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 30 Jan 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 30 January 2011

Jimmy Spithill and Russell Coutts keenly defended catamarans in the America's Cup  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 30 January 2011

On Friday evening, the remains of Cyclone Wilma played havoc with the top half of the North Island of New Zealand, with significant flooding, slips and strong winds - which continued for Saturday.

The conditions forced the cancellation of the Mahurangi Regatta - the classic yacht spectacular of the Auckland sailing season, and unfortunately the event will not be deferred, albeit it in a reduced form, for later this weekend.

However the Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Regatta should be unaffected on Monday - and Aucklanders will get the rare sight of a wing sailed AC45 lining up against some of the classic sailing yachts - of which the City of Sails has an abundance.

Wellington Race Harbour Opening - Velux 5 Oceans   Velux 5 Oceans ©

On the subject of classic yachts, on Friday afternoon, we were talking with Ivor Wilkins author of the magnificent book 'Classic' he reports that the print run of 3,000 has almost sold out, so if you do not yet have a copy - get in fast click here to get a direct copy.

Friday afternoon was also the occasion for a rather impromptu media conference in the old Team New Zealand shed in Halsey St, now the base or America's Cup Regatta Management, as they effect the handover of the AC45 to the entered teams in the 34th America's Cup.

Rolex Miami OCR 2011  Ingrid Abery © Copyright

The handover of the AC45 from the Oracle Racing test team to ACRM should take place next week, after which the first four America's Cup teams to enter will be given a period of about a week for their own testing, before receiving their own AC45's at a cost of about $1million NZD each.

We have several stories from that media conference in this edition, with maybe one more to come.

The Velux 5 Oceans yachts are moored at the Waterfront in Wellington - Velux 5 Oceans  Genevieve Howard

On the New Zealand sailing scene, we have reports from three regattas being sailed in Napier, plus Genevieve Howard takes a look at the Velux 5 Oceans fleet currently in stop-over mode in the Capital. There is plenty more sailing action in Wellington coming up over the coming month.

From the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta we have a report from the NZL Sailing Team, who as we reported earlier made the quarter-finals (top eight) of the World Cup event - which is certainly one of the better results from this event for New Zealand over the past two years. And even better given that this was the first time this new combination has stepped up to the plate at this level.

SKUD Racing in the Pano Kiwi Cup, Napier  David Staley

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470 fleet aginst the Miami skyline - Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Coutts vigorous in defence of catamarans + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, attacked those who do not believe it will be possible to have match racing in multihulls in the 34th America's Cup. 'The modern multihull is a lot more advanced than even those of 10 years ago', he said. When I say it is a lot better - it is different universe!'... [more]
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Final Day Blown Out at the Kiwi Cup and Access Nationals
David Staley,
Thirty minutes before the scheduled start time for the final day of racing today, Race Officer Gerry Martin called a halt to the regatta as a southerly of 25+ knots piped in across Hawkes Bay on New Zealand's North Island. A number of competitors were towed back to the Napier Sailing Club by safety crews, assisted by the Noelex 25 fleet who had also abandoned racing.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Milestone
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - By late afternoon this Saturday, the fifth that the skippers of the Barcelona World Race fleet have spent at sea, five teams will have passed the Cape of Good Hope milestone.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville crosses the line
Translated by Kate Jennings – Expressions,
Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo, crossed the start line today, Saturday 29 January 2011, at 11h07'28 UTC. To beat Francis Joyon's record, he will have to be back in Brest by 28 March at 0h40'34' UTC.&nlid=460698&tbl=<:tableName:>&ck=5vg<:password:>'>more]
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Day Two of the Hartley TS 16 National Championship
Sail-World Correspondent,
The second day of the Hartley TS 16 National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, provided a traditional moderate sea breeze, in contrast to yesterday's regular big shifts, although the sea remained quite choppy.... [more]
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Colin Mullins Youth Regatta - Evan Walker takes title
John Roberson,
Evan Walker and his crew from Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia sailed a masterful final series to win the Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta, beating local skipper David Gilmour 3 – 1 in the deciding confrontation.... [more]
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Day Two of the Noelex 25 National Championship
Sail-World Correspondent,
In stark contrast to yesterday, the second day of the Noelex 25 National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, provided a steady 12 to 15 knot sea breeze that ensured good close racing.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Women finish seventh in matchracing at World Cup
Koru Match,
The New Zealand Match Race Team are through to the quarter finals at Miami OCR - ISAF World Cup. Today the team had their final 2 races in the repechage round. Conditions were a little lighter, but still pleasant for racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand expected to sail AC45's
Richard Gladwell,
At the international media conference held yesterday at the old Team New Zealand base in Viaduct Harbour, it was revealed that Team New Zealand would be one of the four teams having practice sessions in the new AC45 prototype which has been sailing in Auckland for the past 12 days. The AC45 is expected to be handed over to America's Cup Management early next week, at which point she will be mad... [more]
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J class regatta announced for Newport, RI
Titch Blachford,
The J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in the J Class Newport Regatta, the first of a series of global J Class events, culminating in the Hundred Guinea Cup race, Cowes 2012. The J Class will use this regatta to kick off a four regatta programme culminating in a race around the Isle of Wight in July of 2012... [more]
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'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 - Medal glory for Brits on penultimate day in Miami
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's sailors claimed their first medals of the Miami World Cup regatta on Friday (28 January), with gold going to the Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, and bronze to Skud duo Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, as the Paralympic classes wrapped up their race series.... [more]
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Sailing Renaissance GGYC Cup celebration
Tom Huston,
Sailing Renaissance GGYC Cup had John Arndt (associate publisher Latitude 38) and myself [Tom Huston] organize a meeting and AC34 celebration for the Bay Area sailing advocacy group, and we asked the Golden Gate Yacht Club if they'd set up seating for 30-40 people.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Medalists in three Paralympic classes
Dana Paxton,
The conditions, though chilly by Florida standards, played out perfectly for medals to be determined in three Paralympic classes, while 10 Olympic classes fought their final battles for the right to compete in tomorrow's medal races, which are comprised of top-ten 'sail-offs' for Finn, 49er, Men's 470, Women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X and Star classes, and Finals and Peti... [more]
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Images of the Velux 5 Oceans racers in Wellington
Genevieve Howard,
The Velux 5 Oceans has arrived in Wellington for the start of the 5,800-nautical-mile-third leg from the capital to Punta del Este. The four Eco 60 ocean racing yachts are on show at the Race Harbour, alongside the Race Expo at Shed 6 at Queens Wharf... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Getting to the South + Video
Voile Banque Populaire,
It was 5.56 am (Paris time) this morning when the Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V crossed the Equator, just 5 days 17 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds since leaving Ushant. The maxi trimaran skippered by Pascal Bidegorry recorded the second fastest time in history on this section of the record attempt (Ushant to Equator)... [more]
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British Keelboat Academy announces new Regional Initiative
Lindsey Bell,
British Keelboat Academy - Following the success of the Squad Selections for the British Keelboat Academy (BKA) at the end of last year, the RYA has announced plans to link with three regional centres to offer keelboat race training.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Cup cat purrs 'like F1 car'
Suzanne McFadden,
After declaring the new style of Cup racing under his watch would meet the expectations of the Facebook generation, not that of the Flintstones, Coutts yesterday admitted feeling a little prehistoric sailing the AC45 built to usher in the new era. There were broad hints yesterday that Emirates Team New Zealand is the as-yet unnamed entry.... [more]
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Cowes Week - New title sponsor announced
Michelle Warner,
Cowes Week, now bearing the official title Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, is one of the world's best-known sailing regattas with a rich heritage dating back to 1826. One immediate benefit of the sponsorship will be a reduction in race entry fees, a move that will be welcomed by the 1,000-strong Cowes Week racing fleet.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Skippers open official race harbour in Wellington
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - They might be fierce competitors on the water but the Velux 5 Oceans skippers also enjoyed some friendly rivalry on land today to mark the opening of the official race harbour in Wellington.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Racing selects Emirati crewman
Volvo Ocean Race,
UAE national, Adil Khalid, was announced today as the latest member of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team, making him the first Emirati to fill a position on a racing crew for the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Australia Day - More images by Howard Wright,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of yachting images captured on Australia Day... [more]
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Kiwi Cup and Access Class Nationals shakes up Liberty places
David Staley,
Kiwi Cup and New Zealand Access Class Championships had moderate to fresh north-easterly hold throughout the 4 race program at Napier, New Zealand, today for the SKUD 18s, Liberties and Access 303s contesting.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ride aboard the AC45 +Videos
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Join Russell Coutts and the crew of the prototype AC45, as they do another day of sea trials on the Hauraki Gulf. Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget takes us aboard the AC45 for a first hand look at what it is like to sail aboard the 25kt plus capable catamaran... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Heading into the final phase
Dana Paxton,
The racing formats used for this event, which began Monday and counts as the second of seven stops on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit, replicate those that will be used in the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events of 2012,... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - More day 4 images by Ingrid Abery,
Rolex Miami OCR - more day 4 images by Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR day 4 images by Ingrid Abery,
Rolex Miami OCR day 4 images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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