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 05 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 5 March 2011

The bidding led by auctioneer PJ Montgomery gets underway at the Superyacht Support Christchurch Earthquake Appeal fundraiser'   Ellie Brade - Superyacht Support
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 5 March 2011

Apologies for this edition of Sail-World being late, it has been a busy week! We might be a day late - but hopefully not a dollar short - there's plenty of reading for wet weekend!

We have more news of the Christchurch Earthquake both from a sailor on the (still shaking) ground in Christchurch, along with some excellent fundraising activities that have taken place or are planned.

The Superyacht community got together at short notice and raised over $55,000 on Thursday evening at HQ. We have a report and plenty of images in this issue. Great work by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support in getting this together, and a great time was had by all!

Waiheke Boating Clubs' annual Round The Island Race (RTIR) on Sat 19th March will this year be a fundraiser for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal. We have details of how to enter in this edition.

The first finishers are home, in Napier, at the end of Leg 3 of the Two man Round the North Island Race - however the bulk of the fleet are still at sea - with the final leg due to start on Sunday.

Danielle Bowater & team representing the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme - LIVEsport Telecom New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships 2011  Sara Tucker

Also in this edition we have a couple more clips from our series The Freo Files. The first is about the People's Favorite, Heart of America, and the second is an extended series where PJ Montgomery spends a day shore and afloat with the crew of KZ-7 as they prepare and race in the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup in Fremantle. This series is proving to be a very popular memory stirrer - and it is great to be able to look back at some of the names, and faces, and action in what was probably the greatest America's Cup ever staged.

Aakron Marine - inflatables at a great price, high quality and performance - see the video for the latest development  

We have the latest development in the Aakron inflatable range, in this edition - along with a video of her in action. Very impressive, and great value for money.

Don't forget to enter the Clash of the Cove - details in this edition.

We've also got the latest news from Forceracing, plus Andrew Brown updates us via video on what he has been doing on the coaching and sailing scene.

Spinnaker harbour action - JJ Giltinan Championship   Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

The beat goes on albeit with a muffled drum, on the America's Cup scene. The new racing Rules have been published. Touted as a simplified version, but we don't think so. They are geared for a GPS based umpiring system, and have a look at this development in today's edition.

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.

Crew of SY Vertigo at the Superyacht Support Christchurch Earthquake Appeal fundraiser   Ellie Brade - Superyacht Support

And once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch. Any fundraising you or your club can do will be appreciated, I'm sure.

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Superyachts raise $55,000 for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Ellie Brade,
On the 22nd of February at 12.51pm, a shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving the city devastated. With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied. On Thursday night in Auckland a fundraiser, organized by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd saw around $55,000 raised for the cause.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Racing Rules - 'Jimmy, You've got Mail'
The Racing Rules for the 34th America's Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing's pinnacle event. The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America's Cup racing.... [more]
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Fundraiser for NZ earthquake appeal in Auckland
SuperYacht Support,
In response to the Red Cross call for donations following Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, YachtAid Global (YAG) and Superyacht Support are organising a fundraiser at HQ Bar at Westhaven in Auckland on Thursday 3 March for crew, owners and guests. The event will include an auction of prizes generously donated by suppliers in the New Zealand marine industry, and food... [more]
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AAkron Inflatables are great but this is ridiculous! + Video
Lloyd Darroch,
Aakron Boats have just released a new 4.2m alloy RIB which features a floodable keel chamber. 'While the concept is not new we didn't realise how good it would work for a light alloy RIB', says Lloyd Darroch. 'Normally such a boat is too light to have a deep V hull. The buoyancy of the V will lift the RIB too far out of the water so it becomes unstable when stationary.... [more]
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New Zealand Hobie Nationals 19th and 20th March 2011
David Brookes,
The New Zealand Hobie Nationals will be conducted on the weekend of 19th and 20th March.... [more]
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Online Entry forms for the Clash At The Cove Regatta available here
MCV Media,
The regatta program for the Clash at The Cove to be staged on the 25-27 March 2011, has been announced and you can enter using the link below. Boats competing in the Feeder race and the Clash at the Cove Regatta itself need to complete both entry forms available from the following download link... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: A sailor's view of the damage and aftermath
Sail-World correspondent,
One of the New Zealand sailing fraternity is working on at Christchurch and reports on the scene: 'I haven't made any contact with any of the Clubs around the region, but the re is severe damage all around the waterfronts. Christchurch and Mt Pleasant club site look bad, no word from the Harbour and I haven't been over to Lyttelton and south yet, where reports are of serious damage. Not enough... [more]
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Forceracing: Coaching and Racing in March + Video
Andrew Brown,
Forceracing's Andrew Brown reports their activities on the coaching and racing scene: It has been a while since the last update; this summer is going great guns with yachting going ballistic in New Zealand! January and February have been busy times with the 470s.... [more]
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Two Man Round North Island Race finishes Leg 3 in under 24 hours
SSANZ Media,
The leading yachts have arrived in Napier to complete the third leg of the SSANZ Round the North Island two-handed race, taking less than 24 hours to cover the 205 nautical miles. The original 37 boat fleet is now down to 19 competitors, of whom 13 are still at sea, according to the latest schedule. The final leg is set down to start tomorrow, Sunday.... [more]
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NZ Women's Match Racing Championships Day 1 lead to Hazard
Sara Tucker,
Stephanie Hazard and her crew of Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt, Nichola Trudgen and Sara Winther, had a fantastic day on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour winning all 8 of their races and sit atop the leader board at the end of race day 1.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011—Mapfre in serious pursuit of Virbac-Paprec 3
Barcelona World Race,
After their detour and four hours halt to try and sort out a halyards issue Mapfre have clearly channelled their frustration and disappointment into simply pressing the accelerator pedal back to the floor as they immediately try to make up the 200 miles that they lost to Barcelona World Race leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 yesterday night and this morning... [more]
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Tough contest ahead at the 46th OK Dinghy Interdominion Championship
Richard Furneaux,
Since 1966 the Australian and New Zealander OK Dinghy sailors have met each year to determine who are the „top dogs? in the southern hemisphere. This year the Interdominions has been revitalised by holding it separately from World and National Championships. As a result, this is shaping up to be the most closely fought Interdominions in many years.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home
Sail-World Archives,
Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin. Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time. Here PJ Mo... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship Invitation Race
Frank Quealey,
Slam took the lead soon after the start in a NE 10-knot breeze over the Australian 18 Footers League's four-laps windward-return course. Defending champion Seve Jarvin and championship favourite Gotta Love It 7 team of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage did not compete in the race.... [more]
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Waiheke Boating Club's Christchurch Earthquake fundraiser - enter here
Ian Anderson,
Waiheke Boating Clubs' annual Round The Island Race (RTIR) on Sat 19th March will this year be a fundraiser for the earthquake appeal. Entry fees matched dollar for dollar by the club will go to the fund.Two additional 'round an island' races will be held.One a short course for Keelers and trailer yachts and the other for centre boarders. The main event circumnavigates Waiheke from Kennedy Pt.... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 tactics and speed from Oracle
RC44 Class,
It was a day when good tactical management and consistent speed through the gears were the keys to a good performance. Larry Ellison steered Oracle Racing to a win, a couple of seconds and a fifth.... [more]
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America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7
Sail-World Archives,
TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers. Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 good for Artemis and Katusha
Paul Cayard,
RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 was another excellent day for Artemis Racing and Katusha, reports Paul Cayard... [more]
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Perth 2011 on track to set new records
Richard Palfreyman,
Perth 2011 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has so far received 661 entries from 72 nations for the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth this year.... [more]
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After the earthquake: Christchurch Yacht Club reports
Nick Richardson,
This season has been eventful in that we opened the season without sailing because of contamination from the September quake. A fortnight ago we had a sewage line break. But we have tried to keep sailing. Tuesdays quake has left our storage shed on the brink of falling into the sea. So we have evacuated the yachts. Rescue boats been removed from our very badly clubhouse.... [more]
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Platu Championships Pattaya, Thailand
Sabrina Bonaiti,
After the success of the 2009 and 2010 'One Design Platu Championships of Thailand ', everything is ready in Pattaya, Gulf of Thailand, to begin the 2011 edition. It will start in a few days, from the 12 to the 14th of March with the Platu OPEN Championship, and crews from all over the World are expected.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield finishes Velux 5 Oceans third sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has finished the third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 5.52pm local time (1952 UTC) to take fourth position. Derek completed the leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes, just over an hour behind fellow ocean racers... [more]
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Round the Island in 80 Years: Every picture tells a story
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Round the Island in 80 Years was officially launched from J.P. Morgan's Great Hall in London yesterday (Tuesday, 1st March) at a preview event co-hosted by the Race organisers the Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Over 100 guests were treated to a feast of imagery, anecdotes and characters representing the last eight decades of the Race.... [more]
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McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark?
John Curnow,
Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans photo finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers Zbigniew Gutkowski (Pol) on Operon Racing and Chris ‘CSM' Stanmore-Major (GB) on Spartan finished the third ocean sprint within 40 seconds of one another.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac Paprec 3 past The Horn
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - At 1020hrs this Thursday morning Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3 lead the BWR fleet past Cape Horn only four hours and 20 minutes ahead of Spain's double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez. With just under 7000 miles to sail to the finish in Barcelona, the lead of Virbac-Paprec 3 was only 72 miles.... [more]
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Dutch couple escape pirates - US Coast Guard warns Americans away

Just as a private security firm has warded off another pirate attack on a large yacht in the Arabian Sea, the US Coast Guard has joined the call for Americans to stay away from waters anywhere within reach from Somalia - and that's a long way these days.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 7 almost but not quite
Andrew Buchanan,
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam update on day 7. Marginal conditions left the slalom fleet teetering on the edge of competition, but ultimately left the standings unchanged on competition's seventh day.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 momentum building
Audi MedCup,
In just under 12 weeks the Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 gets underway with the first Trophy regatta of the season. Six new build TP52's are expected. Also the Soto 40 Class is flourishing with more than 20 boats built and launched now.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Full time return for Radich
World Match Racing Tour,
With one World Tour Championship already under his belt Denmark's Jesper Radich is confident he can mark his full time return to the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) after eight years away with a knock-out blow and secure a second Championship... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship preview
Frank Quealey,
A fleet of 29 teams, representing USA, UK and New Zealand, as well as Australian crews from NSW, Western Australia and Queensland will contest the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, which begin tomorrow on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 1 form indicators
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Championship Tour opened with a day of stadium sailing off Broadway Pier, San Diego. The match racing teams duked it out in the pre-starts, sweeping within feet of the crowds on Broadway Pier in an effort to wipe clear opponents off their tail.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race skippers closing on Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race,
On current course Virbac-Paprec 3 would pass just three-four miles off the famous Cape. It is -3hrs UTC so Dick and Peyron should pass in early daylight. Hugo Boss have fairly straightforward direct sailing in 20-33kts of breeze, GAES Centros Auditivos some 211 miles behind and in the north of the Hugo Boss track have slightly less breeze... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship tipping competition
Frank Quealey,
Enter the Australian 18 Footers League's 'Pick the Podium' tipping competition. Don't forget: 'It's fun and it's free to enter'.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship 2011
David Staley,
Seven teams from five nations will compete at the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship 2011 in Perth, Western Australia, March 19 to 26.... [more]
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International Certificate of Competence changes
RYA - Following on-going work with the European Boating Association (EBA) the RYA are is pleased to confirm that amendments made to the issuing criteria of for the ICC allowing the RYA to issue the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) more widely than just British nationals and residents will come in to affect from March 2011.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 6 on hold
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 6 was on hold as the Mui Ne wind machine takes a break on day six, leaving the race standings unchanged from the previous day.... [more]
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Cape Horn in sight for Barcelona World Race fleet
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn is the round the world racer's ultimate milestone. It is the time that the bow is finally directed in a northerly direction, what feels like home-wards. In theory the wind ravaged Cape puts behind them the wild challenges of the southern oceans and starts the final long 10000 miles ascent of the Atlantic.... [more]
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Somali piracy developments -yachts go by ship, Danes reach shore
Nancy Knudsen,
Somali piracy has hotted up enough in the past month to cause yachts now in Salalah to ship their vessels to Europe. After the murder of four cruising sailors last month, there have been nine pirate attacks in the last week in the Red Sea itself, and one successful attack within 30 miles of the normally safe Salalah area of Oman. Captured Danish family have now reached the shores of Somalia.... [more]
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Stanmore-Major claims second in Velux 5 Oceans sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
British skipper Stanmore-Major has dramatically stolen second place in a thrilling finale to the Velux 5 Oceans third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Just a week ago the 33-year-old was around 200 nautical miles behind race rivals Derek Hatfield and Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski who were engaged in a fight for second and third positions... [more]
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Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego a tough podium challenge
The RC44 Championship Tour is less than 24 hours from bringing European-style, spectator friendly, short course racing to Broadway Pier and San Diego Bay... [more]
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The tragic loss of the Berserk - an analysis
Nancy Knudsen,
Skip Novak, renowned round world racing sailor and with 24 years of experience sailing in Antarctica, has questioned the wisdom of the yacht Berserk entering the Ross Sea. He says he advised skipper Jarle Andhoy strongly against sailing there, saying, 'It was not safe for small yachts at any time of year.'... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship winner Australian Sailing Team patron
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to congratulate Australian Sailing Team Patron Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on winning the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney last weekend.... [more]
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International 420 Coach Clinic and Development Programme
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 Class is organising a fourth coaching clinic in Europe. Aimed to strengthen coaching capacity and to encourage and sustain youth sailing, this clinic will be led by Jim Saltonstall. Coaches will develop skills, share knowledge and reflect on practice, working with a fleet of 420s and sailors. The seminar will be hosted by the Austrian National Sailing Training Institute at Neusiedl am See, Aus... [more]
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YNZ announces team for 2011 Pre-Olympics in Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Yachting New Zealand's appointed selectors have met to decide the New Zealand Team of sailors to compete at the Olympic Test Event Regatta in Weymouth from first – 14th August 2011. Representatives have been announced in seven of the ten Olympic classes with announcements in the remaining three classes to be made following June's Sail for Gold Regatta, also on in Weymouth.... [more]
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