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 16 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 March 2011

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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 March 2011

The 2016 Olympic Events debate has gone up a notch or two with the release by Yachting New Zealand of two submissions on its view of what is in the best interest of the Olympic sailing regatta.

Contrast that with the report from Stuart Alexander writing in the UK Telegraph on how the Star must retain its place as the Mens Keelboat. Add in a submission on Kiteboarding, coupled, with a statement from their international association saying they want to be in the Olympics, offset by a significant manufacturer saying he can't support the sport as an Olympic Event, and you have some idea of the issues the International Sailing Federation must untangle.

They meet in St Petersburg, Russia in May - just over a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in the same City. Whether the machinations of the ISAF have quite the same effect on World history remains to be seen.

Today in the Viaduct Harbour, Emirates Team New Zealand launched their AC45, against a backdrop of two other wingsails and three platforms for the one design class, the forerunner to the AC72 to be used in the 34th America's Cup. We have the team release announcing the continued support of Emirates in this edition.

The first view of Emirates Team NZ and Oracle Racing's AC45's together on the water  Richard Gladwell

However the event was the more remarkable for the first sight of two opposing teams on the water for the first time. Certainly the wingsail of the AC45 and her bigger sister, the AC72 will offer some excellent signage opportunities for team sponsors - and literally be the most spectacular billboard available in world sport.

For all the hoo-haa that has surrounded the America's Cup over the last three years, the sight of five or so of these wingsailed catamarans on the Hauraki Gulf in the next two months will be a spectacle not easily forgotten. For sponsors the signage opportunities are just amazing, and certainly more significant than a small logo on a piece of football kit, or a race car.

Emirates Team New Zealand take their AC45 for its first sail on the Waitemata harbour in Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

While many overseas are still skeptical of the use of high speed multihulls in the America's Cup, it is very hard to find anyone around the Auckland waterfront who is not blown away by them. Particularly so amongst the non-sailing public, which frankly is the target audience for the new-style event.

This Saturday the L class 22ft mullet boats celebrate the 90th edition of the Lipton Cup. We have a backgrounder to the event in this edition, along with as selection of images - some back to pre-World War II of this historic type which covered 'mulleties' from 18-26ft.

The L-class mullet boat Snatcher - the 90th Lipton Cup is on this Saturday from the Ponsonby Cruising Club   Ponsonby Cruising Club

Don't forget to get your entry in for the Clash of the Cove, at Marsden Cove, starting 25/26 March. Online entry form available in this edition.

Once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch and Japan. Again any fundraising you or your club can do will be appreciated.

Rebel with a cause - the slick crew of Bakewell-White designed "General Lee" show how to squeeze the best out of the hot little boat.  Bernie Kaaks

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Cliffhanger finish to Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series
Rowdy Leatham,
Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series in a cliffhanger finish at the Mighty River Power Regatta hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club over the weekend.... [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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Big High marks Jollyboat Nationals at Torbay
Jollyboat Media,
The 2011 Jollyboat Nationals hosted by the Torbay Sailing Club, 11, 12, 13 March was a hotly contested but typically friendly and fun event. The weather map over the weekend looked like a rugby field with a set of goal-posts parked either side of the North Island of New Zealand – in other words a massive and stable High pressure system.... [more]
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Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event
Richard Gladwell,
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand
Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17... [more]
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Southern Spars update regarding superyacht Salperton IV dismasting
David Glen, Southern Spars,
Southern Spars has been commissioned to design and build a new mast and EC6 rigging package for Salperton IV to replace the previously damaged mast and failed PBO standing rigging. The cause of Salperton's dismasting is yet to be determined but an investigation to be led by the yacht's insurers with both the manufacturer, and its carrier, actively participating in the aforementioned investigat... [more]
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North Island RS:X and Techno champs 2011, Tauranga 12-13 March
Bruce Spedding,
There was almost no event with the civil defence warnings to stay away from the water for most of Saturday. Tsunami effects in the harbour were expected to be insignificant – but the effects were quite noticeable. Twice the tide reversed in quite a dramatic and unpredictable way, which made it very tricky to sail in – especially with light winds meaning board speeds were not high.... [more]
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Jordi Xammer champions first Ibérico 420 Championship
Tony Mapplebeck,
The first Campeonato Ibérico 420 at CN Tavira 9 – 12 March drew 84 sailors from across Portugal and Spain. Providing early year international competitive exposure for teams seeking national selection for the ISAF Youth Worlds and International Class Championships, the Iberian Championship will be significant in building youth sailing on the Iberian peninsula.... [more]
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Ashby takes another A Class title
Jane Moffat,
Melbourne produced some frustrating conditions for the Victorian A Class State Championships at McCrae over the March long weekend. Monday saw four races completed in conditions described by Kiwi America's Cup sailor Dean Barker as 'frustrating and shifty'.... [more]
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Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery
Sail-World.com 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far.... [more]
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Ficker Cup sees last Congressional Cup slot up for grabs
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup* hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club from Thursday through Saturday, will see eight ambitious young sailors from four countries competing for the sole remaining berth in next week's 47th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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Yacht racing industry of NZ created by historic fishing boat race
Chris Martin,
The history of Auckland's 'L' class Mullet Boats is the history of developmental competitive yacht racing in New Zealand. In a sense, without the Mullet Boat, the entire New Zealand yachting industry as we know it today, would be a very different, and possibly much less significant, sector of the New Zealand economy.... [more]
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GBR Gold Medalists lead fight back for Star in 2016 Olympic Events
Stuart Alexander,
Iain Percy and Andrew ‘Bart' Simpson are back in battle mode, not just against Olympic rivals but their sport's world governing body, the International Sailing Federation. On the south coast, after being two of the four athletes to unveil the Olympic countdown clock in London, they were contemplating 500 days of bump and grind and sending a message to ISAF headquarters just a few miles away. Ri... [more]
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NZ Marine Industry conference in Queenstown
Caroline Gibson,
The New Zealand marine industry will gather in Queenstown next week, 23 to 25 March, to discuss ways of boosting exports and maximising growth over the next four years.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market
Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and Sail-World.com,
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?' Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.'... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2011 - Strong NSW Challenge
Ian Grant,
Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2011. Highly experienced Sydney ocean racing skippers Ray Roberts (Evolution Racing) and Marcus Blackmore (Hooligan) will provide Mooloolaba's dual Audi Australian champion Rod Jones (Alegria) with a supreme test in the 308n/ml Brisbane to Gladstone Race over the Easter weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race build update from Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Astounding activity surrounds Puma Ocean Racing in the little state of Rhode Island, USA. We feel very fortunate to be building our boat near Newport.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - How media crew members changed the event
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Media crew members were introduced in the 2008-9 race and have since changed the face of the event.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 off to Namibia
Vestas Sailrocket,
Vestas Sailrocket 2, the second-generation speed sailing boat was launched from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday March 8th. The new boat is on her way to Namibia where attempts will be madfe on the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record'.... [more]
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2012 Olympics just 500 days away
Kate Holmes,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is counting done the final 500 days to the 2012 Olympic games in London. As the venue for the sailing competition, the WPNSA has been transformed into a world class sports destination.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's start massing in the Viaduct Harbour
Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
Oracle Racing sailors took to the water today in their team-branded AC45. With skipper James Spithill on the helm and joined by teammembers Ross Halcrow (trimmer), John Kostecki (tactician), Murray Jones (traveler), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and others, the crew went zipping around the Hauraki Gulf for approximately 90 minutes in an orientation sail.... [more]
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Tere Moana and how to repair a parted shroud at sea
Vincent Bossley,
Long-time cruising sailor Vincent Bossley is sailing with a crew through French Polynesia in the South Pacific, heading for the island of Mahini, part of the Tuamotos, on his yacht Tere Moana. However, a blissful journey is about to be shattered by one of the most dreaded incidents on ocean voyages.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing are the first team AC45 to sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing team became the first America's Cup squad to sail its own AC45 when it went for a short shakedown sail in Auckland on Monday afternoon. For the first time out, the team was on the water for about 90 minutes, checking systems and ensuring everything on the newly branded AC45 was 'shipshape'. More serious testing and training will take place later this week.... [more]
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Barcardi Cup Star images by John Payne
John Payne images,
Photographer John Payne presents this gallery of images from the Star Bacardi Cup sailed at Miami Sailing Week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race duo refuse to concede victory
Barcelona World Race,
There are mixed feelings for the pair, who will need every mile of the course if they are to overtake Virbac-Paprec 3, but equally will be missing their loved ones sharply after 73 days at sea.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans racers to host live webchats
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Live webchats to take place 22nd and 23rd March and will be hosted on the Eco 60 class website... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 final race video
Simon Brown,
It was Gotta Luv It 7's emphatic JJ Giltinan victory in the end. A penalty turn to execute in tight company let Thurlow Fisher Lawyers get away...... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing - assembly of the team's first AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing's new AC45 has come together over the past few days in a shed in Viaduct Basin in Auckland. Quick assembly of the AC45 was a priority in the design process, it's quite a simple process. Bolt the crossbeams in place, add the center spine, plant the wing, string the tramp and off you go. OK, that's a bit simplistic, but it doesn't take an army to assemble the craft.... [more]
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Neil Pryde withdraws support for Olympic kitesurfing
Bruce Spedding,
'... it is my view that Kitesurfing has not yet developed the rules of competition and disciplines that must be demonstrated to qualify Kitesurfing as an Olympic Event.' With a foot in both camps, and a big investment in Olympic windsurfing, Neil must have been caught a bit off balance by the move to choose either windsurfing or kitesurfing rather than both.... [more]
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Barz Optics international interest flows on from METS
Jeni Bone,
METS 2010 was 'sensational' for Kevin Barr of Barz Optics. The November event yielded plenty of leads and to date, four new companies stocking his specialised range of sunglasses.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2011 accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. www.whitsundayholidays.com.au or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodating up to 7 from $500 per night. Or if you prefer luxury with a private pool - we have several houses to cho... [more]
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