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 15 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 December 2010

Clash at the Cove - March 2011  Marsden Cove
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 December 2010

We have been following the unfolding events in San Francisco with a degree of incredulity.

In this edition we feature a number of reports from the last two days. And time will tell whether the City and County of San Francisco have done enough to secure the Hosting Rights for the 34th America's Cup, or if it will go elsewhere in the US or Europe.

Of the options being put on the table for consideration as the Venue, we are led to believe that the Italian one is the most lucrative and straight forward - which must give them two big ticks when it comes to evaluation. Newport RI, is looking good as well, we hear.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (left) listening to BMW Oracle team boss Larry Ellison - San Francisco (USA,CA) USA Victory Tour   BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Time will tell - and time, we believe, at this stage is on San Francisco's side, but that is all. The test for the others will be whether they can come through ahead of the 31st December 2010, unless that date is shifted.

America's Cup news aside there are some great New Zealand stories in this edition of Sail-World, including several sailor reports.

First of these is from the New Zealand Optimist team who competed in Noumea, claiming the overall title for the first time.

Patrick Haybittle gets to top Mark ahead of Hazel and Ava Mannering - Noumea.  Brian Haybittle

We have the first in a two part series from Michelle Slade who profiles New Zealand's Brad Webb, a crew member on USA-17, the 120ft trimaran which successfully challenged for the 33rd America's Cup earlier this year. He was one of three New Zealanders aboard the radical yacht.

Sail Melbourne is underway with several New Zealand crews competing. Best of these is the 49er combination of Burling and Tuke, who are within an ace of leading their competition. Top Laser Radial sailor, Sara Winther is also in the top three overall after the first day. We will have updates on wach day of the regatta.

Jordan McKenzie-Brown winner of the Spash North Islands

  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

The Extreme 40 program has been announced with Emirates Team New Zealand signing on for the nine event tour. They will be on of four past and present America's Cup teams on the circuit.

In this edition we also have entry details for the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta and also the Marsden Cove Clash at the Cove to be staged at the end of March, with a feeder race to Gulf Harbour on 25 March 2011.

Andy Yates and fans. Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010   PKRA .

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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America's Cup: Supes pass San Francisco's best bid for Venue Hosting
Richard Gladwell,
Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup. That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Crosbie Lorimer was out on the water yesterday gunning around the harbour at speeds up to 35 knots, chasing the Big Boat fleet on Neville Crichton's amazingly powerful and very striking red Cigarette. Here is a selection of some of Crosbie's images of the sailing.... [more]
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Clash at the Cove - Entry and Regatta details
Marsden Cove Event Media,
Clash of the Cove is a a regatta with sail and power, where everyone gets to share in fun including families, supporters and sponsors. Hosted by Marsden Cove Marina, Clash at the Cove will be much more than a regatta. It will be a major marine event where everyone shares in the fun and race entry fees are unusually low; Only $50. Forget standing around away from the action... [more]
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First ever Kiwi success at New Caledonia Optimist Nationals
Rose Mannering and Brian Haybittle,
It has taken six years but finally a New Zealand competitor successfully claimed the New Caledonian Optimist National Championships held at SRC yacht club in Noumea. Patrick Haybittle, aged 12, from Naval Point Club and Waimakariri Sailing and Powerboat Club, Canterbury, sailed with calmness and consistency in heavy and light breezes throughout the four days to comfortably win the regatta.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail...
Richard Gladwell,
The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more]
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Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta Entries Open
Susan Robinson-Derus,
Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, New Zealand's oldest sporting event, celebrates 171 years on Monday, 31 January 2011 as part of the region's birthday with a sailing fleet of hundreds of different craft on Waitemata Harbour, a festival on land and a display of flying prowess in the skies... [more]
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America's Cup: Brad Webb takes a breather after AC33
Michelle Slade,
Brad Webb is one member of America's Cup defending team BMW Oracle Racing (the Team) who would be thrilled if the AC 34 is sailed in his hometown, as it should be. Webb recently presented the Team's dog and pony show to a packed audience at the San Francisco Yacht Club.... [more]
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Contrasting conditions for Splash North Island Championships
Phil Brown,
18 Splash sailors, mainly from the far north, Auckland and Tauranga battled the 25 knot plus conditions at Kohimarama on Saturday in the first four races of their North Island Championships.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Going south as crew? Is your name spelt right?
Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley,
Around 200,000 sailors and families will be following the Sydney Hobart race via Around two thirds of the fleet have already updated their Sail-World Boat notes, if your skipper and your boat are in that group, thanks. You might want to look at the notes again and polish them and check the crew names spelling etc. If not please do it now, we have sent access codes to skippers and c... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, has finally received his trophy, Rolex watch and the accolades of his peers after he was prevented from attending the official ceremony in Athens last month.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating - Limit and Loki ready to repeat battle
Di Pearson,
In two days' time, Australia's hottest yachts will take to the water for the Rolex Trophy Rating Series to contest six races over four days from 16-19 December to discover the 2010 champion.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge; Dale Lorimer Images
Dale Lorimer,
While Oprah was wowing crowds at the Opera House nearby, Dale Lorimer was out on the water capturing all the action of the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Here are some of her images.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart for Sailing Royalty Sir Robin Knox-Johnson
Cailah Leask,
The esteemed member of ‘sailing's royalty', Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will be racing for the first time in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images captured at today's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.... [more]
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RC 44 Cup Miami images by John Payne
John Payne images,
Photographer John Payne presents this gallery of images from the recent Oracle RC 44 Cup in Miami. Enjoy.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Europeans relish shifty winds
Craig Heydon,
From the shore, conditions looked vastly improved for the second day of the ISAF World Cup in Melbourne. Zhang Dong Shuang of China is a surprise leader in the Laser Radial, ahead of the ISAF number one Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands. Sara Winther of New Zealand is in third place.... [more]
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Four America's Cup teams to race 2011 Extreme 40 Circuit
Extreme 40 Media and Sail-World,
Four America's Cup teams, Emirates Team New Zealand. Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa will join the previously announced Alinghi on the Extreme 40 circuits for 2011, announced in Portugal today. The teams hold a total of four America's Cups between them, and Luna Rossa is a multiple Louis Vuitton Cup finalist.... [more]
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Sydney takes Oprah sailing
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
What else would sailing-mad Sydneysiders do to show visiting talk show star Oprah Winfrey the sights? Why take her sailing of course!... [more]
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Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010 event summary
PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010, 5-12 December 2010 event summary. After six days of waiting for stable wind conditions, today was the day. The wind began to pick up in strength near noon and the first heats of the day gotunderway. Race director Olaf Van Tol made the decision to begin the day with the wave discipline, as the conditions were not 100% suitable for the freestylers.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Two new boats compared
Barcelona World Race,
Among the fifteen entries which will start the Barcelona World Race on 31st December, two are brand new VPLP/Verdier designs, Foncia of Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and François Gabart (FRA) and Virbac-Paprec 3 of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and Loïck Peyron (FRA). They are conceptually very similar, based on the same design but are slightly different... [more]
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Jordy Walker Match Race legend passes in Bermuda
Brian Billings,
by Brian BillIngs on behalf of the executive of the MRA Jordy Walker receives the 2008 Llew Gibbons Trophy for outstanding effort and service to the sport of sailing in Bermuda.... [more]
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