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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 8 December 2010
It is a quieter time for sailing news today.
The principal event of interest is the announcement of the latest world match racing rankings, which has three New Zealanders in the top 12 placings, which is very encouraging for those crews looking to break into the World Match Racing Tour - with a shot at the top spot.
While the top placed of the three, Blackmatch may not be competing in the next series, the fact that two other crews have been able to follow in their footsteps is commendable and encouraging, both for the crews involved and the clubs and sponsors/supporters who have assisted their climb.
For those in the various youth programs around New Zealand, the rise of Blackmatch was no fluke - and the blueprint is established and can be replicated.
34th America's Cup - AC45 hull assembled at the Core Builders facility Ivor Wilkins/www.americascup.com
Further down the sailing foodchain, we have published a story from the Royal Yachting Association on the OnBoard program. The numbers going through this program are impressive, as is the approach of the RYA which set a measurable goal of 500,000 kids to go through the program in 10 years. Too many would just be content to set up a program and then be content to congratulate themselves on whatever numbers passed through.
By our calculations, allowing for the population difference, the requisite number in New Zealand is about 30,000 kids in 10 years - or 3,000 per year.
Pumping the numbers into the sport at the junior level is vital if sailing, and the marine industry, is to grow. The RYA's approach of setting an ambitious target, and then working out how you are going to achieve it is a model that could be followed by others.
In Sydney, the Sail Sydney regatta is well underway, with New Zealand crews performing well in the 49er class. We have reports in the edition.
America's Cup: AC45's joined at Warkworth Ivor Wilkins, Ivor Wilkins from www.americascup.com 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] Share this story
Wild Oats XI ready for the Sydney Hobart - Francolini images Andrea Francolini images, Photographer Andrea Francolini was out on Bob Oatley's maxi Wild Oats X1 and sends this gallery of images. The boat is in great condition and the crew is pumped and ready to bounce into action.... [more] Share this story
Speedsailing Outright World Record ratified at 55.65 knots for Douglas Markus Schwendtner, The WSSRC has today ratified the last and final record from Luderitz, handing over the crown of Speedsailing to US Rob Douglas.... [more] Share this story
Fremantle Harbour Classic - 20 years of action Yachting WA, Annual Club Marine Fremantle Harbour Classic on Sunday 12 December 2010. The event has great historical significance considering that the first yacht was introduced after World War II, back in 1946 - the first year of the traditional Challenge Race.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami hits wind block Bernard Schopfer/MaxComm, Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami - After yesterday's wet and wild start to the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami, the regatta ground to a virtual halt today with a lack of wind.... [more] Share this story
Three Kiwis in the top 12 and a new King in the latest ISAF rankings Richard Gladwell and ISAF, hree New Zealand sailors have made the top 12 in the world in the latest ISAF rankings published today. There is also a new rankings leader after ISAF Match Racing World Champion and 2010 world Match Race Tour winner Ben Ainslie (GBR), claimed the top position in the open rankings for the first time in his career. Nicky Souter (AUS) maintains her position at the top of the women's rankings.... [more] Share this story
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Notice of Race published ISAF, Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The Notice of Race for the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the test event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, is now available to download.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Monsoon Cup crashes and more 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] Share this story
Flying 18's - Building a high-tech 18ft skiff Frank Quealey, Flying 18's - A video presentation depicting the building of a high-tech 18ft skif... [more] Share this story
RC44 Oracle Cup Miami Day 1 - Artemis and Katusha Artemis Racing, RC44 Oracle Cup Miami - It was not a great day for Katusha with a 2 and 4. The conditions were very shifty with strong winds early in the day... [more] Share this story
World Yacht Racing Forum 2010 - Spots are quickly filling Chris Trainor, World Yacht Racing Forum 2010 - The world's premier conference concerning the 'Business of Yacht Racing' will gather high profile delegates from many different countries including Australia, Hong Kong, the Middle East, France, Singapore, Finland, Germany, USA, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, UK, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.... [more] Share this story
Richard W. (Dick) Kempe - Eight bells for Bermuda's Dick Kempe Commodore Peter Shrubb, Richard W. (Dick) Kempe - Past Commodore Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, International Judge, International Umpire. Richard Kempe passed away on Monday, December 6th after battling cancer for the past four months.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Kevin Parry remembered BMW Oracle Racing blog, The America's Cup community gathered on Wednesday in Perth to celebrate one of its own – Kevin Parry, the principal backer of the Kookaburra campaign, which became the Australian defender of the Cup in 1987. Iain Murray, with Kevin Parry and Iain's dog 'Cliff', during a press conference at the 1987 America's Cup in Perth, Australia... [more] Share this story
Yachting NZ Briefings for 8 December 2010 Yachting NZ, In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more] Share this story
Blokart Worlds heads to the desert in 2012, Ivanpah dry lake bed, USA Ross Vickers, The North American Blokart Sailing Association has been selected as host for the 2012 Blokart World Championships. The event will be sailed at a venue often called the Mecca of land yachting, Ivanpah dry lake bed situated near the Californian / Nevada boarder town of Primm. With around 200+ entries expected, the wide open venue is sure to produce some excellent racing.... [more] Share this story
Sail Sydney - Strong winds create excitement Sail Sydney Media, Moths and 49ers were clocked sailing at more than 20 knots on Sydney Harbour today as a fresh north-easterly filled in early, leading to capsizes in most classes and some early retirements with broken gear.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: dead heat in Racing class on day three Tracey Johnstone, It was a matter of .49 of a second on corrected time between Neil Pryde's HiFi and Ray Roberts's Evolution Racing at the finish line in race one today of the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Both boats were recorded with a corrected time of 2:10:24 rounded up.... [more] Share this story
Oracle RC44 Cup Miami off to rollicking start MaxComm, Oracle RC44 Cup Miami off to rollicking start - Oracle RC44 Cup Miami off to rollicking startStrong winds dismast Islas Canarias Puerto Calero while others tear sails MIAMI (7 December 2010) – The RC 44 class made its debut in American waters today in conditions that make Miami a renowned racing venue: a northwesterly breeze gusting over 20 knots.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 Race - ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100 Trish Jenkins, ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100 - The RORC Caribbean 600 is set to provide one of the biggest showdowns for years, as Mike Slade's Farr 100, ICAP Leopard, takes on George David's Juan-K designed, Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat). This will be the first time these two heavyweights of the sailing world will have raced each other.... [more] Share this story
Upcoming Forceracing Clinics Andrew Brown, It is time for some more Forceracing Clinics: Kohi Yacht Club Clinic 15-17th December; Forceracing Optimist Clinics: Clinic 2: December 18-21st (with a two day 20-21st option as well); Forceracing Clinic 3; Clinic 3: Forceracing's third Clinic of the season is from the 28th to 30th January, to be held at the Nationals venue, Wakatere Boating Club.... [more] Share this story
RYA OnBoard gets over a quarter of a million kids sailing and windsurf Royal Yachting Assoc, Over the last five years well over a quarter of a million youngsters have been enjoying sailing and windsurfing thanks to a pioneering scheme from the RYA called OnBoard. 'When we launched the programme back in 2005 we set ourselves the target of introducing 500,000 youngsters to sailing over a 10 year period. Now we are half way through it's fantastic to see how many youngsters are getting o... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010 - 'apres racing' Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket King's Cup 2010: what to do after racing? First crack a bottle of Mont Clair champagne, and then when the sun goes down head to the party at Mom Tri's Boathouse, just along the sand from the Kata Beach Resort... [more] Share this story
Rock stars doing it tough at Sail Sydney Di Pearson, The Sail Down Under series is an open event, meaning that everyone from youth sailors to masters' competitors can take on world champions and after the second day of competition, it is obvious that not all of the young guns are in awe of their more accomplished heroes.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona world Race - President passes Gibraltar on a breezy delivery Barcelona World Race, Bruno Garcia and Jean Le Cam on the IMOCA Open 60 Président are making good progress towards Barcelona on their 1500 miles delivery from Port-la-Forêt and passed into the Mediterranean this Sunday evening.... [more] Share this story
Derek Hatfield third after first leg of Velux 5 Oceans solo yacht race James Christie, Hatfield, 58, sits third as Canada's entry in the single-handed, around-the-world race known as the Velux 5 Oceans. Through the first leg of the race – 32 days from La Rochelle, France, to Cape Town, South Africa – Hatfield could only catnap briefly from time to time in a sleeping chair on deck when his autopilot equipment failed to work.... [more] Share this story
Tribute regatta a huge success in 2010 Jodie Bakewell-White, The 2010 Sir Peter Blake Regatta was, as predicted, the largest yet with close to 450 entries making the regatta to be what the organisers believe to be biggest two day centre-board regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. 22 classes took part of three separate courses.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Ainslie versus Mirsky and final day images Subzero/WMRT images, Monsoon Cup final day images from the SubZero team as Ben Ainslie and Teamorigin defeated Torvar Mirsky and Mirsky Racing Team to win the Monsoon Cup 2010.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Class makes debut in American waters off Miami Beach Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 Class will be decided this week at the season's final event, the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami in style befitting a class brimming with talent.... [more] Share this story
International Dragons come alive on Port Phillip. John Curnow, 11 International Dragon Class yachts took to Melbourne's Port Phillip over the weekend in the second of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club's (RBYC) pre-Worlds events. Representing Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and New Zealand, the fleet certainly got right into the competition angle of the series, with a few Port/Starboard incidents resulting in damage.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
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