Kiwis stumble at Monsoon Cup...NZL Sailing Team reports from Perth ...Waka and Blackmatch Racing reflect

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 04 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 December 2010

Adam Minoprio after being knocked out of the Monsoon Cup during qualifying session 3 Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.  Subzero Images /WMRT
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 December 2010

What a difference a week makes.

Just last Friday, Adam Minoprio's parents were receiving the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy, as NZ Sailor of the Year, on behalf of their son and the Blackmatch Racing team.

A week later the same team was bundled out of the Monsoon Cup, without so much as a thank-you, not even making the first cut. All on the back of some brilliant sailing, offset by some poor choices on boat placement. And in this case the negatives more than offset the positives - so out went the World Champions.

This isn't the highlight of a great team's career. In reality it is probably their lowest point. However against the backdrop of what some have gone through in New Zealand over the past couple of weeks, Blackmatch's performance while disappointing, is pretty small beer.

Today's morning flight completed in torrential rain and gloom (Ainslie v Williams background) - Monsoon Cup Day 4  Monsoon Cup Media .

Blackmatch Racing, as the now former World Champions, should see this time as an opportunity to look back on what has been achieved, rather than dwell on what has not - a lesson that all competitive sailors must learn before moving onto the next challenge in their sport.

Phil Robertson performs some sailing karate debriefing on Day 3, Qualifying session 3 at Monsoon Cup 2010.   Subzero Images /WMRT

For Phil Robertson and his Waka Racing crew, it is same song, second verse. However at least they will have the chance to continue their string of success of recent times, after the Monsoon Cup. Blackmatch Racing do not have this luxury and will have to face up to other commitments, or work a deal so they can continue on the matchracing circuits with a new helmsman and skipper.

We have reports, in this edition, from both New Zealand crews filed after their exit from the Monsoon Cup.

International broadcast center. Qualifying session 2 at Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.   Subzero Images /WMRT

The regatta is being covered live here on Sail-World, and there is a great media team assembled in Terengganu, Malaysia to cover what is the gem of the World Match Racing Tour. The final two days are being covered live (Saturday) and delayed( Sunday) on Sky Sports in New Zealand. On Sail-World you can see all the action, plus the post match media conference.

In a nutshell, the Poms are giving the Australians a lesson in the cricket in Adelaide, and a sailing lesson to the ANZACs in Terengganu. Time to put the celebratory beer in the microwave!

JP Tobin takes on the Fremantle Doctor  .. .

Also in this edition we have a report and video from top performing NZL Sailing Team member, JP Tobin who won a bronze medal in the Perth International regatta against some top international competition in late November.

Ahead of the re-entry of the Multihull event in the 2016 Olympics, a New Zealand team is headed ffor the Formula 18 World Championship in Hungary - which will be contested by 160 crews from 18 countries for the World Championships. Read their story in this edition.

Harken F18 at pace on the Waitemata Harbour  .. .

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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Monsoon Cup day 4 - World Championship on the line
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
In the final match of the Monsoon Cup qualifying round, triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie (TEAMORIGIN) was matched against Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar), a dual World Match Racing Champion.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: JP Tobin reports from Fremantle on the RS:X +Video
JP Tobin,
NZL sailing Team member, JP Tobin reports on the Perth International Regatta held at Fremantle, Australia 17-21 November 2010, where he won the bronze medal against most of the top RS:X sailors in the world: 'A solid line up for the Perth International Regatta including four of the top ten from the 2010 World Championships, five of the top ten from the ISAF World rankings and the current Olympic S... [more]
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Images of Monsoon Cup 2010: A look backstage,
During the break in racing, and afterwards, official photographer, SubZero Image's camera went walkabout in the Media environs at the 2010 Monsoon Cup, giving us a a view of the people who bring the superb coverage of this event, but are often not seen, or are just voices or bylines.... [more]
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Waka Racing report from the Monsoon Cup, Day 3
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Australia Cup: The day began today in the most promising conditions yet. It looked like we were back to the Monsoon Cup we know and love. The breeze was up and from the normal direction. However this was short lived and after one race the breeze quickly started to die off and eventually completely crumped. Then returned the light fickle breezes that have proved so diffi... [more]
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BlackMatch: End of an era, as BlackMatch bow out of Monsoon Cup
Blackmatch Racing,
Sailing in our last Regatta ever as a team, it was the end of an era today for the BlackMatch Racing crew and it couldn't have come in a more heartbreaking fashion. After showing very mixed form throughout the week our hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals all came down to our last race against the current World Tour leader Mathieu Richard and despite having a great early on advantage, we squa... [more]
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A big season for Flying Fifteens
Peter Rooke,
The Flying Fifteen Australian Championship being conducted by Canberra Yacht Club in January will have an international flavour with several British sailors entering, their boats are already on the way from the UK. From Australia entries are coming in from Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia in addition to the local Canberra fleet.... [more]
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Clarke and O Canada prepare for Pacific racing
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Canada's Richard Clarke and Philippe Kahn were the first to finish overall and doublehanded in the 2007 Transpac and the 2008 Pacific Cup in an Open 50. The 2001/01 Volvo Ocean Race helmsman/trimmer is spicing up his 2011 big boat and Olympic sailing programs with offshore racing in the Pacific this spring and summer. This season's flavor is an Open 60.... [more]
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Killing has a mind for sailing
Mike Dodd,
Looking at him as he covers the floor of the upstairs office, you'd think Steve Killing is about to start working on someone's 2011 tax return. But it's doubtful the word sailing would come to mind. However, that's exactly what the easygoing Killing is up to his neck in these days as he looks forward to the 2013 America's Cup, an event that can only be described as the Super Bowl of sailing.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens expected to reach Cape Town by Monday
Velux 5 Oceans,
Solo sailor, Christophe Bullens, is predicted to arrive in Cape Town late Sunday or early Monday on his 60ft yacht, Five Oceans of Smile too. Christophe, who has been beset with problems during first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, will be the fifth and final skipper to finish the first of the five ocean sprints.... [more]
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2011 J Class Calendar Now Available
Titch Blachford,
The 2011 J Class Desk Calendar captures all of the the J Class magic and elegance with twelve new images, one for each month. All current projects are featured – the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger, Hanuman and Lionheart. There are also photographs and information on Rainbow and Yankee.... [more]
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New Zealand crew challenge the worlds best
Daniel Johnston,
Next year's Formula 18 World Championship in Balatonfured Hungary will be one of the biggest multihull events on the planet with an estimated 160 boats from 18 countries competing. Auckland crew, Jono Kney and Steve Delahunty, from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC), will be competing against some of the world's top professional sailors in their bid for a top twenty placing.... [more]
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NZL 49er - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report from Australia
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Hi We're currently in Wangi Wangi on the shore of Lake Macquarie – 2 hours north of Sydney. Last week we competed in the Perth International Regatta as part of preparation for our Dec 2011 Worlds in Perth– which is also the first Olympic qualifying regatta. 17 of the World's top 20 ranked 49er crews competed - taking the opportunity to test the conditions.... [more]
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The Best Sailing Instructions - ever?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
About one hour later, or when the Race Officer has finished his sandwiches, and regardless of whether any/all yachts have completed the first race, another race will be sailed, finishing in the vicinity of the Kapar Power Station. At this point the wind will die completely and the Race Officer will head off at high speed to the Club to restore himself to his usual comforts.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Final day highlights available online now
Craig Heydon,
Sail Brisbane - Final day highlights available online now - The opening round of the 2010 Sail Down Under Series finished up on Thursday with the final day of Sail Brisbane. Held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, 103 crews battled it out for honours on Moreton Bay.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Live on - coverage starts at 1500hrs NZT
Monsoon Cup,
Follow the Monsoon Cup Live - on and also on SkyTV in NZ. Coverage starts at 1000hrs local time or 1500hrs in NZ; 1300hrs in Sydney; 2100hrs in New York and 0210hrs in London. Click on the link button on the right. or in the player below... [more]
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WSSR Council ratifies New World Speed Sailing Record
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more]
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Waka Racing report from the Monsoon Cup, Day 1
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report from the Australia Cup: The first day of the Monsoon Cup showed everyone how the event got its name. For most of the day everyone was stuck inside while outside it absolutely bucketed down, killing the wind. Eventually by 4pm we were out on the water racing. Conditions were abnormal with less current than previous years and the wind coming from the opposite direction.... [more]
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BlackMatch: Deja-vu for Blackmatch at Monsoon Cup
Blackmatch Racing,
Day two of the World Match Racing Tour Finale did not bode well for BlackMatch Racing, with a lacklustre performance putting us once again up against the ropes. With a start to the regatta reminiscent to last years Monsoon Cup, we have only managed 2 wins from our 6 races and need to win at least 3 of our 5 remaining matches, just to qualify for the quarterfinals... [more]
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Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium partners North Sails
Bernard Schopfer,
The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Sails, which joins the second edition of the Symposium as Gold Partner.... [more]
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1973 Whitbread racer to join Volvo Legends - Copernicus confirms entry
Volvo Ocean Race,
Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest yacht to complete the very first Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) in 1973-74 will join Great Britain II/Whitbread Heritage on the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official reunion and regatta to be held in Alicante next year and celebrating the first 10 races held over 37 years.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Day 3 Round Robin Flights 11-17 and Wind at Last!!
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
On day 3 of the Monsoon Cup a 12-15 knot northerly breeze greeted competitors. With one knot of current running down the Terengganu River, the starting box was positioned just at the end of the Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa Marina, in the Pulau Duyong basin.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Dead heat, OCS and excitement on final day
Craig Heydon,
A dead heat, OCS calls and cream rising feature on Sail Brisbane's final day. Conditions were much improved for the fourth day of the Sail Brisbane regatta, and the competitors put on a show.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds has 112 entries but will we see a solid wing sail?
Pat Langley,
With just over a month to go before race one of the Zhik Moth Worlds, regatta organizers have received a talent filled 112 entries from ten countries who are all ready to test themselves and their boats on Lake Macquarie NSW, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Video, trackers, and crazy weather draw on-line crowds
Craig Heydon,
Sail Brisbane - Video, trackers, and crazy weather draw on-line crowds - Also on the course was a video crew, recording live footage which has been posted to the site. This has been edited to include footage from head cams worn by competitors such as RS:X board sailor, Luke Baillie.... [more]
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29er Open training Draycote Water Sailing Club
Maddy & James Anderson,
29er Open training Draycote Water Sailing Club - Setting out for Draycote Water at 6.30a.m. in snow and -10 degrees C on the last Saturday in November, didn't bode well for the last training session for the 29er Transitional Squad selection. Nonetheless 26 boats made it and none seemed to complain. Snow dusted the hills surrounding Draycote.... [more]
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