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 15 Nov 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 November 2010

Iain Murray, AC34 Regatta Director  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 November 2010

The Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics have been selected at the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference in Athens, Greece.

Sadly we think that the ISAF could have done a lot better, although progress has been made with the inclusion of the Multihull (which should never have been dropped) and the yet to be selected High Performance Doublehander for Women (which didn't make the cut last time against the Womens Keelboat).

We have reports and comment from the decisions of the Events Committee and ISAF Council which ratified their decisions. On the face of it, the changes are provisional only and will be finally voted upon in May 2011.

One piece of analysis we have run shows that the Sailing events now offer more female places in a national team than male, and the same imbalance extends across to the helming options for male sailors.

Practice Day: Emirates Team New Zealand - Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

Of the 38 Sports listed for the 2008 Olympics, only one, Badminton has a mixed gender event, the Mixed Doubles - but off the back of the weekend's voting Sailing now has two Mixed gender events.

On the America's Cup scene, the final edition of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series has got underway in Dubai, with Emirates Team New Zealand sustaining serious damage to one of their boats on the first day. We have images and video of the incident, which is a must see.

18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship - Race 2  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

In Valencia, the Mayor has launched over the announcement that Valencia has been excused from further consideration as a venue for the 34th America's Cup. In this edition we feature The Independent's Yachting Correspondent, Stuart Alexander's take on Mayor Rita Barbera's outburst and also the full translation of the story which has appeared in the Spanish media.

There's good news from the National Government this morning with the announcement of a substantial grant towards the organisation of the 2011 Optimist World Championships in Napier. We have the full report in this edition of sail-World.

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker rides a Camel to the opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

On Friday we had the chance to talk with Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and caught up on progress with the AC45's being constructed in Warkworth, and the logistics of handling these boats and the AC72's on the America's Cup World Series circuit. Later we caught up with Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker and got his thoughts on sailing the AC monohulls for the last time, the Extreme 40 series, and the steep slope ahead of Emirates Team NZ if they are to challenge for the America's Cup.

From Fremantle we have reports from two NZL Sailing Team members, Sara Winther (Laser Radial) and Blair Tuke and Peter Burling (49er) as they build up to the Perth International which is a forerunner to the 2011 ISAF Worlds which are being sailed from Fremantle.

Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans  Velux 5 Oceans ©

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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ISAF Conference: Gender balance skewed with 2016 Event selection
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation's Events Committee have effectively skewed the gender balance in Olympic sailing, with its choices of Event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta, which were selected at its meeting in Athens on Wednesday. The reason for the imbalance is the selection of two Mixed classes (one male and one female sailor), when previously this type of Event has not been used in the O... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray reflects at Portside
Richard Gladwell,
One of the icons of Australian sailing Iain Murray, in his new capacity as Regatta Director for the ACWS and America's Cup events was in Auckland to check out progress on the first of the AC45's in Warkworth about 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Here he reviews the progress made on the boat and regatta side of the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta underway in a month
Sir Peter Blake Regatta media,
Just one month from now the will see Torbay Sailing Club come alive with record numbers of sailors expected at this year's Sir Peter Blake Regatta. The regatta is Torbay Sailing Club's and New Zealand's premiere centreboard yachting event, held annually at Waiake Beach, Torbay. The regatta is traditionally held over the first weekend in December... [more]
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NZ Government to invest $150,000 in 2011 Optimist Worlds

Minister for Economic Development Gerry Brownlee today announced the government, through its Major Events Development Fund, is investing $150,000 in the Optimist World Championships to be hosted in Napier in 2011. Optimist sailing is a youth sport, catering for sailors aged 15 and under and is one of the world's biggest dinghy sailing classes.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand: A long night for the boat builders
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's shore crew are in for a long night repairing damage to NZL84. The yacht was damaged in the second race today between Emirates Team New Zealand and the Italian team Mascalzone Latino.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - 28 days later, Brad Van Liew wins the first leg
Velux 5 Oceans,
American ocean racer Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker on The Last Waltz and ETNZ's Future
Richard Gladwell,
In Dubai for the start of the final ever round in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, spoke to Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker on the end of an era of more than ten years sailing the America's Cup monohull; his recent experiences in the Extreme 40's; and his thoughts on the 34th America's Cup and Emirates Team New Zealand's situation regard tha... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai starts with a bang
Lorenza Priamo,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - One could say that the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai started, literally, with a 'bang'. For Mascalzone Latino Audi Team the day had in store a magnificent victory over the New Zealanders in the opening race and a forced retirement in the second one after being hit by the kiwis. For the Italian team it was a day with sweet and sour aftertaste but undoubtedly one to remember.... [more]
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Hydroptè - 'Flying boat' dips its wings in Lake Geneva
Simon Bradley,
Hydroptè - A revolutionary Franco-Swiss 'flying yacht' project that aims to smash the round-the-world sailing record has started testing on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - A good second for Armel Le Cléac'h
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - He has been the form sailor of the season Armel Le Cléac'h, winning both AG2R and dominating the Figaro du Solitaire which he won for the second time, conclusively.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: NZL 49er update from Perth
Richard Burling,
NZL Sailing Team members in the 49er class, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report from Perth, Western Australia: We are currently training in Perth about to start our Australian 49er summer sailing circuit of regattas, building up to the London Olympics. We've both been pretty busy since our last regatta in England in August.... [more]
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Perth International Regatta - Sara Winther campaigns for 2012
Sara Winther,
Perth International Regatta - Sara Winther 2012 - Its been a while since the last update. But a lot has been happening. I have been spending a lot of time planning the next year which will be a long one, with the World Championship in December in Fremantle Perth.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai & X40 Miami Updates - Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - The first day of racing is now complete and it is good to get that under our belt. We raced Synergy (RUS) in a best of two races and came off the water very satisfied with a 1-1 score. The guys all did a good job of managing the boat and it is slowly starting to come together. We will now work on the mistakes we made today and keep on improving.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 2 - Two out of two
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
While their win in Race 1 was an all-the-way victory, today was a totally different story as they only grabbed the lead at the final windward mark. Yandoo won the start from Gotta Love It 7 in a 2 rig North East wind around 17 knots and the pair soon moved ahead of the fleet.... [more]
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Kidnapped Chandlers released by Somali pirates
Sail-World Round-up,
Somali pirates have released British cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler today (Sunday) after holding them hostage for more than a year. Somali pirates kidnapped the retired couple on Oct. 23 last year - 388 days ago - after hijacking their 38-foot yacht Lynn Rival in the Indian Ocean off Seychelles.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Jourdain on course for second win this evening
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - If only the local afternoon and evening winds comply, and very often they decide shut down at nightfall, then Roland Jourdain should be sailing towards his second successive victory in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale's coveted IMOCA Open 60 Class, which would be the first time a monohull skipper has won twice in a row.... [more]
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America's Cup: Valencia's Mayor unhappy over missing venue choice
Stuart Alexander and Las Provincias,
A long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America's Cup. According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - America's Cup winner leads
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - James Spithill, winner of the 33rd America's Cup and defender of the 34th America's Cup, topped the standings on the opening day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Decision day
ISAF Annual Conference - It was a big decision making day at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens as the Council voted on the some of the key decisions in the sport.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Kiwi skippers feature in Dubai opener
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Kiwi skippers will meet head-to-head tomorrow in the opening match race of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai as Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, faces off against Gavin Brady, steering the Italian entry Mascalzone Latino Audi.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2010 comes to a close
ISAF - The Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) concluded their meeting in Athens, Greece, today with the final decisions made at this year's ISAF Annual Conference.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - capsizes, skipper safe and well
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - At 0900hrs (CET/Paris) the small 12.18m trimaram capsized.... [more]
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ISAF - Mixed multihull is an Olympic sailing discipline
Andrew Dowley,
ISAF council followed the recommendation of the ISAF Events committee with 19 votes in favour and 16 against. Multihull is back on the wave to the Olympics. This is a provisional result and there is still theoretically chance to change this result in May 2011 at the ISAF Meeting in St. Petersburg (RUS).... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai: Images from the Opening
Emirates Team New Zealand and Chris Cameron,
Teams were on the water today for the first official practice of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai regatta and attended the Opening ceremony on Friday. The breeze was light and the sky hazy; the teams were happy to be back on the water and the scene was being set for two weeks of intense match racing.... [more]
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ISAF - His Majesty King Constantine receives Beppe Croce Trophy
ISAF - Last night in Athens, Greece, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) President Göran Petersson presented His Majesty King Constantine with the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Ships of the desert
Louis Vuitton Trophy,
Traditional outranked contemporary today as the six skippers contesting the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai piloted camels into the official opening on the waterfront plaza of the Dubai International Marine Club. Carrying their national flags and still mounted on the camels, they posed for photographs with Saeed Harib, CEO of the host club.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum 2010 - One month to go
Bernard Schopfer,
World Yacht Racing Forum 2010 - Organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum expect over 250 delegates and 40 top level speakers for the third edition of the event, which will take place at the Estoril Congress Center in Portugal. With less than five weeks to go to the opening of the Forum, the programme and the speaker faculty are now complete... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race sails into Cape Town
Velux 5 Oceans,
Table Mountain to provide stunning backdrop for the 30,000-mile race's first stopover. The Velux 5 Oceans has landed in Cape Town! In just a few days the city will welcome the first of the five ocean racers as they cross the finish line of the first sprint. Cape Town will be home to the Velux 5 Oceans until the race restarts again on December 12.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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Ronstan investing in Australian manufacturing
Brendan Maxwell,
While around the world manufacturing is moving from the major industrial countries to Asia, one of the world leaders in the marine industry Ronstan, one of the largest sailing and architectural hardware manufacturers in the world, is in fact expanding manufacturing operations on its home turf.... [more]
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PWA Cabo Verde World Cup Event Preview
November 14th the beautiful island of Sal, Cabo Verde will greet the world's most impressive professional windsurfers. Only one World Champion will be crowned, and with the rankings wide open, it's bound to be an exciting showdown between the most talented competitors from across the globe.... [more]
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49ers - theatre style in Perth
Jerelyn Beihl,
The International 49er class will be performing a second test of 'Theatre Style' racing in Perth, Australia on November 14th.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Regatta Dubai is the end of an era
Bruno Trouble,
IACC boats were used in five America's Cup and five Louis Vuitton Cup regattas from 1992 to 2007. The four Version 5 boats racing in Dubai – two from BMW Oracle Racing and two from Emirates Team New Zealand – were amongst the last boats built to the rule.... [more]
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