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 20 Apr 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 April 2011

Louis Vuitton's Bruno Trouble - "Cup Chat" at Golden Gate YC  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 April 2011

Young New Zealand crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders have bounced back from an up and down performance in the ISAF World Cup at Palma, last week to win a silver medal, on a countback at the 470 Spring Cup taking second place in the Open event. The regatta is being sailed in La Seyne-sur-mer, in the south of France near Toulon. Also competing were a second New Zealand crew of Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher who performed very well in the Open fleet and were top womens crew.

Seventy two boats from 23 countries competed in the event, and we have reports and video in this edition of Sail-World.

There was a big turn out at Westlake Boys High School yesterday to celebrate the life of 1968 Sailor of the Year, Geoff Smale. While the numbers were impressive - just who was there even more so. We report on the many facets of Geoff's life as seen through the eyes some of those who knew him in this edition of Sail-World.

Flash Gordon, powered by Doyle Sails, on her way to winning the Harken Young 88 Nationals  

One ex Westlake pupil who was not at school yesterday was America's Cup skipper Dean Barker (who also hails from Smale's club, Murray's Bay) for the simple reason that he was en route to New Zealand from Qingdao after the latest round of the Extreme 40's. Dean has been providing a daily blog of the regatta and in this edition of Sail-World we have compressed the entries into a single story. You can see the full series by clicking here.

Garda Optimist Meeting  Giovanni De Sandre

On the subject of the America's Cup, we have featured an excerpt from Michelle Slade's blog. Michelle is a New Zealand sailing journalist living in San Francisco and rocked up to the first in a series of the US Sailing's (the US national sailing body) Speaker series entitled 'Cup Chat'.

Here Tom Ehman, Bruno Trouble, Peter Reggio and more discuss, in a US chat show format, the 34th America's Cup and look back on the Cups of days gone by. Certainly Ehman and Trouble go back a long way, and have some great memories to share. As well as the story there is a link to the full video of the show - conducted by GGYC Staff Commodore Marcus Young, who seems to have another career as a sailing talk show host ahead of him.

A key moment in NZ yachting international history - Geoff Smale and Ralph Roberts lead the fleet on their way to win the prestigious Prince of Wales Cup off Cowes IoW in 1958.  

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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Flash Gordon too slippery in Harken Young 88 Nationals
Zoe Hawkins,
Just two weeks before twenty-year old William Tiller departs for the World Match Race Tour in Europe, he has skippered Flash Gordon to victory in the prestigious Harken Young 88 National Championships – one of the most coveted titles in New Zealand yacht racing... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Top yachties turn out at Westlake Boys to celebrate Geoff Smale's life
Richard Gladwell,
A group estimated at 800 friends and family turned out today to honour former sailor of the Year and Olympian, Geoff Smale, who was killed in a light aircraft accident in the top of the South Island on Saturday 9 April. Those attending the celebration of Smale's life included top sailors from the early and mid 1960's through to the current era including several America's Cup winners, current Am... [more]
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Offshore Powerboats: Final countdown to Capital Thunder
Cathy Vercoe,
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America's Cup: Ehman, Trouble, Reggio and more at 'Cup Chat'
Michelle Slade,
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Waka Racing: Top Racing at the Young 88 Nationals
Waka Racing Media,
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470 Spring Cup Overall + video
470 Internationale,
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 18 April 2011
Yachting NZ,
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show Charity Regatta 2011
Al Skinner,
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four to Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
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Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefonica to be led by Martinez and Fernandez
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Garda Optimist Meeting hits 1000 helmsmen
Fraglia Vela Riva,
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Barcelona World Race,
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RYA holds 'Girls 4 Gold' skiff training weekend
Lindsey Bell,
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LaserPerformance and the renewal of the Laser Pico
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Andreas Kling,
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Round the Island Race 2011 win a chance to fire starting signal
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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World Match Racing team Berntsson to launch assault in 2011
World Match Racing Tour,
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Solo Round the Island race abandoned
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
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Korean International Boat Show 2011 - all sold out
Event Media,
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew close to victory
Velux 5 Oceans,
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Action packed activities at 23rd Sanctuary Cove Show
Kate Duryea,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series heads to Hyères, France
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Sailtech dominates Queensland Championship
Mark Graveson,
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National Windsurfing Week 2011 - Dust off your kit and get involved
Emma Slater,
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Paco Latorre,
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