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 28 Apr 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 28 April 2011

Sara Winther - Semaine Olympique Française 2011  Guillaume Durand - Copyright
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 28 April 2011

The America's Cup Race Management and Media Trials got off to a spectacular start on Tuesday with the capsize of Oracle Racing on Tuesday in strong winds off North head at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

They became the third team to capsize an AC45, joining Artemis Racing and Emirates Team NZ.

We have images of the incident and a couple of videos, plus crew reaction.

Today trialling was suspended due to strong winds, however a Competitors Forum was held in Auckland with several teams attending in person and others by telephone. Later a Media Briefing was held in the ACRM base in Auckland - we have a report in this edition which will be accompanied by the video later Thursday evening.

AC Regatta Director, Iain Murray, flanked by PRO John Craig shows the box to be carried on board the AC45's and 72's to communicate between boats and umpires.  Richard Gladwell

In Hyeres, France, the NZL Sailing Team is competing in the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup. Each day has been very different, and no doubt the trend will continue for the rest of the series.

This has been a regatta of ups and downs for the NZL Sailing Team - there are some good performances on the leaderboard and others in individual races. Certainly there has been no shortage of New Zealand race winners. But medals are about being consistent as well as brilliant.

In this edition we have reports on the first three days, and will be carrying further reports each day on

Day 1 - Oracle Racing capsize   Oracle Racing - copyright

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Competitors Forum Media Conference reveals TV set up
Richard Gladwell,
Another Competitors Forum was held in Auckland today. Sail-World understands it was attended by 13 of the 15 teams entered, with about eight in physical attendance and others participating by phone in. Following the Forum, designed to allow the Challengers and Defender to discuss issues and concepts relating to the the 34th America's Cup, a Media Conference was held in the America's Cup Regatta... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match - Korea Match Cup Qualifier
Logan Fraser,
Zoke Kiwi Match is back for our third attempt at the Korea Match Cup Qualifier this week hosted at the Jeongok Marina in the Gyeonggi Province. We're hoping to emulate our success of 2 years ago and qualify for the Korea Match Cup World Tour Event to be held in June. Once again the event has attracted an impressive line-up of international teams all vying for the big prize... [more]
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Team Jolly update on their Womens Doublehanded Olympic campaign
Team Jolly Media,
Silver medalists at the 2010 World Championships, Team Jolly (Jo Aleh and Olivia 'Polly' Powrie report on their campaign in the Womens Two handed event (470): 'As you may know, Polly had an accident and broke her collarbone a few days before we were due to leave NZ bound for Spain, to compete in the Princess Sofia World Cup event in Palma.'... [more]
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Aon Racing kick off campaign in Korea
Aon Racing,
Black Sheep Racing are excited to announce a new partnership with Aon insurance brokers, who have signed on as principal sponsor for our 2011 campaign.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Light conditions challenging at World Cup, Hyeres
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of Finals racing has been sailed in the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres, France. Light conditions have meant that there have been some high scores amongst the previous event leaders. New Zealand sailors have been caught badly with a couple of exceptions... [more]
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America's Cup: First impressions of Regatta and Media Trials
Richard Gladwell and Event Media,
Two days of testing in the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials have concluded. Conditions for both days have been quite different - with breezes at the top end of the scale on Tuesday and more moderate winds today, Wednesday. Today winds lightened from 16-17 kts at the start of the test round to 4-5kts at the end.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Kiwis in podium places in two events in delayed Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
With the close of the Qualification round of the fourth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup 2011 in Hyeres, France, New Zealand sailors continue to hold top three positions in two of the events. Top performer is again Sara Winther in the 98 strong Womens Singlehanded event, being sailed in the Laser Radial class.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blake's Steinlager 2 enters the Volvo OR Legends
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
One of the most important and famous boats of all time, the Farr-designed maxi-ketch Steinlager 2, which, with legendary Kiwi skipper Sir Peter Blake in charge, won all six legs of the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) will be in Alicante later this year to race in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's first night out + Video
Hamish Hooper on board Camper,
Hamish Hooper , on-board cameraman and writer for Camper, the first Volvo 70 launched for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, files this report on the yacht's first night at sea en route to Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand.... [more]
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Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals underway at Algies Bay
Kirsty Laws,
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Big gains for economy in ETNZ challenge
Mike Rose PR,
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 French Youth team selection
Solenne Brain,
As the Semaine Olympique Française began in Hyères and the Olympic and Paralympic sailors were gearing up for the fourth regatta in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the selection trials for the French ISAF Youth Worlds team began.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing release new capsize video
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing who capsized their AC45 on the first day of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials have released a new video of the 'event', along with crew reactions to the free-fall.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup new dates announced
Mira Navaretna,
The Monsoon Cup is where the ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be crowned. After long and detailed negotiations with the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the season-ending race will now be held from 29 Nov-4 Dec.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - More images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
This gallery of images is shared with us by photographer Ingrid Abery shot at Antigua Sailing Week 2011.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery shares this gallery of images shot of the sailing action at Antigua Sailing Week 2011.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day four light and shifty
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
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Semaine Olympique Française day four Finns - Ainslie back on top
Robert Deaves,
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America's Cup: Team China becomes the fourth team to sail their AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget, America's,
Ahead of the Competitors Forum due to be held tomorrow morning in Auckland tomorrow, Team China too delivery of their new AC45, and became the fourth team to own and sail one of the one-designs. Here Gilles-Martin-Raget presents a gallery of the occasion of the first sail of the team.... [more]
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America's Cup: What the Regatta and Media Trials will achieve
America's Cup Media,
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 Team Telefónica en route to Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Yachting Australia to host IRC Owners' Forums in May
Craig Heydon,
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Radical cat for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
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Antigua Sailing Week competitors get what they came for
Louay Habib,
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US Sailing Team's day three at Semaine Olympique Française
Dana Paxton,
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Ainslie back into Semaine Olympique Française Finn lead
Lindsey Bell,
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Semaine Olympique Française Finn day three double for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
The forecast for the day was not great with variable and very light winds forecast for the morning, rising to a meagre seven knots. Ainslie commented on the conditions, 'The conditions were very tough with the wind swinging a lot and big place changes. My day kind of hinged around trying to keep with the leaders and looking for an opportunity.'... [more]
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Semaine Olympqiue Francaise - The end of qualifications
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The objective of the day at the Semaine Olympique Francaise is to finish the programme before the final stage has been reached!... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Newsflash - Titan damaged by fire
Louay Habib,
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America's Cup: First Test day pushes AC45's to the edge and beyond
America's Cup Media,
On a day of testing the limits, ORACLE Racing capsized and Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a start mark. And that's just two of among dozens of near misses and thrills and spills. Not a bad way to start the week. Day 1 of the New Zealand test event showed the promise and potential of the upcoming America's Cup World Series as five AC45s braved gusty, blustery and variable conditions on the wa... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's James Spithill joins the Mile High Club Auckland NZ,
The first day of the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials ended in spectacular fashion today as Oracle Racings's America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill, managed to go down the mine in their AC45. While the leap from the windward hull to the briny might be 'only' 26ft, we bet it looks a Mile High from up there. Courtesy of Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget we have the full sequence... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussies strong start
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have continued to push ahead on the second day of racing at round four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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