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 02 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 2 December 2010

New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke enjoy a dip between races on the first day of racing - Zhik Australian Championship  Haylee Outteridge
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 2 December 2010

The Monsoon Cup got underway in Malaysia, yesterday, and those who watched the event live on Sail-World, courtesy of SailTV, enjoyed some great racing, great venue, great coverage and excellent commentary.

This series is a real needle match - and will determine the 2010 World Match Racing Championship. The time frames work Ok for New Zealand viewers - so make sure you catch the action!

Click on the link on the top right hand side of to view.

The Kiwis had a mixed bag on the opening day - but everyone knows it is early days and there is plenty more great racing to come.

In their report, World Match Racing Champions, and recently crowned New Zealand sailor of the Year, Blackmatch Racing, set out the permutations for the world championship. It's complicated but keep it in mind, as the event unfolds over the next few days.

This is possibly the end of an era for Blackmatch Racing, as skipper Adam Minoprio joins the Camper/Team New Zealand Volvo crew for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, and he will not be competing on the circuit next year.

Heir apparent, Phil Robertson and the Waka Racing crew have had a superb year, but will have to step up in the Monsoon Cup.

Phil Robertson. Qualifying session 1 at Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 30 November 2010.   Subzero Images /WMRT

As we noted in the last edition of Sail-World, the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Dubai was The Last Waltz for Emirates Team NZ in the America's Cup Class, which has served the New Zealand team so well. In a video compiled by Louis Vuitton, they look back over the ACC era, and close with some very reflective comments from Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker, which underline the situation that all existing monohull teams now find themselves in terms of inventory and human resources.

Barker didn't feel disposed to go skydiving at Dubai, but make sure you catch the video and images of commentator Peter Lester and America's cup skipper, Jimmy Spithill as they take to the plane and then the skies.

Sail Auckland is moving to Takapuna Beach in 2011, venue for the 2008 Olympic class World Championships in the RS:X, Laser Radial and Tornado classes - however racing and events can't happen without volunteers - and in this edition we are calling for volunteers to heklp with race management and all manner of other duties. If you can give a day or two - you'll find that it is a great experience, and the organisers will be pleased to hear from you.

Dubai Louis Vuitton Trophy - BMW ORACLE Racing - Day Off - Jimmy Spithill and Peter Lester go paragliding  Sky Dive Dubai

Jodie Bakewell-White tells of the international teams that are travelling to Auckland for the paralympic sailing event, which is part of Sail Auckland.

North Sails have had a good year on the regatta circuits of the world. We summarise these achievements in this edition of Sail-World, and present a video clip with some segments of 3DL sails under construction - very interesting for those who follow sailing technology.

Ben Ainslie vs Peter Gilmour. Qualifying session 1 at Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 30 November 2010.   Subzero Images /WMRT

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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North Sails: Too many winners to list!
Zoe Hawkins,
North Sails power has delivered sweeping success at regattas around the globe over recent months with top of the fleet domination in Finns, Etchells, Melges 24, RC44s, Around Noumea, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and more... Groupama Race: North Sails New Zealand sales consultants Jim Maloney and Josh Tucker were part of the New Zealand team on board Young 11 Ramada Plaza to place fourth in the New... [more]
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Excellent Paralympic fleet for 2011 Sail Auckland
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
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America's Cup: Little America's Cup winners conduct evaluation
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Barker bids adieu to the America's Cup Class
Louis Vuitton Media,
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Auckland blokart Club Open Day
Ross Vickers,
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World Match Racing Tour Monsoon Cup - Wide Open after Day One
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
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Zhik Australian 49er Championship 2010-11 – Day four
Margaret Jensen,
Zhik Australian 49er Championship 2010-11 saw more light breezes and a little rain on the last day of racing fail to dampen the fleet's enthusiasm. Consistent scores among the front runners ensured no major upsets, although the Kiwis Peter Burling and Blair Tuke kept the leaders honest by winning the second race of the day, Outteridge and Jensen coming in third... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Less than a 1000 miles to go for Christophe Bullens
Velux 5 Oceans,
Under a week at sea left in ocean sprint one for the tenacious skipper. Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens has less than 1,000 nautical miles to sail to reach Cape Town and the finish line of the first sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The end is finally in sight for the 49-year-old solo sailor who has been at sea for more than 40 days... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup - Images from Day One
World Match Racing Tour,
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Terengganu willing to increase prize money for Monsoon Cup
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
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America's Cup: Jimmy goes Skydiving - Blame it on the wing!
BMW Oracle Racing,
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Sail Auckland - can you help, please?
Sam Morgan,
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Valencia Sailing: Racing underway at the Monsoon Cup
Valencia Sailing,
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Sail Brisbane day 3 - Crazy weather chaos
Craig Heydon,
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Monsoon Cup - Live on
Monsoon Cup,
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Skiff Winter Series Round 1 at Datchet Water SC
Datchet Water Sailing Club,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009 - Start images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
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US Sailing - Paralympic hopefuls turnout for sailing championship
Jake Fish,
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Barcelona World Race entries Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia launched
Isabel GenĂ­s,
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RC 44 Championship Tour Grand Finale
MaxComm Communication,
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Richard confident of claiming the World Championship
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Monsoon Cup - Team Azzurra training in Malaysia
Team Azzurra,
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Monsoon Cup - Double Champion Peter Gilmour looking for third title
YANMAR Racing media,
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Zhik Australian 49er Championship 2010-11 - Day three
Margaret Jensen,
Zhik Australian 49er Championship - The first two days of the series have been tough for sailors and race officers. Twenty-five knots of breeze on Saturday brought lots of dramatic capsizes and tension at the marks. One competitor was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, and a second suffered torn ankle tendons when his foot was caught in the foot straps.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Light winds challenge sailors on first day
Craig Heydon,
Light winds challenged sailors on first day of Sail Brisbane. In the Laser Standard class, Australian Sailing Development Squad member Ryan Palk, fresh from a successful tour of Europe, shared the honours with his RQYS club mate Klade Hauschildt.... [more]
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