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 28 Feb 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 28 February 2011

White Crusader wrestles with KZ-7 in their death match of the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 28 February 2011

We have a couple of updates from the Christchurch Earthquake in this edition from a sailing perspective, and also carry details of how those who are able, can donate money to the various funds which have been set up.

While insurance will cover some of the damage, the injury to people lives and incomes is far greater and often less tangible, as they just try and make do with the hand they have been dealt.

As we noted in the latest story on the Christchurch Earthquake we, at Sail-World, are more than happy to use our international network and resources to generate funds and whatever else is required to help sailors especially to get back on their feet. Contact details are in this edition of Sail-World, please don't hesitate to ask.

For those outside the Christchurch area, how about staging regattas, marathons and similar events as fundraisers for the people affected by the Earthquake, while we are still in the peak of the sailing season - rather than waiting until later when the opportunities for fundraising are not so great?

Again if you would like publicity for these events - or give exposure for sponsors and supporters, please do not hesitate to contact us at Sail-World - we're here to help.

Christchurch Earthquake - 22 February 2011  

The Two man Round North Island Race has all but finished Leg 2 in Wellington. There were 15 withdrawals, including two dismastings. We have the reports from Short Handed Sailing Association in this edition.

In Wellington the Musto Cup has concluded - which also doubled as a selection trial for the NZL Sailing Team Womens Match Racing team and Match Race Germany, part of the WMRT. We are carrying reports on this event in today's edition.

On the Waitemata, the AC45 stretched her legs again, after suffering a shredded wingsail following a low-speed capsize on the Hauraki Gulf a week ago today. It's a tremendous effort on the part of the Oracle Racing build team to have the wingsail repaired and operative in just five days, and the sailing with Artemis Racing continued on Saturday. We have a report and images in this edition.

Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 sea trials - Artemis Racing testing 26 February  Ivor Wilkins/

Internationally, Emirates Team New Zealand have recovered well from a bad first day of the Extreme 40 series in Muscat, Oman. We have daily reports in this edition, and some images - mostly from the excellent Sander van der Borsch who is attached as a photographer to the Artemis Racing team from Sweden.

We another in our series The Freo Files - this is a longer one - the dramatic race between White Crusader (GBR) and KZ-7 (NZL) and the final media conference where Harold Cudmore gives his views on the British fortunes in the regatta. There's a second story on Erle Willams, who was a watch captain aboard a Whitbread winner, Flyer, at the age of just 22years old. Erle is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing and here he tells PJ Montgomery how the New Zealanders went from not having a 12 metre, to being a finalist in the Louis Vuitton Cup in just 12 months.

Chartwork plotter - available from Coastguard Boating Education  Coastguard Boating Education

Coastguard Boating Education have details of how to purchase a handy plotter is ideal for Chartwork both on the boat and in the classroom. It's durable, flexible and is a handy A4 size – making it easy to carry, store and use. The plotter can be marked with the local magnetic variation, making plotting and calculating courses and bearings quick and easy – completely removing the need for mathematical calculation. Click here for more details and on Coastguard Boating Education's chartwork courses.

Making a wave - Europe Class 2011 New Zealand Championships  Bryn Heveldt

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.

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more]
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Koru Match top womens match racing crew after selection trial
Koru Match Media,
Koru Match won the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup sailed over the weekend Koru Match came out on top, after four round robins, in a range of weather conditions. The team then matched up against Team Osborne (Samantha Osborne, Claudia Pierce and Taylor Holland) in the semi finals and won, 3-0.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing win Match Race Germany qualifier
FMJ Media,
Today was the finals of the match race Germany qualifier in Wellington. When The breeze filled in it was ranging from 7-15 knots with big shifts. The four Skippers through to the semi-finals were: Reuben Corbertt (11th World ranking), Josh Junior (45th), Will Tiller (35th) and Tim Coltman.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 forces White Crusader out
Sail-World Archives,
The British Challenger, White Crusader was one of the top boats forced out of the semi-finals for the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Here PJ Montomery anchors the TVNZ coverage of her final race, the arm-wrestle downwind luffing match, followed in a second clip with the Media Conference and comments from White Crusader challenge head, Harold Cudmore.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 back sailing with repaired wing
America's Cup Media,
Weekend boaters out on the water in force were thrilled to see the America's Cup cat fly past – less than a week after it capsized in a freak wind gust in the Rangitoto Channel. After the capsize, the damaged wing was taken to the Core Builders facility in Warkworth, north of Auckland, where a small team, including the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) team and members of the Artemis Racing... [more]
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Three boats yet to finish Leg 2 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. A total of 15 yachts have withdrawn from the second leg. Akatea ghosted into Wellington Harbour to finish the second leg of the SSANZ Round North Island race well ahead of its competition, around 3pm Friday. There are now just three boats left to finish the second... [more]
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Too close to call in the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup
RPNYC Events,
At the half way point of the 2011 Musto Wellington Match Racing Cup racing is extremely close. With New Zealand's top up and coming talent sailing on Wellington harbour it was never going to be anything but tight.... [more]
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Wellington dragon boat teams put in some practice
Genevieve Howard,
A small crowd came to cheer local dragon boat racing teams at Jervois Quay in central Wellington on Saturday morning, as the teams put in some practise for the city's upcoming Dragon Boat Festival.... [more]
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Young 88 Champs and other sailing postponed after earthquake
All sailing is cancelled this weekend at Naval Point, this weekend due to the after effects of the major Christchurch earthquake, this week. This includes the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs which was due to be held on Lyttelton harbour on 26-27 February. Lyttleton Harbour was close to the epicentre of the earthquake which is being ranked as one of the most significant in world history... [more]
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Windsurfing New Zealand appeal for earthquake affected windsurfers
Bruce Spedding,
Windsurfing NZ have set up a bank account that windsurfers from around the world can deposit their donations. WNZ will distribute the funds appropriately after discussing the needs with the Canterbury Windsurfing Association. Thank you all in advance for your support and kindness in this very tough time for Christchurch Windsurfers.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Erle Williams on wintering over
Sail-World Archives,
Erle Williams is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing. A chip off the old block. Erle was a watch captain aboard Whitbread line honours winner at the age of just 22years old. Less than four years later he was bowman aboard KZ-7 in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Here he tells how the Kiwis under the baton of Michael Fay and whip of Laurent Esquier and friends...... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Skippers quotes Sunday
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Who said what today? Here is Pepe Ribes from Estrella Damm, Iker Martinez from MAPFRE and Loick Peyron from Virbac-Paprec 3... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds 2011 - Whitsunday locals looking for advantage
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday Sailing Clubs International 505 dinghy sailors skipper Paul Mitchell and crew mate Sam Haines will need to have their tactical thinking caps on when they compete for the SAP World championship honours at Hamilton Island later this month.... [more]
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Chartwork Plotter now available from Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education,
This handy plotter is ideal for Chartwork both on the boat and in the classroom. It's durable, flexible and is a handy A4 size – making it easy to carry, store and use.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 3 - Thode v Estredo showdown
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day three sees no change at the top after the second full single elimination. At the end of the day on the final horn, it was anyone's guess who'd won - over to the judges.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2011- Bill Hardesty returns to San Diego
Etchells Worlds 2011 - San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Etchells Fleet 13, co-hosts of Etchells Worlds 2011, today reported that hometown icon Bill Hardesty, (Etchells World Champion, Chicago, 2008), is returning to his home yacht club of SDYC to begin a concerted campaign to win the 2011 Etchells World Championships, to be sailed in Hardesty's home waters off San Diego.... [more]
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Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics?
Markus Schwendtner,
One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more]
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18 Footers League Club Championship Race 13 - The final hit out
Frank Quealey,
Race 13 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship was no gauge to the upcoming JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship as it was sailed in possibly the worst wind conditions for several seasons.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Video- Day 4 the final day,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - 2011 the final day- a two horse race - but both thoroughbreds -Nerone and Transfusion take it down to the last race - video report .... [more]
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Sodebo into the Pacific
Kate Jennings translation,
Thomas Coville, onboard the maxi trimaran Sodebo departed on Saturday 29 January 2011, at 11h07'28' UTC on an attempt to beat Francis Joyon's (IDEC) 'solo' Jules Verne Trophy record.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 2 sees Thode on fire
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 2 and the double elimination roared into action shortly after one o'clock on day two. In conditions mirroring the single elimination, competition got underway in a steady twenty five knot cross onshore breeze, with moderate sized chop over most of the sailing area.... [more]
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Day 2 - Carnage and close racing in Europes on Evans Bay
Antje Muller,
Last year, a Tsunami cut the Europe Class New Zealand Championships short. This year, the earthquakes in Christchurch prevented the majority of the fleet from attending, so the North Island competitors are fighting it out amongst themselves on Evans Bay.... [more]
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Artemis Racing Paul Cayard's AC45 update from Auckland
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing - It was a fantastic day today on the Hauraki Gulf in the new AC45 prototype catamaran. Blue sky and 15 knots of wind from the Southwest made for a great training day for Artemis Racing.... [more]
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18ft Skiff sailor on comeback trail for Giltinan Championship
Frank Quealey,
David Witt has made a comeback in the class to represent Queensland with a serious Giltinan Championship campaign. In this campaign, David is joined by long time crew and champion sailors Alan Mansfield and Barry Flannigan. The trio will be one of the heaviest (if not the heaviest) teams in the regatta and will certainly be one to watch in strong wind conditions.... [more]
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Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year - Honey and Tunnicliffe honored
Jake Fish,
Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year - Humble beginnings have evolved into fruitful sailing careers for Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, who were feted today during a luncheon held at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.... [more]
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Banque Populaire repairs to take longer than expected
Team Banque Populaire,
The Maxi Banque Populaire has just been through a complete check-up by the expert technicians of the Team. This meticulous inspection of the giant trimaran has detected, despite a very satisfactory general state, a small problem on the aft beam. Pierre-Emmanuel Hérissé, technical manager of the Maxi Banque Populaire V, confirmed the findings.... [more]
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Oracle RC44 Cup - San Diego prepares for the RC44 class
Eleven teams will go head-to-head for the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego between 2 -6 March, as for the first time in its five-year history the RC44 Tour visits America's West Coast... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report - A postcard day on the water - for the Farr 40 fleet off Sydney Heads... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Halfway from Wellington to Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Though the two leaders had become increasingly isolated at the head the fleet, with nearly twelve hundred miles now between Virbac-Paprec 3 and third placed Renault Z.E Sailing Team, the third to fifth placed peloton were back up to full speed this afternoon.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet passed The Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn't be tighter. Whilst the toughest part of the 6000 nautical mile leg is now over, there is no time to relax as changeable winds will make the next day or so crucial for the final standings.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss crosses International Dateline
Amanda Hilsdon,
Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss have sailed through the Cook Strait in the BWR without stopping, despite being unable to fix damage to the mask track. The Hugo Boss team have overcome several issues, with skipper Alex Thomson not starting the race, damage to the main sail and not sailing under full main since the end of January.... [more]
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2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Entries open and NOR available
Jessica Gray,
Entries for the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta are now open. Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 takes place between fifth-11th June at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the host venue for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing regattas.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race—Gaes girls in touching distance of half way point
Coralie Rassinoux,
Having passed through the Cook Straits on Thursday morning (local time), Caffari and Corbella are now 11,199 miles from the finish line of the Barcelona World Race placing them within touching distance of the half way point into their voyage around the globe... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy - Confusion... yes all day - video
Simon Brown,
A relatively calm day on the water encourages mayhem and confusion as the Australian 18 Foot Skiff Fleet compete in the Ferry Patrons Trophy in preparation for the JJ Giltinan. [more]
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Windfarms, Yachting on a collision course - this time in Scotland
Forargyll/Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's Royal Yacht Association (RYA) has taken up the cudgel to support traditional sailing routes when those wanting to build wind farms place them across areas of water frequented by sailing boats. This time the issue is in Scotland, the proposed Kintyre Array of offshore windfarms, which will lie across acknowledged yachting routes.... [more]
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