Welcome to Sail-World.com'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.
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
London 2012 Olympic Games sailing schedule announced ISAF, 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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
Major New Media launch at Sanctuary Cove Jeni Bone, Publisher of MarineBusiness-World.com, Sail-World.com, Sail-World Cruising and Powerboat-World.com, 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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
'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] Share this story
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] Share this story
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 attracts Golden Sponsor ISAF, 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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
Primo Cup - More images from Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com, Primo Cup - More images of the event in Monte Carlo from Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
Primo Cup - Images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com, Primo Cup - Images from Monte Carlo by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
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