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 06 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 6 December 2010

Ben Ainslie at prize giving of the Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 5 December 2010. Photo: Subzero Images/WMRT  Subzero Images /WMRT
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 6 December 2010

The Monsoon Cup is over for another year - with the finale at Kuala Terengganu being a gladiatorial contest of match racing, as a confident but young Australian match racing crew came up against a golden crew of British Olympic stars keen to make their mark on the World Match Racing Tour.

The contrast between the crews could not have been greater, and that is probably what made the event.

The Monsoon Cup also underlined the difference in the broadcast coverage between the clipped, live televised coverage and the wall to wall internet coverage from SailTV.

In the latter we could see the personalities and characters emerge, see how their ambitions were played out on the course, and then hear their reactions and reflections in the media conferences afterward. You don't get that same character development on broadcast TV - and that is what sets the two mediums apart.

"Howzzatt!" Ben Ainslie gains a penalty on Mathieu Richard during the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup 2010.   Subzero Images -Monsoon Cup ©

Malaysia turned on another stunning event, which raised the coverage bar even higher. While many think that sailing is all about fair waters and straight breezes, the combination of variable wind strength and direction coupled with the nuances of a flood river current in Terengganu, provided a unique and intriguing spectacle.

And for those who think that an Asian country can't stage a world class sailing event - open your eyes, think again and get over yourselves. Sure Terengganu, is different - certainly not your Newport, or Cowes or Fremantle. But the Monsoon Cup was very entertaining, very competitive and very different. Just what sailing needs.

Peter Gilmour and Jeremy Koo during qualifying session 4 Monsoon Cup 2010.  Subzero Images /WMRT

With the exit of both Kiwi crew before the Quarterfinals, most in Godzone would have a dilemma as to whether to support the Australian or British crews in the final. An identity crisis best resolved by applying the old maxim that Kiwis support the New Zealand team and whoever is playing against Australia. So we're pleased to see Ben Ainslie come through in the end. But certainly Torvar Mirsky and friends sailed out of their Ocker skins and will be a force of the future. Maybe we have just seen the 2011 World Champions.

We have full coverage of the Monsoon Cup in this edition of Sail-World. And, if you missed the action, or just want to see it all again, click on the SailTV button on the right of the website or see the story in this issue.

Anyone you recognise? Larry Ellison (BMW Oracle Racing) addresses the media as Dennis Conner (Stars & Stipes) and Peter Harrison (GBR) shake hands, while Vicenzo Onorato contemplates.  .. .

On Sunday afternoon, in New Zealand, RadioLive's Martin Devlin interviewed the man who united New Zealand, Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner. We have the link for the audio of this broadcast, in this edition along with some shots from that final America's Cup regatta of the man who epitomised the America's Cup. He's got some interesting comments on the current America's cup format, its players and the future of the event with which he became synonymous.

Chris Dawson (white) and Brent Charlesworth (orange) hit the line at pace - Archie Kerr - 2010 Ronstan NZ Weta National Championship  Various Various

Today the sail-World story submission system ran hot with a range of reports about regattas completed and upcoming, all of which feature in this issue.

And if you are looking for a great present for a Flintstone sailor, then have a look at Ivor Wilkin's new book, it is literally a Classic. We tell you how to obtain a signed copy direct from the author in this edition of Sail-World.

Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand  .. .

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: Ainslie wins the slugfest of Terengganu
Richard Gladwell,
Newly crowned World match racing champion, Ben Ainslie added the Monsoon Cup to his bulging trophy cabinet with a win in the 2010 Monsoon Cup off Terengganu River, Malaysia, today. After what most consider to be a disappointing year for triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, he and his TeamOrigin crew had all to sail for after winning the World Match Championship a few hours before.... [more]
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'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [more]
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Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Championship
Craig Edwards,
‘The most competitive class keelboat racing outside of Auckland' is how organisers describe the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship. Hosted by Naval Point Club the contest will be held on Lyttelton Harbour on 26-27 February.... [more]
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RadioLive's Martin Devlin talks with Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner
Last Saturday afternoon, RadioLive's Martin Devlin had the opportunity to interview the man who is still regarded as 'Mr America's Cup' Dennis Conner. Here, courtesy of RadioLive, is the audio of that interview where Dennis Conner is asked his thoughts on New Zealand from 2003, the current proposals for the 34th America's Cup, nationality in the Cup, monohull vs multihull, and more... [more]
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Juerg Kaufmann captures Australia II
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann stopped over in Perth on his way back from the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Dubai, and writes: After Dubai I flew directly to Perth Fremantle for another shooting. Today I visited the Maritime Museum where I found Australia II. She is in display here since the Jubilee.... [more]
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NZ 12 Ft Skiffs to compete in Sydney
Graham Catley,
The Maersk NZ 12 ft skiff team to compete in the 51st Interdominion Championship was selected last weekend in a series run out of the Auckland Sailing Club. The regatta is being held in Sydney at the Lane Cove Skiff Club from 7-15 January with 8 boats from NZ being shipped over to compete against an Australian fleet which has been reinvigorated since they won the last years event in Auckland.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2010: no clean sweep in tricky conditions for day one
Tracey Johnstone,
Some you win and some you lose, but for Evolution Racing it was a win, win result in two of their three Phuket King's Cup races.... [more]
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Sun and sea breezes for the 2010 Ronstan NZ Weta National Championship
Chris Kitchen,
Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club and the Weta Sailing Association hosted the fourth annual Ronstan New Zealand Weta National Championship over the weekend. The event attracted an 18 boat fleet from Wellington to Whangarei that were treated to near perfect conditions with warm weather and afternoon sea breezes of 12-14 knots. The event known for its relaxed family atmosphere and top level racing.... [more]
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Sail Sydney day 1 - Tricky, light and patchy
Di Pearson,
Tricky light and patchy conditions opened the first day of racing at Sail Sydney. Some surprise leaders after the first day of sailing. Alexandra South, a 2010 ISAF Youth World Championship representative from NSW tops the Laser Radial board with a win and a sixth place.... [more]
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Results from Sir Peter Blake Regatta, Torbay
Results for the Sir Peter Blake Regatta sailed over the weekend, and attracting an entry of over 400 boats, have been published and can be accessed here. If anyone wishes to submit a report and images, we would be pleased to publish it... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup Title - Rod Jabin wins second consecutive title
Joy Dunigan,
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week new schedule announced
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week schedule - The regatta, which was inaugurated in 1984 and is now in its 28th year, has been shortened by one day. It will conclude on Friday, 26 August. However, the change has not stopped the organisers from going to great lengths to ensure this Race Week will be the best ever.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 5 on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
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King Ben takes the Monsoon Cup 2010
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
A thrilling five race final at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Coming into this event a lot was a stake – the Monsoon Cup 2010 and the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2010 images,
There has been action aplenty this week at the Monsoon Cup, including the demise of the 2009 World Champion Adam Minoprio (ETNZ/Blackmatch racing) and the World Tour leader Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team).... [more]
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New boats and refits for North Sails
Zoe Hawkins,
Included in recent launches is the first Kiwi 40FC from BT Boats, now in the water with a full wardrobe of North Sails. A production Class 40 designed by Farr Yacht Design and built by Cookson Boats the Kiwi 40FC will provide affordable, accessible offshore racing for amateur sailors, combined with a rigorous box-rule that keeps purchase and campaigning costs low.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Ben Ainslie wins the 2010 World Match Racing Championship
Richard Gladwell,
Triple Olympic Gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, and TeamOrigin have won the 2010 World Match Racing Championship after winning their semi-final over wild card Bjorn Hansen (DEN) off Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia today.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Live on
Monsoon Cup,
Follow the Monsoon Cup Live - on Follow the action and see which skipper will win the Monsoon Cup 2010. Click on the link button on the right or in the player below... [more]
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Monsoon Cup semi finals for Mirsky Racing Team
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team are through to the semi finals of the Monsoon Cup after beating the match racing master Peter Gilmour and his Yanmar Racing Team 3-0. We're really happy to get one up on Gilly' said Torvar during the press conference held after racing.... [more]
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Moth vs 49er vs Kite
Markus Schwendtner,
Moth vs 49er vs Kite. Patrick Rynne had an epic afternoon a few days ago, having the ultimate showdown between some of the fastest sailing craft in the world. Here is a quick preview.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Ainslie crashes his way into Semi-Finals, World No1 exits
Richard Gladwell and WMRT,
Triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN created something of an upset today when he displaced world 1 ranked skipper Mathieu Richard in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Monsoon Cup. The loss for Richard (FRA) means that he is is reliant on others to win the World Match Racing title, and take the crown vacated by defending world champion Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing te... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Michel Kleinjans orders Kiwi40FC with BT Boats
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Preparations underway as Belgian sailor Michel Kleinjans today confirmed that he has ordered a Kiwi40FC with BTBoats in New Zealand. Kleinjans has secured the second Farr designed Class40 production boat to be built at Cookson Boats, Auckland, ensuring that he has a highly competitive platform for his hectic, forthcoming offshore campaign... [more]
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Monsoon Cup day 4 - World title hopes fade as semi finalists decided
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
Ben Ainslie (TEAMORIGIN), Jesper Radich (Gaastra Racing Team), Bjorn Hansen (Hansen Global Team) and Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) all progressed through to the semi finals, but not before spectators were treated to some world class matches.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Video action from Terengganu
WMRT Media,
The World Match Racing Tour have extracted the best clips from the live coverage of the 2010 Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia... [more]
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