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 21 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 21 March 2011

90th edition of the Lipton Cup as seen from North Head  Neil Deverell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 21st March 2011

This edition is the video edition of Sail-World - not that we planned it that way but that is how it has come out.

We have several excellent videos from Oracle Racing, including one that takes us behind the scenes at Core Builders Composites in Warkworth. Everyone that has been through this facility has been blown away with the technology and approach - and all very low key. A visit through the building facility by the US Ambassador provided the opportunity for George Johns to once again weave his magic, as Tim Smythe gives the Ambassador, and us, the guided tour.

Another from Oracle Racing is a cafe/bar room chat between skipper of USA-17, James Spithill and Alinghi sailor, and six times America's Cup veteran, Murray Jones as they compare notes on the 33rd America's Cup. This is superb piece of video, both in the way that it is constructed, but also the content and way that Jones and Spithill work through the technique of alternately interviewing and answering each other. Sounds crazy, but it works!

Boat yard tour with Tim Smyth (CBC) as US Ambassador visits Core Builders Composite.  Gilles Martin-Raget/Oracle

On Friday night we braved the traffic and ventured south of the Bridge to join the best and brightest of the NZ marine scene celebrating the 20th birthday of Events Clothing. In this edition we have a story and some images from the event and look forward to receiving a few more. Great to see competitors within the marine industry mingling and talking in this environment, and clearly while they all work for themselves, they all equally work for New Zealand.

Events Clothing supplies the crew gear for yachts such as the J-Class Ranger - Events Clothing's 20-year celebration  Kate Gordon

The BMW Auckland Cup was raced over three very different days, concluding on Sunday. Ivor Wilkins reports in this edition on the regatta, and as usual provides some great images.

From further south, the 420 Nationals attracted a good fleet at Evans Bay, and we report in this edition along plenty (albeit small) images from the regatta. The 420 class attracts a good mix of sailors - young and old - male and female - racing on an equal basis. But youth crews dominated the top of the points table.

BMW Auckland Cup, Day 2  Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images

Back to the videos - we have a clip sent from Australia of racing onboard a Lightweight Sharpie - a three man dinghy not seen in NZ. However the quality of the on-board video with a stern mounted camera is quite remarkable.

Oh, and there's another in our collection from the Fremantle America's Cup - this time of Tom Blackaller's radical US-61 duking it out in the Fremantle Doctor with KZ-7.

Artemis AC45 launch and shakedown  Gilles Martin-Raget/

On the international scene, Rich Roberts reports from Long Beach on the Ficker Cup - in which a young New Zealand crew, Full Metal Jacket raced for the final spot in the prestigious Congressional Cup.

Like Ivor Wilkins, Rich Roberts is another who can write a very good story backed up with great images - and we have three day's worth from both of them, in this edition.

Italy's Simone Ferrarese (1) beats New Zealand's Will Tiller by a nose in Race 1 of their best-of-three match - Final Day - 2011 Ficker Cup, Long Beach YC  Rich Roberts ©

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.

Napoli, 18-03-2011 Audi Melges 32 sailing series - Napoli 2011
  BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta

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Munro and Moss take 420 Nationals at Evans Bay
420 Association,
24 boats contested for the 420 Nationals in Evans Bay this year , with a nice spread of mature adult sailors, competitive youth sailors and new younger crews, which made for a lot of fun and a never ending pool game The contest was run over four days from Thursday the 10th of March to Sunday the 13th with a range of moderate conditions from around 8kts to approx 20kts , with both Southerly and... [more]
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Single figure breezes for final day of BMW Auckland Cup
Ivor Wilkins,
Light air sailing skills were at a premium as the fleet of yachts competing in the 2011 BMW Auckland Regatta seldom saw the breeze move into double figures throughout the three day event. For the final day of racing, the yachts were sent on a scenic course around some of the islands of the inner Hauraki Gulf.... [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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Events Clothing celebrates 20 successful years and a bright future
Kate Gordon,
Auckland-based superyacht, marine and business clothing specialist Events Clothing has just secured a contract to supply the crew uniforms for one of the biggest motor yachts ever built in Europe. The 60-strong crew from Italian-built MY Serene, 134 metres in length and six levels high, will soon wear an extensive uniform designed by the Events Clothing team.... [more]
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Champagne sailing in BMW Auckland Regatta - Day 2
Ivor Wilkins,
From unlikely beginnings, the BMW Auckland Regatta produced a champagne day of sailing today – finishing up with a spectacular full moon BBQ on Motuihe Island. The day began with the racing fleet totally becalmed on glassy seas. But, slowly a southerly breeze filled in and some superb racing got under way.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race solidarity between islander and seafarers
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race illustrates that having the pace and rhythm of their lives dictated by the ocean there is a certain, almost automatic solidarity between islander and seafarers. Often they share the same fatalist outlook underpinned by the knowledge that neither will beat the power of nature.... [more]
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NSW State A Class Championship 2011
Julian Jenkins,
NSW State A Class Championship 2011 - The second episode of the Eastern Australian A Class Catamaran Class Championship trilogy was completed over the weekend at the Kurnell Catamaran Club.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship 2011 - 86 crews, nine countries
Ian Grant,
SAP 505 World Championships - Paul Mitchell and Sam Haines, International 505 Class sailors, will need to display tactical awareness when they contest the first race of the world championship off Hamilton Island next Saturday (March 26).... [more]
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29er UK Class developments
Robert Allan,
The 29er Class Association has had some exciting changes over the last few weeks before the start of the 2011 racing season.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Queen of the Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18 Footers League's Queen of the Harbour is Samantha Milner. With each boat's crew consisting of one female as their queen for the coveted title, the conditions were even more demanding than usual.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Ferrarese fights his way into Congressional Cup
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup - Simone Ferrarese turned 23 this month and this weekend gave himself a birthday present that he'll share with his crew next week: racing in the Long Beach Yacht Club's 47th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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Light airs test skills on Day 1 of BMW Auckland Regatta
Ivor Wilkins,
Light shifty conditions tested competitors' ability to pick windshifts and coax boatspeed out of every lift in pressure in the opening day of the 2011 BMW Auckland Regatta today. 'The breeze was shifting up to 40° at times,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. 'The wind strength varied from about 6 to 9 knots. Despite the shifty conditions, there was a fa... [more]
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Images of Wellington: Dragon Boat Festival - Secondary Schools
Genevieve Howard,
The 'iconic' Wellington NZCT Dragon Boat Festival is now in it's 26th year and still going strong. Here we present a gallery from the second day of competition involving school crews. Over 80 adult and school teams are taking part in the racing on both days.... [more]
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MYC Helly Hansen Womens' Challenge 2011; Crosbie Lorimer Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
Crosbie Lorimer was out on the water capturing images of today's action in the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge. As the images show there was plenty on at the seaward mark with a strong seaway rolling through the Heads.... [more]
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Phoenix Cup 2011 – Jim 'J/Boats' Johnstone wins inaugural event
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
When you have the assembled millions of Phoenix TV's China audience just waiting to switch off the horse racing and the gameshow channel and switch on to small boat racing in Hong Kong harbour on a Saturday afternoon – well, you'd better not disappoint!... [more]
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Island Optimist Trophy Regatta first for Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron
Kathleen Gooch-Firmin,
The first Interclub Island Trophy Regatta hosted by the the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron (PYSS) will be held on the 26th and 27th March with organization support and sponsorship from Topper Sail Phuket. Fourteen sailors from Koh Samui have entered and will bringing their own boats giving a fleet of 25 boats with more to come! The event is open to anyone else who has experience... [more]
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Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week - An extra Day and F18 Nationals
Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
Terry Dodd, from Sunferries announced today '‘North Queensland has suffered some setbacks in the last few months and we are all looking forward to the 2011 Sunferries Magnetic Island (SMIRW) event, which will be bigger and better than in previous years. This year SMIRW will host the 2011 F18 Catamaran Australian Championship - a strong expansion of an already spectacular event.' ‘'We are pleas... [more]
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Inside Core Builders Composites' facility at Warkworth
Oracle Racing Media,
If you are not one of the fortunate few who have toured through the Core Builders Composites' facility at Warkworth, join the US Ambassdor to NZ, David Huebner, as he is shown through the facility by Tim Smythe who heads up CBC along with Mark Turner. CBC has a contract with the America's Cup Event Authority to handle a current order of 10 AC45s.... [more]
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Oracle Racing: James Spithill and Murray Jones compare notes on AC33
Oracle Racing,
Two sailors who were rivals in the 33rd America's Cup are now together in the Oracle Racing campaign for the 34th America's Cup. In this video from Oracle Racing, James Spithill, skipper of the Challenger, trimaran USA-17 interviews/compares notes with Murray Jones, one of the crew aboard Alinghi, Defender in the 33rd Match... [more]
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Videos from Oracle Racing: Two boats train in the rain
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing presents a video of the two AC45's sailing together on the Waitemata Harbour last Friday afternoon, when a serious downpour occurred, as it only can in Auckland out of a blue sky. Winds were not that strong in the Bean Rock area at the entrance to the Waitemata - being recorded at a peak of 21kts at 3.00pm and only 14kts earlier in the afternoon.... [more]
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Mirabaud safely in port after Barcelona World Race dismasting
MaxComm Communications,
Mirabaud, helmed by Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret in the Barcelona World Race, arrived in Mar del Plata at 5pm (CET) on Saturday, under jury rig. The co-skippers were warmly welcomed by a small delegation of friends, journalists, members of their shore team and Mirabaud's local South American contacts.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli 2011 - more images
BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta,
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli 2011 images by photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta... [more]
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Images of Wellington: Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 26th Year
Genevieve Howard,
The 'iconic' Wellington NZCT Dragon Boat Festival is now in it's 26th year and still going strong. The race site is CBD based and 320 metres in length. It is right in Wellington Harbour, 50 metres out from the shores of Frank Kitts Park. All teams load from Aotea Lagoon.... [more]
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More video selections,
More great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week.... [more]
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Sailing video: Onboard a Sharpie
Paul Bulley,
On board camera aboard the Australian Sharpie 'Blur' racing at BSYC, Adelaide... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 dealt a tough hand
Barcelona World Race,
Whoever deals the cards for the Doldrums seems to have made sure Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 got the tough hand, Mapfre got one to work with, and for the chasing peloton – the 3 Musketeers, a special preview of Doldrums type conditions some 700 miles early.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 vs US-61 in a big breeze
Sail-World Archives,
The Fremantle Doctor was the single feature that differentiated the 1987 America's Cup from every regatta that has occurred before or since. The strong on-shore breeze that came in every afternoon, arrived around 1.00pm, just in time for the racing. The normally sedate 12 Metre class came to life in the Fremantle Doctor, and provided a spectacular television spectacle, on schedule... [more]
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America's Cup: Swedish team splashes AC45 in Auckland
Sail-World and Artemis Racing,
The third America's Cup team to launch an AC45, Artemis Racing (SWE), splashed their new boat in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour today, Saturday.Hutchinson and the crew left the dock immediately to begin Artemis Racing's first two-week trial of the wing sailed AC45. Meanwhile back in Valencia, the design team is hard at work under the direction of Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Leading the way to the semifinals on Day 2
Rich Roberts,
How about cooking up a bit more international flavoring to next week's 47th Congressional Cup? While the Cup may add even more spice to the granddaddy of the match racing game that already has seven nations and the U.S. Virgin Islands entered when it winds up Saturday to advance its winner to fill the tenth entry slot.... [more]
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Phoenix Cup 2011 - a 'first' for sailing in China
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
One day in the future it may seem like a turning point – the first ‘local' regatta to be televised live in China. So we're not talking about the Olympics here, or even one of the fly-by-night pro events – Volvo, Clipper, Extreme 40s, whatever – but reg'lar ole sailors, in J/80s, in Hong Kong harbour. Sort of, a Club event all grown up.... [more]
Share this story covers the America's Cup AC45 - Video Gallery 1,
Over the past couple of months Sail-World has built up a collection of videos of the AC45, and the development of the America's Cup World Series. For those who have missed any of these here is the first of a three part collection... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket unbeaten after Day 1 of Ficker Cup
FMJ Media,
William Tiller and the Full Metal Jacket matchracing team report from the Ficker Cup, a Grade 2 event on the ISAF scale that will determine the 10th and final entry for next week's Grade 1 47th Congressional Cup... [more]
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Tacktick's new electronics performance packs
Sarah Johnson,
Tacktick has now launched a new series of Performance Packs for racing yacht owners which specify in simple and logical format the ideal instruments required for racing yachts. The Performance Packs will offer competitively priced high performance electronics together with a number of free items.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie update from Palma
Ben Ainslie,
The British sailing superstar, triple Olympic Gold medalist, Ben Ainslie shares the latest from his blog while based in Palma.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Counting down to USA ocean sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans – For ocean sprint four tactics has been deemed the name of the game. This leg of the race is a 5,700-mile slog north from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston on the east coast of the United States of America. At almost the same time as the fleet leaves Punta del Este on March 27 the skippers will face their first challenge of ocean sprint four – the St Helena High.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leader to pay the price
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 and third placed Renault ZE are caught in costly lighter winds... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove show acknowledges Women on Water
Kate Duryea,
The increasing role of women in the marine industry is acknowledged by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with a new series of activities - Women on Water.... [more]
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Giltinan Championship live tracking
Frank Quealey,
Giltinan Championship sees former team mates John Winning and Anthony Young produce yet another winner in the 18ft Skiffs.... [more]
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Ficker Cup day 1- Battle on for Congressional Cup place
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup Qualifier continues as the battle for the final spot in the 47th Congressional Cup hots up. The leaders at five to zero are Italy's Simone Ferrarese, the twenty-first ranked match racer in the world, and William Tiller (No. 35) of New Zealand.... [more]
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