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 08 Apr 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 8 April 2011

Dean Barker, Director Nexus Marine and Kiwi Yachting Consultants  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 8 April 2011

We had an all-time record month record in March for Sail-World with over 450,000 visits to the Sail-World.com site - an increase of almost 35,000 over the previous record set during February 2010 and that was driven by the extreme interest in the 33rd America's Cup, sailed in Valencia. We had 190,000 unique viewers read Sail-World at some stage of March 2011 - which equates in print terms to the print run of a magazine, or more specifically the number of actual magazines sold.

Those numbers don't cover people who just flick onto the site, have a quick update and don't open a story. They aren't driven by forum visitors either.

With those sort of numbers it is no surprise why internet advertising spend is expanding quite significantly, and is now the third highest category in New Zealand.

We have an number of initiatives in Sail-World this month. The website has been updated in its layout to have a rolling photo feature from the top five stories at that time.

This gives you a quick glance at what is happening in the sailing world, plus if you leave it as a home page/screensaver on your PC or mobile phone and the images will keep rolling through.

Crew members on Colin Parkin's "Drinks Trolley" with Chris Dickson as skipper as they win the Hebtro Trophy 2011 (John Hardy image)  

We are running the first of our video profiles in this edition, with Dean Barker, better known as skipper of Emirates Team NZ, but who is also involved in the New Zealand marine industry as a Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants, and one of their companies Nexus Marine AB.

In this edition, Dean outlines his involvement with Nexus Marine, some of the projects that are coming up and how these are linked with his own sailing. A major boost for the Nexus Marine brand has been its selection as the official instrumentation supplier for the Tour de France which will take place later this year in a fleet of 20 identical yachts, starting in Dunkirk and finishing in Monaco. Click here to read the story and see the video interview.

This new style of video profile will be available to all Sail-World advertisers at no charge.

Buried - Laser racing in Palma  

The NZL Sailing Team is in action in Palma, Spain for the third round of the ISAF World Cup, after an indifferent start by many of the established players, things are on the improve and after the first day of the Gold fleet racing. Five NZL Sailing Team members are in the top five in their respective events. We have daily coverage in this edition including video and full marks to the organisers for doing an excellent job on the media side of the event and doing a great job for the sport. If only a few others could follow their fine example ......

Congratulations to two Sail-World advertisers, North Sails and Southern Spars for the part their sails and spars played in the win in the Barcelona Round the World Race by Virbac-Paprec. You can read their stories here and here

Rose Dickson (9yrs) sailing in her first Optimist Green Fleet race at Worser Bay - Hebtro Trophy (Paul Marsh image)  

Just in is news of a new development with the America's Cup design process with the offering of a basic AC72 design package to the 15 entered teams. The package is the product of a combined design and development group which comprises designers from North Technology (a division of North Sails) and Southern Spars. We hope to have more on this in coming editions. Certainly this is a new development for the America's Cup aimed at reducing the gap between the established teams and the new entrants, plus helping lower the costs for those who wish to compete on a reduced budget. The platforms will still have to be built in the country of the challenging club, however all other parts can be sourced internationally, including from New Zealand based suppliers.

NZL Sailing Team: Womens Match Racing - Day 4 Palma 2011  

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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Dean Barker: America's Cup skipper and Nexus Marine Director + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker leads a double life. While most know him for this exploits in three America's Cups, he is also a Director of Auckland based Kiwi Yachting Consultants who in turn own Nexus Marine AB, the Swedish based manufacturer of marine instrumentation.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams offered jump-start design package for AC72's
America's Cup Media,
For the first time ever in the America's Cup, a shared design program is being offered to the entered teams to jump-start designs of the fast, high-tech AC72s, the new wing-sailed catamarans to be launched next year. With the surge of new teams that just entered the 34th America's Cup, the 15 teams that met last week's entry deadline now have the opportunity to share in an initial design packag... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Five in the top five after Day 4 in Palma
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Sailors in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the ISAF World Cup Regatta waited ashore until early afternoon for wind on day four with two races per fleet then completed. Overall it was a good day for the NZL Sailing Team many improving their overall position with five of the kiwis now up into the top five, and the womens match racers into the quarter finals with two days to sail.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race fleet facing brutal conditions
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race. Renault Z.E had less than 100 miles of Mediterranean between them and the podium and are expected to break the finish line off Barcelona between 0700hrs and 1000hrs local time Friday.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth National Championships set sail
Matt Carter,
Next week will see the UK's young sailing stars go head to head for gold, glory and selection for RYA Volvo Team GBR at the 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships (11-15 April).... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec 3 wins the Barcelona World Race with Southern Spars
Southern Spars Media,
Southern Spars would like to acknowledge the outstanding performance of skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, as Virbac-Paprec 3 crosses the finish line for the team's second back-to-back win in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. Southern Spars supplied the mast and EC6 Continuous rigging for Virbac-Paprec 3... [more]
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Dan Slater lifts game in the ISAF Palma World Cup - Finn class
Dan Slater,
NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater, reports from the ISAF Palma World Cup event in the Finn class. Today was the end of the Qualifying races for the ISAF Palma World Cup the Finn fleet is 85 strong and has been split into two fleets over the last three days. The first day was fresh to frightening 25-30 knots and I scored a eighth and seventh which wasn't the best day out but could have been a lot... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec 3 wins Barcelona World Race with 3Di sails from Norths
Zoe Hawkins,
Virbac-Paprec 3's success in the Barcelona World Race utilising 3Di sails from North Sails as part of a complete North Sails inventory will be music to the ears of Volvo Ocean Race teams using the product when the race starts at the end of this year. This week Virbac-Paprec 3, skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, became the first yacht to circumnavigate the world with a complete set... [more]
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Hebtro Trophy: A Celebration of Sailing: A Sport for Life
Mandy Burt,
A fantastic Hebtro Trophy took place at Worser Bay Boating Club on 3rd April 2011. The event was successful on so many levels. The Dickson family attended en masse 'dad' Roy Dickson talked about his love of sailing and 'son' Chris related a neat story about sailing with dad on the Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Operon Racing skipper soon to test broken bowsprit
Velux 5 Oceans,
It has been a tense couple of days onboard Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski's Operon Racing as the moment when he will need to hoist a sail onto his broken bowsprit draws closer... [more]
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WMRT unveils new partnership with digital solutions company Sigma
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has today announced Sigma as its new global digital communications partner as part of its continued drive to bring technology innovations to the world's best match racing series.... [more]
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Sir Richard Branson sets sights deep
Jeni Bone,
Sir Richard Branson will revive the spirit and ambitions of his friend and fellow adventurer, Steve Fossett with exploration of the deepest points of the world's oceans, in the high-tech submersible 'Deep Flight Challenger'.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
Les Voiles de St. Barth is underway and photographer Ingrid Abery presents these action shots from the day's racing.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Qualification ends in Palma
Yachting NZ,
Racing has concluded on Day 3 of the Princess Sofia regatta, and the end of the Qualifying phase has passed. The ISAF World Cup Regatta for Olympic classes on in Spain is now past the halfway mark with qualifying rounds complete and three days of racing left to determine the medals. Seven of the NZL Sailing Team entries are currently lying inside the top ten of their respective fleets... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre day three a waiting game
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - The third day of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre was not the easiest one. Opposite winds and unsettled conditions made life difficult for sailors and race committees. Some classes managed to complete their first race in the North-Easterly and waited for the wind to turn into a sea breeze to continue with remaining races.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Another test for Estrella Damm
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - In training, training races and deliveries to and from races on Estrella Damm, Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes sailed more than 30,000 miles and must have passed through the Straits of Gibraltar a dozen times.... [more]
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First Artemis solo scholarship awarded to Sam Goodchild
Camilla Green,
Sam Goodchild, 21 from Southampton, was today announced as the winner of the first ever Artemis Offshore Academy Scholarship. The award aims to help him forge a competitive solo offshore racing career and follow in the footsteps of Britain's most well-known and successful solo sailors like Dame Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding, Samantha Davies and Dee Caffari.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 5 April 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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America's Cup: White Tiger becomes the latest entry
Team Korea,
As indicated by Sail-World late last week the ninth entry in the 34th America's Cup is an entry from Korea known as the White Tiger Challenge or Team Korea. The team is headed by the organiser of the Korea match Cup, and in common with most the the America's Cup Challengers accepted the details of the money-men behind the team are announced but there is no mention of design or sailing team... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Young Kiwis pinged in Palma
Richard Gladwell,
The top scoring young New Zealand crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders have fallen foul of the International Jury at the Princess Sofia Regatta sailed at Palma, Majorca, Spain. After placing fourth in the second race of the second day of racing, the 20year old New Zealanders, sailing in their first Olympic campaign in the Mens 470, but they were involved in a port and starboard (intersec... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia day two fight back for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Day two of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia brought an early postponement and some tricky races. Day two in Palma started with the calm after the storm - lots of sore legs and tired arms after Monday's strong winds and waiting around in the sunshine as all classes were postponed ashore waiting for the wind to arrive.... [more]
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Teen sailor Laura Dekker lashes out against media
Pete Thomas Outdoors,
Pete Thomas, author of the online eMagazine, 'Outdoors', writes about the 15-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor who has sailed from Europe across the Atlantic as part of her planned circumnavigation:... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race winner Virbac-Paprec 3's fantastic finish
Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team,
Barcelona World Race - Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron have won the second Barcelona World Race, a double handed round-the-world which left on 31 December. Virbac-Paprec 3 crossed the finishing line at Barcelona on Monday, 4 April at 12:20:36 (Barcelona time UT+1) after 93 days, 22 hours, 20 min and 36 seconds of racing.... [more]
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Kane Sinclair on Cherubs, 505s, Etchells and Sydney 2012
John Curnow,
During the recent Thrifty 2011 NSW Etchells State Championships, John Curnow got the opportunity to sit down with Lake Macquarie sailor, Kane Sinclair.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Kiwis improve in lighter winds on Day 2 at Palma
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Racing continued for the kiwi Olympic class sailors in Spain overnight sailing Day 2 of the ISAF World Cup Regatta with very different conditions to those experienced on the opening day of competition. After some postponements a light and shifty 10-15 knot offshore breeze filled in and racing got underway. The change in conditions produced changes in places on the the leader boards, mostly in N... [more]
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New Zealand father and son enter Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Following almost a year of intense planning and secrecy, the New Zealand duo of Ross Field and his son, Campbell, have officially entered the double-handed, round the world, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis conclude buildup; Oracle Racing dunked in 25kts
Check out these two video clips to see Artemis Racing finish their build up in Auckland with some great boat to boat combat shots. Then see Oracle Racing caught in a 25kt squirt with too much sail on - it's close and the crew cheer at the end.... [more]
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Light winds visit Bucks for Harken Schools 420 Team Racing
Michelle Tait,
Light and shifty conditions are usually not on a sailors wish list, unless of course you are teams racing... With the prospect of over 40 races in the first day, and the Auckland Cup up for grabs, competitors had their work cut out for them in light variable conditions. Michelle Tait reports on the weekend's action at the 2011 Harken Schools Teams Racing Auckland Cup.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Mens 470 outstanding on Day 1 of Palma
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
The first day of the European season opener - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Regatta 2011 - was a real test for all with 25-35 knots blowing from the north. New Zealand's Men's 470 pair of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders showing their fleet how it's done in the extreme conditions starting the five day regatta with two wins to lead the class.... [more]
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Toy bath ducks face tough river conditions in charity race
Genevieve Howard,
Several hundred plastic toy bath ducks faced gusty winds and choppy river conditions as they powered down the Hutt River for charity on Sunday. River conditions were choppy. Race officials were often forced to wade waist-deep into the river to assist competitors who had lost the current.... [more]
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RYA responds to proposed modernisation of Coastguard service
Emma Slater,
In its response to the MCA's consultation paper regarding the modernisation of the Coastguard service the RYA has made it absolutely clear that its principle concern is to ensure that all Coastguard services that are currently delivered, including search and rescue, provision of maritime safety information and VHF voice communication, continue at the same level and indeed are improved.... [more]
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Sail-World.com - Updated NZ Contributor's Guidelines
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines on writing and submitting an article, photography and YouTube video..... [more]
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