Two in a row for Kiwi 49ers...America's Cup - Fees slashed...Brad Webb - Part 2 - a look ahead

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 19 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 19 December 2010

Rolex Trophy RTS 2010 - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney  Andrea Francolini ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 19 December 2010

No further news on the America's Cup venue decision except to say that we have been advised of more developments on Monday and Tuesday. As mentioned previously the expectation is that three more teams will be announced soon. We will bring you updates on as they happen.

Progress is being made at Core Composites in Warkworth on the construction of the first wingsailed AC 45, expected to be sailing in Auckland in January 2011. In this edition of Sail-World we feature the latest images from the building facility 40 minutes drive, north of Auckland.

America's Cup AC45 under construction - Warkworth, New Zealand - 18 December 2010  Ivor Wilkins/

In Melbourne the first ISAF World Cup event for 2011 has been staged, with New Zealand coming away with just one medal. In the run up to the 2012 Olympics, a strong British team competed coming away with three Gold medals. We have reports from the event in this edition, next round is in Miami in late January 2011, with the ISAF Grade 1 event, Sail Auckland being sailed off the new venue, Takapuna in early February 2011.

49er crew Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand - Sail Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Back on the America's Cup, we have the second part of Michelle Slade's interview with NZer Brad Webb, one of the three Kiwi's aboard USA-17 in the 33rd America's Cup. Here he looks ahead to the next America's Cup, issues if it is sailed in San Francisco and gives some advice to those who wish to crack into the America's Cup scene.

Aquapalooza 2010  The Marina Hindmarsh Island

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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Sail Melbourne - Another week, another podium for Burling and Tuke
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had to settle for silver in the 49er skiff class today when a medal race duel went the way of Austrians Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch at Sail Melbourne, the opening regatta in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series for 2010-11.... [more]
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America's Cup: Event organisers slash Entry Fees and Performance Bonds
Richard Gladwell,
Several cost-reducing amendments to the America's Cup rules have been adopted, following recommendations from the Competitor Forum, as well as prospective teams. To maintain an open dialogue with current and potential teams, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) has hosted two briefings to gain insight into the needs of teams. Further discussions between ACRM and the Competitor Forum have result... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Camper crew announced
Lucy Harwood,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of the CAMPER campaign for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has today confirmed the line up of the sailing team and key shore team members.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Series final day's images by Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Trophy Series on Sydney Harbour and 'another day at the office' for photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup: Brad Webb looks ahead to AC34
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. In this, the second part of the interview, Webb looks at what the future holds for BMW Oracle Racing, and gives some advice to those looking to break into the new America's Cup... [more]
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Images from Sail Melbourne: RS:X class
Vincenzo Baglione,
Vincenzo Baglione presents another gallery of images from Day 4 of Sail Melbourne 2010, Round 1 of the 2011 ISAF sailing World Cup... [more]
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America's Cup: Update from Warkworth on AC45's
America's Cup Media,
Work on the AC45 catamarans, which the America's Cup teams will use to race in the 2011 America's Cup World Series events, is continuing at pace in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, New Zealand, in the BMW Oracle Racing facility home to Core Composites.... [more]
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Mirabaud christened today by Ainhoa Arteta
Barcelona World Race - With only two weeks to go before the start, Dominique Wavre et Michèle Paret's yacht was officially baptised ‘Mirabaud' this evening by Spanish singer Ainhoa Arteta.... [more]
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Ainslie back on top as Brits score Melbourne World Cup hat-trick
Triple Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie saw a return to winning ways on Saturday, (18 December) claiming one of Skandia Team GBR's three gold medals at the opening event of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Melbourne.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Passage Series; Crosbie Lorimer's Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
The Rolex trophy fleet powered down the harbour this morning with cracked sheets in a brisk 20 knot nor'wester from the mid harbour start line before heading to sea for their passage race. The media boat was running flat chat at 18 knots with the front end of the fleet powering past. Here is a selection of Crosbie Lorimer's images from the race start.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A sparkling splash for the Neutrogena duo
Barcelona World Race,
Ryan Breymaier (USA) and Boris Hermann (GER) had their first of what they hope will be many champagne moments together on the Barcelona World Race when they had their IMOCA Open 60 Neutrogena officially christened early this afternoon on the Moll Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Exciting finishes and upsets in medal races
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup opening round Sail Melbourne has come to an end. Nathan Outteridge reported that the wind shifts were swinging through 55 degrees at various times during the race. The second class away was the Finn, the heavyweight dinghy that features the big men of sailing, and triple Olympic Gold medalist and current World Match Racing champion Ben Ainslie was the one to beat... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Series - Hooligan makes a menace of herself
Di Pearson,
Rolex Trophy Series saw a spectacular start for passage racing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Trophy Rating and Passage Series' today as the combined fleet took off from Watsons Bay sailing sprung sheets as they headed out past North Head on a passage race of approximately 24 nautical miles.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Gold for Ainslie, Dell Karth Nico and Resch
Sail Melbourne,
Sail Melbourne decided the first Sailing World Cup events, with Austria's Delle Karth Nico and Nikolaus Resch winning gold in the 49ers, and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie following suit in the Finns.... [more]
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Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Passage Race images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Trophy Passage Race gallery by Andrea Francolini. A nice start and the action begins!... [more]
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Rolex Trophy series - Images from Passage start by Howard Wright,
Rolex Trophy series 2010- Sydney photographer Howard Wright on the water today.... [more]
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Embarrassment as 60m yacht sinks at launch in Thailand
The Triton,
The 60m vessel was originally a 58m hydrographic research vessel. Everything but the interior was done by Thai companies and managed by Yacht Solutions of Bangkok, under the brand name Ruea Yachts, according to the Yacht Solutions Web site. It was due to launch in July.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne medal races can be tracked live today
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne medal races are due to get underway directly in front of the Sandringham Yacht Club at 11am EDST, and sailing fans from around the world can watch progress via on-board trackers.... [more]
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Barcelona and the media bids 'Bienvenidos' to the skippers
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race skippers lined up today for the first obligatory press conference with the sailors taking part in an official photo call before informal media interviews.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2010 - McConaghy boats leading the charge
Rob Brown,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is revered as one of the toughest ocean races on the international yachting calendar. The aura that surrounds the race is second to none. The attraction this year is no different with a contingent of overseas boats and crews lured by the magic of this iconic yacht race.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship - New format debuts
Hayden Swanson,
New Format for Blind Match Racing debuts in Perth, Western Australia. Royal Perth Yacht Club has now released the Notice of Race for the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing. The event will be held on the Swan River from March 19 to 26 next year.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships Event Preview
Luissa Smith,
The sailors are ready, 40 brand new 470s are lined up in the boat park, the Championship has been officially opened and racing will get underway tomorrow, Friday 17 December, for the teams gathered in Doha, Qatar ready to do battle for the 2010 470 Junior World Championships.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian Derek Hatfield leads fleet in second sprint
Sarah Hames,
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has reclaimed the lead less than 24 hours into the second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Keen to make up for a slow start at the beginning of sprint one in La Rochelle, the veteran solo sailor was the first of the international fleet to cross the start line of the second leg in Cape Town on Active House.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Great day for Great Britain until squall hits
Craig Heydon,
Earlier today, British sailors Nick Thompson and Ben Ainslie virtually assured themselves of Gold medals at Sail Melbourne in shifty, overcast and very English conditions with only the medal races left to sail. However, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup was thrown into chaos when a severe rain squall accompanied by 40 knot winds came out of nowhere and spread-eagled the fleets.... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2010 - 29erXX borrowed hull, charter rig, loads of fun
Oliver Hartas,
'Ollie Hartas: Hi Clynton, Can I please charter an XX rig for Sail Sydney? Clynton: Sure but be careful; unless you are an experienced 29er sailor, I don't recommend chartering this rig. A 29erXX is NOT the sort of boat where you can rock up to a regatta without any prior training. Least of all, Sydney International Regatta. Ollie Hartas: Challenge accepted.'... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Rankings - New number one
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy World Rankings final release for 2010 brings a familiar face back to the top. This release includes results from the Europeans in Medembik, as well as the Danish, British, Polish, German, Swedish, Belgian and French national championships.... [more]
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America's Cup: Venue discussions progress well in Newport, RI
Richard Gladwell,
Friday 17th December is the deadline set by BMW Oracle Racing's lead negotiator Stephen Barclay to the City of San Francisco to have a signed agreement in front of the team, before they make their decision on the Venue for the 34th America's Cup. Sail-World understands that a bevy of America's Cup negotiators have variously been in Newport RI, this week.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will see Rothmans back in action
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Rothmans, skippered by Britain's Lawrie Smith in The Whitbread Round the World Race1989-90 (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), will sail from Sweden to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends regatta and reunion.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum - The sport of sailing needs to adapt
World Yacht Racing Forum,
World Yacht Racing Forum - 'The sport of sailing needs to adapt to a changing world': This year's World Yacht Racing Forum saw discussion on new media, host cities, sustainable development, the America's Cup and even the Olympic Games, which reached the same conclusion: we are in a period of transition and we need to adapt... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Austrians hold lead in 49ers
Craig Heydon,
It was a very long day for the 49er crews at Sail Melbourne, after constant wind shifts caused the first race to be delayed. The Austrian pair of Delle Nico and Nikolaus Resch started with a ninth, but got back on track with a second, fourth and fifth to lead on 19 points after discarding the ninth which is their worst result to date.... [more]
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Images from Sail Melbourne 2010 from Vincenzo Baglione
Vincenzo Baglione,
Photographer Vincenzo Baglione is on the water at Sail Melbourne and kindly shared these images... [more]
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New Zealand Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad changes tack
Richard Gladwell,
The two crews which had formed the Womens Match Racing Squad of the the NZL Sailing Team have apparently split and elected to race as separate crews rather than a squad. Both teams have issued statements over the past ten days.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Australians crash as USA, Europeans, Asians surge
Craig Heydon,
With just three races to sail before Saturday's double-points medal race, the leader boards closed up at Sail Melbourne today. Steady morning winds faded during the day, making conditions tricky and catching some of the big names out.... [more]
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Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Latest news and great action
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]
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Rolex Trophy images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images and,
Andrea Francolini was busy on day one of The Rolex Trophy on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update
Richard Ekberg,
Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update - Well it's only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up.... [more]
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Wingsail, foiling but no hulls - Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conce
Laurent Koutaïssoff,
Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conception of a wing sail for 2011 - Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Catch up with all the action
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne - Catch up with all the action - As the Sail Melbourne regatta reaches the halfway point why not catch up on all the highlights from the first three days online.... [more]
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ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships,
ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites applications to the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme for the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Chamiponship.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 December 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 9 February 2011 up to and including US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the 470 North American Championships and the RS:X Asian Championships.... [more]
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Gitana Team and Yann Guichard part ways
Kate Jennings,
Gitana Team - Following a fruitful working venture together, culminating in the Route du Rhum, the Gitana Team, a racing stable founded by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild back in 2000, and sailor Yann Guichard have decided not to renew their collaboration.... [more]
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