Team NZ's outing on the AC45...Sail Auckland success...Optimists teams racing...Round the World racer hit by UFO

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 06 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 6 February 2011

Andrew Murdoch - Winner of the hotly contested Mens Laser event at Sail Auckland 2011  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 6 February 2011

Sail Auckland seems to have been judged to be a huge success in its first year at Takapuna Beach. The event has a vibrancy about it that was reminiscent of the former Olympicsail that was conducted at the same venue through the 1980's, and which launched many a successful Olympic campaign for New Zealand sailors.

While there was a good turnout of international entries - here for training and quite happy to bypass the Rolex Miami OCR - most of the focus was on the New Zealanders and how they would perform in familiar waters against the internal competition. In many of the classes the competition was very close as sailors sought to establish their place in the New Zealand pecking order.

The ones with the most interest were the Mens and Women RS:X, 470 and Laser/Laser Radial.

Sara Winther - Sail Auckland - 2011 - Day 3  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

We have reports on the weekend's racing and video interviews with three of the top crews, including the British 470 crew of Nick Rogers and Chris Grube. Rogers is a double Olympic Silver medalist, and Grube (nicknamed 'Twig') is an incredible 6ft 4' and weighs just 71kgs. They are in New Zealand to pick up a new Mackay boat, which Rogers regards as the best in the world, and have taken the NZ 470 Nationals along with the Sail Auckland regatta.

These interviews were shot off an iPhone4 in a bit of an experiment for us - there is some variance in audio quality, but the video quality is excellent.

Brad Van Liew, sailing Le Pingouin, leaves Queens Wharf for the start of the Ocean Sprint 3 in Wellington on Sunday. - Velux 5 Oceans  Genevieve Howard

Spotted on the water by the Sail Auckland fleet was Team New Zealand, flying a hull in the AC45. We have gallery of images of the event which has got the international sailing media scratching their heads, as only teams entered in the 34th America's Cup are supposed to be sailing the AC45's.

The AC45 has ended its testing phase and the prototype which has been so impressive in Auckland, will be handed over to America's Cup Race Management on Tuesday.

Dean Barker on the helm Team New Zealand sailing the AC45 - 5 February 2011  Richard Gladwell

From the Southern Atlantics comes sad news about the French maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire ending her Jules Verne Trophy bid - we have reports from on board from the last two days outlining the issues which led to this decision.

And in Wellington the Velux 5 Oceans fleet has departed. In this edition we have images of the departure from Wellington docks by Genevieve Howard, and also the official reports and images.

Team New Zealand sailing the AC45 - 5 February 2011  Richard Gladwell

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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Maxi Banque Populaire V damaged in crash with unidentified object
Banque Populaire V,
Pascal Bidégorry, the maxi trimiran's skipper spoke by telephone: 'This night, we immediately felt the effect of the shock but Banque Populaire V did not stop. We made the decision to stop and check. We spent one hour in the black night, it was not easy to examin the damage. What is sure is that the crash landing-box is torn off.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand have an Outing
Richard Gladwell,
Team New Zealand, who have not publicly announced their entry for the 34th America's Cup were the first team outside Oracle Racing to sail the prototype AC45. With skipper Dean Barker on the tiller the AC45 indulged in some spectacular hull flying in conditions that were judged to be too light for sailing in the Sail Auckland Regatta. In these conditions the AC45 looked reasonably powered up an... [more]
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Exciting finale rounds out new era for Sail Auckland 2011 + Video
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sail Auckland 2011 is over with gold medals going to Tom Ashley and Kate Ellingham in the RS:X, Andrew Murdoch and Sara Winther in the Laser and Radial, Nick Rogers and Chris Grube(GBR) in the 470, Dan Slater in the Finn and Marcus Hansen and Aaron Hume-Merry in the 49er. 'The regatta has been a huge success,' commented Jez Fanstone, Olympic Programme Manager for Yachting New Zealand. 'Takapuna B... [more]
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Images of the Velux 5 Oceans: Wellington Start
Genevieve Howard,
Sail-World's Genevieve Howard was on hand to capture the dockside scenes as the four solo racers in the Velux 5 Oceans, round the world race restarted from Wellington on Sunday.... [more]
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Brian Thompson tells of Banque Populaire V's retirement
Brian Thompson,
As you might have heard by now, we have turned our bows away from Cape Horn, and back towards Lorient, the boat's home port.... [more]
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Optimist Teams Racing South Island Champs staged on Charteris Bay
Brian Haybittle,
14 sailors from around New Zealand came to Charteris Bay, Lyttelton Harbour for the inaugural South Island Teams racing clinic and Champs. It was 15 year old Jay-vee Buchanan's idea to run the Clinic. He wrote the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. His dad, Winton, managed shore logistics. Three South Island resident Argentians, Manuel Bologna, Agustin Zappacosta and Guillermo Gallacher coa... [more]
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America's Cup: Mr Integrity appointed to America's Cup Race Management
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Harold Bennett, the New Zealander, who has been a race officer for the last four editions of the America's Cup, will be the Director of On-Water Operations and Assistant Principal Race Officer. 'Harold has vast experience in America's Cup race management over the last decade,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO America's Cup Race Management... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Easy miles for breakfast
Barcelona World Race,
Close to, or on the direct theoretical route, Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron are eating up the miles at a steady rate on Virbac Paprec 3 with some 450 miles still to go to the most western point of the Australia safety barrier. They have around 30 knots of WNW wind and averaged just under 16kts through the night.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Evan Walker to defend title
Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup defender and Australian open match racing champion Evan Walker is in winning form to success with the ISAF Grade 3 under 25 match racing regatta starting on Sydney Harbour tomorrow, 7 February.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Commodore Cup
Frank Quealey,
Gusts in excess of 30 knots made conditions far too dangerous for the safety of the fleet and the race officer was forced to abandon.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Wet and wild start to sprint three
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans third sprint ride solo round had a wild, wet and windy start at the world yacht race today as the four ocean racers blasted out of Wellington Harbour. Grey, drizzly conditions with strong 25 to 30 knot winds greeted the skippers as they set sail on the sprint to Punta del Este Uruguay, the third of five legs that make up The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second French Challenger accepted
America's Cup Media,
The Yacht Club de France is the sixth challenger to be accepted as a Competitor in the 34th America's Cup to be held in San Francisco in September 2013.. This brings the current total to seven confirmed and validated competitors for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Sunday supplements
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - It was a significant moment for Loïck Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick when they passed through the Amsterdam gate and set a fast course yesterday for the Australian barrier, signifying the end of a bone-shaking ride in confused seas and the chance to open the gap again on the pack which are pursuing the long time Barcelona World Race leaders.... [more]
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Banque Populaire forced to retire from the Jules Verne Trophy
Banque Populaire Media,
With a lead of 324 miles over the reference time, the Maxi Banque Populaire V was handicapped for more than 48 hours by a damaged daggerboard due to a collision with a UFO*. The crew have tried everything to repair the broken piece and resume their round the world tour. However, after 24 hours of intensive care, Pascal Bidegorry and his men must face the facts: it is not possible for them to c... [more]
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Dolphin-watch boat sinks students in sailing cutter
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A group of Outward Bound students on Marlborough Sound in the South Island of New Zealand got more adventure than they signed up for when their small cutter sailing boat was hit by a Dolphin Watch Ecotours boat. After the collision, the boat began sinking and the students ended up in the water, some of them injured..... [more]
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Images of Sail Auckland - Mooching about
Richard Gladwell,
One of the things photographers like to do when there is no wind, is to cruise through the fleet getting close ups and othe shots that don't normally happen when there is racing. Here's a selection from Day 3 of the Sail Auckland Regatta at Takapuna.... [more]
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Newsflash! Maxi Banque Populaire V forced to retire from Jules Verne
Richard Gladwell,
It is being reported from aboard the maxi-multihull Banque Populaire V that she has been forced to retire from their first record attempt of Jules Verne Trophy After attempting to repair the damage caused when she hit an unidentified object it is now felt that her safety has been compromised and she would be no longer able to sail in the Southern Ocean... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 3 starts on Sunday February 6
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans fleet will leave Wellington on Sunday February 6th for the start of Ocean Sprint 3. This leg will take the competitors into the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, arriving at Punta Del Este in Uruguay after 5,800 nautical miles at sea.... [more]
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Sail Auckland: Tight racing expected in Medal Races
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Just one day of racing remains at Sail Auckland 2011 off Takapuna Boating Club with the podium places set to be decided tomorrow. After a grey morning the day turned into a sunny scorcher with light and at times patchy westerly breezes ranging between 6-15 knots on the Hauraki Gulf for racing in the Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes. RS:X... [more]
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Port Hinchinbrook's boats destroyed
Jeni Bone,
Boat owners and a legion of helpers are scouring jagged piles of debris at Port Hinchinbrook, many only to find heartbreak with most of the 70 boats destroyed or seriously damaged.... [more]
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Gusty Wellington day for start of Velux 5 Oceans Ocean Sprint 3
Genevieve Howard,
It will be a gusty day for the four Velux 5 Oceans Eco 60 sailing yachts leaving Wellington on the Ocean Sprint 3 to Punta de Este in Uruguay on Sunday. According to the Wellington Met Office website, winds will be northerly gales. There will be cloud cover, with occasional drizzle, and the maximum temperature – on land – will be 21 degrees Celsius.... [more]
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John Merricks Tiger Trophy - Windy showdown for conclusion
Andy Rice,
A windy showdown is in store for the conclusion of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011, this weekend at the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Important time on the water
Ben Ainslie,
Ben Ainslie latest blog entry: I hadn't competed in the Miami OCR regatta for 15 years but it felt very familiar and it was great to get some more good training time on the water in a good climate with fellow Brits Giles Scott and Andrew Mills before racing got underway.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V attempting repairs
Banque Populaire V and ISAF,
Banque Populaire V have had to head north to reach better sea and wind conditions to lift the daggerboard out of its case and evaluate the extend of the damage. A lot of work is expected for the next 24 hours, during which the Maxi Banque Populaire V will have to sail at a reduced pace.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part III,
Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan's nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella escape upwind conditions
Coralie Rassinoux,
Having battled upwind for the last few days, it is a case of ‘TGI Friday' for the only all female crew of the Barcelona World Race having finally been given some respite as they make progress in a south easterly direction. For Caffari and Corbella, this calmer period will allow them to check over Gaes Centros Auditivos for any damage caused by the potentially boat breaking conditions.... [more]
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Warren Jones Youth Regatta images by Shauna McGee Kinney
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Images from the Warren Jones Youth Regatta in Perth Western Australia, are presented by Shauna McGee Kinney.... [more]
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Sail Auckland: Tight battles fought at the top on Day 2
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Racing continued today at Sail Auckland 2011 as the ISAF Grade 1 Olympic classes regatta now hits the half way mark with some tight battles unfolding ensuring an exciting conclusion to the event over the weekend. The westerly offshore breeze challenged the fleets once again with patchy pressure at times, but greater push today in the 15-18 knot range for the opening races, dropping slightly thro... [more]
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Images from Sail Auckland - Day 2 - Lasers, Finns, 470's and 49ers
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water this morning at Sail Auckland, the ISAF Grade 1 regatta being staged off Takapuna Beach for the first time, and captured some of the action across most of the Olympic classes competing. Competitors from Israel, Belarus, Korea, Australia, Spain, Italy, Singapore, Cook Islands, Great Britain, New Zealand and more are competing.... [more]
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Images from Sail Auckland - Day 2 - Windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water this morning at Sail Auckland, the ISAF Grade 1 regatta being staged off Takapuna Beach for the first time, and captured some of the action across most of the Olympic classes competing. Competitors from Israel, Belarus, Korea, Australia, Spain, Italy, Singapore, Cook Islands, Great Britain, New Zealand and more are competing.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - CSM scoops the media pool
Velux 5 Oceans,
British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major made a clean sweep of the Velux 5 Oceans sprint two media awards last night at the official prize-giving ceremony.... [more]
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OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team named
Craig Heydon,
The 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team has been named with 12 sailors set to represent Australia at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Croatia from 7-16 July 2011.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen Mid-Winter Championships at Burton SC
Flying 15s UK,
Flying Fifteen Mid-Winter Championships was hosted by the Burton Sailing Club for the first time and were treated to a great days sailing on Saturday with the wind from the NE, the best direction for the reservoir, F2 to F3. The race officer set windward-leeward courses. Local sailor Malcolm Hall sailed the beats to perfection and headed the fleet home to win the first race.... [more]
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Australia's Category 5 cyclone Yasi a yachting catastrophe
Nancy Knudsen,
Among all the other devastation that Category 5 Cyclone (read hurricane) Yasi wrought on Australia's North Queensland coast in the last days, all yachts and other water-borne craft that could not be moved out of the cyclone area did not escape unscathed. To put the notion into context, Hurricane Katrina which devastated Louisiana in 2005 was also a Category 5 hurricane.... [more]
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