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 23 Oct 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 October 2010

TVS crosses the finish line at Russell. Image: Paul France  .. .
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 24 October 2010

In this edition, we have the complete coverage of the 2010 Coastal Classic which started with a lot of promise of a smashed record, but in the end, the best laid plans of mice and men ...

Certainly there were some great performances particularly from the Rob Shaw designs.

Once again PredictWind was pretty much on the button with its forecast.

In this edition we have a gallery of images from the start including a complete gallery on TeamVodafoneSailing, as we paced her at almost 30kts as she slingshotted out of the Rangitoto Channel.

Crac-A-Jac tied up to Sea Harmony in Russell - HSBC Coastal Classic 2010  margaret Dijkhuis

The first competitor meeting of the 34th America's Cup was held on Friday night (NZT) in Paris. the meeting was remarkable for its attendance - way more than expected by most Cup followers, but unfortunately there is no list of players being made publicly available.

After the meeting we caught up with America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray, and got his thoughts and impressions of the meeting, and where the America's Cup game is headed from here.

34th America's Cup - Potential challengers meeting - Hotel Crowne Plaza  Gilles Martin-Raget/

We also have another look at the results from the America's Cup survey, now that we have 1,000 responses from Sail-World readers, some of the trends we saw in the first batch of the responses are still just as definite. But there is one call that is very loud and clear - almost unanimous.

On Thursday afternoon the five year plan for the New Zealand marine industry was presented showing a a period of significant growth despite a recession in the local and world economies which had hit superyacht production, in particular, very hard.

TVS launches at the start of the 2010 Coastal Classic  Richard Gladwell

However that time would appear to be over with 11 orders placed with New Zealand yards in the past 11 months, and some very significant refit work also underway or completed.

We have a report on the meeting, and the projections for 2015 in this edition.

Thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Large turnout for secret Challenger Briefing in Paris
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Twenty-four prospective teams for the 34th America's Cup met today with the newly established independent organization, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), regarding the details for the next Cup racing cycle set to begin in 2011 with an America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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14 year old Edwin Delaat finishes the HSBC Coastal Classic Two-Handed
Margaret Dijkhuis,
Edwin Delaat and crew member Steve Alloway had a blinder of a race up to Brett till the wind died away to nothing and got parked up with a lot of other boats of the fleet. The bunch finally finished around half past ten Saturday morning in very light winds.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray on the Challenger Meeting
Richard Gladwell,
With the Regatta Management and Event Management sides of the 34th America's Cup, briefing the Challengers group, Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS) believes most would have come away well informed. 'It was the start of the Event. I think they got more than they were expecting and they were appreciative of our candor and being up front, and our desire to tell them what we know', he told Sail-Worl... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - Preliminary Bids
ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has received a very positive response to the request for preliminary bids to host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup Questionnaire: Checking in at the 1,000 response mark
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. Here we take another look at the responses, now there are 1,000 submitted, and the margin of error is much tighter than when we had the first 200 responses.... [more]
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Kiteboarder sets new NZ speed record of over 50kts

Auckland kite boarder Gavin Broadbent has smashed the existing national speed sailing record at the international Luderitz Speed Challenge for sail powered craft. At 50.93 knots, Broadbent has become the first NZ kiteboarder to break 50 knots - at the international competition on Namibia's coast, attended by 40 of the world's fastest speed sailors.... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Championship 2010- Semi Final Results
David Tallis and Event Media,
Malaysian Match Racing Championships (MMRC) – Terengganu Malaysia Semi-finals A bright blue sky greeted competitors on the final day, as the light land breeze faded early allowing the sea breeze to build from the north east to a steady 8-10knots by mid morning.... [more]
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P and Starling North Island 2010 - Day 1 at Napier
Kevin Hayton,
Three races were held for both classes in 5-8knts light sea breeze. P Class fleet had 30 entries and the Starling fleet had 51 entries with clubs represented from Dunedin to Auckland. There are three more races scheduled for Sunday and the forecast is once again expected to be light winds.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Start preparations
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - The day before the start of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race and for the crews of the 75 boats registered there are different approaches to be battle ready. Most of the boats have been onsite in Malta for the past week and despite some rough conditions early on, they have been able to get out a few times to practice.... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - 86 in Saint-Malo
La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale,
In the glowing Autumn sunshine 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale took shape and form today around the historic basins in the heart of Saint Malo, a remarkable fleet mustering for what promises to be a remarkable ninth edition. There are nine days still until the start gun sounds at 1302hrs on Sunday 31st October.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans day 5 - Brad Van Liew knock down
Velux 5 Oceans,
rican ocean racer Brad Van Liew had his first scare of the VELUX 5 OCEANS just days into the first ocean sprint when his yacht Le Pingouin was knocked flat in the Atlantic. Brad had been resting in his bunk with Le Pingouin travelling at 20 knots when the power to his autopilot, failed, forcing the boat to crash gybe.... [more]
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Moth World Championships 2011 to be sponsored by Zhik
Scott Babbage,
The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) welcomes the timely addition of Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: A race of two halves for big record hope
Zoe Hawkins,
TeamVodafoneSailing enjoyed better than expected conditions when the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic started today. Brisk South Westerly winds set the scene for an exciting start with the big red trimaran, owned by Aucklander Simon Hull, taking a conservative line and gybing itself into clear air before clearing the city and making a fast exit via the outer Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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America's Cup: new AC45 class build progresses in Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
A couple of weeks after his last visit, Ivor Wilkins toured the Core Composites facility to check progress on the new AC45 class that will be used for the opening rounds of the America's Cup World Championship series of regattas. The first set of female moulds have now been constructed from the male moulds that were being finished in the last visit, in preparation for the first layup.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Alfa Romeo's record stays intact
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing has missed breaking the record for 119nm Coastal Classic Race, after she failed to cross the finish line by 4.43pm today. Although TVS, a 60ft wingmasted trimaran, made good time from the start being clocked at close to 30kts at times, the wind faded as she neared Cape Brett at the entrance to the Bay of Islands and the finish off Russell.... [more]
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Australian Team selection policy for London Olympic Games Test Event
Craig Heydon,
Australian Team selection policy for London Olympic Games Test Event - Yachting Australia will select athletes from within the sport to represent Australia and to constitute the Australian Team for the Test Event.... [more]
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Images of the 2010 Coastal Classic: Start to Rangitoto Light - 1
Richard Gladwell,
Although TeamVodafoneSailing was pulling most of the media interest in the 2010 Coastal Classic, the rest of the fleet looked set to enjoy a good fast, but comfortable race in ideal sailing conditions.... [more]
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Images of the 2010 Coastal Classic: Team Vodafone sailing
Richard Gladwell,
The Simon Hull skippered ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing formerly the French owned Geant 3 was the centrepeice of today's Coastal Classic start off Devonport Wharf. Starting at the windward end of the line in a 13kt SSW breeze, the 60ft trimaran soon showed her transoms to the fleet, however not before she had been snagged in the traffic at North Head.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans day 4 - Van Liew relishes the battle
Velux 5 Oceans,
It's day four of the Velux 5 Oceans and with 700 of 7,000 nautical miles sailed the competition is hotting up. American yachtsman Brad Van Liew has taken to using film comparisons to describe his tussle with Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski at the head of the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Readying for the start
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - The bulk of the fleet is situated in Grand Harbour, the waterfront area of Valletta, specifically in Galley Creek, the body of water that lies between Fort Saint Angelo and Fort Saint Michael. Towering above the fleet docked in the Grand Harbour Marina in Birgu, is the 19th-century clock tower, built of iron, steel, and Maltese rock, rising above the Malta Maritime Museum.... [more]
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New Zealand marine industry set to boom with aggressive plan for 2015
Richard Gladwell,
The worldwide recession would seem to be at an end for the New Zealand superyacht construction industry. At a meeting of the NZ Marine Industry today at Westhaven, Executive Director reported that in the 14 months to September last year, New Zealand boatbuilders had not received a single order, creating real angst in the industry.... [more]
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America's Cup winner reports on his return home
Brad Webb,
Brad Webb, one of the crew of USA-17 returned home to the club where it all started for him. He reports: Back home in New Zealand recently for a friend's wedding I took the opportunity to return to Muritai Yacht Club on the shores of Wellington Harbor. Muritai is where I started sailing P Class and it still exemplifies the renowned, homegrown, kiwi yachting culture.... [more]
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Northland Yacht club shut down by Maori occupation
Various Media,
Newstalk ZB reports that a Far North yacht club has been occupied by two brothers - nephews of MP Hone Harawira - who are using it as their base of operations for a Treaty protest. The brothers have moved into the Taipa Sailing Club, which is on land they claim is whenua.... [more]
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Coastal Classic 2010 Forecast: Record gets harder - update,
A series of wind and optimum course projections by shows that there is a good chance of the record for the Coastal Classic being shattered by the ORMA60, TVS. Based on a forecast compiled by PredictWind at 0900 Thursday 21st October and using software similar to that used to win the 32st and 32nd America's Cups, expects the wind to be from a SW direction blow... [more]
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Kite Racing World Championships 2011 at Sylt
The 2011 Kite Racing World Championships will be held on the well known German island of Sylt from June 28th – July 3rd, 2011.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Day 3 and the harsh realities set in
Velux 5 Oceans,
He has only been alone at sea for a few days but already British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major is quickly learning the harsh realities of long distance solo sailing. Constant breakages, lack of sleep and the realisation of leaving loved ones behind are all things every Velux 5 Oceans skipper must overcome, and CSM is no exception.... [more]
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