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 26 Jan 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 26 January 2011

Miami OCR 2011 - not well patronised by Antipodean crews  Ingrid Abery © Copyright
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 26 January 2011

A steady torrent of America's Cup news continues to flood across our desk, with the announcement this morning of the dates for the 34th America's Cup, which will - as outlined in earlier documents from San Francisco - be sailed in September 2013.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will start mid-July.

Another potential team ALL4One - a combined Franco-German effort has announced that they will build a TP52 for this year's Audi MedCup circuit. The circuit while apparently set to suffer from a lack of interest at the end of last year's event - has gained a new lease of life and will be bigger than ever.

ALL4One were one of the steady campaigners in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, and quite where this move to monohulls places the team in regards to the 2013 America's Cup remains to be seen.

Putting the cat out for the night - AC45 and wingsail trials a mooring in Viaduct Harbour  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

In this edition we feature an extract from former ISAF President's book entitled 'The Pope of Sailing'. The piece we have reprinted is on Bungy McRae, from Rotorua, who crewed for Ron Watson in the 1958 Prince of Wales Cup at Cowes England. Henderson relates how this Kiwi coped, or didn't in the rarefied atmosphere and protocols of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The 2011 Laser Nationals have concluded in a nail-biter for for competitors and officials, we have a short report and the results in this edition of Sail-World. Also in this edition is a concluding report on the Zephyr Nationals sailed in picturesque Akaroa Harbour.

Hooligan - Audi Victoria Week 2011 - King of the Docklands  Andrea Francolini / Audi ©

Bay of Islands Sailing Week has concluded, one of the features of the event was an excellent gallery of images both of the racing fleet, but also the superb venue for the regatta. In this edition of Sail-World we feature two galleries from the regatta, and will be publishing another couple on www.sail-world.com in the coming days.

We also feature a report on the Flying Fifteen Nationals, sailed as part of the Bay of Islands Sailing Week - which was won for the seventh time by a South Island crew.

Flying Fifteen Nationals - Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011  Christine Webb

Our commentary on the AC45 - and extending that experience into the 34th America's Cup has attracted much international comment. In this edition we feature the start of a mailbag on the issue - based on the AC45 experience, rather than commentators and readers being judged on whether they were, are or could have been perceived to been in the multihull or monohull camp - and their views coloured accordingly.

174th Australia Day Regatta 2010   Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography

As we have noted before while there are some upsides and potential with a multihull America's Cup, there are significant downsides in terms of the impact on existing teams. Maybe in the near future we will revisit that topic. Entries close in just over two months, and at this stage many of the established America's Cup players are yet to declare their hands.

"You've got the pole too high!" Murray Jones give his son Matthew Jones (crew) and James Turner some aerial coaching as they both were training in the same area of Hauraki gulf.   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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NZ Laser Nationals decided on a countback
NZ Laser Assoc and Sail-World,
2008 Olympic representative, Andrew Murdoch has won the 2011 New Zealand National Laser Championships, sailed at Torbay. Two day's racing were lost due to inclement weather, resulting in the regatta being shortened to just eight races, allowing one discard. Murdoch won the title on a countback from Wellington's top performing Josh Junior.... [more]
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Images of Bay of Islands Sailing Week: The Multihulls
Christine Webb,
Bay of Islands Sailing Week is over for another year. Here we present the second of several galleries of images from regatta photographer, Christine Webb, covering the sailing action - this one of the Multihulls... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup & America's Cup Match dates confirmed
Jane Eagleson and Sail-World,
The 2013 race dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) have been confirmed by Regatta Director Iain Murray. The Louis Vuitton Cup will be conducted on 13 July – 1 September 2013, subject to the final number of Challengers and the precise format of the racing to be determined by the Challengers and Regatta Director.... [more]
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America's Cup - USA 17 headed to San Francisco
Oracle Racing,
The giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup for Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team is heading home to San Francisco. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Photographer Teri Dodds has been out and about capturing all the action at Audi Victoria Week. Here is a selection of her images from the past week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Gaes Centros Auditivos race update
Jo Uffendell,
Barcelona World Race - Despite concerns from British skipper Dee Caffari that GAES Centros Auditivos may yet be plagued by lighter winds later tomorrow, the all female duo continue their battle to stay with the middle pack as they head towards the roaring forties.... [more]
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Rolex Baltic Week - King Harald V of Norway at the starting line
Andreas Kling,
Rolex Baltic Week - The Metre yachts and Flensburg Fjord have always had a very special relationship, and next year it will reach new heights at the eighth Rolex Baltic Week, when both the Robbe & Berking 12-Metre World Championship and the Eights' world cup will be held here.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - King of the Docklands images by Andrea Francolini
Audi Victoria Week - King of the Docklands images from 21 January 2011 by Andrea Francolini, more at www.afrancolini.com... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac-Paprec resist the attack of Foncia
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia are riding the leading edge of the low pressure's front and should manage to stay with it, making around 18-20 knots and we should maybe see them gybe later this afternoon or this evening to line up for the SW'lies as the front passes over them.... [more]
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Book Extract: 'The Pope of Sailing' - Bungy McRae at the RYS, Cowes
Paul Henderson,
Former ISAF President and Int 14 sailor, Paul Henderson represented Canada in the 1958 Prince of Wales Trophy, sailed in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Bungy McRae was one of the New Zealand team at that regatta. In this extract from his excellent book 'The Pope of Sailing', Henderson outlines his relationship with McRae, who hailed from from Rotorua... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Pacemaker claims the J24 prize
Di Pearson,
David Suda and his Pacemaker crew proved too good for all the Sandringham Yacht Club entries they faced in the J24 competition at Audi Victoria Week. Suda, who has been at Audi Victoria Week for the past eight years, said today, 'we'll definitely be back and we'll be encouraging a few more J's to come.'... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Will the Cat cut the Mustard?
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the recent commentary piece on the AC45 and use of catamarans in the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Superyacht dismasted off Guadeloupe in light airs
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has been advised that the 44m superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday, 22 January 2011, whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.... [more]
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Seventh win Makes Goodmanson & Rowlands most successful in NZ F15 Nats
Sandra Williams,
Aaron Goodmanson and Alister Rowlands of Charteris Bay Yacht Club, sailing Fortune 3739, won their seventh National title at the 2011 Flying Fifteen Nationals making them the most successful combination in New Zealand Flying Fifteen nationals.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Day one action images from the Miami OCR by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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America's Cup legends get together for Australia Day on River Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Two America's Cup legends of the 1970s, the famous yacht Gretel II and her 1977 skipper Gordon Ingate, will compete in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Australia Day Green Island Race tomorrow... [more]
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UAE hopefuls vie for spot in Abu Dhabi VOR crew
Eugene Harnan, The National,
One is a former Olympian. Another is descended from pearl divers. And the third candidate for an open spot on the Abu Dhabi boat in the Volvo Ocean Race has sailing in his blood. This Thursday, one of three Emiratis - Adil Khalid, 22, Abdul Aziz Abdulla, 27, and Butti Al Muhairi, 26 -will be named as the first Arab to take part in the world's most gruelling sailing race.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 day one - Double win for Giles Scott
Robert Deaves,
Sailed under warm cloudy skies and in a shifty but useful 10-15 knot breeze, Giles Scott took the first race after a delayed start from Railey and Brendan Casey (AUS) and was going fast enough around the course to take the second race from Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Railey to end the day on a perfect score.... [more]
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Ready for the Australia Day Regatta? Howard Wright images from 2010
Peter Campbell and Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents a gallery of images captured at the 174th Australia Day Regatta 2010.... [more]
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Audi MedCup 2011 - All4One new TP52 to be built by McConaghy, Sydney
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit Franco-German team, managed by Jochen Schümann, becomes 'Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One', following a new three-year agreement reached with title partner Audi. The team have confirmed the build of a new TP52 in Sydney, with which they aim to finish among the podium positions on both the Audi MedCup Circuit and at TP52 World Championship.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: Chris Stanmore-Major arrives in Wellington
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major known as CSM, is the fourth and final skipper to complete the leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington. The third sprint to Punta del Este in Uruguay starts on February 6.... [more]
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Audi MedCup 2011 gets All4One sponsorship deal and new boat build
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit Franco-German team, managed by Jochen Schümann, becomes 'Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One', following a new three-year agreement reached with title partner Audi. The team have confirmed the build of a new TP52 in Sydney, with which they aim to finish among the podium positions on both the Audi MedCup Circuit and at TP52 World Championship.... [more]
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Opti sailors set World Record at Weymouth
Cailah Leask,
Guinness World RecordTM set for the ‘Largest Parade of Boats' with the International Optimist Class Association. The record took place on July 25, 2010 within the waters of Weymouth and Portland featuring over 300 young Optimist sailors. Requirements to set the new world record were extensive; requiring 300 plus people, all holding a full licence for their boat to sail a set course.... [more]
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Britain's Ian Williams in hunt for crack at third World Championship
World Match Racing Tour,
Britain's Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar will be in the fight for a third Match Racing World Championship after it was confirmed today that his application for a Tour Card to the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has been confirmed.... [more]
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175th Australia Day Regatta: Huge fleet of classic yachts turning out
Peter Campbell,
More than 50 classic wooden yachts, many gaff-rigged, and several built more than a century ago, will grace the waters of Sydney Harbour to commemorate the 175th Australia Day Regatta tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 January 2011.... [more]
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Sir Chay Blyth Supports Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Sir Chay Blyth, CBE, BEM, takes his place as Ambassador to the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta next to Lady Pippa Blake who has already confirmed her support for this, the first ever official reunion and regatta. Sir Chay is the second Ambassador to be appointed to event, which takes place on 1-5 November in Alicante later this year.... [more]
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Images of Bay of Islands Sailing Week: The Sportsboats
Christine Webb,
Bay of Islands Sailing Week is over for another year. Here we present the first of several galleries covering the sailing action - this one of the Sportsboats... [more]
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New Kiteboarding Competition Rules finalised
A new version of the Kiteboarding Competition Rules has been finalised by the ISAF Racing Rules Working Party and is available to view now.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Photographer Howard Wright/IMAGE Professional Photography has sent this gallery of images from Audi Victoria Week.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - What a difference a day makes
Chris Stanmore-Major,
The latest news from Chris Stanmore-Major, who is 40nm from the finish of leg 2 of the Velux 5 Oceans. The forecast indicates that conditions will moderate in 24hrs but as it also says I should be making my way to Wellignton in 30Kts I am somewhat sceptical.... [more]
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Tim Snedden defends his Zephyr Nationals Title
Rob Ebert,
Tim Snedden successfully defended his Zephyr National Championship title with a one point margin from Grant Beck, last year's runner up. Wellington's Phil Williams was third, from Aucklander Craig Moss and local sailor Matt Hannah in fourth spot.... [more]
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British sailors out in force for Miami World Cup regatta
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's top Olympic and Paralympic classes sailors have descended on Miami for the first major event of 2011. There was a dramatic build up to the event for Skandia Team GBR's Women's Match Racing World Championship-winning team as crew Annie Lush was rushed to hospital after falling 10ft to the ground from her Elliot 6m boat while it was docked in the boat park.... [more]
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Historic 18 Foot Skiff Australian Championships Race 2 Video
Simon Brown,
Historic 18 Foot Skiff Racing at its Very Best! 18 Foot Skiff Australian Championships Race 2. From the Team at 18 Footers TV and the Sydney Flying Squadron. Enjoy!... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama encourages everyone to enjoy the course
Groupama - Franck Cammas,
Jules Verne Race - Contacted by telephone on Sunday morning, as they were sailing offshore of the Portuguese coast aboard the monohull Groupama 70... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week - Andrea Francolini images
Andrea Francolini images,
Photographer Andrea Francolini was out and about capturing the action at Audi Victoria Week in Geelong. We hope you enjoy this gallery of Andrea's images from today's racing.... [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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