Traditional Boats fundraiser...Speed record smashed...More money, More venues for WMRT

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 15 Oct 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 October 2010

Slow going on the sticky sand - Kiwis in action in the Blokarts  Grant Crawshay
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 October 2010

Looking for a good reason to goof off for a few hours?

Today, and this weekend, there is a good opportunity to check out another boat show. The Waikato Boat, Fishing and Leisure Show is a joint venture between the NZ Marine Industry Association and Mystery Creek Events Centre, and is being staged this Friday, saturday and Sunday.

The show gets underway on Friday 15 October and runs to Sunday 17 October at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton.

Gates open 10am to 5pm, admission $12 adults, 14 year olds and under free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at

There's details of a great competition you can enter at the show, in this edition.

See the latest gear at the Waikato Boat, Fishing and Leisure Show  .. .

The NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School are holding a fundraising auction tonight, Friday, 15 October 2010 - 6pm at Ponsonby Cruising Club. The intent is to try to raise a modest amount of cash to enable the School to get through the next six months, during which there will have another chance to secure students and funding for the fulltime course. Regrettably the red tape associated with securing tertiary education funding here in NZ for this very worthy industry based course is proving extremely difficult for NZTBS to negotiate, and the School is seriously at risk in the short term. Please help support them if you can, details in this edition.

The Townson designs, Nimble and a Zephyr outside the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School in Hobsonville  Franck Gicquiaud

Overnight, the World Match Racing Tour announced some major enhancements as they move to take the monohull space as the premier event on the world match racing scene. Prize money has been increased substantially, there will be more events and more venues. Also announced is a venue bidding process.

Currently the event doesn't come Downunder, however with Auckland's new Super City coming into existence, giving it the financial and resource wherewithal to host major events, it will be interesting see if the City of Sails, raises its hand for one of the events on the expanded circuit.

Bernard Stamm (Cheminees Poujoulat), fights to for survival in a Force 10 storm in mountainous seas the Bay of Biscay, the day after the start of the 2006 VELUX 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race, which features some of the best solo yachtsmen in the world today.   onEdition ©

The eighth edition of the Velux 5 Oceans gets underway this weekend. Sail-World readers may recall the testing start to the last event, which has always attracted and often created the top trans-oceanic singlehanded sailors in the world. The event, which has had three changes of name (BOC Challenge, Around alone, and now Velux 5 Oceans) in it almost 30 year history, is put into context in this edition with a look back to the first race in 1982 through to 2006, and some of the great images from the last race in 2006.

The fleet will be stopping in Wellington.

Alexandre Caizergues setting a new speed sailing mark  KOLESKY/NIKON/LEXAR

A new world speed sailing mark has been set of over 54kts - the biggest jump in the history of speed sailing. We have the story in this edition along with some great video clips from Namibia - the location of many record attempts. Amazing, insane action!

In Warkworth, production of the AC45 class to be used as a preliminary and youth boat for the America's Cup World Championship Series. Ivor Wilkins was on hand earlier this week for a visit to the Core Composites facility, by the newly appointed America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS).

Wingsail mould construction AC45 at NZ Core Builders facility   Ivor Wilkins/

Entries and opinion continues to roll in on the America's Cup. Currently we have had almost 1000 responses and there's still plenty of time for you to have your say on the developments. /75526 to vent your spleen, or make constructive comment, or just click your responses to the questions - and have the chance to win a Musto fleece.

Foiling Moths - Hayling Tide Ride 2010  Chris Bashall

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Fundraiser this Friday for NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School
David Glen,
The NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School are holding a fundraising auction on Friday, 15 October 2010 - 6pm at Ponsonby Cruising Club.. The intent is to try to raise a modest amount of cash to enable the School to get through the next 6 months, during which we will have another chance to secure students and funding for the fulltime course.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards - 2010 Winners and Finalists
Yachting NZ,
Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce a list of finalists and awardees for the prestigious Yachting Excellence Awards for 2010. Ten Performance Awards, eight Service Awards, two Cruising Awards and the Emerging Talent Award have been announced today and will be presented at the Gala Dinner and Presentation Ceremony to be held in Auckland on the evening of Friday November 26th.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Micro racers can pack punch against big rivals
Zoe Hawkins,
The emerging fleet of ‘micros' are circa-thirty footers that give exceptional performance in downwind and reaching conditions, thanks to clever utilization of the absolute latest design and construction developments, including canting keels, and composite materials.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: The race in context - 28 years of history and drama
Velux 5 Oceans media,
What is now known as the Velux 5 Oceans Race, the singlehanded around the world race with stopovers has been sailed for almost 30 years, and has seen most of the worlds top and most revered singlehanded sailors compete.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - money increases - new boats - more venues
WMRT Media,
ISAF Match Racing World Championship, which is in its 22nd year and is now known as the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), today committed its future to monohull match racing and unveiled its future strategy which has been designed to ensure the growth and sustainability of the discipline.... [more]
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2010 Blokart World Championships Day 1, Auckland Team Report
Ross Vickers,
The 2010 Blokart World Championships were due start today in Ostend, Belgium with 137 Blokarts over two classes, each with 5 divisions, however it was not to be due to light winds. Stories of Protests and Sand bagging, and a change of venue ensured an eventful day was had by all.... [more]
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RC 44 Fleet Race World Championship - A life experience for Calero
MaxComm Communication,
RC 44 Fleet Race Worlds Sailors have a superstition that winning the practice race prior to a world championship is bad luck. Superstition be damned. Yesterday, Jose Juan Calero guided BMW Oracle Racing to first place in the practice race for the RC 44 Fleet Race World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 14 October 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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Volvo Ocean Race – Final addition to the star-studded team
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Commercial Team, headed up by Britain's Greg Miall is now complete. This is the first time the world's premier ocean race has had such a specialist division and an all-star, multi-national line up which has been hand-picked from outside and inside the sport of sailing.... [more]
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Hayling Tide Ride – 19 foiling moths, one winner
Int. Moth Class Association,
Hayling Tide Ride saw 19 foiling Moths descend upon Hayling Island for the 10th year, and following a misty start, the sun shone through gracing the fleet with a mild 10-15 knot easterly and classic Hayling conditions.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper profile Christophe Bullens
Velux 5 Oceans,
When 17-year-old Christophe Bullens first took the water in 1978, it was actually on a powerboat. The young Belgian had decided sailing couldn't be fun because they just weren't as quick as powerboats. Then one day a friend took Christophe out to sea on his yacht and after giving him the helm, disappeared into the cabin emerging several hours later to find Christophe a sailing convert.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour- Minoprio, Mirsky and Macgregor among speakers
Tom Traill,
World Match Racing Tour, the leading professional sailing series, will be holding a global press conference on Thursday 14th October in central London when key announcements about the international series will be made.... [more]
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Royal Ocean Racing Club's Yacht of the Year announced
Trish Jenkins,
Royal Ocean Racing Club announced today that Piet Vroon's Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 is the 2010 Yacht of the Year. Piet has been racing with the RORC for 50 years and during that time has achieved many notable successes including the Rolex Fastnet Race. Now 80 years young, he competed in eight RORC races this season including the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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Kites are King but a new SailRocket is coming along
Paul Larsen Sail-Rocket,
Whether you think a kite is a proper boat or not is a contentious issue. I don't think it is a boat in any form... but it is definitely a contender for the outright world speed sailing record and I don't even mind the ditch they are running down.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 - Synergy Sailing Team to build new TP52
Audi MedCup,
Russia's Synergy Sailing Team will build a new TP52 for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit. Theirs is the third new build TP52 to be announced for next season and will be built from the same mould as the new Botin Carkeek designed Quantum Racing (USA), to be launched ready to have their first racing at Palma Vela in April next year.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Shakedown sail: Total success for
Spirit of Canada Sailing Team,
Derek Hatfield returns with a smile after a productive day on the water. For Derek Hatfield, today was a banner day. Today was the day that his brand new suit of sails were put through the paces and we are pleased to report that they performed beautifully. The skipper put in some serious miles today in the waters off of La Rochelle, France in advance of this weekend's Velux 5 Oceans Race start.... [more]
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RC 44 World Championship Match Racing medals awarded
MaxComm Communications,
The first three medals of the inaugural RC 44 World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup were awarded today in recognition of the match racing portion of the regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray inpects new AC45 class.
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - l'Hydroptere record broken
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
It's official – after today the Hydroptere is no longer the fastest sailing vessel. It's previous record of 51.36 was broken numerous times today by Kite surfers!... [more]
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