Top NZ crew reflect on 2010...America's Cup Venue exasperation...40 announced for RNI racce

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 13 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 December 2010

BMW Oracle Racing COO, and lead negotiator on the America's Cup Venue, Stephen Barclay (NZL)  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 December 2010

It would seem that San Francisco's bid to host the 34th America's Cup is headed for the rocks.

Late on Friday the first reports came out of the City, home to the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club that all was not well on the domestic front, and since then the issue has moved further and further into the media spotlight.

We have reports on the developing story in this edition of Sail-World, including an interview with Stephen Barclay, of BMW Oracle Racing who has been the lead negotiator on the now ten month saga. He describes his team as being 'exasperated'.

Already the alternative venues are being groomed. It seems possible that the date stated in the Protocol for the announcement of the Venue may slip - however BMW Oracle aren't going there yet.

Team Jolly (Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh) NZL Sailing Team's best performed crew in 2010, in action in the Womens 470  

For the teams yet to enter the Venue decision is critical, as there needs to be certainty in this basic element of the America's Cup mix so pitches can made to sponsors.

There are two crucial meetings, Monday and Tuesday local time, and after that the position should be clear. We will keep updating on

Surf's up! At least someone is enjoying the weather on the last day of the Phuket King's Cup 2010. Rapscallion.   Guy Nowell ©

On Saturday, a new Challenger announced themselves for the America's Cup, and we have details in this issue - one of the team's principals has had previous strong connections with Team New Zealand.

Larry Ellison's Team BMW ORACLE Racing might have won the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010, but they aren't cheering in San Francisco   Nico Martinez / RC 44 Class Association ©

Although the international news has been dominated by the America's cup developments, we have plenty of local news in this edition and news of New Zealand sailors competing on the international regatta circuit.

In the Phuket King's Cup, many of the fleet have finished up on the beach. Our Asian editor, Guy Nowell was on the sport to record the carnage and bring you some fairly amazing images as the mass grounding evolved.

The Bakewell-White designed General Lee—Winner Line Honours, IRC, YAH and a new race record!   Bernie Kaaks

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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Team Jolly reflects on 2010
Team Jolly - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie,
After some time off, and a quick trip for me to Korea to compete in the Busan Cup (Women's Match Racing event) where I crewed as part of the Koru Match team (where we punched well above our weight and finished 3rd overall), while Polly stayed at home and crewed for Sam Osbourne in the NZ Match Racing Nationals.. we got back into the 470 and completed a rather rushed build up for our trip over the... [more]
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40 boats to contest our country's toughest yacht race
Zoe Hawkins,
Forty boats and eighty sailors will race around the North Island of New Zealand in the Short Handed Sailing Association's Round North Island Two Handed Race starting on 19 February 2011. The 1,244 nautical mile marathon starts in Auckland and circles the island in an anticlockwise direction, with 24 hour stopover in Mangonui and 48 hour stopovers in Wellington and Napier.... [more]
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Kiwi Match – Carlos Aguilar Round Up
Logan Fraser,
The Team Kiwi Match season has finally come to a close at the conclusion of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race in the US Virgin Islands. Our final result here wasn't as successful as we had originally hoped, but on reflection there are a multitude of positives to be taken away from this regatta.... [more]
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2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals Preview
Ryan Leatham,
The 2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals are to be hosted by Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club from the third to eighth of January. The event will see over 45 boats from all over the country competing in spectacular fashion on Wellington Harbour with a short racing format expected to produce some very tight results.... [more]
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Kiwi joins Groupama multi-national crew for Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama Media,
A year ago, just days before Groupama 3 was to set sail on her second attempt to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, Groupama announced its participation in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race with Franck Cammas. 'Our commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race until 2015 is an expression of our Group's approach to development, which has been strongly internationalised over the past 3 years... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team take 49er event at Sail Sydney
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, NZL Sailing Team's 49er sailors, have taken a convincing victory over former World Champs in the class Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen at Sail Sydney Regatta. Image: 49er fleet on Sydney Harbour by Jeff Crow The four day regatta which wrapped up in Sydney yesterday, is a prelude to the opening event in the ISAF World Sailing Cup series for 2010-2011 which sta... [more]
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America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles
Paul Oliva,
Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more]
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Who won the Optis?,
The winner of the OziOpti Sail-World competition is Elijah Denman of Bundaberg in Queensland and he will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135).... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship - The crew – including Russell Coutts (tactician), Dirk de Ridder (mainsheet), Ryan Godfrey (bow), Ross Halcrow (trimmer), Revelin Minihane (pit), Colin Orsini (grinder) and Chris Schirmer (trimmer) – placed second in the fleet racing portion of the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Follow all the action online from today
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne - Follow all the action online from today - The final round of the 2010 Sail Down Under Series and the opening round of the 2010/2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup begins this morning with the first day of racing at Sail Melbourne.... [more]
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America's Cup: BMW Oracle negotiators 'exasperated' by San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
After a covers were lifted, late last week, on the Venue negotiations for the 34th America's Cup, it would now seem that even if San Francisco's Board of Supervisors meet a deadline imposed by Defender, and signs an agreement, approved by the America's Cup Event Authority, that will only now get the City into a position where its offer to host the 34th America's Cup will be compared to others on t... [more]
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HK Optimist Sailors battle for the Championship in 20 to 25 knots
Richard Knight,
This year the Championships consisted of 12 races over two weekends. The first six races were sailed as part of ABC's South Side Regatta 4 & 5 Dec and the second weekend was hosted by the RHKYC 11 & 12 Dec. With 21 sailors (half the fleet) in the Under 12yrs Division it is clear that the coming years are looking good for the Hong Kong Optimist Class.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Sign by Friday' San Francisco given ultimatum on venue
Richard Gladwell,
The well connected America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press, Bernie Wilson, is reporting that San Francisco City Hall has been given until next Friday, 17 December, to sign an acceptable agreement to host the 34th America's Cup. He reports that 'a letter was delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials informing them of the deadline.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Second sprint delayed due to adverse weather
Velux 5 Oceans,
The start of ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions off the South African coast. Gale force winds and huge seas led to the race committee taking the decision to delay the start because of concerns about the safety of the skippers and their yachts.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
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RC 44 Cup Miami - Douglas, Ellison look to wrap up championship
Bernard Schopfer,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne starts today
ISAF Sailing World Cup,
ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne starts today - The 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne is set to be one of the biggest Sail Melbourne events to date with over 425 competitors from 42 countries with world champions and Olympians descending on Melbourne in droves.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup: memories of a brilliant event full of action
Tracey Johnstone,
There are 10 winners here at the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Each of them has earned the respect of their peers through delivering close, consistent competition in challenging conditions. Those winners are Ray Roberts' Evolution Racing, Matt Allen's Ichi Ban, Peter Dyer's Team Sea Bees, Peter Sorensen's Baby Tonga, Ilya Ermakov's Sarawadee, Paul Brunning's Dondang Sayang, Richard Macfarlane's Aida... [more]
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Aleph official French team and challenger for America's Cup
Fabienne Morin/Phillipe Ligot,
Aleph, the challenge headed by Bertrand Pacé and Alain Gautier, has just taken a major step forward. The French campaign's entry has been confirmed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club. ALEPH is officially a challenger for the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Two handed Transatlantic Race relaunched
Claire A. Royal Western Yacht Club,
The Two Handed Transatlantic Race relaunch has proudly been announced by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England. The race will start on Sunday 3rd June 2012 from Plymouth and finish in Newport, Rhode Island. The race, also sometimes known as TWOSTAR, will be open to boats between 27 and 60 ft and there will also be a separate class for Class 40's.... [more]
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America's Cup: French become fourth Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Despite suggestions from event organizers that the 'outting' of the fifth team to enter the 34th America's Cup could be weeks away, a French team have issued a media release within 12 hours claiming the entry. 'ALEPH, the challenge headed by Bertrand Pacé and Alain Gautier, has just taken a major step forward,' says the statement issued by the team. '... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Volvo IT delivers world-class platform
Sophie Luther,
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The final day's racing at Phuket King's Cup Regatta cancelled
Event Media,
Heavy winds which started up overnight have forced the cancellation of the fifth and final day of racing at the 2010 Phuket King's Cup Regatta. The winds gusting up to 25 knots directly onto the shore where most of the boats were anchored washed a number of boats onshore and rendered it virtually impossible for sailors to leave the beach.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2011 preview
Musto Performance Skiffs,
The first Musto Performance Skiff World championship outside Europe will be hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia from January 11th to 16th with a Pre-Worlds run between the 7th and 9th.... [more]
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Etchells 2011 Australian titles Geelong - Pre-Nationals next weekend
Event Media,
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club Inc. as the Organizing Authority in conjunction with the Geelong Int. Etchells Fleet Inc. invites entries for the 2011 Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championships to be sailed Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th January and the Pre-Nationals Event on December 18th and 19th. 2010 (a few slots left with 25 visiting boat limit- so get in quick.)... [more]
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From 18ft Skiff to 100ft super maxi
Frank Quealey,
NSW 18ft Skiff Championship - When Gotta Love It 7's crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage wrapped up the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour last Sunday, an interested onlooker was the 100ft super maxi Investec Loyal.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fifth entry announced
America's Cup Media edited by Sail-World,
America's Cup event organizers today confirmed the receipt of the fifth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected in the coming weeks. The challenger is the second announced entry, who has elected not to publicly reveal their identity at the time of lodging their notice of challenge.... [more]
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