Shooting video aboard the AC45 Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 10 March 2011
Yesterday we had the privilege of sailing aboard the prototype AC45, little sister of the AC72 that will be sailed in the 2013 America's Cup.
In this edition we report on that experience, and present a couple of clips from the on-board video we managed to take using small waterproof cameras and an iPhone4.
It is obvious from the video footage that the AC45 is a completely different boat from the type that has gone before her in the most prestigious trophy in sailing.
Our later thoughts are that the wingsailed catamaran will be a particularly unforgiving boat. It will be very easy to cover a lot of distance going the wrong way, making defending a big lead difficult - and that should help keep the racing live to the end.
The old maxim of staying between your man and the mark might work might work if the racing is close - but a big gap will create a lot of opportunity for a trailing yacht in a type that is very close to 18ft skiff sailing.
However all that is speculation now. But certainly sailing at over 14kts in 6kts of breeze was a new experience, and something that was just not possible in the 24tonne monohulls.
The fourth and final leg of the two man Round North Island Race has concluded. We have the scant finish details that are available in this edition.
Wilmot and Page - triple 470 World Champions and Olympic Gold medalists Victor Kovalenko
In this edition we feature a long interview by Christine Hansen with triple World 470 champion and Olympic Gold medalist Nathan Wilmot. He was in New Zealand recently to coach double Olympic silver medalist, Nick Rogers and new crew Chris Grube, as they worked up their new 470 from Mackay Boats. It is a very interesting read, and covers a lot of ground both on the 470 and the wider aspects of sailing.
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.
Smeg and Gotta Love It 7 Michael Chittenden
And once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch. We have a story in this edition from Yachting NZ on the effect on sailing clubs in Christchurch which were affected by the 22 February earthquake. Again any fundraising you or your club can do will be appreciated.
Gladwell's Line: Aboard the AC45 + On-board Videos Richard Gladwell, As the sailing world waits for the first of the Class of 2013 to commission their AC45's, today was the turn for some media to step abroad and experience at first hand what wingsailed catamarans will be like in the America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Interview with Nathan Wilmot, 2008 470 Olympic Gold Medalist Christine Hansen, Nathan Wilmot and Malcom Page won the Gold medal for Australia in 470s at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They sailed 470s for 10 years under the guidance of coach Victor Kovalenko, winning three World Championships, as well as two seconds and a third. Nathan recently visited Auckland and took part in an interview when he talked about his future plans, his experience of and views on Olympic sailing.... [more] Share this story
2011 Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series down to the wire Rowdy Leatham, The 2011 North Island Grand Prix Series is in for an exciting finish this weekend (12-13 March) with the final round being sailed as part of the Mighty River Power Regatta hosted by the Lake Taupo Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45 Richard Gladwell, Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments.... [more] Share this story
Christchurch Earthquake: Sailing clubs report on 'quake effects Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, If the start of the Canterbury sailing season was disrupted by the September 4 quake, the end of the season has been, not surprisingly, worse affected in the aftermath of February's devastating disaster which sees the local Club's doing what they can to offer some normality to members. The team at Yachting New Zealand wishes to express to Canterbury residents, and fellow yachties and boaties in... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket wins the Butler Cup 2-0 in the finals FMJ Media, New Zealand match racing team, Full Metal Jacket report on the Butler Cup being sailed out of Long Beach: For the last couple of days the we have been racing out of the Long Beach Yacht Club in LA competing in the Butler Cup. We were sailing in Catilina 37s which are awesome boats to match race and very physically demanding on the crew.... [more] Share this story
Silver Sails report on LIVESport Telecom Matchracing Silver Sails Media, The Womens match racing Team, Silver Sails report on the 2011 LIVESport telecom Womens Matchracing Championships: We finished the NZ Woman's Nationals today in third place overall. With two intense races against Jess McDowell, both of which we had penalties off the start line, we managed to secure the best of three finishes.... [more] Share this story
Two Man Round North Island Race: Ten yachts finish in Auckland Sail-World, Ten yachts have now finished the 2011 Round North Island Race of the fields of 19 who started the fourth leg from Napier on Monday. Light winds beset the race. Earlier the Ross 930 Pepe has become the third yacht to be dismasted in the 2011 Two handed Round North Island Race.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Veteran Grinder tunes into the multihull AC Media, Craig Monk, the experienced grinder on Artemis Racing, says the new America's Cup boats are more physically demanding than what's gone before - and he can't wait to face up to the challenge. New Zealander Craig Monk is busting to get his hands on an AC45. New to catamaran sailing, like many of his America's Cup brethren, Monk had a taste at the first Extreme 40 event of the season in Oman. Now,... [more] Share this story
NZL Sailing Team: Koru Match update Koru Match media, The Womens Match Racing Team, Koru Match report on their recent regattas and developments: Koru Match has had a busy start to the year. Since returning home from Miami the girls have been training and racing hard, on target for their Olympic goals. Last week the team was joined by Sara Winther and Nichola Trudgen for the NZ Women's Match Racing Nationals in the Elliot 7m.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - Tiller targets rankings climb with wildcard World Match Racing Tour, With his sights firmly set on becoming a full time Tour Card Holder on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), William Tiller, NZ (Full Metal Jacket) is aiming to use his victory at the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup and subsequent wildcard for May's Match Race Germany to help fulfil his match racing dream... [more] Share this story
Sir Richard Branson strongly advocates for 'Kiteboarding in' Markus Schwendtner, 'Kitesurfing reflects everything that the Olympics stands for. It has all the spirit of the original Olympics. Men against the elements, women against the elements, tremendous skill, tremendous excitement. It's also perhaps the best spectator sport. It looks beautiful and any future Olympics that doesn't have kitesurfing in it need to have their heads examined.'... [more] Share this story
470 World Champions Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page impress in SB3 Ian Grant and Sail-World.com, While Australian SB3 sports boat champion Jono Shelley remains as a front line contender to defend his National crown during the Audi Port Stephens Race Week from April 11-17, he received a wake up call last weekend.... [more] Share this story
NZ Offshore Powerboat battle continues in Whitianga Cathy Vercoe, Round Five of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats takes place on Saturday 12th March at Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. This could be make or break week for four of the classes with consistent performances by the leading contenders shutting down the chance for any other boat to take the season title.... [more] Share this story
Purdie takes OK Nationals in Gisborne Steve McDowell, Last Thursday the New Zealand OK fleet arrived at Gisborne for the 2011 OK Nationals, which have not been held there for a number of decades. This represents part of the OK fleet's on-going growth in New Zealand and willingness to hold national championships outside of the traditional OK strongholds of Auckland, Napier and Wellington. That will continue in 2012 with the first South Island OK nat... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race skipper Breymaier completes rounding of Cape Horn Kirsten Ferguson, Ryan Breymaier, with co-skipper Boris Herrmann (Germany) aboard Team Neutrogena, rounded Cape Horn yesterday but encountered major problems during their approach to the Cape when the keel hydraulic system sustained almost complete failure earlier this week... [more] Share this story
Camper Volvo Ocean Race Team fully operational in Auckland Camper, It has been a pivotal week for Camper in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the full team was welcomed to the Emirates Team New Zealand base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The complete sailing and shore team will now be based in Auckland until the boat is shipped to Europe in July.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 race 3 video Simon Brown, Race 3 of the JJ Giltinan International 2011 produced the classic 20 knot North Easterly with all the anticipated drama and action ...... Plus we have another heat winner, Andy Budgen, Dan Wilsdon and Matt Wark had to stay focused as Gotta Luv It 7 challenged Hyde Sails GBR for the lead only to capsize in a gybe. The racing was really tight on the first beat to the Beashel Bouy with extremly close... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Follow online with live tracking Frank Quealey, For the first time in the 74 year history of the Championship, followers from anywhere in the world can watch the famous flying machines live as they contest the 2011 Championship series on Sydney Harbour... [more] Share this story
Sodebo rounds the Horn - in good shape for a record Kate Jennings/Sail-World Cruising, Thomas Coville, earlier lagging behind in his attempt to be the fastest solo sailing adventurer around the world because of contrary wind and weather, is still in there with a chance. He has just rounded the Horn with great excitement and in good shape, and is now on target to achieve a new record. Read on to see why...... [more] Share this story
470 Australian Championship - Belcher and Page aim to stay at the top Craig Heydon, The Australian Sailing Team's 470 men's crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page will be looking to continue their dominance of the class on Australian waters when the 2011 470 Australian Championship begins at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron today.... [more] Share this story
Bacardi Cup - Melleby and Moreland retain their lead Jan Harley, Bacardi Cup - Stronger breeze today allowed for the completion of another race at the Bacardi Cup, the headline event of the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank, bringing the 89 Star teams another step closer to the title which will ultimately be determined on Saturday, March 12.... [more] Share this story
World Championships 2011 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Race 3 images Michael Chittenden, World Championships 2011 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship- A selection of images of Race 3 taken from the shore of Sydney Harbour.... [more] Share this story
Vestas SailRocket 2 unveiled SailRocket.com, The SailRocket Team today launched its second-generation speed sailing boat from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Since the team started with the first boat in 2002, the record has gone up by almost nine knots or around 20%. We felt that the kite surfers were going to be the ones to watch.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam action wrap PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - Vietnam cements its reputation as a world-class competition location, following nine days of super charged freestyle and slalom action from Binh Thuan province's, Mui Ne Bay.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race taking its toll Barcelona World Race, News Monday night that Barcelona World Race skippers Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane's Groupe Bel have a problem with their keel. Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann on Neutrogena were delighted to pass Cape Horn today at 1135hrs UTC, taking 14 days, 16hrs, 50mins since Cook Strait.... [more] Share this story
Images from Sydney Harbour: Day 3 of JJ Giltinan Trophy - Send it! Christophe Favreau, Top international photographer Christophe Favreau presents this spectacular gallery from Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney Harbour. Thanks to Trevor Barnabas for the driving and his wife Gael for having being so patient.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
2011 RYA Volvo Dinghy Show an outstanding success Emma Slater, The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting and Suzuki, proved as popular as ever this year with dinghy enthusiasts from across the country and as far afield as India and America flocking to Alexandra Palace, London... [more] Share this story
Sodebo racking up the miles Kate Jennings, 'It's incredible. I'm rounding the Horn with you. I'm with Neutrogena (Editor's note: one of the monohulls from the Barcelona World Race) which is just 50 metres from me! It's the first time I've passed so close to the Horn. I'm 200 metres away'. It is exactly 1124 GMT, early morning at Cape Horn, as Thomas Coville announces mid audio link-up that he's passing the longitude of Cape Horn live... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship Race 3 Frank Quealey, Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3 produced a brilliant spectacle of racing action. UK's Andy Budgen and his Hyde Sails team of Dan Wilsdon and Matt Wark, had to come from behind to take their victory by 19s from the consistent Red Claw Wines (Matthew Searle, Archie Massey and Mike McKenzie).... [more] Share this story
Keel problems for Groupe Bel Barcelona World Race, Groupe Bel was approximately 280 miles west of Cape Horn at 2100hrs UTC with the crew remaining on course. Groupe Bel lies in sixth position in the Barcelona World Race after 66 days since leaving Barcelona. The two co-skippers have significantly reduced their speed to preserve the safety of the boat and themselves.... [more] Share this story
Bacardi Cup opening race to Melleby and Morland Jan Harley, Bacardi Cup (Miami March 7, 2011) - The Norwegian Star team of Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen have won the opening race of the eighty-fourth Bacardi Cup, the first event of the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 Race 1 video Simon Brown, Gotta Luv It 7 takes Race 1 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 - Seve's boys put down a solid marker for their intentions of taking back to back JJ Titles. Seve's crew, the hot event favourites for this year's JJ, did not start in the Friday Invitation Race won by SLAM, due to a strength sapping illness. Still clearly not well, he knew he had to get on the start line for the 1... [more] Share this story
Katusha closes Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego Dobbs Davis, The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the helm and Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively in the final race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podi... [more] Share this story
New RYA Optimist Coach Handbook launched at RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Emma Slater, The RYA launched one of its newest titles; The RYA Optimist Coach Handbook, at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show over the weekend (5-6 March). The book provides valuable advice and information for coaches and is a useful resource for parents... [more] Share this story
Kiteboarding on the Olympic menu? Here's why... International Kiteboarding Association, Neil Pryde (Managing Director of Neil Pryde Ltd.): 'Kiteboarding today represents the cutting edge of sailing. The Olympic Games stand at the pinnacle of sailing and it is therefore logical and natural that Kiteboarding has a place in Olympic Yachting.'... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 Race 2 video Simon Brown, JJ Giltinan favourites take the Podium in Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 - The followers of Michael Coxon, Aron Links and Trent Barnabas on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers were ecstatic aboard the Spectator Ferry Proclaim, when Cocko steered his 18 across the finish line. into first place. Second, while still ill from Saturday, was Seve Jarvin's Gotta Luv It 7 and John Winning's... [more] Share this story
Sébastien Josse joins Gitana Team Kate Jennings, In May 2010, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild announced his commitment to the new MOD 70 class (Multi One Design) by placing an order for the fourth one design of the series. Sébastien Josse began his professional sailing career in 1997 by winning the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole.... [more] Share this story
Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego victory for Katusha Paul Cayard, Katusha won the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego, while Oracle Racing was second, TeamAqua third and Artemis fourth.... [more] Share this story
Cherub wins Concours D'Elegance Award RYA, Spitfire Premium Ale Concours d'Elegance award 2011, sponsored by Shepherd Neame has been won the Cherub class. ‘Eleanor' owned by Dean Relph and Simon Jones was the stand-out boat on display and impressed the judges most.... [more] Share this story
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