Kirby labels Laser rule change a "disaster"...America's Cup entries almost double...Kerikeri win Harken Schools

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 04 Apr 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 April 2011

The biggest billboard in World sport? AC72 Graphic from Aleph Equipe de France  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 April 2011

The entry period for the 34th America's Cup has closed, followed by the announcement of seven new teams (five accepted, two still subject to the vetting process as to their bona fides). That makes for a total of 14 Challengers and one Defence team from 12 countries (including USA).

Despite earlier concerns about the attractiveness of the AC72 catamaran and the world economic situation, it seems that the ardor for doing an America's Cup campaign has not really diminished. Some will have concerns about the quality of the Class of 2013, but judgment on that count will have to rest until all the teams have been announced/outted and key sailing crew named.

2011 RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta competitors (this photo was taken in a rush before a massive rain squall hit)   RNZYS Media

One has the suspicion that the money boys are leading the charge in the first instance and will hire skippers and crew further down the track once funding is more secure and substantial. The latest announced challenger saw fit to name an Art Director but no skipper or sailing team, and it will be interesting to see what substance emerges further down the track.

Maybe it is also a factor that the AC72 wingsail will probably become the most valuable corporate billboard in world sport, and that is maybe what is driving the flavour of this America's Cup.

Another close pre-start - 2011 RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta  RNZYS Media

In this edition we have an analysis of the entries, the America's Cup World Series schedule that has been announced and the criticism that has attracted. In the same story is an audio clip of an interview conducted by PJ Montgomery, yesterday with America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray on the effects of the substantially increased entry and other ramifications of the announcements by America's Cup Event Authority in Plymouth, UK on 1 April.

We've a round up of some of the sailing in New Zealand over the past few days, including the Harken Schools regatta and the Big Queenstown Downwinder - sailed in Kiteboards and Windsurfers.

Virbac Paprec - likely winner Barcelona World Race 2011   Virbac Paprec 3

There's a further episode in the Laser rule change story. This time we have an interview with class designer who explains his views on the matter and why he sold his rights to the class to New Zealand's Spencer family who have been long associated with manufacture of the Laser.

Race start, Glenorchy - The Big Queenstown Downwinder  .. .

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America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio
Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end... [more]
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Kerikeri High School wins Harken School Series
Sara Tucker,
The Kerikeri High School team of helm of O'Shea Butler, Sam King, Sam Brierley & Klaus Ohlendorf continued their winning streak in the RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta, adding another 6 wins, 1 second and 1 fourth to their points table. A great days sailing when your worst race is a fourth.... [more]
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Young 88s get new sail designs from North Sails
Zoe Hawkins,
North Sails enjoys a great relationship with the Young 88 class, which is New Zealand's strongest one design keelboat class. Many North Sails staff sail with the fleet year after year, and North Sails customers carrying the new 2011 sails will benefit from a great deal of research undertaken by the One Design team.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Strong Kiwi team in Spain for ISAF World Cup Regatta
Jodie Bakewell-White,
A strong contingent of New Zealand's Olympic class sailors are in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the third of seven regattas in the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup. Racing starts on Sunday April 3rd... [more]
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JP Tobin reports on The Dual 2011 at Motutapu
JP Tobin,
op NZ windsurfer, JP Tobin reports on The Dual 2011: Five o'clock wakeup call, rain, wind, mud...whats not to love about The Dual 2011. Following a roughish ferry ride out to Home Bay, Motutapu the stage was again uniquely set for an amazing race, conditions were very different in 2011 than in the previous two years with the course a little more fluid in texture, so much so the Kaenon's were n... [more]
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42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia starts in Palma 4th April
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta is set to get underway tomorrow, Monday 4th April, in Palma. 10 Olympic events and the paralympic 2.4 are all included.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Koru Match prepares for five months in Europe
Koru Match Media,
NZL Sailing Team - Womens Match Race Stephanie Hazard (Helm), Susannah Pyatt (Bow) and Jenna Hansen (Trim) report from Europe ahead of a five month, five regatta campaign aimed at achieving qualification for the 2011 Pre-Olympics... [more]
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The Big Queenstown Downwinder.. Huge success on Saturday
Sue Bradley,
Kiters and windsurfers from around the south island were delighted by the blue skies and fresh breezes on Sat to finally take part in this years long distance event from Glenorchy to Pigeon Island on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown. Organisers had bad luck this year with the event having a number of postponements before the conditions came right. However all were agreed it was worth the wait.... [more]
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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leaders almost touching victory
Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre and Loïck are expected in Barcelona tomorrow morning at around 09:00 hours. On the day before their victorious finish in Barcelona, Jean-Pierre and Loïck are currently sailing in a beam wind in the middle of the Balearic Islands.... [more]
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World Champions Percy and Simpson start preparations for 2012 in Palma
Lindsey Bell,
British sailing's Olympic and World Champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson prepare to race at the next leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series starting in Palma, Majorca, on Monday 4th April... [more]
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Kerikeri High School leads after Day1 in Harken Schools Regatta
Sara Tucker,
The Kerikeri High School team of helm O'Shea Butler, Sam King, Sam Brierley and Klaus Ohlendorf lead Day 1 of the RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta after winning all four of today's races.... [more]
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Highly awarded Californian hero sailors now win New Zealand award
Otago Daily Times/Sail-World Cruising,
They have already won an International Marine Organisation (IMO) award for bravery, a Cruising Club of America Award, and Sail-World made them one of the To Ten Heroes of the Year and now the Californian couple have been honoured for their courage and superb seamanship in rescuing three people, including a New Zealand woman, off a stricken yacht south of Fiji.... [more]
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America's Cup accepts Venezia Challenge
Geronimo Emili,
America's Cup - In a letter addressed to Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria, the Golden Gate Yacht Club has officially accepted the Venezia Challenge into the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race finish line in sight for Virbac-Paprec 3
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron are preparing to spend their last night at sea together in reflection and anticipation while Boris Herrmann and Dee Caffari welcome distractions... [more]
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Yacht Studio Blokart Racing wins North American blokart Sailing Champs
Ross Vickers,
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SAP 505 World Championship happy ending - Video
505 Worlds,
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Wildwind Holidays: Vassiliki Watersports Festival - Wind and Bikinis!
Simon Morgan,
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing preview
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - The Women's Match Racing title brings twenty-four teams from eighteen countries to Palma de Mallorca, Spain to compete. In addition to the individual event title, the teams are competing for the overall ISAF Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 (SWC) title.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leaders battle forty knots
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron were not offered an easy passage this time either as they guided Virbac-Paprec 3 back into the Mediterranean early this morning, returning into the teeth of 40 knots of Levant easterly wind, funneling through the passage.... [more]
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Star South American Championship 2011 - Grael and Seifert lead
2011 Star South American Championship. Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert took advantage of the variable wind conditions as they won both of their races. However Grael used his experience by showing his downwind skills to give him a safe lead.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship 2011 win to defending World Champions
Di Pearson,
Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner (GER), the reigning champions, have taken out the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship race 7 postponed,
SAP 505 World Championship race 7 postponed. More as it comes to hand.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team announced as quest for Gold continues
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team 2011 has been announced with the team including current world number ones, reigning World Champions, new faces and returning members.... [more]
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Sodebo's 'Etch-A-Sketch' finish
Corine Renié-Péretié,
For Sodebo, It was a remarkable moment this evening in La Trinitésur Mer, SW Brittany.... [more]
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SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Finn Class update
Robert Deaves,
SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - With the European sailing season about to begin in earnest with the 42nd SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Sailing World Cup event in Palma, the Finn class is looking forward to another record breaking year in 2011 as pre-entries outstrip previous years after a ongoing period of growth within the class.... [more]
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Shingles Bank Sparks Isle Of Wight Ownership / Independence Claims
Isabella de Fortibus 'I've noted the squabbles between the Gurnard Sailing Club and the South West Shingles Yacht Club about some tiny scrap of tidal pebbles off the Needles and have decided it's time to put a stop to all this nonsense... and to stake my legal claim not just to that worthless bit of rubble... [more]
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Sodebo crosses the finish line
Corine Renié-Péretié,
Thomas Coville on Sodebo crossed the finish line off Ushant today, Thursday 31 March 2011 at 12h15 (GMT) after 61 days, seven minutes and 32 seconds at sea after setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11h07'28' (GMT) on the solo round the world record attempt.... [more]
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OKI 24-Hour and 6-Hour Races set sail this weekend
Event Media,
The OKI 24-Hour Race is a competition for Laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club, a club with a rich history of sailors recognised through national championships, America's Cup regattas and the Olympics. 'The Race gets underway with competitors running down the banks of Lake Pupuke in a Le Mans style start and then jumping into their boats,' says Murrays Bay Saili... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Rutland
Musto Skiffs,
Musto Skiffs at Rutland - 26/27 Mar 2011. The weekend showed the two sides that are meant to characterise March, and the conditions were certainly ‘lamblike' as the fleet readied themselves on Sunday morning.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings March 30
In the Open Match Race Rankings there has been plenty of movement in the top 25. Claire Leroy (FRA) narrowly leads Nicky Souter (AUS) by 11 points in the Women's Match Racing Rankings.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Kiwi 40FC Peráspera sets off on qualifier
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - In just under six months, the start gun for the double-handed, round the world Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) will be fired in Palma, Mallorca, and pre-race preparations for the 18 teams are rapidly picking up pace.... [more]
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