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 18 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 18 March 2011

ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 18 March 2011

Yesterday was a significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup, as it was the first occasion on which two of the AC45's were photographed together in a racing context, and for the first time fans could see the catamarans together, and get an idea of how all this could look scaled up and in the America's Cup context.

We watched some of the on the water action at a distance from Takapuna Beach through some powerful binoculars and have our impressions in this edition.

Gilles Martin-Raget was out on the water, and we have his first images, published today in this edition of Sail-World.

Also fresh in is the announcement of two sets of race management and media trials to be staged in the Hauraki Gulf in late April and early May.

We have details of the trials in this edition.

ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Also in this edition we have three videos from Vince Casalaina and Erik Simonson of The first is an interview with Paul Cayard, now of Artemis Racing where he quickly reminisces on past America's Cups, the Volvo Ocean Race, and how they used to get by with shore crews of just one - it is great clip and preview to the full interview which will appear in the June edition of Seahorse magazine.

The second is of a presentation by Principal Race Officer for the America's Cup, John Craig, where he he explains how the courses areas and racing will work in San Francisco - which is set to become the America's Cup Stadium.

In the third Long time America's Cup sailor and now US sailing President, Gary Jobson gives his views on the opportunities for san Francisco arising form the staging of the 34th America's Cup.

ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/

At the viaduct this morning where there were three AS45's preparing to go sailing and another two platforms on the hardstand. From talking with the crews it seems that there will be a lot of two boat trialling and testing in the coming weeks. The launching of the new AC45's from Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing, have kicked up the game to another level and you can feel a bit of the old friendliness gone, and the tension starting to come back into the game.

Who is beating who and by how much, will become the question of the days and weeks to come.

If you want to get a taste of the America's Cup, get along to Royal Akarana Yacht Club tonight to hear the winning skipper from the 33rd America's Cup, James Spithill speaking at the prizegiving for the Nexus Gold Cup. Admittance is open to anyone - details in this edition.

Marsden Cove is offering free berthage for a month for Clash at the Cove competitors  Marsden Cove

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. We have details of the free berthing package that has been announced for all competitors - you can leave your boat at Marsden Cove for a month and get halfway north for your Easter cruise, or other sailing in the weeks in between. Details in this edition click here to read about this generous offer.

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.

Launching off the beach at the Gisborne Yacht Club - Emerald Hotel Javelin Class Nationals 2011   D&K Photography

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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America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other. Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used... [more]
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America's Cup winning skipper to speak at Royal Akarana YC tonight
Kevin Robertson,
James Spithill from Oracle Racing will be speaking at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club on Friday the 18th March 7pm. Everyone welcome to come along and here the past and present Americas Cup news. This includes both Flintstone and Facebook generations. The prizes for the recently completed Nexus Gold Cup will also be presented during the evening.... [more]
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Hot Wired challenges all-comers at the Clash of the Cove
Marsden Cove Media,
Rob Bassett, well-known skipper of the highly successful Bakewell-White designed 52fter Wired, is throwing down the gauntlet to those who are ready for something different in sailboat racing. Rob and his crew are heading to Marsden Cove to take part in a unique regatta on March 26 & 27, which he hopes will set a trend. Simply put, Rob says he is looking to encourage a much higher level of fun a... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of AC45's first two-boat test on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was out on the water yesterday to get the first shots of the two Oracle Racing logo'd AC45's, as they were put through their paces in a piece of two boat testing/combat, giving fans their first taste of what match racing in catamarans could look like.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard reflects on 25 years plus of pro-sailing
Erik Simonson and Vince Casalaina,
Upcoming in the next issue of Seahorse Magazine is an interview with Paul Cayard who sat down with Vince Casalaina of Image Integration and Erik Simonson of for a near two hour interview. See a six minute video clip where Cayard talks of the design development of US-61 in the 1987 America's Cup, life with Raoul Gardini, a key decision aboard EF Language..... [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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America's Cup: Gary Jobson on Unfurling Opportunities - Video
Vince Casalaina,
Gary Jobson came to speak at Unfurling Opportunities a forum hosted by His longtime association with the America's Cup as both a competitor and a commentator gives him a unique perspective on what having the Cup in San Francisco might mean. He's got some great stories and some good points to think about for anyone who wants to be a part of America's Cup 34.... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer describes the courses - Video
Vince Casalaina,
John Craig, America's Cup 34 Principal Race Officer, gave the first public presentation in San Francisco about what the course area for the Cup races would look like. He's planning on using every available inch of open water in the main bay and working with all the stakeholders to make sure that works.... [more]
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Yachting Australia President Andrew Plympton steps down
Craig Heydon,
President of Yachting Australia, Andrew Plympton last week stood down following a seven year stint at the helm. Plympton chaired his final board meeting in Sydney with Yachting Australia board member David Gotze replacing him as President.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011 Mirabaud retires following dismasting
Barcelona World Race,
Exhausted but still determined, Wouter Verbraak admitted from the sunny, still sanctuary of Stanley in the Falkland Islands today that he and co-skipper Andy Meiklejohn went through some dark hours when they battled through two long non-stop days of painstaking work trying to repair damaged sails while aboard their Imoca Open 60 Hugo Boss... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials to start in Hauraki Gulf in late April
America's Cup Media,
In preparation for the inaugural America's Cup World Series this July, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 25-29 and May 2-6. These test periods will focus on refining all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators world... [more]
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Nautor's Swan Australia and New Zealand launch
John Curnow,
It may well have rained in Sydney on Wednesday night, but it was nothing except sunshine, glorious colour and wonderful aesthetics at the launch of the new Nautor's Swan Australia and New Zealand agency.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds approaching
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 Worlds is deemed as an event not to be missed for a good reason! Hamilton Island will be hosting the event along with the Australian Championship from March 20 to April first, and will feature some high-profile and surprising entries from around the globe... [more]
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Victorian and Open Optimist Championships record fleet turn out
Steven Bond,
Victorian and Open Optimist Championships were held on Saturday and a record fleet turned out at Mornington Yacht Club. The fleet was evenly split with 55 sailors in each of the Open and Green fleets... [more]
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The Iceman Cometh - Jablonski on CNN
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Well before dawn, Shirley Robertson and her crew checked the hotline and found out where the ice was hard and smooth and set off for Kuressaare on the Island Saaremaa in Estonia, and the 2011 DN Europeans. The conditions were so good and the stakes were so high that over 150 DN's 12-foot coffins on three sharp blades and a 6.5-square meter sail were gathered.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Open at Chew Valley Lake SC
Musto Skiffs,
The Musto Skiff Open Meeting was held at Chew Valley lake Sailing Club on the weekend of 12/13th March... [more]
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RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series
The RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series first event was held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend (12-13 March).... [more]
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RYA Youth National Championships: HRH The Princess Royal to visit
Royal Yachting Association,
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Volvo Youth National Championships is honoured to announce that the RYA President, HRH The Princess Royal, is to visit Hayling Island for this year's event.... [more]
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RYA OnBoard scheme introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people
Humberside young sailors benefit from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) OnBoard scheme.... [more]
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Yachting Australia seek Sport Services Coordinator for maternity leave
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is seeking to employ a Sport Services Coordinator – Regulations to cover a 12-month maternity leave contract commencing no later than 1 June 2011.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race every little mile makes a difference
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race day 75 and the finish is nearing. Wth the DTF miles counting down nicely and memories of southern storms, soaring albatross, and the south's endless pallid, grey chill packed away with the extra thermals, balaclavas, gloves and thick socks, so the F Word inevitably bobs into conversations.... [more]
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Three new national Optimist fleets
International Optimist Dinghy Association,
The first quarter of 2011 will see the creation of three new national Optimist fleets sponsored by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) '6 for 5' programme... [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]
Share this story 1987 America's Cup video gallery, 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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