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 20 Oct 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 October 2010

VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht, Activhouse, as he departs La Rochelle for the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race.  onEdition ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 October 2010

Our apologies for the delayed newsletter, Sail-World's website has has suffered and survived another attack from hackers. The only difference for readers will have been a slight slowing of the site. For editors, the resets have been frequent, and for our long-suffering technical support team, it is something they could do without!

In this edition we take a very long look at the decisions coming up in a couple of weeks regarding the Olympic Events and the ramifications for sailing generally. Suffice to say the International Sailing Federation has a grand opportunity to reform the Olympic Regatta. But will they have the courage to make the changes right through the Event program - or will the Council, once again, be compromised by politics?

2010 North Sails Young 88 Owners Championships. A typically tight mark rounding.. - 2010 North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs  Andrew Walker

There's plenty of news on the America's Cup front, with a secret meeting taking place in Paris on Friday amongst the would-be Challengers.

We have the latest forecast from PredictWind for the Coastal Classic starting on Friday. a record looks to be on - but check on for updates and race coverage.

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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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?
Richard Gladwell,
In just over a couple of weeks the International Sailing Federation's Council will have to make a decision as to whether they have the courage to make the biggest changes ever proposed in the Olympic side of the sport; or, will they compromise and try to almost please almost everybody.... [more]
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PredictWind - moderating breeze for Coastal Classic
Richard Gladwell,
The current (Wednesday evening) prognosis from PredictWind is for fresh breezes for the start of the 2010 Coastal Classic, but easing as the race progresses.... [more]
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HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Form Guide
Zoe Hawkins,
While most HSBC Premier Coastal Classic media attention is placed on the front runners and potential record setters, this is an opportunity to pay some attention to boats that may not make news headlines, but which will be doing their best to create their own sailing history. The HSBC Premier Coastal Classic – one of the world's iconic yacht races and one of the biggest races in the Southern H... [more]
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Images from the start of the Velux 5 Oceans - start off la Rochelle
Pierre Alain Varreon,
Images from the pre-start of the Velux 5 Oceans,at la Rochelle. Also featured is the three masted barquentine 'Belem', out of Nantes, who was one of the marks on the start line for the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Images from the Velux 5 Oceans and the Bassin des Chalutiers
Images from the Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle, France for the start of the Velux 5 Oceans, where six boats anchored from the initial eight... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams to meet in Paris, and new Extreme 40 alliance
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander, highly respected Yachting Correspondent for the Independent (UK) reports on the latest developments in the America's Cup. This week sees a meeting in Paris for potential teams for the next America's Cup in 2013.... [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 - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say by clicking on the reply form on the bottom of!th... [more]
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The Boats of Saggimau from solo sailor Andrew Fagan

Looking for something for the kids to play with this summer, and teach them the basics of sailing at the same time? Davilon the Morocat is a toy sailing boat designed to ‘free sail' on a beam reach at right angles to the wind. No batteries or remote control required.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Champion ready to defend title
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Flying into Malta it's hard not to be struck by the landscape: the buildings all a blinding beige in the hot sun, the landscape fairly arid and dry. It's more reminiscent of the Northern African coast. This year's fleet reflects that more than any year past, with numerous entries from throughout Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup space up for grabs at Malaysian Match Racing Championship
World Match Racing Tour - With the promise of a berth at the World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Championship finale - The Monsoon Cup - on offer for the winner, The Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) has attracted a stellar field of Malaysia's finest match racers, including two former winners of the MMRC.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Day 2 - Leaders round Cape Finisterre
Velux 5 Oceans,
Leaders round Cape Finisterre in search of trade winds. With two full days at sea now under their belts, the skippers racing in the Velux 5 Oceans are finding their rhythm and enjoying the psychological boost of the first major milestone - rounding Cape Finisterre and getting out of the busy shipping lanes.... [more]
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North Sails Young 88 Owners design racing at its best
Mike Leyland and Vaughn Clarke,
The North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs were hotly contested on Auckland Harbour over the weekend of the ninth & 10th of October. Twelve 'owner drivers' and crews battled it out in challenging spring conditions. The winds ranged from 5 to 35 knots in W/SW direction moving around over 20 degrees in some races.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Racers settle into life at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a perfect start in ideal weather conditions yesterday, the five Velux 5 Oceans skippers have been settling into life alone at sea. Their 60ft Eco 60 yachts will be their homes for the nine months as they sail 30,000 miles around the planet. After 24 hours of racing, American skipper Brad Van Liew is leading the fleet as they make their way through the notorious Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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2010 Blokart World Championships Final Results
Ross Vickers,
2010 Blokart World Championships final results.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Start day video
Velux 5 Oceans,
The skippers and their yachts have left, but it will be a few days before life returns to normal in La Rochelle following following yesterday's start of the Velux 5 Oceans race.... [more]
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Weymouth Speed Week - Pushing the Limits in Portland Harbour
Kate Holmes,
The lack of rules provides the ideal opportunity for both experts and dreamers to build the type of boats which, but for Dakine Weymouth Speed Week, would never see the light of day. There are no restrictions as to who may enter and all types of craft are welcome.... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2011 – Boats and support personnel wanted
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The Sail Auckland Race Management Committee is currently seeking race management and safety boats for the event, being hosted predominantly at Takapuna Boating Club from second to 6th February 2011, and invites you to get involved with an expression of interest now.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing set for first major competition
TeamVodafoneSailing set for first major competition - The boat has competed extensively in Auckland waters, but the 119nm classic from Auckland to Russell is its first major event racing under the Vodafone banner.... [more]
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Ker 46 Tonnerre De Breskens is RORC Yacht of the Year
Sydney Yachts Media,
This result has international significance as Sydney Yachts Managing Director Darren Williams pointed out. 'Early this year, Jason Ker and his team started development of the Sydney GTS 37 and 43, building on the design work they had carried out for the Ker 46 'Tonnerre'. It is therefore very pleasing to see Tonnerre voted RORC 'Yacht of the Year.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Life Members Trophy – De'Longhi an easy winner
Frank Quealey,
Simon Nearn, Peter Nicholson and Pedro Vezone, sailing together for the first time, brought De'Longhi home an easy winner of the Life Members Trophy 18ft Skiffs race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show attracts near 10,000 visitors
Ariana Tucker,
The gates closed on the eighth annual Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show at Mystery Creek Events Centre today with 9,811 visitors over the three day event. A joint venture between the NZ Marine Industry Association and Mystery Creek Events Centre; the Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show is designed to showcase the marine and leisure industry.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Scoring system and prize money announced
Velux 5 Oceans,
The scoring system that will be used for the 2010/11 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans can today be revealed. The winner of the Velux 5 Oceans will be the ocean racer who scores the most points over the course of the five gruelling ocean sprints which make up The Ultimate Solo Challenge. The Velux 5 Oceans skippers will be racing for their share of a massive €500,000 prize pot.... [more]
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RC 44 World Championship - Overall winner and Fleet Racing winners
MacComm Communications,
Heading into the final heat of the fleet racing portion of the regatta the top three boats – No Way Back, BMW Oracle Racing and 17 – were within one point of the title. Top honors on the final day of racing went to Chris Bake's Team Aqua, with New Zealander Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Team Aqua posted the low score of 6 points on finishes of 1-1-4, a welcome day after two days of struggles.... [more]
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2010 Blokart World Championships Day 4, Auckland Team Report
Ross Vickers,
Wind wind and more wind on day 4 at the 2010 Blokart World Championships, in Ostend, Belguium. Auckland Blokart Team members move up the leader board after a great days racing, strong winds made the race officers decision to race an easy one and meant that four races for each division were able to be sailed.... [more]
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New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains
Richard Gladwell,
A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards - Spithill wins Male Sailor of the Year
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing proudly announced a few moments ago that team skipper James Spithill has won the Australian Male Sailor of the Year award for 2009-2010.Australian Yachting Awards: 'It's an honour to have won the award. I'd like to congratulate all the other competitors and nominees,'... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - When two legends meet: Sir Robin visits Joshua
Velux 5 Oceans,
When Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailed back into Falmouth on his 32ft ketch Suhaili in 1969 as the first person ever to sail solo around the world, he had never even met his main rival Bernard Moitissier let alone seen his yacht Joshua. Frenchman Moitissier set off from Plymouth in the UK in August 1968, more than two months after Sir Robin and chased Suhaili around the globe.... [more]
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Tornado catamaran makes its case for Olympic Comeback,
With the new and strict High Quality One Design concept, the Tornado is well prepared for the future and the Olympic Games. Sometimes it is good to take a break and re-think what the sailing future really needs. On top of this we have clear instructions about what the IOC and the ISAF want to have:... [more]
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2010 Blokart World Championships Day 2, Auckland Team Report
Ross Vickers,
The 2010 Blokart World Championships finally got underway today after another 8 hour wind delay. However all was not lost, the light airs gave one sailor the opportunity to test out his Jet powered blokart.... [more]
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