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 13 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 February 2011

Hazard leads Banks - RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships  Sara Roberts
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 February 2011

Youth match racing continues to dominate the news from Downunder, with the Harken Youth International being sailed off Westhaven by the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron in their new fleet of Elliott 7 metre yachts.

As we report in this edition the semi-finals will be fought out between four crews equally split between Australia and New Zealand.

And Monday morning the crews will be making a quick trip to the Viaduct harbour to check out the AC45 which is being pitched at Youth crews, once the the AC72's start coming on stream in 2012.

We have daily reports from the Harken Youth Series in this edition, plus a gallery of images taken around lunchtime today.

It was great to see the Elliott 7's on the harbour - with a crew of five, there are 40 sailors participating in the regatta, which has to be good for the longer term future of the sport, as well as providing more overlap into bigger keelboat crews.

Two rugby teams of paying crew go for a sail aboard an America's Cup yacht in Auckland this afternoon.  Richard Gladwell

Another great sight on the harbour today was NZL-60 having her first outing with paying crew. The former America's Cup winner adds a new dimension to the highly successful sailing program offered by Sail New Zealand. A full crew comprises 30 paying crew plus the professional crew, often with four trips per day being run using two boats.

Many have asked for more detail on the AC45, and we have obliged in this edition with a series of close-ups taken ashore and afloat on Tuesday. The lack of wind allowed us to get close, and the story has been the top-rater on Sail-World over the weekend.

Bow on the AC 45 is narrower than expected - AC45 Launch  Richard Gladwell

We have details of a new Italian challenger for the 34th America's Cup - nothing formally announced by way of entry, but the team has selected a club. No details of skipper or key crew yet.

The round the world races continue, in this edition we have the latest updates from the Velux 5 Oceans and the Barcelona Two-handed Races.

The Elliott is being used for the 2011 Harken Match Racing   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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Harken Match Racing: Two Aussies and two Kiwis into the Semi Finals
Sara Roberts,
Two Aussies and two Kiwis are into the Semi Finals at the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Kiwi David Hazard representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron added another 5 wins today and with a total of 11 wins overall is 1 point clear of the other semi finalists. Australians Jay Griffin and Jordan Reece along with Wellington's Josh Porebski... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, race 12
Frank Quealey,
Two great 18ft Skiff crews provided spectators with a wonderful race as they battled the 20-knot southerly winds in Race 12 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Black Sheep Racing win Gold and Silver at NZ Formula 18 Nationals
Black Sheep Racing Media,
After a strong showing in day one, both teams managed to put together a solid performance and hold on to the top two spots of the New Zealand Formula 18 Nationals. Brad and James kept their overnight lead to take the regatta, with Reuben and Tom a close second.... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Images from Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water today, capturing these images of the Harken Match Racing Series, staged off Westhaven by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, using the new Elliott 7 fleet.... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Two
Laura Baldwin,
The picturesque beauty of Port Stephens Bay was masked by drizzle on the second day of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Championship but the grey day didn't take away from any of the fun and enjoyment on the water for the 180 racers.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 up close
Richard Gladwell,
With the AC45 rigged and out of the water, last Tuesday, and then launched in calm conditions at the Viaduct Harbour, Sail-World took the opportunity to get some close up shots of the AC45 and gear.... [more]
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'Doosan' dominates tough Maraetai Offshore Powerboat Race
Cathy Vercoe,
After two races dominating the superboat class of the Rayglass Offshore Powerboat Series, 'Fairview' were prevented from completing their hat trick by the impressive return of Bakewell-White designed, 'Doosan' who had struggled in the previous two races with ballast issues.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Half way there? Or half way home? Or not?
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - It's a theoretical distance, but 25,000 miles is the published course distance. And this evening Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron have 12,487.3 miles to sail to the finish. Call it half way? Well, in one theory, but bear in mind we are at day 43 and the race record is nearly 93 days.... [more]
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Team Gaebler on Extreme 40 training in Oman
Team Gaebler,
Team Gaebler - The first training session in Oman with the Extreme 40 is behind us and it could not be a better sport professionally. To have from day one with a large group of Extreme40s (5-7 boats) trained together and sailed many short training races; most nodes in onshore thermal winds eight to sixteen.... [more]
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Silver Sails finish eighth in the Hardy Cup Match Racing
SilverSails Media,
After competing over the past few days in the Hardy Cup 2011 regatta held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron we have arrived back in New Zealand with an eighth place medal. Not quite gold as we would have liked but as the old cliche goes, the results don't show how well we sailed nor how tight our races were.... [more]
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Black Sheep Racing occupy top two spots in NZ Formula 18 Nationals
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Black Sheep Racing have entered two teams in the F18 National Championships. At the conclusion of day one, it couldn't have been better as the team dominated proceedings occupying both first and second place in every race! After three races Brad Farrand and James Sandall lead with a score of 4 with Reuben Corbett and Tom Bentham in hot pursuit on 5.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 9 February 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Huges waves for top three
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - While second and third placed Mapfre and Estrella Damm were this morning enduring their most challenging sea conditions during their final miles in the Indian Ocean, at the back of the fleet, almost ninety degrees of longitude behind, We Are Water's Cali Sanmarti and Jaume Mumbru were facing up to a long spell with very light breezes and very slow speeds.... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Griffin, Hazard and Banks lead after Day 1
Sara Roberts,
Australian Jay Griffin and Kiwis David Hazard and Codie Banks are locked together on top of the leader board at the end of Day 1 at the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals
Laura Baldwin,
The conditions for the opening day of the first separate Australian Laser Masters Championship in over 25 years couldn't have been better. The idyllic bay of Port Stephens greeted the 180 boat fleet with clear blue skies and 15-18 knots. In previous years the Masters titles were combined with the Australian Open Laser Championship but numbers where getting too large, limiting venues... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Aussies and Kiwis lead morning of Day 1
Sara Roberts,
The 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships has begun with lots of close match racing action on the Waitemata Harbour this morning. The scene is set for some excellent match racing between the eight youth teams. With the excitement of the new Elliott 7's, a fresh 15 knot easterly and flooding tide the air was electric as the boats left the dock this morning.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second Italian Challenger comes to light
Richard Gladwell,
A second Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup has announced that they have selected a club - a very preliminary step to reaching fully fledged and funded Challenger status. In contrast to some other teams who have chosen to be very secretive about their intentions, Venezia Challenge have announced that they have signed an agreement to challenge for the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A sting in tail from Indian Ocean
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The Indian Ocean is not giving up the leaders of the Barcelona World Race to the Tasman and Pacific without one final scrap. The final twenty-four to forty-eight hours in the Indian Ocean look set to be the toughest for Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron in first place on Virbac-Paprec 3, for Mapfre and Estrella Damm.... [more]
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Extreme 40: Alinghi launch new boat in Oman, start two boat program
Extreme 40 and Alinghi Media, edited by Sail-World,
The new Alinghi Extreme 40 has been christened by the crew during their pre-season training camp this week in Oman. The team are training for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series at The Wave, Muscat in just over a week, where they have been blessed with perfect sailing conditions.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel on the charge
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - So far it looks like more straightforward, plain sailing over coming days for the pairs of Hugo Boss and Gaes Centros Auditivos and for Mirabaud and Neutrogena.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race—Caffari and Corbella down but definitely not out
Coralie Rassinoux,
At around 2100hrs last night, British yachtswoman Dee Caffari and her Spanish co skipper, Anna Corbella relinquished eighth place in the Barcelona World Race after a hard fought battle. The all female duo aboard Gaes Centros Auditivos had been doing their upmost to keep closest race rivals Andy Meiklejohn & Wouter Verbraak aboard Hugo Boss at bay over the past week.... [more]
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Etchells NSW State Championship images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
The Etchells NSW State Championship is underway in the waters off Newcastle and John Curnow sent this gallery of images from today's racing... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield has oil leak on Active House
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans competitor, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield, said today he is relishing the tight racing. The only concern on Active House is an oil leak which Derek discovered moments prior to the start of the leg. 'I took the decision to start the race and fix the problem at sea but as yet I haven't been able to stop the leak,' Derek explained.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiffs Twilight Race
Frank Quealey,
Simon Nearn, Gerard Smith and Pedro Vozone had to come from behind in De'Longhi-Rabbitohs to take out the Australian 18 Footer League's Twilight Race on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss slips past GAES
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Two duos will be feeling a special satisfaction this morning after gaining places on the leaderboard. Hugo Boss got past the girls of GAES Centros Auditivos around 2100hrs last night and so Wouter Verbraak and Andy Meiklejohn now occupy eighth place and are nine miles ahead of GAES. And Central Lechera Asturiana have passed We Are Water to take 11th place in the fleet.... [more]
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Cruising skill seminars for New Zealand sailors
John Martin/Sail-World Cruising,
If you're anywhere near Auckland in New Zealand and want to upgrade your cruising skills, the Island Cruising Association has two great cruising preparation seminars coming up in the near future. Sailing your boat is just one of the many skills needed for successful passage-making, and these seminars cover everything that a sailing school doesn't!... [more]
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Laser - Most popular sailing boat in world, 200,000 + and Prices Down
Rob Kothe,
The Laser has climbed past the 200,000 boat mark. And even better news with new Laser prices dropping as volumes continue to climb. Chris Caldecoat, the CEO of Australasian Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has announced that the first of the new 200,000 plaques have arrived and boats starting from 201500 are available for immediate delivery.... [more]
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Scientists find part of New Zealand's submerged Pink Terraces
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces along Lake Rotomahana on the North Island were called the Eighth Wonder of the World. But the eruption of Mt. Tarawera on June 10, 1886, buried the terraces in sediment and caused the lake basin to enlarge, engulfing the land where the terraces stood.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Breymaier focused
Isabel Genís,
Barcelona World Race U.S. participant, Ryan Breymaier, is focused wholeheartedly on understanding the many moods of the ocean as Australia looms on the horizon. 'This confused sea phenomenon is becoming quite tiring and I am wondering where the nice even rows of swells are,' said Breymaier.... [more]
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US Sailing to launch new Road Show Program
Jake Fish,
US Sailing will be traveling along the east coast to yacht clubs and community sailing centers from New England to the Mid-Atlantic to interact in a variety of events, including regattas, junior program clinics, community outreach programs, adult learn to sail seminars, and more from Memorial Day (May 30) to Labor Day (Sept. 5) as part of the US Sailing Road Show.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy shortlisted
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has added yet another sporting stellar achievement to their 2011 wall of honour. The Academy is now shortlisted for the 2011 Sport Industry Award in the category ‘Sport Participation Event of the Year'.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Mapfre in the fight
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez are world renowned as 49er and Volvo round the world sailors but it is their new found boat-building skills which have helped them hang on to second place in the Barcelona World Race after an epic battle to rebuild as much of a snapped daggerboard as they could.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - Loads in store for 60th birthday celebrations
Emma Slater,
Over the weekend of 5-6 March 2011 Alexandra Palace, London once again becomes home of the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting and Suzuki; the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing.... [more]
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