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Sail-World New Zealand: 31 October 2010

Rob Douglas (USA) sets a new provisional world sailing speed record  Adrien Freville
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 31 October 2010

The World Sailing Speed mark has jumped to new heights. Now the 60 kt mark looks obtainable.

In this edition we have reports and videos of the new speed breaking run (yet to be ratified) in Namibia. It is unbelievable action.

Quite where things go from here is anyone's guess, but the kiteboarders have lifted the game to the point where a hulled boat, hydrofoil or otherwise would seem to be unable to compete with the trench-sailors.

Ironically, the new record marks come at a time when the kiteboards are making for a very determined effort to become an Olympic Event for the 2016 regatta in Brazil.

That decision will come in a week or so when the International Sailing Federation gathers in Athens for its annual conference.

A successful campaign for the Mirabaud LX at Weymouth Speed Week  Ian Roman

There's an interesting response in our mailbag to the Finn classes plea for retention on the Olympic program, plus the view from the kiteboarders, and the multihull options get a going over as well. It should be quite clear that radical surgery is the only way to fix the Olympic Sailing issue and this must be done on an even-handed, basis without favoritism towards the existing classes, who should be having to justify their place for continued use as Olympic equipment.

In Korea, two New Zealand crews have been competing on different circuits. Phil Robertson (23) and his Waka Racing crew have been on the march to qualify for the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour. They were chasing a qualifying place from the Asian Match Racing Championships, and we carry the reports on the event and from Waka racing in this edition.

Skipper Chris Stanmore-Major onboard his yacht, Spartan, Velux 5 Oceans  Velux 5 Oceans ©

A five strong Womens crew with, silver medalist from the Womens 470, Jo Aleh aboard has come up against many of the top matchracers in the Women's International Match Racing Championship. The crew have done well, and the regatta finished yesterday. We have their reports in this issue.

And for something different, don't miss the reports on the Auckland Blokart Championships, submitted though our story and image system.

Groupama 70 arrive in to Alicante, Spain, for training.  Volvo Ocean Race ©

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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Blokart NZ Secondary Schools Champs & Auckland Club Champs Oct 30/31
Ross Vickers,
The Auckland Blokart Club is hosting the NZ Secondary Schools Championships alongside its Club Championships this weekend at Ardmore airfield. Racing is expected to be fast and exciting with the usual Ardmore track extended a further 500m down the runway for this weekend only. Spectators and late entries welcome.... [more]
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How to recognise Drowning - it's NOT like shown on TV
Mario Vittone,
Have you ever witnessed someone drowning? Would you recognise it if you did? Leisure sailors spend all their sailing time in and around water, so knowing when someone is drowning is a vital skill. According to marine safety specialist Mario Vittone, it's nothing like what you see on TV, so learning to recognise it could save a life. In this excellent article, Mario explains... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 5 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: NZL has finished 3rd in the Busan Women's International Match Race Championships in Korea. Team NZL faced Team GBR in a best of three series this afternoon and finished on top with a result of 2-0. The team then participated in the social sponsor fleet race later in the day, where our 470 star, Jo Aleh, to... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta 2010 – softly softly catchee shifty
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The wind – what there was of it – had swung from 010° to 130°, and the second of race on the day was ‘same as the first', except this time the fleet gasped its way round the full course in a breeze as wobbly as a toddler learning to ride a bicycle.... [more]
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Gosford Lord Howe Island Race - Big seas force six yachts out
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race. - Heavy seas and strong winds in the northern Tasman Sea have forced six of the 17 yachts to retire from the Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 4 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: The day started with light and shifty 'drift off' conditions. Fortunately the race committee postponed racing till the breeze built and became a little more steady, however there were still big shifts to play with.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bugs on Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Yesterday was a botanist's dream come true when without warning Spartan sailed through a cloud of insects of all different sorts and nationalities which descended on the decks in an instant and in their hundreds. Inch long black Katydids, a two or three inch cricket, leaf cutters, things that jump, things that scurry and things that fly they were all here.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championships: Hamilton and Goyard crowned
RS:X Class,
The ending to the RS:X Youth World Championships was anticlimactic. The lack of wind left us waiting until 1530hrs when the N over A was hoisted. Finally around 1500 hrs, two knots of breeze. Was this going to build?... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Over for another year
Seventy-six boats started the race, and 60 finished, one of the highest numbers of finishers in recent years.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Final weather analysis before the start
Soazig Guého,
Routem du Rhum, pre-start update: Marc Guillemot and Sylvain Mondon are stepping up the weather analysis aboard Safran and running through the latest models. We should remember that routing is not permitted for the IMOCA monohulls: once at sea, Marc Guillemot will have to draw up his own strategy.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - No rest for Bullens
Velux 5 Oceans,
Definitely the days are flowing but are not the same after the small period with a good wind from behind, as last night it came straight on the nose just after Lisbon. Fortunately I was just able to pass below the Low and dive into the Straits of Gibraltar to find a reaching wind and a route towards the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Equator crossing superstition on Active House
Velux 5 Oceans,
The sweat runs down my fingers and onto the key board, hope the laptop can handle the heat. It's hot hot hot for sure here at 9 degrees  north. I've managed to catch up a little on Brad and Gutek but it won't be long before they hit the southern trades and start the second half of this leg to Cape Town.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - A chance for Lemonchois to shine again
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - He won the ORMA class in 2006 when he sit a blistering race record, Lionel Lemonchois races this time in the Multi50 Class as skipper of Prince de Bretagne.... [more]
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Spithill of Australia powers to Busan Cup Final against French
Angela Farrell,
Close and shifty conditions in Busan Korea with a looming typhoon off Japan made for another day of ups and downs for many teams at the Grade 1 Womens event. Spithill lead the semi finals 1-0, before MacGregor evened the scores at 1-1 and then 2-2, for the ultimate semi final showdown.... [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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Try Sailing Day attracts record number of Clubs
Boating Industry Association,
Forty one of the top sailing, yachting and skiff clubs in NSW have pledged their support to the annual Try Sailing Day organised by the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA).... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - The A-team lining up for Hobart
Mark Rothfield,
The Beneteau First 40s may have had it their own way in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race but there's a new sheriff in town ... two, in fact. The new Sydney-based Archambault A40RC Papillon and sistership Avante Garde from Hong Kong will be pulling out all the stops.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Tropical weather brings mystery to the fleet
Velux 5 Oceans,
They say it's tough at the top, and that's something American ocean racer Brad Van Liew knows only too well as he struggles through the Doldrums at the head of the Velux 5 Oceans fleet. The 42-year-old skipper of Le Pingouin has a seemingly comfortable lead of around 80 nautical miles on his nearest rival, Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 3 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: oday was a long drawn out day with the NZL team finishing on a high. Team NZL managed to defeat Team USA, 2-0, to secure their spot in the semi finals. The kiwi's made it out onto the water late this afternoon to take on Team USA (skippered by Sally Barkow) in the quarter finals. Team USA finished 2nd in the... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race signs media company one year from event
Volvon Ocean Race Media,
The global production and distribution company IMG Media is confirmed as official television partner to the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 on the day that the organisation celebrates the ‘one year to go' milestone. Racing will begin in the Spanish home of the race, Alicante, on 29 October next year.... [more]
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Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Update
Sam Nelson,
Tony Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsizes off Cape Finistere. Update: Ben Jones (29): 'There wasn't that much wind-only about 15knots. We were sailing fast and close to the wind. We then had a big gust and because it's a multi hull, the apparent wind induces a much worse affect.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Quantum Racing Team name helm for 2011
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 news: True to the succession planning of a world championships winning team, America's Cup winner Baird was present as an observer with the team in Cagliari at the final event of the 2010 Audi Med Cup season, now official confirmation arrives that Ed Baird will take over the helm next season... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: One year to go - Knut Frostad reflects
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
With one year remaining until the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race begins with the In-Port race in Alicante, much is in place and a lot is still to be done. CEO Knut Frostad discusses preparations for the grand departure and explains why he feels this will be one of the closest races ever.... [more]
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America's Cup Event Authority CEO talks to Valencia Sailing,
Top European sailing website, continues a series of interviews with the people in charge of shaping the 34th America's Cup in line with the vision of the current Defender, its owner Larry Ellison and its CEO Russell Coutts. We spoke with Craig Thompson, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, the body in charge of everything related to the pinnacle event of the sport, except... [more]
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ISAF announces appointment of Int Jury for the 34th America's Cup
International Sailing Federation,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the appointment of the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. The 34th America's Cup Match is planned to be held in 2013, with lead up events commencing in 2011. A new class of boat, a 72 foot wing sail catamaran is currently being developed as is a new shorter race format.... [more]
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World Speed Record broken twice - now 55.65 knots + Video x 3
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Ludertiz Speed Challenge Namibia - The wind blew up to 45 knots today and the organisers decided to built a retaining wall after the finish of the run to keep the water in at low tide. This paid huge dividends today and many records were smashed !... [more]
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Perth 2011 warm up attracts international superstars
Tessa Parkinson,
Perth 2011 warm up attracts international superstars - The PIR has attracted 230 boats from over 40 nations and commences in just three weeks' time from 16 to 21 November 2010. Athlete entries include triple Gold and Silver Olympic Medallist Ben Ainslie from Great Britain, six of the current World Champions and four 2010 ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award Finalists.... [more]
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Sailor with no EPIRB drifts for days before rescue
Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
'It can't happen to me.' But yes it can. Another leisure sailor has drifted in the ocean for days before being rescued because he didn't have a registered EPIRB on board his boat.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Preparations nearly complete
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on November 12th, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world.... [more]
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Tony Bullimore's catamaran capsized off Spain
Barry Pickthall,PPL/Sail-World Cruising,
This time at least his boat was not in the Southern Ocean. Tony Bullimore's 33m catamaran has capsized off Cape Finisterre in the Bay of Biscay and seven British based crew members have been rescued by French Air Sea Rescue services.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 2 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Today was a long day for the NZL Women's Match Race team. The day started with the team having 3 flights off on shore and then had 6 races in a row. However, the interesting wind patterns made for lots of delays and movements of course area... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hello from Active House
Spirit of Canada Sailing Team,
The frustration meter is in direct opposite proportion to the wind speed, as the wind drops, the frustration heads up. It was another long day yesterday changing sails between the Code sails and solent as the wind rose and fell. Just before dark the wind rose and I expected a great night of sailing but by midnight I was changing back up to the Code 0 as the wind dropped into single digit numbers.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Class winners confirmed in Malta
Rolex Middle Sea Race winners have now been confirmed. If the early miles of the race were a test of patience, the latter miles were a true test of endurance. A strong mistral of up to 40+ knots helped push the fleet homeward to the finish in Malta.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy – Preparations nearly complete in Dubai
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on November 12th, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world. With the regatta just over two weeks away, staff from the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), a co-organiser of the event along with Louis Vuitton and the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), are on the ground and hard at work... [more]
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British Sailing Team announce appointment of Felix the Falcon
Alex Mills,
Skandia Team GBR today announced the appointment of Felix, the Peregrine Falcon, as an honorary member of the British sailing team. Felix joins the team alongside triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie and double Olympic Gold medallist Iain Percy.... [more]
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Weymouth Speed Week - A successful campaign for the Mirabaud LX
MaxComm Communication,
Weymouth Speed Week saw Thomas Jundt and his famous foiler Mirabaud LX take part last week. Winner of the event in the 'sailboat' category, the LX achieved a run at 23,24 knots average over 500 meters, and reached a top speed of 25,8 knots.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad - Day 1 in Korea

An update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Today was Day 1 of the Women's International Match Racing Championship in Korea. We had lots of different conditions, which kept us on our toes. As the race committee puts it, 'We had shifts between 95 and 350....' To complicate things even more we had 4-25 knots, so the five of us had heaps on.... [more]
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Waka Racing report from Asian Match Race Championships - Day 1
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Asian Match Racing Qualifiers Day 1 : Today was our first day back racing in Malaysia in nearly a year. We are competing in Kuala Terengganu, defending our Asian Match Race title that doubles as the Monsoon Cup Qualifer. Unlike last year the conditions were a steady breeze in sunny blue skies but by the end of the day an all too familiar black cloud rolled in, which... [more]
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