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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 February 2011
General news in New Zealand continues to be dominated by the news of the Christchurch earthquake, we are sorry but we don't have any further updates as to the situation and impact on yacht clubs in the region. If someone on the ground can provide a report we would be pleased to provide an update. We will be publishing a top of site banner linking to the Red Cross site which is accepting donations of money to assist with their work in the region. In the meantime click here if you wish to donate to help with this disaster.
Despite the events in the central South Island, sailing continues elsewhere in New Zealand and around the world.
In Wellington the Musto Cup is underway, which doubles as a NZ Selection Trial for the Womens matchracers for the NZL Sailing Team. We have a report on the first day of racing from the Silver Sails team who won six races out of six sailed on the first day.
The Two Man Round the North Island Race has suffered several withdrawals and one dismasting as they head down the West Coast of the North Island heading for Wellington. We have a single story in this edition, which is posted to the top of www.sail-world.com and is being updated as reports come to hand.
In Oman the Extreme 40's have wrapped up their first regatta of the 2011 season, with Emirates Team NZ recovering well from a poor opening day to finish in fourth overall. We have the official reports, plus team reports from Emirates Team NZ and skipper Dean Barker.
We continue our series in The Freo Files - this time with another Blackaller moment! There is a lot more to come.
Yesterday we had the opportunity to catch up America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray and have posted a video interview which is in two parts and runs for about 15 minutes. Iain outlines the changes that are coming into the next America's Cup - while he doesn't elaborate on the wider impact for the sport, we all know that were the America's Cup goes (outside the occasional courtroom saga), the rest of the sport will shortly follow.
We'll look at this in bit more depth in a future story.
The Interislander passes the Optimist Fleet 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.
And once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch.
Four withdrawals one dismasting from Round North Island Race Sarah Ell, SSANZ Media, A tough southerly, couple with a big swell from Cyclone Atu has created problems for some of the Two Man Round North Island Race fleet. Four boats have withdrawn from the leg with a fifth being dismasted.... [more] Share this story
Interislander Optmists Challenge - No Wind, No Tsunamis Robert Burn, This time no tsunamis but not a lot of wind either The Port Marlborough Interislander Optimist Challenge got underway in Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound on Friday for the Optimist Open Fleet. After a warm welcome from Commodore Stuart Burrough and the official briefing, Phil Chandler fired the Queen Charlotte cannon and the regatta was underway.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Iain Murray - big changes to umpiring likely + Video Richard Gladwell, Over the past two days, the Competitors in the 34th America's Cup have been attending a Competitors Forum in Auckland. A lot of ground was covered in the sessions ranging from clarification of the measurement process and AC72 class rule; the direction of the AC45 one design class rule; the draft racing rules for the America's Cup, including an electronic umpiring system; dates and possibilities... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'A bunch of Pommy lawyers' Sail-World Archive, Tom Blackaller's radical canard ruddered USA-61 made the final cut for the Semi-Finals of the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton Cup, but not before an acrimonious protest over using a replacement bow (canard) rudder. In this clip from the TVNZ coverage USA-61's Tom Blackaller announces the decision and can't hold back on a few verbal sideswipes at his adversaries.... [more] Share this story
Yachting NZ Briefings for 23 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] Share this story
Extreme 40's Oman - Dean Barker reports on Final Day Dean Barker, Today was the final day in Oman and with 6 races anything could happen. We started the day well with 2 good races but a couple of average races dropped us back a bit from the leaders. However we finished strongly with a 2nd and then in the final double points race another 2nd place... [more] Share this story
Silver Sails win six from six in NZ Selection Trials Silver Sails Media, Silver Sails match racing team reports on the opening day of the Musto Cup being sailed in Wellington: Dear friends and family,We have just completed day 1 of the Wellington Musto Cup which also doubles as the National 2012 Olympic Selection Trials.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ have good day to finish fourth Emirates Team NZ, After 32 races over five days, the first regatta of the Extreme Series 2011 is over. It was close to the end. With two races to sail the maths showed that any one of seven teams could have won the regatta.... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race Single handed circumnavigation confirmed Oliver Dewar, Global Solo Race - Following the enormous interest in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the GOR Race Organization team can now confirm a single-handed circumnavigation for Category Zero compliant Class40's in 2013-14... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Head turning Gunboat 66 eating up the miles Louay Habib, RORC Caribbean 600 - With the big showdown done and dusted between the Maxis. It was a full ten hours before the third yacht crossed the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more] Share this story
Two of five crew on missing yacht Berserk located in the Antarctic Sail-World Cruising round-up, The two crew who had landed on the Antarctic to make an overland journey to the South Pole have been located and are now in contact with those searching for their missing yacht. Jarle Andhøy, Berserk's captain, phoned to say he is on the ice travelling back from his expedition to the South Pole.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - All to play for in final stretch of sprint three Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - With just over 1,000 nautical miles left to sail to the finish line of ocean sprint three, the race just got even more exciting. After 19 days and 5,000 nautical miles of Southern Ocean sailing including rounding the mighty Cape Horn, the fleet is separated by just 300 nautical miles... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour talks with potential new venues World Match Racing Tour, Since announcing an ambitious expansion plan which will see the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) grow to 15 events by 2013, the Tour has been overwhelmed by the level of interest from potential new host regions and is now in extended talks with 10 venues who are all eager to embrace the benefits of hosting a stage of the Tour... [more] Share this story
Images from Oman: Extreme 40's Day 4 Sander van der Borsch, Top international sailing photographer, Sander van der Borsch, attached to the Artemis Racing Team provides this gallery of images from the fourth day of racing im the Extreme 40's at Oman.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ climb the ladder Emirates Team NZ Media, Emirates Team New Zealand showed some good form in Day 4 in the Extreme Series Oman regatta. With a result line of 1, 6,3,2,4,3,2,1 for the eight 'stadium' races sailed, Emirates Team New Zealand climbed to fourth on the leaderboard with one day to go.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40's Oman - Dean Barker reports on Day 4 Dean Barker, Today was a great day for us on the water. We managed to win the first and last race of the day and had a 6,3,2,4,3,2 in between. This has elevated us up to 4th on the overall standings 18 points behind the leader, 11 points behind 2nd, and 7 behind 3rd. With 6 or 7 races still to go tomorrow and 11 points for a race win there is still plenty of potential to improve further with a strong day.... [more] Share this story
Clash of the Cove Regatta program announced MCV Media, The regatta program for the Clash at The Cove to be staged on the 25-27 March 2011, has been announced. Marsden Cove provides free regatta berthage for all competing boats; a $120 flat entry fee; Saturday night food and entertainment: $35pp and free berthage until following weekend if you want to drive home.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup attracts a worldly field Rich Roberts, Congressional Cup - Long Beach, a.k.a. The International City, will need more flag poles than ever next month to properly present Long Beach Yacht Club's forty seventh Congressional Cup March 22-26. Several of the world's top-ranked sailors from eight countries and one U.S. territory will compete for the iconic prize in the United States' only Grade 1 match racing event.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series - Team Artemis sticking to the plan Morgan Trubovich, Extreme Sailing Series - The weather was very similar to yesterday; as was the format of racing - more 'stadium racing'. Of course, we were hoping that absolutely everything would be the same as yesterday! It was just such a good day on all levels.... [more] Share this story
OK Dinghy Winter Championship win to Nick Craig International OK Dinghy, 16 Brave OK sailors arrived at a rather Wet & Grey King George SC for the 2011 Winter Championships.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Nations Cup regional final entry deadline extended ISAF, ISAF Nations Cup - In order to give more countries the opportunity to select their representatives, ISAF has agreed to extend the deadline for MNAs to submit their applications for the Nations Cup Regional Finals until 15 March 2011.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Gracious in defeat Trish Jenkins, While the crews of Leopard and Rambler are enjoying a beer together in the Antigua Yacht Club, the rest of the fleet is still battling away out on the course. Two Cookson 50s are still racing in IRC Canting Keel. At the moment, Chris Bull's Jazz has the upper hand 23 miles ahead of Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners and ahead on handicap.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel skipper's difficult double birthday Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - It is certainly not the fiftieth birthday present that Groupe Bel skipper Kito De Pavant was looking for, especially not ‘second time around'.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Day one video report www.sail-world.com, Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - It started overcast and lumpy but turned into a postcard day on the water. Here is the video report from the first day of the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds sailed on the Macquarie Circle, along with some action images from the Sail-World team.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - The Wave damaged, new winners Extreme Sailing Series, Extreme Sailing Series Act 1. A total of eight ‘stadium' races were staged off The Wave, Muscat that saw six different teams claim at least one race win. The short and demanding courses raced within the constraints of the stadium saw the on-water umpires dish out multiple penalties for blocking and port-starboard incidents in the light seven-nine knot NE breeze.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Only three Class40s remain Oliver Dewar, RORC Caribbean 600 - The six Class40's racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 were reduced to five in the first 24 hours of racing with Gonzalo Botin and his Spanish crew on Tales forced to retire during the beat between Saba and St. Barths sustaining an ankle injury on board.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Muscat Day 4 images by Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com, Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - Images of day 4 racing from Photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Keel problems for Gutek as Cape Horn approaches Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Solo skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is today facing a nervous rounding of Cape Horn after developing keel problems on his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40's Oman - Dean Barker reports on Day 3 Dean Barker, Today was the first day of Stadium Racing which is where the organisers pull the course into confined spaces and run very short tight races with a total duration of no more than 10-15 minutes. As you can imagine there is a huge emphasis on starts and boat positioning and as one of the other team members called it, 'this is the start of the crash and burn racing'.... [more] Share this story
SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011 has new reluctant Champion SailJuice.com, Musto Skiff sailor Andy Peake has found himself as the new, unexpected and somewhat reluctant champion of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011.... [more] Share this story
Bill Koch Joins NSHOF Advisory Board ICSA, Bill Koch has stepped forward and offered a $500,000 challenge grant to the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame as they launch the 2011 Capital Campaign. The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of sailing and its impact on our culture.... [more] Share this story
Perth 2011 Women's Match Racing test event completed Perth 2011, Perth 2011 organizers have successfully completed three days of match racing in Fremantle Harbour as a test event. Perth 2011 Event Director John Longley said the test event had proved that match racing could be successfully sailed on the Inner Harbour in all wind directions.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - More day 3 images Sail-World.com, Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - More images of day three from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
Artemis Racing - Cayard's update from Auckland Paul Cayard, Just a quick update from down here. The Artemis Racing team is based in Auckland this week for training and attending America's Cup meetings. Auckland is approximately 450 miles north of Christchurch, the site of the large earthquake of February 22.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com, Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 Muscat day 3 images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis puts pressure on the leader Extreme Sailing Series, Extreme Sailing Series, Act 1, The Wave, Muscat, day 3 was the first public day of ‘stadium' racing. Dean Barker's Team New Zealand scored their first ever Extreme 40 race win today, although they still remain seventh place in the rankings.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series day 3 - What a day for Artemis Racing Morgan Trubovich, Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis Racing jumped up the leader board to second place after scoring 2, 1, 2, 1, 1.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 day two high speed thrilling Louay Habib, By mid-morning on day two, the RORC Caribbean 600 was very much living up to its billing as a high-speed thrilling race around the stunning Caribbean. The majority of the fleet is now heading for the top part of the course and should be around St.Maarten during the day. It has been an action packed start to the race... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour: Robertson targets podium finish in debut year World Match Racing Tour, Young-gun Kiwi skipper Phil Robertson is confident his Waka Racing team can have an instant impact in their debut year as Tour Card Holders on the World Match Racing Tour and beat some of the more established opponents to claim a top three finish... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Team Neutrogena at the halfway point Kirsten Ferguson, Barcelona World Race - Ryan Breymaier, sailing with co-skipper Boris Herrmann (Germany) aboard Team Neutrogena, has made it to the halfway point in the around-the-world race. Next up is Cape Horn (South America), known for its heavy winds and dense banks of fog.... [more] Share this story
Pirates kill four Americans aboard hijacked yacht Sail-world.com, The U.S. Central Command issued a statement today that four American sailors have been killed by Somali pirates aboard their hijacked yacht, the SV Quest in the Indian Ocean.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Giving Wellington the wave Coralie Rassinoux, In contrast to several of their competitors in the Barcelona World Race, Caffari and Corbella will not be stopping in New Zealand's capital city as they feel that their IMOCA Open 60 is in good shape to tackle the Pacific.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
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