AC45 lights up Auckland Harbour...Bay of Islands Sailing Week...Optimists report from Australia

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 20 Jan 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 January 2011

"Yeah, we got this new sponsor, with a very long name, so we had to get a new kite to fit it all in." Bay of Islands Race Week  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 January 2011

We had our first look at the AC45 yesterday in winds recorded in excess of 25kts.

Certainly the trainer version of the America's Cup 72fter (AC72) can shift - once the crew put pedal to the metal.

We posted our immediate impressions on late yesterday afternoon, and will be following up with further stories in what is left of the week.

Many of the questions we had over the selection of the multihull as an America's Cup boat have been answered.

AC45 on the Hauraki Gulf on Day 2 of sea trialling   Richard Gladwell

Full credit to to her design and build team who have produced a very good boat; have generated the tooling necessary to build at least ten of the one design; and seem to have resolved many of the logistical issues associated with hoisting/lowering a wingsail, and the launching and retrieval of the boat.

The takeoff from the marina berth at Viaduct Harbour was not for the faint-hearted, and one false move in the strong south westerly could have seen the AC45 wind up in the lower end of Queen Street. However with dinghy-like maneuverability she cleared the chicanes of the Viaduct Harbour with ease and was in the open sea.

A few minutes later she was pedal to the metal and hitting close to 20kts in a gentle squirt on the harbour - and putting another 10 kts on top of that in the inner Hauraki Gulf.

34th America's Cup - AC45 trials  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Today, in light winds, North Shore residents were treated to some spectacular hull flying - reminiscent of USA-17 just under a year ago in Valencia.

In the Bay of Islands, the annual Sailing Week is underway with a large entry - we have daily reports in this edition - and you can see a great photo gallery on

AC45 buries a bow today in the Hauraki Gulf  Richard Gladwell

The Quarter Ton class served New Zealand well for many years - providing some great competition and blooding a generation of designers and sailors. In early March the original PGH/Lynn Pacific Quarter Ton Cup will again be contested along with a reunion for those associated with the Quarter Ton class in its bygone days. This style of event and racing is proving extremely popular in England with large fleets of refurbished Quarter Tonners contesting the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup off Cowes. We have added some images from the Cowes event to the New Zealand regatta story, featuring some of the boats known in New Zealand.

Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds Belmont, Australia January 2011  Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography

Don't forget the annual Clash of the Cove regatta on March 26 and 27 at Northland's Marsden Cove, this spectacular weekend event will include the Northland Boat Show with its own unique trademark of readily available boat trials. Yacht racing begins on Friday March 25 with a feeder yacht race from Gulf Harbour to Marsden Cove. This race is scheduled to start at 10:00am off Gulf Harbour. The following day there will be the unique opportunity to race on Bream Bay - don't miss it!

Nia Jerwood (AUS) and Leonard Takahashi (NZL) chasing the leaders on the downwind in Race Two - Australian Optimist Championships   John Adair

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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