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 01 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 1 February 2011

Sodebo - start of solo circumnavigation record attempt  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 1 February 2011

The sailing focus shifts this week from the America's Cup to the Olympic classes, with the Sail Auckland Regatta due to get underway off Takapuna on Thursday.

In this edition of Sail-World, we feature a preview of the ISAF Level 1 event which has attracted a fleet of 150 boats covering most of the Olympic classes and two of the Paralympic events.

This regatta is the only ISAF Level 1 sailed in New Zealand, and is a great chance to see the best of New Zealand's Olympic talent in action including Olympic medalists and World Champions.

Stay tuned to for the daily reports from Takapuna.

Nick Rogers and Chris Grube (GBR) with faces of victory - 2011 New Zealand 470 National Championships  Christine Hansen

Over the weekend the 470 sailors warmed up with the NZ Nationals of which we have two reports in this edition plus plenty of great images from Christine Hansen.

The Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Regatta was sailed yesterday, Monday. No report as yet, however we do have some two galleries from the AC45 out in 30-35kts - an experience not for the faint hearted. We've got onboard images and shots from the chaseboat.

AC45 sea trial Anniversary day - Round Rangitoto Island   Gilles Martin-Raget/

Today was supposed to be the day for the announcement of the venues and dates for the 2011 America's Cup World Series - the new regatta circuit building into the Louis Vuitton and America's Cup regattas in mid 2013. Sail-World contacted the organisers today, and we report their response in this edition.

We've got plenty of New Zealand racing and sailing stories in this edition, including one on Blokarts being stopped by the Police for speeding; the OK Dinghies from Worser Bay; and how one of the Youth match racing teams is making the switch to multihulls ahead of the Youth event starting in the America's Cup.

Round the World sailor Jessica Watson helms the 18ft Skiff Ella Bache  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Many of our stories feature videos. We have re-presented the story on Paul Henderson which we ran late last month - except in the re-run we have a video clip of Henderson re-telling some of the stories from his sailing career as a three time Olympian and then ISAF President.

There's some spectacular video of Frech solo sailor Thomas Colville as he sets off on a solo round the world record attempt, plus more AC45 and America's Cup video by George Johns, one of New Zealand's top sailing video cameramen and editors.

Police office not too impressed with Blokart's "Boy Racer" Leon  Ross Vickers

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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Sail Auckland attracts big entry across Olympic and Paralympic fleets
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sail Auckland 2011 is now just days away with over 150 sailors entered and registration opening Wednesday, at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore. Competition starts on Thursday [3rd Feb] continuing through until Sunday [6th Feb] with a scheduled start time of 11am each day.... [more]
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Auckland Blokart Club Team stopped by Police for speeding
Ross Vickers,
As the Auckland Blokart Club (ABC) team prepares for the Masters Games the training group session was halted by the New Zealand Police for speeding. The Auckland Blokart Club Master Games team is expected to perform well this weekend, but will face strong competition for the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Manawatu, and Capital (Wellington) Teams.... [more]
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Black Sheep Racing to compete in Formula 18 Nationals
Black Sheep Racing Media,
The team has been based in the Bay of Islands training on two double handed Formula 18 catamarans since the beginning of the year. The aim being to broaden our skill base in multihull yachts, as this is where the America's Cup is heading. We have sailed in one regatta in the boats, the Bay of Islands Sailing Week. This was a chance to line up on a start line with 14 other boats a... [more]
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America's Cup: No public announcement of World Series today
Richard Gladwell,
With the deadline for announcement of the America's Cup World Series venues and dates just hours away, it seems that there will be no public announcement by the deadline set down in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. Earlier today, Sail-World asked the spokesperson for the America's Cup Event Authority Stephanie Martin, as to whether the announcement would be made on the deadline of 31 Ja... [more]
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Brits win NZ 470 Nationals at Takapuna
Christine Hansen, NZ 470 Assoc,
The New Zealand 470 Nationals came to an end with Nick Rogers and Chris Grube of Great Britain taking out the regatta with an impressive second and three first placings. Second overall, and first New Zealand sailors, were Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders who loosened the grip Geoff Woolley has had on the National title for the last (at least) three years, but not totally out of the picture by a... [more]
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Top British Mens crew lead New Zealand 470 Nationals 2011
Christine Hansen,
The NZ 470 Nationals got underway with with five races on Day 2 following the cancellation of racing on Day 1 due to strong winds. Fifteen boats are taking part in the Olympic class event, with three countries represented, ahead of the Sail Auckland Regatta... [more]
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Images of Takapuna: NZ 470 Nationals - Day 2
Christine Hansen,
Competitors from three countries are competing in the NZ 470 Nationals off Takapuna Beach. Christine Hansen captured the action.... [more]
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2011 Noelex 25 National Championship wrapped up
Sail-World Correspondent,
The 2011 Noelex 25 National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, was supposed to conclude yesterday with two more races, but a howling westerly shortly before the start put paid to any chances of racing.... [more]
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Coville departs - the Round the World chase is on + Video
Sodebo Media,
Top French multihull sailor, Thomas Coville, has left on his round the world circumnavigation attempt, chasing Banque Populaire. Here is a short commentary on his start off Brest, along with images and videos of the departure. 'I dropped my buddies in the Channel Four and I approached Ushant, a figure that is always impressive with the island's lighthouse Stiff.... [more]
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Hartley TS 16 National Championship wrapped up
Sail-World Correspondent,
Despite the loss of the final day's racing in the 2011 Hartley TS 16 National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, there was no shortage of exciting sailing yesterday when a 25 knot westerly wind with 35 knot gusts blasted onto the course just minutes before the race start.... [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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River and Harbour Bar Crossing - learn how to do it properly!
Richard Gladwell,
News through tonight that NZ Police are considering taking a prosecution against two fishing boats who crossed the Grey River bar in treacherous conditions and ignoring warning signals. Miraculously they survived, but did you know that there are more fatal boating accidents on harbour/river bars than anywhere else? Extreme care and planning must be taken before deciding whether or not to cross... [more]
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San Francisco set to host Windsurfing World and National Championships
David Wells -,
San Francisco is to host the Windsurfing World and National Championships this July on San Francisco Bay. The last World Championship level windsurfing event on The Bay was the 1993 IMCO worlds but that's set to change soon. The upcoming Techno worlds will be hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans—Fleet face toughest challenge yet in ocean sprint three
Velux 5 Oceans,
Howling winds and mountainous seas, the most remote place on the entire planet and the infamous Cape Horn – that is what lies in store for the Velux 5 Oceans racers during ocean sprint three. The 6,000 nautical mile leg from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este in Uruguay will see the four ocean racers head deeper into the Southern Ocean than they have been yet.... [more]
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Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video
Paul Henderson,
Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more]
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Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Championships Warm-Up Event
Sean O'Brien,
Four races in nuking winds allowed the competitors for the Downunder Pro, Formula Windsurfing Oceanic & Australian Championships a chance to warmup during the Official Warmup Event before the Championships begin on Wednesday.... [more]
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OK Dinghies: 2011 Hurricane Classic hits Worser Bay
NZ OK Assoc,
Worser Bay dealt a full range of conditions for this seasons Hurricane Classic which was the fourth regatta of the 2010/11 OK Dinghy summer series and the last before the Nationals. Saturday race one saw a nice 8-10 knot northerly and it was to be a blue print for the rest of the regatta with the fleet tightly packed at each mark rounding, helped by the conditions... [more]
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Final crew announced for around Australia record attempt
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas founder Ian Thomson has today announced the final crew for the Fastest Monohull Around Australia Record Attempt.... [more]
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Did Kiteboarding's Olympic hopes die this Weekend in Miami?
David Wells -,
The 2016 Olympics will hold some big changes for the sport of sailing and if the Kiteboard Class has its way the inclusion of Kiteboarding will be one of those changes.... [more]
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Now its an 18ft Skiff for Jessica Watson
Frank Quealey,
Jessica was great. She showed no sign of anxiety or nerves at stepping on the 18 and we didn't have to ask her twice whether she wanted to take the tiller. She is without doubt a very capable skipper.... [more]
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SailJuice Global Warm-Up round three
Andy Rice,
SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011 - Andrew Peake has closed the gap on series leaders in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011, the Merlin Rocket of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson,,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Former Olympian enters Norwegian boat
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Flying the Norwegian flag, the Norway Round the World project, headed by former Olympic sailor Peder Lunde, jr, will sail the veteran Swan 57, Berge Viking, to Alicante in November this year.... [more]
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Three-time Olympian Nick Rogers finds form in New Zealand
Luissa Smith,
Sunshine and strong winds were the order of the day for the final day of racing at the 2011 New Zealand 470 National Championships in Takapuna and proved irresistible for Nick Rogers and Chris Grube of Great Britain who took the regatta with an impressive scoreline of all top three finishes, bar a sixth in the opening race of the series... [more]
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Warren Jones Youth Regatta 2011 - Aussie David Gilmour's strong start
John Roberson,
Young Australian skipper David Gilmour made a strong start to the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, he suffered only one defeat from eight races, to head the leaderboard at the end of day one.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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Jules Verne - Brian Thompson reports from off Brazilian coast
Brian Thompson,
Another hot night here off the coast of Brasil. Sailing downwind with the full main and biggest gennaker. There are a few rain clouds around, but nothing like last night at this same time of day, when we were stopped for hours in heavy rain. So we are making relatively steady progress, at around 15 to 23 knots, depending on the wind speed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing design group meets in Auckland - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The design group of the ORACLE Racing Team met in Auckland last week, to map out next steps for the team for the 34th America's Cup. In this YouTube clip from Oracle Racing, Design Coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns speaks about the new AC45.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page silver in Miami
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page are en route to Australia with some more silver. Australia's minerals and mining sector is churning out precious metal and Belcher and Page returning home with precious medals.... [more]
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Warren Jones Regatta - Walker expecting tough competition
John Roberson,
Evan Walker, the winner of last week's Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta sees a tough job ahead if he is to repeat the success in this week's Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, with more hot young teams arriving he sees a step up in the level of competition.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, Race 5
Frank Quealey,
Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas had to be content with a second placing today as the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 proved far too good in the 20-knot North-East wind.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from racing at the Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics collects Gold, Silver and Bronze
Dana Paxton,
Rolex Miami OCR is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit. Wrapping up the gold medal going into today's Laser Radial medal race, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) only had to sail the race and finish.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Medals decided
Dana Paxton,
With finishes counting double points today in the fleet racing, Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren finished third in the 104-boat Laser class, the largest here, and added six points to his score line, putting him three points out in front of Argentina's Julio Alsogaray for the Gold. Taking Bronze after Alsogaray's Silver was yesterday's leader Paul Goodison (GBR), the 2008 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 - Australian 470 crew win Silver medal
Craig Heydon,
Miami ORC 2011 - The Australian Sailing Team‚s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have won a Silver medal in the men‚s 470 class at the second round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, following Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch‚s Gold in the Skud 18 class on Friday.... [more]
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