15-25 knots and ginormous waves with cross-chop from the east, everyone knew they were going to be in for a serious, physically demanding day.... [more]
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Black Sheep Racing set the pace at Argo Group Gold Cup Bermuda
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Black Sheep Racing reports on their great first day at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda. We had three races today including Eric Monnin, Damien Ihel and Ben Ainslie. Eric Monnin was given a penalty as he did not enter properly so we kept it close throughout race. The team is looking forward to getting back into it tomorrow.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup - Emerging talent puts top seed on the ropes
Argo Group Gold Cup - Emerging talent puts top seed on the ropes - Macgregor had a shaky start, losing her first two matches, the second against a young Kiwi skipper who's starting to make big waves in match racing – Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2010 - interview with PRO Blake Middleton
Heaven Can Wait Media,
Heaven Can Wait PRO Blake Middleton interview. The 51 year old US Race Officer has made a 9,000 mile trek, each year for the last five years, to come to Australia's Lake Macquarie for the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Artemis images from Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch images,
Sander van der Borch images of Artemis on the first day of the TP52 World Championships in Valencia.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Gilmour junior launches bid to face father
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour - As a four-time Match Racing World Champion, Peter Gilmour's family name is a recurring theme in the history books of sailing however it is the emerging talent of his son David and his plan to compete against his father at the Monsoon Cup which are grabbing today's headlines.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Cayard reports on Artemis progress on day 1
Paul Cayard,
TP52 World Championship 2010 - A good start to the Championship for Artemis today with a 3, 5, 2. We had to wait for a while this morning for the Southeasterly seabreeze to fill in but when it came in, it built nicely up to 17 knots in the second and third races.... [more]
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America's Cup: First wingsailed AC45 well advanced at Warkworth
Richard Gladwell,
The first of the AC45 class continues to take shape in the Warkworth building facility of Core Composites. The 45ft one design wingsailed catamarans are intended to be used in the first of the America's Cup World Championship regattas, before being turned over to Youth teams, to compete on the same circuit when the larger AC72 class comes into being in March 2012.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Red letter day for Synergy
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships - Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Upset victory
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - Mathieu Richard French Match Racing Team was put to the sword by reigning Women's Match Racing World Champion, Lucy Macgregor Match Race Girls on day one of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup. The added grit of the lesser known teams who also attacked Richard on the front foot means the current leader now faces more than a formality to reach the Quarter-Finals.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans – Christophe Bellens dismasted en route to event
Velux 5 Oceans Media,
Velux 5 Oceans hasn't yet started, but the problems have for Belgian Sailor Christophe Bullens as he was dismasted this morning off the coast of France en route to the event. The 49-year-old skipper had been sailing his Eco 60 class yacht Five Oceans of Smiles in 18-knot winds and choppy seas 15 miles from the Normandy coast when disaster struck.... [more]
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Weymouth Speed Week - Famous foiler Mirabaud LX to take part
MaxComm Communication,
Weymouth Speed Week exists since 1972; it is one of sailing's mythical events. The speed week has been a meeting point for sailing fans, designers and inventors for decades. Kiteboards and windsurfs have taken over recently, yet Weymouth Speed Week remains a dream for Thomas Jundt and a fantastic environment in which to test his foiler and share views with other speed sailing fans.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Hard to read form guide
TP52 World Championships,
The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships offered strong winds for the eight teams. With the Audi MedCup Circuit only just finished the World Championships' programme of up to ten races with no discard are a new opportunity which requires a very different approach.... [more]
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Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Sailing Championships underway
Kirsty Laws,
Algies Bay turned on a variety of conditions today for Day 2 of the annual Interdominion Team Sailing Championships The top three schools from Australia and New Zealand are competing for the Trans-Tasman trophy (winning country) and InterDominion trophy (winning school). Racing was delayed till midday waiting for wind. The breeze then built steadily through the afternoon to 10-12 knots.... [more]
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Doyle Sails - October 2010 Newsletter
Doyle Sails,
It has been nearly three months now since Doyle Sails Australia's Sydney operations were expanded with financial and technical support from Doyle Sails New Zealand. For Sydney the expansion resulted in a move back into the Rushcutters Bay loft and a push on the marketing side.... [more]
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Manly 16ft Skiffs - Sailing gods blow Typhoons winning lead
James Bury,
Clint Bowen has been around sailing long enough to know no cause is hopeless, that the race is never won until the final gun sounds. But the Fluid Building Services skipper must have thought he'd cashed in his chips when Typhoon (Craig Nicholls) cleared out to a commanding three-to-four minute lead in Manly 16ft skiff Club's spring point-score race on Saturday.... [more]
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Interdominion Schools Team Racing Championship Day 1
Shaun Tiedemann,
Competition Day 1 update: Light conditions today with competition starting in about five - seven knots and finishing in four knots - so the light weight combinations were the order of the day.... [more]
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Belcher and Page London Challenge 2012 - Sunsail joins as sponsor
Alex Blake,
Belcher and Page London Challenge 2012 - Sunsail, the largest operator of recreational yacht charters, watersports clubs, flotilla holidays and corporate yachting events in the world, joins as Australia's sailing and holiday season kicks into high gear, with Sunsail's bases in the Whitsundays, Thailand and Tahiti popular regional choices.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Cool facades
Talbot Wilson,
World Match Racing Tour - Everyone knows but no one is saying it – that sums up the atmosphere on the waters of Hamilton Harbour on Practice Day of Argo Group Gold Cup. Five of the 22 teams competing all still have a chance of snatching the overall ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Their skippers have been playing down the challenges awaiting them in a bid to deflect any additional pressure.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
In a video interview, Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea during the 2002-2003 Around Alone. In a storm off Cape Horn his boat pitched polled causing a near catastrophe.... [more]
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Black Sheep Racing at Han River International Match Race
Black Sheep Racing Media,
After our success in the Han River International Match Race in Seoul, Korea, Black Sheep has had a short break over the past few weeks. In this time there has been a new release of ISAF Match race rankings. This saw us move up four places from 18th to 14th.... [more]
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Barker and Bundock team up for Extreme 40's
Exteme Sailing Series Europe,
Emirates Team New Zealand will enter an Extreme 40 in the final round of the 2010 circuit, with America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker teaming up with Australian Tornado World Champion Darren Bundock for the Italian event. They are one of two new teams.... [more]
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Interdominion Schools Team Racing Championship - Tasmanians start well
Peter Campbell,
Young sailors in Hobart's Guildford Young/St Virgils Colleges team are leading an Australian bid to beat New Zealand schools in the Interdominion schools team racing championship which began today on Kawau Bay, north of Auckland... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2011 moves to Takapuna - NOR now on-line and entry open
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sail Auckland 2011, New Zealand's ISAF Grade 1 Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, will be sailed from Auckland's North Shore in early February next year. Entry is now open and the Notice of Race is available at www.sailauckland.org.nz Takapuna Beach was the venue for the 2008 Festival of Sailing, where four Olympic classes staged their 2008 World Championships and Olympic Qualifiers.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Back in Western Australia
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs Back in Western Australia - Rollerson has been pushing for the revival of the 18s in Perth and his association with Australian 18 Footers League President John Winning led to a visit to Sydney by Scott Glaskin and the subsequent charter of four boats by the League. The four boats joined one already in Perth.... [more]
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NZ 18ft season opens in great sailing conditions
Scott Kennedy,
The 2010/2011 NZ 18ft Skiff Season opened on the weekend at Murrays Bay in great sailing conditions. Saturdays forecast predicted SW winds of 15 knots. With this in mind, all 6 crews competing elected to sail with big rigs for the three races scheduled. This proved to be an interesting decision as the wind increased throughout the day.... [more]
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