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 24 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 March 2011

Umpires' red flag means New Zealand's Phil Robertson must do his penalty turn immediately - Congressional Cup 2011  Rich Roberts ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 24th March 2011

The 34th America's Cup took another step down its new path yesterday with an on the water media show, featuring four of the five AC45 class yachts. The fifth, Emirates Team NZ, did not participate.

In this edition we have still image and video coverage of the spectacle and can gauge how the racing will look in the even more spectacular, and much bigger, AC72 catamarans.

What we miss off the catamarans is the big spinnakers and gennakers of the monohulls, which were spectacular - particularly when you were on the water and close up. Looking at the video of two, and four, of the AC45s at pace in a 15kt seabreeze (hitting we would guess 25kts plus) it is a different type of sailing, and close as you will ever get to F1 racers on the water.

Don't forget to mentally scale up these images to get to the AC72 - that means you almost double the wingsail height and make the hulls 50% longer and more than double the beam (from 6.4metres to 14 metres). So maybe some of the grandeur of the AC monohulls will be back albeit in a different form.

Next month the media and regatta trials for the AC45 and America's Cup World Series get underway in two sessions on the Hauraki Gulf before the show leaves New Zealand around 20 May.

Four AC45 line up - AC45 sailing on Hauraki Gulf  Ivor Wilkins/

Newsflash! Clash at the Cove organizer, Paul Shanahan has advised that due to a rather testing weather system which is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain from a northerly quarter this weekend, racing at the event has been put on hold. Paul told Sail-World this morning that a number of skippers were reluctant to make the voyage north from Auckland in what would potentially be gear damaging conditions.

A number of cruising yachts in the planned feeder race may still make it and will be warmly received at Marsden Cove. Weather on Sunday is forecast to moderate and may allow to an impromptu event.

Round 6 of the Rayglass Offshore Series will run to schedule as it is held on an inner harbour course. The Northland Boat Show will also run as planned. Should be a great day at a great venue. Check out the real estate deals while you are there.

Fairview and Doosan racing at Whitianga and will compete at Marsden Cove - Thunder at Cove this Saturday 26 March  Cathy Vercoe

The first day's racing in the 2011 Congressional Cup has been completed in Long Beach, California. New Zealand's Phil Robertson and his Waka Racing crew are competing and didn't have the greatest of days, but some rather odd things happen in match racing, and as we saw so many times with Blackmatch Racing, all you have to do is make the next cut, to get another life in the series. We're carrying Rich Roberts' excellent reports and images, plus there is live coverage available.

Better news from Sydney where the New Zealand crew skippered by Danielle Bowater are leading the Harken Womens International Match Racing Series. We are and will be carrying daily reports and images of this event on our website

Top Olympic Womens 470 combination Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie will be parted for a month or so after a cycling accident. See story below  Richard Gladwell

Visitors to will notice that there has been a significant change to the appearance of the site, with a slide show on the top of the site of some of the best images from the stories featured. Currently there are five images in this stack, but we will increase it to ten at a later stage. There have also been some changes to the site with the centering of the page and surround with a black border - which will vary in width depending on your screen shape. All the time we are trying to keep the site as simple as possible, and compatible with as great a range of devices as possible - not easy in the current world!

Harken Women's International Match Race 2011   Andrea Francolini ©

From Christchurch we have grabbed a couple of older stories about the impact of the two earthquakes on rowers in the city. Rowing clubs generally suffered a lot more than the sailing clubs in terms of physical damage to property and water. We've always admired the basic spirit of rowers, and the earthquake has bought out the best in them. It's claimed that 95% of the school rowers were back in full training within four days of the tragic 22 February earthquake. Canterbury Rowing is blessed with a great leader in John Wylie, and despite having his house totalled on 22 February, his main priority was to get the school rowers back on the water for the Maadi Cup next week in Karapiro. These are a couple of great and quite inspiring stories and we're only sorry we didn't get onto them earlier.

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker, will be speaking at a fundraiser on 7 April, see story below for ticket details  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

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. We expect to have more on a sailing specific fund in a few weeks.

Avon Rowing Club was another sustaining serious damage after the Christchurch earthquake  

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
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Newsflash: Clash of the Cove - Racing put on hold
Marsden Cove Media,
Clash at the Cove organizer, Paul Shanahan has advised that due to a rather testing weather system which is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain from a northerly quarter this weekend, racing at the event has been put on hold.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf
Ivor Wilkins,
Four of the five AC45's were together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf today, with Emirates Team NZ remaining in the shed. This is the first time that the AC45's have been together as a fleet, two boat training is expected to start in the next couple of days, with Defender, Oracle Racing, expected to do their own thing with their two boats and the Challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE) and Emirates Team... [more]
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Top Kiwi Olympic hope injured in cycling accident
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Olivia Powrie, silver medalist at the 2010 Womens World 470 Championships, and a former womens world champion in the 420 class, has been injured in a cycling accident. She will be replaced as a crew for some of the European regattas ahead of the vital qualification for 2012 Olympics in Perth in December.... [more]
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America's Cup: Four AC45s flying on the Hauraki Gulf + Video
America's Cup Media,
The development of the new AC45 class reached another significant milestone in Auckland, New Zealand today when four of the high-performance catamarans lined up for a sailing session in the Hauraki Gulf. In a 10-15 knot breeze, the four yachts sped along at speeds reaching the mid-20 knot range, often within a couple of metres of each other. 'What we learned today is that we made the right deci... [more]
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Wairoa Yacht Club win 2011 East Coast Inter Club Championships
Tim Sandall,
The Poverty Bay Sailing Championships regatta held in Gisborne provided pristine sailing conditions for the third and final round of the East Coast Inter Club Champs between Napier Sailing Club, Wairoa Yacht Club and the Gisborne Yacht Club. At the conclusion of racing only 1 point now separated the three clubs and with Napier and Gisborne tied on equal points it left Wairoa as the overall winner.... [more]
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NZ Marine Trades Challenge belongs to newcomers
NZ Boating Industry Training Organisation,
Teams new to the podium made history by claiming the first three places in this year's Marine Trades Challenge at Westhaven New Zealand on March 12. The Bay of Plenty's Southern Ocean Marine team from Tauranga became the new MTC champions, with Whangarei's Specialist Marine Interiors second and C-Quip from Auckland third.... [more]
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Dean Barker to speak to Sea Scout's fundraiser - tickets available
Penny Whiting,
One of New Zealand's most celebrated sailors, Penny Whiting, is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the historic sea scouts building in Cox's Bay. She writes: We are ready to start stage one and Dean Barker has agreed to come and talk on the 7th April to help the fund raising for the restoration.... [more]
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Ten boat fleet expected for SR26 Nationals April at Bucks
SR26 Media,
Organisers are hopeful of attracting a ten boat fleet for the SR26 Nationals to be sailed in early April. Proudly sponsored by Mount Gay Rum, Burnsco Marine and North Sails the regatta will be sailed from Bucklands Beach YC on April 9th and 10th in windward leeward format.... [more]
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Christchurch Rowing quickly up and running after earthquake
Richard Gladwell and Christchurch Media,
Christchurch rowers have bounced back quickly from the two earthquakes which hit in September and again in February. The Canterbury region runs major schools rowing programs aimed at producing rowers for the Regional Performance Centre. Clubs on the Avon River were hit very hard in the first earthquake and again in the second, which also badly affected many of the rowers' homes... [more]
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Waka Racing ready to kick off new season with fifth crew and WMRT Card
Waka Racing Media,
After a good long break back home in New Zealand. The batteries are fully recharged, with the team rearing to get out on the water racing again. A number of big changes have occurred since the end of last season. Firstly, the team has recruited a fifth member with bowman Hayden Goodrick joining the team full time. This is a huge boost with the team now having a ‘tight five' to build consistency... [more]
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Destiny Bay Wine to help NZ sailor prepare for 2012 London Olympics
Miranda Powrie,
Brett Taylor, Director of Global Distribution for Destiny Bay, has announced support for Miranda Powrie's Olympic sailing bid. The artisan winemaker will donate a bottle of their critically acclaimed wine to each person who pledges $100 or more to help Miranda train for the 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Northern Championship win to Nick Craig
OK Dinghy UK,
16 OKs turned out for the Northern Championships hosted up in the Pennine Hills by Glossop SC. In the second race Nick Craig and Andy Turner arrived at the windward mark together and had a good tussle all the way round.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings March 2011 release
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 23 March 2011 have been released. Spain and Great Britain top the rankings, followed by France.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Will Ben Ainslie take the challenge?
Talbot Wilson,
Winner of the past two Argo Gold Cups, Ben Ainslie has been invited to the 2011 event. Will Ainslie make it a hat trick? Organizers have offered the British ace the chance to run his string of wins to a historic three-in a-row in this classic match race competition.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac-Paprec 3's well-kept strategy
Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team,
Barcelona World Race - The strategy for Virbac-Paprec 3, leaders of the race is well-kept. During the official radio contact at midday, Loïck humorously dealt with tactical questions of organization to get out of answering directly!... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 Sustainability Award focuses on Power
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 skippers will discuss sustainable power generation, management and preservation while alone at sea. Power will be the theme for the sustainability award for ocean sprint 4 of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Thunder in the Cove - Powerboat racing spectacle features top racers
Cathy Vercoe,
Round 6 of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Series takes place on Saturday 26th March at Marsden Cove in Whangarei. The New Zealand Offshore Powerboats will compete for the Stace Hopper Memorial Cup at Marsden Cove. After a riveting event in Whitianga two weeks ago, everyone is fired up to see a repeat performance of the incredibly fast, competitive and spectacular racing.... [more]
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Two 14 year olds win division in BMW Auckland Regatta
Margaret Dijkhuis,
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Youth Training Programme member Edwin Delaat wins first prize in the BMW Auckland Regatta 2011 Division D on PHRF. 14 year old skipper/owner Edwin Delaat of Crac-A-Jac made his intentions clear right at each start. There had been some close encounters but Crac-A-Jac and crew did not let the bigger boats intimidate them.... [more]
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Yngling Class aims to keep keelboats in the Olympics
International Yngling Association,
International Yingling Class - Being a former Olympic Class we have a responsibility to our members and to keelboat sailors worldwide to prevent keelboat sailing being eliminated from the Olympics. As an International Class the IYA has the right to make submissions to the ISAF Council.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 1 to Bruni, Williams and Richard
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup, day 1. Ian Williams, Francesco Bruni and Mathieu Richard, all of scored 6-0 records. The racing conditions were ideal, starting before noon at five knots from the south but quickly shifting to 12 and ultimately a chilling 15 from the southwest source of Long Beach's notorious sea breeze funneling down the San Pedro Channel between Santa Catalina Island and the mainland.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 23 March 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Harken Women's Match Race 2011 images day 1 by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Harken Women's Match Race 2011 images day 1 by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta day 1 lead to Kiwis
Jennifer Crooks,
Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta - New Zealander Danielle Bowater and her crew of Bianca Cook, Hannah Osborne and Katie de Lange lead the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta by one point after day one. Representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Bowater finished the day with five wins and one loss.... [more]
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Jessica Watson to contest UK's Round the Island Race
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
80th Anniversary Round the Island Race will be sailed on Saturday 25th June with round the world teenage solo sailing stars amongst entries.... [more]
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Sodebo forced to make massive detour
Kate Jennings translation,
Having set off to tackle the solo round the world record some 52 days ago, the skipper of Sodebo is having to face another meteorological barrier on his journey back to Europe. Due to the 'anticyclonic swamp' sprawling across the North Atlantic, Thomas Coville is being forced to make a massive detour via the West... [more]
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Oracle Racing News - 2 - covering the buildup in Auckland and SFO
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 21 March 2011 covering the buildup in Auckland and developments in San Francisco and more.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre record numbers
Neus Jordi,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Over 600 teams from 53 nations have already registered for the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre, first European event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup for Olympic and Paralympic events to be held in Palma de Majorca from second to 9th April.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011 Hugo Boss back on track
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race 2011 may have conclusively proved, for Hugo Boss co-skippers Wouter Verbraak (NED) and Andy Meiklejohn (NZL), that the best laid plans can indeed go awry. Having once again adapted to their changing circumstances they are today powering north-east, having resumed sailing at 1814hrs (UTC) yesterday evening... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans clock ticks down to to Charleston race start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - With less than a week to go until the 5,700-mile sprint to Charleston in the US, excitement and tension is starting to mount in the Uruguayan port of Punta del Este.... [more]
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TetraMedia Marine Group,
The TetraMedia Marine Group, who began online publishing in 1998, publish, Sail-World Cruising,, are launching another online marine consumer publication for its Australian audience at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May 2011. By that time our monthly traffic will reach 240,000 readers.... [more]
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Rugby World Cup and superyacht forum lure for captains and owners
NZ Marine,
New Zealand is delighted to announce an irresistible combination of events for superyacht owners and captains: a superyacht captains dedicated forum to coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup in September and the just-announced 2012 New Zealand Millennium Cup.... [more]
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Hamble Warming Pan Regatta a unique event
Barney Smith,
Hamble Warming Pan Regatta - During the course of the weekend of 19-20 March HRSC hosted the 49th annual Warming Pan regatta. This year's invited classes were the Firefly and National 12 fleets, the local Foxer dinghy fleet, the Merlin fleet who've attended the event since it started, and a new addition for 2010, a Pico fleet for local youngsters.... [more]
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Congressional Cup welcomes world's best match racers
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup - A lovely morning buffet of lightning, thunder, rain and sunshine is what welcomed some of the world's best sailors to the Long Beach Yacht Club's 47th Congressional Cup on Monday.... [more]
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Blind Match Racing Championships day 2 duelling
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships day 2 on the Matilda Bay in Perth Western Australia produced interesting matches with boats really duelling - using rules and tactics to gain an advantage over their competitors. Three teams now have four wins in the bag.... [more]
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Navtec's new anti torsion stay
Emma White,
Navtec - As we know, Navtec is the rigging solution of Lewmar Marine; Navtec has now produced a small-size, anti-torsional stay that is ideal for use with genoas and flying sails on yachts from around 40 foot and above, the new stay is sized at a seven ton break load.... [more]
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Windsurfing for 2016 voting
Rory Ramsden,
Windsurfing has launched its campaign to retain two sets of medals - men and women - in the Olympic sailing events ISAF will select to take part in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leaders distancing themselves
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 have put another 20 miles between themselves and Mapfre over nine hours last night. Renault Z.E. in third have around 500 miles of southern hemisphere sailing left.... [more]
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IFDS Blind Match Racing day 1
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing and on the first day of the Homerus Blind Match RacingChampionshop at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Great Britain's Vicki Sheen has won each of her four matches.... [more]
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