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 28 Mar 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 28 March 2011

Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 28th March 2011

In this edition we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week at the Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which are expected to be replicated for the 34th America's cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.

Most people will be unable to get to Halsey Street to see this launch process. It is very different from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.

Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely as possible, and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.

Artemis Racing prepare to leave for a Practice Session  Richard Gladwell

The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are slow learners.

Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.

Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.

This 18fter's mark rounding seems to symbolic of the situation into which the ISAF has got itself into over the 2016 Olympic Events.  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.

Maybe a wander around Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.

In Hamilton Island the 505 Worlds are underway, and we have reports and some great images in this edition of Sail-World.

We will be continuing this coverage on during the remaining days of the event.

The Fleet - 2011 Sanders Cup  Antje Muller

Although the Clash of the Cove yacht racing to and at Marsden Cove was cancelled on Friday and Saturday, due to inclement weather, the remainder of the events continued, including the offshore powerboat racing. We have reports of the event in this edition - which make special mention of the impact on the racing of two ships who choose to cross into the race area - which had been declared to be a closed area to other traffic.

Congressional Cup 2011 Final  Rich Roberts ©

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Sanders Cup Interprovincial Challenge decided in last race
Antje Muller,
The second day of this year's Sanders Cup produced a mixed bag of conditions and results. National Champions and Kingham Trophy holders Ben Bax and Adam Scott-Mackie have achieved the rare feat of winning the three major trophies of the Class in one season... [more]
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Thunder at the Cove: Mayhem at Marsden Cove
Cathy Vercoe,
Racing was cut short today, at the Thunder at the Cove, Marsden Cove, with the intrusion of not one, but two large cement ships heading through the course and, despite being asked by race officials, refusing to wait for the race to finish. This was disappointing for everyone as the organisers go to a lot of trouble several weeks before the race to ensure the waterway is closed to traffic and offi... [more]
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New Solent island appears and is promptly claimed by two Clubs + Video
Richard Newnham, Sail-World et al,
Sail-World has received the following letter from the self-proclaimed Ambassador to The Great Gurnard, a new island in which appeared the Shingles Bank Archipelago, on 23 March, in the Solent, off the the Isle of Wight. It is apparently virgin territory for renowned yachting writer and sailor, Bob Fisher who is known to frequent the area.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four early lead to Gutek
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski took an early lead over his race rivals as sprint four got underway from Punta Del Este. A completely different beast to the past two Southern Ocean legs, ocean sprint four will see tactics become more important than ever as the skippers battle their way north through the St Helena High before facing the Doldrums for the second time since the race starte... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - A tough and valuable qualifying voyage
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken – the only all-female crew in the double-handed, round the world Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) – set off on the mandatory 2,000 mile qualifying passage from the Caribbean to the Azores on board their chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Less than 1400 miles for the leaders
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - As we have anticipated, Virbac-Paprec 3 has tacked north again this afternoon, taking a short hitch to avoid passing directly through the Canary Islands archipelago and the likely long wind shadows cast bay the high mountains, especially Tenerife.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing - Paul Cayard's update from Valencia
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing - Paul updates us from the middle of a two week stint in Valencia, Spain working mostly with the Artemis Racing technical team which is based here. Juan Kouyoumdjian (Juan K) has his office here with about 20 engineers and since Juan is our lead designer, we built a lot of our structure around Valencia.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leader faces Canary Islands dilemma
Barcelona World Race,
For Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 the Canary Islands become an issue today. For the peloton trio it is more than straightforward, working the trade winds upwind, remaining vigilant, keeping a close eye on the general weariness of the boats at this stage.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Club Championship Race 14 to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship. Race 14 may have been won by Gotta Love It 7, but it was the Yandoo team that had an unbeatable lead in the overall championship. Their third place in today's race saw them take the title by 18 points from Gotta Love It 7.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Pre Flight Check and Launch + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the load and launch process required to get an AC45 off the dock following Artemis Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before a practice session. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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Congressional Cup win to Williams of Great Britain
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2011 has been won by Ian Williams (GBR) and his crew. They defeated Francesco Bruni of Italy.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships - Racing blown out day 2,
SAP 505 World Championship Day 2 Hamilton Island Queensland. Just 15 minutes before today's scheduled start time Principal Race Officer Kevin Wilson told 'I have just called racing off for today. We have south east winds averaging mid 20's, we have seas of a couple of metres and we have building wind and building seas. We have been having rain squalls every half hour.... [more]
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505 Worlds Day 2 Preview Crash and Burn expected
505 Worlds - There will be plenty of crash and burn on Day 2 of the SAP 505 World Championships if weather forecasters predictions of south east winds ranging from 18 to 30 plus knots for Hamilton Island come to pass. With a tidal low at 12:47 local time Race Officer Kevin Wilson has moved the start time of 2011 SAP 505 World Championship Race 3 forward from 2.00pm local time to 1.00pm to reduce... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week includes charter catamarans
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be sailed from the 19th to 27th August 2011.... [more]
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Flying 15s at Datchet Open
Flying 15 GBR,
Datchet Open forecast for Saturday was dire. 12 Flying 15s turned up ready to race and around 2pm, the Wind God woke up, saw all the lethargy and said, 'Ha!!' .... and turned the breeze on.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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American Windsurfing tour annouces Wave Surfing Dates,
American Windsurfing Tour - 1997 is the last time a wind surfing wave contest was held in Santa Cruz California.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Out of 'ghost mode' and gaining ground
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - This afternoon, after having emerged from ghost mode, second placed Mapfre made a net gain of some 33 miles on the race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron.... [more]
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505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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505 World Championship Video highlights from day 1
SAP 505 World Championship - Want to gain some insight into SAP's integration, innovation and technology efforts? That is possible with highlights of gusty conditions on Catseye Bay from day one of the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011 on Hamilton Island!... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by Australian researchers.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Strong finish for Finns
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup - The Finns' finishes were lousy --- first in only one of the first six races Tuesday, and then tactician Nils Bjerkas slipped overboard Wednesday. Bruni picked Lindberg, as his semifinals opponent, although with some reservations.... [more]
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Rolex International Regatta day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Rolex International Regatta day 1. This gallery of images is by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships semi finals
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships semi finals have been sailed off Royal Perth Yacht Club in Matilda Bay. Top ranked sailor after the round robins, Vicki Sheen (GBR), selected Craig Gordon (AUS) as her opponent for the first matches. Russell Lowry (NZL) and Luigi Bertanza (ITA) sailed the other semi final series.... [more]
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Tight battle over Kingham Trophy
Antje Muller,
The Sanders Cup holds a special place New Zealand Yachting History. It is the oldest trophy sailed for in New Zealand under it's original inception. It is the only remaining senior interprovincial challenge competition still sailed for today.... [more]
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ISAF publish urgent submissions for mid-year meeting
ISAF has now published the Urgent Submissions for the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from fourth through the eighth of May. The Urgent Submissions are all related to the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Sodebo's amazing adventure circumnavigating the globe
Kate Jennings translation,
The sequence of events in Sodebo's circumnavigation of the globe details the amazing adventure of Thomas Coville... [more]
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Images of the Heineken regatta 2011 at Puerto Rico
Bob Greiser, Outside Images,
Outside Images' Bob Grieser is at the Heineken regatta 2011 in Puerto Rico, and presents this gallery of a windy day with lots of sun.... [more]
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Moth Grand Prix and Inland Championship
UK International Moth Class Association,
The first of the seasons Marlow Moth Grand Prix events commences at Queen Mary SC over 26-27 March, where the event doubles up as the Inland Championships.... [more]
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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta final
Jennifer Crooks,
The Harken Women's International Match Racing regatta ended with some superb match racing in very trying conditions. The first match of the Grand Final was commenced with neither skipper reaching the top mark before racing was abandoned when winds shifts made racing unfair. In the re-sail of this match Abbott was over at the start and had to return.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships 2011 at Weymouth - Online entry
IFDS World Championships 2011 being held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Dorset, England are open to online entries. The event takes place from Thursday 30th June to Friday 8th July 2011 with racing kicking off with a practice race on Saturday 2nd July.... [more]
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Michael Coxon's new style for Queen's Day
Frank Quealey,
Michael Coxon is a two-times winner of the JJ Giltinan Championship (2006 in Casio Seapathfinder and 2007 in Fiat) and is the current Australian and San Francisco International champion with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 3 - Four way fight
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup, Long Beach (California) is being sailed from March 22nd to 26th. If Bruni, the defending champion, stays alone on top, he'll have the privilege of choosing which of the other three he meets in the semifinals.... [more]
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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, was out on Sydney Harbour yesterday photographing the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta. To view additional sailing images visit [more]
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What does a 'mixed event' mean for a singlehanded class?
Markus Schwendtner,
There are rumors that ISAF has received 65 or more submissions for the events of the 2016 Olympic Games. The battle is expected to be in two areas - the keelboat lobby against the dinghy lobby, and the question what happens with the two board sports that foolishly have been pitched against each other in the provisional November slate... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten teams now entered with a week to entry close
America's Cup Media,
With the entry deadline of 31st March fast approaching, two more teams have been accepted as competitors for the 34th America's Cup. Formal, public announcements by these two teams, revealing their identities, nationalities and plans are expected as early as next week. (Three teams are now undisclosed)... [more]
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IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships 'Just one step at a time'
David Staley,
Semi finals of the IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships will commence tomorrow on Matilda Bay. The second round robin was concluded today in two sessions with a break to allow the new wind to settle in.... [more]
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Images from the Congressional Cup: Day 2
Rich Roberts,
Top US photographer and journalist, Rich Roberts, presents a gallery of images from the second day of racing at the Congressional Cup, Long Beach, California.... [more]
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505 World Championship - Hong Kong team's mid life crisis
Di Pearson,
The SAP 505 World Championship will start at Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia on Saturday 26th March. Two Hong Kong sailors, Mark Thornburrow and Laurence Mead, who usually sail against each other have joined forces for this championship.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 2 - Canfield needs no sympathy
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup day 1 may have been winless for Taylor Canfield, but today proved to be different. Canfield, from the U.S. Virgin Islands followed his 0-7 West Coast debut with a 4-1 record.... [more]
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