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 03 Nov 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 3 November 2010

Ben Ainslie in a contemplative mood on the golf course - away from the America's Cup scene for 2013  Ian Finlay
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 3 November 2010

Entries have opened for the 34th America's Cup - with two new entries being received by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club - giving a total of four entered for the Defender and Challenger Selection Trials.

In this edition we take a look at the process, and who the teams are that have entered, although no formal announcements have been made.

Staying with the America's Cup, New Zealand yachting correspondent Michelle Slade, who is based in San Francisco interviewed Emmirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton, while she was in New Zealand last week. Dalts is pretty candid with his comments on the state of the America's Cup, and it is a very interesting interview.

In the same vein, TeamOrigin (GBR) have said they are out of the 34th America's Cup, and in this edition of, their skipper, Ben Ainslie, reflects on what might have been.

AC45 build, Core Composites, Warkworth, NZ 1 November 2010  Ivor Wilkins/

Earlier this week, Ivor Wilkins made another trek north, to Warkworth and the Core Composites factory, and we have the latest update on the contraction of the AC45's one design catamaran to be used in the preliminary America's Cup World Series. The first boat, to be used as a spare for the 13 event ACWS, will be launched late next month in Auckland. The next four will be allocated to the teams which entered on Monday night (NZT). All will be sea trialled in Auckland.

While the America's Cup has been embroiled in controversy for three years, and has, as Grant Dalton puts it has 'lost all those core anchor points', the International Sailing Federation seems destined to tread the same path, as it pays the price for years of conservatism, and minimal change at its Annual Meeting in Athens next week.

Rob Douglas (USA) sets a new provisional world sailing speed record - will the Kiteboarders make it to the 2016 Olympics?  Adrien Freville

The cries from the classes and events that believe they should be in the Olympic program for 2016, are growing increasingly strident. The ISAF have now been put in a position where they have to take their self-prescribed medicine, and gulp hard. In this edition we have a compelling argument from the Kiteboarders as to why they should be included in the Olympic Program, using many of the arguments and selection criteria raised in the ISAF's own Olympic Commission report.

'Sailing at its best' by the Finn Class  Robert Deaves /IFA

In the refrain, the Finn class make their case for retention in the program under the guise of a Heavyweight Singlehander. We've touched on that one before, and the Kiteboarders revisit that logic in their argument. The point being that the ISAF Executive Committee, having endorsed the Olympic Commission report in May 2010, have to follow through on the deal.

Finn sailor, Dan Slater is one of many top NZ sailors wearing Kaenon Polarized - now available in through two outlets in NZ  .. .

In this edition we are pleased to be able to introduce a new advertiser, Kaenon Polarized sunglasses which are now available in New Zealand. While they are worn by many of the world's top sailors,Polarized are also available as prescription sunglasses - again with some of the world's top sailors availing themselves of this unique product. One feature that is not available is the Kaenon Polarized clip-on worn by America's Cup helmsman Jimmy Spithall - which gave a head display of all the vital performance readouts. However Kaenon's are being worn in all the right places and it is great to know they are now avail in two outlets or online in New Zealand.

Bar Crossing Course now available at Coastguard Boating Education  Coastguard Boating Education .

Coastguard Boating Education are offering two courses in this edition - the first for those boaties who have to cross a river bar - one of the high risk parts of boating and responsible for many deaths each year in New Zealand. Topically a course aimed at rowing safety is also offered. Having been involved, in a small way, in this area several years ago, there are a lot of lessons to be learned - and certainly something you don't want to be understanding in the heat of the moment. Anyone involved in rescue boat activity should do this course - whether they are involved in rowing or sailing.

Team Groupama - La Route du Rhum 2010  Groupama - Franck Cammas ©

We've also got all the action from the Velux 5 Oceans and the Route du Rhum in this edition - there's plenty to read!

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: Two new teams enter on opening day for Challenges
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. 'We're only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,' said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).... [more]
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Club Safety Boat Operator Course for Rowing Clubs is now available
Coastguard Boating Education .,
A new (Rowing Club version) Club Safety Boat Operator Course is now available nationally through Coastguard Boating Education accredited instructors. This one-day practical course has been developed in consultation with Rowing NZ and Maritime NZ. The course meets the requirement for all RNZ Coaches as detailed in the RNZ Club Safety Responsibilities Guide and Water Safety Code.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized enters New Zealand market
Kaenon Polarized Media,
An astonishing and loyal following, and track record in the sport of sailing, has been built in a short amount of time by the California-based sunglass brand Kaenon Polarized.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision
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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Route du Rhum - Oman Air Majan on day 3 heading to the Azores
Lucy Harwood,
Oman Air Majan - The Ultimate Class are sailing at speed and the front runners should arrive at the Azores on Thursday. Oman Air Majan remains the most northerly boat within the fleet, but Sidney is sailing at full power and maintained an average speed of just over 16 knots last night.... [more]
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America's Cup: First of the AC45's begins layup in Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
Last Monday, Ivor Wilkins from revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - here is list
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - Organising club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and naming rights sponsor Rolex are delighted with the roll-up which will include legends and luminaries and plenty of newcomers as well as the regulars now synonymous with the legendary blue water race. Here is the full application list.... [more]
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Groupama 3 averaging over 20kts to lead Route du Rhum
Franck Cammas,
Leading the fleet of 84 competitors still racing since the skipper of Côte d'Or had to be airlifted to hospital, Franck Cammas is continuing to extend his lead aboard Groupama 3. Never dipping below an average of 20 knots, the maxi-trimaran is now positioning her bows westward in a NE'ly breeze of around twenty knots, which is highly reminiscent of the tradewinds.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race is a solid sailing sponsorship bet one year out,
If you had the money, would you do the Volvo Ocean Race or the next America's Cup? That's the kind of question that brands with significant budget and an interest in yacht racing as a promotional platform have to consider when appraising the sailing sponsorship proposals that come over their desks each week.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Video - Brad Van Liew crosses the equator
Velux 5 Oceans,
See Brad Van Liew's crossing of the Equator on video... [more]
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Disappointing to be out of the America's Cup says Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
The decision to pull Team Origin out of entering and competing for the Americas Cup was obviously extremely disappointing. For some of us it has been three years of work, getting the team to a position where we had a strong core group to move forward, with enough talent and experience to have a realistic shot at winning.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Bertrand Quentin airlifted to safety
Jean Maurel,
Route du Rhum Race Director Jean Maurel gives an update on the situation facing Skipper Bertrand Quentin.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand waiting in the wings
Michelle Slade,
Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, is eager to return to the America's Cup game. His team came up just short in the 32nd Match against the defender Alinghi team during the 2007 Valencia event, and he would like to see his team get another bite of the apple. Last week he met with Marin Independent Journal sailing columnist Michelle Slade in Auckland, NZL to offer his perspective on the... [more]
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Kiteboarders make strong claim for 2016 Olympic inclusion
Richard Gladwell,,
With the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference due to get underway in Athens, Greece, next week, the International Kiteboard Association makes a strong claim for inclusion in the 10 event card for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as one new Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
The Swedish professional racing team, Artemis Racing, have confirmed that they are one of the new Challengers who lodged their entry on the 1 November with the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Led by Torbjorn Tornqvist, details of the Challenge will be announced at a Media Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday afternoon, 8 November at 1.30pm local time.... [more]
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Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video
Robert Deaves,
Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video - A new video released this week by the International Finn Association hopes to demonstrate what is possible and is offered to showcase how appealing sailing can be, as much as it showcases the Finn.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Choices and challenges
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - After more than 24 hours at sea in conditions which have progressively eased off for the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale skippers, already many of the class leaders are hooked firmly into their strategic plays which could already dictate the outcome of their race.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Over 500 expected to attend
At the end of this week over 500 people from the world of sailing will come together in Athens, Greece, for the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members, all of them volunteers, will travel from around the world to Athens.... [more]
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North Sails Golf Day raises funds for John Merricks Sailing Trust
Suzy Hamel,
A cool cloudy morning greeted the 90 golfers who turned out for the fourteenth North Sails Golf Day on Friday 29th October at Cams Hall in Fareham. John ‘Jonny' Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, organised as it is today with the help of the Seahorse Golf Society, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John's name.... [more]
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British-American Cup - First win for Britain since 1999
Malcolm McKeag & Ingrid Abery images,
British-American Cup 2010, report: Andy Cornah and his fellow skippers Ben Field, Mark Lees and Jon Pinner - all members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club team racing squad - reversed more than a decade of American domination in the British-American Cup today with an emphatic performance on Queen Mary Water, West London to take the oldest prize in keelboat team racing by seven wins to two.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entries open today, announcement expected later
Richard Gladwell and AC Media,
Today is, or was 1 November 2010 - the first day entries for the 34th America's Cup will be accepted. The entry widow for the receipt of Challenges will remain open until 31st March 2011. Due to the fact that the defender Golden Gate Yacht Club is located in San Francisco, they will see the first day of November later than most - certainly after New Zealand and Europe from where the first c... [more]
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Bar Crossing Course now available at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Did you know that there are more fatal boating accidents on harbour/river bars than anywhere else? Extreme care and planning must be taken before deciding whether or not to cross. Being trained in the correct skills and techniques gives you confidence in your approach and abilities.... [more]
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blokart NZ Secondary Schools & Auckland Club Championships
Ross Vickers,
The Auckland Blokart Club hosted the NZ Secondary Schools Championships alongside its Club Championships this weekend at Ardmore airfield. Racing was hotly contested in all four divisions, coming right down to the wire in two of them. The Ardmore venue put on some of the best blokart racing seen in many years, with a great oscialating breeze providing plenty of tatical and sail selection choices.... [more]
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NZ Marine ambitions toward 2015
NZ Marine,
The NZ Marine Industry (NZMI) is planning to grow the size of the New Zealand marine industry by an ambitious 55% over the next five years.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiffs - Yandoo wins Race 1 of Club Championship
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - Skill and experience won the day for John Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson when they sailed their skiff Yandoo to victory in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [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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