Moth on the wing and foil...two Worlds in Melbourne...Optimist Worlds, P, Starling and Paper Tiger Nationals

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 10 Jan 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 10 January 2011

He's back! Lawrie Smith indicates all is good - when you win... - Dragon World Championships  John Curnow
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 10 January 2011

Further to our last newsletter we conclude the coverage of the Paper Tiger Nationals at Evans Bay and also the P-class and Starling national titles at Napier.

Overseas the 2010 Optimist Worlds have concluded in Langkawi, Malaysia and we are carrying the final reports from the event in this edition.

In this edition we have reports from the 12ft skiff InterDominions in the Sydney, the Australian Finn Championships in which two New Zealand sailors competed, the 420 and 29er Worlds from Argentina, and we track Dean Barker's progress in the Australian A-class Championships - all of which has been covered daily on our website at

This week Sail-World is coming to you from Melbourne, venue for the 2011 Dragon Worlds and also the Musto Skiffs.

Peter Burling - New Zealand - Zhik Moth Worlds 2011- Lake Macquarie Australia /AUS ©

You couldn't get two classes more different than the three man former Olympic keelboat, and the singlehanded Musto skiff, complete with spinnaker. The Musto, in our view should be the next Olympic singlehander (if there is to be a second singlehanded event in 2016).

The regattas are being sailed within sight of each other on Port Phillip Bay, with the city of Melbourne a few miles to the north.

Day 1: 2011 Int Dragon World Championships - triple Gold Medalist - Jochen Schuman (GER) (yellow jacket).  Richard Gladwell

New Zealand crews are competing in both events. And it is great to see Bob Stone's Komutu sailing here in Melbourne in the Dragon Worlds. The fleet has attracted some of the great names in sailing including Britain's Lawrie Smith - a top competitor in Round the World racing, Olympics and America's Cup, and who has made an artform of winding up Kiwi sailors in days gone by. And Jochen Schuman, the triple Olympic Gold medalist, and America's Cup sailor with Alinghi. Schuman was DSQ'd yesterday for a very basic breach of a sailing equipment rule - details in this edition.

Whoops - 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds Day 2 /AUS ©

At Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, the 2011 Int Moth Worlds are underway - the foiling yachts, some also with wingsails, have attracted a top fleet, and we are pleased to report that New Zealand's Peter Burling, normally one half of the NZL Sailing Team's 49er combination had a great day yesterday in his fleet taking three wins from three races.

We have an interview with Peter Burling in this edition, along with reports and images from the foiling Moths.

And at the other weather extreme, catch the excellent gallery from top international photographer, Ian Roman, taken at the Bloody Mary Pursuit Race staged in the depth of the English winter at the Queen Mary Reservoir. It looks cold! It apparently was relatively mild

Have a great holiday, if that's what you are still are doing!

Foiling Moth, Queen Mary Sailing Club, London. Bloody Mary pursuit race.  Ian Roman

Thanks to our contributors for their help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. A special thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 Down Under Dominates
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 The defending World Champion Simon Payne (GBR) sums up, ‘It is pretty clear that the Australian Moth Squad, led by Nathan Outteridge with affiliates like New Zealander Peter Burling who have been training with them, is going well -the time they have put in is paying off. It is great to see. Everyone likes to see people who have worked hard do well.... [more]
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Images from 2011 Dragon Worlds: Day 1 on Port Philip Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the first day of racing in the 2011 International Dragon Worlds on Port Philip Bay, Melbourne and presents this the first of two image galleries of the day.... [more]
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Images of Melbourne - 2011 Dragon Worlds
Alex Mckinnon,
In between working on a rescue boat local Melbourne photographer, Alex Mckinnon, took some great shots of the first day of the 2011 Int Dragon Worlds, and presents the following image gallery:... [more]
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Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Pre-World Champions Day 2
Rick Perkins,
A stable warm morning breeze of around 14-16knots with a gentle swell developing during the day greeted the fleet for their second day of the Broo Beer sponsored Musto Performance Skiff Pre-World Championships.... [more]
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Images of Bloody Mary: Pursuit in the freezing cold English Winter
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents a selection of images from today's Bloody Mary. An annual pursuit race held at Queen Mary Sailing Club, West London. This year saw 238 entries.... [more]
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International Dragons – First day a tough day at the office
John Curnow,
A Sou'sou'east breeze of 16 to 18 knots for the duration of the race meant it was a tough day at the office for all of the 75 crews competing in the International Dragon Class World Championships. The Race Management team chose to go slightly offshore, but directly in front of Royal Brighton Yacht Club.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - Outteridge the Overtaker, Bullets for Burling
Lizzi Rountree,
Belmont delivered it's famed 18 knot E-NE gusting over 20 for day two of the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds providing an action packed day full of swims, stacks and rescues – and not just at the back end of the fleet.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Thomson has medical clearance to join Hugo Boss
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race will have the British skipper, Alex Thomson, join after today being declared medically fit after making a satisfactory recovery from the emergency appendectomy on 29th December which prevented him from starting second edition of the two handed round the world race on Friday 31st December.... [more]
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Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Titles Barry the Bridesmaid
2011 Etchells Australian Titles Media,
This coming Tuesday afternoon at 1pm a top class fleet of more than 50 Etchells One Design boats will start five days of intense racing for the 2011 Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship, to be sailed along the Geelong Waterfront, on Corio Bay.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship Race 1 - Outstanding display
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship had an outstanding display by the Smeg team of Trevor Barnabas, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings in difficult conditions to take out Race 1 on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion thriller to Dimension Polyant
Di Pearson,
SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion Race 4 on Sydney's upper Harbour was a thriller to the end, Lane Cove's Dimension Polyant taking the lead from New Zealand's Frankenskiff down the last run of the easterly course and fighting off challenges from the Kiwis for the rest of the race to consolidate their series lead.... [more]
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OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship classes set
Craig Heydon,
OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 160 contesting crews were greeted by almost perfect sailing conditions on Sydney's Botany Bay for the third day of racing.... [more]
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29er World Champions Belen Tavella and Franco Greggi
Jerelyn Biehl,
29er World Champions Belen Tavella and Franco Greggi fought hard this week in conditions that challenged their skills on and off the water. The deadlock between the top two boats that began on the first day of the championship continued all the way until beyond the last race.... [more]
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International Dragons begin sailing today for their World Championship
John Curnow,
International Dragons begin sailing today for their World Championship - After a cool change swept through Melbourne last night, today is a lot cooler, with a forecast top of just 24 degrees Celsius. Presently, a Sou'easterly breeze of around 15 knots is blowing through the Brighton course area, which is under cloud and probably will be for most of the day.... [more]
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Bloody Mary Pursuit Race at Queen Mary Sailing Club
Queen Mary Sailing Club,
Bloody Mary Pursuit Race - Participants encounter decent conditions - Bloody Mary Pursuit Race was run for the 38th time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This was also the second leg of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up series.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team's Peter Burling on the foiling Moth Worlds,
Sail-World's Publisher, Rob Kothe, caught up with NZL Sailing team member, Peter Burling, at the International Moth Worlds. Burling is taking a busman's holiday from his, and crew Blair Tuke's, 49er campaign, by competing in the foiling Moth World's being staged at Lake Macquarie Australia.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 – Have the Australians stepped up a gear?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Zhik Moth Worlds - While Australian dual 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge dominated the Pre-Worlds, he had a much tougher day on the first day of the World's on Australia's Lake Macquarie. He missed a shift or even two in the first race, won the second and had to fight his way back from 20+ for a seventh in race two to finish the day second.... [more]
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P Class and Starling National Championships Finish in good breeze
Sail-World Correspondent,
The 2011 Tauranga Cup and Starling National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, concluded today in a breezy southeasterly, ensuring a full range of conditions throughout the regatta and producing worthy champions from amongst some very talented young sailors.... [more]
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America' Cup: Newport looks set to be the first US World Series venue
Providence Journal,
Newport's loss of the America's Cup final Match races behind them, state leaders and Cup officials went back to the drawing board Friday to try to hammer out a deal to bring pre-regatta races to the City by the Sea. 'Now it's not a done deal, but I'd say ... we're probably 75 percent of the way there,' Thomas Ehman, head of Oracle Racing external affairs, said Friday at the State House with Gover... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 nears completion in Warkworth - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype America's Cup 45 is nearing completion at the Core Builders' facility in Warkworth, near Auckland New Zealand, ahead of the projected launch date on 17th January 2011. In this video Core Builders' Tim Smythe provides a commentary on the construction of the new 'trainer' class for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion - An Aussie win but Kiwis strong
Di Pearson,
Slam 12ft Skiff Interdominion showed Nick Press and Brad Yabsley sailing Dimension Polyant to its second. Locals from the Lane Cove 12s, host of the 51st Interdominion, Press/Yabsley won the first race yesterday on a short course, and backed up again today on a long east-nor-easterly course.... [more]
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New Zealand Team report from Final Day of Optimist Worlds
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report form the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: The 'Fat Lady' has sung! Racing is over at the 2010 Optimist World Championships in Langkawi. Our sailors have given back their Charter boats, coaches handed over their coach boats and the pack up continues before the Closing Ceremony again under the big Eagle later tonight.... [more]
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Elliott 6m fleet arrive in Brazil
Elliott Sailing,
The first Elliott 6m boats to South America have arrived at Veleiros do Sul in Brazil. Purchased as a collaboration between the Brazilian Sailing Federation and the Veleiros Do Sul Yacht Club the 6 boats will be used for a number of events and for the Brazilian Women's Match racing team.... [more]
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29er World Championship - Perfect scenario
Jerelyn Biehl,
With offshore winds, the swell layed down a bit, but were still quite confused, blowing directly into the swell. On the silver fleet course, conditions were quite tough and the Race Committee decided to send the sailors in after two races.... [more]
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International Dragons – Danes take the Prince Philip Cup
John Curnow,
African Queen, the International Dragon, with her Danish skipper, Joergen Schoenherr and crew of Axel Waltersdorph and Teis Palm were presented with the Prince Philip Cup at a gala ceremony at Victoria's Parliament House last night. Making the presentations was none other than John Bertrand, yachting superstar and the Patron of the event host, Royal Brighton Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco holds Venue hosting celebration
America's Cup 2013 - Gavin Newsom, Richard Worth, Craig Thompson and Larry Ellison speak on San Francisco Hosting Ceremony staged to celebrate the formal announcement of the Venue for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – Crash sequence,
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Zhik Moth Worlds – Moth Rigid Wing: the hot news from
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The sailing world has been abuzz since it was discovered that 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) was going to arrive with a solid wing sail on his Mach 2. But he is not using it. Instead Charlie McKee began sailing his Mach 2 with the rigid wing. Charlie is over the moon and on the eve of the Worlds, in this exclusive we discovered why... [more]
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420 World Championships 2011 wrap
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 World Championships 2011 - The event that was held in South America has now come to a successful conclusion with 97 boats (56 Open and 41 Ladies), there were 194 sailors from eighteen countries... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Notice of race published
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The event will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia and will feature 1300 athletes competing across ten events. For the first time in 2012, sailing will introduce women's match racing at the Olympic Games and the discipline will join the nine fleet racing events to contest their world championship in Perth.... [more]
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Optimist (IODA) World Sailing Championships - Thai Champion
Noppakao Poonpat from Thailand took the bullet in the final race of the championship to become the 2010 Optimist World Champion in style.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion - Kiwis lead
Di Pearson,
Chris Reid and Ben de Fluiter sailed C-Tech Ltd to a solid second and a win to take the lead of the Slam 2011 12ft Skiff Interdominion on upper Sydney Harbour this afternoon, but the New Zealanders know they have a big job ahead of them if they are to maintain and take out the annual Australia versus New Zealand Championship.... [more]
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A Class Cats Australian Title - Ashby takes the win
Bob Griffits,
A Class Australian Titles. Glenn Ashby is the new Australian Champion for A Class Catamarans. Severall attempts were made to race 8, but by now the fleet was subjected to repeted rainsqualls which produced wind gusts associated with large shifts in direction. The fleet did manage to start,... [more]
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Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka on Crac-A-Jac win Rocky Bay Regatta 2011
Margaret Dijkhuis,
Crac-A-Jac with skipper/owner Edwin Delaat and crew member Yachtyakka Steve Alloway took line honours and second on handicap in the Rocky Bay Regatta 2011 in the keeler division. Edwin Delaat, the 14 year old skipper/owner of Crac-A-Jac a Farr 727 is delighted to have his name engraved on the old silverware. The cup dates back to 1932.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A rush that is hard to find
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race sums up Stu Bannatyne as 'Occupation - Volvo Ocean Racer', when he joins Camper as watch leader for his sixth race. He tells why he keeps coming back for more.... [more]
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Moth Pre-Worlds Action Photos, has been on Lake Macquarie for the Moth Pre-Worlds. Here are a few of our action images. There will be lots more during the Worlds... [more]
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Finnports Australian Finn Championships - Racing remains tight
Internation Finn Association of Australia,
Finnports Australian Finn Championships - Racing remains tight - Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) and Ed Wright (GBR) had indentical results today, both scoring a first and a second. Both sailors go into the final day locked together on 11 points apiece.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Australian Championship - Outteridge shines
Pat Langley,
Australian Nathan Outteridge sent a strong message to his rivals for the forthcoming Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds. In race one of the day, the left hand side of the race track was heavily favoured and resulted in most competitors approaching the top mark on the port tack layline.... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: New Zealand Team report from the penultimate day
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report from the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: Another weather forecast of very light breeze ushered in the penultimate day of Fleet Racing at the Optimist Worlds. Some moisture in the air hinted at rain and the sky was cloudy all day. Our sailors geared up for light but the wind came in hard and fast ...for Langkawi.... [more]
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International 420 World Championships - GBR team win title
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
International 420 World Championships 2011 - The event was held over Christmas and the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina with 97 entries from 18 countries represented on the race course.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion Invitation Race - Kiwis come out swinging
Di Pearson,
Sailing and swimming joined forces in the Invitation Race ahead of the first day of racing at the 51st SLAM 12 Foot Skiff Interdominion Championship on the Parramatta River this afternoon - and it was a Kiwi crew that handled the squally conditions better than the rest.... [more]
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America┬┤s Cup - A Time to Celebrate
Erik Simonson,
Johnny Mosely made a rare appearance at City Hall in San Francisco today. The Marin County resident was not there to promote another insane ski jumping contest at AT&T park of the steep streets of the Marina District. No sir. Johnny came to MC the event of a lifetime under the Rotunda of City Hall...Directly underneath the golden roof of the Taj-Ma Willie.... [more]
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New Zealand Team report from Fleet Racing of Optimist Worlds
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report form the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: Today was a rollercoaster ride, a nice breeze that shifted to and fro and up and down, and huge highs and lows for most. Again some of the regatta leaders found themselves dead last and the Kiwis were mostly mixed but with some really, really good results too.... [more]
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New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals - Big Breeze for Day 3
Rowdy Leatham,
Thursday 6th January - Linton Sails Race Day 3 Day Three saw a typical Wellington breeze start to build with only one race managing to be sailed.... [more]
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Finnports Australian Finn Championship 2011 - Tricky day 3
Tim Castles,
Day 3 of racing at the 2011 FINNPORTS Australian Finn Championships presented competitors with very challenging conditions off Cronulla Sailing Club. Light and shifty conditions predominated, and there were plenty of chances to gain or lose precious positions from start to finish.... [more]
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Mildest Bloody Mary in years forecast
Andy Rice/SailJuice,
Bloody Mary - The long-range weather forecast for this weekend suggests that this will be one of the mildest Bloody Marys that we've seen in some years. With temperatures pushing up to 10 degrees Celsius and moderate to strong breezes from the south-west, the conditions are looking a good deal kinder than they did for last year's sub-zero freezathon.... [more]
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