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 18 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 18 February 2011

Loïck Peyron overseeing the works on Virbac-Paprec 3 - Barcelona World Race  © Chris Cameron / DPPI / Barcelona World Race
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 18 February 2011

More on the America's Cup scene in this edition, with the announcement of an eighth entry - the seventh challenger, and the arrival of Team Australia to have their test sail period on the AC45.

In line with the curious practice that seems to have evolved with this America's Cup, we see for the second time, teams who have not announced key crew - or even admited to making an entry - out sailing on the Waitemata in the AC45.

Such test sails are stated to be only for entered teams in the 34th America's Cup.

For die-hard Cup fans, there will be another round of peering at photos, trying to identify some of the faces, ahead of the team announcements.

Who are these visitors from the Western Island? Team Australia first testing - AC45 - 16 February 2011  Ivor Wilkins/

We've published plenty of images of the Australians in this edition, who made an uncharacteristically subdued entry into the country, and enjoyed some glorious sailing on the Waitemata harbour mid-week, as they once again tried to find out what makes New Zealand yachting so great :-)

From our Wellington correspondent, Genevieve Howard, we have a story on Wellington's 'Get out on the Harbour' day which is on this Saturday. It's a great initiative to get people into sailing, and is an option that many clubs could emulate - at the peak of the sailing season when the weather is more inviting, rather than stage these at the start of the season on Opening Days, when the weather is often inclement.

In this edition we feature a couple of stories regarding developments in the marine industry, with the move of iconic Southern Spars to new premises. In second story we report on the use of lightweight plywood from Goldcore Light in superyacht construction. No, they are not building superyachts in plywood (despite the urgings of King of Plywood, John Spencer, from beyond the grave!), but rather it is back to the Kiwi sailing maxim of saving weight, while still maintaining high quality.

Another plush superyacht interior is constructed using Goldcore Light  .. .

In this edition we have a story on the use of Goldcore Light, and some rare shots of a superyacht under construction at Fitzroy Yachts. Plywood has been used in yacht interiors for years, and in racing yachts reduction in weight has always been a factor - but superyachts are another step again. And remember when you see all of those magnificent shots of superyacht interiors - it is usually extremely well finished joinery and plywood.

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, including the unscheduled stop in Wellington from the Barcelona Two-handed Race leader.

We have what will hopefully be a new feature in Sail-World - a blog from Team New Zealand skipper, taken from the Nexus Marine site. Dean is one of the Directors of Kiwi Yachting Consultants who in turn own Swedish based Nexus Marine. Check out the Nexus range, and yes we did spot a few items of Nexus gear going aboard the AC45 in Team New Zealand's speed kit, when they sailed the AC45 on Monday.

The InterIslander Optimist Challenge starts today  Rob Burn

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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America's Cup: Team Australia 'graces' the Waitemata
Ivor Wilkons,
Team Australia became the fourth America's Cup team to put the prototype AC45 through her paces on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Top sailing journalist and photographer, Ivor Wilkins, was there to capture the action... [more]
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New home for Southern Spars
Southern Spars New Zealand have settled into a new home. The bespoke 10,000m² manufacturing facility will enable Southern Spars to introduce new technologies and accommodate the growing demand for larger and more technically advanced superyacht and grand prix race rigs.... [more]
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Fitzroy Yachts lightens the load with Goldcore Light
Mat Wylie,
With significant advancements in the production of Goldcore lightweight plywood, the brand is seeing growing popularity in all corners of the world. Goldcore Light is riding the popularity as one of the best lightweight plywoods in the business of Marine interior construction. Fitzroy Yachts trialed and selected Goldcore Light for their G50 project... [more]
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Extreme 40's Oman - Dean Barker reports
Dean Barker,
We have been in Oman now for three days preparing for the first event of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series. It will be raced in Muscat from 20-24. We are currently in Mussanah which is a marina 45 miles to the north where a number of the teams have been training for the last month.... [more]
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Yachts set sail for Wellington's Get Out on the Harbour Day
Genevieve Howard,
The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club of Wellington will be taking to the water for the city's Get Out on the Harbour Day this Saturday, February 19. As part of the planned activities, club members will have yachts available for event goers to go out onto the harbour for a sail.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - CSM suffers Southern Ocean setback
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore-Major has been forced to carry out vital repairs to his yacht Spartan in the middle of the Southern Ocean after a two and a half meter rip developed in his mainsail. The 33-year-old from Cowes, UK, had been chasing the leading pack in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race when disaster struck.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Australia has their first sail on the AC45
Ivor Wilkins,
On a grey and blustery day, the newly established Australian challenge for the 34th America's Cup put the AC45 catamaran through its paces on Auckland's Waitemata Harbor. Sporting team uniforms with the slogan ‘AUS AC 34', the group of nine sailors rotated in various sessions on board – and their verdict afterwards was universally positive.... [more]
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Route 66 Yacht Race Entries now being accepted
Paul Powney,
Jointly hosted by Richmond and Onerahi Yacht Clubs, the race is scheduled to start on Friday 4th March 2011 at 3pm off Westhaven and a record fleet is expected for the fifth year this race has been run.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Readers comments from the last week or so
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters... [more]
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America's Cup: Video's of the Week or so
America's Cup and Oracle Racing Media,
The various media arms associated with the 34th America's Cup have been busy with video production over the past week or so. The opportunities afforded by the recent Sail Auckland Regatta and Harken International have presented a great chance to tempt the Facebook generation sailors with the AC45... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Reveals Plans for 2011 Show
Kate Duryea,
A world record attempt, marine seminars and VIP packages are some of the plans announced for the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show at an official launch today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Jourdan ready to race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Refitted and ready to go, the immaculate Charles Jourdan is heading to Alicante this November to race against others in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official regatta and reunion.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing sets sights on Australian campaign
Zoe Hawkins,
TeamVodafoneSailing will be delivered to New South Wales, where it will race 385nm from Sydney to the Gold Coast as an unoffical entrant on 30 July, and another 358nm from Brisbane to Keppel, as an official entrant, departing 5 August, before taking in two of Australia's most glamourous regattas sailed off the beautiful Whitsundays, the Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week .... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Key repairs in New Zealand
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac-Paprec 3, long-term leaders in the Barcelona World Race, are currently in dock in Wellington after yesterday evening's surprise announcement that they would be stopping during the Cook Strait passage of the race to make key repairs... [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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Rude awakening for Derek Hatfield in Sprint 3
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian Velux 5 Oceans solo sailor wakes to find Active House out of control doing 21 knots! When you're alone in the depths of the Southern Ocean, the last thing you want is to lose to control of your boat. But that was the situation facing Canadian Derek Hatfield last night when he awoke to find his Eco 60 Active House screaming along at a dangerously quick 21 knots,... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Safran team of Guillemot and Eliès
Soazig Guého,
Marc Guillemot will be defending his title in the next Transat Jacques Vabre aboard the 60-foot monohull Safran with Yann Eliès as his co-skipper... [more]
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Sarah Ayton announces her retirement
Lindsey Bell,
Sailing's double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton has today announced she is to retire from the sport with immediate effect, thus ending her quest for an historic third Olympic title at the London 2012 Games.... [more]
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America's Cup: Eighth entry received - now seven challengers
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup event organizers have confirmed the receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected soon. The receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 was confirmed today. This seventh challenger for the America's Cup joins ranks with ...... [more]
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Team Australia to contest America's Cup
Team Australia Media,
The Australian Challenge for the 34th America's Cup was officially accepted by the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club on 11 January 2011. For the first time in over a decade, Australia has a team in the competition for the world's oldest sporting trophy.... [more]
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Sodebo rounds Cape of Good Hope
Kate Jennings translation,
Powering through driving rain and 32 knots of SW'ly wind, Sodebo rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Tuesday at 1702 GMT after 17 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds at sea.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Technical stop in Wellington for race leader
Barcelona World Race,
Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and co-skipper Loick Peyron (FRA) are making a technical stop in Wellington, having broken two mainsail batten cars in the previous hour as they reefed the mainsail. The race rules state that any stopover after 140 degrees East must be for a minimum duration of 48 hours once the boat arrives at the dock.... [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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