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 23 Jan 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 23 January 2011

The Young 88 Legless on a wild day - Bay of Islands Sailing Week   Christine Webb
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 23 January 2011

We have several stories on the America's Cup in this edition as we look at the newly launched AC45 following on from our initial report after following her for a couple of hours in the chase boat on Wednesday.

In this edition we feature a commentary on how the multihulls will fit into the America's Cup environment, based on what we have seen of the AC45. And compare the options that have been developed from a 90ft monohull to the one design AC45.

There's also a short interview with New Zealand's Murray Jones, on his impressions of the AC45, remembering that Murray was a member of the Alingi crew in the 33rd America's Cup. While he has a lot of big catamaran experience, he has only used a wingsail on the AC45. His comments on the differences are very interesting.

Murray Jones on the helm - 34th America's Cup - AC45 sea trial   Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

The launching of a wingsailed catamaran has intrigued many America's Cup commentators. It's a bit like launching an ACC yacht with its sails up. In this edition we have a story complete with pictures and a couple of videos as to how this very tricky operation is undertaken.

There's a lot more happening on the NZ sailing scene other than the AC45 launch and work-up.

Multihulls head into the murk - Bay of Islands Sailing Week - 21 January 2011  Christine Webb

In the Bay of Islands, the annual Sailing Week has concluded, we have daily reports from the event, along with some images.

The NZ Laser Championships got underway off Torbay, on Saturday - with racing cancelled on Sunday due to a strong wind forecast. We have two reports on the first day's racing in this edition. Already it looks set to be a fascinating regatta.

Peter Burling (NZL) at the 2011 Int Moth Worlds  Thierry Martinez ©

The International Moth Worlds finished a week or so ago at Lake Macquarie, in this edition we feature a story from Richard Burling on how they saw the regatta unfolding, along with some action images and video.

There's an update to our story on the PGH/Lynn Pacific Quarter Ton Cup which will again be contested along with a reunion for those associated with the Quarter Ton class in its bygone days. Already there has been good interest in the event, and we have a provisional entry list, but there is plenty of room for more of these great little boats.

Coming soon to a venue near you? 34th America's Cup - AC45 sea trial  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

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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Gladwell's Line: Will the cat cut the mustard at the America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
or the past few months we've been following the construction of the AC45 in Warkworth, and this week had our first glimpse of her out sailing. We've been skeptical of many of the claims made for the use of large catamarans, in the America's Cup. Particularly when those comments are made by people we know have very little sailing experience, and are just talking up the market.... [more]
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Day 1 and 2 - 2011 NZ Laser National Champs
Mike Knowsley,
Day 1 - Saturday 22 January at the 2011 New Zealand Laser Championships was a challenge for the race comittee and competitors. A light and unstable wind came from South East to East wind as it flowed around Rangitoto Island towards the sailing are off Torbay on Auckland's North Shore.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week – Friday: Race Day 3 - Rain and Wind
Lesley Haslar,
Report from Friday from Lesley Haslar: Light rain and overcast - winds 15-20 knots. The Flying 15s have delayed their start due weather – decision to be made at 1100 hrs. A Class Cats withdrawn from today's racing due wind strength. On-Loan seen leaving the dock. On-the-water manager, Ray Haslar heads out with Andrew Riddell, Pete Montgomery and Christine Webb (photographer). Pete has... [more]
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Wellington Harbour Festival ready for kick off
RPNYC Events,
Planning is gearing up for the Wellington Harbour Festival, a month long celebration of sailing during February. First off the block is the Wellington Optimist Teams Racing Championships followed by the restart of Velux 5Oceans race on Waitangi Day. We want to get as many yachts and launches as possible out on the water to send the sailors on their way to Punta Del Este.... [more]
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2011 Zephyr National Championships
Rob Ebert,
Grant Beck holds a narrow lead over defending champion Tim Snedden after five races in the 2011 Zephyr National Championships in Akaroa.... [more]
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Entries swell for Pacific Quarter Ton Cup in March
John Bennett,
The Panmure Yacht & Boating Club has offered the original PGH/Lynn Pacific Quarter Ton Cup for annual competition, to be conducted by PYBC. The trophy can be competed for in 2011 in a reunion regatta for yachts that were once holders of a Quarter Ton Class Rating, or a sister ship The Panmure Yacht & Boating Club has offered the original PGH/Lynn Pacific Quarter Ton Cup for annual competition... [more]
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Australian leads NZ NZ National Laser Championships at Torbay
Richard Gladwell,
Australia's Ryan Palk leads the New Zealand National Laser Championships, after the first day of racing. He opened with a sixth placing and followed up with a win in the second race of the day to hold a two point lead over Wellington's Josh Junior. The points are very close in the NZ Open with just eight points covering the top nine competitors, with five of them being separated by one point... [more]
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2011 Int Moth Worlds: Bullets, Breakages and a Blast
Richard Burling,
Over the last week Peter Burling joined 112 sailors from around the world to compete in the Foiling Moth worlds being held just out of Sydney. Being a development class, Moth sailors can use a variety of equipment with the wings on the rudder and centerboard lifting the boat out of the water. The biggest development talking point was the USA sailors arriving with a 'hard wing sail' (as were used b... [more]
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Australian 18 footer Championship, Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18 footer Championship skipper Trevor Barnabas won his second race from the three races sailed so far but he won't be declared champion after the series concludes next Sunday on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week concludes on a fast note
Lesley Haslar,
The ORMA 60 TVR screamed across the Bay from Opua at over 34 knots. Safer to stay clear of this missile - she was almost airborne. On the other side of the coin, M1 ripped off a spreader in the second race on Day One – then Tongue Twister experienced compression and ‘there went the mast'. But wait there's more. Advantage lost-it in the last race (Passage Division), literally lost it – with the ma... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – Part I
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Two Australian sailors are starring at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Outteridge after winning the Audi King of Docklands SB3 event is now leading the SB3 series. ISAF sailor of the year Slingsby is calling tactics on todays IRC Division A double winner Hooligan. Today we publish the first part of a three part interview series with them both.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bels gains
Barcelona World Race,
Showing the way to first gateway to the south, Foncia remains in the lead of the Barcelona World Race as the widespread slowdown across the fleet continues.... [more]
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America's Cup: Murray Jones on the AC45 at 25kts plus
Richard Gladwell,
Murray Jones is referred to as 'The Captain' in Oracle Racing circles. A recent convert from Team Alinghi, Jones is one of New Zealand's most accomplished sailors going right back into the 470 class where he and Andy Knowles were the NZ nomination for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Sail-World caught up with him, just after he stepped onto the dock, after just the second day of sailing aboard the... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - More Day 1 and Day 2 images from Teri Dodds
Audi Victoria Week - Audi King of the Docklands 2011 images from Teri Dodds, more images online at: www.teridodds.com... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week-Day One images from Andrea Francolini
Audi Victoria Week - Passage Race and Sports boat racing images from Andrea Francolini, more images online at: www.afrancolini.com... [more]
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America's Cup: Launching the AC45 - not that difficult?
Richard Gladwell,
Erecting the wingsail and launching the wingsailed AC45, and her larger sister the AC72, were expected to pose some problems for the America's Cup team support team crews. In monohull terms it is like trying to launch an ACC yacht with her sails up. In this series of photos and video we show how the Oracle Racing shore, design and build team have worked to overcome these issues.... [more]
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Forceracing Update
Andrew Brown,
Plenty has been happening lately. There looks to be a bit of a Moth fleet getting geared up for the Anniversary Day Harbour Blast. Forceracing has had a busy time with a 470 clinic last week, another 470 clinic next week, some 420 clinics in Christchurch and Auckland, as well as the J Sail clinic coming up on Thursday and the Forceracing Opti Clinic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We have some gr... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Duo aboard Virbac Paprec 3 setting the pace
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The Virbac Paprec 3 duo's total mileage peaked earlier today at 516.37 nautical miles, achieved between 0900hrs (UTC) yesterday morning and 0900 today.... [more]
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Banque Populaire V left today on her Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
Voile Banque Populaire,
The boat and the crew have been set for weeks. They set off this morning from the Port du Chateau in Brest and crossed the start line off Ushant at 11h11m45sec (UTC) for the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire's first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. Pascal Bidegorry and his 13 crew have to be back in less than 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds in order to beat the record time.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2011- Mascalzone Latino Audi wins
Mascalzone Latino,
Key West Racing Week 2011 ended yesterday in the waters of Key West, Florida. The winner was clarified after three races, southern wind varying between 5 and 8 knots.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Passage race images from Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon,
Audi Victoria Week - Passage race images from Alex McKinnon... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Australian sailors set to line up
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup has Australian sailors busy making final preparations.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Passage Race and Corio Bay images from Teri Dodd
Audi Victoria Week - Passage Race and Corio Bay images from Geelong yachting photographer Teri Dodds. More images online at www.teridodds.com... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week 2011- Passage Race Photos from Andrea Francolini
Audi Victoria Week 2011- Passage Race Photos from Andrea Francolini - from the air and the water. Here is a selection of today's images.... [more]
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Is a third world title on the cards for Nathan Outteridge?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Nathan Outteridge, from Lake Macquarie New South Wales, one of the superstars of Australian sailing is clearly freakishly talented and he spends a lot of time on the water, 300 days a year.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Video - Charlie McKee talks about the Wing Sail
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011,
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 video.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A wild ride from the west
Barcelona World Race,
Three weeks since they set off, the Barcelona World RACE fleet has taken a new shape. Yesterday evening Foncia surged into first place, and this morning Virbac Paprec 3 joined them at the head of the race in second place.... [more]
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Bernard Stamm eyes 2012 Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe interviewed with Bernard Stamm and he is back again for the solo round the world race. One of ocean racing's most impressive characters, known for his rather unusual career path and his sheer determination, Bernard Stamm is back at the helm of an ambitious project suiting his temperament as an ocean conqueror.... [more]
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Key West Race Week Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Our thanks to photographer Ingrid Abery for this gallery of images from Day 4 of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team welcomes new patrons on journey to London
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team is proud to announce that at least 18 Patrons will support its quest towards Gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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