Video: Dropping the rig at 25kts...Wingsail launch process explained...Harken Youth Series reports and images

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 16 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 February 2011

TeamVodafoneSailing drops her rig at 25kts  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 February 2011

Youth sailing has been to the fore this week, with the Harken International Matchracing series being contested off Westhaven, and the Youth teams being treated to a view of the AC45 in the Viaduct harbour.

In this edition of Sail-World we have several reports from the Harken series - contested between teams from Australian and New Zealand yacht clubs.

We also were down at the Viaduct Harbour as the AC45 was wheeled out, rigged and launched, and shown off to the youth sailors.

In this edition we take you through a step by step process on the rigging of the AC45 - which takes just 30 minutes. Load up is however long you wish to make it. The difficulties which were such an issue in Valencia 12 months ago with USA-17 seem to have been solved - on her small sister at least.

The AC45's exit from the marina is also a slick affair - with the neat, quick and controlled haul astern - like popping a cork from a bottle.

CYCA Griffin v RNZYS Hazard in the finals pre-start - 2011 RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships  Sara Roberts

Obviously the scale of the launch process will increase with the AC72 - and conventional marinas which seem to take an AC45 quite neatly, will have to be bigger to take the AC72. The loads will obviously be significantly greater. From what we have seen with the AC45, it should be all doable - and nothing like the issues experienced with USA-17 in Valencia just over a year ago.

A week ago the ORMA60 TVS dropped her rig in spectacular fashion while sailing at 25kts on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. In this edition we feature the unedited video of the incident, taken by a spectator on Devonport Wharf. It is a great clip and underlines the power that everyone now has to capture incidents on mobile phones and similar small hand held devices, and produce web-quality images and video.

The two man Round the North Island race gets underway on Saturday. In this edition we preview the event, and have a quick look at the weather prognosis.

Norths Sails fine products are taken aboard the AC45 - 14 February 2011  Richard Gladwell

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.

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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Action Video: ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race, on Auckland's Waitemata harbour. The trimaran was reported to be flying two hulls and travelling at over 25kts when a shroud gave way.... [more]
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Ideal forecast for Round North Island start
Sarah Ell,
Conditions are looking ideal for the start of the SSANZ Round the North Island two-handed yacht race in Auckland on Saturday (February 19), with southeasterly winds forecast to send the 40-boat fleet on its way to Mangonui in Northland.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 rigging process - takes just 30 minutes
Richard Gladwell,
One of the serious question marks hanging over the choice of a wingsailed multihull for the America's Cup has been the rigging process. Those who were in Valencia 12 months ago would have been only too aware of the issues faced daily by the then BMW Oracle Racing team as they tried to keep USA-17 on a short leash between races, and without having to lower the wingsail each night.... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Light winds and big shifts dictate the finals
Sara Roberts,
CYCA crew Jay Griffin and his crew of Henry Kernot, Hamish Hardy and Will Parker sailed well in the extreme light airs which presented themselves on the Auckland Harbour this afternoon, to win the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup: Young Harken Matchracers check out the AC45
Hannah Davis,
Forty young sailors competing in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship in Auckland took a slight detour Monday on their way to the racecourse, to watch the launch of the AC45. Race officials towed the eight young teams in their Elliot 7's to the ACRM base, where ACRM's Director of On Water Operations Harold Bennet showed them around the AC45... [more]
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Harken Matchracing: Australia vs New Zealand in Finals
Sara Roberts,
David Hazard representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron continued his winning streak on the Auckland Harbour this afternoon beating his semi final opponent 2 wins to 1.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Pre-flight check and Launch
Richard Gladwell,
Getting a wingsailed AC45 loaded up and off the marina is not a simple task. The degree of difficulty is similar to undertaking the same task in an AC monohull with the sails up, rather than being towed out by a tender. For the AC45 the issue is complicated in Auckland by the fact that immediately after release the yacht must undertake a 180 degree turn against a backdrop of superyachts... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - Less than a month to go
Emma Slater,
RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - There are just 17 more days (or 18 sleeps!) until the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011, 5-6 March, held at the magnificent Alexandra Palace, London.... [more]
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Explore NZ launches new America's Cup Yacht in Auckland - NZL 68
Melissa Prentice,
Explore NZ has commissioned their new America's Cup yacht NZL 68. She joins NZL 41 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour where members of the public get the opportunity to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Last year approximately 12,000 people, mostly overseas tourists sailed aboard the Cup yachts for a two hour race.... [more]
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Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Humphreys makes a return to solo sailing
Teresa Page,
Vendée Globe sailor, Conrad Humphreys launches a new sailing campaign that will commence with La Solitaire du Figaro. The programme will kick off in 4 weeks time with the first qualification event, La Solo Les Sables Massif Marine, which will start in Port Olona, the home of the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Games sailing schedule announced
London 2012 Olympic Games - The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced the complete sports competition schedule, including ticket prices, for the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - 541 mile lead
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The most dramatic stage of the course is fast approaching for BWR leaders Virbac-Paprec 3, as Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (FRA) approach the northerly tip of New Zealand's South Island and prepares to cross the Cook Strait.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew looks ahead to The Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Sprint three leader Brad Van Liew has revealed he has started to plan his rounding of the infamous Cape Horn, the most southerly tip of South America. Up until now the 43-year-old American has been focused on weather systems approaching from behind as the Velux 5 Oceans fleet fly through the Southern Ocean powered east by prevailing winds.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race—Caffari and Corbella enjoy top speeds down under
Coralie Rassinoux,
The all female duo's hearts were certainly racing yesterday but it had little to do with the romance of Valentine's Day and more to do with the speeds their Imoca Open 60, Gaes Centros Auditivos, was achieving. At one point Caffari and Corbella were polled at 17.1 knots making them one of the fastest boats on the course.... [more]
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Kiwi sets new 24-hour record on Sea-Doo PWC
Kate Gordon,
Riding a stock-standard Sea-Doo GTX Ltd iS personal watercraft (PWC or jet-ski) New Zealander Jeremy Burfoot has established a new world record for the distance covered in a 24-hour period.... [more]
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Major New Media launch at Sanctuary Cove
Jeni Bone,
Publisher of,, Sail-World Cruising and, TetraMedia's Rob Kothe, said ‘As we all know Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, is where Marine Business does Business and where there a many significant new product launches and we too will be doing a major launch. 'We too will be making a major new launch at SCIBS 2011 – we will be launchi... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals crowns nine new Champions
Laura Baldwin,
With variable winds up to 18 knots it was a battle of fitness, endurance and stamina on the final day of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals in Port Stephens, NSW.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Torvar Mirsky makes his 'extreme' debut
Nicky Moore,
Extreme Sailing Series - Emerging Australian sailing star Torvar Mirsky, will this year make his debut in the one of the world's most competitive sailing events, the Extreme Sailing Series. Torvar will take the helm of the 2010 winning Oman Sail team, The Wave, Muscat and the team have been training hard for the event which kicks off in less than one week in the Sultanate of Oman.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 13 nations represented
Jan Harley,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will host 19 yacht club teams representing 13 nations from six different continents... [more]
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Funding available for International and Recognised Classes
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia, with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission, is offering financial support to skippers and crews who have enjoyed success at recent ISAF International and Recognised Classes World Championships... [more]
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'I won't crack under pressure' solo circumnavigator Coville
Sail-World Cruising,
'I won't crack under pressure. I'll do my best.' Words of a true sportsman from French sailor Thomas Coville, who is on his 17th day trying to solo circumnavigate the world and set a record doing so. So what's the pressure? Coville has been singularly unlucky with his weather, which has put him far behind the man he is trying to beat, fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon, who currently holds the record... [more]
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Glyn Charles Pursuit Race 2011
Suzy Hamel,
Glyn Charles Pursuit Race 2011 - The event this year will be held 21 May at the Hayling Island Sailing Club and all proceeds will go to the John Merricks Sailing Trust.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 attracts Golden Sponsor
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 is being held at Sailing Club Uskok in Zadar, Croatia and has attracted the local bank, OTP banka, as its golden sponsor.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Highly pressured decisions
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - It's decision-making time for the boats at the front of the BWR fleet. With the Indian Ocean safely navigated for the front-runners, the Cook Strait could prove more than just a spectacular backdrop to the next way point, but an opportunity for further position changes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 preview from Muscat
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Muscat, Oman will get underway in five days' time. The eleven international teams will start the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 season as they mean to go on, with their sights set firmly on the podium and some of the teams have already put in some intensive training.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - CSM on a high as fleet charges through Southern Ocean
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major has warned his Velux 5 Oceans rivals to 'watch this space' after consistently notching up quick speeds in the past few days.... [more]
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Artemis Racing on Extreme 40 training in Oman
Terry Hutchinson,
Artemis Racing has been training here in Oman for the last week. This is our third Extreme 40 training camp and precedes the first event of the Extreme Sailing Series, which starts this Sunday, 20 February... [more]
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Great times at the 2011 Etchells NSW State Championships
John Curnow,
After racing in the 2011 Thrifty NSW Etchells State Championships was abandoned on Saturday for the day, crews were very keen to get out there again on Sunday and get a title sorted. Perhaps this is why all three starts were clean. Having said that, one vessel did get to within less than a metre of the line before the gun, however.... [more]
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Destination New Zealand guide for visiting yachts
New Zealand Marine,
You can buy all the cruising and tourist guides, but nothing substitutes for the experience of cruisers who have been there before you! When Ken Machtley and Cathy Siegismund set off across the Pacific on yacht Felicity for New Zealand they bought all the guide books that cruisers normally buy- but many things weren't covered. Result? The sailor-specific e-book 'Destination Guide to New Zealand'... [more]
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Pryde Sailing 2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Three
Laura Baldwin,
The sun didn't shine but the action still sparkled on day three of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Championship. Many disqualifications for false starts were awarded today as sailors push the limits to gain an advantage as the competition heats up. The winds were shifty and gusty, ranging in strength from 8 – 18 knots.... [more]
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Primo Cup - More images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Primo Cup - More images of the event in Monte Carlo from Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Primo Cup - Images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi,
Primo Cup - Images from Monte Carlo by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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