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 24 Dec 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 December 2010

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Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 24 December 2010

In this edition we continue the updates on the America's Cup venue selection, including an interview with Stephen Barclay, chief negotiator for BMW Oracle Racing. He has just returned from a two week trip of discussions with the three venues under consideration for the venue of the 34th America's Cup.

He gives Sail-World readers a candid insight into the San Francisco bid in particular. The other two venues conditions can only be guessed at this stage, however Barclay is quite happy to his perspective on what BMW Oracle Racing are expecting in the bids and how they work.

We have a couple of late breaking Rolex Sydney to Hobart stories. One of this is from Jon Bilger of who uses several screenshots to illustrate how the breeze will build in the offshore classic.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are a very consistently performed crew in the 49er class , in this edition they summarise their view of the year that is almost gone.

Sail-World's choice as the definitive sailing moment in 2010  

Finally we would like to wish you, our readers a very Merry Christmas and great New Year. We will be working through - so if you have a story or report, or comment - please drop us a line.

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: San Francisco shortens the odds in tight Venue race
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World NZ's Editor, Richard Gladwell, caught up with BMW Oracle Racing's Chief Operating Officer, and lead negotiator for the 34th America's Cup Venue Selection process, the day after he returned from visiting the three candidates in Newport, San Francisco and Italy. Barclay told Sail-World that the decision was 'going right down to the wire, documenting each city's proposal – each are very... [more]
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PredictWind explains Rolex Sydney to Hobart weather
Richard Gladwell,
As has been forecasted earlier in the week, competitors seem to be in for hard ride to Hobart in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Using Predictwind, we are able to see the strength and direction of winds expected to prevail for the start and first days of the classic offshore race.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnson 'Dared to Dream'
Mainsheet Media,
Sailing great Sir Robin Knox-Johnston called past the legendary Australian yacht Brindabella on Christmas Eve and had a chat to Save Our Seas founder Ian Thomson.... [more]
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America's Cup: Australian team files Notice of Challenge
A syndicate of Australians including yachtsman Ludde Ingvall, skipper of the YuuZoo Big Boat Racing Team, has submitted a Notice of Challenge to the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. The Syndicate aims to bring together nationwide resources and skills in a true people's challenge. Lodging the application reserves a place for Australia to return to competition for the world's olde... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Interview with Alex Pella (Estrella Damm)
Barcelona World Race,
Alex Pella has set a remarkable course to get here. Three times he competed in the MiniTransat, finishing twice on the podium, once winning outright the longest leg from Lanzarote to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.... [more]
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Six Champions seeking Optimist Worlds title in Langkawi
Secretary Optimist class Sally Burnett,
Six Champions meet in Langkawi. In just a few days time the International Optimist Class Worlds will begin in Langkawi, Malaysia. This fabulous island venue will see a near record attendance of 235 sailors from as many as 56 countries.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - ORCi in its second year
Dobbs Davis,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - After introducing a dual-scoring option last year, entries in this year's RSHYR once again have two choices for scoring in measured handicap rules: IRC and ORC International (ORCi).... [more]
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RS Feva Worlds 2011 on-line Entry now open
Bill Tucker,
RS Feva Worlds 2011 - The International RS Feva Class Association is very pleased to announce that the RS Feva Worlds 2011 Sponsored by Allen Sailboat Performance Hardware and Magic Marine website is now live and taking entries.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Summer in Australia
By the time I leave Australia in January it will have effectively been my home for two months. Being down here allows me to spend a lot of time out on the water in the big breezes and really work on getting my sailing fitness back up to where it needs to be for the 2011 season and the 2012 selection process.... [more]
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America's Cup - BMW retires from Cup campaign,
America's Cup - An annoucement today that at the end of the year BMW will bring to a close its longstanding partnership with ORACLE Racing and thereby end its involvement in the America's Cup. This is by mutual agreement of both partners. Both parties set ambitious goals and achieved the ultimate objective: winning the America's Cup.... [more]
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2010 Tassie Trio - Plenty of pairs to highlight
John Curnow,
In addition to getting a pair of races away to Hobart via both coasts of Tasmania, the ORCV also conducts the oldest ocean race in Australia. The Melbourne to Launceston event has been traversing Bass Strait at Christmas time for 103 years and is 198 nautical miles long. As such, it is the fifth oldest ocean race in the world.... [more]
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Countdown commences to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011
Emma Slater,
On Saturday 15 January at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show the RYA will be sounding the starters' hooter to commence countdown to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - First Kiwi 40FC Class40 completes inversion test
Oliver Dewar,
The first KIWI 40FC Class40, Per√°spera, was launched at Pier 21 in Auckland in late September. From inversion until the boat self-righted took just 24 minutes and splashdown was celebrated by a chorus of fog horns from the yachts moored in Viaduct Basin.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skippers face Christmas at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
For the skippers, Christmas Day is just one more day at sea. It's especially tough on the skippers who have young children, including Derek Hatfield, Brad Van Liew and Zbigniew Gutkowski. Thanks to the state-of-the-art onboard communications system each skipper has onboard their yachts they will be able to make calls to loved ones.... [more]
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NZL 49er sailors Peter Burling & Blair Tuke summarise 2010
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
We arrived home in NZ on Sunday after 45 days training and racing our 49er in Australia – 4 regattas and a lot of fun. Debriefs and 2011 planning are now all done in time for Christmas.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Marine industry rallies to support Venue bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News reports that more than 150 people rallied at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth on Tuesday morning to drive home the message that the state needs to make the investment in boating facilities at Fort Adams State Park in Newport so it can host the 2013 America's Cup races.... [more]
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49er World Youth Championship for Travemuende
Andreas Kling,
World Championships are always a highlight at the world's most beautiful sailing regatta. But a World Championship premiere is very special for Travemuende Week. The 122nd edition of Travemuende Week (22 to 31 July 2011) will be the venue of the first World Youth Championship of the 49er.... [more]
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SLAM 12ft Skiff 51st Interdominions Championship
Max Gundy,
In early January the waters off of Clarke Pt Woolwich will be packed with 12 ft Skiff high action and high energy sailing.... [more]
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Record fleet for Optimist Nationals on Pittwater
Warwick Crossman,
The staff and volunteers at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club won't have much of a chance to catch their breath after the Pittwater to Coffs fleet head north, before a record number of Optimists sailors arrive for the 2011 Australian Optimist Championships on Pittwater in January.... [more]
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An old fashioned Rolex Sydney Hobart – uncomfortable and exhausting
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 - After several years of mostly tactical racing in comparatively benign conditions, the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart is set to return to its more traditional ways, with competitors told today that they are in for some very tough, boat and spirit-breaking sailing for at least the first 300 nautical miles of the race.... [more]
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