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 15 Apr 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 April 2011

CAMPER has her first sail in the Hauraki Gulf   Chris Cameron ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 April 2011

Yesterday marked a significant milestone for Emirates Team NZ with the first real sail of their new Volvo 70 being campaigned by the Spanish shoe manufacturer Camper for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

She is also the first of the new Volvo 70's to be launched in what looks to be a very keenly contested race amongst a high quality fleet.

Also out we believe, was the team's AC45 and overnight in Qingdao, skipper Dean Barker and crew were contesting the second round of the Extreme Sailing series in Qingdao, China.

It is quite a remarkable effort to have three programs running at once, particularly when most of the other professional sailing teams around the world think they are doing very well to manage just a single campaign.

In this edition we have several stories on the Volvo 70 sail and the racing in Qingdao, along with some excellent embedded videos.

Start line action, 2011 SR 26 Nationals, Buckland's Beach   

Stay tuned to to follow the team's progress in Qingdao.

Our local contributors have excelled themselves in this edition with two reports from the upcoming Young 88 Nationals, the SR26 Nationals, the Elliott 5.9 Traveller Series plus Logan Fraser reports in from the Qatar Match Race series.

Designer of the Laser, Bruce Kirby, also provides a tribute to his friend and fellow Int 14 sailor, Geoff Smale.

Dean Barker helming Emirates Team NZ on day 2 of the Extreme 40's in Qingdao, China  

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Camper with Emirates Team NZ first sail in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Chris Nicholson took Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand for its first sail in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand. Camper is the first Volvo Open 70 that has been launched for the Race... [more]
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Waka Racing: Young 88 National Champs this Weekend
Garth Ellingham,
Rick Hackett, General Manager of leading edge marine hardware company KZ Marine has kindly offered Waka Racing the use of his Young 88 for the National Championships this weekend. The event is being run by the RNZYS, April 16-17. It will be sailed off the East Coast Bays area and is New Zealand's largest, most competitive one-design keel boat class.... [more]
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Slam Dunk wins first regatta in 2011 E5.9 Traveller Series
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn Media,
Slam Dunk (Cameron Horne, Auckland) won the final two races to win the 2011 E5.9 Auckland Champs, the first event in the 2011 E5.9 North Island Traveller Series.... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match Wins Qatar Match Race
Logan Fraser,
A successful start to the season continued for Zoke Kiwi Match with a regatta win in Qatar, following our Nation's Cup Qualifier victory. The Doha Sailing Club were excellent hosts and ran a brilliant regatta for the 14 teams that competed in the Qatar Match Race.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: CAMPER shows her colours on the Waitemata + Video
Warren Douglas,
CAMPER the Emirates Team New Zealand's VO70 yacht for the Volvo Ocean Race went for her maiden sail on Auckland Harbour today. The yacht left the team's base at Viaduct Harbour in the early afternoon. The sea was calm, the wind a soft breeze – ideal conditions for a maiden sail with the sailing crew of 11 and the 12 designers, engineers and systems experts on board... [more]
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Laser designer and Int 14 sailor pays tribute to Geoff Smale
Bruce Kirby,
Canadian sailor and designer Bruce Kirby,better known as the designer of the highly successful Laser class was one of those who competed on the 1958 Prince of Wales Cup, along with Geoff Smale who died last weekend in a light aircraft accident. Here he pays tribute to his old friend... [more]
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Light winds for SR26 Nationals
Event Media,
Conditions were light and shifty for the 2011 SR26 National Champs held form BBYC on the ninth and 10th of April, Yet Teresa and her team of helpers managed to squeeze in 8 tight races over the two days to deliver a great regatta for all involved.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Lead retained in Qingdao after Day 2
Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand emerged from the second day of the Extreme Sailing series with its overall lead intact. When racing finished for the day it looked like the Austrian team Red Bull had snatched the lead after Dean Barker had been recalled at the start, for being over the line.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie's hard work pays off in the Finn
Ben Ainslie,
Princesa Sofia Trophy, Ben Ainslie speaks on the Trophy event, Finn racing and how all of his hard work is starting to pay off.... [more]
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Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ lead after first day of racing
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand appear to have converted well to the world of multihull sailing and lead the China regatta of the Extreme 40 Series after the first day's racing Six races were held outside the breakwater at Qingdao in a 10-15 easterly. At the end of the day, with a finishes of fifth ,4th, fourth, first, second and fifth and a total of 49 points, Barker has a slender two-point lead... [more]
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Harken Young 88 National Champs 2011: Weekend Warriors vs World's Best
Mike Leyland,
The national gathering of the Young 88 Fleet will once again see the regular Y88 sailors take on the professionals to see if time in the boat can prevail over global experience. The Young 88 Nationals consistently attract a fleet of over twenty of New Zealand's most popular one design keel boat. With 22 high quality entries to date, 2011 will be no exception.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao: High drama on Day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
There was four and a half hours of high-drama on the second day of the Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China. Six 'open water' races were raced today outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. The breeze was a up and down but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their hulls... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Artemis Racing does it tough on day
Morgan Trubovich,
Artemis Racing's trimmer Morgan Trubovich updates from Qingdao, China on the teams tough second day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans at the heart of sustainable power
Velux 5 Oceans,
With the topic for ocean sprint four sustainability award set as 'power', we look at the lengths the Velux 5 Oceans racers go to in order to manage their consumption sustainably while racing the world's oceans.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race team Central Lechera Asturiana retires
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race skippers Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio, onboard Central Lechera Asturiana, have retired from the race due to safety fears... [more]
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Mirsky determined to claim World Match Racing Championship
World Match Racing Tour,
Australian Torvar Mirsky is re-focused and ready to shed Mirsky Racing Team of their ‘nearly ran' tag by taking the 2011 Match Racing World Championship and making this year his defining year... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings April release
ISAF World Sailing Fleet Racing Rankings for 13 April 2011 have been released.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao images from Oman Sail
Nicky Moore,
Oman Sail shares a gallery of images with us from day one of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.... [more]
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Musto Skiff and B14 Open Meeting at Stokes Bay
Tom Wright,
Close to 30 Skiff sailors came to the south coast of England for the Musto Skiff and B14 Open Meetings at Stokes Bay.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race images of Caffari and Corbella at finish,
Barcelona World Race co-skippers Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella, the all female duo onboard Gaes Centros Auditivos, broke the finish line of the Barcelona World Race in sixth place. This image gallery is from the finish.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella sail into the record books
Barcelona World Race,
Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella sailed into the record books this morning with their Owen Clarke designed IMOCA Open 60 GAES when they broke the finish line of the Barcelona World Race in sixth place. Corbella becomes the first Spanish woman ever to sail and race non stop around the world. Caffari maintains her remarkable record by completing her fourth circumnavigation since 2004-5.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Chinese challenge for Alinghi
Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 swiss team Alinghi has travelled all the way to China aiming to improve on their initial performance at the opening round of the circuit in Oman... [more]
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Vestas SailRocket2 delayed on route to Namibia
Paul Larsen,
Vestas SailRocket 2 is designed to be significantly faster than its predecessor, with the ultimate aim of breaking the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record'. On Monday March 14th, Vestas SailRocket was packed and shipped to Walvis Bay, Namibia. The original ETA was 13th April. Now she is delayed.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour promises brands high returns
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour - The latest media evaluation report from makes for an enticing read for brand managers – the Repucom external audit using their media evaluation model to determine a media equivalency based on similar advertising or CPT rates applied to the actual viewing audience showed the Tour delivered a media return of USD46m from its global TV, print and digital output last season.... [more]
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