Round North Island Race restarts...AC45 flips...Emirates Team NZ on the improve...Winners report on RS:X Nationals

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 22 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 22 February 2011

Sailing on the Christchurch Estuary at the Pleasant Point Yacht Club  .. .
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 22 February 2011

It seems rather superficial to be writing this editorial while watching the images coming in from the latest chapter of the Christchurch earthquake. Once again our thoughts, sympathies and condolences go out to the people, and especially the sailors of Christchurch.

In this edition we have several reports from around New Zealand of various national championships and regattas, including reports from both winners of the recent RS:X Nationals. We also cover, and will be updating, on the Round North Island Race, along with reports from the first two days of the Extreme 40's in which Emirates Team NZ is competing.

We also feature the first of several video clips from the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle, which will be a trip down memory lane for the Flintstone Generation and maybe an eye-opener for the Facebook Generation.

Emirates Team NZ starts on - Day 2, Act 1, 2011 Extreme 20's  eXtreme 40 Series

As most will be aware the AC45 prototype capsized on the Hauraki Gulf on Monday afternoon, and we have a couple of reports on the incident

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.

And once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch on what may prove to be New Zealand's darkest day.

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Round North Island Race restarts in light winds
Sarah Ell,
The second leg of the Round North Island race is underway - but even the leading yachts haven't got very far in very light winds. Race director David Cooke said the fleet got away cleanly at 10am today, hard on the wind in a 5 knot northwesterly. The wind is forecast to swing around to the west, then the southwest... [more]
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America's Cup - The Freo Files: Blackaller's Bet
Archive Video,
Most have fond memories of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle. It had everything - big breeze, drama, action on the water and ashore, and a lot of larger than life characters who really bought that series to life. One of those characters was Tom Blackaller who sailed the canard ruddered USA out of San Francisco.... [more]
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Extreme 40's: A better day for Emirates Team NZ
Emirates Team NZ Media,
Day 2 of the Extreme series Muscat regatta saw an improvement in performance by Emirates Team New Zealand. Dean Barker called it a solid day's work in the 40ft catamarans – five races, five mid-fleet results and the start of a climb up the leaderboard. Today, racing in a 15-18 knot breeze, the team finished fourth in the first race and then a fifth and three sixths to finish the day seventh on... [more]
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2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger North Island Champs - Preview
Rowdy Leatham,
The 2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series continues this weekend with the North Island Catamaran Championships being hosted by by the Turangi Yacht Club. The event will see over 45 Paper Tigers (along with up to a dozen 'A' Class Cats) from all over the North Island competing in spectacular fashion on Stump Bay, Lake Taupo with racing expected to produce some very tight resu... [more]
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True Blue Racing second in CentrePort Youth Match Race Championship
Jordan Reece,
True Blue Racing has finished second in the 2011 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing championships behind the CYCA in the best of five final. The team, which just came from the Harken International Championships in Auckland were keen to get back into the Elliot 6m but the team struggled throughout the round robin stage, only coming through in the final flights to qualify for the semi final... [more]
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JP Tobin reports on the NZ National RS:X Mens titles at Manly
JP Tobin,
NZL Sailing Team member, JP Tobin reports on the recently concluded NZ Mens national Championships staged at Manly over the weekend: The New Zealand National Championships are done and dusted for 2011...After seven races I finished up on top to claim the National title in a predominently light wind event.... [more]
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Kate Ellingham wins RS:X Womens Nationals at Manly

The New Zealand RSX Womens and Youth Nationals were held at Manly Beach from the 17th-20th of February. NZL Sailing Team member, Kate Ellingham won five of the seven races sailed. Here's her report:... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 capsizes in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC45 capsized on the Hauraki Gulf this afternoon, sustaining serious damage to her wingsail, however the platform would appear to be undamaged and there were no injuries to the crew save for wounded pride. The incident happened off Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Winds at the time were around 20kts and the AC45 had been sailing at speeds of up to 28.5kts.... [more]
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America's Cup Prototype boat flips in gusty winds,
Today the Swedish challengers Artemis Racing were on board the AC45 sailing in winds of around 20 knots on Hauraki Gulf, Auckland New Zealand, when the boat capsized. No one hurt... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Into the history books
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has sailed into the history books rounding the iconic Cape Horn solo for a third time. 'It's been a lot of years since I was down here last and it was really a very special moment,' Brad told the Velux 5 Oceans team. 'It was pretty emotional. I'm going to remember it forever.'... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Oman, Muscat.... [more]
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Alloy Yacht's largest ever, Vertigo
Media Services,
Hot on the heels of Sydney developer, Lang Walker's 190ft sloop Kokomo III, New Zealand builder Alloy Yachts is now working on its largest yacht ever, the 220ft ketch Vertigo - still under wraps until its launch slated for 'early 2011'.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew around Cape Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint 3 leader, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew, has passed Cape Horn.,... [more]
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2011 a big year for Sailability in Australia and internationally
Graeme Adam,
2011 has started in a big way for Sailability and its event partners. In Napier, New Zealand January 26-29, the Kiwi Cup and Access Class Championships was held. The pace continues in Australia over the coming months with the focus turning to UK in July with the 2011 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships and the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athen in June.... [more]
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America's Cup - Paul Cayard on the AC45 incident
Paul Cayard,
Our team capsized in the AC45. It wasn't even a spectacular wipeout at 30 knots. Rather they were sitting head to wind, taking a break after the three hour training session and repairing something on the roller furler.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - On Artemis Racing it could have been worse
Morgan Trubovich,
Extreme Sailing Series - Well, it was a different day today. In the days leading up to the racing, it certainly felt like all the days had been pretty similar. Sunny, warm, fairly flat water and 8-14 knots of wind. We were starting to feel pretty comfortable sailing the Extreme 40 in those conditions (even though we are newcomers to the class). But today was different.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series dates released
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) has released the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World Series) dates with five nine-day regattas in 2011 and three more regattas by mid-2012.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - French team on fire
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 1. With up to 21 knots the 11-boat fleet raced the first race with a reef in the mainsail, and it was wet ride on board in a short, choppy sea state. The wind decreased slightly throughout the afternoon.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - And they are off
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600 fleet met with strong winds, with gusts of 22 knots or more, for the start of what is probably the world's most exciting 600- mile offshore race.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Accelerating towards the Pacific
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Eight days ago they were fifth a distant 844 miles from third place in the Barcelona World Race fleet, but this afternoon Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris passed by Wellington, New Zealand and elevated themselves to a podium place as they accelerated towards the Pacific to pursue leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Oman - Artemis Racing images
Sander van der Borch images,
Artemis Racing during the first day of racing of the Extreme Sailing Series starts in Muscat, Oman. This gallery is presented by Artemis Racing.... [more]
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2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships host city announced
ISAF are pleased to announce Santander, Spain, as the host venue for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Bringing together past and future Champions from all classes the Championships are one of the great events in the world sailing calendar and a key event for sailors, national teams, and sailing fans around the world.... [more]
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Competition Fierce at Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs
Craig Edwards,
Competition is expected to be fierce at this year's Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs being held on Lyttelton harbour on 26-27 February. Strict class rules mean the boats are evenly matched ensuring racing is always close and exciting. Up to 10 boats are expected at the Naval Point Club hosted event billed as the best class keelboat racing outside of Auckland.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Class visits the R18-Teen programme at Point Chev
Chris Mitchell,
On February 17th, the Hobie 16 Class had 5 boats at Point Chevalier and the sailors in the R18-Teen programme got some fun sailing in beautiful conditions, with nearly everyone twin trapezing in flat water. The R18-Teen group is part of the Junior Programme of after-school sailing (mostly Optimists) comprising 76 sailors on three different days of the week after school.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Tacticians' tussle
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - This week's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will pit the world's best sailing strategists against each other with a standout talent line-up among the owners, many of them former world champions, and their tacticians.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - More images from Muscat
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - More images from Muscat courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Muscat images from Carlo Borlenghi
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Muscat images from the event in Oman from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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12ft Skiff Garde Sprint series
Nick Press,
Consistency Pays for D-Unit – 12ft skiff Garde Sprint Series Champions Adam Forbes and Richie Johns sailing D-Unit took out the 2011 Garde Sprint Series, from Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson), with Gemmell sails (Murray Press and Damien Vlotman) in third.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Maxi Banque Populaire V back in Lorient
Banque Populaire V,
On Saturday 22nd January at 12:11:45 pm (Paris time) the Maxi Banque Populaire V took off Ushant on her first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy with a reference time of 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds to beat.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Disappointment on Estrella Damm
Barcelona World Race,
It is a bitterly disappointed Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes who are expected to dock imminently in Wellington, NZ on their Imoca Open 60 Estrella Damm, due to arrive in close company with Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane on Groupe Bel... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act One: Four-way tie after day one
Extreme Sailing Series,
2011 Extreme Sailing Series - Day one of Act one delivered a class Extreme 40 result – four boats finished on equal points at the top of the leaderboard – The Wave, Muscat, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Artemis Racing and Alinghi.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - Williams makes Extreme debut in Oman
Team GAC Pindar,
Team GAC Pindar embarked on its first event of the 2011 race calendar today, with leading British sailor, Ian Williams, set to take on both the Extreme Sailing Series™ and World Match Racing Tour... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Ferry Patrons Trophy - Gotta Love It 7's late win
Frank Quealey,
Ferry Patrons Trophy - The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage scored a late win in the Ferry Patrons 18ft Skiff race sailed on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race: Broken forestay forces stop in Wellington
Barcelona World Race,
Estrella Damm have confirmed this morning that they will make a technical stopover in Wellington after their forestay is reported to have broken and their Solent furling drum. 'We were 15 miles from the southerly point of Cook with Bel five miles behind when the forestay broke. The mast stayed up because of the staysail and the Code Zero stays. The Solent furling drum is also in two pieces. It... [more]
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